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Putting a Face Into a Name: The Aspacio Couple


align boxBlog Owner and Post Author: Lainy

Seven years ago, I have met so many interesting and lovable personalities in the world of blogs and bloggers. I was a neophyte then and it felt so surreal to have virtually met some of them and later on was able to put faces into their names. The few eyeballs I have had with bloggers had always been anticipated with excitement and joy. The gaiety and fun is something inexplicable. I am sure bloggers like me can relate to the euphoria but it would be hard for some people who do not blog or who do not read blogs to fathom this one special aspect of virtual relationships. If there is one thing striking about blogging, it is about how much we reveal a great deal of ourselves, our passions, values, motivations, interests, humor, etc to the world wide web. If for reasons of privacy issues, a blogger never discloses personal inclinations at the blogs, it is somehow manifested on the way he imparts his thoughts in the commentary section. In fact, I believe we come to know more about one another through regular interaction with our blogs than we would with new in-person friends we probably wouldn’t see every once in a while.

I consider it an excellent blessing to have known heaps of beautiful people virtually. It truly made my blogging journey colorful and even more meaningful. I had the opportunity of knowing a lovely, charming and an intelligent blogger from Manila. She is very dear to me and I have come to love her from day one. It was easy because her blogs particularly Marriage and Beyond is very inspiring. She is so articulate in publishing relevant articles pertaining to her beautiful family and marriage in general. Her no-nonsense thoughts about things are well applauded. I was so drawn at her unassuming personality, eloquence and at her conspicuous command of the language. I used to frequent her blogs. In fact, I have openly expressed, I am her biggest fan. It was not hard for online friendship to develop by virtue of countless comment interactions. In the past, blogging was of different dimension. It was not bound by any rules. We were never obliged to visit each others’ blogs but we somehow took time to come by and sincerely made our presence felt by commenting. The online friendship thrived despite so many odds at my end.

Lovely Sis Jen and I

Lovely Sis Jen and I

Even when I have intermittently blogged in the span of seven years, she has indelibly made a mark in my heart. I personally admire her for being a steadfast servant of God. Their family is always a force to reckon with in everything. She’s one of the few bloggers I so adore and wished I could meet in the flesh if given the chance.

I never thought this could have been possible because time had always been scarce each time I travel to Manila. As you know, I hail from down South. But she had initially expressed that she wanted for us to meet prior my departure to Australia. And so the assembly date, time and place was arranged.

The Aspacio couple offered to pick me up at my friend’s place in Pasig. That glorious feeling when you’re seated at their car, finally seeing them in the flesh, having animated conversation with them, and not just reading through what’s on their heads… ahhhh! I was so thrilled to my bones! I still could not believe the meet-up materialized! I was a happy soul when they took time to see me and spent some precious moments with me. I felt so special!

Selfie with the Aspacio couple

Selfie with the Aspacio couple

They brought me to The Fort at Global City. It was my first time to set foot at the place. We saw ex- showbiz personality Rica Peralejo queuing up in one of the shops clad in ordinary pair of thongs, T-shirt and jeans. In all honesty, I got more fascinated by Sis Jen than with Rica. She is ageless and flawless! Believe me when I say I got so starstruck! She’s so smart, young looking, calm and soft-spoken. I would have never believed she got a 9 year old son! The husband and wife in tandem is such a sight to behold! My solid impression of her was reinforced when I finally got to talk to her. I am amazed at the comfort level- it’s like we’ve known each other for so long even when it’s only our first time to meet!

We covered various territories as we chatted away the night at Jamba Juice.

Wacky poses with the pretty and smart Sis Jen

Wacky poses with the pretty and smart Sis Jen

I find the relation between expectations and reality rather fascinating. It does add some dimension. I had the entire night to adapt to their live physical appearances in contrast to the static avatar in my head. In the end, they are the same amazing people that I came to love virtually. I expected them to be awesome but they absolutely exceeded my expectations in the tiny bits of time spent with each other.

It was close to midnight when they finally took me home. But the night did not simply fade away in oblivion. The most poignant moment of our meet-up happened when Sis Jen’s husband, Jeff prayed over me. Every words that came out of his mouth was uttered with utmost sincerity. Uncontrollably, I felt the tears streaming down my face. I just can’t help it! He prayed for God’s guidance and protection over me and for Him to help me hasten my steps as He ushers me to the loveliest chapter of my life. The mighty, powerful and soulful prayer shook the very core of my being! I don’t think I will ever forget that moment.

I consider the pleasure of meeting the Aspacio couple as one of the most amazing and precious moments in my life. It was such a great honor for they have truly inspired me not only from a blog reader’s perspective but as an online pal who look up to their family with such high regard and esteem.

I pray that they continue to touch many people’s lives as they had similarly done to me over the years. May your tribe multiply and until we meet again!


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5 COMMENTS on “New Toy, Renewed Joy

New Toy, Renewed Joy


align boxBlog Owner and Post Author: Lainy

So yeah, I have previously emphasized that I Am Still Here yet I am nowhere to be found. Again, pardon the millions of lame excuses. It’s just never-ending. It’s now almost my bed time- 30 minutes before I officially hit the sack to be specific. But because I just had to do what I ought to do, I took the time to sit in front of my desk and type away some crap.

Oh no! Not again! :roll:

I can’t help but let out a chuckle while trying to compose a decent article :D It has been a while since I blogged with so much ease and breeze. At least this time my laptop did not suddenly die on me. Mind you, it does not “literally” die on me. The battery is still working perfectly fine but the viruses that infested my precious toy is just too much for me to handle. And I refused to buy a trusty virus software. So why not just get a new toy instead? :wink: What a way to validate that, right? LOL! :lol:

The decision to buy a new one came rather easy. Well, it’s actually long overdue. The long-awaited delivery came almost a month after we placed the order. I must say it’s well worth the wait.

My work email is connected to my mobile phone. So even when I called in sick the other day when these Imacs were delivered, I instantly got the notification via my mobile.

Purchase Officer: 2 apples by your desk :-)

I knew then what he meant so I hurriedly informed my husband about it. However, he wanted to confirm those were indeed the Apples that we ordered and not just “apples”- the round forbidden fruit that Eve used to tempt Adam to damnation. :lol: What a way to thwart our excitement!

So when I went back to work yesterday, I had it confirmed right away that “Apples” meant our Imacs.

Imacs delivered at work

Imacs delivered at work

Just so you know, this post is my first ever publication using my 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display. It can never be sweeter than this! This is actually a present to myself for going to work and working exceptionally hard at that. Hahaha! :lol:

My new precious toy

My new precious toy

Sweet and Sleek  ;-)

Sweet and Sleek 8)

I have got some story to tell about this gift. Let me begin by saying that my Prince initially wanted to buy it for me as a present last December. However, I stopped him and insisted that I don’t need one just yet. Apart from December being a very expensive month for us, I felt a back massager was all that I needed and indeed, it was more than enough.

It turned out that our end choice was our best choice. It was a good thing that we held off the purchase. It is a known fact that I work for a IT company that provides IT Procurement, Managed Services, Advanced Infrastructure, Networks and Security, Talent Management and Recruitment. Taking that into account, I told my Prince that if and when we decide to purchase a new gadget, it’s gonna be nowhere else but at my workplace. And when husbands listen to their wives, they will reap the benefits. Hahaha! :lol: Seriously, we could never find anywhere else a far better deal than we ever got- 20% off on both items! That’s an extremely great deal for our iMacs! Unbeatable!

20% off for orders places before the end of May

20% off for orders placed before the end of May

For being a wonderful and amazing husband, my Prince deserves a 27-inch Imac. He actually deserves more than that but for the love of music and movies, this is simply the perfect present for him.

27-inch Imac

27-inch Imac

May these presents be the end of our ceaseless complaints and whining on the annoying virus and malware attacks.

I hope to regain some blogging inspiration and revive that passion, energy, and zest once more.

So help me God!


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3 COMMENTS on “I Am Still Here- Pardon the Indolence

I Am Still Here- Pardon the Indolence


align boxBlog Owner and Post Author: Lainy

Our weekends of late had been relatively hectic and eventful. It’s nothing new that my blogs were often left dormant to give way to offline activities. Like they say, there’s more to life than blogging and how true it is indeed!

For close to two weeks, I had been hell-bent in getting 8 hours of sleep because of my unstable blood pressure. True enough, I did get some success with the complete 8-hour sleep. After a refreshing shower, I go straight to bed and by 9:30PM, I have been sleeping like a baby.

I tell you, it was the hardest thing to do at the beginning especially so that I am used to sleeping by 11 at the earliest. BUT it was actually not as hard as I thought it was because I made sure there were no “distractions.”

1. Facebooking/ internet browsing all I want until 8:59 PM;
2. By 9PM, cellphone is turned off;
3. Tossing and turning in bed all I want till 9:29;
4. 9:30, I am dead to the world.

Some paid blogging tasks slipped away because I hardly had the time to check on them; more so to accomplish them.

I consider myself sleep-deprived since I got hooked into blogging. I dearly paid the price for it though. Normal blood pressure is now a thing of the past.

But hey! I did not log-in into my dashboard and rant about my boring hypertension saga.

I just actually thought of typing away some rubbish via my iphone more of to convince myself that I am still here and that my blogs are too.

Pardon my indolence but yeah! So much for my lame excuses. No one ever bothers to read them anyway. Lol!


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19 COMMENTS on “A Birthday Tribute To My Beautiful Mother

A Birthday Tribute To My Beautiful Mother


align boxBlog Owner and Post Author: Lainy

My Dear Pretty Mamang,

Today, I pay tribute to you as you celebrate your birth anniversary. Today is a huge manifestation of God’s love and faithfulness for He has given you another lease of life.

My Gorgeous Mamang!

My Gorgeous Mamang!

Please know that as you celebrate God’s love and mercy, I celebrate my life too because if not for you, I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t be what I am today if not for you. Next to God, I owe my life to you and anything decent about me; anything else is simply not your fault.

I have always been amazed by your incredible energy. Despite the monstrous tasks at hand being a working mother, you were able to fulfill your role in our lives as the best mother you can ever be with flying colors.

Remember when I used to nag about giving yourself a break? Yes! It’s now me that kept nagging at you and not the other way around. LOL! It’s because you have always been bloody stubborn. I have always said time and again that the weekends must be spent on yourself after the long week of hard work. I believe that you have already worked hard enough just to sustain the needs of our family and to pamper yourself is the way to go and never on the things around the house because housework never ends no matter how much you labor on them. However, the nagging went futile and fell on deaf ears. Sitting down for a few minutes was considered a luxury. The little amount of restful sleep that you get at night is the only time you get to pamper yourself.

Remember how I get so annoyed each time we hire a laundry woman yet you were still the one doing the job to make sure that everything’s done right according to your standards? Remember how late you were for work because you had to prepare everything for your children before leaving the house; making sure that you give us a feed before you take your flight for the day? You end up always running late for work because you do make sure that you fulfill your Mommy duties before anything else. You may not be a perfect worker but you have been an amazingly consistent Mom! Your outstanding selflessness is beyond words!

I am astounded by the fact that you have been motherless since you were at the tender age of two yet you were able to perform your mundane and tedious role as a Mom perfectly. How did you ever do that? Your wisdom, love and support is as clear as the Australian blue skies and it stare us right in our faces. It is simply beyond measure!

We are complete jerks for how shockingly small we have acknowledged you in return for all your sacrifices! You did your job wonderfully 24/7 without pay yet we never even bothered to say “Thank You.” I am aware that we can never requite all the sacrifices you have to go through since you gave birth to me at 18. Your soothing caress each time we get sick will always be a fond memory that we have a great mother in you.

I cannot find the perfect words and adjectives to describe how much you mean the world to me, my beautiful Mamang. We may argue in a lot of things even when they were mostly petty and trivial, but deep down inside us, we knew how much each one of us meant dearly to each other. As a matter of fact, I made sure you were present on my wedding day. That’s how essential your role is as my mother in that milestone in my life.

With my beautiful Mom on my wedding day

With my beautiful Mom on my wedding day

In spirit, I am giving you a birthday kiss!  :D

In spirit, I am giving you a birthday kiss! :D

I cannot help but shed a tear knowing how much you cried a river with my visa approval to Australia. But like what my husband would always say, God will never put me in a difficult situation where I have to suffer. God’s plan is always perfect and I hope at this time, you have now been reassured that I am in good hands and that I married a good man.

You may have cried twice for losing two of your children by marriage but be consoled that you have now two more children that’s a welcome and beautiful addition in the family.

I need not be a mother myself to be able to appreciate everything that you have done for me and my two younger brothers; my appreciation began a long time ago and grew stronger over the years. I may not have said it all verbally but I have shown it by way of giving support in any means possible to the best of my earthly ability.

You have the courage of a lion. You have went through the painful death of your husband that is my father and the heart of gold to have withstood parenthood singlehandedly since then. You were mostly emotionally crippled but I vowed on my father’s grave that I will always be there for you no matter what it takes. It was a tough journey but we have surpassed it all as a family.

Death of my Father

Death of my Father

God may not have blessed me with material wealth to share with you but please know that God’s love is boundless. Every single night we are down on our knees to pray before God and we never failed to include you in our prayers; that He may always protect and guide you; provide physical health, longevity, and most of all stronger faith as we continue to sojourn in this life. That in itself is beyond my power to give you. Even if we are separated by distance, I am confident that God is embracing you with his immense love, faithfulness, and divine protection at all times.

My Groovy Mama!

My Groovy Mama!

Words may appear superfluous at this point but please keep in your heart my loving Mamang that this post is never enough to express my appreciation of the life that God gave you. Thus, a separate post is in the offing come Mother’s Day. :D

I am forever grateful that I have you for a mother- happy and gay despite the odds. Your cheerfulness illumines wherever you are. You’re always the life of the party and I hope that as you celebrate today’s gift from the heavens, may our Lord God Almighty grant all the desires of your heart. I vow to continue praying for you for that is the best gift that I can offer you.

Happy birthday! I miss and love you to infinity and beyond!

Your loving daughter,
Lainy


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2 COMMENTS on “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (New Zealand) Here I Come!

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (New Zealand) Here I Come!


align box align boxBlog Co- Author: Windy

Ever thought of going to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (New Zealand)? Your Travel Agent will have a headache typing that out at her desk. LOL!

You might end up lost when you arrive in New Zealand while trying to pronounce that place to the Airport taxi driver.

Well this Post is inspired when I had a recall about our Geography teacher at High School telling us about two cities in France, namely, Toulouse (pronounced as too loose) and Toulon (pronounced as too long).

Elsewhere
I found out there exists many, many more hysterically irreverent names of cities and places around:

1. Fucking (Austria)

2. French Lick (Indiana, USA)

3. Boring (Oregon, USA)

5. Dildo (Newfoundland, Canada)

6. Why (Arizona, USA)

7. Blowhard (Australia)

8. Fart (Virginia, USA)

9. Climax (Michigan, USA)

10. Truth Or Consequences (New Mexico, USA)

11.Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (Wales). The translation of the name is ‘ St. Marys Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave’.

The name was given in the nineteenth century, when it was desired a development of the community and its transformation into a commercial and tourism center.

12. Big Bone Lick (USA)

13. Dwarf (Kentucky, USA)

14. Dead Chinaman (Papua New Guinea)

15. Assawoman (Virginia, USA)

16. Burning Well (Pennsylvania, USA)

17. Acme (West Virginia, USA)

18. Sexi (Peru)

19. Poopoo (Hawaii, USA)

20. Beer Bottle Crossing (Idaho, USA)

21. Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (New Zealand)

22. Needmore (Texas, USA)

23. Pussy creek (Ohio, USA)

24. ii (Finland)

25. My Large Intestine (Texas, USA)

26. Gayville (South Dakota, USA)

27. Ass (Ukraine)

28. Can Do (North Dakota, USA)

29. Wagga Wagga (Australia)

30. Dollarbeg (Scotland)

31. Cockburn (Western Australia)

32. Shetland Islands (Scotland)

33. Lolita (Texas, USA)

34. Wetwang (England)

35. Middelfart (Denmark)

36. Disappointment (Kentucky, USA)

37. Hell (Michigan, USA)

38. Whiskey Dick Mountain (Washington State, USA)

39. Gravesend (England)

40. Looneyville, Texas, USA)

41. Hygiene (Colorado, USA)

42. Bird in Hand (Pennsylvania, USA)

43. Embarrass (Minnesota, USA)

44. Plain City (Utah, USA)

45. Okay (Oklahoma, USA)

46. Normal (Illinois, USA)

47. Odd (West Virginia, USA)

48. Hooker (Oklahoma, USA)

49. No Name (Colorado, USA)

50. Hot Coffee (Mississippi, USA)

See yuh in Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (New Zealand)


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0 COMMENTS on “Why Add Garage Storage?

Why Add Garage Storage?


align boxBlog Owner and Post Author: Lainy

Adding additional storage space to your home can add value to that property as well as give it a cleaner look. Instead of having to trip over Christmas decorations, children’s toys or other items that shouldn’t be laying around the house, they can be stored in the garage until you need them.

What Else Can You Put in the Garage?

If you like to drink beer or other beverages that you don’t want stored with beverages that your kids drink, you can put them in a refrigerator that stays in the garage. This makes it less likely that your kids will mistake a bottle of wine for a bottle of grape juice. The refrigerator in the garage can also act as a backup cooler if the power goes out because the garage is typically one of the natural coldest areas in the house.

Don’t Sacrifice Style

You can add storage space that goes with the natural color of the garage. If you have cement floors or have painted the floor white or black, you can order cabinets or other storage space that is the same color. While most people are not worried about style when it comes to their garage, it is an option for those who want to make a great first impression when guests enter the house through the garage.

There Is No Need for an Outdoor Shed

If you have a small backyard, you may not have enough room for a storage shed for your tools, garden supplies and lawn mower. Adding extra space in the garage where you can store things allows you to put your stuff in an easy to access space whenever you need it. While you may be able to store things in your attic, it could be easier to put things in the garage because you don’t have to climb into the garage to get to them.

Garage cabinet sets are a great way for homeowners to add style and function to their garage. Instead of sacrificing space inside of your home, you can store it in the garage and lower the odds that anyone gets hurt or that your kids get into anything that they shouldn’t be getting into.


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0 COMMENTS on “Happy Easter, Folks!

Happy Easter, Folks!


align box align boxBlog Co- Author: Windy

To those who celebrate Easter on account of their personal Faith, I wish them, also on behalf of Lainy, A Happy Easter.

Why is it called Easter? Just like why is Good Friday called Good when it commemorates a sad event. Or in the same breath, why is Christmas called Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Then why is Jesus called Jesus Christ when there is no historical record of him having Christ as a second name?

Therefore, followers of the teachings of Jesus are mistakenly called Christians. It should correctly be Jesusians instead.

Why not call Easter, Wester? We can’t call it Norther or Souther because there is hardly anyone in the Artic or Antartica except Polar bears and unshavened scientists foraging for their missing shaving blade.

To make matters worse, the word Easter originates from something not connected with what it actually connotes. I quote from Wiki,

The modern English term Easter, cognate with modern German Ostern, developed from the Old English word Ēastre or Ēostre.[nb 2] This is generally held to have originally referred to the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess, Ēostre, a form of the widely attested Indo-European dawn goddess.

Here we are, back again to being hoodwinked by words that do not allude to what is should mean.

Do you realize that the four letter word, F*CK has a much cogent etymology than words found in the teachings of Faith?

So, honestly speaking, who is f*cking around huh?

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17 COMMENTS on “It’s Only Words

It’s Only Words


align box align boxBlog Co- Author: Windy

At this stage of my life, I am confronted by yet another challenge. I have to learn how to speak in Tagalog.

It has nothing to do with having to converse with my soul mate, Joy. She is able to speak in English. No, I correct that, Visayan English which has a peculiar pronounciation for common English words and it often throws my answer off the tracks with her.

Nevertheless, I do need to learn Tagalog so that I can understand what others are speaking especially when they are colluding to cheat me.

Mnenomics

One way in memorizing words is to use mnenomics. Mnenomics associates what one needs to recall to memory by associating it with something one already knows.

Few examples of what I mean

Take the Tagalog word, SAKIT
Sounds easy but really it refuses to come to mind when needed.
So the English words SUCK IT is a good association for it.
It does matter how one says it and to whom or it may mean receiving a face slap or a ruined date.

Or the Tagalog word, PAKIPOT.
Pot is easy to remember but Paki is not.
Fact is that Tagalog word is biologically wrong.
A girl who is pakitpot (playing hard to get) is really p*kipot (where * = U) simply because that is really what she does when she behaves p*kipot with her male suitor.

Or the Tagalog word, PINAY
Just need to know that all girls generally dislike having to pee frequently as in Pee Nay.

Or the Tagalog word, PINOY
Something that we all know men are simply annoying when taking aim while they pee.
Hence Pee anNOY

Or the Tagalog word BAKIT
Now that is easy.
Just remember the English word bucket. Done.

At this rate, I would most likely end up saying nothing in Tagalog, I would be seen with raised eyes associating English words before I can speak a full sentence in Tagalog.


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