December 2009 Highlights

December is my favorite month of the year. The Christmas bonus, the Christmas shopping, the Christmas gifts, the Christmas parties and all the Christmas preparations are some of the things that made me love this holiday season. Of course, stress and some unexpected problems are always there but hey set them aside for a while. They are just spices of life!

For this year, December is another milestone for me for some reasons/highlights:

EB with Jeanny. Yeah! Finally, I was able to met Jeanny and had a wonderful chat with her last December 11. For my 31 years of existence, it was my first time to go on EB. At first, I was so afraid that I might just bore her. Mas madalas kasi akong tahimik. But hey, hindi ata kami nauubusan ng kwento at parang ang bilis lumipas ng oras.

Won and received prize from kg’s contest. Thanks God coz kg added two more prizes on her contest and that randomizer favored me this time. I think my new pen name/nick name got me lucky here as well. Hehehe. Thank you so much kg for these:
Lots of gifts. Happiness is for all the gifts that I had received this year. A million thanks goes to:

jeanny for this:

redlan for these:

sheng for this:

my boss and officemates for these (and for some gifts that I failed to take picture):

First Christmas at our new home. This year since it was our first time to celebrate Christmas at our new home, hubby and I decided to ask our family to join us. We let them traveled from the province to be with us on Christmas.

We prepared bags of candies & chocolates for the carolers. On the 24th of December, carolers started to arrive as early as six o’clock in the evening. KA enjoyed a lot. She entertained all the carolers. She danced as the carolers sang. And the funniest part, she shouted wala pang kanta…wala pang kanta…then she requested boom-tarat-tarat. After boom-tarat-tarat, ikaw na nga…ikaw na nga! Hehehe

Then, at around 8 o’clock (since maaga natutulog ang aking Santa Claus) I let her gave all the gifts.
Papicture muna si Santa ha:
For our Noche Buena we had bihon, sandwich, ham, fruit cake, chocolate cake and buko salad. Hubby and I also made sure that we had red wine for the ladies and alfonso for the heavy drinkers (my father & my father-in-law).

Though we only had a simple Christmas celebration at home, the joy/happiness brought about of being together for the celebration is immeasurable.

How about you? I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas celebration too.


Just dropping by to say Merry Christmas everyone!

Hey guys, two more days to go and its Christmas day. I’m a little bit sad for some work related concerns but I rather not discuss it here because I know it is a season for happiness. And that the inspirational quote that was sent/emailed to me today says:

Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are.
Joy is not necessarily what happens when things unfold according to our plans.
~~Marianne Williamson~~

I know I have a lot of reasons to be happy. And one of them is because my family & in-laws are with us this coming Christmas.

Friends, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.



sweetness overload!

oh, tukso layuan mo ako. hehehe.

i know i have to observe my diet now. a lot of people already told me na ang taba-taba ko na raw. but hey, i can't really resist to this temptation. i am a choco addict eh.

hubby, gave me not only one but two giant chocolate bar.

and my boss gave me this milk chocolate as pasalubong from Switzerland.

uhmmm...yum! yum! talaga....

Tale of Gold

Childhood memories depict a complex landscape of fondling and adventurous happenings. Such are innocent faces with outmost energy for the lightness of life and the simplicity of things. What made it even more interesting are the stories of heroism, chivalry, fairytales and fantasy shared by the old ones for us to dream and be shielded from corrupting realities of hurt, discouragement and hopelessness. Consequently, I for one have nurtured interest for treasure hunting. The likes of Indiana Jones and The Mummy reminded me of the end-story of finding gold and the richness amidst the struggle.

Gold as symbol of the glory of life and the zenith over all sufferings has been my desire to achieve this very day. To find one seems an evasive reality. It will even take you a lifetime and expertise to master the craft of the search. Amidst these conditions, I have seen gold that is so obvious yet kept sealed from the chest of each ones blinded limitations. It is the gold in everyone. The unveiling of each precious individuality that deemed to celebrate amidst our differences. The gold that we hardly see for focus of non-essential things and for being of-this-world.

I know I still have the days of my life to find the golden ways of living and make myself a golden value to the order of destiny. I believe in the stories of my younger years that I can make, find and spread golden influence in my own special way. I know you can do it also for we are no different for being vulnerable, free and has the capacity to be gold.


house and lot for sale

Due to some financial needs, my husband’s cousin is selling his house and lot. The details:

Lot area: 80 sq. meters
House: 2 bedrooms with attic
Location: NGO compound, Upper Banlat, Tandang Sora, Quezon City
Selling Price: P 885K cash still negotiable plus a P200K Pag-ibig loan balance

For any inquiries, you can contact me through my email address at cutetisoy_26@yahoo.com .


What are you thankful for this 2009?

2009 has been a not so good year for me. It has been such a rollercoaster that there were lots of ups and downs. But it doesn’t mean that it’s a total failure for me. Of course I have a lot of things that should be thankful for.

I am thankful for the good health that me and my family have.

I am thankful for having an understanding, loving and caring husband.

I am thankful for having a smart daughter.

I am thankful for having a wonderful family.

I am thankful for the new house that we have.

I am thankful for all my friends that never fail to support me morally, spiritually and even financially.

I am thankful that during the typhoon Ondoy, my family and all my loveones were safe.

I am thankful that I still have a job despite the many challenges that came to our office.

I am thankful for having my blog and moving into the next level which is earning through blogging.

I am thankful for all the gifts that I received this year.

I am thankful for all the new books that I have and read.

I am thankful for surviving all the trials that I’ve encountered this year.

I am thankful for getting over those bad feelings and negative vibes that I encountered especially this last quarter of the year.

And of course, I am thankful because at the end of the day no matter how tough the situation is, I can still have a peaceful sleep.

This is my entry to the moleskine planner giveaway sponsored by avalonph.

on mathematics...

Mathematics is the most hated or the least favorite subject by the students in school. With the number of students that I asked on what their favorite subject in school is, mathematics seems to be not their favorite. It’s sad to hear though that my favorite subject seems to be a very difficult subject to all the students that I asked. But every student needs to face the reality that he can’t really finish his studies without taking mathematics subject. Even my nieces and nephews said that they are having a hard time passing this particular subject.

Glad to hear that now a day there are online tutoring services being offered. Their services offered include those of math help and algebra help that everyone can use from the comfort of their own home, with a lot of lessons and techniques from basics to the most difficult problems that they might encounter. Now students can spend less time searching the internet for the answers for their assignment and will have more time studying.


it's travel time

KG, who is currently enjoying her trip in Hongkong and Macau is having a contest in her blog.

The mechanics: you simply have to create a post stating three of your favorite places that you have traveled to and three places you dream of going to. They can be anywhere in the Philippines or the world. You may also provide a brief explanation as to why these are your favorite places and why you dream of going to these places.

Now for the 3 best places that I traveled to:

♠ Coron and Culion Palawan. My first plane ride destination was in Coron, Palawan and that was in 2002. We headed to Culion then to perform some work related assignments. It was also my first time to see beautiful corals in just 15 feet deep water in Culion.

♠ Calauit Island. My first trip to the zoo was in Calauit Island as well as my first time to see different kinds of animals including giraffe, zebra and a whole lot more.

♠ Boracay. The white beach, the party at night and the friendly people made my trip in Boracay memorable.

And for the 3 places that I dream of going to:

♠ Hongkong. Simple because I really wanted to go to Hongkong Disneyland .

Bohol. I only saw chocolate hills in the pictures and that made me want to go there and see it before my eyes. And also want to see tarsier.

Carabao Island. I actually saw this place featured in television last weekend and it made me wish to visit this place and compare it to the beauty of Boracay.
Yeah, I’m done with my list. Now, go and make your own list.


inspirational quote on a monday

{photo via}
Have compassion for everyone you meet,
even if they don't want it.
What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism
is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.
You do not know what wars are going on down there
where the spirit meets the bone.
~~Miller Williams~~

Happy Monday everyone!


my christmas wish list

I love writing my wish list because it gives me the guide and inspiration to work hard to be able to achieve or have all those things in my list. Sometimes genie and/or santa claus give me some rewards and grant my wishes. Though sometimes along the way or as time goes by, my likes or interest change, giving me a shift of things in my list. Like for example in the wish list that I made few months ago, I was so lucky to have and read some of the books written by Bob Ong, a complete set of the twilight series and some books of Sophie Kinsella. Though I was not able to have any book of Jennifer Weiner, I was able to have books by Paulo Coelho and Sidney Sheldon. These two authors captured my interest and made me forgot some of the books listed in my wish list including those of Weiner.

Today, one month before christmas, I want to create my Christmas wish list.

Of course, I know that some of the stuffs in my wish list are really just WISHES and I know that I am not rich enough to buy all these. But who knows, if santa claus might just land on our house and deliver some of these gifts to me. And as like as what Napoleon Hill quote:
“When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”

So, here’s my wish list:

For my Family
♥ good health

♥ car

♥ new clothes & shoes for KA

♥ New clothes for hubby

gadgets for me
♥ Acer laptop computer


♥ wrist watch

♥ digital camera

♥ ipod


stuff for my closet
♥ new backpack

♥ new shoes

♥ new clothes

more books for me
♥ bloodline by Sidney Sheldon

♥ nothing last forever by Sidney Sheldon

♥ best laid plans by Sidney sheldon

♥ by the river piedra I sat down and swept by Paulo Coelho

♥ winner stands alone by Paulo Coelho

♥ the alchemist by Paulo Coelho

travel for the whole family
♥ trip to Boracay

♥ trip to Bohol

♥ trip to Avilon Zoo

♥ I wish and I hope that the road from Quezon City to Montalban via Litex be repaired as soon as possible

For now, these are all I could think about. Sobrang dami! Anyway, libre naman ang mangarap. Hehehe.

This is also my entry to the 52WoC task#47 by Shai Coggins.

luck finding with online casino

With the overt experience of global financial crisis, people flock to instant fortune craze as means to minimize the towering problem. I, for one, could not hide the inclination to exclude myself of the deadening repercussions. The likelihood to be involved in various forms of gambling shed sheer of hope to go beyond the limiting factors present. Playing poker for example has been an entertaining game yet it offers more thrilling experience if money is at stake. This has been an engaging exchange that attracts a lot of people to take the risk, plunge in, and enjoy what lays in random chances. However, there would be occasions that amidst the passion, routinary circumstances will hinder me to avail a momentary game participation or initiate a personal one. Thus, other avenues are explored to seek my convenience and continue the fortune hunting.

My desire for this emerging agitation to win prompted me to accidentally visit Online Casino, a user-friendly website that eases the probability of gaining a win and avail fun-filled games. It’s like a captured casino reality with high regard for the player’s quality usage of time, space and resources. To further broaden other preferences, there is also an Online Casino Review that offers lead to Best Online Casinos worthwhile for winning strokes.

This phenomenon indeed has added value in finding alternatives in this time of crisis. I would suggest this to my network of friends and test our lucky charms to collectively win and be entertained.


Quick note!

Oh, how time flies so fast. It’s already hump day today. Thirty seven (37) days more to go before Christmas. But I feel so tired. I am stressed. I am already burnout. I need a break. I need a vacation to unwind.

I am exhausted but I can’t quit. I know that soon everything will go back to normal. And I also know that despite and inspite of all the challenges and hardship that I am going through right now, I am still very lucky.

I want to share with you a story about the person that never fails to cheer me up. One day, while I am watching television at home my daughter saw me or even feel that I’m tired and I’m a little bit sad. She came to me and said:

KA: Mama, happy ka?
Me: Tahimik lang.
KA: Love mo ako? Bati tayo?
Me: Opo syempre. Love kita at bati rin tayo.
KA: Sige, bigyan kita pera.
Me: Magkano?
KA: Fifty million.
Me: Ha? Ano gagawin natin sa pera?
KA: Bibili tayo sasakyan. Uwi tayo kay lola at kay lolo. Pasyal tayo. Saka kain tayo sa jollibee. Ngiti ka na Mama.

I was shocked. Sobrang daldal na ng anak ko. Pero sobrang nakakatuwa at nakakataba ng puso. With her, I know I am very lucky and I have enough reason to thank God.

On the other note, I already changed my name here. Wala lang, feel ko lang. I’m bored na kasi. Even with my current theme parang nagsasawa na rin ako, so naghahanap na rin ako ng new theme that will suit my taste and mood right now.

Oh sya, ‘til next time. I’ll visit your blog soon. HAPPY HUMP DAY EVERYONE!

a new mailbox for me please!

Oh yeah, today I would like to take time to say thank you very much to all the people who have been loving me and giving me an inspiration to move on and encouraging me to achieve everything that I want in life. Thank you also to all the blogging friends who have been very nice and supportive to me. You guys made me happy to the next level. Thank you for the understanding that you’ve been giving to me.

Through the years, I already received a lot of mails and gifts from the people close to my heart and from the friends that I’ve only met online. Life is really full of surprises and I really love it. Even on no special occasions my family and friends sent some loots to our office mailboxes for me (because that’s the address I gave to them). And that made me ecstatic knowing that I am just remembered and loved.

Since Christmas time is here and that our office mailbox is starting to get more and more mails for the holiday season, I think it’s better to get my very own wall mount mailbox at home. Besides we really need one mailbox for all our monthly bills and some other important communications. What do you think peeps?

Beautiful stuff for the kids here!

Christmas is already in the air. And by this time people seem to start looking for the gifts for their children & godchildren. Of course that’s the essence of Christmas which is to make the kids happy, right? Simple things make them happy though.

I am also thinking of the best and unique gift that I ‘m going to give to my daughter. And it happened that I was able to stumble upon an online shop that offers some beautiful stuff for the kids. Some of the popular brand that they have includes jelly cat, appaman , barefoot dreams, deux par deux, plan toys, haba toys, small paul by paul frank, automoblox, tea collection, kikkeraland, bilibo and a whole lot more.

Now, head over to their site and see for yourself all the beautiful stuff that they have. There you will find the perfect gift that you are looking for.


some reasons for my absence

Internet connection problem. For the past few days, I cannot log in to my blogger account. Something popped up and said that I am unauthorized because they found me sexy (despite me being so chubby) LOL. I mean they said that the content of my blog was categorized as sexy which I don’t understand why.

Work. Routine work. A lot of works. Boss na pabago-bago ang decision. Boss na walang pakialam kung nakabreak ka. Boss na parang lahat urgent kahit hindi naman. That made me so exhausted lately.

Family. My daughter got sick again. And that’s enough reason to loss my sanity. She had LBM for more than a week. And she had fever for two days. It’s normal naman daw kasi tumutubo pa ang kanyang ngipin. But seeing her sick makes me worry a lot and makes me wish sana ako nalang.

OTHER. On the lighter side, vampire attacks me again. And I am so excited na to watch the new moon. I am an Edward-Bella fan. But after watching the trailer and pictures of Jacob and Bella, it made me love their team up also. Jacob is handsome din pala. Hehehe. So, kahit si Jacob na ang makatuluyan ni Bella eh ok lang. But of course, mas masaya kung kami nalang ni Jacob ang magkakatuluyan. *awoooooooooh* LOL.


birit tym!

It’s time to de-stress! So, I’ll answer this tag. Thanks for this tag bursky.

Mukhang mahirap syang gawin, pero gusto kong subukan.

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 20 people and include me. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s actually a lot harder than you think.

Pick Your Artist:

01. Are you male or female?

02. Describe yourself:

03. Describe your significant other:

04. How do you feel about yourself:

05. Describe where you currently live:

06. If you could be anywhere, where would you be:

07. Your favorite form of transportation:

08. Your best friend is:

09. Your favorite color is:

10. What’s the weather like:

11. Favorite time of day:

12. What is life to you:

13. What is the best advice you have to give:

14. If you could change your name, what would it be:

15. Your favorite food is:

16. Thought for the Day:

17. How I would like to die:

18. My soul’s present condition:

19. The faults I can bear:

20. My motto:

That’s it! Now is your turn. Game?



Happiness is for having this “Breaking Dawn” book of Stephenie Meyer to complete my twilight saga collections.

And I bought this using may Laking National points. Wasn’t that cool?
Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands,
because if we are not grateful,
then no matter how much we have we will not be happy
-- because we will always want to have something else or something more.


beautiful but small!

These are the pasalubong that my in-laws brought 2 weeks ago.

They know how fond I am with the native slippers like these. But sad to say, they are small and I can’t use it. I asked my sister if these will fit her but she said it’s too small for her too.

So, I’ll just put these in my collection of gifts to be given away this coming Christmas.

What do you think?


Updates in bullet!

►Friends excuse me again for my long silence. A lot of works are still waiting at my desk. But hopefully my workload will go back to normal soon. *crossing my fingers here*. I haven’t get enough energy and inspiration to write and update my blog but please allow me to share some updates in bullet just to let you know that I am still here, safe, alive and kicking.

►For the past few weeks, I was too tired that I can’t even open my email or I was just too lazy to go online. And my only entertainment is to read the books of Coelho and Sheldon while waiting at the FX terminal or waiting for the hubby to come home.

►Typhoon Ondoy, scared me to death. Hubby and I were trapped in Quezon City while our daughter and my sister were left home in Rizal. Lumabas pa kasi kami because I had to render overtime while the hubby needs to bring the car at the casa along Quezon Avenue. Laking pagsisi namin lalo na ng malaman naming nagoverflowed na pala ang river near our subdivision and it was impossible for us to go home. Good thing, walang masamang nangyari sa aming naiwan sa bahay.

►After the typhoon, my boss accepted another assignment sa kabila ng patung-patong na projects na nakaassigned sa unit namin which is to take charge in the relief operation. And I was tasked to man it above my daily workload. I can’t complain though dahil kahit sa ganoong paraan man lang eh gusto ko rin makatulong.

►During typhoon Pepeng dala na rin ng phobiang duloy ni Ondoy walang ni isa man sa bahay ang lumabas. Lahat kami nasa bahay lang nagmomonitor sa latest updates. Also we prepared food, flashlights, candles and everything na kakailanganin naming just in case lumakas ang bagyo.

►This week, I am still busy but I will try my best to visit and read your updates. So, that’s it friends. Hope you are all safe. And thanks everyone for all your prayers, wishes and understanding. I LOVE YOU ALL! *mwuah*


quick hello!


Hello friend. Hello world. Hello universe. Hello everybody.

September is the busiest month for all of us in the department/unit. A lot of activities are simultaneously happening. We were actually obliged to render overtime most of the time just to finish everything. For the whole week last week, I went home late at night. And report to work on a weekend as well. Grabe, Nakakastress! Nakakadrain! But I had no choice because that was part of my work. And besides, hindi naman sa lahat ng oras ganito kadami ang workload ko.

A very busy schedule made me lost my sanity and made me miss a lot of things. I miss playing with my daughter because she was already asleep when I reached home. I miss bloghopping. I miss current updates from you friends. I miss my farm. I can’t even recall the last time I visited there. I miss plurking. I miss taking nap during lunch break. I miss reading books. And above all, I miss you all friends.



short note!

The interdependency of humankind,
the relevance of relationship,
the sacredness of creation is ancient,
ancient wisdom.
~Rebecca Adamson~

Today is a holiday because of Eid ul-Fitr. Although, i was requested to report to work today, i decided to stay home because i am not feeling well. Sumasakit kasi ang aking left eye.
Īd mubārak ("Blessed Eid") to all our Muslim brothers & sisters. HAPPY MONDAY TO ALL!


A vacation in Myrtle Beach Resort!

I was very busy lately that I had to render overtime for the whole week and went home late at night. That made me feel so drained and I really wanted to unwind. And one thing that comes out into my mind is to stay at least a week in a beach.

In my previous work, we spent two weeks on a beach. It was one of those memorable moments in my life. We went swimming and island hopping. We really had so much fun.

Now, that I am stressed I am planning to go to the beach again. Although there are lots of beautiful beaches here in the Philippines, I want to go out of the country to make it different. I want to have a trip to Myrtle Beach Resort. It is a coastal resort in Horry Country, South Carolina, United States. Aside from Myrtle Beach Resorts and Myrtle Beach Hotels, there are different stores and malls there where I can go shopping. And I think I am going to enjoy my stay there.

Gold Coin as an additional collection!

I am the type of person that really don’t want to keep things when I feel like I will not going to use them. Things might simply goes to the trash can or when things can still be use I rather give them to people whom I think really appreciate it or will going to use it than keeping it in my stockroom.

But when I discovered things about my collections of keychain last year, I felt very happy thinking the stories behind each of them. And as I told you my favorite among them is the one from Spain and my second favorite is the gold one or the one which is gold platted from Cambodia.

Then lately, I found myself busy collecting books which are usually a chic literature or a romance novel. They are my comfort when I am very stress at work.

And as of this moment, as I am browsing the net I saw some gold coins being offered for sale. I can’t help myself imagining having that gold coins in my very own hand or at least a single gold coin in my wallet as my lucky charm.



{photo via}

Today is a special day for me.

Today I celebrate my birthday.

Today I want to thank God for all the blessings that He showered upon me. My life is not perfect because there were moments of struggle and sadness but it molded me into a better person.

Today I want to thank God for my wonderful family, my fantastic friends, my loving husband and my smart daughter.

And today I want to say happy birthday to me!


Some reasons to be grateful today!

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands,
because if we are not grateful,
then no matter how much we have we will not be happy –
because we will always want to have something else or something more.
~Brother David Steindl-Rast~

Let us rise up and be thankful,
for if we didn't learn a lot today,
at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little,
at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die;
so, let us all be thankful

Despite the very busy schedule that I have and the biggest challenge that was given to our family these days, I know I have a lot of things to be thankful today.

That today is Friday, last day of work for this week. I still have a lot of things to accomplish and the boss is still out of the office, but I think I can finish everything before I go home later this afternoon.

That tomorrow is another weekend. I am going to spend it with my daughter who wishes to be at my side all the time. But I really can’t because I have to work in order for us to live.

That on Sunday, I am turning a year older again but I still don’t have any plan on how and where I am going to spend my special day.

That I still love my work and I am happy in the company where I belong despite some challenges that we are facing right now. Election is just few months away and that only means that we are going to have a new boss again.

That my family together with the in-laws is still holding on and keeps on supporting each other especially this time that one member of the family is very sick and just given 6 months to live. We are still hoping that God will grant our prayers to add a few more years for him to live and be with his children.

That I have friends that never fail to make me smile and keep me inspired to move on with my life. Friends that remind me that life is still fair no matter what challenges come along my way.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust~

Saying thank you is more than good manners.
It is good spirituality.
~Alfred Painter~

We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~-Thornton Wilder~

Thank you LORD. Thank you everyone.



4th year...


Come, let's be a comfortable couple and take care of each other!
How glad we shall be, that we have somebody we are fond of always,
to talk to and sit with.

~Charles Dickens~

We come to love not by finding the perfect person,

but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

~Sam Keen~

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times,
always with the same person.
~Mignon McLaughlin~

to my beloved husband, happy 4th wedding anniversary! i love you so much........{hugs}

Breaking the silence!

Oh yeah. i'm back!

so many things were happening here all at the same time and i don't know just where to start. A lot of to do things are still waiting at my desk right now so I think i'll make this pretty quick. In bullets again…….

♥ work is a killer for all of us in the unit/department this month. We are all very busy. Implementation of different programs and projects are simultaneously on going. And the boss doesn’t know how to say no to an additional work being assigned to him. So we don’t have a choice but to support him. *sigh*

♥ last September 1, we were the overall in-charge during the opening of our peace month celebration. very tiring but our consolations are the success of the said event and we were able to met Gary Valenciano in personal.

♥ another activity being handled by our unit is currently happening in Baguio City. Sad to say, hindi ako nakasama sa trip.

♥ and yesterday, I was able to met Diether Ocampo. Gwapo as in! kinilig ako, kaloka! hehehe

Uhmm, i guess these are all for today. i'll catch up with your blogs as soon as I can! And thank you everyone for your comments on my previous post. I miss you all! *mwuah*



Thanks God it’s Friday again today. It’s a long weekend again. Yahoooooooo! Three more days left for the month of August and ber months are finally here. In few more days, I will be celebrating my birthday. Tatanda na naman ako!

But aside from that, there are also things that really made me happy this week. Last Monday, I won for the first time at the birthday giveaway/raffle hosted by the girl with the curl. See, sa dami ng nasalihan kong raffle, ngayon lang ako nakatikim ng panalo. Sarap pala talaga ng feeling lalo na at yong prize na gusto kong makuha ang talagang napunta sa akin. Maraming salamat sayo Ms. J.

Also, the books that I ordered from the Avalon.ph arrived yesterday.

I have two new books to read this long weekend. It’s my first time to buy using my paypal money. Sarap ng feeling! Redlan, maraming salamat kung hindi dahil sa tulong mo hindi magkakaroon ng laman ang paypal ko.

Hey friends, would you like also to share the things that make you happy this week?


Tao...bakit ka ganyan?

Tayong lahat ay sadyang tao lamang,
Na nakakagawa ng mga kamalian,
Subalit bakit kapwa mo ay iyong sinisiraan,
At di inisip na siya’y marunong ding masaktan.

Bakit mo ba ginagawa ‘yan sa iyong kapwa?
Gayong ayaw mo ring gawin ito sa’yo ng iba,
Di mo ba naiisip na siya’y napapahiya?
Ng dahil lamang sa iyong paninira.

Isipin mong ikaw…ako…tayong lahat ay tao,
At tayong lahat merong isip at puso,
Subalit bakit mo hinuhusgahan ang kanyang pagkatao,
Gayong wala kang batayan kung ito nga ay totoo.

Ano ba ang kanyang naging kasalanan?
Bakit mo hinuhusgahan ang kanyang katauhan?
Naiinggit ka ba sa kanyang kagandahan?
Tao…bakit…bakit ka nga ba ganyan?


Organizing my database system!

I love dealing with different kind of personality. I am thrilled.

For the past four years of my stay here in my current work, I already established my contacts. I already created my own database. And I am trying to segregate them via different category.

I already labeled some as our consumer mailing lists or our regular contacts. They are our partners in almost all of our projects. They are people who help us in implementing our projects on the ground.

I also created my list brokers or our regular bidders. In purchasing supplies and materials or any transactions that involve large amount of money, we are required to have three canvasses and having that list of bidders is a big help.

Another list that I created is our marketing list or our contacts when we need venues for different activities.

But aside from work related database that I already created, I also have for my personal contacts. I started writing them when my first sim card was blocked that I almost lost all of their numbers. Now, whatever happens I still have a back-up.

I know I still have to know a better way in organizing my database. Can anyone help me on this? I’m so happy to learn more!



{ photo source}

►I am emotionally disturbed. No matter how I tried my best not to think of other people’s problem and just concentrate on my life, I really can’t ignore them. They are people close to my heart and their problems affect me. I don’t want to see them lonely. This is the times that I really wish to have a magical power to grant their wishes and make them happy ever after.

►I had my haircut a week ago for three reasons. First, I am stressed and fixing my long hair seems to be an added burden for me. Second, I am always in a hurry every morning and having a long hair makes me stay long in taking a bath. And third, I want to save shampoo and conditioner.

►I am a little bit sad because all the chic literature books I am eyeing to buy online were already out of stock. *sigh* I am suppose to order those yesterday. Now, I don’t know how long it will take to see those books available again.

►I already feel that Christmas is in the air and I am very excited about it. I already saw few houses along my way home yesterday having a Christmas decorations. I can’t wait to buy my own Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations at home. And I can imagine how happy my daughter will be seeing lighted Christmas lights again.

►I am silently praying to be included in the travel in Iloilo City or in Bacolod City this coming September. Since I started working here in the office in 2005, I only traveled once to Cebu City last 2006. Although I was offered to travel few times in 2007-2008, I declined them because I am feeling guilty to leave my daughter in her nanny even in a single night. And now that she is old enough and my sister is the one taking care of her, I think this is the time that I really have to consider traveling again. So, Bro can you hear me? Santino I mean Santina is here. Lol.

►I am a registered voter now. After 64 years of being a bad citizen I mean 12 years of not exercising my right to vote, I made a decision to go back to the COMELEC office and registered. At the age of 17, I got frustrated when my first employer did not permit me to go out to register and vote during the SK election in 1996 when my constituents pushed me to run for a SK Kagawad. (Anyway, I won but I did not occupy my seat.) When I was 18 years old I really don’t want to register and vote. I’m in Manila already and no one among the family is trying to push me to do it. But when I reached 21 years old, I went to COMELEC in Quezon City with some of my officemates and tried to register but they don’t want to accommodate us for some reasons that I really don’t understand. And I never attempted to register again until such time that we transfer to another place where we currently live. I want to be a good citizen of the Republic of the Philippines now and I’ll go out and will vote for the first time this coming 2010 elections.


realization for the week!

I miss lurking at plurk. I can’t even manage to open it lately and I think my karma goes down again.

I seldom go online lately. After work or during break time I find myself reading books that I borrowed from my sister. And kinikilig na naman ako reading love stories. hehehe

Busy schedules and urgent works made me burnt out and I want to unwind. Thanks God it’s already Friday today. Later this afternoon I am going to attend a birthday party. Yeheeeey……..

Happy weekend everyone!

security first!

When I was still in my hometown, I do not even bother about our home security. Although we do not live in a concrete house then and that our neighbor is around ½ kilometer away from us I felt really secure. The whole community seems to care for everyone. People seem to know the names of all the people in our community. It seems like everybody is a relative or treat each in everyone like they are a family. It was a very peaceful community indeed.

But now that I am here living in the city, the situation is totally different. People seem to be busy all the time earning money for their living. Some people don’t even know the names of their neighbors. Sometimes people do not even bother to care for other people and they only think of themselves. People are no longer at peace to leave home unattended. Robbers are just around the corner but you do not know who they are.

In our subdivision, our home security systems are on the experimental stage. We are still in the initial planning on how we can maintain the peace and order in our place. There are homeowners who suggested on having a Home Security Surveillance System. We are taking one step at a time. Solving the problems we encountered one by one. But we put security on a priority list.


i don't understand!

☻I don’t understand why all of a suddenly all my assignments seemed to be urgent. One of my colleagues even asked, bakit ba parang lagi nalang tayong nasusunugan? I have to render overtime even without pay because I can’t really make it to the deadline. And I don’t want to be the one to blame when the projects got delayed.

☻I don’t understand why there are people who only see the mistakes and not the right things that other people have done. And when you try to explain to them, they become very defensive as if you are trying to attack them.

☻I don’t understand why there are people who are selfish and doesn’t want so share even the thing that is really not her own. It is an office property that she should share among us in the department. Worst thing is I know that she brought home the same thing few years ago. And when she got the chance to grab that “specific thing” having the same model and specs with the one she brought home before, she fought for it and said that she really needs it. Then, we discovered that other supplies connected with that “specific thing” disappeared/runs out of stock so fast. Kaloka talaga! Because I discovered and saw her bringing home those supplies. And lately she keeps on pestering us especially when she needs supplies needed for that “special thing”. *sigh*

☻I don’t understand why there are people who do not know where to stand. Work and personal matters must be a separate thing. This couple used to work in our office and at the same floor. I just don’t understand why this man seems to make “pakialam” in his wife’s work. That sometimes it affects the quality of work of his wife. And he doesn’t even want her to join us in any activity outside the office. There are times when I said to my officemate, “sana hindi ka na lang pinagtrabaho ng mister mo”. I know I am bad. But who will not get mad when her duties and responsibilities are added to my workload.

☻oh boy! I really don’t understand. But those situations made me loss my temper lately.

And this made her happier!

When I was in college, I found it so difficult to understand calculus despite the fact that I really like math subject. I even don’t have my own calculus book then. I only borrowed from our school library simply because I tried to prioritized books for my major subjects. It was really so hard to be a working student because I can’t afford to buy all the books required.

Now that I am already working, I used to have colleagues who have children in college and they also said that their kids are having the hard time understanding and answering those questions in calculus. I told them to have a book that will really help their kids understand it. Just lately when we are sorting out our books for donation I found one calculus book and said to my officemate, “here bring it home to your son and it will really help him understand calculus more”. And she said, “thank you. He really asked me for this book”.

Two days after that incident, I accidentally stumbled to a site that offers Calculus help. And I was so happy to inform my officemate that this site will really help her kids because it offers a Calculus tutor online or even a Precalculus and Precalculus help are being offered by this site and are available 24/7. They even provide free demo service for the first time user. Sounds great, right?

With that good news I made my officemate happier.


i feel comfortable here!

Another July celebrant, caryn of sari-saring kulay is having a contest on her blog. Caryn, happy birthday to you. I wish you all the best.

She is giving away awesome prizes and I can’t resist myself from joining.

the prizes:

1 - a shirt

4 - the grand prize tata-da-dan-ta-da-dan... a shirt, a japanese knot bag, and a book cover

the mechanics:

to join this contest, all you have to do is write a short entry about your favorite space and why you like it. it can be anything --- a part of your home, a small stopover on your way to work, your favorite toilet, your worktable, or a place that relaxes you.

Here’s for my favorite space: our room!

My daily routine is just home-office-home. I can’t afford to make tambay to any other place right now. Dala ng pangangailangan eh! Hehehe

This room might not as big as yours but this is my favorite space. After a tiring and stressful day at work, I find peace in this place. This is the space at home that I feel more comfortable.

Now, what’s your favorite place/space? Dare to share?

I’m hoping to be seen on a Direct TV!

During the Run for Peace held last year in line with our 15th year anniversary, the husband was so lucky enough that he was able to join. Actually, I really wanted to be part of it but it was too early that he left the house at around 1 o’clock in the morning because the event started at exactly 4 o’clock in the morning.

All who joined the fun run were very happy. They were all smiles in front of the flashing cameras and they were seen on a Direct TV since a lot of media networks covered that event.

They were able to met celebrities too. Happiness! I had regrets for not joining them in that event. So, for this year I am really hoping to be part of it and experience and wish to be seen on a Directv too.

But I just wonder if activities like this can be viewed in a Direct TV in New York. It would be really fun to share such fun/celebration with other people around the world.

And I am crossing my fingers here, hoping that I will be able to be part of another round of fun run this coming September. Wish me luck people!


requital: make them happy!

I am what I am and where I am today because of the generosity of some kind souls around me. And I am so thankful for that.

These people did not ask me for anything in return. And I think the best thing that I can do for them as requital to all the kindness that they’ve done to me is to be in their side in times of their needs as well as remembering them during special occasions like birthday, Valentines day, Christmas season, etc.

During my free time I also tried my best to see them personally. Sometimes I bring K.A. with me so they will be able to play with her too and of course to be able for K.A. to know and familiarized the faces of all the people that are close to my heart.

Simple things indeed but it means a lot for them. Showing them that they are always remembered makes them happy.

this is my entry to witsandnuts birthday and blogoversary giveaway!


my dream as a mom

To dream anything that you want to dream.
That’s the beauty of the human mind.
To do anything that you want to do.
That is the strength of the human will.
To trust yourself to test your limits.
That is the courage to succeed.
~Bernard Edmonds~

You already know how proud I am of my pretty little angel-K.A. As she grows older everyday, she never fails to amaze me. She keeps me inspired to strive harder.

And as a mom, I really want to give her everything she needs and everything she wants. I do not want her to experience any of those “not-so-good” experiences that hubby and I went through.

I want to nurture her with so much love and care. I want her to grow up as a lady with sharp mind, a God-fearing soul and a loving heart. I really want her to have all the best things that world has to offer-the health, the wealth, the beauty, the success and happiness all throughout her life.

And that’s my dream as a mom. To be the best mother in the eyes of my little angel-K.A.

***This is my entry to little miss firefly final anniversary giveaway!


KA’s top five kapamilya TV shows

KA got her addiction on TV from her father. They can actually stay watching TV all day long. Unlike me I prefer music than TV. Mas may time kasi ako magtrabaho kapag sounds lang.

There are children/cartoon shows and other TV shows that she loves to watch from the Kapamilya Network, Kapuso Network and from ABC 5. I still have to ask my sister for the correct title of those TV shows from GMA & ABC because I am not so familiar. Sila kasi madalas magkasama eh. For now, here are her top 5 kapamilya TV shows:

Mr Bean. Before taking her midmorning nap she’ll gonna watch first Mr Bean. You cannot force her to go to sleep without watching it. Ewan ko, pero tuwang-tuwa syang panoorin si Mr. Bean. After the show she will be the one to turn off the TV and she will sleep. Automatic na yan!

image via

Wowowee. Upon waking up from her midmorning nap she will ask her tita to turn on the TV and she will watch Wowowee. She knows how to dance the giling-giling. Favorite nya rin si Willie but she calls him Wowowee not Willie. Everytime KA hears Willie’s song she will say Wowowee. One day, she saw one of Willie’s billboards along Commonwealth Avenue and she said, “Mama, wowowee oh”.
image via

May Bukas Pa. Of course, we will not go to sleep until the program is over. She knows that after the news her favorite Santino will follow. Hindi mo sya maloloko. She knows the time. She even knows if the program is over or it is only a commercial break.

image via

Singing Bee. During weekends syempre hindi rin sya nawawalan ng favorite shows. She knows and calls Cesar Montano as singing bee. Lol. She loves music that’s why she loves singing bee. She used to enjoy watching myx before but since we still don’t have a cable connection in our new home eh nagtitiyaga na muna sya sa singing bee and she likes it naman.

image via

Going Bulilit. KA as a silly little girl loves this show. Kakarelate sya eh. She loves to laugh together with the kids of going bulilit.

image via

There are times that I thought of letting KA enter the showbiz. What you think guys? Ambisyosa ko noh? Hehehe. Uhmmm… time will tell and we will give KA the chance to decide on what she wants to be. She is a smart girl anyway.


happy birthday bhe2k!

Today is your birthday.

And I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being such a loving husband to me and a responsible father to our daughter.

I am so lucky to have you in my life.

I wish you all the happiness that life could offer, good health and many more years to come.

Happy Birthday to you Bhe2k. I love you so much!


over the top award!

I got another award from a very sweet blogger friend. Thank you so much kayni for this sweet blog award.

1. To receive this award your blog must be exceptional in design and content; presenting us with new knowledge, a sense of style, or at times just giving us a smile!

2. Each recipient of the award will acknowledge (through a link) the person who honored them with the award.

Now, if you are in my blogroll, please feel free to grab this award. I'm passing this to all of you friends because your blog is over the top!

shopping made easy!

September is our foundation month and in line with that we have series of activities that mandated everyone to join. We have run and bike for peace and many other activities that will be held during that celebration. And since September is a busy month for us at work, we need to buy shoes that will suit the occasion. A good biking shoes and running shoes for all of us who will join the main event are required.

Good thing is shopping nowadays really made easier. You can just seat down, browse an online shop and look for your desired product. It’s hassle free. No more waiting in the line to pay at the cashier, no more traffic and no more sweat at all.

So every time, you think of buying clothes or shoes for a special occasion try to consider shopping them online. Check if they are available on any online store and if they are cheaper and more convenient than to buy them in the shopping malls.


happy father's day!

to my hubby, to my father, to my father-in-law and to all the fathers, happy father's day!


Quick updates!

I’ve been to sick ville again. It all started last weekend. While my sister went home, I took charge of the household choir and the baby sitting.

I got so tired; my body does not seem to cooperate. I had sore throat, and suddenly got a fever on Sunday evening and I chilled. I decided to rest on Monday hoping that the fever will go past. But I chilled again on Monday evening. That made my hubby to panic because I haven’t experienced such thing before. He decided then that we better see a doctor on Tuesday morning just to make sure that swine flu doesn’t hit me. Good thing that the doctor said it was an ordinary flu and I just have to take enough rest. Take some vitamins and plenty of water.

But problem doesn’t ends there. Because as I started feeling better, my daughter started to get fever as well. Her body temperature reached 39.3 degree Celsius. The highest fever she ever had. That made us panicked again. We had to be awake for the whole night to look after her, gave her medicines and wiped her with lukewarm water.

Times like this make me feel sad and wish na sana sa akin nalang lahat ng sakit na nararamdaman ng anak ko. Dobleng hirap kasi kapag sya ang maysakit.

I’m feeling much better now. I still have cough but no more fever. But my daughter still has a fever pero medyo konti nalang. Sana soon gumaling na rin sya.

For the meantime, please bear with me and allow me to fully recover first from this situation. I know I owe you a blog visit. I’ll catch up as soon as I can.

Happy weekend everyone!


Santino, is that you?

Nabanggit ko na ba sainyo na ako at si KA ay avid viewer ng “May Bukas Pa” teleserye? And that KA knows and will not go to sleep hangga’t hindi pa natatapos ang programa.

Last night KA gave me a good laughed. During commercial break, I decided to brush my teeth first para sabay na kaming matulog. Medyo napagod rin kasi ako kahapon. Hindi ko namalayan sumunod pala sya sa akin. At biglang tumigil sa may tapat ng dingding ng may makitang ipis. Kala ko matatakot, pero hindi pala. Ginaya nya si Santino (yong kapag nagdarasal sya). Sabay sabing, “Bro, may bukas pa”. Nagulat talaga ako at napahagikhik ng tawa. Tumingin sya sa akin at muling nagdasal. Sabi nya, “Bro, love ko mama ko”.

Grabe hindi ko talaga expected yon. Nakakagulat at nakakataba ng puso . My daughter is very smart and I really love her.


oodles of goodles birthday giveaway!

Glenville of oodles and goodles is holding a birthday giveaway contest that’s open to anyone who would like to join.

She is giving away awesome prizes and I can’t resist myself from joining.

Up for grabs:
1. Nighty Night! and Hello Morning! handmade and natural linen sprays from Life Amulets‘ Relaxation and Attention lines;
2. One Moleskine Pocket Ruled Notebook;
3. Handmade notecard goodies from the
Paper Atelier shop.
The Rules:
1. I am fond of collecting nice quotes and I keep a written journal of those I particularly like. Post a beautiful quote - it can be from a book, a poem, a speech, a comic strip, from anywhere - on your blog and provide a linkback to this blog on your quote post;
2. A photo is nice for impact and emphasis but not required;
3. Leave a comment in the comments section of this post to indicate that you’ve joined;
4. You have until June 15, 2009 12:00 midnight (+0800 GMT) to post your quotes;
5. One winner will get all three prizes above, two runners-up will get one Life Amulets fragrance + one handmade notecards package each. I will ship within ten days of the June 15 deadline;
6. All winners will be drawn via
random.org in this order: Runner-Up No. 1, Runner Up No. 2 and Grand Prize Winner.

Here are my favorite quotes for the day:

True generosity requires more of us than kindly impulse.
Above all it requires imagination --
the capacity to see people in all their perplexities and needs,
and to know how to expend ourselves effectively for them.
~~I.A.R Wylie~~

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.
Happiness is the spiritual experience
of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
~~Denis Waitely~~

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
~~Mother Teresa~~

So, what are you waiting for? Do share your favorite quote and have a chance to win those prizes.


goodbye, paopao!

It was only last year when hubby brought home a very cute little puppy. We were all very happy then. Even K.A. got so excited the first time she saw him and gave him a name. It was our first pet at home. And at the same time, that was part of our preparation as we move to our new home.
But with the bad weather for the past few days, he got sick. And sad to say, Paopao passed away this morning.

Though I rarely play and spend time with him, I’m still really sad. He was part of our family already. He and Siber are really a big help to us. They guarded our home day and night.

Will gonna miss you paopao. And I’m sure your friend siber will miss you a lot too.

Bye, paopao!


thank you very much Jo!

It was last week, at the middle of my very busy and problematic schedule when a surprised package from Abu Dhabi arrived.

I was so excited and opened it right away. I almost forgot that I am betting my deadlines.

Here’s what I got:
OMG, I can’t believe that I finally have a copy of a new moon and eclipse books. Not only one but two of my wishes were granted. It really made me very happy.

Jo, I know I can’t thank you enough for these. You are so kind and generous. And I must thank God that He lead me to find a friend like you here in the blogosphere.

Thank you so much Jo. May God continue to shower you with more blessings so you can continue to make other people happy.


assessment & shift of plans

When I wrote my goals and aspirations for 2009 here, I was so inspired and determined that I can be able to achieve them. But when problems started to build up early this year, I knew that there are things that I really have to give up.

As early as today, I know it in my heart that I failed.

First, the enrollment period was over and I was not able to enroll for a refresher course. It’s all about the financial crisis that we are currently undertaking because we spent money for our house renovation more than the budget we allotted for it. Good thing we are slowly but surely moving on. And hopefully we can go back to normal situation in two months time.

Second, I can’t manage my time properly now. I am still getting used to my new schedule. With us living too far away from our office, I need to wake up very early in the morning. Prepare everything and leave home before 6 o’clock in the morning. That made me feels so sleepy while I am in the office. Another thing is, with lot of household choirs to do, I am very much overwhelmed. In the end, I easily got tired and end up accomplishing nothing.

Third, I was not able to update my blog daily. With the poor time management that I currently have, I need to set aside my blog for a while and concentrate first to some other things.

Those failures and some family problems made me feel a little bit depressed too. But instead of concentrating on being a loser, I tried my best to find an outlet and that’s reading books. Thanks again to my donors – redlan, princess_dyanie and to my other friends who lend some books to me and even accompanied me to the second hand bookstore near our office.

And now that I failed to enroll for a refresher course, I’m planning to enroll in a driving school before the year end. I’m just getting ready. Who knows, the car might comes soon. Think Positive! Think Positive!

Also, we are planning to start a small business. Though I have a little knowledge when it comes to the actual operation of business, I know we can do it.

So, wish me some luck friends. Your prayers will be very much appreciated.


what's keeping me busy?

I have several ideas playing in my mind yet I can’t write it right now. It is because I have so much work to do. And I am still thinking on what to do first. It is the result of being away from work for almost two weeks.

Aside from my work, I also have personal things that really keep me busy. I have the baby and husband to take care. I have the new house that still needs some cleaning and organizing and everything. I have plurk that needs regular update so that karma will not go down to zero again. I have this blog that was ignore for such a long time. I am also busy reading my new books.

And oh speaking of books, I would like to take this opportunity to thank princess_dyanie for granting one of my wishes.

Here’s what she gave me:

Dyanie, thank you very much.

What else? I am also a little bit depressed. As of today, I haven’t talk to my family in the province. Their cellular phones are still cannot be reach. I miss them and at the same time I am so worried about them because of the typhoon that hits our province.

How about you? What’s keeping you busy?


award time!

Receiving an award from a blogger friend means a lot for me. It made my day and inspired me to continue my online journey.

Here, Java Queen again gave me an award. Thank you so much for the award JQ, I love it and appreciate it very much. But I’m so sorry because it took me a while before I post it here. The aims of this award:

► As a dedication for those who love blogging activity and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
► To seek the reasons why we all love blogging!
► Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it
► Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
► Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
► Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
► Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

And for the reasons on why I love blogging, I already posted it here.

It’s been too late so I rather choice not to pass this award to anyone. Sorry guys!


welcome to our new home!

hey guys, i know i owe you the pictures of our new home. the house that gave me sleepless nights. mahirap at magastos pala magpagawa and that really made me crazy. being an ordinary employee eh wala naman akong maipagmamalaki. hindi pa sya talagang tapos but we decided to stop the constructions and moved-in.

halina, silipin natin ang aming bagong tahanan.

here's now the front view.

the gate is still unpainted until now. and the developer disapproved my request for the refund of our construction bond because we haven't paint it yet. i told them that i am requesting for a refund so i can buy paint pero hindi umobra. hehehe. wala lang gusto ko lang din magpasaway sa engineer.

let's go inside. but please pay some respect to our guards so you'll be safe.

first to paopao, the kulit dog. K.A. gave that name to him. mahilig syang kumahol and sobrang makulit.

and he's friend siber. he is actually my sister's pet. unlike paopao, siber is very tahimik. hindi sya kumakahol but beware dahil sya ang higit na mas matapang.

and of course please don't forget to say hi to our hostess, K.A., sya ang mag entertain sainyo.part of our terrace/balcony. the rooms. the one which is partly open is our room and the other one is my sister's room.

sarap matulog noh? lika dito sa aming kwarto.

and kapag medyo nakaramdam ka na ng gutom, ito naman ang aming munting kusina.

that's it guys. wala pa kaming masyadong gamit. and i think it will takes few more years bago kami makakumpleto. nasa probinsya pa halos lahat ng gamit namin yong gifts during our wedding and we still don't know kelan namin maitransport dito sa manila.

Quote of the day

  “Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met – obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.” —  John F. Ke...