Rule breaker

It’s not unusual of me to take risks. I have plunged into uncertainties in my life that allowed me to get to know myself and how far I could go.

Such as the case when I willingly traveled home despite the number coding today. I wanted so much to go home because I was mentally exhausted. This month wasn’t a good month for me and all I wanted to do was to end it – finally.

I traversed the roads of C5 going home with Lyna. I was already expecting the worst of traffic at the SLEX and true enough, it took me more than an hour to get home. It was worth the risk. I was home before 7pm and my long weekend has already started.

Another rule I will be breaking this week is the fact that no amount of Colonix can stop me from indulging this week. I want to pamper myself with some sweet watermelons and since it’s Papa’s birthday on Sunday, probably some ice cream and cake. I can’t wait!

Touching Base

Reunions become extra ordinarily special as this becomes the only time for you to see people you haven’t seen in years. Such is always the case about my relatives from Papa’s side.

My aunt from the US came home and when this happens, a reunion is not so far away from happening. I was told that this was going to be a surprise for our aunt. However, we got there seeing that she wasn’t anymore surprised. LOL!

I didn’t want to go because I was too sluggish and drowsy to go. But of course I can’t disobey VVC’s orders. Rain or shine we had to be there.

I was thankful to see a dining table overflowing with food. As I ate, I thought about the starving people on the streets and in the depressed areas. Will they ever celebrate this way just to get together with their relatives? It was just a thought that crossed my mind while I ate portions of beef sarciado and hardinera.

Ex-husband was there. It was the usual no talk between us, only occasional comments and questions. I did mention before to one of my aunts that we were already separated. But I don’t think it was a good time to discuss and divulge my marital failure in a family affair that’s supposed to be joyous and festive. Believe it or not, I’ve managed to get a good grip of myself even with him around. I was trained for months to be that before I finally left. I’m quite a pro now when it comes to dealing with my ex-husband. Civil and loving it – and I think that’s the best way to do it if only to make things look much better than it actually is. LOL!

I became the official photographer. I think I only have about 1 or 2 photos in the whole bunch that was taken. Cool! It means that I’m kinda back in the loop. The official photographer always officially left out from a group of photos containing memories that will last more than a lifetime.

Enjoy!

The Big Wave

I know there are a lot of Skechers and Nickelodeon fans out there and I just would like to share with you an event that parents and kids could go to on Saturday, April 25 at the Bonifacio Global City Open Field located behind the NBC Tent. Be the first one to watch the special episode, Spongebob and the Big Wave that will feature the voice of Johnny Depp as Jack Kahuna Laguna. I’m sure the kids will be all excited to watch this special episode and I’m pretty sure too that Basti will be watching it when it shows on Nick.

There will be lots of activities that the kids will truly enjoy such as game stations, underwater-themed inflatables and other stage games.

I was sent some pictures of Skechers for kids and Basti would like to have the Spongebob pair. I didn’t know they carried the Dora the Explorer brand and I’m sure some of my nieces would like to have a pair. My sisters are just too big for this but I’m sure our youngest would like to get that Spongebob pair too. She’s such a Spongebob addict and she’s already 12.

We have a reunion to attend to and we probably couldn’t go but I hope my Mom readers can go with their kids on Saturday. I’m sure this will be one fun event.

The Dream is finally becoming a reality

When I got a Facebook invite to join the bloggers’ meet for Joy Rojas, I had to research a little bit about the lady as I haven’t heard her name before. I learned a new word during that research time I spent to get to know a little bit about the lady behind the dream. Joy Rojas is an ultra runner.

I’ve never ran before and I know for myself that I will not be a runner – not in this lifetime anyway. I’ve always been clumsy – I trip and I don’t have any sense of balance. Even as a child, I was never the athletic type. I admire people who are athletic because my body wasn’t made to dabble in athletics and sports.

ULTRARUNNER/ULTRA MARATHON – these were some new stuff I learned today. Ms. Rojas has previously ran from Davao City to Pagudpud. That’s roughly about 2000 kilometers. I was like, “What the hell was she thinking to run that kind of distance?”

She used to join competitions but decided later on to run on her own with her trainer/friends even after she had her bout with tuberculosis. Just like each one of us, she has dreams and aspirations and for her, running is her way of making her dreams a reality. She was always focused and determined to reach her goals. While she was talking to us, I really couldn’t help but wonder if I can have even just about 10% of the determination and focus that she has so that I can eventually do the things I really want to do in my life.

So her dream this time is to go to New York just by running. This is her own way of showing that nothing can stop her from achieving her goals and dreams. She will be running 5000 kilometers for 100 days from California to New York in May. That will cover around 12-13 states all over the US. When she finishes the run, she will be the 1st Southeast Asian woman to have completed a Trans-USA run.

Takbong Pangarap has a website that will properly and formally chronicle the run through micro blogging (Twitter, Facebook and Plurk) and a blog where we can read about what’s happening. They are in the works of trying to hook up to a GPS navigator so that probably, a live video stream of the run and other updates can be shared to everyone. The team will also be meeting up with the various Filipino-American communities in the states that will be covered by her run. She will joined by Mat Macabe who will serve as her pacer and navigator during the entire run.

This is a big project and is something that we should all be proud of and the entourage cannot do it alone. In our own little way, we can help spread the good news by blogging about this or making a donation to the cause.

When I finally had the chance to shake her hand, I was starstruck and I couldn’t help but express to her my excitement and support. I may not be able to donate but I’m supporting her endeavor all the way to the finish line.

This is not just Joy’s run, this is our run. This will make us proud of our Filipino heritage once more. Let’s support Takbong Pangarap. Support the our Filipino women.

Friday Rant

I waited for my DFA contact person for more than two hours only to tell me that I need to go back on Monday for the additional documents I need to submit. I don’t want to go into the grumpiest details about the 2-hour wait but all I can say is that, at least I’m making progress.

I lined up to get copies of Basti’s and my birth certificate at the NSO Satellite Office in Pasay. 781 <– this was my number in the queue. I did my best to wait patiently in line. But 4 cold mineral water bottles after, I felt that I was about to collapse. I needed more than just water. I realized that it was already almost 4 hours since my last full meal. I needed something to keep me from collapsing. I was sweating heavily and my rashes started acting up pretty bad. I was not just sweaty, I was itchy and red all over. I found a stand that sold ice cold Coke and Skyflakes – regular Coke for that matter. It helped keep me from collapsing that very moment. Way past lunch time, I decided to just give my queue number to the mother who had her little girl with her and avail of the NSO phone service. I should've decided earlier on about it but I was telling myself that I could get the documents today. I sent an SMS to my DFA contact to check if the birth certificate copies that I have on file will suffice. She sent a "yes" and that just wanted me to bang my head on the wall. Why didn't I think of this earlier on? Although I got to the point where I could sit and enjoy the cooler breeze that the a/c was giving, it wasn't worth the wait. I needed to eat so that I wouldn't collapse. And my rashes were unbearable already. I thought of going to the doctor after the NSO ordeal but I realized that I still have errands to do. Benadryyl AH was out of the question since I was driving and I don't want to be splattered on tabloids the next day with the headline: "Fat Momma on car accident due to Benadryl AH!" That isn't the way I want to get known. LOL! I picked up Basti from my in-laws' office and got ourselves quite a decent meal at Rack's MOA after picking up my free pair of Ipanema at Shoe Salon and some healthy food shopping for diabetics at Healthy Options as recommended by my good friend, Liza.
my new pair of comfy Ipanema sandals

I felt so spent from all that heat and sweat. I took a real good look at myself in the rest room and realized that my allergies have gone from bad to worse. I got thick patches on my thighs and my tummy was all battered with small red rashes. It seems that I just have so much histamines in my body and they found the perfect time to come out all at the same time. I pat myself with cold water to relieve myself of the itch. It was one 15-minute visit to the rest room that was all worth it.

Basti wanted some Krispy Kreme so we went there and had his doughnut fix. He had his usual sugar doughnut while I tried the Double Chocolate Cake variant with iced americano. This chocolate isn’t as sweet as the regular ones. But of course, I know that this is still sinful to my diabetic’s diet.


Krispy Kreme’s Double Chocolate Cake

When I got home, I popped one Benadryl AH capsule for my allergies and right now all I want to do is sleep these allergies off. It was quite an annoying yet amazing day. Something to celebrate? Probably – for a change.

Friday Fill Ins

And…here we go!

1. Join me in my sleep as I retire from a stressful day with the help of Benadryl AH.

2. Put a little happiness in your day!

3. Happiness is being able to eat what you want when you want it.

4. Stressed out and confused.

5. I’m waiting for the day when I can get my passport renewed so I can travel again.

6. Sleep is hard to resist, especially when you’re on Benadryl AH.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleep, tomorrow my plans include meeting up with my guy best friend and attending a blogger event and Sunday, I want to just stay inside the shower so I could wipe away these rashes! Uggggh!