Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Majestic Mayon Volcano and My Mother Dear

Mama just turned 63 this month and I missed her even more.  I wish I could go back home and  stay with her for a while.  It's hard being away for so long.  I have been encouraging my Mom to come over but she doesn't want to.  She said that she might  not be able to  survive the long flight and seeing the  winter scene here, she said she would  sure not survive living here.
I am glad to see  new photos  of her and other family at my sister's facebook page.  This was taken yesterday at my paternal  relatives place.  Mama and my two siblings have visited them.  The volcano you see on the background is the Mayon volcano, a very active volcano in Bicol region.  I kind of relate my Mom to this volcano because  she is very active and never want to stop  doing things.  
My nephews and nieces are getting so big.  I don't think they will  know me when we visit and they were born when I was here already.  

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Job Hunting

I copied this collage from my sister's Facebook page.  She is currently looking for  work this month.
I hope and pray that 2016 will be a good year for my youngest sister.  She was a little bummed that her 2015 did not end up on a good note.  She was laid off from her job so now, she is looking for a new one. Hopefully,  her application  will be accepted so she won't get depressed.  I wish you good luck Nhe!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Not Just A Fashion Statement

While you're on a boat in the middle of a lake or another body of water, you might think that everything will be fine and that there aren't any kind of risks involved. However, anything is possible, and if there is an incident where you fall from the boat into the water and can't swim, then one of the marine life jackets that are on board could save your life. 
At any time while on the water, just like on the road, there could be an accident involving another boat. There could be an issue with the boat hitting debris that is in the water that the driver can't see. Any emergency could result in being in the water. The life jacket can help to save your life as well as others who are on the boat. It helps to keep you afloat if you don't know how to swim or if you don't have the strength to swim in the water on your own because of an injury. 

You might think that you can swim just fine, but if you are in the water for an extended period of time or there are a lot of waves in the water, then it can make you tired faster than you realize. The life jacket can give you the support that you need even if you are one of the best swimmers that you know. If there are children on the boat, then the jacket can help to keep them above the water and sometimes help calm their fears of being off the boat. 

If it's cold in the water, then the jacket will help to keep you warm. In most cases, you will usually be in your bathing suit while in the water, so there isn't a lot of material that is there to keep your from getting cold. In the event that you are being swept away in a current or if you are below the surface of the water, the life jacket will get you positioned in the direction where you need to be while in the water until you can get help or get back to the boat.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Overseas Call/Talk with Mama

My youngest sister went home to be with Mama this past Christmas.  I wish I could be with Mama every Christmas!  I sent Mama some money for Christmas but  she said she will be using it to  repair the damge at the house that the typhhoon caused.  I was going to call  them  on Christmas but there was no signal there and they  also had a black out  ever since the typhoon hit.   So I waited for  them to come to  the city  before I called.
Glad to see Mama again even on pictures.  To hear her voice makes me cry, I want to hug her but I can't.  My sister said that they really miss us as well.
I wish I could convince Mama to come over here.  She is still refusing to entertain the thought of flying.  I hope we could visit the Philippines soon.  I am missing them terribly!  It's been  years since I last seen them.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Great Friend

I am so grateful for  friends like Ate Chay.  She does a lot of things for us  and even  treat my fmily like her own.  She is one of those people I admire the most because she and her husband raised their four kids really well.  Two of her older kids have graduated in college and  have  jobs and  that is something  so admirable.  I wish that I could  give Ate Chay a break and teat her  a good vacation, that would be nice.  Of all the things that she does for us, she deserve  a good break.  
Thank you Ate Chay for  doing things  for my family, we love you!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Future Plan

Ifeel bad for myyoungest sister, she is hving a rought time  right now.  Her contract to the school has ended  last month so she is trying to find another job.  ON top of that, she is also bummed out that she did not pass the licensure exam for teachers.  I told her to hang in there and  just keep  thinking positive.  God always has a plan for every one of us so   she will be okay as soon as she dosn't give up pursuing her dreams.
My husband  told me that I could petition my sister here so I will look into it and seehow long will it take for me to  petition her.  I asked her to send me  some documents and I hope that she would consider it.  Maybe, I could  encourage my MOm to come over if my sister  is here with me too.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Picture

I grabbed this picture of my sister at her Facebook page.  Timing for Halloween lol. In the Philippines, some people believe that  witch exists.  I have never seen one  so I don't believe in it.  The word Aswang means witch.  On another note, my sister  was hired at the school where I worked then.  She was just a substitute to one of the  office secretaries.  Her  contract will end  on the last day of this month.  She is worried as to what her future holds.  She think  that the Dean wants her to stay but  she is not sure if it is going to be approved.  I told her to have faith and pray a lot.  I always pray that she  get employed their permanently.
I talked to her  the other day and she  is still worried  about  her employment.  She hasn't heard  if she will be hired permanently or not although she said the Dean  would love her to stay but it is up for the management to decide.  Anyway, one of the secretary's main job is to take minutes  when there are faculty meetings.  This is where her weakness lies because English is not her strong suit so she  asks me  once in a while to help her translate  minutes.  I told her that there are different ways to improve her vocabulary and reading  more often is one of them.  I also told her about the translation service that Rosetta Translation agency offers worldwide.  I know that with her salary, she won't be able to afford it but it's one of the   different options she can use in the future.  For now, I help her out when I am not busy but I told her that she can't rely on me because I am also very busy  most of the times.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Learning about Ancient Civilizations with Online Resources

The Chinese and Roman empires made a significant impact on the shaping of modern culture. These empires' influences can still be seen in the world we live in today. Despite their importance, you may find it difficult to remember key facts about the Roman and Chinese empires. You also may not be taught everything you need to know about these cultures in school. When you want to learn as much as possible about these empires without traveling to Rome or to China, you can research and read more at your leisure by using the Internet for this purpose.

Part of your research may include comparing and contrasting the two cultures. You may want to know how they are similar and in what areas they differed greatly. When you click here, you can compare and contrast the two great empires to find out this information. These details can provide you with the basis of a scholastic paper or a project that you can present at school. You can also research this information for your own enjoyment if you consider yourself to be a history buff.

As you research, you may discover the importance of silk in the Chinese empire. Silk was a primary export and a resource that attracted people from all over the world to want to engage in trade with China. The online resource can teach you about what is known as the Silk Road, which was a route that connected China to the rest of Asia. You can learn what kinds of people traveled through this route and for what purpose they chose to travel by the Silk Road. You can also find out how the Silk Road impacted other cultures and religions, such as Islam and the Mongolian Empire.

After you research online, you may want to have paper resources available to you to read further about these empires. Using the links at the top of the page, you can get information about the book that covers the subject. You can also find essays written about the Chinese and Roman empires. These resources can provide you with references to use for your own scholastic purposes. These empires played a significant role in shaping the world today. You can learn more about the empires and the people who ruled them by using the Internet to conduct research for academic or personal purposes. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Job: From Review Center to Office Job

For few months, my youngest sister Mae has been working at a Review Center.  The  salary is  low but I told her that for the meantime that she hasn't found a good opportunity, she should   stick with it so she would gain more experience.  Last month, she asked my opinion about  an o=oportunity that opened  at  our Alma Mater and  she was torn whether to  go for it or not.  I told her that it's good opportunity for her although she is just a substitute, it is always nice to  explore different possibilities.  She is now working at Divine Word College and I am very proud of her.
I am also glad that she is maturing now.  She  opens up with me and tell me  things that is going on in her life.  She also  has her own place now and I am very proud of her.   I hope that  she would get  hired permanently in school.

Update: 8/03
This morning, I was talking to her and she told me that her former boss, asked her if she could work part time.  I told her  that if she could squeeze it in her schedule to go for it.  It is always great tp have a back up plan.  Although she is hired  from Divine Word College until October, it is not permanent yet since she is only a substitute.  So glad to see her suceed and apy in lfe.

  I am praying for you Nhe, luvya!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Birthday Trio in JUne

Hello everybody, this is Mae again. It's been months since my last post about Mama's birthday. I have been very busy with my work lately that I hardly have time to even chat with my Ate Chubskulit Rose. I think my body is suffering from my hectic schedule because I have been sickly lately.

 But anyway, I know this is late but I would like to greet Ate a happy belated birthday through this blog post. She has been so instrumental to me ever since I was a baby. Mama said that Ate was the one who gave me the name Zilreen because she wanted me to be the last baby of the family that's why she chose the letter Z. All of my siblings' names starts with R and I am the only with Z.  Below is the  video I made  for her birthday yesterday.


A Sister who knows how to make me smile, and cry at the same time. A sister who taught me the things I know by now, I am so glad you're my sister. Happy2x Birthday sa padabaon kong sister, Chubskulit Rose wish you all the best, enjoy your day, take care always and I love you so much...
Posted by Zilreen Mae OpeƱa on Tuesday, June 9, 2015
I would like to thank my boyfriend, George for making me a video on my birthday as well. Yes, Ate and I celebrates our birthdays one day apart but since she live  in the US and I am here in the Philippines, we get to celebrate together because of the time difference  which makes it sweet.


for my bday girl..happy birthday po..
Posted by George Rosales on Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Another sister of ours, Ate Rosel, also celebrates her birthday in June. Hers is on the 20th. So yes, we are June babies!  I thank God for my family, for the job  that I have, for  friends, and for  all the opportunities that comes my way.  I thank God for Ate and Kuya John, without them, I don't know where I am right now.  Thank you sending me to college, I am where I am now because of you.  God bless!
I thank God for all the wonderful people including a super loving and kind boyfriend.

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