Monday, February 25, 2008

The Ghost in You

Last year, we celebrated Halloween through a special dinner and dressing up just to look scary, not aiming for a specific costume whatsoever. We went to the store looking like this, the three of us in the picture. Those two, Ghie and Anne are my younger sisters. We went to the store to buy Coke and I don't know if it did any good because there are really few people who's outside that time. Well, it isn't just becuase of halloween because here in our place, when the clock strikes 5, the stores would start closing and by 6, there will be very few people out on the street.

When we reached the store, the two ladies there commented, "nakakatakot" or "scary". They told us about how they envy us because we can go out and have fun, enjoy halloween unlike them who are not allowed to close until 9:00 pm.

Then, we went to the triangle which is a memorial park located in front of our house. We tried to scare people but the best that we got is to have some vehicles slow down while the passengers point to us so the children inside can see us or to take pictures.

What's the lesson to be learned here?

Well, the only lesson that this post can teach you is that too much make up is not good. Even if it's Halloween. :D

Family Lessons

On a more serious topic, I will be sharing to you guys what I learned about the people from this picture, and not about the picture itself like on my previous posts.

This was taken on Nadhine's seventh birthday. She's the one wearing a blue gown. I wasn't there because they are in Manila while we are here in Aklan.

First lesson is, sometimes, we have to move on, move away from the people that we love and the people we grew up with. I love them all, and I miss them so much but I think that it will be so much better for my family that we're here in the province. The air is cleaner and the environment is healthy for our growing son. It would be nice to be surrounded by my loved ones and I hope that someday, they can come here and realize that it is a much better place. And it would be the best place ever if they can stay here with us. They are the only reason now why we go back to Manila for vacation. If they will be here with us, I don't think we'll be going back to Manila anymore.

On to the picture, the first one is my father. I call him "papa". What I learned about him is the importance of freedom. I was actually called "daddy's girl" many times. There are lots of people we knew who think that I am really spoiled by my father. He also taught me the importance of having friendship between parents and children. I open up to him and sometimes, we talk about things that my mother and I don't talk about. But, that's when I was younger. Now, I can talk to mama about pretty much everything. Papa also taught me to find humor on the lowest times of your life and when something unwanted or unplanned happen. He has a great sense of humor and I think, I fortunately got some from him.

The next one will be my Tita Flor. "Tita" means aunt in English. Tita Flor is almost never angry. I learned from her how important it is to pamper yourself, take care of yourself, and have lots of patience. I also learned from her that if your child is asking you for something really expensive and he or she definitely don't need, you can always act like you didn't hear him or her. :D

The next one is my cousin, Lorie. Lorie taught me alot about individuality. About having your own style and not being afraid what others may think. She also taught me to be really attentive when one person who doesn't like you is around. You should be quick to move when the unexpected happens. (Kind of an inside joke but maybe you can still relate).

Then, the beautiful woman in white, in the middle, my grandmother. What I learned from her is the importance of being thrifty and saving money whenever you can. She have put haggling to the highest level and she is the most practical woman I have ever known.

Another pretty lady who's standing next to my grandmother is my Tita Fe. She, just like Tita Flor has been like my second mother. Yeah, both of them. She is intelligent, she knows what she deserves, she is resourceful, creative, and a really great planner. Sometimes, whenever there's a special event or a trip and something goes wrong, I always find myself saying that, "Tita Fe will surely know what to do."

Next to her is her daughter, wearing a pink top with floral detail. Well, that girl, my cousin, Tonifet showed me how to dream and actually achieve it. She is dedicated, and when she really believe something, you cannot do anything to make her budge in her position.

Then, we go on to my Tito Freddie. He is really talented and he's been a great friend to me. He showed me what responsibility and loving his family means.

Then, there's my brother, Christian. What I learned from Christian is how to choose your favorite sister. And that's me. :D

Last but not the least is Nadhine. She is very smart and pretty too. What I learned from her is the importance of keeping in touch with your loved ones. I was really surprised when I got her very first text message to me.

Now, there's a lot more that I've learned form my family. Maybe I'll share them some other time. :)

Say Cheese!

It was January16 I think, but I'm not really sure. This photo was taken during the Ati-atihan Festival which is celebrated every January here in Kalibo, Aklan. It is for the feast of Sto. Nino celebrated with a parade of tribes from different municipalities of Aklan.

We were watching the parade and the atmosphere really festive and jolly. We were waiting for our municipality's giant float accompanied by dancers. I took lots of pictures during the Giant Parade and this is one of the most interesting photos that I took that's why I decided to share it with you guys.

I call the people on the parade's attention whenever I want to take a picture of them so that I can see their face clearly. This one friendly person smiled at the camera sweetly and I think I got a great photo of him.

I also called the others but they didn't hear or maybe they were looking at some other cameras.

What could be the lesson about this picture?

First, when you're on a parade, try to paste a smile on your face. Especially on festivities like the Ati-atihan festival where everyone is just happy. The sound of the drums really make you feel happy and make you feel like dancing. If you're participating in a parade, just smile.

Second, be attentive. If someone calls you to take your picture, I think that it would be great if you're looking your best. You wouldn't want to end up in a blog or in one's photo album or the barrio's bulletin board picking your nose, arranging your hat, or looking like you failed to have breakfast that morning, right?

Pimp Your Ride

Last month, I attended a baptism as "proxy" for my sister who's the real godmother.. She wasn't able to attend the baptism because she has classes to attend.

While we were waiting for the baptism ceremony to start, we stood under a tree and noticed a bike parked against a tree. I laughed when I noticed the Nissan bar, which is usually found on cars and vans. However, this one is placed on the side of the bike. I think that it is a picture worth taking so I did. Well, I asked Ate Mila, our cousin, to pose beside the tree just to add fun with what's happening. This was the actual picture, not cropped at all. At least, it has part of Ate Mila's hand. Well, I was bored so I guess that's enough excuse. Then I took the picture. She asked me if she can see the picture and when I showed it to her, she just rolled her eyes.

Then the mass was over and we went inside the church.

So, what's the lesson that this post can have?

First, you shouldn't be attending baptisms much more act as a proxy to the real godmother when you're not even Catholic.

Second, You should be wary about people wanting you to pose beside a tree with a parked bike when the person who wants to take the picture is really bored.

Third, when you agree to do so, don't ask to see the picture. Don't bother at all.

Fourth, be creative. Having an old bike shouldn't be boring. Make your imagination work, be resourceful and who knows, maybe you can pimp your ride. :D

Now, four lessons in a post isn't bad at all, right?

Inside my head: The beginning.

It's all in my head. The memories, the knowledge, and everything that I found along the way. Now, I'd like to share them with you. I know that the stuff that I will be sharing will be useful for you somehow. So please, read on, and always check back for updates. Bookmark my blog if you like. Feel free to share anything that you like.

I am not new with blogging. But, I like to have different blogs for different things. I have my personal blog, I have a gaming blog, and I have a blog for my hobbies. I think that this one will be for everything else in between so you may find that random contents here.