A Tribute to Lola

69 mga puna

In a week’s time, All Souls day will be celebrated again. It is always the best time to remember our departed loved ones and relive how they mean to us and how we cherish them.

During this time of the year, the person I remember the most is my late grandmother, Lola Lucing.

Since dad and mom worked abroad when I was still a kid, I grew up with my grandparents and my aunts. Lola Lucing has played a very important role in my younger years. She taught me that being a good boy is the most important thing in the world. She took care of me when I was sick, attended my pre-school activities and  most importantly, shaped me to become the person I am now.
Moreover, Lola helped me a lot in strengthening my faith in God. She taught me how to pray the rosary and we attended masses and church events together. It was because of her that I have completed countless ‘Simbang Gabi,’ made wishes after that, and found out that nothing is impossible for those who believe.

It was also because of Lola that I learned to love her favorite movie of all time, ‘The Sound of Music.’ Everytime I hear of this film, I would automatically think of no one  but her. As geeky as it may sound,until now I still memorize some of the classic songs in the film like ‘TheSound of Music,’ ‘Do Re Mi,’ ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen,’ ‘So Long Farewell,’ ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ ‘Edelweiss,’ and ‘My Favorite Things.’

Five years ago, Lola succumbed to breast cancer. It was the saddest moment in my life. I literally saw her on her death bed at three in the morning. It was something which I would not wish even for my worst enemy to experience. Her wake passed by in a jiffy after that. I saw how Lola‘s peers andcontemporaries loved her so much. She really must have done something good.

The first time I went and worked abroad, during family reunions, Lolo‘s birthday, Christmases, New Years…yeah, there are still moments when I wish that Lola is still alive. I want her to see that the values and lessons she instilled in me throughout the years have been helping me cope up with the pressures and realities of the present.

I even dream of her at times. I am always happy everytime I see her in my dreams. I know that she’s already an angel who continues to guide and protect our family. And as the lyrics of ‘My Favorite Things’ say, and I quote,  ‘When the dog bites, when the bees sting, when I’m feeling sad. I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.’

The years I’ve spent with Lola Lucing will forever be one of my favorite things in life.

Lola‘s memories will forever linger in me, like the sweetest music ever played.



Bud Brothers

132 mga puna

This is a quick one. I was browsing thru my old pictures and found out that I really look like my brothers.

My 12 year old brother Paulo (Marco Paulo)

He never takes ‘no’ for an answer. Shouting is a part of his life.  He usually logs out from his ym everytime I go online. He knows that I will ask him many questions which could interrupt his glorious Dota game.  (click here)



Rye during his younger days…



My youngest brother Baby Owa (Marcus Joshua)

He’s the only brother I have, who I can still kiss and hug in public. I call him ‘mallows,’ short for marshmallow.  He went here in Kuala Lumpur for a two week vacation last April. He’s one of the most loyal customers of 711.



Rye inside the Big Brother house…



My 4th year high school brother, Samboy (Marcos Jr.)

My dad’s nickname is ‘Boy.’ Since he’s the Junior, we call him ‘Samboy.’ He used to be my partner in  crime when he was younger. We loved watching horror shows before like Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and other scary stuffs. He’s the only one in our family who has a third eye. Scary.

sam rye


Dondon, my 19 year old brother (Don Vincent)

We used to call him ‘froggy’ because of his loud voice. Let’s just say he has a voice, which will make his future wife aim for a divorce. His name was derived from my two gramps– Donato and Vicente. He had one-liners which made me crazy.

While watching the Chinese kiddie-karate flick ‘Little Shaolin:’

Dondon: Ay, may matanda palang Intsik!

Dondon talking to Aling Letty, the sari-sari store owner in our area:

Dondon: Aling Letty, magkano po ba ang catsup nung 1987?



As usual and as always, it still ends with me, only me. And this time, the innocent me. :p


Getting Used to Goodbyes

63 mga puna

There. My nine-day vacation has finally ended. I enjoyed my short trip back to the AH1N1 infected Philippines. Haha. There’s really no place like home.

Nine days passed by in a jiffy. Before I knew it, I’m already on my way back to Kuala Lumpur.

It was not enough to squeeze in all the activities that I planned. Luckily, I was able to do most of them. I spent most of my time with my family. We dined out, watched movie, strolled in the mall and hang out. I met some really good friends, laughed like I never did for ten months, saw familiar faces, heard familiar voices, cracked old jokes and experienced tested bond.

I ate and pigged out on all the Pinoy foods I missed. Jollibee, puto, kutsinta, sisig, gulaman, zagu, longganisa, embutido, tortillos, choco mucho, clover bits, ding dong and the list goes on.

At the end of the day, I realized that I missed the foods but not more than I missed the company of people who genuinely care for me and who I really respect and adore in return. I also found time to visit two of my angels who are now in heaven, St. Jude in Mendiola and my late Lola. I owe them a lot. Their magic and guidance keep me going, and going, and going.

I was actually surprised when I did not feel sad on the day of my trip back to my second home in KL. I was even excited because I miss the serenity and the new found comfort that my room gives me.

I wondered why I felt that way. Maybe because I’ve already accepted the fact that nothing really lasts forever. Maybe because I realized that  the choice that I made to work abroad made me more mature and bolder in making decisions. Maybe because I am enjoying my independence and freedom. Or maybe because I’m just getting used to goodbyes?

mom dad rye

optimus prime

pau and owa

figaro in shang

samboy and ryelei and rye

Eloi, Roa and Scottst. jude

breakfasttop grill in jupiter st

it always ends with me

of course, it always ends with me

In A Week’s Time

67 mga puna

Last Sunday I attended mass in Masjid Jamek…Next week I’ll visit St.Jude in Mendiola.

The other day I saw my friends’ photos in Friendster…Next week I’ll upload my newly-taken photos with them.

The other day I ate in McDonald’s…Next week I’ll eat in Jollibee.

The other day I drank Teh Tarik Ice…Next week I’ll drink Gulaman at Sago, Emperador and San Mig Light.

Yesterday I saw Midvalley Megamall…Next week I’ll see SM Megamall.

Yesterday I rode the bus…Next week I’ll ride the jeepney.

Yesterday I watched shows on the internet…Next week I’ll hear about the Network Wars again.

Yesterday I talked to my parents over the phone…Next week I’ll talk to them personally.

Last night I prayed to Lola for her guidance…Next week I’ll visit her tomb and offer flowers for her.

Last night I prepared Mi Goreng…Next week I’ll have Sopas and Lugaw at Tokwa for my merienda.

Last night I slept in my room…Next week I’ll sleep in my room, in Pasig.

This morning I woke up in our apartment…Next week I’ll wake up in our home.

This morning I cooked my food…Next week mom will cook for me.

This morning I passed by Persiaran Komanwel…Next week I’ll pass by EDSA.

This morning I sang to myself while taking a bath…Next week I’ll use the videoke.

Today I saw Bukit Jalil Stadium…Next week I’ll see Araneta Coliseum.

Today I ate Nasi Lemak…Next week I’ll eat Embutido and Caldereta.

Today I saw my colleagues…Next week I’ll hang out with my closest friends and relatives.

Today I’ll hug my pillows while sleeping…Next Week I’ll hug my baby brothers.

Today I’m in Kuala Lumpur…Next week I’ll be in Manila!

And because Rye is in a very good mood today, I would like to share two of the reasons why I smiled this morning:



Feeling Real and Surreal At The Same Time

60 mga puna

In a month’s time, I’ll be home again.

It’s really weird how time flies in an instant. Before I know it, I’ll
be seeing my family again. I’ll be hanging out with my friends again. I’ll be sleeping in my room again. I’ll be eating Pinoy Foods again. Dang. Last night I dreamt I was eating Tortillos and Embutido. Top that.

It seems like yesterday when I had doubts about my plans to work abroad. This was my boldest decision yet. I took a risk and so far it is paying off. It is inevitable to feel alone sometimes but happiness is just a state of mind. 

Never in my wildest dreams did I think of leaving Manila and be an Overseas Filipino Worker. Luckily, it was never difficult for me to find a job in the Philippines. I have been a call center hopper turned Banker turned Call Center Trainor turned Korean English Teacher turned Accounts Specialist in my five working years. If there’s one thing I learned, it is the value of work. There’s really no perfect job. You’ll always find something wrong or something good about what you’re doing depending on how you look at it.

Work could really be tiring sometimes. Most often than not, I am dead tired after my thirteen hour shift. The only thing I could think of is sleeping upon reaching our apartment. One thing that keeps me going is the thought that I could send money to my family to help with the expenses.

Thank God I am not a breadwinner and I never was. Mom and dad have been working non-stop to provide for us. Sending money to them is a choice, not an obligation. I grew up in a close-knit family and it is an achievement for me everytime my parents and brothers thank me for everything that I am doing for them. The feeling is priceless. Who would not gloat when you hear that your family is really proud of you?

I have been a sucker for happy endings. As I mature, I found out that if you are shopping for a happy ending and you could not find one, buy a new beginning instead and bloom where you are planted.

AIG Travel Assist Wave 2

AIG Travel Assist Wave 2

serious workers

serious workers

Training days are over

Training days are over

DOM in Kuala Lumpur (Part 2)

51 mga puna

Why does time lengthen the minutes when I wait and rush the hours when I enjoy the moment?

That was one of my questions in my 23-Jan-2009 entry, ‘Question Everything.’

Dad already went back to Manila last Sunday. He only filed leave for one week because he needed to spearhead an activity in their office. Owa and Mom will be going back to Manila on April 26. Their flight is at 07:20 hours so we need to be in the airport before 6:00 hours.

I’ve gained weight since they’re here. Dang. I brought them to the different places where we could eat and experience Malaysian cuisine. Mom also pampers me with her cooking almost everyday.

The following pictures were taken during our trip to Twin Towers and Batu Caves. I volunteered to be the photographer so they could enjoy the moment.






Mommy: (teasing) Ayan lahat ng gusto mo nasunod kay kuya ha. Spoiled ka talaga.

Owa: Kaw nga mommy nagpabili ng Mango bag eh.

(nobody wins an argument with Owa..haha)





For sure I’ll miss my family again.

On a positive note, I will be going home on June 29. I already filed my leave for nine days.

DOM in Kuala Lumpur

47 mga puna

Finally..my family is here in Kuala Lumpur. Dad, Owa and Mom are here! I’ve not updated my blog for the longest time cos I’ve been very busy spending quality time with them. I’ve brought them to the different places here. We’ve particularly been everywhere. We have a different agenda everyday. We were literally tourin’ around KL since Sunday.

I was really anxious waiting for them in the airport last Saturday (April 11). I couldn’t explain how excited I was upon receiving my dad’s message using his roaming sim. ‘Nakapila na kami sito sa may immigration. Mahaba pila. After, san kunin ang bagahe? San ka nga pala intay?’

Gawd. I’ve been dying to see them for eight long months. Around 40 minutes after receiving daddy’s sms, I finally saw them. Owa has really grown..err, bigger. haha. I hugged all of them. Mom said that I really lost weight. She was surprised. I was happy with her comment.

Though I wanted to write a detailed account on what transpired from Saturday til today, I couldn’t. I have to sleep. All of us were pretty tired because we went to KLCC (Petronas – Twin Towers) this afternoon. The photos of which I will post on my next entry. We’re also scheduled to go to Batu Caves tomorrow. I’m excited. I’m really excited.

during my last few days in the office before taking a long break

during my last few days in the office before taking a long break

Owa's first night in KL

Owa's first night in KL

Owa's first agenda in KL

Owa's first agenda in KL

Dad,Mom and Owa

Dad,Mom and Owa



On the way to Genting

On the way to Genting



Daddy and Mommy feat Liberty on drums

Daddy and Mommy feat Liberty on drums



 First World Hotel in the Background

First World Hotel in the Background

My Baby Owa

My Baby Owa


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