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open for opportunities
communications and possibilities.

There is freedom...
freedom of self expression
Let your voice be heard... speak out your emotions.

This is Me, AIMEE


Aimee Hizon-Sarmiento


JOINING ME in this journey is,...

AIMEE HIZON-SARMIENTO
- is an Advertising Executive who loves good food, slightly bitter but definitely aromatic coffee, a wife and mom to two of the most wonderful, loving people in the world.  Being a working mother demands both her physical and mental efficiency but at the end of the day, she feels more rewarded going home and spending precious time with family.

She's the eldest of three children by Arturo Hizon and Aida Acierto, born and raised in Sagad, City of Pasig, an alumna of University of Santo Tomas with a degree in BS Advertising. She's blissfully married to AJ Sarmiento for more than seventeen years now and a proud mother to 16-year old CJ and 13-year old Basti.


Aimee at home with her family
Aimee at home with her family
AJ and Aimee during their Bohol trip
AJ and Aimee during their Bohol trip

Aimee loves to cook and bake. At first, she used recipe as guide but now, she can create delectable dishes not by the book but by using her own judgment. Seafood Paella, hot and sour soup, braised ribs, clam chowder, cheese-stuffed pan fried chicken and clams in oyster sauce with mushrooms are amongst her specialty dishes. She's usually in-charge of the kitchen whenever our clan holds reunion parties. 


Acierto Clan Christmas Party 2013
Acierto Clan Christmas Party 2013

BANDING TIME is what she calls when the whole family enjoys a moment of music. They always grace our parties with their versions of Linkin Park's and The Script's songs.


Parokya ni AJ (on drums: Basti, on keyboard: AJ,  on guitar: CJ and on vocals: Aimee)
Parokya ni AJ (on drums: Basti, on keyboard: AJ,
on guitar: CJ and on vocals: Aimee)


AIMEE being a wife and a mother
There are moments that she thought of giving up her work over family because she can hardly find a good balance between having a career and being a mom. But opportunities come her way and she has goals to achieve yet, so she's left with no other options for now.

She's a committed wife to a loving husband who supports her in every endeavor. She's a helping companion in raising their children and providing for their needs.

Fortunately, she has her parents around her to back her up in daily chores especially during week days. Their humble assistance makes everything easier at home.

Aimee maintains a blog site that serves as her outlet in relieving stress, voicing out her silent sentiments and this particular post terribly hit me straight to the heart as well, entitled.. " I am Always Working".

“There was one weekend when I had to spend the entire two days working on a presentation that I have the following Monday. I was using a new program for my presentation and, aside from being slow because I was still trying to learn the ropes, it really fascinated me and made me want to finish my presentation quickly so I can view it. 
Every now and then I would stop to take care of some household stuff: check my son's bag and notebooks for any project or assignment, prepare the uniforms of my kids for the entire week (I do this all the time because I get home late from work and I don't want to worry for some missing socks or hanky needed the next day), prepare food for my husband and kids, ask my daughter if she needs anything for school. And then I would go back again to my computer to work on the presentation. 
Come Sunday night, I was already in bed but  still busy typing on my laptop. My son and my daughter were in our bed watching TV. There was this commercial where kids describe their moms when my daughter blurted out "my mom is always working, if she's not working she's cleaning". 
That made me stop from whatever I was doing. I actually felt lumps of solid something creeping up my throat that I know will turn into a sob had I not controlled myself. 
I told my daughter that I am so sorry that I was working the whole weekend and we barely had time to do anything together, promised her that I will not do that again especially on a weekend. Asked her what she wants to do for the following week, "we can just lie in bed, eat ice cream and watch TV" she said. 
All my kids want is me, my time, my time with them. And I am making sure that I will spend those time with them. 
If I have a choice, I would like to be at home, not working. I would prepare my kids baon (food) for school.  I would wait for them to come home. We will study together, prepare projects together. 
We can just lie in bed, eat ice cream and just be together.”  

CJ and Basti with mom, Aimee
CJ and Basti with mom, Aimee

AIMEE being a Teamleader
Being in the corporate world, advertising industry in particular, Aimee is a team leader. She believes that jobs aren't about companies or paychecks...

".. they're about people that you see everyday, spend more of your waking moments with than your loved ones, so it's vitally important that you play for the right team. People who've got your back, who won't waste your time with petty politics or passive-aggressiveness, and who you feel comfortable being your fullest self with because that's how you can be successful at your job. And when you are with a team that allows you to be successful, you will find yourself learning, smiling, getting paid and generally kicking ass! -- (lifehacker)"


tAimee with colleagues and friends
Aimee with colleagues and friends

Four decades are behind her now and she's proud to have reached this milestone in her life. She's grateful for the experiences of the past that brought a lot of good things.. thankful for all the challenges that she'd encountered but survived that made her stronger and better person.

This, she has to say to herself when she turned 40 last 2012...

"And I am looking forward to, hopefully, 40 more. 
 I have so many things to still accomplish.  For me, for my kids, for my family. Those are my immediate and primary concerns. But with these primary things I have to fulfill and accomplish, I am also hoping that along the way of accomplishing these, I will also be of help to my community and my country. 
 I want to still learn and better my craft. To share my talents and knowledge to the young ones in the industry.  To impart the values I believe in when it comes to my work and profession. 
 Above all, I want my kids to grow up as responsible, loving and God-fearing individuals. Who values honesty, integrity and equality. 
 At 40, may I be the person that I have always dreamt of -- cool, calm, collected; experienced and mature; just and fair; loving and understanding.  Someone who accepts her mistakes and uses it to better herself; someone who accepts criticism with an open mind. Someone who not just hears but listens; someone who not just gives but shares willingly; someone who not just likes but loves."
 
For all that has come my way, I am thankful by Aimee



A Special Surprise on Valentine's Day

Valentine presents from our 3 precious jewels
Valentine presents from our 3 precious jewels

Gifts come in small or big packages.
They may be costly or cheap
but whatever size or price 
the presents may have...
there's no importance to such
because it's the thought that 
weighs so much.

Valentine's Day is not only 
for couples or partners to share
but is more of a day for giving 
LOVE 
and receiving it.
Flowers and chocolates are being offered
 to make this day complete.

"Sikreto ng Matagal na Pagsasama"



SIKRETO ba ika mo,
Meron nga ba?
Sa palagay ko... 

WALA

pero may mga paraan 
upang ito'y maisakatuparan.
Depende sa dalawang 
nagdesisyong magsama
sa hirap o ginhawa
sa lungkot man o saya.

Meron bang "formula"
ang wagas na pagmamahalan
at walang hanggang suyuan?
Babae ba ang nagdadala
o ang salitang

FAITHFUL

ang dapat na sangkap para
mapanatili ang tamis at sarap.

DEBUT ko Noon, DEBUT nya Ngayon - Part 2


Catering ng Frecel's Cuisine
Catering ng Frecel's Cuisine


Di makukumpleto ang handaan
kung walang "chibugan"
Salamat sa Frecel's Cuisine
ang mga dumalo ay di nabitin.

Simple pero elegante
 ang loob at labas ng "venue"
 dahil sa Rave Party One
siguradong OK ang "lights and sound"!

DEBUT ko Noon, DEBUT nya Ngayon - Part 1

Ang Debutante at ako
Ang Debutante at ako

Naisip ko lang
ang malaking kaibahan
nang aking ipagdiwang
ang ikalabing-walong kaarawan.

Naghanda lamang nang kaunti
para pagsaluhan
ng aking pamilya
at ilang kaibigan.

Naalala ko pa nga
palapa pa ng niyog
ang nagsilbing dibisyong nilagay
sa labas ng aming bahay.

"Ligawan Noon at Ngayon - Ano ang Pagkakaiba?"






NOON...
Kahoy ay sinisibak
Tubig ay iniigib
Mabangong bulaklak
ang handog sa babaeng iniibig.


NGAYON...
Cellphone ang nasa kamay
o sa harap ng computer, naglamay
Nagkasagutan na ang dalawa
"In a relationship" na ang status nila.

Being The Eldest of Four


Simplymarrimye - Being the eldest of four
From left to right - DL, Mommy, Daddy, Malu, Mahlen, ME and Kiko


Filipino families are known to be
closely-knitted
With a father, working hard for the money
a mother, keeping the home
 a shelter of harmony
and the children, burning eyebrows
to get a degree..


Typical and basic as it is...
I came from an environment with
humble beginnings.
A product of early marriage... the firstborn
and the eldest of four
was raised by a couple who
struggled, lived and survived the
difficulties of life.

Miles Away

Miles away from you



The future is promising
And blessings are abundant
Working hard to provide
Even it means being away... miles away from home.


There are moments of joy
We're not able to share
There are moments of worries
With no shoulder to cry on.


There are times of sickness
I feel not your warmth
But I have to be strong
for our kids and their future.

The Hurting




Tears continue flowing
my eyes never dried
the past keeps on hurting
relieving the pain, I've tried.


Seeking for true happiness
wounds of heart, I get
filling up this emptiness
is much to my regret.

Meeting The Letter Writer for the First Time


My Debutante meets The Letter Writer
My Debutante meets The Letter Writer


It's my honor and pride to meet her in person
I only know her by name
and we happen to have the same.


It's my honor and pride to have her as my guest
and read my open letter 
for my debutante daughter.

The Superwoman We Know





She has been the
SUPERWOMAN
we know
who never fails to keep our
HOME
a place of 
convenience and pleasure.

She never fails to plan, 
prepare and cook
the best meal on our table
Never let the clothes 
dirty and crumpled.
Everything is organized from
ceiling to floor.

Expectation


Image not mine


When you expect 
SOMETHING 
will happen 
and it never did...
There's a reason behind it.


When you expect 
SOMEONE 
will come
and he/she never did...
There's an explanation to it.

Lizzette Aira - A Name That's Uniquely Owned


An instance flashed back before me, 
February of 1994, 
I learned that I was pregnant 
for the second time
after a miscarriage.


I recalled a time when I started 
to write down names like: 
Canisha Yvon, Dana Maureen, Leira Denisse 
but nothing would seem better than this particular name.
It never crossed my mind 
to search the meaning of your name 
ever since you were born 
until I found myself writing this. 
To my surprise, 
the definition describes who and what you really are... 
amiable, 
kind-hearted 
but sensitive and emotional by nature.

Reminiscing With These Old Photographs


My 4th birthday celebration photo with family
My bandaged hands


Looking at this photograph
is a reverie of the past long gone
More than four decades ago
an accident burnt my hands.


I may not remember anything
except for the stories repeatedly told
The scars that are still visible
remind me of the pain so unbearable.