Life begins…

Since I was a teen-ager, my Mom and I would have discussions about life. One day, she told me that she finally understood why people say that life begins at 40. She said 40 was when she really knew herself and realized what she wanted in life.

Because of this, I never got scared of getting older. While other women wanted to be stuck in certain ages, I embraced getting older. I never thought of aging as a hindrance to success although I was praying that along with my age, my wisdom would also grow. Ang hirap naman tumanda ng walang pinagkatandaan. 🙂

Because of that particular conversation, I think I tried to reach my 40s earlier by doing away with all the dramas of younger years, letting go of negativity, knowing myself and knowing where my strengths lie, and just trying to be clearer with what I want.

I turned 40 this week. This life is so different from how I pictured life at 40 would be. You might ask – different good or different bad? Well, just different.


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The Story of my Life in Beads

Just to be clear (and yes, defensive na kung defensive… LOL!), I am not one to flaunt material possessions. I do not even like shopping for myself and my husband has to force me before I shop. But I am blogging about this because it means so much to me. <3

I was in high school when I discovered charm bracelets. I would go to Silverworks and look at their selection of charm bracelets. I had a couple of bracelets which I loved and wore all the time. I loved it so much that when I got married, my parents gave me a charm bracelet as a wedding present because they remembered how much I loved wearing one.

Today, this is my charm bracelet and it tells the story of my life right now. And I just have to say that I love it so much!


The bracelet itself reminds me of youth, of being carefree, of my parents and my family. And the beads are symbolic of the different aspects of my life right now.

From the left:

  • Stopper – this is a functional bead but, for me, symbolizes knowing my limits
  • Stay Positive – my optimist self
  • Green Waves – my love for the sea and the beach


  • Maternity – one of my most favorite beads; this bead is the reason why I wanted to have this bracelet

Trollbeads maternity

  • Roses for Mom – yeah, it’s redundant with the Maternity bead but this bead was specifically picked by J; symbolic of how much of my life is dedicated to motherhood; symbolic, too, of how J honors my role in our family (I am blessed with a husband who explicitly tells me how much he loves me and how much he appreciates what I contribute to our family.)
  • Letter J – my husband, my partner, my anchor, my forever; J also stands for Julia, Jose, and Jasmin
  • Citrine – a stone for my protection
  • Letter C – my dreams, my goals


  • Flower – my love for nature
  • Three Siblings – my three Js; also symbolizes me and my two siblings
  • Oasis – to remind me that in every desert, there is an oasis; symbolic, too, of my love for the water


  • Faith, Hope, and Charity – values I endeavor to live by


  • Stopper – symbolic of the need for discipline in my life

Ang ganda di ba? Hahaha! Yeah, love your own!

And then because my husband loves shopping for me, J bought me this bangle with a golden rutilated quartz bead.


He bought me this after our meeting about stepping up our game to be better parents to our kids. He bought it because he thought it would be nice. I was actually scared to look up what the stone symbolizes. What if it symbolizes being a bad parent pala? Hahaha! Luckily, this stone is said to help amplify thoughts and to stimulate one’s ability to manifest desires! Buti na lang! Hahahaha!!

I love these bracelets so much, I am even wearing the charm bracelet now and I am just home! Yeah, alam ko… labo men! Hahaha! Bakit ba? Masaya eh! 🙂


I love taking pictures of sunsets. As I think of the sun setting, I think of how, as I prepare for the night time, the other side of the world is preparing for another day.

Tarlac. I took this while on a moving vehicle.

Sunsets remind me how everyone, no matter how different we are at the outset, is the same – we all yearn for a good life, a life with substance, a life worth living; we all need to feel that we belong. Sunsets reminds me to be kind and to be humble.

Sunsets remind me of the vastness of the universe. It never fails to make me stop and wonder at what is out there.

Sunsets remind me that there is beauty in this world. And goodness, too.

Sunsets remind me of God’s breathtaking design. When I stop to think about it, I get amazed at the way the world works. I realize that all the challenges that are presented my way are there for a reason. God holds the key. He designed all these.

Lian, Batangas. Took this on our way back from snorkeling.

Sunsets remind me to notice, to breathe, and to love.


My daughter told me that one of my New Year’s Resolutions should be to go back to blogging. Since July, the month of my last post, my life has generally been pretty… how do I say this… interesting. But because I have realized how much this means to Jia, so yeah, I’m going back to blogging.

Happy New Year!!

It’s worth it.

Blogging this to serve as my reminder that what I am doing is right.

Joya, Iana, and I were waiting for the elevator with another group of people who was waiting before us. When the elevator opened, I asked Joya to let the first group in. When we were all inside the elevator, an elderly Chinese woman said that I was raising him well. She talked to Joya and I was happy with how he answered her. The lady remarked how well-mannered Joya was. We got to talking and she asked me how I did it. Sabi ko lang, “Ganyan po siya talaga.” She asked if I was a stay-at-home mom. When I answered yes, she nodded and said “It’s worth it.”

Yeah, this is worth it. 🙂

What a good way to start the year!


About the picture:

Joya, Iana, and I went in an elevator and Iana bumped her head on the corner of the frame. Joya took it upon himself to protect Iana from further mishaps. He spread his arms to block the frame and said he’s protecting Iana from bumping her head again. He did that during all the times we used the elevator that day (around 4 times). This boy just melts my heart.

Merry Christmas!

I truly believe that it is the most wonderful time of the year 🙂 From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! We wish you wonder, bliss, and peace!

Christmas 2015


DIY Wooden Nativity Set

This brought me so much happiness.

While I was growing up, my mom’s dream was to have a nice belen. Because we did not have much money, it was not a priority. Eventually, when I was already in college, she was able to buy one. It was a simple ceramic set but point is, we had a belen.

For the past years, I, too, have been wanting our own set at home. Pero masyado ako namamahalan sa super magaganda. Ayaw ko naman ng ceramic na matatakot lang ako na baka mabasag. This year, I realized I can DIY one. My requirements were simple – not so stuffy and stiff (in short, cute) and is not breakable.

When I saw this set, I knew I had to make this. I scoured the net for the images and ang saya kasi nahanap ko! I was losing hope in ever finding these. In fact, I had the blocks sized for a different nativity set images because I did not think I would be able to find this set. Then one night, around 1am, while waiting for the beef I was pressure cooking, I tried again and found it in Simply Fresh Designs. Wooohooo!!

Jia helped me make it and we spent a great time talking while doing it. Joya, who knew I was planning to make it, was just so happy that he has a nativity block set to play with. He recreates the birth of Jesus using the blocks. Ang galing kasi ang lapit sa kanya ng istorya at hindi yun tipong pwede lang tignan pero hindi hawakan.

Ay, ang saya ko talaga! 🙂