Saturday, February 26, 2011

25 Years after EDSA Revolution, where are we now?

Yesterday marked the 25th year of EDSA Revolution or “people power”, the day when then President Ferdinand Marcos was ousted from Malacanang in a peaceful manner ... the day democracy was restored according to many. 

I was still young (well, not so young … I was graduating from high school) when this “people power” happened and we were living in the province then.  Well, call me naive or what but in my young mind then, I really don’t understand what was going on in the big city.  My family was living a simple yet happy life and even with the absence of my father (he died when I was only 8 years old), my mother being a public school teacher was able to send me in a private and best school in our province ... we never ran out of food on the table ... we lived in a peaceful town.  So I never thought that there's something wrong with the government.  

When the Marcoses left the country, it was only then when stories were openly told about how bad the past administration was.  So that was it, there I was thinking all along that everything's okay and yet there are many who had been victims of the so called abuses by the past administration.  I felt sorry for them and just like any other Filipinos, starting that day, I was looking forward for a new and more progressive Philippines.

Fast forward, 25 years after that joyous event in Philippine history, take a look at the Philippines today.  With all the issues of corruption from almost all government agencies from top officials to ordinary employees, with all the crimes happening around the country, with the unemployment rate going up year after year, with our economy just lagging behind our neighboring countries, with most of our countrymen grabbing any opportunity just to be out of this country ... waaaaaaaaah, what happened?

Before I jump into any conclusion, I just want to share the four stages a team has to go through before it can successfully complete its task.  Our department manager learned this through one of the leadership seminars he attended and he shared this to us during one of our department meetings.  The four stages he mentioned are orientation, dissatisfaction, integration and production.  In the orientation stage, the team members are at their highest morale, so full of spirit and very eager to start and finish the project surpassing the expectations of the bosses.  The second stage is the dissatisfaction stage, this is where something went wrong with the execution of the plans and team members are becoming frustrated.  The third stage is the integration stage, this is when after something went wrong, actions were made which put the team back to its right track and everyone is again guided by a common goal.  The last stage is the production stage, this is where the team is attaining their goal, enjoying the benefits of their hard work.

Just like a newly formed team, our country was at the first stage which is the orientation stage when the "people power" just concluded in 1986.  Many people were so ecstatic, so hopeful, so eager to start a government which will lead the people to a better and a more progressive Philippines.  After some time, the changes that the people wanted to see in the new government did not materialize.  Our government officials just can agree on most issues, corruption issues are becoming rampant, opposition parties just keeps on criticizing and finding fault on the government but once they are the ones seated, same issues are thrown at them.  People becomes frustrated and disintegration stage is now on the verge.  People seeing the leaders' ineffectiveness tend to break the rules thinking that they can always get away with it.  This goes on for years and we just seem to rotate from orientation stage to disintegration stage then back again to orientation stage once a new president is elected.  We will get nowhere if this situation continues.

With the 25th year celebration of EDSA revolution, I wish that all of us Filipinos will be enlightened and start doing our share in making this nation a great place to live.  May we continue to abide by the laws even though we feel that others are not and may our government officials show their sincerity to lead the people to attain our common goal which is a peaceful and a progressive Philippines.

God bless us all.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Two months after the examination, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released the result for the Nurses Licensure Examination held last December 19 and 20, 2010.  Congratulations to all the successful examinees who passed especially to my niece Mia Mae Rose Apostol and to my brother's sister-in-law Ma. Cecelia Rabin.

At last, all your sacrifices had paid off ... the sleepless nights of preparing for the examinations, the agony of waiting for the result ... all of those were nothing compared to the joy of knowing that you have passed the examination.  Congratulations!!!!!!!  It's time to celebrate and give thanks to God.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day 2011 Celebration

It's Valentine's day once again and just like any other years, hubby and I celebrate this day together with the kids.  So in our family, valentine's day becomes a special family day.  

This year we had a pre-valentine's day celebration since Valentine's day falls on a Monday.  After hearing the Sunday mass, we went straight to the mall and had our lunch at our favorite restaurant.  We were supposed to watch the movie "Tangled" because it's what my daughter's been asking since the movie was shown a few weeks ago but the movie was shown in a 3D cinema that costs twice than the ordinary cinema so I persuaded her to just buy the VCD once it will be released.  Good thing she agreed.

Aside from dining out, hubby also gives us presents on this special day.  This time he gave me flowers and a set of earrings and necklace.  Of course there's also a little something for the kids.  In return, I gave him a box of chocolates.
A bouquet of roses for me
A cute pillow for my little boy
Teddy bear for my little girl
Chocolates for hubby

My daughter asked us what she can give us on this special day and we told her to be good and behave just like a responsible sister should and she just gave us a big grin ... hmmm, little girl, are we really asking for too much?

Anyway, Valentine's day or not, we should always show and make our loved ones feel that we love them and we treasure them more than anything or anyone else in this world.  Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Busy Week

It was such a busy week for me at the office.  The engineering stage of our project is nearing its completion and construction works is now on going at site so most of our construction drawings are needed to be submitted.  It's all work, work, work for now that I even have to work overtime.

I was so busy at work that I have not checked on my children's homework,  I have not helped my son prepare for his long test, I have not checked on our food supply at the refrigerator, I have not done my online activities ... and so on and so forth.  Haaay, there's so many things I have not done at home because of my busy schedule at work and I'm so thankful that my husband is always there to help me with these chores (except for my online activities).

I will still be busy for a few more months and I just pray that God will continue to give me good health so I can fulfill my tasks not only at work but most importantly my tasks as a wife and mother to my two kids.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Treating Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcer or "singaw" in Filipino brings a lot of discomfort especially if you're eating or talking.  The pain varies depending on its size and location in your mouth.  So far, the most painful experience I had with mouth ulcer was when it developed under my tongue.  I really had a hard time talking and eating then but still it didn't stop me from eating ... LOL. 

Recently I had bitten my lower lip and after a few days a mouth ulcer developed in that area.   At first the pain was tolerable but because the membrane around the sore was inflamed, I had accidentally bitten the inflamed area causing the sore to become bigger and more painful.

When I feel that the pain is already growing, my usual remedy is to put salt on the sore ... yes you read it right ...  I put salt on the sore.  If you ask me if it hurts?  Definitely, it hurts ... just imagine putting salt on an open wound.

Putting salt on the sore really hurts that I just close my eyes and clench my fist until I feel the salt melting on the sore and the pain slowly fades away.  It's an instant relief.  Of course the sore is still there but there's no more pain so you'll just wait for the sore to heal which takes for a few more days.

Every year I developed mouth ulcer more than once so I made a reading on this subject and I learned that mouth ulcers are triggered by stress, infections, low immune system and accidental damage from biting and scalding foods.  Oh, stress ... it's always on the list of causing certain illness.

There are available drugs for mouth ulcers in the market but I think I'm already satisfied with using salt to relieve the pain and just let the sore heal by itself, however, if the sore becomes larger and more painful despite treatment, it would be best to seek professional help.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

I was tagged by mommy Einz of Mommy Tots and mommy Lhot of Spanish Pinay with a Stylish Blogger Award.  This is the first award I received from a fellow mommy blogger and I'm so happy to be included in their list.  Thank you so much mommy Einz and mommy Lhot, you made my day.

Accepting this award means that I have to do the following: 

       - Thank and link back the person/s who gave me this award 
       - Share 7 things about myself 
       - Award 15 great bloggers I know
       - Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

Now, let me share with you 7 things about me ...
     1.  I really wanted to become a stay-at-home mom with a little business on the side, so I can personally take care of my family.

     2.  I'm an early riser that even if I sleep late in the evening, I still manage to wake up early in the morning, around 4:30 to 5:00.

     3.  Until now, I don't know how to ride a bicycle.

     4.  I love Kimchi.

     5.  I love to travel.

     6.  When it comes to cooking, my husband takes the driver's seat.

     7.  My (actually our) goal for now is to have a small farm where we can build a small house, plant fruit bearing trees, vegetables and flowers and raise pig and chicken for personal consumption.

 I'm passing the award to the following:

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