Saturday, March 11, 2017

I Love You,, Son

MY TWO DAUGHTER ARE EXPRESSIVE type of kids, if they are mad they won’t hide it.  If they are happy, you will see it their actions and when they feel loved they will say “I love you” repeatedly. Out of nothing they will just utter these words and express their feelings.

There are times that they do crazy things and sometimes I got mad. Whenever this happens, I will ask them to go in our room and talk things seriously.
They will ask me, “Usap ng haeart to heart o galit?” (Is this heart to heart talk or are you mad?)

 If I am mad they will instantly say, “I love you, Daddy.” If their mistake is serious I will respond quickly but still talk to them and explain that what they did is wrong.

There were times that I don’t want to respond to them but they never stop telling me that they love me. Even if I frown they will keep on telling me, “I love you, Daddy.”
In silence, I look away from them but still they never stop, “I love you, daddy.”
Until finally, my heart softens and I will respond, “I love you too.”

And after I responded they will ask for forgiveness, “I am sorry, daddy.” They just want to make sure first that I still love them even if they did something wrong.

There were times in my life that I acted the same way to God. He repeatedly telling me, “I love you, son.”

I frowned because I was hurt and felt that God abandoned me.

God never stop telling me, “I love you, son.”
In silence, I turned my eyes away from him, feeling so hurt and depressed but God never ceases and keep on telling me, “I love you, son.”

Until finally, my heart softens and I responded, “I love you, Lord.”

I may not understand why it happened to me. I may not understand why me. Sometime in my life I felt I was abandoned and seems like I was alone in my battle. I almost lose my faith. I see a light but I felt that the light I was seeing was getting smaller and smaller. But I realized that trials are temporary and God’s love is eternal.

I was molested when I was fourteen years old and I was not able to tell this to anyone because of shame. I wanted to tell it to my father but he was sick.

And then dad died.

His death caused a big wound in my heart. I was depressed for six long years. My studies were affected and I almost not graduated from college. I went to school but stayed outside our classroom. Sometimes I just stayed in our bedroom and cry. In one or two occasions I thought of hurting myself.
In those instances, God said, “I love you, son.” I frowned and kept my silence. I continue serving Him but my eyes was away from Him. God never stopped chasing me and keep on telling me, “I love you, son.”

God sent someone to make me realized that there are so many people around me who love me. I decided to respond to God and the process toward healing started and I bounced back.

I graduated from college, I was healed from my depression, I passed two board examinations, the woman I was courting finally said yes after turning me down for several times and I was able to forgive myself and the person who molested me.
God offered His hand to help me but my eyes was fixated with the only finger that is hanging on with my dear life but I realized that I have a free hand to reach for His arms.

I stopped running away from Him and I began running back to His loving arms.
He embraced me and told me, “Son, I am here. Don’t you worry, rest in me and everything is going to be okay. Trust me.
“You may lose some of your battles but you will win this war. Whatever it is, I am here for you and I will love you unconditionally.” He added.

Like a child, I told Him, “I love you, Lord.” Sometimes I hear no response but he showed His love for me through the people around me, my family, my wife and my two daughters. Through them I heard God loud and clear, “I LOVE YOU, SON.”



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Jump; Don’t Hesitate

“He will not let your foot slip-he who watches over you will not slumber – Psalm 121:3”

GEARS WERE READY, HELMETS WERE ON and we were about to do our first ever zip lining, at least for my two kids.

As we were climbing the stairs I asked Gabby, “Are you scared?” “No.”, she replied confidently.

Prior to this, I briefed them about what is going to happen in the afternoon.

“We are going to try the zip line after we rest.” I said.

“Daddy, what is a zip line?” they inquired.
I explained, “Zip line is an activity where in a cable is attached to two platforms and with the use of a harness and a pulley you are going to travel from the top to the bottom of a cable.”

“That is scary.” she said.

I assured them, “It will be fine, the cables are safe and I wilIl watch over you.”
“Ok.”, they both exclaimed.

After taking our lunch and rest for a while, I told them to get ready for the activity is about to begin. They enthusiastically followed me.

When we arrived at the launch pad, I saw a boy crying. He is probably scared of doing it. His father was convincing him that it is practically safe but the boy continued on crying. Eventually, they let us do it first. While Gabby was being harnessed by the facilitator the father told the boy, “Look at her, she is a girl and much younger than you.” But the boy was not convinced, they went down without trying.

The facilitator double checked the harness, pulley and buckles and she was ready to fly. I told her, “Gabby, hold on to the rope, don’t look down, look forward and enjoy the ride.”
In twenty seconds, she was no longer on my sight.

Imagine a seven year old kid is zip lining from a 70 meter high platform to a 500 meter long cable with a speed of 40 kilometers per hour.

I did zip lining for the first time when I was thirty three. I have fear of heights and this activity scared me to death but I conquered it.

My two daughters had gained so much trust and confidence in me. They know that they are safe with me on their sight.

I have been in so many scary situations in my life. There are still dreams unfulfilled because of my fear; fear of rejection and fear of failing. I have doubts in my capability as a songwriter, an author and as a provider to my family. I am more scared of not fulfilling my duties as their father and as a provider.

I was too distracted with so many things, but through this activity I realized that I haven’t gained so much trust and confidence in God. So I refocus my eyes on Him.

I have been in this kind of situation before and I was able to conquer those challenges with God’s help. Yes, I will be bolder this time. I will be deliberate this time. All I have to do is follow God’s direction and redirections.

Four things I learned from this activity.

Firstly, hold the rope. Whatever happens in your life; hold on to God and trust Him more because He is our only life line.

Secondly, don’t look down. Don’t look at your setbacks for it will only discourage you to move forward. There are things in life that are beyond your control. Let go and let God. People may ridicule you or discourage you, don’t listen to them, listen to the voice of God.

Thirdly, look forward. Be excited with things that are ahead of you. Excitements fuel your mind, body and spirit. Rehearse how you would feel when you get your dreams.

Lastly, enjoy the ride. No matter how difficult the process is. No matter how impossible your endeavor is just enjoy the ride because whatever the outcome you will gain from it. So even if you fail you will gain experience and the next time you do it, it will be better.

All things are possible if you believe and if you trust the Lord.

Jump: Don’t hesitate: God is there to guide and catch you.

P.S.
Danie also tried the activity with her mom. I am sure they have their own story to tell.

After they finished the activity, Danie approached me, "Daddy one more" and I agreed.

Danie enjoyed the ride for the second time.

#afatherstales



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Expectant Faith

Last Sunday at Robinson's Galleria Parking Area. We were early for The Feast PM session so I was not expecting to find a parking space easily.

I was moving around for 30 minutes but still I cant find a space  (many cars were also waiting).

Then, mommy said: Gabby, ask Jesus for a parking space.

Gabby said: Ok (then silence)

After a couple of minutes

Mommy: What does Jesus say?
Gabby: Ok daw po
Me: Ok daw? Bibigyan tayo ng parking?
Gabby: Opo

After a couple of seconds, I saw a section where many cars were  A lot of space were still available. The same section that should be open by 12NN, it was only 11:3 parking. 5am.

As we parked our car, Gabby said: Thank You, Lord!

#expectantfaith
#greatfuleveninsmallthings
#readyforbiggerblessings

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Danie's Original Composition

While Danie and I were having a conversation, I asked her to sing a morning song.

And she sung this melody, So I wrote the notation and added more lyrics. Bata pa lang composer na.

Literally, its already 2:30 in the morning.
Time for me to sleep.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A new Beginning...2014 is Our Breakthrough Year




Look Up!, Look Up! for a brighter 2014 and Shake!, Shake!, Shake! all the negative things that happened in 2013... Have A Joyful and Blissful New Year to All

Monday, July 29, 2013

Rainy Day Outing


Splash!, Splash, Splash!. The moment we arrived the venue in Antipolo (were a new teleserye of Kapamilya Network is being shoot) we went straight to the pool and never stop even if the rain started to pour. Dad was chilling, my skin color was changing but we never stop playing in the pool.


Ate Gabby enjoyed the chips and the chocolates, played with the colored balls and water gun. Daddy joined us after lunch and enjoy the water with us. This is another unforgettable day with daddy, surely it is more enjoyable if mommy were able to joined us.


Till next post,

Have a nice day to all,
 

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Hi-5 Holiday with My Daughter Gabby

A Daddy's Tale
I was dreaming of watching Hi-5 live! on stage with my 2 kids but I never imagined it will happened so soon. Last December 14-16, 2012,  Steavie, Cassey, Lauren, Tim and Dayen (the newest member) visited Manila for to stage their latest Hi-5 Holiday Live on stage at SM MOA Centerstage. 
I was more excited than my daughter Gabby, unfortunately my wife was not able to join us watching Hi-5 live on stage. My wife is in Palawan when we watched it and Danie whom I cannot bring with me since I only have two hands.
We almost missed this show since the tickets were selling like pancakes, my wife was able to buy 2 GOLD tickets though our seats were 6 seas apart and the farthest among the GOLD tickets.


I was so tired but happy to be with Gabby, seeing her smiling, dancing, jumping while watching the show is so rewarding. Until the next show.
P.S. : Sorry, for the late post.
Have a nice day to all,

Daddy Ricky

Monday, November 12, 2012

Just an Ordinary Day with Special People

November 1-4, 2013:  We've waiting for these days to come...to be with our parents and have some quality time, in this case quality days.
We walked, we played, we ate together and watched our favorites shows. This is the kind of days we wanted.

I know my parents are working and doing our business after work and most of the time they went home when we are past asleep, but sooner everyday is going to be Holiday(s) for us, relaxing, playing, traveling and playing together.

It feels good to be with them, I don't need to pretend  and be myself.

Happy to be with them during the break.
Have a nice day to all,



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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My 3rd Birthday Celebration

October 23, 2012: No extravagant party this time but a simple celebration with mom, dad and my little sister Danie. We went to a mall to buy a few stuff needed for our 1st Trick or Treat.

Dad said I can request anything I want because  it's my birthday, so I requested an ice cream. Daddy went at the counter and ordered one sundae cone but I ran outside, mommy followed me until we arrived at DQ. She had no choice but to order 2 blizzards... Yummy!!.  I also ride on a carousel on my own and afterwhich we had our dinner at Max's restaurant.

It was indeed a simple celebration but celebrating it with my family is equally extravagant. I even had a party crown courtesy of Max's.

Below are few of the photos taken during my birthday.
Me and Mommy enjoying the ice Cream

Riding on a carousel with a grin on my face

Me acting as the Kutsero (Carriage Driver) with my little sister Danie acting as my passenger.

My Birthday Cake by Max's

Blowing the candle, wishing for a prosperous years for our family. Wait?!, where is Daddy? (daddy's note: I was behind the camera)

Have a nice day to all,



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Monday, November 5, 2012

Rainy Day Outing with Our Family

October 21, 2012: (Gabby) This was our 2nd visit at 9 Waves (a.k.a. Ciudad Christhia) Resort. The resort is approximately  10 minutes away from our house so we can go here anytime we want without the hassle of pre-planning the trip. This trip was also our way of celebrating my 3rd birthday.
I was telling my parents that I don;t like to go swimming but when I got there and saw the pool, I never stop swimming at all and enjoy the pool slides to the max.
(Danny) I was so excited to swim wearing my knew acquired swim suit. The water is so cold, I was chilling but enjoyed swimming. Who said that the waves are for adults only. Ate Gabby and I enjoyed the pool waves to the fullest. I walked in the toe knee deep water and even danced to the music playing.
(Gabby) My toy mug with fork and spoon. These toys is going to be part of our trip from now on.

Enjoying the waters.

(Danny) Splash!, Splash!, Splash!, What a simple life

Have a nice day to all,

Gabby &Danny

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Gabby & Danie at Active Fun Children's Play & Party Centre

FUNtastic indoor fun for kids, "Kids play while parents shop"

This was the tag line that is shown in the website of Active Fun Children's Play Party Centre but I chose not to shop but play with my kids besides its more fulfilling and exciting to be with my children.
Last Sunday, our family together with my in-laws went to SM North EDSA to let our children play at the active fun. It is located at the SM Annex Bldg, 3rd Floor, near the parking lot. Firstly, I don't even know the development made on SM North EDSA since the last time I set my foot here in 2003. I don't even know "The Block" Building. Anyway, our purpose in going here in SM North EDSA was to let our kids play and experience the excitements. I even like the new (for me) look of the escalator. 
Owners Gina and Tony Butler brought the concept to the country because they realized that children nowadays do not have options to get sufficient exercise. (Source: Active Fun). Well, I believe them. Most kids today engaged in Internet games, sitting for long hours playing computer games  and the like.  I can't even see children play the traditional Filipino kids games like luksong tinik, tumbang preso, moro-moro among others, so the need for this kind of activity center which you can avail for a couple of hundred pesos (During our time, playing is for free, Am I getting old?). 
The playground is divided into two sections - the soft area for kids below five years old and the play frame which has trampolines, giant slides, hanging bridges and obstacle courses that will challenge the physical ability of children.

My younger daughter Danie played in the soft area. She particularly liked big piano, amazed by the sounds it produce. There is also a small slides for her age but did not tried it because of the number of kids who are playing.
Danie smiled in front of the camera, making faces to our delight. She  really make us smile always.
Gabby really loves the slide, even in our house she will customized a slide for her enjoyment. Many kids were unruly or impatient pushing others so that they will be the first in line. Gabby chose to wait for her turn and still waited for the go signal of the staff who is in-charge (see above photo) before she slides even if the course was clear. I even shout "Gabby!!, you can go", shame on me...  
She smiled, laughed, jumped and ran and I got tired chasing her but I let her play on her own. I just supervised.  
 Shouted repeatedly, Wow!!!. She slides for 4 more times.
 Ice cream after a very tiring activity.
We would have missed these things if we chose to go shopping while our kids were playing. I still prefer to witness all the things they are doing. I always learn many things from them. This time patience, this virtue is hard to exercises specially us adults but kids if they are properly thought through examples they will acquire it and practice it. Until another fun and exciting activities with my kids. 


Have a nice day to all,
Ricky



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Monday, September 17, 2012

Danie's 1st Birthday Thanksgiving Party

August 18, 2012 - It was my little sister's 1st birthday celebration, mom and dad chose a safari theme for her birthday. The celebration was not so extravagant but equally exciting and memorable. Celebrating with us are our dear friends in LOJ, mountaineering group and relatives.

The cake was around 8 inches in diameter with animal decors and Danie's name, I forgot who made the cake but it was delicious and nice, matched the character and look of the venue. Decorated with a zebra-inspired cloth and surrounded by animal stuff toys courtesy of Devy - Divisoria
The cake tower is courtesy of Congo Grill thanks to their generosity, The staff even helped us in decorating the place, without asking them.

The party favors was made by my mom, they chose animal puzzle in line with the safari theme, it was not expensive but decorated with style. Dad even teased my mom that the ribbons and wrappers are more expensive than the favors itself. The gift tags was made by my dad (See below for larger picture)

These are finger puppets, made of rubber for the kids to enjoy while waiting for the party to begin. I think the kids enjoyed it, nothing was left for us. Well, that's fine as long as our guest kids enjoyed it.

Lastly, this is a wish tree. An idea we got from a wedding we attended, actually we saw this from the other room were a wedding reception was also held. This is were the guest put their wishes for my little sister. Thanks to my Tito (Uncle) Regie who painted this.

Thanks also to my Tito Renz, who tool the photos together with my dad, you're getting better Tito. Tita (Aunt) Shane took the microphone to host the events with Ninang Cla facilitating some games.

It was indeed a successful event. Thanks everyone for celebrating with us until the next celebration.


Have a nice day to all,
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