My Valentine Wish

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Here’s a poem that I’d like to share. I wrote this poem way back February 13, 1997 in our classroom when I was 17 years old. I dedicated this poem for my crush during my high school days who became my partner in life and better half.  It’s been 17 years that this poem was made and all I can say is that true love knows no age and distance is not a hindrance. For me, every day is Valentine’s day. XoXo!

My Valentine Wish

When In Boracay

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that has enormous amazing things to offer.  It’s a tourist-magnet owing to its white sand beach, crystal clear waters and countless exciting things to do.

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Boredom doesn’t exist in Boracay.  From swimming, snorkeling, nature tripping, biking, island hopping, food tripping, shopping to outdoor adventure sports you’ll never ran out of things to do chiefly adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding activities.  Enjoyment, relaxation, entertainment, nature and adventure are ever present in the island.

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Since then, the island has been a great venue for beach weddings and team building activities.  Not forgetting to mention that the locals are friendly and helpful. The place is ideal for family outings, honeymoons, team building, backpack traveling, weddings andther types of events.  You’ll never run out of choices when it comes to places to stay, dine and unwind.

We always visit this place since I was a kid especially during summer time.  My trip in Boracay was always been amazing! The place never ceases to amaze me.  It’s really fun in Boracay! It’s a one stop shop for all the things you want in a vacation.

There are lots of things you can do in Boracay that’s why it’s best to have a longer vacation in the island.

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When in Boracay, you can…..

• Swim in the beach
• Go island hopping
• Try parasailing
• Ride a banana boat or flyfish
• Build sand castles
• Explore and swim in the caves
• Go snorkeling
• Go cliff diving
• Go kayaking
• Go wind and kite surfing
• Go helmet diving or reef walking
• Learn kiteboarding
• Try the flyboard
• Ride the zorb
• Try the reverse bungy
• Get a nice tan
• Sleep in a hammock
• Watch the beautiful sunset
• Watch fire dancers dance
• Watch and listen to a local reggae band
• Ride an ATV
• Ride a bug
• Marvel at the stars
• Get a nice body massage
• Have a henna tattoo or permanent tattoo
• Have your hair braided by the locals
• Go barhopping
• Disco till you drop
• Drink tropical fruit shakes
• Buffet all you can
• Try different local and international cuisines
• Navigate the island using a motorbike
• Indulge in delicious seafood
• Try a zipline
• Visit a culture museum
• Visit different world class white sand beaches
• Go to the highest of point of the island which is Mount Luho
• Visit a butterfly garden
• Play golf
• Go mountain biking

There’s more besides the above-mentioned but I think those are a must! For any type of vacation, Boracay is exactly the place to be!

I can’t wait to visit this place again….

Construction Theme Candy Buffet

Having three nephews means several kids’ birthday parties to celebrate every year.  Just last November 21, 2015, we celebrated the 3rd birthday of my nephew Victor Euan.  The birthday boy likes construction vehicles and power tools so we decided to have a construction theme birthday party for him.

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We had a construction theme candy buffet for little Tor.  Several toy construction trucks, power tool toys, hard hats, tool box, sign boards and hollow blocks were used in the candy buffet set up which were just available at home.

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The cake and cupcakes were custom-made by my brother for his son (the birthday boy). Oh, what a cool construction inspired cake! I really like it a lot! And as for the candy buffet, we filled it with cupcakes, lollipops, donuts, jelly ace, pretzels, chocolates and assorted candies.  We’re happy that our visitors enjoyed the sweets on the candy buffet table as well as the food on the dining table.  Though, we only had a few parlor games for the kids yet they had fun and were happy to receive prices and giveaways.

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To my nephew Victor Euan, I wish you more birthdays to come. May you grow up to be a good boy and may our God bless you with good health and happy life.

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Well, this is the last candy buffet set up that I will do for 2015; looking forward for more birthdays to celebrate and candy buffets to set up this 2016.

Liam’s 1st Minion Themed Birthday Party

I love kids and I enjoy being surrounded by them, especially my only daughter and nephews. It’s always my joy to help assist in the celebration of my nephew’s birthday from party planning, making party invitations, table skirting to setting up candy buffet and even facilitating parlor games. Well, this is maybe because I wanted to be an event stylist and a kid’s party organizer someday. =)

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Last October 30, 2015, we celebrated my nephew’s 1st birthday with a minion theme.  His name is Liam. He’s such a sweet and cheerful baby boy and we love him a lot.

The minion theme cake and cupcakes was made by my younger brother and her wife. It was a nice and fun cake and cupcakes.

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We invited our neighbors, relatives and some friends.  The celebration was simple yet enjoyable – loads of foods, candy buffet and a few parlor games for the kids.

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Again, I had a candy buffet set up for the kids and kids at heart which includes cupcakes, lollipops, molded chocolates, chocolate fountain, marshmallows, cookies and some candies.

Of course, the Pinoy party is not complete without the Lechon or roast pig.

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And as for me, I badly need to practice my hosting skills because I think I suck at it. Ha ha ha!

Baby Liam enjoyed his first birthday from the looks of his sweet face.  The party ended and I think everyone had a despicable fun.

Doing all the chores for the party was no doubt tiring but it was all worth it for my cute little nephew.

May you have more birthdays to come little Liam! May the Lord our God shower you with good health, a happy life and I hope you’ll grow up to be a person with good character.  Love lots!

Cuddly Bear Theme Candy Buffet

Last October 17, 2015, we welcomed my nephew Arcy to the Christian world in St. Anne Parish Church. The baptism was followed by a dinner party at home for family, relatives, friends and for Arcy’s godparents.

Since I’m a fan of candy buffet or dessert bar, I have set up a cuddly bear theme candy buffet for my little cuddly and adorable nephew.candy buffetThe night before the celebration I did the table skirting which I really need practice on. I also made some cake pops which took me hours to finish yet very enjoyable to make.candy buffetFor the candy buffet, we had some strawberry filled donuts, cake pops, cupcakes, tootsie roll candies, marshmallows, white chocolate lollipops, blue berry flavored chocolate lollipops, bear-shaped and heart-shaped dark chocolates plus a chocolate fountain.PhotoGrid_1445027711532We also prepared and cooked foods for the guests.  I know how tiring it is to do everything ourselves but I think my mom, sister and brothers including yours truly make a great team when it comes to food preparation and throwing a simple house party. If there are things that we love they can include cooking, eating and sharing our blessings to others through food.

Everyone went home with something sweet to take home. The celebration was simple yet meaningful.

Anika’s Frozen Inspired Birthday

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Last 21st of August 2015 Friday we celebrated my little Anika’s 6th birthday.  I organized a Frozen-inspired birthday party for her as she’s a fan of Elsa the Disney Snow Princess.  Though it was raining cats and dogs because of the stormy weather we had many visitors.  The party was a bit informal yet fun.  We had our games indoor since it was raining outside and we can’t use the garden.

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The highlight of the party was the candy buffet that I planned set up with the help of my mom, brothers and sister.   My younger brother made the frozen themed cake and cupcakes. I made some cake pops which I need more practice in.  Everything was DIY hence it was tedious but worth it.

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I’m happy that my daughter is happy with the birthday party I threw for her.  I, most of all, thank God for giving her another year of life.

For my little Anika, I wish you good health, more birthdays to come and that you’ll grow God-fearing, full of hope, faith, strength, kindness and love.  You’re my bundle of joy and I love you mucho! XOXO =)

Liam’s Christening

Welcome to the Christian world my nephew Liam! You’re smile and laughs always take my stress away. I hope you’ll grow up respectful and a God-fearing individual.  Your aunt loves you so much! I’m always praying for you.

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I’m just sad as I wasn’t able to make it to the church to witness the ceremony and take some photos in the church but what’s important is that you’ve received the Sacrament of baptism.

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Your nautical themed Christening and thanksgiving dinner party was wonderful. I think I ate a lot because the food was awesome! Ha ha ha!

God bless you always! Lots of love from your Aunt Angela! (“,)

Dear Diary

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Life ain’t easy but I’m striving to be happy and trying hard to make the most out of it.  2012, 2013 and 2014 have been the hardest, saddest and most depressing days of my life.  I’ve been lost and have lost a lot.  Oh well, that’s life! I was burned out and I feel so uninspired and demotivated. I don’t know if I can get back on track again.

But what’s clear to me is that I want to be a chef a someday and travel more. I believe it’s not too late to fulfill my dreams – feeling hopeful and a bit excited to go back to school someday.

I got a lot of time for myself now but I miss my old life, my past jobs, my writing and SEO tasks and my good clients in the internet marketing field. I felt sorry that I left them for some personal reasons and I somehow regretted it. Yeah, I know there’s no point in crying over spilled milk, but somehow I can’t help it. There are lots of ‘ifs’; if only I was emotionally strong and physically fit perhaps, I would have not given up my work so easily. Oh well, I can’t bring back the past and life must go on.

At this time, I just want to be like a leaf on the wind and give myself some time because sometimes all we truly need is some time off.

Be Thankful

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Be thankful for each day
Many have not made it through the day

Be thankful for your life
You’ll make it through toil and strife

Be thankful for your family
Some already don’t have any

Be thankful for what you have
There are loads who are wishing hard to get what you’ve got

Be thankful for your heartaches and some bad experience
Someday you’ll find yourself stronger, braver and wiser in your existence

What Love Has Taught Me

It’s all about LOVE this February.  I can feel the Feb fever getting higher.

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Love…for me…is such a beautiful word that has many different meaning and that has imparted us with bittersweet experiences.

It feels wonderful to be in love. But realistically, love bites! It can without a doubt make you or break you. You’d be very lucky if you have found an ever faithful lover but that rarely happens. You know what I mean.

And speaking about love….

Love has brought me so much joy, inspiration, excitement, challenges, frustration, failures, depression, anger, heartaches and regrets. From having butterflies in my stomach to blushing cheeks and that ecstasy feeling, requited love has made me experience romance, intimacy and bliss like there is no tomorrow not to mention it has also made me hate and become resentful.

Loving someone truly and unconditionally, I value honesty, fidelity, forgiveness and self sacrifice yet love has even broken my heart bringing me crippling emotional pain, sleepless nights and anxiety that I felt rage and almost lost more than just my sanity.

Love has made me cry myself to sleep and shut myself to the rest of the world. But I gained a lot from love’s pain; that killer pain made me wiser, bolder, stronger, more appreciative and even more sensitive especially to the broken hearted. I’ve also proven that time truly heals all wounds but the scar remains and that giving second chances is a choice and a risky decision to make.

I learned that acceptance is the key to moving forward and true love exists bearing all things, enduring all things.

I realized that you got to love yourself first before loving others.

Love has messed up my life yet improved me from my past like a Phoenix that is reborn from its ashes.

Love has taught me that it’s your one great love that will cause you so much pain. And, from that emotional pain, I gain…..