Mama Monday Challenge #2

I recently discovered a new and interesting site -- its called Empowering Mothers Online or

I decided to take part in their "Mama Mondays"... and this week's challenge is do something new with your child!

I've already blog about this, but I want this to be my entry for this challenge.

Do something new with your child!

I'm into scrapbooking and whenever my daughter see me updating my scrapbook, she would always offer to help. I never allowed her to help me coz I'm afraid she would mess things up. Instead I would give her something else to do with my paper shaper scissors. And that would keep her happy till I finish.

When my daughter turned 5, she received a 'Family Scrapbook' as a birthday gift. I plan to keep it till she was about 8 and up before I let her do it. I was really hesitant coz I was afraid she would ruin the scrapbook. But I can really see how excited she was and persistently beg me to help her do it.

So, I decided to help her do it. I provided the pictures and stickers, and ask her questions based on the scrapbook, and she was on the go! Of course, I have to spell the words out to her, but she did everything else on her own! She made a couple of mess, but it wasn't something that can't be fix.

Initially, we spent 3 hours on the carpet, she didn't even want to stop and rest... until we run out of pictures.

The second time around and another 2 hours on the carpet, and we're done! This is her masterpiece!

I can't believe that a child her age can focus that long. And I underestimated her talent, creativity, dedication and capabilities. My baby is no longer a baby... she is fast becoming a lady.

This is definitely something new that we've done together as mother and daughter. And will definitely continue on doing together from now on...

You've got mail

We all received a lot of "forwarded" emails and chain letters in our inbox... and the thing that I hate are those that includes the following at the end of the email:

  • If you love Jesus, send this to your friends.
  • Forward this message to as many people as soon as possible to receive goodluck.
  • If you delete this message, you will received # days of badluck.
  • Pass it to # of your good friends and be rich in # days.
  • ... etc etc etc ...
Do we honestly believe that these things will happen? If you have time to read it, then forward it to your friends, you should also have the time to delete this part of the message, right? It shouldn't take you more than 5 seconds to highlight this part of the email and press the delete button.

Do we honestly want our friends to have badluck because they chose to ignore the last part of the email? Or are we just forwarding it to them to share the stories and informations?

I don't mind receiving such emails, it gives me something to read and pick up a few lessons in life... I just hate the last part where it states one of the above points or something to that effect.

I admit that I "used to" forward these emails without verifying if they are true or fiction.

And I especially hate those who are fun of clicking the "forward" button without really reading the content of the (junk) email.

Chain letters goes directly to my "trash" folder. I can't believe people are still forwarding chain letters!

In fairness, some of the stories are really heart warming... so whether they are true or fiction, there are lessons to be learn and a good way to stop and reflect on our lives and many blessings.

So what do I do with these "heart warming" emails? Selected few, yes, I still forward them to my friends... but most of them are posted at One Friend, my other blog.

First snowfall

cherry tree covered in snow

walking home from school


Today's temperature is around -10C but feels like -17C
with the wind blowing at 40+ km/h.


Today is a bad bad day!!!

After waiting for 3 years for my own DVD burner... hubby finally bought me one last November 6. Barely 2 weeks of trial and error in transferring our wedding video from VHS to DVD (which I haven't done successfully)... I decided to consolidate all of our pictures in CDs to DVD... and while transferring data from CD to my harddisk. I just shattered a CD inside my newly purchased LG DVD burner! $60 down the drain...

What are the chances! I read on the internet that this happen once or twice in every 10,000 discs. And it happen to ME! waaaaaah!

BEWARE: If you hear an intense vibrating noise or a bang from your superfast 48X CD-ROM or CD-RW drive, beware: your disc may be shattering.

My punishment for buying cheap CDs! Now my data in the shattered CD are lost forever! :-( And that includes our wedding and honeymoon pictures! huhuhuhu...

Tag: Getting to know me

Tagged by Ghie...

1. What time did you get up this morning?
on a weekend, its 10 am
2. Are you a morning person or night owl?
night owl
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
I rarely go to movie theaters, I usually watch DVDs at home, last night I watched the 'Million Dollar Baby'
4. What is your favorite TV show?
Amazing Race, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Charmed and CSI
5. What did you have for breakfast?
6. What is your middle name?
7. What is your favorite cuisine?
chinese (obvious ba?)
8. What foods do you dislike?
spicy foods
9. Favorite day of the week?
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?
Mix songs from the 80s
11.What is your favorite sandwich?
12. What characteristics do you despise?
13. What do you do most often when you are bored?
scrapbook or blog
14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
Europe and Egypt
15. Favorite brand of clothing?
Old Navy
16. Where were you born?
17. What is your best childhood memory?
tagging along my mama in Divisoria
18. Do you have pets?
19. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with everyone?
our recently acquired canadian citizenship
20. What did you want to be when you were little?
criminal lawyer
21. Different jobs you have had in your life?
administrative assistant, bank teller and credit card officer... currently a part-time tax preparer
22. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
chicken (don't ask me why ^-^)

Now its time to pass it to all those interested... please leave comment/s so I'll know you took this tag.

Click here to copy and paste the questions, courtesy of Ethel.

Season change

The cold season is here to stay... well, at least for the next 3-4 months.... our days are getting shorter... sunrise is around 7:15am... and sunset is around 4:45pm... the temperature is dropping... and soon everything will be white...

I remember our first winter here, we were all excited to see the snow and looking forward to playing in the snow... but it wasn't a white christmas for us that year... it didn't snow until the 26th of december...

Here's hoping that its going to be a white christmas this year!

Conversation #7

My daughter enjoyed the days when I have to do grocery or run some errands, because it means that we have the car and she doesn't have to walk home from school. She also loves to go to the mall with me.

Friday was errand day. But I manage to do everything within the 2 hours that she was in school. And after picking her up from school,

PATRICIA said: "yey, we're going to the mall." (in her singing tone)
ME: Not today, mommy just did something while you were in school.
PATRICIA: But I want to go to the mall.
ME: We're not going to the mall today, mommy doesn't have money anymore.
PATRICIA: (she said proudly) I have money... in my piggy bank.
ME: Will you give mommy your money?
PATRICIA: ok, as soon as we get home.
ME: Really? That's so sweet of you.

When we got home, I thought she completely forgot about it. She never mentioned anything for the rest of the afternoon.

Later, we pick up daddy at the office, and I told hubby our little conversation.

PATRICIA proudly said: I'm giving mommy all my money!
PATRICK said: Nope. not me. I'm keeping all my money.
DADDY: Yes, you can both keep your money for rainy days.

Later that night, while I was washing the dishes,

PATRICIA came down and said: "Mommy I got coins for you on your desk."
ME: ok. thank you. (I wasn't really paying attention. I thought it was some coins she found lying around).

And true to her words, when I got to my desk, I saw some coins... she gave me 3 nickel and a penny from her piggy bank!

Ain't she sweet!

French Immersion School

It was hard for me to enroll my son in a French Immersion school as my husband and I don't speak the language. But with the help of Webster's french-english dictionary, I have manage to assist my son with his school work (which isn't a lot anyway).

I tried borrowing French cartoon movies for my son to watch so he can enhance his vocabulary. He doesn't like it very much since he said that he doesn't understand everything.

Last wednesday, I went to watch my son play bowling with his classmates. And I met his teacher for the very first time... I do communicate with her thru their 'school agenda book' and over the phone, but never in person.

Anyway, she said that my son is very good with the French language and loves to read. This made me very proud of him!

I don't know how "conversational" he is with the French language, all I need to know is that he is good at it... hmmmm... maybe we should take a trip to Montreal and test his French.

By next school year, my daughter will definitely be going to the same French Immersion School.

Conversation #6

Ever since we migrated to Canada, I barely bought my kids any clothes/shoes. Most of their stuff are either from their Lola (grandma) Marlene or hand-me-downs or birthday/christmas gifts... I can really count the items I bought for them here.

My kids just adored their Lola Marlene especially when they received packages from her.

This is how happy my daughter is whenever she got her stuff.

Anyway, I just told my daughter that Lola Marlene send another package for her and that we should get it by next week. Her face was glowing with excitement.

Then I ask her a question which is a little scary for me because I don't know how she would respond/react --

ME: Who do you love most? Mommy or daddy?
PATRICIA: (in a split second and without hesitation) Both!

Sigh... am so glad to hear her answer...

ME: Who do you love most? Mommy or Lola?
PATRICIA: (really thinking hard, with a sheepish smile on her face)
ME: (thinking: o-oh)
PATRICIA: (It took her about a minute before she said) Lola!

I know, I know... I shouldn't ask her that question as it might confused her. And, no, her answer didn't make me angry nor did I feel hurt.

It just makes me wonder why she would prefer her Lola Marlene when she lives thousand of miles away and whom she only sees once/twice a year?

Well, my conclusion is that kids will always be kids... they will choose the person who buys them stuff... and give them gifts!

Whether they are new stuff or hand-me-downs, my daughter loved them all!

Memento Around the World is here!

August 12, 2005. Junnie started this project...

"This is the objective of MEMENTO Around the World! It'll be your turn to show me your world through your eyes. We could've swapped .jpg's or digital albums but heck that's just too simple. I want you to share this with everyone else as we launch 5 (probably more, i'm just waiting for addresses) disposable cameras around the world and see how 5 friends who said YES first will capture their world in 2-3 images and pass the camera to another friend who then captures 2-3 images - of her going to school, of her backyard and how green (or brown) it is, bring the camera during a family gathering, or take a snapshot of yourself from the (bathroom) mirror, anything. We dont break any rules, because there aren't any.

Passing it on to the next friend may mean mailing or maybe knocking on the apartment door and say, please take 3 pictures and pass it on to another friend."
and now from 'the other Jo' to this 'Jo', the camera arrived today!

This is camera #3 ... and it started with 'Star' in Arkansas... to 'Vangie' in San Jose, California... to 'the other Jo' in Seattle, Washington... and now its back in Mississauga, Ontario.

And since we all know that Junnie takes better picture than me. I decided to let my kids to the project! They will each get 2 shots as I want to see the "beauty" in their eyes.

Say cheese!

Junnie, there's about 14 shots left... where to? I can pass it to Edith if you want.

Thoughts #8

2 weeks ago, at Martin's concert, hubby and I decided to take the subway instead of driving to downtown Toronto... the subway was crowded as it was rush hour (5:30pm), we sat at the end of the train.

As we near the Union station (one of the busiest station), on my way out, I suddenly notice a well dress guy, lying on the floor in the middle of the train. And nobody was even checking to see if he was drank, sick, unconscious, or dead? I don't know how long this guy have been there. But he is definitely surrounded by a lot of people. My guess will be that he was already there before we got on as I didn't hear any commotion or fuss during the whole ride.

I usually scan my surroundings where ever I go, but as I said, the train was really crowded when we got on... and the train became less crowded at the time we were getting off too. Anyway, as I watched from the outside, I saw a guy starting to inspect him but not touching him. I don't know what happen next as it was not on the news.

This reminds me of Tom Cruise' Collateral which hubby and I recently watched on DVD. In the movie, Tom Cruise as Vincent said:

"17 million people. This was a country, it would be the fifth biggest economy in the world. But nobody knows each other. Too impersonal. But that's just know...

I read about this guy. Gets on the MTA, here, and dies. Six hours he's riding the subway before anybody notices. This corpse doing laps around LA, people on and off, sitting next to him, nobody notices." Full script here.

A friend (who took up Security classes) once said that if you come across an elderly who slipped, don't help the elderly by lifting him up, instead call 911. Weird right? The logic behind this is that this elderly can sue you later on for causing more injury. He may have broken something in his body during the fall, but if you help lift him up, you may have cause the injury to get worse, therefore it could be a ground for lawsuit!

Also, if you were the one who called 911, you are obligated to stay with that elderly until the medics and police arrived. Which can be a big hassle especially if you are in a hurry or late for appointment/work.

On the other hand, if you called 911, then the elderly suddenly stood up and walk away... 911 will charge you for sending medics/police when nobody was really hurt. For being helpful and caring, you will have to pay penalty.

Of course, there are also people who pretend to slip so they can sue someone else and profit from it.

So, do we go out of our way to help people we think needed help? Or should we just mind our own business?

Disclaimer: This is second hand information... and how I understand the system.

Please share your personal experience on this.

In helping others, we shall help ourselves,
for whatever good we give out
completes the circle and comes back to us."
~ Flora Edwards ~

Tag, I'm it! #3

Got tagged by Darlene. Here's her questions:

  1. Is it polite to stare?

    Of course not! How could staring be polite?

    Although I am guilty of this, sometimes, unconsciously, so when I know that I am already staring, I stop myself. I usually stare out of curiosity and not for anything else.

  2. What are your 7 favorite songs?

    My favorite OPM songs:

    • You are my song - Martin Nievera
    • Hanggang Ngayon - Martin Nievera
    • Maghihintay pa ba? - Martin Nievera
    • Nandito ako - Ogie Alcasid
    • Sino ang baliw? - Kuh Ledesma
    • How did you know? - Gary Valenciano
    • Take me out of the dark - Gary Valenciano

    My favorite foreign songs:

    • I will survive - Gloria Gaynor
    • I honestly love you - Olivia Newton John
    • Just once - James Ingram
    • Because you loved me - Celine Dion
    • Making love out of nothing at all - Air Supply
    • You'll never walk alone - Lee Towers
    • Father to son - Phil Collins

    These are songs that have meanings in my life...



Sunday night's pumpkin carving... please visit Junnie's blog for the pumpkin he carved for/with my daughter! Thanks (again) Junnie!