Monthly Archives: January 2008

Great Songs by Stephanie Mae

 

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A great friend of mine Tita Belle has a very talented daughter Stephanie Mae who’s first CD is out in the market in US. This is her website in myspace and she has great personally made songs. Really, I would tell you she’s amazing and here songs are played in this radio station. My kids love to hear her songs. And everyday it became our habit to open her site and listen to her songs. Kudos to you Steph and of course to the person who always inspires me with her unwavering love for her kababayans Tita Belle. I’m proud of you and your family.

Friends, if you want to have her CD you can go to her online store.

 

 

I love the Rain!

Yesterday, I woke up late and while having green tea in our kitchen I was smelling something familiar, the smell of rain. Back in our country, I love when it rains. I love to play running around the front and back yards, playing in puddles and I love when the rain pours hard. But here in Doha it was the year 2003 when I experienced a heavy downpour of rain. Yesterday, it was only a drizzle but I loved it anyway.And today, it’s a damp and gloomy day. I love to crawl under the comforters and go back to sleep but tomorrow is Sunday (school day for Andrea and a working day for Dad Nath)  and unlike in our country the week starts at Monday so I have to finish everything that should be done.

Our New Year!

Our New Year’s Eve started with a mass in Parish Church and good that it was not too cold, the temperature was quite bearable but still we need the warmth of our jackets and sweaters. Sean was in deep slumber and Andrea was too tired standing since the mass was held outside the church and there were lots of people who attended the mass and there were no more chairs (or I guess there were no chairs at all) when we arrived so her daddy and her uncle did the carrying. It was a great feeling to start the year right by going to church and i felt very blessed and I offered a small prayer of thanks to Him for all the blessings that we always receive and for keeping us always safe. I can’t ask for more, it’s been a year of blessedness. A year full of surprises of the turn of events in our lives but it kept us stronger with our unwavering faith, we simply soared higher and even be more forgiving and loving despite all the hurdles that came our way. And all of those difficulties was well traversed because He was and always will be with us. 

On our way home we started the countdown for the new year, we were still in the signal near our house so when the clock in Paj struck 12 we all yelled “Happy New Year!” I told Andrea to jump to make her taller, I know there’s no truth to that but sometimes it’s hard to outgrow the usual norms you’ve grown with even you know that there’s no truth in it. 

When we reached the house we started to have our Media Noche. I prepared only one main dish, kare-kare and some desserts (gelatin with fruits, fruit salad and mango royale). I did the table setting and I was running around the house to make it tidy before going to church and of course I put the different kinds of fruits especially those that are circle in shape in a large bowl. In the afternoon, I asked dad Nath to do the grocery since we can’t go out coz Andrea had a fever in the morning and most of the stuffs needed to be bought were fruits. He arrived a little bit late for he had to go to souq to buy beef and most of the ingredients for the fruit salad. And from 6 p.m. both of us were too busy in the kitchen until 9 p.m. while the kids played a lot with their new toys.  

Andrea received the other toys which did not arrive on Christmas. She’s too happy to be the mommy of baby McKayla while Sean wanted to have his share of mommy hood too. He kept on feeding the baby doll with the milk bottle and even cuddles the doll when it cried. Sean kept on saying that all the toys that arrived were his. “All mine!” that’s Sean’s line. She even asked her sister to open the Rosella the Island Princess Barbie doll. And he opened our gift for his cousin without our knowledge and declared that it’s his.

 My two years old son is very conversant now that he even know how to make us agree on things he like but I explained to him that it’s not really for him. When we had our dinner the siblings kept on having a toast. I guess they love the clicking sound of the white wine glass. Usually for New Year Eve I do some table setting. I even wanted to have fresh flowers but I did not bother to ask Nath to buy fresh flowers I have to cut some expenses and start the year with some frugality to save more. 

Before the December ends me and my sweet hubby would have this self assessments of what things should be rectified, which should be developed or just another goal or plan be it long term or short term. It became our tradition to be open on things which should be discussed and it kept our relationship as husband and wife very strong. It’s just a simple question of how are we doing. What we need to do and how we would do it. KNowing what’s in each other’s mind is a big help. I won’t be surprising him with some aftermath of a suppressed ill feeling that’s being harbored silently in the deep recesses of my mind because I can talk it to him confidently and vice versa.

We always try to balance our roles in every aspect of our life. We want to be the great parents though its a difficult road yet all of us are learning, and by learning we can be great. No matter how hard it is, we can cope. And for this new year, 2008 we wish and hope for more success, love, happiness and great health. And from my family to yours we wish you a happy new year!