Monday, January 29, 2007

Sadie's 1st Birthday

January 26, 2007. Dear Sadie, You celebrated your 1st Birthday looking so stunning. You looked so beautiful in your fairy princess dress. Looking at the picture I just realized that your name is an anagram of the word "IDEAS". May your ideas prosper each and everyone in the world. May you have a very healthy, happy and fulfilling life full of people who love you very much... We love you so.

This is our latest family picture (well, without me since I was the one who took it). With three babies, two in-laws and Ayheen, if I were not a benevolent tyrant at home I'd always get out-voted by these 6 ladies. Atleast they don't make me do the laundry... not anymore.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Princess Bride

January 18, 1999

"You're the one who never let me sleep

to my mind, down to my soul You touch my lips

You're the one whom i can't wait to see

with You here by my side i'm in ecstasy

i am all alone without You

my days are dark without a glimpse of You

now that You came into my life

i feel complete

the flowers bloom, my morning shines

and i can see

Your love is like the sun

that lights up my whole world

i feel Your warmth inside

Your love is like the river

that flows down through my veins

i feel the chill inside"-- Alamid

"Come my love I'll tell you a tale
Of a boy and girl and their love story
And how he loved her oh so much
And all the charms she did possess Now this did happen once upon a time
When things were not so complex
How he worshipped the ground she walked
And when he looked in her eyes he became obsessed
My love is like a storybook story
But it's as real as the feelings I feel
My love is like a storybook story
But it's as real as the feelings I feel
It's as real as the feelings I feel
This love was stronger than the powers so dark
A prince could have within his keeping
His spells to weave and steal a heart
Within her breast but only sleeping
My love is like a storybook story
But it's as real as the feelings I feel
My love is like a storybook story
But it's as real as the feelings I feel
It's as real as the feelings I feel
Now he said, "Don't you know I love you oh so much
And lay my heart at the foot of your dress?"
She said, "Don't you know that these storybook loves
Always have a happy ending?"
Then he swooped her up just like in the books
And on his stallion they rode away
My love is like a storybook story
But it's as real as the feelings I feel
My love is like a storybook story
But it's as real as the feelings I feel
It's as real as the feelings I fee..." -- Princess Bride

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Send me some silk stockings Smooth talking lipstick and curls I want a woman, more than a girl Need some lip locking, cool walking Diamonds and pearls I'll wrap 'em all up And give them the world
--Bon Jovi "Woman In Love"

Dear Sage, When we were still treating Sabine at home about 3 or 4 nights ago, I had to go to the drugstore to run some errands in the middle of the night. By chance I got a glimpse of Narda. She was inside her car that presumably brokedown with the windows rolled down that's why it was parked in front of the well-lit drugstore. She had 3 male companions with her. Probably boylet wannabees. When one of the buck toothed "mirons" (bystanders) gave a comment, ruing the absence of liquour in the drugstore and saying that "kulang na lang ang redhorse baka pwedenating pasayawin yan, para na rin tayong nasa club", that's when I belatedly realized that I was not exactly in the company of gents that would have flattered Narda. So I decided to leave immediately. I couldn't wait to tell your Mom. She was laughing too when I animatedly demonstrated to her, with my two hands in front of my chest, Narda's generous bosom. I think I used the phrase "Hooter City" too. Afterlaughing with me for a while, she paused. I thought "Hah, finally, napagselos ko." (Gotcha! Now I made you jealous) Then she gave me a naughty grin and said, "too bad she saw you carrying Huggies diapers."


But heck, I'm lucky. Other husbands would have gotten a broken jaw from their wives after that wisecrack. Your Mom took the comment I made about Narda in the spirit intended; an accolade to a woman's beauty, a nod to the wonders of aesthetic medicine/surgery, and a wink to raging teenage hormones that have yet to be tamed by the gods themselves.

Guys, your Mom is really remarkable. When Sabine and Sadie were being treated at home, she acted the part of a Pediatrician, Nurse and Nursemaid (to Sadie). We all sleep on the same bed. And whenever she's in it, you guys swarm all over her. Kinukuyog nyo. While she breastfeeds Sadie, Sage wraps her arms around her while Sabine's habit is to put her hand inside your Mom's shirt sleeve.

She has a profession and a family that adores her. She's really something, isn't she. Actually now that I think about it, the lady I saw inside the car that conked out probably was only a Narda look-a-like. But it really doesn't matter. I have my own Narda.

Let the other Narda have her limited fun with her inexperienced boylets who have yet to grasp the intricate concept of foreplay.

I have my own Narda.

She is a Superwoman

She is a Cosmogirl

She is ALL MINE.

You think that you can Live without 'em But you're asking too much You see I've slept with romance And danced with lust But there ain't no woman Like a woman in love Oh, yeah
--Bon Jovi "Woman In Love"

Monday, January 01, 2007


"I got a horse right here, his name is Paul Revere,
And here's a guy who says if the weather's clear,
can do, can do.This guy says the horse can do.
If he says the horse can do, can do.
Can do, can do, can do. "—
from "Oh, God! part 2
(The song sung by a Dad after praying for his daughter's health)

Dear Sadie, You've been having acute gastritis since 2 days ago. So yesterday, when we dropped by PCMC, your Mom asked a Pedia resident, Dr. Rochelle Beltran, to give you an IV line. She agreed but requested that we do not stay around to watch while she's doing the insertion. So while your Mom was answering the referral I had merienda in the canteen. When I came back, Rochelle told me that you did not even cry when she inserted the IV. You even played with her afterwards.

You're a brave girl. Gutsy, like your sisters.

We took you home after the line was inserted and since last night you have been well hydrated and you don't vomit anymore. We'll probably remove it after you have consumed the second 500cc.

Maybe it was the food you guys ate. Last night, Ate Sabine started having the same symptoms. She is also febrile. Your Mom also had to insert an IV line. Sabine surprized me. When I tried to put the dropper in her mouth, she grabbed it from me. I thought she was going to throw it away. Instead, she took the medicine herself.

The quote above was taken from the Movie starring the late actor, George Burns (Oh God part 2). After praying for your complete and immediate recovery I try to sing it too. Off key, ofcourse. But I'm sure the Lord understands.

I pray that you guys will be okay.

Anyway, this entry was written on the last day of 2006.It's the time of the year when con artists scam you into listening to their predictions for the supposed events that will happen in the year 2007.

Mga Anakis, if you guys want to know the future, statistical and actuarial studies will help a lot but only upto a certain extent. It will depend on a lot of mathematical variables. Now if you'd ask me if astrology, feng shui and fruitcakes like madame auring, jimmy lichauco, rene mariano could predict the future, the answer will depend SOLELY on your sense of humor.

The future can only be known with exact certainty only when it is already the past (I think I got the quote from the movie "Oh, God! part 1")

Having said that, these are my top three (3) predictions for 2006:

1. While hunting for helpless birds, Dick Cheney will prove that he belongs to the "gang that couldn't shoot straight."

2. Women will prove to be getting smarter every day (Britney will divorce K-Fed/ Fed-ex, "Nicole" will continue to fight for justice and get a conviction, Wife of TV's misogynist, Revillame, will kick him out of their domicile to prevent further wife battery. etc.)

3. On Rizal day 2006, a political leader with grave sins against the Iraqi people, who caused the suffering, death of Iraqi men, women and children; who destroyed Iraqi properties worth billions of dollars; who took away Iraqi Freedom, WILL BE EXECUTED… (Oh, and it's not George W., Okay?)


Letters to my kids about their childhood adventures

To Sage, Sabe, Sade & 3Stan

To Sage, Sabe, Sade & 3Stan