Friday, August 26, 2011

Dear Edith

Mom read this article a couple of days ago and shared it with me. It's a very touching story I never thought existed... Read along...


Dear Edith

Gentle Breeze
By ATTY. NELLY FAVIS VILLAFUERTE
August 21, 2011, 8:00am
MANILA, Philippines — This is a touching story on forgiveness that has been told and retold for decades. The main characters of this story are Karl, a government warehouse worker, and his wife for 25 years, Edith. They were a loving couple. Karl never failed to write Edith a long letter every night that he was on an out-of-town assignment and Karl sent small gifts to Edith. In 1949, the US government sent Karl to Okinawa for a few months to work on a warehouse. To keep herself busy, Edith bought a small unfinished cottage hoping to complete the construction by the time Karl returned. As weeks went by, the arrival of Karl’s letters became more seldom. Until a Dear Edith letter from Karl brought bad news. Karl wrote Edith that he had finally ended his marriage with Edith; that he already got a divorce by mail; and that he had already married Aiko, a 19-year-old Japanese girl – a maid assigned to Karl’s quarters. By then Edith was 48 years old. Edith was devastated but not bitter against Karl.
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While in Japan, Karl wrote Edith now and then – like when he and Aiko were expecting a baby; when Marie was born in 1951. And when another baby girl Helen was born in 1953. Edith, for her part, sent Marie and Helen small presents. During all these times, Edith had still strong hope that Karl would go back home to her.
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Edith did not hate Karl or Aiko. She rationalized Karl’s behavior as that of a lonely man far from home. Deep in her heart, Edith believed that the marriage between Karl and Aiko would not last long due to the age gap and the culture differences. In the meantime, Edith continued working in a factory.  Until one day, a Dear Edith letter from Karl brought the sad news that he was dying of lung cancer. In that letter, Karl expressed his fear that nobody would take care of Aiko, Marie, and Helen when he died. Understandably so. Because by then, Karl’s savings had been being depleted by his medical expenses.
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Edith, out of compassion and to give peace of mind to Karl whom she still dearly loved despite his abandoning her for another woman, reassured Karl that she would take the two girls to live with her in Massachusetts if Karl wouldl die. Initially, Aiko resisted. In 1956, Aiko agreed. The two girls adjusted fast to American life. And amazingly, the two girls brought so much joy to Edith. Living alone in Japan, Aiko wrote sad letters to Edith and expressed her homesickness for the two girls. Edith, as a final expression of her love for Karl decided to get Aiko to live with her and the two girls in the US. There was a problem though. Aiko was a Japanese citizen. Edith was not discouraged.
Finally, through the help of one newspaper reporter (and others who responded to Edith’s story as narrated by the newspaper reporter in his column in one well-known newspaper),  Edith was able to arrange to bring Aiko to the US.
The picture of a frail, small, and fearful lady coming off the plane at New York’s International Airport melted whatever remaining hate Edith had for Aiko. The Japanese lady rushed into the arms of Edith after standing and clutching the railing of the plane for sometime. While they held each other, Edith had this thought: “Help me Lord to love this girl as if she were part of Karl.”
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Dear Edith is an amazing and a heartfelt story of  forgiveness and selflessness. Instead of being bitter, vindictive, angry, and unforgiving, Edith showed love. She demonstrated forgiveness that comes from the heart. (This information was culled from a story appearing in a book by the late Norman Vincent Peale, a Christian preacher, motivational speaker and author)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Franz' 7th Birthday

from left to right: Gladys, Ate Liezl, Ate faye, Angel and Me



Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's Sunday And I'm Inlove

Happy Sunday! I'm gonna be busy today. Will be going out tonight to attend my niece's birthday party. So excited to see relatives tonight!

I haven't been clubbing for weeks now. But it's all good. I love laid back weekends too just as much as I love party weekends. :)

Nothing  much had been going on but I think I'm fine.. thanks to the one who sends me messages daily and to the one who makes me feel attractive at times. hahaha :)


HAPPY SUNDAY!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Childhood

They would often say that if a person is bitter about life, most probably, he or she had a bad childhood experience. I don't know if this is true. Let me just share with you some childhood pics of mine and see how happy my childhood was... :)


My First Birthday

My Sister and Me

Me and My Sister

My Sister and Me

Me and My Sister With Mom and Dad

Me!

I'm A Work In Progress

"What doesn't kill you will only make you stronger" something that my Aunt told me last night. I may have gone through a lot, but I don't regret any single thing I did or experienced. Simply because I know, I became a stronger person because of what I have gone through.

Not everyday is a cloudy day. There would be bad times but definitely, I have a lot of good times to cherish. I just gotta continue believing that there is something better in store for me.

ILML.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Party With Kae











Cha, Kae and Me

Me and Kae

Cha, Kae and Mac

Kae and Me

I haven't seen this girl for over a decade. She was my classmate, busmate and neighbor back when I was in grade 3. It feels really good to catch up with old but good friends.

Friday, August 5, 2011

After A Long Time

FINALLY! I am now able to blog properly after so many days ( weeks maybe? ). I haven't' blogged anything decent recently as I was busy at work plus the fact that I was also organizing and planning my weekend after weekend to keep me occupied. I think I am now a total "event" planner for myself. I've had the chance to catch up with so many people recently and it was the best feeling ever when you get to speak to people who have known you way back when you had that drastic haircut or when your skin wasn't as fair as it is now. Back when the world seems to be as simple as sleeping and eating everyday and not having to worry about bills or work or lovelife. Ahhhhhhh.... I miss being a kid and that is one of the many reasons why I went back to where I came from... with the people I was with when life was simple.

So, just a quick update on my life. Let's start from last Saturday. Finally, I dated someone. haha! After 4 months of just plainly being single ( no dates ) I decided to go out with someone! I would like to congratulate the lucky guy because he was able to convince me to go out with him. But moreover, I commend myself for having the courage to take one step forward and agree on a date just when I thought I wouldn't want to. It wasn't really a serious date and I told the guy that I can't promise to like him back. I was looking for that "spark" which unfortunately, I didn't see on that date. But hey, it wasn't really a total failure. He was a great guy. Gentleman, nice and just how a guy should be on a first date. But, now he's gone. hahaha. Oh well, I guess, he's really not the one for me.

I also did some shopping last week after I got my incentive. And, I can say that my belly dancing has proved to be successful because from size 30, I am now size 27 in jeans. And of course, I celebrated by shopping a pair of jeans and shorts. haha!

After that my entire week was just about work. I was busy looking for the "necessities" in my industry and yesterday, my boss called to ask me about my calls the other day. i admit, my fault. I missed out on the important part of my job even if I was able to book someone in. PC wasn't working properly, the day was going slow, I was emailing people and reading notes candidate per candidate trying to figure out what to do with each of them. I thought i was in big trouble when my boss called. But good thing he told me he's just challenging me to do better and to level-up on my skills as a Researcher. I told him before that I wanted to get promoted. And his honesty towards my performance is something that I really appreciate. He told me to impress him next week. So HELL, I AM GOING TO WORK MY ASS REALLY HARD NEXT WEEK!!!! I.Promise.


Anyway, tonight I will be going out with Kae, my close friend back in grade 3 and after so many years, we will finally see each other!!! I am very excited. We got a lot to talk about. haaaaaaaayyyyyyyy. How I miss my childhood friends.

Hopefully next week will be a productive one, just how it should be. And, I am also counting the days to our Cebu trip! September 18-21 it is! hahaha...


ILML.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I Secretly Dream Of Paris

I wanna be in Paris. I wanna see the Eiffel Tower. I wanna see it at night.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Prayer For Your Soulmate

A Prayer for Your Soul Mate

The Prayer
I am most grateful for the realization that I have found within myself. I know I am ready to receive my soul mate, as I feel worthy of this blessing. Please help me to prepare my soul for this other being to come into my life.
• I ask to release the thoughts, words, patterns, and behaviors that keep me from living in peace.
• I ask to be complete with relationships that are out of harmony and balance with my life.
• I ask to align my body, mind, and spirit with the thoughts, words, and actions that allow me to feel worthy.
• I ask to love myself to the fullest capacity so that I can attract this significant person into my life.
• I ask to know without a shadow of doubt, when I meet this person.
• I ask you, dear God, to send me the person you feel would be for my highest good.


I trust and believe in your knowing and your loving support, to bring me this person.

May I always remember…
• My soul mate is here to love, honor, and respect me.
• My soul mate is here to walk by my side.
• My soul mate is here to show me how precious this life journey is.
• My soul mate is here to support me.
• … to remind me that I am not in control.
• … to help me allow YOU to guide my life.
• … to assist me to realize my spiritual work.
• … to reflect my fullest potential.
• … to encourage me when I need encouragement.
• … to hold me when I need to be held.
• … to help me through the pain of my darkest moments.
• … to remind me to live fully in the present moment.
• … here to laugh, to love, and to celebrate this life with me.
• … to help me become a living example of this way.
• … to walk the talk and share this journey with others.

My soul mate is here to be with me as we learn to dance with each other,
through all of life’s adventures.


We give thanks to you, dear God, as YOU shine your light upon us, reflecting our radiance of love out into the world.

May we serve YOU, one another, and all others through this precious LOVE.

Thank you God, and so it is.


This is something that was shared to me by a good friend. In all honesty, I didn’t have an idea that there is such prayer existing until this friend of mine, who believes in soulmates, sent me this link. I’d like to share it with you just in case you are also one of us… waiting for our other half… waiting for the right one… or waiting to be found…