Friday, January 10, 2014

“If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?”

If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?”

If I can only give hospitals to our country with free consultations, medicines, and other services, that would be probably the best gift that I can think of. As the saying goes, "Health is wealth". There are so many things that an individual can do if he is healthy. He becomes more productive, active, and positive. This is also very timely, since in this generation, most people are now more conscious of their health.

Having hospitals with free medical services can also help our less fortunate fellowmen who do not have the means or cannot afford to seek medical help especially children and elderly. With the crisis that our country is facing, this is also a great way to reach out to the victims of calamities. To let them know that things will get better, that there is still hope after every trial.

It is really nice that there are still people who wants to give and share. Indeed, a joy that is shared is a joy made double...   Thanks to #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014!

We can only hope for the best for our country. And if I may ask you, “If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?”

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Simple Joys in Rainy Days

Simple joys in rainy days... snuggling with your loved ones... watching dvds with your family... cooking your favorite meal... sleeping beside your husband and kids... reading a good book... laughing with the family... Well, there are so many things I can think of... how about you?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Holy Week

Holiday mode... No work for me for five (5) days this week, in observance of the Lenten season.  Our family will be going tomorrow to the province to spend the remaining days of the Holy Week. It is a good place to hibernate or to simply recharge.  This is also the perfect time for my baby to visit her grandmother,  uncles, and cousins from my husband's side. 

For most of us, Lenten Season means a long happy vacation.  We really took advantage of the long holidays.  Time for out-of-town and out-of-the country trips, time for the beach, time to unwind, and time to be lazy. 

Amidst our busy schedule this Holy Week, let us not forget to also give our time to the Lord.  Let's grab this opportunity to get closer with the Lord by doing penance, having a confession, attending mass with the family, going to processions, getting involved in the church, and just by simply praying and thanking the Lord for all the blessings we received.  Let us not forget the true meaning of the Lenten season. 

Have a happy and fruitful holidays! ^v^

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cheers to Guillen!

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises."  Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.  ~Orrin Hatch (U.S. Senator from Utah)
To all the graduates, congratulations!  This is just a beginning of your journey in achieving your dreams.  Continue to strive harder.  Do not also forget your parents, guardians, friends, and loved ones who supported you along the way.  They are also a part of your success.  Most especially pay tribute to your parents who worked hard to make this day possible.  

I would also like to mention that today is also the graduation ceremony of Guillen (our niece, from my husband's side).   Congrats, Guillen!  Keep it up! We are so proud of you! 

Guillen is graduating with honors, as the 3rd Honorable Mention in their elementary school (thumbs up sign!).  She also got a scholarship from a reputable school (lucky girl!).  You will soon be entering high school... more challenges and tests to come... But worry not, there will also be more fun and excitement.  Balance is the key word.   

Good luck to our pretty and brainy niece!  High school life here you come! ^v^ 

Monday, March 26, 2012

BC Bloggers

Writing and reading books are among my hobbies.  Both give me peace of mind and relieve me off tension.  I am really glad that blogging was introduced in the cyberworld.  It helps me a lot especially in terms of expressing my love for writing.  It can also reach a wider and diverse audience from all parts of the world.

Now that I am a mother, the more that I am inspired to write in my blogs.  One thing that motivates me too is the idea that you can also earn through blogging... Neat right?!  You get to do what you love and at the same time earn while doing it. This idea encourages me more to blog. 

In the world of blogging, link-ups are very important.  It will give your blog many followers and readers.  It can also open doors to opportunities.  To help me more, I have asked my blogger friends.  I also searched the net for possible link-ups.  Then I came across, BC Bloggers, which I understand more from Paula via  BC Bloggers helps bloggers fill their blogrolls the fast and easy way.  BC Bloggers motto is "We don't have to beg for Links."  This is a great news to bloggers like me.  This also serves as a great tool to put your blogs on the "map".   All blog rolls are also assured that they are being followed and linked to the homepage.  Upon learning its goals and visions, I readily joined BC Bloggers.  I know it will help me a lot.

To all bloggers (neophyte or not), who also want to be included in the BC Bloggers, you just click here. 

Happy blogging! (^v^)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Milestones ^v^

Yesterday was a big day for our office.  A mass was held in celebration of its 115th Founding Anniversary.  I have not mentioned before that I am working in the government.  Yes, I am a public servant (^v^).  I have been here for almost 10 years...  (that's already a milestone on my part.. lol!). 

My appointment was dated April 30, 2002 (that would be one month from now.. yey!).  It left me wondering what have I accomplished for myself after 10 years.  Well, there are many changes that took placed.  I got promoted thrice, awarded with a house and lot (from NHA), finished my master's degree, got married, and had a baby.  It may sound easy but really it's no bed of roses.  There are times when I had no motivation to go to work.  It got boring for a while. Every day is like a routine.  This is the time when I decided to go back to school. It took a lot of determination, focus, and patience on my part to pursue my studies.   It was in December 2007 that I earned the degree on Master in Public Administration. Finally, I graduated.  All my hardwork paid off .

Let me also share with you... that I am a "no newbie" in the field of public service.  I have been formerly elected as a Barangay Kagawad (Councilman) in our district.  I was the youngest who won during our term.  I served our barangay for five (5) years.  It was definitely a humble and learning experience.  I got a chance to see what real life is all about. I have also learned to mingle with different kinds of people (from politicians to the less privileged ones).  I also gained a lot of inaanaks (godchildren) during those days.  I considered this milestone as one of my achievements in my life.

Working in the government is like a privilege for me.  It is also an advantage to mothers like me since you only work for eight (8) hours (the usual schedule of an ordinary government employee).  You have  weekends to bond with your family.  There are vacation and sick leaves in case of emergency and filial obligation plus official holidays to spend with the family.  There are also some downsides though.  In terms of  monetary consideration, it really depends with the agency you are employed to.  I know you can earn more in private companies especially if you are an achiever.  But when it comes to job stability, I guess working in the government is a wise move.

After 10 years, the ball will roll again.  Hopefully, I will still be here to write again on what transpired to another 10 years of my life... Looking forward to a brighter future, all the best for our family. ^v^

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fire Drill

Our office held a "Fire Drill" today.  In a tropical country like the Philippines, this is very important.

According to Wikipedia, a fire drill is a method of practicing the evacuation of a building for a fire or other emergency. Generally, the emergency system (usually an alarm) is activated and the building is evacuated as though a real fire had occurred. Usually, the time it takes to evacuate is measured to ensure that it occurs within a reasonable length of time, and problems with the emergency system or evacuation procedures are identified to be remedied. 

A drill, like this, helps people to know what to do and how to act especially in emergency situations like fire, earthquake, and other calamities.  People generally tend to panic in cases like these.  Fire drills are held in schools, offices, buildings, hotels, and business establishments.

Here in the country, reports on fire incidence have been observed to increase during summer time.  Brownouts and short circuit or electrical malfunction of electric appliances (such as electric fan, television, and iron) are considered the most common causes of fire.  Usually, this can be attributed to the negligence on the part of the user.  Crowded areas or places are also considered high risk.  Discipline should always be observe to avoid any inconvenience.  We should always be responsible to our actions.  Think of the majority's safety. 

Just a reminder... When entering a new establishment, building or any premise, you must familiarize yourself with its entrance and exit.  You must also know where the fire exits and stairs are located.  In this way, in case of emergency, you will know where to go.  Always remember not to panic. 

To end this post, I just hope that we will never experience the real thing... and going back, our office did pass the fire drill.  ^v^