Archive for May, 2010

May 22

Last Saturday was my bestest bestfriend’s birthday!! It is one of my most favorite day of the year. I remembered we’d go to her house and eat her house. j/k.. 😀 But because I am million of miles away.. all I could do was a lousy text message :(. I feel so bad for not even calling. 😦 I would have flown to cdo but I was tied to an activity so I couldn’t. {Yip.. I used the word “flown” because I am not going to ride a bus with endless roads if I can help it. There is a cheap fare on the net.. so I am thinking about that when I visit on August. 😀 –sponsors are very welcome btw.. 😀 }

So.. what was that activity I was telling you about?

Davao Philippines Institute of Religion’s Recruitment Concert.

It was like a ‘concert tour’.. so it spelled a lot of F-U-N! We only have three stops.. hehehe.. 🙂 Our first stop was in Digos. I have never been to Digos City before. My father said it was only “59 minutes, 58.02 seconds away”. The concert was supposed to start at 4pm.. but we were late. 😦 Blame it on the Bus driver! He misunderstood the directions and thought that we were going to this other church. As a result.. we had to walk.. one of the participants said it will be a long walk. But it was fun.. for the first few minutes that is. I walked with my sister and argued about this tree whose leaves were already falling off. 🙂 Then, we were tired of walking.. it felt like we were one of the Israelites in Moses’ time.. we didn’t know where “the place” was.. so, we resorted to riding tricycles.. 😀 hehehe! We were the first rebellious batch.. and we had to hide from the other people that were still patiently walking.. hahaha!

I was in charge of the videos and the LCD.. so that was what I did. The only other challenge we had there was the microphones. There were only two microphones available. 😦 But the crowd were enthusiastic. 🙂 It was really, really nice when the Stake President said they didn’t expect something this grand. 🙂 The ‘talents’ gave their bests! They were on a higher performance level!! It was fun watching them. They were really, really, really talented!

Even when I was just a crew member.. I am happy and proud to be part of the Recruitment Concert. 🙂

Sa uulitin people!


–ng mga Insong

___ 1. Mg ka “ochoperosis” ka.. 🙂
___ 2. Punta pa bya ako sa “HBW”.
___ 3. Si Mr. Eagle-Chicken-Pig-Turkey.

(a) Justine
(b) Mama
(c) Jason

😉 hehehe! ang saya saya!

Wordless Wednesday

I get to do something extremely exciting every Monday. 🙂 I am sooo psyched!

I was bloghoppping..

… when I notice this quote:

In the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you’ve imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau

It works perfectly with something I learned last sunday.. “Begin with the end in mind”.


Yesterday was my grandmother’s birthday. (I didn’t know :(). I’m so sorry lola. Most of my cousins (and sometimes my siblings) call her “Mommy” — I still call her Lola though. 🙂 I miss her. I wanted to show you a picture of her. But, I can’t. I don’t even have a single photo of her on my hard drive. The last time I saw her was when I was 12 years old. We’re not that close because I am her extremely shy apo. 😉 But I always remembered how when we’d go visit them.. she’d go and kiss each one of us.

I miss her (and my lolo). I wish they’ll live longer. They are great and kind people. I love them. 🙂

Today, on my FB Homepage I was reminded how we should all be grateful. I tried that experiment a few weeks ago. Whenever I feel like the world’s weight were on my shoulders.. I’d think “I’m thankful for –“.

I am grateful. I’m grateful for a LOT of things. At this very moment.. I’m thankful Firefox exists. I can’t imagine working without it. I’m also really, really, really thankful for firebug and jquery. You make my tasks do-able! Thanks for everything. I might not say it much.. but I am thankful.

If you’re an LDS, FHE is definitely not new to you. Ever since I can remember, Mondays were always Family Home Evening Nights. We’d start with a prayer of course. Then work our way from youngest to eldest (who happens to be the most beautiful child) to my parents for the talent presentation. We do it every FHE. The youngest normally gives the cutest numbers. 🙂 I remembered them singing songs from school. Or, when my cousin lived with us (he loved karaoke!) .. our talent presentations were all from my father’s magic sing (karaoke)! But our FHE will never be complete without KC’s “Twinkle twinkle little star”. 🙂

We’ve also had our share of FHE games.. We played that animal guessing game which was really, really, really fun when I was younger. We also had the hunter-lion-police? Something like that. I also really loved “John the Baptist”. 🙂

But.. my all-time favorite is: Charade! Not because we always win 🙂 hehehehe! It is just sooo much fun to play Charade with my siblings. They have invented the world’s best charade actions. No one can forget Jared’s “Salt Lake” clue.. hahaha! Even when he was in the mission field.. we’d remember his “salt” idea every Monday. The ceiling have also been pointed to A LOT. Joshua loves to do that. There was also that time when me and my sister Mickey cheated and just asked for the Hymn number! 🙂 Ahhh.. good times!

A Family Home Evening always has a lesson before the closing song & prayer. Lately, my father asks Mariz (my 12-year old sister) to give the lesson. Even when she’s not prepared.. she always has a lesson to share. Normally, it’s the lesson from Sunday School or from her YW Class.

Then, if we’re lucky.. we have refreshments. 🙂

I hope you’ve had a nice FHE last Monday too.. what did you do?

Halalan 2010

Today was a big day in the Philippines. Most of my FB friends’ status updates were about the election. Almost all of them were not pleased with the new system. When I turned 18, my best friend excitedly told me that I can now vote. 🙂 But I never did. I know you’re going to lecture me on how I should have registered and voted, or of how I’m letting my country down. I know. I learned my lesson. See, I don’t like politics. At all. So, I initially thought that my vote wouldn’t do anything. But this last few weeks, as I was listening to people thinking about their vote.. I thought how I couldn’t do that. I thought about how I couldn’t use my right. I thought about how I could have helped. I also thought about how exciting it would’ve been to experience the new voting system. Hehehe.. 🙂

I wish we’re getting a better president.. we really need it.

P.S: But I am a bit thankful I didn’t go out today. 🙂 I’m not sure if I’ll survive the long lines.. and the waiting.. and the chaos.

Phew! I just survived a busy weekend. 🙂

Friday.. After work, I rushed my sisters to SM to watch Iron Man 2. But.. the movie schedule was not for us 😦 We had a YW Activity at 5pm. 😦 So.. we decided to just look around and get gifts for Mother’s Day. Plus we fulfilled Mariz’ latest mission in life: eat halo-halo. It was soooo nyummy.

Then, it was off to the YW Activity.

Yip. It looked like that. It was a volleyball game. 🙂 There were three teams. (“Nagdaog lng sa serbisyo! hahaha!)

But it was fun. We played. And. Lost. 😦 hehehe!

Saturday was back at Stake Center. I volunteered my help for DPIR’s Recruitment Concert. 🙂 So.. I needed to be there to talk to the ‘talents’. I hope they were as excited as I was. I was back at the Stake Center again at 4pm for the Youth’s Agila practice.. and we had our very first complete Stake YW Presidency Meeting.. nice! :]

Sunday was Mother’s Day!!! 🙂 It was a great day.. The Young Men and Young Women sang for the mothers. As I was listening to them.. I had to stop my tears. I remembered the many, many Mother’s Day songs I sang when I was in Primary where I cried. Infront. Of. Everyone!! It was really, really embarrassing.

I was also released as the Ward Primary Secretary. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in the Ward Primary. It was a wonderful and humbling experience to associate with the little children. It was nice to be their ‘ate’. I am also the unofficial Primary Pianist.. (so.. I was also ‘released’ from that). The closing song for Sharing Time was something that the kids didn’t know yet. And so, I volunteered “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus”. It is one of the songs I love in Primary… As I was playing for them.. I was thinking that if this was a movie scene.. there’d be flashbacks of my time in the Primary. There’d be me giving out mails as “Sis. Mailbox”. There’d be me teasing the little children. There’d be me with the Presidency on our meetings eating.. 🙂 .. I will miss them. But I am also happy to try a new challenge.

Then there was a CES re-broadcast for Young Single Adults. 🙂 If there was one thing that really struck me.. it was when Bishop Burton said “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”

After the fireside, I sat in the lounge (waiting for my parents). Then, I saw this (and thought of sharing it to everyone).

So.. how was your weekend?