a short message

Dear friends,

Sorry for not visiting your site more often this time and i'm sorry for not replying on your comments too. I am no longer busy with my work but I am just feeling so lazy. After all the hardwork, the overtime, the rushing for lots of work before the holidays and of course the christmas party. Now, I am feeling so down. I feel like I lost all my energy. And all I really want this time is to take time for myself and have enough rest so I can fully enjoy the holiday season.

But before I take my vacation, let me share to you my favorite pictures taken during our office Christmas party.

Here I’ll introduce to you my very own little Santa. She is the Santa Claus who doesn’t give gifts on Christmas instead she is the one who ask gift from everyone. Hehehe.

Little Santa with her lovable papa

Little Santa with yours truly

Oh guys, what yah all think? Do little Santa looks like her papa or her mama?

With that I just wish everyone to have a Merry-Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

See you all next year.

With love,
~blue rose


tag: A-Z

redlan tagged me with this one. thanks for this tag.

A. Attached or single? Very much attached. As in parang nakaglue. Hehehe
B. Best friend? Hubby
C. Cake or pie? I love cake more!
D. Day of choice? Saturday and Sunday (play time with K.A)
E. Essential item? My wallet
F. Favorite color? Blue
G. Gummy bears or worms? Nothing
H. Hometown? The home of oragons – bikol- Sorsogon
I. Favorite indulgence? music
J. January or July? January of course. Taghirap ata pa July
K. Kids? One and only
L. Life isn’t complete without? My family
M. Marriage date? September 10
N. Number of magazine subscriptions: none
O. Oranges or apples? More on oranges
P. Phobias? Deep water
Q. Quotes? “Do not do unto others what you don’t want others do unto you.”
R. Reasons to smile? Happiness
S. Season of choice? Summer
T. Tag 5 people. You, you, you, you & you
U. Unknown fact about me? I cry so easy
V. Vegetable? Anything except saluyot
W. Worst habit? Eating. Harharhar
X. X-ray or ultrasound? Both
Y. Your favorite foods? Pork adobo
Z. Zodiac sign? Virgo


What are you thankful for this year (2008)?

2008 is about to end and a long holiday vacation here in the Philippines is just few more days to go. But before I take my vacation, let me share to you all the things that I should be thankful for this year.

Though life is a never ending struggle for me, still there are lots of good things that happened to me this year.

Let me summarize them this way:

I was able to give my daughter a simple yet memorable first birthday party. Hubby and I were not able to experience such a party for our own birthday. Birthday for me is just an ordinary day.

I have a happy married life. Our relationship as husband and wife are still very much ok. Though, we encountered lots of misunderstanding but that thing is just part of life, just a spice wika nga!

I still have healthy and strong parents. Seeing/knowing that both of them are healthy is a big thing to thank God. Though, they have their own separate lives, I know that both of them are happy for each other chosen kind of life.

I have a very much understanding and very supportive siblings. Everyone is willing to help each other in times of needs. In addition, our younger brother is getting married. So, we are expecting addition member to the family and we are all happy for that.

I have a very good relationship with in-laws. I know that they are just a call away if I need some help.

I still have stable job. Despite everything that happened to our office, I am still so lucky that I still have my job.

My job is not so demanding and stressful compared to others.

For I only have to report to work from Monday to Friday at 8:00 o’clock in the morning to 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

It gives me money to support our financial needs.

I have an opportunity to meet new people.

They are always there to support me through thick and thin.

They are always there willing to cheer me up when I am so down and blue.

They accepted me for who am I.

This is the year that I started to improve and maintain my blog.

It gives me an opportunity to meet new people and make friends.

It makes me think and exercise my brain and my writing skills.

It served as my outlet when I am so stress with my life.

I was able to survive all the trials that came into my life.

Be thankful for what you have;
you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have,
you will never, ever have enough.

{source here}

This is also my entry for the final leg of the Avalon.ph blog hopping Moleskine Giveaways.

tag: brought to you by letter J

i got a tag from iluvgreen. and she assigned me the letter J.

the rules:

You leave a comment on this post, and I’ll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on.

J*****: stands for the name of my puppy love, my first ever boyfriend 15 years ago
Jacket: to protect me during cold days
Jeans: I am more comfortable in jeans
January: the start of the year. Time to set my resolution
Jealous: I am such a jealous person but not a nagger one
Jeepney: I have no car. And jeepney is part of my daily lives
Jewelry: I love collecting jewelries but I only wear an earring and my watch everyday
Job: I love my job. This is my bread and butter.
Joke: when everybody seems to be so serious I need to break it with some joke
Journal: this is where I write my experiences, ideas, and reflections

Yes! I’m done.


Blog love: my four seasons notebook plus goodies in-transit

I know I am not lucky to win in any raffle or contest. But my patience and determination always give me rewards.

When I joined Shai’s 52WoC tasks for partly #7, random org never favored me for the four raffles. But Shai decided to gave special prize for this round of tasks to the contender who completed the tasks. And she declared that I’m the sole contender who completed the tasks. Hooray for me! I do not know if my fellow 52WoCer just gave way for me to have the prize or they are just so busy to complete the tasks. But whatever their reasons, it made me won the special prize alone. So, I would like to say thank you very much guys.

Then, two weeks ago the package from Australia arrived. I was so happy and so excited the moment I got it. I was so eager to see what’s inside but hubby requested if he can just open it for me and see for himself the treasures that I got. So, I let him opened the package. Just like me, he was so happy too.

Here’s what I got, my four seasons notebook:

My favorite is the blue one of course, which is the summer notebook. In this special notebook I will write all the important numbers and information about me and all the people close to my heart. Like for example, their birthdates, our bank accounts details, our GSIS number, SSS, TIN, etc...etc...etc…
Another special notebook, the winter, will hold all the details of the persons I met in the net like their names addresses, birthdates and other related details.
The other two special notebooks, which are the autumn and the spring, will just put on stand-by for a while. I still don’t have any idea on what among the important things in my life to write on them. I will decide later.
And she also added a christmas card.

I so loved them all. And I would like to say a million thanks to Shai Coggins for giving me these special notebooks.


On the other hand, last Friday I sent something for my friends. Actually, I was only supposed to send a Christmas card but on the last minute I decided to include a simple token of appreciation for the friendship that they gave to me.

Guys, pardon me for I don’t know what to give. I know that you guys have almost everything in life. Those are not pricey things but I hope that you’ll gonna like them.

Here are the goodies I sent:

Hey, before I forget, one of the recipients doesn’t know that I got her mailing address. I am not a “manghuhula”. I just got your mailing address from one of your posts. I decided not to verify it from you because I want to surprise you. Hope you just don’t mind what I did.

That’s it!



who was the first person to know your real name?

It was last year when my very dear friend, purple ink, introduced me to blogger. She also taught me how to do it. Thank you very much sis!

During that time, I decided to just use a pen name so that no one except her will know who is behind the love and life blog. I am so ashamed to tell the whole blogosphere my real name. Not because my name is ugly. Actually, I love my name. The real reason why I decided to use pen name is because I just don’t want people special those who knew me personally that I am the one behind my blog. If those people close to me happen to stumble upon my blog and know that it is me behind everything, they might tease me over and over again. And I really hate that. I know I am not good in writing but I am trying my best to write what’s on my mind and what’s in my heart.

But my secret is now no longer a secret. Almost all my unit mates knew that I have my own blog. One of them, actually used to tease me by shouting”blogger, blogger” every time he saw me browsing the net even if I am just checking my e-mail or simply searching for something or anything on the google. But time just passed by. He gave up and he stops teasing me especially when I decided to ignore him. Today, teasing was never heard again.

I also got fun in visiting other blogs. Bloghopping then was part of my daily life. When I got so down and blue, reading other blog made my day and keep me inspired. Until such time that I got the habit of leaving a comment on their blog as my way of appreciation especially when I can so relate to the topic that they are talking about.

Time really flies so fast. I gained friends. And that was a greatest thing on my blogging life that I have to thank the Lord. You guys are really my inspiration and your comments and appreciations about anything I wrote made my day and made me inspired to continue blogging.

Through time, I also discovered that joining the contest or the blogger giveaways are really fun and exciting. Even though I am not lucky in any raffle or contest, the excitement that it gave to me matters most.

When Shai Coggins launched her holiday fun swap, I decided to join. It made me submit my real name and mailing address for the first time to a person I only met online. And at the same time she needed that information for her to send my prize for winning in her contest by completing the 52 WoC task #27-30. See, I think it’s time for you to head over her blog and experience the joy and excitement in joining her community task as well as reading her blog.

Then, as time for the holiday season, sheng over anything goes asked for my mailing address as well as Ms Jo of witsandnuts.

Sooner or later, the whole blogosphere will know my real name.

How about you? Do you use your real name or just a pen name? Why?


tag: 10 random facts about me

I stole this tag from the kilay queen, iluvgreen. I enjoy reading her post so I challenged myself to write mine.

The rules:
1. each blogger must post these rules.
2. each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
3. bloggers that are tagged, need to write ten facts about themselves. You need to choose ten people to tag and list their names.

With no further ado, here are the ten funny, embarrassing, weird and unique facts about me:

1. I never shave/pluck my eyebrows. Once lang naayos ang kilay ko. Noon lang college graduation pictorial at pinagtawanan pa ako ng brother ko kaya hindi ko na inulit. Bwahahaha. Pero willing na ulit ako ipaayos ito ngayon.

2. Noong bata ako, gusto ko ang amoy ng kerosene. Palibhasa’y lampara lang ang aming ilaw sa probinsya. Subalit ngayon, makaamoy lang ako ng kerosene, umaatake na ang aking migraine.

3. Bata pa ako ng maranasan kong kumain ng mga exotic foods like kalderatang aso, ginataang sawa, fried palaka, kuhol, bayawak at kung anu-ano pa. Pero ngayon maalala ko lang bumabaliktad na ang aking sikmura. Please don’t hate me, hindi ko pa alam paano tumanggi sa mga bagay-bagay na pinapakain sa akin. hehehe.

4. Kaya ko ang hindi magsalita maghapon. Hehehe. Boring ba?

5. Dati mahimbing akong natutulog kapag walang ilaw, subalit ngayon mas comfortable na akong matulog ng may ilaw kasama ng aking anak at asawa.

6. Nakagisnan ko ang gumising ng 4:00 o’clock in the morning subalit nabago ng konti mula ng ako’y magtrabaho at ito’y naging 5:00 o’clock na ng umaga.

7. Kapag nasa probinsya ako, madalas akong makarinig ng iyak ng tiyanak at huni ng kuwago. Buti nalang sarado ang aking third-eye kaya hindi ako nakakakita ng mga nilalang na hindi ko dapat makita.

8. Hindi ko kayang kumain ng saluyot. Bigyan mo nalang ako ng okra wag lang saluyot.

9. Noong bata ako, magaling ako sa shatong, tumbang preso, patintero at iba pang mga larong pambata. Palibhasa’y maliit kaya mabilis akong kumilos.

10. Ako lang ang hindi marunong kumanta sa aming pamilya.

Yes! That’s it.

Now, it’s your turn. Dare to share?


the holiday fun swap

when caryn launched her creative swap project, i was so tempted to join. but sad to say, i am not creative so i decided not to join coz i took pity on whoever will be my assigned partner.

but when shai coggins announced the holiday fun swap, i never had a second thought and i joined. because she said it can be anything. that means i can only just "buy".

after i signed up, i immediately bought my gifts to whoever my assigned secret swap partner.

i decided to gave these:

a rose quartz with 9-eyed DZi bracelet, a parker pen,

notecard with a pin where i can write and say hello to my partner and a smiley pin set

i am also got worried on how much will it cost to send a package internationally. i phoned to a certain courier and he quoted me at P2060. i also phoned to the post office near the office and the lady who answered the phone quoted me at less than P1000 for the international express mail service. yeheeey... the post office is the solution!

then, the moment i got an email from shai informing me on who will be my secret swap partner, i immediately prepared everything and run in a hurry to the post office. wishing that my partner gonna love everything that i picked.

yesterday, i received an e-mail from my swap partner and she said she got my gifts to her and that she loves them all.

thank you so much to you dear for appreciating all the goodies that i sent to you.

merry christmas!

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