Saturday, August 31, 2013

Papel De Liha: A Tribute to Mom

This was the scene in my classroom, one day. My Grade One pupils were so eager to listen to a story I was about to tell them. The subject: Araling Panlipunan( Social Studies). The topic:The role of each Family Member. All the kids were crowded excitedly around me. They just love storytelling time. Its one of the highlights of our day in school. As I was reading the story, a big lump was caught in my throat. I felt like someone was smashing my chest.  I was moved to my soul, so moved that a few tears fell. I had to excuse myself from the class and wiped my face in the comfort room. My kids stared at me. Questions were written in their faces. But they didn't say much. They were not sure what happened. I wish they fully understand the story and how great a mother's love is. Yeah, Im cheesy, emotional. And yes, I'm a mother. 

The story is entitled Papel De Liha ( Sandpaper) by Ompong Remigio, published by Adarna House, Inc. - Philippines . The story is in Filipino but I looked for an English version,too. 

Please do make some time to finish the story. I included here only the most important parts. It is a great story for kids because of its catchy phrases. But it is also a great story to read for moms and those who have mothers. Any human would find it touching. I know I do.

1995 Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature, Short Story for Children

Ang nanay ko ang imis-imis. Kapag me duming nakadikit, kiskis dito, kiskis doon. Kapag may mantsa sa damit, kuskos dito, kuskos doon. Kapag me sebo sa kawali, kaskas dito, kaskas doon.

( My mother is so neat.If there’s something icky and sticky,She rubs here and there. If the shirt is blotch, She scrubs here and there  If the pan is greasy, She cleans here and there.) 

Isang araw dumating si Tita Maring.
Ang sabi niya: “Ano ba naman Milagring! Kaskas-kiskis-kuskos ka nang kaskas, 
kiskis-kuskos kaya kumapal at gumaspang ang mga palad mo.
Parang papel de liha na pang-isis. Hinay-hinay ka lang at magpalambot ng balat at baka hindi na hawakan ni Turing ang kamay mo.”
 Hindi na hahawakan ni Tatay ang kamay ni Nanay? Bakit? Ano ba ang papel de liha?

(One day my Aunt Maring came for a visit.
She said, “What’s wrong with you Milagring?”
You keep on scrub-sweep-scouring and scrub-sweep-scouring
Until your palms have gone rough 

and thick skinned
They’re like sandpaper! Please take a break and smoothen your skin
Or Turing may not hold your hands anymore.

Minsan nilagnat ako at napilitang mahiga. 
Si Nanay, tumabi sa akin. 
Nang tumass ang lagnat ko, 
punas dito, punas doon. 
Nang sumama ang pakiramdam ko 
lunas dito, lunas doon. 
Nang sumakit ang mga buto ko, 
himas dito, himas doon.
 Pero bakit hindi mahapdi ang himas ni Nanay? 
Bakit hindi nagasgas ang balat ko nang humimas at humaplos siya sa akin? Lalo akong guminhawa sa bawat himas ni Nanay. Mali si Tita Maring. 
Hindi papel de liha ang mga palad ni Nanay.

(One day, I was sick and need to rest. Mother laid down beside me. 
When my fever was up, she wiped me here and there.
When my body was sore and tired, she soothed me here and there. But why don’t I get scratched by her rough hands?
Instead, I felt better. No, Aunt Maring was wrong. My mother's hands were not sandpaper.)

Pumunta ako kay Nanay at humawak sa kamay niya.
Pakiramdam ko kahit kailan, ayaw ko nang bumitiw pa…

I went to my mother and held her hands. I felt like not letting go…ever.

I am getting teary-eyed again. Now, I'm gonna publish this entry, log out,then I will go home to my mom, and hold her rough, loving hands.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Higalaay: Kagay-an Festival 2013

I am from Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines. Proud to be a Kagay-anon!It is the so-called gateway to Mindanao. CDO, as we fondly call our place is nicknamed the city of golden friendship. You may ask, why is that? Forgive me for this short history lesson. "Oro" means gold but gold cant be found in the city's riverbanks nowadays. Instead, gold can be found in the hearts of Kagay-anons, known for their friendly and open disposition. :)

 August 28 is the citywide celebration of the Kagay-an Festival 2013. "Higalaay" which means friendship was the main theme of this year's celebration.It is the feast of our patron saint Saint Augustine. A lot of activities and events were lined up since the beginning of the month. Some of these are captured in these photos. 

Parade around the city,participated by the different schools

Parade of Icons

These pics are not mine. I grabbed it from the official Facebook page of the festival.I didnt witnessed the festivities kasi in person. I just watched the live telecast of the events.  I am not gutsy enough to brave the crowd! Ang dami lang talagang tao. And the heat, oh the heat. So I just watched the events in the comfort of our home.:)

It looked fun, right?

What's fun in CDO? You can go whitewater rafting if you are the adventurous type. Ziplines are fun here since Dahilayan Adventure Park is a mere hour and a half ride from the city. Nature tripping is your thing? We have a lot to explore here,too. Malls and hotels are sprouting like crazy! Goes to show that the city is indeed in bloom.And you cant go wrong with the friendly and hospitable people of the place. Come to think of it, Filipinos are known to be friendly and hospitable, not just the Kagay-anons. Thats why, despite of all the floodings, bombings, and awful political news nowadays, its still more fun in the Philippines. :)
More fun, indeed!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Michael Scofield! *Sniff!Sniff!*

Its Friday! The long weekend is officially on the roll. Before coming home, Zay and I went to Robinson's to buy gifts for my inaanak's birthday tomorrow. Then we had dinner at the Pambansang Fastfood ng Bulilits, Jollibee. Mommy has no choice. My girl wont eat anywhere else.

When we arrived home and I opened blogger, guess what greeted me?This post of Kuwento ni Mumay. Can you believe it? Me, I can hardly. I have been in love with Wentworth in Prison Break , like forever. Its one of my all-time favorite series. I have made kuwento of that in this post. I had marathons of PB and spent long nights watching it. I just love Wentworth Miller aka Michael Scofield! And now, he admitted that he is gay. Right, gay. That handsome, sexy, muscular hottie is gay. You can cry your hearts out now, ladies.

I may be living under a rock for the past years because this is the first time I heard about this. Apparently, there has been some rumor circulating that he is gay for years now. And now, he has finally come out of the closet, so to speak. Just wanna clear things out. I have nothing against LGBTs. I have a lot of friends from that sector of the society. But, I just cant believe that MY Wentworth Miller is one. Just goes to show how looks can be deceiving.Well, I still love him, gay or not! My husband knows that. :)

So,when can we hear the confessions of other good-looking-rumored-to-be-gay hunks in local showbiz? LOL!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bouquet of Awards

Today is one of the times I felt like a school girl, excited to go to her recognition day. Nothing beats the feeling that after all your hard work, you get recognize by people around you. That is exactly how I feel whenever I get awards like this.

These handful of awards are given to me by  The Home-Based Diva. I have been following her blog for quite sometime now, loving her delicious yet simple recipes, her make-up reviews and her thoughts on random things. I felt like she was my bff in my past life. Definitely someone I would be friends with in real life.

Im gonna pass on these awards to the great blogs around. But first, the rules:

1.        Display the award on your blog.

2.              Announce with a post.  Make sure to post and link back to me as a thank you for the nomination.

3.              Present up to 15 awards to deserving bloggers.

4.              Drop them a comment after you have linked them in the post.

5.              Post 7 Interesting Things About Yourself:

*I love dresses. I buy dresses even if I don't get to wear them.
*Do you ever felt that your so stressed out , with a million things to do, yet, you love the adrenaline rush? I do. A lot of times.
* I don't wear a watch. I just like my arms bare.
* I don't wear my wedding ring and my engagement ring. Hubby doesn't mind. He doesn't wear his,too. He is a chef kasi. No jewelry in the kitchen, please. 
*I love coffee. I love it bitter and creamy.:)
* I had an 8mm kidney stone. Thank God its out. Im staying away from salty foods. Yup, those yummy, salty food.:(
*I am a curly-haired chick that used to dream of straight hair. Now, I wanna embrace that curly chick again and love her whatever kind of hair she got.

Kitty Kat, thanks a lot for these awards. God knows how interesting my blog life has become since knowing you.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Little Love for Mother Earth

It was a Saturday. I was up at the crack of dawn. I should have been away sailing in dreamland for a couple more hour. But no, I was up so early I put the roosters to shame. My graduate school was going to attend a mangrove planting activity that morning.

It was a first for me, so excited I was. A new adventure. A way of showing my love for mother earth.

An hour from Cagayan de Oro City is Alubijid Marine Protected Area. It is a coastal town, a few meters from the highway. A few mangroves can be seen in the beach. But definitely not enough for the fishes to thrive on. 
See? We need more mangroves!!!
This is a mangrove seedling. You just push it down the wet sand, Tie it on a bamboo stick next to it to prevent it from getting washed out by the waves.

The Graduate School was joined by some policemen in this endeavor. Way to go, men in blue!

Footprints in the sand

I'm leaving a piece of me in those mangroves, hoping to make a little difference.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Going Paperless

I gave in.
After weeks of indecision, I finally gave in and bought a tablet. I rather strongly promised myself not to buy one because:
 1. Its expensive. Thousands of pesos will be spent for that little piece of gadget that might go obsolete in a matter of months. Yes, months! With the way technology has been going, God knows what will be trendy next month.
2. Another distraction for the little one. It will cut down on her study time. How will we study if she has Candy Crush and Pou to play? She can be hard-headed pa naman at times.
3. What would we do with another gadget? I have my laptop that serves me well. I'm pretty satisfied with it despite its bulk.

Well, thanks to my cousin, I changed my mind. My cousin has an Ipad Mini. When he visited our home, I got the chance to use it. Lo and behold, I found it really cool. I'm not so much of a gamer. But what got me sold was the free e-books! Hubby has been nagging me about my collection of books that has overflowed to our floor. Most of these are fictions from way back my college days. Kaya naman may sentimental value ang mga ito sa akin. I saved my meager allowance to buy these.I cant let him throw it out!
But I got his point. Our house is messy with all those books in the corner. Dusty,too, triggering my asthma. And e-books are green and eco-friendly. No trees are cut down to make those pages.  That's why I realized that a tablet can be my life saver. I cant give up reading. You might as well say I should stop breathing.
So I threw all my hesitations out the window and bought a tab. Not the expensive one ha. I'm not ready to shell out big bucks for something that may go out of style in a snap of the fingers. Just some cheap brand that serves the same purpose. And I'm pretty much happy with it.

What did I realize after the purchase? That I can count on my girl to keep her word. She and I came up with an agreement that she cant use it on school days,she cant bring it to school, and she will only play with it for an hour at a time. So far, I haven't been having any problem( crossing my fingers). My girl has been keeping her end of the bargain.

Any good books you can recommend?