Welcoming 2005!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!

It's going to be a new year indeed for me!!! I start working Jan 3! My first job in Canada! Yipeee!

Migrating isn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. It takes a lot of sacrifices, a lot of adjustments, and a lot of budgeting especially if one had to stay home with the kids and the family had to live on a single income.

Plus the fact that its not easy to find a job... even for somebody with a very good education, background and previously held a respectable position in a bank like me. I had to take up a 3-month tax course to get this job.

So if you think migrating is easy... think again! If you're not willing to give up some luxury in your life, if you're not willing to make sacrifices, if you're not willing to clean the bathroom or do your laundry, if you're not willing to forego a part of your social life (dating, watching movies, fine dining...) --- then migrating is not for you!

12 Days of Christmas

Posting is a bit late... but please read on...

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. Have you ever wondered about THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS? What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember.

The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtledoves were the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles' Creed.


So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol... so pass it on if you wish.

My Choices

"Take a chance!
All life is a chance.
The man who goes the furthest
is generally the one
who is willing to do and dare."
by Dale Carnegie


A big turning point in my life was one choice that I had made that I know would please my parents. And I got hurt along the way. This made me realize that when I make a choice, it is not to please my parents or anybody else, but to make a choice that will bring me happiness.

If I were to go through the choices that I had made in my life, I would definitely make the same choices, of course this time I would want to have the blessings of my family. All relationships has its ups and downs, and through it all, my husband had stood by my side, patient and waiting, giving and loving, supporting me every step of the way.....

We just celebrated our 9th-year wedding anniversary and our 15th-year of friendship, and we are still very much in love with one another! Problems? we all have problems, we all have conflicts, we all have misunderstandings... and so is our relationship... but through it all... we stand by one another... till death do us part!

Busy kid, rest day for me


K'Nex Mad Cat (left) and Bionicles (right)

My son loves these kinds of toys... he spent almost 3 days assembling these toys (1/2 day for the 3 bionicles and almost 2 days for the K'Nex)...


It was a peaceful, no stress 3 days for me! ",)

Story (songs) of my life

MY theme song
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

OUR theme song
Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart

Dedicated to my husband
Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

A message to our children
The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Christmas time is what I missed the most in my hometown. People there celebrate the season of Christ, the season of giving, the season of sharing, and the season of spending time with our family and love ones.

Its the season for simbang gabi -- a Filipino tradition of joyous waiting... "Simbang Gabi is a time-honored Philippine tradition that ushers in the Advent season for Filipinos. The importance of Christmas and the Christmas spirit to Filipinos cannot be overestimated. It touches many aspects of Filipino life - spiritual and social. It is a soul-searching time as well as a family reunion time."

Christmas in this part of the world (North America) is mostly about Santa Claus. Kids line up for hours just to sit in the lap of Mr. Claus. Its sad how people here would celebrate Santa intead of Christ.

Reflection

Sino ang baliw? by Kuh Ledesma

" ... sa kanyang kilos at galaw tayo ay naaaliw, sa atin mga mata isa lamang siyang baliw, ngunit kung tayo ay hahatulan sabay, sa mata ng may Kapal siya'y higit na banal...

(chorus) sino ang dakila? sino ang tunay na baliw? sinong mapalad? sinong tumatawag ng habag? yun bang sinilang na ang pagiisip ay di lubos? or husto sa isip ngunit sa pag-ibig ay kapos? ... "

Its a day of reflection for me... and this song is just the right one....

My favorite blog

You gotta visit this site... I just love to look at the pictures here... http://pic.blogspot.com/

"BLOG" top word of the year

A four-letter term that came to symbolize the difference between old and new media during this year's presidential campaign tops U.S. dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's list of the 10 words of the year.

Merriam-Webster said Tuesday that "blog," defined as "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks," was one of the most looked-up words on its Internet sites this year.

Published: November 30, 2004, 4:48 PM PST News.com

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This seems like a good way to start my blog...