Sunday, June 28, 2009

Diego at 7

Was still working on the computer at around 6am when Diego came in and said good morning. It's his 7th birthday today and aside from growing taller and still missing his two front teeth, he's like a young adult na when spoken to. I asked him why he's up so early. "Kasi tatawag si Papa at lalabas kami eh." *OMG... *
"Are you sure baby? Hindi naman siya tumatawag diba?"
"Dati kaya tumawag. Nood kami Transformers at tsaka may gift siya sa akin na PSP!"

It felt sad kaya... and felt really bad. His last true memory of his dad was a trip to the zoo and Star City when he was 2 years old. Now they see and bond with each other once a year.. either during Christmas or after New Year. A few months ago Yaya Wilma mentioned that his dad called and spoke with his Ate Andee. When asked if he likes to speak with his dad, he says "Ayoko sa kanya, liar siya". Broken promises of weekend bondings. Broken promises of gifts that never were.

His Ti'Angge got home from work with his cake and was he so excited. He'd insist on changing to his new Transformers shirt and eagerly wait for....---?

Everytime the phone would ring, he'd dash over and answer the phone. Naiiyak na lang ako when I see the look on his face when it wasn't who he was hoping for.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Glee Club Memories

I found these lyrics why rammaging through my mahiwagang baul.

I'd like to share it with everyone especially my co-Glee Club members in St. Scho Marikina under Mrs. Pia (Wonderful Thing to be Me) in Grade School, and Mrs. Espinosa (Love is the Answer) in High School. Nice idea to reminisce this on our 25th reunion, right? *wink*wink*hint*hint*

Words by Marcy Henchen and Don Besig. Music by Don Besig. 1974

When I wake up in the morning and I see a new day dawning ...
And I see the sky above me, and I know somebody loves me ...
Then I want to stand and shout it, tell the whole wide world about it ...
It's a wonderful thing to be me ...

I can hear the birds a singin', and I feel like singin' with 'em ...
And a breeze is softly blowing, in my heart I feel love growing ...
For this day is just beginning, all at once I can't help thinking ...
What a wonderful thing to be me ... and to be free ...

Free to walk along the river, free to tumble the grass ...
Free to chase away the gray clouds, from the sky ...
Free to take your hand and wander, through the meadows and the fields ...
Free to capture all the world, and call it mine ... I'm feelin' fine ...

Oh, the day has ended sweetly, now the evening comes to greet me ...
In my mind I see tomorrow, no, it won't be filled with sorrow ...
For I see a new day coming, through the meadows I'll be running ...
What a wonderful thing to be me ... and to be free.

by: Raymond Hannisian

Morning comes and I must go; day is breaking yonder.
After all the places I have been, now I’m going home.
I have been to seek the sky, to travel on the highway
And the time has come, I don’t know whyI am going home.

REF1: Where is the answer to so many questions
I don’t know, so I begin another journey
Where is the meaning for my world
I see the answer now.

Though we came by diff’rent roads, now we walk together.
Stay beside me all our days, strangers never more.
Through the cool of summer rains, by the hearthside fire
Here I’ll be with you when nothing remainsI am home to stay.

REF2: For love is the answer to so many questions
Now I know, and I can stop my endless wand’ring
Love gives the meaning to my world
I see the answer now.

Love gives meaning to my world
And I see the answer now
Love is the Answer… Love!

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Tear for Michael

There was buzzing early yesterday morning at around 4-5AM I think, when one of the agents was informed by her customer that Michael Jackson died. Not until the news was seen on CNN, one can believe that it is really THE Michael Jackson who passed away.

My very first memory of Michael was during the Jackson 5 way back in the 70's -- "Happy" and "Ben". Also, ang walang kakupas-kupas na "Give Love on Christmas Day". I wasn't really a diehard fan but I liked his music. Was he the one who sang "Someone in the Dark"? It was the theme song for the E.T.:Extra Terrestrial movie. I was gaga over that song for a while.

Watching the local news about MJ's death is surreal. Really can't believe it. Bye now, MJ.. your music stays with us. *hikbi*

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lost Art

I blogged about the Covers Project sometime ago and only got this time to follow through.

I was not able to attend the launch and was glad that the Art In Site Magazine website is up and running. They are still in the process of uploading the artworks used in the project. Itching to get my hands on a copy (specifically 'mine'/'my design'), I emailed Patricia Laurel, Editor-in-Chief. Unfortunately, she still could not confirm if the ('my') copy was sold or not.. imagine more than 1,000+ artworks submitted for the project! So, ok... wait na lang ako for the meantime, and do find time to visit their website! It's something for all us Filipino artists out there!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day

Spent Father's day just like any other ordinary Sunday family get-together.

Earl. who is back for good from Dubai, will be continuing employment here with same game developer employer, with son Hugo, Ron with his family including 2 new yaya's, and of course, kami dito-- Nanay, Andee, Diego, Cak, Ti'Angge, and Yaya Wilma and Ate Ann. Got up early to do a little market for our lunch menu with Yaya and Diego. Diego was absent from school last Friday because of fever. Yesterday the fever was gone but yet he complained of stomach pains.

Our menu was Cak's Veggie Meatballs with Nanay's Sweet & Sour sauce (pork giniling at 150php/kilo!) ; Nanay's Turbo Chicken, my Creamy Hot Tahong & Cheese recipe; and Yaya's Inihaw Adobong Chix Isaw (yummy hit!). Nanay (arrived last night from Palawan) also brought fresh Tuna Sashimi.

I was cleaning the tahong shells when I felt it. It was the same like the first 'attack' as I would call it. Cold sweat, uneasy feeling in the abdomen area, vision starting to blurr, hot flushes going up the spine, to the back of my neck, to my head, and this affected my hearing. Parang nabibingi ako. All I remember is, I sat down, closed my eyes trying not to pass out like I did the first time. I remember hearing Nanay talking to Yaya, I remember her calling Cak.

It was pretty scary. I tried to control breathing and focus on a particular name and face. That helped. But it still was scary.

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Look

Finally. It's about time.
It literally took me almost 15 hours non-stop (well, except for eating and trips to the little girl's bathroom) to go through a blog overhaul! Salamat kay Photoshop and a little help from Cak. He was able to help out in tweaking my then new header but in the end, I had to start from scratch again. Used Blogger template SCRIBE this time.
The original one I used since I started in 2005 is Blogger template DOTS. Naku, very eighties pa because of the cat wallpaper I used that time! Was not able to get a good screenshot of the old one, though. So I changed it-- from the main logo header, to the side headers, to the look of the main page -- I give myself a pat on the back, hehe. Next step right now is to make sure all blog links are still active. Would also need to check the old template in case I might have missed someone. To be continued... :-)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The brave and the BOLD

FHM Philippines features a Q&A with Carlo Vergara, David Hontiveros, Budjette Tan, Arnold Arre and Gerry Alanguilan.. and a special surprise from ZZZ!

FHM June 2009 issue!