I can do all things with God who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

What I am is a gift from God. What I become is my gift to God.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:16.

Dec 31, 2007

A Year That Was

Today marks the end of 2007.

I consider this year as very significant to me and my family because of many remarkable incidents that shaped our lives. There are many incidents that I may forget to identify in this blog, but everything that happened have helped me to be what I am now – more optimistic and stronger albeit the problems that came our way.

In January of this year, Jun and I were given the chance to attend a seminar that enriched our ideas regarding Learning Management System/Content Management system. I consider it as a good sign – being selected among all the staff to attend the training even if we are still quite new in the organization and the fact that we were sent together is a bonus in itself!

The month of May marked the Silver Wedding anniversary of my brother (Kuya Pepe) and Ate Thelma. They were looking forward to this and decided to have a church wedding. It was a reason to celebrate! It was also during this celebration that Jun and I got the biggest scare of our lives when River and Ashvin were rushed to the hospital due to food poisoning. It was a blessing that nothing serious happened to two of them and they were discharged from the hospital after a few days.

After 11 months of working away from the kids, July was a time to go back home for vacation. I consider it the best month of my life and I bet the rest of my family (Jun, River, Rain and Ash) consider it as theirs as well. It was a time to relax and recharge and what better way to do it than to spend it with the whole family in Singapore? It was the month of many “firsts”. First time for the whole family to spend a vacation abroad, first time for my kids to travel by airplane, and also our first time in Singapore (except for Jun).

If July was the best month, I consider August as sad for the whole family. It was this month that Jun and I left the kids again for another year of work. Leaving the kids always breaks my heart into pieces. I know that each member of my family feels the same way…but we all need to sacrifice for now….

There are many reasons to celebrate this September:

  • Our contract was renewed. It means another year of work!
  • It was our 11th year wedding anniversary. I cannot believe that it was already 11 years! Years passed by unnoticed if you are contented and happy:) It was the best 11 years of my life and I look forward to more years of wedded bliss!
  • Jun got a promotion. From this, I believe that a person with skills and talents will always rise above the rest.

Rain, our only daughter celebrated her 7th birthday with a birthday party with family and friends. We were not able to attend this very important event in our daughter’s life but we know that she was happy and she understands…

I may not remember the months but I want to mention some very important events participated by River. I observed that River was very active in school this year. He was able to join different contests – from spelling to math to science and news writing contests! I hope that he will keep it up.

Ash is still 5 years old and he may not have done any special activity but I know that in time he will be as active and good as Rain and River in school. Jun and I may not spend too much time with him due to several circumstances but he remains a very sweet child to us.

Christmas was a very emotional day. We hoped that we were able to spend it with our kids but circumstances doesn’t allow. We contented ourselves with calling and sending messages to our loved ones to keep in touch.

…. Tonight is no different than Christmas. It is the 31st of December. How we wished that we were home to welcome the New Year with our kids. I have already called home and greeted my kids. After posting this blog, I’ll be on my way to our friends house to welcome New Year Gulf style.

Happy New Year!

Dec 26, 2007

Celebrating Christmas

From where I am now, Christmas is just an ordinary working day. While Jun and I waited to go to the party on the 24th, I started playing the Christmas songs we have in our laptop hoping to get into the festive mood but got homesick instead. We called the kids and other family members back home and just imagined that we were also there celebrating with them.




We celebrated Christmas with friends by sharing food, and drinks and the usual videoke. Nobody dared talk about home ... we don't need to say it but each one of us knows that we are trying our best to conceal our emotions and the mention of home will open up varied sentiments. The celebration was simple... it may not match the usual celebrations we have back home but it is the best we could have far away from our respective families.



Merry Christmas from the Gulf!

Dec 19, 2007

it's almost christmas

It’s almost Christmas but I cannot feel the excitement that Christmas brings. This time of the year when Filipinos can only think about going to the malls and finish their Christmas shopping, I am here in a faraway country SO BUSY debugging the project to be presented on Christmas day (what?! ).. Yes folks, I need to work on Christmas day. All my time is spent on the project that I do not have time to think about Christmas. Moreover, since I am away from my family, I don’t think about Christmas on purpose. I have been away from my kids for the third Christmas in a row. Just thinking about it and the things that I have missed makes me teary-eyed so I keep myself busy and try to think that what I’m doing is for the family and just look forward to the day that we could be together again, never to miss any important occasions or events in my kids’ life. For now, it is enough to talk to my kids on the phone asking them if they have finished buying their Christmas gifts and new clothes. Jun and I will be contented in seeing the pictures taken during their Christmas party and hearing the stories about what they received and the prizes they received when they join games. This is the SAD reality… but in God’s time, I know that I’ll be writing a different story about Christmas.