Blue Moon on New Year's Eve

For the first time in almost twenty years, there will be a blue moon on New Year's Eve. Do not expect the moon to actually turn blue, though. It is just the term used for the second full moon in a calendar month. There is a lot of "hush-hush" over the definition of blue moon but I will leave the controversy to the experts. ;)

Blue Moon
United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa will have New Year's Eve blue moon. However, the full moon does not show up until New Year's Day in Australia and Asia, making January a blue moon month for them.

Another "magical" New Year's Eve event is the partial lunar eclipse on the Eastern Hemisphere. The eclipse will not be visible in the Americas.

The Philippines would not only welcome the New Year with a big bang but with both Blue Moon and partial lunar eclipse!

True Meaning Of Christmas

I had this timely letter from my inbox. This might have been in circulation for a very long time. I found the message so meaningful and thought of sharing this to you. It is true that some people have forgotten what they really celebrate on Christmas Day. This day has always been a family day because family members find their ways to reunite. However, we should always keep in mind that without our Father on this day, our family will never be complete.

Letter From Jesus

As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday. Every year, people celebrate the day in my honor and I think that this year the celebration repeats.

During this time there are many people shopping for gifts; there are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world, everyone is talking that my birthday is getting closer and closer.

It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of me. As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years ago. At first, people seemed to understand its meaning and seemed thankful to all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration.

Family and friends get together and have lots of fun, but they do not know the meaning of the celebration. I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates. The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts. But, do you want to know something? I was not invited. I was the guest of honor and they did not remember to send me an invitation. The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside; they closed the door on my face. I wanted to be with them and share their table.

In truth, that did not surprise me because in the last few years all close their doors to me. Since I was not invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner. They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a grand time.

To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him saying, "Santa Claus, Santa Claus" as if the party were in his honor! At midnight, all the people began to hug each other; I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me and do you know NO ONE hugged me.

Suddenly they all began to share gifts. They opened them one by one with great anticipation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for me. What would you feel if, on your birthday, everybody shared gifts and you did not get one? I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left. Every year, it gets worse. People only remember the gifts, the parties, to eat and drink, and nobody remembers me.

Coffee Break

My brain is not working! Maybe it is still asleep. A coffee break would (I think) wake it from its slumber. I got a cup, put sugar, cream and coffee and headed to the water dispenser for hot water. While the water was flowing to the cup, I noticed my coffee did not mix well. Ooops, I forgot to turn on the water dispenser! I turned it on, discarded the cold coffee and waited for the water to become hot, hot, hot.

Tick, tack, tick, tack. Finally, I got my hot coffee. I consumed it until its last drop and waited for some time to feel its effect. It has been an hour now and I still have the clouds on my brain. Drinking hot coffee did not have any effect on my sleepy head. Maybe it would do wonders if I have poured it on my face instead. ;)
The luck arches the closing ozone.

My Baby is Teething

I feel a little dizzy today. My head is throbbing so hard and my eyes seem to roll on their own. I did not have enough sleep for three days now. My five-month old baby has changed his sleeping pattern. Normally, he sleeps at around 9:00 pm and wakes up at around 11:00 pm but sleeps again after drinking his milk. Now, he still sleeps at 9:00 pm, wakes up at 11:00 pm but would never sleep again even after drinking a bottle or two; and stays awake until at most 3:00 in the morning.

My Baby is TeethingLast night, he turned from one cute little angel to a fussy baby. I gently rocked him, sang a lullaby, gently patted his back and tried all things I know about calming a fussy baby. It did help for a while but then again he would continue crying. I wonder why he is not himself anymore. I checked his body for some causes of irritation but found none until I noticed that his tongue keeps on flipping his lower lip. I checked his gums and was surprised to see a tiny white speck. My baby is teething; and he is teething early compared to my other two kids who have their first tooth at around seven months. Now that answered all our questions. It is a good thing I already have one of the baby teething remedies for him - a teething pacifier. The problem is, he would not suck or bite. He is still not used to it but in time we will see. I forgot the name of the teething gel I used with my two kids when they were teething. I would better set an appointment with the pediatrician and ask for it.

Shopping For Divorce Attorneys

Tiger Woods has been dodging rumors of infidelity. Every day, more and more women come out of the woodwork, revealing intimate details of their affairs with Tiger; and reports say that at least 14 women had affairs with the golf icon. It seems his marriage is irreparable now. There were reports that Elin Nordegren, the Swedish nanny and former model who married Tiger Woods in 2004, is shopping for divorce attorneys. According to media reports, Elin will divorce the billionaire golf icon following the $candal that halted his career. An unnamed source close to Elin told ABC News, "Divorce is 100 percent on. She's not rushing to divorce, however. She’s going to take her sweet time. She wants all the dirty laundry to be out on the table before she signs anything." People magazine reported she has met with lawyers to renegotiate her prenuptial agreement with Woods. US Weekly reports the couple has a prenuptial agreement worth $300 million, which would make this the most expensive celebrity divorce in history.

Despite Woods' infidelity, many people would still want the couple to save their marriage, stay together and work things out for the sake of the family and their children. However, divorce attorney Raoul Felder who has handled huge celebrity cases said he would not count on Woods' marriage to survive. "There's a separate level of hell when you're a celebrity. You're subject to extraordinary temptation that ordinary people are not subject to. I don't think the prognosis is too great for something like this unless she's willing to make some kind of deal and live with it."

Prominent celebrity divorce attorney says, "Don't count on couple staying together because of Woods' temptations." Do you think it is a good decision for Elin to divorce Woods and live comfortably for 30 lifetimes? On the other hand, would they better save their marriage and give their relationship a second chance? What are your thoughts on these?

Relationship Management Skills on Nagging

Couples experience stress-related arguments that may be due to finances, outside influences, and unmet expectations. Instead of finding acceptable outlets for stress or developing coping skills for anxiety or relationship management skills, spouses tend to personalize pent-up emotions toward each other and eventually become a recipient of unspent anger and frustration through nagging.

Nagging is defined as the bothersome, annoying, incessant, irritating fault finding or voicing of unmet expectations or tasks that need to be done. It takes the form of verbal reminders, requests, and pleas said in a number of different ways repeatedly.

For years, this has been a problem between men and women and some would want to end the relationship just to escape the feeling of being under constant pressure. Through time, women have earned the reputation of being the “nagger” and men the recipient of the nagging. However, there are some cases were the roles are reversed. Male nagging is not discussed as much, but it is prevalent in long-term relationships. Men tend to nag about different kinds of issues, and in ways that are a little less ripe for parody.

People nag because they do not feel that they are being heard or their words are just taken for granted. They mistakenly believe that getting loud or being repetitive will help them get through to the person whose attention they want.

If you have asked your spouse to help you do something, and your spouse cannot get around to doing it, nagging is NEVER going to help. If the undone task you have asked is so vital that it risks your health or your financial good name, you may need to do it yourself. Performing this task may mean that you need to eliminate a task of lesser priority. It is important to keep this balance and to share with your spouse the necessity of jostling your responsibilities.

Relationship Management - Facts on Cheating Wife

Women are less likely to cheat than men. In the old, old days, women cheating on their spouse were unheard of but in today's modern times, the number of women who cheat on their spouse is growing exponentially. The difference in men and women cheating is that men often cheat for physical reasons while women often have emotional reasons for cheating on their partner.

While estimates of infidelity are difficult to establish, surveys consistently reveal that wives tend to be more faithful than husbands. When a wife cheats on her husband, she is more likely to have an emotional affair and tends to cheat with someone who is part of their social group – a friend, a co-worker, someone from school, church, etc. Cheating wives tend to have affairs with men who have more status and resources than their husbands or with men who are better relational partners – someone who is more attentive, appreciative and understanding.

Cheating WifeWomen are also more likely to use cheating as a means of getting revenge than men. While using infidelity to "get even" is rare, "revenge cheating" is more common among women. Modern women are no longer willing to sit back and accept the fact that their partner may cheat on them. If a woman confirms or even just holds a suspicion that their partner is cheating on them, it may drive her to engage in an affair as an act of revenge. While this is not a justifiable reason, many women see revenge as an appropriate reason for cheating on their spouse.

Women also cheat because they are bored with the monotony of their current relationship and they seek to bring excitement back into their life through engaging in an affair. An affair is exciting not only because it involves a relationship with a new person but also because it involves sneaking around and ultimately getting away with doing something wrong. This is very exciting to many women and they are willing to risk losing their relationship over their affair.

When a relationship meets a stagnant point where the partners are no longer making a conscious effort to reassure each other that they are still desirable, women begin to feel insecure that leads them to seek affirmation of their desirability outside the relationship in the form of an affair. Being found desirable by another compensates the lack of longing they feel from their partner and helps to boost their self-esteem.

More and more women are becoming guilty of cheating on their partners. While women are beginning to cheat as often as men, the reasons why women cheat are much different than the reasons why men cheat. The reasons why women cheat include loneliness, revenge, boredom and self-esteem. Oftentimes, emotional reasons rather than lus† drive them to these affairs.

Once a Cheater, Always a Cheater?

The audio of Tiger Woods leaving a voicemail message for his alleged mistress, Jaimee Grubbs, was released on December 2, 2009, by US Weekly. Any doubt that he had been unfaithful to his wife, Elin Nordegren, was immediately erased.

Audio: Tiger Woods Voicemail Message
"Hey it's Tiger, I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that. Just have it as a number on the voicemail. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye."

However, even if Tiger grovels for forgiveness, you cannot blame Elin if she questions whether he can be faithful in the future. Will Tiger — and other cheaters — stray again? The answer may put nerve shocks but makes total sense.

“A small number of men have an addiction to cheating — regardless of what their relationship is like. But most men stray because something is lacking in their union, be it $e×, attention, or even excitement,” says Don-David Lusterman, PhD, author of Infidelity: A Survival Guide.

A man's unhappiness has been building for a while by the time he cheats. He may not even know how close he is to being tempted until presented with an opportunity. Whether he can be faithful after really depends on how he and his partner deal with it together. Both need to address the root cause of the problem.

For many men, the issue may be $e× life. So learn to gauge each other’s contentedness. You can usually tell — if you look for it — whether he’s craving for more. If the issue is that he feels neglected, sticking by his side more often can help. Once he realizes that he no longer has to compete for your attention, he may be less likely to seek it from others. If the issue is lack of excitement, talk it over and find ways to be creative. Flat relationships could bore a man. Spice it up!

Some men are addicted to cheating. Mostly, men stray because something is wrong with their bond. Fix it and you significantly lower the odds of it happening again.

The bottom module stirs under the educational group.

OSI Christmas Party 2009 in Action

We had our company Christmas Party last Saturday. It was held at the rooftop of Apple Tree Suites. The Christmas party venue is simple yet elegant; and you could feel and smell the refreshing cool breeze of December. If you were planning a company Christmas party for approximately less than a hundred heads, the place would be perfect.

It was a bit odd but I had a strange feeling of sadness and loneliness. I missed some friends, oh, how I wish they were still here to attend the party. So much with the blues. Keep the party rolling! :)

Rhumer started the party with a solemn song prayer followed by an opening remark from our generous COO. Everyone's face was so serious but when the emcees, Orson and Danessa, announced the surprise presentation number from surprise guests, heads turned with eager faces. Everybody was alive when the song played and the team danced...

I gotta feeling...
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good good night

Yes, tonight's gonna be a good night! What a great number to start the show!

Another very interesting part was the first ever search for OSI Idol! Team representatives highlighted their talents and shared their golden voices and humor.

Presenting to you our talented OSI Idols!


Bong with his palaboy back-ups Julius and Eric
the BIG Winner and the crowd's favorite!



After so much enthusiasm, it's time to fill-up and energize.

Eat! Eat! Eat!
The foods are great!
Eat! Eat! Eat!
Until our stomachs ache!

Who could miss the Christmas frolics? Everyone has to participate on the games and we did with excellence! I did not get one of the grand prizes but I truly enjoyed the experience. Thanks to Dennis' creative brainpower. Hope there would be more next year!

Lastly, but definitely not the least … the most entertaining performance of the ODS and IT team.

Saving the BEST for last! This is another company Christmas party to remember!

When Love is Not Enough

Last night, hubby and I were discussing about the Christmas gifts we would give our manito on our company Christmas party. Our kids were with us and they heard our small talk. They asked me, "Ma, what Christmas gifts would you give us?"

Well, I never really thought about that lately, not that I would not give them any Christmas presents but because Christmas is still too far away on the calendar. I have no other great Christmas gift ideas for them than what I could give right now, my love and affection. I answered them, "I will be giving you my love and lots of hugs and kisses!" They reacted over the idea and asked for some "material things" as Christmas gift. I told them, "Love is the greatest gift of all! It's the best Christmas gift I can give you. Don't you want Mama to love you?" They answered back, "We do! But it would be better if you love us and give us Christmas presents, too!" I laughed and asked them, "Okay, do you have any inexpensive Christmas gift ideas in your mind?" They rolled their eyes and kept on naming things they would love to receive this Christmas.

Diet Plans During Christmas Season

We tend to deviate from our diet plans during Christmas season. We overeat during the holiday because there is so much tempting food around. We engage ourselves in "emotional eating" due to holiday stress; and we lower our discipline in anticipation of the new weight loss diet and exercise plans we intend to start as part of our New Year's resolution. Whatever the reason, here are some diet tips that would help you adhere to your diet plans while enjoying the holiday feast.

First, focus on weight maintenance, not weight loss. Weight maintenance is a big enough challenge during the holiday season and this is not a good time to try to lose weight. You only set yourself up for failure by making unrealistic goals for yourself.

Plan on "not dieting" after the New Year; instead, work on your wellness eating disciplines: portion control, more fiber, less fat and consistent exercise. Eat a light snack before the party. It is not a good idea to arrive at the party hungry because you will most likely overeat. Stay as far away from the buffet table as possible. At parties and holiday dinners, we tend to eat beyond our body's physical hunger simply because the food is there and eating is a "social thing". While some foods are more calorie-dense than others are, no food will make you gain weight unless you eat too much of it. If you decide to indulge, make it worthwhile by selecting something you really enjoy then just have a small portion. Eat slowly, enjoying and savoring every tasty bite so that you will feel full faster. Fill yourself up with great conversation. It is a good time to reminisce and savor life's precious moments with loved ones, relatives you seldom see and friends from long ago. Laugh all night long to burn those calories from the food that you have eaten!

Lastly, exercise to take off whatever calories you take in! As much as you can, immediately burn it off by being physically active every day. If you cannot stick to your diet and exercise program, make sure you can at least do some brisk walking.

The important things to remember this holiday season are balance and moderation. Remember what we always say – there are no bad and good foods, only bad diets. So be merry, have fun and enjoy, eat but do not forget your diet plans this Christmas season!

Building Family Relationships

In building family relationships, it is important for family members to eat together at least one meal a day. Mealtimes are special moments of sharing stories and forming family memories. Sharing meals helps strengthen family relationships and encourages bonding. A sense of belonging and mutual trust foster when adults and children eat together and enjoy each other’s company. Eating meals together boosts emotional health. Laughter often happens at the dining table. Mealtimes allow adults and children to express their feelings freely and help the members get along better. Each member knows about the others’ lives and is able to help each other get through difficult challenges.

Family Bonding ActivitiesA good mealtime experience nourishes the mind, body and soul. It provides a setting for moral and intellectual discussion where family members share family values. When children help with meals, they learn skills such as setting the table, preparing food, serving food and cleaning up. Children learn to share, be polite and respect others through the lessons of table manners (for example, when we say “please” and “thank you”). Family conversations also help keep children and teenagers from developing eating disorders. Conversation slows down meals, which help the body digest food more efficiently. Conversation also helps build confidence in young children. It encourages adult-child communication skills such as listening patiently to each other and expressing one’s opinion in a respectful manner. Moreover, children who often hear adult conversation improve their vocabulary, reading and speaking skills. Children shows better grades, healthier eating habits, closer relationships to parents and siblings, ability to resist negative peer pressure, and resilience in the face of life's problems. A study at the University of Minnesota found that young girls who frequently eat with their families have better grades and fewer depressive symptoms. Family meals and the development of adolescent mental health and stability are strongly related. More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that when kids eat dinner more often with their families, they are less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs.

Family meals foster family traditions. It is very essential in building family relationships.

Funniest Christmas Gift I Gave

I remember going to the store to buy a Christmas gift for my Manito. If it is hard to choose a gift for a special person, I would say it is much harder if you are buying a gift for a person you do not even like. I do not have any Christmas gift ideas for him but for sure I would be buying a cheap Christmas gift considering my budget.

I was a High school freshman then. Before Christmas break, it was a school tradition to have a Christmas party and pick our Manito or Manita. We did not use code names so we know whom to give our gifts. I would take this a blessing in disguise when I picked the one person I hate most in the classroom - Roderick. He used to bully me every single day because of my skin color. I have dark skin because I love the outdoors and I love to swim every weekend. He would always tease me and would never miss his chant, "uling! uling! uling!" (a Cebuano term that means "coal").

The day before the party, I went to the store and walked over the display for teenage boys. There were many choices but I did not find anything that I like for him to have so I decided to go to another store. On my way down, I passed through children's toys and thought of buying something for my niece and nephew. I saw this little buddy and eventually decided to buy it for Roderick.

Christmas Gift photo courtesy of wallpaperez.infoThe most awaited Christmas party has come. I could not wait for the "exchanging gift" part. Roderick would be in for a very big surprise! After the food attack, we were ready for the revelation of our manito/manita. Now, it is the time to reveal mine! When I mentioned his name, everybody shouted! We were the "cat and dog" of the class and everyone was so excited what would happen next. Every eye was on the gift. I did not give a hint on what was inside the box but I told my friends it was very "Roderick". When he opened the gift, he got what was meant for him a long time ago. He was now the center of attraction and the boys bullied him for what he got. So what was the gift? A plastic pull along dog with rolling eyes that rolls around and around when pulled. It was a Dalmatian, it would be better if it was black but I never found one!

Classes resumed after Christmas break but I could not hear Roderick's chants anymore. Maybe it was one of the things on his long list of New Year's resolution. After our classmates' reaction over the gift, I have lots of great Christmas gift ideas for men like him that would come with a special Christmas gift wrap.

Tropical Depression URDUJA

We were late for work … again. Hubby and I had a hard time commuting. There were no available public utility jeepneys at the Opon terminal. There were numerous stranded passengers waiting. We even walked from Menzi to Gaisano Mactan so we would have a bigger chance of getting a ride. Jeepneys bound to Mandaue-Highway were always full and even the taxis were all occupied.

Satellite ImageRain poured early morning today. I thought this was just an ordinary rainshower. I was not able to hear the morning news because we have not turned on our radio lately. According to the 5:00 a.m. weather forecast update from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), at 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Depression URDUJA was estimated near Dinagat or at 50 kilometers East Northeast of Maasin, Leyte with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center and forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph.

In the Visayas, Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 was raised over the provinces of Eastern and Western Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Cebu, Camotes Island, Bohol, Negros, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo and Guimaras. Storm Signal No. 1 was also raised in Mindanao provinces namely Camiguin, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat and Siargao Island. In Luzon, the storm warning was also lifted over the provinces of Masbate and Romblon. Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes in these provinces are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Gale Warning No. 14 was issued over the seaboards of Luzon. Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels were alerted against big waves.

OSI Christmas Party 2009

Our company will be having a Christmas Party. The party committees were very busy preparing for the event for the past few weeks. Thankfully, the program and the venue are now ready. Were they missing something? Of course, there should be a party invitation! How could anyone forget that? Well, before we get frantic, our witty animators had taken care of that. In fairness, it was pretty well done! It is clever and humorous indeed! Why the long wait? Here it is!

A video invitation for the annual OSI Christmas Party featuring the FatBoys Slim with Santa Claus courtesy of wonderboykun.

Philippine Christmas

Christmas Day is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25th that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

BelenModern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, Church celebrations, and the display of various decorations—like Christmas trees, Christmas lights, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In gift giving, we remind ourselves of the importance of selfless act, which is the foundation upon which we build trust, friendship and love. In receiving a gift, we are reminded of the practicality of the wisdom the more we give the more we receive.

Christmas in the Philippines is one of the biggest holidays on the calendar. Philippines has earned the distinction of celebrating the world's longest Christmas season. The Filipino Christmas would not be complete without the traditional Philippine Christmas symbols and decorations. As early as September, people would start putting up Christmas trees and decorations. They adorn their homes with "lanterns" or "parol", Christmas lights, and the most traditional symbol - the Belen or creche. Caroling is also a natural activity. Children in small groups would go from house to house singing Christmas carols and wait expectantly for their rewards - mostly coins. Young and old would also go caroling and partake of the earnings and some donate them to their chosen charity.

Traditionally, Christmas in the Philippines is ushered by Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo, a nine-dawn novena which begins on December 16 as early as 4:00 in the morning and culminates with the "Misa de Aguinaldo" on Christmas Eve to welcome the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is a significant moment because not only it strengthens relationships among family members but also because it is the time where our faith is intensified. This is the time where we mostly feel the presence of the Lord because it is the spiritual preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Completing this novena is believed to mean that God would grant the devotee's wishes. In some churches, the Panuluyan is reenacted showing the effort of Joseph and Mary to find a suitable birthplace.

Puto BumbongbibingkaAfter hearing the Mass, families partake of traditional delicacies served on Christmas that are commonly sold outside the church. Vendors offer a wealth of native delicacies including bibingka or rice cake topped with shredded coconut or slices of kesong puti (white cheese) and itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs)), puto bumbong (a rice delicacy made from purple-colored ground rice cooked in bamboo tubes that are placed on a special steamer-cooker and sprinkled with brown sugar and shredded coconut), salabat (hot ginger tea) and tsokolate (thick Spanish cocoa).

On Christmas Eve or Bisperas ng Pasko family members dine together on traditional Noche Buena and would exchange gifts. Others would stay in the park and watch fireworks display.

A typical Christmas Day in the Philippines is primarily a family affair. The whole family usually attends the Misa de Aguinaldo. Family members would visit other relatives and friends. Some would share Christmas lunch and exchange gifts after and others attend Christmas parties. Though not every family could afford to have a grand and glorious feast during Christmas, just feeling the spirit of Christmas with the whole family brings joy and peace in one's heart.

Be Grateful for All Our Troubles

Thanksgiving Day is a time to give our Thanksgiving greetings and Thanksgiving wishes as an expression of our gratitude for all the blessings we received. It is always easy to be thankful for the good things. However, have we ever been thankful for the "not so good" things we had?

We may have faced difficult times and committed many mistakes still we should be thankful because during those times of hardships, we grow and through our mistakes, we learn; and we became wiser. We should find a way to be grateful for all our troubles. If we find this in our hearts, those troubles could become blessings.

It would be best to make every day a Thanksgiving Day and appreciate our blessings daily. If we do not have much to offer, a simple Thanksgiving card would be the most thoughtful Thanksgiving gift anyone could receive.

Victory is on Our Hands!

When Tribu ni Lapu-Lapu ("TLL") was founded in travian.comx, many of the elders envisioned a glorious experience. We did not aspire for the World Wonder ("WW") victory back then. We took aim in establishing our name as one of the toughest there ever was. Our playing styles and strategies, which were to slay the enemies or die trying, suit many of us.

As true sons and daughters of Lapu-Lapu, we never back down from any fight. Though the enemies are colossal, we face them head-on without blinking. Our power comes from our kinship.
TLL - Cebu

In the recently concluded server, TLL joined the WW race for the first time. From the very first week of the server, while most of us are pillaging and banging the enemies, our leaders laid out a plan for the WW and engrossed themselves with diplomacy and the like.

What a good plan it was! Everything boiled down to our performance along the way. If we had not established a stronghold and made everyone know that we are a force to be reckoned with, all diplomacy would have gone south. Our tightly knit group with our coordinated efforts — now, that is our ace up our sleeves.

Many of the enemies would attest and say, "... I have never seen such precision with over 100 attacks incoming from several players all landing in a mere span of 20 seconds ... Can I join your alliance? ...". These kinds of In Game Messages always make me proud to be a TLL member.

We joined Play for Fun ("PFF") in celebrating our triumphant run. Our meta-alliance PFF&TLL finished top three positions with Bigtrouble, the lone TLL holder, in Third place. We did our part and gave our share, now we join along in the victory ride.

We pay respect and give proper recognition to all who shaped us and helped us achieve our standing.

TLL Officers - you people, kept us in line. You stepped up when no one else would. All coordination runs through you all and planning it all requires great sacrifice. Yours are a thankless job but you performed with pride and patience.

TLL Warriors - You were all TLL’s might! You are the core of this alliance. We salute you for building those mighty forces on behalf of the alliance.

To our friends and confederacies:AYO™
  • RYO™
  • BKK-Cafe
  • THA-BKK®
  • UnionHD™
  • [RP]
  • UnionTH™
  • BKK_Cafe
  • PFF and wings
- We appreciate your faith in TLL. You supported us based on our words alone; and we know you are sincere in every attempt (Holy, you stand true to your words - let this be known to all your detractors). TLL is proud to have fought with you side by side. We hope we could repay your sincerity in the future -- this we pledge!

To our enemy combatants - Thank you for keeping the game interesting. For the most part, you kept the old TLL spirit alive. Yes, we fought hard on opposite sides but only in this game; and only in this game we shall.

To the PFF&TLL WW holders and coordinators - We mastered this round, didn't we? Much kudos to Raysama for pulling it off.

To HolyDrac - Thank you for believing in us and defending us when others were in doubt but most of all, thank you for the friendship.

To our "secret" friends - We will have that victory dance as promised.

I give my final salute to our TH friends. Our collective effort took us to where we are now. Truly, you are our brothers-in-arms.

After four long months of sleepless nights and tons of coffee, with class and grace, we claim glory for TLL! Let none of us think otherwise!

Travian is only but a game but in here, we made real friends. Friends, who would fight for you and stand with you against insurmountable odds. We stand as ONE. We fight as ONE. We defend ONE another for ...


 TLL World Wonder Team
  • Team bigtrouble - Erwin and Co.
  • Team oohtooth - RjC/Mavrick and Co. 
  • Team vher - Vherzeth and Co.
  • Team Friction - Don/Sally/Rafael/Amanda 
  • Team Wagpokuya - John/Darthsorn
  • Team Rumpelstiltskin - Wendell/Almyr


"We also thank all the Thai who have given us support on defense and crops till the end." - Erwin

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I Remember the Boy

Over the years, I have accepted the hurts and disappointments and have moved on. Now, whenever I hear those songs, they bring back many memories. The difference is that I could smile over the foolish things I have done, laugh over my mistakes and learned so many lessons from the tears I have shed.

I learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world does not stop for your grief. I also learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you have had and what you have learned from them and less to do with how many years you have lived.

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Fixing a Broken Heart

A break up is like a broken mirror. It is better to leave it broken than hurt yourself trying to fix it.

There is no use asking for that love to come back. Time goes by, life goes on, and all I can think of is how to move on. I loved him but he broke my heart. Now, it is time for me to let go and love myself more than anyone else would do. I would never forget him, and I do not have to. Memories are the best souvenirs and with them are lessons only life could give.

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My First Broken Heart

The night totally turned dark when I saw him standing in front of the church smiling over a pretty girl. Tears kept falling down my face. I could not breathe, I could not move. I just watched them as they walked holding each other's hands.

I was so thankful to have friends on my side on this very painful moment of my life. They kept me company, listened to my outbursts, gave me sound advice and reminded me of my self-worth. They did not allow me to drown in self-pity. Without them, I would never know how to deal with my pain.

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Music of My Life

I am feeling a little bit lazy today. The time is dragging slowly, a perfect moment to indulge myself to some "luxuries" of a couch potato and while away the hours listening to music. Music has always been a part of my life. It is the "other half" of every memorable experience. Let me share some music that I cherish on every phase I went through when I was still young and in love.

My First Love
We were on a beach, sitting on the sand, while peacefully watching the sunset. Some friends came over with a guitar, picnic mat and finger foods. We laughingly sing this song under the beautiful rays of sunset - a beautiful scene - a wonderful work of art.

Total Eclipse of the Heart

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Missing the Fun - Hidden Paradise Escapade

I missed the fun last Saturday. The group went to Hidden Paradise for a weekend escapade. I really would love to go and see why they call the place Hidden Paradise but I have to stay home and take care of my four-month-old baby. Hubby joined the party together with our two kids. I am glad hubby took our kids. I do not want them to miss the experience. From the look on their faces when they came home, I figured they had lots of fun. Though they look tired, they were still in for a story marathon. What they did not like on the place was the rough side of the swimming pools that left scratches on their feet.

Hidden Paradise Escapade

Welcome to Hidden Paradise!


Nine years of being married to hubby did not give me a hint that he also loves guys! LOL!

Hidden Paradise S¢anda£

Glad you came safe traveling on a broom in a broad daylight.
Were you from a nearby town?
Hhhmmm .....


Going Down the Monkey Walk

Weeeeeeeee ... I believe I can fly!

Ooh, don't mind me. I'll keep an eye on the foods ... promise!

Food Attack! We're relieved that feline still left something for us!

Where is the Good in Goodbye?

Thank God, it's Friday! This is my favorite day. Aside from it being the last working day of the week, we have free snacks courtesy of our generous Executive Officers. Today, we have ice cream and cupcakes. What is so special today? We are celebrating a friend's birthday!

Happy Birthday, Junele!

Our happiness would have been complete if only some of our colleagues and friends were not leaving the company. We have been working together for more than three years. We may have transferred from one department to another but the silent bond is still there. I really hate goodbyes. Where is the good in goodbye? I much prefer saying, "See you soon!" because I am still holding on to the hope of meeting them again in the future.

"May you always have work for your hands to do;
May your pockets always hold a coin or two;
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane;
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again!
Don't be dismayed at goodbyes.
A farewell is necessary before we can meet again.
And meeting again, after moments or lifetime,
is certain for those who are friends."

The Original Team

Things We Cannot Recover in Life

We cannot recover four things in life. From these things we learn, we grow, we live.

"I've spent my life running from the emptiness that haunts me
And I've spent my whole life trying to ease the loneliness away
And I die inside when I think of all the people that I've damaged
I'm tired, I'm so tired and there's no one else except myself to blame"

The stone …
… after the throw!

"My life's been wasted, everything is gone".

Was there a time in your life when you have everything, wasted it, and now left with nothing but regrets? When you have the power, but abused it and now, you cannot take over. When once you were famous but became egomaniac and insufferable and all the people who were head over heels with you would spit on your face if given a chance?

Value what you have now before you end up craving for them when they were lost.

The word …
… after it's said!

Have you ever been wounded by words? I have, and most of you probably have been hurt, too. I know there have been times when I have hurt my parents, spouse, children and friends with careless words that I spoke without thinking, or those that slipped out in a moment of anger. They have done the same to me. The things they say do not just feel like a slap in the face; they feel like a knife twisting in the gut.

Most of us are guilty of hurting those we love with our words. We may say that "It is just words" or "I really did not mean it", but the damage has already been done.

Words are very powerful. Words can hurt or heal, build up or tear down, comfort or curse. Harsh words spoken to a child can resonate throughout their life, as can words of encouragement. Words have the ability to elevate someone to their highest potential or shred their self-esteem. Therefore, we have to think first what we should utter before we regret saying them.

The occasion …
… after the loss.

We should never ignore the opportunities that come knocking on our doors. Certainly, not every opportunity will be right for us, but too often, we reject, or simply ignore opportunities. Our inattention, lack of confidence and even fear are some of the reasons why we do so but if we want to keep moving forward, we must take advantage of each opportunity as it comes. Unfortunately, opportunity is fleeting and, when missed, is often gone forever. While we cannot beat ourselves up over every missed opportunity, hopefully we learn from our mistakes and become more aware in the future.

The time …
… after it's gone …

We must spend some time with our loved ones because they are not going to be around forever. Just spending a little time with them shows that we care and that they are important.

When was the last time you spent your time with your family and friends? When was the last time you showed them you care? When was the last time you said "I Love You"? Have you said "Sorry" to the person you have wronged before?

Nothing in life is more important than our family and friends. We should give them the time they deserve because we cannot put these things off until "some other time" - when this "some other time" would not come anymore.