Wedding Speech

My heart melts when I get to read or see any father-daughter thing posted on the social networking sites. A lot of that is due to the fact that I’ve been (will always be) daddy’s girl. And so, reading something like below makes me shed a tear, hoping and praying that my Popops will also give a heart-warming message for me on my wedding day.

 

A DAD’S SPEECH AT HIS DAUGHTER’S WEDDING

 

I thought I would start my speech by addressing you as the “new” family of my daughter. But I think it would be inappropriate because now that she is married, you are “the family” for her. Believe me; I don’t have a problem with that. I, in fact, want my daughter to have “you” as her priority now. Its time for us to take a backseat in her life. We would happily accept it but would surely request one thing- please keep her happy! I am more than sure that you will keep her very happy. She will perhaps be happier than what she used to be here. But like all fathers, I obsess over my daughter’s happiness which is making me say this over and over again- please keep her happy! She never was and will never be a burden for me. She is in fact the reason why I breathe and smile. I am getting her married because this is what the law of nature demands. I am helpless in the face of our culture and therefore sending her to your home. She was the happiness of my home and will now light up your home. I am giving my world to you. Please make sure it remains beautiful. I am giving away my princess to you. Please make sure she stays as a queen. I have raised her with my sweat and blood and now she is wonderfully perfect. For all the care, love, beauty and warmth my daughter will bring into your lives, I just want her happiness in return—please keep her happy! If at times you think that my daughter has said or done something wrong, feel free to scold her. But handle her with love. She is very fragile. If at times she feels low, be with her. She just needs a little bit of your attention. If at times she feels sick, show her some care. It’s the medicine that works best for her. If at times she fails to fulfill a responsibility, feel free to chastise her. But empathize with her. She is still learning. Do understand her—please keep her happy! I don’t mind if I don’t get to see her for months. I don’t mind if I am not able to talk to her on a daily basis. I would be more than happy if she doesn’t remember me much. But, my only motive in life has been my daughter’s happiness which is now in your hands. I beg you, please keep her happy. Dear son-in-law, these words may not mean much to you now but if you are lucky enough to father a daughter someday, you will appreciate them better when you will find every beat of your heart shouting – “please keep her happy”! 

 

And after this I’m, “Awwww. :”>”

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Trust Issues

You have trust issues. You can guard your heart and not get hurt again, or you can be vulnerable and experience love. You cannot do both, so you have a choice to make.

Hello 2014!

I celebrated and welcomed 2014 with my family. This has been that way ever since I could remember. I’m not complaining though, my mom cooks the best foods during Christmas and New Year.

And because I still can’t get over with Sally (my instax), I took photos of them. It’s one of those times that we are all in the house! Haha. :)) See pictures below:

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I pray for more family bonding moments this year! Cheers! 🙂

Learnings and Reflections

2013 has been quite a year. A year full of changes, full of hopes and disappointments, full of ups and downs and full of blessings. For the year that was, here are some of the things I’ve reflected upon:

 

I’ve realized that investment comes in different forms. More than money, it is also good to invest in things where you will learn more. The cost may sometimes be expensive but the rewards are beyond what money can buy.

 

I’ve rediscovered my passion for travelling. There are a lot more beautiful things to see in the world, and I’ve truly grateful that I have been given opportunities to see it. I’ve learned that there is a whole lot more to be discovered, only if you allow it to be.

 

I’ve decided to love myself a little more. For the past years, I have, more often than not, love people more than I have myself partly because I try to please people. I’ve learned to be independent. I’ve learned to do things on my own. And I’ve never felt more free and more contented with what I am now and with what I have. And this also comes with the realization that I don’t need anybody to complete me. I just need myself and everything will just be okay.

 

There are countless times that I have failed miserably. I’ve stumbled and tripped over like a little kid with a bruised knee. But then, it is always a decision to stand up once more and try again. There are a lot of moments when I wanted to quit already–because the pain and hurt is too much. I got back on because a lot of people have believed in me and in what I can do. They have seen me as one tough gal when I’ve seen myself as a helpless kid. It has made a difference. I’ve learned to believe in myself more.

 

I’ve learned to let go. Let go of the things and people that suck the happiness out of me. To learn to say no to things and give in to more important things and people in life. I’ve come to know some people more this year and I can never be more grateful because I know they
care about me.

 

Each day is a learning process. I know I’ve been so much blessed and I’m grateful for eveything. And hey, I’m more than excited for things to come. 🙂

Being Choosy

We live in an age where we feel guilt whenever we have to cut someone off but the reality is that some relationships do need to die, some people do need to be un-followed and de-friended. We aren’t meant to be this tethered to the people in our past. The Internet mandates that we don’t burn bridges and keep everyone around like relics but those expectations are unrealistic and unhealthy. Simply put, we don’t need to know what everyone else is up to. We’re allowed to be choosy about who we surround ourselves with online and in real life, even if it might hurt people’s feelings.

Office Gals

I have three awesome girl friends at work right now. They keep me sane from the stress work load I have and I think they have a life goal to turn me into a lady:

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1. Minay is my partner is crime, the other bully of our group. She makes it a point that I try girly things (more on products) and always urges me to buy girl things! This also includes food trips we usually have and boy, we certainly both eat a lot. She usually sleeps in our house, one of our ampons, whenever we have activities that would have us stay late. She has become my twin, I think we are now becoming to look a like because we usually spend times together. 🙂

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2. Joan actually doesn’t work with us anymore but we have made it a point to meet from time to time. She has been my little sister ever since she has been my officemate and even until now. She also urges me to buy girly things, my usual companion when I buy dresses and shoes. She doesn’t eat much and we usually go window shopping or go to a coffee shop for some conversations.

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3. Rachelle is our company nurse and my kakampi in our team. Whenever I feel so stressed (with the work load and the team) I usually talk to her. She’s a real blessing and keeps my feet and my mouth shut whenever I’m working. She’s usually my big sister and always gives me advices regarding work. 🙂

I really feel so much blessed that I currently have them in my life. And also, with all the boys in the office it’s always nice to find girl friends who understand you and try to bring out the best in you.