Mother’s Love

Yesterday, I was posting in our forum and there was a question left in Ask The Replier A Question Game, and it goes like this “Do you think all mothers are loving?” I thought for a second and replied, “I think so, in their own ways”.

Yes, in their own ways. Mothers are different. Some are showy. Some are over-protective. Some are stage moms. Some are strict. Some are sweet. Some are naggers. I guess, words are not enough to define “mother’s love”.

As I have posted in my other blog, you will never realize how hard it is until you become a mother.

I’d say my mother has all the definitions that I have mentioned, but in her own ways.

She is showy. She loves to update people about me and how I am doing miles away. She shows all the people she knows our photos, especially when I just had my baby. She would carry our photo album with her and show them what I’ve got.

She is or I’d say “was” over-protective. Those days, I didn’t understand why. But she would always say “pag may nangyari sayo ako ang sisisihin ng daddy mo”. Maybe bcoz she raised us alone. My father was in Saudi for more than 20 years and she did manage.

She is a stage mom. She’s never “missing in action” in every school programs I am in. She would buy herself a nice dress and make sure she’s presentable. So when people ask “Michelle, where is your mother?”, I’ll be proud. She actually succeeded. People would say she’s prettier than me hahaha! I think it’s her nose hehehe! You be the judge.

She is sweet. In her own ways. On my wedding day, she gave us the “The Wedding” cross-stitch, made by herself. It was made and finished a year before I got married. As soon as I told them we are getting married next year, she started stitching it and devoted her time doing it.

She is a nagger. Oh! Don’t ask me! She can be the worst mother when she’s mad hahaha!

But one thing I love about her. She is my bestfriend. She knows everything about me. My first boyfriend. My first kiss. My first break-up. Everything. Just everything.

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When A Man Loves A Woman

Last night this movie was shown on MBC2 and for the nth time, pinanood ko ulit. It moved me. Kahit na ilang beses ko nang napanood. My heart goes to the husband. He’s so ideal.

Hay! Kaya ayokong nanonood ng mga drama, nadadala ako. And mind you that was around midnight hehehe!

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Simple Yet Satisfying Pleasures

Selecta ice cream… sarap nito! Naalala ko lagi akong nagpapabili sa mommy ko nito kasi di kasya yung baon kong pambili ng Selecta, ganda pa ng lalagyan. Pero ngayong may trabaho na ako at kaya nang bumili ng Selecta ice cream, bakit mas hinahanap-hanap ko yata ang “dirty ice cream”?

Text messages, emails, chatting… masarap isipin na kahit malayo ka sa pamilya mo madami ng paraan para magkaroon ng communication. Sa ganda ng technology ngayon, iba na talaga. Super bilis pa di ba? Pero bakit hinahanap-hanap ko pa din yung sulat na pinapadala sa akin noon. Yung airmail talaga, kasama na dun yung mga Christmas at Birthday cards na natatanggap ko. Di tulad ngayon puro e-cards na lang. Kung nasa abroad ka, bida ka kapag madami kang natatanggap na sulat at greeting cards.

Nung bata ako, gusto ko naglalaro lagi ng barbie dolls. Lahat ng mamahaling laruan yata noon pati na robot at lego nabibigay sa akin. Pero di pa din ako masiyahan. Kung anong makita sa classmate ko gusto ko magpapabili din ako agad sa daddy ko, tutal kako nasa Saudi naman siya. Akala ko noon mayaman na kami. Ngayon, pag nakakapanood ako ng mga bata sa TV na wala ng laruan maaga pang nagtatrabaho, maswerte pala akong di hamak kasi nakapaglaro ako ng barbie dolls noon. At saka mahirap pala ang nasa Middle East, akala ko lang madali dahil lahat ng gusto ko noon binibigay ng daddy ko.

Nung nasa Pilipinas pa ako, gusto ko lagi kumakain ng karne di kaya’y mga pagkain sa fast food chain. Ayoko pag tuyo na naman ang ulam. O kaya talong na may bagoong. Ngayong nandito ako sa ibang bansa, tuwing may uuwi sa atin, nagbibilin ako ng tuyo at bagoong. Masama ang loob ko pag di ako nadalhan.

Madami pa… di mabilang ang mga bagay na di natin pinapansin o kaya naman huli lagi sa priorities natin. Pero kita niyo, dadating ang araw, maiisip niyo din ang naiisip ko ngayon, mas okay pa din pala talaga yung “simple but satisfying pleasures”.

Minsan kasi we just keep our eyes focused on things that we can’t even afford, or should I say we try to afford kahit di talaga kaya basta makasunod sa fad. Read these thoughts twice or maybe thrice, and recall the simple things you have missed in your life, maybe you will learn how to appreciate and value the simple ones first…

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OFW

Overseas Filipino Workers. Sa mata ng karamihan, masarap ang buhay. Pero kadalasan homesickness ang kalaban. “Tagal mo na dyan” sabi ng iba. Yun nga ang tanong, hanggang kelan? Sabayan pa ng mapang-inis na linyang “painom /pakain ka naman dyan, dami mo ng pera, mayaman ka na”. Naisip kaya ng mga taong ito na kung ang isang OFW ay mayaman na, sa tingin mo kaya magtitiis pa silang magtrabaho sa malayo? Haaay! Ang mentality nga naman sa atin. Kung minsan nakakapikon. Lalo na kung magbabakasyon ka. Dumarami ang kakilala. Dumarami ang kamag-anak. Pero kung naghihirap nga, ni hindi sasagutin ang mga tawag mo.

PERA. Masakit isipin na yan ang batayan ng karamihan sa hindi pa nakakaranas maging OFW. Pera. Limpak-limpak na pera. Aba eh kung di natin sana ginagastos yung sweldo natin, malamang talaga sobra pa sa limpak-limpak na pera ang meron tayo ngayon.

UTANG. Mabalitaan pa lang na magbabakasyon at di pa man nakakauwi may nangungutang na. At pag tumanggi ka dahil may pangangailangan ka din sa pamilyang naiwan mo sa Pnas, iba pa ang iisipin sayo. Kapag pinautang mo na, ibabaon naman sa limot.

PASALUBONG. Extended family. Korek! Pasalubong kasama ang mga extended families. Sakit sa bulsa. Mabuti sana kung kahit maliit na bagay naipagpapasalamat. Bigyan mo ng isang paketeng sabon, ni di ka pa mangitian. Hay! Asan ang kunswelo?

MALASAKIT. Ito? Kelan kaya ito maikakabit sa tawag na OFW? Isama mo pa dyan ang pag-aalala.

Sana malapit na….

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Her First Year

People say I’m a picture addict. Yes, I am! It could be an influence of my mom when I was younger. Meron din kasi akong album na every year ata dinadala nila ako sa studio. I wish na sana ganito na din ka-hi-tech dati. Baka siguro meron din akong CD hehehe!

Lalo na kung pagdating sa anak ko. I
had compiled them in CD month by month of her first year. Lahat na ata ng kilos nya dati kinukunan ko hehehe! I picked out the last ones each month, and made a collage. And here’s the other one I made in Picasa. Iba talaga ang dating pag enhanced into b&w or sepia, classic na classic di ba?

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