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In Global City Manila - what are you thankful for today?

A view from my one of my brother's condominium in Global City, Manila.
I wish someday the entire Philippines will be like Global City.
Although it's superbly expensive to live there - maybe someday it will more affordable
to live in a more civilized community.






Prayers, love and faith have helped us these past few weeks...



Remember when you woke-up one day and ideas just kept pouring out of your brain?




Remember when you looked into your child’s eyes and your heart was just filled with joy and excitement?




Remember when you were younger and you dreamt of being somebody or being some place grand?



Remember when you just feel like reading a book and being caught-up in the plot?





Remember when you just have the craving to sit down and savor apple pie and vanilla ice cream?



I'm here in Manila because of my Dad. I'm blessed and thankful that...
*** I have a family who cares and helps one another.
*** Dad's finally released from the hospital. He still needs a lot of TLC, but we're lucky he's home with us! More memories and looking forward to Mom and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary!
*** I'm so glad that even though the internet connection's flaky, thank goodness for Instant Messaging! I'm able to talk to update my family in NJ. I miss my dh, my kids and my family in NJ.
*** I am blessed to have friends who make me smile - even at this side of the equator!
My 3rd child when he was about 10 wrote this love-note to his Dad.



What is a Dad?

There is no way anyone could possibly fully describe a father,
But I’ll take a crack at it.

A dad is a guardian type person.
Dads check up on you while you are in bed sleeping.
Dads give you a kiss on the forehead even if you are sleeping just to make sure you know he loves you.
Dads can be friends to you,
They will always comfort you when you come home crying from school because someone picked on you.
Dads play with you; they are your best friends.
Dads are sympathetic, when you are sad they make you happy.
When you are bored, they play with you.
When you make a mistake they will work it out with you.
There simply are no words to describe the role and importance of a dad.
NO dictionary will tell you the real meaning of the word, DAD
This paragraph barely scratches the surface of the word.
However, one strong word could summarize a dad, LOVE.
This power exceeds any other,
This bond is unbreakable,
NO tragedy can move it,
NO earthquake waver it.
It is the strongest thing in the universe.
Love.
Yet how many fathers truly obtain the title of a true father?
How many have all the characteristics of a dad?
Only a handful, and right in the center is my Dad!

I will now use the strongest three words known to anyone , I LOVE YOU.


A dad is a guardian type person.
Dads check up on you while you are in bed sleeping.
Dads give you a kiss on the forehead even if you are sleeping
just to make sure you know he loves you.
Dads can be friends to you, They will always comfort you
when you come home crying from school because someone picked on you.
Dads play with you; they are your best friends.
Dads are sympathetic, when you are sad they make you happy.
When you are bored, they play with you.
When you make a mistake they will work it out with you.
There simply are no words to describe the role and importance of a dad.
NO dictionary will tell you the real meaning of the word, DAD
This paragraph barely scratches the surface of the word.

However, one strong word could summarize a dad, LOVE.
This power exceeds any other,This bond is unbreakable,
NO tragedy can move it,NO earthquake waver it.
It is the strongest thing in the universe.Love.
Yet how many fathers truly obtain the title of a true father?
How many have all the characteristics of a dad?
Only a handful, and right in the center is my Dad!
And in every Dad, there is a MOM ..


A MOM who BONDS everyone together.
A MOM who loves every child unconditionally,
A MOM who is there for you at every second.
A MOM who does not sleep until everyone is asleep,
A MOM who will always be your MOM.
We are lucky to have you, MOM and DAD!

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Comments

  1. Your son's poem is the best..^^ Hoping that my son can give me one too when he already knows how to write..=)

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  2. It's soooo good to hear from you. I'm really happy that your dad is a lot better. Your son's poem is beautiful.

    BTW, I voted for your blog. I'm the 11th vote!

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  3. JenJen, it's so good to hear from you! I miss you! I'm so happy your dad is doing well. This my friend makes my heart sing.

    Your son is very talented! Love his poem. it's beautiful!

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  4. Great to hear that you're dad's out of the hospital.

    (Voted for your blog, too --after Veronica, #12!)

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  5. Jen~ So happy to hear that you dad is out of the hospital. I wish him a speedy recovery.

    Happy 50th to your parents!

    Your son's note to his dad is beautiful. You are blessed. :)

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  6. Loved your post! Stopping by to say HI and read a wonderful post! I might steal your idea and write my own about it someday! ;)

    Hugs!

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  7. Great to know that your dad is out of the hospital...Your son's poem is awesome! God bless and glory to God for all answered prayers and blessings!!!

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  8. I'm happy that your dad is better.
    What a talented kid you have there! He's very thoughtful, insightful, articulate...a lot like you!

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  9. Wow, I've never heard of Global City Manila! That must be where all the jobs are at!!

    I'm glad your dad is out of the hospital and you are able to be there with him and the rest of your family!!

    Loved what your son wrote! Very mature words!!!!

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  10. Glad to hear your dad is doing better.
    That is a beautiful love-note your son
    wrote to his dad. Who would have thought
    a ten year old could express himself
    like that. Wow!

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  11. Hi Jenjen, I keep myself updated with your dad's progress thru' Chris' blog. We're all with you.

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  12. I awarded YOU

    Now since I'm so not into rules, heh heh, all you have to do is pass them on.

    I hate rules. LOL.

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  13. Honey,
    I can't wait until you return home. We all miss you so much.
    I miss the boys already. Thank you for sharing Jonathon's poem.
    I voted for your blog - I am #14-You should have many more votes, your blog is fabulous.
    Love you honey, Mom

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  14. Jen2,

    When you get a chance, stop by my blog. I have something I would like to share with you.
    I hope you are doing well. Love ya,

    Lori @whenwelisten

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  15. That's a beautiful poem your son wrote! I am so glad to hear your dad is out of the hospital. I am sure it is very hard for you to be away from the other part of your family.

    By the way-I can't locate your email-but wanted you to know you won one of the prizes on Toddler Crafts giveaway, email me when you have time. onnaholl at gmail dot com

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  16. The poem is amazing about the dad.really your son is great.really it comes from fathers blood.if a father would be in like poem every child will love their father till the end of life.

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  17. What a lovely place to live! Gorgeous views.

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  18. for you...

    http://theredheadriter.blogspot.com/2009/08/secrets-friends-and-sharing.html

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  19. The city looks beautiful. It looks peaceful and calm. I wish I had a chance to visit this country someday. Thanks for passing this on here. Toddler Crafts Susan.

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