#SundaySeries: Humility & Mass in Tagalog

Sunday, October 27, 2019

I've always felt that hearing Mass in Tagalog is more solemn.  I remember picking Tagalog songs during my wedding Mass, and it felt really solemn.  Is it just me?

Anyway, I heard Mass in Tagalog and I can't explain what I felt, I guess it's been a long time since I last heard Mass in Tagalog.  But it felt really solemn and close to the heart.

My take away during today's homily was that to remain humble.  God sees through everything.  We don't need to flaunt things or accomplishments to Him because He knows them.  He sees them.  He appreciates it more when we have a quite, humble and sincere heart.

In this day and age of social media.  People tend to show off what they have.  Maybe because they want validation?  Remember the term humble brag?  When the hashtag blessed was become a humble brag of sorts?  Well, life's like that - but we can CHOOSE TO REMAIN HUMBLE, REMAIN LOW KEY, REMAIN TRUE TO JESUS' HUMILITY.

Parenting 101: Tact & Intentional Parenting

Saturday, October 26, 2019

I know kids say what is on their mind.  But there is a fine line when what they say lacks TACT.  What is Tact?

Adults have known tact - but there are some who still lack this important trait.  Maybe because they think they are just being 'honest'.  Well, one can be honest without being tactless and insensitive right?  As I always teach my kids - if you don't have anything nice to say - just be quiet.

Lately, I have come across kids that really really LACK tact.  They utter words like they know the meaning of them - and they don't.  And it's really irritating for me.  I feel that they want to sound smart, but they end up sounding dumb in front of me.  I seriously want to correct them, but I stop myself.  I then think - is it my responsibility as an adult to guide them?  Or do I just let their parents guide them?

It's such a struggle for me you know, I can't understand it but there's a need inside of me to say something.  I mean, we do let some things pass - but I feel there should be a line when to let it pass and when to correct it.  The generation now is very outspoken, I have no qualms about that - I feel that it's better because it is now acceptable to speak our mind - but with this comes the responsibility of saying it PROPERLY - saying it with TACT.

I feel the younger generation lacks a bit of sensitivity towards other people.  I mean, look around - it seems like everyone is hurt by someone's opinion - we're more sensitive with ourselves that we forget about the other people around us.  It seems okay to hurt others while it's a no-no to feel hurt.  MINDFULNESS is something I learned when I was young.  I guess I saw it with my mom - she was very mindful of other people's needs.  Since I grew up seeing that thus, I practice it too.  I just am baffled that well, not everyone is mindful of others.  Sometimes, I even think - maybe there's something wrong with me because I keep thinking of other people.  

So when it comes to my kids - I really try my very very best to constantly remind them of being MINDFUL and that they be sensitive with their words towards other people.  It's quite hard to try and teach them how to be tactful.  HOW DO YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE TACTFUL?  I am at a loss!  Do you have a suggestion?  I would very highly appreciate it if you can help me out.

You know what, with all of these things, I realized that I am a VERY STRICT, TRADITIONAL MOTHER.  I like respectful kids, I like polite kids, those who are courteous and not boisterous.  I mean, yeah - my children are loud - but they know when they can be loud and when they should be quiet.  There are a LOT of parents who simply give up and say my child is opinionated, matapang and etc.  Well, we can teach them to be opinionated but mindful of the words they use.  We can teach them to be matapang and yet be respectful towards elders.  It's really about parenting.

And parenting is really really hard.

I've read about all sorts of parenting but I am most inclined with INTENTIONAL PARENTING.  Read about intentional parenting here on this link.

Some people call parenting a job, but when I think about it, that doesn't seem like an accurate description of what this beautiful and messy thing really is. This is a relationship -- a relationship that takes thought, self sacrifice, love, compassion and intentionality. This is not a relationship you can be stagnant in and expect to go well. So don't be stagnant! Your child needs more out of you than that. Be intentional in your choices and in how you raise your child. Here are eight steps to get started.
1. Think about how you were raised. And no, I'm not talking about reflecting on the best points of your childhood, like that time your parents took you to Disneyland and got you that awesome Mickey hat. I'm talking about the day in, day out parenting that you received. Look at your childhood through the lens of the parent that you are, not the lens of the child that you were. How did your parents or role models teach you? How did they interact with you? How did they shape your decisions?
2. Look to someone you admire. Whether it was when you were a child or someone you know now, look to the parents you admire. Nobody is perfect, but there are positive bits and pieces we can pull from those around us. If there's someone you admire as a parent, talk to them. Ask them questions. Figure out what works for them and how they feel they can grow.
3. Communicate with your partner. This is a team effort. Being intentional in how you raise your child is all about knowing what matters to you and making sure that you and your partner are on the same page moving forward. Men are not always known for our open and skillful communication, so ladies, drag it out of us if you have to.
4. Think about the character you want your child to have.Who do you want your child to be? How do you want them to treat others? How do you want them to act? Think about these things. Personally, I want my daughter to be responsible, to be kind, to be loving, to treat everyone -- from the CEO to the janitor -- with the same level of respect and compassion. Those traits aren't just going to happen by themselves, they have to be learned, and if they have to be learned, then my wife and I need to teach her.
5. Create a routine to help your child succeed. Routines are important. As your child learns and grows, having a routine that they know is in place will help them be prepared for the day. Just like you have a routine every morning on your way out the door to work, your child needs a routine as well.
6. Be consistent. Was there anything more confusing as a child than being told "yes" by Dad and "no" by Mom? When you and your partner decide how things are going to run, stick to it! Do not compromise what you believe to be the right and good thing for your child for what can sometimes be the easier route. When you set a standard, stick to it.
7. Take time to unplug. Think about it like a date -- when you're out on a date, it's incredibly rude to spend the entire evening with your nose in your phone. Do the same favor for your child. Take that time to mute the TV, put the phone down, put away the tablet and simply exist in space with your child. Show them that they matter enough to have your undivided attention.
8. Spend time with your child. When life gets busy -- and trust me, it does for everyone -- make sure you are still taking the time to connect with and develop the relationship with your child. You aren't just an authority figure in the life of your kids, you are someone they admire and look up to. So take the time to enjoy them, participating in what they like, showing them how to act, teaching them to be gracious and kind and setting the standards for their life. Be present.
Intentional parenting is a wonderful -- albeit challenging -- decision to make. But for the benefit of your precious little nugget, take the time to be present and intentional. They will appreciate it later.

DON'T bring #PepperSpray OUT of the country!!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Do you know that possessing pepper spray in certain countries is ILLEGAL?

Who would have thought?  Not me, nor my friends.  Not most everyone!

So here I am writing this - a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.

Read it again:
  Hong Kong
  New Zealand
  United Kingdom

Now, why am I sharing this information?  Because apparently, people are unaware of such law!  I have heard three (3) horror stories of people being held at the airport (by the police) for possessing pepper spray.  They were brought INNOCENTLY and they got held at the airport for having it in their personal bags.

Being detained in a foreign country with a language barrier is NO JOKE.  I can only imagine the stress and anxiety one feels.  You can be detained for as little as an hour to more than 24 hours!  Police will come in to put everything on record and you will get questioned.  Some get let go easily with a warning, but just recently I was told that someone got held in custody for 24 hours! Not only that, in Macau - they even go as far as pursuing a criminal case against the possessor!!

So please, be MINDFUL of what you bring.  Please remember to take it out of your bags whether it be a carry on bag or your checked-in luggage.  Leave it at home.  I repeat - LEAVE IT AT HOME!!

Halloween with IFLIX!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Before the era of internet, there was one Halloween tradition that was practiced by Filipinos in the country.  And that is to watch Magandang Gabi Bayan's Halloween Special.  It was shown the Saturday prior to October 31 (in case it didn't fall on a Saturday).  I remember most everyone would watch it intently and was looking forward to it every year.  And when school resumed after the break - everyone of us would tell ghost stories we heard from friends and friends of friends.

I honestly don't know what happened to that special - if it still airs now, but what I can tell you is that - you can not watch a selection of Halloween/Horror themed movies on IFLIX!  Their selection is quite interesting!  So, if you're wanting to have that horror thrill in your lives this Halloween, look no further and experience it with IFLIX!!

 MANILA, October 20, 2019 – It’s the scariest time of the year again, and you’ve been busy putting the bells and whistles on that freaking awesome Halloween costume. Get yourself in the mood with these spine-chilling horror flicks to give your screams much needed practice.

 Gonjiam Haunted Asylum

Gonjiam is Korea’s most haunted hospital. A “lucky” few have been recruited to participate in a horror show that will be livestreamed via the internet. To keep viewers hooked, the producers set up a few scares for the unwitting guests. It’s all thrills and chills until things take a darker turn. The film stars Wi Ha-Joo, Park Ji-Hyun and Oh Ah-Yeon.

Watch Gonjiam Haunted Asylum on iflix now: https://www.iflix.com/title/movie/120508

 Hide And Never Seek (Tagalized version)

A program host who specializes in livestreaming horror-themed programs mysteriously receives a video of a missing female high school student. In the video she is supposedly calling a ghost while playing hide and (go) seek alone. Intrigued, he heads out to find out what really happened.

Hong Yea Eun, Jo Bok-Rael, Lee Soo-Bin star in this suspenseful movie directed by Lee Doo-Hwan.

Watch Hide and Never Seek (Tagalized version) now:  https://www.iflix.com/title/movie/244338

JailangKung 2 (Indonesia)

In this Indonesian horror film, Tasya (Amanda Rawles) watches an old video showing her father communicating with her late mother through Jailangkung. She attempts to create her own Jailangkung, hoping to meet her mother who passed away during childbirth. However, her spell invites in an evil spirit instead who terrorizes her family. Original characters Bella & Rama, with the help of a new friend, Bram, once again have to save their family from evil forces.

Watch Jailangkung 2 on iflix now:  https://www.iflix.com/title/movie/134208

 Patient 7 

The film centers on Dr. Marcus, a renowned psychiatrist who has selected six mentally-ill and dangerous patients from the Spring Valley Mental Hospital to interview as research for his new book. As Dr. Marcus interviews each patient, he suspects their horrific stories are all connected to someone known as Patient Seven. The film stars Alfie Allen, Charlie Bond and Christian Brassington, and is directed by Danny Draven.

Watch Patient Seven on iflix now: https://www.iflix.com/title/movie/59331


Romano (Robin Padilla) finds out that he has the ability to see ghosts surrounding people about to die. His sister Isabel (Rhian Ramos) and their close friends convince him to travel to Manila to consult a doctor about his condition. On their way back, they avoid getting into a deadly car accident and get home safe. Now the group must try to escape their respective “sundo,” and cheat death. The film is directed by Topel Lee.

Watch Sundo fon iflix now:  https://www.iflix.com/title/movie/240872

The Chosen – Forbidden Cave (Tagalized Version)

 A Psychologist, Jin Myeong, moonlights as an exorcist. With the help of his apprentice, Ji Gwang, he hopes to exorcise Keum Joo from a bizarre possession. What he ends up facing is a powerful being who is the sum total of absolute darkness and drives people to a state of extreme fear. The film stars Cha Ye-Ryeon, Chun Ho-Jin and Han Chang-Hyeon.

Watch The Chosen – Forbidden Cave on iflix: https://www.iflix.com/title/movie/244342

 The Conjuring

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as true-to-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. They are called in to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. The film, directed by James Wan, started the world’s obsession with this eerie franchise.

Watch The Conjuring on iflix now: https://www.iflix.com/title/movie/94672

The Wailing (Tagalized Version)

Korean stars Jun Kunimura, Hwang Jung-Min and Kwak Do-Won star in this intense family drama about a mysterious plague.

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a strange disease starts spreading among the residents. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Watch The Wailing (Tagalized Version) on iflix now:  https://www.iflix.com/title/movie/241214

Kisa Tanah Jawa (iflix Originals – Indonesia) (Premieres October 31)

An iflix Original production out of Indonesia, this horror film recounts the story of five hikers who trek to the top of Mount Merapi in search of a friend. What they don’t expect to find at the many dangers and menacing creatures that await them. The film stars Deva Mahenra, Joshua Suherman, Laura Theux and Wafda Saifani, under the direction of Fanzan Rizal.


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Little Dapitan at Ayala Cloverleaf Balintawak

Monday, October 21, 2019

Dapitan.  The home of wonderful finds.  I remember going there a years ago in search of Christmas decor when I was newly married.  Years later, I went there to look for wooden stuff and what nots.  I remember walking the streets of Kanlaon and going into the Dapitan Arcade to just browse what they were selling.  I remember too that they change the items they sell depending on the season.  Nowadays, parking is a huge problem.  I've often wondered what will happen to those who frequent Dapitan Market.

Look no further, but with the comforts of an open parking area beside it - comes, #LittleDapitan.  It's housed on the compound of Ayala Malls Cloverleaf in Balintwak.  It's literally a #LittleDapitan because the stalls hail from the actual Dapitan Market!  Here are what I found when I went around:

These #capiz decorations are a classic in Dapitan!  It's so nice to see them showcased and being sold here in #LittleDapitan at #Cloverleaf!

How cute is that drawer chest with numbers on them!

These #GratitudeCups are a winner for Christmas gifts!  I personally can never have enough of mugs.  They're so useful for me and I appreciate more that they have words like Thank you and Congrats!

The classic #ChristmasParol will never be absent during the Christmas season in Dapitan Market!

The clocks above and below are a sure hit for those who are in the lookout for timepieces for their home.  My Panget is a sucker for clocks!  I'm sure he'll have a field day looking at them!

The wall decors above and the wooden series shelves below are so nice!  I really wanted to get them, but the realized - I didn't know where to place them in my home.  But they're really nice!

Ceramic displays!

The signage above really made me smile.  

This blue piggy is my most favorite purchase.  I have been wanting to get a real piggy bank, but most of what I see being sold are made of plastic.  This is ceramic!  Look how cute!  I didn't need to think if I needed it, I wanted this.  I wanted this so much!  Hahaha...

I had a nice time walking and looking around the stalls of #LittleDapitan.  I'm sure you will too!  So head on out to Ayala Malls Cloverleaf!  There, you won't have problems with parking and getting rained on.  #LittleDapitan is covered!!  Cool, right?

Sharing with you what I got in #LittleDapitan at Ayala Malls #Cloverleaf

#SundaySeries: Being present in Prayer

Sunday, October 20, 2019

I'll start a #SundaySeries sharing my thoughts on Sunday Mass' Homily.

I have been regularly hearing Mass every Sunday since 2007.  I started consciously going because I found hearing Mass every Sunday calming.  It has made me realize that praying really helps.  I know I'm not an all good person, but I try my best to be.  And I feel that having this relationship with God has helped me become a better person.

Today's homily was very nice.  It was long, but I didn't notice the time because I was listening intently.  I have to be honest, there are priests who give really good and meaningful homilies and there are others who don't.  But I'm sure they all are trying their best, and I appreciate them all for it.

Well, this Sunday - my take was to be present in prayer.  I do pray, but my prayer is different.  My prayer is usually about thanking God for the blessings every day.  When I wake up, the first thing I do is say a prayer of thanks in my head.  I thank God for waking up and then I start to enumerate what I am thankful for.

My relationship with God wasn't always like this.  But I guess with age, it has matured.  I always look at the silver lining in everything.  I am not a saint, I too have been not so good to a number of people.  I have wronged people, lied to them, hurt them, taken advantage of them and many more.  I am not the best person, but I try my best to be correct whatever way I can.  I am not perfect, my life is not perfect, I make mistakes, I make bad decisions, I get easily angry and upset, I am irritable, I lose patience, I judge and many more.  I am not a goody goody, I am human.

But I try to be good.  I admit to mistakes and ask forgiveness when I can.  I try and help as much as I can when I can.  I think I try to make good deeds to compensate for the not so good deeds that I have done.

Let me be honest, there are times that I feel so alone and my only respite is when I pray.  When I am upset, I need to vent - and then I say a prayer to God and offer him all of what I am feeling.  I release to Him everything I feel and I surrender to him.  Whatever He wills, I will accept.  Faith has helped me through the years.  As cheesy as it sounds, do you know that I feel secure knowing that I have a holy rosary nearby?  I clutch it when I need help.

So what is being present in prayer.  Being present in prayer is to surrender to the Lord whatever it is you are feeling.  I was always afraid to ask the Lord for specifics, because in my mind - who am I to ask of those particular things.  But then I learned that I can ask.  And so I ask.

My prayer today is Lord, THANK YOU for all the blessings that you have given me.  Thank you for the gift of life.  Thank you that I am still breathing and alive.  Thank you for another chance to try and make You proud.  Thank you for giving me a chance to show people that I can be good because I know You.  I am very sorry for the people I have wronged and the sins that I will commit this week.  Forgive me Lord for I do not know what I do.  I would like to ask You Lord to listen to the prayers of everyone praying at this moment, for whatever their needs may be.  Please listen to their prayers.  Thank you again Lord, THANK YOU!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I went to see my pediatrician for different shots.  She told me that the hospital is having giving FREE #OPV to kids 0-59 months old.  The location was near the back parking of the MAB.  She told me to go since I was already at the hospital.  And so we went.  And this was what I saw:

This particular program is also available in St. Luke's BGC.  So if you have kids ages 0-59 months, PLEASE head on to St. Luke's QC or St. Luke's BGC for this FREE #OPV.

I personally felt lucky that they were giving away this #OPV for FREE!  I am PRO-vaccines, because they work.  I personally believe that vaccines are there for a reason.  There has been a LOT of talk about vaccines causing autism.  This is NOT TRUE!  The study that anti-vaxxers have been holding as a bible has been debunked!

Think of your child.  Give them to opportunity to be healthy.  Please.

We are given ONCE CHANCE TO TAKE CARE OF GOD'S GIFT TO US.  Please do it well, please do it with LOVE.

Please see the schedule above and make time to visit the hospitals.

PayMaya: Get up to P3,000 CASHBACK when you shop this 10.10

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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