23 December 2005
Maroo's with me right now. She's in Manila for the Christmas vacation (from yesterday to the 5th of January). I'm just so happy that she's here. She's so much a grown-up now that sometimes I still can't believe she was the same little toddler I had to babysit at times some years back. Sometimes, I just look at her and smile at the thought of that little three-year-old who loved to dress up and pose for cameras. "Oh, how fast time flies!"
I can't begin to imagine how our parents feel seeing all of us all grown-up and living lives of our own now. It's, at times, when I just sit staring at my sister that I understand how our parents just can't stop being overprotective and meddlesome. They probably still see us as the helpless six-year-olds we used to be. I still see my sister as such sometimes, okay, most of the time! I just can't help it.
I guess having younger siblings, in one way or another, brings out the "mother hen" in all of us. We feel responsible for our younger siblings and we take it as our duty to make sure they do not go wrong or commit the same mistakes we did. We feel we have to protect them from the cruel world. We feel we know better than they do because we've been there and back. And, most important of all, we feel like we should take it upon ourselves to make their lives easier, better and more comfortable.
Sibling relationships may sometimes be complicated and even beset with problems as there will always be misunderstandings and fights (petty and big ones), but having siblings is definiltely one of the things that makes life a lot more fun and bearable. Unlike friends who (can) come and go, siblings always stay by your side. Well, they have no choice. Hehehehe:)
There are two December birthday celebrators in my family, Mommy (December 12th) and my brother, Adom (Decmeber 28th).
Mom and Supremo, may you both have a great and meaningful year and may all your dreams and wishes for the year to come be realized. I love you both so much. :)
Last Tag of the Year
I was tagged by
Seven things to do before I die (in no particular order):
-go and watch a World Cup match (especially if Trezeguet is playing)
-buy my own house
-get married and have kids
-go backpacking around the Philippines
-be Level 1 proficient in Nihongo
-read and study the Holy Qur'an
Seven things I cannot do:
-finish my masters this school year (waaaah!)
-watch a movie with someone talking anywhere near me
-be a professional soccer player
-stop being bitchy to rude people and people who do not follow rules
-disappoint my parents
-not be a Muslim
Seven things that attract me:
-sense of humor (lots of it!)
-"just came from the shower" look and smell
-piano playing skills
-love for cats
-love for literature
-ability to talk about almost anything/everything (not in a boring, nerdy way)
Seven things I say most often:
-Kiyasokaran a masosowa!
-Oh my God!
-Ah, sou ka?
Seven books (or series) I love:
-Arundhati Roy's "The God of Small Things" (the best!)
-Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist"
-Shaik A. Kadir's "Commanding a Dynamic Islamic Personality"
-Ustadz Iljas Ismael's "Islamic Prayers"
-Bill Bryson's "The Mother Tongue"
-J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter Series"
-L. M. Montgomery's "Anne of Avonlea"
Seven movies I watch over and over again:
-My Sassy Girl
-Legally Blonde 1 & 2
-Bring It On
-Any of the Harry Potter movies
I am supposed to tag seven other bloggers, but, in the same fashion I have been doing tags lately, I won't be tagging anyone in particular. Whoever wants to be tagged is tagged... seven times! Hehehehe:)
Happy holidays, everyone!:) May we all have a great, peaceful and meaningful 2006! :)
18 December 2005
I couldn't let this very special day pass without posting an entry. Now, what makes this day special?
Sometimes, I still cannot believe it's been that long. It feels like it was only yesterday when I started blogging and learning about all these stuff. I thank God for that day, two years ago, when I found Blogger because that day introduced me to the wonderful blog-world where one can easily get lost in. I got lost and officially became a part of the said world and, right now, I don't feel like getting out... well, at least, not yet. :)
Mabuhay ang mga bloggers! (Long live bloggers!)
The FACES of this blog:
The first template I used was, of course, one of the ready-made templates that Blogger had to offer during that time. I remember there were only around 6 or 8 templates to choose from. I got obsessed with improving how my blog looked and making it look more "me" so I tried to find out how I could actually change the colors and add features. I spent a few nights without sleep trying to figure things out and how they worked, mostly through trial and error. There were triumphant moments and frustrating ones. Finally, I was able to "create" something I liked. It was really nothing (I just changed the colors), but I was so proud of it.
After some time, I found out that Blogger actually had added more ready-made templates for bloggers to choose from. I looked at the new templates and instantly fell in love with one of them. The moment I viewed the sample, I thought "this is for me!" I was so happy to find such template so that I changed my template right then and there.
I was happy with my template and I felt it was something especially made for me. And then, one day, I found a blog using the same template. I was a little disappointed, but what could I do? It was, after all, a ready-made template from Blogger. What did I expect, right? So, I decided to just forget about it. Now, at about the same time,
That, my friends, is the story of how this blog came to look like this. Hehehe:)
To everyone who reads this blog, THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)
05 December 2005
I've always been a soccer fan, but I've always liked watching men or boys kicking ball more than women or girls doing the same. I don't really know why. One of the reasons may be the fact that whenever I watch women or girls playing soccer, I'd always have "Why are they there playing and I'm not?" ringing in my head over and over again. Soccer is my favorite sport and I love everything about it. Unlike some other girls I know, I love soccer not because of all the cute and handsome soccer players the world has. That's definitely a plus factor, though. My love for soccer has its roots back in my grade school days. One of my brothers started playing soccer at the young age of 12, I was only 8 years old then. He'd practice with me and my other brother. So, although I never really played the sport seriously, I practically grew up with it. When I was younger, I never really understood how the game went. All I knew was that soccer was fun to play and fun to watch.
Last week, Bok and I got to watch the Philippine National Women's Football Team in action against the Vietnamese (in the SEA Games). We lost, but it was a lot of fun to be a part of the shouting and hooting audience at the Marikina Sports Center! And, it just felt great to be cheering for the country. Despite losing my temper a number of times due to some obvious errors the Pinays made, I really enjoyed the game. And, the Vietnamese were really good. :)
The next time the Team Philippines played, we were there to watch again. It was against the Burmese (Myanmar) this time. Sadly, we lost again. We lost all hope for a medal in Women's Football when we lost in that game. I didn't expect the Burmese to be that strong, really. They got the silver, by the way.
We stayed for the next game because the Vietnamese, who had become our favorite by then, were playing. They were up aginst the Indonesians. The Vietnamese killed the Indonesians, 8 to nil! 49 seconds into the game, the Vietnamese already had an opportunity for a shot on goal. From the start, it was obvious how the game would go, but we stayed on. It was a nice game to watch. Because Team Philippines lost, we really enjoyed seeing another team get slaughtered by a team that we were actually rooting for. It almost felt like we were vindicated. :)
I don't know when our football teams, both men's and women's, will be strong enough for that gold. I truly hope I'll still live to see that day. Or I hope to live to see the day Team Philippines will be a team to reckon with in the World Cup Qualifying at least. Is that too far? Well, there's nothing wrong with hoping, is there? :)
Congratulations to the Philippine Delegation for winning Over-All Champion in the just concluded 23rd SEA Games! Mabuhay kayo! Go Philippines! :)
The picture above is of the UP Women's Soccer Team. I sometimes watch them in practice.