The Dream House

Mar 31, 2010

Remember the dream house, pictured above, that was ravaged by Typhoon Ondoy last year? Well, I received the proceeds from my insurance claim last January and so we are having the house repaired this week. And I think the insurance money is not enough. We have spent half of it already for the materials and its just two days since construction started! The costs of the materials are just so high these days and we are paying the laborers daily! I can only imagine if I need to buy a diamond saw blade. I hope that would not set me back budget-wise too much.

So my husband and I will spend our Holy Week at the house. We will try to help as much as we can to try and minimize the labor costs. We invited some friends over to help so it will be my job to take care of the food. It is also my job to stretch the budget, a big feat if you ask me! This is really a labor of love for us. Building a dream house with little money is really a big dream and we only wish we can achieve it finally! We have been renting since we got married and after three kids, I really want a place of our own. So wish us luck again in this journey!

Mommy Moments: Summer Days Are Here!

Mar 26, 2010

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If you ask my kids what their favorite time of the year is other than Christmas, then it will definitely be summer. They have unlimited play time and they can stay up as late as they want. Since their classes ended last week and this, my husband and me has been coming in late for work for two days in a row! That is because we stay up as late as them and sometimes wake up as late as well!

Summer also means one thing for my kids: swimming, which is their favorite in the world. I guess the picture above would show it to you. Summer also means we get to go home to the province, and enjoy picnics in the park.

If only adults can have the summer off as well, then it will indeed be a lot of fun. As it is, we only get to enjoy the long weekends because of the holidays. Anyway, I hope you all have a nice and enjoyable summer!

LP 98: Plastik

Ilalagay ko sana ang larawan ng kaaway ko dito kasi plastik siya e pero naisip ko, sayang ang internet space, ha ha ha! So, ihahabol ko na lang ang lahok kong ito para sa kalikasan. Diba uso naman ang pagiging Green? Mahilig kasi akong akong maghalaman kahit maliit ang espasyo. E dahil sayang naman kung bibili pa ako ng mga paso, naisip ko na i-recycle na lamang ang mga plastik na lagayan ng mga softdrinks. O di ba, mura na, nakakatulong pa sa kalikasan, at nakakaganda pa ng aming paligid. Napakadali kasing buhayin ng mga halaman na ito. Itapat mo lang sa araw ay kay dali ng mamulaklak! E di hindi na kalat ang mga plastik hindi ba?

Ginagawa ko ding i-recycle ang mga bote ng alak, lata ng gatas, plastic ng ice cream at kung anu-ano pa na puedeng pagtamnan ng halaman. Yang bote sa ibaba na nakasabit ay bote ng Fundador, o di ba?

Sana ay gawin nating lahat ang ating parte para mas maging ligtas ang ating mundo. Wag pala nating kalimutan na makiisa sa Earth Hour ngayong March 27, 830 ng gabi.

What to During and After An Earthquake

Mar 25, 2010

I am here at the 42nd floor of our office building in Ortigas and with that strong earthquake still fresh from memory, I would like to share to all you these safety reminders from our security office.

What To Do During An Earthquake

Stay safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize body movements and take a few steps to a nearby safe place and stay indoors until the shaking has stopped.

If Indoors:
  • Drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy table or piece of furniture, and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there is no table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know that it is a strongly-supported load bearing doorway.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • Be aware that the electricity might be interrupted or that the sprinkler system or fire alarm might operate.
  • Do not use elevators.
If outdoors:
  • Move away from buildings, street lights and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay where you are until the shaking stops. Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most casualties resulted from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.
If trapped under debris:
  • Do not move about or kick out dust.
  • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief/clothing.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
In a vehicle:
  • Quickly pull to the side of the road.
  • Keep away from buildings, trees, bridges, signs, overpasses, and utility lines and poles.
  • Stay in the vehicle until it stops shaking.
What To Do After An Earthquake
  • Stay Calm and use common sense.
  • EXPECT AFTERSHOCKS. These secondary shock waves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur anytime after the quake.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio. Listen for the latest emergency information.
  • Use telephones only to report severe emergencies.
  • Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
  • Stay away from damaged areas. Stay away unless your assistance has been specifically requested by Police or relief organization. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of possible tsunamis if it is near coastal areas. Evacuate on higher, safer grounds.
  • Check for injuries and treat the injured/trapped persons with first aid. Take steps to stop bleeding and call for medical assistance if there is an emergency. Don't attempt to move severely injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Cover them with blankets.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, or other flammable liquid immediately. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes coming from other chemicals.
  • Inspect utilities. Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks, turn off the electricity from the main switch.
  • Check for sewage and water lines damage. If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilet and call maintenance. If water pipes are damaged, call maintenance and avoid using water. Make sure that water is potable before drinking.

Mommy Moments: Field Trip

Mar 22, 2010

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I love last Friday's Mommy Moments theme, Field Trip. I enjoy going out with my kids on their field trip, seeing new places and new things. Most especially, I love seeing the wonder in their eyes at discovering new experiences!

When I was a kid and money was scarce, I did not have the chance to join any of the school field trips. I always felt out of place after each one because my classmates would talk among themselves how great this was and did you see this and that, while I cannot make any contribution because I was not there. So I vowed not to deny my kids this wonderful experience.

And while field trips put a dent on our pockets, I love them really. I get to experience new things to!

Another thing I love about field trips is holding my child while he/she sleep on the bus on the way home. You can see how tired but happy they are, judging by the way they cling to you. And once they arrive home, they will not tire of regaling everybody by stories of how much they saw and how much fun they had!

Happy Kinder Graduation, Ishi!

Mar 19, 2010

This is my youngest daughter during her Kinder graduation yesterday. She was awarded Most Behaved in her class! We had so much fun during her graduation and below is a picture of my daughter and her dad during one of these moments! My heart is just bursting with love just looking at this!

My little girl is so big now. We will still enroll her in Preparatory class, although she is turning 6 this May already. I know that she is not yet ready for the big school. I think she needs more time to be with kids her age so that she can be more confident of herself!

Congratulations again, and I love you Ishi!


Mar 17, 2010

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Think Happy Thoughts

Mar 16, 2010

This picture has nothing do with this post. But I try to look at beautiful things and think happy thoughts today to take my mind off a big disappointment. Something I was expecting never materialized because of a very unfortunate event, namely somebody else's ineptitude! Oh well, if emails could kill, I would probably have hurt that somebody pretty badly already. But as it is, all I can do is seethe with anger and despair! Gah! So now, all I do is look at flowers and dream about winning the lotto to keep my mind off murder!

Mommy Moments: Cars and Kids

Mar 12, 2010

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This picture was taken when we still had a car. We sold it already last year and we are still looking for another one that would fit our (small) budget. Having a car really makes travel very easy for us, except for Danniel who hates the smell of the car's airconditioning. We seldom get to turn the aircon on in this car because of this and if we did, we must be always prepared with a motion sickness bag! Until now, he prefers to commute on tricycles and jeepneys and would whine when we had to ride on taxis and aircon buses.

I don't know how to make it easier for him, but we sometimes just ask the taxi driver to open the window and turn the aircon off. They would comply easily, or else their car would stink!

Any tips out there on how to overcome this?

My Pacquiao vs Clottey Fight Predictions

Mar 11, 2010

As is common practice among Filipinos and boxing afficionados around the world, I have my own fight predictions for The Event between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey this coming Sunday (in the Philippines):

1. The fight is scheduled to air at GMA 7 at 10am, and then we will get to see the main event at around 4pm.
>2. There will be no crime committed during the fight, but expect to have news reports on fistfights and knife fights among those losers who refuse to pay up on their bets.
3. The most attended mass in the morning will be from 7-10am. Only a handful will hear mass during the fight.
4. Expect to hear interviews of Manny Pacquiao's four kids and his mother, Aling Dionisia, before, during and after the fight.
5. Expect people to text friends who are watching the fight live on PPV.
6. Expect people to be outwardly irritated by friends who text the results of the fight but are secretly relieved that they need not be stressed not knowing the results before hand.
7. Expect to hear that Manny Pacquiao has won or lose, even before the fight has even started. "Sabi ni ano, taob daw si Pacquiao/Clottey sa 3rd round" and to hear the irritated response "Tanga, di pa nga nagsisumula ang laban sa Amerika"
8. Expect Channel 2 to give a breaking news update even when GMA 7 is still airing its commercials for under cards.
9. Expect more movie offers or endorsements or TV guesting for Aling Dionisia.
10. Expect Chavit Singson to be on the ring with Pacquiao.

Seriously, I predict Manny Pacquiao to knock-out Joshua Clottey before the sixth round. But listening to Chino Trinidad sing praises to Manny, just the latters presence on the ring is enough to send Joshua Clottey to his knees!

So good luck Manny and give us a good fight!

P.S. Image is from The Examiner

Mommy Moments: First Aid Tips

Mar 5, 2010

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This Friday's Mommy Moments is very timely for me and just look at the picture below and you will understand. First aid essentials for us are: band aids, betadine, ice pack, warm compress, paracetamol and lots of hugs and kisses! Here is my daughter trying on his brother's wave board. Thankfully, she didn't suffer any cut or bruise from falling. And she looks so happy learning to balance!
Danniel on the other hand scraped his foot while practicing and he was such a baby! He was limping and would complain that his school socks are hurting his wound! His daddy brought home a new box of striped band aids just for him so that he would quit acting. Drexelle had a big gash on his knee, and I am guilty of not buying him knee protectors. I told my husband's friend to buy a set when he bought the wave board. Unfortunately, the wave board store does not sell protective gears, would you believe it! And I haven't found time to buy one until today. Other than the usual first aid kits at home, I also made sure that I am prepared for unexpected hospitalizations. I am paying for their health card through salary deduction at work. It costs a lot, and I (thankfully) have not used it this year and last. But I know that I am also paying for my peace of mind. As mommies, we really should be prepared for any accident that may happen. And we should trust that what we are doing as parents is enough.

My New Toy

Meet Diwa, my new 320G external hard drive. I am new at buying techie stuff so I had my boss buy this from Hong Kong. He got it for HKD493.00 and a free case!

Diwa is a big help now that Liway's memory is almost full. Now I can download all those movies and PSP games that I want! I would like to thank inpostlinks, paypal blogsvertise for the blogging moolah!


Caring For Your Kid's Eyes

Mar 4, 2010

It's summer time once again and our kids will be on vacation from school in the next two weeks. I expect that they will be busy with play and will be out of the house most of the day. I can understand the need to go out, because it has been especially hot lately. However I am bothered by the news about the many cases of sore eyes recently. We should really take care not to be infected not only because it is painful, but because its is contagious. My eldest son is now wearing glasses to school since the beginning of the school year. I told him to never let his school mates wear his glasses, as they usually would like to try it on. He seldom wear the glasses at home and I usually see him squinting hard to see things. I keep on reminding him to take care of his eyes, but he sometimes wont listen. Hay!

So since the kids are mostly out, we should remember to remind them about these eye care tips to keep them away from sore eyes and other eye irritations this summer.

1. Keep your hands off your eyes all the times.
2. Wash your hands frequently.
3. Never borrow handkerchiefs or towels from other people.
4. Avoid contact with people with sore eyes.
5. Avoid swimming in public swimming pools.

These are just some tips to stay sore eyes free this coming vacation and I hope that our kids will follow them. We need to have a relaxed, stress-free summer too :-)

Wave Boarding 101

Mar 3, 2010

My son is graduating from elementary this March and as a gift, he wanted a wave board and a cellphone. Despite my reservations as to his safety on a wave board, I bought him one. Its the "in" thing on our street now, and I don't want to deprive him of the experience of being "cool." Actually, it's a nice change from having him leaning on my back every time I am on my laptop working on something and him asking me to look for anMP3 Search Engine so he can download those Justin Bieber songs!

Wave boarding is actually easy once you get the hang of it, according to my son. You just have to plant your foot firmly on the board, and push your self forward with your left foot. Once both feet are on the boards, move your left foot on an "S" or wave motion, and you are wave boarding my friend! Sounds easy, but you should see me and my husband try it! We look ridiculous while kids as young as four years old makes it look effortless indeed! While I fear for my son's life and limbs, I am happy to say that he can do this now with only some minor scrapes to show for it. Now, even my daughter 5-year old Ishi and my 7-year old Danniel are learning to use the wave board.

Here is my son practicing his moves. I know he will lose more weight this summer because of this wave board and I am all for that. Truth is, I want to learn too but I am afraid I will break a limb, ha ha!

If you want to learn more about wave boarding, check out this post of Mr. Viloria here.


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