Caution. Make Sure Store Promos /Rewards Work


Beware on Store Promos /Rewards: Make Sure They Work

I was about to redeem my meat freebie today at the Monterey Meat Shop, but instead – I got pissed, tore the ticket and flung a confetti in front of the cash register.
Wow! I’m excited what surprise gift pack that would be…
You know customers are happy and become just like kids for freebies, discounts and store rewards. Sometimes I am not just into believing these promos, but sometimes, too, we feel so cool and we’d pay and validate store promos to receive surprises with what we’d buy in the “Buy One, Take One” or half the price discounts, among others.
After completing a cycle (6 sets) of two hundred fifty pesos (250) worth of each single receipt of beef, pork and chicken, affixed with the cashier’s signature and date of purchase I was asked to get my surprise pack as available. So I waited and every time I went in the meat shop, in the community I always asked about the prize which made me go there from time to time because I was excited. They even advised me to come back for the prize. Maybe, I’m just like my Mom who got excited buying something with a freebie when she bought medicines and toiletries at Watsons. We just laughed out loud because even if she did not need the product, just for the freebie, she would buy it. I didn’t know what term in psychology that would classify us. The reason maybe was because we bought with hard earned money and we’re unfamiliar with the word ask – so we’re happy if we got a surprise or a freebie with our choicest stores as valued customers.
I told the cashier “Hey, you piss me a lot! I could have asked the maids to buy here but because it made me cheery to keep track of the promo, I often visited the store, myself.” She could have instructed me to keep all the receipts from time to time because I thought it would be okay if the purchase receipt was incomplete because they could trace it from the ledger or computer data as to the date cashiers’ had signed the ticket.
And FYI: I did not ask for that ticket, she offered it to me. Well, she became my friend before, but at that time of my complaint I wanted to tuck the pork ribs inside her mouth (in my imagination) for the hassle she caused me: the make-believe advertisement and false publicity.
She would not know how I hated bad publicities, but as a PR writer, back then, I had been honest about what I wrote. I would never tolerate people like her. People of that kind might spell danger; and unknowingly, betray public trust.
And one more thing, didn’t she know how to utter the word, “Sorry?” That would make a lot of difference; moreover, that would settle for peace.
Anyway, thanks to the store supervisor who appeased the aggrieved me.
I became a demigod today. We need to rebuke, if necessary, but it could have been better than that.

/rosevoc.april 28, 2017

The Nicene Creed


I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
[At the words that follow up to and including “and became man,” all bow.]
and by the Holy Spirit
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy,
catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Pause. Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary



PAUSE. There is a time for everything to understand how beautifully God has created the world and how cherished life would be in Christ and his Blessed Mother, now and forever.


The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by meditating on her tears and sorrows. This devotion was passed on by St. Bridget of Sweden ( 1303 – 1373).

Here are the Seven Graces:
I will grant peace to their families.
They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.
I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect then at every instant of their lives.
I will visibly helpthem at the moment of their death. They will see the face of their Mother.
I have obtained hthis grace from my divine Son, that those who propgate this devotion to my tears and sorrows will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.

The Seven Sorrows
1. The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:34-35)
2. The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14)
3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:43-45)
4. Mary Meets Jesus Carrying the Cross
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
6. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Her Son
7. The Burial of Mary’s Son and Closing of the Tomb

*Say one Hail Mary while meditating on each sorrow.


photography by christiano mota, rcj




When people are younger, there are no laters when the phone rings. No laters to get work done. No laters to clean up. No laters to finish projects. I always worked with a deadline, in school, at work, at home. Perhaps, that is why I am destined to be a writer, a mother, a teacher. So you are late? You cannot catch the plane and the kids will wait for their water, and fridge is empty…

When people get older – there should be more laters to come. Aging is inevitable, but dependence in God’s providence gives you the grace of more happiness in the journey of life and more laters until it’s time, in God’s will and God’s love forever.