Our Elementary Teacher

Facebook is indeed one of the best social networking there is over the web right now. I’m happy that I can still communicate with my fellow classmates all over these years. And it’s good to hear as well updates from our teachers too.

PESR - Class 1993

This is our Class 1993, 6th Grade. Can you see me? :D The one on the middle is our Adviser Mrs. Leticia Apilado who’s celebrating her birthday right now. Good thing there’s an alert to let you know who to greet. Our batch (if given the chance) should’ve given her something special like a personalized gifts for teachers. Well, it’s not too late. There’s still more occasions to give gifts right? Once again, happy birthday Ma’am!

Memories in London

It was Friday when the world stood still to witness the marriage of the Prince and the Commoner. I woke up just in time when my friends over Twitter started to do their updates on what’s on the screen. I wanted to watch online but the site was blocked. I was about to loose hope. Lucky me! I asked Hubby to check the if BBC World is having it live, and tada! It was.

William and Harry just arrived in the Westminster Abbey when we started watching. Then memories all came back to me and my husband because of our trip last year to London. I couldn’t believe that their way was exactly the same way we journeyed by walk when Kate (my friend not the Duchess of Cambridge) and her boyfriend Jun toured us on our last day in London. But for us, we started off our journey that day from the London Bridge, London Eye, then went back to Westminster Abbey, a walk through the House of Guards, then a long stroll at the St. James Park and finally the Buckingham Palace.

Royal wedding: The route on the day

And here are some pictures to share. Let’s start with from the Westminster Abbey going to the Palace instead.

Here’s the front of the Westminster Abbey. The Royal Wedding entrance was at the other side.

Westminster Abbey 2010

And here’s the Horse Guard Parade. This was where they entered from the road of the Buckingham Palace.
 

Horse Guard Parade 2010
 
Horse Guard Parade 2010

Then a long walk in the St. James Park – just along the street where the parade passed by in the wedding.

St. James Park 2010

And finally, here I was approaching the Buckingham Palace. A dream come true for me and my husband.

Buckingham Palace 2010

Buckingham Palace 2010

And leaving you by the seal of the Royal Family.  London was lovely indeed! Very lovely!

Buckingham Palace 2010

Cakes–Nostalgia #50

Thanks for the heads up Mommy Rose. Looking back into memories and sharing it with the others is really a great deal. So for my first entry ever, here’s my share of sweet cake.

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My 28th Birthday

This was taken on my 28th birthday. We celebrated it at Pizza Hut. Hubby left the restaurant I thought he’ll pick up some of our friends to come over, but he came up with this delicious cake that says “Happy Birthday Sweety”. My face is still swollen here. Why? I just gave birth. Julia was only 3wks old that year. Still trying to cope up with motherhood duties at night.

Conversation #2

While I was stretching up this morning, here’s another small talk with the big sister. She approaches the fruit basket and pointed at the banana.

JULIA: Mama, you wan nana?
ME: Me want a banana? Atini wahed (English: Give me one). You want to eat banana? I’ll peel one for you.
JULIA: No no no…
ME: *raised an eyebrow
JULIA: Don worry Mama… it’s okay it’s okay…

I don’t have an idea on why she’s asking me not to worry, but I ended up getting a banana for her and good thing she ate it. MIL laughed so hard because she heard her saying not to worry. It’s like an adult warning me up.

Conversation #1

I’ve been wanting to write about this type of conversations with my toddler soon to be big big sister, but I always forgot about it whenever I’ll start to write a post. I have a friend online who advised me to note on this simples conversation between our toddlers, so that we can always back read at the memories this has left us.

Hubby’s away and will be back tomorrow afternoon. This morning, while I was combing my hair, Julia woke up with a smile as usual. Here’s where the talks came in.

ME: Good morning Mama! How’s your sleep?
JULIA: Good moning Mama… howa you?
ME: I’m fine…
JULIA: (pointing at her diaper) Mama oh, it’s wet :(
ME: Wawa… Okay, stand up we’ll change your diaper na.
JULIA: Okay mama… thank you mama (and gave me a kiss and hug… awww…)
ME: You’re welcome.
***while changing her up, I asked her then about her Papa***
ME: Where is Papa Julia?
JULIA: Where is Papi?
ME: I’m asking you then you’ll ask me?
JULIA: Papa go bye-bye…
ME: Bye-bye? Where did he go?
JULIA: Papa in the ship…
ME: In the ship? What ship?
JULIA: Papa go with Barney and uhm… and uhm… there oh… (pointing at the door)
ME: Ah I see… Papa went to Beirut Mama not in the ship.
JULIA: Papa go Beirrrrruuuutttt (at this point she was actually pouting her lips as if she’s in an Opera house singing, LOL! :D)
ME: HAHAHA! Okay fine. Yallah let’s go out and say good morning to Tete (grandma in Arabic)
JULIA: Yallah na… bye bye pullow (pillow), ay lav you.

Sigh… Everyday she amazes us with all the things that she can do and say. One thing I noticed about Julia is that she loves to sing and dance. I wish I could record her favorite song. There’s this app on my iPhone which she always play with. It’s called “Juno”. And she loves her songs especially the song about Teddy who was missing.

Oh dear Julia, you’ll be a great sister for sure. I can see you singing lullabies for Julie. We love you dearest.

In Memory of Our Dear Friend

RIPstat
She was laid to rest last Thursday – September 2, 2010. I’ll miss you Rocky! Thank you for the friendship and for the love you’ve shown. My best friend wrote a note for her. I had to share with you since she wrote it so perfectly. A true friend indeed she was. When I read this note, I cried as usual. I’m sure my bff will miss her more.

 

Hanggang sa muli, Rocky…

-by Oli Gozar

 

Teh,

 

Nahatid ka na namin pabalik sa ating Panginoon, binigla mo kaming lahat, at nasaktan kami sa nanyari…nun una hindi ko matanggap talaga…pero ngayon naniniwala na ko na asan ka man ay masaya ka na at walang ng hirap na nararanasan….

 

Ilang araw lumutang ang pag-iisip ko at parang ang dami kong gustong sabihin at gawin para sayo pero hindi ko alam pano at saan sisimulan…kaya mas ginusto kong manahimik, matulala at alalahanin ka na lng…

 

Hindi ko makakalimutan yun mga paborito mong sinasabi plagi na…. "Tara na teh! mamili tayo ng mga bagay na hindi natin kelangan" at ang famous mong may nakakaaliw na tonong…."hmmm…Shutang inang yan", dahil din sayo natututo akong magbakla-baklaan eh! nakakahawa ka eh….

 

Akala ko hindi ko matatanggap teh, pero buti na lang ang galing ng pari na nagmisa para sa inyo ng mga pinsan mo….teh, pinagalitan nya kami….saktong sakto yun sinabi ni father na panagot sa mga katanungan ko…at dahil dito bumalik ang faith ko na okay ka na nga at kasama mo na si Lord.

 

Teh, nasermunan kami ni father, sinabi nya ng pasigaw… alam ko iniisip nyo…madaming katanungan ang naglalaro sa isip nyo ngayon! bakit ganito! bakit ganyan! galit kayo! bakit kelangan bumangga na, tapos masunog pa! ang saklap….teh yan yun hindi ko matanggap yun yung nasaisip ko eh…nun sinabi ni father na sino yun mga nag-iisip ng ganyan mega taas ako ng kamay eh….

 

Tapos biglang sabi ni father okay lng daw na magtanong, magalit… normal daw yun….pero sinagot nya na…bakit ka nagtatanong? bakit kelangan ikaw pipili ng paraan ng pagkamatay nila? ibig mong sabihin mas magaling ka pa sa Diyos???? sabi ni father teh kung mahal ka namin…mas mahal ka ni God kaya mas alam nya kung ano ang makakabuti sayo…teh, sabi ni father yun anak nga ng Panginoon ayan oh hanggang ngayon nakapako…etong magpipinsan na toh sandaling hirap lng ang dinanas nila….kasi mahal sila ng Diyos….

 

Grabe teh nagsorry ako kay Lord kasi nagtanong ako ng ganyan….at nagalit ako….pero ngayon natatanggap ko na….hindi ka pababayaan ni Lord…na mamahalin ka nya higit pa sa pagmamahal namin sayo…isa na lang ang problema….sobrang mamimiss kita….

 

Pero teh, alam mo kahit papano nakakatuwa na ang pag-exit mo sa mundo ay may kabog pa din…teh pinuno nyong magpipinsan ang malaking simbahan sa bulacan eh….hanggang labas may mga nakatayo at nakikiramay sa inyo….teh tuwang tuwa ako na madaming nagmamahal sayo….kagaya ng pagmamahal ko at ng pamilya ko sayo…

 

Teh, alam mo naiimagine kita nun nagmimisa…malamang iritang irita ka na kasi tinatawag ka ni father ng paulit ulit ng Raquel hehehe! Gusto ko sanang icorrect si father pero naiimagine ko na nag-eenjoy yun dalawa mo pang pinsan na natatawa sa reaction mo….hehehe!

 

Nga pla teh…alam ko na tinago mo ang shades ko na kabibili ko lng para sa paghatid sayo….sinadya mo talagang itago eh noh…..gusto mo talagang makita na namamaga yun mata ko….pinagbigyan na kita teh, hindi na ko nagshades pero sana ibalik mo na, kasi isang beses ko palang nagagamit yun eh….binili ko lang talaga yun para sayo eh….

 

Teh, hindi talaga ako magaling sa ganito….dahil alam mong ang pinagsamahan natin ay puro saya at tawa lamang….ikaw ang nagturo sakin kung pano maging maligaya ang buhay eh…

 

Pasensya ka na kung wala akong matinding pabaon na salita nun dinalaw kita hanggang sa nagpaalam na….isa lang kasi ang plagi kong naiisip mula nun nawala ka eh…..at yun ay…mahal na mahal kita…

 

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Packing Up Is Not Easy

The other day, I packed up baby J’s crib. I become emotional for some reasons. I couldn’t believe that she will not be using her crib anymore. She’s growing up so fast. I feel like I wanted to pause the time and freeze it exactly where we are right now. This photo was taken when I was on my 38th weeks pregnancy. I even blogged it here.

Aside from packing her crib, this was the 3rd time as well that I’ve packed clothes of her that doesn’t fit any more. Good thing that my mother sent me sets of PJ’s for her to use. There are other clothes that she hadn’t even worn. Nakaliitan na lang, ng hindi ko namamalayan… Sigh… Some are gifts for her. Baby J was born November 2008. It was a cold season here in the middle east. Some of our friends gave us clothes for summer that was not proper for her to wear that time, and when summer came, of course she grew and some dresses doesn’t fit at all already.

Oh dear… Hubby was laughing at me for having tears running down my eyes the other day. But he said, we can still use this crib – Insha Allah, God willing once we’re ready for baby J to have a little brother – perhaps.

Julia’s Shisha

Here’s a photo of Julia from our last year vacation to Damascus, Syria. Isn’t she a cutie? My father-in-law has a copy of our last year’s vacation. I accidentally deleted my copy when Hubby reformatted my PC. That even our 2007 vacation got deleted. I have some copies on my multiply site but there are videos taken from various places which I hope I was able to saved. Look at those toothless gums… and her cheeks! I wish I could turn back time. Julia’s such a cute baby and sometimes I can’t believe my eyes because of her beauty. Alhamdulillah, thank God for having her as my child.
We’ll be going to go shopping by tomorrow and Hubby might get an electronic cigarettes in the market as a gift for our boss who just celebrated his 50th birthday. Might as well get one for his friend too.

Reminiscing

I can’t help myself but blog about this. I know that I have to upload my 365 days photo project in the present, but looking at this photo made me cry. Imagine that our toddler whose now 1 year 7 months and 2 days to be exact was like this? Aww… wish I could turn back time.

 

DAY 146 DAY 146 – THE 365 DAYS PROJECT

 

I was organizing my photo files and I came across this photo. Julia was just 7 days old. My Parents-in-Law are leaving the next day back to Jeddah that time so we had to invite my girl friends to our house to have a small gathering for our little angel. We had her ears pierced as well that night – by demand by MIL, which in the end I was grateful for since imagine if we have to pierce Julia’s ears at her age now, I’m sure it will take us an hour for her to stop whining. Look at Julia’s face. So cute. She looks like me on this picture though. But as you can see, she’s growing up getting all the features from her dad, which is all fine with me. I love her just the way she is… Sigh… motherhood…

W&S Wedding (Part 2)

imageJust came home from Wael and Soumaya’s wedding celebration.

 

All of us had fun on the dance floor. The food was great and the most important thing of all, was that the couple looked so happy together. I wasn’t able to take too much photos because a lot of them brought their own cameras so I’m sure they could get a copy for tonight. And I was running over my little one every once in a while since she herself wanted to dance the night away.

 

This was her first outfit. We went to visit a dear friend who just gave birth a week ago. The weather was so humid tonight, Julia was sweating hard. See her shoes? I bought it last night, with a 20% off the original price. Her first Mary Jane shoes. We’re telling her that she’s going to school and she would act that she will go out of the door, haha!

 

I ate too much tonight, so I need to check out those natural fat burner in town.

 

To the newly weds, CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES! Will upload the photos on my FB account by tomorrow. Need to get some rest for now.

W&S Wedding

One of Hubby’s closest friend is getting married today, and they asked me to make the invites for them. They’ll be sending this invites thru email. Last night, I made this layout for both of them in just 2 hours. I made it as a draft actually, but right after sending the outcome of their invitation. Soumaya’s favorite color is Purple, so I tried my best to find the simplest color I could find and she chose this background.

 

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CREDITS: Oopsie Daisies, Bon Scrapatit! Papers and embellishments.

 

I still have a few hours to rest before the late party tonight. It’ll be a long night for us for sure. One of our managers offered to make the party at his villa. It’s going to be a pool party as well. I’ll be busy for a while, because I’m checking out a review on the best anti wrinkle cream treatment there is in the market. Aside from that, I need to do some house hold chores as well. Will be going to work again by Sunday so I need to hurry up tidying things up.

Farewell Carter!

Carter Jay McMerrick
(March 27, 2009 – May 30, 2010)

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I was browsing my daily reads when I came thru Heather’s blog. It was a moment of sadness for her family. Their angel grew it’s wings and bid farewell as he leaves a mark of smile and lots of love for them. You wouldn’t believe that I was weeping hard and at the same time feeling the grief while I was browsing her blog thru her archives (up to now). Loosing a child is the most saddest part of being a mom. And I salute Heather for her courage and strength. No words could ever comfort a mother’s grief but as I read her mind thru her blog, I couldn’t help but cry.

 

As bad as all of this sounds, we really are at peace with this. We feel like our little guy has been through enough, and we pray that if he does pass…it will be quickly.
~Heather

 

Oh Carter, you made me feel so lucky to be a mom. You made me feel blessed for having Julia every single minute of my life. Thank you Carter Jay! Fly high.