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11 November 2020. Typhoon #UlyssesPH has hit Laguna and other nearby provinces, as well as Metro Manila. As I write this, in less than an hour, I’ll be turning 43. Instead of feeling excited, however, I feel nothing but trepidation. All I could think of now is how much longer our roof would hold with the heavy rains and strong winds raging outside.

I feel so foolish for not trying so hard to get a carpenter to work on our roof! Two weekends ago, Typhoon Rolly, another storm signal #3, hit us and did our roof. Some parts of it started to get unhinged. I looked for a carpenter, but every one I met seemed busy fixing other people’s houses… and I was content to just wait for them to become available. Who does that? Certainly not the Proverbs 31 Woman (in the making) because she would have made sure that she would have no fear for her household.

This is not how I had expected to feel in the middle of a storm. I never had to worry before about the state of my household. This is not how I had envisioned spending my birthday either. In fact, I think this is the first time I’ve experienced a storm on my birthday and worry about such matters. Come to think of it, I can only recall only one time when it rained on my birthday and I was on my way to Singapore then to be with my husband. The rest, my daughters and I were always celebrating outdoors.

Speaking of outdoor celebrations, I had planned on driving my family to Tagaytay and inviting our close relatives to join us for some sightseeing and food trip for my birthday this year. Well, I guess even if it had not rained we still won’t have done that because of the pandemic, so there’s really no point in getting worked up for being stuck at home on my birthday, eh? Plus, I still can’t drive because there’s still this problem with my vision that remains untreated at the moment.

I pray that this would be the last storm the Philippines will experience this year, and there would be so much less of them in the future. I hope there will be no casualties this time, and the government would learn to really prepare for any storm that might hit any part of the country, just like I am learning now to be truly prepared for different storms in life.

12 November 2020. It’s officially my 43rd birthday. I couldn’t sleep last night out of worry that our entire roof might get blown away and rainwater would start seeping through the ceiling. Yet for some reason, before I went to bed and as I kept on praying, urging Jesus to just say the word and the storm would leave, I kept being reminded constantly of the story Jesus Calms the Storm.

I must admit it took a while before I figured out what I was missing. It must be because I was only focusing on the fact that Jesus is Lord of all that even the winds and the sea obey Him. I wanted so much for Him to calm the storm that I missed the bigger picture: since He is Lord of all, I should trust Him completely. As long as I am with Him, He’s in the same boat with me, then I have nothing to fear and I can sleep soundly and rest easy no matter how fierce the storm, just like He did in that story.

What a birthday! What a blessing it is to realize that despite the storm, I am blessed in infinite ways by simply anchoring my life to Jesus…

Though I had to clean a puddle of water in one area of our house, since water seeped through the floor, and the toilet would not flush, I am grateful that we are safe and no part of our house was actually submerged in water (I know what it’s like to have a flooded house; I used to experience that in my parents’ house). No part of our roof was also blown away, and our pets were all safe. We didn’t have electricity for more than 12 hours, but we’re good, and water supply didn’t get cut off. My daughters were even able to prepare a birthday dinner for me, which was attended by my in-laws, and I am grateful. (They knew didn’t have the heart to order food or prepare my own birthday dinner, knowing many Filipinos, including some of my friends and relatives were going through a worse experience because of this calamity.)

Still, God is good ❤

(Featured image by Angèle Kamp on Unsplash)

Sama-sama tayo sa Pasko at SM!

The pandemic may seem to be taking so many things from us, and at one point, we all have probably wondered how we’re going to celebrate Christmas this year. I know I have. But I have also stopped asking questions because truth be told, I, we, are still blessed in so many ways that it would be impossible not to find something to be thankful for, big or small, every day. Right now, I am grateful and already excited about Christmas, especially after having attended the SMagical Christmas Launch online! In fact, all throughout November and December, SM has prepared exciting holiday surprises that are bound to dazzle its mall goers:

  1. Christmas Launches. On November 6, SM Supermalls treated everyone to a virtual, magical feast. Twelve different SM malls lit up their magnificent Christmas displays — from SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall to SM Seaside City Cebu and SM CDO Downtown Premier! SM truly brings the magic of Christmas online through fireworks, orchestra, and whimsical characters! All the SM malls nationwide follow suit with their own magical Christmas light up on November 7 and 8. Mall goers will be delighted with a special lighting ceremony for hope and inspiration amid the pandemic, as well as singing flash mobs, cute Christmas characters, and surprise gifts.
  2. Christmas Chorale. What’s Christmas without some music? Feel the merriments of the season by watching Holiday choir performances at select SM malls this December. Meet up with your family and friends at SM and enjoy some Holiday tunes! It will surely be an awesome experience! No need to worry because strict safety protocols are in place at SM malls, so you can just focus on the magic of the celebration.
  3. Christmas Markets. It’s the season of giving! Help MSMEs bounce back from the negative impact of the pandemic by buying your Holiday essentials and gifts at SM’s nationwide Christmas Markets from November 9 to January 3. As part of the Kasama Ng SM campaign and DTI’s Buy Local, Support Local, the Christmas Markets will feature unique local products and goods so shoppers can buy from small businesses and help them bounce forward and recover.
  4. Selfie with Santa. Don’t fret – SM has made sure you won’t miss your annual selfie with Santa this year! You can pose with a virtual Santa Claus safely and via augmented reality at SM. Wanna give it a try? Simply scan the AR markers located in select areas in SM malls and have a photo with virtual Santa. Don’t forget to share your Holiday snaps online to your family and friends!
  5. SM Bears of Joy. Starting November 4 until Christmas Day, SM Supermalls is giving back through its annual Bears of Joy campaign. This time around, shoppers can collect special medical frontliner Bears of Joy. Throughout the Christmas season, you can buy a pair of bears for P200.00 – one bear for you to keep and the other for charity.
  6. TikTok Fam Contest. Have fun with your family and spread some Christmas joy by joining the TikTok Fam Contest. Simply showcase your dance moves to your favorite Christmas song in your favorite SM mall and you can get a chance to win exciting prizes!

Indeed, Christmas is almost here and not even the pandemic can take away the beloved tradition of Filipino families to celebrate this joyous occasion at SM. Let the wonderful, magical, and truly merry Christmas at SM drive away the blues! Sama-sama tayo sa Pasko sa SM!

For more information, visit or follow @smsupermalls on all social media platforms.

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 35: Goodbye and Welcome

reading The Screwtape Letters, Taming Your Family Zoo, and The Power of the Praying Woman still. I’ve been reading at least one chapter a day of each book, and hopefully I’ll be able to finish them all simultaneously soon.

writing down some ideas and rewriting a press release

listening to Christmas carols, especially while I was preparing dinner earlier. After attending the virtual media launch of SM last Friday evening, I became more excited about Christmas and I just wanted to keep listening to Christmas songs.

thinking about the best way to confront certain people about certain issues without them taking things as a personal attack

wishing my husband could come home this Christmas… Because of the pandemic, it won’t be practical for him to come home for the holidays since he would only be spending most of his vacation leave quarantined. More, he’d have to allot extra SGD2,500 for hotel expenses during his quarantine when he gets back to Singapore.

hoping my eyesight will be fully restored ASAP, or at least before my birthday! I just hate having to ask relatives for favors to drive me around. Hiring a freelance driver doesn’t sound like a good option either since there might be no way for me to determine the person’s medical history these past few weeks and months, not to mention I’m not really comfortable having a stranger (or anyone else except my brothers) drive my car.

wearing comfortable clothes as usual

loving how my double chocolate fudge cookies turned out this afternoon –– they were neither over- nor undercooked, and they weren’t too sweet either! You see, I bought a brand new electric oven last summer online via SM’s Call to Deliver, which turned out to be defective. Every thing I baked there at first turned out to be undercooked. I brought it to the authorized service center, only to have everything I cooked in it afterwards become overcooked. I finally decided to return it and good thing SM Sta. Rosa agreed to take it back. They gave me a voucher so I could get a new one of any brand at any of their mall branches. After almost a month, I was able to get a new one, and I’m loving it so far –– no more raw or burnt food! Thank you, SM, for being so considerate and having helpful and attentive staff, especially at SM MOA, where I got my latest oven 🙂

wanting to be able to drive my car again. I enjoy driving, really, and I wish I could go out of town with my daughters on my birthday this coming week.

needing to do some serious planning about my 43rd year

feeling tired but content. It’s been such an eventful week, and there were things that happened that I’d rather forget. Nevertheless, I am putting my confidence in Jesus, that things will be all right, that all things will work together for good… (Romans 8:28)

praying for better days. I’ve made some poor financial decisions and I am (together with my family) now reaping the consequences. Though I was able to make wise investments too and save a little, things could still be better.

thanking God for how He has been blessing me on my 42nd year so far. This pandemic actually showed me how blessed I am, plus I have learned so many things and overcame a lot of challenges and fears this past few months alone. I couldn’t be more grateful! In fact, I’m going to write about it in a separate post ❤

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The Sunday Currently, Vol. 34

It’s the first day of my birth month and it’s a stormy day. Ho-hum! I thought the storm last week would be the last one to hit us, but obviously I was wrong. Come to think of it: around this time every year, storms are rather common but we still tend to be unprepared for them somehow, if not surprised by the damages they would often leave. I wish I have the power to command the storm to just go away just because I am a daughter of God. But whenever I would think that way, I would be reminded of the LORD answering Job out of the storm, and then all I could do is just pray… Anyways, here’s what I’m up to this Sunday currently:

reading M.O.T.I.V.A.T.E. and The Power of the Praying Woman, along with several academic books for our homeschool lessons

writing translations for a specific project as well as lesson plans for the coming week

listening to the laughter of my husband and daughters as they play Among Us with each other. Seriously, their online playmates won’t know what hit them!

thinking about the best way to help my daughters in their respective studies and personal concerns

wishing this storm would go away now and that it would leave very little, if not no damage at all

hoping my eyesight will be fully restored ASAP. I’ve been experiencing blurred and double vision and couldn’t drive these past few weeks. I’ve already seen an optometrist and a neurologist-ophthalmologist recently, and I’m thinking of seeking a third opinion this coming week.

wearing loose blouse and pants in monochromatic colors, which were given by my mother –– certainly the best way to keep me warm and comfy in this cold weather

loving and appreciating my husband more for being more intentional in parenting our girls. He’s been consistently planning our family weekend activities and would join me every weekday morning in conducting the Bible and Character class ❤

wanting to help a lot of people, but financially and physically, I am unable to do so at the moment

needing to do some serious cleaning around the house again as well as financial planning, too

feeling uncertain as to how I would push through with my business plans, or whether I should. I’ve come up with several plans, but after getting sick, I started feeling stuck again.

praying for wisdom, grace, good health, and provisions as we continue to homeschool and navigate daily in this pandemic (and stormy days) among other things

thanking God that my husband has survived the third wave of retrenchment (last Thursday) in their office since the pandemic started, and more

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If only I had a cake

Last Saturday, 21 March 2020, was my 17th (civil) wedding anniversary. I didn’t forget it––never again since my 15th wedding anniversary––and as always, my dutiful husband didn’t fail to greet me either. Because I like having a cake during celebrations, by mid-morning, I started looking up bakeshops and restaurants that could deliver one. Unfortunately, there was none due to the enhanced community quarantine we’re in now, brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. I decided to bake one in the afternoon then.

However, while making spaghetti bolognese for lunch, things started to take a turn. Our Siberian husky Hashy began howling and seemed to be in pain as she struggled to get up but unable to do so. What was supposed to be a fun and relaxing day despite having to bake my own cake, turned into a tense and busy day, as we try to take care of Hashy and worked double time cleaning the yard and disinfecting dog kennels. By five in the afternoon, I was already so exhausted that I simply couldn’t prepare another meal, much less bake a cake, that we had to eat leftovers for dinner.

I don’t really mind eating leftovers for dinner––we do that almost every day––even on my wedding anniversary. But I really felt like crying because, without a cake, it didn’t feel like we were celebrating an important occasion. Worse, with Hashy sick, I couldn’t sleep. And, since her kennel is near my bedroom, I found myself constantly straining to hear her movements, and all I could think of was how much easier it would be for me if I could just have at least a slice of moist dark chocolate cake… Yes, by this time, I was already craving for a specific cake.

I kept asking myself how I could be thinking of eating cake in this situation. I wondered if I would last if we were in a middle of a war and I never get to eat another slice of cake, or where this whole idea of having a cake whenever there’s a birthday, anniversary, or any type of celebration we’re having is a must… Or, maybe I’m just using it to compensate for the distance between my husband and me––being in a long-distance relationship can be tough, after all!

One thing’s for sure though, I’d feel a lot better and probably even invincible in this trying moment if I could have my cake. On the other hand, I’ve also realized that by not having a cake when I was craving for it the most, I’m becoming better at practicing delayed gratification and that is way more gratifying. ❤

P. S. Hashy got admitted to the animal hospital the following morning, and I couldn’t be more grateful that there’s actually one open daily in our area and ready to serve despite the lockdown.

(Featured image by Jacob Schwarts on Unsplash)

One step at a time

It is now common knowledge among my closest friends and relatives that my relationship with my eldest daughter has become strained as she was growing up. The little girl who used to adore me so much, who couldn’t sleep without holding my hand, who would fight her younger sister to keep her place next to me, who seemed to constantly seek both my opinion and approval, and more, is now a certified teen and seems to have little to do with me (and the rest of our family) now.

At first, I took everything personally and dealt with every infraction she committed in a rather rigid manner. I stressed out over everything and made her feel responsible for how I was feeling. I refused to acknowledge her good deeds, assuming she only did them as a form of penance. I was so tough on her, thinking it would do her good, especially when something happens to me and she and her sister would have to be on their own.

Looking back, I’d say I’ve been such a meanie. In time, I realized–and have to remind myself constantly now–that what my daughter needs is a mom who would love her unconditionally, will not tolerate her wrongdoings but will be forgiving as well, is always kind even when she’s not being kind to anyone else including herself, and tries her best to be a good role model of Christlikeness.

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Discovering Kdrama

Were you ever a fan of Kdrama or Korean drama? Me, never until recently. For years, I have successfully steered clear from watching both Kdramas and Filipino telenovelas. In fact, I don’t watch TV much at all. Mainly because I did not want to get addicted to it, plus there are always better things to do. I don’t even have enough time to get many things done around the house, with homeschool, etc., not to mention there are so many books that I still want to and need to read.

The easiest form of relaxation for me though would be scrolling through my Instagram feed for a few minutes, several times a day or when I start to feel stressed or tired. And, it is through Instagram that I first learned of the Kdrama series What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim or WWWSK… Now I’m hooked.

To be more specific, it started with a certain celebrity mompreneur’s post on Instagram, asking who else had watched What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, sharing how much she liked the series. My first reaction was, “How could she afford to spend time watching Kdramas when she appears to be so busy? More, she doesn’t seem to be the type who would binge on any TV series, either.”

Weeks later, I decided to do something different just to get unstuck, and for some reason, I remembered that little piece of information this celebrity mompreneur shared on Instagram. I looked up WWWSK online and downloaded an app where I could watch it: Viu. Then I discovered that it’s also on iFlix and Netflix, and rewatched it on those apps too. (I somehow forgot that she had mentioned watching it on Netflix.) In short, I’ve watched What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim over and over again, that I could easily identify now photos of Park Seo Joon (and Park Min Young) taken from any scenes in the series.

I’d been asking myself why I was doing it too, and I came up with several reasons. One, because I find WWWSK‘s storyline to be really good, refreshing, and entertaining. It’s fast-paced and didn’t seem to include unnecessary or irritating scenes, too. I couldn’t help comparing it to the local soap operas my mother used to watch, which I seriously considered a waste of time. Admit it, many Filipino soaps tend to drag the story for months, even years. Worse, they would resurrect a villain that has supposedly died several times already, and the storylines tend to be predictable.

Two, because I’m a huge fan of romantic comedies with a little touch of drama, action, or suspense. And WWWSK just happens to fit the bill.

Three, the actors and actresses, especially the lead ones Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young, are simply adorable. My goodness, I didn’t think that at my age (41) I could still be a fangirl, but I am now. Sure, I’ve watched some American soaps, such as Friends and The Mentalist, as well as Full House, Fuller House, The Flash, and Supergirl with LilSis in the past, but I never stayed up late watching them. I used to have a huge crush on Simon Baker of The Mentalist, but I don’t remember ever losing sleep to finish an episode of The Mentalist on Netflix or cable. With WWWSK, however, I just have to finish at least two episodes before going to bed, no matter how late it is (hello, wrinkles!) because doing so makes me feel so relaxed before sleeping.

Last, I may have simply developed a new coping mechanism. I’ve gone through so much stress and grief the past couple of months, and now I feel like I’ve finally found another reason to be happy about however shallow it may seem to others. Going through the social media pages of Park Seo Joon alone somehow gives me a lighter feeling. You may now even call me a certified Jooner (Park Seo Joon fan)!

These days, it’s no longer just WWWSK that entertains me for hours or keeps me company after a tiresome day. I have started watching other Kdramas too, but let me talk about those other programs at another time. ❤

Philippine Wacoal holds interactive exhibit that uplifts and celebrates women

{PR} Philippine Wacoal Corporation has been a significant part of the daily lives of Filipinas here and across the globe for 30 years now. To celebrate this milestone, Wacoal recently held a five-day interactive exhibit last June 26-30 at the Level 3 of SM Makati where they also launched their latest campaign called Wacoal’s Women of the World.

In line with their anniversary theme “Uplifting Women for 30 Years”, the brand exhibited remarkable stories of 30 women from different fields, such as social entrepreneurship, aviation, art, management, publishing, public speaking, content creation, and personal branding among others.

Right on the spotlight of the exhibit were the portraits of 30 multi-hyphenate women, as well as their stories of hardwork and success. Some of them led talks on their personal journey, and how each and every one can make their mark, too. 

This embodies the company’s persistence in helping more and more ladies realize their significance and excellence no matter where they are, no matter what lifestyle they have chosen to live and pursue.  

Part of the campaign’s amazing roster of individuals include sports broadcaster and enthusiast Dyan Castillejo, advocate of renewable energy Ruth Yu Owen, campaigner of strong social responsibility and designer Zarah Juan, and visual artist Celeste Lecaroz. 

“From the products that we offer, to the advocacies we promote, our brand guarantees that every single Filipina realizes their beauty and worth,” Ann Christine Palisoc, president of Philippine Wacoal Corporation, said. 

Such empowering campaign direction — highlighting the transition from challenges to achievements — not only mirrors who the company stands for, but how it has also reached its current stature in the intimate apparel industry.

“When we started, it was a real struggle with the department stores who expected us to offer discounts. But through constant communication, they began to understand our brand values. The superior quality of the products spoke for themselves and today, the department stores have become valuable business partners with relationships based on trust,” shared Palisoc.

Aside from moving stories and engaging discussions, each day of the interactive exhibit was packed with activities and concepts that further show the company’s value for freedom – freedom to explore, move, and have fun. 

The venue also featured travel-inspired photobooths that made guests feel like they have travelled to top international destinations where Wacoal has established its presence.  Guests posed in front of Eiffel Tower of Paris, New York’s Statue of Liberty, as well as the Cherry Blossoms of Japan – right at the exhibit. The setup comes in 3D effect, with real elements like park benches, boats, and even a Sakura tree to mimic that ideal travel photo.

Eventgoers unleashed their creativity with the Create Your Own Power Frame, which allowed them to become the cover model of their own magazine. Other exciting activities also include glitter tattoo, tarot card reading, and of course, participants also tried on different Wacoal items at the venue.  

Aside from the June 26 to 30 exhibit, the company also held a dinner gala last June 4 to recognize the notable people behind the brand’s success in the country. It also showcased their accomplishments and bigger plans in the following years to come. 

“Our focus is to grow the boutique business and further elevate the brand image by providing more exciting premium product lines and even better customer service. Better customer service means improving one’s total experience, from better facilities offering more comfort and privacy to better communication with our beauty advisers,” said Palisoc.

One can expect Philippine Wacoal Corporation to continue to offer high quality functional and comfortable products but in addition to this, even more premium products featuring elegance and comfort while consistently enhancing the beauty of the woman’s body. You can also watch out for more exciting new product lines including lingerie, men’s underwear, and more activewear for women.

For more information about Philippine Wacoal Corporation, like and follow them on 

Facebook @PhilippineWacoalCorp and Instagram @wacoalph. To know more about the stories of the 30 Women of the World, visit

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 33

I can’t believe it’s been eight months since I last created a Sunday Currently post. As much as I had missed blogging, there was a time when I really decided to take a break from everything online as well as forced to take a break when my laptop’s charger needed replacement. And now, here I am, starting to get back to blogging again (for the nth time, it seems). Anyway, here it goes…

reading several books everyday, which includes the Bible in chronological order, where I am now on the Book of Joshua. I have also started reading The Smartphone Photography Guide: Shoot, Edit, Experiment, Share by Peter Cope and Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson aside from a few pages of Big ‘n Lil Sis’s books each day. Perhaps I should also pick up a fiction book just to balance things out.

writing new posts and finishing blog posts that are still in the drafts folder

listening to the sounds Lil Sis makes as she cleans up the mess she created in the kitchen earlier

thinking about the best way to help Big Sis. She believes she has ADHD, anxiety, and depression and that there’s only one person who could help her. Unfortunately, it’s a psychiatrist who seems to encourage her thoughts and was quick to offer a quick fix solution via medication. Seriously, don’t all, if not most, teenagers go through the phase of trying to figure out if something’s wrong with them? And mind you, this is the very same doctor who saw my kids and diagnosed them to have the highest level of trauma a few years ago at PGH when our next door neighbors did nothing but harass us, yet she never recommended any type of medicine for them at that time. How come now that she’s in private practice and charges PHP2,000 per session, her style of helping her patients had also changed?

wishing I have been more consistent, at the same time always firm and loving, in disciplining my girls, especially Big Sis. I think she has become very pushy and continues to try my patience because there were days when I would be exasperated and simply ignore her or give in to her demands, if not hurt her with my words and deeds.

hoping things would just continue to get better in our family life and homeschool journey

wearing comfortable clothes, what else?

loving the new portable JBL speaker I got from Lazada. It’s so tiny, yet produces great sound, not to mention feels good to touch. I’ve been wanting to have one, but I didn’t get a chance to get one for myself until I had to return a fake signature bag to Lazada. Since I couldn’t encash the money in my Lazada Wallet, I had no choice but to use it on purchasing another item. I guess you could say that all’s well that ends well, eh?

wanting to sleep the whole day tomorrow. I don’t know why…

needing to do some serious cleaning in and around the house. Thanks to my husband’s cousin, the malunggay trees in our backyard had been cut down, so that’s one less task to think about now.

feeling trapped, somehow. There are so many things that I’d like to be able to do, and there are opportunities that are being thrown my way too, but I just can’t seem to get started.

praying for wisdom as I handle not only my responsibilities but part of my husband’s responsibilities too, being in a long distance relationship with two kids involved

thanking God for His endless love, grace, and mercy… for my family and my marriage, and my daughters, even if they sometimes exasperate me, especially Big Sis… Thanking God for my 16th wedding anniversary too!

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They remembered, I remembered

It’s my 16th (civil) wedding anniversary today, and obviously, I did not forget about it! More, I’m amazed at how some of my friends remembered it and one even went ahead to create a personalized e-greeting card for my husband and me. What a thoughtful gesture! I bet they’re real motive is to help me not to make a fool of myself again by forgetting my wedding anniversary as I did last year. (Yeah, big deal; that was my 15th after all!)

The personalized e-card our former Yuppies pastor (and his family) had sent to us in the morning before our 16th (civil) wedding anniversary

This time, my husband also made sure to call me early in the morning and greet me, and even asked for our plans for the day. I told him I had reserved a table for three (for our daughters and me, of course) at a Spanish restaurant in Alabang. It was actually one of the steps I’d taken to ensure that I won’t miss celebrating my wedding anniversary again.

However, as the morning progressed, I decided to cancel our reservation and opted to have food delivered instead, courtesy of my husband. Since we’d be getting our meals at a discounted price via Eatigo app, fine print includes no left over or take out; otherwise, we’d be paying the full price. That might not work for us then, especially that Lil Sis doesn’t eat much at all, and my husband agreed. It’s a good thing I was also craving for pizza, so the mister decided we order whatever food we liked, charged to his Mastercard.

One of our favorites that hubby is always willing to send us

I was in a really good mood the whole day and it’s like I’ve never felt better. I’m so happy that I get to redeem myself by not forgetting about my wedding anniversary this time. LOL. The girls were also in their best behavior, or at least they tried. Lil Sis was especially sweet, too. She not only tried to give me a manicure, but also insisted on us going out – her treat.

It’s a good thing that there’s a nice mall just outside our village. It has been our go-to place when we want to take a break or do some celebration without going far from home. This afternoon, we each had our favorite drinks at Starbucks and we even got to bring with us my niece’s dog, which is currently staying with us.

It’s almost bedtime for me now, yet I’m still wondering if I should post something about today on Facebook. I look forward to seeing the memories I make every 21st day of March on social media, and I don’t think my 16th (civil) wedding anniversary should be left out. Moreover, I really am happy and it would be a good opportunity to share some “good vibes”, with those who might still be up at this hour of the night, at least.

By the way, do you know why I’m extra happy today? It’s because 1–2 weeks ago, my marriage was once again put to the test and there were days that my husband and I refused to speak to each other. I had cried out to God to take care of my marriage and my whole family and me, and He answered my prayer like He always does. So now it seems like I have more reasons to celebrate, to be happy about, and to be grateful for, beginning with my marriage. ❤

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