July 16, 2007

What I'm Reading

Here's what i've been reading these past weeks. borrowed it from my sis-in-law, who borrowed it from her mom. didn't get to watch the movie however. you see, it came with a cd. but it was quite a charming book. and you get to learn the secret straightaway, when you open to the first page. just need to gobble through the pages to let the message sink in, though.

wanna know the secret? ",) happy watching!!

July 03, 2007

Picking Daisies

Here's something else to ponder on. The following is taken from Chicken Soup for the Soul, written by Nadine Stair. Yes, I'm taking time to stop and smell the roses.. and pick daisies, too.

If I Had My Life to Live Over
(I'd Pick More Daisies)

I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax, i would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip
I would take fewer things seriously
I would take more chances
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers
I would eat more ice cream and less beans
I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I'd have few imaginary ones

You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly
and sanely hour after hour, day after day
Oh, I've had my momentsand if I had it to do over again,
I'd have more of them
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else
Just moments, one after another,
instead of living so many years ahead of each day
I've been one of those persons who never
goes anywhere without a thermometer,
a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had to do it again,
I would travel lighter than I have

If i had my life to live over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall
I would go to more dances,
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.

I would pick more daisies.

July 02, 2007

Life's Journey

We had a one-day olympics last Saturday back in the plant premises. Our team won, yey! Go Purple Team! Go for the Win! hehe...

I had fun watching my teammates and the other teams play. In fact i got tired watching, hahaha. I'm not really the sporty type, you see. I cheered, silently. teeheehee. my roommie anne cooked sinigang for lunch at the staffhouse and boy, were we hungry! after cleaning up and washing the dishes, we dashed to Rowena's at tagaytay for some apple pie, blueberry pie and what-nots for her sister anna's birthday. rowena's apple pie are to-die- for. just simply scrumptious! we snacked on carrot cake and i sampled their minty cappuccino while anne had mango shake.

we dropped by sta rosa heights on the way up to take a look at the house she's been saving up for and there started our discussion on financial matters. i tried sharing what i learned from the sessions i've attended on financial management. have been attending classes on this um-important aspect in my life right now. thanks to my sis-in-law for keeping me in the loop on this arena. tito bo's community has been organizing sessions on this topic. and even with him in the US right now, i'm so grateful that i was able to attend. even met another Iliganon there, the sister of my classmate in elementary. the speaker was also from Iligan. did some homework to monitor my cashflow, and i realized that much of my expenses these past 2 years have been on travels. of course, had a defensive stance on this one thing in the world that i enjoy so much! will probably do some de-prioritization for the time being while i build on that emergency fund and wealth fund.

my travels, haaay... i get such high when i'm on the road. i really, really enjoy the planning, the booking, the flying/roadtripping, etc. the photos do not even actually compare with the actual experience and the myriad of insights one gets from the journey, the people, the places, the food, nature and so much more. i cannot explain it.

yesterday's responsorial psalm reminded me of my life's journey and the guidance i will continually need from the Lord. "Panginoon, gabayan niyo po kami sa aming paglalakbay." i will need more of Him, and will continue to seek His loving guidance and merciful grace whenever and wherever I may be. we never know when this life's journey will end and how. like my good Uncle Nanding who really took time to drive me to and fetch me from my office whenever he was here in Sta Rosa. heard from my mom that he died last Friday due to a heart attack while at work in Saudi. may the Lord bless his good soul.

"There is great meaning in life for those who are willing to journey."
- Jim England