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Moving on.

The great hiatus is mainly because I am a Yolanda Survivor and I guess even without such explanation anybody will exactly get what I mean. ..

And so, this is the moving on stage. Yes, after five months of that furious Yolanda attack in our city, we all have tried to move on and still moving on. I prefer not to linger anymore with horrible stories of Yolanda as I get back to this blog merely because life has been constantly good by God’s grace after that deadly storm surge.

It’s another phase of our lives. What Yolanda has taught us is that there is always hope even in the midst of almost nothing. Many lessons have been learned and this is the time to keep going. We need to keep going! Now, that life has got back to normal again… (The city is back on its regular track) I can only thank the Lord so much for the great experience. It was a rarely different one. As I witness how our place gradually went back to normal in few months, it has taught me to be more appreciative- big and small development; everything mattered!

My family is intact. I still have my job. My husband after two weeks (of Yolanda) got back in business. We were the first subdivision in the city to have its electricity restored. .. These are just very few of the many reasons why I have to keep moving on. His been so good. All needs have been provided.

Though it is heartbreaking to look back, I still can say that there is that positive impact the strongest storm has given us. As the Lord allowed it to happen, there is an amazing purpose for everything. Decipher as you look around and contemplate. With what we see, there is no perfect reason why we can not keep on moving on.

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Ayo Revisited!

I’m sorry if it took me a month to post this.

It’s been 4 years already since our 9-9-09 wedding transpired and before that big event happened in my life; one of the many beautiful restos in the city became so memorable for me and my husband four years ago. It was in Ayo Café where my husband made his marriage proposal. A cheesy one actually but it was indeed a surprisingly sweet gesture. He is not basically the showy and demonstrative type but his proposal was one of those that make someone giggle every time I try to share it to my friends.

And so we have planned to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary by revisiting Ayo. I arranged a dinner for us together with our good friends (dabarkads) from the church. Funny thing is that while I was having our reservation over the phone, I told the food attendant that the reason why we are having a special dinner at Ayo that night is that because it was where my hubby had his marriage proposal. The food attendant shared that she remembers an incident of a marriage proposal way back where the guy connived with them. “we put the engagement ring on the top of the blue berry cheese cake” she explained. I was like… “it was us!” They actually still remember it and that is so nice of them.

Our four years of marriage is something I thank God for. I’m happy for the hardworking and God-fearing husband that I have. I am blessed t have him. He is still the best friend that I have 9 years ago. I believe that the best foundation you can ever build in a relationship is to start it with a genuine friendship. Alvin is someone who knows me that much, he understands me and accept me for who I am.

Let me just share with you some of our photos during our night with our friends at Ayo. (I regret I was not able to retrieve my photos in friendster, the proposal pictures was there…. sad)    

cake given by the dabarkads.

cake given by the dabarkads.


group picture =)

group picture =)


our version of the "look up" photo craze

our version of the “look up” photo craze


w feasted on these.. =) sumptuous!

w feasted on these.. =) sumptuous!


till my next post!


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Sunday Family Lunch

It was mama’s birthday and I am just glad for special occasions in the family. As of now,  this is the only way I get to see the rest of the family. Since I got married and settled in the city I seldomly visit my hometown. It’s a 45 minutes travel from Tacloban. Together with my husband and my son, we usually go and visit my parents and brothers and their kids on special occasions or at times on a Sunday family lunch. This is also because of work. My work as well as my husband’s is compellingly an 8-5 Monday to Saturday kind of job.

Anyways, one Sunday afternoon we got the chance to spend a family lunch that my brother (who is working abroad) asked me to arrange in celebration of mama’s birthday. I was indeed so excited to see my niece, my nephews, sisters in law, and my parents of course. It was for me a catching up day. Aside from that, we were all so excited to try this new place/resto which has recently opened. Since my family is really into trying new restaurants in the city (we’ve been into different restos), we wanted to try The Little Green Kitchen which I discovered through local bloggers and through its FB Account. It’s just that we already have been into the leading restos in the city and we wanted something new. of course someone special is celebrating her big day so we agreed that we’ll look for a nice place for our family eating/bonding! =) And so, we tried it there.

Let me just show some of our photos.

the Little green kitchen in its very cozy ambiance

the Little green kitchen in its very cozy ambiance

nice lightings!

nice lightings!


daddy dik and eon

hubby, i, dvd and my baby nephew eon

hubby, i, dvd and my baby nephew eon

the ladies in the family

the ladies in the family

dvd is having his own lunch!

dvd is having his own lunch!

my brother dustin, sis in law ellen and the celebrant, MAMA!

my brother dustin, sis in law ellen and the celebrant, MAMA!


my dvd is some kind of- already- sleepy here. =)

our ever supportive father joined us; the ladies in the picture taking.

our ever supportive father joined us; the ladies in the picture taking.

the folks with their grandchildren..from left to right: dvd, eia, JK and eon. don't we just love short names for our kids?! hehe

the folks with their grandchildren..from left to right: dvd, eia, JK and eon. don’t we just love short names for our kids?! hehe

tita ellen with eia. .. outside the resto is an inviting swiiming pool.

tita ellen with eia. .. outside the resto is an inviting swiiming pool.

i and our lil lady eia

i and our lil lady eia

We enjoyed it there! The food was of course, great. =) till our next visit.



note: the first two photos are grabbed from TLGK FB account.

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Trenta Y Cuatro

one of the many gesture of thoughtfulness i got on my special day..(from kai)

one of the many gesture of thoughtfulness i got on my special day.(from kai)

It’s a happy day today! Well, for me of course since it’s my birthday and should i say for some other reasons as well. And what I am most happy about is realizing that in my 34 years, God has been very good to me. In all aspects… and that also includes the not so good part of my life’s journey; it’s because trials and rough days of our lives are also blessings from Him.

Today, I became extra happy because of people who really took time to remember me and extend efforts to greet. I appreciate all these gesture of thoughtfulness. There are also people whom I’m forever thankful of. I thank God for the wonderful parents that I have- mama and tatay who have always  been ever supportive and loving. My brothers are the best! The love and care just don’t fade and I thank heavens for them. Being the only rose among the thorns gave me so much advantage all these years. Furthermore, i am also so much grateful to the Lord for the wonderful friends that he has given (chosen friends, I should say). True and genuine friendship that I have kept for the longest time. They exactly knew who they are, I believe. =)  and most of all, I greatly thank Him for the family that He has granted me. A hardworking and loving husband together with an adorable son. This all, gave me a content life.

If I have to enumerate the things which I am most grateful of… it will take me so much space and as well as so much of your time to read. There are much plenty to mention. It is because even the tiniest detail of my life, I owe it to God. Even the little things that come my way are something I have to thank God for.  Being on the center of His will summarize everything in my state of gratefulness and happiness. Blessings abound when you are right with God. His provision continues.

I’m 34 and I’m happy. To god be the glory!

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Something Advanced!


Something got me so happy! My husband gave me a wonderful advanced birthday gift which I have been wanting for a long time. Yes, I so love my new pink Bible (KJV, of course) which we got from Philippine Christian Book Store. Though, I’m having a separation anxiety with my eight years old BIBLE I just can’t help but to be so delighted with this pink covered, sleek and handy Bible.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105”

I believe that it’s not a choice but a must that our everyday should be guided with the Word of God. Nothing compares to what the Bible can give us. And so, it’s the reason why I am truly happy with this gift. Because, I try hard to make the Bible a daily read. My everyday source of wisdom. My daily standards in coping up with the day to day endeavor.

To my husband, thank you so much! I thank God for the Godly husband that you are. I don’t want to keep my speech very long for now since it’s not yet my day. May this post just remind us of the importance of every Word of God depicted in the Bible. We can never go wrong reading the Bible everyday. =)

Happy Monday, everyone!

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an attempt for poetry..

the best experience you can get as a hands-on nanay is putting your baby to sleep peacefully wrapped around the warmth of your loving arms.

the best experience you can get as a hands-on nanay is putting your baby to sleep peacefully wrapped around the warmth of your loving arms.

this was a little poem i wrote more than a year ago. out of the blue and all of a sudden i just felt like writing what’s inside my mind..


( poem for baby dave)

i watch you as you peacefully sleep.

one of the memories i want to keep.

I thank the Lord, He gave you to us…

when you came, a great Joy it was!

We pray, you’ll always be okay,

because tomorrow is another day to play.

 June 8, 2012. From a poetry of a novice. =) I admit I’m far to being a poet and this was just an attempt.it’s all because of the great effect of motherhood. you become everything as you embrace and enjoy what it can bring. =) today, as i enjoy a special non-working holiday i realized i miss the times like this when all i have to do is to spend the entire day with my son. only the two of us at home, making the most of everything together. now that i am already a working nanay, non-working days seems to be the best days i’ll always look forward to. thank God it’s holiday.

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for the love of journalism

with the entire pool of writers consisting the new Editorial Staff for the ACLC MARQUEE, the official school publication.

with the entire pool of writers consisting the new Editorial Staff for the ACLC MARQUEE, the official school publication.

After graduating college with a degree in AB Mass Communication at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines; College of Communication I thought I was ready to practice the profession that I have been wanting to do ever since. I wanted to but I guess it was not God’s will for me. Back in college, I was the “behind the scene” type of student. During group works and projects, I was never the front act. I wrote script, news, articles, and concepts or even direct and anything which has something to with not facing the camera or holding the microphone is me. I have always believed that it’s not God’s will for me to be a part of the topsy turvy world of broadcasting because He had other plans for my life. Anyhow, I’m still happy that even if I did not have the chance to practice the profession which I had for a long time in my ambition, the path which I had traversed in the past still gave me the opportunity to do the things which I love:  writing.

A little flashback: back in ADFC where i used to work I had the chance to teach Mass Communication and Journalism. It’s at least still within the parameters of my degree.  I loved the noble job of teaching. Along with my teaching profession, I was able to handle the School Publication: ADFC Chronicle. With the ADFC connection, I became a writer for a local weekly newspaper (up to present) where I do editorial/opinion, news and features. Even if I realized how writing is a low paying job, it is the passion that keeps you going. The biggest break which I consider; is to be a part of the first locally produced glossy magazine in Region 8>>> 8 Magazine. I have several contributions in this magazine which has given me little fame. Hehehe. People recognize me for that. (feeler)

My writing stints still continues up to now even with the regular eight-to-five-job that I have. I also contribute for the newsletter (Leyte Light House) in our local church; Grace Baptist Church and I also maintain the website http://www.gbctacworldwide.com with my inputs of news, features and information. What is giving me excitement at present is that in my current job (ACLC College Tacloban) I feel blessed being chosen to be the Adviser of the official school publication “THE MARQUEE”. It’s an honor. I give credits to the track record which I have in my resume and to God Be the Glory for this.

This is going to be a challenge since the rebirth of the school paper lies on  my leadership. I’m committing everything to God. The once very active circulation of the Marquee has been put into a halt sometime in the year 2005 and with the several attempts to revive it, unfortunately it did not materialize. This school year, ACLC is on a serious pursuit to put the Marquee back into circulation. It is a hope that an issue will be published before the semester ends. So far, so good. The revival is going well, thank God! I am just so glad that I have found students which I put in the editorial team who are also passionate with writing just what I am way back when I was still a student.  I hope we can make it. It’s going to be one step at a time, slowly but surely. As for now, I am happy for what we have achieved.

=) more about Marquee in the days to come!

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patience and waiting intertwined…

When you wait, you need to have patience to endure the waiting. On the other hand, when you have patience that will only mean that you know how to wait for the perfect time for everything. Patience and waiting are virtues that develop a person’s positive outlook in life. it teaches us how to fully appreciate what God has given knowing that we endured while we patiently wait our desires to be granted.

This quote may also sound so classic but I guess its message is timeless “when God closes the door, he opens the window”. There will be something for us even if at times when it feels empty and deprived… patience and waiting will get us going for the doors and windows of heaven to be wide open.

 Now here is the scenario:  Late Monday afternoon, I was waiting for a transportation bound for my hometown in a gasoline station where southbound vehicles usually pass by.  I have been there for almost an hour but the coasters and jeepneys that come are loaded enough that I cannot anymore be accommodated. There were already seven trips that I missed and I started to worry. When I was already giving up that I already wanted to go back to the city terminal, I had my long wait over. A van (also a means of transportation nowadays) arrived and luckily it still has a lot of vacant seats where I got the chance to ride comfortably. I had a nice and comfy trip home. I didn’t have to bear a standing position in a coaster, as well as to sit on a small wooden bench just to have a ride home.

 It was actually a very simple situation that everybody gets to experience in a day-to-day basis, but honestly it had an impact on me. It may seem to be an ordinary circumstance but at one point, the Lord has His own way of using common situations to make us realize His existence. Ordinary experiences each day at times carry a message or a lesson perhaps. And, it reminded me that patience and waiting always go hand in hand. The scenario applies in all aspects of life, especially at a certain point where we are trapped in an upsetting dilemma.

In relationships, I guess my little theory is valid. When you worry enough of not finding “the one” for you, the value of waiting helps. Finding the right person for you do not happen overnight, that is why I am not the believer of the love at first sight. Patiently wait for God’s perfect will for your life, including the right person He will give you. In a relationship, patiently know the person and wait for the right time to commit. You may have several failed relationships in the past you can still wait and be patient for the right relationship for you. The bus and the jeepneys may represent the people that come and go in your life, but when you give patience and waiting a space in yourself… in the end, everything will fall into place because you patiently wait. The right vehicle will intentionally stop in front of you, to tell you that they would love to have you in the journey.

Let us also try to relate it with finding a career in life. Success, again is not as easy as 1..2..3 just like finding the ideal career just right for you. Working hard to achieve what you want in life is the key. In the concept of hard work, still patience and waiting are major ingredients. Patience because of the uneasy trail to reach success, and waiting for the right break for your hard work. To start a career is just like waiting for the right bus to come. The first bus may have ignored you because it is overloaded and the jeepney might not stop because you do not fit in there, but believing that there are still a lot of transportation to come that will accommodate you is always the right attitude.  Again, patience is truly needed to be able to wait for the right ride. You may be rejected in an application, or evicted because you don’t fit in anymore- believe, God designed something for you where you can make use of your full potentials. Patiently try again in times of frustration or stand after a fall, and then wait for other chances to come intended for you.

 Spiritually, we pray when we ask God for something. I will still lay emphasis on the importance of patience and waiting on this aspect. God always answers our prayers, and He never fails to provide. What He wants us to value are again patience on learning how to wait. On God’s perfect time, He gives.

 The two virtues always come entangled. It will help us to always open up our minds to positivity. Whatever is for us, it will come. It may not be that immediate, but surely it will happen.

 reposted from my former blog: http://www.mjoverly.multiply.com

scanning through my old files i came across with this article again which i wrote sometime in 2008 for a column i maintain in a local newspaper. this may be an old one but reading it enable me to relate with the message once again. so, i decided to post it again. i hope you get something from it as much as i did. =)

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Padre de Familia


i thank God that my life is surrounded with loving and caring fathers.

As the month of June comes to a close, I just wanna take this chance to post something that coincide with what the month emphasizes; the fathers! I must say that this year was our great celebration of the Father’s day since we were able to celebrate it with my family back in my hometown- Jaro. I now rarely visit my place being based in Tacloban since I got married and going home to visit my family have always been a luxury for me. As Jk the eldest grandson would always say when everybody is present at our ancestral home, “wow, we’re complete!” He always loves it when all the chairs in the long table are occupied.

June 16, was indeed a wonderful gathering as we celebrate not only the Father’s Day but also the June celebrants of the family. My younger brother whom I fondly call Bordak and my sister-in-law, Arlyn. It was at the same time the baby dedication of the newest addition to the family; Eon and a thanksgiving of Mano Jay. Full packed event, it is! We even invited few of our closest relative. But the highlight of the celebration was more on the fathers of the family. It was until our little baby eon came, that I realized that all my brothers are now full-pledged fathers.

Five loving fathers in the family.

Alvin, my husband. The Lord has blessed me with a one of a kind mate. He is not perfect but he is an ideal father to my son. He works so hard for us and makes a lot of sacrifices for me and his son. He brings us to church on Wednesdays and Sundays and by God’s grace he is one of the church leaders. He is the most understanding and patient that I know (good thing he’s my hubby) and he disciplines our son the Biblical way. I can only thank God that I have Alvin as my husband and the father of my son.

Jay, Sandy and Dustin are my dear brothers. They are fathers on their own ways. Mano Sandy is the disciplinarian type, Mano Jay is the one who gives it all and Dustin is the passionate-emotional one. They are also the kinds who are very sweet and thoughtful to their nephews and niece. The ones who are ready to extend love and care.

Tatay Joven. He is not just the best father but the greatest grandfather as well. He may have so many flaws in our growing up years but I just couldn’t deny it that he is my father and that I love him no matter what. Even if we are all grown-up having our own families, he never stopped caring and supporting for us. He even became more generous.  He still continues to provide. He loves his grandchildren so dearly. And most of all, he never cease in doing efforts for making our family intact. He is indeed an awesome father.

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When it’s not Meant for You

Not all that we desire to have is granted to us and sometimes… even if it was there already, there is still a tendency to be blown away. It may hurt in a certain way but there is something that lies behind that we need to realize and understand why it disappears. We may have wanted it for the longest time in our life that it frustrates us to have it gone yet seeing the brighter side of what have taken place helps to let go of it easily. I believe this do not only apply to issues about relationships which I am sure the very first thing that had pop into your mind but in general aspects, as well. We may have wanted a job, a “something”, well a person perhaps or anything that we wanted to happen in our way that in any case you failed to acquire. Be constantly reminded that we cannot have everything that we long for all the time.

To let go requires acceptance. Understand that it do happens not only with you. You are not the only person in the whole wide world who has failed to possess something that has been yearning for.  When reality bites, accept it. It could only mean that when reality commands that it is not to happen, so be it. Surely it will not make us feel good and it can be the saddest at times, just learn how to accept the need to set free to make you feel better.

No matter how we give so much effort for something that we dream to have when it is not actually designed for you, it’s not going to work out. Our attempts on the positive side reflects the good spirit in us but something that is not intended for you will not be bestowed. This is where realization comes after acceptance. Help yourself to grasp for the reasons why it was not allowed to transpire. It is easy to cope up with what upsets you when you can easily realize the discrete purpose. It is the right attitude when you can decipher lessons, which was so subtle yet with an impact.

Look at the brighter side of it. Take it from the positive point of view. You need not to dwell on it; you welcome depression when you linger. When it’s not meant for you, the best thing is yet to come. Believe it was blown away because something is better anticipated for you. He has his ways of taking away from us what we have been wanting, for something that He perfectly planned to be yours.


reposted from my former blog: mjoverly.multiply.com

i just felt like posting this again since i can so much relate to the message that it conveys. i wrote this like 5 years ago already. good thing i saved this in my yahoo.mail. i remember i had my entries compiled in my email. was i thinking about multiply closing after several years? i don’t think so. i didn’t even consider the defunct of friendster. =)

have a happy day everyone!

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