Today marks my second week in this new house. From our humble abode in Keuangan (in Cilandak), we now live in a much bigger house near Permata Hijau.
The night I arrived back from the Philippines, I already felt the stress of unpacking. Everything I have is still inside tightly sealed boxes. I was so tired from my flight that I decided to sleep right after arriving. But as it turned out, I stood up from the bed for 4 times to search for my towel, clothes to wear for work, toiletries, and blanket before I finally got to sleep straight.
The house itself is beautiful. Really big and very spacious. I have a bigger room now (Yay!). But as of right now, that is the only thing nice about this new home. Bigger house means bigger electricity bill. Longer distance from work means shorter sleeping time. New place means unfamiliarity with the area. I just wish I’m a little more adventurous. I admit I’m still afraid of getting lost around this big city.
Oh well, maybe I just need a little more time to get used to this new place. For now, I still have a lot of unpacking and tidying up to do.
I really feel bad that I can’t go home to the Philippines tomorrow. It would have been a great time to be with the family because tomorrow our baby girl will be graduating from college.
I remember you telling Mama that I was your favorite sister even if I am cranky most of the time. So before I sleep, let me tell the whole world how proud I am of you. Forgive me for letting the whole world know how intelligent you are.
VERGELLE ALQUEZA PARROCHA, 22 years old.
Salutatorian, St. Mary’s College, QC. Batch 2004
High Honors, Philippine Science High School, Diliman. Batch 2008
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Oblation Scholar (Top 50 in the UPCAT).
Executive Officer for Academic Affairs – UP Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students
MAGNA CUM LAUDE.
Gel, you’ve got the whole package. Beauty and brains, they say. But what I love most about you is that you have the heart. You have a big heart for everyone. You are always ready to help. In everything you do, you don’t just use your head, your heart always plays a part and you never forget to enjoy the moment.
You are God-fearing. And it’s funny how you would ask us to pray for you because you don’t like praying to God just to ask favors.
Chemical Engineering was not a joke and I have seen you in your down days of being a student. But you made it through with much diligence that you absolutely deserve all the honors that you received and will be receiving. I know you know how proud we are of you.
I love you. Be very beautiful tomorrow. Enjoy your graduation. Congratulations. -Ate Chi
and so i’m back…from outer space (outside of cyberspace, i mean).
i had an awesome christmas season with the family and friends. as expected, savings went down the drain. lol. but, of course, i couldn’t complain as i just had the greatest time of my life yet. i was able to meet different groups of friends; went to calapan, puerto galera, and zambales with the family; had a nightly coffee bonding with my sisters; partied with childhood friends; attended countless christmas parties; and had a new BIG puppy!
holidays went by so fast (was that really a 36-day holiday?) and i’m back in jakarta in a blink of an eye. as per usual, leaving home was difficult and i just had a sudden homesickness attack last night. but what can i do? i just have to look at the perks of being here like having too much free time to finish a drama in 3-days and update this blog as often as i can. lol. also, i have june to look forward to again as hun is booked for his visit for our 7th year anniversary <3. yay for love.
If you weren’t born on a day like today sometime during the 1950s, many of us won’t be where we are now. Your siblings, your children, even your siblings’ children, you’ve raised all of us well. You’ve been through a lot but you never gave up. It’s one of the things you unconsciously taught us.
I know you’re very much fulfilled already. Maybe not with money, but you are blessed with lots of people who love you, appreciate you, and need you.You might be adding another year to your age but with all the love and happiness you feel everyday, you are aging gracefully. You are still the most beautiful mom in the world.
With everything you’ve endured being a mother, a breadwinner, a military spouse, you are definitely our only superwoman. I love you to infinity and beyond!
Happy Birthday, Mama!
Great news, Manila backpackers! Cebu Pacific finally announced its newest international destination! It will be launching a direct service from Manila to Bali (Yeah! It’s Bali) on March 2013. Ay-yay-yay!
Bali is now super duper accessible to us budget travelers. No need to fly through Jakarta or Singapore or Kuala Lumpur which can also be expensive.
Betcha Buy Bali Now!
No, I am not booking for this flight. It may be cheap, but I still ain’t got breads for this. I’m a cheapskate sometimes. Then, why am I so happy? It only means that Manila-Bali flights can already be included in the great P1 (piso) Seat Sale! Now, that would be something I can afford. Who wouldn’t want to visit the Island of Gods with just less than P3,000 airfare budget?
Ayo, teman-teman, mari kita mengalami budaya Bali dwipa jaya. (Come, friends, let us experience the culture of the great Bali island.)
“In Bali, there is no single day without a ceremony — a balanced relationship among humans, gods, and nature.”
Disclaimer: I suck in speaking Bahasa Indonesia. I used an online English-Indonesian translator and asked my friend if I stated it correctly.
Tags: Asia, Bali, Cebu Pacific, Cheap fares, Culture, Indonesia, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, travel
It’s three in the morning and I’m still wide awake. I have to start getting ready for school/work by 6am. I should also mention that I just ended the long weekend. No classes since Thursday because of Islamic New Year. I wasn’t able to do anything productive since last Thursday from watching too much videos of Lee Min Ho’s Fun Meet in the Philippines.
Why am I still up? I just finished cramming progress report comments of 17 kids (That will be comments on 4 skills for 17 kids) to be checked by my principal. No deadline for this but I have to submit it for checking before I can encode it and add pictures in the tedious progress portfolio.
Cramming – the result of procrastinating
Well, it’s a good thing that I was able to finish. Finished with the comments, I mean. More work lined up until the end of the month. Though, I wouldn’t complain because I’ll be home soon!
Oh, the life of a fan girl! @_@
When God showered Earth with beauty, Min Ho, I believe, was very wide awake and waiting outside. He has the perfect look and a height to match.
While he seems to be enjoying Manila and his fans loving every minute of the fun meet, I am stuck here in Jakarta trying my best not to die from envy. I could have been home for the long weekend so I can see him but all I can do now is to watch all the videos I can find in Youtube. Although I am having the greatest regret of not seeing him in person, this video made me feel I was there, too. The screams are contagious that I am trying so hard to suppress the shrieks coming up my throat which should not have been a problem if it isn’t 3am.
Oh, oppa, when will I see you?! T____T
Korean dramas and videos are my guilty pleasures. I have developed huge crushes on Korean actors. Lee Min Ho, Lee Dong Wook, Jung Yong Hwa, Jang Geun Suk, Joo Ji Hoon drive me crazy. I love BigBang. ’nuff said. And since several young Korean actors came from groups and bands, I enjoy watching videos in Youtube.
This video made me worship Taecyon. Sexy abs. Hotness overload.
Being an overseas worker, it has been two years since I last celebrated All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days with my family. Since both of my grandfathers have died, we would either go to Libingan ng mga Bayani or go to Zambales.
On the first of November, I lit this Paschal-tall candle and offered a silent prayer as I remember and pay homage to my grandfathers and other relatives who have passed on.
Tatang Amando, Lolo Juanito, Uncle Alfredo Sr., Auntie Trinidad, see you at the crossroads.
The candle only lasted for 14 hours. Not so great.
They say that love is a cycle.
You fall in love.
You become happy.
You get hurt.
You begin again.
I was happy.
I was hurt.
But I fall in love time and again…
And it was with that same person I said “Yes” to
2345 days ago.
I love you.
Forever and always.