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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Why My Mommy is the Best?

"Every mom in the world is the best." President James E. Faust once said,  "One of humankind’s greatest blessings is for righteous womanhood to hold “the highest place of honor in human life” and to be “the perfect workmanship of God.” Today on Mother's Day, I would like to share some of the best lessons "my mother taught".  I hope one day my daughter will learn the same things because truly our examples are the best teachers. 

My mother taught me that "Faith" is doing our best and believing that the Lord will provide.
There was a time in our life when my father was laid off. We didn't have money. There was no food for the next meals. My mother asked me to change. She said, "let's go. We will find and bring home food". After we said a prayer, we went to my mom's friend. We cleaned their house and folded clothes. We came home that night with full of groceries in our hands. I learned from that experience that faith is trusting in the Lord's tests. He will be there no matter what. He will never forsake us.

My mother taught me to take care of my spirit and my body. 
These two should and always a combo. My mother's love for health and the word of God is so evident in her day to day life. We had our regularly early morning exercise and scripture study when we were young. We used to wake up at 5:00 AM. We stretched and flexed together as a family in front of our house. My mother taught us to detoxify toxins from our bodies. We learned to eat vegetables and fruits. She also introduced us to a variety of fruits juices and herbs. My mother is the best reflexologist. I never had to drink any medicine when I was sick. Her magic touch was enough. I grew up hearing her say, "Early to bed, early to rise. Makes a man healthy and wise!"
I developed a love for reading the scriptures because of my mother.
In 2nd Nephi 32:3, it says "Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. My mom demonstrated what it means to feast upon His words.  Feasting is a gradual process that starts in "liking" to read because there's someone or something that pushes you to do so, (my mom). Then it becomes a habit. You obey this time because of love. You are "loving" it. Feasting is equivalent to  needing" it. You need to read just like how you need the air to breathe. You feel incomplete without doing it. From like to love, then to need. Feasting is more than reading it daily. It is delighting in the words of God by prayer, study journals, likening and personal applications of the principles learned. Thus, leading us to becoming like the Savior. This is how she studies the holy scriptures.

My mother taught me the importance of education and learning skills. 
When I started school in kindergarten, I never liked it. I was mostly absent and I didn't even attend my graduation. So my first year, first grading period in elementary was worst. My classmates already knew how to read and write fast. I was lost. But I don't remember my mom pressuring me to get A's/ 100% at school but she motivated me to do better by a "reward system". And yes, I was 1st honor at the end of the school year.
She also believed in me. There is so much power in that phrase. I hope every parent will believe in their child because believing is the beginning of becoming. My passion for writing started when my mommy discovered a write up I made when my favorite dog died. She told me that I am a good writer and she kept that little note I wrote. I love that she values what I can do. She taught me how to do laundry, to be clean, to speak English fluently, to sew my clothes and to be organized in all things.

My mother taught me to love music. 
Music runs in the blood of my mom's family. They are all musicians. My mother learned how to play the piano and the guitar by herself. I remember when I was still in primary, my mommy bought a small organ and she taught us the basics patiently. I guess mom was very successful at this because all of us 6 children learned how to play the piano and the guitar plus my eldest sister also learned how to play the drums. We actually had a band named "the Persons" before.
And yes! We had our first voice lesson by mom! She was a choir conductor since I was a baby. And today she is a choir member in the states.
We had so much videoke days when we were kids. Mom usually turns on the TV and the microphone and each of us take turns singing while cleaning the house. Oh I miss my childhood days. There's so much fun because of mom!

My mother taught me to serve the Lord in any circumstance. 
My mother is a servant of the Lord. She has a very valiant testimony. She loves it. She lives it. I will never forget her big bags with all her visual aids, books, scriptures and music sheets in them every time we go to church. My mom is a great teacher. She expounds the doctrines
of Christ very well. She is vibrant and energetic! Fired up & ready to go. We had many days spent at the temple together. We searched and performed temple ordinances for our ancestors. She inspires us to always be willing to act upon and not to be acted upon. She taught us that the more we serve, the greater the power we can receive from the Lord.

My mother taught me to be strong and to learn how to make myself happy.
In times of trials and pains, I never see my mom self-pitying nor in a corner crying. But she's always positive. Faithful people always see things in an eternal perspective. My mom never blames. She taught me that sometimes life can be unfair, we might be unfortunate or failures will come but these should never determine our future. We have the power to choose and change our paths. We can celebrate each day. Happiness is and will always be our choice. I realized that one of the measurements of a successful parenting is to be able to teach our children how to make correct decisions even without our supervision. To teach them to stand on their own with dignity and integrity. My mom taught me that even in darkest times, we can smile! Life can be tough but a good humor will help you get through it.

Finally, my mother taught me to be a mother. 
I feel like I can sit all day enumerating  what she has taught not just to me but to all of us. My mother taught me that being a mother is the best and noblest calling in life. She was working when she had me. Now that I am a working mom, I realized that no honor is better than to be a good mom. I really don't know specifically what a good mom is. But I guess just like how my mom defined it through her ways, being a good mom is to love your child untiringly. It is to be a parent not according to our will but His will.  A good mom recognizes her imperfections and will do her best to keep the Spirit of the Lord with her so she can serve her children better. In the end the bottom line of being parents is to help each child return to God's kingdom safely.

My mother is not a "tropa or a barkada type". She was my trainer, a mentor. In the scriptures it says, "Train up a child in the way she should go, and when she is old, truly she will not depart from it."  (Proverbs 22:6) To my dear mother, know that I feel extremely grateful that you are someone I call, "MY MOTHER". Just like how I used to say it every night before I go to sleep, I love you, I really do.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Our April Highlights


It's a month of training, interviews and evaluation at work.
It's a month of spiritual feast, youth con preps and meetings at church.

April 1. Advance Supervisory Training of Michael's.
April 2. Happy 1st Sunday in Pasig with Tita Iroal.
April 3. How to set up a travel and tour agency Training for me.
April 4. Happy Birthday Brother Nembu! 
April 8 & 9. 187th General Conference

We started our employee evaluation this month. It was fun learning and growing with these amazing people at work. Al though it's really tiring to talk all day, I'm grateful that I have developed my listening skills too. It was remarkable when one of them asked me if I feel fulfilled so far for what I have achieved right now. It made me really think and ponder for a time. Well, I'm glad that it's a yes.

April 13 - 15. We also decided to spend the Holy Week Long Weekend in Clark. We explored inside this area. We went to El Kabayo, had a scoop of gelato at Cream Line, and checked-out Fontana Leisure Park.

We were sick this weekend. We stayed home. Rested.

WEEK 4 - Busy.. buzzy!
Attorney came and we had meetings, meetings and meetings.
The hight light of our week was the QStrike Team Building at Lola Corazon Leisure Farm in Candaba. It was a great day!!!
The week ended with a dry run for the youth spectacular.

Our March Highlights


We had our first international flight as a family this time of the year. We visited the beautiful city of Singapore. It was an unexpected vacation with my High School Best friends. We flew from Clark International Airport after lunch and arrived past 5:00 PM at Changi Airport.
Cedrick picked us up and met Eloi at Marina Bay for dinner. It was a lovely night. We ate pizzas and pasta while serenedad with beautiful songs by a live band . I guess they were filipinos. We also witnessed the dancing fountains show with the bubbles. What a great welcome!
Then we headed to the Montesurs' humble abode.
We were so lucky to have this free accommodation since SG is a very expensive city.

We went to Singapore Zoo + took a photo at the Night Safari. It was so much fun! My favorite part of the day was the Elephant Show and Michael's was the white Lion. It was so nice to see our daughter enjoying all the views and how she interacts and smiles at almost everyone. We also had gelato for snacks. Truly, beautiful places and experiences become more memorable when spend with a loved one. We then met with Von and his family at Marina Bay. We ate dinner there again but this time we tried Singaporean meals. We also saw the current Prime Minister while waiting for them. He was walking around the Bay area to check when we discovered a bunch of people encircling him. We were so lucky that he passed by right in front of us. I was impressed by his humility and simplicity. He only had 2 body guards. He was wearing a casual attire. I learned that a true leader serves.

We attended the 9AM sacrament meeting. It was the first Sunday of the month so we were blessed to hear the testimonies of the members from Singapore. We were planning to share ours too but failed to do so. After lunch,  It was an adventure for our little family on our way to meet Eloisa and the crew in Sentosa Island. We were planning to get a taxi but ended up exploring by the MRT Train. When we were about to take our 3rd train, we saw a sign pointing to cable cars going to Sentosa. So we decided to take it instead. We were so happy!!!!! We made it to Sentosa Island!!!!! It was a marvelous experience for the three of us. The view from the cable car was indescribably amazing!!!!
Plus we received simple gifts of surprises when we reached the Island.

We spent the rest of the day with the best friends and the families at Adventure Cove. This place had exciting pools, slides and snorkeling area. It was Zeprhine's first swimming experience. We rode a floater on a running lazy river. It was so much fun as we passed amazing fountains, caves, fishes, and other statues along the way. We also tried the extreme slides they have there. My most favorite part was the snorkeling experience with the lives fishes. We swam with hundred of fishes!!!
Our day ended at the Gardens by the Bay after a Singaporean Meal for Dinner. What a magnificent view of beautiful plants, flowers and lights!!!  We sat and enjoyed watching the dancing lights.
My heart was full. I felt extremely grateful for this moment.

We spent the whole day at Universal Studios. I started to miss Disneyland right after we entered the park. They have 7 attractions. My favorite so far is the transformers ride. We met a lot of characters too! The water world show was also breath taking! It was a high class performance. We were so tired but everything was fun and exciting.

Chinese for a day on a shopping day! We bought pasalubongs at Chinatown. We tried some Chinese food there too. They had street food like fish balls, chicken balls and etc. Then, we went to Japanese and Chinese Gardens. It was so cool to see all the zodiac signs in this park. I got too excited when I saw Mulan's statue and the other well known Chinese leaders like Confucius. We also saw many temples, houses and bridges. Then we met with the Tadina Family and ate in one of the restaurants at the MRT Station Terminal. It was so nice to meet their beautiful daughter.

Departure Day. We packed our stuff in the morning, cleaned our room and chilled at the airport. We rode an uber taxi Mazda CX5 something like that. It was a very nice car!!!
By the way SG has a cool, clean and nice airport. We got free massage, got our refund from unused MRT passes, ate, played, took some photos and some more photos.
Brother Ticong picked us up from the airport. We reached home at past 9PM.

Thank you so much Singapore! It was a great time!

March 11 & 12. Stake Conference
March 15. Zephrine met Dusty, Jane, Sela & Kj
March 19. Couple Speakers at Sacrament Meeting 
& Stake Youth Temple and Family History Workshop
March 20. Lunch at Hello Kitty Cafe with Attorney Mhe-Ann
March 25. A Sunday with Arayat Branch Saints 
+ Lunch at Mt. Arayat National Park
March 27. Happy Birthday Mother Lydia
March 30. Labor Laws Training at Camelot Hotel, Quezon Avenue

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Happy 3rd Year with ProLook/Quickstrike!

This week pondering focuses on humility,

D&C 5:24. Behold, I say unto him, he exalts himself and does not humble himself sufficiently before me; but if he will bow down before me, and humble himself in mighty prayer and faith, in the sincerity of his heart, then will I grant unto him a view of the things which he desires to see.

What a perfect thought as I celebrated my 3rd year anniversary with Prolook and Qstrike Mnfg. 3 1/2 years ago when I had my Skype interview with Dusty. I was at Disneyland, CA and he was in UT. I never thought this short chat would have directed the course of my life.
This job is very special to me. I started only as a Liaison, and now 3 years had passed, I am now the General Manager for QuickStrike Mnfg. Philippines Incorporated. From 1 employee to 47 amazing assets! Wow! I never expected it will come this far. Truly when we seek God's will through humility, He will exalt us. He will show us the way.

It's like yesterday when I was sitting by myself at a little corner inside Alson Sportswear Office. There were many many times when I wanted to quit. I felt left out. Alone. From Pasig to Pampanga. "Napag-iiwanan" because all of my friends are with big and well-known companies. I felt tired. There were discouraging times when good employees resigned. There were days when I doubted my own abilities to lead. Being a leader can be very lonely. It was very difficult to stay strong and happy while combatting my postpartum depression.  There were times when all I wanted to do is to be a full-time housewife. Truly, nobody can do it alone.  The words of Dusty, our CEO pricked my heart when once  he told me, " When I look at each employee in this factory, I feel a strong desire to work hard because I need to bring food on each of their table". I learned that in life, everything we have and those we will yet acquire are not ours but the Lords. He entrusts us with all of these resources, power, fame and richness to lift  and serve others. When He gives you this opportunity, take advantage. Grab it.

Sometimes, God gives us contradicting commandments. Thou shall multiply and replenish the earth but thou shalt NOT eat of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. It's easy to choose between good vs bad options. But it's very hard to choose between two good options. Which is better? Which is best? Should I move? Should I quit?
The first thing to do is to humble ourselves before God. Pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Open our hearts to acceptance and understanding of His judgments. He might assign you to a place you do not desire to be but His plan is always better than ours.
He sees the past, the present and the future at the same time. So there's no reason to doubt His will.
Secondly, choose that which concerns the good of others, rather than that which only benefit ourselves. My personal vision for myself is to leave this world a better place.

We have missions. In our pursuance to achieve them, choose a job that will give you a balance life. A company or a career that will allow you to become a good mother,  a loving wife,  a servant of the Lord and a servant of your fellow beings. I pray that in our pursuit of happiness, we may not only focus on one single mission and take other worthy purposes for granted. There are ways to accomplish all line upon line. We must always enjoy the journey because it is always more important than the destination.

So yah! Happy 3rd year to me....
Aside from being a Manager, I am also a wife and a mother to a cute baby this year, 2017.
Work Hard. Play Hard. Be the game changer.
Dreams do come true to those who have courage to pursue them. - Waltz Disney