Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2010

The Ladao family wishes you a Happy New Year! May you and your family be blessed with new hopes, new dreams and new beginnings!

My Stick Family from WiddlyTinks.com


An Anniversary Celebration

Dec 28, 2010

For our thirteen years anniversary, we opted for a simple family celebration. Several months ago, I booked us a room for an overnight at Go Hotel in Pioneer in Mandaluyong. Then, since my husband was already on leave but he had to meet somebody, he dropped off the the kids at my office. At the office, we had lunch with my friends and then I took the afternoon off and we went to check in at the hotel. My husband followed us there and then we went malling the Robinson's Forum.The went window shopping at furniture shops and ogled the home furniture. We went to the department store for some last minute shopping and then we went to Toms World where the kids played for some time.Then we had dinner at Chowking because we wanted noodles for longer life and then we went to the supermarket to buy some water and snacks. Then we went back to the hotel to watch TV and for the kids to enjoy the free wifi.
It was a simple family celebration and we enjoyed it immensely. We strive to raise our kids to know about the importance of family and we hope that by these kinds of family affair, they do realize what they have. It was also an early Christmas celebration for us and our thirteenth year anniversary was indeed memorable!


Happy 13th Anniversary, Sweetheart!

Dec 23, 2010

We married very young and like most young couples, we struggled a lot. There were times when life was so hard, we almost wanted to weep and just give up. But there was never a time that we gave up on each other. I really feel lucky to have married you. With you by my side, I know that life may not always be sweet, but it sure will always be exciting! Happy 13th year anniversary, sweetheart! I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you.

Here is to more travels together ;-)



Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Dec 22, 2010

Its three days to Christmas and that time of the week again to count our blessings! This week, I am thankful,
1. That my family is complete and together. I feel so sad for those parents who are not with their kids and families during this season.
2. For the gifts, both big and small from my friends because the show how they love me.
3. For food and lots of parties because Christmas is indeed a time to be thankful for all these blessings.
4. For my husband, for loving me, just the way I am.
5. For my kids, for kissing me goodnight. This is priceless really!
6. For my mother and my sisters for their unconditional love and support.
7. Even though we have not much money, we are still able to enjoy the holiday and experience new things.
8. For running and the high that it gives me. Especially thankful when I am running with my husband and we get to talk about little things.
9. For the house in Montalban, because it gives affirmation to our loves that we can do anything if we set our minds to it.
10. For the blessings that the Lord has blessed me with and all the trials that comes along with it.

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Logos for Your Blogs

Dec 21, 2010

When I entitled my blog To be To be Tutubi, I was hoping for it to be different and catchy. However, I am using blogger and while it is user friendly, I cannot design a logo of my own. I was hoping for an original dragonfly (Tutubi) logo, but I don't know how to make one. I think that I need the help of Logo Designers to execute what I have in mind. The one that I am using right now has butterfly instead of dragonfly and while it can also suit my need, I still wish for a logo for the latter. Anyway, the To be To be portion of the blog title can mean that I am trap in a cocoon and still unsure of what I might be so a butterfly can really be okay too. I envy those who know how to design their own blog from scratch and can make their own logos. For those like me who are still learning a lot of things but would love to make their blog stand out, then these designers are still my best bet. I just hope that they can really capture what I have in mind and that the logo fits my blog!


I Won at Life Cant Wait!

Dec 20, 2010



I won Third Prize at Life Cant Wait and I am so thankful to Mizhelle for this Christmas Gift! I will receive a total of S$10, and 10,000 EC Credits and one month 125x125 ad space from 6 wonderful blogs! Thanks again to all!


Holiday Get-away!

Its only five days to go before Christmas and the city is so busy and full of people doing their shopping, attending parties and eating lots of food! I havent even shopped for my friends and families yet! I have no more time to visit bazaars and so I think I will just give them their gifts after Christmas. I am so tired already and I just wish that instead of being this busy, I can just say goodbye to the city and spend the holidays with my loved ones, even just for the weekend! I wonder how much are villa rental in nearby resorts? We were in my sister's house last weekend and the kids enjoyed the time with their cousins very much. I am sure they would love it more if we all stay in a resort and just leave the bustle of the busy city for a while. I need to re-charge and I hope that I can do this before work resume next year. Of course, our wedding anniversary is in two days so I hope my husband can read this and get my wish for a gift, ha ha! And it doesnt even have to be just the two of us because I want my whole family with me!


Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Dec 15, 2010

Its Wednesday again and another day to count our blessings!
1. The beautiful, beautiful house below that is the product of our hard work!2. The good health of my family.
3. The Christmas gifts from friends and business contacts, the brownies, the cakes, the cookies, the wines, the list goes on!
4. The joy of putting up Christmas decors and the happiness that it brings to the kids.
5. The simple joy of giving.
6. The salvation that God promised.
7. The anticipation of our 13th years of being married.
8. My Girbaud bag.
9. Finishing the office giveaways early.
10. For being alive and being able to appreciate it all!


Mellow Yellow Monday: Mc Donalds

Dec 13, 2010

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These mellow yellow pictures were taken last November when we had a family dinner to celebrate Danniel's 8th birthday. This new Mc Donalds store caught our attention because of the yellow balloons to make the M arc. So we took pictures!



The last picture if of my daughter and her dad clowning around! Have a fun Mellow Yellow Monday everyone!


Mommy Moments: Christmas Tree

Dec 10, 2010

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This is our 3-feet Christmas tree, our first family tree. We usually just hang lights and lanterns but this year, my husband wanted a tree. I think we have just started our own Christmas tradition! And to think I have not bought any gifts from my lists for this year yet. I will be giving lots of educational books as gifts this year.

My kids and my sister decorated it, while Drexelle and I bought it. Its small, but we like it so much! We like to think that our tree is small yet filled with love and gratitude for the year's blessing.

So, how is your Christmas tree?


LP 129: Gitna

Dec 9, 2010



Eto po ang aking kabiyak na nagpakuha ng litrato sa bato sa gitna ng tubig sa isang isla sa Coron. Sobrang ganda kasi ng lugar at sana ay nakikita nyo ito sa kanyang likuran. Ganyan ang pose niya kasi laking pasasalamat nya sa Diyos at nakarating kami sa ganito kagandang lugar!


Christmas Wishlist # 2: Family Trip

Dec 8, 2010

I am turning 34 next year and my passport has yet to get a departure stamp. So second on my Christmas wish list is an out of the country trip. I would love to go on a uk break with my family. Of course, this may not be within my budget right now but we can dream right? And it is really a dream vacation for me. I want to stay at this country side lodge where my boss stayed some years ago. She was telling me that it was really very homey and very relaxed and the kids would love the English country side. It was straight-from-the-book kind of place for her and I want to stay there too. I would also love to visit historical places in the UK, and visit parks and museums and go shopping too! I am sure would love to see these places that they have only seen in movies. I know that we have to save a lot for this and it may take us years, but a dream is a dream and somehow, we can make it happen! So if anybody out there is reading this and wants to share their blessings by making a family very happy, then why don't you gift us with a family trip to UK? Hint, hint!


Mellow Yellow Monday: 18 days before Christmas

Dec 6, 2010

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Christmas is really just around the corner and decors are all over the place! This was yours truly taken during our Christmas party at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila in Ortigas. I love the snowmen and the mellow yellow lights!

18 days before a Happy Christmas everyone!


Mommy Moments: Last Christmas

Dec 3, 2010

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These were our photos last Christmas. This one is Ishi with her Daddy during her Kinder class Christmas Party at Jollibee.
This next picture was taken at my office lobby when I brought her with me to work before Christmas.

Danniel and Ishi both wanted to come with me to work but since I cannot manage with both of them and still do my job, I brought them one at a time. Ishi was with me on December 21 and Danniel on the following day.

This was taken at home after we went to mass on Christmas eve and before eating our noche buena. With my family around me, I feel so blessed and content!
I know that my family is lucky to be together during this time and I consider it one the Lord's greatest blessings.


Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Dec 1, 2010

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die. So, let us all be thankful."


1. Slowly but surely building the dream house.2. Thirteenth month pay and paluwagan for Christmas monies to build the house!
3. Christmas gifts starting to pour in!
4. Christmas parties: good food, great company, great prizes!
5. The love of family and friends
6. Butterfly kisses from the kiddos!
7. The kids saying that they missed you and they cant sleep when you are not at home.
8. Doing a 5km every lunch break.
9. Ever-supportive mother and sisters
10. Life in general and love all around!

To see how this meme started and for credits on image, check it out here.



Mommy Moments: Big Things

Nov 26, 2010

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What could be bigger than a mascot? Here are my three kids at the Robinsons Supermarket with a mascot for a cereal. Maricel Laxa was giving a talk on proper food for the kids while we were there.

This other picture was taken one of Danniel's educational trip. The crocodile was huge and he fit easily inside its mouth. I think this is in Boom na Boom in Pasay.

Enjoy your Mommy Moments!


Happy Birthday, Danniel!

Nov 24, 2010


Truly, a mother's riches are her children and I feel a million times blessed because of my son, Danniel Noel! He is turning eight years old today and a mother cannot ask for a better child. He is Top 2 in his class this grading period, Best in Math in Grade 1 last year and the sweetest son in the whole world! He has very simple request s during his birthday: a simple birthday dinner last night at Mang Inasal, some time to play at Toms World with his siblings, McFloat and some 8 items on his wish list, including 2-hour Facebook and Y8 time. I hope that he grow to be responsible and caring individual. He is a very sweet kid and I hope that he stays that way even when he is older. I love you, Danniel! You are worth to me more than the P600M lotto jackpot and I hope that you know that. I hope to be the best mother to you as you are the best son to me.


Tiles Today, Cabinets Tomorrow!

You know how we are slowly (but surely!) trying to build the dream house, right? The kitchen and the rest room are now being tiled and the construction is too slow for my comfort. The tiles for whole house are also being laid and there are only 2-3 people working. It started last Monday and was supposed to be finished by Saturday but there were a few setbacks so I hope they finish by this weekend! I really hope they finish soon because we are planning on putting the ceiling and kitchen cabinets soon. I have already chosen my beautiful kitchen cabinet doors although it was a really tough choice because I also saw bamboo cabinet doors that I loved. It was really too bad that I didn't check those cabinet doors online because there were really nice choices. Anyway, I really want this to be over soon so that we can finally enjoy the beauty and comfort of our home.


Whay will you do with P600M?

Nov 23, 2010

The biggest prize in Philippine Lotto history could very well reach the P600M mark since nobody got lucky with the 6/55 draw combination of 17-19-22-25-37-50 last night, November 21. My mother, who I think only gets up in the morning so she can bet on the lotto (joke!) only got three correct numbers and won P150 for her efforts. When we heard in the news this morning that nobody won, my husband said that they should just give the money to charity as this is already too much money for just one person. Now, we are also betting on this game because of my mothers enthusiasm but the amount of money one can possibly won makes you think of what you will do with it. I came up with this list:
1. Buy a house and lot in an exclusive subdivision and move there for security purposes.
2. Buy a car for the family.
3. Finish the construction of the dream house to my hearts desire, where cost is no more a problem. This will not be sold because of sentimental reasons.
4. Hire an investment manager and a lawyer to help manage and invest the money.
5. Build a church, a health center, a livelihood training center and a public school inside Dela Costa Homes in Montalban under a foundation created for my deceased father.
6. Send the kids and my sister to good schools and provide adequately for their needs.
7. Buy for my mother whatever she wants. Knowing her, this wont be too many nor too much.
8. Travel once a year as usual.
9. Start a business.
10. As much as possible, keep quiet about all of it.

I saw on TV the story of one lotto winner who won 85 million but lost it all after several family members got sick. If any of my family members will get sick or die in exchange for my winning the lotto, then no thanks. I don't want it, nor do I need it! I would rather have my happy family than more money than I could even dream of spending.


Mellow Yellow Monday: Siete Pecados, Coron, Palawan

Nov 22, 2010

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Happy faces while taking a dip at Siete Pecados in Coron Palawan. The buoy, the vest and the goggles made this a great entry for a Mellow Yellow Monday!

Yes, we were only taking a dip as the current was too strong for us, who do not know how to swim! He he, nevertheless, we had such a wonderful time!


I am so mad I can sue!

Nov 19, 2010

I am so down at the moment. My feelings are alternating between sadness and madness because I discovered just now that somebody stole my running shoes from the gym's locker. Well, I am really not sure yet if somebody took it on purpose or by accident but it is gone and I missed gym this lunch time. I was really so mad I can sue! Unfortunately, my lawyer friend is busy with a Chinese drywall law suit and cannot help me at the moment. And even if she can help me, we wont know who to sue over my running shoes, ha ha. I really want to believe in the innate goodness in men and think that it was just taken by accident and it will be back on its shelf by Monday. My office mates are trying to make me smile by telling me that maybe the person who took it is just too envious of my apparent weight loss. That made me smile and think that I am indeed lucky that I am only missing a shoe and not my feet! Now, I should help my friend in that law suit so I have to go research some stuff!


Cheesy Pick-Up Lines

Nov 18, 2010

I miss my former boss who used to send us daily pick-up lines and so when I got this forwarded email, I choose to post this here. Enjoy!

Cheesy Pick-up Lines

1. Kumain ka ba ng asukal? Ang tamis kasi ng ngiti mo.
2. I'm a bee, can you be my honey?
3. May lahi ka bang keyboard? Type kasi kita.
4. Papupulis kita! Ninakaw mo kasi puso ko.
5. Are you a dictionary? Cause you add meaning to my life.
6. I lost my number. Can I have yours?
7. I forgot your name. Can I call you mine?
8. Ice ka ba? Crush kita, okay lang?
9. Sweswertihin ka sa pagibig ngayong taon, pag naging akin ka.
10. Meralco ka ba? Pag ngumiti ka kasi may spark.
11. Bangin ka ba? Nahulog kasi ako sa'yo.
12. May butas ba yang puso mo? Natrap kasi ako, can't find my way out.
13. Pustiso ka ba? Kasi I can't smile without you.
14. Nabibingi ka na ba? Coz my heart has been screaming out your name for quite some time now.
15. Tapos na ba ung exam mo? Paraako naman sagutin mo.
16. Ok lang na ako ang magbayad ng tuition fee mo? Basta pag-aralan mo lang akong mahalin.
17. Alam mo ba na scientist ako? At ikaw yung LAB ko.
18. May lisensya ka ba? Coz you're driving me crazy.
19. May kilala ka bang gumagawa ng relo? May sira ata relo ko. Pag ikaw kasi kasama ko, humihinto ang oras ko.
20. Aanhin pa ang gravity, kung lagi lang akong mahuhulog sa iyo?
21. Mahilig ka ba magluto na pancit canton? Kasi pag kasama kita, feeling ko, "LUCKY ME."
22. Am i a bad shooter? Coz i keep on missing you.
23. Kung posporo ka at posporo din ako, eh di MATCH tayo.
24. Favorite subject mo ba geometry? Kasi kahit anong angle, ang cute mo.
25. Kapag ako may tindahan, lahat ng tao bebentahan ko ng mura, sayo lang hindi, dahil sayo lang ako magmamahal.
26. Alarm clock ka ba? Ginising mo kasi ang natutulog kong puso eh.
27. Pwede ka bang makatabi pag may exam? Cause i feel perfect beside you.
28. May mapa ka ba diyan? Para alam ko ang daan papunta sa puso mo.
29. Excuse me! Miss alam mo ba yung kasabihan ng mga Pilipino? "Aanhin pa ang damo, kung sayo pa lang may tama na ko."
30. Di ka ba nahihirapan sa sitwasyon natin? Hanggang friends na lang ba tayo?
31. Kung pumanaw man ang Selyang naging irog ni Balagtas, ngayon nakita ko
na ang isang (name of girl), na magbibigay sa akin ng kasiyahan o kabiguaang
aking inaasam asam, (name of girl) wag mo sanang palubugin ang araw sa
tanghaling tapat, tumingin ka sa aking mata at sabihin mong hindi mo ako
mahal, at habang buhay kitang lulubayan.
32. Pagod ka na noh? Maghapon ka na kasing tumatakbo sa isip ko.
33. Hindi tayo tao, hindi rin tayo hayop. Bagay tayo! Bagay!
34. Minamalat na nanaman puso ko. Paano kasi, laging sinisigaw ang pangalan mo!
35. Uy papicture tayo para ma-develop tayo!
36. Can I take your picture? Coz i want to show Santa exactly what I want for Christmas!
37. Centrum ka ba? Kasi you make my life complete!
38. Pwede ba kitang maging sidecar? single kasi ako!
39. Umutot ka ba? Kasi you blew me away!
40. Sana T na lang ako, para I'm always next to U.
41. Great person, ikaw yan. Great friend, ikaw rin yan. Great looks, sa'yo talaga yan. Great heart, sa'yo pa in yan. Great taste, sobra ka na. KAPE na
yan.
42. Kahapon nasaktan ako nung makita ko siya, di na niya kasi ako kilala pero nung tinitigan ko siyang mabuti, na-realize ko di ko din pala sya
kilala. Kaya naman pala.
43. Aanhin pa ang alak kung sa akin pa lang, tinatamaan na sila.
44. Siguro magaling kang mag-CPR kasi napatibok mo ulit ang puso ko!
45. Camera ka ba? Kasi you make me smile.
46. Noong minahal kita, talo mo pa ang traffic sa EDSA. I CANT MOVE ON!
47. You're like dandruff. I can't get you out of my head.
48. Eraser ka ba? Kasi binura mo ang masasamang ala-ala ko.
49. Pwede ba kitang maging driver? Paraikaw na magpatakbo ng buhay ko.
50. BOY: Is this seat taken? GIRL: NO, and so am I.
51. Is your dad a terrorist? Coz you're the BOMB baby!
52. Excuse me, alam mo ba kung anong oras na? Tumigil kasi ang mundo nang
makita kita.
53. Nasaan ka kagabi? Wala ka kasi sa panaginip ko.
54. Nasa impyerno na ba ako? Coz you're so HOT!
55. Gusto ko nang mamatay, para makasama na ang anghel na tulad mo!
56. (Name of girl), sa dinadami ng babaeng dumaan sa buhay ko, ni isa wala
pa akong minahal. Kung sakali ngayon pa lang, isang bagay lang ang
ikinakatakot ko. Ang malamang mahal mo na ako pero may kapiling na akong iba.
57. Hindi ka ba napapagod, kasi kanina ka pa takbo ng takbo sa utak ko.
58. Napaos na naman ako sa kakasigaw ng pangalan mo.
59. Uy, question? Can you recommend a good banker where I can make a
deposit? Coz I'm planning to save all my love for you.
60. May free time ka ba? Samahan mo naman ako sa psychiatrist. Magdala daw
kasi ako ng kinababaliwan ko.
61. Oi bukas sisingilin na kita ng renta ha, kasi matagal ka ng nakatira
sa puso ko.
62. Excuse me. Kung dederetchohin ko ba ang daan na ito, dederetcho ba ito
sa puso mo?
63. Mabilis ka siguro sa mga puzzles noh? Kasi kakasimula pa lang ng araw ko
binubuo mo na.
64. Exam ka ba? Kasi gustong gusto na kitang i-take home eh.
65. Uy sabi ng doctor malala na daw ang sakit ko sa puso. Dalawa na lang daw
ang option: either ICU or you see me.
66. Ibibili kita ng salbabida, kasi malulunod ka sa pagmamahal ko.
67. Naniniwala ka ba sa love at first sight, o gusto mong dumaan ulit ako?
68. Kung bola ka at ako ang player, mashoo-shoot ba kita? Hindi, kasi lagi
kitang mamimiss.
69. Wag kang maooffend ha, pero sa tingin ko, magnanakaw ang mga magulang
mo. Ninakaw lahat ng bituin sa langit at inilagay sa mga mata mo.
70. Ms., cardiologist ka ba? Pwede mo po bang alagaan ang puso ko?
71. Nakakatakot di ba ang multo? Pero mas nakakatakot kapag nawala ka sa
buhay ko.


Gin Blossoms Live at Robinsons Galleria

Nov 17, 2010

Wahhh, so near yet so far! This is today at 4pm, just across a building from me but might as well be in another continent! I am at work and cant think of a way to see them at the meet and greet!

Hey Jealousy talaga ako sa mga makakapa-picture sa kanila!


If I Had My Life to Live Over

Nov 15, 2010

This arrived at my inbox today and is just dying to be forwarded.

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER

- by Erma Bombeck
written after she found out she was dying from cancer).
would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love yous; More 'I'm sorrys.
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it ... live it and never give it back.
STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
If you don't mind, send this on to all the women you are grateful to have as friends.
Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.
Please send this to the wonderful women in your life.
If you do, something good will happen--you will boost another woman's self esteem.



Christmas Wish List#1 Mantel Clocks

Its just 40 days before Christmas and for the first time, I am publishing my wish list for this year. I heard or maybe read somewhere that it is a lot better to say directly what you want and maybe get it, than drop hints and be disappointed. Besides, I am sure that my husband will never in a million years guess that I would want mantel clocks for Christmas. But I saw this beautiful clock in my friend's study and I loved it! It was carved in an old wood that gave her study a certain aura. I cant describe it, but I am sure that the mantel clock made the room and the decors come together. When I asked my friend where she got the mantle clock, she said it was a gift from her father who used to keep the clock in his office and gave it to here when he retired. So I guess other than being a prefect room decor that tells the time of course, there was also a bit of family tradition there. For me, I want a mantle clock for my study at home, just to remind me of my family. My husband can choose the design as he fit for my personality and the room. No need for a wrist watch Sweetheart, a mantle clock it is!


Bye bye Milk Teeth!

Nov 12, 2010

Ishi lost her upper and lower milk teeth just the other week and here she is making her funny face. It cracks me up, really! She looks super adorable!
She cried when they fall out because she was playing with it with her tougue and there was little blood. But she immediately stopped crying when we shouted "ice cream, ice cream" right away! We had a blast eating ice cream to celebrate her new lower teeth.


Mommy Moments: Ishi in Pink!

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Yep, Mommy loves dressing Ishi in Pink! I choose 6 random photos and she is in pink in more than half of them.


My boys will wear anything in any color so we need not ask what their favorite color is. But my eldest now prefers black shirts over other colors.


Love: Life is Short!

Nov 11, 2010

My friend was telling me about this neighbor who had a heart attack, who just the other day was still up and about. We both lamented at how short life is because of what happened. I know it is such a cliche, but indeed everyday that we wake up is a gift, another chance to experience what life has to offer. And so here are 3 things that I promise myself that I will do everyday:

1. Hug and kiss my husband and my kids everyday and say I love you to them every chance I got.
2. Do fun things with them and share smiles and laughter.
3. Pray with them.

These are such easy things to do and will not take any extra effort on our parts because we do them everyday out of love for our family. We just have to be reminded sometimes that life is short and we must not take for granted that we always have tomorrow to do these things and just do it right now. And speaking of things to do now, an Online Life Insurance is one more thing that we should think of getting now! Again, life is too short so make right choices!


Time to Start A-Saving!

I was bloghopping when I saw Fitz Villafuerte's post about his piggy bank and I realized that is one great idea for me to save so I can finally pay for my webhosting. I have been writing in this blog for two years now and I think I am really, finally should be able to take the next step in blogging: that is get my own domain. It is one of my immediate plans for the next year. I have to start saving to be able to do it because we are also building our house now and there are always bills to pay. I like Fritz' idea of saving because it will also help me develop my discipline. I plan to put all five-peso coins that I will have during the day into my own piggy bank. I will make one over the weekend and maybe post a picture next time. I plan to start my piggy bank by Monday and I know I need not wait until New Year to make this resolution. There is really no point in waiting because I have made up my up mind that I will have that money to pay for webhosting in two months! And I think that I will develop it into a habit so I can save enough money for my other 3 blogs. So, let start a-saving!


Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Nov 10, 2010

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.-Oprah Winfrey
So here are just some things I am thankful for this week:
1. My family is happy and healthy.
2. My husband is keen on having a healthy body by running everyday and eating properly. He loves us, that's why.
3. My mother and sister for all their love.
4. Being able to slowly but surely build the dream house.
5. Karen's birthday lunch at Kalye Juan: good food, great company.
6. Cagayan de Oro in March, yehey!
7. Danniel's upcoming 8th birthday.
8. My new camera, thanks to Vangie and a 6-month no interest deal!
9. Looking forward to Christmas parties and get-togethers.
10. For the smell of coffee this morning to remind me to be happy just because!

To know how this meme started and for photo credits, check this out.



Air Asia's Seat Sale!

Nov 9, 2010

Yep, we are all going gaga over this seat sale in Air Asia. We want to go to Malaysia and at P790 for a one way trip (excluding taxes), we think that this is great. The tentative travel date is still one year ahead, but we are so excited already!

Wish me luck in getting seats for all of us here at the office!


Our Own Business

Nov 8, 2010

My mother sells barbecue in front of our house. She has been doing this for around thirty years now, since when I was in elementary. And now that she is 55 years old and not in the best of health already, it might be time for her to quit. But since this business is a big part of our lives, I don't want to stop it just because my mother cannot do it anymore. I am thinking of making it our own family business. We can hire people to do most of the job while my mother will just supervise the operation. My contribution will be to provide the capital and to look for a good location. Unfortunately, we cant find a good location that is within our budget. One of our requirements is that the place should be at least near our house so my mother can still look after my kids (school age) but mind the business at the same time. I also plan to offer our products for events like birthdays and office parties. Even now while we are only selling from outside our house, we get bulk orders for parties and my mother even have to decline sometimes because she cant do it on her own. My sister who works at an office in Ortigas frequently order for their office gatherings. I am also thinking of getting for my mother some restaurant business cards so she can give away to her more bigger clients. I hope I can find a good location soon especially now that Christmas season is upon us!


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Real Mothers

Nov 5, 2010

I dedicate this post (from a forwarded email) to my mother, just because I love her.

Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up...

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mummy to Mum to Mother.....


Christmas Gifts For the Kids

Nov 4, 2010

Their Halloween Costume during trick or treat.

Its only 51 days to go before Christmas and we should all be starting that most important list of all, our gift list! Good thing there are lots of mall sales and bazaars in the metro that we don't need to go to crowded areas like Divisoria to do our Christmas shopping. But I find it really special shopping for gifts for my own kids. Last year, they received a PSP, a bike and art materials and they loved them. This year however, since my eldest is now twelve and will be a tween next year, I plan to get him Air Jordans for Christmas. You know how important it is for teenagers to belong with their peers and since most of his friends are talking about Jordan Shoes and Pacquiao shirts and stuff like that, I will just get that for him. Good thing I know where to find those Cheap Jordan Shoes, and I don't have to dent my budget too much! For the younger ones, I will ask them to prepare a wish list, and if they are especially good kids, I will buy all the stuff on their list! I know that they wont be asking for expensive toys because my other son who is turning eight this November only asked for Sudoku booklets. My little girl only wants more coloring books and a new set of crayons and pencil case so I can easily get that for her as well.


She is a Healer

Nov 3, 2010

This is my youngest daughter Ishi and she is turning seven next year. This early, we know that she is either going to be a nurse or a physical therapist. She has healing hands and she gives a great massage. Whenever my husband or I have a headache, we would just ask her to rub the spot for us, and as soon as she laid her hands on us, the pain would disappear! I know its too early for me to be thinking of her college course or profession but I can say that she is really a healer. And she would look very nice in those white nurse uniforms. I can already imagine her in those cute scrubs clothing that are now fashionable looking. Good thing that they have improved from those drab looking green scrubs that nurses used to wear. Now, nurses look too cute in their girly scrub tops!
But aside from having great healing hands, she also loves playing nurse with her dolls and even when her brothers are sick. She would volunteer to get their temperature and wet towels for their forehead. She is also very good at touching her brother's forehead to check if they are hot to touch. I know my little girl will soon become a productive member of our society, as one of those kind-hearted nurses that we all need!


Mellow Yellow Monday: Happy Halloween!

Nov 2, 2010

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Lots of candies, lots of fun! Happy Halloween everyone!
These are my kids with all the candies they can eat!
And this picture was taken before they went trick or treating! They look scary!


 

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