My Iron Man

Aug 31, 2009

One more reason why I love my husband! He is so sure of his masculinity that helping out with the chores at home has never really bothered him. Here is my Iron Man:



Iron Man was showing on HBO while he was doing the ironing. It inspired to grab the camera and post my very own Iron Man here. And he gamely post for pictures!

At home, we dont have a helper. My mother and my sister who live with us helps with the chores at home. Even my 11 year-old son pitches in. I have no problems with doing any of the chores at home, and I am in charge of doing the laundry on weekends. But one thing I hate doing is ironing, and thankfully, it is one job that my husband loves doing! We are a match, wont you agree?



I know some husbands who wouldn't be caught dead doing this, much less agreeing to have his photo posted here. But I am thankful that my Iron Man is more sensible than most and a little ironing does nothing to his self-esteem. That's why I love my husband!



Yellow Rambutan

Aug 29, 2009

We have a suki ambulant fruit and vegetable vendor and when he came this morning, he was proud of his fruit for the day: these yellow rambutans.



This is his first time to sell this, although he also has the red ones. This sells for P40 per kilo while the red ones are P25 per kilo. He said that these yellow ones have thinner skinner but juicer fruit than the red ones. We tried both and indeed, the fruit was bigger and sweeter. We ended buying 3 kilos! In the excitement over this fruit, I forgot to ask him where these are from.

anyway, are yellow rambutans common? This is the first time I have seen them. And while posting this, I am enjoying them!




Macbook For Rent

I recently bought a Lenovo S10, but had I known sooner about Mac Hawaii, I would have gotten a Mac instead. My office mate have one and I would salivate every time he brings it to the office. I have never used a Mac, but they offer these for rent at a very low price, and with no deposit I am sure to get used to a Macbook that I have wanted to own!


LP 72: Hapunan

Aug 28, 2009




Ipagpaumanhin nyo muna po kung tabingi ang lagay ng larawan ng aming hapunan dito. Buong umaga ko na pong iniisip kung bakit nagkakagayon, pero hindi ko pa rin po alam ang sagot. Baka po matulungan nyo ako ay mag-iwan na lang po ng komento sa ibaba.

Tungkol sa hapunan: Di ba po kami ay nagpunta sa Bohol nuong nakaraang Hunyo. At dahil ito ay aming pangalawa nag dalaw sa lugar ng mga higanteng tsokolate ay mga simbahan at kainan naman ang aming dinayo rito. Ng aming unang araw, namasyal kami sa Panglao Island Nature Resort at sa Hinagdanan Cave. At para sa hapunan, kami ay nagpunta sa Payag Chicken House na masarap daw sadya ang Chicken Inato. At oo nga, sdyang masarap. Hindi siya tuyot at bago ang manok. Yummy!

At siempre, mas masarap ang hapunan kung kasama ang mabubuting kaibigan.



Kasama namin ng aking sweetheart sa larawan ang aking college friend, kumare at best friend for life na si Rona at si best friend Rodney. Sa sobrang sarap ng aming hapunan, kinailangan naming maglakad na lamang mula sa Payag pabalik sa aming hotel. Hay naku, the best hapunan talaga ito!

Kung nais nyo pa ng mga masasarap na larawan ng mga hapunan, dalaw na sa Litratong Pinoy.


Reading Time!

Aug 27, 2009



Have you ever seen anything as cute as this? Look at my family, reading. They each have a bedtime story book which we got for free at a box of Nido Fortified.


My kids are not that avid readers yet. I sometimes offer to bribe my eldest son to read my Harry Potter books just so he would stop asking me about the story whenever we watch a movie. And my husband, even his curiosity for the Twilight books haven't made him a reader yet. And the younger kids would rather play outside than read books. Even when I read to them, they quickly lose interest despite my animated reading.

Oh well, this is just a rare sight for me so I quickly made a grab for my camera to capture the moment! And I will be sure to collect all ten story books to make my family read, or at least start reading.

By the way, the four story books are entitled Ang Hukuman ni Sinukuan, Tiger on the Wall, Diego and Marie and Bakit Matagal ang Sundo Ko. The stories are both in English and Tagalog and are illustrated in color. It would be a nice collection!


How to Make a Makeshift Basketball Hoop



Last long weekend was father and son bonding time. Drexelle was bugging me to buy a basketball hoop for him but I was not promising him anything because anything bought will only last him a few days. I need not remind him how he lost a basketball just a day after I bought it as a reward for his high grade. There is a court in the street near our house but it is either occupied by adult players or he is not allowed to go out so he wants to build one inside the compound. Frustrated, he started looking around for anything he could use as a hoop. He asked me if he could use the handle of the pail in bathroom and when I gave him "the stare", he went to his dad for help. His dad was game, and so the bonding began.

So, how do you make a basketball hoop out of junk ? Here is how:

1. Look for a plywood you can use as a backboard and saw it to desired size.



2. For the hoop, look for any sturdy metal that you can twist into a half-circle, that will fit the ball . Noel found something behind the planters to the delight of his son.


3. Then attach the hoop to the board using nails, lots of nails.





4. Then attach the backboard with the hoop to the desired location. Unfortunately, they preferred to put in near my plants and I only saw it when they have nailed it securely.


5. You now have a makeshift basket ball hoop in your backyard.


It was a perfect bonding time for my boys as they both share the passion for basketball. I really admire my husband for being very patient with his son.





The Meanest Mother in The World

Aug 26, 2009

I hope to be the meanest mother in the whole world! I got this from Bible.Org and after reading, you would want to be too:



The Meanest Mother in the World

We had the meanest mother in the whole world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from other kids had, too.

Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You'd think we were convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them. She insisted that if we said we would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.

We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve to break the Child Labor Laws by making us work. We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, and all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do. She always insisted on us telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

By the time we were teenagers, she could read our minds. Then, life was really tough! Mother wouldn't let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up. They had to come up to the door so she could meet them. While everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we were 16.

Because of our mother, we missed out on lots of things other kids experienced. None of us have ever been caught shoplifting, vandalizing other's property, or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her fault. We never got drunk, took up smoking, stayed out all night, or a million other things, other kids did. Sundays were reserved for church, and we never missed once. We knew better than to ask to spend the night with a friend on Saturdays.

Now that we have left home, we are all God-fearing, educated, honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean parents just like Mom was. I think that's what is wrong with the world today. It just doesn't have enough mean moms anymore.


Cebu Pacific Halloween Seat Sale

Aug 25, 2009

Cebu Pacific, the country's fastest growing airline is again having a seat sale, a Halloween seat sale!  They are giving a 30% discount on all domestic and international flights.  Seat sale period is from August 26 (but there are available slots now already) until August 31, 2009. These are for travel period from October 1 to December 16, 2009.

So, for all of you who plan to travel during that period, book now and get a lot of savings! Me, I am now checking the November flights to Boracay. Wish me luck!


The Joys of Field Trip

Aug 21, 2009


"Knowledge of the pupils/students can be acquired not only within the four walls of the classroom but also outside. That is why the school is catering the Educational Tour to the students/pupils." This is contained in the letter sent by the school for my Grade One son, and the fee for the chaperon, which is required is P1,000. And I had to take a leave from work. Okay, this will be an experience for him. I was not allowed to join in any of the field trips when I was in elementary because of lack of funds and I sure felt bad every time those who joined talked about how they enjoyed it. I don't want my son to experience that so even if I felt the fee was too much, I agreed to let him join.

Our first stop was the Museo ng Katipunan in San Juan. We were there very early and had to wait an hour inside the bus while waiting for the museum to open. Inside the museum, it was small, with beautiful dioramas of the battles of the Katipuneros. My son was fascinated, saying it was like in Night at the Museum. There were only few displays of letters, pictures and weapons of the Katipuneros and we cannot hear the guide over the shouts and shrieks of grade schoolers.
Our next stop was at the Crocodile Show in Pasay, in the old Boom na Boom complex. The host was very good and engaged the kids very well. They showed what they call the animal ambassadors; the big albino snake, the horn bill, the orangutan and the crocodiles. The animals were paraded by the handlers and the kids were allowed to touch them, and we were able to take close up pictures. My son wouldn't come near them! Beside the Crocodile Zoo is the Science Entertainment complex where the kids were shown how vice dubbing, sounds effects and flying effects were made for TV. A pair of grade 3 kids dubbed Naruto and when they played it back, it brought the house down! The kids were so enthusiastic! When it was time to show flying effects and head dancing, you cannot hear yourself think over the laughter and the delight of the kids.

After that, it was time for lunch and we just ate our packed lunch inside the bus. We parked in the Blue Wave complex in MOA. Some went down to buy lunch from McDonalds. I was so glad to see a Mercury Drug store because by this time, I had a terrible headache. We stayed at the bus for two hours so by the time we went to Rizal Park, I was a bit okay.

We then went to the Diorama of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal (Lights and Sound Presentation) at the Luneta but they only do the light and sound show at night. There was a narrator telling the kids about the life of Dr. Jose Rizal, but my grade one was more interested in jumping over the brick seats and pointing at a frog. His attention was captured only over the firecracker shot signalling Rizal's death. I am ashamed to say that I have never seen this light and sound show and so I vowed to see it one of these days. if you are interested, the show in Tagalog is at 7pm and English at 8pm. Entrance during the day is 10, and P50 at night, with a 50% discount for students with ID.
We then went to Greenbelt to watch Jack and The Bean Stalk at the Repertory. We waited again for an hour, and my headache returned after going after my son and his classmates who couldn't stay in one place for long. By the time we went inside, I was just too tired. But the show was a big hit with the kids. My son was very happy with the show, especially with the cow and the giant. It was six pm by the time the show ended and we parents were already eager to go home. of course, it took us one and a half more hours to travel from Makati to Galas, QC. You would think that the kids would be too tired by this time, but inside the bus, they all went at the back and you could hear their excited and happy voices talking about the events of the day. On the way home, my son was already telling my husband how much he had. When we reached home, he was still at the door but was already telling everybody how he saw crocodiles, a snake and a flying carpet. I couldn't help but smile despite my headache and I have to agree with his school that it would indeed become a novel experience for him. Judging his smile and lack of tiredness, indeed it was. Ah, the joys of field trip!


Discover Swiss Pearls

Aug 19, 2009

My husband and I recently discovered our love for travel. We have started going around the country, and promised ourselves to visit at least one new place every year. We have started with Baguio, Boracay and Bohol in the Philippines and we had so much fun trying out new experiences unique to the place in these travels.


I was telling him the other day that once we have saved enough for a trip outside of the country, our first stop would be in Switzerland because I want to Discover Swiss "Pearls" . He gamely asked for what I want to do in Switzerland and here are my tops picks of Swiss Gems:

1. Explore Geneva by Boat. Yes, in Geneva, by boat, not in the mountains, river rafting! Need I say more?

2. Take a Stint As a Sheep Shearer. Wouldn't that be a once in a lifetime experience? Its fun and something cool to tell your grand kids.


3. Gold Rush. I have always wanted to be a gold digger. Ha ha.But this time, I want to experience it, literally. Can you imagine the thrill of finding gold for yourself? Exciting!

4. Ghost Walk Thru Zurich. Creepy, scary and sure to be lots of fun. I am not really heavy on the scary part, but my husband lives for it. But there is so much history to be learned in this experience.
5. and of course, A Day in the Vineyards to see the grape harvest and see how wines are made.

Those are just five of the things that I wish to do in Switzerland, from the river rafting, to sheep shearing, to ghost walking, to gold digging and wine making. It will give me the best experience that Switzerland has to offer. Of course, there are a lot more "pearls"to choose from and to experience, depending on your preference but I am sure that you will enjoy choosing your gems.

I hope my husband will approve of my list!
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Meet Liway, My Lenovo S10

Aug 18, 2009



This is Liway, my Lenovo S10, bundled with a Sun Wireless Broadband.

She is my newest blogging implement. Same with the camera that blogging bought, Liway will become the laptop that blogging will pay. Ha ha. So you can now expect more posts from me in the coming days. Weeeeeee! I feel like a child with a new toy.




Be The Best You Can Be

Aug 17, 2009



I have been a parent for 11 years now and I still cant say that I already have the hang of it. It is a day to day thing, full of surprises. And seeing the above newsletter, I just have to share it with you.

Its true, that in the eyes of our children, we can do no wrong. Its humbling really. So when I get mad and I sometimes shout, I notice that they do that too to their sibling when they get mad. That is usually a wake-up call for me. I cannot keep on shouting and raising my voice when I am mad and not expect my kids to do the same. While we teach our kids, we learn a lot from them too. I just hope that my kids will grow up to know that I am doing the best that I can while hoping that they become the best that they can be.


LP 70: Tanghalian

Aug 13, 2009

Hypertension? Ano yun? Yan ang madamdaming sagot sa akin ng aking esposo bago pa kami kumain ng tanghalian sa Panglao Island Nature Resort sa pagbalik namin sa Bohol nuong June.




O hindi ba, mukhang enjoy na enjoy naman siya sa pagkain, at sadyang kinalimutan na ang kanyang hypertension, tutal naman daw ay nasa bakasyon!
At eno naman ang kinain ko, he he ang kanilang kiddie meal. Naiisip ko kasi ang mga anak na hindi namin kasama ng biyaheng eto kaya naisipan kong i-channel na lang sa pagkain.

Marami pang masasarap na tanghalian dito sa Litratong Pinoy.


Another Tutubi!

Aug 11, 2009

This To Be, To Be. Tutubi blog is almost a year old but it only had its very first Tutubi picture last month. Then just this weekend while cleaning the house, I happen to look up closely at an ornament in our ceiling and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was another Tutubi! Here is a picture, cobwebs and all!




Then I remembered that it was of those water color thingies on sale at the department store which I bought for the kids. I see it everday hanging over my head but didnt realize that it was a Tutubi. I really thought it was a butterfly. My eldest kid was laughing at me when I marveled at this discovery and said its been there since forever.

Hmm,some things we keep on looking for are just under our nose, or in this case, just on top of my head.

Ps. Please excuse the quality of the picture because I am still trying to figure out how to take them against the light.


Am I Ready for Web Hosting?

One month from now, on September 17, this blog will turn a year old. And to celebrate my first year blogging anniversary, I think it is about time I seriously look for a website hosting service that I can use. But you see, even after almost a year of blogging, I really have no idea how a web host works and so I am now checking out Web Hosting 101 for all the tips and tricks that I can find. I am trying to find out how different having my own web host would be from publishing in blogger. Of course, this would be another chapter in my blogging adventure and I am actually excited and eager to learn. But aside of course from the basics, one of the things I consider in finding a web host is the price and reliability. I have heard of a lot of horror stories from fellow bloggers whose web hosts left them high and dry, and I would want that to happen! I think I will have nightmares just thinking about it. Its a good thing that Web Hosting Geeks provides an independent review of the Top 10 Web Hosting-Best Web Hosts for 2009. So I don't have to look any further in finding and finally deciding on the best web host I should get.

If you are like me and already ready and eager to go to the next level in blogging, check out Web Hosting Geeks for everything you need to know about web hosting.


Thanks, Katinig!

Aug 10, 2009


My preschooler will have her first periodical exams this week and we reviewed her lessons last weekend. I had a very nice time teaching my daughter. And I am really proud of how smart she is. Hmm, takes after his dad, as my mother would say. Hehe.

What was really funny was when we were going back to her lessons in Filipino. We were studying Katinig or vowels and she had to supply the missing vowel. It was hilarious! I keep reminding her we need Tagalog words but she keeps on saying carrots for ampalaya, snake for ahas, doctor for ospital, bear for oso, etc. It was really difficult and funny at the same time, I tell you. Then, we switched to another page in her notebook, she said Ahas and I was laughing so hard because she was really proud of herself for saying the Tagalog word only for me to find out that it was ensaymada on the other page! He he.

It was such a fun afternoon for me and my daughter. A prefect Sunday, I must say. And all thanks to those Katinig!



Goldilocks You're The One Contest Winners, Congratulations!

The first thing I did this morning was visit the Nuffnang site for their announcement on the winners to the Yor're the 1, Goldilocks contest winners, but they have yet to post the list and the pictures! Good thing, Pehpot was able to blog about it. I was not able to attend because of work. Would have been fun to meet them bloggers behind the wonderful blogs! Sigh.

There were initially 4 laptops as prizes but due to the enthusiastic response of Nuffnang bloggers, Goldilocks added 2 more laptops, for a total of 6!

The winners are, according to Pehpot, are MenardConnect, Kwentong Doctor, Liz Buenaventura,Jonie and Maureen. I read their entries and they truly deserve to win. My Goldilocks entry is worth a read too, if you have the time. He he. You must head over to Pehpot to check out the pictures of the lucky winners with their laptops and Dingdong of, course. I really wish I was able to attend!

Anyway, congratulations to the winners and I hope Nuffnang comes up with more contests as exciting as these!.


Why Its Fun to Be Me

Aug 7, 2009

There are four reasons why its fun to be me.



Namely, the reasons are Noel, Drexelle, Danniel and Denise. Yes, my family. They are the reason why my life is happy and I am thankful for them every single day.



Yes, with them, it is indeed fun to be me.


Chicken Pox !!!

Aug 4, 2009

My husband is now on leave from work because of chicken pox, as advised by their doctor. He was having his blood pressure taken when the doctor saw the rashes on his forearms and told him he has chicken pox. When his workmates found out, he was shunned and told to go home immediately. He he.
In our household of seven, only my three kids and husband have never had chicken pox. I had it when I was in elementary and so does my sister. My mother cant remember when she had it but is very sure that she already had chicken pox. They said that once you had it, your body will develop immunity to the virus and you wont contract it again.

The first thing I did when I reached home yesterday was to tell my kids to wash their hands and to stay away from their father. I also checked their immunization charts and realized that only Danniel had the varicella vaccine. Oh well, better that they get it now (they will get it once in their lifetime anyway) so that whatever scars they have will heal and not bother them later. I know some people whose chicken pox scars are a source of much unhappiness, ha ha. I just hope that it happen after their examination days.

Anyway, I am not a hundred percent convinced that what my husband has is chicken pox because although there are rashes in his arms and back, I haven't seen one with blisters. Or maybe its too early to tell? He said the doctor said it was chicken pox and so chicken pox it is! But I think he is right because last night, he was scratching his back like crazy and I had to apply betadine to one rash that was bleeding. I didn't see if there was a blister though.

Oh well, if its chicken pox, then its chicken pox! Its not like its the end of the world!




Rapid4Me is the Best for me!

Aug 3, 2009

Have you tried the Rapidshare Search? For those of you who love sharing and downloading files on the internet, then Rapid4Me is for you! Its safe and fast and searching is very easy. I am just a newbie in downloading files from the internet, always afraid of the unfriendly virus but Rapid4Me just about laid all my fears to rest. The design is very user friendly and functional, making it really a breeze to download. And of course, with the the search engine that is really a hit, this is all you would ever need in file sharing and downloading. Good thing that they listen to user feedback and made Rapid4Me a real file sharing deal!


August 5 Is A Special Non- Working Holiday

If you are one of those who do not bother to tune in to the news during weekends and are not aware that former President Corazon Aquino has passed away, then you probably are not aware also that Wednesday, August 5 has been declared a special non-working holiday.

“I, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo do hereby declare August 5, 2009, Wednesday, to be a special non-working holiday nationwide in honor of the late former President Corazon C. Aquino,” Remonde quoted the President in her proclamation.

This is from the Office of the Press Secretary website.


 

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