We’ll Miss You Shamz

Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a particular living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include biological aging (senescence), predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, murder and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury.[1] Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. There is no scientific evidence that consciousness survives the death of an organism.

These month has been filled with death and life at the same time.

First, the death of Cory Monteith for which I’m still in shock and in denial. I’m a Gleek and a FinChel fan as well, so his sudden death is like one of the last thing that I want to think about. To think that the reason for his death is so so so irresponsible. Unacceptable from a normal person’s points of view. Drugs is something that a person can define as i-don’t-care-about-life-ever. But who are we to judge Cory? From all the news that I’ve been reading lately, I guess he was sober in LA but not in Vancouver. The last people who he was with hopefully learned something through his death. As a fan like me, we will always remember him as FINN HUDSON, the wonderful, special and gifted boyfriend of Rachel Berry. I can’t imagine how Season 5 will be without him.

Second, Talia Joy Castellano. She fought hard to win the battle against cancer for years. I’ve seen her in Ellen’s show and I’m so amazed with her talent and love in make-up. She knows what’s in line with her life but she still remains positive and like she said that a fish told her to “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”.

Lastly, for a very close friend of mine. Shalimah Garangan, known as Shamz from us her classmates back in highschool. She lost her battle against Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), also known as acute myelogenous leukemia or acute nonlymphocytic leukemia (ANLL) this morning. She’s one of the sweetest person back in highschool. A friend that will be with you and will even be an enemy to your enemy as well. She’s been updating us about her chemotherapy over her Instagram account. We all thought that she won the battle since she left the hospital last April. But just this week, she went back for her first relapsed, and again battled a series of test and she was in pain as she describe it in her words. Her last post was a video and she put a caption on it saying “Playing Time (“,)”. I’m glad even with her last words, it’s still fun in her thoughts. Life is so unpredictable.

I love you Shamz. Thank you for the friendship and for just being you until the last moment. Thank you for fighting hard. You may lost the battle here on Earth, but you’re now in a safer place and just perfect for you. No goodbyes but see you in heaven.

Inna lillahi wa inna illaihi raji uun. What comes from Allah goes back to Allah.

Photo grabbed from her Instagram account.

Kabsa Night

And so I mentioned on my previous post that I met up with A (my high school friend). And that night, she told me that they will have a small gathering together with older batch mates who were from our school as well. I’m lucky that I had to chance to meet up with them. I’ve been dreaming to taste the very own Kabsa of kuya Papu (the one on the far right). And they were right, there’s no way to not resist bringing a pack home.

With Joshua John C. Santiago, Lance Abary Contreras, Me, Arianne Ailie Asuncion Dizon, Jerry Dizon and Papu Nucum.

Thank you to Santiago family for accommodating us and welcoming us to their beautiful home in San Larazo Village. I’ve never been to that place and I so love that place. Insha Allah I’ll have the chance to buy a house from that area – yeah right! Let me win the lottery for that to happen hahaha!

Last Summer Hurrah!

A few weeks ago, my high school friend contacted me and planned to meet up. She picked us up and went to visit her humble abode. They have a pool so the kids had fun just before summer bid farewell. I’m so glad that through social networking, we still have the chance to meet up and stay connected with old friends.


Thank you so much A and Jerry for the invite. It was so nice being with old pals and reminiscing memories together.

I Miss My Running Friend

I’m so proud of my friend who has so much passion with running. She and her husband are not just runners, but volunteers as well whenever they have race. Her husband loves mountain biking (I think that’s what they call it). I now they even have those rear bike rack on their car.

Things are doing well with her and I’m just so happy that their plans are going smoothly. She’ll be studying again because she’s on an internship. I wish her all the best and I just really miss chatting up with her every once in a while. Shey, where are though?

Wonderful Couple

I have a dear friend online that I would like their career path to succeed. Both of them love to run, and her husband is a biker too. I hope to see them personally. I wish that my fairy godmother will grant us our wish and buy them any pair of Klim Gears online. I know that they’ll be very happy to have any of those safety gears, especially for my friend’s husband since he’s a biker.

Shey, I miss chatting with you sis. Hope all is well.

She’s On The Way

I was browsing over recent update of my friends over Facebook, and I came across the page of  my childhood best friend who announced that she’s finally pregnant last month. I feel sad though that we’re no longer that close like before. When I read her post, it was a mixed feeling. I feel happy that she’s expecting of course. But I’m sad that communication made our friendship like a second option already. We used to send messages over BBM to check on one another. I hope that she still remember me, because her friendship is one thing I’ll never forget.

Here’s me and her catching up last 2010 while celebrating my big 30. I miss you Ping! I hope that you’ll have a baby girl. Will be looking forward to shop adorable baby girl clothing soon.

Avoid Toxic People

Dear Jhari,

Are there people in your life that aren’t making you a better person?  Avoid toxic people.  Love them, yes, but don’t spend too much time with them.  Life is short!

Be wise,

P.S. Jhari, I’ve provided wonderful people around you to be your friends, teachers, and inspiration.  Look for them.

Yup, I’m following orders. That’s why I stick up with my friends over the blog and Twitter. I haven’t seen them personally (except for Maileen), but I know them by heart. And they don’t treat me like a stranger at all. They are my true friends online to whom I can share with my ups and downs in life. Aside from barkada back home, these are the people which I don’t ever want to avoid in the future. Besides, it’s not right to avoid people who prays for you, who sends you happy thoughts and positive vibes, who encourages you, who inspires you and admire you for your strength. These are people worth sticking with until the end. I just wish that I will have the chance to meet with them. If that happens, I assure you that I will be speechless. I really am a shy type you know – yeah right! ;) THANK YOU BEBOTS FOR EVERYTHING!

Twitter Pregnancies

Earlier this year, I found out that 3 of my Twitter friends are due the same month when I was still pregnant with Julie. Then came 2nd quarter of this year when 2 of them announces that they are on the way. Maileen for her 2nd baby, and Trinity for her 1st baby. And then yesterday, another one is blessed for the second time, my favorite digital scrapper Diane. We’re all so happy for her and we all pray for a safe pregnancy. There’s one more person we’re all waiting to be blessed, hopefully this year these lovely couple will be blessed soon. Always whispering a prayer for her. It’s ironic how we evolved in Twitter. Twitter babies, coming up. Hooray! :D

“I do…”

Will you take this man to be your lawful wedded husband?
Will you love honour and keep him with you as long as you both shall live?

I made this layout for a friend who are about to exchange their vows by next month. Good thing I found a wedding kit for them.

LO49 - I Do

Isn’t it exciting to go back in the past and reminisce your wedding vows with your other half? I wish I could turn back those days when I married my soul mate. And I’m pretty sure that once the day finally for these two person to exchange their vows, the next layout that I’ll give them is for their upcoming baby. Weeee! Congratulations Isias and Bianca. Best wishes :)

A Birthday Gift

A friend of ours over Twitter announces the big news to us yesterday. Her son just turned 3 recently. And it’s her birthday as well yesterday. Now she’s pregnant again. She and some friends just arrived from a quick get away from Boracay, and we’re so happy to hear the good news from her aside from their safe trip back home. Congratulations dear Maileen! Another Twitter baby for this year.

Friendships Online

I’m truly blessed to have such wonderful friends online who can give a helping hand at the time I needed them most. Someone can listen up and some may just be there to say “hey I’m here.. everything’s going to be alright…”. And I found those people over Twitter. My dear bebots who always listen to each others rant – whether negative or positive.

My domain is expiring soon. I needed to transfer it to another host and believe me, if we’re talking about hosting and domains and all those blogging terms, I’m a nomad on this. Thank God someone took time her time to help out. Thank you so much Kerslyn for saving my life online. I awe you big time sis.

And for now, I need to work now on my duties reading about document management software.

A Special Bouquet

A friend of ours will tie the knot tomorrow. But I will not be able to attend her special day since tomorrow we plan to bring baby J for her monthly check-up.

My friends will be there though to witness her walking down the aisle. I’m sure that they’ve already made special arrangements with all the wedding details. And that they’ve made something elegant just like what people from ProFlowers home page are doing with their flower arrangements.

This one caught my eye. A white Calla Lily. So elegant.