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roasted manok

26 December 2007

Dave sent this to our friends back home. Naka-CC din ako at mga kaibigan namin sa cell group sa FCCD (Filipino Christian Church of Dubai) dito sa dubai.
To say that my heart was tied into knots and that I was deeply touched by his letter is an understatement.
Sobrang malungkot yung pasko namin pero ang diwa nito ay hindi dapat mawala anuman ang sitwasyon o kalagayan namin noon.

     

   This a December 25 email. Im at work today. I wasn’t able to open my emails for almost 2 weeks, napaka busy talaga sa work, kahit ngaun dapat off ako, pinapasok pa din ako kc may tatapusin daw, kaya lng until this time di pa sya (boss) pumapasok sa office.

Anyway, miss ko na ang Pasko sa pinas, kahapon nga eh buong araw akong nasa labas ng office, nag punta sa apat na malls sa Dubai para mag collect ng natapos naming promos, 8 am kami nagsimula, 9pm na ko nakauwi…nakakapagod…. but Christmas is still Christmas, it doesnt change its meaning kahit anung bagay ang naranasan ko, sabi nga ng kanta “tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pasko”. Kumain kmi ng pritong isda na hiningi ni Ice sa kasama nmin sa bahay, di pa kasi kmi nakapamimili, wala pang katapusan pero di ako nakuntento, kinalkal ko ang wallet ko at bumili kmi ng walang kamatayan roasted chicken (dahil roasted chicken lagi ang inuulam namin kapag hindi nakakaluto sa gabi galing sa trabaho), kinain namin ang kalahati at binaon ung kalahati, may laman man o wala ang hapag kainan Pasko pa din ito, di kayang pantayan ang tunay na diwa at halaga nito.

     Habang pauwi ako kagabi mula sa nakakapagod na trabaho outside ng office nmin, as I walk on the street before I got a ride back home… I looked up and talk to God…. Merry Christmas po Panginoon….salamat sa lahat ng bagay na ipanagkaloob nyo sa araw na ito. Inaalala ko ang dakilang araw ng inyong kapanganakan Panginoong Hesus…mahal na mahal ko po Kayo…. As I pray these things tears slowly flow down from my eyes… I was great to greet the Creator of this universe a merry Christmas…

Soon I’ll be back to my beloved country, my friends, home church and family…
Missing you all this Christmas…

Dave

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There is None Like You

13 December 2007

Thanksgiving and praises…

Ang post na ito ay gagamitin ko upang pasalamatan ang Lord sa mga bagong bagay at masasayang kaganapan sa buhay ko nitong mga nagdaang araw.

Salamat unang una sa Lord sa isang buhay ng taong nakinig sa akin at siya kong pinagsabihan, pangalawa kay chris, ng mga ‘deepest darkest secrets ko’.haha! Alam mo na kung sino ka, at gusto ko lang sabihin sa ‘yo kung mababasa mo ito, na I greatly appreciate your open mindedness. Salamat at hindi mo ko hinusgahan at tiwala ako na safe ang mga secrets na ‘yon sa ‘yo.

Continue to pray for me. Thanks for the friendship.

Pangalawa, praises and honor unto God sa bagong work dito sa GN. I am really happy with my current job.
Perfect in every aspect.
Buti na lang alam ng Panginoon ano exactly yung laman ng puso ko.

Panginoon ng aking buhay…Salamat po.

Pangatlo, salamat sa Panginoon for continuously healing some areas of my life.
May song akong alam na ang title ay ‘Binabago mo ako araw-araw’. Ganyang ganyan ang nangyayari sa akin ngayon. At ang sarap magbago, though hindi siya madali, pero kapag nakikita mo yung bunga ng pagbabagong iyon kagaya ng pagkakaroon ng karagdagang saya, healed relationship, blessings, peace… lalo kang maiinspire magbago.

Maiisip niyo siguro…kuuu… si Ice naman, masyadong ispiritwal!
Ang masasabi ko lang dyan eh, ok lang.
Ano naman masama sa pagiging ispiritwal?
Maganda nga iyon.
You’re always looking forward to something to be thankful for.
And it’s always uplifting that all of that blessings will bring back ALL the glory to God.

Sa buhay ko, sa lahat ng natanggap ko, hindi iyon dahil sa maganda ako (chenez!), mabait (isang malaking jowk..haha!) at matalino ay sus! loko lang) ako, kundi higit sa anupamang reason, I received these things because God, my Lord, Savior, friend, Dad, wants everything that’s best for His children. And He will provide those according to His riches and glory.

At kahit hindi Niya i-provide yung mga bagay the way I expected it to be, I’ll still sing praises unto Him.
Because the deepest joy and purpose of my life I found in Him.
Kumbaga, lahat ng mga nangyayari ngayon sa buhay ko na sobrang saya, it’s a BIG bonus from God.

Ang sarap talagang gunitain kung gaano kabuti ang Panginoon.

Hep! Kung naiinip na kayo at gusto nyo nang mag ALT + TAB papunta sa ibang window, pakinggan niyo muna ito.

There is none like You
No one else can touch my heart like You do
I could search for all eternity long
And find there is none like You

Your mercy flows like a river wide
And healing comes from Your hands
Suffering children are safe in Your arms
There is none like You

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Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb11:1)

5 December 2007

Maraming pwedeng mangyari sa isang araw.

Katulad na lang kahapon.
Umaga, on the way ang tech crew, ang marketing manager at ako syempre, ang dakilang alalay ng lahat,
sa isang Delegation/ Conference sa Ras al Khaimah. Ito ay para i-persuade ang mga Chines investors, na inin-troduce ng
mayutak naming boss, para itapon ipagkatiwala nila ang kaban kabang yaman nila sa lugar na ito.

Brief info:

Ang RaS AL khAimah ay isa sa mga emirates, sampu ng Dubai, na bumubuo sa United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ras al KhaimahKasalukuyan itong pinapayaman ng pamahalaan ng RAK sa pamamagitan ng pang-iimbita ng mga foreign investors.
Nilalayon nilang tumulad sa Dubai na may man made islandssssss (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Dubai, Palm Deira), aktibong turismo at bilyong dolyar.
Maliban sa naligaw kami kahapon dahil puro disyerto (na may kaakit akit na malagintong sand dunes) eh masarap ang hinandang pagkain sa hotel (Al Hamra) na pinagganapan ng conference.

Sa aming paglalakbay, nagulat ako ng inabot sa akin ng boss kong si Jenny ang ilang pirasong papel at pen.

“Ano ‘to?” wika ko.

“Shusch lai mah! Kow lsiufn. Shing Ching Ping!!!!” sagot niya.

Jowk.

Sabi niya tulungan ko siyang gumawa ng tanong para sa Q&A portion ng Conf. Napailing na lang ako kasi nga naiinis na ‘ko. Hindi mawala sa kanya ang pagiging hindi organisado. Hindi man niya lang ito nabanggit kahapon sa meeting samantalang buong araw kaming magkasama. Di bale na, kako, tatlong araw na lang naman ako dito sa kompanyang ito at lilipat na ko. Konting tiis.

So sige, sulat naman ako ng tanong. Sulat dito, edit doon. Kapag hindi maganda sa pandinig i-cross out agad.
Opo, mahina sila sa spelling. Pero, alam nila kung paano at ano ang itatanong. Kumbaga may ideya na, tinulungan ko na lang sa pag-reconstruct ng sentences/questions at nag-suggest na lang din ako ng pandagdag panggulong tanong.

Bago kami tuluyang bumaba sa Chev ni boss, ok na ang lahat. Hanggang sa makarating kami ng RAK.
Pagkakita sa akin ni pagkagwapong gwapong CEO, (kamukha niya si Daniel Henney. please see pic below), nilapitan niya ‘ko at tumitig sa aking mga mata…Gwapoooo eh inutusan nya yung isa naming staff na i-interpret yung sinasabi niya sa akin (ang alam niya lang sabihin ay OK at very good). Kamukat mukat ako ang inuutusan niyang maging reporter sa halip na yung isa naming staff. Hala! Sabi ko , habang nakatitig sa mapupungay at singkit niyang mata at kahit hindi niya naiintindihan ang English ko,

“Sir, this is impossible! This is ridiculous! I wasn’t informed about this and I will not embarrassed myself by asking these damn questions!”

“In short, mukha mo! Kumag ka, kahit gwapo ka, pingasan ko yang mukha mo eh! Tantanan mo ko kundi ipu-pukpok ko ‘yung mic sa ulo mo.”

In the end nakita ko na lang sarili kong hawak ang mikropono at nakaharap sa camera. Grrr. Wika nga ng mga panang taxi driver dito sa dubai

‘ WHAT TO DO?????!!!!’

Dalawang oras ang pagpunta sa RAK mula Dubai, at maghapon kaming nag-stay para i-cover yung conf.
Buong araw sumakit ang ulo ko. Hindi ko nadala yung gamot sa migraine ko. Dusaaaaaaaa.

Matapos ang lahat lahat, naging positibo naman ang reaksyon ng mga interviewees, ng tech crew, ng MManager at ng CEO sa ginawa kong kabalbalan trabaho.

Instant media rep cum reporter ang lola niyo. aw!

Somehow, it made me realize na I enjoyed having my face in the front of the camera. I found out I can do it without trembling hands and shaky voice. I feel more confident. Kaya ko pala. Kaya ko naman pala.

Before, I really prefer mga prod asst at tech staff tasks kasi ayaw/allergic nga ako sa camera pero ngayong nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon (break kuno), naisip ko, uh… not so bad… karirin ko kaya? Pano mangyayari yun? Gwahehe. eh anim na araw na lang, sa newspaper/magazine na ko. Weeeeeee!!! Walang camera. Meron dun, pressure, pressure, pressure. Although hindi naman pure writing work ko dun, editorial asst kasi yung position which demands admin support at manaka-nakang coordination at writing skills.

Pero dahil nga sa ang dakilang plano ko ay ang mga sumusunod:

1. maging nobelista (libreng mangarap)
2. maging screenwriter (super duper libreng mangarap)
3. mag may ari ng isang TV station… (yebah!)

(baka magkaroon TV appearances pa rin ako kaya dapat may training. naks!)

Plans which are a leeway to spread the good news. For God’s glory.
Mga planong kailangan pa ng approval ng nasa Itaas.

Maraming maraming maraming bagay pa kong kailangan matutunan, kailangang malaman, kailangang baguhin.
Pero ngayon, I pray God would bless me with a teachable heart and the right attitude.

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Kahapon, nagkaroon ng hindi magandang pangyayari sa office nila Chris.
Umere ang French version TVC sa buong Middle east at nasayang ang $135K.

Isang fatal na pagkamamali na nagbunsod sa boss niyang i-threaten siya na tatanggalin sa work.

I really want to thank God how good He really is for intervening in this situation.Naayos ang di pagkakaunawaan, although malaki yung damage. Pero it seems it wasn’t Chris’ fault at all. ’twas his boss’.

Nais kong i-quote ang sinabi ni Chris ukol sa pangyayari, ‘kapag naisip mong maari talagang mawala ang lahat sa ‘yo sa isang iglap, trabaho, mga minamahal sa buhay, mga bagay na pinundar at pinaghirapan mo, may Diyos naman na may kontrol sa lahat ng bagay na pwede mong sandalan. Magbabago ang pananaw mo sa lahat ng bagay.’

I cannot agree more.

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Mga photos ng event kahapon:

Arabo at Chino.

Mga Big Boss ko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seryosohan na

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Momma’s

27 November 2007

Years ago, you stood with me to face the world.
Years ago, you pushed me so hard to independence though you did not want to let me go.
Years ago, you slapped my face for being so damn irresponsible.
Years ago, you taught me to shut my mouth and learn from silence.
Years ago, you let me listened to your clamors on how life has been hard for you.
Years ago, you did not let me lend a hand to help you.
Years ago, you damp a wet towel on my forehead.
Years ago, you shouted at the top of your lungs so I would be convinced to have my dinner
Years ago, you reminded me incessantly of so many things I might forget to bring.
Years ago, you kept your strength for us, for everyone else that needs you.
Years ago, you kept all the pains.

 

Years ago, I witnessed it all.

And now through streaming eyes and a healed spirit, let me sing to you once more…
Happy birthday Mama, happy birthday Mama, happy birthday happy birthday…
Happy birthday Mama…

mama pix

 “The greatest mom in the whole world”

I am still longing for your gentle touch , your tough spirit and motherly wisdom… I love you ‘Ma. I love you very much.

I’m no longer mad at myself for not telling you how much I do. I already forgave myself ‘Ma. I hope, in the father’s bosom where you are right now, I dearly hope you can see how I applied everything you taught me. How God has taken care of me, of all of us that you loved so much, after you go. Sometimes, things go really tough. But all I can do is to admit I’m weak and let God face the battle for me.

It’s so hard without you. I still cry at times but remembering how you manage to overcome frustrations and sufferings, I wipe them quickly and smile.

If I can go back in time, I wish I can go back 7 days before that fateful day. I wish I can return to November 19th 2004. I wish I’d have the chance to give you the very first birthday cake I planned to surprise you.

Maybe I had made you smile. Maybe I had eased the pain somehow. Maybe. Maybe.

So much for the cake and the wishes. I know you’re in the best place in the whole universe now so cake is just for some sweet toothed like me. Haha!

Once more, thank you for your awesome life you shared with us. You are one tough Momma!
Happy birthday and I love you.

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of ribbons and sweets – on 19th Nov

20 November 2007

Sa maniwala kayo o sa hindi, birthday ko ngayon. Happy birthday to me!
Masaya ako kasi naging mabait si Papa God sa akin despite ng pagiging hindi ulirang anak at pagiging pasaway.
Ngayong araw na ito, maraming sopresa ang naghihintay sa akin.

Una, naka-usap ko ng first time sa YM ang mabait na si Az. Hehe. Lekat. Nacute-an sa fwend ko pero sa akin ang sabi
“Hmm.. mukhang makulit” . Haha! Walang kadeskri-desripsyon. Basta mukhang makulit.
Naging isa siyang mabuting kuya na tinuruan akong magpalit ng header at magpalit ng theme
para macustomized ang header. Gwahehe! Az, thanks talaga ah.
Bale yung specs nung sa akin mail ko na lang kapag natapos ko ng i-conceptualized.

Pangalawa. Nagbigay ng Tiramisu cake at isang napakagandang bouquet ng flower ang aking
butihing boss na si Jenny. Napaka-sweet talaga niya kahit alam na niyang lalayas na ko sa kompanya within 1 month.

Pangatlo. reregaluhan ako ng kapatid kong mabait at ubod ng sungit pero malambing sa loob ng isang LAPTOP!
Oh mi golay!
LAPPPPPTTTTTTTTTOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!

kahit gawin mong 5210 celpon ko o yung tipong pangkaskas ng yero (as long as nakakatwag at nakakatext)
basta bigyan mo lang ako ng pangarap kong laptop, oh mi golay tlga!
kinikilig akooooooooooooooooo!!!!

Heniwei, January pa naman ang dating ng future laptop ko.
Maniwala uli kayo at sa hindi, ang tagal kong pinagpray ang laptop na yun.
Kung isa kang agnostic/atheist na bumabasa na blog na ito, naniniwala akong hindi ka aksidenteng napadpad dito.
Hindi kita pipiliting maniwala sa pinapaniwalaan ko.
Gusto ko lang sabihing at ipahayag ang sarili kong pinaniniwalaan hindi dahil kailangan kong papaniwalain ka kundi
kailangan kong sabihin kung ano ang buhay ko at laman ng puso at isip ko.
But I digress. My apologies.

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Birthday rin pala ni Banana gurl Annie. Happy burtdey Annie. Taga-abu siya. Ako Dubai. And magkaburtdey tayo! watta coincidence!

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Century tuna lang ang baon ko sa office. Pero parang feeling ko isa ako sa mga taong sobrang pinagpala ni Tatay.

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One of these days, baka baguhin ko ang porma at nilalaman ng blog ko. Shift? Huh? Whatever.

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aksidente sa Deira Dubai (vehicular accident)

13 November 2007

One of the previous entries I posted tackled a bit about bus and commuting in Dubai.

I forgot to include and discuss the attitude on roads of 95% Dubai drivers  and the havoc they inflicted on people’s lives due to their utmost negligence and ‘sheer stupidity’ as the other motorists comment.

This is only one of the consequences out of that carelessness. Worst thing could occur is death like what happened in this Filipino family where three of their members died.

 

accident in Deira Dubai 1

STRUCK DOWN

 

Captured on the morning of 13th November 2007. Two vehicles collided and produced commotion and traffic in one of the busy streets in Deira, Dubai.Below is the Close Up shot.

accident in Deira Dubai close up

Photos captured with a digital camera by Chris while peeking through his office window just stone’s throw away from the location of the accident.

No official reports have yet been released regarding the casualties of this accident. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that nobody died from this mishap.

***Feel free to proofread this article. I’d love to hear your corrections as long as it is grammatically sound.

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moments and people I’ll cherish forever

12 November 2007

friends are people with big hearts and colorful minds who are enthusiastic and ever excited for their friends’ happiness.

thank God Chris and I have this bunch of real good ones! haha 😛

to the cool people Bell, Jing, Babes, Tyn& Kelvin…

this post is dedicated to all of you who extravagantly made our 4th anniversary enchanting and heart warming…

this is also for my mahal… pre… dave… you’re one sweet guy. the foods are terrific! pwede ka ng Chef mahal! lab yu lab yu!

wacky in our anniv

cool floating candles

awesome flowers

gifts from the heart

kewlness lights

 

the Rolle Hotel

 

ang ating mga crew… bow!

 

I love you each and everyday, each happy and sad things strengthens my love for you.
I love you with all the things that we’re not the same.
I love you with all our imperfections and moods.
I love you forever and forevermore.

Let me apologize to my shortcomings, my heartbreaking comments that hurts you heart.
Forgive me for all my mistakes and wrong actions.
Forgive me for not being an ideal boyfriend sometimes.
Forgive me on the times I made your heart cry.
Forgive me in times that seems your less priority in my time.

Please don’t give up on me my dearest love.
I know God will bless us forever and ever and all the generation that will come from us.

Happy happy, happy happy happy fourth year love anniversary!
I love you so much. I’m always proud of you and Im blessed with you.
Millions thanks to you my love.
I love you.

Best kisses,
Chris/ Dave/ Mahal/ Pre

 

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I love you mahal. Thanks for holding on me.
I love you despite of the petty flaws.
You may be not the man whom we see in movies who can fly, or swing on buildings or transform into whatnot’s sweeping girls on their feet..
But you have been the man of God, full of wisdom and sound judgment that can melt my heart and others who listen to you.
Every time you speak, it’s full of sensible things and excellent observations.
I am blessed by your passion to always think of other’s welfare above our own.
Thank you for unselfishly loving me mahal ko.
Thank you for your patient on me.
Thank you for your awesome sense of humour.
Your wit and funny antics always make big problems went lighter and manageable.

I’ve already forgiven you for things that you’ve mentioned.
I, too, have my own shortcomings. Forgive me from all of these as well.

God says let your Yes be Yes and No be No.
So, I’m saying this to you now, without the word promise because this declaration is already an oath for the rest of my life.

I’ll stand by you, I’ll hold on to you, through every circumstances that will come our way, I’ll keep on loving you
and taking care of you. I’ll always let my heart and ears open to words you will say however painful or helpful it may be.

I’ll always be your mahal, your partner, your ‘pre’, your ice, your companion, your love…as long as God allow me.
I’ll always hold your hands and cup your face and kiss it… I’ll always be amazed and amused by you.

I’ll always be here for you…
Happy fourth year love anniversary!
I’ll be grateful in my entire life because I met you.
my Chris, my Mahal, my Dave, my PRE…Thank you so much.

I lab yu lab yu!


with hugs, kisses, tears and love,
Your Ice,Aiza, Pre