Good to see high school friends again at the birthday party of Jan, Dang’s son.
Thank you po for patiently waiting for me. Salamat sa masayang kwentuhan plus the resident ortho’s advice on running, haha. Pasensiya na po kung run-eat-n-run talaga ang peg ko today.
Labyu! ;) (Ate Mitch’s latest expression based on a local show’s segment: Bubble Gang’s Donya Ina).
The 21K Comeback
The first photo is what I call a sit-anywhere- under-the-sun-after-finishing-a-run selfie. :D Indeed, it felt good to stretch out those tired muscles. Clark Animo Run V was my second Animo race and my second 21K event. It was not easy finishing it since I lacked training but with God’s grace, I did…even managing to slash off about 40 minutes from last year’s record. True enough, when my lungs and feet could not seem to carry on, faith gave me the energy to move forward. :)
Flashback Friday: Grade School :)
What was supposed to be only a catch up coffee session with Dang and Shayne, my friends since grade school, ended up as a Flashback Friday session in a hospital plus coffee later. Before finishing the night off with a dose of coffee and dessert, Dang and I visited the camera shy Shayne in a hospital and we all had fun reminiscing about our grade school days. It was as good as checking the class attendance since we recited the names of our classmates. :) Yes, we remember them…our memories are as young as our faces. ^_^ (Pagbigyan na po, haha!)
One good thing about having friends like them is that no matter how long we have not seen each other, we are still the same people who can freely talk about one another’s ups and downs like it was only yesterday when we last saw one another. :)
I’m used to standing during bus rides even when I’m bringing a lot of stuff. But tonight, somebody gave up a seat for me…one of the few times. Thank God. :)
After 8 hours of working with a smile
Tonight, I relaxingly ran an 8-mile…. ^_^
March 1 marks the beginning of summer for us. :) We had fun talking, eating, singing, dancing, swimming, and playing. :D
Bon voyage to Auntie Vi who will soon go back to Canada. :)
Recently, there’s a mass resignation in our department. Today’s the last reporting day of one of these guys, Cassy. It’s the “graduation”, according to him. As my farewell to him, I gave him this book simply because it has “frog” on its title. You see, this young guy had a fascination for the cute frog and dog stickers on FB. Since there’s also a child in me who likes cute things, to his frog messages I’d respond with cat stickers which he found equally cute. In addition to the book were bookmarks bearing the frog and cat images.
P.S. The original plan’s to have the frog and cat printed on a black shirt but it didn’t push through. :D Book and bookmarks could indeed be immediate solutions. :D
Perhaps there’s truth to what people say: when you think of a person, chances are you’re gonna see him or her soon. That’s what happened tonight at a bus terminal. While I was still in a bus for my ride home, I suddenly remembered that tomorrow is the last reporting day of Harold, a colleague and friend. Then surprisingly, I saw him upon going out of the bus. So we had a “walk and talk”. While walking, we talked about our careers, even going out of the usual route to extend it a bit. I wished him well on his next journey. On my part, I again had some realizations about the next steps I would take for my career and other aspirations. He was actually surprised at how different my plans are from his expectations. But I explained and I felt more determined than ever to begin realizing them with God’s grace.
Tama nga yata sila….pag hirap ka na sa pag-aaral, wish mo sana nagtatrabaho ka na. Pero pag stressed ka na sa trabaho, iisipin mong sana estudyante ka na lang ulit. :) Kaya nga ba after work, relaxation mode muna. From my muntik-nang-mawalang-book to the cinema, here’s ABNKKBSNPLAKo?! Di man kasing-sharp ng pagkakadetalye sa libro ang mga eksena sa pelikula, naalala ko naman ang ilang school moments ko. :D
I learned about a local basketball player named Mark Barroca only tonight on YouTube while on my bus ride home. His love story with wife Russel happened to be featured in a show recently, perhaps due to Mark’s rising popularity in the basketball community. It’s about how relentless courting led to the sweet yes of a beautiful lady despite not having “good” looks. It’s somewhat a story of inspiration.
Incidentally, I miss a friend whose name is Mark Russell. I haven’t talked to him in a long while…not sure if he got too busy playing hoops. He might get mad at me for mentioning him here…that is if he gets to read this.
It’s been a while since my last movie marathon at home. Doing it again earlier while sitting comfortably felt relaxing and thrilling at the same time because both movies’ plot happened to be treasure hunting. I liked the euphoric feeling at the end of each film…not only because of the treasure found but because of the exciting journey as well. :)
I saw a letter on my bed tonight. It’s from my friend Cristina. I noted that it’s written a day before my birthday but for some reason I didn’t notice the year. She was fond of writing letters back in high school so I thought that she probably did the same last week and dropped by our house to hand the letter over to my mom. I even posted on FB and texted her my message of thanks immediately after reading.
Then my mom asked me if saw the letter she found somewhere while going through my things. She even said it seemed written a long time ago.
Wow…. I found the message in the letter so fresh and relevant that I didn’t notice it’s the same letter she wrote to me in
In the letter, she’s asking what my age was. She hoped that I was happy then and wished me more blessings. She said that she looked up to me and that I deserved the best.
Now it dawned to me…perhaps I needed to read this letter again to be reminded of blessings I receive, including people who care about me and trust me; that I must be happy regardless of my age and status. I had some sad moments today but the letter gave me another surge of hope and I guess, goosebumps too, for it’s written 15 years ago yet it’s still so true even as I’ve already doubled my age then.
I may not have received valentine goodies but I still got a sweet surprise, something better than flowers and chocolates. Indeed, God moves in mysterious ways.
Valentines Team Merienda :)
Chocolate Bears for Valentines: I made these bear pops for my family and friends.
Happy day of hearts, everyone! :)