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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Friends Came To See Me

It was early morning a couple of weeks ago when two of my friends in the public high school where I used to work came to visit me. I just ate my breakfast when they came. They were the second batch who came to see me. I was so glad to see Oyet and most especially Madam Luz who was one of my closest friends before. She's a head teacher in Math and her daughter is my "inaanak". She's my kumare but I used to call her Madam Luz as a respect of her position in the school. Oyet was my classmate in high school but until now she's still single. I don't understand why she opted to become an old maid. I was playing cupid for her when I was still working in the school but she turned it down so I didn't insist. It's her lost and it's Richelle's gain. Maybe it's not her destiny to get married.

Madam Luz and Oyet

Friday, February 20, 2009

What Do You Love About Your Husband Tag

My friend Toni tagged me with this one. My apology for not doing it so soon. I was just too busy doing this and that. My hubby is God's gift to me and he's not perfect but nobody is. There are lots of things I love about my husband and here are some of it.

I love my hubby because he loves me for what and who I am.
I love him because he is a Christian and love Jesus.
I love him because he traveled half a world away just to meet me and marry me.
I love him because he gave up his job just to be with me and wait on me until my US visa was processed.
I love him because he love and treat my family as his own.
I love him because he is just a simple man in every way.
I love him because he is not picky with his foods and he loves to eat Filipino foods.
I love him because he is generous and he loves to help other people.
I love him because he's a good father to his kids even though he's not a perfect father.
I love him because he is my life partner and together we will worship and serve the Lord all the days of our lives.

I am passing this tag to Ging, Richelle and Juliana.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Power Shortage

We had experienced power shortage today from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This is what I don't like here in the Philippines, the brown outs. It was warm today but after lunch, the wind was blowing and it did help. I told my siblings that in the US, there's no brown out there except if there's a natural calamity and the electric wires were damaged. My hubby wants to buy an electric generator so we could use it during brown outs. It sure will help us during summer which is not far away to keep the AC or the fan running. We have to check out the price first if we can afford.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Beautifying Our Front Yard

I've been busy cleaning our front yard yesterday. My brother Celso had been helping me do the cleaning and landscaping of our front yard. He had to move those bonsai plants that he's been collecting because our small yard was already crowded with bonsai plants. I had to replant also some of my denrobium and cattleya orchids because the pots were already full of roots. My brother had done all the lifting of the heavy planters with bonsai. We did a little landscaping by putting a waterhole and surrounded it with rocks, green plants and jars. Our front yard looks a lot better now. Next project we will work on will be the drift woods full of orchids. I will have to replant it because they're all full of roots.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sleeping Like A Baby

Since I've been here in the Philippines, I've been sleeping good except for the first few nights maybe because of jet lag. I blogged here before that since I experienced tinnitus in my ears which started last September, I had problems sleeping. All I hear in the quietness of the night was the ringing in my ears and it really bothered me. I even developed anxiety because of it. For a couple of months, I've been taking Xanax so I can sleep at night. I was even afraid that I might be addicted with it. I kept praying to the good Lord to heal me and give me a good night sleep without the drugs. I was also in the prayer list in our church and I want to thank all the people who prayed for me. I was able to sleep good a few weeks before we came back here in the Philippines. Now I am sleeping better like a baby. My tinnitus is getting better too and I praise God for answered prayers. Thank you Jesus for you are my Healer!

We Went Shopping And Meet Friends On Valentine's Day

Belated happy heart's day to everybody! Yesterday, my hubby and I together with my siblings, bro-in-law and sis-in-law went to Clark (used to be the Clark Airforce Base) to buy some imported goodies. My bro-in-law drove their van and it was a 3 hour drive from our place. We left at 9:00 AM and we brought foods for our lunch. We had a picnic at the picnic grounds in Clark. After we ate we proceeded to PureGold Duty Free Shop. The prices of the goods and commodities are higher than in the US of course because it traveled already. To my surprise, there were lots of people shopping yesterday. We spent more than $70 for all the stuffs that we bought.

Then after our shopping, we went to meet Pastor Yanie and sis Modie in front of Robinson's Galeria in San Fernando, Pampanga. I called them a few days before we went there to let them know that we want to see them. We met the couple in our church in Wichita Falls during our Mission's Conference in 2007 and later on we became friends. Hubby and I was so excited to see them again. Pastor Yanie is the pastor of Great Lamb Baptist Church and their church is still undergoing construction on the 2nd floor and some parts in the 1st floor. They even showed us the small room where they used to stay for three years. Now they're renting a 2 storey house close to their church for only $75 a month while their church is under construction.

They will be having their 1st Mission's Conference this coming May and a Baptist pastor from Decatur, TX will be going there. The couple invited us to attend their Mission's Conference and offered us to stay in their house for a week. We will do our best to attend. We were so glad to see Pastor Yanie and sis Modie again. We had a good time chatting with them and they served us refreshments, pie and cake from Goldilocks. Hubby said he was so blessed to see their work for the Lord. I pray that our ministry that we had started here in our place will prosper too. With God's help, we can do it. God knows our hearts' desire and that is to serve Him by sharing the gospel to the lost so they will get saved.

taken inside the church of Pastor Yanie and sis Modie with me and hubby
with my hubby, Pastor Yanie, sis Modie, me, Violy (my sister) and Vivian (my sis-in-law)
inside the house of the Genonangan couple with my siblings, sis/bro-in-law

in front of their church

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Beauty Of Burnham Park

Hubby and I spent 8 days in Baguio and we took a lot of photos while we were there especially at Burnham Park where the Market Encounter for the Panagbenga 2009 is being held. Whenever we go out walking we always stop by there. It's just a walking distance from Camp Allen where we stayed. We bought our meals thrice in a booth inside the Market Encounter because it's a lot cheaper than in the restaurants outside. Their value meal which consists of meat, vegetable and rice was P35 only, the bottled water for P10 and the fruit salad for P10 too. Isn't it cheap? I love their fruit salad there called Agar-agar . It tasted like buko salad. We just ate our lunch in a picnic table at Burnham Park. We saved some money for our lunch by doing this especially there were 3 of us, me, hubby and our house helper, Jenny. I only spent P160 for the 3 of us and that's equivalent to more than $3 only. Here are more pics taken at Burnham Park on different days.

having lunch at Burnham Park

with Jenny
hubby and I

colorful dahlia flowers

Itchy Scalp

Last Thursday while I was in Baguio with my hubby, I went to a beauty parlor inside Baguio Center Mall. I had a hair cellophane to cover some of my gray hair and make my hair shinier. As I grow older, my gray hair is increasing too. It was my first time to have a hair cellophane. I've never done it before except hair dye. I can't afford it when I was in the US. Now that I'm here in the Philippines, I can afford now because it's a lot cheaper here. I only paid P750 which is equivalent to a little more than $15. It took less than an hour for the whole process and my hubby and our maid was with me and they were patiently waiting. At night, I started to scratch my scalp because it was itchy. Then the next morning, I was still scratching and I developed allergy in my scalp due to the hair cellophane that I had. I never had an allergy before when I had my hair dyed. My sister who had her hair cellophane didn't experience allergy in her scalp. Her sis-in-law told me that she had itchiness too in her scalp after her first time to have a hair cellophane. It's good the allergy in my scalp is disappearing now after 4 days. I got relieved! Me and my vanity. That's what I got for wanting to cover my gray hair. I don't know if I will do it again. Maybe if I'll see my white hair appearing, I would be tempted to have a hair cellophane again, lol!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Landscaping Contest In Panagbenga 2009

Hubby and I are still here in Baguio right now. We came here last Saturday to see the opening of the Panagbenga 2009. We went to Burnham Park last Monday where the Landscaping Contest is being shown. We had to pay P30 each for the entrance fee. It was high because it was the opening day. The next day we went again and it went down to P10 each. We took pictures of the landscape entries. They were so beautiful and each landscape entry is unique. The landscapers are so creative. The winners will be announced on the last week of the festival and that will be on the last week of this month. They will choose 3 winners, 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Here are the photos of the landscape entries. Which do you think will win?

entry No. 1

entry No. 2

entry No. 3

entry No. 4
entry No. 5

entry No. 6

entry No. 7

entry No. 8

entry No. 9

entry No. 10

entry No. 11
entry No. 12
entry No. 13
entry No. 14

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Day!

I am in Baguio right now with my hubby. We came here last Saturday morning with my sister and her family. We are staying at my brother-in-law's house and we gonna be here for a week. Yesterday, we went to church and we attended the University Baptist Church where my brother-in-law is a member. Most of the members of that church are college students, teachers and professionals. The worship service was in English so my hubby understood the message. The pastor in that church was my instructor in Differential Calculus at Saint Louis University. He gave a good message and the title of his message was Growth Groups and his text verse was in Acts 2:42-47. After the service, the pastor came and talked to me and my hubby. I told him that his message was a blessing and I was so glad that he's a pastor now.

We proceeded to the restaurant after the church service and we had lunch there. Would you believe that we only paid an amount equivalent to $20 for the 11 of us? That was really cheap! Hubby and I used to pay $25 for the 2 of us whenever we go and eat in a restaurant in Texas.

After we ate, we went sight-seeing around. First we went to Mines View Park. There were lots of people yesterday because it's Sunday. We had a good time taking photos there.

me and the Texas Cowboy
with my hubby, my sister and her hubby
with my sister Violy, Jenny, my hubby and Mae-Mae
Then we went to The Mansion house and took photos there too. It was my nth time to go there. In fact I already had a lot of photos in those tourist spots in Baguio but it's been a while since I've been there so we just posed and posed and clicked and clicked the camera.

with my sister Violy

Next destination was the cemetery where my brother-in-law's mom was buried last year. I took photos of them there too. Then we proceeded to the Diplomat Hotel at Dominican Hill. The place was located in the highest part of the city and we passed by Lourdes Grotto. The hotel was damaged during the earthquake in Baguio last 1990 but the owner never rebuilt it. It looks like a haunted hotel now and they said that they hear somebody screaming and howling at night. A lot of people died in that hotel during the earthquake. Hubby, my nephews, Jenny and my brother-in-law went up the hotel and they've seen the entire view of Baguio. They wanted to take some photos there but the battery of my camera went dead. My sister and I stayed in the van. Then we went home afterwards.

at the garden of Diplomat Hotel

my hubby in front of the Diplomat Hotel
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