HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!

 

Grabe. True na talaga ito. Another year is about to end, and a new one about to come. Super nagmamadali na akong tapusin ang lahat ng dapat tapusin this year para hindi ko madala ang pagka procrastinator ko sa 2008. Hmmm.

Call/Text friends to greet them a Happy New Year (Check! Nagawa ko na ito pero hindi ko pa natatawagan lahat, naku baka may makalimutan ako)

Finish Pendings at work (Half Check pa lang ito. Mayroon pa akong mga pendings)

Call Caterer for my Birthday Party (Isang malaking Check! I also gave the Sketch para alam niya kung saan idedeliver ang laps)

Clean House for my Birthday Party (Small Check pa lang kasi hindi pa ako masiyadong naglilinis, not that its super dirty kaya lang kailangan ko pang mag vacuum)

Call Mom (I am just about to do that)

Also, and the most important thing I should do before the year ends. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY HEARTFELT THANK YOUS TO EVERYBODY WHO READS AND COMMENTS ON MY BLOG. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO YOU ALL !!!

May we have more happy blogposts for the year 2008 !!!!!

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2007 – THE YEAR THAT WAS

2007 saw me do so many things. Some good, some bad. But life went on. Here are a couple of significant moments that happened to me.

January 1, 2007 – Bestfriend and me in Hongkong. We were literally on air on New Year’s Eve. And spent my birthday walking around and exploring in Hongkong.

January 2007 – While on vacation, I had my Mom’s room renovated, now all her clothes are not scattered in different cabinets, and she can choose what she will wear easier. 

April 9, 2007 – After 9 years of being based in Riyadh. I moved to Alkhobar for another work assignment.

April 13, 2007 – Moved in to a new flat.

November 13, 2007 – After a few months of living together, I got a new flatmate.

December 11 – 12, 2007 – Team Meeting. It was officially announced that our Department is closing and that we will be assigned to other offices. I was assigned to Sri Lanka Airlines Holidays Department.

December 17, 2007 – Called the Credit Card Company and asked them to lower my Limit ( they didn’t understand at first because they said everybody wanted their credit limit to be higher – but I wanted to lower mine. but they got the idea eventually)

December 25, 2007 – First Christmas in Alkhobar and with M.

There are other significant moments that happened but they might seem trivial or even boring to you if I write everything so I’m just going to leave it at that.

What about you? How was your year?


I MISS YOU GUYS !!!

This was taken Christmas of 2005. Oh how time flies. I terribly miss these guys. Wendell on the red jacket always cracked me up with his jokes.  Sally who came still in her dentist’s uniform had a hearty laugh that reverberates. Luis with the shaved head who is now in Baghdad never seem tired from all the activities we did.  Hudson, longhaired tall guy at the back is now in Kuala Lumpur. Omar on my left with the cap is still in Riyadh. Dennis in the denim jacket and Robert with the neck warmer, my Riyadh hosts who are based in Riyadh but on vacation in Manila.

I MISS YOU GUYS !!!!!!!!!!!!


TRULY MERRY CHRISTMAS

It was truly a Merry Christmas yesterday.

Yesterday being Christmas, I was given the option to take the day off from work or go on Half Day but since I had nothing better to do at home, (itutulog ko na naman ang lahat) and most people in the office wanted to take the day off, I opted to stay. But in the middle of the day, M called again. I didn’t answer the call at first but the call left me with confused thoughts as to why call when it was clear to me that we broke off already? Apparently, I was mistaken. Everything was just a result of my twisted paranoid mind.

But my situation made me think. I know I was right. I know I didn’t go overboard. I know I wasn’t acting out. I KNOW I AM RIGHT DAMMIT!  But when I cooled my heels, I asked myself. Did I want to be right? Or did I want to be happy”.  Siyempre happy di ba? Deep in my heart I knew that I did not want to waste more time. I wanted to be happy. We talked about what happened and cleared out things. I knew I didn’t lose anything by letting it pass. My pride wasn’t hurt.

For Christmas Dinner, Eric, myself and M feasted on spaghetti and pan de sal. It was not much but it meant a lot to me. M and I spent two Christmases 400 kms away from each other before. This was my first Christmas with M. Happy ang Christmas ko.

What about you? Would you rather be right or would you rather be happy?


CHRISTMAS PICTURES

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MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Festive Greetings to Everyone this Holiday Season !!!

Let me forget about the unfortunate things happening around me and to me for just a few days. Let me not remember that I have had the unfortunate pleasure of a break up 2 days before Christmas itself. Blind me of the reality that I am many seas away from my family during Christmas and my upcoming Birthday. Harsh.

Let me see that the glass is half full.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO !!!!


EID AL ADHA – FESTIVAL OF THE SACRIFICE

A major holiday in Saudi Arabia is coming up. Eid Al-Adha which this year falls on 18 December – 23 December. Offices will be closed, malls will be closed, maybe even restaurants will be closed and Alkhobar might be jampacked again.

But here’s what I got from Muslim Students Association Website which explains what Eid Al Adha is:

The Festival of Sacrifice, Eid-al-Adha, immediately follows the Day of Arafat. Although only the pilgrims in Mecca can participate in the Hajj fully, all the other Muslims in the world join with them by celebrating Eid Al-Adha, or “Celebration of Sacrifice.”

On the 10th day of Zul-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims around the world celebrate this feast of commitment, obedience and self sacrifice to Allah. This festival is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice everything for God, including the life of his son Ishmael.

Because God spared Ishmael, substituting a sheep in his stead, Muslims commemorate this occasion by slaughtering an animal and distributing its meat among family, friends and the needy as a special act of charity for the occasion. Because of this, many poor Muslims are able to enjoy the unusual luxury of eating meat during the four days of the festival.

They wear their nicest clothing and attend Salatul-Eid (Eid Prayer) in the morning. This is followed by a short sermon, after which everyone socializes. Next, people visit each other’s homes and partake in festive meals with special dishes, beverages, and desserts. Children receive gifts and sweets on this happy occasion. In addition, like the pilgrims in Makkah, the Muslims, who can afford to do so, offer domestic animals, usually sheep, as a symbol of Ibrahim’s sacrifice. The meat is distributed for consumption to family, friends, and to the poor and needy.

To all Muslims around the World! Eid Mubarak!