an earthquake, one fateful friday

on march 11, 2011, between 5-7pm
(note: i didn’t get around to writing this post soon enough, i was rather distracted + worrying most of the time seeing the coverage on tv about how devastated japan was after the twin disasters + now the threat of a nuclear melt down looms, as if the ordeal the japanese people went through was not enough, my heart went out to them, as well as my prayers of courage + hope + grace)
i was in my usual perch in front of the pc whilst jared was tearing our room down, climbing up + down the bed. it was a friday afternoon + i planned to catch up on writing some entries for the friday blog memes i intend to join that week while i browse through the facebook status message of mummy friends on facebook. mommy karen posted that an earthquake of 7.6 (confirmed later on to be 9.0) magnitude was registered in japan that afternoon. it was actually no news since japan has been known to experience tremors every so often i thought. then the news on the 30 meter tsunami came out + a little later after that i felt a sudden jolt shook me from my online reverie.with the broadband cord swaying beside our room window + my chair shaking as if someone is playing with it from behind, i concluded, yeah, it was indeed an earthquake. 
i searched online for the latest on what is going on in japan + was astounded + shell-shocked by the magnitude of the disaster + the devastation it left afterwards. raw footage of people fleeing from their houses, of the tsunami itself sweeping cars, trucks + even planes in its wake, of the ground breaking apart + water spewing from it shortly. it seem all a part of a great disaster film, except that it is happening in reality. which made it all the more scary.
a quake was predicted here too between 5 and 7pm of the same day + i decided not to leave jared alone in the room (in his playpen, of course) so i can take a shower + waited for my sister to arrive first instead. i searched for more news about the plight of japan online while i waited.
my heart goes out to the japanese people for having to go through this ordeal, thinking how quickly their lives changed in split seconds. it made my pining over my weight + bulging mid-section seemed trivial, childish even.
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i wake up with a grateful heart each day after that. grateful that once again our country is spared from such tragedy + that we continue to enjoy life’s little + simple pleasures like having a comfortable home, clothes on our backs, the members of my family all alive + not a single one missing, well save for mum + pops. i now appreciate the blessing of merely being able to wake up each morning…

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it has been awhile since that fateful day + the japanese people continues to struggle + get on with their lives, day after day. rescue operations were able to discover a lot of missing people + sadly a lot of casualties too. people are huddled in temporary shelters + food, water, clothing + other primary needs are slowly becoming scarce. resources are stretched too thin + the country is in crisis. many organizations are already in japan providing the much-needed help + relief. Let us do our share to help japan. here are some of the organizations you may want to consider donating to in order to help fund their emergency response:

and if you are a blogger too, you can also join in PostNJoy’s help japan promo, they will donate $2 for each registered entry you send in.

Help Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Victims
let us do our share in helping japan. remember that no amount is too small, whatever amount of money you wish to donate will go along way.

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where-to weekend: Expo Kid 3 on april 02

school’s finally over + summer has officially started. to reward your schooling tots for a job well done, why not bring them to expo kid 3 this weekend .

here’s what’s in store for your kiddo:

  • kindermusik opening 
  • interactive booths for sampling of fun summer activities
  • cooking for kids with chef golda laurel + maya kitchen
  • fashion show by elle
  • gymboree parachute time
  • camp explorer onstage show
  • the stork studio photography
  • portion with musik garten (+ now that i’ve mentioned it, i will be giving away a musik garten gc to 1 lucky reader, will be posting it here within the week, so please watch out for it!)
  • my masterpiece movement muti-arts show
  • a free limited edition expo kid backpack will also be given to first 50 kids to arrive and participants of onstage activities:
photo from expo kid

not only that, expo kid 3 will also showcase 40+ exhibitors and vendors of the best stuffs for kids!

entrance is P25 + children below 12 years old gets in for free. 100% of registration proceeds go to the momshare outreach program.

so if you + the kiddos have nowhere to go this saturday, mark your calendars with “expo kid 3” for your next where-to weekend destination!

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blogger fest 2011

 you are cordially invited!
what:  blogger fest 2011
where: event center, thunderbird resorts, rizal
when:  16 april, 2011, 11am-6pm
target attendees: 200 bloggers
attire: smart casual
note: free entrance
why i registered:
  • this is a great venue for free mentoring on blogging + networking with other pinoy bloggers + companies
  • learn the basic know-how + advanced tips + tricks of blogging from notable guest speakers (confirmed speakers as we speak are: jonel uy of Blogger Manila, Antonio Carranza Jr. of PusangKalye.net + fitz villafuerte of Ready to be Rich)
  • watch demos + exhibits of products, gadgets + brands from event partners + sponsors
  • workshops + one-on-one consultation with the blogging powers-that-be
  • join on the spot contests + activities
  • have fun, relax + enjoy the luxurious thunderbird resort in binangonan while you learn, nuff said!
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it’s always fun to meet up with fellow bloggers, mummies or not, that is why am so looking forward to this, plus i’ve never been to thunderbird resort so that is another worthwhile experience.

who’s going to bloggerfest? see you there!

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music monday: earth song by smokey mountain

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In celebration of earth hour last saturday, i am sharing this very old song from my most favorite group back then, the smokey mountain. here’s the lyrics to this timely song:

if the earth could sing a melody
it would be a lonely tune i swear, no harmony
if the earth could play a symphony
all the seas and all the oceans would splash desperately
if the earth could write its history
names of those who strangled her will figure prominently
if the earth could plead insanity
it would spew us all to a distant nameless galaxy….

comprised of lone female member, geneva cruz, + tony lambino, jeffrey hidalgo + james coronel (+ later on james will be joined in by jayson angangan, zhar santos + chedi vergara) this kid-group was very popular here in the country + the neighboring asian countries too. singing socially-relevant songs, this group taught me a thing or two about the environment, nationalism + some other important stuffs kids my age ought to be pondering about. i say they’ve become a major influence in my teenage years. i only wish kids nowadays can have someone like them to look up to + idolize.

here’s another song (this time from the second group), paraiso, which they performed in a songfest in japan + won!

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my late entry to this week’s

Come join Music Monday and share your songs with us. Rules are simple. Leave ONLY the ACTUAL LINK POST here and grab the code below and place it at your blog entry. You can grab this code at LadyJava’s Lounge Please note these links are STRICTLY for Music Monday participants only. All others will be deleted without prejudice.

PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!

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meet me on monday 40th edition


Questions:

1.  Crunchy or soft tacos?
2.  Do you scrapbook?
3.  Do you take any daily medications?
4.  What is your favorite sound?
5.  Where were you born?

My answers:

1. crunchy tacos!nom, nom, nom!

2. i try too, but am not really that creative. with my sister’s help i managed to keep a lot of jared’s first year photos in an album 😉

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  3. nope, i veer away from meds as much as i can

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4. my favorite sound is the voice of my son saying “ma” with conviction + urgency

5. i was born in taguig city, philippines all those many years ago

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