Friday, September 30, 2011

Zoe and Family

I received a priceless gift from my daughter this week.

She came home the other day with a "card" for Mommy. She said, "Mom, this is our family. This is me, Luixx, you, and Dad." Awww, it was so cute.

At the back of the card is something that made me think.

If you can't decipher, the card goes:

Dear Mommy
I love you Ate Cat
I love you Mom
I love you Dad
I love you Lxxxx
From: ZxxxVxxxxx

I noticed suddenly that it was a "Dear Mom letter" but then the first line in the body of the message says "I love you Ate Cat." Hahaha! Whether t'was intentional that she wrote her Ate Cat's name before me doesn't really matter since I am no longer a sour-graping Mommy like I used to be. The fact that she is very thoughtful and caring to all of us in the house makes me happy, regardless on who takes, like in a movie title, the top billing. :-)

The card did teach me something more -
Our family is very important. God willed that each human person enter the world into a family. When we teach our children how to love, that same kind of love is something they carry within themselves and poured out to the other people around them. 

As St. Josemaria says in "Christ Is Passing By" -
...theirs is a home full of light and cheerfulness. The unity between the parents is transmitted to their children, to the whole family, and to everyone who is involved in their life. In this way, every truly christian family reproduces in some way the mystery of the Church, chosen by God and sent to be the guide of the world.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Field Trip 2011

Sharing some pictures from Zoe's recent field trip to Seriland inside the Manila Ocean Park. These are from the Trick Art room:

Apart from Seriland, their class also went to Davao Crocodile Farm and Museo Pambata. :-)

Taxes Time Again

Over dinner, my husband and I were having a discussion about how our individual careers are going. I mentioned to him that in my office, there was already an announcement to all employees to get their tax documents ready for the annual filing that is due around March or April next year. Being a new hire in my office, it was said in the memo that it would be my sole responsibility to submit all necessary documents from my previous company and all other tax status changes that I might have incurred in the past months. We are already at Q4 of the calendar year and it’s about time to get some papers ready for tax submission. Thus, I suggested to him that we prepare for that early on because in my job as Payroll Manager before, I have seen countless employees doing their taxes late. As such they were all dazed and in a hurry to touch base with their accountants to prepare their respective tax annualization reports.

I also shared with my husband about this website that can help people with their tax preparations and assist them in filing for a tax return extension if in case it is needed. Also, they can help in getting your due tax refund at the earliest span of time. All you need is to fill out a form online and leave it all to them. Now tax preparation is no longer a hassle. You can concentrate on doing your work well and performing beyond the expectation of your company and clients.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One Day...

I promised myself that one day, I'll bring my kids to Luneta Park just like how my parents would bring me and my sis there when we were young.

Last month, I have seen the realization of that wish. Seeing Dr. Jose Rizal right there brings back wonderful memories of our happy family. He stands there looking proud and happy to be a Filipino. He made me feel that too! Luneta is still an enigmatic place full of history and culture and I hope it stays that way.

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