I love the dynamics of the whole Gallaga clan - Bing's immediate family, all his Aunts and Uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
I love the closeness of the siblings and the cousins. They grew up together and created this bond between them that has somehow stood the test of time. They have grown and led their respective lives, some have moved abroad, but they remain close as ever and not allowed themselves to grow apart from each other. They may have their differences from time to time but they know how to set those aside so they can enjoy each other's company, especially when those from far away are in town. Their craziness, eccentricities can be brutal at times, yet they have a loving way of picking on/ teasing each other and that's usually whoever is the youngest among the cousins or isn't around during get-togethers (a good reason to make it to the reunions, hehe).
Their sense of humor is deep - they are witty, funny and can even be intellectual snobs at times. It's always a blast when they are all together, the repartee is enjoyable, interesting and not for the faint of heart.
I love to sit among the cousins, observe, join and listen to whatever it is they're discussing. I may not say it but I love all his cousins and everything that goes on with each of them. It could be movies, fashion, our children, their parents, uncles and aunties, hunk Hollywood actors, chismax among cousins and the least favourite, politics. Conversations are always interesting and deep, it could shift from frivolous subjects to more serious and heavy ones. Nobody is spared.
Regardless of whatever goes on, there's no judgment. Well, that's how I feel whenever I'm in their company.
They know how to party, but also comfortable just being at home watching a movie, hanging out and just talking.
I have the coolest, pragmatic, loving mother-in-law.
They always made me feel how it is to have a family. They are sticklers for family traditions and old-style family values in relation to manners, such as showing respect to elders, traditional Sunday lunch with the clan matriarch. I think this is what helps create that sense of being a family.
I knew right away I belonged because of the food, I love to eat yet so picky but they know their food and drink - hahaha. They are adventurous and they take their food and drink seriously. It is never random or arbitrary, meals during gatherings are meticulously planned, coordinated and prepared.
Lucky am I in this lottery of life.. My deepest thanks I give to thee ... I don't get to spend as much time with them but they're never far from my thoughts.
They're the kind of family which keeps you going even when everything doesn't make sense. They aren't perfect, they have their issues, but they haven't let that get in the way of making each one feel the value of belonging to the clan. The positives far outweigh the negatives.
Let me knov if you enkounter difikulties.
1998: The European language
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would be known as "EuroEnglish." In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favor of the "k:" This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replased with the "f." This will make words like "fotograf" 20% shorter. In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will encourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e"s in the language is disgraseful and they should go away. By the 4th year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".
During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords containing "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.
SALSA: WE ARE THE COLOMBIAN PACIFIC
Venue : Bulwagang Francisca Aquino
Time : 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Date : Dec 7 2011
Venue : CCP Main Theater Lobby
Time : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date : Dec 7 2011
MAKE WAY FOR SALSA!
Salsa: We are the Colombian Pacific is on its tour covering ten countries in the Asian Pacific, showing the culture of Colombian Salsa and its particular style of dance and the Philippines is the next stop.
From December 5 to 9, Salsa: We are the Colombian Pacific will be in Manila to teach this seductive and rhythmic movement to Filipinos. The group is composed of Jaime Gonzalez, Jennifer Olave and Olga Acosta.
Salsa: We are the Colombian Pacific will be at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on December 7. They will conduct a salsa workshop at 1-4PM at the Bulwagang Francisca Aquino. They will have a salsa presentation at 6-9PM during the CCP's weekly Filipiniana Sunsets show at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.
Salsa is an essentially Caribbean musical rhythm created by Latinos in New York City between 1930 and 1950s; it settled in the 1960s sharing the riotous popularity of other globally renowned rhythms, such as reggae and rock. Salsa is a cultural expression of music and dance which has permeated Colombian society, particularly in urban districts. Because of its power to seduce, it has also come to have close links with other forms of expressions, such as art, literature and film.
Salsa is more than a dance. It also tells a story. Writers have described salsa as the chronicle of the urban Caribbean, the lyrics of its songs mirroring the life of the Latin peoples. Its urban nature speaks of the marginalized life of the major cities and the daily struggle for survival.
Colombia, which has adopted dance as its most important manifestation of salsa, is the land that gave birth to the cumbia, the porro and other dance rhythms.
So why would Filipinos do the salsa? Just like Colombians, dance has always been an essential part of many Filipino celebrations and festivals. Just like Colombians, the cultural phenomenon of dance is strong in the Filipinos, who pass on the dance steps from generation to generation.
December 7, Wednesday
1-4pm Salsa Workshops
Bulwagang Francisca Reyes Aquino, Cultural Center of the Philippines
6-9pm Salsa Presentation at Filipiniana Sunsets
CCP Main Theater Lobby
10:30pm Dance Night Affair with the
Spirit of ‘67
Bar 360 Degrees
December 8, Thursday
2-5pm Salsa Workshop @ the Araneta Center
Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
|Drawing courtesy of thinkinginsomniac|
Most of us have had at least one bad experience, which often has the result of making us somehow mistrust life and assume that things are not going to work out. However, the past cannot be changed, and we should learn to put it behind us, and as is often said, everything happens for a reason. Our lives are not perfect, and all of us will experience bad times and problems at some point, and these are an inevitable part of life and cannot be avoided.
We all have to trust life a little bit, in order to make the most of life and those opportunities that come our way. In addition to seizing opportunities, we have to learn how to take risks, so that our full potential is realized. If we simply trust in God, remain focused and work as hard as we can, things will generally work out and we can consider ourselves blessed. In addition, we can also bless others who are perhaps experiencing what we once experienced.
Barcelona is a footballing side that can continue to dominate the sport of football for many years to come and with the heights they are hitting right now, they will certainly go down as the best team in history. Their current crop of players and their coach play an attractive and highly effective style of football that is guaranteed to bring them success for many years to come.
So two matches into our campaign we were the only team with no points on the table. Frustration and disappointment among the supporters was understandable. The U23s looked a promising bunch of players and there was reasonable expectation that they would reach the semis. However, things look bleak with the two opening defeats.
The lack of chemistry and fluidity was very evident. A number of the players based in Europe only flew in a day or two before the start of the tournament and were not well acquainted yet with the local based players in the squad. The defense in both matches was very suspect, and it is obvious that this area of their game needs a lot of improvement. The offense leaves much to be desired too though they did score a goal in each match. Still, one would think that if we had a crappy defense then at least have a strong offense so that for every goal scored against us we'd have the ability to score two in return. Well, it doesn't look that way gauging from those two matches.
To be fair to the team, they are a young bunch. More than half the squad will still be eligible for the next edition of this tournament in two years time. Just as long as the management and the training staff keep working on the issues and give these guys plenty of opportunities to get together and play competitive matches as a team, we can be optimistic of the future. These boys clearly need to be give the chance to gain experience and exposure in these types and level of competition. But that's for the future, there are still three matches left in this group stage.
Mathematically our U23s still have a chance, though it will also depend on the group leaders to slip up (though honestly, I find this doubtful). So the next three matches are a must-win for our team as hope always springs eternal, and if not, then at least for pride. Taking into account the big picture, winning the next matches are also what Philippine football needs to maintain the momentum it has obtained in the past year. While a good number of us Filipinos have already come to BELIEVE, there are still a number of skeptics out there who still a need a good reason to fully embrace this belief. Winning is crucial in this effort.
Which brings us to the U23s third match, against Laos. Like our neighbors in the region, Laos hasn't been standing idly by either and have also made comparable efforts to boost their youth squad. They have an Austrian coach and a young promising team. Like us, they are also obviously building for the future.
Our boys go into the match missing a key player, rightback Carli De Murga, due to suspension via yellow card accumulation. The coach maintained the same formation but tweaked with his starting eleven. We get off to a good start, taking the lead on the 7th minute courtesy of a Manny Ott goal. However, as the match wore on in the first half, the Laotians were starting to take control of the match. They were playing much better than we were, and gauging from my husband's body language and a few unprintable stuff coming out of his mouth, it appears our defensive issues were manifesting themselves once more. Sure enough the Laotians equalized on the 38th minute and go into the half even with the Philippines at 1-1.
Just like the match against Timor Leste, our team gives up a goal early in the second half and our team find themselves trailing once more. The Laotians continue to play better than our team and it wasn't that long before one of our players, Henrichsen, gets two yellow cards in the space of 5 minutes and gets sent off. We're down by one goal and now down a man too, bummer! I felt that second yellow card was kind of harsh. No point getting my husband's opinion on that one because in situations such as this I can't rely on him to be objective.
Well, it wasn't looking that good and it appeared that our team was headed to our third loss and remain at the bottom of the group table. Less than ten minutes to go, I was praying we'd at least salvage a draw. Then, as it so often happens in the game of football, the powers above have decided to remind us why we love this sport so much and with so much passion. The footballing Gods have decided to once again bang it into our heads why this is the beautiful game. Down one player, down a goal and playing with a leaky defense, our boys go on to win the match scoring a goal right at the end of regulation time to equalize and another to take the lead in added time and win the match. Amazing! We just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The Laotians deserved to win that match, they played generally better and got a man advantage in the last 30 minutes of the match, but as they say in Spanish - "Es futbol!"
Just what the doctor ordered! A fantastic victory to restore belief, hope and pride. The team needed a win, we supporters needed a win, and to get a victory in this fashion - oh, it just feels so great.
Okay, chances to get to the semis still look dim, but after a match like that, so what. We have a young team and they just showed us that they got heart and passion. The poor defense and lack of chemistry, they can fix that. They can work on those. Heart and passion, that's something that can't be worked on in the training ground yet it is vital to any team. Well, our boys just showed us that got that vital ingredient. The future looks bright. Just what the doctor ordered indeed.
2011 Moira G Gallaga©