Posts Tagged ‘friend’

Feline Friday: Double-A for my Bday

In ‚ô• & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Home Sweet Home, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 08/22/2014 at 19:25

By the time I hit the BiG ūüéČ3-3ūüéä, I figured that I’d already be a mommy!



Although I don’t have children of my own (yet), I’m still blessed to have my PURRfect ūüźĮA&AūüźĪ angelsūüėĽ.



GOD’s gifts always grace me with their presence, for which I’m forever grateful.



Enjoy your weekend!!!

Thirsty Thursday: Birthday Blessings

In ‚ô• & Soul, Community, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 08/21/2014 at 21:31

Happy Birthday to Yours Truly!!! 

What better way to ring in my special day‚ėľ than to celebrate at Church‚Ć? I began my birthday at the Chapel for my Adoration hour. Then Father Bob blessed‚ô£ me and my gifts from my special friends, Evie, Maggie and Joe.‚ô•¬†‚ô™They even sang Happy Birthday‚ôę

DSC04468 DSC04485 DSC04487 DSC04500 DSC04501 DSC04502 DSC04507 DSC04508GOD is Great!!! 

PTL for Praise The LORD * People that LOVE * Pretty Tough Lady 

Workout Wednesday: Fitness with Friends

In ‚ô• & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/02/2014 at 22:55

The more, the merrier!


When you have a workout buddy, you reap these many rewards:


* enhancing & improving your athletic skills, through teaching & learning from your exercise partner
* accountability & obligation to your partner ~ so no excuses
* strengthening your friendship
* making the time go by faster when you’re having fun!


Regardless of the activity, y’all choose, the experience is beneficial, both physically and socially!


Last Thursday, after Adoration, I jogged with my Church buddy from Chapel to the Disc Golf park. The round trip run was about five miles, including this scenic route. We flicked the disc, and I got great tips from both him and my college friend, the DG guru!


Last night, I hit the court to shoot hoops with my Pinoy boy to relieve stress. Since I’m a much better spectator from the sidelines and stands than a player on the floor, I caught some decent shots… Of photos!


I workout …


‘Cause I’m happy (think the song)!


5:55 ~ make a workout wish!!!

GOD, Family & Football

In ‚ô• & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/05/2013 at 19:11

Happy Advent Season!

As we prepare for JESUS‘ birth, I reflect on THANKSgiving and all of the blessings for which I’m grateful.

One week ago today, many of us around the world celebrated Turkey Day in the spirit of The Best Man Holiday movie theme: GOD, Family and Football.

GOD: First thing that morning, I went to the Adoration Chapel at church because I have my Adoration Hour commitment every Thursday, and I spent extra time there while fellow adorers were out of town for the holyday.
Family: When I got home, I took my CHRISTmas card photos with my Double A-Team and made my festive dessert: Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Pie. My best friend, Melody ~ who is like a sister to me ~ and I spent this Day of Thanks with both sides of our families: I went to her parents’ for lunch, and she, her hubby and their children joined my family and me at my parents’ house.
Football: A Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without the traditional¬†Dallas Cowboys game, so we most definitely were THANKful for their victory over the¬†Oakland Raiders!

Here are more of my cheers and toasts of gratitude:

Day 27: I’m THANKful for the¬†#gift¬†of¬†#sight! We who can see, or @ least need corrective¬†#lenses, cannot take this for granted… Although I don’t like to get pics taken w/my¬†#glassesūüĎď all the time (blame it on the vanity – say it a’int so), I absolutely need them to get around (case in point: last night @ my BFF’s parents’ when I lost track of them while posing for photos). Some of y’all know what I’m talking about that they’re a necessity, an essential, right Tita¬†Tina Gunn? Plus, since I like specific brands, I usually find designer frames for my¬†#specsūüėé
I’m also THANKful for my good friend &¬†#spiritual¬†#mentor, Bishop Mike, who officiated my¬†#Catholic¬†#Sacraments¬†of First¬†#Communion¬†&¬†#Confirmation¬†+ who writesūüďú (I’m talking snail mailūüď¨ – not just emailūüď•) me on a regular basis as my main pen‚úíÔłŹ pal!

I’m also THANKful for the children to whom I’m giving this¬†#CHRISTmas¬†because I love kids. Since my family & I – in light of¬†#TyphoonÔłŹ¬†#Haiyan¬†/¬†#Yolanda¬†in our native¬†#Philippines¬†– shall sustain our¬†#gratitude¬†& not exchange¬†#gifts¬†this year for once, I’ll focus my¬†#generosity¬†on my¬†#AngelTree¬†child & my¬†#CFCAsponsored child.

Day 28: I’m¬†#THANKful¬†for¬†#GOD¬†#Family¬†#Football¬†especially my¬†#DallasCowboyswho always play on¬†#TurkeyDay! I’ll also¬†#THANK¬†those who know which¬†#filmrefers to¬†#GODFamilyFootball¬†for your¬†#movie¬†knowledge. I¬†#kickoff¬†this#THANKSgiving¬†with my special¬†#AdorationHour¬†+ extra time!

I’m THANKful my BFF Sgt.¬†Melody Givan¬†who’s been there for yours truly through the#ThickAndThin¬†+ who I’ve been fortunate to celebrate THANKsgiving w/ when we grew up & when I visited her in Georgia! She’s the culinary arts mastermind, & while I didn’t know my way around the kitchen before, she sent me my Crock Pot for#CHRISTmas!

#ThrowbackThursday¬†#TBT: my bestie Mely & I didn’t plan for our Turkey Day getup to match when I flew to her family’s home for the¬†#HOLYday, but#2GreatMindsThinkAlike¬†as we both bought these sweaters from¬†#EXPRESSseparately!

THANKSgiving 2009

*Bearing this in mind, here are the pics of Melody and yours truly from THANKSgiving ’09 (above) and THANKSgiving ’13 (below)*¬†THANKSgiving 2013Girl time was definitely what I needed last week because most of my friends are guys, so I was glad to spend yet another Thanksgiving with Melo until she and her fam drove their beautiful Beamer back to Georgia…

Meanwhile, more blessings for which I’m grateful include my¬†dissertation progress and my¬†career opportunities! Yesterday, I had a conference call with my dissertation chair, who arranged for me to present the¬†concept proposal of my study to my dissertation committee next week! Also, through¬†Rant Sports and¬†Pretty Fit, I like reaching out to fellow sports fans and health buffs!

Here are my first 6 about the Dallas Mavericks this December:

While I write this, we have another snow storm in the forecast. In the holyday spirit, I’m playing¬†Elf¬†(my favorite Christmas movie of all time) and printing my season’s greetings!

Let me wrap up this positive post with more bright notes:

GOD Bless Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy †
Dispo-Cooley Wedding
♥ Love Always, Jun Bandonill Dispo (Batch 1970) and Family
Jun Dispo, Retired United States Air Force * Estrella Dispo, Retired Registered Nurse * Elaine Dispo, Ph.D. Candidate * Joanne Dispo, Nurse Practitioner * Ryan Cooley, United States Marine Corps Veteran


From left to right: Jacinto Dispo, Lolita Tan Dispo, Joseph del Rosario, Carmelita Dispo del Rosario, Elaine Joyce Dispo, Estrella Reyes Dispo, Christian Joseph del Rosario, Joanne Dispo Cooley, David Ryan Cooley, Jun Bandonill Dispo, Lyndah Baterina Dispo, Manuel Dispo, Madalyn Dispo-Junio, Crystal Gail Dispo

Happy Anniversary to my Parents!!
Dispo Wedding
#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: Happy #Anniversary, Nanay & Dad (yesterday)  

Looking @ my parents’¬†#wedding¬†album, I admire how they went all out & appreciate the value of their¬†#Catholic¬†#sacrament!

Yet aside from their amazing wedding, they’ve invested¬†#energy¬†&¬†#sacrifice¬†into their decades of¬†#marriage, which is what matters most in the¬†#LongHaul!

Their secret: sharing #time #together, including #timeless #traditions (i.e., Taco Tuesday)

& now they have their Golden Years to enjoy w/each other, so may they stay#blessed with many more to come!

[from L-R: my Aunties Alice Dispo* (my great-aunt/Uncle Bal’s wife) & Dr. Fe Reyes-Dollete** (my aunt/mom’s sister), Mama Eufemia Dispo*** (my paternal grandmother/dad’s mom), Mr. & Mrs. Jun B. Dispo (my parents as¬†#newlyweds), Papa Pedro Dispo*** (my paternal grandfather)]

*Dr. & Mrs. Baltazar Dispo (Uncle Bal is Papa Ped’s baby brother) ~ another excellent example of¬†#commitment¬†in marriage & to the Catholic¬†#faith¬†~ were my parents’ Principal Sponsors/GODparents/Ninong & Ninang/Padrino y MadrinaÔłŹ

**Drs. Rodolfo & Fe Dollete also are #RoleModels as a #married #couple because they keep the spice alive by ballroom dancing & traveling + enjoy #working together 

***Both sets of my grandparents lived long enough to celebrate their#GoldenAnniversary & beyond: my maternal Lolo Tico & Lola Rosa were married for 56 years, + my paternal Papa Ped & Mama Eufemia were married for almost 61 years 

Guess which decade my parents tied the knot ~ the¬†#bridesmaid‘s¬†#bonnet¬†may be an indicator…

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!  

†R.I.P., Paul Walker†

My Dearest Darling

In Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Travel, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/05/2011 at 18:45

Happy 101st Birthday, ROSA TABERNERO REYES! My maternal grandmother lived a long life by what I call the S trio:
She & I were pen pals, so I’m about to read the letters that she air mailed to me from the PI, in which she always started off by writing w/endearment: “My Dearest Darling Elaine”…
As a fellow school teacher, I didn’t realize that I’d follow in her footsteps, yet she encouraged me to pursue a career in the fine arts, since she was impressed by my calligraphy & drawings that I’d send to her + my musical interests. Today, & the entire month of March, I shall especially celebrate my Lola Rosing: my mentor, my role model, my idol, my hero, my best friend, my favorite person on Earth, & now my guardian angel watching over me from Heaven.
~*~ R.I.P., NANAY ROSA (March 5, 1910-March 14, 2008) ~*~