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I’m a little bit sick today.  I wish I am at home with my Mom’s Tender Loving Care.

YOU WILL MISS THEM

I know one day, you will miss them.

You’re going to miss their deafening loudness and innocence hassles and the peak of their dirty shirts and countless toys.

You will miss them in your room while hanging out, watching you dress and crying out loud.

Soon you will miss them when they grow up and you get the break you want.

You will miss them needing you all the time because they’ll find comforts with friends or other people whom they liked.

You’re going to miss everything because when they own their freedom, you didn’t own their time.

So while still possible, enjoy their childhood and bear the hardship. Never say “hope you will grow up fast” because surely, one day, you will miss them, you will miss your little ones.

 

 

 

ODE TO MY FATHER – K-movie

 

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Cast: Hwang Jung-Min / Kim Yunjin / Oh Dal-Su

This movie became my favorite instantly, it’s perfect.

The cinematography is absolutely stunning. The plot is flawlessly well written. The transition between the present and the past is executed purely.  It takes you to some of the big parts of Korean history.

I think I cried for an hour and my heart tugs at my heartstrings.  I was into this man’s extraordinary life throughout scenes of laughing and weeping.

This movie is truly an epic.Beautiful.

Verdict: 10/10

 

PAYING THE PRICE.

Do you have kids who drastically change their behavior when they become teenagers?

My son’s behavior becomes a problem after he reached the age of 14. Sometimes it confused me if his manner is appropriate to his age or just because he’s in the process of development. I am baffled between ignoring him or punishing him. Remaining calm and telling him what is right seems to give him an extra tantrum too.  He appears to be controlling, and just wanted us to ignore him all the time.

When we tried to correct him or made some remarks when he did something bad, he usually does the smart mouth talking which is really, really annoying. He has no control of his anger at all.  He says what he wants to say even though it shows disrespectful and rudeness.

I really wanted to lock him in the box and just release him when he’s at the age of maturity or place him back on my tummy. You can’t stop thinking about silly things, especially when you expect him to give you strength instead of draining your remaining kindness and putting you to the limits.

How hard is it to become a Parent?  I know it’s more than words to explain. I realized and imagine how my Mom and Pops suffered too when I was in my age of rebellion. I think I am paying the price now.

With prayer, I am hoping that he will settle better than me, that he will discover more good things about people, that time will take his side to mold him into a better, kinder, respectful and considerate man I am praying him to be.

Goodluck.

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MAD without YOU

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“Sometimes you are mad at me. Sometimes I’m mad at you.  But we still enjoy being the perfect mother-daughter pair because we would go mad, without each other.”

LITTLE ONE.

After two miscarriage, finally, God gave them one.

Welcome to the world, my Niece.

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DEFENDANT (K-drama)

“I’m Seoul Special Unit Prosecutor Park Jung-woo.”

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Ji Sung.  My favorite Korean actor.  He is excellent, versatile and his skills is a top notch.  Why Am I saying this? because, in this drama, he will grab your attention from episode 1 to the finale with his detailed acting abilities. He was superb! He sent chills down on my spine and leave me speechless.

Defendant was truly an enjoyable ride. It’s not a surprise they got the impressive ratings that broke its own record.  The story depicted not only about corruption, violence, and prejudice, but it’s all about love.  A kind of love that you would fight to attain truth and justice, a love that was never returned and lead you to become a twisted person, a love that will give you endless strength to fight.

I would say that this drama upped not only because of the strong plot presented, the acting was astounding too.  The cast is actually quite large, but despite, everyone’s character played a significant role to their best (especially the villain) which help the show become more thrilling and remarkable.

If you want to be desperate, lunatic and emotional, this drama is for you.

Verdict: 10/10

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S

I don’t hang out with friends for fun.

We hang out because we are friends.

RIGHTS TO DO IT.

I always told myself that I can do everything in my power to be a successful person and a supportive single parent to my son. I have no remorse of these two responsibilities in my hand; to be a mom and at the same time to be a dad.  Yes, I do complain occasionally when colors turned out dark, but most of the time, it’s a feeling of accomplishment and somewhat I am always proud of.

Honestly, for the past long years, my son and I never have received the rights for financial support from my x-husband. It was clearly stated in the Philippine Constitution the anti-violence against women and their children, that we should be protected. I am fully aware of this law, but have never used it properly to protect my son. I became the slave of my own hard work and reputation.

Then, I woke up one day realizing that I shouldn’t carry this load alone. I must teach someone how to handle responsibility and not just to live a life of ease. So, while I was in the Philippines, I went to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office with my son and made a complaint address to his father, who is working now in Italy, with a demand of financial support monthly, or else, he will be blacklisted to work abroad and will be deported back to his hometown. Honestly, I really don’t want to create drama, but for now, it really works.

So, just last month, my son received his allowance in complete amounts stated from the agreement. It was our little feat shared of what we have fought for our rights.

To all the women out there that suffered this kind of issue or more than that, we should never feel disgrace or to be embarrassed to contest our rights as a woman and for our children. We might feel a little hesitant as every beginning is hard, but being fearful or ashamed of our situation leads us to hardiest life.

So,  be brave and have a little faith in yourself.

I believe I can do it, you can do it, we can do it!

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OLD FRIENDS

They are my childhood friends (except for the kids of course 🙂

I can still remember playing, fighting and being friends with them again. Those happy memories seem like it was just yesterday, but actually, it has been long years to count. To be honest, it was amazing that I have friends in my life for over 30 years, I am quite thankful for that. Though we just meet once in a year (because of my work),  we never missed any chances to be reunited when time is certain for all of us.

As the saying goes; Beautiful memories are like old friends. They may not always be on your mind, but they are forever in your heart.

15 years

Happy Birthday to my one and only.  

I ❤❤❤ YOU

My last vacation in the Philippines was quite peaceful and sweet.  Most of the time, I stayed only at home and hanging out with my son. It was not really an extravagant vacation as what other people expected. In fact, It was really my plan to spend my 35 days with my family especially with my kid.

During my entire break, I have seen some changes with my son. He is no longer my baby, but not quite a teenager too. He doesn’t want to be kissed and hugged in the public. We don’t walk together holding hands, but he just put his arms around me. He keeps on checking with my schedules when he was at school and never skip a day without following me around.

We both still love watching movies and do some food trips. He never has the patience to wait for me when I do shop. He’s not a branded person, to buy a casing for his cell phone is a major spending for him. Still, he doesn’t want me to wear shorts and sexy dresses. When I put some dark eyebrow makeup, he said ew, that I don’t look good at all. He just wanted me to be simple and unnoticed.

We never stop talking about this and that. He still sleeps in my room. I always reprimanded him for being lazy and giving too much attention to his mobile and play station. I am happy that he has good friends around, who helped him to improve his personality from being a killjoy to cool guy. See, he talks with my friends now, unlike before. Yes, still he has his mood swings, but it becomes irregular now.

We still argue and fight, but we knew we always have each other.

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If I am still in the Philippines today, he would be my pretty date.

Who says Valentine’s Day is exclusive only for lovers?  We can date anyone!

Happy ❤❤❤ day to all 🙂

The Legend of the Blue Sea (K-drama)

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Sometime during August 1598, newly appointed governor Dam Ryung (Lee Min-Ho) stays for a night at an inn run by Mr. Yang (Sung Dong-Il). During that evening, Mr. Yang shows Dam Ryung a captured mermaid named Sim Chung (Gianna Jun). Later that night, Dam Ryung releases her into the ocean and, before she swims away, Sim Chung reaches out her hand to Dam Ryung which he briefly holds.
In the present day, Joon-Jae (Lee Min-Ho) is a smooth-talking conman with magician like abilities. He works with Nam-Doo (Lee Hee-Joon) and Tae-O (Shin Won-Ho). For their next score, Joon-Jae impersonates a prosecutor and swindles a large amount of money from a wealthy suspect’s mother. Joon-Jae then travels abroad and stays at an oceanside resort. Meanwhile, Sim Chung is swept up in a tidal wave and washed ashore near the oceanside resort. She sees Joon-Jae.

This drama is like my comfort food; warm and familiar.

The legend of the blue sea managed to bring the characters into satisfying portrayal. The relationship of the two main leads stands out as the finest legend of sweetness and impressive fairytale.

Though we have Lee Min-Ho and Gianna Jun’s combined talent, the story writing has not become the perfect drama at all. It was predictable, and though there was an appearing of slight twist and turns, still there was no element of surprise. It was just so enjoyable and relaxing to watch, avoiding you not to be pestered with any inconsistencies that weighed down from numerous episodes.

The finale of the show seized with lots of emotions, apparently with goodbyes and reunions,  plus lots of love and kisses. They wrap-up all with perfections, giving everyone a happy and satisfying ending.

I’m pretty sure you will leave the screen with a big smile and a happy heart.

Verdict: 8/10

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I miss you every day

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“I’m jealous of people who get to see you every day”

HOMESICK

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I’m back from my vacation and I felt a pang.

This is not strange or unfathomable because I always knew this kind of feeling, this is homesickness.  The difference is that it’s hitting me hard this time.

I miss everyone back home.

HOME SWEET HOME

More than eight hours flight to the Philippines was really exchausting. I never even have enough time to sleep in the plane maybe because of my mix emotions of  excitement and  tiredness. I just wished going back home was just a few hours trip.

But thanks to God, I had a safe trip. I had a good meal too, a good wine and a quite turbulence during the flight.


And finally,  I’m home.

Happy New Year everyone! 

SWEET STRANGER AND ME ( The Man Living in Our House) K-DRAMA

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Hong Na-Ri works as a flight attendant. Her mother passed away 10 months ago and she doesn’t have any other immediate family members. Hong Na-Ri returns to her hometown to visit her mother’s grave. There, she sees a young man at her mother’s grave. The man, Go Nan-Gil, introduces himself as her father. Before Hong Na-Ri’s mother died, she married Go Nan-Gil. He now lives at her mother’s house and runs the small dumpling restaurant that her mother ran.

The Finale, bow.

I can’t wait to end this drama not because it really interests me, but because I just don’t like it anymore.

Objectively, Sweet Stranger started out with so much potential. It was sweet and warm. The whole step-father setup was the main course of the plot, the show was well cast, and there was no doubt from the actors’ performances too, but just like the other dramas without a better plot, the story runs slow, was dragged and a lot of flashbacks which I believe was just shown to kill the time.

In fairness, what I like in some parts of the story is the mature relationship of our protagonist. The couple used to discuss their problems and issues, being honest with each other and trusting their relationship even though things got messed up and scary. I like the Hong dumpling store too, actually I love to eat dumplings. This must be enough.

Verdict: 7/10

 

FLYING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.

This is a scheduled post.

Possibly, I’m in Dubai airport right now as one of the thousand rush travelers going home for Christmas. Yes, I will be traveling to the Philippines to spend the holidays with my family. I am just so excited!

I haven’t celebrated the Christmas and New Year with them for eight years. At least now, I am allowed to leave in this season, our company audit will be on summer so it never complicates my schedule. I am so free!

I might be very busy this week, so I want to greet you all in advance a Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.  May we always have the spirit of blogging and sharing for the next year.

Enjoy!

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LOVE WITHOUT LIMITS

It Doesn’t Take a Perfect Person to Find a Perfect Love.

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A very inspiring story.

For a minute, I was ashamed of myself for complaining about certain things in my life, and here comes Nick, born without arms and legs, never gave up for praying and asking God’s miracle in his life. Truly, who obeys God will receive an abundant blessing.

Love without limits is a humble, moving love story of Nick and his wife Kanae. It described a godly relationship from Courting to Parenting without giving judgement.

This book is worth reading, especially to those contemplating about dating relationships or marriage. To love without limits is difficult in nature, but it is possible with God’s intervention.

Verdict: 10/10


If Cats Disappeared from the World

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A postman learns that he doesn’t have much time left to live due to a terminal illness. A devil then appears in front of him and offers to extend his life if he picks something in the world that will disappear.

You will get an extra day to live, but all the person you love along with their memories with you will vanish, how are you going to live without those?

The story of this movie discovers the postman’s connection to people in his life, through the things that has been eliminated by the devil. He wondered a lot if he disappeared from the world, who on earth would mourn for him? If cats disappeared from the world, how would the world change?

The cat signifies his relationship with his mother and it was the last course by the devil to disappear, will he agree on it?

I love this movie.  I cried quietly for how many times, maybe because I don’t want to perish with full of regrets.  Nevertheless, we are all going to die, let’s try to live every single day as if it is our last day.

A must see movie with strong performances by Takeru Satoh, Aoi Miyasaki and Mieko Harada.

 

Verdict: 10/10

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