Merry Rainy Christmas

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Merry rainy christmas!!!

It’s been raining very hard, almost all day/week here in Singapore. But i love it. I love the strong windy feel, except only when we’re commuting.

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Because we forgot to take pictures of our gifts (unopened) with our teeny weeny christmas tree and our noche buena last night, we only have our christmas leftover brunch today.

Parang pang-hotel lang haha!!

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welcome back to the time of the prayles and indios!

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CBCP wants anti-discrimination bill cleansed of provisions on gay rights

By Niña Calleja
MANILA, Philippines—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is now training its guns on the anti-discrimination bill, saying the possible enactment of the bill into law would open the door for the legalization of same sex marriages.

Speaking at a weekly forum in Greenhills, San Juan City, on Wednesday, lawyers of the CBCP and a Catholic bishop hit the Senate for amending the previous version of the anti-discrimination bill or the Senate Bill 2814.

The Senate has recently passed on third reading the bill which is after penalizing all forms of discrimination.

The SB 2814, known as Anti-Ethnic, Racial or Religious Discrimination and Profiling Act of 2011, will be discussed by a bicameral conference committee tasked to harmonize the Senate bill with similar bills passed by the House.

Ronald Reyes, a lawyer of the CBCP, said they had no qualms about the bill before but became concerned when the bill was amended and “sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity” were included.

“It’s opening the door for same sex marriages, which our country doesn’t allow,” Reyes told reporters.

He said the Catholic church, which would not officiate same sex marriages, might be punished if the bill became law.

“This is alarming and it might change our society,” Reyes said.

Another CBCP lawyer Jo Imbong said the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender) should not be considered the same as the elderly, the handicapped, and the poor.

“These people are disadvantaged not by their own choice. But the third sex, they choose this. How can you give protection to a choice like that?” Imbong said.

Imbong said the bill violated religious freedom and the “no prior restraint” accorded by the law to freedom of speech.

“The government may not penalize a religious organization for … excluding a person from Church responsibilities, for example, based upon that person’s moral behavior which could include the practice or promotion of homosexuality,” she said.

The bill would hinder the Church from teaching what it believed to be right or wrong, Imbong said.

The lawyer noted that under the bill, the priest who refused to officiate same sex marriages may be fined with P500,000 and jailed for 25 years.

Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes said the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the CBCP has been appealing to the Senate and the House of Representatives to exclude the LGBT from the bill.

I cannot believe this.  These statements are so alarming.  Sobrang self-righteous and impokrito.  I truly believe that this kind of thinking is what keeps Filipinos and the Philippines in a backward state.  The reason we don’t progress as a nation and as human beings is that we like to think of ourselves as superior.  And because of what?  We’re Catholics?!?  Such hypocrites.  Nobody, as in nobody, in the Philippines can honestly say that he/she is better than any gay or a lesbian.   Pare-parehas lang tayong may basura sa bakuran at skeletons na tinatago.  Bawal magpanggap.  At mag-maganda.  Minsan talaga nakakahiyang maging Pilipino dahil sa klase ng pag-iisip ng marami sa atin.  Akala mo kung sinong magaling at malinis at relihiyoso.  Hoy.  pare-pareho lang tayong nagmumura at nakakagawa ng kasalanan.  Pero kahit ganun, lahat tayo, bading man o tibo, tao pa din.  Nobody has any right to say who deserves or does not deserve protection and/or service.

@ Ronald Reyes: What the hell is wrong with changing our society? Do you want to be stuck in the times of prayles and indios forever? My gulay! Wake up! If you are really bent on NOT changing the society, then do away with your riches and gadgets and everything. It’s money and technology that changed the world, not an anti-discrimination bill.

@ Jo Imbong: Gays and lesbians are humans, in every aspect. They deserve every right to be protected and serviced by the government and yes, the church too. They are only disadvantaged because the rest of society (i.e. YOU) are not as open and willing to accept and respect them. The government, and yes even the CHURCH, does NOT have the right to choose which people to protect or provide for. Every human being here in this world has that right.

red shoes parade

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starting from the left side:  mine, ruthie’s and leidy’s

Mine. Ruthie’s. And Leidy’s red shoes for Kathy’s wedding.

Yes. Our dresses were midnight blue in color and we paired them with red shoes. Pasaway. Haha. But i loved it. Actually everybody loved it. Even the photogs. Yay!

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wedding binder

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I finally started making our wedding binder. At first, i was thinking if expandable envelop nalang, but that would still be too messy and tedious to sort through piles of papers, receipts and pictures and what nots. So clear folder nalang, pero naman, walang dating. I couldn’t buy naman the already-made wedding binders kasi super mahal and isip ko, icu-customize ko pa din naman so sayang lang. And then we thought a big notebook nalang, then we’ll just cover it and make it personalized. But it’s too much work, plus buying the materials alone would already cost a lot. So clear book nalang. Nah. No personality at all, and mukhang nalugi. Then, we went to the popular branch in bras basah. Ay, ring binder nalang! Similar to what i saw online and then ayusin ko nalang yung loob. So voila!
I wasn’t able to design? Customize? Work on it until we were able to buy a printer in the last IT show. I could print in the office, pero black lang, saka i had to be discreet. So i’m happy we bought a printer.

I still have a lot to do with the binder, wala pa lang ako masyado malagay kasi i’ve yet to print the other stuff i got from the internet. Plus, i want to print my pegs. Haha. Buti nalang i discovered art friend. And buti nalang there’s a big branch at buona vista mrt. Imagine, i can go there everyday after office. I love love live their cardboard-like papers with vintage designs, kaya lang at $1.20 a piece, it’s just too expensive. Especially when i want to buy all of them. Haha. So the scrooge that i am, bumili nalang ako ng construction papers and colored oslo paper-like papers and a sharpee that has a similar color as our motif. Ang saya! I love that store.

So far i like what our binder looks like. It has the country/rustic feel that’s the same as our theme. Or ako lang nakakausip nun. And, it’s not girly. Yay! I’m getting more excited about the preps!

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pinterest

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My new addiction.

I signed up with them two months ago.  And when they sent me an invite, I realized I had to have a Facebook or Twitter account to be able to log in.  I think they have just started then and that was the only way to finish the signing up process and to log in.  But since I was in no way going to set up a Facebook account, I forgot about it.

Then, a few days ago when I had the urge to compile pegs for the wedding, I remembered Pinterest.  That’s when I finally decided.  Ha!  Buti nalang Ross has a Facebook account.  I asked him if I could sign up using his account, and he said yes!  Well, he didn’t really say yes.  More of like:

Me:  bebe facebook account mo yun ililink ko dun sa isang site ha.
Me:  bebe anong password mo?
Him:  complicated yung password ko eh.
Him:  nasa iphone mo. (he installed the facebook app in my phone, but it’s his account)
Me:  san? kasi nag-sign up ako dun sa pinterest para makagawa ng mood boards at kuha ng kung ano-anong pictures.  kelangan ilink sa facebook. nung niclick ko yun link pinapa-sign in ako.
Me:  kelangan ko ng password.
Him: (gives password)

And now, I’m addicted.  It’s a repository of all things cute and beautiful and dreamy and everything.

It’s like cat socrates and art friend and paper market and the paper craft stores in novena velocity mall.  hay…