Ano na teh?

Hala wala ba talaga akong blog post for 2016? Namamalik mata lang ba ako? Haha.. Grabe naman. Pasensiya at inamag na naman to. Eto at pinapagpagan ko na. Ang kapal ng alikabok grabe!

Ano na ba ang latest?

Ang latest ay si Duterte. Kapag tinatanong ako lagi kung anong balita, lagi ko sasabihin “Ayun.. Si Duterte.”

Bukod kay Duterte, okay naman po ang buhay-buhay. Happy na, happy pa rin, happy ulit. Stable na ang life. Stable talaga? Parang kulungan lang ng kabayo?

Malaki na ang bossing ko. Magsa-sampung taon na siya sa mga nalalapit na araw. Literal na boss ko na siya minsan. Most of the time siyempre ako pa rin ang boss pero malaking parte na siya ng pagde-desisyon namin sa bahay at sa buhay. Ganun pala talaga ang mga anak natin habang lalong lumalaki. Lalong tumatalino, lalong nakikialam. Pero masasabi ko na napakatalino at talentadon niyang bata. Hindi ko alam saan nanggaling ang talino at talento niya (ehem).

Good news!

Uuwi kami sa Pinas pagkatapos ng lima at kalahating taon! Woooohhhooooo! Sa wakas! Excited na ako makita ang mga pamilya, kamag-anak at kaibigan ko except sa mga magpapakita lang para sumahod. Hahaha..

Paunawa: Hindi po ako milyonaryo. Simple lang po kaming mamamayan. Maliit din po ang palitan ng NZD to PHP. Mahirap po kumita ng pera. Magbanat po kayo ng buto. Thank you po.

Dalawa at kalahating buwan na lang… Hello Pilipins!

Handa na kaming malanghap ang napakadumi mong hangin Metro Manila. Ready na kami makakita ng sangkatutak na mga basura sa mga kalsada, maglakad sa gilid ng kalye katabi ng mga sasakyan dahil bihira ang sidewalk at foothpath at magtatakbo kapag nakakita ng daga at ipis.

Sa kabilang banda, handa na kaming lumangoy sa masarap at katamtamang lamig ng tubig ng beaches, kumain ng napakasasarap at murang pagkain, at mayakap ang lahat ng mga mahal namin sa buhay. The last premise will make all our sacrifices worth it.

Kita-kits! Love you all! =)

Mga Alaala Ng Atimonan, Quezon

Alas siete na ng umaga. Ito ang normal na oras ng pag-gising naming magpipinsan. Pagkabangon ay kailangan naming tikluping mabuti ang aming pinaghigaan dahil kung hindi, malalagot kami kay Lolo. Pagkatapos magligpit, lahat kami ay dudulog sa hapag-kainan para mag-agahan. Hindi pwedeng may mahuli. Kailangan sabay-sabay. Mahapdi ang malapad na tsinelas ni Lolo kapag napalo ka nito sa puwet dahil ayaw mong sumabay sa pagkain.

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Rejoice In Every Good Thing

I just want to share to you my talk earlier this year. I know that this is the first time that you would read something like this from me. I just realized that if there’s any place I would want my own talks to be published, it is going to be in this blog first. I hope some of you will find comfort and inspiration with these words.


 

Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.

Alma 26:35

These are the words of Ammon after their very successful missionary work with the Lamanites. Now I would like to ask you the same thing. Have we not reason to rejoice?

I would like to share to you some of the things that would give us reason to rejoice.

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Laitero

Ikaw ba ay mahilig manlait ng kapwa?
Wala ka na bang ibang makita kundi kapintasan sa ibang tao?
Mahilig din bang manlait ang mga magulang mo? Ang mga kamag-anak mo?

Laitero – Tawag sa taong mahilig manlait ng ibang tao.
Lait – To mock, ridicule, make fun of, but wait there’s more!

Nung bata pa kami lagi akong tinatamad pumunta sa mga family reunion. Oo, masaya at maraming pagkain pero kapag naiisip ko pa lang yung ibang mga kamag-anak kong mahilig manlait kahit kailan hindi talaga ako ginanahang pumunta doon.

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What Makes Me A Proud Filipino

In my previous post I described a little bit of what the town and/or New Zealand is in general but now, I would like to share to you some very important and “maybe/not” biased insights of why I am proud to be a Filipino.

Food

As I have mentioned on that post, almost all their food here that I have tasted so far are conventional or easily-cooked food. I might not be the best cook. My mom is an average cook but her brothers are the greatest cooks in their family. During my younger days my mom taught me how to crush and peel garlic as well as how to chop onions. It became handy when I started cooking for my family now. So far I have already cooked chicken curry out of demand for 6 consecutive weeks (once a week) and they still don’t get sick of it. They also loved chicken adobo, chicken afritada, giniling (minced beef, tomato sauce, diced potatoes and carrots), and a whole lot of fried rice in different varieties, beef, chicken, ham, eggs, vegetables, etc.

I am so amazed as to how much more I can cook that would be new for them because there is just so many Filipino dishes that we have in our country. Whenever I picture myself going to a “karinderiya” opening covers of cooked viands on pots one by one, I realize that our Filipino food is so rich that there’s nothing else like it. I always feel proud whenever my children now would request me to cook Filipino food for tea (they call dinner “tea”). Continue reading What Makes Me A Proud Filipino

How To Ride A Bus In New Zealand?

Don’t even try to question my authority because I don’t have any. LOL. I’m just trying to help. Continue reading if you are one or many or all of these things:

  1. You are new in New Zealand.
  2. You don’t own a car yet.
  3. You still need to learn how to drive.
  4. Your friends and family who drive and have cars are too busy to drive you around or you just don’t want to bother anybody.
  5. You need to go to a specific place or you just want to go out and explore.

If you are one or many or all of these things then you got no choice but to learn how to ride a bus.

Nervous? For sure, but don’t worry. The things that I’ll teach you might somehow help you gain confidence in riding your first NZ bus. (Hopefully)

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Dannevirke, New Zealand

Dannevirke (Daniverk) is the major town of the administrative district of Tararua, New Zealand. I have been settling here for five weeks now and I believe this is the best time to describe what I have observed about this town so far so in the future I would have a comparison of my own ideas.

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