Simple Joys, Work-Life

How I Met Mark

I remember this was taken last December in Tagbilaran City
I remember this was taken last December in Bohol

Almost a year ago, Mark was just a stranger to me, another human being in this planet that I just coexist. Like billions of people around the world, Mark faced life day in and day out trying to make it wonderful, happy and fruitful. In short, a well-lived life. Almost a year ago I was oblivious of his life, I was shocked when I finally met this “Gentle Giant”. Here is why:

My interview with Mark when I applied at Thumbtack was exciting, scary but reassuring. Mark’s questions were both familiar and new. Some of which have been asked a couple of times by other people but then they still make you wet your pants. I know from that moment on, I was being assessed. That was not even seeing Mark yet! πŸ™‚

I know little of Mark in the course of my career with Thumbtack. Virtually speaking, all of us were very close. To be honest, I did not even expect a virtual office can function so well much more love that much! And I found Thumbtack to be such! Much because of its people.

Mark is such an intimidating person, why? Because he strives for the best. If he has to give, he must give it his all! Mark knows what he is talking about, he knows Admin and Zendesk like they are triplets! Questions? Send an email and you’d get your technical answer and you’d ask yourself “How did he do that?”

My very personal encounter with Mark brought me love and amazement. I kind of never thought that he would give such consideration. Looking back, I knew Mark was sensitive but also because he needs to be one. He needs to be sensitive for all of us. It’s not easy being the Mother of bunch of rowdy, loving, happy kids! That’s us, the CS Team!

When my daughter was diagnosed with GDD (Global Developmental Delay) and I asked for a time-off, Mark supported me and made special arrangements so I can still continue working. I was very grateful. I met Mark (in person!) when they visited the Visayas and attended the Christmas Party. I felt so small! Why am I so small? πŸ˜€

Mark, during the games! :)
Mark, during the games! πŸ™‚
Our Bohol Escapade. I looked rather little, right? :D
Our Bohol Escapade. I looked rather little, right? This is me on tip-toe! Lol!

So there, that is how I met Mark. I know at times I fail to give him my best but I wanted him to know I am giving him my all. I met Mark in a perfect moment of my life.

And, today is his birthday! This is my only way of greeting him on his special day, the only way I know and the only gift I have.

For if one day we have to part ways, here’s my simple thoughts and reminder: Forget me not, forget me never and don’t forget the owner! Haha! Kidding aside, I love you Mark! Have a blast! πŸ™‚


How did you meet Mark? πŸ™‚


Simple Joys, The Story of our BLYF

The best three years of our lives- Blyf turns 3!

Blyf, Dad and Mommy
Blyf, Dad and Mommy

We asked God for Blyf, just like I asked God for a good husband. I conceived her not believing that I was, I thought it was just nausea and upset stomach. I had difficulty realizing that I have a uterus and that my ovaries where functioning, after-all. Lucky for us, it only took us a year to have a child. I know every child is a blessing-for parents or for a mother, their children are special. That’s when I felt when I held Blyf for the first time. A clichΓ©, I know, but it’s true what they say. Childbirth and motherhood is a turning point of a woman’s life!

Today, we are celebrating Blyf’s Birthday for the first time in the province with my special people. She turns 3. Today, she is a year wiser and a lot lovelier. She brought us not just joy, she gave me perspective. She is why my husband is more tolerant of my annoying behavior. She is why I lost pride inch by an inch in every argument.

I’ve said this before and I am going to say it again, Blyf is our love brought to life.

For all who is celebrating their birthdays today, I wish you all a Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚

For children around the world, my prayers and wishes for good health! We are here, and we will celebrate with you in thoughts! Have a blast!

1st Birthday
1st Birthday


Party Rock-She turned 2
Party Rock-She turned 2
Ain't she lovely?! I know! For Moms, daughters are lovely! :)
Ain’t she lovely?! I know! For Moms, daughters are lovely! πŸ™‚


Simple Joys

Happy 31st


Probably the highlight of my birthday last year was a poem from a wonderful friend. This year, I might also receive something spectacular like a Projector, maybe?! Lol!

Now, let me tell you the story of the projector. We are movie fans, we love watching any kind of flick, except that hubby hates horror films. In this quaint little town of ours, people don’t enjoy a late night show that much. We have no movie houses big or small. So there, I wished for a Projector for a late night movie at the Barangay Hall on weekends. Crazy endeavor, I know.

So, today for my 31st birthday I will try to answer all the greetings on my Facebook wall, as I always do each year.

Last year was a totally different scenario, this year is no less different. It’s my natal day. I am happy to have come this far.

To those celebrating their birthday today, Happy Birthday to us! πŸ™‚