My Last Year of Being 40..ish!

Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu

For my birthday, I want to answer these 41 questions of self-awareness. I will just add 8 more questions to complete my age of 49. OK? Game.

1. How would you define life? Life is doing what you love the most and being happy and contented of what you have.

2. What’s your definition of success? Success is being a better person and doing what you loving what you do.

3. What would you do if you knew you would not fail? Just go for it.

4. Which of your skills or talents give you the greatest sense of pride? Painting.

5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Just don’t mind what others think.

6. What would your ideal career consist of? Just doing what you are best in.

7. What is your greatest accomplishment so far? My three wonderful kids.

8. Which one factor has had the greatest positive influence in your life? Perseverance.

9. Which one factor has had the greatest negative influence in your life? Please people.

10. Who and where do you want to be 2-3 years from now? Still here in the province. Teaching art classes.

11. If you had no financial obligations, what job would you most desire? Teaching.

12. What do you do better than most people you’ve come met or know? Paint I guess.

13. If you had children, which of your existing habits would you like to see your children adopt? Which would you not like them to adopt?

I got three kids. They adopted my artistic side. I’m a bit obsessive compulsive. I hope they don’t got that from me.

14. What can you do for a long period of time without getting bored? Paint. Write.

15. What do you know for sure? Success is not just being what you want to be. It includes luck, too.

16. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken? Choosing between love and family.

17. How do you think differently now than 6 years ago and why do you think this way now? Six years ago, I am patient. Now I’m super patient. Kids are growing up. And I teach small kids. Patience is my weapon.

18. Which of your senses do you use the most? Sense of sight.

19. What are the things you’ve done that you never knew you could do? Self-portrait.

20. What activities make you happy? Teaching the kids, painting and writing.

21. Why do different people from different part of the world live, behave , think and aspire differently? Different cultures and perspective, I guess.

22. What one activity can drastically improve your life today? Giving.

23. How are your beliefs today different from 6 years ago and why? Nothing much have changed.

24. How would you describe yourself? Funny.

25. How would others describe you? Hmm? Funny too.

26. If you were to die tomorrow, what would be your biggest regret? Not doing everything I wanted.

27. If you could do anything in the world what would it be? Save the earth. Even if it’s impossible.

28. What do you want to know more about? The outer space.

29. What are your short term goals? I can’t think of right now.

30. What are your long term goals? Just for kids to grow up well.

31. Who do you admire greatly and why? My husband. He’s my inspiration, really.

32. How do you spend your time? Blogging. Painting.

33. What do you know now that you wish you knew 5 years ago? That I can really nail an artwork and sold it.

34. Do you believe you can create or influence your future? Definitely yes.

35. What do you need to start doing now that will draw you close to your dream future? Just do what your heart desires.

36. What traits will greatly aid you in achieving your goals? Patience.

37. Do you believe anything is possible? Yes, definitely.

38. What quality do you admire the most about yourself? Being patient.

39. If you had a magic wand, how would your life be better in 3 months? Find a cure to COVID-19. That’s all we need now.

40. What scares you the most? COVID-19.

41. If you only have 5 minutes more to live, who will you call and what will you say? My husband. To say I love him more than he ever knew.

Bonus Questions:

42. What makes me sad? When my kids are sick.

43. What makes me happy? When I help. When my kids are healthy.

44. What makes me angry? I hate mess.

45. What things do I value in life? Respect. Love. Loyalty.

46. What makes me afraid? Sickness.

47. What type of friend am I? Easy to get along with.

48. What’s the best day you’ve had so far? My birthday today.

49. What does the word “self-love” mean to you? We must first love ourselves first, to love others whole heartedly.

Need I say more?






Let’s Do This, 45!


Is it weird that i don’t bother about my age? Honestly, i really don’t. I believe, aging is a normal thing. We have no control over it. It happens to everyone. The good thing about aging is, we can’t predict some twists and turns in our lives.

Let me do this 45-random thoughts!

  1. Well, i’m proud of my age. I never hide it either. Some women do.
  2.  I realized more that age is really just a NUMBER. It’s the life-quality that counts most.
  3.  I still giggle with the same man, for the last 19 years!
  4.  I am embarking on my 8th year of blogging.
  5.  I finally visited the Eiffel Tower, number one in my bucket list.
  6.  I still don’t consider myself as a “successful” Mom, because none of my kids have finished their schools yet. Although they all make me proud.
  7. I got 600+ Italian friends on my 2nd Facebook account. That much?
  8. Having a good laugh is chatting with long time friends while talking about high school memories.
  9.  I am grateful for all my friends and loved ones who are always there for me, from birth until this date. OK, that’s a bit of a metaphor.
  10. I am not wishing so much for myself, but my wish is for my loved ones to have a good health. That’s all that matters.
  11. I must admit, i am becoming “like my parents” more in some ways, to my children. Unlike when i was 30.
  12. I am learning to appreciate my spouse in more ways everyday. Fortunately, we never really had big quarrels at all.
  13. I become more conscious about what i eat or how much i weigh. I am not 20 anymore. Less carbs, less sweets, more of movements and liquids.
  14. I am savoring the moments of bliss and watch my children grow up into independent ones and thanking the universe that i raised them well enough.
  15. Always wondering what will become of my kids someday.
  16. I don’t or hardly watch TV shows anymore. I just prefer Jimmy Fallon’s Night Show, or Crime Series if i have time. I should say i spent more time on Filipino soap operas now, than the last 10 years.
  17. I’m still collecting mugs, fridge magnets and postcards. I stopped collecting cd albums. We got iPod/iPad, and Music Player Apps now.
  18. I still treasure my DVD movie/concert collection though. I still prefer watching the real dvd.
  19. I realized some people abuses you when you’re being too kind. I learn to say No.
  20. I guess i’m quicker to say “I’m Sorry” and liberated from 70 percent of “should-have-done-this” phrase, that dominated on my 30’s.
  21. I stayed on the mirror just 10 minutes or so.
  22. I notice i wear my fave clothes, outfit or shoes almost every week. Now, how do i get rid of my “not-worn-so-much-clothes”?
  23. I still believe my sex life is still 90% active. (Secret)
  24. I still listen to the songs from the 60’s/70’s/80’s. I’m not familiar with the 2010’s songs. I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with that.
  25. I’m not vain about blemishes and wrinkles.
  26. I believe i would be back to my first love soon, painting. It’s been 3 decades i haven’t touched a brush or canvass.
  27. I drink water with lemons now. It becomes obligatory for myself.
  28. OK, my husband tells me i snore now. I never believed, until he recorded me on video. Yay!
  29. I still love wearing sneakers everyday.
  30. Friendship is everything!
  31. I’m contented of what i have now: Loving family & good friends.
  32. I’m more peaceful.
  33. I don’t aim to be rich. Just have “enough” is more than OK.
  34. Confidence becomes stronger.
  35. Breaking rules are fun, sometimes.
  36. I don’t fear death.
  37. Being 45 is Fabulous!
  38. I have grey hairs and seldom color my hair.
  39. I still don’t like politics.
  40. I need to wear eyeglasses now when reading.
  41. Young ones call me “Auntie” or “Ma’am”. Who cares?
  42. I visited 29 great attractions from different countries.
  43. I am willing to discover things and travel more, as long as my feet allow me.
  44. I’m ready for a big change in my life, SOON!
  45. No cakes, no celebration, nothing at all for my 45th Birthday. The greetings from everyone is all that i valued the most.




I hope this is going to be a good year.

Let’s do this, forty five!



Image(taken some 20 years ago=

The genes can’t deny it, we look-alike, we think alike. Except for one thing: numbers!

He’s a genius in math, i’m the opposite.

Anyway, he may be 73 years old today, but he doesn’t look like his age.

Some things i learn from him:

keep the brain working each day

be open to discover and learn things

in the morning, eat like a King

write whatever comes into your mind and keep it

solving equation is like life, keep on going until you get it

never stop dreaming


Thanks for all the wisdoms and learnings you’ve taught us.

Love you.



i went to bed yester night almost 1am preparing for Zendra’s simple birthday celebration. of course, i will not hide my creativity. she wants her name, her garden, flowers, chocolates, fotos, etc. i’m giving the best that i can! i guess i’m more excited than her. =)


i printed some bookmarks as giveaways for her teachers, my bosses as well, and good friends.


E, for effort. My son, Jaki is laughing at me, doing this alluminium wire name and flowers with my bare hands, to make a sort of 3D look.

Never done this in my entire life. Don’t rate it. hahaha.


These give aways  will be for Zendra’s classmates,  to be given on her very birthday, January 9. Zendra’s the one who put all these chocolates in this pink bag.

She wants a KitKat chocolate theme cake.
I’m up at 5am figuring how would i do that.

Wish me luck!