Today is a Spring Day!

Today I saw Ms. Spring.

I talked to her. Held her in my arms and whispered thanks.  I also admonished her for taking so  long to arrive.

My children had fun in the warm weather.  Although Mr. Sun did not show himself that much, still it was a good day to be out.

There was a wee bit of wind but it was manageable.  My daughter kept on sticking her tongue out the entire time the wind was whipping her vests.  She kept holding her hair as if her tiny hands can prevent her hair from slipping on its bun.  These all happens while my son was sleeping.

Oh well, I guess having one kid enjoying one spring day is good enough, for there`ll be some more to come and eventually my son would be the one telling mama to hurry up so we can get out.

Thank you Lord.

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My Boys of Summer

Winter is over
And Spring has sprung.
My boys of summer
Back from where they’ve gone.

News are abuzz
Few men dared predict
My boys of summer
Rarin to go and a simmer.

Opening day
With pompoms on hand
Decked out centre
Fans and band

Opening night
Loud and noisy
Armed with pizza, hotdogs and beer
Only One of many
Sat on his seat quietly.

Players on field
Prayers a fieldin
A grandma can be seen smilin
Generations of fans
Chanting, yelling and screamin.

And I.

On my lonesome.
Cheered my boys of summer
With TV blaring
I rejoice their coming.

My boys of summer is back.
And what a fine day is that.

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Photo credits MLB.

Weddings, International

To have and to hold. Till death do us part.

This would be a simple guide on getting married, international edition.

So how one gets married in Toronto may it be Church or civil rites (city hall marriage!).

  1. Apply for a marriage license.  Application form can be found here.  After filling up the form online you have to print it out and bring to City Hall or your Civic centres and pay the fees.  Marriage license is valid for 3 months after the day of issue. 
  2. Set up reservations to the wedding chamber.  Wedding chambers are operated by www.marryus.org.  Upon setting up reservations to the wedding chamber you have to pay half and the other half on the day of the wedding. They provide music, flowers and the officiant.  You are responsible for you witnesses.

To save time and money you can arrive early for an hour or so, proceed to pay your application for marriage license and then just go directly to the wedding chambers to have your ceremony.  After the wedding you will be given a Record of Solemnization of Marriage.  You can apply for the Marriage Certificate after 6 to 8 weeks on the day of the wedding.

So, that’s settled.  Marriage ceremony is over now your are officially and formally a Mr and Mrs of so and so.

You may have wonder why I have to write about Toronto weddings, it is for the reason that a very good friend have asked the favour and I need to know it as well.   There ‘s still a lot more information that I could have added but the websites provides all the information that you may need plus you can give them a call if you need clarification.

Another reason why I have to write this is for those immigrants like me, who found their significant others abroad especially here in Toronto, that getting married here first is the best option.  If you are planning  to have a church wedding in the Philippines, it is best to get married here first and have the church ceremonies in the Philippines for your convenience.  Setting up and applying for marriage license in the Philippines takes a lot of time (10 days to be exact) plus you have to attend seminars both from LCR/DSWD and from the church.  If you don’t have the luxury of time then I suggest this.

According to my research, you can have the ceremony here and submit your marriage certificate to the Philippine Consulate nearest you.  Now you are not only married in Canada but also in the Philippines.  So to arrange a church wedding, you can show your marriage certificate from the consulate and depending to the availability of your parish priest, you are good to go!

Best wishes my friend!

This Time Five Years Ago

This time 5 year ago. My first glimpse of Canada. An immigrant.  Looking forward to the great opportunity, that of becoming a Canadian citizen.I

Looking back to that day, I almost didn’t recognize that skinny wide eyed girl. Scared stiff and cold.

I first step on Canada soil in Vancouver International Airport. Uhm, not really soil per se as it is cement but you know what I mean.  Vancouver, how can I forget you.  The memory of me cowering in the corner trying to appear as small as possible, eating a much needed lunch and maintaining a semblance of control when all I wanted to do is curl up and cry.

Alone. In an airport. In a city. Transient.  Who still has to check in for her connecting flight to Toronto. Jet lagged.

Considering that before that almost nervous break down, I faced a very stern looking Canadian Border Officer, I can say I survived Vancouver and seems like Toronto as well.

Five years to the day and thriving.

The experience has taught me a lot about myself and about other people as well. I have learned lessons both in good and bad way.  I have met people that left me with nothing and I have met people that have given me so much as well.  But the most gratifying experience of all and the most memorable is meeting my future husband and consequently giving birth to 2 beautiful human beings.

I took a very circuitous way in migrating to Canada and not the most ideal but the best part was knowing that I took a risk and succeeded in the end.

I used to look upon those who take a job less desirable than what they are used too but not anymore.  The past 7 years or so of my life is the testament that it is not only your upbringing nor your education that will make you a success but it takes a lot of guts, of courage to overcome obstacle, to lower your standards from time to time to achieve your dream, to reach your goals and to always have faith that everything will be alright.

I guess my position now as a stay at home mom is a reward for that arduous journey that I made.  I will be forever thankful to the people that has been part of my journey. To my family, my relatives and friends. And to Papa God for never leaving my side.

And to the one person who believed in me but never able to see the fruit of my labour, thank you Papang Pilo.  I know you are with Papa God now and I know also that you are watching over me, my family and the rest of your children.  Thank you for instilling in us the courage to journey to the unknown.

Five years. One husband. Two beautiful children.

Life is good.  You only have to believe in yourself. Believe in God.

Thank you.

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Toronto Weather

Finally I can see the end of this gloomy winter.

Everybody is at the end of his rope.  Just a few days ago, mother nature drop another 10 cm of wet snow and unknowingly husband walk blind out that morning.  He was rushing out as he was about to miss his bus.  When I woke up around 7:00am read his text message of how miserable he was.  His shoes were wet, soaked to the socks and he missed his bus.

Bus stop, 4:00am, -15 and wet shoes.

The moment he got home, he asked me  “Did you know that its going to be snowing today and tomorrow?” and I said yeah.  Snow was steadily falling last night when I went to bed so I checked if there is an active weather and yes, there is for the next 2 days.  Sorry forgot to tell you that.

While he was cleaning his shoes, he asked out aloud, “When is winter going to be over? I have enough of it already.”

Yes indeed, I asked myself that too.  When will winter be over.  I badly needed sunshine and I am literally counting the days and everyday checking the ground to see if the accumulated snow is starting to melt.  No and no.  Snow is still on the ground and we are above seasonal.

Today while we were in the living room and kiddies were playing on the floor, my toddler started saying “tweet, tweet.”  I said “Oh! bird lovelove?” and she said “Biwd, okay?” and points outside.  When I listen closely, I can actually hear the bird tweeting and I utter my thanksgiving to the creator.  He really knows how to cheer up somebody.

Bird tweeting heralds the arrival of spring and sunshine and fun games outdoors.

I am one excited mommy.  Finally my kiddies and I can enjoy the outdoors as we used too.

Thank you Lord.

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