A Must Read Book

Rich Dad's Escape from the Rat Race: How to Become A Rich Kid By Following Rich Dad's Advice
by Robert T Kiyosaki with Sharon L Lechter

Question: How can you teach kids about money?
Answer: Give them a comic book and make learning fun!


I believe in teaching the kids about the value of money as early as possible.

Hubby borrowed this 'comic book' from the library and got my son hooked up. He now understand the concept of assets and liabilities... about paying taxes... and saving for the future.

Both my kids love playing the Monopoly. They feel happy when the other party land on their property... on the other hand, they feel sad when they start losing money and have to mortgage their property for some cash. It started them thinking whether they should buy another property or not, to build a house or not. It's a great training tool for kids.

If you are familiar with the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, this book is from the same author. Highly recommended, not only for kids but for adults as well.

Our Famous Clients

You wouldn't believe the famous client we have. No other than Ms. Jennifer Lopez. Yup! It's her... And did you know that she's an Indian? ",)

We also have Jamie Kennedy from the Jamie Kennedy Experiment. ",)

Talk about having a famous name!

Movie Marathon

Despite all that, hubby and I still manage to squeeze in our movie time at home... here's what we've seen the past 2 weeks:

  1. Ocean's Twelve: quite disappointing actually considering that its an all star cast movie. Though I love Ocean's Eleven.

    Danny Ocean rounds up his gang of specialists for more heists but while the group attempts to steal various items from three seperate countries in Europe, their last victim - casino owner Terry Benedict - is planning his revenge.

  2. Flight Plan: two thumbs up! love everything about this movie!

    In a cavernous, state-of-the-art 474 aircraft, Kyle Pratt faces every mother's worst nightmare when her six year-old daughter, Julia, vanishes without a trace mid-flight from Berlin to New York. Already emotionally devasted by the unexpected death of her husband, Kyle desperately struggles to prove her sanity to the disbelieving flight crew and passengers while facing the very real possibility that she may be losing her mind. While neither Captain Rich, nor Air Marshal Gene Carson want to doubt the bereaved widow, all evidence indicates that her daughter was never on board resulting in paranoia and doubt among the passengers and crew of the plane. Finding herself desperately along, Kyle can only rely on her own wits to solve the mystery and save her daughter.

  3. Daredevil: another disappointing movie. quite unrealistic. nothing extraordinary.

    Danny Ocean rounds up his gang of specialists for more heists but while the group attempts to steal various items from three seperate countries in Europe, their last victim - casino owner Terry Benedict - is planning his revenge.

  4. Aeonflux: another disappointing movie.

    400 years in the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the earth's population except for one walled protected city, ruled by a congress of scientists, known as Bregna. Undermining the city-state is the underground 'Monican' rebellion - led by The Handler, for which Aeon Flux is the top operative. When Aeon is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.

  5. Hitch: hilarious! I'm not a fan of Will Smith, but this one is really good.

    Meet Hitch, New York City's greatest matchmaker. Love is his job and he'll get you the girl of your dreams in just three easy dates, guaranteed! And that's exactly what happens when Albert Brennaman wins the heart.

  6. Red Eye: I give this a 5-star considering that I don't know any of the actors in the movie! great plot. seat-clutching suspense. highly recommended!

    Moments after takeoff, passenger Lisa Reisert's seat-mate, Jackson, menacingly reveals the real reason he's on board: He is an operative in a plot to kill the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security...

  7. Lord of War: not really my type of movie... I didn't even bother to finish watching it but hubby said he liked it.

    Chance leads Yuri Orlov to realize his true calling - illegal arms dealing. With his brother in tow, Yuri exploits the deadliest war zones, staying one step ahead of his conscience, his competition, his dangerous...



Movie write-ups from RogersVideo.ca

Very Grateful

Thank you guys for your comments on my last post. I was thinking that most of you might think its child labor. ",)

The one good thing about bringing my kids to the office for 4 days during their spring break is that they don't get to sit in front of the tv all day.

...oOo...

My work schedule:

I work an average of 60-66 hours a week... monday to sunday. I just want to maximize my potential earnings since I only work during the tax season (mid February to end of April). I got home around 8:30 pm on most days... then there's the housechores waiting for me... plus I have to prepare my family's lunch/dinner for the next day.

On top of that, I have to schedule meetings for my friends and friends of my friends for their taxes. Which is just fine with me since I sleep around midnight everyday anyway.

But how do you balance working and house chores? To all working mom: how do you do it??? My house is such a mess! and considering that my kids are not home all day... I still couldn't find the time to clean up the mess they made last weekend.

I should find myself a 9-5 job so I'll have more time with my family and chores.

Conversation #12: money matters

This week is March (spring) break. One week of no school for the kids. To save money on babysitter, I decided to bring them to the office today and make them insert CDs in envelopes. And they were quite excited to do some office work.

The morning went by so fast that when I check up on them at lunch time, they were already done with 150 CDs...



ME: Good job! If you finished all the CDs today and no fighting for the whole day, I will give you money at the end of the day.
PATRICIA and PATRICK: [at the same time] How much?
ME: Depends on how you behave the rest of the day.
PATRICK: Mommy, will you be paid more because we've done more CDs for you?
ME: No. Mommy will just have less work for today. ",)
PATRICK: Oh. [he is thinking that the more you do, the more you get paid]

Later, I gave my manager $16 (which is all I have in change) to give to my kids ($8 each) as payment for their hard work. And they were both very happy! All in all, they did about 300 CDs today.

On our way home, I told my kids that they shouldn't expect to recieve more money tomorrow. [I plan to bring them to the office till thursday]

PATRICK: Mommy, I wouldn't mind receiving a penny or even $6.
PATRICIA: And we will still continue to do more CDs for you even we don't get anymore money.

Amazingly, they didn't give me any trouble today!

My Dominant Traits

MANY MANY THANKS TO Toni, Junnie, Kai, Jo Kuiipo, Raquel, Kaberns, Ghie and to my two favorite cousins Mahal and Jimces!

Arena

(known to self and others)

caring, independent, mature, observant, sentimental

Blind Spot

(known only to others)

able, adaptable, brave, calm, dependable, energetic, friendly, giving, happy, intelligent, kind, knowledgeable, loving, modest, organised, patient, reflective, relaxed, responsive, searching, sympathetic, trustworthy, warm, wise

Fa├žade

(known only to self)

self-assertive

Unknown

(known to nobody)

accepting, bold, cheerful, clever, complex, confident, dignified, extroverted, helpful, idealistic, ingenious, introverted, logical, nervous, powerful, proud, quiet, religious, self-conscious, sensible, shy, silly, spontaneous, tense, witty

Dominant Traits

66% of people agree that jarduo is caring
55% of people think that jarduo is loving

All Percentages

able (11%) accepting (0%) adaptable (22%) bold (0%) brave (11%) calm (11%) caring (66%) cheerful (0%) clever (0%) complex (0%) confident (0%) dependable (11%) dignified (0%) energetic (11%) extroverted (0%) friendly (22%) giving (11%) happy (11%) helpful (0%) idealistic (0%) independent (11%) ingenious (0%) intelligent (22%) introverted (0%) kind (22%) knowledgeable (22%) logical (0%) loving (55%) mature (11%) modest (11%) nervous (0%) observant (11%) organised (33%) patient (11%) powerful (0%) proud (0%) quiet (0%) reflective (11%) relaxed (11%) religious (0%) responsive (11%) searching (11%) self-assertive (0%) self-conscious (0%) sensible (0%) sentimental (33%) shy (0%) silly (0%) spontaneous (0%) sympathetic (22%) tense (0%) trustworthy (11%) warm (22%) wise (11%) witty (0%)

Created by the Interactive Johari Window on 14.3.2006, using data from 9 respondents.
You can make your own Johari Window, or view jarduo's full data.

Interesting Facts

From my inbox...

LAW OF QUEUE:
If you change queues, the one you have left will start to move faster than the one you are in now.

LAW OF TELEPHONE:
When you dial a wrong number, you never get an engaged one.

LAW OF MECHANICAL REPAIR:
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

LAW OF THE WORKSHOP:
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

LAW OF THE ALIBI:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.

BATH THEOREM:
When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.

LAW OF ENCOUNTERS:
The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

LAW OF THE RESULT:
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will!

LAW OF BIOMECHANICS:
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

THEATRE RULE:
People with the seats at the furthest from the aisle arrive last.

LAW OF COFFEE:
As soon as you sit down for a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

My Johari window

I remember I've done this in one of the seminars that I attended years ago. And it is indeed interesting to know how people think of me, especially my blog friends whom I've only met online. So please take time out to fill out my Johari window.

Thanks to Toni for the link.

Interesting people

Thursday:
My client were 2 elderly couple who's been married for 55 years! The guy is 90 years old and the lady is 85 years old... I told them that I wish mine would last as long as theirs, or even longer. The guy said: "oh, don't worry, time flies too fast. Look at me, I've been retired for 25 years already. Where did all the time go?"

They left quite happy because they will be getting quite a big refund for their tax return in about 3 weeks time... just in time to celebrate their 55th year together!

Friday:
My client were another couple with a 5 year old son. The 40 year old lady is on a wheelchair and it is a permanent disability. I can say that she used to be very pretty, and probably slim. Now, she's overweight probably from lack of exercise. The husband is still very loving and caring towards her. Hmmmm... makes me wonder if my hubby will take care of me if I'm on the wheelchair and puts on another 100-150 pounds. ",)

So to people like me who hate exercising and perspiring... better do it while we still can!

Saturday:
My first client for today was very patient, friendly and talkative. He is in his mid 50s with 2 kids and 4 grandchildren. He has been waiting in his car since 9:30am waiting for our office to open. And when I came in at 10am, the network is down. I was not able to log in to the network till 11am. During that time, he shared so many stories... one of them is his desire to retire in Chile. He said he always wanted to retire to his own country when he first migrated here. After 28 years in this country, he said he now wants to retire here since his siblings, kids and grandkids are all here.

My hubby said that he wanted to retire in a beach somewhere back in the Philippines... as for me, I always told my hubby that I will go where ever he goes! Period. But going back to the Philippines is not something I wanted, but since its more than a decade away, I never thought about it. Now, after talking to this client of mine, I've had hope that hubby will change his mind once we have our own grandkids.