Romantic Motorcycle Rides

You know, what I really love about motorcycle rides is the fact that I get to hug my partner and that hug makes me feel secured. When we cruise along the road by the beach, I love wrapping my arms around his (big) stomach and rest my head on his back. I can do that all day.

I enjoy every bit of romantic motorcycle strolls with my husband.

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My Mother

My mother arrived today from the US. After almost a decade of being motherless, I felt a huge relief seeing her earlier walk out from the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport. 

For some reason, my tears began to fall as she walked towards us. It’s such an overflowing emotion of joy and sadness.

What are my tears for? 

My tears were for those days when I felt I needed her the most.

Those days when I was struggling as a mother and I needed expert opinion.

Those days when I have to figure out all by myself the ropes and strokes of becoming a new mom. 

That day that I got married and she was not there.

That day that I brought my youngest son to the world.

That day that I felt ill and I needed someone to nurse me..

Those days that I felt like the world is against me and I needed someone who would not turn me away.

Those days that I needed to make life decisions.

 She have missed so many milestones and moments that when I saw her, my longingness involuntarily manifested through my tears. It was just a relief seeing her like its the first time. When I held her, hugged her, it feels like home. I felt I am truly home.

Today I am travelling back to Bicol. I wish I wasn’t because I simply would just like to spend every moment with my mother. 

Home Dillema: Sun

I need help on how to cool our home from the afternoon sun. Our house is sitting on a foot of a hill and is a bit elevated from the house beside us. We have a small dirty kitchen and laundry area which during the afternoon become extremely hot due to the sun’s position that focuses directly towards our dirty kitchen on the side of the house. Our kitchen window and my son’s window is directly allowing the heat to come inside the house. To worsen the dilemma, next to our dirty kitchen is the rooftop of the house next door which is made of galvanized iron so it literally intensifies the heat. Oftentimes, it becomes unbearable that I needed to turn on the AC even if it means an increased in electricity bill.

Here in the Philippines, it becomes extremely hot during summer so those who have lived in our tropical country knows how it is. I am writing to seek help to design professionals who may have solution to my ordeal which is readily available here and I don’t need to apend much on since we are on a budget.

My idea is to buy a plant that crawls such as bougainvilla and put up a net so when it grows, it’ll give a nice and green cover up. Another idea is to hang plants made of recycled material such as soda bottles but I’m afraid that it might put a lot of weight on the aides of our roof.

Please, I badly needed help!

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Above is a sample photo.

Basil Seeds and Small Pots

I was having trouble growing my basil plant and just today, I saw small bumbs around the stem of my plant. It looks like bugs or small shells sucking on it. I gently removed each shell and found out it looks more like a cocoon of some sort.

I need to find out what it is and of course, wherelse could I get information from? Right. Google. So I googled but instead of looking at pests, I ended up looking for information on how to grow a basil plant from seeds.

I learned from my research that pruning flowers from the basil plant would encourage more leaf growth and at the same time, it would strengthen the flavor of the basil leaf. I pinched off small dried flowers from my plant and started disecting the buds. It opened with tiny little black seeds.

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The photo above shows the removed flower stem which I turned upside down to show dark matured seeds inside the buds.

I was able to gather this much seeds from my plant. See photo below.

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I need a small pot to germinate the seeds but since I just moved, I don’t have much supplies. What better way to do it? Recycle. I scavenge our dry trash bins and found small probiotic bottles my son regularly drinks. I was able to recover 3 bottles.

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I used a scissor to cut 3/4 of the bottle from the top.

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Even out edges using a lighted candle by melting sharp tips.

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Voila! I got myself self three recycled nursery pots for my future basil plant!

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Watch out for my next blog about planting and growing my seedlings.

Thanks for reading!

Seize the Moment

Seize the Moment

The past few days were the shortest 4 days of my life. It was my birthday weekend and my husband took the time off from work to spend this occasion with me and our kids. Prior to his arrival, we were sort of confused as to how we are going to make the 4 days well-spent and memorable. I am seriously pressured with ideas to make my husband’s vacation worthy.

Yes, we did everything as planned. We’re actually able to do all the plans I laid out but I regret not letting my husband experience relaxation. We’ve been long planning a body massage but we were not able to squeeze it into our tight schedule.

Moments like these are those that I wished I have more than 24 hours in my life. Looking back, I think about how I spent my days and wished that I never felt tired so I still have the energy to do more.

There’s so many things to do with so little time.

A Prayer for Daddy

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Daddy, please remain strong. Take care of your self and of your body. I am not ready to let you go yet.

All our times are in Thy hand. All diseases come at Thy call, and go at Thy bidding. Thou redeemest our life from destruction, and crownest us with loving kindness and tender mercies. We bless Thee, that Thou hast heard prayer, and commanded deliverances for our father and Thy servant, who has been under Thine afflicting hand.

He was brought low, but Thou hast helped him. May he not only live, but declare the works of the Lord!

As Thou hast delivered his eyes from tears, his feet from falling, and his soul from death, may he daily inquire: What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me, and resolve to offer unto Thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and to call upon the name of the Lord.

May we ever remember that recovery is only a reprieve and that some day we will go to our rest in the Lord. May we therefore secure the righteous path and live with eternity ever in our view.

Source: http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/Prayers-for-Healing.html#sthash.xhSPolJj.dpuf

Quitting Job

My husband and I have been apart for about half a year now and it was a major leap we took. My husband’s job used to be based in Manila, just about an hour away (with moderate traffic) from our home but his boss decided to move the business in Bicol where they can save tons of cash in operational expenses. Since my husband was among the pioneer employees there, he braved the decision and took off to Bicolandia, a region in the country, 12 hours drive away from home.

It was a painful adjustment for both of us when he left because in the 10 years we’ve been together as a couple, the longest time apart we had was just 1 to 3 days. Not being able to see my husband for weeks and weeks was a dreadful wait. He was given opportunities to come home for a few days in the first few months but when their work started to pile up, they cannot afford to send home any of their managers, including my husband, even for just a few days. So what used to be him coming home monthly, I started going there in Bicol instead.

The separation was initially difficult but then I got used to it until I enjoyed our bed to myself and my little boy who is 3 years old now. I somewhat enjoy my singleness and my time with my kids however, both of us feel that the set up now isn’t good for our family. My husband’s not seeing our kids grow. He fears that one day, they won’t recognize him anymore. We feel that there’s no point in being a family when we are far apart form each other. We have to be together.

Because of this, we planned on moving the whole family to Bicol instead. The cost of living in Bicol is way below the cost we spend here in the Metro. We can start a new life there together. My husband wanted me to quit my job and focus on taking care of our children, him and run a small business. It was a great deal. It was actually a tempting deal.

HOWEVER, I, being employed as a head of a department in our company, my dream company, which took me two attempts before I landed the job hardwork to get myself promoted, is something that I truly value. I feel that I am generally successful now being in the company thats both fulfills my professional and personal aspiration. You see, I work for a social enterprise that aims to uplift the lives of the poor people in the Philippines and the country. Not only I am fulfilled in making a difference in the lives of many people, I am also well compensated and recognized. That is something very difficult to trade with.

Then again, family always comes ahead before anything else. So now I am torn between a rewarding employment and an unfamiliar territory BUT offers greater potential of becoming financially and time free. My husband and I’s goal is for us to move with him in Bicol by 2014. I am excited for the big leap but scared at the same time. I am scared that the business I am planning to put up might flunk and we won’t be able to sustain our needs and bills and it will be very difficult for us. I fear that we might lose the financial security we have now since both of us have good jobs. I am torn between becoming a success and a failure.

Now, I’d like to seek your advice on my decision. Up to this point, I am still confused and skeptic about moving to Bicol with my husband. At the same time, I am also excited in living a new life. Your feedback is appreciated.