Tuesday, September 30, 2008
But before I say goodbye to September, allow me to thank all of you for visiting my blog and for commenting on my posts. Special thanks go to my top 10 droppers and commenters. As a token, here's some linky love. I hope to see you all in the coming months.
Maiylah of Maiylah's Snippets
Zriz of Traipsey Turvey
Gunther Sunshine of Immobilien-katalog.eu
Ces of spiCes
G_mirage of Kitchenmaus
Julie of GreenBucks
Putradi of I.Do.Blog
Mousey of Say Cheese
All of us, in one way or another, face financial difficulties, and some emotional and social problems. The financial crisis in the US seem to have affected everybody from around the world. But should we embrace the gray and the glum that these circumstances bring? Definitely not!
Because really, life is not just about finances and economics. While the whole world may be talking and worrying about the US financial crisis, life is not and should not be limited there.
Life is also about being able to have enjoyment and fun. So while "they" are haggling and negotiating out there, why not grab your favorite CD or a copy of your favorite book? Or go out with your friends and catch that movie you were dying to see on the big screen? Or better yet, cook something simple or fancy for your loved ones. You never know just what will make you smile unless you do it.
So try to keep those heads cool and smile. Try to have a kool time doing the things that you enjoy. It is not that hard. You wouldn't want to have wrinkles all over your face worrying too much.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Last night, I was waiting for them to fetch me at the train station. It was cold yesterday and was drizzling slightly so I told hubby to make Sam wear her jacket. She just looked so cute in her jacket that I can't pass up the chance of taking her photograph.
I hope you will all indulge me as I post some of her photos.
I am really one proud mom. I can already imagine myself being a stage mom. With a pretty, adorable little baby girl like her, who wouldn't?
Saturday, September 27, 2008
View from up there. Canibad Beach in the Island Garden City of Samal, Mindanao, Philippines.
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Friday, September 26, 2008
Every once in a while, I cook "nilagang" spare ribs - especially on occassions when the weather is cold. And on those days when I do decide to cook this dish, it's as if I have read my husband's mind. He would be surprised to come home and find out that I actually cooked what he wanted to eat even without calling me beforehand. So I guess, that's 5000 points for me, eh? Hehe!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
So to satisfy my curiosity, I visited the site. Then to my surprise, I found out that the blogger Lois, is pretty young - sixteen at that! And NO, she is not broken hearted. She just writes about what's going on in her life, her thoughts and some good finds on the world wide web. Yes, she is already one of those creative teens who speak their mind. And another YES - she does Make Money online!
So I guess she is broke no more because she is earning from her blog - she was even able to buy herself a new pair of converse! Way to go Lois. If you want to earn just like she does, why not pay Broken-hearts.net a visit? You will never know what you will discover in a personal blog like hers unless you actually have been there!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
As I grew older, these tales never ceased to fill me with awe and wonder. I saw to it that I get to watch them Disney movies over and over again so that I will never forget their stories. I even memorized the songs that moved me while I watch an animation. Who would forget Cinderella's "Someday my Prince Will Come" or Mulan's "Reflections" or The High School Musical's "We're All In This Together"? These songs have stayed with me, and will stay with me throughout the years.
And because I am a BIG Disney fan, I am sharing to all of you my 15 All Time Favorites:
1. Lilo And Stitch
4: Beauty and the Beast
5. Monsters Inc.
6. The Princess Diaries
7. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
8. Finding Nemo
10. Pirates of the Caribbean
11. High School Musical
12. Brother Bear
13. The Little Mermaid
14. Peter Pan
15. The Chronicles of Narnia
How about you? What's your favorite Disney movie? Please tell me all about them.
And did you know about this amazing DVD game from ScreenLife Game? They call it the Disney Bingo DVD game. Unlock your dreams and see your favorite Disney characters come to life in this very exciting bingo game. Be sure to grab a copy from Amazon.com or Durgstore.com. Come play and make your dreams of playing with your favorite character come true! Enjoy the video and the new game!
This morning, I woke up to find our dearest little one snoring softly... and on her stomach. This was the first time when I found her sleeping in this position and it worried me... so much a tiny, little bit. Being a first time mom and all, who wouldn't? She might suffocate or worse... God forbid! But I read that SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) in babies at six months old and higher is no longer a threat. Whew! What a relief.Since she has learned how to turn over, she has discovered that sleeping in this position is quite comfortable. And just look at her baby bed... all messed up probably from moving too much. She doesn't like blankets, too. Whenever I would put one on her, she would kick it until it is out her way.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Then last Sunday, I had a chat with another good friend, Ate Shal, who told me that she tried teaching it to some of her students who also are her friends. She said that it was indeed hard for the students to learn it knowing fully well their English language. But just for the fun of it, we chatted in that crooked language of ours and I totally had fun. I was going to post what our chat was but since it was about personal matters, I decided not to.
Warning: Some funny stuffs are heading your way!
I am just to be written it in my blog post about it to be sharing to all of you... And I am to be writing it in the crooked way of it just like as it is I am done right now! Lol! :D
And here's more:
ana k pera: good morning! how are you to be today? i am to be asking about the siargao linking because I am to be lost my copy of it. i am to be writing of it on my blog in the next day. thanking you!
ragadag: halu ka! sorry for the late response in it. i am to be sending a video i am make about the business itself. for the facebook link u are just going to the group there. we are freindships to be there right...
ana k pera: rightness you are correcting yourself. so i am just to be heading myself to the facebook of it, right?
Some of you may react violently but hey, it was just between me and my friends. And yes, it was just for the FUN of it!
I have mentioned in one of my previous posts about the Obon, a time when the dead ancestors of the Japanese come to visit them. Today, it is the living's turn to pay their respects to the dead. This would mean that they would visit their family graves and clean the tombstones, offer flowers and food, burn incense sticks and pray as part of their Buddhist tradition. This is just like in the Philippines where we pay respects to our dead on the 1st or 2nd of November.
Since we have no dead here in Japan, we just lit a candle this morning to pray for our dear departed's souls. And because dad has to report for work (not a holiday in their company calendar), Sam and I will just be staying home. And maybe, dad can bring home some of those ohagi, a traditional Japanese sweet made of glutinous rice covered with azuki (red bean) paste or soybean flour. While this sweet is usually offered to the dead, it is also a very good treat for everyone.
Monday, September 22, 2008
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
Being a woman is all these and more. Of course, there have been many great women in history who have made their mark on earth. They will all be remembered for teh difference they have made in this world. Take for example Mother Theresa of Calcutta or Joan of Arc or Queen ELizabeth? These are great women in their own rights. What do they have in common? Their strength, their endurance, and their great capacity to love.
But there is more to being a woman. It is more than just "sugar and spice and all things nice."
To be a woman means loving somebody without losing your individuality. To be a woman means being able to speak with confidence and act with strength. To be a woman means living in the here and now, capturing the right here, right now. To be a woman means to seek progress and not perfection. To be a woman means learning when to stand onÂ your own two feet and when to ask for help. To be a woman means being able to celebrate beauty without getting caught up in other peoples' ideals. To be a woman means being able to continually educate herself to get a better understanding of things - where she is now, how to get going, where she is headed.
To be a woman is all these and more. So, how about you? What is a woman for you?
Friday, September 19, 2008
This yummy custard cake with a kiss of lemon is from Fujiya, a famous patisserie here that has been operating for more than twenty years now. If you want quality cakes, look for the "F". Enjoy your cake!
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
As a child, I never really got to experience what they call "the good life". Budget was very slim and we made do with what was served on the table and with what we had. Toys, and sometimes even clothes, were hand-me-downs from well-off cousins. But I was not bitter nor envious because I had three siblings to play with the whole afternoon. We would go on that hill at the back of our house and get some fallen palms from the coconut trees and slide our way downhill or we would fly kites that we made ourselves or the ones that we got in exchange for many empty boxtops of our favorite milk brand.
When I got older, I was taught that if I wanted to have something, I would have to work hard for it before I got it. So I learned to be patient and became persevering to reach my goal. I used to be a hard-headed person in my younger years - I had the tendency to do things my way but I realized that this is not always the case in the real world. So I had to make some adjustments - or what others would say, compromise. And I guess it worked.
My long-distance relationship with my first boyfriend, who is now my husband, made it quite a challenge for us. We have been physically separated for more than six years since he had to study here in Japan. And it was difficult for both of us, I tell you. But those long years have taught me to patiently wait and be more understanding with our situation. And so now, we are here - happily living our lives together with our baby daughter.
Patience has also been my constant companion during my jobhunting days. It became even more helpful when I started out in the corporate world and I had to deal with a number of unreasonable colleagues who seem to want to do things their way. And thanks to patience, I was able to endure and still maintain a healthy working relationship with my colleagues.
Patience, if you give it a little more time to grow within you, will be one of your best assets. Indeed, it will take you a long way... Just look where it got me!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here's some good news. Cebu Pacific, the world's 4th fastest growing airline in the world, will soon fly to Japan. Now every Juan can afford to travel anywhere in Asia with their growing number of overseas flights. Apart from Osaka, Cebu Pacific also now has flights to the following areas: Bangkok, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Kota Kinabali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei. Isn't that cool?
To kick off this new additional flight to Osaka,
CEB is offering a one-way introductory fare of P1,999 on the Manila-Osaka route, a price cut of 70% from the current fares offered by other airlines. The seat sale will run from September 16 to 30, 2008 and is good for travel from November 20 to December 18, 2008. Fare is non-refundable and exclusive of applicable surcharges and government taxes.
After the seat sale, the lowest year-round fare is P3,999, still a price cut of 40% from the current fares offered by other airlines for this route.
CEB explained that passengers who avail of their ˜Go Lite fares can get P200 off of their fares. Bookings can be made via cebupacificair.com, CEBU's call centers, sales offices or travel agents.
Not a bad deal, huh? So if you are from the Philippines and would want to visit Japan, grab this very great opportunity now. Too bad they haven't got a flight for Tokyo yet. But let's just wait and see.
The reason for my absence? You might recall in a previous post that I mentioned that I want to go back to teaching English part time. So, I was accepted andÂ had my training from Friday to Sunday and then an On-The-JobÂ Certification (OJC) yesterday. So there really wasn't much time to write posts.
But now I am back and be assured of more posts from me.
Again, my sincere apologies!