How Do You Celebrate The New Year?

Dec 30, 2009

Tomorrow is December 31 and we celebrate the coming of the new year with lots of noise and revelry. In my house, despite my protestations, my husband buys firecrackers for himself and the kids while I buy torotot instead. Unlike most people, I do not buy thirteen kinds of fruits nor do I believe that cooking chicken during the New Year means luck would fly away. In the first place, fowls do not fly and besides chicken is cheaper than pork precisely because of this belief. I also do not believe in waiting for midnight before eating the food we prepare. We eat dinner and just have some desserts before going to bed after lighting those firecrackers. I also do not go around the house opening all doors and windows to bring in good luck. I know that doing this would instead fill the house with smoke from all those firecrackers. I do not wear polka dots nor fill my pockets with coins. I do not believe in lot of things, I know but that doesn't mean that I do not welcome the new year at all.

I believe that one way to celebrate the coming year is to keep an open mind and an open heart instead. Keeping my mind open means I invite positive ideas and energy into my life. I keep my heart open by sharing my blessings and by being thankful for everything that happened this past year. I may make a lot of noise like a diesel turbocharger in celebrating the new year, but I do welcome it with open arms.

Last Day of Work Today!

Dec 29, 2009

Today is the last day of work for us and we are wrapping up some work and cleaning up our cubicles to be ready for the coming year. I emptied 3 drawers and shredded several boxes of files yesterday and today. I am eager for the new year of work to start. I love my job because it is a source of livelihood for me and I have very good friends here. I enjoy my work and I know that I am part of a very good team. So I definitely feel thankful for this bountiful year at work and for great friends and office mates.

The picture above was taken during our Christmas lunch and exchange gift get together yesterday. It was really a fun lunch, filled with much laughter and happiness. Each of us got very well-thought of gifts and token. The food was simple but the company was great so it was really enjoyable. Add to that, I found out - Torrents Search Engine to replace my old flame, Mininova. So while we were happily having lunch and reminiscing about our year at work, I was downloading the latest movies!

So goodbye to this year at work and here is to a happy and fruitful new beginning!

Gifts, gifts, gifts!

Dec 27, 2009

As parents, we only want the best for our kids. My husband and I decided to give them each something special this year and so we tried to ask them what they wanted.

Ishi, our youngest wanted some colored pencils, coloring books and a sharpener. Imagine her delight when she opened them!

Drexelle, our eldest wanted a bike and despite my reservations about accidents, we decided to get him one. Initial order was to keep the bike under lock whenever not in use. He has history of losing stuff, most recently, his glasses!

And for Danniel, our mid-child who turned seven last November, we decided to give him that PSP he very much wanted. You should see how his face literally lighted up when he saw what his gift was!

For husband and myself, we didn't get anything special. Well, I wanted an Italian leather sofas but there is just no space in our house for it. Maybe we can buy one once we have bought our dream house! Ha ha, I dream big I know.

Let us just say that giving those gifts, and seeing their happiness once they've opened them was a very heartwarming occasion for us. Though we try to give them the best that we can all the time, Christmas is just the season for us to really go all out. I just hope that other than the material things, I hope that they realize that we love them very much!

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Try Online Auction For A Cause

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Happy 12 Years and More, Sweetheart!

Dec 23, 2009

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. And I do love you, everyday, of our 12 years together. Happy Anniversary, and here's to twelve more, 20 more, 50 more years with you. I love you, Sweetheart!

I can still recall the picture above taken in our PUP tambayan during one of our rare free times. We had such fun just playing around. That time, I was already madly in love with you.

Look at us now, 12 years and 3 kids ago but still going strong. Hope that you will stay the best husband, the best father and the best friend that you have been during all this time.

Aunt Moments

Dec 21, 2009

I am lucky to have a very wonderful older sister who is generous and kind. She makes me become a better person just by believing in me. And I feel also very lucky that she has been blessed with kids after more than seven years of marriage. We were afraid before that she will forever be just an aunt to my kids and not experience the joy of having her own children. Thankfully, our prayers were answered and she and her husband of 11 years now have two wonderful and vivacious kids: Nikka and Mico.

Here is Nikka, posing for me with her beautiful smile.

And here is Mico, not quite two years old but brave enough to ride (and drive!) this bike on his own! I really feel blessed to have this two kids in my life and I hope I can be the best Aunt there is for them!

LP 84: Paskong Pinoy

Dec 18, 2009

Wala pa nga pa akong entry sa Litratong Pinoy kahapon kaya naisip ko na maglakad-lakad kagabi para tingnan ang paligid ng simbahan at lugar namin kung paano ba ang gayak para sa Pasko. At heto ang aking mga napiktyuran. Ang nasa itaas ay kakaibang Christmas tree na gawa sa plastic ng ice candy at colored water. Yung katabi naman ay gawa sa mga plastic at maging sa lagayan ng softdrinks. Kakaiba, hindi ba? Pinoy na pinoy talaga sa pagka-malikhain!

Pero siempre, mawawala ba ang pagkain?

Heto naman ang nakita namin sa paglibot sa paligid ng simbahan. Ang senyales ng pag-uumpisa ng Misa De Gallo ay ang pagsulputan ng mga nagtitinda ng Puto Bumbong at Bibingka. Ang sarap di ba? Pinoy na Pinoy din!

Christmas is Just Around the Corner

Dec 16, 2009

Christmas is just 9 days away and the signs of the season are everywhere! You see kids singing carols and hoping for some coins. The kids below are my children and their cousins. It was really heartwarming to see them bond together, and despite the disappointment of not being allowed to finish their song at at all at some houses, they were not deterred at all and were still laughing while going to the next door!

One funny line of their song goes:

Justify FullThank you, thank you. May malaking aso, Takbo!

When we passed by our church on the way home, in time for the anticipated dawn mass were these bibingka stalls. A "special" bibingka costs fifty pesos and a regular one is thirty pesos. Sadly, what we had was tasteless and burnt! I think they need more practice.

Let us hope for a peaceful Christmas!

My New Toy

Dec 15, 2009

This is my latest toy, a Singer Sewing machine which is technically not new, but rather newly resurrected. She is one of the victims of Ondoy in my house. I call her Zinia by the way.

I bought her two years ago from a garage sale for my mother. Originally, she was a cabinet-type sewing machine and can be transformed into an electric one. Unfortunately, a neighbor used her and left her damaged. There was no repairman available for the longest time, and then there was Ondoy. Zinia was thoroughly submerged and cabinet was damaged. Last weekend, a repairman came looking for a neighbor who was referred by somebody and he ended up repairing ours. I really thought that we will have to sell this as junk and I was really happy to have her resurrected!

So I had a happy Saturday doing my first sewing project: throw pillows! We have some spare fabric which I used to practice my rusty sewing skills and the results are below.

They are not yet perfect and I had to undo the stitches twice to get them right but I am happy to have been reunited with another of my favorite activities. I had the choice of shopping for a new LCD monitor bit chose to sew instead, that's how much I love sewing.

Mommy Moments: Your Moment!

Dec 11, 2009

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This is my favorite moment, when my kids are thoroughly enjoying themselves without a care in
the world! That is the time when I feel so proud of being their mother. It makes me feel that I have accomplished something magnificent and really important.

And most especially, when I see that they love each other, and care for each other, my heart swells with pride at having brought them up that way together with my husband. Truly, nothing else can make a mother more proud than to see her kids happy and loving their life.

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Christmas Gift to Self

Our personal computer at home choose this season to conk out on me! There are viruses that made it impossible to connect to the Internet, and just last night, the monitor died! Yes, it did. And it chose a very bad time to go. A monitor is not on my list this Christmas, but now it has to be. I told my husband that I just want an LCD monitor for the family so he need not buy anything for me. I told him he can consider it a Christmas gift to self, he he. Anyway, the CPU is now being checked by our ever-reliable IT guy here are at the office. I told him to reformat the drives and we will just copy the files I have stored there. Good thing he has duplicate files software so this will be an easy job for him. Besides, this is just a "paki" so I just need to give him a token or something this Christmas.

I rarely gift my self during Christmas, because what I usually buy are for the family. I intend to buy a bookshelf, some curtains and more stuff for the house, instead of splurging on something that I really, really like. But if have extra money that I can spend on myself without the guilt feeling I usually have when buying anything for myself, I would love to buy an external hard drive. Yes, I am cheap that way! But I cannot bear to ask hubby to buy it for me, nor can I bring myself to buy it. Anyway, I told myself that if my blogging income reaches a certain amount before the month ends, then I will buy it for myself. Unless, something else has to be bought first :-)

LP 83: Hiling (Wish)

Dec 10, 2009

Simple lang ang aking hiling, na sana'y mas maraming bata pa ang makapaglaro at magkaroon ng laruan, at maging bata na walang dinadalang anumang suliranin o pasanin sa kanilang murang edad.

Hiling ko'y maranasan ng mga bata ang maging bata, na hindi kailanging magbanat ng buto sa kanilang kamusmusan upang tumulong na buhayin ang pamilya. Hiling ko na mas dumami ang mga responsableng magulang at magkaroon sila ng mas maraming oportunidad para masuportahan ang pamilya.

5 Reasons Why I Love Mondays

Dec 7, 2009

I tweeted this morning, while cooking breakfast and checking emails that I love Mondays. Then I was flooded with comments from friends that they hate Mondays. So I am telling them now why I love Mondays.

1. Monday for me is the start of the week. It means another chance to start over and do better than the previous week.

2. Mondays give me a chance to start a new diet plan (which I break mid-week!)

3. It is a chance for me to finish things-to-do that I have left over the previous week. My motto, why do today what you can do tomorrow, gives me a chance to redeem myself during Mondays.

4. I love surprises and for sure, a new day on a new week is sure to bring one!

5. It makes me thankful that me and my husband have jobs, my kids can still go to school and we are still alive.

So see, there is nothing to hate about Mondays!

LP 82: Hudyat (Sign)

Dec 3, 2009

Yehey, buhay na naman ang Litratong Pinoy! At sa kanyang pagbabalik, ang tema ay hudyat or signs. Katulad ng aking larawan, simple lang naman ang mga paalala at hudyat na ito para sa ating kaligtasan di ba?

Sa dami ng mga nababalitaan nating aksidente at sakuna sa mga pagbibiyaheng pantubig, dapat na hindi natin ipanawawalang-bahala ang mga hudyat pangkaligtasan na ganito!

Lalo na kung sa Bangus ka sasakay :-)

Real Life Farmville

Dec 2, 2009

We are certifiably Farmville addicts in the family. Me, my husband, my two boys and my sister each has an account and we compete against each other on who gets to level up first. As of today, I am winning as I am already on level 31. Yes, I started late on this game and while I enjoy playing it, it really eats a lot of my blogging time!

Anyway, being Farmville addicts has its advantages. My kids now know vegetables (artichokes, what artichokes!) and flowers. And when we travel, they look at rice fields and understand that the farmer is plowing, or harvesting.

Of course, I have my own real life Farmville story. While on a trek to Tall volcano, this horse just wouldn't move!

Hmm, maybe its time to harvest his horse hair?

Welcome, December!

Dec 1, 2009

Today is the first day of December and my kids are already excited that Christmas is just some 20 days away. They are counting the days, as it is. My eldest was already asking me when I would buy his shoes, which he intends to use during their Christmas party. My other son is asking when I will pay for his party and when we will buy his gift for the usual exchange gift. My daughter will have her party in McDonald's and the fee is P500 for 2. Ouch, I say! Yes, Christmas means gifts for the kids and expenses for Mommies and Daddies.

But while I cry ouch over the expected expenses, I cannot help but feel enthusiastic about the season. Who won't be, when you hear your kids counting the days when they will each receive their special gift?

For my eldest, aside from the pang-porma shoes, he has been asking me to buy him a bike. My husband and I are still discussing this, as my son is not very good at keeping his stuff safe and we think that he may not be ready to own a bike. He almost lost a cellphone during a field trip, he lost his jacket, and his coin purse is missing almost everyday! But maybe, this will teach him to secure his possession if we buy a chain together with the bike!

As for my younger son, we promised him a PSP during his 7th birthday if he won't have a party. But he opted for a party so he is not expecting a PSP anymore. But if a second-hand unit becomes available, then we will get him one.

I still don't know what we are getting for our daughter. She changes her mind everyday! One day she wants a stuff toy, the next a laptop and the next, a pencil! I think I will opt for the pencil, he he.

My kids are very easy to please. While we try to get them stuff that are quite expensive by our standards, because we want them to have these things we haven't had growing up, they know how to appreciate them. A gift, be it a PSP or a pencil, or a make-up kit that costs P35, will earn from them a genuine smile and a generous hug. If they ask for something we cannot afford, they don't throw fits or tantrums but will just accept our promise to try. I am really thankful that my kids are like that!

So I welcome December and the opportunity to shower my kids with even more love than I do everyday!

I Give Thanks

Nov 27, 2009

There are a lot of things in my life that I am thankful for, but the one thing I am most thankful for is my family. They are my life and the reason for my existence. I thank God everyday that they with me: that they are healthy and happy.

While there are a lot of things that I would like to have, they are mostly to provide for them and to give my kids everything that I didn't have and experienced when I was their age. I want to be the best provider, the best mother, the best wife that my family could ever have. And I am always thankful that I can.

Mommy Moments: Chore Time

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This week's Mommy Moments theme is Chore Time. I agree very much with Chris that we must teach our kids responsibility and one way of doing that is by letting do some chores. We don't have a maid and we things on our own so my kids really do their share. Here is my eldest helping to fold dry clothes after the Ondoy flood. Of course, his grandmother always help him when she sees him doing this. But he knows that he must stay until the chore is done before he can leave and play.

My second child, Danniel also helps with watering the plants, sweeping the floor and arranging the dishes. In the picture below taken in our Montalban house, he was folding the cloth we used to wipe the plates.

My youngest child Ishi loves helping me with the laundry. She would always sit by my side and tells me that when she is bigger, she would do it by herself and I can just read! And I find that too sweet of her!

Of course, there are times when you cant make kid do these chores without threats or favors. But most of the time, when I assign them something to do before I go to work when they dont have classes, they cooperate. Then when I get home, I would hear stories of how good they were and that I should let them play with PSP or my laptop. And I am always willing to reward them. So this works well for all of us.

The Irreplaceable Void

Nov 25, 2009

This is my son Danniel, who turned 7 yesterday. Happy birthday and I love you so much, anak!

I got this story from a forwarded email and I cried while reading this. I hope you learn from this as much as I did. Especially for parents, please tell your kids everyday how much you love them.

4 years ago, an accident took my beloved away and very often I wonder, how does my wife, who is now in the heavenly realm, feel right now? She must be feeling extremely sad for leaving a husband who is incapable to taking care of the house and the kid. 'cos that is the exact feeling that I have, as I feel that I have failed to provide for the physical and emotional needs of my child, and failed to be the dad and mum for my child.

There was one particular day, when I had an emergency at work. Hence, I had to leave home whilst my child was still sleeping. So thinking that there was still rice leftovers, I hastily cooked an egg and left after informing my sleepy child.

With the double roles, I am often exhausted at work as well as when I am home. So after a long day, I came home, totally drained of all energy. So with just a brief hug and kiss for my child, I went straight into the room, skipping dinner. However, when I jumped into my bed with intention of just having a well-deserved sleep, all i heard and felt was broken porcelain and warm liquid! I flipped open my blanket, and there lies the source of the 'problem'... a broken bowl with instant noodles and a mess on the bedsheet and blanket!

Boy, was I mad! I was so furious that I took a clothes hanger, charged straight at my child who was happily playing with his toy, and give him a good spanking! He merely cried but not asking for mercy, except a short explanation:

"Dad, I was hungry and there wasn't anymore leftover rice. But you were not back yet, hence I wanted to cook some instant noodles. But I remembered you reminding me not to touch or use the gas stove without any adults around, hence I turned on the shower and used the hot water
from the bathroom to cook the noodles. One is for you and the other is for me. However, I was afraid that the noodles will turn cold, so I hid it under the blanket to keep it warm till you return. But I forgot to remind you 'cos I was playing with my toys...I am sorry Dad..."

At that moment, tears were starting to run down my cheeks...but I didn't want my son to see his dad crying so I dashed into the bathroom and cried with the shower head on to mask my cries. After that episode, I went towards my son to give him a tight hug and applied medication on him, while coaxing him to sleep. Then, it was time to clear up the mess on the bed. When everything was done and well past midnight, I passed my son's room, and saw that he was still crying, not from the pain on his little buttock, but from looking at the photograph of his beloved mummy.

A year has passed since the episode, I have tried, in this period, to focus on giving him both the love of his dad and mum, and to attend to most of his needs. And soon, he is turning seven, and will be graduating from kindergarten. Fortunately, the incident did not leave a lasting impression on his childhood memories and he is still happily growing up.

However, not so long ago, I hit my boy again, with much regret. This time, his kindergarten teacher called, informing me of my son's absence from school. I took off early from work and went home, expecting him to explain. But he wasn't to be found, so I went around our house, calling out his name and eventually found him outside a stationery shop, happily playing computer games. I was fuming, brought him home and whack the hell out of him. He did not retaliate, except to say, 'I am sorry, Dad'. But after much probing, I realized that it was a 'Talent Show' organized by his school and the invite is for every student's mummy. And that was the reason for his absence as he has no mummy.....

Few days after the caning, my son came home to tell me, the kindergarten has recently taught him how to read and write. Since then, he has kept to himself and stayed in his room to practice his writing, which I am sure, would make my wife proud, if she was still around. 'cos he makes
me proud too!

Time passes by very quickly, and soon another year has passed. It's winter, and its Christmas time. Everywhere the christmas spirit is in every passer-by...Christmas carols and frantic shoppers....but alas, my son got into another trouble. When I was about to knock off from the
day's work, the post office called. Due to the peak season, the post master was also on an edgy mood. He called to tell me that my son has attempted to post several letters with no addressee. Although I did make a promise never to hit my son again, I couldn't help but to hit him as I feel that this child of mine is really beyond control. Once again, as before, he apologized, ' I'm sorry, Dad' and no additional reason to explain. I pushed him towards a corner, went to the post office to collect the letters with no addressee and came home, and angrily questioned my son on his prank, during this time of the year.

His answer, amidst his sobbing, was : The letters were for Mummy.

My eyes grew teary, but I tried to control my emotions and continued to ask him: " But why did u post so many letters, at one time?" My son's reply was: " I have been writing to mummy for a long time, but each time I reach out for the post box, it was too high for me, hence I was not
able to post the letters. But recently, when I went back to the postbox, I could reach it and I sent it all at once..."

After hearing this, I was lost. Lost at not knowing what to do, what to say.... I told my son, " Son, mummy is in the heavenly kingdom, so in future, if you have anything to tell her, just burn the letter and it will reach mummy. My son, on hearing this, was much pacified and calm, and soon after, he was sleeping soundly. On promising that I will burn the letters on his behalf, I brought the letters outside, but couldnt help opening the letter before they turn to ash.

And one of the letters broke my heart....

Dear Mummy,

I miss you so much! Today, there was a 'Talent Show' in school, and the school invited all mothers for the show. But you are not around, so I did not want to participate as well. I did not tell Dad about it as I was afraid that Dad would start to cry and miss you all over again. Dad went around looking for me, but in order to hide my sadness, I sat in front of the computer and started playing games at one of the shops. Dad was furious, and he couldnt help it but scolded and hit me, but I did not tell him the real reason. Mummy, everyday I see Dad missing you and whenever he think of you, he is so sad and often hide and cry in his room. I think we both miss you very very much. Too much for our own good I think. But Mummy, I am starting to forget your face. Can you please appear in my dreams so that I can see your face and remember you? I heard that if you fall asleep with the photograph of the person whom you miss, you will see the person in your dreams. But mummy, why havent you appear?

After reading the letter, I cant stop sobbing. 'cos I can never replace the irreplaceable gap left behind by my wife....

For the females with children:
Don't do so much overtime. If you cannot finish the work, it must be some kind of problems within the company, and it is not your sole problem. Feedback to your boss. Endless overtime may not necessary be the answer to the problem. Take care of your health so that you can treasure and take care of your little precious.

For the married men:
Drink less, smoke less, cos nothing can replace your good health, not even business nor clients. Try thinking this way, are you able to work till your clients are totally dependent on you? or your boss is totally dependent on you? In this society, no one is indispensable. Take care of your health, so that you can take care of your little precious and your loved ones.

For those singles out there:
Beauty lies in loving yourself first. With confidence and loving yourself, you will see the beauty in other things around you. You will be able to work better and happier. Don't let your health be affected by your work or your boss, so nothing matters more than your well being.

Leslie's Bulalo

Nov 23, 2009

So how was your weekend? Me, I crossed a lake, climbed a volcano and looked down upon the Lord's marvelous creation in awe. Oh, and I also ate at Leslie's. And this post is all about the bulalo.

This is my first time to eat a proper bulalo and I was actually overwhelmed. Can you see the fat swimming in the soup? The picture was taken immediately after the bulalo was served, but the cool Tagaytay weather already worked against it. The soup was very nice and the vegetable was cooked just right. The meat was really tender and had there been 5 of us to finish the bulalo, instead of just 2, then I would have surely love it! And no, I didn't suck the marrow.

This is the sizzling bulalo which was also very good. Same with the bulalo soup above, the meat was very tender. For me, it was better than the ribs that we also had.

So if you are in Tagaytay, drop by at Leslie's for those delicious bulalo. Just be sure to order enough and not too much like we did.

Online Shopping Shortcuts: For Real!

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My sister always told me to prepare my Christmas shopping list early to maximize on savings. But I am very busy with work and mom stuff that I tend to do my shopping at the last minute. When I discovered online shopping, I knew that this will work wondrously with my procrastination and last minute change of mind. But when I discovered the Dirt Devil Online Shopping Shortcuts, I know I will now get the best out of online shopping. This online shopping guide has a list of websites that give the best deal for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It also has a list of promo codes for websites. It gives tips on how to maximize savings on these promo codes, like getting rebates and even free shipping. The shopping guide also has a list of Deal-A-Day Sites, or those websites that has unbelievably low prices on a special day sale. The best one I like in this online shopping guide is its list of websites for hard-to-find and one-of-a -kind gifts. This is actually my kind of gifts for my loved ones.

There are other tips on the Dirt Devil Online Shopping Guide that you will surely find very useful like the Bargain Jargon, Online Shopping for a Techy Twist for those gadget gifts and Family Favorites for gifts for the whole family. Indeed, this Online Shopping Shortcuts is for real and a must-have for all online shoppers!

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The Piso Fare is Back!

Nov 21, 2009

Cebu Pacific is again having a Piso fare and this time, I got really lucky! I was able to book a one-way flight to Kalibo (Boracay) for my family, all 7 of us, and paid only P218! Yes, only P200 for all of us. Can you tell how happy I am?

There are almost 50,000 seats for sale in all of Cebu Pacific's domestic and international flights. The sale period is only today, November 21 and tomoroow, November 22. The travel period is from June 15 to September 30, 2010.

Although I was only able to book a one way flight, I will just wait for the next sale, even if its not the Piso sale. I am sure I will be able to get one and it wont be as expensive as the regular fare. So head over to the website and book now as this is only available through online booking.

Women of Substance

Nov 18, 2009

My daughter is not a fan of Disney princesses and quiet truthfully, I am relieved. I really don't think they are good role models for little girls. The picture above, while quite funny is actually true. They do not have much redeeming qualities, other than their kindness and their beauty. While there is nothing wrong with that, I would prefer it if my daughter would grow up to be a woman of substance and not just of form. I want her to grow up knowing her worth as a person, and not just dependent on any man for her happiness.

But there is one Disney female character that I would like her to admire and that is Mulan. She is a woman of strength, unafraid to go against everybody's worth just to save her family and uphold its name.

Note: Above picture is not mine, its from a forwarded email.

Mommy Moments: Sporty Day

Nov 17, 2009

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I am late in posting my entry for this week''s Mommy Moments but I hope you get to see my entry anyway.

If you ask my kids what sport they want, it would be swimming. We swim for any occasion and I am beginning to wonder if they have gills! But one thing they also enjoy is family bonding time through exercise and here they are posing gamely after a work out. We enjoy these Sundays playing badminton, biking, doing aerobics or just running around the park!

And of course, here is a picture of what we all love best: SWIMMING! So expect lots of swimming pictures from me in this blog!

For Your Eyes Only

Nov 15, 2009

I have a friend who has a very poor vision. She loathes wearing glasses because of vanity and pride. She says wearing glasses makes her look older than her real age. So she sometime suffers because of her poor eyesight. She can't appreciate a good movie unless she sits at the front of the cinema. She is sometimes mistaken for being a snob because she seldom returns a friendly wave. So when I found out about this iLASIK Video Contest, I know that I should encourage her to join. I explained to her how Abbot Medical Optics Inc., a global leader in laser vision correction, wants to know how improved vision has improved or will improve the quality of a person's life. I know this contest is for her! She might also get a chance to win $5,000! The contest is really very simple. She just need to submit a video on how her life has changed because of improved vision, tell our friends about it so they can cast their vote, and maybe win any of these awesome prizes: the grand prize of $5,000, first prize of HDTV package worth $2,500, or the second prize Flip Ultra-HD camcorder worth $199.99. These are indeed great prizes! I hope I that my friend will go for her vision improvement and join this contest. This could really change her life for the better!

All I want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

Nov 11, 2009

His two front teeth were pulled out by the dentist last weekend but he never lost his cheerful smile. This is my Danniel, who is turning 7 years old this month. He is very cute, isn't he? I was also the tooth fairy and I gave him some money for those teeth. Based on the xray, those two front teeth will come out anytime now.

I love this picture. It is my computer's latest wallpaper. It never fails to make me grin whenever I see it. My son was also very brave. He didn't cry when his teeth were pulled out, before, during or after. We gave him a tub of ice cream as a reward though.

Queen of Torrents

When I need to download something from the Internet, I call this friend of mine who is the most tech-savvy person I know. He is very accommodating and gives me what I need all the time. One time we were together, I asked him his secret. He said that torrents search is really not rocket science if you know Queen Torrent. He said that it is very user-friendly with its simple interface and powerful search engine that scours the web for the latest torrent files added regularly to its database. He was actually laughing when he said that he is not doing me any favor at all because Queen Torrent makes the job of downloading of music, games, movies and any other files that I need, a breeze! And to think I call him tech-savvy!

To Be, To Be. Tutubi.

Nov 10, 2009



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