Cake, Ice Cream and Balloons

Would you like one?

Would you like one?

As a child, I was fond of attending birthday parties. I looked forward to attending my classmates’ birthday celebration and my most memorable ones were Michelle’s, Shellah’s and Tammy’s birthday. The idea of a birthday celebration used to center on three things: cake, ice cream and balloons; without this combination, it didn’t feel like a birthday celebration after all.

My youngest child would celebrate his first birthday on April 3rd. We wanted to avoid the hassles of preparation so we decided to have a Jollibee party (http://jollibeeparty.com/) for Robi. The downside of the Jollibee party is its limited seating capacity at a maximum of 100 guests so we just invited some neighbours and officemates with their kids.

I didn’t make use of the online reservation because I preferred a site visit and a personal talk with the smart-on-duty. The site was helpful to check if I could afford the budget of holding a party in Jollibee. Since I’m practicing frugal living since the start of the year, I decided not to get everything that was suggested by the smart-on-duty. I didn’t find the party hat useful and cute so I excluded it on the party package. The paper placemat was not really eye-catching so I excluded it, too. I’m still thinking if everyone needs a nametag; otherwise, I will ask the smart-on-duty to provide nametags for us. I would love to prepare the loot bags but there’s a big possibility that I would ask the smart-on-duty to include them on my package.

Cake, ice cream and balloons—these are the main components of a birthday party. Kids don’t care about the tarpaulin and sounds and the party host. Kids love hotdogs with marshmallows, the games and a lot of candies. Kids don’t care about the price of the gift; being in the company of one another is enough for them. Sometimes, I wonder if I’m celebrating my kids’ birthday because I want to make them happy or I want to make other people happy. Of course, my honest realization is BOTH: I want to make my kids happy and as well as the other kids (visitors), too. But as an adult, I tend to lack the simplicity of a kid’s happiness like missing out what matters to them most- JUST BEING HAPPY. Enjoy Robi’s simple party, kids!

Wag Ka Munang Lumaki

“Wag ka munang lumaki, Adi, wag kang magbago.
Sana’y habambuhay magkasama tayo….” ~Mc Donald’s old commercial

If I had you when I was in my early 20’s, I guess I wouldn’t be this emotional.
Young mothers tend to take their kids for granted (I should know).
But now that I’m in my mid-30’s, I am trying to seize each opportunity to be a good mother to you and your siblings because life is too short.
Your lola left us when she was just 56 years old.
I don’t wish to live that short but I’m insecure about how time flies in this world.
That is why I’m trying to be a good mother and at the same time, I am busy preparing for your future.

I love you and your siblings in my own unique and equal way.
I love your differences in personality and at times, these differences drive me crazy!
You are the life of the party; you got my bubbly character.
Your naughtiness is infectious; you laugh like a jester.
You love to dance; one thing that I am not good at.
You are a very sweet boy, I miss you every time I’m out of town.

You are a Jollibee fan and I’m a Mcdo mom.
Ten years from now, you and Robi will no longer appreciate our dinner at Jollibee.
You will be busy with your own young life.
Don’t grow up too fast, my little one
“I love you, Mahal.”

Jollibee San Jose-Balanga City Entrapment Operation?

Source: Manila Bulletin

3 suspected extortionists arrested in Bataan

BALANGA CITY, Bataan — Three suspected members of an alleged extortion group were arrested
the other day by the Provincial Intelligence Bureau led by Chief Inspector Cesar M. Lumiwes
after they were caught in the act of extorting money from a lady trader inside a fast food
annex, here. Sr. Supt. Manuel R. Gaerlan, Bataan police director, identified the suspects
as Eduardo dela Cruz, 58, of Talisay, here; Gil Sumandal, 38, of Pagalanggang, Dinalupihan
town; and Ramon Arellano, 49, of Tenejero, Balanga. Gaerlan said the suspects were arrested
one at a time based on the complaint of Emelita Funilas Aquino, sister of village chieftain
Ludy Funilas, both of Barangay Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan, whom the group allegedly threatened
to kill since last Feb. 15 through text messages to extort money. Gaerlan said that on the
afternoon of Feb. 26, Aquino sought police assistance for the possible entrapment and arrest
of the suspects that continuously communicated. \”With this development, the operating team
set-up an entrapment operation and used ‘mark money’ amounting to RR50,000 which is equivalent
to the amount being demanded by the suspects,\” said Gaerlan. (Mar Supnad)

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Now, what\’s my involvement in the story above? BIG! One of the suspected extortionist is my FATHER. I will not talk about the case because I don\’t want to preempt the case but I will just give my piece about this issue.

1. My father does not need to resort to extortion to have some money. My brother and I provide for their needs.
2. One of the policemen remarked that my father was involved in the extortion activity because my mother is sick. Bullshit! How can that be when me and my brother provide for her medical needs? Eh deh sana di na lang kami nagpakakuba sa trabaho kung may easy money naman. I am deeply offended by this accusation. Mr. Policeman, I\’ve relayed this message to two of your colleagues that your theory is not fair. Nabubuhay kami ng marangal sa marangal na hanapbuhay.
3. The complainant Emelita Funilas Aquino is Kapitan Ludy\’s sister. Kapitan Ludy was a frequent visitor in our home. Kapitan, why on earth would you involve my father in such a difficult situation? How can you implicate someone who\’s not into illegal activities? If my father is into illegal activities, he should have done it years back when our life was much harder and when he was still younger.

I know that just like any ordinary person, some people love my father and some people hate him. But to resort to this whole drama just because of hatred is difficult for me to understand.

Manila Bulletin, I understand that your report was done last Friday when a \”battalion\” of policemen arrived at our home to arrest my father. (Gil and Ramon were arrested in Jollibee San Jose) I would like to correct that the case was not robbery/extortion or extortion but GRAVE THREAT.

As of this writing, my father is out on bail. (Miel and I raised the fund. Baka isipin na naman na may maimpluwensyang taong tumulong. Leche!)Friends and relatives came to our home to give moral support. Maraming salamat po at sabay-sabay naman tayong manalangin para maipalabas ang katotohanan.