02 August 2010

12 Years and Grateful.



One job.
One college student.
One highschool graduate.
Two highschool students.
Two businesses.
Two volunteer work.
Four Magazine Features
(and one coming up. *grin*).
Seven Countries.
15 Godchildren.
16 Foreign Cities.
27 Cities and Provinces in the country.
50 Dives.
1,001 New Dreams.
1,000,000 Wonderful Experiences.

A bunch of real friends surrounding me.
One true love.

The past 12 years living in Manila have been wonderful, blessed, happy.

Gained new friends on and offline.
Met the most amazing people.
Reconnected with long lost friends.
Weddings, births, and deaths.
Failures, successes, and lessons-learned.
Heartbreaks, disappointments, and surprises.
Giving-up, giving-in, and standing up again.
Realizations, closures, and letting go.
Written letters, postcards, and speeches.
Printed cards, books, and reports.
Captured a lot of memories through photographs.

Grateful to the One Up There, for constantly spoiling loving me.
And thank you, Universe, for conspiring.

Grateful, too, to everyone who has been with me in my journey --
you all have expanded my heart. Thank you.

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Photo: The Earth Angel, Mecielo. A true angel who has constantly been there for me.
In her own words: "Know that I am always here, watching over you."


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Mommy Blogs August 2, 2010 at 11:31 PM  

Happy 12 years Ai!!! I've known you half of that 12, yey! Lingaw kayo to chatting w/quaknit in hotmail and multiply... buang pa ko ato LOL!

JoPiE August 3, 2010 at 1:45 AM  

happy 12 years, Ai! your love affair with manila has truly given you a lot of wonderful blessings and opportunities. i know you'll go forth and thrive even more! :-)

Lynette August 3, 2010 at 2:00 AM  

ganahan kaayo ko sa photos (both sa header and the one in this blog)! WHAT A TREAT!

Congratulations on all these good things - here's to more wonderful years ahead of you. mwah! But wait - I miss your letters and postcards. =)

Aileen Siroy August 3, 2010 at 2:08 AM  

Mommy Blogs said...
Happy 12 years Ai!!! I've known you half of that 12, yey! Lingaw kayo to chatting w/quaknit in hotmail and multiply... buang pa ko ato LOL!

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Wow! Six years, T! That's something. Some friendships don't last that long. LOL!

Thank you for being part of those 12 wonderful years! :)

Aileen Siroy August 3, 2010 at 2:13 AM  

JoPiE said...
happy 12 years, Ai! your love affair with manila has truly given you a lot of wonderful blessings and opportunities. i know you'll go forth and thrive even more! :-)

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Thank you, Jops! I have truly fallen in love with this city. The years(and this city) have been very kind to me. :)

Aileen Siroy August 3, 2010 at 2:15 AM  

Lynette said...
ganahan kaayo ko sa photos (both sa header and the one in this blog)! WHAT A TREAT!

Congratulations on all these good things - here's to more wonderful years ahead of you. mwah! But wait - I miss your letters and postcards. =)

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Thank you, Nette! Makes me happy to know that you like the photos! :)

Oh, those postcards! I have a lot at home, waiting to be mailed. :( And gifts! :(

Chelo August 3, 2010 at 4:29 AM  

Ai, happy 12 years!!! =) i cant wait to celebrate another 12 years more at least with you=)

*hugs*

konsuy August 3, 2010 at 5:41 AM  

happy 12 ai. i just know your next 12 will be more blessed than what you have accomplished now. so proud of you.

Aileen Siroy August 3, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

Chelo said...
Ai, happy 12 years!!! =) i cant wait to celebrate another 12 years more at least with you=)

*hugs*

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Thank you, Chel! Let's do it, forever. :)
*hugs back*

Aileen Siroy August 3, 2010 at 7:33 AM  

konsuy said...
happy 12 ai. i just know your next 12 will be more blessed than what you have accomplished now. so proud of you.

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I hope so, Chi. And thank you. Thank you for being part of my first 12. :)

Vince Arante August 3, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

You are quite an achiever, chaser, and that charm of yours that works magic to everyone who knows and knew you.

Knowing you is like knowing Tinkle Bell...magic unfolds without you knowing. You grant wonders behind the scene for us who doesn't expressed that much to you.

Happy twelve and many, many more!

Filipinas August 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

love you Ai! Happy 12!
silently lurking :D

Aileen Siroy August 4, 2010 at 12:33 AM  

Vince Arante said...
You are quite an achiever, chaser, and that charm of yours that works magic to everyone who knows and knew you.

Knowing you is like knowing Tinkle Bell...magic unfolds without you knowing. You grant wonders behind the scene for us who doesn't expressed that much to you.

Happy twelve and many, many more!

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Thanks, Vince! Thanks for your kind words. :)

Aileen Siroy August 4, 2010 at 12:35 AM  

Filipinas said...
love you Ai! Happy 12!
silently lurking :D

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Love you, too, Fil!
Thank you being part of my 12 years
and for loving me unceasingly.

Liza August 4, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

What an achievement! Congratulations! You are an inspiration to many. This is one of my many favorite photos from you and this, too is one of my favorite blog entries! VERY happy for you, Ai! Happy twelve years--and counting............ *BIG HUGS*

Can't help but ask--unsa lens gamit nimo ani Ai? 1.2? This is REALLY nice!

Patricia August 4, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

how wonderful!!!!! congratulations on your 12 happy years!!!

hugshugshugs

Pat

Aileen Siroy August 5, 2010 at 4:15 AM  

Liza said...
What an achievement! Congratulations! You are an inspiration to many. This is one of my many favorite photos from you and this, too is one of my favorite blog entries! VERY happy for you, Ai! Happy twelve years--and counting............ *BIG HUGS*

Can't help but ask--unsa lens gamit nimo ani Ai? 1.2? This is REALLY nice!

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Thank you, Liz! :) I had many difficult times in those 12 years, but mostly, it was blessed and happy. And you are one of the many blessings I got. :) *BIG HUGS to you, too!*

I used 50mm, 1.4 for this. :) I placed colors on the background for some sort of 'fantasy' effect. :)

Aileen Siroy August 5, 2010 at 4:16 AM  

Patricia said...
how wonderful!!!!! congratulations on your 12 happy years!!!

hugshugshugs

Pat

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Thank you, Pat, for being part of it! :) HUGS!

tinay August 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

Ai, thank you for watching the world from puddles and not from mirrors that just bounce back and reflect your own self.

ps
P. Evangelista :P
remember? ;)

Meikah August 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

Wow! Stay blessed, Ai! Happy 12 years and counting! :D

Aileen Siroy August 9, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

tinay said...
Ai, thank you for watching the world from puddles and not from mirrors that just bounce back and reflect your own self.

ps
P. Evangelista :P
remember? ;)

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Thank you, Tin! Yes, I remember! :)

Aileen Siroy August 9, 2010 at 9:22 PM  

Meikah said...
Wow! Stay blessed, Ai! Happy 12 years and counting! :D

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Thank you, Mei! I'm glad you were/are a part of my wonderful years in Manila. :)

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