Conversation #13: A wish came true

MIL's visit is usually 1-2 weeks only. This visit is 12 days long. And my son would always beg her to stay longer. He is a grandma's boy.

MIL's flight was yesterday at 4:15pm, so my son had to say 'goodbye' before he goes to the school in the morning.

GRANDSON: Lola, can't you stay a little bit longer? Please rebook your flight.
GRANDMA: Don't worry, we'll see each other in Washington DC in 3 days.
GRANDSON: Aaaah, but I don't want to go on another long drive. Can I just hide in your luggage and go with you instead?
GRANDMA: But you will suffocate.
GRANDSON: Leave a small hole for me. ",)

Later that day, all flight to NYC was canceled. My son's wish came true! His grandma is here to stay for one more day. But the other grandson waiting in NYC is disappointed!

This morning, we went through the same thing. My son knows its faster to go to the States by plane than by car. We have been going on road trips the past 3 weekends... and he is getting restless with the long driving.

Weekend getaway #4: Sauble

Saturday. We took my MIL to see the sunset along Lake Huron... its another 190km, 3-hour drive road trip for the family!

We left around 2:30pm and our first stop is Sauble Falls Provincial Park... we got there around 5:30pm and stayed for about 1 hour. MIL's heart was beating so fast from the way my son is running around the falls, which is very slippery.

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Then we proceeded to Sauble Beach, 3km away. Another great attraction of Bruce Peninsula. We had dinner along the beach and waited for the sunset which is around 9:15pm.

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Taken at 9:10pm

Sauble Beach continues to be voted one of the top beaches in Canada with World Class Sunsets and 11 km's of Sandy Beach.

My MIL is leaving on tuesday for NYC to visit my sister-in-law and her family. Also visiting in NYC is my father-in-law and MIL's youngest brother. So this coming weekend, its another long road trip for us... we will be in Washington, DC for 1 day then Cape May, NJ for 3 days and last stop is Bayside, NY... to visit all of them.


Like mother, like daughter

My daughter is a lot like me... She loves the thrill of trying out new rides as much as she can.

Last Tuesday, we went on another trip to Canada's Wonderland with my MIL and my daughter tried 2 more new rides. We went on the Ghoster Coaster 3 times in a row, and she loved every minute of it... and twice at the Klockwerks. I was able to capture a few of her smiley faces during the ride here.

There's one more ride that she is allowed to ride, but she's still thinking about it. It's the Silver Streak, a junior inverted coaster with a helix. I hope she will have enough courage to try this one out before the park season is over.

Weekend getaway #3: Niagara Falls

My MIL is here! On her second day, we went shopping and later drove all the way to Niagara Falls for some sight seeing...

See the 2 sets of rainbows?

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we've been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they're wrong, wait and see.
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Happy Father's Day!

My MIL is arriving this afternoon and the kids are really excited...

To all the fathers out there, especially to my hubby, papa and dad (FIL): happy father's day!

Reading for the day: Daddy's poem

Weekend getaway #2: Tobermory

Saturday. Last weekend we drove 4 hours to Tobermory. Then we took a one-hour tour cruise that takes us to shipwrecks and we were drop-off at Flowerpot Island.

This is a 15 minute hiked from the drop-off point (Beachy Cove).

Hubby and son trying out rock climbing? Naaaah! They were just posing for the camera.

We stayed at Summer House Park with a great view of Miller Lake.

After dinner, we attempted to catch the sunset at Singing Sands, Dorcas Bay.


Sunday. Kids had fun paddling even though its another cold day.

On our way home, we stopped by at Lion's Head, Isthmus Bay...

and another detour to Inglis Falls, Owen Sound...

Do check out Junnie's blog... and more pictures here.

Mixed nuts #5

Jury Duty scam:

Be warn of the telephone call involving jury duty that could lead to your identity being stolen.

Most of us take those summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of scam has surfaced.

In this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official who threateningly says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn't show up for jury duty. The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers. Give out any of this information and bingo! Your identity just got stolen.

Uncle Bus:

Hong Kong. A young man tapped the shoulder of the middle-aged man who was talking very loudly on his cellphone while inside a commuter bus. The middle-aged man reacted and bombarded the young-man with strong words for 6 minutes. Thank you for the cellphone technology, somebody recorded most of the conversation.

It reached 1.7 million hits in 3 weeks and because of its popularity even Wikipedia have it.

Fruits and Personalities:

Got this from my inbox... Did you know that you can tell what kind of personalities people have by the kind of fruits they like?

Which fruit would you pick first if you were handed the following. Click on the name of the fruit you picked to see your personality.

Orange | Apple | Banana | Coconut
Pineapple | Papaya | Mango | Cherry
Black Grapes | Peach | Custard Apple | Pear

Mixed nuts #4


I grew up watching the Armstrong brothers fighting to protect the Earth from the Boazanian empire and at the same searching for their long lost father in Voltes V and the love story of Richard and Erika in Daimos... And who would forget the orphaned girl named Candy Candy... the girl who always makes me cry. Here's the movie version part 1 and part 2. Make sure you got your tissues beside you.

Canadian...isms:   What makes Canadians different? Here's a unique look at Canadian things - Eh!

Celebrity:   Teen's dying wish for Cameron Diaz blow job not granted! duh?

Game time:   Spot the difference... be ready for your prize if you spot it all!

Question:   Who are you in your last life?

Reflection time:   I wish you enough

Six in June

  1. We are off to this place this weekend with our favorite travelling companions
  2. The arrival of my mother-in-law next weekend
  3. Celebrating Father's day
  4. Hubby's birthday
  5. Last day of school on the 28th
  6. And another long drive to NYC to meet my other inlaws on the 29th

A bad day!

I feel so bad today! A terrible day. Everything had gone wrong. Everything my son did make me mad! Even if its "nothing".

It all started with a disagreement with hubby... and I turn my anger towards my kids...

I'm a bad mother! Someone should punish me!

Do I dare?

I love theme parks!

I love the thrilling roller coaster rides with loops and twists and turns. From a roller coaster where you are totally seated and secured, to hanging and dangling feet, to a roller coaster where you are standing up and a roller coaster where you are lying face down, even one where you move backwards... I've tried it all! And whenever we could (depending on the lineups), hubby and I will always take the front rows/seats.

Let me name a few of the rides that I've tried...

  1. Batman the Ride @ Six Flags, New Jersey, 1993/2003

    This is one of the first roller coaster ride I've ever tried outside of the Philippines. My feet were dangling in this looping roller coaster. And ever since then I love roller coasters!
    Riders sit four-across, secured by shoulder and belt harnesses. The floor drops beneath their feet and the train leaves the station, skilift-style. Ride includes five head-over-heels experiences - including two vertical outside loops, two outside helixes and a zero gravity roll. Trains ride on the outside, not the inside of each of the loops.
  2. Superman's Ultimate Flight @ Six Flags, New Jersey, 2003

    A ride where you are lying face down... and facing the sky...

    The only coaster of its kind in the Northeast! A pretzel-shaped, inverted loop where trains climb to the top of the figure and dive into the loop close to the ground -- highlighting the feeling of flying. Plus, there's a sequence of thrilling curves and dives (including a highly inclined "horseshoe" curve and high-speed spiral), as well as a 360-degree in-line roll.
  3. Dueling Dragons @ Islands of Adventure, Orlando, 1998/2004

    Another one of my favorite rides! Whether it be the Ice or Fire (blue for Ice and red for Fire), I love them both!

    Dare thee ride a twisted dragon? This thrill ride, a dual track inverted roller coaster, comes with the greatest rollercoaster queue area ever created. Go left and Fire is your destiny. Go right and Ice is your endeavor.
    Here's a video clip of the ride.

  4. The Incredible Hulk Coaster @ Islands of Adventure, Orlando, 1998/2004
    This is one mean, green, twisting machine. The track's launch is unique in that it is not the traditional linear induction motor catapult. Halfway up the lift, 220 motors beneath the track kick in to power the wheels and send you soaring into an amazing weightless zero roll. The demands are so intense that the ride had to install its own power plant generators so it wouldn't suck the juice out of the rest of the park -- or Orlando for that matter -- every time a Hulk coaster went into orbit.
    Here's a video clip of the ride.

  5. The Bat @ Canada's Wonderland, 2003

    First you go forward like any other roller coaster then suddenly you go backwards! woohoo!

    On the Bat, the riders are pulled backwards and launched through an unyielding corkscrew and a breathtaking loop. After one trip through The Bat's intense, tight track, riders have little time to catch their breath when The Bat climbs its second launch to take riders through one more time - Backwards!
  6. Skyrider @ Canada's Wonderland, 2006

    This is my first "standing up" roller coaster ride. A different kind of feeling and I love it!

    On SkyRider, riders soar through loops, sharp bank curves and a side-winding helix while standing up! This coaster takes all of the classic elements of a steel coaster and adds the intensity and freedom of a new point of view.
  7. Nitro Flight @ Six Flags, New Jersey, 2003

    The scariest ride I've ever tried! From the line-up of this ride, you will not see the ride itself, it was well hidden, so I didn't really know what to expect. Once there, I don't really feel secure with the seat since there's no seat belt of any kind at all. All we have is an open-sided cars with lap-bar restraint. I can really see myself falling off... This is the longest 4 minutes ride of my life!

    The most explosive coaster on the planet blasts-off to an unbelievable 230 feet with a 215 foot dive back to Earth at hyper-speeds approaching 80 mph. This all-new, colossal mega coaster features an ultra-intense, mile-long track packed with relentless thrills! Seven steep and dramatic drops, double highly-banked horizontal loops, an S-curve and high-speed "hammer head" featuring intense, tight twists and turns are jam-packed into this colossal scream machine.

There's one new ride that I am asking myself if I dare to try... do I dare go to Cedar Point in Ohio for this?

Top Thrill Dragster [The following pictures are from my inbox]

Riders begin their epic journey aboard this whopping 42-story screamer by securing themselves into ultra-cool trains that resemble top fuel dragsters. The train then moves into a "starting line" position, where it is launched forward, reaching 120 mph in approximately four seconds. The train then zooms straight up the 420-foot-tall hill on track that rotates 90 degrees, crests the coaster's apex and then free falls back to Earth. But hold on, this isn't your father's roller coaster. As the train races 400 feet to the ground, the track twists an unbelievable 270 degrees. what a rush!
Scary? Yup, its scary alright! Please look at the other pictures on the links above then take a look at this picture!

So do I dare try this one out? I think I will (given the opportunity).