Bittersweet: the last fruit of the family

Here’s his post earlier in Facebook

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I didn’t expect it from him so I am sharing his post in Facebook earlier. My youngest brother will be graduating this Saturday (April 30th) and we’re just so excited and overwhelm not only because we will have a new engineer in the family, but also because he’s the youngest of the three of us. And now, our father who’s been working as an OFW for the last 16 years can finally retire.

Growing up without having a father at home is just plain difficult. Although our mother has been a great mother&father figure at home, it’s just sad because our father wasn’t able to join us in a lot of special moments in our life; like birthdays, school recognitions, Christmas & New Year, and even graduation.

Life has been really hard growing up, but thanks to God that He gave us such an amazing parents that really did a good job in raising the three of us.

In two days time, our youngest brother will not just be “bunso” anymore…

but Engr. Jul Jon General. 

Kudos to you brother!

P.S. For the first time, our father will be able to attend a graduation. He arrived last month and was given a 45days leave by his company. On May 6th, we will accompany him again to NAIA Terminal II for the last time… because that will be the last time that he had to leave us for work. When he comes home next year December, it will be for good. 

Bittersweet ♥

book review: Jenny Han

Main Characters: Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young-adult fiction / Teens Romance

To all the Boys I Loved Before (Book #1), SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

P.S. I still Love You (Book #2), SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads)

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

 

REVIEW:

“Love is scary: it changes, it can go away. That’s part of the risk I don’t want to be scared anymore.” – To all the Boys I Loved Before

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.” P.S. I still Love You

 

These are definitely one of the few book series that I can give a rate of 5 stars for both the first book and 2nd book!

They weren’t mistaken when they said that this book will make you smile really hard! I can’t remove that smile with me while reading Jenny Han’s book. She’s definitely one of my favorite author now! Not to mention that this book gave me a lot of good laughs too, especially when little Kitty starts talking! Hahaha!

What’s good about this book is that it just didn’t focus on love, but it also talks about the value of family and friendship – and a little turn about betrayal and trust, love and heartaches, and confrontation and reconciliation. Oh~my! Didn’t you just love Jenny Han?! ♥

Lara Jean and Peter’s cute love story will definitely make you swoon and go gaga!

I would gladly recommend this book to all of you!

Way to go Jenny Han! ♥

Staycation: InterContinental Hotel Makati

I still can’t believe that this once prestigious hotel is now nothing but an empty building. It was really a sad news to me and to all of my colleagues when they announced that the InterContinental Hotel-Makati will be finally closing its doors.

The InterContinental Hotel Makati closed its operation last Dec 31st, 2015. And it is currently now sitting empty in the heart of Ayala. I am still not sure what’s the Ayala’s Group of Company new plans to this location, but as far as I know, they will try to put another transportation hub and mall here.

The structure of the hotel is indeed old already and a bit outdated compared to the many InterContinental Hotel brands all over the world, but still, I will always find it beautiful in a vintage way 😦

This is also probably why they opted to just let this one go and build a new IHG Property in Makati, which is the Holiday Inn Suites-Makati which opened last April 1st 2013.

But before this one leaves my many options to use my employee rate, I made sure to book one night first with my family. And so we stayed at this hotel a month before they closed.

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Thank you for almost 50years of providing quality service ♥

book review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

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Main Character: Amy Curry and Roger

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult

SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads):

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

REVIEW:

This is my first book from Morgan Manson and I didn’t expect that I will enjoy her style in writing. This book will definitely not just make you smile and laugh, but will also remind us that we should not take people for granted, especially our FAMILY ♥

I bought this book months ago and I failed several times to finish reading it. I wasn’t a fan of this novel at the beginning because I found the first two chapters really boring, that’s why I always ended up grabbing another book to read 🙂 But as I go along every page, especially when their epic detour started, it was just awesome and perfect!

I enjoyed every states that they’ve visited and this book will definitely give you a clear and colorful imagination 🙂

I am enjoying this book too much that I wasn’t prepared when it ends.

Definitely an EPIC read!!!

4 Stars:  ★★★★

Bato-Bato Pik! (PUP Batch 2016)

Okay, so here’s what happened….

I went to PUP CEA last 16th of January to represent my younger brother on their “Parent/Guardian” meeting. The meeting agenda started on discussing about the upcoming tour of the graduating Engineering student this coming March 2016, which will be held in Baguio. This is in compliance with their Tour and Seminar subject.

I personally support the objective of the tour, which is to visit several companies in Baguio and at the same time attends several seminars as well. This is despite the fact that a lot of parents on the said meeting were questioning why does the student needs to go to Baguio, when there’s plenty of company here in Manila, which I know makes sense as well.

But the advantage of going to Baguio for me are….

  1. The companies that the students will be visiting are actually close to one another, which is not the case here in Manila.
  2. Since the companies are close to one another, it can accommodate all of the 180+ Engineering students in one visit. Which would require by-batch visit or alternate visit/group.
  3. The said tour would also complete not just their Tour requirement but also their Seminar requirement, which is actually asking for 10 Seminars for this year. As per the professor who conducted the said meeting, 4 of the companies in Baguio already confirmed in conducting free seminar for the students upon their visit. These 4 Seminars are just enough since the students already had 6 here in Manila.
  4. And lastly, since they are all graduating student already, I think it’s just fair to give this chance to them to pause, relax, and enjoy their last moment as a student.

 

And after talking about the tour/seminar, the meeting then talked about the upcoming graduation which made me ultimately disappointed of this school. Just so you know, I, myself is a product of PUP-Manila Batch 2010 and it’s something that I am really proud of. But what they said during the meeting is something that we (especially me) did not anticipate..

As per the professor, all of the students who will be graduating this year can only bring ONE PERSON inside the PICC. Seriously?!? What-The-Hell-Just-Happened?!?

This is definitely not something that we want to happen this year, since my father who’s an OFW would be coming home to attend my youngest brother’s graduation. And mind you, he wasn’t able to attend mine and my older brother’s graduation (not that we mind since we’re SMART enough to rebel about it. LoL!). So learning that there’s only one ticket available for each student, I would really bet that our Papa and Mama would have to play Bato-Bato-Pik for them to decide who’s coming in and witness the heartwarming event – and who’s staying outside and patiently wait for it to be over.. Lol!

I really hope that the decision of the PUP Administration would still change, since they still have plenty of time to decide and make-up their mind.

Because I really felt that it would really be degrading to all parents that they all have to choose which one of them will be joining their child inside, when this type of achievement should be witness and enjoy by both parents.

book review: Wonder

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Genre: Children Literature

Main characters: August Pullman, Olivia Pullman, Jackalope Will, Julian Albans, Summer Dawson

Author: R.J. Palacio

Stars:  ★★★★​★​

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels

Review:

I downloaded this book last year, but haven’t really gotten the mood to read it since I was fixated in reading chick flix books more.

Anyway, so I decided to finally read the book and I wasn’t disappointed!

Reading ‘Wonder’ really gives me a good view with life. I first thought that this is a book for kids, but NOPE!. This is actually a good book for everyone — in all ages. The ending even made me cry!

But I can say that this book is definitely a nice read for kids, just to give them a lesson on how to be fair and be sensitive with others, especially for those who were born ‘special’.

Definitely highly recommended!