January 24, 2013
January 22, 2013
Our company had just sponsored a grand staff party last January 16. I was on duty that time and wasn't able to witness the party though. But I heard that there are lots of foods and drinks and that lots of exciting prizes await the lucky draw winners. They put up a big stage near to our housing unit. There were songs and dances and I could hear the loudness of the sound until inside my bedroom. I wonder if the party organizers made use of classic presonus mixers. Too bad that I have to jump to morning shift the following day and falling asleep is very hard with the strong sound system playing disco music late at night until wee hours in the morning. We didn't join the party actually as we will be having a separate party for our department probably by next month. I hope that it would turn out to be a nice celebration and I hope that I would be on morning shift as well, so I could attend and enjoy the party and fun. We need it once in a while to relax and unwind as we are working here most of the time.
January 14, 2013
I had a good laugh after seeing this cute picture of our baby Lucio. This is actually his latest pic taken last Christmas. When I left home last November, he still doesn't have much fur as he was sent to pet grooming salon by the kids and have his fur trimmed. Well, after two months, since the last time I saw him at home, he really looks so different now. His fur had grown so fast. Back to it's original lenght and thickness. He looks so adorable, as ever! (lol)
I think his shirt in this pic was from me. I bought this last November at Bangkok when I was with the kids. Glad that it fits him well.
Happy New Year Lucio! May you continue to bring cheers to the family! :)
January 7, 2013
I used to write down my goals for each year, usually during the first month of the year to remind me of what my priorities are but I don't really put too much pressure on myself. I want it to be a "win-win" situation wherein I could draw some inspiration from my set goals and I could challenge myself to be better each year. I don't actually push myself too hard in achieving my goals, I take it one step at a time. If by the end of the year and most of the items listed were marked as "done", then I could talk to myself and say, "Hey you've done a good job". From there, I would choose a reward for myself. Funny, isn't it? But seriously, I find this effective as I normally end up achieving 80 to 90 per cent of my goals each year. :)
Okay enough of those stuff, let's get down to facts, my goals for this year are :
1.) Totally get out of liabilities and concentrate more on building my assets. With this said, I have to make sure that all the things that I need to pay off this year will all be settled and that includes my property taxes. My gosh, when my second house was built, I asked somebody to process the tax declaration papers for me and it was done actually. Unfortunately, I overlooked on that since I was working abroad and I really never had time to examine everything when I get back home for vacation. So we religiously pay all our lots taxes but not the building. We only realized it this year when we were about to pay the lot taxes again for 2012. I hope that I could settle all within this year together with my balance for another lot. By the end of 2013, I should be totally free from all the liabilities. (fingers crossed)
2.) I wish to have a small business for this year. Something that would keep me busy if one day I decided to stop working. I already have several plans but I've always been a careful planner. I have this habit of weighing things carefully before I go in which I think is good for me. Also, I would like to start small then progress to something bigger when things go into my favor. I hate to take risks.
3.) I wish to have our garage covered with concrete roofing. At least to get it ready for the upcoming house expansion. We are looking into building another room but maybe not this year yet. But who knows? :)
4.) A vacation well spent with the whole family, well...not necessarily out of the country as me and my husband are already always out of the country most of the time due to work. Something simple but memorable weekend get away perhaps. If I could bring my kids for another out of the country trip this year, then that would just be a bonus, but I'm not listing it down as one of my priorities for this year. (lol) Sorry kids.
5.) I'm planning to hold a joint birthday celebration for me and my son but I would probably be doing it on December and that would be a unique celebration ever as I am looking at celebrating it on a different way. :)
6.) I would seriously look at improving myself in the kitchen, so I am expecting myself to cook and bake more this year.
7.) I would like to beat my last year's earnings from my blogs. I know that by saying this, I am giving pressure to myself already but I should strive to get better each year, right?
8.) To move on with my life and letting go of all the heart aches and pains that I experienced for the past years. To do what must be done and to only keep the positive things and thoughts in mind and get away from all sort of negativity's that could ruin my passion for life.
9.) I want to have a mini "herb garden" at home and would probably start collecting bonsai's. Gosh, this has been a long plan that never materialized.. Hope my family could support me in my "simple wish". (kids, are you listening?)
10.) To start crafting which is one of my love and passion but due to a limited time, I always fail on this and it always gets forwarded to my new set of goals for the following year (hehe).
11.) To be more conscious about my health and this means having preference on eating healthy foods and going for regular check ups. Learn yoga and other simple exercises.
12.) To have a substantial amount of savings. I always do this each year, but I have to be better this year.
Whether I achieve these things or not, what is important is that I have set my goals which I can look forward to this year that could motivate myself to strive harder in my work and in improving myself on every aspect of my life.
This will keep me going!
Wish me luck!
January 6, 2013
My daughter had just celebrated her birthday last January 4, a day after she was discharged from the hospital. We are thankful that despite the unexpected sickness that she got days before the new year, she was still able to celebrate her birthday at home with a small party attended by her close friends. It so happened that our house helper also celebrates her birthday on the same day, thus my son asked her to just invite her children to come over and join the simple celebration of Mika. Needless to say, the simple party turned out to be a good one. Everybody enjoyed the scrumptious foods prepared by my son and Ate Elsa. They had a BBQ party and it was done outdoors. I just thought that it would be nice if we could have some patio cushions in place at our terrace so that the visitors will feel more comfortable and at ease. Anyway, they also had fun grilling their own meats and hot dogs in the garden.
After the dinner and never ending chit chats, they watched DVD movies in the living room and decided to call it a night by 10 PM. I am glad that despite her untimely illness, my daughter was still able to enjoy and celebrate her birthday. My worries were lessened and I felt very thankful that we were able to let this difficulty passed off and accept things the way they are.
January 4, 2013
January 2, 2013
Happy New Year to All!
I could not exactly say that my new year started with a positive note as days before New Year, my daughter was suffering from fever which was ongoing for several days. Few hours before the New Year's eve, we decided to have her confined in a hospital for her to be properly monitored as her platelet count was continuously dropping. As this is a very risky situation, we don't have any other recourse but to have her admitted in the hospital to monitor her progress. The end result? They welcome the new year and have their "media noche" right on my daughter's room in the hospital. Not really a good start for a brand new year but as I promised myself to get away with negative thoughts and try to be more optimistic this year, I tried to get away with sad thoughts and convinced myself that this 2013 will still be a better year for me.
I just try to think that we had already passed off a difficult stage beginning of the year, so we will just be awaiting for the beautiful things that are bound to happen to us this year. I know that God always strikes a balance in our lives. He may not give us all the glories in life one hundred per cent, but He will surely not let us down endlessly. As what the saying goes, "After the rain, will come the sun". I believe in this and I would like to embrace all the positive thoughts this year.
We are just starting with the year and I have high hopes that this year will bring a lot of good things in my life career wise, as well as emotionally, spiritually, physically, socially and financially. I believe that this year would be a great year for me and will continually believe it that way.
I have lots of plans for this year.... new projects, new worthwhile activities, new hobbies and new learning experiences which I would be writing on a separate post.
To end this post, I would just like to leave you with a positive quote,
By : Demi Lovato