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Tag Train 8

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Welcome aboard!

1. Complete this sentence: THE WORLD NEEDS…
to know GOD and pray more to HIM.

2. If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?
Orange, I just want to be a combination of yellow and red, not a solid color.

3. Favorite day/s of the week?
Friday, because there are no classes the next day and Sunday because I feel relaxed with my family!

4. How many spam mails do you get in a day?
Around 15

5. When was the last time you cried?
Two weeks ago?

6. Are you conscious of how you look?
There times when it would hit me suddenly, but most of the time no.

7. Last movie you’ve watched? Did you like it?

Can't remember now

8. Where was the first time you ever saw the person you like at the moment?
Online, where I was browsing about vehicle reimbursement company .

9. Describe the shirt you are wearing today.
Old, black body fit with pink beads.

10. Do you tell your parents everything?
Nope, most of the time only those things they ask me about or most of the time those which are positive so as to enliven them.

See You!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I haven't been dropping entrecards that often lately. Days have passed and i haven't had the chance to drop by to other blogs to comment or just visit. Been quite busy with other things lately. And I love the new routine I have right now. It is something out of the usual. I promise to give you a dose of my presence one of these days. See you around!

As I turn 35 this month, I have been thinking long and deep. Should I shift careers from teaching to something else, I badly need to decide which path. Or else I will find it too late to shift from my 12 year teaching career to something more interesting or financially rewarding. It is difficult to think that what has transpired for the last twelve years in my professional life will just be part of history. However, I do not like to be stuck with something or with a superior which makes me miserably unhappy. I have to move out or forever dwell in my misery.

Moreover, having three kids and never-ending bills coming, I have to help my husband with our finances also. It is a fact of life that one has to work for his or her own keeps, otherwise debt collection will be constant in our household. As the kids grow older, the needs are also expanding. It is a blessing that our kids are so used to living frugally, that they do not ask for material things constantly. Had it been the other way around, I would not know what to do.

Decision-making is truly not an easy task, especially if lives depend on me.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

School grades are NOT that meaningful to me. Important, yes. Significant - partly. Grades tell only half of the story; which is the learning process. What is written on the card does not indicate the entire learning that took place. Ironic, it may sound because I am an educator.

My eldest girl's grades were not that impressive last quarter. Knowing her, I am convinced she could have done better. Knowing her, I know she has learned more than what her card indicates. Had I been a grade conscious parent, I would really be disappointed. Hubby was the one more dismayed.

So hubby and I talked to her. The goal was not to pressure her to do better or bring home good grades. The idea was to ask her if she was contented with what she got. Bursting into tears, she said no and apologized to us. And that she wanted better grades next time. We asked her if she wanted our help and she said : yes. Thus, the three of us schemed a plan to help her improve her performance next quarter.

I told her: "Along the way we will be disappointed, dismayed or frustrated with some of the things that you do, but we will always LOVE you as you are."

How about you? Do you talk to your kids this way, too? If not, how do you do it?

The More About Me, Me, Me Meme

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Got it here

My favorite age: 16

My best friend(s): Dr. Joy G.

My celebrity crush: Brad Pitt alone.

My defining characteristic: very persistent

y most evil moment: wishes to forget, i am a good girl now.

My favorite food: potato salad and moist choco cake

My grossest injury: none...hopefully this stays the same

My biggest hatred: dishonesty and hypocrisy

My most illegal activity: la, la, la,

My need for justice: hmmm...

My most knowledgeable field: wiping babies' noses, reinventing recipe and sorting laundry

My life’s goal: to please God alone.

My mother’s influence: strength and relaxed personality

My nerdiest point: do i have this?

My oldest memory: playing under the heat of the sun with my sisters

My perfect date: always with the hubby

My unanswered question: who wrote the book of Genesis?

My random fact: I have no concrete plan

My stupidest decision: not pursuing my Master's degree

My favorite television show: Gossip Girl

My style of underwear: something soft and comfortable

My favorite vegetable: eggplant

My weakest trait: I have no concrete goals

My X-men power: Wolverine's strength

My strongest yearning: To raise God-fearing and successful kids

My moment of Zen: none

Good News, Good Prizes!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Do you watch the news on TV? Heard of any good news lately? Got some nice juicy update to lift the spirits of those who are blue over economic downtime and crisis? How I wish there are more good news than depressing details about how the economy is doing, every day.
Let's have more fun. Here is how to have more good news - just click these words: SportsVids.
For sure there are more good tidings that will be brought about by these words. Let the thought of winning the chance to own a new Xbox 360, fresh and crisp tickets to Michigan vs. Penn State, for Saturday, October 18, 2008 plus the much coveted $100 Gift Certificate from Dick's Sporting Goods lift your spirits!
This is for September contest. It requires you, me and all our friends to sign-up as SportsVids members so we can be able to participate. Just go over the website and we will be presented with specific contest instructions . So easy to do right?
Another way to win those prizes is to send the link to all your friends, family, acquaintances and even enemies so they can log on to the site. Every time a unique person visits the link and open the SportsVids site, your account gets a point. At the end of September 2008, the top three users with the most referral points get to win and take the prizes.


Sugar Overload.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The yummiest Pandan cake on the planet was ravaged in the household last 23rd of September. It was supposed to be topped with 35 candles, but the birthday celebrator found them too many to grace this round cake.

Sugar overload is a hyperbole. The cake was yummy and aromatic without being too sweet. With yema (milk candy) filling it was suited enough for someone who now dances in midlife - the husband.

Yes, the noise of three rowdy girls with non-stop chatters in between mouthful of cakes bearded with icing is not an exaggeration.

Happy birthday, husband.

Arlene, thanks for this tag. As a seasoned educator, i will answer this based from almost 14 years of teaching experience.

–start copy–
1. Add your blog to the list. If you’re keeping multiple blogs, it’ll be fine if you add them all up and just post your answers in one of those blogs.
2. IMPORTANT: kindly get back to me [MAICEL] so i will be able to visit your sites, read your answers and include you in the master list.
3. Please do copy from Start to End.
4. You may tag as many online friends as you please.

Copy this Participants List:

Do you have kids?

Three girls!

How old are they?

- 10, 9 and 6

What do you think is the ideal age for the kids to be sent to school?

5 is the best time because this is the age when the child has more or less formed a self-concept from the nurturing of the home. Independence can be taught as well as self-help skills are present already.

Would you consider sending your 3-year-old toddler to school?

No. Especially not in the traditional schools where paper-pencil and teachers' chalk-talk happen.
This way is another word for PUNISHING the child! Three-year-old toddlers do not even know what school is.

Explain your reasons.
Is there any other reason why they should be in school at this early age? I believe none. Nothing, really. Before the age of five, kids are usually immersed in parallel play and less of collaborative play or involvement in social circles.

It is the parents who want them to be cognitively advanced, sociable and all those things; which can sometimes be a pressure on the part of the kids. In reality , kids should be playing , be more free , exploring and having fun in the most unstructured way under the nurturing parents, not in the pressured, competitive and skills-driven environment.

After all they will be children only once, so why force them in an adult world?

Triple Treat to Beat the Bulge

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Beat the bulge before it beats you. Loosen the pounds and be happy about it. Easier said than done, right? However, that is not anymore the case with XFLOWSION. Read on and you will find out. It has become "easier said and easiest done" now! Let me tell you how.

XFLOWSION is a three in one workout that will benefit your body. It is triple the fun with combination of dance, power yoga and martial arts moves. It is such a hit to celebrities in Hollywood because no less than celebrity trainer Eric Paskel brings out the best curves and shapes to hotties bodies! With the combination of varied, constant moves bodies get to be sculpted in no time.

Every day I read online and from prints how difficult it is to loose pounds when one does not enjoy the routines of exercising at all. So, for sure this will bring a revolutionary way to treat ourselves to loosing weight: to have more fun and loose more weight!

Stop the boredom of our usual exercise routine. It is time to get off the "more of the same" method of exercising. The only way to loose that bulge is to have more fun with XFLOWSION.


My kids attended a cousin's costume (birthday) party. Each kid who attended the party dressed up as his or her chosen anime character. What can I say? They had a blast!

My second girl, Hannah (as Kagome) in green, my niece Dap, the birthday gal (as Sango) and my little one Erika in purple (as Ino).

My Erika (as Ino) - striking a pose here with her Ate Hannah (as Kagome) watching.

One more pose for her with a matching umbrella.

Kagome, Inuyasha (my nephew Bubuy) and Sango (birthday gal Dap) pose for the camera!

My eldest girl, Madel, came dressed as Sakura. She is with another cousin, Ayed. Meaner looks guys, please..

On the hindsight as a parent, attending parties is one good way for kids to learn how to socialize. Be it taking turns in getting goodies, participating in games or communicating with other people in the party, deciding which food to partake or practicing proper table manners - kids have a venue to master their social skills.

Scene 1: Mom and kids watching the news. Apparently, the news on child abuse is so rampant that social welfare steps in to deal with the issue seriously.

Kid 2: Why are the parents being questioned about their kids?

Mom: Well, they have to answer the questions of the authority.

Kid 2: About what, Mom?

Mom: Regarding the fact that they let their kids work at such young age. It is against the law.

Kid 1: Really? Why?

Mom: Because they are supposed to be playing, having fun and not working. Kids have rights, you know.

Kid 2: So why aren't you being asked, too?

Mom: And why should i be asked?

Kid 2: You always tell me to get you a glass of water or order us to ALWAYS fix our bed in the morning. Are those not part of that law?


Scene 2: Silence. The most rare moment in the household happens.

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The use of plastic bag, is what I am referring to.

That is why when I buy 3-4 items in the convenience store, I usually refuse to accept a plastic bag to go with my purchased items. What's 5 minutes, anyway? That's such a short time for discomfort, right?

I am not a hardcore environmentalist, but simple steps as such I believe will definitely matter when multiplied every time I grab grocery items. Imagine: if every household in every street, everyday and every year will do the same...boy, we are giving our kids a better earth!

Simple acts of kindness to our planet can definitely go a long way...for our children!

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Friday Fill-Ins

Friday, September 12, 2008 we go!

1. I enjoy baking, cooking, staring at babies and challenging conversations.

2. Digiscrapping and learning FLASH program are some things I wonder about often lately.

3. In your heart, you knew that partly giving up a career is a major decision.

4. Take stroll, add a little freshness to my day and I end up with a refreshed spirit.

5. Life has gifted me with an amazing family.

6.Taking a weekend off is an instant vacation.

7. And as for the weekend, I like to go to an outing, tonight I’m looking forward to nicer TV shows, tomorrow my plans include laundry and more cooking and Sunday, I want to be in church with my whole family!

What's up? What's new?

A lot.

I have finally signed up and mighty proud of it. Guess what is it? Nuffnang Philippines: Asia's First Blog Advertising.
It is actually so easy to sign up for .You just have to click the link of and follow the process with no sweat. There are actually a lot of perks when you join it. Aside from earning from the ads posted on your blog, there is so much more. Statistics and blog analytic come free so you get updated about recent facts about your blog.

Join the newest and hippest community in blogosphere, where you and your blog will earn, learn and truly belong!

Friday Five

Friday, September 12, 2008

  1. Who lets you have your way more than you should?
    + Always the husband. Forever the husband. LOL.
  2. According to the cliche, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but what’s the way to yours?
    + Wait...Trips? Vacations? Clueless...Stimulating conversations fascinate me though.
  3. What’s something that should have been put away but hasn’t been?
    + Old clothes that still fit, old outdated shoes, old old pillow cases.
  4. When did you last weigh yourself?
    + Six years ago? I do not weigh myself...I seldom think of my weight.
  5. What do the cops in the donut shop say?
    + Ha? No clue, here.

Cast of Characters:

Mom (me)
Kid 2 (my 9 year-old)
Kid 3 (my 6 year-old)

Kid 2: Hey Mom, do you know that whales are mammals and they are not hatched as eggs when they are born?

Kid 3: Really?

Mom: Where did you get that information?

Kid 2: It's here in the book that I am reading. And do you know that even if they live in the water, they cannot breathe underwater? They need to get to the surface just to get air.

Kid 3: Okay...

A few moments of silence...

Kid 3: If whales cannot breathe underwater, then why do they live in the water? Shouldn't they be on land like us?


Dead silence.

Now, it is time for the Mom to research what in the world is the grand Purpose of whales underwater!

Oh man, I should have taken a doctorate in Marine Biology before having this kind of kids.

What's your probable answer?

Arlene, never fails to share her tags, so here we go...

1. Add your blog/s to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. It’s okey if you only post this questions in one blog as long as you answer them.
2. Get back to ME and I’ll add your blogs to the master’s list HERE {Note that you are not ALLOWED to change this links and make sure to leave the exact URL.}
3. Copy from Start to End.
4. Tag as many friends online you know. But you don’t need to be tag in order to join.

Who played along:

1. Music of my Heart 2. Me and Mine 3. Creative in Me 4. For the LOVE of Food 5. Little Peanut 6. Pea in a Pod 7. It’s Where the HEART Is 8. Around the World 9. jOYS IN lIFE 10. dANCING IN mIDLIFE tuNE 11. LIFE IS WHAT wE MAKE iT 12. Hailey's Domain 13. Hailey's Beats and Bits 14. Yours HERE

Questions and Answers:

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:
“...indicate essential feature of the church and its mission."

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first? Chair

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV? Travel and Living in Europe.

4. WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what time it is: 6:10 pm.

5. Now look at the clock, what is the actual time? 6:30 pm.

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear? my kids' laughter, shouts and giggles; later i am sure there will be 1 crying already...

7. When did you last step outside? what were you doing? went to our convenience store to buy snacks, drinks and condensed milk

8. Before you came to this website, what did you look at? My blog.

9. What are you wearing? Shorts and blouse.

10. Did you dream last night? nothing, i was a sleeping dead log.

11. When did you last laugh? When i was in our convenience store because hubby was doing antics.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in? A framed cross stitch .

13. Seen anything weird lately? weird photos online .

14. What do you think of this quiz? Fun!

15. What is the last movie you saw? Maid of Honor starring Patrick Dempsey

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first? house, sleek new car, tons of food, clothes for my kids, nicer laptop, the nicest Digi-Camera, stocks

17. Tell me something about you that I don’t know: I am thinner than most Mommies my age!

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do? Give each family a parcel of land for houses and backyard livelihood thus no one will have to go hungry or homeless.

19. Do you like to dance? Sometimes.

20. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her? a boy? same name i gave my first child

21. Would you ever consider living abroad? Not living but more on trips or vacations!

Liza, Vannie and Ice can share their answers if they want to!

THE Six Tag

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Arlene, thanks for this. So let's start getting to know one another all over again.

At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then go to their blog and leave a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
>> I was 23 and a very young working Mommy and wife, groping my way to parenthood.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?
>>go to Divisoria with my sister, go to church, wash (soaked) laundry right after the trip, clean my oven, take my cough meds.

3. Snacks I enjoy:
>> cheesy Potato chips, babana cue, moist chocolate cake and spring rolls;

4. Placess I’ve lived:
>> Quezon, Bukidnon,Cagayan de Oro City, Laguna

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:
>> Save, go on trips and put up an orphanage.

6. People I want to know more about:

Shawie, Maria , Liza, Nancy, Inaj, and Idealpinkrose

Awards are aplenty and I like it! I’ve been awarded by blogger friend Maria!
Thank you so much!
Sharing this with Arlene, Mitch and Vannie

ILasik Information

Thursday, September 04, 2008

I have been blessed with good genes when it comes to my vision. Both my parents wore reading eyeglasses when they were already in their fifties. Up to now, my Mother who is 67 years old, wears reading glasses only. Among my seven siblings only one of them wears glasses. Hopefully, with proper diet and care of my eyes, I will inherit the trait from my parents.

However, for my husband it is the opposite. As long as he can remember, his parents have been wearing glasses. He also has pair of eyeglasses which he seldom wears. Lately, my second child has been showing signs of visual impairments already. She often misreads and mispronounces words and thereby affecting her comprehension. Most of the time, there are more incorrect words that she reads than the correct ones. This worries me big time since this will consequently affect her academic performance. That is something that we should not compromise. Thus when I came across this LASIK information and how beneficial this is even to NASA personnel under extreme physical situations, I started to get interested.
LASIK technology is becoming known to many now as it brings about better vision for many people. Have you tried it?

Sponsored by iLASIK

Took off an hour to explore the area where I live. An hour to exhale. Just me and my flip-flops.

Exhaling time to forget about laundry, dust, bills and kids' noise.

Hubby had his usual walk to lose weight. Left with a cellphone and solitude, I took these. A little blurred but just wanted to share...

Hats off to my entrecard droppers...Keep them coming and I will drop back.


Untreatable's Blog 31
Acakadut 30
A Simple Life 22
moms..... check nyo 22
Big Boys Have Toys Too 22
Chica & Pumuckl - 2 Egyptian Cats in Germany 21
Random Thoughts 19
Mommy's Little Corner 18
Is a mans world 18
In The Life Of ...Mne 18

Widgets That Provided the best value for ADS I bought:

What about Brazil? 103
PoemofQuotes Blog 90
Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology 69
Comics Legends and Lore 59
A Life to Remember 58
Marriage and Beyond 58
The Lady Programmer 43 33
Netrix 30

Are you an Obama fan? Do you want to support the cause this man advocates? I think, he rocks!
What better way to announce my admiration for Obama than to put up Giant Obama Bumper Stickers on every space available? I love to support the man who will probably be the next President of the U.S. Since the stickers are five times larger than the usual bumper sticker size, they are truly cool enough to declare my support boldly.

Now is our time to really support this man who has worked his way up to success and hopefully great change will happen!


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Liza, my dearest blogger friend awarded me with this. Thanks so much Liza. You are such an endearing friend...


, Arlene and Shoshana - you deserve this too!

These are the things on my mind for now.

1. When I take a walk, I think about relaxation and how life should be taken with optimism. More and more people seem to be taking life in the fast lane that less and less time is spent for themselves or other people whom they should be valuing.

1. When I’m sick I’m such a weakling, I would rather be in bed and not with people. That is why even if I am sick I do not like to think that I am. But right now I would like to shop.

3. Money can’t buy happiness but it can let you shop and choose some sexy lingerie!


4. I like to give myself some treat like any woman usually does and shop for different colors, designs and to-die-for designer lingerie.

5. It is very strange not to want to shop for such kinds of lingeries because these lingeries make me feel like a real sexy, woman.

6. My favorite color these days is light blue because I want a new designer lingerie with such color , i wonder if they have one at Freya lingerie ?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to more time online to browse or if possible to shop online, tomorrow my plans include trying to reinvent my antiquated wardrobe and , I want to be able to do all these because I owe it to myself to look good and feel good about looking good.. Indeed, only me can make me feel happy and satisfied.

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