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$1,000 Cash at Stake : Join Hello Summer Giveaway

I joined Happy Home and Family, Diva Fabulosa and a group of bloggers for a HUGE CASH GIVEAWAY! ONE (1) LUCKY winner gets a whopping $1000 Paypal cash!

If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will. You can do a ton of things with $1000. If I win that much money, I’d probably buy a new laptop, a lens or external flash for my DSLR, or the New iPad. ^_^ Geek mode! *LOL*

MECHANICS:

  • Giveaway will run from June 20 at 12:01 am EST – July 20 at 12:01 AM EST. If you see the Rafflecopter widget is still accepting entries, you can still join. 
  • OPEN WORLDWIDE!
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A Not So Happy Father’s Day

Father’s day – one of the few holidays that I don’t really feel like celebrating. Though my relationship with my father has slightly improved the past few years, I still don’t feel there’s much to celebrate about his being a father ’cause he barely was that to me and my brother.
I wrote a tearjerker for Father’s day back in 2009. Looking back, that day when I was away from my family (I lived in Cebu for almost a year) was when I first realized how much I love them, including my tatay. What touched me the most was the distance gave him and me a chance to realize how much we mean to each other. It gave way to the VERY first time he said “I love you”. It was a text message, but it meant so much to me.
I’ve forgiven and tried my hardest to forget whatever I went through with him when I was a kid. There are just days when he’ll do or say something that will make everything seem like it was just yesterday. It saddens me that I feel this way towards him.
We’re closer now as a family. Still, there are times I’d wish I was raised by a different father. Whenever I see daughters who are so close to their dads, I can feel a sting in my heart.

Whenever I hear the song, “Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross, I’ll suddenly feel tears uncontrollably falling down from my eyes. He’s still alive, but I wish my parents had a closer and better relationship. And I always remember this quote:
The best gift a father can give his children is to love their mother
I don’t need him to believe in me because I’ve grown to the person I am now all with my nanay’s support, and my own determination and self-realization. I don’t have any father issues, even though my past boyfriends told me it has a lot to do with why our relationships failed. I don’t think so. For some, it may come as a shock, but my parents, their unimpassioned relationship, made me believe that I deserve someone better. That I should only be with someone who knows my worth and what he has when I’m with him. My nanay deserved better, and I know I do too.
All my life, I learned to shrug things off ’cause I know there’s nothing we can do. I guess that’s why my brother and I were more than driven to make our nanay happy ’cause we wanted to make up for all the things she wished our tatay did for her.
This is why whenever it’s father’s day, I don’t feel like celebrating. While most of the people I know are shopping for gifts for their fathers, this day reminds me of what I missed from a father as a child. I am reminded of the fact that I never had a father figure in my life…. someone who should’ve calmed me when I was afraid…. that someone who should’ve protected me with his life and never let me get hurt… someone who I could’ve looked up to and became my role model for my ideal man.
They say it’s important to not look back and continue moving forward. I can say that I’ve successfully moved past that. I am who I am now despite not having a father figure in my life. I just wish that someday, when Father’s day comes, the pain will stop coming back to haunt me.

A Not So Happy Father’s Day

Father’s day – one of the few holidays that I don’t really feel like celebrating. Though my relationship with my father has slightly improved the past few years, I still don’t feel there’s much to celebrate about his being a father ’cause he barely was that to me and my brother.
I wrote a tearjerker for Father’s day back in 2009. Looking back, that day when I was away from my family (I lived in Cebu for almost a year) was when I first realized how much I love them, including my tatay. What touched me the most was the distance gave him and me a chance to realize how much we mean to each other. It gave way to the VERY first time he said “I love you”. It was a text message, but it meant so much to me.
I’ve forgiven and tried my hardest to forget whatever I went through with him when I was a kid. There are just days when he’ll do or say something that will make everything seem like it was just yesterday. It saddens me that I feel this way towards him.
We’re closer now as a family. Still, there are times I’d wish I was raised by a different father. Whenever I see daughters who are so close to their dads, I can feel a sting in my heart.

Whenever I hear the song, “Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross, I’ll suddenly feel tears uncontrollably falling down from my eyes. He’s still alive, but I wish my parents had a closer and better relationship. And I always remember this quote:
The best gift a father can give his children is to love their mother
I don’t need him to believe in me because I’ve grown to the person I am now all with my nanay’s support, and my own determination and self-realization. I don’t have any father issues, even though my past boyfriends told me it has a lot to do with why our relationships failed. I don’t think so. For some, it may come as a shock, but my parents, their unimpassioned relationship, made me believe that I deserve someone better. That I should only be with someone who knows my worth and what he has when I’m with him. My nanay deserved better, and I know I do too.
All my life, I learned to shrug things off ’cause I know there’s nothing we can do. I guess that’s why my brother and I were more than driven to make our nanay happy ’cause we wanted to make up for all the things she wished our tatay did for her.
This is why whenever it’s father’s day, I don’t feel like celebrating. While most of the people I know are shopping for gifts for their fathers, this day reminds me of what I missed from a father as a child. I am reminded of the fact that I never had a father figure in my life…. someone who should’ve calmed me when I was afraid…. that someone who should’ve protected me with his life and never let me get hurt… someone who I could’ve looked up to and became my role model for my ideal man.
They say it’s important to not look back and continue moving forward. I can say that I’ve successfully moved past that. I am who I am now despite not having a father figure in my life. I just wish that someday, when Father’s day comes, the pain will stop coming back to haunt me.

Fairly Legal : My New Fave TV Series

For some reason, I started this love affair with lawyer-y TV series with a dash of humor. One of them is Fairly Legal.

Fairly-Legal

The series revolves around this petite bombshell Kate Reed played by Sarah Shahi. I remember Sarah as Carmen de la Pica Morales, the super hot lesbian partner of Shane (Katherine Moennig) in The L Word. She used to be an attorney, but decided to step down and serve as a mediator.

A mediator acts as a negotiator between two parties to avoid all the hassles of going to court. She uses her shrewdness to get what she needs to finalize a deal between the parties she mediates. And how she does her job is the most fun part of the series.

She’s witty, easy-going and gets the job done almost every time. It doesn’t matter what the case is all about, even taking on some that aren’t her expertise. Most of the minor cases she handles are about property disputes, business partners (she handles small to huge companies, some who own stores selling various products from discontinued appliance parts to high-end equipment) and (ex)couples.

She also has a knack for being aggressive and bluffing to settle disputes. Kate’s very dedicated to her work, which in turn, as expected, caused troubles in her marriage to gorgeous Justin Patrick (played by Michael Trucco).

Fairly Legal cast

Kate’s personal life is a mess, but she’s VERY successful in her job. She’s a partner in her father’s law firm, and she also has problems with her stepmom, a lady almost as young as her – Lauren Reed (Virginia Williams).

The story of Fairly Legal takes a lot of twists and turns, which has kept me glued to the screen. Plus, they’re not too technical with their lawyer-y terms (LOL), so I know almost everyone can understand and most probably enjoy the series too.

The series just started last year and they’re on their second season. I hope they’ll continue on for a longer period ’cause I enjoy their unpredictable plot. Though they handle different cases every episode, you’ll fall in love with Kate Reed’s out-of-the-box approach. It’s really Sarah Shahi who I look forward to watching. 🙂