Sunday, March 24, 2013

Holy Week Celebration



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From Holy Wednesday to Black Saturday, some establishments stop operations. People spend time with their families and observe Holy Week traditions.

As a Filipino who grow up in a Christian family we observe this tradition. I have a vivid memory on how my family spends the entire week. We refrain from attending any extracurricular activities within reason. On Maundy Thursday, early morning my Tatay (father) would turn on our 19th forgotten radio which in time for the local AM radio station plays back the story of our Lord passion and his glorious resurrection. I could still remember on how me and my sisters patiently stay in our bamboo sala and listen to the radio since we are not allowed to play with our neighbors. We also practice not to eat meat within the week, so for the entire week we only eat fish. Mom will prepare sumptuous fish recipes. Cgro lahat na yata, fried, daing, kahit ano ano pa! diet mode! Hahaha! at afternoon, Mama would take us to attend the mass and at night we will watched again our Lord Passion and glorious resurrection. Kung may exam perfect namin for sure!

On Good Friday, still not allowed to play outside and we participate the dawn Via Cruces or “The way of the Cross” this one thing that I loved to do, we wake up at dawn and via cruses would start from our church and would end up at the hill or the beach.  I love how the morning air envelopes me and seeing the sun shine on its glorious moment which one thing I miss staying in province, close to nature than the hustle and bustle of the city life.

At night we listen to Jesus Christ Seven Last words or also known as the Siete Palabras either in church via television or local radio.

Black Saturday, The Silence day! Commemorates the day that Jesus Christ’s body laid in the tomb. Mom has funny superstitious believe that if we get bruise or wound it would not be heal that’s why we try to behave as much as we can or rather slumber to bed. I guess mom technique works, were like silence of the lambs….hahaha..galing ni mudra! It’s also a preparation for us for the night vigil leading up to Easter Sunday.

At four in the morning. We attend the salubong ceremony commemorating how the Virgin Mary met her son Jesus who has come back to life. Everyone is happy that Jesus is alive again and that the world is back right.  On Easter day, grocery stores re-open and finally we can play outside the house with my neighbors. It feels like I was priosener in the Man of Isle...lol

These are my memories on how I celebrate Holy week with my family, when I start living on my own and chasing my dreams it has become a memory, I know this is not a good alibi; working in not so healthy and predictable schedules is a culprit or these tradition are slowly disappearing should I say. We the young once now use the Holly Week as best time for beach vacation.

With all the changes of our lifestyle and faith, I guess one thing should not change to us and as a Christian in celebrating the holy week, even if you are stuck in the city or in the middle of beautiful and siren beach is to reflect Jesus passion and suffering to us. This would be a perfect time to self-reflect and to be humble and young at heart.

As what Cardinal Tagle said:

“If we leave in the hands of God our lives and do his will, maybe a new life will spring forth from us. As we begin Holy Week, let us be like Jesus. Let us praise him and follow his example.

Life is Good!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Happiness Project of Stress

Having a Boss who encourage you to be the best you can is such a blessing.  She was right… I should count my blessings!

Last week I had misunderstanding with my co-worker who is actually from different Department. I tried to be logical with the situation and I couldn’t find any reasons to blame my Self.  I easily get stressed out with situations like this not because it was my fault but the stress I’m giving to that person but moving on I learned from it. I have to adjust and understand too few people who want the world to understand them. Okay! I can’t just delete you in this world. I’m not that bad so I’m giving all the understanding you need so when time comes when I need it, you give it all….the world…lol

And my first instinct is to eat when I am stressed out and a little shop therapy.
 
I’m in relationship with this brand for the last 4 months.  It is one of the first range of affordable and genuinely natural products in the Philippines.  I give this product two legs up!!!

All I know they are available in Rustan’s Grocery and Beauty Bar but only face and lip care. You can actually order directly to Human Nature website.


Mark and Spencer biscuits.  Big love to their Milk Chocolate digestives! I can eat it the packet in one seating;). Digestive biscuit are sometimes referred as sweet-meal biscuit. It said it has antacid properties and good for the fact they have whole wheat in them. I also bought the rich tea biscuits for my tea time:)

    A new books. The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling

    The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

     Plus J.Co doughnuts

Life is Good!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Hello March!

I’ll admit it. Thanks GOD we bid goodbye to the Love month! So holla March! I’d like to welcome you with open arms and give a serious, man to man taking to. With all due respect I demand the following over the next 31 days.
 
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1. The ability to wear my work uniform. Sometimes pulling an outfit together takes way more energy that it should. Such an occasional stress. I guess by wearing that Barney polo shirt uniform everyday will save me more time, money and laundry. Did I say Barney oh! Yes its purple…Barney everyday:)

2. The ability to jog outdoors without feeling like my lungs is clawing out of my body like an enraged cat.

3. A real money so I can grant my mom wish to renovate her kitchen and have a sosyal kitchen..arte lang ng mother ko:)

4. Quit: signature coffee. This obsession must stop. I get obsesses with things easily and this is one of those things. Holly Molly! I should stick to 3in 1 coffee or the free coffee vendo in our office.This would save me a tad of cash.

5. Body Spa/massage. It’s been two months that almost every week I go to Spa. They said once a month is good however once every week is better. So I guess I still have a good excuse…lol

6. Read more books.

7. A road trip, everywhere…I need to be out of this busy city just a day or two

8. Kiss with the sun. I’m such a sun worshiper!

9.  Saying Yes. It might be the time to start saying No. “No thank you” works almost every time.

10. Contentment in little things.

Remember that nobody can make you feel anything. If you have rotten day you are the one who allowed it be that way. If it’s a great day, you deserve a credit for being positive. So start living our life the best we can:)
 
New month, new day, new date, new chapter, new chapter, new page, new wishes! Welcome March!
 
Life is Good!

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