Tuesday, December 25, 2007

We Were Elfed

Wishing you the best of the Christmas Holidays, from our family to yours....


Saturday, November 24, 2007

My Thoughts

Hello, I'm not really in a blogging mode tonight, but I just want to share my thoughts. I was in Ayala Center with the kids this afternoon. We were just so happy to see the big taurpaulin poster hovering over the mall's fountain area. It was about the "Suessical the Musical" a play adapted from the Cat in the Hat all-time favorite children's tale by Dr. Suess. I was waiting for my turn to be served at the information booth, where tickets for the said play can be secured, when two couples caught the attention of the lady in front of me in the cue.

Lady: I don't like what the shirt that the guy is wearing
( Looking at me and her companion)
...I couldn't help but look at the guy she was referring to

ME: Oh yes, I agree with you, it's very degrading
Lady: How could he dare to wear such beside his girlfriend?
ME: And how come the girlfriend accept such intolerable act?
Lady: mao jud...

Looking at what the guy was wearing, it's a navy blue shirt with yellow print that goes " I'M WITH STUPID ---->" and the girl beside him was his girlfriend ( I just assumed looking at their lovey-dovey gestures at each other.)

Tsk...tsk...tsk... wala pa gani nagminyo, wala na ang respect unsaon na lang ug magkadayon? Basin magpaprint na pud ug lain shirt " IM WITH ______"

Just a simple reminder for all the couples out there...

1 Corinthians 13
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


I just want to share this forwarded email from a dear friend, Mommy Fe. These are worth pondering on...

"Love is when God became man."

Some years ago, on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.

In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.

His father, working in the yard, saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, he ran toward the water, yelling to his son as loudly as he could.

Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his father. It was too late. Just as he reached his father, the alligator reached him.

From the dock, the father grabbed his little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the father,

but the father was much too passionate to let go.

A farmer happened to drive by, heard his screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his father ' s fingernails dug into his flesh in his effort to hang on to the son he loved.

The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Dad wouldn ' t let go"

You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, not from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. But some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let you go. In the midst of your struggle, He ' s been there holding on to you.

The Scripture teaches that God loves you. You are a child of God. He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way. But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead. The swimming hole of life is filled with peril - and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack. That ' s when the tug-of-war begins - and if you have the scars of His love on your arms, be very, very grateful. He did not and

will not ever let you go.

Please pass this on to those you love. God has blessed you, so that you can be a blessing to others. You just never know where a person is in his/her life and what they are going through.

Never judge another person ' s scars, because you don ' t know how they got them. Also, it is so important that we are not selfish, to receive the blessings of these messages, without forwarding them to someone else.

Right now, someone needs to know that God loves them, and you love them, too - enough to not let them go.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Frances Turns 6

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The Birthday Girl

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Happy Birthday, Baby Love

As I'm typing this, the clock is about to strike midnight. I'm hoping to get done by the time it's officially October 3, my Baby Love, Frances Clare's 6th birthday. I just hope she gets to read this blog post by the time she's interested in reading blogs already. I just want her to know that Mommy and Daddy couldn't thank God enough for giving us such a bubbly girl like her. We couldn't forget that joyful day she came to this world through me ( via caesarian section at that). Our first meeting was very unforgettable. From the time I was lying down on the operating table at 1:00pm till the time she was pulled from my tummy at 1:10pm, I was eyeing on what was going on the whole time, so excited to meet her. It was a big feat for me already having to brave the sight of scalpels, blood, seeing my tummy opened, and all. For me, this was a different kind of meeting after having pre-eclampsia during Jeremy's birth. That time, I was under general anaesthesia and was fully unaware of what happened then. And though, we were equally happy when I gave birth to Kuya Jeremy, it was only during Frances' birth when I was fully aware and was there to welcome her into this world. Baby love, please know that the doctor immediately noticed your cute dimples after a few minutes you came out from my tummy and exclaimed, "Pretty, pretty!!!" That's how you are and will always be. Happy Birthday Frances Clare! We love you!

Friday, September 28, 2007

25 Reasons Why You Should Start Drinking Green Tea Now

Green tea has increasingly become a very popular drink worldwide because of its immensely powerful health benefits.It is extraordinarily amazing what green tea can do for your health.And if you're not drinking 3 to 4 cups of green tea today , you're definitely NOT doing your health a big favor.Here Are The 25 Reasons Why

You Should Start Drinking Green Tea Right Now:

1. Green Tea and Cancer
Green tea helps reduce the risk of cancer. The antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times better than vitamin E. This helps your body at protecting cells from damage believed to be linked to cancer.

2. Green Tea and Heart Disease
Green tea helps prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the level of cholesterol. Even after the heart attack , it prevents cell deaths and speeds up the recovery of heart cells.

3. Green Tea and Anti-Aging
Green tea contains antioxidant known as polyphenols which fight against free radicals. What this means it helps you fight against aging and promotes longevity.

4. Green Tea and Weight Loss
Green tea helps with your body weight loss. Green tea burns fat and boosts your metabolism rate naturally. It can help you burn up to 70 calories in just one day. That translates to 7 pounds in one year.

5. Green Tea and Skin
Antioxidant in green tea protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals , which cause wrinkling and skin aging. Green tea also helps fight against skin cancer.

6. Green Tea and Arthritis
Green tea can help prevent and reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Green tea has benefit for your health as it protects the cartilage by blocking the enzyme that destroys cartilage.

7. Green Tea and Bones
The very key to this is high fluoride content found in green tea. It helps keep your bones strong. If you drink green tea every day , this will help you preserve your bone density.

8. Green Tea and Cholesterol
Green tea can help lower cholesterol level. It also improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol , by reducing bad cholesterol level.

9. Green Tea and Obesity
Green tea prevents obesity by stopping the movement of glucose in fat cells. If you are on a healthy diet , exercise regularly and drink green tea , it is unlikely you'll be obese.

10. Green Tea and Diabetes
Green tea improves lipid and glucose metabolisms , prevents sharp increases in blood sugar level , and balances your metabolism rate.

11. Green Tea and Alzheimer's
Green tea helps boost your memory. And although there's no cure for Alzheimer's , it helps slow the process of reduced acetylcholine in the brain , which leads to Alzheimer's.

12. Green Tea and Parkinson's
Antioxidants in green tea helps prevent against cell damage in the brain , which could cause Parkinson's. People drinking green tea also are less likely to progress with Parkinson's.

13. Green Tea and Liver Disease
Green tea helps prevent transplant failure in people with liver failure. Researches showed that green tea destroys harmful free radicals in fatty livers.

14. Green Tea and High Blood Pressure
Green tea helps prevent high blood pressure. Drinking green tea helps keep your blood pressure down by repressing angiotensin , which leads to high blood pressure.

15. Green Tea and Food Poisoning
Catechin found in green tea can kill bacteria which causes food poisoning and kills the toxins produced by those bacteria.

16. Green Tea and Blood Sugar
Blood sugar tends to increase with age , but polyphenols and polysaccharides in green tea help lower your blood sugar level.

17. Green Tea and Immunity
Polyphenols and flavenoids found in green tea help boost your immune system , making your health stronger in fighting against infections.

18. Green Tea and Cold and Flu
Green tea prevents you from getting a cold or flu. Vitamin C in green tea helps you treat the flu and the common cold.

19. Green Tea and Asthma
Theophylline in green tea relaxes the muscles which support the bronchial tubes , reducing the severity of asthma.

20. Green Tea and Ear Infection
Green tea helps with ear infection problem. For natural ear cleaning , soak a cotton ball in green tea and clean the infected ear.

21. Green Tea and Herpes
Green tea increases the effectiveness of topical interferon treatment of herpes. First green tea compress is applied , and then let the skin dry before the interferon treatment.

22. Green Tea and Tooth Decay
Green tea destroys bacteria and viruses that cause many dental diseases.It also slows the growth of bacteria which leads to bad breath.

23. Green Tea and Stress
L-theanine , which is a kind of amino acids in green tea , can help relieve stress and anxiety.

24. Green Tea and Allergies
EGCG found in green tea relieves allergies. So , if you have allergies , you should really consider drinking green tea.

25. Green Tea and HIV
Scientists in Japan have found that EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) in green tea can stop HIV from binding to healthy immune cells.

What this means is that green tea can help stop the HIV virus from spreading.

Sunday, September 02, 2007


Here are some THEN and NOW pics of our family. I tried to make some digital layouts to set a comparison between me and Frances...Hubert and Jeremy...it was lots of fun!!!

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Look-Alike Meter

Go figure how I would look like 20 years from now, hehehe...

And for my kids...I tried to use the look-alike meter to determine who looked like whom? When we were still BF/GF, many people would say we look alike. My pupils in Sacred Heart School would even refer to Hubert as my twin, and were even surprised when I told them that I'm getting married to the man on the picture on top of my office table. One pupil really reacted " Whaaat?!? You're marrying your twin?" hahahaha...
Now the result would really prove that we do really look-alike ...well almost :) It simply shows that our facial features complement each other.

Though Jeremy looks like his dad by 5%, it's a very thin line between looking like me or his dad... :)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Happy 3rd Anniversary Bloggie

My, how fast time flies!!! I have been blogging on and off for the last 3 years...Yipee, I never imagined it would last that long. At first, I just gave it a try upon the encouragement of my brother Rene and now I've managed to post more than just one entry. Not bad after all :)

Happy 3rd Anniversary my dear Bloggie...mmmuuuuaaaahhhh!!!

Friday, August 10, 2007


I'm on blog-hopping mode lately, so please bear with the short post. As I blog-hopped, I have learned a few important things about how to live life...Carpe Diem!!!

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Thursday, August 09, 2007


Moments ago, I just made a pledge, hope you will too.

I signed up and pledged to:

* Unplug my computer, TV, DVD player, fans, and other home appliances when they are not in use.

* Make sure they are not on stand-by mode, otherwise they’ll continue to consume electricity and energy even when you are not using them. Consuming more energy than necessary translates to more carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants!

Such a simple gesture but would really make a big difference if we start it with our own homes. Hope you'll sign up too :)

Simple lang, pledge for the planet! Just click on the icon and do your part...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Feel Good Music

My cousin and I have been looking forward to this "Songs of Love and Healing" cd of Kris Aquino since the time she announced it over her show. Well, eventhough it has been released already, I still couldn't find the time to go to the mall to grab my own copy. Good thing I chanced upon this site while bloghopping. Thanks for uploading this on the net. It's pure coincidence that the song Healing which I featured in my earlier post is included in this album too. Yayyy!! I recommend this album, it is such a feel good playlist, soothing to the ears and to the heart as well. Happy listening!!!

Find more music like this on Easy Listening

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PS Just concentrate on the songs though, you'll find some of Kris' narration very funny, hehehehe...

Saturday, July 21, 2007


To see a person healed is such a wondrous sight to behold. The process of healing does not follow the dictates of time, it just comes naturally...it is not something that should be pushed, enforced, otherwise all efforts will just go to waste...

During the past days, I have been witness to how people close to me have sweetly reaped the fruits of putting faith in God to aide in each one's healing process...

A friend of mine was almost in the verge of seeing her family apart due to her husband's physical, verbal, and emotional abuse on her and her kids. But with fervent prayers by our circle of friends, with the intercession of Mama Mary, her husband, with all his mighty height and arrogance, suddenly made a sudden turn and showed all signs of remorse thinkable. Well, that was worth a second chance especially that it was an answered prayer from above.

Another healing story is about a cousin whom I really consider as my bestfriend. For a time, I had a falling out with her since she wasn't able to show up at my wedding where she was supposed to be my maid of honor. The reason--- poor boyfriend was in a relationship with another girl, as a result my cousin developed a heart problem and was hospitalized and went through some kind of depression of sorts. She never made an effort to say sorry for not showing up on my special day. But fast-forward to the present, we are the best of friends ever, no one else can surpass that kind of relationship. I understood that breaking up was never an easy thing to accept, I should know, I've been there, done that, hehehe! Now that we have our own families, we share notes, read what's on each other's minds even before we blurt it out, we know each other inside-out. I can only say, time and experience did not only heal her but myself as well. The most important of all is that we prayed for it.

The most unforgettable healing story of all is that of Hubert's former girl. Christmas 2005 was such a memorable day for me since I received the most important gift Baby Jesus gave me which was hearing her manage to create a coversation with me. It was very touching because for me it was a sign that she has been healed and has broken the bondage. I know it took much effort on her part and it was not an easy one knowing that there were other people around who were making such a big deal out of it more than we do. I have been prayer for that moment to come and it came. For that, praise be God! And thank you also :)

The road to healing is such a very long journey. Healing entails with it the ability to accept, forgive, and gain wisdom. From all the stories I shared, there was one common denominator which helped through the process---POWER OF PRAYER. It never fails, we just have to to wait :)

Now let me share with you a song about healing. This has been my favorite since I was in Grade 3 up to now, can you believe that?hehehe

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Dining at Home

I really look forward to weekends spent at home since I have all the time in the world to prepare our meals. During weekdays, I always end up eating at the school canteen where my kids also take their lunch. Here's a glimpse of what we had over dinner...

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How about Crispy Kangkong for appetizer?

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Spicy Gambas, anyone?

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Or, how about Pork Strips in Char Siu Sauce?

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

It's in the Paper!!!

Last Saturday, the kids and I tagged along with Mama and Papa and went to their Eastland abode. While Papa was about to park the car, Sunstar's Joshua Cabrera, our neighbor, was so excited as he called on to Papa, " 'Nong Jorge, pagpalit ug SunStar kay naa si Frances sa SunStar Weekend page 4.Kung wala kay copy kay ako ihatag ang ako complimentary copy." Hahaha, as in, ana ka detailed ang info ni Joshua. So off we went to buy the newspaper. And true enough, she was first in line among the flowergirls. It really was in page FOUR in the Weekend Section. This was one of the wedding pictures taken by my brother, Rene, during Dennis and Mawen's wedding in December of 2006. Mawen happens to be Joshua's only sister. Since last Saturday was the last Day of June, a month for most brides marching down the aisle, the SunStar article was, of course, about weddings. I can still remember the preparations we did for the wedding. Imagine, I was only given one week before the wedding to prepare the invitation, contact the caterer, ready myself to be the hostess, and take care of the program. The whole Enriquez family was in full force during the big day. My brother Rene and sis-in law, Jolana took care of the wedding photography, free of charge ha?; Mama and Papa were one of the principal sponsors; Frances was one of the flowergirls; and yours truly was the program hostess. Not to mention that Mama had to make their wedding cake upon learning the night before the wedding that they still don't have a wedding cake, hehehe. So that's the reason why her wedding landed on the local daily for having spent a minimal amount of Php 25,000.00 pesos with 50 guests and reception held at the Eastland Clubhouse. It wasn't a grand wedding, so to say, but one of the best weddings I have ever attended so far. For the reason that it was a very intimate one, with only their family, and close friends witnessing their "I do's" and that "Bayanihan" spirit proved to still exist inspite of the modern world we live in. Everyone in the neighborhood worked hard to make this event possible within just one week preparation,it did happen, and I'm so glad I was part of its success! As in hurray for our teamwork!

And here's our little girl in her one-day-featured-photo in the daily, hehehe...you made mama and papa soooo proud!!!

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Monday, June 25, 2007

The best things in life are free, and so are the photoshop brushes I've downloaded last night...yes, they are freakin' free. I'm a newbie when it comes to digital scrapbooking after having spent some years doing the traditional stuff --- collecting, cutting, layouting, blah...blah..blah.... I'm not much of a techie though, but I'm open to learning and unlocking new doors to the world of digital scrapbooking. One advantage I really appreciate is that I can easily upload my digital layouts in my Friendster, Multiply, and my blog, in seconds , yipeeee!!! So here are my works using those free brushes :)

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Frances and Andi

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Sepia Mode

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my short do :)

Saturday, June 23, 2007

I Love Surprises

My first grader son, Jeremy, came out of their class last Thursday and lingered a little while with the school guard. At first, he was tinkering with this mega phone and all of a sudden, I heard his voice all over the place saying " I love you, Mama..." My heart melt at his gestures...and everyone in the school's waiting area heard it too. haaay...sweet!!! I love you more Kuya Jeree and Frances!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

First Day Of School

It was back to school for the kids starting last week. Lo and behold, this enormous tarpaulin in front of the school building caught my eye. And guess who's in it? It's Kuya Jeree...as in proud mommy kaayo ang mama, hehehe! ( sagdi na lang ko kay tagsa ra ni )

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The third pic at the bottom of the poster is their grad pic last March

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Kuya Jeree is the one at the left wearing a Hawaiian shirt

Some playful moments with Franee

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, My Love...

Words are not enough to express how thankful we are to God for having you as a wonderful father to Jeremy and Frances Clare. We love you!!!

Happy Father's Day also to my Papa Jorge and my brother Rene, and to also to my brothers-in-law.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Survey Time...assuming you'll care hehehe

The longest survey you'll ever fill out!

1. Time started: 10:20pm
2. Full Name: Amabelle Enriquez Del Castillo
3. Single or Taken: Married
4. Sex: Female
5. Birthday: October 9, 1976
6. Siblings:1 - Rene
7. Shoe size: 6 or 7 depends on the brand
8. Height: next question please :P
9. What are you wearing right now: my GGCS white shirt and black jogging pants
10. Where do you live: Villa Leida Subdivision, Yati, Liloan, Cebu
11. Righty or lefty: Righty
12. Can you make a dollar in change right now: hmmm, let's see...
1. Who is your closest friend: it's Gra and the rest of the JIGKATE
2. Do you have a BF or GF?: my hubby
3. Did you send this to your crush?: WHat a high school question ahhaha
4. Best place to go for a date?: It's not where you go, it's who you're with.

Favorite kind of
1. Pants: I love the comfy fit of my Crew Jeans...still have to shed a few more pounds to fit into my Vanilla Jeans, haven't worn them yet ever since it got out from that balikbayan box, hehehe
2. Number: 6, it's what was said to be my lucky number
3. Animal: puppies
4. Drink: H20, coffee, milk tea, and Coke, my all time favorite
5. Sport: Sport? What's that? hahaha...I used to play softball when I was in high school, wearing the number 15 ( why kaha?) :P
6. Month: December
7. Breakfast: I just so love Pinoy breakfast!
8. Favorite cartoon: Tom and Jerry, Mr. Bean

Have you ever
1. Bathed with someone? Yeah
2. Smoked: Never ever
3. Bungee jumped: no, I don't think I will do it
4. Made yourself throw-up: Yeah a few times when my stomach hurt so bad I just had to
5. Eaten a hot-dog: Yeah
6. Put your tongue on a frozen pole: Uhmm NO. Who ever wrote this survey is nutts!! LOL...
8. Liked someone so much it made you cry: Well, I do, especially when I'm so overwhelmed with the person's sincerity :)
9. Broken a bone: Thank God I never had any
10. Played truth or dare: Yeah, back in high school, most of the time ...
11. Been in a physical fight: Never...well, I guess I did, when we were young, me and my brother would always fight, hahaha
12. Been in a police car: Never
13. Been on a plane: Yes
14. Come close to dying: yes, when I was still a baby, my mama said I was given 50-50 chance to live due to my swollen liver
15. Been in a sauna: No
16. Swam in the ocean: Yes, somewhere in La Union, I forgot the place, was it San Juan?? Where the showbiz people go surfing, I think that's the one...
17. Fallen asleep in school: no, I couldn't get myself to sleep during lunch break even if most of my friends already were
18. Ran away: nope
19. Broken someone's heart: I guess it's the other way around, they broke my heart, hahaha, well I guess it was a blessing in disguise after all, those jerks hahaha!
20. Cried when someone died: I always cry when someone dies, even when Im not close to them, I feel for their family
21. Cried in school: hehehe, lots of times, I cry when I'm happy, and I cry when I'm sad, it's in our family, tears just well up even if we were just laughing, weird no?
22. Fell off your chair: A big yes. Someone pulled a prank on me, pulled my chair and naturally when I sat down, the chair was in someplace else...but I didn't report him to the principal bec if I did he'd surely lose his scholarship in our school and he comes from a big family. But still, after more than 10 years, I still suffer a bad back after that incident
23. Sat by the phone all night waiting for someone to CALL you: no
24. Saved YM conversations: No
25. Saved e-mails: Important or meaningful ones... the rest get DELETED
26. Fallen for one of your best friends: Eew no. NO offense guys but that's like incest haha
27. Used someone: I don't do that, but someone did use me, too bad...
28. Been cheated on: Too many freakin' times! hahaha

What is
1. Your good luck charm: My kiddos Jeremy and Frances Clare
2. Best song you ever heard: Perfect sang by Hubert
3. Your room like? Now comfy and lived in(finally), just the way I want it to be...
4. Beside your bed: A lamp, my mobile, my computer table, my magazines, my Bible and a bottle of water
5. Last thing u ate: Well I cooked Spicy Gambas and Chicken Adobo for dinner, and went to Jollibee for their Mocha Frost
6. The kind of shampoo you use: I just love the candy scent of Palmolive (pink) and sometimes I use the Sunsilk Summer Fresh, I just love the minty feel on the scalp

1. Believe in love at first sight: Maybe it's more like attraction at first sight, that was the start of something new for me and Hubert when we first met at Orven and Jennifer's pre-wedding party at Cebu Plaza Hotel 8 years ago
2. Like your life for the most part: Of course I do, no regrets
3. Like school: very much, I still plan to go to school again for another course, hehehe, it's gonna be my third
4. High school: went to school at Science High in Labangon, Cebu City
5. Who was the last person that called you: Hubert over Skype
6. Who was the last person you slow danced with: Hubert
7. Who makes you laugh the most: JIGKATE
8. Who makes you smile: Frances and Jeremy
9. Do you like filling these out: When Im bored. Oh who am I kidding I do,I do haha
10. Do you wear contacts or glasses: I used to wear glasses when I was in high school and college, but now I dont anymore after Frances told me I looked like her Mamaloo meaning I look old when I wear one, so stopped
11. Do you like yourself: Of course I do, Sir Glenn used to teach us the song "Would You Take Better Care of Yourself" during our Group Process days in Psychology. The song tells us to take better care of ourselves coz it's important to know that our bestfriend is our own self. You should learn to be more forgiving of your human imperfections when you realize that your bestfriend is yourself...I'm starting to sing it in my head....STOP, hahaha
12. Do you get along with your family: For the most part, yeah. Though we all have ups & downs... But I like to keep it harmonious & spend quality time when I have the chance.. Blood is blood.

Last person
1. You yelled at: Frances, I was so sorry, but I had to coz she kept on crying and asking me to call her Papaloo when she had just hang up my phone after she used up its prepaid load for calling her Papaloo to come over our house and bring her to Jollibee. And she was like waving my phone like mad and almost dropped it in the kitchen sink while I was washing the dishes, hahayy. And a few minutes after the call, Papa was already at our doorstep, she just couldn't wait...

2. Who broke your heart: Aiaiaiaiaiaiiiiiiiiii! I don't have to name names here...you know who you are, hahaha
3. Who is your loudest friend: Grashzya!!!!!! But she makes me laugh and keeps me grounded
Are you
1. Obsessive: Sometimes because Im over analytical but also overly emotional...my goodness its crazy being me hahhaa
2. Compulsive: No
3. Anorexic: No way, do I look like one??? hahaha

Final Questions
1. How many people are you sending this to: Everyone
2. What are you listening to right now: MYMP
3. What did you do yesterday: Stayed in KFI-LEC while waiting for Jeremy, had lunch with him at Jollibee, went to the Basilica Del Santo Niño bec it was a Friday
4. Hated someone in your family:Disliked maybe but never hated
5. Gotten any awards: in high school, got a silver in poster making contest, hehehe, that was it...and oh by the way, I was an honor student during elementary days, hahaha ( brag) :P
6. What car do you wish to have: Whatever, the question is, when will I ever learn to erase my fear so that I can drive, hahaha
7. Where do you want to get married: I'm married already....had our wedding at the Redemptorist Church
8. Good driver: not yet, but I will be soooooooooooooooooon, how soon, that I dont know :D
9. Good Singer: In my dreams haha
10. Have a lava lamp: Nope, I wish to have one...I like the blue one
11. How many remote controls are in your house: Like 2
13. What do you dream about: breathe same air for Hubert, the kids and me, meaning, live under one roof, haaay, wait till 2008
14. Last time you showered: This afternoon
15. Scary or happy movies: I HATE scary movies.. It's hard to erase those scary scenes off my mind once I get to watch one, so I'd rather not, hehehe. I go for happy and feel-good movies
19. Summer or winter: Summer, why??? Do I have a choice ??? wala winter sa Pinas...
20. Silver or Gold? GOld
21. Diamond or pearl? Diamonds are a girls best friend right...well, Im a girl so.....
23. Sprite or 7-Up: 7-Up
24. Orange juice or apple juice: Apple
25. Cats or dogs: I HATE CATS!
26. Coffee or Tea: Coffee
27. Phone or in person: IN person of course!
28. Are you Oldest, middle, youngest: Well, there's only the two of us, so that makes me the youngest, hehehe
29. Indoor or outdoor: I like both

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

My kids are so picky on the food they eat, sometimes it really gets me down thinking what to give them. Until this morning morning, they decided for themselves and made a surprise breakfast with the help of their Ate Jade... when I got down, I was so happy to see them doing the preparation, I couldn't resist taking photos of this candid moment...

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Product of my Insomnia

I still couldn't get myself to sleep early even if this week has really got me working on my toes. The other night, I had just felt I have to do something worthwhile as I wait the Sandman to bring me to dreamland. Here it is, the product of my insomnia...

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

On a lighter note...

It's lunch time now, my cousin Joyce helps me feed my hungry chikitings who are still busy playing with their new toys courtesy of Mamaloo and Papaloo. Jeremy seems annoyed but he still keeps munching on his food, when he suddenly blurted out..." You villi, (referring to the intestinal villi), please stop asking for food now. Don't be shy, come on..." Wahahaha...I was really amazed at how he delivered his thoughts in such an unconventional way. I know that he really wanted to convey that his stomach is already full and so the villi should stop asking for more, hahahaha. Thanks to the Biology books his Teacher Bernie gave him. My, he is learning fast. Kahilak ko cge katawa and at the same time, amazed and thankful to God that he's given me such a loving and smart little boy.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

My Birthday Calculator

Well, this one was really fun and informative at that. I know that I share the same birth date with the Beatles' John Lennon and that I was born on the Chinese year of the Dragon long before. But nobody told me that Play the Funk Music was one of the hit songs on the day that I was born, and I'm glad that I learned about it and many things more from this site

And with this I would like to tag Jee, Bebang, and Grace...

9 October 1976
Your date of conception was on or about 17 January 1976 which was a Saturday.

You were born on a Saturday
under the astrological sign Libra.
Your Life path number is 6.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2443060.5.
The golden number for 1976 is 1.
The epact number for 1976 is -1.
The year 1976 was a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 1/31/1976 and ending 2/17/1977.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Dragon.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Raven; your plant is Ivy.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Choiach, the fourth month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 15 Tishri 5737.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 16 Tishri 5737.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is
12 baktun 18 katun 3 tun 4 uinal 16 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Saturday, 15 Shavval 1396 (1396-10-15).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 18 April 1976.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 25 April 1976.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 3 March 1976.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 6 June 1976.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 13 June 1976.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 25 September 1976.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 15 April 1976.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 2 March 1976.

As of 5/22/2007 12:33:00 PM EDT
You are 30 years old.
You are 367 months old.
You are 1,598 weeks old.
You are 11,182 days old.
You are 268,380 hours old.
You are 16,102,833 minutes old.
You are 966,169,980 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:
Zachery Ty Bryan (1981) Brandon Routh (1979) Steve Burns (1973)
Tony Shalhoub (1953) Scott Bakula (1954) Sharon Osbourne (1952)
Jackson Browne (1948) John Entwistle (1944) Brian Lamb (1941)
John Lennon (1940) Jacques Tati (1908) Bruce Catton (1899)
Aimee Semple McPherson (1890)

Top songs of 1976
Tonight's the Night by Rod Stewart Silly Love Songs by Wings
Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee Disco Lady by Johnnie Taylor
Play The Funky Music by Wild Cherry December, 1963 (Oh What a Night) by Four Seasons
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon Kiss and Say Goodbye by Manhattans
If You Leave Me Now by Chicago Love Hangover by Diana Ross

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 4.37651663405088 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

There are 140 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 31 candles.

Those 31 candles produce 31 BTUs,
or 7,812 calories of heat (that's only 7.8120 food Calories!) .
You can boil 3.54 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1976 there were approximately 3.1 million births in the US.
In 1976 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
In 1976 in the US there were approximately 2,152,662 marriages (10.1%) and 1,036,000 divorces (4.9%)
In 1976 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1976 the population of Australia was approximately 14,110,107.
In 1976 there were approximately 227,810 births in Australia.
In 1976 in Australia there were approximately 109,973 marriages and 63,230 divorces.
In 1976 in Australia there were approximately 112,662 deaths.

Your birthstone is Tourmaline

The Mystical properties of Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline promotes female balance and protection. Green Toumaline promotes male balance.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)

Opal, Jasper

Your birth tree is

Rowan, the Sensitivity
Full of charm, cheerful, gifted, without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

There are 217 days till Christmas 2007!
There are 230 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was waning gibbous.

What's in a name?

I thought of giving this a try. I got this fro Jee's blog, who also got this from Eric's blog... Well, anyway, the meaning of my name has been very consistent ever since. Try looking up in the Webster's dictionary, my name's Latin form is Amabilis= ama(lovable/loving) + bilis ( beautiful)...

What Your Name Means ( I got it from this site

You entered: Amabelle Laborte Enriquez
There are 23 letters in your name.
Those 23 letters total to 104
There are 11 vowels and 12 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:Latin Female Beautiful or loving.
French Female Lovable.

Your number is: 5

The characteristics of #5 are: Expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom.

The expression or destiny for #5:
The number 5 Expression endows with the wonderful characteristic of multi-talents and versatility. You can do so many things well. The tone of the number 5 is constructive freedom, and in your drive to attain this freedom, you will likely be the master of adaptability and change. You are good at presenting ideas and knowing how to approach people to get what you want. Naturally, this gives you an edge in any sort of selling game and spells easy success when it comes to working with people in most jobs. Your popularity may lead you toward some form of entertainment or amusement. Whatever you do, you are clever, analytical, and a very quick thinker.

If there is too much of the 5 energy in your makeup, you may express some the negative attitudes of the number. Your restless and impatient attitude may keep you from staying with any project for too long. Sometimes you can be rather erratic and scatter yourself and your energies. You have a hard time keeping regular office hours and maintaining any sort of a routine. You tend to react strongly if you sense that your freedom of speech or action is being impaired or restricted in any way. As clever as you are, you may have a tendency to make the same mistakes over and over again because much of your response is glib reaction rather that thoughtful application. You are in a continuous state of flux brought by constantly changing interests.

Your Soul Urge number is: 1

A Soul Urge number of 1 means:
Your Soul Urge is the number 1. With a Soul Urge number of 1, you want to lead and direct, to work independent of supervision, by yourself or with subordinates. You take pride in your abilities and want to be recognized for them. You may seek opportunities to display your strength and usefulness, wanting to create and originate. In your desire to manage the big picture and the main issues, you may often leave the details to others.

The positive 1 Soul Urge is Ambitious and determined, a leader seeking opportunities. There is a great deal of honesty and loyalty in this character. If you possess positive 1 Soul Urge qualities, you are very attainment oriented and driven to success. You are a loyal friend and strictly fair in your business dealings.

The negative side of the 1 Soul Urge must be avoided. A negative 1 is apt to dominate situations and people; the home, the spouse, the family and the business. Emotions aren't strong in this nature. If you possess an excess of 1 energy, you may, at times, be boastful and egotistic. You must avoid being too critical and impatient of trifles. The great need of the 1 Soul Urge is the development of friendliness, and a sincere interest in people.

Your Inner Dream number is: 4

An Inner Dream number of 4 means:
You dream of being a very solid citizen that people can depend upon. You strive for organization and predictable order. You want to be recognized as a person with a plan and the discipline to make that plan work like clockwork.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Poll Time

This is just for fun, hope you take time to answer the poll question...

Get your own Poll!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Just for Fun

OMG, it's already midnight, but still I couldn't bring myself to sleep. I always have this syndrome everytime Hubert leaves home to go back to work, and it takes me a long while to end this phase, hahahay... I just took this Blogthings Test to tire my eyes and finally doze off to sleep...hopefully.....

Your Hawaiian Name is:

Kiele Keilana

I also took this What-Kind-of-Flower-Are You-Test. Here's the outcome...

You Are A Lily

You are a nurturer and all around natural therapist.
People see you as their rock. And they are able to depend on you.
You are a soothing influence. You can make people feel better with a few words.
Your caring has more of an impact than even you realize.

And this one's real funny. How could a computer know how I was feeling? hahaha

Your Mood Ring is Blue

At ease

We'll this one though speaks very much about me...

Your Brain is Blue

Of all the brain types, yours is the most mellow.
You tend to be in a meditative state most of the time. You don't try to think away your troubles.
Your thoughts are realistic, fresh, and honest. You truly see things as how they are.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about your friends, your surroundings, and your life.

And with this one, I hit the jackpot, I just love banana splits...peach melba too, yumyum :)

You Are a Banana Split

Fruity, flavorful, and diverse.
Who can beat a true superstar?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

There's no saying goodbye this time, only see you soon...

Before we hit the road to the airport, we hammed it up first for the cam...
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Home Sweet Home


This post has the least texts of all, my head's still in a daze, hehehe, pasensya na ....

Sunday, April 29, 2007

We Just Got Married!!!...again

I couldn't forget the poem Ninoy Aquino wrote for his wife, Cory, that goes ..."I fell in love with the same woman three times." This was immortalize through Jose Mari Chan who made a song out of it. I never really imagined it would happen to both Hubert and me...at least not this year...not on our 7th wedding anniverssary...we planned to have it on our 10th. WE JUST GOT MARRIED...again!!! Just like the song, we could now officially say, we married each other twice, hehehe...

At first it was just a joke after Frances, our daughter, kept on asking unending questions about why she wasn't invited to Mommy and Daddy's wedding seven years ago. Hello? As if she was already there, hehehe. So earlier during the day, Hubert and I left to buy more the ingredients needed for our small salu-salo later in the night, we told Frances to take a nap and be ready to be our flower girl when we get home.

And true enough, she really wore her white and torquiose gown and dozed off in her bean bag while waiting for us to come home...

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Hubert and I brought home this little cake to remind the guests that it's not just a house blessing, its our 7th year of marriage too...to Frances and Jeremy's delight!!!

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Father John Anthony Mary of the Cross, my Franciscan-friar-cousin , arrived to officiate the mass in our new home. He was supposed to be the one to officiate our wedding mass had not his ordination been moved from Rome to the Philippines and was later postponed to December 2000 so he was not able to make it to our April 2000 wedding. Anyway, we mentioned to him that Frances still thinks we are getting married that afternoon because there was a wedding cake and she was going to be the flower girl, hehehe. Father John, welcomed the idea and said, " Why not? You will say your I do's. Why don't you go up and change into any white outfit." In a flash, Hubert and I went down wearing white upper, far off from what we originally wore...orange polo for Hubert, blue spaghetti and white bolero for me, hehehe...

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" I do...I do... I really, really do!!! "

Seriously, it was such a big blessing not only for hubert and me but for the whole family as well. It was such an unforgettable experience for us. Most of all, we love the way it was held solemnly and witnessed only by our families and a few friends. Thank you very much and see you around :)