My BFF’s Wedding

The night before she told me that she never dreamed that this would happen.

She’s all jittery and her stomach started acting up a few minutes before. She was crying as she went down the car. She cried even more when she entered the hall. All throughout, I cried with her. The overwhelming joy she felt, I felt some of it too. I have shallow tears but I can stop myself most of the time. On that day, I let it go. I was too happy for her.

We’ve been friends since college. I witnessed her heartaches, her search for the right one. She almost gave up but he came. She’s turning forty this year, he is in his fifties. This is the first and hopefully, the last marriage for both of them.

It was a good day, everyone was happy. It was a day of love, a day of joy.

It is just the beginning. ♥



Rambling Muttering #1: Arf! Arf!

2018 hit me with a lot of surprises. Even now on its 46th day I am still dizzy with all the changes I have to adjust to. It is scary yet exciting, sad yet liberating. Tomorrow will be the Chinese New Year and I would like to at least write one post to welcome the year of the dog. Some things I did on the first few days of this year are:

  • I cut my hair off, it’s almost reaching my butt and it’s getting harder to comb and shampoo it. Now I feel lighter than ever.
  • I met up with old friends. High school friends and we had a blast.
  • One of my good friends had a mild stroke. She just celebrated her 40th birthday a few days prior. It was a warning to us, a sort of wake up call to be more conscious with our lifestyle and eating habits.
  • My best friend is finally getting married and I am going to their province. It’s my first time to travel alone.
  • I am about to face a crossroad in my life. I can see it from afar and I am mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the day I will make my final choice. It’s stressful. Right now it’s a battle between my heart and my head.

I am listening to those yearly forecasts and I heard somewhere that this is a good year to meet my soulmate. I’ve been hearing that for years now but I still want to believe it. LOL.

Anyway, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

May we all have a prosperous and joyous doggie year ahead. =)



I’ve been wanting  to try my hand at baking. Unfortunately, I don’t have an oven. I have tried making brownies in the toaster oven using the instant mix from the store but I really would love to make something out of scratch.

I came across this recipe at :

Since I have all the ingredients, I gave it a try.

It was another success. (Clap! Clap! Clap!)


Well not really that good to look at but they taste great. =)

Random Muttering 11/1/2017: Candles and Flowers


It’s All Saints’ Day and it has been a tradition of our family to visit our dearly departed on the first day of November. We light up candles and offer flowers and prayers with the hope that they are happy and peaceful with our Creator. It is our way of showing that we haven’t forgotten, although we have moved on, that they have played important roles in our lives.

While it is true that we could have given those flowers while they were still alive, I believe that giving them flowers on this day bears equal weight. This is the only thing we can do for them now that they are not with us – go on living and look back even for just one day every year.

Classroom Moments

Kids say the darnedest things as they say. Working with kids is not always as cute and as happy as idealists picture it to be. No matter how much patience you have, there will come a point that you will really struggle to hold on and not lose it.

Many times, when I am about to reach the breaking point, my kids will come up with a line or two and I will end up forgetting my anger altogether. Here are some that comes to mind:

Kid 1: I know how to swim.

Kid 2: Me too, my sister taught me how.

Kid 3: My sister taught me too. She taught me how to drown.

Most of my kids are fluent in both English and Tagalog but most of them are better in English. When they learn new words, they love to brag about them.

Kid 1: I know how to speak Spanish, Buenas Dias!

Kid 2: Me I know French. Bon jour!

Kid 3: Ako alam ko Tagalog ng dog – aso!

We were talking about living and non-living things.

Me: Is a table living or non-living?

Kids: Non-living!

Me: Good! How about a sheep?

Kid 1: Living

Kid 2: Non-living

Me: It’s Living darling.

Kid 2: How can a sheep live?

Me: It eats and grows and says baa..baa..

Kid 2: Oh! You mean a sheeeeep.

My bad.

I was evaluating their knowledge of body parts. I

Me: Where is your head?

(Kid points to the head)

Me: Where is your elbow?

(Kid points to elbow)

Me: Where is your ankle?

Kid looks at me puzzled.

Kid: He’s in the office.

I really think I need to work on my pronunciation.

Bob Ong said that teaching is not a profession, it is a vocation. You need a lot of dedication to last in this field. I have been teaching for more than ten years now and I still have a love-hate relationship with it. However, right now I can’t see myself doing other things than this. So while I’m at it I might as well gather many moments like these.


Random Muttering: Post Birthday Thoughts 9/23/2017

I just turned another year older a few days ago.  I am thankful for the greetings and the show of love on the said day. I celebrated it with a family dinner and I attended mass. Needless to say, it passed by quietly. I am happy and grateful for another year and hoping for more years to come.

Life had been quite busy. My kids this year are mostly boys, I have three kids I tutor and I spend most of the day making worksheets, preparing class materials, and traveling from one workplace to another. Traffic is as bad as always and I had given up wishing it will get better. I get to watch a few movies and I’ve been following some Kdramas, although, I am not so into them to actually be motivated to write my thoughts. I got into Game of Thrones and liked it so much I can’t actually organize my thoughts.

Time seems to be faster when one gets older. I can’t believe I’d still be living like this at this age. I kept telling myself that I should do this and that by this age and here I am. When colleagues and old friends ask me what my plan is, I still can’t give them a concrete answer. I feel a bit sad but I refuse to be eaten by self-pity. I won’t make excuses, I admit I procrastinated for too long that I don’t know how to get out of this rut anymore. Even as I am writing this, I still don’t know what I my next steps will be.

It’s really true – age is just a number. My number developed but my socio-emotional aspect did not.

Kita Kita : My Two Cents

A lot of good reviews have come out about “Kita Kita” – a romantic comedy film starring Alessandra De Rossi and Empoy Marquez and directed by Sigrid Bernardo.  The unlikely pairing of the actors is what made this initially attractive to curious viewers like me. With the tagline “ang love team na hindi mo inakala,” Lea and Tonyo are two unforgettable characters played well by Alex and Empoy.


Set in the quaint Sapporo City in Japan, it was one delightful and heartwarming love story. Lea suffered temporary blindness when she discovered that her fiancé is cheating on her and her neighbor Tonyo befriended her. The friendship develops as they went around the beautiful places in Sapporo and eventually romance followed.

Though the movie ran for roughly one and a half hours, it felt even shorter. Perhaps because it was fun to watch given that there were many comedic moments though the latter half made us cry.  It was one bittersweet story and I would never be able to listen to “Two Less Lonely People” in the same way again. It would always remind me of Tonyo and Lea and how my heart ached at the sight of a blindfolded woman in picturesque destinations and of bananas and hearts dancing.