Pippo, Our Little Angel

Two years ago today, I gave birth to our first baby whom we named Pippo Matthew Mabalay Techo. He’s now an angel in heaven, well cared for by God. I wrote the poem below to reminisce, and at the same time, declare our undying love for our son.

Our Little Angel
By: Edelweiza Mabalay-Techo

God gave you to us, but only for a very short time
Just four sweet hours, baby, and we’ve always wondered why
We still don’t know the reasons, we still don’t want to find out
All we know is that, you were and will always be our biggest blessing.

We never asked for you, but you came into our lives
Life is really full of surprises!
We welcomed you with open arms,
And you filled our hearts with overflowing love.

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Weekend Story: MOA Date and Homebody Activities

Last weekend, the hubby and I spent Saturday night at Mall of Asia (MOA) for some couple time. We already had dinner at my in-laws’ place (we couldn’t resist my MIL’s chicken and pork adobo!) so we just had late night snacks there: DQ ice cream in our fave flavors, Jamaican patties, and cheesy corn kernels in a cup. Yummy!

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our MOA view last Saturday night

When Sunday came, we practically stayed home. We went out for the usual trip to the wet market, but that was all. While I’m more of a homebody than the hubby, he also enjoys the warmth, joy and pleasures of being at home on occasions like this.

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On Wedding Anniversaries

Next month, the hubby and I will already be celebrating our second wedding anniversary. Oh, how time flies! I can still vividly remember the time when he proposed to me (in the most lousy and uncreative way ever, haha), when we were taking care of the wedding preparations, the wedding day itself, our honeymoon, our first few weeks as a married couple and so much more.

Why are wedding anniversaries celebrated, anyway? Of course, it’s a milestone for married couples. But more than being a milestone, for me it’s a sort of renewal of your marriage vows and affirmation of your love and commitment to each other. Wedding anniversaries need not be lavish or anything. It can always be celebrated quietly and modestly. The most important thing of all is you and your spouse know and recognize the real meaning behind it.

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An Answered Prayer

Every day is a gift. Now, more than ever, I appreciate the married life the hubby and I share. It may not be perfect (and will never be), but it has all the components of a blessed union. Just recently, the hubby has received a blessing that’s sure to add a certain level of security to our finances — a job promotion. I’d say it’s long overdue considering the length of time he’s been doing a good job but as they say, it’s better late than never!

I love it when our prayers are answered. With this particular one, it’s like an affirmation from God that the hubby’s career is right where it is now. He’s very happy (and I’m super happy for him, too) because he had prayed for this for so long. And I think he’s long been prepared for the new role. When you are rewarded with something as delicate and significant as a job promotion, you take care of it and make sure to show everyone that you deserve it. Also, getting the reward is one thing, managing it is another. I just hope the hubby gets to live up to the expectations of his boss, his peers and his subordinates.

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The Shift to Brown Rice

Last Friday, which was a holiday (Chinese New Year), we unofficially shifted to brown or unpolished rice. All our meals last weekend, except for our Friday dinner where we had unlimited dimsum at Kung Fu Kitchen in The District Imus, included brown rice. It was a mutual decision for the hubby and me (though I’d admit I had bugged him about it until he realized I had a point) and so far, we’re enjoying it.

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one of our meals with brown rice

In the three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) we consumed brown rice, I noticed that it made me full longer. I also liked it’s texture. The cooked grains are firm but not too hard to chew. It’s like I’m eating fried rice (I love fried rice of all kinds!) except that it’s not oily at all. And another thing, brown rice is more “raised” or maalsa than your regular white rice. That’s economical because it means you get more cooked rice at a lesser amount of grains.

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Misplaced or Lost Forever?

UPDATE: My wedding ring isn’t meant to be lost forever. The hubby found it last Saturday morning in our laundry bag. God is good! 🙂

Something very important to me is missing. I have not a single clue as to where it is. Did I misplace it? Did I lose it? I’m confused and worried. I may not be very organized with my stuff, but I usually find where they are when I need them.

This thing, though it can be replaced, means so much to me. I found out it’s missing just last night. This morning, I prayed to God that whoever finds it give it back to me, in a way He could only know and execute. And that if ever it has been misplaced, I will be able to find it before it’s too late.

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