After a couple weeks of waiting for the keyboard to arrive my eagerness is there, as if I could not wait the day as promised. When finally I’ve got the keyboard I spent the whole night playing my exceptional yamaha 76 key keyboard with usb connectivity at musicians friend. It sounds nice and can get pretty loud. This 76 keys is more like a replacement piano, this is what Yamaha made it.
I play other musical instruments and I don’t play saxophone but my brother plays alto saxophone. He is absolutely amazing while playing the sax. I was thinking also to play the sax coz he inspired but for now I just can’t stop listening to him. I hope someday I can play as good as he does. In playing the alto saxophone, I have to go first a long long road to master or even just to learn it.
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It’s November 1 once again. How did you spend the first day of November?
Ours was spent beside the grave of my grandmother. She was the mother of my Dad. Since I didn’t get to know my Dad until I was 19 years old, it was unfortunate that I didn’t get to meet her. My Dad has lost his photos of her too so I don’t know what she looks like.
But good thing our uncle arrived because he and my dad regaled us with stories of their youth. They said our grandmother was a very workaholic woman. She was unfortunate enough to have husbands who didn’t support her so with kids to feed she had no choice but to work and work. She would get up early in the morning and won’t arrive home until 9pm. Even at home she brought home some work. If you know the “pampatigas ng kwelyo” that’s what she will bring home. After dinner her kids – my dad and my uncle – would help with the cutting and the shaping. They would do this every single night. My uncle said he even developed “kalyo” after all the cutting that he had done.
My uncle, who was 15 years older than my dad, was the one who took care of his younger brothers. He said he would give my dad milk. But formula milk was expensive back then so my dad drank condensed milk! We had such a laugh after hearing that.
Being from poor backgrounds and even with a workaholic mom they were still poor. They appreciated help from their relatives. They have an uncle they fondly remember. They said he was the second brother of our lola who was the youngest child. Now their uncle was a little well off because he was able to graduate from UP and had a job as a chief accountant for the Americans at Clark Airbase. Every Saturday they would wait for their uncle at the train station. Their uncle has some “goods” for them. Now it was just some imported cigarette but to his nephews it was precious. They would sell it to the market and the profits they would use as “baon” in school.
They said their uncle has only one arm. He survived a bomb attack during World War 2. That’s why he was wearing a prosthetics arm. With his one remaining arm he continued to exercise and was physically fit. Even he had only one arm he was able to help so many of his relatives. One of them was my uncle, my dad’s brother. He was studying at Mapua first year college. Because he was so poor and couldn’t continue, he decided to go to Cebu to seek help from his Chinese father. His father was able to help him but after one year he suddenly died.
That was the time their mother implored her brother to help him continue his education. Fortunately, he agreed and helped my uncle graduate. Every time his report card was released he would go to his benefactor uncle to show his grades. His uncle would be delighted and would ask for their picture be taken, with the report card showing his outstanding grades.
Well, whatever money my granduncle spent for my uncle’s education was surely well spent. Because Uncle Eddie, who is now 74, has successfully built himself a factory of chocolates and marshmallows that supplies all over the country.
I’m sure some of you will recognize some of his products. I know I ate Dutch Treat when I was a little kid and didn’t know my dad’s side of the family yet.
Hearing the stories we heard yesterday was so inspiring. This was the first time I heard stories about this side of our family and I appreciate it because now I know more about my roots and I know that I am part of this larger family. This way I can understand myself better – why I’m this way and not that way.
Of course, our uncle did not leave without giving out some advice about business. At his age, he’s already tired, he said, it’s surely a lot of hard work putting up his own business. He wants to retire but he can’t. I said I can relate. I also feel that way at age 32! haha
It was already night time when we regretfully said our goodbyes. It was only a few hours spent together but for us younger generation it was a day full of insights and revelations.
Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve updated this.
Time passes by so quickly, no? You know what so many things have happened already and I can’t wait to share it. I must organize my thoughts first and start with one topic at a time or else I’ll end up rambling again.
Now let me share my good news. We visited our house in Taguig last weekend and it looks better and better.
The house is 2-storeys high. The first floor is divided into two – one side is a garage and the other is for business. Second floor is our living area. It’s a little bit cramped because we had to put here 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen and dining area – all in 85 square meters! It’s our choice naman. Coz remember we got flooded last year. That’s the reason why we had to leave the house. This time we don’t want to take a chance. Alam mo naman sa Manila, flooding is the new norm. Ang hirap kaya maglimas!
This week the carpenters will be finishing the “palitada.” I’m glad but at the same time I’m afraid. Why you ask? I’m happy because “palitada” is so expensive. Money was literally pouring like water from our wallets this past few months. And it’s all for what – to hide the hideous hollow blocks. Buti if it’s for furniture already but no, it’s just to the cement. Sabi nga ni hubby and pera naging bato literally.
So why am I afraid naman? It’s because we have to buy so many things pa. Let me count them – we need a brand new gate, glass windows, floor tiles, 2 sinks, not to mention kitchen cabinets. Last but not the least, we need lots of furniture. Buti na lang we will only pay for dealer’s price for the furniture but the thing is by the time we get to that we may have run out of money na. haha
Anyway, I’m not complaining. This is a good investment naman. I’m glad our kids will have a house they can call their home. They will have their own rooms. We can have a place to grow old in. Naks.
So here are some pictures that we took in our soon to be finished house.
Hopefully by Christmas we will spend it here. Wish us luck!
- Trying to save money by buying inferior materials to be used in the business’s products and services.
- Taking on too many orders or clients at once, resulting in overall lower quality and slower service.
- Increasing business hours to such an extent that owners and workers become burned out.
- Over-billing clients and customers.
It is weird that in our family, I am not the one to obsess over cleaning. It is my husband gets riled up into action when he sees something that is untidy or unorganized. He is even thinking of using green cleaning products – to make sure that the cleaning products are clean themselves!
Since our home is situated near a major highway, we get more dust and dirt than houses farther in, which means that constant cleaning and maintaining of furniture and appliances are important. I remember that we just had the fans cleaned last month, and now they are already reeking of dirt, and so my hubby is again having them cleaned up.
What drives me? This picture should sufficiently answer the question.
Ever since moving to our apartment my hubby’s technical skills have been put to good use. He became the go tech support person that deals with the daily issues of the many tablets, phones, laptops and computers used by our family and my father’s family. What’s impressive is how he is still able to fix all of the problems quite well, even though its been years since he worked as a manager for a technical support.
One of his recent tech related work was when he cleaned up a virus infested netbook.
I’m not sure if he installed Avira Endpoint Security, but he got the job done – even though professional techs have basically given up on the said netbook.