Thursday, May 21, 2015

Simple Life....

When we visited my family in 2012 we didn't actually spend as much time as I would have liked with most of them. That's because we planned a road trip which took most of our time. Since we were on the road majority of the stay, we weren't able to spend as much time in my childhood home.

During our recent trip, that's exactly what we did. We spent a lot of time in my childhood home. We actually stayed home too much that we got bored after a while. But it was somehow an 'eye opener' for me as well as my significant other.

On his part, he was finally able to experience 'real summer' back there. Both trips happened in April. But since we were in an air-conditioned car most of the time during our 2012 trip, we didn't really feel how hot it was. This time around, the air-con was only in our room. As soon as we stepped outside, it's hot. As a result, the AC in our room stayed on the whole day because it served as a reprieve from the heat. Every time he's overwhelmed he would run to what he called as his 'refuge from the heat'. Ha!

It's a totally different experience for me though since it's like a trip down memory lane for me. I've been away from home practically since I started college. I still went back on weekends until 1997 but for only a day or two. After that, I was barely home since I was working abroad. Still, the way of life I grew up knowing didn't seem to change much based on what I saw this time around. They still wake up in the crack of dawn to do chores and spend almost the whole day planning what to eat for the next meal. My DH was in awe as to how much my family cook and eat day in, day out. He's surprised that our regular lunch and dinner times here are actually snack time back there. LOL.

Life is simple there. Yes they have struggles [especially financially] but the simplicity of life is something I envy. I have a very simple life here but theirs is much simpler. They only have cellphones and of course TV and yes, radios. They don't have internet. My nieces only access FB through their cellphones. I actually like the lack of internet. Without it I am not tempted to browse and read news that affect me so much even if it shouldn't....like I do here on a daily basis...several times a day. It was a welcome change for me.

Now that I'm back home, I'm back to my old routine of just that...browsing online for things that I shouldn't be reading. I'm hoping I can cut back on that and just go back to that very simple life I've again experienced back home. I can only hope. Sigh....

So Much Has Changed

During our trip back home I couldn't help but notice that so much has changed since our last visit...and that was just 3 years ago. For one, there are more babies now than ever. Three years ago, there was only one baby. This time around, there are 3 more who are under 3. That baby 3 years ago is now in school and is in need of a stand for clarinets for his music class in school. Since when did they start offering clarinet lessons in school...in our barrio? When I was in school there, the only thing we learned in music class was G-clef. Now they offer different classes of different musical instruments. Good for them. At least kids today have more choices that we did way back when.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Oh Jet Lag Lah...

We went for a month long vacation middle of April. Spring was in full swing then. When we returned last week, spring is long gone and summer has taken its place. Can I say it's hot? Actually, it's hotter where we came from so it wasn't as bad when we got here.

Anyway, even before we left for that much needed vacation my blogging has been sporadic. I just can't seem to find my 'mojo' anymore. I stopped for a while when I was hit by a sudden loss of a friend. I tried to go back to it a few weeks after but I seem to be having a hard time. I'm trying and I'm hoping that in time I'll be able to blog as much as I used to.

At the moment, the little one and I are still experiencing jet lag. We've been sleeping well during the night since we arrived but we're still tired during the day. I would catch the little one napping every now and then so I try to wake her up to she won't have a hard time come sleeping time but it's hard since all I want to do is snuggle beside her instead of waking her up. Dad on the other hand is adjusting well with the time change. He didn't sleep on the plane on our flight back on purpose and that might be the reason for his quick recovery. The little one slept through the flight so she's having the most difficulty getting back into the groove. Hopefully  she'll be back on track before this week is over...

Unending Request

Good to be back. I was away for a while because I went to visit family back home. It was great to see everybody again. As usual I got a lot of 'requests' when I was about to leave. One of which is from my brother who doesn't seem to run out of requests when it comes to his band's needs. This time around he asks me to look for a groove production system that his band wants. I did and saw this native instruments maschine MK2 at musicians friend. I have no idea if they have the budget for it but I did what I was asked to do and it's up to them if they want to get or not. In all honesty, I really don't know if their band even need something like this since they're not even playing regularly. But knowing my brother, he probably just wants to see what's out there.

Monday, March 9, 2015

One Fine Day...

Yesterday was 'spring forward' day. It's not really my favorite day even if it has spring in its name since it meant losing 'an hour' [of sleep?]. I've said it here many times but I will say it again...what's up with this time changing anyway? I thought it's been proven to be ineffective so why keep doing it, right? If only the time change will also spring forward real spring then it will be more bearable.

One thing that made yesterday better was that we had a spring-like, mild temp and very clear day. I believe the highest in our area was around 80 degrees. Woot! What did we do on such a beautiful day? I wanted to go to the mall to look for something we need but we asked the little one what she wanted to do...mall or biking? I lost...which I expected the moment we decided to ask her. That's actually a no-brainer because she'd choose biking in a heartbeat!

We went to a different park this time around. This one is more like a camp ground than a bike trail. We wanted to try something new so we went there. While biking we passed a few campers either preparing or eating breakfast as well as others packing up already. Speaking of which we've never been camping and the little one wants to try it some time she said. We're not sure how she'll fare with outdoors overnight so we're a bit hesitant to do that. It's also a bit expensive just because we don't have any camping gears at all. What if she won't like it then what will be do with the gears that we may end up buying? So for now we're leaning more towards, uhm, no.

After biking and exploring around the park, we packed up and decided to head home so we could go to the mall. Yep, we decided to do that as well. But on the way out of the park we saw a sign about another park which is just 2 and a half miles from where we were. So off we went to check it out. Since we didn't know where it is, we thought we drove longer than the 2.5 mi specified. We didn't as we later found out. It just felt farther because it's a lime rock road and it was bumpy. Anyway, when we reached our destination we were pleasantly surprised because it led us to a river. Anything with water is always a welcome surprise for us. We sat around and rested for a bit, and took some pictures of course, then we headed home to drop off the bike then went to the mall.

I must say it's not bad for the first day of 'spring-forward'. For the record, I still don't like the whole time change thing but the nice weather kind of made it more tolerable/acceptable/bearable and all the 'bles' synonyms....ha!

 Anyway, here are some pics I took during our day out.






Can the sky get any bluer than that? It was indeed one fine day....

Friday, March 6, 2015

Musically Inclined

I'd like to believe that our little one is musically inclined. I actually think that most of us are musically inclined. It's just that some pursue it, while some don't. When the little one was younger we really wanted her to learn how to play any musical instrument to the point of checking instruments that even I am not familiar like the komplete kontrol s61 keyboard. We didn't get her one of those but we got her a small guitar as well as a simple keyboard a few years back. She was very excited at first but it didn't last long. To this day, she hasn't learned to play either one. I'm not giving up on that yet. There's still time for her to learn one of them or even both. I learned to play the guitar when I was well in my teens already. Wishful thinking, eh?

Forward It Is....

Literally? Spring Forward I mean. Yep, that 'dreaded' [to me at least] time of the year when we have to re-set our clocks and watches an hour 'forward'. That's the easy part even if we have a gazillion clocks and a million watches to reset. The hard part will be resetting the 'body clock'... if there is such a thing. Personally, it takes me at least a week to get used to this 'spring forward' change. I'm pretty sure our little one will have the same difficulty.

Anyhooo....I've been MIA again, still I mean, from blogging. I just haven't gotten that blogging mojo back yet. Not quite sure if I'll ever get it back. I still want to blog every now and then but maybe not as often as I used to...unless I need to, if you know what I mean. I've been stressing lately so my hyperacidity is acting up again. Actually I'm not even sure if that's what I have since I was never diagnosed with any GI problem. I've always had some tummy troubles...ever since I was a little girl actually so I just learned to live with it. My friends who I lived with know this about me so they're no longer surprised when I tell them my stomach hurts when while we're talking on the phone. This latest one is slowly subsiding. I've been having it for the last week or so. I started to feel better yesterday but it's kind of back today...not as bad but still uncomfortable. Oh well...I guess I just have to take it easy and hope it goes away completely.

That's it for now. I'll be back ASAP...which can take days, weeks or maybe just hours. Who knows, eh? Have a good one!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Redecorating

We're at it again. It usually starts with just one piece of item like a bedding or a pillow case then it becomes a total make-over of the whole bedroom. It's not me surprisingly, but the other half. I'm the one that tries to put the brakes but when he makes up his mind then there's little I can do about it.

It started with the old, okay, worn out, quilt on our bed. I was the one that suggested we should probably look for a replacement already. So off we went shopping in all the nearby stores. We couldn't find the one we both like which should of course match the rest of the bedroom but we still went for it. At first we picked a quilt only. We brought it home but we didn't quite like how it goes with the rest of the room. Right there and then we, I meant he, suggested [read: decided] that we should probably think about changing the whole bedding and not just the quilt. I reluctantly agreed. It's not a big of a deal anyway. We went back to the store to return the quilt and started looking for a bedding set. We couldn't find any to our liking in any of the stores so we decided to look at home and patio décor center online. After a lot of back and forth searches, we MAY have found the one. We may have found it but still haven't ordered anything yet. Any guesses why? Well, because now someone wants to look at some bathroom stuff for the master bathroom. This is because the old bathroom décor was kind of matching with the bedroom décor because we bought them all at the same time a few years ago. This time it's up to me to decide whether I would want to do that or not. So here I am scratching my head wondering: What did I get myself into? Decisions, decisions....

Monday, February 9, 2015

Getting Back into the Groove

I've been meaning to blog for a couple of weeks now but I just didn't know how to start. Actually, I still don't know what to write. But I have to start somewhere or this site will stay dormant.

So what have I been up to lately? Not much actually. We've been planning and planning and planning 'something' but that's all there is to it. Right now it's all in limbo so to speak. If our original plan pushed through, it would have been done by now...well, maybe not. We'd be in the midst of it actually. But it's fine. It'll happen sooner or later. We just have to keep on pushing until we get it right, eh?

I'm doing well considering what happened with a dear friend. I'm still not used to 'not having' her around. I still 'visit' her account regularly just like when she was still around. The only difference now is I can no longer leave her short messages on her page just to keep in touch. I still have sleepless nights every now and then but it's getting better, I think. When it gets tough I contact a mutual friend so we can get sad together. We kind of made it a pact that we'll get through this together. That's what we've been doing.

One thing that helps me get through a tough day is my daily 'date' with my recumbent bike. Even on those days when I feel like not moving a muscle, I force myself to get up and get on it. Here's a proof of one of those days.....


Yep, that's me in my pj bottoms biking away [in place]. I was too lazy to change into my bike shorts/pants that I just put on my socks and sneakers [and changed my top because it can get hot with a fleece top on] and biked away.

The husby is very busy at work. Well, busy enough that he doesn't get stressed out. He's been in business for almost 10 years and it can get really stressful. That can go both ways...when they have a lot of work and the lack thereof. I guess that's a given when you run a small business. But he still likes what he's doing so it's all good. At least he hasn't worked on the weekend for months now. He gets to relax and unwind at least 2 days a week. Hopefully it continues this way for a long period of time.

The little one is busy [still] with her school work. She's starting to mature now. Deep in thought sometimes. Should I be worried? I don't think so. She still likes to be babied. She also likes to talk to me and dad for the most part. She has loads of questions. Most of the time I can answer them, some I have to research...haha. All in all, she's been great.

I guess that sums up my 'report'. Hopefully I can continue writing here regularly again. Tata for now....

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Moving Forward...

Trying to anyway.....

We're half-way through the first month of this year but it's only now that I found the courage to sit down and write. Well I've been writing, just not publishing. Sadly this year didn't start happy for me. Actually, it's more like a carry-over from the year that was. I didn't quite expect that 2014 would end the way it did but it did. Such is life I guess.

A dear friend departed this world before 2014 closed. It's still very hard for me to actually think, much less talk about it but I'm trying to move forward. It sort of came as a shock to me because I was left in the dark about it. I say 'sort of' because I wasn't told outright that something was wrong but I saw signs that something may be wrong with her as far back as about 2 years ago.

We were very close because we went through a lot together. A lot of life changes be it work related or personal matters. She saw me go through some very painful phases in my life including the deaths of my parents. She was also there when I hit some highs in my life . The only reason I can think of as to why she kept me in the dark with her health woes was because she knew me too well. She knew I probably wouldn't have handled it very well. That I'd panic and be more paranoid. She's right. After her passing I was a basket case for a few days. Sad as I was with what happened, I and another friend were left with the very difficult task of informing our common friends of her demise. The task at hand was made even harder with the fact that at the time of her death, it hasn't even sank in to me that she was ill because it all happened so quickly. I was bombarded with questions of how and why. I could answer the 'how' but definitely not the 'why'. Only HE knows why and all I can do is to accept that she's no longer just a phone, a chat, a PM away.

My husband saw first hand how affected I was, am, with what happened that he started to worry whenever I have to talk to another friend about it. He's been worried that I may not be able to handle another conversation about it because he saw how I was the first few days after I learned how sick she was. It got easier as the days passed but it's still very painful. When I last spoke with her via Skype, days before she died, she kept telling me that 'time heals all wounds' and that things will be better. I'm holding her to that promise right now. So far, she's not delivering.