Letting go

8 February 2008     •     9 Comments
Daily Dose Family Stuff

For me, letting go is probably one of the hardest things a person can do, but should do. Screw me over and I’ll never ever forget what you did. I’ll eventually forgive you, but you can’t expect that things will ever be the same again. I can forgive, but I never forget. It’s just the way I am, and I’ve long accepted that.

Old books in my old room

But when it comes to material things and other sentimental stuff, it’s a different story. If I can get rid of clutter, I’d get rid of it—not unless the story behind it made such an impact in my life that getting rid of the thing would be an insult to my memory. I’m the exact opposite of my mom when it comes to things… She likes to keep things even if they’re just taking up space and have no use just because they had some sentimental value.

My dad is like me. So are my sister and Marc. And that, makes moving to a new house twice as hard. Read more

Yet another sad Christmas

21 December 2007     •     4 Comments
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It’s four days before Christmas and I still haven’t done my Christmas shopping. I know it’s going to be quite hellish battling it out with other last-minute Christmas shoppers, but I honestly still don’t feel the holiday spirit. I am busy with work—and I want to be busy with work. Marc has already informed our clients that our web team would be taking a Christmas break starting this Saturday, so I’m “milking” this busy-ness as much as I can.

Why? Well, for one, work distracts me.

I think this is what Noemi calls “holiday blues.” But no, I’m not depressed. I still function like I used to, I’m just favoring quieter moments as opposed to loud parties. I know this sounds crazy, but I miss my dog Sheero so much—Christmas just isn’t the same without her 🙁 Read more

“It’s like falling in love again”

15 November 2007     •     8 Comments
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That was the answer Abe gave me when I asked him why he didn’t want a new dog when I offered him a puppy months ago. He said that he wasn’t ready yet for a new furry friend after the loss of his beloved James. “It’s like falling in love again,” he said. You need time to get over the love you’ve just lost.

He was right. You do need some time to get over the one you’ve lost. It wouldn’t be fair to your “new love.” But, “getting over” doesn’t mean you’ll have to forget.

Shantee with Sheero’s framed photo

It took Abe months before he accepted a new puppy from us. It took me less than that—just about a week. Read more

The silver lining

7 November 2007     •     11 Comments
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Thank you for your sympathies and condolences we received through text, email and comments. Marc and I really appreciate them.

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Losing my dog Sheero is probably hardest loss I had to go through. This sounds a bit crazy, but for some reason, it seemed to be more painful than losing my grandma and my uncle. And that wasn’t because I loved the dog more. I shared the grief of losing my grandma and uncle with a lot of other people, but Marc and I were the only ones grieving for Sheero. That, I think, made the loss of Sheero more painful and harder to bear.

Sheero’s grave

I’ll have to be honest. I cried every time I remembered Sheero during the first few days of her passing, and spent the past week moping around the house—I didn’t even have the energy to go out and enjoy the holiday vacation. It took every inch of my willpower to write her my goodbye letter, and I kept wondering when the pain will ever end. Read more

I love you, Sheero

28 October 2007     •     15 Comments
Family Stuff

Dearest Sheero,

I hope this letter reaches you. I know you can’t read, but I’m sure God or one of his angels will be more than happy to read this for you.

I still can’t believe you left us last Friday night. How could you? You know how special you are to me. You know how much I love you. And you didn’t even say goodbye. You went into that coma and just left. Just like that. We were there at the vet just a few minutes after you went to heaven, Sheero. You could have waited. Read more

Emotional attachment

23 October 2007     •     5 Comments
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People who don’t like animals probably would never understand the emotional attachment a person could feel for a pet. It’s hard for them to marvel how one pet-lover can spend for an animal’s vet meds when “it only deserves” to be put outside the house in a cage and thrown leftovers. These are the same people who cannot imagine having a dog as a friend, a loyal companion no matter what happens.


Lucky I’m not one of those. But I sometimes wish I am. Especially now. Read more

Interview questions from Migs

8 June 2007     •     10 Comments
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There are a lot of things I write (and don’t write) on this blog that says a lot about me. Observant people, like Juned for example, can actually read right through my entries. I can be pretty cryptic about things that bother me, but I guess that’s the liar-repellent shield I have working 😛 That’s probably why I’m quite curious about what other people would ask me should I give them the liberty to ask me five questions about anything, and everything.

Here are my answers to Migs’ five questions… Read more

The Pinoy Pets Network

2 March 2007     •     10 Comments
Family Stuff Tech Things

It’s not every day that you meet somebody who loves animals as much as you do.

The Pinoy Pets Network logo

That’s where it all started. Connie and her kids are nuts about cats. I’m crazy about dogs. So what’s better than putting our blogging resources to good use and start a blog network for Pinoy pet-lovers? Read more

It’s mating season

21 August 2006     •     3 Comments
Family Stuff

I have two male dogs, and one baby girl. But since my family has 13 dogs, we have seven girl dogs all in all. You can just imagine what it’s like here. It’s mating season!

To date, I have certified that we have four of those seven bitches pregnant (well, they ARE called bitches you know… I’m not just being rude here). One has already given birth. I can’t help but scratch my head when thinking about the inevitable “labor season.”

There are three things that I hate the most when this season comes:

  1. My two male dogs, Harry and Choknat, leave my side.
  2. Dog fights.
  3. You see dogs screwing all over the place.

I read somewhere that male dogs are usually more loyal than female ones. That’s kind of true, Sheero (my baby girl… yeah, we named our startup company after her) stays with me whenever she feels like it. But when she’s off hunting (Sheero hunts for cockroaches, lizards, little mice and big rats), I’m left to fend for myself. Although she’d go running back to where I am if something does happen, she’s not attached to my side like the other two. Harry and Choknat have already stationed themselves under my computer desk (this annoys the heck out of Marc actually), and would accompany even all the way to the bathroom when I need to pee (they whine and gripe whenever I needed to do a number two LOL). But when it’s mating season, Sheero and I are left alone in the computer room. Which is too bad, I’m left with one furry rug under my feet.

Dog fights this season can be very annoying. You get to hear growling every night. Kind of like those fighting drunk men in the bars where one guy gets offended because the other can’t keep his eyes off “his” girl’s ass. It’s the same with dogs. They can get into fights with just one look. But that only happens here when it’s mating season.

The thing I hate about dogs screwing all over the place is the fact that I sometimes trip over them. The dogs inside the house are a relatively small specie, so it’s easy not to notice them until it’s too late and you already have your face on the floor. We’re used to seeing dogs having a huge orgy in our living room, but some people aren’t… You can just imagine the look on our guests’ faces. Some are already too shocked when they see the number of dogs inside our house.
Well, at least our dogs only become lewd and horny once every few months. Real people aren’t like that… Some people are lewd and horny every day 😛 But then, when you really think about it, you get some striking similarities between people and dogs in mating season.

One would be the typical bar fight and a dog fight. Another is throwing loyalty out of the window and screwing somebody else with a “too-too” gone wild. And last is probably one of the things that you’d typically see in extremely deviant societies: sex all over the place. Actually, the societies need not be too deviant to do that… I’ve heard of stories of couples doing it in strange and public places just because they suddenly felt the “urge” and don’t have the money to check in a motel (or maybe they’re just too hot already and had to “release it” anywhere?).

During the time when my late grandma was young, they’d probably be shocked to hear that. Now, when you do hear something like that, “What stupid fools and got themselves caught. Should have just checked-in at a motel.” I’m only twenty-four (hey, it’s still rare that a girl admits her real age!), and yet, I can’t help but notice how morals change in our society.

I remember having this same discussion with one of sponsors on our wedding. He was telling me that “tomboys” in private schools are no longer “just tomboys,” most of them are already practicing lesbians. A girl’s private school have already added a clause in their set of rules that anyone caught in PDA (Public Display of Affection) will be dealt with severely. And to think I went to that very same school a few years ago. That kind of thing would have been scandalous.

Now, I can’t imagine the society that my future kid will be into. I’ll be getting married in three months’ time (omg it’s getting near!), and this is one of the thoughts that entered into our minds. I’ve been brought up well by my parents (well, at least I like to think so), and I would like to do the same for the kid Marc and I will have. But seeing the society now and how morals seem to be “mutating,” we’re facing one hell of a challenge.

Let’s just hope that our society won’t evolve into something like a dogs’ mating season… I wouldn’t know what to do (at least for now, I wouldn’t).

Happy Birthday SHEERO!!!!

25 April 2006     •     7 Comments
Family Stuff

Happy birthday, Sheero! Happy birthday, Sheero! Happy birthday, happy birthday…. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHEERO!!!!

Happy Birthday SHEEWEE!!!

It’s my dog’s birthday today! 🙂 I don’t know yet what I’ll give her, probably some munchies. Dogs are easier to please, you know. Unlike people, they don’t care what you give them, as long as you give them something to munch on. Heck, they don’t even care if it’s their birthday! 😀 Anyway, even if Sheero doesn’t know she just turned three today, we’ll give her something.

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