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Prayer 99

My favorite prayer. It was shared to me and I love to share it with all of you. Please read carefully just like when you are praying. MAY WE START TO PRAYER FOR ONE ANOTHER EVERYDAY...PRAYER 99 Dear Lord,I thank you for this day.I thank you for my being able to see and hear from you this morning.I'm blessed because you are a forgiving God and understanding.You have done so much for me and you keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I've done.said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger or harm. Help me start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and everyday. To clear my mind so that I can hear from you..please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. let me not whine or whimper over things I have no control over. let me continue to see sin through God's eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin,let me repent and confess with my m

A Lower rent, a new AC machine and a new supermarket? :)

Do you feel happy when you hear good news? Who wouldn't eh? The good news is our landlord decided to give us a lower rent for 2012, isn't that good news for the new year? About more than a year ago back in Dubai, I used to write letters to my landlord asking for rent reduction telling him all the reasons why he should reduce my rent. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have read about our move to Sharjah last year. No need for that letter this time, when we went last Saturday to our landlords office to renew our apartment lease agreement, we were told that they are deducting a favorable amount from our rent this year, it is confirmed then cause we heard it from other tenants as well and its true, we will be paying LESS this time. Another good news is the maintenance company of our building are changing all the air conditioning machines in all the flats, I remember our ordeal with this ac problem , what a sigh of relief. The third good news is a supermarket

Pinas Vacation 2011: Roque Astig Family Reunion

"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. We make discoveries about ourselves." -Gail Lumet Buckley The Roques Astig Family Reunion was a revelation to me. It was the first time to meet them all in person. What a great way to know your husband's line of relatives on one special day eh? My husband's dad past away many years ago in an accident in Libya along with one of his brothers and the rest of his dad's siblings who are all aunts of Ferald are very much alive and with their own families. All are present at the grand reunion which we are privileged to attend. The reunion was well planned with the theme of superheroes including red carpet and photo ops. It was a fun-filled day with games and raffle draws. Each family also prepared a number either song or dance. Part of the reunion was the gift giving and the kids lined up to receive their presents. My daughter and my son are so thrilled with t

Laguna: Pinas Vacation 2011: Enchanted Kingdom

This was our second visit to the Enchanted Kingdom. The first was in 2006 and Lanna was only 2 years old back then so she did not enjoy much of the rides since she did not reach the height requirement. Now that she's seven years old, braver and taller, she could ride as much as she can. As for Prince, he has to wait a bit longer. Since this was a family outing, we click, click and click our way inside the theme park

Pinas Vacation 2011: Punchline Comedy Bar

Me and Ferald has been meaning to go to a comedy bar, an opportunity came in when his high school friends ask us to join them. We expected it and I tell you from the moment I sit and the time I stood up to leave, I was laughing. We were elated, I barely could feel the muscles in my face, it felt numb from too much laughing. The topic being discussed by the comedians were something very sensitive but are able to speak the truth and make fun of it. (Ano pa bang tinutukoy ko kundi *ex) I just wonder if they talk about the same thing every other night. Hmmm! Everybody can be funny I guess but not everyone has the talent like these people with extreme sense of humor up to the point that it became their bread & butter. Read: I am proud of them, they are very talented. Every word that comes out from their mouth is like feather that tickles the crowd. Of course they do practice the act but the spontaneity when they go live and do some ad-libs is clearly one of their best assets

Pinas Vacation 2011: Tagaytay Horseback Riding

My daughter is a fan of Saddle Club-it is a TV series about three heroines - Stevie, Carole, and Lisa who form the Saddle Club at Pine Hollow Stables. Each character has a distinctly different personality but all share an equal love of horses and a strong loyalty to each other. Influenced by this, she wanted to go horseback riding in the Philippines-an idea given to her by my sister-in-law and we promised her that we will go on our vacation. From then on, Mica would always mention to us or to anyone that she will go horseback riding in the Philippines when she goes on vacation. To fulfill that promise, on our way to San Luis, Batangas-my husband’s hometown and province, we pass by one of Tagaytay's horseback riding grounds. We would have visited Picnic Grove if we have more time but since we are headed to Batangas, we only stayed for an hour in another horseback riding facility in the area, one or two kilometers away from the latter. Compared to Picnic Grove (which

Pinas Vacation 2011: A High School Reunion

My husband's high school classmates arranged a small get together when we were in the Philippines. There were only 7 of them and we are total 8 people including me. We drove for like an hour or two all the way to Manila from Laguna and our time was spent on laughing and his friends well including him reminiscing their high school days and catching up on things. It was obvious that they had a good time during those times. It was hard for me to relate but I am happy just to see how my husband enjoyed his teenage years with them. It was good old memories they carry in their hearts and it makes them smile just by thinking about it not to mention the humor that the Batangenos have-they are I think fun loving people. I couldn't help to think about my own high school experiences especially when they were talking about the junior and senior ball. I myself attended it four times from freshman to senior ball. How'd that happened? That's another story. Anyway, so we reached Man

Pinas Vacation 2011: Butterfly Haven-Pulilan, Bulacan

One of the trips during our vacation in the Philippines I got most excited about was our trip to Butterfly Haven in Pulilan, Bulacan. I guess most of you, just like me, are fond of butterflies, their metamorphosis from an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful colored creature into something really very interesting even though we've known it since grade school. My seven-year-old daughter who was raised in the UAE is fond of this beautiful insect but rarely sees it. Even I miss the times when I used to chase butterflies white and yellow near the stream in our hometown in Bulacan. Butterfly haven is actually a private resort, a museum, and a butterfly sanctuary combined. It was before Christmas that we went to see it, we had the place only to ourselves to explore together with a couple and their daughter. The entrance fee is 50 PHP, and a higher fee is being charged if you would like to have a pictorial or you have a professional camera with you so it turned out Ferald entrance is

Pinas Vacation 2011: Ube Haleya

Hi guys, it's good to be back, I have lots of stories to tell you from our holiday vacation in the Philippines. I am super excited about it I actually don't know where to start. The easiest way maybe is to share with you a favorite dessert I cooked for the first time for my family for Noche Buena, the same dessert I used to have every Christmas and New Year holiday while I was growing up. I am a purist when it comes to this dish, the taste of this dessert is altered when added with an extender like sweet potato or pumpkin. For me, it has to be all purple yam on it to get the real taste of haleya. Some people call it halaya, ube haleya, halya, jalya but I just love to call it haleya as how I have known it from my dad. As I have said, it was my first time cooking this dessert, luckily my mom was around and she knew exactly what are the ingredients and how it should be done properly to get the very taste of the dessert. Ingredients: 1 1/2 to 2 kilo of purple yam (a