Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Sunday Currently Vol. 01

I came across this kind of post as far back as 2 years ago and I've always wanted to try it out but for some reason it never happened... until now.

Reading Wattpad fanfics featuring Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza. There are so many talented writers in the fandom (the AlDubnation) who create really interesting plots from fluffy to tearjerkers to SPGish stories. Maybe when I have more time, I'll list the ones I enjoyed the most and post it here.

Writing about my favorite romcom movies for a future post.

Listening to the soundtrack of La La Land and alternating it with the current hits on Spotify,

Thinking about what to cook for my son's lunch tomorrow.

Smelling nothing.

Wishing for more inspiration to write.

Hoping for a productive yet relaxing week ahead.

Wearing an olive green plaid shirt received as a gift. And since the giver is flying back to their home country in a few days, I decided to wear it to their despedida party today to show my appreciation.

Loving my family. It has been a family event filled weekend making me feel blessed to have them in my life.

Wanting a lot of things from the mundane like Alden and Maine bobbleheads to the more serious ones like learning or better yet re-learning how to drive so I can get around on my own. I already completed 2 driving courses but there was this one time that I almost crashed the car and that left me rattled. I have not driven since,

Needing some serious motivation to work out and be healthy.

Feeling bloated due to a binge eating weekend. Remember I mentioned that I had a family event filled weekend? Well, that involves food....lots of them. There was lechon, kare-kare, dinuguan and sweets of all kinds such as ice cream, sans rival, etc.

So that's it for now. 'Til next Sunday...

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fab Feb

Next to December, February is my second favorite month of the year and here's a few of the reasons  why...

It's My Birthday!
Photo by Annie Spratt
The moment February 1 comes, there's always that inexplicable feeling that something good is coming my way. I look forward to our family gatherings on occasions like this because it gives us permission to eat out and be merry.  Be it at home or in a fancy restaurant these 2 elements (family + good food) make birthdays memorable and meaningful. I already have an idea where we'll go this year and I'm excited to take them there.

89th Academy Awards

I have been watching/following the results of the Academy Awards since I don't know, high school? Or maybe college. I am curious which movies gets the Academy's nod which in turn prompts me to watch it. Plus the glitz and glamour that goes with the annual ceremony is also fascinating to watch. I have no favorites this year as I have only seen one out of the nine movies nominated for Best Picture. I'm a bit of a sucker for musicals so one Saturday a few weeks ago I asked hubby if we could see La La Land. It did not disappoint. Well, the ending was (SPOILER ALERT) a downer but overall it was good. I love the music and it is now in my current playlist in Spotify.   

Destined To Be Yours
Fan Arts by @hxddles@MaiChardEdits                   
Yes, I am one of them - ADN/AlDubdation. But I am more of the quiet supporter on the sidelines, the lurker in social media and online forums. I prefer to fangirl peacefully in my little corner of the nation. And as any And as any ADN (inactive I may be), I am excited to see my favorite couple in their first teleserye and see them regularly on primetime TV starting this month.

So there you go. Those are 3 of the things that I am excited about on my birth month. By the end of this Fab Feb I will be a year older and hopefully a year wiser, too. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 1st


Friday, July 15, 2016

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Day He Said Goodbye

It was a very rainy day. The whole city was covered with dark clouds and streets filled with flood water. If I left 10 minutes later than I actually did, I would not have made it.

He was already in the ICU for a few hours when I arrived in the hospital. It was shocking to see the man who was always the image of good health and who I had never seen hospitalized since the day I was born to be lying unconscious in a hospital bed with all sorts of tubes and needles sticking into him.

That morning, the doctor pulled me, my sister and Nanay into a corner of the ICU and explained what was happening. He said my father was in critical condition. Critical? Are you kidding me?
He was working all week, even on the day he was rushed to the hospital. And now some guy is telling us that he's fighting for his life? It was a concept pretty hard to reconcile.

Despite the ICU visiting restriction, I was allowed to see him that morning. As I brush the hair on his head, I told him to get well and that we were all waiting for him to come back home. That his grandkids were all excited to play with him again. Then I held his hand and kissed his forehead before I left.

It will be the last time I saw him alive.

A few relatives braved the rains and the flood to visit him that day - his sister and her husband and two of my mother's siblings. My family appreciated their efforts.

My youngest sister, who literally came through hell and high water, arrived by mid-afternoon. Unfortunately, Tatay's condition had worsen by that time. So much so that while she was having her moment with him in the ICU, Tatay’s vital signs started to fail and the doctors had to request my sister to leave the room as they tried to revive him.

She came out of the ICU looking so distraught. She broke down when she saw us by the door. She collapsed on floor and wailed. It was one heart wrenching scene.

A little later, the doctor would call us all again to tell us more bad news. Tatay's heart had stopped beating. He said they are trying to revive him but he's not responding very well. However, he assured us that they were trying their best to keep him alive.

But God had other plans. At 6pm, less than 24 hours since he was admitted, Tatay was gone.

We were led to his bed side while the curtains were drawn around us. There in that little corner of the ICU, we said our last goodbyes to the man who was instrumental in what and where we all are now. We hugged him, we touched him and told him how much we love him. It was like a scene in a movie and I cannot believe it was now actually happening to us.

The next hours and days were spent getting the news out, planning his funeral and burial services. It was a whirlwind of emotional and physical trauma. But it was heart-warming to know that the people around him appreciated the things that he did. To us, his family, he was a man of few words. But to his friends and colleagues, he seems to have a lot of things to say. Apparently, he was a chatter and can even throw a joke or two.

On the 4th day after he breathe his last breath, we led him to his final resting place. It was a beautiful and solemn ceremony. And though Basil Valdez's "Hindi Kita Malilimutan" pierced thru my heart like a lance while they played it during the short walk to the crematorium, I am comforted with the thought that Tatay is now in a better place. He is now taking his much needed vacation. He can rest and worry no more.

I am missing you so much Tay. It’s goodbye for now but I know we’ll see each other again someday. And until that day, you will always be in my heart. I love you.