Gems

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I spend hours in front of you
Trying to understand
Your universal view
I want to trace your fingerprints
To know what makes you unique
I want to know your weakness
Let me know when to hold
I want to know your strength
And see your beauty
Sparkle like gems.

Pasalubong

After 5 months bumalik na ulit si mama dito sa Korea. Happy ang mga anak ko nang malaman nila na pupunta kami sa airport para sunduin ang lola nila.

Hindi na ako nagbayad ng extra baggage kaya up to 7kg lang ang pwedeng dalin ni mama. Pero kalahati ng bag nya pasalubong. Ito pala yung mga dala nya.

Choco Mucho. Laging nakikita ni Jihoon sa Youtube kaya nacurious sa lasa. Isang beses umiyak pa sya kasi may nakita ako sa Ebay Korea pero di ko binili, hindi kasi pwede paisa isa.

Cloud 9. Elementary days, isasave ko talaga yung 5 pesos na baon ko para makabili nito.

Choco Peanut Butter. Ito yung business ngayon ng pinsan ko kaya nagpabili ako kay mama. Maliit lang binili nya baka kasi masita sa airport. Yummy!!

Jollibee. Gusto ko talagang kumain nito pero hindi ko na sinabi kay mother. Pero nabasa ata ng kapatid ko ang nasa isip ko.

Meron pang jelly na pizza pero di ko napicturan dahil naubos na ng mga anak ko.

Sa dami ng pasalubong hindi ko alam kung kelan namin ito mauubos kaya sabi ko sa mga anak ko bigyan din nila yung mga kalaro nila.

Thank you kay mama at Jean at sa asawa nya si Shid at Kevin sa mga pasalubong. At kay papa sa binigay nyang damit para kay hubby.

Thanks for reading.

May you have a prosperous day further!^^

5 AM

Nagising ako ng 2:30 am pero hindi na ako makatulog.

Nag-meditate nalang ako nagbabakasakali na dumeretso ako sa tulog. Pero hindi na ko dinalaw ng antok.

Pinanood ko nalang yung latest video ni PewDiePie, pagkatapos nagbasa ako ng libro.

Tingin ako sa phone ko para icheck ang oras..5am na pala.

Isa sa goal ko sa buhay ang gumising ng 5am everyday. Pero lagi akong puyat dahil sa late na rin matulog ang anak kong bunso.

Nagpunta kagad ako ng veranda.

Dahil summer ngayon mahaba ang araw at maiksi ang gabi, kaya sa ganitong oras maliwanag na.

Maulap na langit, mataas na bundok, mga puno, malawak na bukid at maingay na tiktalaok ng manok. May iilan sasakyan palang sa kalsada; maagang papasok sa trabaho at ang ilan naman ay ngayon palang uuwe sa bahay.

Ganto pala ang feeling ng 5AM.

Night

The wind touches the curtain, and they are dancing.
Relaxing music playing while I’m writing.
The green and red light silhouette behind the glass window.
Beautiful night lights.
Sound of electric fan in summer nights.
The smell of grass and soil after rain.
Children are calmly sleeping.
And the girl is grateful for everything.

Bata

May 3 araw ng walang tigil ang ulan at may possibility na hangang next week pa ganto ang panahon.

Umaga palang pagkagising ng dalawa kong bunso sagutan na sila sa iyak. Kailangan ko maghanda ng umagahan para kay hubby at sa dalawa ko pang anak na aalis ng maaga.

Hindi na bago sakin ang ganitong sitwasyon; gyera tuwing umaga.

Pagkatapos ng iyak harutan naman. Kapag nasimulan ang iyak hindi mo madampihan ng tubig pero kapag nasa condition walang tigil ang tawa.

Open letter to my next-door neighbor.

It’s been a year since we became neighbor and yet I still don’t know your name; I only that you are the mother of Bomjin. I’m sorry if I can only do small talks every time we meet. I always know that you are a good person.

I haven’t entered your house, but from the glimpse outside I adore it: the all-white interior design and the large plant beside the main door. Beautiful.

I am at ease when your son and my kids play together. I am grateful for treating my kids like your own. Thank you for helping my kids to cross the street yesterday.

Thank you and I wish you well.

Gratitude Journal #1

  1. I am grateful for the mailman who delivered my book today.
  2. I know how hard it is to be a parent. I am grateful for my parents for taking care of me since the day I was born until now and for being loving grandparents to my kids.
  3. I am grateful for the good health my parents have.
  4. I am grateful for my husband for unconditional love, for being a wonderful father to our kids and for providing the needs of our family.
  5. I am grateful for my kids. They may cause me stressed sometimes, but they make me smile most of the time.
  6. I am thankful for the washing machine and laundry dryer. They make my house chores a lot easier.
  7. I am grateful for mother nature for beautiful mountains and trees I see every day. For the clean air I breath. And the for the water I drink and use for cleaning.
  8. I am thankful for myself for having time and effort on writing this. I know this is not your thing but you are here writing this and you want to be better. Thank you.

Summer

It’s 6 am and the sun is already up. Summer, daylight lasts longer and nighttime is shorter. What do I like about summer? I asked myself. Summer is my least favorite season. I couldn’t find the answer for 2 minutes.

And then I look outside, appreciating the beauty of the green mountain that I can only see during summer. I look at the sky, and it’s clear while the thin clouds are dancing. Nothing can beat the clear sky of summer.

I turn my attention to the crop fields. Their leaves are waving on me. I thank summer for these crops.

What do I like about summer? I asked myself again. I see the true beauty of nature in summer. The taste of cold water. Camping. Longer days. Watermelons. And Jiwoo’s birthday.

Where I buy books?

Reading books is my favorite hobby and my stress reliever as well. But it’s quite expensive..for me. I used to buy books from the online bookstore here in Korea pero double ang price lalo na kung walang stocks at kailangan pang orderin isa kabilang side ng earth.

It took me a while to discover these 2 online bookstores. Book Depository and Better World Books. Both of these online bookstores are free-shipping worldwide.

Book Depository. They sell new books. At kung subscriber ka sa newsletter nila, they always give you coupon codes. Although hindi nalalayo ang pricing ng Book Depository sa Amazon mas makakamura ka pa rin kasi free shipping.

Better World Books. They sell new and used books. Same as Books Depository I recommend to subscribe to their newsletter for coupon codes. I prepared to buy used books kasi mas makakamura ako kaya dito ako lagi nabili. Plus, 1 book = 1 donation. They are funding for literacy and education causes all around the world.

That’s it. I am happy that these online bookstores exist. I don’t mind kahit medyo matagal dumating ang books basta sigurado na dadating. And lahat ng order ko narereceived ko naman.

Have a wonderful day!

Visiting Jeongeup-Si

We used to live in Jeongeup for two years. Dito ko unang naexperience ang spring, autumn, and winter. At dito ko rin naexperince sumakay ng bus na hindi alam saan bababa dahil hindi pa ako marunong magkorean.

2012 nang lumipat kami sa Gyeonggido. Gusto ko dito dahil sa mga advantages like malapit sa Seoul at sa Incheon. Pero kung tatanungin mo ako kung san ko gustong tumira kung saan ako mas masaya. Sa Jeongeup ang lagi kong sagot.

I made an agreement sa sarili ko na atleast every 2 years bibisita ako sa Jeongeup. We made our first visit last 2017 and guess what its 2019 na so I texted my two closed friends na pupunta ako sa bahay nila.

April 21, 2019 Sunday at 1:00pm nagdrive kami papuntang Jeonguep. We took a small rest sa Shinyudo. Tapos diretso kami sa Gobu to meet Joy.

Joy is 8 months pregnant habang sinusulat ko ito. Kahit sandali lang yung kwentuhan at kamustahan namin ang mahalaga nakita ko sya.

Nakitulog lang kami sa bahay ng kaibigan ng asawa ko. Filipina din ang asawa ng kaibigan nya at naging kaibigan ko din; si Gerly. Kaya naman hindi boring dahil may kachikahan ako at noong first visit namin dito din kami tumuloy. I am thankful sa hospitality nilang family.

The next day, nagpunta kami sa park dun kami nagpicnic breakfast. Yun ang pinakamasarap na breakfast na naexperience ko. Nakasmile lang kaming mag-asawa the whole na kumakain kami habang naglalaro ang makukulit namin anak.

Then, we drove to see my friend Tina. Busy sya pero pinatuloy nya pa rin kami sa bahay nila. I am happy to see her again. I just wish na sana makapagbonding kaming tatlo ( Me, Joy, Tina ) ulit sa susunod na bisita ko.

Nagpunta kami sa park kasama ang mga kaibigan ng asawa ko, bali 3 families kami. Nagagbike at naglaro ang mga bata. Wala akong idea na ganto pala kadami ang park sa Jeongeup. 2 hours din nakapaglaro ang mga bata at kumain kami ng Galbi.

Pagkatapos ng kainan time to say goodbye. Sana sa susunod magtagal na kami ng bisita kasi sobrang bitin eh. Sobrang nag-enjoy ako na gusto ko na sa Jeongeup nalang ulit tumira.