Sunday, October 22, 2006

A World Full of Babies

It is a joy for me to see the babies of the people I love. The picture above is Joaquin Miguel Zaballa, son of Xyrus and Camille Zaballa. He's born on October 3, 2006. It was a heartbreak for me when I found out that Camille, who is my bestfriend since gradeschool, was carrying a baby and she hasn't told me. I had to find out from someone else. I was heartbroken not because I wasn't the first one to know, but because in my heart I knew that she might be scared and going through the pregnancy alone. When we finally talked about it, I was glad that I could listen to her excitement and I, too, felt like I was having a baby of my own. Gone were the days when we would talk about our crushes, college, and mean girls. It was a blessing for me to share the joy of expecting.

Carla, my dancemate in college, also gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. His name is Sean Calvin Cruz, born on September 2006. Pride of Chino and Carla Cruz.

My officemate, Janet also gave birth to baby boy Ethan Jacob Rafael. Baby of Victor Rafael and Janet Palmenco, carbon copy of Janet. Haha.

And of course, I won't pass this time to post a pic of our family's baby (though he's not a baby anymore). He's Nathaniel Paulo Cruz aka Popi.

Looks like the next generation wouldn't have a shortage of men.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


I just felt the need to plaster my ugly face here. For the past few months now, I have spent most of my waking hours at work. I have breakfast, lunch, and dinner there. 7pm would be an early time to leave the office. Since we started hiring for our medical account, we have been very busy. And to add up to our stress, someone from our department resigned, another went on maternity leave, and another was transferred to a different department. This meant that those of us who stayed had to divide those three people's jobs among ourselves.

This was not much of a problem to me. I tried to think of it as an opportunity for growth and versatilty. (Haha since when did I become an optimist?) Besides, I love my job and the people I work with. It is also a fulfillment for me to see people get jobs. The PROBLEM is that some people at work are just so immature and unprofessional that they get in the way of work and disrupt the harmony. I chose to ignore them--I don't really care if they bitch around me, talk behind my back, and give me an ugly attitude all the time, as long as they don't involve anyone else and they let me do my job well.

Anyways, I should talk about how me and my nicer officemates-- or should I say, friends--kicked back to relax and enjoy our hiring-free weekend.

This was taken last weekend at Menu in Metrowalk, Ortigas. (I grabbed this pic from Noelle.)

We went to Jacob's (Janet's baby) Baptism reception at Kamay-Kainan Greenhills. After feasting on Kare-Kare, Oysters and many other Filipino dishes, Marielle and I went shopping at the Theater Mall.

At the end of the day, I realized nothing can make me stumble. I know God put me in that office and I have a purpose there. God spoke to me to treasure those who I have built relationships with even outside the walls of the office, and to have compassion for those who try to jeopardize the relationships. World peace, dude! Haha.