Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Honey!

dear mazi,

today's post is about mom's birthday.

how time flies, honey. we maybe 36 but sure it still feels like we are in our 20's. we may not be as active (?!) as we were during those years but the feeling is still as intense and passion-filled!

soon, we will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary which somehow still seemed like yesterday when we had that momentous event.

mazi is turning nine next month which as a very young kid already showed so much maturity and promise. making waves in everything she does!

in a little over 4 months, the newest addition to the family will come. oh, how excited we are!

from the day to day grind and challenges we faced when we were starting out in the phils, to the biggest move that we made here in canada, it has been and will always be a testament to our love and desire to be together until the end.

we have met so many trials along the way, we weathered them all! life as it is, is already full of mysteries, yet we do conquer and celebrate them! as always, any change is a welcome to our daily lives.

honey, for the past 18 years that i have known you, i have always focused on what i liked about you! celebrate each other's triumphs and joys! held your hand and always at your side during trying times. savored every moment of romance, cheers on every accolades thrown at you!

oh how beautiful this union is. i could never ask for a better person to be with as you are already chosen as the best one for me! i will never say we complement nor complete each other since that is not the case for us. instead i would say, we are made to be together, sharing every breath, touching each lives, making a difference... oh what a joy!

honey, simply put, I LOVE YOU!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009


dear mazi,

on friday, we will be going home. we will be going to the Philippines! after more than five years, we are finally pushing our plan to go and visit our home country. this is really exciting!

we have so many things planned out to accomplish in this trip. from meeting with friends and relatives to trips to glorious beaches and various interesting locations.

it will also a good time for you to know more about the culture and the lives back where we started. this is one way of us letting you get in touch with your roots and also get learnings on how different your life here in Canada compared to the other kids there.

im pretty sure we will have loads of fun. with all relatives and friends who will go out of their way just to give us a wonderful vacation/experience.

it will be a very expensive trip but i know it is going to be worth every single penny.

im also very excited to see my mom, its been five years since i came back.

we will try to document this trip as detailed as possible, with pictures, videos and what nots.

this is going to be awesome.




Wednesday, February 4, 2009

mom's 25 random

dear mazi,

as promised, here's mom's 25 random things (she also posted this in her facebook account):

1 - I wonder why we have to work to survive and study again after studying for 15 years of our life.
2 - I miss my college friends, the true friends that I have. After school, we all worked in SGV and even after SGV we still get-together on weekends and special occasions. There is no dull moment, our fave pastime: make fun of other people.
3 - I remember always cutting classes in my first 2 yrs in univ, we'll spend it at the coop eating fishballs and squidballs. Since we're allowed up to 10 absences, we'll cut up to 8 classes per subject...hahahahha
4 - I have always been tardy to school from elem to college. REally notorious for being tardy. In HS, they lock the gate then late students have to repeat the flag ceremony and morning prayers. I was even sent to the principal for too much tardiness...hahahaha. In univ, I always get a morning jog from Espana to Commerce bldg trying to caltch my first class. Hingal na hingal pag pasok ng classrom!
5 - I never really made up my mind what I really wanted to be, I'm not a career person but fate led me to be. I'm happy with what I've accomplished so far.
6 - I started goingt to school and riding the jeepney in grade 4. Mama will take me to ride then I'm on my own.
7 - In HS, there was a time the teacher was late and the class was so noisy and I was one of the people sent to the dean's office to explain...leader in noisy list!
8 - In univ, there was a time a lot of students were absent in the class and the profesor asked me to explain the following day, bakit laging ako hindi naman ako class president? hahahaha
9 - I have the perfect cheatmate in 1st and 2nd yr college, if it's multiple choice, we have ballpen positioning for A, B C, D and E!
10 - When I was a kid, I remember every summer time, the whole Quejado clan will go to my lolo's resthouse in Zambales, there we'll play blackjack the whole day if we're not in the beach then if we lose, our lolo will give us back our money.
11 - I remember every time we'll go to BAguio, my lolo Quejado always buy lots of tinapa and we'll always have it for breakfast with lots of tomatoes at nagkakamay pa!
12 - When I was yournger, I'd always have green mangoes for breakfast with fish sauce and spicy vinegar.
13 - I remember when Mama cooks something with soup, she has to put extra soup 'cause I'd always have 2 to 3 servings of it.
14 - I love ketchup growing up but not that much anymore.
15 - If there is something I will change in my physical appearance, it would be my skin. At 35, I'm still fighting pimples. I hate it!
16 - Up to now, I still remind zoi about not letting me copy his answers in exams, I tell him he's selfish..hahahahah.
17 - I have always been scared of sleeping alone. If I'm still not married up to now, I'd probably had a heart attack already.
18 - I want to have another baby so Mazi has someone growing up with her and they can take care of each other when we're gone.
19 - I'm so thankful I have Zoi for my husband 'cause I don't think anybody else can stand me...hahahahha...
20 - I remember when I was attending my review classes for the board exam, we eat spaghetti with ketchup sauce (cause it was cheap) in a house in front of Shakeys and we said if we pass, we'd eat the spaghetti in Shakeys. We passed but we didn't go back to that Shakeys anyways.
21 - My family is my heart and soul. I love and I live because of them.
22 - I want to learn how to swim but I don't know how. I don't want to go to swimming classes at my age.
23 - My daughter is the sweetest person. She'd really show you how much she loves you. She'd make me breakfast in bed every now and then, usually cereals cause that what she knows to prepare. When I'd go home before, Mazi always have a card for me with I love you.
24 - I wish I win the lotto. I'd give money to my family, friends and relatives so they don't have to work. Then I will build schools in the Phils for the poor children.
25 - I want to retire in a home by the water, have morning walks with zoi and watch the sunset. I want to retire at age 40!!!

Ang haba pala ng random things ko! Sensya na ngayon lang ako nagsulat.

am i so different from mom?

love you,


25 random things about me and mommy

dear mazi,

i know, i know, i am yet to finish my previous post but i will get to that later or sooner... anyway, a week or two ago, i was tagged in this 25 random things by abbie (mom's cousin). i decided to put mine here and so is mom's coz we thought it will be cool. here it goes:

this is dad's:

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

1. being the youngest in a brood of 12, i've always yearned to be called kuya. (like, koya koya, wag po!!! hehehehe)
2. when i was in elementary and high school, i always get into trouble with the teachers. my being opinionated and direct were always the cause.
3. i grew up in a far flung barrio in bicol where "petromax" and "gin bottle with gas" were used at nighttime. electricity only came about during the latter part of my childhood (like when i was 10). i think this was the reason why most families in the province have at least 10 kids.
4. when i was a kid, we loved playing "taguan" and "tubigan". we also played "tumbang preso" and "syato".
5. i am scared of heights, i mean terrified of heights. and im scared of riding all those roller coasters and ferris wheel.
6. i started drinking alcohol and got so wasted when i was 14. i learned to drink beer (as in bottles and bottles of beer) from my papa dodie. when malou and i were still dating, i end up going home really late coz i drink with my "future father-in law" til wee hours in the morning. (you know until we finish all those cases and cases of beer, after all his friends have gone home. 7. ive always wanted to be taller like at lest 5'10". i get so insecured of my height and my skin color before. i am now so happy and contented with my color and height. one of my worst fear is to lose all my hair. i keep on telling malou to start saving for my hair transplant.
8. when i was in high school, ive always wanted to become an engineer. being an auditor/accountant, one of my dreams is to finish graduate school in one of the best business schools in the US (wharton would really be nice).
9. maybe regret is not the right word, but i should have put more time and effort studying when i was in university.
10. i know that most of the people i met think of me as "antipatiko" and "suplado". i am not very good at making friends and starting a conversation.
11. i am a mama's boy. i miss my "inay", hopefully we will get to see her this spring.
12. i used to be very good in math (operative word is used). having a great teacher and coach in math during my elementary and high school days made me what i am today (not that i am something).
13. i used to join math and writing contests when i was in elementary and high school. i got to travel different provinces (in the phils) because of this. one of my entry in a writing contest about electricity won and was read over the radio many times over.
14. high school was the great. university was even better, i met my wife in uni.
15. i love/adore my daughter. we tickle-fight almost every night and she gets upset everytime i say no when she wants to play.
16. i still wonder how my parents were able to bring up the 12 of us. (not including those miscarriages). though i know that my older siblings worked early in life and didnt pursue further schooling after high school because of financial reasons.
17. i am a probinsyano and will always be a probinsyano. of course i am proud of it.
18. i hate people who looks down on other people because of the color of their skin, the rank in the workplace, their economic status, etc.
19. i work hard, i play harder and i pray the hardest.
20. i am a very emotional person. i cry easily. but i dont cry over sad movies or anything like that.
21. i never win in raffle or anyting of that sort. i get what i want by working hard.
22. ive always wanted to work in an office setting, at a young age of 7, i already said to myself and to an aunt that i will not live in the barrio and have planned my life like at the age of this and that i will be this and that kind of thing. almost everything turned out the way i hope for.
23. i miss my family and very close friends back in the phils. i also miss my wife's relatives in Oz; same with my nephew and his family in london.
24. my wife and my daughter are my life. i always look forward going home after a long day. i try (my hardest) to leave everything work related in the office.
25. i shop for same style of clothes but in different colors (including shoes). i dont buy clothes and shoes at full price.

i actually added some more after i got some comments. here it goes:
25.1 i am hoping that mazi will grow up to be very close with her cousins.
25.2 i am hoping to do a lot of road trips (like driving to the US and canada) and travel to different countries.
25.3 i am hoping to have at least once every two years out of town/country trips with my wife.

wow, it is kinda long. i will post mom's in the next entry.

so, do you know dad better now?

love you,


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008..the year that was! 2009...charging ahead!!

dear mazi,

today is the last of the year 2008 and i am currently holed up in our branch here in abbotsford. i needed to drive here (about an hour and a half drive) to observe the inventory taking. mommy is also at work today, eventhough she was not feeling well, because of some urgent matters.

anyway, i would like to sum up here the year 2008.... and also to look forward to what we will be planning for 2009.

here it goes....

2008 started a little bit differenct for daddy and mommy. daddy became so busy working on a project at work. i generally worked from 8am to 11pm everyday from january to july. i even went to work on weekends due to the heavy work load. i was trying to resolve some big problems in one of our branch. it was a tough first half of the year for daddy. there were times that we have to spend lunch or dinner at my work during weekends because i still can not go home. you and mommy just brought me some food to share. you also met my boss and had a little chat with him.

mommy's first half of the year was "uneventful" because she decided to take a break from corporate life. she was taking care of you full time. you were sooo happy that you get to bond with mommy everyday. she brings and picks you up from school and other activities every single day.

last april, we had our cousins from australia staying in our place for almost two weeks. that was a really good break for daddy from work. we drove around and ate to so many different restaurants during that visit. we went to seattle and stayed overnight at hampton inn near boeing plant at everett. it was great times. you were able to play and got to know your cousins way better. we had the tour of boeing plant where you got to try the simulated flight in a fighter jet. it was awesome (coz daddy tried it too!).

we had a wonderful time with uncle naz, auntie rin, nj and ot. and so with the dadamias although they stayed with tito alvin's place.

after they left, mommy started to look for a job. she wanted to go back to workforce (we needed to augment our income coz we needed to buy some more of this and some more of that!! hehehe). Before she got back to work, we decided to do a quick trip to san diego and los angeles.

that was the beginning of june. we flew from seattle. we stayed overnight at tito sime's place and had him drove and picked us up at the airport. lolo nonoy drove to la to pick us up. we stayed at their place for two nights. on the day we arrived, he brought us to ruby diner in the middle of the beach at oceanside, ca where he lives together with lola elsa. it was great. we got to see so many things in that area. you even wanted to swim!!!

we went to legoland for a whole day with mommy. it was soooo much fun. see the picture banner in this blog, that was one of your pics at legoland. a lot of people are staring at you coz you were so japorms. they said that you are so fashionable. wow!! we were so tired after that whole day visit. it was well worth it though. oh i should not forget that you got your first driver's license at legoland too. you had so much fun driving that volvo car.

our last night at san diego was spent having dinner in one of the thai resto there together with lolo nonoy and tita candy. oh before i forget, were able to try again jollibee and red ribbon restaurant. after almost 5 years we were able to eat jollibee chicken again....and again, coz that was what we had also when we went back to la. oh the ensaymada and ube cake were great too!!

the following day, we were driven back to la by lola elsa. we went back to universal studios. remember we went there when you were only 4? universal studios was on the news that day because of the fire that gotten one of the production area. but still, the park is open for us to explore and enjoy. and enjoyed we did!!!

we had lots of fun going thru the rides and watching some shows. i must admit, the best ride was when we got into the jurassic park boat. it was awesome!! you were so brave!! we again watched waterworld and got inside the horror house. (i think this is where you lost your sunglasses.

anyway, it was soooo much fun. you, mommy and i had a blast. we went back to the hotel dead tired. still, we tried to drive around la especially the beach area.

the following day, before heading to the airport, we went to the hollywood area where we took pictures (tons of them) of the handprints and some guys/gals in customer. we also walked around beverly hills and ogle at some of the wonderful items there. we also drove to one of the beach to have our pictures taken. you were frolicking in the sand and didnt want to go. just goes to show how much you love the beach or water in general.

to be continued....

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ang maputing pasko 2008

dear mazi,

merry christmas sweetheart! 6th christmas in richmond, bc!! wow!! for the first time, we experienced white christmas!! everywhere you look, it is blindingly white! it was awesome!

well, this time, i will try to write you in tagalog since you want us to talk to you in it goes....

anak, maswerte tayo at nakaraning tayo dito sa bansang pangako.... ok rin naman ang buhay natin sa pilipinas subalit mas naging kaaya-aya at maunlad ang ating pamumuhay mula ng lumipat tayo dito sa canada. dito tayo unang nagkaroon ng sariling bahay at mga sasakyan. naging masigasig din kami ng nanay mo sa aming mga karera. nabiyayaan kami ng mga trabahong nagbigay satin ng karangyaan sa buhay.

natustusan natin ang mga pangangailangan at mga rangya sa buhay. nakapagliwaliw tayo sa ibang bansa at nakaranas ng maraming bagay na nagpapaligaya sa atin.

tayo ay nagpapasalamat unang una sa poong maykapal sa pagbibigay sa atin ng ganitong pagkakataon at sa lahat ng biyayang ating natatanggap. ganon din ang patuloy nyang paggabay sa ating araw araw na buhay. hindi rin nya pinabayaan ang ating mga mahal sa buhay. patuloy nyang ginagabayan tayong lahat.

ang paskong ito ay ang patuloy na paggunita sa pagsilang sa ating mahal na poon. dapat ay patuloy nating isapuso at isip na ito ang dahilan kung bakit tayo nagsasaya at naghahanda tuwing darating ang ganitong panahon. ang lahat ng meron tayo ay patuloy nating idinudulog at iniaalay sa kanya.

sa ngayon, natutuwa ako at ikaw ay naligayahan sa mga regalong iyong natanggap mula sa amin at sa iyong mga mahal sa buhay. sana ay patuloy mong pagyamanin ang pagmamahal at pagpapahalaga na binibigay namin sa iyo.

patuloy ka sanang lumaki na nagmamahal sa diyos at nabubuhay ayon sa kanyang kagustuhan. patuloy mo rin sanang mahalin ang iyong mga magulang, at mga kamag-anak. lumaki ka nawa na may pagmamahal sa puso at respeto sa kapwa. patuloy ka sana magsumikap sa iyong pag-aaral at patuloy na abutin ang iyong mga pangarap. maging maligaya ka nawa sa pipiliin mong karera.

ikaw ang aming buhay ng iyong ina. ikaw ang aming tanglaw sa aming buhay. ang lahat ng pinagsusumikapan namin ay para sa iyo at sa amin. maging maayos masaya ka sana sa lahat ng desisyon na iyong gagawin sa iyong buhay.

masyado ng seryoso ang aking mga nalathala sa itaas. gusto ko lang maiparating sa iyo ang aming taus pusong pagmamahal at ang aming pangako na patuloy ka pa rin namin gagabayan.



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

santa letters

dear mazi,

i just want to post here the santa letter you kiddos got this Christmas. This is really nice.

Christmas 2008

Dear Mazi,

It is Christmas time once again!!! Have you been NAUGHTY or NICE this past year?? Tell me! On second thoughts, you don’t need to because I knew you have been very good this year!

I am happy that you are doing very well in both your school and extra-curricular activities like swimming, tennis, arts, singing and your other interests.

Keep up the good work. Study harder and eat a lot!! Continue to discover new things and always have fun! Improve your participation in school activities. Stay active!

Continue to be respectful of everybody. Continue being sweet and caring to your loved ones. They sure liked it!!

I know you are asking for hair curler as a gift from me. I’m sorry that I can not give in to your request as I think you are still young to use it and will just ruin your long shiny hair. Maybe in the next few years when you are already grown up, you can have one of those. Meantime, I gathered some of the most fashionable clothes that I am sure you would like. Have fun wearing and styling them. You are growing up to be one lovely girl.

Until next year. Ciao!!


Christmas 2008

Dear Sean Anthony,

Do you still believe that I exist?? If not, do not open my gift to you anymore, I will just give them to some kids who still believe in me. Kidding!

Anyway, congratulations on your swimming class !! You did very well, imagine you were accelerated, that means your mom saved some money! I know that you are also doing good in your other activities, keep it up! Kudos also for your very good performance at your preschool class.

Please continue to be a very good kiddo. Your parents are so proud of you. I have wrapped something that I believe you would be very happy. Enjoy it!!

Until next year. Ciao!!

Christmas 2008

Dear Allison,

Wow, you are so grown up now!! That cute smile and hearty laugh really fill the room. Have you started drinking milk yet? Remember, I mentioned that in my last letter to you.

Anyway, congratulations in your performance at school. You did very good!! It is so nice seeing you participating in school activities. It makes me smile to see you helping out your dad in some work at home. You are the efficient assistant. Are you now having fun in your swimming class? I hope you do.

Thanks for still believing in me. I made sure that I heard it right when you requested this gift. I hope it fits well. Be careful in rolling….. Get it??

Have a wonderful Christmas, I’m sure your family prepared a lot to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Take care.

Until next year. Ciao!!

Christmas 2008

Dear Alyssa,

You are the performer!! You really wow all of them!! Keep singing those joyful Christmas songs. I loved it!! It was fun seeing you dance as well. You bring joy and happiness to a lot of people. Keep it up!

What can I say? Well, you have been doing extremely well in school, making waves in your swimming class, hitting those nice tunes in your choir in school, and being a great kid to your parents. Being the eldest, you have shown great traits and attitude that your younger siblings can imitate. At a young age, you have shown maturity and have been very responsible. Your parents are so proud and happy! Continue being such a lovely and wonderful daughter as you are. Also, a great big sis to Sean and Allison.

Well, I know that you now have doubts to my existence but that did not prevent me from sending you something. I hope you use it on things that you really like. Have fun. Go girl!!

Until next year. Ciao!!


love you,