Welcome to the Christian World Baby Jed

NOVEMBER 14, 2008

First week of November was a busy week for us, after the preparation and celebration of Undas (All Saintโ€™s Day), our niece Cherry delivered her first born, a handsome baby boy at 2:30pm of Friday, November 7, 2008.

Cherry is very dear to us as sheโ€™s almost my eldest daughter. I’m very fond of her, I helped her with her assignments, I turned her hate for Algebra into love and explained to her the basics so she can cope up with her mathematics.

I watched her growing from her teens to a full grown woman. I laugh with her, cried with her and I had been a listener to her laughter and sobs. She almost acquired my activistโ€™s point of views and had been a very idealistic person.

Born to a military family, she had taken the same path. At 26, sheโ€™s now a chief investigator of CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group), Camp Macabulos, Tarlac City. I am closely following her career and hoping the best of everything for her and her family.

Welcome to the Christian World Baby Jed ๐Ÿ™‚

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Baby Jed

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Baby Jed

The new member of the family

See how cute he is… hmmm, she looks like her mommy che ๐Ÿ™‚

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The tired mommy Cherry… sleeping beauty ๐Ÿ™‚

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…and the visitors Ate Evelyn (Che’s mom), Ate Luz & Beth and yours truly in the red shirt ๐Ÿ™‚

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Undas sa Pinas 2008

ย NOVEMBER 1, 2008

Filipinos are celebrating All Saints Day and All Souls Day every 1st and 2nd day of November. It’s one of the most celebrated traditions in our country. We call it “Undas” or “Fiesta ng mga Patay” in Tagalog and because I’m a Bicolana, we call it “Fiesta ng mga Kalag” in Bicol Term.

Fiesta, yes this is almost a festivity as families are going to cemeteries to pray and celebrate. It’s a whole day activity and to some, they even spend it overnight. It’s like a party or reunion as we are also bringing foods aside from flower and candles.

Yesterday, Hub and Jane went at Eternal Memorial Park at 7am to prepare our place. They brought some chairs and light candles while I prepared some food for our lunch and snacks. Every year, I usually cook “pancit” and “malagkit” for this occasion. This is a native Filipino food. We also put “atang” or food offerings in our altars. It’s a traditional food offering for the souls of our departed loved ones.

Some communities are also holding Halloween Party and “Trick or Treat” but in our Barangay (Pinoy Term for Community), families are spending the day at the cemetery. We prepare flowers, candles and my son even bought his pet Meme to spend the day with us.

My kids enjoyed the day playing, eating and running around. It’s also a time to meet old friends as many of our friends who are staying at other towns and provinces are going home to visit their loved ones. This is also a nice time for family reunions so it’s almost a dual celebration both for the departed loved ones and the family as a whole.

These are some of the pictures of the Undas

In loving memory of Inang, Tatay Pedro and Kuya FrancingMy eldest daughter Jesicca >>> pa cute ย ๐Ÿ™‚Yours truly and my kids- Jek, Sab, Isha, Nonoy, my niece Jane and KBHub & the kidsMy youngest son, NonoyJane, Isha & KB >>> hala kain ng kain ๐Ÿ™‚Hub’s niece Marilyn A.K.A. “Basisang” and her BF Aldrin>>> Oiii, sweet nila ๐Ÿ™‚Sabrina>>> Pa cute dinย  ๐Ÿ™‚Inabot na kami ng gabi

My sis in-law, Ate Luz and niece Cherry

E2 c Hub dapat daw me solo pic sya ๐Ÿ™‚ (talo pa ko- ako wala ๐Ÿ™‚ )

at syempre only in the Philippines: Negosyo kahit araw ng patay ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, til here folks, that’s our yearly celebration of UNDAS SA PILIPINAS. Til next post ๐Ÿ™‚ Ingat!

Note: ingat means take care

Happy Birthday Nonoy!

October 26, 2008 ย โ€“ ย My son’s Birthday

Today I get up early to finish my online tasks. I have to finish uploading my articles for my employers so I can prepare for my son’s birthday.

Nonoy is my youngest son. His full name is Robin Corpuz Jr., we named him after my hub and he’s our only son. He’s 4 years old today and I cooked his favorite food, spaghetti. We attended mass and went at downtown area to buy his birthday cake. He picked his own choice of cake at Butterworld with spiderman theme. Thank you Isabel, for a very warm accommodation, she is the cashier of Butterworld Tarlac, Taล„edo branch.

It’s a family affair with my friend Liza of course. It was like a balloon party and the kids really enjoyed playing around and creating different styles. Thanks to my niece Cherry for the balloons.

Nonoy came to us after 5 years of waiting since the birth of my youngest girl Rajisha who was born on August 16, 1999. I thought we’d never had a baby boy. I knew hub wants a boy who would carry his name so when the doctor said I was positive, he simply uttered โ€œI wish it’s a baby boy while rubbing my womb gently. Finally, when my OB-Gyne scheduled me for ultrasound on my 8th month of pregnancy, she informed us that it was indeed a baby boy. Hub can’t express how he felt that time, we went to church to say thank you and it was really a call for a celebration. We were still working at IWS then and he invited his friends for a simple party.

Some of my friends told me that I will have a hard time and hard labor since its a baby boy but fortunately, it was the easiest delivery I ever had among my first 3 daughters. Nonoy’s scheduled date of delivery was on the first week of November but he arrived earlier. Hub went to work then, he’s on a night shift schedule which starts from 10pm to 6am. My kids were already fast asleep while I was busy on my PC when I felt water in my legs. I thought it was just a pee but I can’t control it. When I went to the bathroom I saw my blood stained undies. I am not the type who easily panics so I called my niece Jane and asked her to call hub at the Plant. My things are already prepared in one corner ready for pick up anytime so I just sit and wait for hub who arrived after 30 minutes. I was rushed to the hospital and the nurse hurriedly prepared me. It was almost midnight then and they asked me to relax and not to push too much because the baby is already coming and my OB was still on her way to the hospital. A few minutes later, I saw Dr. Fredeswinda Santos, my OB-gyne hurriedly wearing her gloves and in 10 minutes, I heard Nonoy crying. She put the bloody little figure in my chest and I had managed to gently rub his hair before I lost my consciousness. According to the nurses assigned, that was one of the fastest and easiest delivery they had ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks to you and to Dr. Santos who is my OB with all myย pregnancies.

After a year, I decided to file for an early retirement to take care of my kids personally. After 4 years, my son turned to a sweet little boy, who love to mess around, kiss me and cuddle in my lap. He’s a little brat, spoiled by her sisters, dad and aunts.

He’s a monster at times so we bought his pet Meme(guinea pig) to help him control his temper and it was really effective. He’s very fond of Meme and his excitement was added by the birth of Kikay’s 4 cute puppies. My kids named them after their favorite animes; sakichi, ino, jamaxie and hinata.

It was a happy and noisy party with the kids shouting, singing and running around our small house.

Happy Birthday Nonoy!!

Nonoy’s birthday cake from Butterworld Bakeshop

The birhday celebrant: Robin Corpuz Jr. aka “Nonoy”

The proud mommy at your service ๐Ÿ™‚ oii, kararating lang ng oDesk t-shirt ko, suot ko na ๐Ÿ™‚

The proud daddy

Makukulit na ate

Tita Liza – present sa lahat ng okasyon ๐Ÿ™‚

Cute ba ha? ๐Ÿ™‚

Kainan na!!

Sarrrap!! cake time na!!!

Ang makulit na tropa! KB and CJ with tita Sabrie

Syempre di mawawala ang paboritong Ate Che, Salamat sa lobo ๐Ÿ™‚

at si kuya Czar, papa ni KB

At ang bagong pinsan at miyembro ng pamilya… si Julian ๐Ÿ™‚

Andito si Charis, o diba kumpleto ang Tolenada Family ๐Ÿ™‚

at syempre at Mama ng Tolenada family, Ate Evelyn ๐Ÿ™‚

O, balloon time na haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

At syempre di mawawala ang mahabang kantahan sa videoke. Nabusog kami at malalim na ang gabi ng matulog. Sulit ang araw ng linggo ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for now readers ๐Ÿ™‚ til next post!

Girl Scout of the Philippines

Coping up with my posts, Iโ€™ll be sharing with you one of my daughterโ€™s activity last September 30. Itโ€™s a delayed post but I have many article rewrites and paid blogging work lately so I kinda neglected my blog. Sorry guys, I need to prioritize my earnings since 70% of our income comes from online work and 30% comes from my field work and homebase biz. I have 4 kids to feed and 1 niece to send to school that made 5 kids to grow. Weโ€™re a big family indeed and we really have to work overtime to cope up with our daily expenses.

I am always active and supportive to my kidโ€™s activities and one of this is GSP activity. GSP means Girl Scout of the Philippines. Last September 30, 2008 Tarlac South District Elementary schools from differentย  barangays of Tarlac South celebrated Escoda Day. Sapang Tagalog Elementary hosted the event.

GSP Theme

It started at 6am so my kids woke up early to prepare. It was a whole day activity which includes formation, Marching, Yelling competition and parlor games. The activity ended at 3pm and San Miguel Elementary school was the overall champion in Yelling Completion.

Hub took this picture before they go to the Formation area. He said the morning was so pleasant and he can’t help but take this picture.

I also made a research about the brief history of GSP to give you a clear idea why they are celebrating Escoda day. What or who is Escoda anyway?

Research from Wikipedia.com

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) is the national Guiding association for girls and young women of the Philippines. Its mission is “to help girls and young women realize the ideals of womanhood and prepare themselves for their responsibilities in the home, and to the nation, and the world community. The girls-only association serves 671,267 members (as of 2003).

Lone Girl Scout troops were organized in the Philippines as early as 1918 by American missionaries and servicemen. These Scout troops were directly registered with the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Pilar Hidalgo-Lim and Josefa Llanes Escoda spearheaded the organization of a Scout movement for girls, and requested the assistance of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP). In 1939, Mrs. Escoda was sent to the United States and Britain for training through the help of Joseph E. Stevenot of the BSP. Upon her return to the Philippines, she immediately started to set up the GSP with the help of other civic organizations.

On May 26, 1940, the GSP was chartered under Philippine Commonwealth Act No. 542.

In 1946, the GSP was accepted as a tenderfoot member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) during the 11th World Conference held at Evian, France. In 1948, the GSP became a full member of WAGGGS during the 12th World Conference held at Cooperstown, New York.

Since 1995 the organization lost nearly half of its members; the membership number shrunk from 1,275,113 in 1995 to 671,267 in 2003. In reaction to this, the BSP opened the Senior Scout Section for girls in summer 2006 which led to a public conflict about the focuses of both GSP and BSP.

Program

The GSP’s program focuses on “well-being, family life, heritage and citizenship, world community, preparedness, economic self-sufficiency, arts and environment. Center of the program is the “eight-point challenge”, a merit-badge program. The highest award is the “Chief Girl Scout Medal” which was introduced in 1976.

The Girl Scout emblem incorporates elements of the flag of the Philippines.

Sections

The association is divided in five sections according to age:

* Twinkler Scout – ages 4 to 6

* Star Scout – ages 6 to 9

* Junior Girl Scout – ages 9 to 12

* Senior Girl Scout – ages 12 to 15

* Cadet Girl Scout – ages 15 to 21

Scout Promise

Filipino:

Sa aking karangalan, gagampanan ko ang aking tungkulin

sa Diyos at sa aking bayan;

tutulong ako sa aking kapwa sa lahat ng pagkakataon

at isasabuhay ko ang Batas ng Girl Scout.

English:

On my honor, I will do my duty:

to God and my country;

to help other people at all times;

and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Scout Law

1. Ang Girl Scout ay mapagkakatiwalaan (A Girl Scout’s honour is to be trusted)

2. Ang Girl Scout ay matapat (A Girl Scout is loyal)

3. Ang Girl Scout ay matulungin (A Girl Scout is helpful)

4. Ang Girl Scout ay kaibigan ng lahat at kapatid ng bawa’t Girl Scout (A Girl Scout is a friend to all and a sister to every other Girl Scout)

5. Ang Girl Scout ay mapitagan (A Girl Scout is courteous)

6. Ang Girl Scout ay magalang sa lahat na may buhay (A Girl Scout respects living things)

7. Ang Girl Scout ay disiplinado (A Girl Scout is disciplined)

8. Ang Girl Scout ay may sariling paninindigan (A Girl Scout is self-reliant)

9. Ang Girl Scout ay matipid (A Girl Scout is thrifty)

10. Ang Girl Scout ay malinis sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa (A Girl Scout is clean in thoughts, words and deeds)

Sapang Tagalog Elementary School Stage

Girl Scout Formation – Sapang Tagalog Gym

The big GSP Crowd includes the parents as audience

GSP Patrol Leaders holding the GSP Flags

Star Scout Yell presentation – San Miguel Elementary School

My daughter Rajisha is included in this presentation under my Best friend Liza’s sister Madam Susana Tam. They were awarded as Yell Champion

My daughter Rajisha and her friends – She’s in grade 4

My daughter Sabrina: they are reciting Girl Scout Law

My daughter Sabrina – She’s in 5th Grade

My daughter Sab and her friends. They also won the Yell Competition

Sabrina & Rajisha – My 2 daughters

One positive experience they have experienced transferring to a public school is this GSP activity. They never have a GSP activity when they were studying at Tarlac Montessori School.

Naalala ko tuloy nung bata pa ako, I used to go on camping and jamboree from one place to another, my dad is allowing me to do so but todays generation is different because of many dangers in todays environment so Iโ€™m always hesitant to allow them to join camping in far flung areas. My kids, especially my 14 years old daughter Jessica is asking for permission in their forthcoming camping activity outside Tarlac, on November but I said Iโ€™ll think about it ๐Ÿ™‚

How about you? do you still remember your great experiences during GSP & BSP campings? ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday Daddy

September 19: Happy Birthday Daddy!!

Ayan po, sunod-sunod ang celebration sa family. Mejo me tampo nga si Sabrina at Jessica kasi wala silang pictures at video nung birthdays nila last July 15 kay Sab at August 28 kay Jek. Thatโ€™s why wala silang birthday posts. Anyways, Happy birthday pa din mga anak!! Mwah!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Dina bale, Nagluto naman ako ng mga favorites nyo diba nagkataon lang talaga na busy si daddy at dala ang gadget natin dahil sa project natin sa Xevera remember? at sobrang gabi na dumating si daddy at tito Bong that time at no time for charging pa ng mga cams. Si Jek naman, me klase ka at wala din si daddy pero ang laki naman ng cake na regalo sayo ni Ate Cherry. Nabusog din ako dun ha ๐Ÿ™‚

And we also celebrated hubโ€™s birthday last September 19, Late na din tong post dahil sa mga scheds. Naghahabol talaga ako bago magsarado ang September. With matching snacks and dinner ang handa mo daddy ha, in fairness napagod ako magluto buti na lang wala ng duman request from the kids haha ๐Ÿ™‚

The birthday celebrant ๐Ÿ™‚ Isang banat naman ng Nirvana jan ๐Ÿ™‚

Ang pinaghirapang handa ๐Ÿ™‚ Walang kamatayang spaghetti, Hotdog, Adobong Liempo, Lechong Manok, Loaf bread na may chiz wiz at chocolate cake. Syempre, nagkanin kami nina Liza, pinoy eh ๐Ÿ™‚

Birthday ni daddy pero bakit happy birthday Isha ang cake?

Si Isha lang kasi ang nag birthday na walang cake. Very tight kasi ang budget kaya pambawi sa kanya yung cake ngayun. Isha anak, magpakasawa ka sa paborito mong chocolate cake ๐Ÿ™‚

O ayan, ginawa na pong tabako ang hotdog… sindihan ko na daddy? ๐Ÿ™‚

O, nagtuturuan pa sila kung sino ang kakanta, duet na lang kau mga anak para mas masaya ๐Ÿ™‚

Syempre di mawawala ang mga kaputol pusod sa kabilang bahay ๐Ÿ™‚

Mga ate at kuya nabusog ba kau? Bakit walang pics si ate Eves?

Ah, nasa video daw ๐Ÿ™‚

O ayan ang paboritong pamangkin, mala stolen shot and dating. Ayaw pa nyang magpakuha ng pics at mag pa post sa internet. Dont worry Che, cute pa din naman ah ๐Ÿ™‚ coming soon Mommy po yan mga readers, malapit ng manganak kaya madadagdagan na naman ang maingay dito sa house ๐Ÿ™‚

Diko alam kng serious sa pagkain o panunuod si ate Luz, ano sa tingin nyo? ๐Ÿ™‚

After a days work ๐Ÿ™‚ madaming lutuan at kainan ang naganap… ayan kantahan na ๐Ÿ™‚

Rajisha’s 9th Birthday

August 16, 2008: Rajisha’s 9th Birthday

Rajisha is the youngest among my 3 daughters. We celebrated her 9th birthday at home together with the rest of the family, Her dad, Robin, her 2 elder sisters Jessica & Sabrina and her young brother Nonoy. Her cousins were also present in this simple occasion, Cherry, their favorite “ATE”<a Tagalog term for female relatives> was also with us. And of course, their nieces, KB and CJ.

This is just a very simple celebration, with spaghetti & sandwiches courtesy of my sister in-law Ate Evelyn.

We have a very tight budget so, for you Isha: I’ll make it up to you okay? When I received my payment from Odesk, I’ll treat you with cake and ice cream, promise:)

Family Updates: KB’s Birthday

I was so busy this past weeks I had no chance to post recent family activites and they are asking me to post it.

Makulit na sila… Yung mga pics daw hehehe

E2 na yung mga updates. Minsanan na lang.

August 8, 2008 – KB’s Birthday

KB is my nephew’s eldest daughter. She’s close to us especially to my son Nonoy. They are buddy. She celebrated her 5th birthday on Friday of August 8.ย  Nabusog ako ha, in fairness (I was full)

To KB: Wishing you a happy happy birthday!! Thanks for the cake & ice cream:)