30 Days of Truth -- Day Eleven

Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.

Well, most people would compliment my cooking. In Tagalog, they would say "masarap magluto" or a good cook. Teddy loves my chicken pork adobo and anything stewed.  My beef stroganoff and inihaw na liempo (grilled pork belly) is always a bestseller during birthdays and holidays.

On the outside, people would compliment me for my good skin. I can still pass for 28 LOL!  I'm not too fair nor too dark, but I have fine pores so I'm not prone to acne. My skin regimen is simple: clean, moisturize and tone before sleep and lots of liquid during the day. Of course I would stay out of the sun most times and I try my best to use organic products like fresh honey and the native "kalamansi".

  • What about you, Is there something people seem to compliment you the most on?
Tell me via the comment section the link to your post so I can check them out, too!

The list for the 30 Days of Truth Challenge is here

Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.

I grabbed the logo here :)

How bad is that?

My mother has chronic renal failure. Sigh.

I need a lot of money and I thought there is an option to apply for an EMERGENCY loan in the company where I work. All documents properly signed and all I get is : LOAN ALLOTMENT CLOSED, a shrug and an offhand "maybe next month".

Hey. this is an emergency!

But what can I do? Just another closed avenue. How bad is that?

Think, think. There must be other options. I just hope I'm not running out of it.


Does it ever happen to you when you thought everything's going well then out of nowhere something hits you at your blind side?

Supertyphoon "Juan" has made it's presence felt here in the metropolis by this endless rain and mud in the streets. Worse, vegetables and fruits are at skyrocket prices caused by the devastation  in Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos and in the many parts of the the northern Philippines (and thanks too to some devious merchants who profits as soon as there is a  whiff of food shortage ) As much as I love the rain, it is very inconvenient for the working me. I have the worst cold ever, I have headaches and muscle pains.

Then I received bad news back home. My mom's diabetes has affected her kidneys already and the doctor said we need to get ready and raise funds in case she will be needing dialysis sessions soon. Sigh.

And on top of that, there are minor irritants at work. Yeah, they are minor but boy, there are so many!

So that was my two weeks blog black out.

But life goes on. One can only stay in the dark for so long.

So here I am again.

Microfiction Monday #52

Welcome to Microfiction Monday,
where a picture paints 140 characters, or even fewer.

Here's this week's picture

photo courtesy of Stony River

She hurried to the station platform as she saw the train going to Paris with only hope in her suitcase and two dollars left in her pocket.



When you laugh, I see
not the yellows, reds or blues
but joy of life, free

my godson Gyan Andrei

You got to love him! Happy Monday! A perfect day to start the week.

See more yellows here, and a bit (or a lot) of blue here. Do you want red, it's here!

Oh, how I love Mondays! (And you have to forgive me for the exclamation marks! Hugs!)

A lot of Wordless here, too!

Friday Fill-In #194

So...here we go!

1. My favorite month is January because the climate is rather cold in the usually warm weather.

2. Here in the city, there is no (a) fresh breeze anymore.

3. I love to sniff newly cut grass, coffee, Teddy's shirt, a new book.

4. Chow Fan and brewed coffee is what I like to have as a treat for breakfast.

5. The hobby I enjoy most is reading.

6. My oh my!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleep, sleep, tomorrow my plans include cooking my favorite ulam (viand) CHICKEN PORK ADOBO and Sunday, I want to just laze aroundt he house, catch up on my reading!

More Friday Fill Ins here:

FFF 55 -- A bad case of ugly.

"I've got a bad case of ugly.", my sister mumbled over the phone.

"I'm ugly and I won't go to work.", she insisted with finality.

Has my sister gone mad?

So I rushed home only to see a very mottled, red-spotted sister, "It's lobster, ok?"

I wanted to sock her


Do you have Flash Fiction 55? Then come and tell the G-Man.

30 Days of Truth - Day Ten.

Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.

Once or twice, I needed to let go of someone, but I never regretted knowing them. When I was younger, I have a couple of friends who led me into the wrong crowd. For a while it was fun. But when some things reveal its ugliness by itself, then it is time to walk away. I did and never looked back. Also, there was someone a few years ago who I really loved that I thought the world of. I almost gave up my sense of self for this person by trying to be someone I am not. But that person betrayed me by cheating and lying. I was so hurt that even forgiveness could not return the respect back.

I'm glad I'm over these people. At some point, I mourned for my loss.  I'm not perfect, but I try to be a good person and if they hurt me, I realized, it's their loss after all. I believe people come to our lives to teach us something, and every lesson learned add color and depth to our character.

  • What about you, Is there someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted?
Tell me via the comment section the link to your post so I can check them out, too!

The list for the 30 Days of Truth Challenge is here

Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.

I grabbed the logo here :)


Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Today's Flowers
Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally here.
Wordless? Then, Wordless Wednesday is for you!
My entry for Ruby Tuesday, too! 

NaBloPoMo -Play 

Fickleinpink votes for Legazpi City

Fickleinpink votes for Legazpi City

Filipino Christmas or "Pasko"  is one of the longest celebration in the world, starting as early as September and ends on the Feast of the Epiphany (The Three Kings) on the first Sunday of January.

In commemoration of this Pinoy most celebrated festivity, Kraft Foods (Philippines), Inc will feature 100 towns in a Town Voting Contest  wherein the most number of votes will get to win TWO MILLION PESOS!

Being a a true Bicolana, I VOTE for Legazpi City. The Queen City of South Luzon, home of the Ibalong Festival, the folk epic story of Bicol's ancient heroes.

You can find here also the most beautiful volcano almost perfect in symmetry, the Mayon Volcano.

See how peaceful and perfect it is.

image source

Showing her might in anger.
Mayan Volcano, Legaspi City, Philippines
photo courtesy

Other places to go to : Albay Park and Wildlife, Liberty Bronze Bell, Japanese Tunnel, Magayon Art Gallery, Legazpi City Museum, Bicol Heritage Park, and the hills of LiƱon and Kapuntukan (also known as the Sleeping Lion Hill) and the Embarcadero

To vote for your favorite town:

1. Buy one Eden 35g, 180g or 500g pack at any supermarkets, public market stalls, groceries, convenience stores or sari sari stores nationwide.

2. Write the following information on a piece of paper attached to one (1) empty pack Eden pack size:
a. Name of Favorite Featured Town
b. Name of Eden Dish for that Town
c. Name
d. Age
e. Complete Address
f. Contact Numbers
g. Signature

3. Submit entries at Drop Boxes within participating Towns or mail entries to

Prime Cast Event Concepts Plus, Inc.
Lower Ground Level, Grayline Ventures Building,
14 Arayat St. Boni, Mandaluyong City


ABS CBN Foundation Inc.
ELJ Communications Building
Mother Ignacia St. Quezon City

Deadline for Submission of Entries is on December 2, 2010.
Contest for Philippine Residents only

Inspiration from the rain

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.
Frank Howard Clark  

I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.
Clint Eastwood 

Into each life some rain must fall.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
Marian Wright Edelman


My Life in 6 words - 02Oct2010

Domestic issue - to meddle or not?

Rain, rain, go away

Rain, rain, go away...Today is a rainy day but I don't think it's the weather. Several people close to me are weathering their own storms, too. My friend R, who is having domestic issues. I would like to help, but I'm not sure if I should "meddle" at this time. My mother, too, who has diabetes which is too far gone already all we could do is make her comfortable. Teddy and I, we have our problems, too but I know in my heart that everything happens for a reason in it's own time and pace. God designed it way. We only have  to pray and be resolute.

Below is a favorite poem of mine, by Shel Silvertein. I dedicate this to everyone who feels that the burden they carry is too much. I believe there  is always a happy place

Where the Sidewalk Ends

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

Shel Silverstein

Arrrgh! I could use some coffee!

It's raining when I woke up and I have to drag myself to the bathroom to get ready for work. We've been staying up late since last week to finish our project. Here's an excerpt of our boss' email yesterday.

Subject: RE: Audited FS

Team Finance,

We still need your all out support to finish this by next week. No let up. No excuse.

I will get involve in the discussion if there will be any peer’s show stopper that will prevent your group from accomplishing your task collectively.

You have proven in the 2008 FS that you can do it. Why not do it again for the second time?

Sweeter the second time around.



Let's finish this audit one and for all so we can all take a rest and relax. Thanks for your support and cooperation.


And to think it's Saturday.

Coffee, anyone?

Make mine black, cream, no sugar.

30 Days of Truth - Day Nine.

Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted

People change. People come and go.That's what I found in the many and various relationships in my life. Some people doesn't want exchanging goodbyes and I respect that (because I'm like that, too).

  • What about you, Is there someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted?
Tell me via the comment section the link to your post so I can check them out, too!

The list for the 30 Days of Truth Challenge is here

Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.

I grabbed the logo here :)



"Open the goddamn door!"

It was the most terrifying whisper she has ever heard.  The small window -- her freedom -- is too small.

"N-n-no! Please stop..." , as she curled herself into the far corner of the bathroom.

When the door latch turned slowly, all she can do is close her eyes and whimpered, "please..."


This is a Friday Flash Fiction 55 hosted by Mr. Knowitall.