Halloween Party 2016

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Last Saturday, our office had a Halloween Party in time for the celebration of All Saints Day. I brought with me the three kiddos, I personally prepared their costumes, I did my daughter’s Japanese inspired make-up. My youngest has this wolverine costume given by his granddad from US and obviously loving it. My eldest doesn’t want to wear any but participated in many games with his siblings. Above is their completed Iron man puzzle task.  There were games and prizes suited for the kids with lots of goodies to feast on.

Halloween was originally wasn’t celebrated here, but due to other countries and cultures influence, it became an awaited event for kids who also do trick or treat in the neighborhood. Before, there was only the ‘Nangangaluluwa‘ (soul) where a bunch of people will sing or serenade about a soul asking for prayers to go to heaven in front of a house on the night of All Saints Day, if you didn’t give anything they will steal chickens inside your fence (well, this was just a story told to us by my grandmother, lol)  but this isn’t practice anymore here in the city maybe in some provinces it could still be prevalent, maybe using vintage martin guitars in their serenade.

In celebration of All Saints Day, let us pray for the souls of our dearly departed, may their souls find an everlasting peace in the presence of our Lord.

Ariel Wash Your Fear Summit

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Fearless Filipinas of Ariel’s Wash Your Fear Summit.

In the recently concluded Ariel Wash Your Fear Summit, Pinays from all walks of life have been given the priviledge to hear other fearless Pinays talk about facing all sorts of fears in life. Hosted by, none other than, the lovely Bianca Gonzalez. Each participant was given one shirt where they could write their personal fears.

To be honest, it was quite an experience for someone like me who have many insecurities in life. Being asked of our greatest fears can be quite daunting as who would be so open to bare their weanesses to the world, right? But it proved to be quite an eye opener for me knowing what most of us fear, is mundane compared to what others do. What struck a cord of consciousness was when peace and development advocate, Amina Rasul, pointed out that their fears while living in one of the most war driven region down south is actually the everyday struggles of surviving.

And I agree. If you happen to live in a chaotic city with wars being waged against your very survival, then there is very much to fear. Makes our common fear of being unaccepted, bullied, or even prejudiced seem like a walk in the park, right?

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Now thanks to the summit, I’m able to takeaway the key lesson of being thankful for what I already have. And thanks to the rest of the fearless advocates, I can stand proud and face my own fears much like Ariel’s brand ambassador, Kris Aquino. Learning to live and face people with her life aleays on the stage, we can easily take things one at a time and wash away the stains of life with Ariel.

True enough! Writin our fears on spotless white shirts and seein it washed live and in front of the audience was amazing! No other chemicals were used and they ended up as spotless as if brand new. And I think that is a great lesson of life, yes?

 

My mom’s grape plant at the veranda

 

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This is my mom’s grape plant in front of their house, both my parents love growing plants in their place, they have small open area but use all the spaces they can get to plant fruits and veggies to keep them busy while tending our computer shop beside the house. This grape seedling they bought only last May or June this year at Quezon city Circle is fast growing, look how it twined on the grills of our veranda or terrace window. The plant is very healthy thanks to my dad’s green thumb. 🙂

We can’t wait to have it yield some fruits so we can harvest and eat them, but I think we have to wait up to 2 to 3 years before that 🙁 but we can have banjo picks right now for my eldest son’s guitar instrument for his music lesson.