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Planning a celebration

My son’s 10th birthday is fast approaching and even if 10th birthday is not traditionally celebrated in a grand way like a 7th or 12th birthday we decided to celebrate it this year with a party because we didn’t have a party on his 7th birthday and we don’t plan a party on his 12th. It was his choice. My son likes to have a swimming party on his birthday even if he will not have a party on his 12th birthday.

Choosing a venue, theme, food is like choosing a mandolin, it is not as easy as one think. There are a lot of things to consider.

I don’t plan a grand party, I just want it to be memorable for my son and as well as memorable for me and my husband since it would be a double celebration, my son’s birthday and our 10th anniversary. Hopefully, it would be fun, exciting and memorable.

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something fishy family photo

pictures grabbed from my brother’s album

Activities for the Holy Week

Today is Palm Sunday, marks the start of the Holy week. Everyone has different activities for this week especially starting on Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday because its holiday. Some would take this chance to have a vacation with the family. Vacation can mean go out for an outing or just going to their provinces and still do the religious activities for those days. Some would just stay at home but can still bond with their families in their own ways.

But for Catholics, this week is holy and it is the chance to reflect about the suffering, death and resurrection of the Lord. There are a lot of retreats and recollections on different parishes during Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday. There are also schedules of confessions during these days. I and my son already had our confession earlier today.

On Holy Thursday, there will be Chrism mass in the morning, which will be attended by the priests. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop. At late in the afternoon or early evening, there will be Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Washing of the Feet of the Twelve Apostles in the parishes. This mass will not be end with the final blessing but instead it will end with the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Some Catholics will also do Visita Iglesia on this night, visiting different Churches to visit the Blessed Sacrament and to do Stations of the Cross. I can remember when I was still a kid, we will visit 14 different parishes in one night. If only cameras were common that time, I would have lots of pictures of the Churches here in manila.

Ever wonder why it is called Good Friday? It because God loves us so much that he gave his only Son to save us. There will be Seven Last words and reflections at 12 noon. We just usually watch this on the television but there are also reflections at the Parish, one can also go there. There will be celebration of the Lord’s Passion in the afternoon. There will be Eucharist of the Word and also distribution of the Holy Communion and Veneration of the Cross followed by procession of Santo Entierro and Mater Dolorosa. One will see a lot of life size images of Jesus, Mary and other Holy figures of the Church. They are so beautiful.

Black Saturday is the preparation for the Easter Vigil to be celebrated in the evening. The celebration will start outside the Church as Paschal Candle is blessed and lit on the celebration. Renewal of baptismal vows is done by the whole congregation and would be sprinkled with the baptismal water.

Easter Sunday will be a celebration, The risen Christ and Mama Mary will meet, which is called “salubong.” It happens early in the morning, and sometimes I would miss this when I was a kid, since I will have difficult time waking up because of the activities on Black Saturday night. :) though at some Parishes, Salubong is done after the Easter vigil on Black Saturday.

If you want something different on Easter Sunday, you can attend the Grand Easter Feast at SM Moa Arena. There will be mass, celebrated by Bishop Jesse Mercado. There will be Inspirational talk by Father Erick Santos and life changing talk by Bro. Bo Sanchez. There will also be a powerful worship. Moa Arena will rock with worship and prayers, it will be a life changing event. This is for free to all those who want to be blessed.

grand easter feast 2014

RJ’s Graduation

My youngest brother, RJ, graduated from High School last Wednesday. He has lots of rough times, he may not be that focused, his journey wasn’t that easy but thanks to God he was able to finish his High School. He may be pasaway sometimes but we still love him. That’s why the family is almost complete to celebrate his graduation. The one missing here is our eldest brother and my husband.


After graduation, we dined at Tramway Shaw, my husband just followed us there. Oh, by the way, the one beside me is my son, not my brother. hehehe. On the seventh of April, my brother, Christian (the one in blue polo shirt) will graduate from College! Another celebration, hopefully that time we are really complete!

Sunday Exercise

My husband will out for a Sunday basketball game so it’s just me and my son. So, I decided that it would be nice to have a Sunday exercise with my son since we don’t do it often. When I told my son about it the day before, he was so excited. He slept at my mom’s place but he was knocking at our door early because he is excited for our biking session.So, here we are, biking together at a subdivision nearby.

My son wants to be a little playful when I took his picture, so, this is his look up pose and asked me to post his “look up” post at facebook.

Looks like I really need a lot of Sunday exercise so I can lose weight. hehehe


Do you exercise often? What’s your usual Sunday activity?

Thank God!

I and my husband are both working. My son, who is nine years old already, usually stays at my mom’s house after school. Even when he was younger, he can be left alone there, my brother or stepfather doesn’t need to look after him. He knows what to do, he will just eat lunch, watch TV or play his tablet or cellphone that is available, and sometimes he would use their computer.

I don’t know what came into his mind yesterday that he decided to play with my brother’s lighter. Based on what he said, he was at the bedroom at the second floor when he used the lighter on a paper afterwards he threw it in a trashcan. He saw that there was still fire and so he covered it with some more trash thinking that it will make the fire stop. But realizing that it didn’t he got the electric fan and try to stop the fire with the air. Asking him why, he said that like if he has candle, when air blows it will turn the fire out. So, it was not effective as well, he rushed downstairs to the CR and brought water and threw it on fire, but he can’t control it so he called for his Lolo Daddy.

There was no other furniture around the area except a small cabinet, no instrument on it like a trombone stands at guitar center but the area has lots of paper and boxes, fire easily spread. Good thing and thanks be to God, his Lolo Daddy was able to control the fire, with the help of my son – my son was giving him water from downstairs. And the fire was out, without any neighbors knowing it. There was no other damage except the papers and boxes, though my mother is thinking that there might be some important documents there as she was not able to sort it yet.

But again, Thank God! Nothing worst happened and my son is okay., my mother and older brother is also worried about him in having trauma or guilt. I’ve talked to him and I know he learned his lessons.

Novena To God’s Love
Today, I receive all of God’s love for me. Today, I open myself to the unbounded, limitless, overflowing abundance of God’s universe. Today, I open myself to your blessings, healing and miracles. Today, I open myself to God’s Word so that I become more like Jesus every day. Today, I proclaim that I’m God’s Beloved, I’m God’s Servant, I’m God’s Powerful Champion, And because I am blessed, I will bless the world, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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