Look what the storck delivered: 2 bundles of Joy!

Well, here I am again… back to my blog home. Yes, I was away for a while. Yes I was on vacation. Before that I was really busy with work. And after that, well, I was not only busy with work but also with some other extra curricular activities.

To top it all off, last January, we welcomed two wonderful beautiful angels in our family… in our clan. My sister gave birth to Lucibelle (January 11, 2012) and eleven days later my dear cousin Feena also gave birth to another beautiful angel, Jamie “Nikay” Miel (January 22, 2012). Both blessings came in perfect health condition. Both of course are now slowly getting spoiled, hehehe. Two bundles of joy to start the year, hoooorah!

Baby Lucibelle

Baby Lucibelle


Baby Jamie "nikay" Miel Perilla-Encarnacion

Baby Jamie "nikay" Miel Perilla-Encarnacion

GULONG

Nakahalungkat ako sa aming baol ng litrato ng aking pamangkin na si Duday… nung bagong dating palang siya sa Brussels, Belgium. Medyo hindi masyadong maganda ang quality ng litrato dahil kuha pa ito gamit ang aming antigong Canon Photoshop (ata). HIndi ko na rin talaga matandaan, hehehe. Talagang ganun na katagal, ahemmm!

Pero, teka ang thema ngayong Linggong ito sa LP ay “gulong”. Paikot-ikot at pagulong-gulong. Maraming gamit ang gulong…hindi lang pang sasakyan, kundi pwedeng salbabida, pwedeng laruan tulad nitong nakasabit sa poste na sinasakyan ng pamangkin ko. At ang pinaka hindi ko makalimutan, sa atin noon sa Pilipinas, yung gulong ng bisekleta na tinutulak ng kahoy ng mga bata para pagulungin sa kalsada. Habulan kaming lahat sa lumang gulong ng bisekleta. Pag tumumba na, iba naman ang tutulak padaosdos sa kalsada. Tuwang-tuwa na ako noon sa larong iyon. Iniiyakan ko nga iyon pag hindi ako naka tulak sa gulong. Ang tuwa ko noon hindi maiku-kompara sa aliw ko ngayon habang nag wi WII ako, hehehe.

Ito siya noon at ngayon:

Naisip ko lang, ganoon na ako katanda. Naman kasi ang aking pamangkin ngayon ay dalagang-dalaga na. At noong pinakita ko sa kanya ang mga lumang litrato niya sa palaruan na ito, nahihiya na siya… aba, aba, aba! Akala niya ata wala akong pang blackmail sa kanya pagtanda niya.

Vee…

Have you ever experienced a time when you plan everything for a new beginning, a new start. Somehow, you get stuck in a situation?

First, you make a list of what to do’s. Then you slowly go through the list, scratching one off each time it is already accomplished. Somewhere along the long list, you somehow get stuck at one item. You do what you think is right to get it accomplished, but then it doesn’t seem to work. So, you leave it for a while and you go through the next items on your list. Then, somehow, you come across another item which stands in conflict with the previous undone item in the list. So, again you try to do something about it. Get an expert to finish the job, since it is necessary. You hire a lawyer. Apparently, after a long wait, it still cannot be corrected, until you get frustrated. What do you do? You approach a person whom you think is knowledgeable. You trust the person would be able to help you and perhaps see things in a different perspective and you let them take the lead on fixing the problem. You wait for some months, perhaps even years and then, you realize that you have been tricked by this other person you relied on.

Again, the question: “what should you do?”

An acquaintance of mine here in Frankfurt am Main has a dilemma. I’ll name her Vee. Vee has been trying to get order back in her life. She started a list of to do things. She managed to get some done, but apparently she keeps coming back to a certain problem again and again. Her civil status in the Philippines. Her marriage was not yet annulled. She hired a lawyer, but it didn’t work for some reason and eventually the case was dismissed. She then again got another lawyer and was again assured that it would be done, but somehow, she was just tricked. The second lawyer did not even bother to file her petition for annulment. Supposedly, this said lawyer whom she never met and “she doesn’t even know the name” promised her solution to her dilemma. They agreed a certain amount as compensation. Vee prepaid a big sum to the person. She arranged with the lawyer that the balance of the agreed amount would be paid once the case has reached a finality. After two years of long wait, she found out that she has been once again, swindled. He case was never filed although she was told that they were just waiting for the annotation of the Local Civil Registrar’s Office.

Okay, I must admit, somehow, someone either made an “honest mistake”, error perhaps in the process, couldn’t correct it anymore and wanted to start all over again. But the problem was Vee could not wait anymore. It took already a couple of years for her to wait and she was already demanding results. To which she has all the rights. OR that same someone, did not really intend to help her… but she needed Vee’s money anyway, so she promised but did not deliver. In the end, the person who inter-mediated, referred and assured Vee of results lost face in the process. I’ll name this person “Jay”. Jay is a Philippine civil servant. Jay works at the Philippine Consulate here in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Suffice it to say, Vee and a lot of other people have very high regards to the people who work at the Philippine Consulate here in Frankfurt. Well, now Jay lost face and dignity. (Jay’s story is for another entry.)

The next question is: how much would you be willing to sacrifice to get something done?

In Vee’s case, she was willing to go through all the trouble and was willing to pay hard earned money for her problem. She worked hard and fought as much as she could/is capable of. Vee called me asking for help. She wanted to confirm her doubts about her case. Somehow, she felt that it was all just talk and nothing was actually done. She wanted it checked, researched and eventually, got shocked that she was really fooled by the people she trusted. People whom she thought were knowledgeable and honest enough. Another person told Vee she should just not do anything about it anymore. Leave it as it is and just let mother nature take its course on the problem. There must be some divine reason why Vee’s previous marriage cannot be annulled. Some sort of natural intervention against the annulment of her marriage. Isn’t is that “God ordained marriage to be a lifelong commitment between man and wife”…”therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate”… and maybe she is also right.

In the end, Vee lost a lot of time, money and friends. Now she has to settle another item in her list first and wait until she is again able to work on the still “unfinished item”. In short she is letting the “unfinished item” rest for awhile. For a very long while!

20 days

Yes, twenty days have passed since my last entry. How time flies. It’s now end of the month again. In a few days, it is already October. Autumn has come but apparently the summer still wants to stay a bit longer. Well, summer came late this year anyway, so it’s just fair that we let it stay for a few days more, right? Although, I would also welcome autumn with open arms… since autumn is my fave season. Blame it to the fact that I am an Autumn baby myself. The leaves changing colors and the starting to fall… makes the atmosphere so melancholic, so peaceful. The arrival of autumn this year means:
*** that Christmas is just around the corner, creeping upon us.
*** that in a few weeks time, I will be coming home again.
*** that I’ll be enjoying 5 weeks of relaxation and traveling within the Philippines. Our IT will be, Boracay courtesy of Jezz Hairstyling, Mt. Pinatubo and eventually Isabella region.

On top of that, perhaps also a few day in Macau with my Dad. My dad doesn’t like to travel for a longer period of time. So, instead of him coming to Europe with my youngest brother Kally, we will just take him somewhere closer to home. I just love it!

So, what’s my point here? Well, i am just missing my family, the house in Paranaque, my relatives and very close friends. And I’m excited cause I’ll be seeing them again soon!!!

August

August. Half of 2011 is gone. Where did it go? It seems like just yesterday I was still rejoicing for the new year… planning on a lot of new beginnings that came with 2011. Okay, I must admit the year did not go so bad, so far!

Slowly integrated myself into the new company that I joined. Learned their terms and ways… how the system works, etc. I still mistakes, hey, I’m just human… but overall I do believe that I am doing well there.

I could also start and finish the projects that I planned. At least most of it has been accomplished. There are still some loose ends that needs to be finalized, but basically I’m still on schedule. I’m being vague here I know, but I can’t really discuss it here openly.

Met new friends, kept old ones, some though I had to let go… but it’s probably for the better. After all, one can only please oneself. I do believe a person cannot serve two masters at the same time. I do cherish the lessons I learned from those people who I came in contact with but had to let go. I appreciate the good and the bad things that came with the so-called “friendship” that was offered.

On another light, my point and shoot camera died on me just last month. I thought I could still get it fixed, but when I saw the receipt of the cam, I noticed that the guarantee expired last year. Plus, as I bought it when it was on sale, I can imagine that the repair costs would probably be almost the same as buying a new point and shoot camera. So I decided to get a new one instead. But this time, I must insist I do want a more high-tech one. So, that’s another project for me. So far, I have my heart set on two cams. The thing is I want to use the camera not just as a camera but also as a video recorder/camcorder. Like hitting two birds with one stone, right?

So I checked out online what other options I have. A LOT!!! I found like tons of them, hehehe. But I have my heart set on these two:

Canon EOS 600D

The thing is, both items costs three times my budget, ha ha ha! Tja, Anyway, I still have like till the end of November to decide and save. I am considering this project as a birthday and Christmas gift for myself. I guess, that should be fair enough, he he he.

Nikon D5100

Freestyle…

Akala ko meaning the band, pero tungkol sa piktyurs ito…kaya Freestyle na lang sana sa swimming, kaso di naman ako marunong lumangoy, kaya, kahit anong litrato nalang ang ipo post ko…hehehe.

Obvious ba? Mukhang nagiging favorite subject ko siya… ang Ulap. Kuha ito sa Italy, nung nilibot namin ng asawa ko ang Kastel Sardo sa Sardinia, Italy. May mga kasunod pa itong formation ng ulap na kinunan ko, pero baka maging boring para sa iba, kaya, sinamahan ko nalang ng litrato sa paligid na Old Castle. (Sorry po hindi White Castle Whiskey picture with me riding on a white horse. Siguro, pag kasing seksi na ako ni Roxanne Guinoo, hehehe).




It would have been my baby…

Lately I have been tired all the time. I wondered why this was happening to me again. I was like this before, that was 4 years ago, before I started with Fasting and Wandering and before I changed my eating style. But after the change, I have been fit all the time. Very energetic, hardly sick–not even my allergies managed to disrupt my days. In short, I still have allergies but seemly controlled. I have my spray from my Heilpraktikerin (Alternative Medicine doctor) that I still use regularly as therapeutic help in getting rid of my allergies. I digress.

As I was trying to figure out what was wrong with me, the thought that I could be pregnant was first in my list of “could it be?”.

If my memory serves me right, the first day of my last full period was January 17. In February, I had it for just a day. And this March my period was delayed for a week…which is actually not abnormal since it has happened already before. Not often but it has happened once or twice. It should have started already March 14, but I just had it March 21. March 24 at night, I had strong back and abdomen pains. After sometime, during early evening I had a very strange discharge. It was one whole clump of fat or so I thought. Luckily, it did not fall directly in the toilet but it came out just when I was about to go to relieve myself. It fell directly on my sanitary pad. Thing is, it was not bloody at all.

The following day, after work, I went to my OB-Gyne to show it and ask what it is. She unfortunately she has never seen anything like it before. She immediately sent me to the hospital and had me checked and the specimen too. At night, the head doctor finally decided that she they would have to perform Curettage to be sure that there is nothing left inside my uterus that shouldn’t be there.

Since it was just a minor operation, I could go home the same day. I was discharged from the hospital after 9 and a half hours admittance. But I was ordered to stay at home, no take a long bath, no heavy lifting and take everything slowly.

Anyway, from the time that I had the discharge, until now I still have no idea what it was that my body forced to emit from me. I have to wait till the end of the week or at least until my OB-Gyne would contact me for another appointment to talk about result of the tests on the specimen. The hospital crew did promise that it would happen at the latest by end of this week. Until then, I sit and wait…eagerly.

If indeed it was pregnancy, I live in peace knowing that I am capable of bearing a child. I just need to wait for the time when I would be blessed with one. I live in HOPE.

How would you describe your life in eight (8) words?

Would it be like…

“…trying to distract myself from the everyday misery”

“…unstable, complicated, lonely, confusing, funny, seeking, curious, wanting”

“…aches, pills, relief, friends, phone calls and fast food!”

“…work, sleep, more work, weekend, drink sleep, work”

“…long years wasted trying to please other people.”

or would it be like…


“…I am a lucky, grateful, positive, healthy lady. “

“…saved by Grace through Faith in Christ Jesus.”

“…Saved only by the loving providence of God.”

“…curiousity pushing me to discover new things, always.”

“…an unfolding of a beautiful multicoloured inner tapestry”

My life can be described as:

A life with Hope and Faith in God!

Can you describe your life in 8 words?

Kamusta ka? (How are you?)

A long time friend from high school asked me once: “How are you?” A simple question. For some, just an expression but they don’t really want to know the real honest reply from the person who was asked. For others, it’s just to know if you have a juicy “chismiss” about a certain person whom you are acquainted with and whom the person inquiring is also acquainted to.

So I replied to my long time friend. “I know that you really want to know. I am actually fine. Believe it or not, I am happy. I have peace, I like my job, I have a very undertsanding and loving hubby.  I don’t really have to pretend to others that I am actually contented.”


My only regret is that I did not stay in contact with a lot of my old classmates in high school. It’s not by choice, it just happened like it did. Suddenly, after high school graduation, I just sort of drifted apart to a new beginning. Which is how it is supposed to be, but still, I miss them. My old friends, my best pals. Now, I am just happy that I found them again through online networking. Gosh, even those whom I was not on a regular eye contact level chats with me now.

Ganun nga talaga siguro ang buhay. (Maybe, that’s life.) You live, you conquer, you move on. Then later… much, much later you say, “hey, what happened there?”. Then you start over. You live, make friends, conquer and then move on… the circle of life rolls further. The cycle is never ending. What’s important is to keep your sanity and level mindedness in tact. Be happy with who are now. Keep the old friends and try to make new ones as well. Love and spread love to others.

Only then would the World be a much better place to live in.