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I just got home. We left Don Bosco in Bicutan at 4:30PM and I just got home 30 minutes ago. What a horrendous experience that I am slowly beginning to convince myself was all a dream. Though my sore legs beg to differ.
I remember during Ondoy that there were so many stories of people being stranded for hours and hours in their cars. And during storms after that, there would be stories of bad traffic jams. A few years ago I got stuck in a 3-hour one exiting Skyway at Magallanes. Though I was just a passenger then, and it was during a storm. We were also coming from Don Bosco at the time.
This afternoon, it rained hard for about an hour. Then stopped. Then rained again. We left Don Bosco at 4:30PM, after Mass. And, I was going to go pass C5 to be able to go to my meeting, but I thought that it was still early, so I could actually pass EDSA and drop off some of the missionaries who needed to go there.
Everything was going good until we exited the Nichols Toll Booth. And we stopped. In traffic. For FOUR hours.
And just like any situation, we made the best of it. Telling jokes. Making fun of one another. Sleeping. Walking (yes, along SLEX) around. And anything we could think of. Even pictures:
But, it was a huge parking lot. I had to turn off the engine, and we ended up inhaling fumes from buses beside us. Thank God the rain stopped by the time we got stuck. And only began to rain again when we got out 4 hours later.
I tweeted the Skyway. We looked at pictures of the huge traffic jam. It was disheartening. We got no reply too. So I searched the telephone number of the Skyway office and called. In fairness to them, they were calm and they answered my questions. They told me to U-turn if I could, and use C5. But at that point it was impossible. They said the rains caused a huge flood at Magallanes (waist high), and so cars could not pass until the flood subsides.
After so, about 3 and a half hours, we decided to pray the rosary. Yes, I know, we should have done that first. But we didn’t know it was going to be THAT bad. And while we prayed, the cars started to move. And after we prayed, we moved faster… and got out of the traffic jam / parking lot. It was an answered prayer. I also WeChatted Des to tell the kids to pray for us too. And that all worked. Faith works wonders.
What an experience. I never thought I’d go through something like that again. And while I was driving. But I had a good time with friends making everything lighter. And more fun. I was Van Diesel in the movie the Slow and the Furious. And I am glad we are finally out of there.
Thank you King of the highway. King of the road. We can now all attest to Your power. (thanks, Paul!)
After the Dove beauty sketch YouTube came out, and touched us in the process, of course parodies came out as well. This is my favorite one. And it’s true.
It’s been three days into 2013, and I have been stuck at home. Sick.
It started after Christmas with a sore throat and a cough. Maybe because of the cold weather and rain in Tagaytay? Or because we hadn’t been there in a long time, and the house was “unlived” and dusty. The kids got sick as well. Fever, cough.
And come January 1, it became a full blown fever. I have been taking Robitussin, Biogesic, Lagundi, Calamansi juice, Zithromax. Anything to make me better.
Yesterday was the worst. I was in bed, shivering under piles of blankets. With the sun shining in my window. I didn’t feel hot at all (weather-wise), but I sure was burning up. But, through the work of prayers of my Facebook and Twitter friends, and through the prayers, concern and kisses of my kids, the fever broke late last night.
I woke up this morning still weak. With a lingering cough and runny nose. But no more fever. I just have to rest this off for one more day (even if that means missing my College barkada dinner tonight… yet again).
But with all this, there are blessings. I got three whole days with my kids. One of our yayas didn’t come back after 2012. And our new yaya won’t come in until tomorrow. So I spent three sick days with my kids watching me.
And what a bunch these three are.
Our son is a ball of energy. From the moment he wakes up all the way until he falls asleep. Running, jumping, climbing, grabbing, throwing. It must be because he is a boy. We didn’t have this much chaos with his sisters. He also has the temper of a two year old. He has to get what he wants, OR ELSE! Don’t let his cute smile fool you. Ha ha! He knows what’s up.
Our second daughter is as independent as ever. She knows what she wants and she goes and gets it even if she has to do it all by herself. She chooses her clothes. And knows exactly what dress to wear. If she doesn’t see it, she goes looking for it. We currently have an issue with her eating habits, as she doesn’t want to eat. She just likes cereal and milk. Well, we all go through that. I think I am still in the picky eater phase, actually.
Our eldest is still our most emotionally invested child. She loves looking after her siblings. And she reports everything that happens in the house. She loves her long curls, and won’t have anyone cut it. She loves ballet and arts. And she can use some encouragement with the regular track of studies. She likes making friends, and just loves her life [except in the pic below where she is a bit under the weather].
Come to think of it, the first three days of January weren’t so bad after all. Spent it with my three gifts. Gifts money can’t buy. Can’t wait for number 4 in 57 days.
Last Sunday we had a treat. There’s no way for us to go to New York and watch a Broadway show, so it was brought to us. The priest at the Mass we went to practically sang the whole Mass. I can’t say I am overly conservative, and I would actually like to attend a Latin Mass – especially when it is sung… but this was different. It was more of Broadway than solemn. I kind of felt that he wanted to be more of a star, maybe he is a frustrated singer.
I half-expected dancers to come out and perform.
I guess I am getting more and more conservative. The Eucharist is important. It reminds us of the sacrifice that Jesus did for us. And I know that people do not understand that nowadays – and even find the Mass boring and just something they have to do as an obligation… but there are different ways to change that.
I think explaining the Mass and the beauty of the sacrifice of the Mass will get people to be awed and inspired to attend. We don’t need to resort to other things that can distract us from focusing on what is truly important. Because then we get used to those things, and when we are faced with “the Mass”, then we will end up even more bored than usual. And that would be sad.
In my continuing burst of Obsessive-Compulsiveness, I am trying to put all my blogs into one place. First I merged the xavyniceday and pro-life Blogspot blogs that I have (I exported the pro-life blog, and then imported it into xavyniceday). And my other 2 anonymous blogs, I merged into one as well.
And then I decided to import my xavyniceday Blogspot into WordPress! And it was so easy. Go to Tools, and Import. And it Imports the whole blog for you. And so, they are ALMOST all here. Once I decide to put in the anonymous stuff, too, then that will have everything.
I also had some stuff on MobileMe, but all that is gone. And I had stuff on Xanga a loooong time ago. But that’s gone too. My Multiply stuff is gone as well. Why do I even bother with all this? Well, no one likes talking into thin air. And with blogging, you can convince yourself that someone out there is actually reading.
I am sure, when my kids start reading and going online, that this too will disappear.
Every game has a TIME OUT. When the players gather and recoup. Make plans stronger. Just rest and relax before hitting the road again. Lick wounds. Everyone needs a TIME OUT once in a while.
I had mine yesterday. It was a fun day with fellow missionaries, enjoying each others company, great food and swimming. I love swimming
That was enough to refresh our tired bodies (from a lot of anniversary activities) and soothe ourselves – especially our minds – waiting for and wanting a break.
Back to work today
Daniel, in the video, is only 6 years old. Yet he knows what his faith is all about. And he knows how to worship God without any fear or discomfort. We can really learn so much from children, and that’s why I love my work in KFL so much. And even after this term is done, I will still be actively involved in this ministry.
>I was thinking about staying in bed all day. And not going on FB or Twitter. And not answering texts and calls. I mean, how can I explain the results of this election?
- Erap gets millions of votes, and is even placing second. We had him as president. We proved he was a thief. He has mistresses (even kissed one in San Juan after she was proclaimed Mayor). And we still want him around?
- Noynoy. Haaay. I already said so much about him.
- I heard on Studio23, when Marilen Vitug was talking about Among Ed, “The problem with clergy is that they are so used to preaching, they don’t listen”
- Our Senate is full of the same old people. We keep pushing change, but we vote in the same people. Even the “new” people are old names – Marcos (whose whole family won in Ilocos Norte) and Guingona
- And our House is like the FAMAS awards. Imelda. Manay Gina. Lucy Torres. Pacman. And GMA. I am sure a bunch of others from the Party List will be there. Maybe Calayan as well.
- The only bright spot is Mar losing to Binay… but then again, BINAY? Couldn’t it just have been Bayani?
With results like those…. why not stay in bed? But after praying, you get enlightened. And life goes on. This election was fun. It was great fighting for your candidate. Fighting other people. Saying what you believe in, and defending it to haters. It was an exercise in PASSION, CONVICTION, INSPIRATION and INTEGRITY. And I loved every minute of it.
Now, time to normal life. Even the TV Stations will be back to regular programming soon. Later, Des and I will go attend a Starbucks coffee seminar. Des wants to be a Barista, though after this election, she might want to move to Australia. Tomorrow, meetings resume and Sabine goes back to school. The weekend has the Run for Life (we should change it to Run for YOUR Life.. the Post Election marathon). And we have our Young Couples swimming fellowship. Things that matter get back into the daily flow of life.
If there is one thing that changed in me. Well, got strengthened in me. Is my desire to work for the cause of LIFE. And defending it. And promoting it. And fighting for it. Life in all it’s stages. And life as it is meant to be. And that gives me renewed vigor.
The next 6 years won’t be easy. Our RH Bill proponents are back in the House. And the incoming Administration is a flip-flopper on this issue. Get ready for the fight of your life.
>Noynoy Aquino graces the cover of Time magazine this month. What does it take to get on that magazine’s cover?
It took a simple housewife to overthrow a dictator to get on the cover of Time magazine in the 80s.
It took a provincial man to win 6 world titles in boxing to get on the cover of Time magazine a few months ago.
Phew. I thought I had to wait for another dictator to come along and overthrow him (or her). And now I don’t need to take up boxing, either. I don’t really need to do much. Just have parents who are heroes.
Manny Pangilinan is also in the news for tendering his irrevocable resignation from the Ateneo board.
This follows his commencement speech fiasco where it was found out he plagiarized portions of it from other popular speeches. He offered to resign, but Ateneo rejected it.
I think it was right for MVP to resign. I also think it was wrong for Ateneo not to fire him. So is it ok to cheat in THE Ateneo now? As long as when you are found out, you apologize?
Manny Villar is leading in the new survey released.
And Gibo was offered a position by Noynoy in his Cabinet.
Well, that’s if Noynoy wins. If not, the only cabinet Gibo will end up in is the one with all Noynoy’s dirty secrets
And the biggest news so far is…. Aida got her first haircut! She is wonderful