Husbands and Wives, remember your courtship :)

The Philippines went Pope-crazy this week, and I was one of those who followed all his activities on television. Pope Francis imparted many simple lessons during his 5-day visit in our country, but the one lesson that struck me the most was his "marriage joke" during Encounter of the Families in SM Mall of Asia (SM MOA). In his homily during the holy mass there, Pope Francis told husbands and wives everywhere to remember their courtship.

In Spanish (and translated to English by his very able priest interpreter, Pope Francis told married couples to remember their husband or wife when they were still their boyfriend or girlfriend. He said “If we think about husband and wife, dream about good qualities that they have.. Don’t ever lose the illusion of when you were boyfriend and girlfriend.” Very inspiring right? I was so inspired that I made my first every photo quote, haha! Feel free to share it :)

Most couples are excited when wedding planning. They try to prepare everything, at 100% perfection. What they usually fail to prepare for is what comes after the wedding. In this blog, I have said time and again that the wedding is just the very tip of the forever iceberg. Marriage, which comes after the wedding, is what couples should prepare for. After the honeymoon and newly-married glow fades comes the hard reality of being husband and wife. Are you ready for that?

And if you ever grow disenchanted with your spouse years down the road, you should remember what Pope Francis said on January 16, 2015: think of your spouse's GOOD qualities AND remember the SWEET LOVE you shared when you were still courting. Even better: try to recreate your dates before the disenchantment sets in. And always, always pray for your spouse. Prevention is definitely better than cure! ;-) Thank you Pope Francis for this wonderful nugget of marriage wisdom. WE LOVE YOU!


♥ falling in love with your spouse all over again ♥

Hi everyone! :) I actually have a different blog post planned for today (#DongYanWedding!! Yes, I'm an obsessed fan, hihi!) but as Labsie headed out to work, he handed me a paper full of scribbles. He said he had to do an introduction about himself at work yesterday, and can I please kindly read it. So I read it and by the end, I was totally in love with him all over again! :) And falling in love with your spouse again is just as intense as the first time -- so yeah, #kiligmuch. Haha!

No, what he gave me wasn't a love letter; nor was there mushy stuff about me in his introduction. I wasn't even mentioned, not even once! But he mentioned "other girls", LOL! A little background: hubby started out as an engineering student but ended up as a Language and Literature major. He knows a lot of classic stories, corrects my grammar, the whole shebang. I read his works maybe twice or thrice (he never really shares what he writes; shy artist problem?) and I never really realized that he is quite a witty writer. In fact, I thought we had the same lighthearted writing style! Such a fun fact to discover on our sixth year of marriage! ;-)

And so, without much further ado, here's what he wrote (don't worry, I asked his permission to post this here and I think he was a bit flattered, hihi) --

The universe is full of impossible possibilities, and I am one of those. My parents did not expect to have me; I am a hundred percent sure they wished for a cute, placid poster boy. Instead they were given an energetic, loud-mouthed, poop factory. At least that was what I was told.

I was born on the Halloween of '81, when people were more fearful of the Marcoses than vampires, ghosts, and all things supernatural. I grew up wishing I was like Astroboy who always gets fixed at the end, after getting blown in numerous ways. It would be amazing if I can climb the highest tree or go swamp fishing without fear of losing a limb or getting malaria.

I went to high school thinking that it was going to be a blast because now my friends and I can outrun those third graders that we always play tag with; them unwillingly. Instead I had to deal with pimples, peer pressure and Math.

I graduated high school without having the tiniest idea of what course I should pursue in college. I finally chose BS ECE because my friends took it. I'm pretty sure all of us were clueless at that time and nobody read the fine print that "E" stand for Engineering. Which means Math, a good bunch of it, and the ratio of boys to girls there is 10:1. It was definitely not a good way of meeting girls in college.

Some of my classmates became successful engineers, while most of us shifted to other courses. However, we all became successful ALAKtricians and GINgineers.

So here I am working in the IT industry even though I didn't finish an IT course. It's even more amazing that I found out I had a passion for numbers, and computers, and everything technical because never had I thought of having it in me. I thought I would be a musician or a painter, but as I have said: the universe is full of possible impossibilities!

Wasn't that a hilarious write-up?! Haha! Though Labsie's writing wit / humor is tad drier compared to mine (which is complete with exclamation points and emojis, LOL). It's so much fun to discover new facets of your spouse when you've know each other for so long. We've been together since 1999 and only now I have discovered this talent of his. Love, love! :)

Source: http://www.quotesvalley.com/a-successful-marriage-requires-falling-in-love-many-times-always-with-the-same-person-77


2015 lucky wedding dates!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! To start the year with a bang, here's a list of the 2015 lucky wedding dates according to the Chinese Lunar calendar! :) Make sure you know your Chinese animal zodiac sign coz if the auspicious wedding date is against your sign (bride / groom), it will still NOT be a good date to start your marriage. By the way, 2015 is the Year of the Green Wooden Ram / Sheep / Goat. It will start on February 19, 2016 so technically, January to February 18 dates listed below are still in the 2015 if you follow the Lunar calendar. Are you ready to go wedding date picking now? Here ya go!

January 2015
4 (Lunar 11/14) - against Dog
5 - against Pig
6 - against Rat
8 - against Tiger
15 - against Rooster
17 - against Pig
18 - against Rat
20 - against Tiger
26 - against Monkey
29 - against Pig

February 2015
3 (Lunar 12/15) - against Dragon
5 - Horse
9 - Dog
12 - Ox
17 - Horse
20 - Rooster
23 - Rat
24 - Ox

March 2015
1 (Lunar 1/11) - against Horse
7 - Rat
9 - Tiger
11 - Dragon
13 - Horse
14 - Sheep
16 - Rooster
19 - Rat
20 - Ox
21 - Tiger
26 - Sheep
31 - Rat

April 2015
1 (Lunar 2/13) - against Pig
4 - Rat
8 - Monkey
12 - Rat
20 - Rabbit
23 - Monkey
24 - Rat

May 2015
2 (Lunar 3/14) - against Monkey
12 - Horse
16 - Rooster
18 - Rat
20 - Tiger
22 - Dragon
24 - Horse
27 - Rooster
28 - Dog
30 - Rat
31 - Ox

June 2015
3 (Lunar 4/17) - against Dragon
12 - Ox
13 - Tiger
14 - Rabbit
15 - Dragon
21 - Dog
22 - Pig
24 - Ox
27 - Dragon
30 - Sheep

July 2015
4 (Lunar 5/19) - against Pig
6 - Ox
8 - Rabbit
13 - Monkey
14 - Rooster
16 - Pig
18 - Ox
20 - Rooster
21 - Dragon
25 - Monkey
26 - Rooster
27 - Dog
28 - Pig

August 2015
6 (Lunar 6/22) - against Monkey
8 - Dog
10 - Rat
19 - Ox
21- Pig
22 - Rat
24 - Tiger
26 - Dragon
28 - Horse

September 2015
1 (Lunar 7/19) - against Dog
2 - Pig
3 - Rat
4 - Ox
5 - Tiger
7 - Dragon
13 - Dog
15 - Rat
17 - Tiger
19 - Dragon
25 - Dog
26 - Pig

October 2015
1 (Lunar 8/19) - against Dragon
4 - Sheep
8 - Pig
9 - Rat
10 - Ox
11 - Tiger
12 - Rabbit
18 - Rooster
21 - Rat
23 - Tiger
24 - Rabbit
30 - Rooster

November 2015
2 (Lunar 9/21) - against Rat
4 - Tiger
6 - Dragon
8 - Horse
10 - Monkey
11 - Rooster
14 - Rat
17 - Rabbit
18 - Dragon
20 - Horse
23 - Rooster
24 - Dog

December 2015
2 (Lunar 10/21) - against Horse
6 - Dog
15 - Sheep
19 - Pig
22 - Tiger
30 - Dog
31 - Pig

So, did you find your lucky wedding date? I hope it fell on the same day as your couple anniversary, or on a special day for both of you! :) As for our wedding day, I don't even know if it fell on an auspicious date, lol! We got it coz it was the only available date that our chosen Davao hotel for wedding reception is open. Haha! On a good note, Labsie and I still together, happy as ever so I guess our wedding date was lucky enough! ;-)