Sunday, December 31, 2006

Another year in a blur!

I still haven't figured out how to tweak the template for my own liking but I'm reading a lot so expect some changes by tomorrow (or next year). Here's the banner I made for Zaki's 2nd birthday last Dec 8 and finally a vid. Happy New Year to everyone!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Zen to Welcome 2007

Change, I think it's about time . . .

Friday, September 08, 2006

3 more months to go . . .

Can't really think of anything to say right now.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Ride of her life, sorta

"(she's) a fool for the rodeo . . ."


Most people need to find out all the answers in dealing with life. Uncertainty is something we'd rather sweep under the rug. Yet, life isn't a guarantee, otherwise, it would be boring and will feel monotonous. It is all about risks and facing up to fears and challenges. It is holding on to visions with hope that even without a clear picture, things are definitely looking up.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Little girl has taken over, Bedtime!

I've had a gruelling but exciting 4 weeks with a new job that required me to get up at 4:15 am and out of the house before 5 am to make it on a 6 am schedule. Thought the schedule would be fine since I'd be home earlier and could spend time with Zaki. Alas, had no gas left in my tank by the time I get home and would often doze off the moment my body touches anything resembling a bed. Off to dreamland, I went for at least the first 10 days until the lil fella would have enough of it. Brilliant strategies like throwing up on my back while I was lying to riding my almost lifeless body like a horse sure lifted me off my stupor. From then on, I got the point. Bedtime is when Zaki says so.

Good thing, I have another job offer waiting for me and i don't have to get up early.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Sure, we knew that Zaki's birth meant a lot of changes in our lives, like giving up sleep and movies - not that tragic really , but I never imagined how drastically our world will be since December 2004. We've had the tsunami, hurricane, avian flu, mudslides and yes, terrorist attacks to complete the negative equation. But come to think of it, I guess more people now have come to the realization of things that are really important to them and of spending precious time doing what they love because for all we know life may just take a strange turn in a blink of an eye.

Anyway, before we set off job-hunting, here's a photo of Zaki doing what she does best . . .

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Tsk, tsk

I've never had to work this hard all my life and still feel that I am doing a poor job. I've been a full-time dad to Zaki for nearly 11 months now although I still play second fiddle to my wife in terms of primary care. Physically, I think this is quite a workout. Mentally, it's driving me nuts. (Just imagine being the mother).

If all babies are like her, then a toast to all parents who have raised their child/children with their wits intact. Every day now has been a struggle to be patient while Zaki screams (and kicks) for her wishes to be carried out all the while she is in tow in the most awkward of positions. If only we could understand what it is she wants then it'll be easier. Unfortunately, we don't.

Thankfully, there also is nightime sleep. Tis the best time to carefully examine her in all her baby glory in peace. I am tired most of the day but I'd be a fool to complain. Not tonight, while most people are counting their many blessings I'm perfectly content with just having this one.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Pac Man Euphoria

Everything stopped for at least 5 hours yesterday in the Philippines. (Not for Zaki since she was her usual hyperactive self complete with intermittent bursts of shrieks and screams which could have floored even trained boxers if they spend a day with her.) This time though it is not due to some political disturbance nor natural calamity. This one is a result of Pac Man - Manny Pacquiao's historic 10th round TKO of future boxing Hall of Famer and never-been-officially-floored-before Erik Morales.

This brings back memories of many years past when I first got a glimpse of Pac doing the local boxing circuit. I was amazed at how a boxer of humble roots possess a tremendous left punch like a little Tyson. One-dimensional as boxing experts say (and belittle) but effective nonetheless. Look for him improving his place at the latest pound-for-pound rankings.

Anyway, here's to Filipinos everywhere! Unity is truly possible even if only for a day or two courtesy of Pac.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Just want to say that my wife, Zaki ( 13 months old) and I are listening for almost 2 and 1/2 years already to Keane and has shown no signs of stopping until a new album perhaps or another brilliant song/s comes along. Just saw the "Strangers" DVD and it has just renewed the sense of wonder that we have for the band. Their music truly is special and heartfelt. Reminds me of the new wave bands of the 80's that I also continue to listen to up to this day, 'cept that now instead of using cassettes and vinyl, I have a 20g Ipod Photo.

Pac Girl

For the last few months since she was born - Dec 8, 2004, Zaki was never much of an eater. Since she was diagnosed with a rare medical condition known as Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), she was prone to throwing up almost everything she eats and drinks. Thankfully, beginning yesterday, she has turned instantly into a food deposit chamber! Whereas before, she only puts non-edible things into her mouth now she is drinking milk in good quantity and has shown unexpected interest in eating food. Finally!

With fingers crossed, I just pray that she 'll continue to eat well and make up for the lost time and gain the proper weight she needs before her scheduled surgery within the year.