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Wishing you all a Prosperous New Year!!!

This will be my last post for this year... see you in 2006!

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December 27, 2005

Here's my daughter playing the "big sister" to baby Lucas...

baby lucas

beeming with pride as she feeds and puts him to sleep.


Reading for today: 10 Commandments for Parents

Conversation #8

We were taking pictures when I told my daughter to kiss her brother...

my kids

and then later on told my son to kiss his sister... my son did it but said: "mommy, that is embarrassing, please don't show that picture to anyone!"


Since my kids doesn't go to a Catholic school, I just recently realized that they didn't know the "true meaning" of Christmas and that they (my daughter in particular) only know a few Christmas songs. :-(

We do read children's bible to them but I guess that's not enough. Going to sunday liturgy (for children) is likewise not enough... so my hubby bought this Little Bethlehem and we started telling them about the birth of Jesus.

our little bethlehem

My daugther's next question: "so Jesus will turn 2 next december?"


That's it for now, am going on a boxing sale, hopefully I would be able to buy some really good deals... just thought I'd blog while waiting for my ride.

Merry Christmas!!!

To all my blog pals:
May you find peace and happiness, today and everyday!

Merry Christmas
A Christmas song: The First Christmas Gift

... The first Christmas gift
Came from above
Wrapped in starlight, tied with love
Given with joy, a sweet baby boy
A gift for you and me ...


Woodbine Mall

Square One

The only kids playing in the cold weather!

Smiley face on the car window.

Patricia just love helping out.

Interesting Links

I don't feel like blogging today... so here's some links for you...

Amazing Race 8: Family Edition. After the Linz won the $1 million... the race is not yet over... click here for one final race for a GMC Yukon XL by the Bransens (2nd place) and the Weavers (3rd place).

Videos to share. Thanks to Raquel, I can now share some entertaining videos emailed by my hubby. My all time favorite is "torn," "sleepy baby" and "wizards of winter." Click here [there are 7 videos to see].

Dragon Illusion. Check this one out. It is simply amazing! All you need is to download the pdf file, a paper and a printer [colored is better but B&W is ok too]. Thanks to Lam for the link.

The Village People. Here's a tribute to their famous song YMCA [though its a Cantonese version, but I'm sure you're going to enjoy it too].

Invisible Cloak. Ever wonder how Harry Potter's invisibility cloak works?

Mind Reader. Do you believe in psychic?

Photographic Images of Me

Ever since I started blogging, I already saw this photographic interview in Junnie's blog. And I've been wanting to do it since then, but since I'm not a "photographer," I had a hard time coming up with my 20 photographic answers.

So, finally, I decided to sit on it and do it once and for all... get to know me a little bit more... click here.

Please take this challenge! I would love to see all my blog pals do this one. Please leave your permalink here if you decide to do it. Thanks!

"Mommy, there is no Santa Claus"

asked my son... in which my daughter answered: "no, there is! Don't you remember the gifts we got last time? (referring to the sled they got last year)" Turning to look at me, she continued, "mommy, is Santa Claus real?"

My kids believe in Santa, but when they see a Santa at the malls, they both know that it is not the "real" Santa... they know that the real Santa lives in the North Pole with elfs as his helpers.

And they both looked at me, seeking answers. I was taken by surprise, coz I would always buy extra gifts for them and sign it "From: Santa" every Christmas. The only answer I can give at that time is "Santa is real if you believe he is real... you have to believe it in your heart. Do you believe he is real?"

My daughter said to her brother: "See, I told you."

Now, my son is starting to question his existence because most of his classmates does not believe in Santa or the Christmas season.

So for this year, I made them come up with their wish list (for the very first time), and I am so happy to say that both of the items on their list will be granted. One coming from their Lola Marlene (grandmother) and another one from their Ninang Je (godmother) and the other 2 items will be coming from Santa of course!

I've already posted my daughter's wish list...

Now, this is my son's letter to Santa.

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Mixed nuts #2

Poker night

Patrick's first poker game... and he got a royal flush! Now, that is what I call the beginner's luck!

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And he wouldn't stop bragging about it!


Yankee Santa!

I had dinner with some high school friends of mine last saturday (yes, we recently discovered that there's 4 of us here and got re-acquainted)...

Instead of the normal exchange gift, we played the "yankee santa"... this is my first time to play this game even though I've heard of this before. The rules are simple, you get to steal other people's gift!

This was initially what my husband picked... we have always wanted a massager! But sadly, it was "yanked" away from him.

But his next pick was almost the same product, even better! Yey!

It was T who yanked away hubby's gift... and the gift that hubby got the second time around was from T!


DVD movie marathon

We normally borrow DVDs from the library because its free! Waiting time for some DVDs are long... some are short... and sometimes they are all available at the same time... like this thursday, hubby had 9 DVDs waiting for him.

Here's what we've seen the past weekend:
  1. An Ideal Husband starring Rupert Everett and Julianne Moore
    (my rating: ***)
  2. Dude, where's my car? starring Ashton Kutcher
    (my rating: ***)
  3. Evolution starring David Duchovny and Julianne Moore
    (my rating: ***)
  4. An End of the Affair starring Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore
    (my rating: ***)
  5. The Hours starring Merryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman
    (my rating: *)

Free Movie Day

Rainbow Cinema is offering a free movie for 3 consecutive weekends which is sponsored by Toronto Star (a leading newspaper). They do require that you donate ($2 per person) for their Santa Claus Fund that started in 1906 to give Christmas gift to the less fortunate kids. At last, we were able to watch "Madagascar" last Saturday... And even though its a free movie, the theater was only half full.

Next saturday, we are off to watch "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."


Tagalog DVD movies

I just discovered that our library had a small selection of Tagalog DVD movies... among the list are the Mano Po series, Sharon's Forgive and Forget and Cross my Heart, some documentary on the Philippines... and some unknown selections. Unkown (to me) because they didn't provide the names of the actors and a synopsis of the movie as they do with English movies.

Gifts For Friends

Just wanted to share this email I received from Kai. [Thanks Kai]

Gifts For Friends For FREE!

But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note could be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life (although it may cost a stamp if you mail it)

A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Really, it's not that hard to say "Hello" or "Thank You."

Friends are a very rare jewels, indeed. They make us smile and encourage us to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Cherish your friends, and your family... as they are what sustain us in our own times of need.

- Author Unknown -

Have a great weekend ahead!!!

Wish List

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Patricia's letter to Santa...
She will definitely get her first wish...
its already on the way from Ninang Je!

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and her Christmas Trees... she just love to draw!

When you thought I wasn't looking

Being the adult, we should always set a good example to our kids because believe it or not, they are always looking and watching...

I'm a coke addict.

I was deprive of drinking softdrinks/soda when I was a kid, we just don't stock up on sodas at home. So when did I start drinking coke? I guess it was when I started working already. The water in our office had a bitter taste, and since coke are cheaper than juices, I started drinking coke every lunch time. I also drink pineapple juice then, but I become acidic, and the cause (I believe at that time) was due to the pineappple juice and not the coke.

Back then, I don't crave for coke, I just ordered it over other beverages. So when I got pregnant, it wasn't hard for me to stop drinking coke and instead I drink lots of calamansi juice. I would bring a 2L of jug of calamansi juice to work everyday. But was back on drinking coke after giving birth.

When we migrated, there shouldn't be reason for me to drink coke since I stayed home most of the time and water is very clean. But then it started slowly, whenever the 2L coke is on sale (from $1.57 to $0.99), I will stock up on it. I only drink coke at night time, when my kids are in bed, as I don't want them to be a coke addict like me. A 2L coke would last me 3-5 days.

Since my kids were well trained already, I mean, they don't ask for coke even though they see me drinking coke, I started drinking coke during the day too. Last year, I noticed that I can drink 1L of coke in 1 day... which is not good! Definitely not good!

I told my son that my new year's resolution is to drink less coke... he started monitoring me... he bugs me everytime he sees me drinking coke... he reminds me of my 'new year's resolution'... and I've been setting up a wrong example! I'm a bad mother!

So, I am back to drinking coke at night when my kids are asleep... it also means that I drink less coke now... It was a hard habit to break! 3 months ago, I stopped buying coke. I realized that when I don't have supply at home, then I don't crave for it. Still, from time to time, I buy coke when I am expecting visitors.

Then last sunday, I am scheduled to repaint the apartment with the help of Junnie and Mitzi [thanks guys]... but before I started with my painting, I bought coke in cans. I told myself that I needed a treat after my painting... hahaha... After 3 hours of painting, I drank 2 cans of coke.

So anyway, my son made this comment: "mommy, you're not suppose to drink coke, remember? What about your new year's resolution? I know you've been drinking coke when I was sleeping... Because one time when you ask me to get your piglet mug in your computer table, I saw some coke in it... and I tasted it, its coke." (waving his point finger from left to right with a look of disappointment in his eyes) And here I am thinking I am getting away with it... who am I kidding, I'm cheating myself and my son!

My son is my voice... my conscience... my echo...

Any advice on how to totally stop this bad habit of mine???

Reading for today: When you thought I wasn't looking

1 year with 147 posts

I wanted to acknowledge my top 10 commentors: Junnie, Lam, Vangie, Denden, Evi, Atoy, Raquel, Agring, Analyse and Suze.

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