LENdezvous

Oct 02

I won’t get tired of being thankful even for the smallest events that allow me to feel blessed.

I’m glad that I stayed a bit late in the office building tonight to finish some work and to have dinner with friends instead of possibly waiting for so long while in line at terminals. The heavy rain earlier seemed to have caused much traffic almost everywhere. PUVs became scarce commodities again. It’s a relief that when there seemed to be no bus arriving, a van saved some passengers including me. And when I had to wait in line for a jeepney ride, I had some time to get back to my foreign language learning app. I was perhaps enjoying so much that nothing around me could stress me out then. Before I knew it, the caller was already summoning those who have nearer destinations, including me again, to leave the line and board the next jeepney.

I’m now in the middle of traffic. Home is so near yet so far. But I know that I will get there. :)

Oct 02

I won’t get tired of being thankful even for the smallest events that allow me to feel blessed.

I’m glad that I stayed a bit late in the office building tonight to finish some work and to have dinner with friends instead of possibly waiting for so long while in line at terminals. The heavy rain earlier seemed to have caused much traffic almost everywhere. PUVs became scarce commodities again. It’s a relief that when there seemed to be no bus arriving, a van saved some passengers including me. And when I had to wait in line for a jeepney ride, I had some time to get back to my foreign language learning app. I was perhaps enjoying so much that nothing around me could stress me out then. Before I knew it, the caller was already summoning those who have nearer destinations, including me again, to leave the line and board the next jeepney.

I’m now in the middle of traffic. Home is so near yet so far. But I know that I will get there. :)

Sep 28

Catch Up Lunch with Accounting Friends + Second Installment of Rurouni Kenshin: Legend Ends

Sep 27
Since the time a college professor shared a Rich Dad Poor Dad book, I have become more interested in one concept: financial freedom.  So during the early stages of my career, I read a lot of books about the topic.  I was excited but I was not sure how, when and where I would be able to apply the concepts I have read about.

Then a few years back, when the Coke-Global Data Services office was still in Makati and was just right beside the International Marketing Group’s office, I met this lady in the restroom, of all places.  That unexpected meeting would later lead me closer to my vision of attaining financial freedom.  I had the chance to apply what I have learned before and learned even more.   I  also met other friends and mentors who helped me a lot not only with this field but also with my other points of interest.  And the best part?  I had the chance to help other people.  It has been said that we could help make the world a better place to live in through our own simple ways.  I have realized that being a financial literacy advocate is something I want to do for life.  I may be just one person but imagining how many people could lead better lives if I would share my knowledge is so inspiring.

I shared a Coke bottle with her as a simple sign of appreciation.  What she has shared with me is far bigger than the bottle and I will always be grateful for it.  Thank you, Ms. Glenda!

Since the time a college professor shared a Rich Dad Poor Dad book, I have become more interested in one concept: financial freedom. So during the early stages of my career, I read a lot of books about the topic. I was excited but I was not sure how, when and where I would be able to apply the concepts I have read about.

Then a few years back, when the Coke-Global Data Services office was still in Makati and was just right beside the International Marketing Group’s office, I met this lady in the restroom, of all places. That unexpected meeting would later lead me closer to my vision of attaining financial freedom. I had the chance to apply what I have learned before and learned even more. I also met other friends and mentors who helped me a lot not only with this field but also with my other points of interest. And the best part? I had the chance to help other people. It has been said that we could help make the world a better place to live in through our own simple ways. I have realized that being a financial literacy advocate is something I want to do for life. I may be just one person but imagining how many people could lead better lives if I would share my knowledge is so inspiring.

I shared a Coke bottle with her as a simple sign of appreciation. What she has shared with me is far bigger than the bottle and I will always be grateful for it. Thank you, Ms. Glenda!

Sep 26
Hirit Ulit:

Oh yes, we brewed up another session before she leaves again for India.  Home alone mode for me again.

Also tonight, I incidentally discovered my “new nick”.  Hello, Blen!

Hirit Ulit:

Oh yes, we brewed up another session before she leaves again for India. Home alone mode for me again.

Also tonight, I incidentally discovered my “new nick”. Hello, Blen!

Sep 23
We unexpectedly landed on this nest tonight. :D

We unexpectedly landed on this nest tonight. :D

Sep 23
Some of today’s blessings came in the form of chocolate and moral support; the first was food that would make my tummy happy while the second was food that would save my spirit from weakening.

Thanks to the people who generously gave them to me.  God bless po!

Some of today’s blessings came in the form of chocolate and moral support; the first was food that would make my tummy happy while the second was food that would save my spirit from weakening.

Thanks to the people who generously gave them to me. God bless po!

Sep 21

I really prefer to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in our parish that’s why despite the heavy rains last Friday, I wanted to be able to return to Pampanga for the weekend. Thank God I got home yesterday. This sunny Sunday morning complemented the Good News that I’ve heard. Below is a story shared by the priest. It’s for anyone who’s feeling down and who wishes to become someone else with the thought that he or she will be happier that way. It’s a reminder that we should be thankful for who we are and for all the blessings that we already have.

THE STORY OF AN EAGLE

A man was out to hunt an eagle. The eagle was afraid but it managed to avoid the gunshots. Thinking that it’s hard to be an eagle, it wished to become a hunter instead. The wish was granted.

The hunter went to the forest but he had difficulty catching wild animals. Frustrated, he decided to leave the forest. On his way out, he saw a king. This king seemed to live the good life as he was dressed in fine clothes and was doing nothing. The hunter wished to become a king and it was granted.

The king enjoyed the good life that he wanted for about three days. After that, people started to come to him to resolve their problems. The king felt so exhausted. He went out for a walk and when he passed by a river, he noticed a big rock. The rock seemed to be happy as its only job was to stay there to be hugged by the waves and to be kissed by the sun. The king wished to become a rock and he became one.

While the lazy rock was enjoying the waves, an earthworm came crawling on it. The rock could not accept that such a creature could be above its level. So it wished to become an earthworm and it was granted.

While the earthworm was crawling away, an eagle came flying and saw the earthworm. It’s good that before the eagle could catch it, the earthworm was able to hide among the rocks. Fearing for its life, it wished to become an eagle again and yes, its wish was granted.

Oh well, after everything that has happened, the eagle realized that it was better off as an eagle.

Happy Sunday!

Sep 18
One night, when rain was just light, we went back to Racks for the post-birthday treat of someone who loves to eat nothing but meat.

One night, when rain was just light, we went back to Racks for the post-birthday treat of someone who loves to eat nothing but meat.

Sep 17

Perhaps, my being a music lover wouldn’t be complete if I wouldn’t be able to watch a live Araneta concert. Or maybe, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to actually see and hear one of my greatest musical influences.

I learned at a young age that music was one of the things I liked. I became aware that aside from my capacity to listen, I could also carry a tune…but nothing serious then. From the golden stage of Madonna’s career to the golden era of Pinoy rock, I was just happy listening, singing, and dancing along. Then came one sweet, err, fateful day. I heard a Boyz II Men song drift through the air while I was in a school canteen. There was something about this group’s harmony (perhaps the soulfulness) that made me realize one thing - what I felt for singing was no longer an infatuation but something deeper. Yes, it’s love! And from then on, I became more appreciative of artists from various genres who had so much passion for singing. I became more thankful that God gave me such gift for singing, too. I wanted to celebrate it by doing it whenever I had the chance. Sometimes, I was a bit shy; sometimes I was too brave, hehe.

I’m thankful that after some unrealized plans in the past, I was able to finally watch an Araneta concert. It became even more special because of the group that performed. Just like how singing with Up Dharma Down at Saguijo last year gave me goosebumps, it’s a euphoric experience for me to actually sing with Boyz II Men though I was far from them. I may have come alone, but I wasn’t really alone in the company of other fans singing their hearts out. And I will always be a fan. :)

Sep 16
"Triple Celebration"

"Triple Celebration"

Sep 15

BIRTHDAY TREATS FOR MIGS

*Creamy Crab Pasta Story:
The heavy rains prompted Mr. Krabs to vacate his place and to swim in olive oil and cream instead. Perhaps, he got dizzy due to the combined powers of garlic, salt, and chili. He ended up landing on a bed of angel hair pasta together with tomato cubes and shreds of basil. The rest is history.

*Peach, Choco, and Nuts:
Who says we’ve gone NUTS for eating CHOCO ice cream on a rainy day? This was absolutely PEACH-perfect!

:)

Sep 14
Movie Thrill, Dinner on Grill, Coffee Chill, and Baguio’s Foggy Feel

This was how I would describe a catch up night with culinary classmates.  After coffee, there was fog everywhere though we were not in Baguio. :D

Movie Thrill, Dinner on Grill, Coffee Chill, and Baguio’s Foggy Feel

This was how I would describe a catch up night with culinary classmates. After coffee, there was fog everywhere though we were not in Baguio. :D

Sep 09
Tonight, I snacked on cranberries and cashew nuts…literally fruit and nut. :D Since this combination sounded like one of my favorite Cadbury brands, I remembered that Michelle kept some chocolates in her luggage for me. It’s no secret anymore that Ms. Nancy asked her to hand me chocolates but I wasn’t expecting a big box, so I was naturally delighted.

But wait, there’s more!  At the back was a sweet note from “Nanay” and this was unexpected.  The warm note was enough to melt the chocolates inside. :)  I was ready to post pics as my way of showing appreciation but Michelle’s Skype messages suddenly popped up.  Thinking that I didn’t get the chocolates yet, she reminded me to reach for not one but two boxes.  Aw, two?!

It turned out that Michelle also had something for me.  So that meant double the surprise for one night…indeed sweet, literally and figuratively. :)

Thank you! :D

Tonight, I snacked on cranberries and cashew nuts…literally fruit and nut. :D Since this combination sounded like one of my favorite Cadbury brands, I remembered that Michelle kept some chocolates in her luggage for me. It’s no secret anymore that Ms. Nancy asked her to hand me chocolates but I wasn’t expecting a big box, so I was naturally delighted.

But wait, there’s more! At the back was a sweet note from “Nanay” and this was unexpected. The warm note was enough to melt the chocolates inside. :) I was ready to post pics as my way of showing appreciation but Michelle’s Skype messages suddenly popped up. Thinking that I didn’t get the chocolates yet, she reminded me to reach for not one but two boxes. Aw, two?!

It turned out that Michelle also had something for me. So that meant double the surprise for one night…indeed sweet, literally and figuratively. :)

Thank you! :D

Sep 08

I have been blessed to bear the same name you have. Please help me become more worthy of this name. Thanks for your intercession. Happy birthday, Inang Maria!