20 Years and Counting

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Falling in love is an easy thing but staying in love is a different matter. My family has high mortality in marriages and growing up, I became very conscious and wary of falling prey to relationships that would fizzle. My late and beloved uncle even told me that in our family, marriages don’t last so I had to find a man that I would stay in love with for the rest of my life. That stuck in my head…

I dated my ex-boyfriend (now my hubby hahaha) since 1991. We started as acquaintance, became friends, and bam, next thing I know it, we were in the courtship zone. Our relationship wasn’t always that rosy. Heck, we fought most of the time because we had our differences, and we still do up to this day. However, one way of having a peaceful life together is to accept each other’s differences. We did.

Our differences make our marriage exciting. Sometimes it’s fun and there are times that those differences can be very challenging. We try to make it work and respect each other. I guess, the foundation of our marriage is based on love,  respect, and trust for each other.

We’re not the typical husband and wife tandem. Our social life revolves in different polars. He likes stuff that I hate. I love things that he doesn’t understand. He’s the Mr. Congeniality and I am the snob. He loves parties, and I prefer to read books at home. He is the super outgoing and I am the homebody. He is not the romantic kind but I am the hopeless romantic. I am artsy and he’s very hands-on.  But we both love to TRAVEL! Yet, we still get along. We are the classic poster children of “Opposite Poles Attract.” It’s that mutual respect and understanding that we already developed being together that keeps the relationship going. It may not work for some but it works for us. We have agreed to disagree on our differences and then we move on.

Staying in love is not a walk in the park. It’s like walking on the moon, you don’t know what to expect. We don’t have a perfect marriage. At times, he drives me nuts and I want to smack him sometimes but at the end of the day, he’s the only one I want to be with. He makes me laugh most of the time. He gets my craziness and bears with me with a smile. He is patient with me even and knows when to ignore me. He lets me be. He may not be the perfect man nor the knight in shining armor I have cooked up in my head but he is my man.

Celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary is like an achievement that I can happily claim. It’s not easy to stay in love, make the marriage work, and still enjoy each other’s company (even if I know I bore him at times). But one thing I can say is, my hubby completes me.

Here’s to the next 20 and more years of togetherness!

(MY FB post for dear hubby!)

 

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January 13, 2017
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2017

I am glad to leave 2016 behind. A lot of painful stuff happened to my family last year and my faith and resolve had been tested as early as the first quarter of 2016. I hoped and prayed for improvement but my situation had gotten worse towards the last quarter of 2016. However, I am not a quitter. So, I am welcoming 2017 with open arms and heart because I could use a break right now.

I lost my mum and fur baby in a span of few days last February 2016. Then few weeks after my mum’s passing, my aunt passed away. And another aunt joined our Creator last November. There’s just too many painful stuff this heart of mine could handle. But I am hanging on.

My career has plateaued too. It was last year when I actually accepted (with open heart, mind, and soul) the fact that I would never get the promotion I deserved. I let that dream go and I had never felt so free doing so.

My blogging activities slowed down too during the 2nd half of 2016. I hope it will pick up this time. I haven’t been earning as much as I used to but I know there’s a silver lining. This happened before and my blogs always pick up the pace towards the 2nd quarter. And I pray it happens soon. I could use some extra right now to help with the savings.

Relationships weren’t as smooth as I wanted it. Family relations were tested and as much as most of the issues had been resolved, I hope the trust and love would remain.

I prayed for plenty of beautiful promises to unfold to me this 2017 because I know I deserve the good things. It’s time to move towards healing. Welcome 2017!

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January 7, 2017
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Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Music

Music is a universal thing and it crosses beyond culture, race, and age. Music is a good way to help kids appreciate arts and expression. And if you have kids who are showing signs for love of music or are inclined to play some musical instruments, then start them early with some of the gift ideas geared for kids.

 

Drum Set

 

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It may be a noisy gift to give but it does help a child develop appreciate with melody, rhythm, and arm and leg coordination. There are small drum kits geared for much younger kids too.

 

Keyboard

Is buying a piano still way out of your budget? Then settle for a keyboard for the meantime until you get enough money to buy your future pianist the real deal. There are plenty of keyboard to choose from.  You can even get your future prodigy a baby grand if you want and able but certainly, the market is teeming with good, quality keyboard to start with while they are young.

 

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Egg shakers

These egg shakers are really unique gift to give kids who like making sounds and melody. It’s like a maracas but only in egg shape.

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Otamatone 

I find this gadget unique and very cute too. It is perfect for kids who love to make music and include synthesizing. It is made in Japan so I am not surprised why it looks so cute and like a musical note.

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December 17, 2016
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The Holiday

I know, I haven’t been very active in my blogging activity lately and there are personal reasons behind it. I just try my best to get my groove back but it’s not happening at the moment. I guess, I seriously need to take a vacation, to get away from the stuff that choke me, and just to recover from the losses.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for me. I don’t know how long I will be in that ride but I know I will get out of it.  The holiday season is just making it worse, feelings wise. It’s a different holiday this time. Much as I push myself to be happy, and really be excited for the same holiday season that my mum loved, I just find it hard to do so. I feel very empty right now. I still need to go on a holiday and fly back home to be with my family there. Maybe, I need all the change of environment even for a short while; a time to see my parents’ resting places, and be with my family for support. I could use some tender hugs right now.

Well, I hope that when the year ends, I can finally let go and leave the pains behind. I don’t want to carry these heavy weight in my heart to 2017. My family deserves to see me happy. I deserve to be happy… I know my mum would understand that.

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December 17, 2016
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Christmas Gift Idea for Your Drummer Kid

Now that the holiday season has finally come, we are not in a hectic mode to complete our Christmas list and ensure not a single person has been left out. However, thinking of the right gift to give our kids can be very daunting.

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Here’s a great gift idea to your musically inclined kid who loves to pound the drums- a roland v drums set for kids. The Ronald V Drums are not just for adults. It is great for kids too because it has foldable models with height adjustments.  The Roland V Drums also has app such as the Friend Jam which is even perfect for the young one as it helps improve your kid’s skills and also encourages improvement through practice.

 

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December 3, 2016
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Thanksgiving Greetings 2016

My family went through a series of heartaches this year (started during the first quarter) and trickled even up to November. I keep reminding myself that there are reasons why things happen and someday, I will understand them. And despite of all the heartaches and sadness that enveloped my family, I still have that hope and faith that there is always something to be grateful for. And those little blessings that I often disregard is one of them.

Thank you Lord for the blessings, great and small.

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

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November 23, 2016
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Black Friday Mega Discount On Strike Shields by TurnerMAX

 

What Is Expected Of Black Friday In 2016?

We all know that Black Friday is the most anticipated day for most of the shoppers throughout the world. The die-hard shopping bonanza is said to come on 25th November this year and it is quite a delight that we don’t have to wait for long as it is already the month of November. It was initially an American tradition but now it has spread almost everywhere and people are looking for lucrative bargains in stores both offline and online. Last year the stores earned hefty profits by selling products online and the customers shopped through their smartphones from the comfort of their homes and offices. So it’s a growing trend and it is most likely to happen this year too.

 

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Huge Discount Being Offered:

TurnerMAX strike shields have been selling like hot cakes and it is to our customer’s pleasure that there is 40% discount on them this Black Friday, kicking off the shopping season for Christmas in 2016. They are an essential training gear for learning all kinds of martial arts, boxing and kickboxing. The most awaited day for the people who have thought of buying their favourite TV set all year long can get it on this Black Friday if they manage their time and schedule wisely.

 

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Where Can You Find These Discounted Items?

You can always avail these discounts by logging on to www.turner-sports.co.uk or by visiting eBay and AMAZON which are considered giant online retailers. As TurnerMAX is already listed on these portals you can easily search for TurnerMAX Strike Shields. If you don’t want to go there, you are just a click away from acquiring those jumbo discounts this Thanksgiving. Get eBay discounts here and click here to get AMAZON discount offers. It is an honour this company has been accepted and praised by many across the UK and all over the globe as a reliable sports equipment manufacturer.

 

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Wrapping Up:

Not only are the kick shields durable but also available in different colours. Turner Sports UK has been taking part in Black Friday deals every year providing handsome cut rates to the prospective customers as they have never discriminated against the rich and the poor. We have given equal opportunities to everyone. We believe we are here for a purpose and the more satisfied our customers are, the more contentment and serenity we achieve.

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November 22, 2016
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