31 Reasons to be Thankful for May 2014

I am back from a vacation. I will talk a little bit about the vacation on this post but be ready for more posts about it.

I think I have mentioned that May was a steady month. There were no projects that required strict deadlines but I was busy nonetheless. Some of which are non-earning work but I am still happy about making efforts (kahit linis ng bahay lang ginawa ko).

There are a lot of things to be thankful for.

1. Approved funds. Do you remember that I sent a solicitation letter on April 30? Our donor was very generous!

2. Time to do alumni prep work. Since our grade school alumni homecoming is near and we already got the funds, we started to shop for the uniforms we will be wearing.

3. Painting time. I continued to paint.  This has been an enriching hobby for me.

4. Clean room. I am not really my mother’s daughter when it comes to upkeep of the home. I wish I can be an OC with the cleanliness of my room but I always lose the inspiration to do so whenever I see the areas that need to be repaired. However, there are times like today when I step up and clean my mess.

5.  Impromptu roadtrip. My friend who went on a two-month vacation in Manila came home. Together with another friend, we went on a roadtrip to their farm.



6. Visiting my Papa’s friend. I have been promising to visit my Papa’s friend, who is also my friend’s mom. We finally had the time to do so. It is nice to reconnect with people who are always nice to me while growing up.


7. Blessy. My cousin’s mini-pinscher is such a hyperactive dog. This time, she posed for my camera.  She looked so emotera melancholic.


8. Parents. May 8 could have been my parents’ 41st wedding anniversary. I know they are celebrating in heaven. I am thankful for this day otherwise I would not have been born.

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9. Rain. Thankful for the rain. It slightly cooled down the hot summer.

10. Hotel booked! We finally agreed to book the hotel. I do not own a credit card so I am thankful for my friend for offering hers. Oh, I have a new profile picture on Facebook.  I change picture twice a year,  I think.  I took advantage of my relatively tamed hair so I took pics. In most days, buhaghag siya.  😀



11.  Mothers.  It is mother’s day. I thank God for mothers who spoil us. For someone like me, who lost my mother too soon, I thank God for aunts who love me like their own. 😀 Not in the picture is my aunt in Canada.



12. Fun Walk. We woke up early for a clan fun walk.

13. Taxes paid! ‘Nuff said. 😀

14. Dinner with friends. We only had a short time catching up but it was a good one over good food.

15. Realization.  It is already mid-month! Time flies so fast!

16.  Permit!  We plan to have a motorcade during the alumni homecoming so I processed our permit.

17.  Cousin’s bday. This means free food. LOL.

18. Preparation time for fiesta. It took us some time before we started buying stuff for the fiesta. It was crunch time for us-from cleaning the house to preparing the food.

19. Fiesta! The guests already arrived before we finished preparing the food! Oh my! Thank God we only had to keep them waiting for a few minutes.

20. Meeting.  With the fiesta over, we can now concentrate on the preparations for our grade school alumni homecoming.

21.  Mama. I can’t believe that it has been nine years since Mama died. I have only been with her for 27 years.I thank God for those years.


22. Gingoog fiesta. This has been an annual tradition. We have a standing agreement: when our relatives in Gingoog attend our fiesta, we are supposed to attend theirs three days after. Thus, every May 22, we go to Gingoog to fulfill our promise. 😀 Plus, they have good food. This year’s pretty special because we got to see Tita Ruthie a year after her horrific ordeal. She is as beautiful as ever with humor intact.


23. Energy. Oh, it is our last minute preparations before the alumni homecoming. My friend and I were panic buying! We bought raffle and game prizes for the homecoming. This event has been a three-man preparation team. I thank my two friends for having the energy to pursue this.

24. Fun event. Whew. After only a few months of preparations, the day has come! The alumni homecoming was a success. I declare it so because I had fun. We played our childhood games and our dinner was boodle style where everyone gets to eat with their hands!

Oh, this is our flashback video which my cousin created. Fun times indeed!
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 25.  Reunion hangover.  The alumni homecoming extended on Facebook.  I posted the photos and many who were not able to come were happy to see the photos of the event.

26.  High school souvenir.  I got a surprise visit from a high school friend. He delivered the souvenir of our school’s 25th anniversary last year. He has been meaning to give me a copy but he always forgot to bring it with him the last time he was here.


27. Last minute preparations. It is the day before I leave for my vacation. I have finished packing early that day. My backpack is full and I know I did not forget anything important.

28. Safe trip. Off to Manila for my vacation. Oh, and I won the consolation prize for the Kojie-san contest. I went to the Nuffnang office to claim my prize. Congratulations to fellow BCBlogger, Kristine Gavilano, for winning the grand prize.

29. Kota Kinabalu vacation. Arrived early in the morning so we were able to settle down in our hotel at 3AM. We had time to island hop (Yes, only one island because we started late.) in the afternoon.

30. Walking tour and souvenir shopping. Rain prevented us from doing a trek to the Kinabalu park so we spent the day walking around the city and shopping for souvenirs.

Photo taken by my cousin, Bong.

Photo taken by my cousin, Bong.

31. Cool minds. We took a ferry to Brunei. The woman at the immigration was not welcoming. That incident deserves another post. I thank God that our cool minds and sense of humor prevailed.

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