We went to Mambucal last week of December. It was a new version of worship in another place. The church members decided to go out before the year ended last December because some of the leaders celebrated their birthdays and we all celebrated together. After the worship celebration was the baptism of the 8 young people and 1 adult. It was a great celebration because we did it in a resort near the volcano. There were a lot of people coming to that place every Sunday. Somehow we were able to function well and we had time to deep in a hot water near the mountain resort. We enjoyed and had fun and fellowship.
I had been a Glee Club member when I was in college taking my Bachelor’s Degree that was more than a decade ago. Manay Lily Cabahug was our trainer after Maam Jean Banasing. Manay Lily encouraged us to join the NAMCYA competition at CCP Manila. That was a very interesting part of our lives in college. We joined in the regional level and headed to the National Level of competition. There were 15 regions competitive and I could still remember the time when we’re at CCP, it seemed that we’re all looked like “Batang Negros.” All the singers from UST-Manila put us down and looked us as if we’re not that good like them. They humiliated us and we never thought we could be on top.
We sang with gusto and we really did our best. Everyone seemed clapping their hands at us and the person in charge of us never thought of us giving our best that time. The crowd thought that we won in that contest. However, we won 2nd place and UST singing group didn’t make it to the top.
I always believe in the words from the Bible: Those who humbleth themselves will be exalted and those who exalteth themselves will be abased. That was the memory that always linger in our hearts up to this time. That’s why we have things in common when we met as a group. We enjoyed and we rejoice together by God’s Unfailing Love.
Life is a gift and not everyone has a chance to enjoy it. I am blessed because I have the privilege to enjoy life God has given.
Whether one is rich or poor…
whether young or old… almost all things on this earth never truly last –
except for priceless and everlasting love
and the imperishable beauty of fond memories. …
The memories that linger… all through the years!
Life had been tough for me this past month. I was given a chance to have a baby for just 2 months. It was taken away from last April 25 when I it was discovered that my baby had no more heartbeat at all. It was tough since I was given 5 days to prepare for some amount for an unwanted operation to take the demise fetus inside of me and since I took a lot of medicine already to let the fetus grew and survive. So my doctor decided to take all, known as TAHBSO, Total Abdominal Hysterectomy Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy. I was scared a bit but I have nothing to do because my doctor wanted my safety. The meaning of this operation: This is the removal of the uterus including the cervix as well as the tubes and ovaries using an incision in the abdomen. Hysterectomy may be total, as removing the body and cervix of the uterus or partial, also called supra-cervical.. Salpingo refers specifically to the fallopian tubes which connect the ovaries to the uterus. Oophorectomy is the surgical removal of an ovary or ovaries.
Hubby was quite anxious since we don’t have enough to spend, however, the Lord used some friends and family members to help us. Most of our friends in our church helped and took care of me when I was in the hospital. On the first day of my stay in the hospital hubby was there but had been coughing for the whole night. So instead of helping me to go back and forth to the toilet while having my enema – I allowed him to sleep and rest. I was alone for the whole day going back and forth to the toilet. I need to be clean inside in order to be prepared for the operation the next day. According to the attending nurse to avoid complication during the actual operation I need to be clean inside that’s why my enema experience was tough and hard. The whole night I wasn’t able to sleep until 6 in the morning. I was asking God’s help and strength during that time and the Lord answered my prayers.
I was able to survive amidst the struggles, pains and storms of life. That experience was indeed memorable and unforgettable for me. I was even amazed that I wasn’t able to experience blood transfusion although they asked me to prepare 2 bags of blood. The Lord was so gracious to me and I declare His goodness and faithfulness in my life. He even provided to pay our bills when I went out after 5 days. God is good all the time!
When I was a child, my parents used to go to the beach near our place. That’s why I love beaches. We usually enjoy the cool,fresh breeze and wanted to swim in a blue, cold beach. There’s a feeling of coolness when we stepped on the water, it’s so cold, sometimes the water is green. We could see the fish swimming.
There were times that my nanay (that’s how we call our mom)or tatay (our dad) would lie down in the sand and we would cover them with the sand. Just imagine, only their face were not covered. Because old ones believed that the sand of the sea were helpful and boost their health. So we always did that everytime we went to the beach.
That’s one of my memories that is still fresh to my mind until now. We really had a lot of fun, sometimes we played in the water. After playing, we were very hungry, we ran to Nanay and ask something to eat. Often times, we ate “ibos” the delicacy of our place with our injan mango fruit, fresh from our tree planted by Tatay.
It’s nice to remember and reminish the past, it’s memorable and a blessing!