Say, Thank You

How many times have we been in a situation that problems keep coming as if they’re in a race?

This happens and this is inevitable.

Time comes that I feel that I’m so unlucky and wish I was blessed with more than what I have. Yesterday is a perfect fit of having this kind of feeling. My checking account application was denied by several banks. My C got sick that I have to bring him to the doctor and, of course, I have to buy the medicines and a nebulizer (the machine itself). A person that I owe money to texted and told me he needs the money or else their electricity will get disconnected.

With all this coming, the first thing I did was to complain. Complain that the remaining money I should be using to open the checking account is now gone. What I didn’t realize is that I’m blessed. Blessed because I was able to buy all the medicines that C needs for the entire week. Blessed that I have the figure that I have to pay the doctor and the person I owe money to. Blessed because, at least, there’s still a little value left in the bank account. How can I be so selfish and complain when I have all these things?

I did a short reflection. Harsh situations really make us complain a lot. But, in times like this, all we have to do is to say Thank You for what we have and just ask for strength then everything will follow.

I know not a lot of verses from the bible to supplement this post. All I know is that I believe in Him and that He believes in us, too.

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A Different Night

Eleven in the evening onwards is usually the most idle part of my day. Mainly because the energetic C is quietly recharging for the day ahead. To make these hours productive, I read blogs and get inspirations from other moms until my battery dies or my eyes start to feel heavy.  Tonight was both peculiar and crazy!

My sister, Gladys, asked me to play word factory with her. Knowing that she doesn’t really have time for this because of the thick book bound cases she has to read, I agreed right away. We had four rounds and at the end I was declared the winner! Yahoo! 🙂

Let me tell you the crazy part. As we were ticking off our common answers, we found ourselves rolling in laughter. This was the conversation:

G: May word ka ba na Pet/Pets? (Do you have the words pet/pets?)

Me: Meron ako pet pero walang pets! (I have the word pet, but not pets!)

Us: 😀 😀 😀

That’s when the craziness began! That was so silly of me!  If you can just imagine our reactions and heard the conversation then you would also find yourself laughing so hard.

This is just one of my favorite bonding time with my sisters and this gives me an idea to write posts about them! 🙂

Let me end this post by leaving you with an amateur photo I’ve taken after our game.

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A Better Public Transport Experience

I can hardly remember the last time I took the MRT or LRT to get to my destination. And when I took it a while ago, I was dumbfounded!

Why?

Here’s the reason.

People are now more disciplined in terms of waiting and I can’t believe my own two eyes. They were now falling in line (that’s grammatically incorrect) as they were waiting for the train to arrive. (Okay. Don’t give me that raised eyebrow reaction as if I’m the last person to know this). The next scenario, as the doors shut open, will be kept secret. Haha.

Salute to the officers who implemented this and to the security guards who never get tired (maybe) of reminding people to fall in line (Okay. I said it again.)! Great job!

Let’s all move forward to a better Philippines! Let’s prove to everyone that it really is MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES! :)

One Word for 2013-Listen

After reading posts from my fellow WAHM bloggers about their one word for 2013, I was enlightened to come up with my own.

One word to live by? For 365 days? That sounds a little bit arduous, isn’t it?

Through a few minutes of contemplation for several days, I finally ended up with one and that is to

Listen with your heart and not with your ears.

Out of the thousands words I can choose from, why this?

I actually based it from past events in my life. I reviewed the previous years that passed and a lot of things have come to realization.

  “What others have to say is not important for as long as I am happy”, is what I always tell myself every time I know that I am on the wrong track. A defense mechanism, perhaps. A few of you might be able to relate to this but is this really right? Yes. Maybe I am happy, but how long is this going to last? Right there and then, I already knew the answer but I didn’t bother to listen. Why? Because truth hurts and I want to save myself from that pain.

I also recalled how simple conversations result to an argument every time me and my husband talk. I always start the yelling because I don’t know how to listen. I always want things my way. I’ll only listen to what I want to hear. Often than not, I become very domineering. I never thought of his pride.

Children are also part of this post. Have you ever been in a situation that you got so furious when a toddler or someone younger than you told you something and it has really affected you? For the reason that they’re telling the truth? It happens, right? Maybe once, twice or even more than that. Children are usually the source of truth. In one way or another, their innocent words hit us straight to our face, and what’s better way to defend ourselves? To ignore them or to get furious.

With the help of silence, I came up with this word. This is the most important thing I have to do and I should have done long before, to LISTEN.  

To listen with my heart and not just with my ears.

To make my ears bigger than my mouth.

To listen to my husband.

To listen to children.

To listen in silence.

Most of all, to listen to God’s words. I believe that God will protect us from evil tongues for as long as we keep our faith strong.

If there’s so much to be heard, pause, reflect, then decide what you have to do.

How about you? What’s your word for 2013?

Mommy Nurse

Back in 2009, I received my diploma in Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I was one of those who got freed from sleepless nights due to manifold of reasons. That didn’t end there, we have another verdict to face–the BOARD EXAM. Finally, a few months after taking the examination, the result was publicized. All my hard work bore its second fruit, a PRC license that says, “Registered Nurse”. Wohooo! My name will now be longer by two letters! 🙂

Along with me were thousands of other new registered nurses and we’re ready to add up to the existing number of nurses–employed, unemployed and underemployed. Now, after four years, I wonder where and how their career are doing. These are the three possible things I can think of:

A. They’ve found their place in the greener pasture and may already have the titles USRN, AURN, CRN, after their names.

B. Currently staying in the Philippines and are humble enough to accept their remuneration. (some will stay here but some will eventually leave in search of better remuneration)

C. Currently employed but not as a nurse. Probably a call center agent, medical representative, ESL teacher, etc.

I’ve been to both B and C, but my biggest dream is to get to A, for better compensation, perhaps. Now, that I have my little one, I find it difficult and heartbreaking to leave. The thought of not being able to hug my family, be with them on special events, missing my baby’s first words, steps, birthday and other important things really bring me to tears. Yes, more money definitely means a more comfortable life, but am I really to sacrifice the best things in life?

At this very moment, I want to say thank you to our Heavenly Father for giving my family the gift of abundance straight from our home. I am so blessed to be able to work from home and watch after my C at the same time. I may not have been able to practice my profession for a long time, but I am really grateful that God brought me to where I am right now.

A long road is ahead of us. There will be people and circumstances that will make our journey smooth flowing and some that will make it treacherous. Whenever these thoughts come into my mind, I pray to God to keep my family strong and together, no matter what we have to go through.

In the long run, I realized that I didn’t just throw my profession away. The hard work I exerted for four long years and the knowledge I gained didn’t become stagnant. Everything I know, everything I learned, I practice it by applying it to C and the rest of the family and this what makes me a Mommy Nurse.

How about you? Are you also a Mommy Nurse? What profession do you have? Did you have to give it up or did you choose to pursue your dreams? I want to hear and be inspired by you.

Two Thousand First-teen (My First in 2.0.1.3)

I know that there are thousand, million, billion, or even zillion of writers and bloggers out there who have already gained awards and have myriad of readers. But this won’t stop me from putting my newly discovered passion on the world-wide web. I just found out that I have this talent (ahem, if you can even call it one) since I started to be a WAHM. Yes, that’s right! I am a work-at-home-mom and I’ll tell you the history in just a bit. So, please, I am begging you (yes you) to finish this entire post until its very last punctuation mark and leave a sweet comment below. 🙂

To be honest, I never expected that I’ll be doing this. I have a vivid memory of how mediocre my English papers were back in college. But as the saying goes, “There is always a room for improvement”, and for this blog, I’ll be living with this saying.

How did it all began?

As I mentioned above, I am a WAHM and been one for six months and wishes to stay one until my baby is capable enough to be left to the hands of a trusted baby sitter. But, before I continue, let me just brag, just this once, how cute my little one is.

Presenting to you, Carlos Jacob!

Image(Carlos at 6 months, photo taken at Great Image)

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(Christmas-inspired photo shoot. Photos taken by his Uncle Gerard Paguio)

Isn’t he just super cute?

Going back, it all started when I got laid off from work. I was 5 months pregnant so there’s no way I can stop from earning. I got in touch with a couple of friends who introduced some online jobs. Then, a friend invited me to a group in FB who are all, well almost,  work-at-home-moms. This is where I discovered that there are a lot that a mom can do from home, and this is one of which. Right after, I found myself visiting one blog from another, and some that I frequently visit and get a dose of inspirations from are Dainty Mom, The Spoiled Mummy, A Matter of Taste Online, Mocking-Bird, and The Purple Doll. And I have yet a lot of blogs to visit. For the meantime, I must say, that these blogs really turned me on and I can’t deny the fact that I kept asking for more. How I wish I can meet the great women behind these blogs. (Yes! I am sure they’re all woman)

Not yet having something to post, I already faced a difficult situation, that is, what name to give this blog. Until, finally, while playing music randomly from my one and only techy gadget, the song Sweet Child of Mine played, thus, the birth of Sweet Blog of Mine. It may sound generic, but I believe that more than its name, the content plays a vital role, too, on how to make this blog a successful one. I know it’s not yet impeccable, but I’ll make improvements coming to make this a successful one.

What should you expect from me?

Expect that I’ll be filling this virtual space of mine with sweet and fond memories. May it be with friends, relatives, acquaintances or just someone who said Hi and shook hands with me. I’ll fill this with what I have to say about places I’ve visited and will visit both urban and rural, and hopefully, international. I’ll also inject some reviews about foods and other things that are worth sharing and anything that touches my heart. And just like many others, I claim that this year will be a fruitful one for me, my family and this blog!