Sunday, January 29, 2012

Letters to Juliet

Did you have a chance to watch the movie: "Letters to Juliet"?  If not, it's being shown in Star Movies again, and it's really a feel good movie.  The idea is that, women leave their letters in the Verona courtyard in Verona Italy (check out this historic place:, addressed to Juliet, a character of the tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and series of women, secretaries of Juliet as what they call themselves, send replies to these letters.

Here are the lines that really captured my heart:

1) Letter of Claire to Juliet 50 years ago:

I didn’t go to him, Juliet. I didn’t go to Lorenzo. His eyes were so full of trust I promised I’d meet him and run away together because my parents don’t approve. But, instead, I left him waiting for me below our tree – waiting and wondering where I was. I’m in Veronoa now. I return to London in the morning and I am so afraid. Please, Juliet tell me what I should do. My heart is breaking and I have no one else to turn to.
Love, Claire

2) The reply of Sophie (a.k.a Juliet) after finding Claire's 50 year old letter:

Dear Claire,
What and If are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if? I don’t know how your story ended but if what you felt then was true love, then it’s never too late. If it was true then, why wouldn’t it be true now? You need only the courage to follow your heart. I don’t know what a love like Juliet’s feels like – love to leave loved ones for, love to cross oceans for but I’d like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I will have the courage to seize it. And, Claire, if you didn’t, I hope one day that you will.
All my love, Juliet

3)  Charlie on his opinion to Romeo and Juliet's story:

"If I were Romeo, I won't do such stupid thing,  I would have grabbed her from that blasted balcony and been done with it."

If I will be given a chance to go the Verona courtyard and If I were to write to Juliet, here's how it will go:

Dear Juliet,

I have a very wonderful relationship and we've been through to every stage of every normal relationship should go to, except for the cool-off's or break-ups and the 3rd party of course.  I'm afraid that after the 128 months of love and friendship, kiss and make up after the little arguments, and all the ups and downs of our relationship, I am starting to ask, what is next?  I love him so much Juliet, but I still don't have a clear view of what he is seeing in the future.  I trust that he's the one God has chosen for me but this doesn't clear  the question, what's keeping him too long?

.... I would really love that he'll become Charlie and say let's do it.

Love, Mel

Thursday, January 26, 2012

God's Plans

Linking to my friend's wife's recent post: about her struggles and sacrifices during her pregnancy.  I also feel the need to share my cousin's story.

Getting pregnant is one thing a woman is wishing for, bearing a child is another thing with some hardships that women cherish for 9 months, and giving birth is another story.  Just like the story of my cousin 'Azul' who chose to die to save her daughter.  She found peace in heaven late last year after giving birth to her first born at her very young age of 26.  Women really deserve high respect and more love from guys who don't appreciate the sacrifices of women.  Guess that God has his own plan for everyone.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Daddy's Girl

Eversince I can remember, my dad has been working outside the country and has spent really less time with us. Probably 70% of his life has been spent to work and we grew up with my mom and my grandparents.  But regardless of this fact, my dad made sure that he always get in touch with us no matter what.   

In early 90's, I can still recall how difficult the communication was but our family still tried to keep ourselves connected. We used to record our messages in cassette tapes, made endless letters and shipped them with pictures.  Replies would come after a month or two, and sometimes even longer. 

Late 90's, RCPI was finally opened near our place, communication got better, we were able to talk freely and got to hear his replies instantly.  Schedule of his calls was every Friday at 8 pm,so we were always excited every Friday to go to the chapel and pray the rosary at 6 pm because afterwards we gotta hear dad's voice again. 

During high school, my mom bought a cellphone... a giant cellphone actually under Mobiline. Frequency of calls became more often and technology got better and better until we have the internet, and you know how easy communication has become. Even without my dad physically present in our lives, we felt as if he's always there for us. We understood his sacrifices and he always tells us, "i don't want you to experience what i had experienced before."   

As most of the people don't know, my dad was from a very poor family, his mom and dad were both farmers and he has 7 siblings. All of them worked really hard just to be able to go to school and finally, they became all professionals, almost. My dad knew every work that you can imagine. He's been a farmer, fisherman which made him a very good swimmer, a carpenter, a sales boy, a bagger, name it. He's a good student by the way and a math whiz. His dream was to take up engineering in Mapua but even if he worked day and night, he still couldn't afford it. So he ended up enrolling for night schedule in Technological University of the Phil (TUP) which is also a good school while working in the morning. He passed the board exam and is now a Master Electrician (same level as by boss today mind you) and was able to give his family a better life, all of his children are now college degree holders. 

We love him so dearly and we always want him to be pleased. He never demand for anything from us, but I always consider him in every decisions I am making, for that, at least I know I will be always on the right path.

....My goal is to accomplish his frustrated dreams and see him always proud of me.  So, you should know by now why I am also in engineering profession, and studied in Mapua.  And everything else that you can see from me have somehow influence from my dad, why I chose to appear to be a simple and a natural woman, why I have no passion for luxurious things, why I don't demand for anything, why I always keep my feet on the ground, why I'm contented on what I have, why I love dads.  

I'm guilty here, I am truly a certified daddy's girl... :D

oh oh...I lost track of time and it's late again. Will see you soon in my next post.  

Monday, January 23, 2012

A glimpse of me

Why should you be reading my posts?  

Let me start by giving you a brief background of myself.  My name is Melody, and it evolved to Mel as I grew older, same as what my dad and my brother are being called by their friends.  We are now 3 Mels in the family, but at least I am the only girl Mel in our house. :D

Being a very reserved woman, I don't normally share my every thought so writing became my easy escape.  I do normally write blogs before when I have extreme emotions, publishing it is a different story.  I just normally type and type the words until my emotion cools down, then just leave it saved and unpublished.

Anyway, as what I ended my 1st post, I am 27 years old, working and in a relationship for almost 11 years now. So, let me make this as a pattern for you to know me better.

27 years here on earth.  I let my life revolve around the people around me, my family and my boyfriend.  A responsible daughter and sister to my siblings, a mom-like to my nephew and niece, a friend of everyone... I'm not a saint by the way, but I think its the way how we were raised by our parents.   I became the tutor of my siblings and cousins at a young age, and liked the fact of guiding them to the right path.  I love children and the ultimate dream I have is to become the best mom on earth, that's why even not having children of my own yet, I got to be a mom to my nephews and nieces, and even to my small cousins.  

Working.  Have been working in several multinational companies dealing with microchips and other products that are making our lives easier each day.   I work to experience a working life and have a freedom away from my normal life.  Though sometimes working is stressful, it makes me a different person from a typical sweet girl to a strong and independent woman.

Love for a lifetime.  Having said that I am in a relationship for almost 11 years now, yes I know, 11 years is just too long for others but we enjoy ourselves together and our relationship is becoming stronger as days pass by.  There are several questions running into my mind but will just tell you on my next posts...

...As you read along my next posts, you've got to discover more about me...

Should I start my own blog site?

I've been reading the blog site of my friend's wife last weekend and was hooked into reading more (I will probably link her site here next time once i get a permission).  I started doing blogs 6 years ago in friendster but i was keeping it private, in short, no one's gotta read it except me.  Can you call it blogging or just an e-diary?  Too bad, I can no longer retrieve those blogs since friendster had a new face.

Since then, I've been thinking if I should start my own blog site and take the next level of blogging... blogs that can be read by anyone.  Let's just say that this lovely couple inspires me to finally reveal some of my hidden passion that I was keeping for the longest time.

But, how will I begin?

I'm afraid I might be sharing too personal feelings, so I'm still weighing things out.  I can definitely do blog like how others do theirs but I think the genre might not suit me.  It will be a challenge on how to make my posts different and interesting, so I guess i'll just try to be myself and see how it will go.  

...I am 27 years old, working and in a relationship for almost 11 years now.  So I'm thinking to make my story evolve from here.

Hope everyone will stay tuned.