Congrats to My Daughter…Proud Mom of A College Graduate

Allow me to brag in this blog post.  Let me be a happy, proud Mom, allow me to cry happy tears.

Finally, in this very day, my eldest daughter Patrixia Amor fondly called “Ishi” graduated from college  with a degree of BS in Nursing.  I am very proud and extremely happy in this momentous events in her life.

When my husband and I graduated from college we are already starting a young family then, I had many times told and retold in this blog our story about our teenage marriage HERE).  We are both not able to experience wearing toga and marching down the graduation isle back then.  We had different priorities before, instead of paying for the graduation ceremony fee and buying our graduation dress we opted to spent it with Ishi’s milk and needs that time.  So to make the long story short we skipped our graduation day…It was really a hand to mouth existence those times.  Those were one of the toughest days of our lives.

From that day on, my husband and I promised that we may not be able to give our kids enough material riches in life but we will give them the gift of education which can help them jumpstart in this journey called life.

I am very happy, actually extremely is an understatement since if there are more superlative words to describe how my husband and I feel, so let it be. I was all in tears of joy as my daughter marched her way into the stage.  Ang sarap pala ng feeling.  I am just saddened na dahil maaga kami nag asawa, my husband and I were not able to give this opportunity of joy to our parents. One thing I realized, graduation is an important and happy day for students, but it’s also a day for mom and dad to feel proud and retain their bragging rights.

My thoughts and emotions were all captured by the message of my OFW husband to our daughter.  If there is one person who truly deserves to be recognized, it is my husband’s sacrifice as an OFW. It saddens me that Allan was not able to see her daughter graduate in all her graduations (except her Kinder Moving Up day)  Let me share to you my husband’s FB message to our little princess.

Happy Graduation sa iyo anak , i am proud of you!! I may not be there physically, but I am always here to support you all the way..Mahal na mahal kita anak..Salamat sa pag aaral ng maigi at pagiging inspiration kay Icko.Sulit ang sacripisyo at pagod ko sa pagtatapos mong ito anak.Grumaduate ka Patrixia Amor ng elementary,high school at college wala ako , pero di bale ang mahalaga nakapagtapos ka sapat na sa akin yu  #tearyeyedproudpapa #pamilyangofw#proudpapa,#katasngsaudi

To my Ishi, remember that this is just a start of another milestone in your life, the board exam is on your way.  But always remember that whatever journey you would take, Mama and Papa will always be here to love you, to support you and boost your morale each and very day of your life….

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Solaire Resort and Casino hits One Million Facebook Fans in One Year

 Just like the saying goes ‘when it rains, it pours’ because it’s indeed a sweet double victory for Solaire Resort as they reached one year this month and along side with that, they were able to achieve one million FB fan page likes.  Their success lies in their efforts to reach out and engage with people through the power of social media such as Facebook by constantly bringing in fresh information and live feeds of what their latest happenings and what they could give to their valuable customers.  Kudos to your success!
 
Solaire Resort and Casino, the fastest growing integrated resort in the country surpassed 1 Million Facebook “Likes” in one year (facebook.com/solaireresort) a great milestone to mark its 1st year anniversary.
Solaire is the first integrated resort to embrace Social Media with its own in-house digital marketing team since the property opened in March 2013 and has indicated its strength within a year. Social Media is an essential part of their continuous efforts to innovate and provide impressive and exceptional entertainment to all their clientele.  Growing engagement with fans of Solaire has contributed significantly to the business success. Social Media platforms will enhance the marketing plans of Solaire and allows them to interact and update regular patrons on all events, activities, shows and promotions.
Solaire engages its valued followers through Facebook and this platform provides them the opportunity to participate and share those special experiences of great memories. This provides an opportunity to connect our most supportive and passionate fans in a quest to find ways to enjoy and “Create their Moments” at Solaire.

“This is something we are proud of and wish to express our sincere appreciation to our loyal supporters and 1 Million Facebook fans for their continued support as we celebrate our 1st year in business. We are glad to be able to connect with our guests through Social Media, says Jasper Evangelista, Vice President BrandMarketing, Solaire Resort and Casino.”

Solaire’s Facebook page has inter-active postings daily on the gaming and resort promotions, events, raffle and other activities. Solaire has a strong social media presence in the Philippines and a rising presence in Asia.
Stay updated with Solaire through Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Solaire Resort & Casino, the primary property of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, is a USD $1.2 Billion integrated destination resort on an 8.3-hectare site in Manila, Philippines opened March 2013. Solaire, a luxury destination casino resort, is the first property to open in the Entertainment City, a government sponsored (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) economic development zone.
Solaire’s Bay Tower (Phase 1) features 500 luxurious rooms, suites and bay side villas, 18,500 square meters of gaming space, a wide range of award-winning signature restaurants, sophisticated bars and lounges, and an ample multi-level car park. The property has additional 258,721 square meter expansion project under development which is expected to open 3rd quarter of 2014. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.solaireresort.com
For reference and inquiries, please contact:
Joy A. Wassmer
Director of Communications and Public Relations
Solaire Resort & Casino
Telephone Number: + 63 2 883 8783
Mobile Number: +63 999 886 1698

After 21 Years – Our Love Story Still Continues…The Saga Until Eternity

Much has been said of my love story with my husband.  Since Day 1 of this blog, our life has been an open book.  I had shared my our love story HERE  to serve as an inspiration to others.

For 21 years now, everyday is still a learning process, it is a journey that I am very happy and willing to take together with my husband and my dear kids.  I will be turning 41 yrs old this July, half of my life has been spent in this marriage.  Our union is not your typical perfect blend of a sweet nothings every couple would love to be.  We fight a lot, we shout at each other, we bully each other, we say hurting words.  But as years passed by I am certain that our relationship is being nourished by God, Again I would say, after 21 years, we still have our share of our fights, not as big as before, but then enough to better understand our differences and fully know each other.  Happy to say maturity comes with age.

In this marriage, I believe in the mantra that “Many happy marriages are made, they do not just happen“”

I wont mind spending another 80 years of my life, with the man I married 21 years ago.

Happy 21st Wedding Anniversary Mahal, Love you eternally

This is the story of our love…it will continue to blossom until our last breathe and until the last days of our lives.

Many happy marriages are made, they do not just happen

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The Fire that Gutted the Place where I Grew Up

Allow me to be a sentimental and emotional, I just heard of the bad and sad news that a fire gutted the house of my Lola.  The house where I grew up, the house where my happy child hood memories were made.  The house where my husband and I togther with our eldest Ishi used to live, during the times where life has been so hard and all that we own are our dresses and each other.

I feel very, very, very sad, it is confirmed nasunog ang bahay na dati namin tinirhan, ang bahay ng aking Lola, ang bahay na aking kinalakihan..dito na ako namulat at humabi ng aking masayang childhood memories kasama ng aking Lola…dito ako natuto mangarap at dito ko nakita ang hirap ng buhay, dito ako nangarap na umalagwa sa buhay ng mahirap…mag-aral at magsikap..sabi ko isang araw makaka alis din kami dito sa lugar na masikip, maingay at madaming tambay…magkagayun pa man..madami ding mga totoong tao dun sa Concejala, Bagong Barrio…pag nagpupunta nga ako dun dami pa ding bumabati ng may sincerong ngiti at pagkamusta…minsan nga parang celebrity pa ang dating pag nadalaw dun at ginagawang ehemplo ng aking mga kababata sa mga anak nila….

dito ko napatunayan na mahirap man, masaya naman…looban yun, maingay at tabitabi ang bahay sabi nga pagnagkasunog delikado at naganap na nga…

Ito din ang bahay kung saan kami tumira ng aking asawa Allan at Patrixia nung time na walang wala pa kami…Ang bahay kung saan kami nagsimula bilang isang pamilya, dito din kami natutong mangarap at maghangad ng mas maalwan na buhay…

Ang bahay na madamimg memories sa akin since laki ako sa aking Lola..naipagbili na namin iyon pero ang kalahati na lote namin ay sunog na din daw. Salamat sa Diyos at hindi nadamay ang bahay ng aking Tita Mercy at mga pinsan (Mara, Jeng, Marcon,Jhay-jhay, Niboy)… pero ang malungkot na parte ang daming mga hirap sa buhay duon..mas lalo pa silang mahihirapan…Mabuti na lamang at wala daw nabawian ng buhay.

Pacencya na sobra lang talaga akong affected.  Andami kasing masasaya at malulungkot na memories na nagflash back sa akin. Mga karanasan na nagpatatag sa akin.  OO mahirap ang lugar na iyon, pero dun ako nalinang, naging matatag at dun ako nangarap, nagsikap.  Sa aking munting naabot sa aking buhay, hindi ko kailan man makakalimutan kung saan ako nang galing.

“A lesson for all of us is that for every loss, there is victory, for every sadness, there is joy, and when you think you’ve lost everything, there is hope.” ―Geraldine Solon

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On the sidenote:

Kung meron po kayong mga used clothes at mga relief goods na maaring maibahagi, ipagbigay alam lamang po sa akin para po maibahagi sa mga biktima ng sunog.

Introducing Buqo – the all-new premier Filipino digital bookstore app

Reading a book is cool, but reading a book on your device is awesome. Why? Well, for one, you can carry around an entire library of e-books and digital magazines in your tablet as opposed to lugging two or three thick paperbacks when you go on trips. Imagine this: With just a swipe or a tap of your finger, you can enjoy your favorite books and magazines anytime, anywhere.

All that is now possible through Buqo—the premier Filipino digital bookstore!

 

Buqo what?

Buqo is a digital bookstore, newsstand and reader in one app. It carries a wide selection of Filipino reads that caters to various interests. Whether you’re into romance, fiction, teen literature or motivational materials, buqo has the perfect offering suited for you.  Its catalog is also brimming with specialty titles sure to whet your appetite—from travel, food and leisure to cars, fitness and entertainment.

To date, Buqo has over 500 books and magazines and counting, with familiar names such as Pol Medina’s Pugad Baboy, Bo Sanchez’sShepherd’s Voice, Precious Hearts Romances, Summit Media, and Adarna Children’s Books, already in the fold.

 

Easy and convenient

If you are a tech newbie, fret not. Buqo is absolutely easy to use and navigate. Its intuitive design makes purchasing, downloading and reading on your device fun and easy. Once you have fully downloaded the content you want, you can enjoy reading your book or magazine offline. One of the best features of Buqo is that you can access your entire library on all your device—whether iOS or Android—with just one account. All you need to do is create a Buqo account and you can enjoy reading on up to 7 of your devices.

Just think about it, isn’t it great to indulge in some fun light reading while riding the MRT on your way to work or while you’re stuck in traffic somewhere in the metro? You can even read while on a long ride to the province.  Anywhere you are, you can count on Buqo to keep you company.

Get Free Magazines

Downloading Buqo now is a great idea for two reasons. First, you get freebies! And you won’t be getting just any item; you’ll be getting bestselling magazine titles from Summit Media. Second, the promo is only for a limited period. Once you download the app, you get to try out all of Buqo’s fantastic features and you get to enjoy bestselling magazines, too!

Wide Selection

Buqo offers a wide selection of different publications that will suit any taste. You may even discover new books and magazines that you previously haven’t seen. You could find yourself snickering while reading Chico, Delamar and Gino’s Top 10 Book, Manix Abrera’s hilariousKiko Machine Komiks or Pol Medina’s Pugad Baboy Series. You could also follow the “resurgence” of Pinoy comics with well-crafted titles from MythSpacePinoy Old School Comics (the reincarnation of the 90’s cult favorite Funny Comics) and the highly acclaimed Trese Comics.

 

If you are more of the serious reader type, we have books for you, too. Buqo has academic, investigative journalism and non-fiction genres. Get books from the likes of DLSU PressPhilippine Daily InquirerRappler & Colayco Foundation.

 

How about books for becoming a better you? Get that much needed boost from Buqo’s self-help & business/finance collections that cover areas of health, career, relationships, parenting, business, and finance. Here you’ll find titles such as OMF Literature’s Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin, Faye Valencia’s 77 Way to Move On, and Larry Gamboa’s Grow Rich Pinoy.

 

Buqo is also the way to go if you’re looking for inspirational and spiritual reads. Dig in to a host of bestselling books from OMF Literature and Shepherd’s Voice such as Bo Sanchez’s 8 Habits of a Happy Millionaire. There is also a wide array of children’s books from Lampara & Adarna that the kids will surely love.

 

And of course, in Buqo, you’ll find love—love stories that is! We have lots of heartwarming, kilig-inducing titles to choose from. You’ll find the likes of Mina Esguerra’s That Kind of Guy, Pop Fiction’s She’s Dating a Gangster (soon-to-be a movie) and Summit Book’s Vince’s Lifeseries. You’ll be delighted to know that Buqo also carries the coolest tagalog romance novels. Tagalog romance books from Precious Hearts Romances (whose works have been adapted on TV) as well as Bookware Publishing’s My Precious Valentine.

 

Aside from books, Buqo also has the best local magazines in the land. Here, you can get the current issues up to several years’ worth of back issues. We have cool magazines for everyone. For men, we have FHM Philippines, Entrepreneur, Top Gear, and Esquire Philippines. Women get to enjoy their favorites like YES!, Cosmopolitan Philippines, Preview, Good Housekeeping and Smart Parenting.

 

Foodies would really get a kick out of F & B World & Yummy Magazine. The design buffs can get their fix from Real Living, Space Design + Travel and Elle Decoration Philippines. Fitness enthusiasts can get their copies of Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Runner’s World. The young ones also get their fair share of magazines. In Buqo, they can get K-Zone, Candy, Total Girl & Sparkling.

Being a registered Buqo user also has its perks. You get to be part of the Buqo newsletter, giving you first dibs on new content and the latest promos. Best of all, you get to participate in exclusive Buqo special offers.

Download Buqo now and be on your way to reading your favorite Pinoy books on the go, now available on the AppStore for Apple users and Google Play Store for Android users. Follow this link to download Buqo http://goo.gl/Jdq5I9.

For more updates, log on to www.buqo.ph, become a fan on Facebook via www.facebook.com/buqoapp, and follow Buqo on Twitter via @Buqo.