End of the Month Roundup - October 2013

EMPTY – this is the best description that I can give to the month of October with regards to blogging. It seems like everything is winding up and I neglected a few things, including my blogs.

My Beloved and I are slowly speeding up our preparations for our wedding day. Actually, we are getting more and more anxious as the days pass by because there are still a lot of things to accomplish. We have this feeling that disaster is coming our way. Oh please Lord, we hope not.

Thankfully, the fun in preparing for our wedding is still there. One thing that we enjoyed this month is our pre-nuptial shoot in my alma mater, UP Diliman. Our photographer is good and we got some excellent photos that will surely grace our wedding album.

October is the month where I enjoyed another travel to the island of Mindanao. Me and an office mate visited Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City and the neighboring towns for some office works. The good thing is that this trip is not strictly work-related because I got the chance to roam CDO and see some beautiful spots in the area like this one:

Balingoan, Misamis Oriental
Clear sea and blue sky at Balingoan, Misamis Oriental.

The sad thing is that many of my kababayans, especially those living in Bohol and Cebu, suffered because of the big earthquake that occurred in Bohol Island. Many structures, including the old churches (the cultural and spiritual jewels of Bohol) were destroyed. I believe that Boholanos are slowly returning their lives to normal. They still need our prayers and help, however, so I do hope that we continue in providing their spiritual and temporal needs.

Hope for Bohol

PhilPost celebrated the 1st National Letter Writing Day on the 2nd week of October. I joined the celebration by showing off some stamps in my “collection”.

PhilPost stamps featuring churches in the Philippines

My adventures with Foong are not yet done. I already talked about Yaowarat Road in Bangkok Chinatown but I failed to follow up on the restaurants where we had eaten our merienda and dinner. I do hope to post about it this November.

During lulls in our wedding preparations and office works, I tried to return to my bookish self that I lost when I graduated from college. After finishing G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy and some of his Father Brown stories, I started reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

A friend gave a book as her gift for my Confirmation. The book is The Essentials of Catholic Spirituality by Fr. Joseph F. Classen. I will read this after I'm done with Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes and The Essentials of Catholic Spirituality

I once again joined Filipinos for Life's blogging event. The topic for the month of October is Girl Power: Upholding the Dignity of Women, Shunning Feminism. My post is about my observations of men not offering their bus seats to women. I tried to connect such behavior to the destructive type of feminism that is prevalent in our society.

In Ahab Reviews and Tips, I recounted the time when I bought my fiancee's engagement ring.

We are now in the Halloween Season and I see many people wearing scary costumes for their Halloween parties. I even heard about kids doing “trick or treat” in upscale subdivisions. I still wonder how Halloween, which actually means Hallow’s Eve or the eve to All Holy (Saint) Day, became an occasion to celebrate monsters and evil spirits. Oh well, at least some people tries to combat this gory event with a more holy mode of Halloween celebration.

Happy All Saints’ Day and Halloween to everyone. May all of us strive to be holy like our Father who is HOLY.

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  1. I went to CDO too last Oct. 18th and tried the super fun water rafting. :D
    I'm sure you enjoyed your trip as I definitely enjoyed mine.

    It made me smile to know that you're getting married. Best wishes to you and you're soon-to-be-wife. :)

    P.S. I'm not sure if you remember me, but I used to call myself Aenid. ;)

    1. Of course I remember you Aenid. You are one of the few commenters that my blog had when I was just started blogging. How are you? It's been a long time. :-)

      You are in CDO last Oct 18? I was there on that day too. I would've invited you for dinner and a little chit chat if I had known.

      Thank you very much for your wishes for me and my wife-to-be. God bless you.

  2. We landed in CDO on the 18th but went straight to Camiguin. :)

    Yes it's been a while. I've had my ups and downs, but I'm still alive.
    I'm trying to revive my blog. There's a lot of catching up to do. :)

    1. Lot's of catching up nga. Pero di mo naman kailangan madaliin. :-)

  3. Good luck on your wedding! My hubby and I just had our church wedding last October. Like you, we felt like it was a disaster waiting to happen. As the day was approaching, we decided to just loosen up and have fun. The wedding turned out to be a beautiful celebration (even with a storm).

    1. Congratulations po sa inyo. Naka-graduate na po kayo kumbaga. :-)

      I do hope that we manage to celebrate our wedding well even though some problems (and worries) are cropping up.

      Thank you very much for visiting my blog.


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