Saturday, March 19, 2011

GT: Wind Beneath My Wings

It was in 1982 that the song Wind Beneath My Wings was heard in the radio and I guess my grandfather fell in love with the song in an instant. He bought a cassette tape of Bette Midler, he liked her rendition of the song best.

Since then, it played hours and hours, day by day. Me and my siblings ended up disliking the song :(. Until I grew up and matured a little bit, I came across the lyrics of the song and understood why my grandfather loved the song so much. He dedicated the song to my grandmother.

My grandfather was a soldier, a businessman, a philanthropist and was a bit into politics as well. In all of his works, my grandmother was always there to support him.

The lyrics of the song,

You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.

...So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I've got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you. definitely fit for my grandmother's qualities as a wife, a mother, a homemaker and a friend. All of us looked up to her for her good words of advice, a positive outlook in life and for her expressions of faith.

Since the time I came to realize the meaning of the song, I came to like it as well and dedicate the same to my grandmother and grandfather too.

Both of them have passed away already and every time I get to hear this song, my tear ducts definitely swell until tears flow from my eyes.

To my maternal grandparents, Col. Sabiralam Bin A. Maut, Al-Hajj (1915-2003) and Emerita Quijano-Maut (1915-2005) this song will always remind me of both of you and the good life I had with you.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

GT: Love Song(s)

Yey, I'm back! Been too busy with work, blah, blah, blah.

Just visited BeautyQueen Kaye's site for Girl's Talk to check out this month's topic and alas, here I am writing my share for this!

I've got 3 favorite love songs, as in my top 3. Listening to them over and over makes me feel like a teenybopper, hopeless romantic like its my first time to fall in love. Hearts all over!

So here it goes...

Top 3 would be Stephen Bishop's It Might Be You

First stanza goes:
Time, I've been passing time watching trains go by
All of my life
Lying on the sand watching seabirds fly
Wishing there could be, someone
Waiting home for me...

Top 2 is: Regine Velasquez' rendition of Ikaw

Whenever I hear this song, especially on weddings, it makes my heart melt and my eyes in I grab M's hands and squeeze it throughout the song. And, yes, this was sung during our wedding.

and last but not the Top 1 is...tada...Shania Twain's From this Moment On

I like the song since it came out, Shania Twain became a favorite since then.

When we were planning for our wedding, M and I were searching for songs to be played during our wedding both church and reception. This song was amongst the short-listed. Upon listening to it, M fell in love with the song as well. We never had a theme song during our courtship and dating days, until the day of our wedding. Since we both were managing our wedding then, I took charge of the songs, he allowed me to, he gave me the more cheesy portions of the wedding. Therefore, although he knew the songs to be used during the whole wedding, he never knew when it will be played, until (again) during the wedding march. From this Moment On played when it was my time to walk the aisle. I felt it was very appropriate for the occasion. "From this moment, life has begun. From this moment, you are the one. Right beside you is where I belong, From this moment on...

Oh, Kaye, thanks for this opportunity! My wedding day came back as if I was going through it all over again, plus, this month celebrates our anniversary as well, very timing huh!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Nerw Year's Resolution on Love Life (GT#2)

OMG! I thought I've posted this already! lol!

I'm here for Girl's Talk topic this week: New Year's Resolution on Love Life.

For 2011, I resolve to give my hubby more time and attention. I had quite a difficulty in juggling my time between our children, my work, o
ur-time with the hubby and household stuff. Most of the time it's the our-time with the hubby that gets bumped off.

Before 2010 ended, we sat down and talked about us. Now too much on family matters, more on our relationship as a couple. We've decided that we be involved in activities where both of us can participate. One of which is our regular Sunday jog, not just to keep us healthy but giving each other a time together...I just hope I can cope up with his pace :D

We've also talked about a once-in-a-while in "date" date, maybe a dinner or watching a movie.

I likewise resolve to be more sensitive with his needs, not just on physical aspect but also on his emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year's Resolution on Health (GT#1)

It's 2011 and one of the best way to start the new year is to look back on how we lived our lives the past year/s, do some reflections and decide how to go about our lives this year.

This month's topic on Girl's Talk is on Resolutions and for this week is on
our Health. Very timely coming from a period of festivities and lots of eating.

Just last night, I paid respect to my college friend who passed away because of health issues. Goodness gracious, he passed away at the age of 38!!! He died of stroke - was in coma for more than two years. I can't believe this disease is hitting more people in a younger age range as compared to records from 8 - 10 years ago. This is really a wake-up call not just for me but for all of us.

For this year I resolve to be able to make myself more fit and healthy. I'm thankful that 2010 did not give us trouble in terms of our health, although the occasional colds were present, not me or any member of my family succumbed to serious health problems. Although I've been hospitalized but it was because I gave birth.

We'll continue with what we're currently practicing such as the food we eat, making sure there's veggies all the time - preparing a balanced meal. Strive to lessen (more than last year's) the intake of unhealthy food, less sodas as well. I will not say that we'll stop
taking alcoholic drinks because some are also beneficial to our health when taken moderately, just the occasional drink is still fine for us. We've been doing less sweets in the house the past few years and so far it's working well especially with the kids.

My personal goal - to loose at least 15 lbs off my current weight. That will keep m
e just within the allowable weight range for my height and age. If I can do more that will be so much of an achievement. Lessen or if possible, get rid of the love handles around my waist (due to pregnancy) and to trim down the circumference of my thighs. Thus, I'm looking at less rice, more veggies and and hour or so doing some exercises, to which I've already started and God willing will be able to maintain the practice. My husband and I have decided to make Sunday our jogging day, he too is targeting to loose a little of his weight and maintain a non-bulging tummy that's usual with guys his age.

My husband and I resolves to give more emphasis on pampering ourselves to lessen the stress and maintain balance in our health. The occasional travel out-of-town to be able to experience nature at its best - the calming effects of the beach or countryside and/or an hour or two at the massage parlor together de-stressing while spending "our" time
. We're also looking at joining at least 2 races this year. And for us to prepare for that, a regular run and exercise is needed. I've ran 3k last year with a shy 30 minutes (I was slow because Leon was running along with me so I have to run his pace). For this year, I would want to post my real time 3K run and hopefully post an improved time on the 2nd or 3rd run.

We're looking at 2011 as a challenging year for us because we are not only taking care of our family's health but also that of our mothers (his and mine).

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Here's to a more healthy lifestyle this 2011!