Ethnicity

I thought I'd share this when I read Evi's post regarding Ethnicity...

Ever since the issue of this family came up [in April 2006], I had second thoughts about packing rice for my son's lunch at school. He doesn't really eat in school anyway. Fingerfoods and sandwiches are much easier to prepare and to eat.

A friend's son started high school, and they started packing sandwiches for him too. But he is a growing kid, and when you are used to eating rice all the time, he feels like he is always hungry. A couple of weeks into school, he told his parents that he wants rice for his lunch! He said that he is positive that there is a Filipino in the lunch room because he eats rice with soup! Now he feels comfortable eating rice in school with his spoon and fork!

Tag #11: 5 Weird Things

Got tag again, this time by Faye.

The rules are:
> List 5 weird things about yourself or your pets.
> Tag 5 friends and list them.
> Those people need to write on their blogs about 5 weird things, and state the rules, and tag 5 more people.

Since I don't have a pets, I have to do my 5 weird eating habits.

  1. I love my hamburger plain, just the burger and the bun... no dressings, no lettuce, no ketchup, no mustard and no mayonnaise.
  2. The only seasoning I like is soy sauce on my fish and shrimp. No vinegar or fish sauce. I don't put ketchup on my chicken either.
  3. My friend K said that I don't really chew my food when I'm eating... I swallow them! [and my son is doing exactly the same]
  4. My hubby said that I am the only chinese he knows who doesn't drink tea. Is this weird?
  5. I can eat anything hot from the pan.
What's your weird eating habits?

For those interested, tag, you're it!

Thursday Thirteen #7: People and Things

Thursday Thirteen is now on its 64th week! And this is my 7th week with them! Don't know how long I can keep this going.

Anyway, for those of you who are planning to join the TT group, here's a list of ideas to get you started.


Thirteen people/things that completes me!

  1. My ever so patient, understanding, loving, faithful, a good provider, my best friend and better half, hubby.
  2. My super hyperactive, energetic, overly sensitive, smart, independent and outgoing son.
  3. My super adorable, loving, sweet, creative, witty and overly shy daughter.
  4. My parents for bringing me into this world and nurturing me to who I am today.
  5. My siblings for making my childhood a happy one.
  6. My in-laws, for accepting me with open arms into their family against all odds.
  7. My cousins, J and D, for their never ending support and love.
  8. My best friend and the godmothers of my kids, M, for always being there for me since our teens.
  9. My friends, who see me through thick and thin and who makes get-together fun and memorable.
  10. On the material side, my reliable computer.
  11. My precious digiscraps and photo albums [even though the movers is charging us approximately $1/pound, I still have to have them move my 155 pounds worth of albums!]
  12. My digital camera [my friend K told me that she is getting me a new one for Christmas…oooh… I can’t wait! She knows that this is at the top of my list, so she had to tell me ahead of time. I’ve been meaning to replace my digicam.]
  13. And of course, GOD, for His never ending blessings for our family and for keeping us safe and healthy!
GODSPEED!

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Tag #10: Pop Quiz

I got tagged by Toni!

I started this tag last sunday evening... but just finished it today. ",)

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn on page 18 and find line 4.
Sorry, there's no book around my computer table.

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can.
What for?

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
The Runaway Jury with John Cusack.

4.Without looking, guess what time it is?
11 PM (Sunday time)

5. Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?
11:37 PM (Sunday time)

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
TV - currently watching Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
SUNDAY, playing (glow in the dark) mini golf at Putting Edge with my kids courtesy of Junnie and Mitzi. Patrick scored 60 with a hole-in-one while Patricia scored 65!





8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
Bloglines.

9. What are you wearing?
Black shirt and jeans.

10. Did you dream last night?
I never remember most of the dreams that I had.

11. When did you last laugh?
Today.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Other than a wall mirror and my bags, the room is bare... no paintings or pictures. I used to have my kid's drawings on my wall, but since we are relocating, I have already remove these.

13. Seen anything weird lately?
My son having a white hair. huh?

14. What do you think of this quiz?
That I have a boring life? lol.

15. What is the last film you saw?
Return to me with David Duchovny and Minnie Driver... what a love story!!!

16. If you became a multimillionaire overnight, what would you buy?
A plane ticket for 4 to visit our family back home!

17. Tell me something about you that I dunno.
I am a prodigal daughter.

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
I'll build another Noah's ark and keep all the good people safe inside and a flood that will kill all the corrupt people!

19. Do you like to dance?
Yup, love it!

20. George Bush
Who? [lol]

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Patricia. [I've always love this name. I actually came up with this name during my first pregnancy, even before I knew the sex of the baby].

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
Patrick. [Initially this should be Nathaniel or Nathan, but hubby doesn't like that name].

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Abroad outside of Canada? Not really. I am happy here! But I don't mind relocating to another province [which is happening in the next 2-3 months].

24. What do you want GOD to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
"Welcome my child."

25. 4 people who must also do this meme in their journal.
I don't like tagging people a lot so I hope you girls wouldn't mind that I tag you this time.
Raquel [I think its been awhile since she did any tag on her blog]
Kai [She mentioned before that she wants me to tag her again]
Ann
Diana Joy

Questions

My kid's shampoo says its "tear-free" and "tangle-fighting". It is also a 2-in-1 shampoo and condition. Yet, my daughter's hair is always tangled up when she step out of the bath. Twice I used my conditioner on her hair, and it was tangle-free! Should I start using my shampoo and conditioner to my 6-year old?

My son on the other hand, started using the regular shampoo about 6 months ago. I notice that the smell on his scalp (from playing too much in the sun) is still there even after a bath. At first I thought he didn't know how to shampoo, but I guess he just needs a stronger shampoo.

My questions are:

  1. When do kids start using the regular shampoo?
  2. When do kids start using conditioner?

Thursday Thirteen #6: Thankful things

It has been one busy week for me... It's an open house moving sale everyday! I didn't even have the time to blog hop yesterday. My bloglines indicates that I have 32 unread feeds!


Thirteen things I'm thankful for this week!

  1. Kids are doing their house chores religiously. Thanks to the chore chart [which I started last week]! They just love to see all the check marks on each chore, and complain if I don't give them a check mark. They also feel bad when one have more check marks than the other. ",)
  2. Kids are able to keep their room clean every night. Yehey! No more toys scattered on the floor for me to step on when I check up on them every night. Definitely a less stressful week for me. Thanks again to the chore chart!
  3. No TV time during the weekday means less arguing as to what TV show to watch and less shouting in the house.
  4. And because of this, my kids are having a lot of playtime together. Definitely spending more bonding/quality time together!
  5. Antibiotics/medicines, for making my daughter feel better after being sick for 4 days. :-(
  6. Our library's collection of DVD which I can borrow for free! This is how I keep myself updated with the movies since I don't really go to the movie houses anymore.
  7. Deciding to enroll my daughter in a drawing class, which she is enjoying a lot! She is very talented! It's a pity that my son doesn't like to draw.
  8. A very successful "moving out sale"! Only 3 major items (washer/dryer and kid's bunk bed) are not yet sold, once these are sold, we are ready to move! I mean I have to start packing...
  9. Posting and selling my stuff via Craigslist's (free) classified ad. The outcome are not bad.
  10. The family who is accommodating/feeding hubby while he's in Calgary. We found a place we like though we haven't really applied for it yet. The good thing about this place is that 2 units are available for us and for our friend who are also relocating in November. This way we will still be neighbors and we can help each other out in terms of babysitting.
  11. The approval of hubby's car financing application in Calgary. ",)
  12. YM, E-mails and webcam to keep in touch with hubby in Calgary, and our family and friends back home.
  13. Blogging for keeping me sane!
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Relocation Update #1

I'm having a busy week. I have to dispose all of our stuff!!!

The movers are charging $0.75 to $1 per pound! I didn't realize that movers can be very expensive. At first I thought I'd just rent a truck and a driver, pay for the gas and that's it. Maybe $2500? But no, other than that, I still have to pay for the weight of my stuff. My friend's family is also relocating to Calgary by November. And the estimate of their move is around $5,000 to as much as $10,000!!! I might just as well buy new stuff with that much money. Not that I have that much, but if I do have that much money, I'd buy new stuff. Lucky for them, relocation expenses is part of the husband's package. My husband wasn't entitled to any relocation expenses!

The best thing is to SELL everything! And it ain't easy!

For those who live in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton area, if you are interested to look at my stuff, please let me know. Thanks!

Thursday Thirteen #5: The past 13 weeks

Finally, here's my own version of Thursday Thirteen (TT) banner.

For those interested to use my banner, please leave your email address and I'll send it to you.



The Past Thirteen Weeks

week 1
  • One of my best friend since high school, K, arrived in Canada and temporarily stayed with us. I love having her around.

    week 2
  • I celebrated my Nth birthday party for the very first time in Canada. I don't usually celebrate my birthday, don't know why, I guess I'm just a bit lazy preparing dinner for my own party. hehehe...

    week 3
  • Hubby resigned from his job of 3 years. It's time for a change! And we're hoping it's for the best!
  • We gave up our car (whose lease is also up) to keep our expenses to a minimum. It's hard not to have a car especially when its grocery day. :-(

    week 4
  • My daughter celebrated her 6th birthday!
  • And later during the week, hubby left on a job-hunting trip in another province where people say that jobs are everywhere but housing can be difficult.

    week 5
  • A very sleepless week for me... Don’t ask me why.

    week 6
  • Another sleepless week for me... my friend K and I just watched TV all night long... a marathon of Project Runway season 1 and 2. Our normal sleeping time is between 2-3 am. It's a good thing I don't have to wake up early in the morning.

    week 7
  • I keep myself busy by helping K move to her first apartment in Canada.
  • And helping Junnie and Mitzi in painting their newly acquired home.

    week 8
  • Start of the school year. Yipeee! At last, some peace and quite time for me at home.
  • Time for some cleaning... and getting rid of unwanted stuff around the house. I have so much junk!
  • Started reading about CSS since Blogger in Beta is all about CSS.

    week 9
  • Our last trip to Canada's Wonderland for the season! And it's a whole day affair, from 10 am to 8pm. It was tiring, but at the same time, we had a blast!
  • I had my very first massage with facial at TCM Spa (in Canada) courtesy of Mitzi.
  • I started my new house rules.

    week 10
  • Hubby returns after 5 weeks, turning down 2 job offers. Maybe relocating is not for us. Well, at least we tried and there's no regret and no "what ifs."
  • I started my job hunting... which is not easy!
  • We attended Junnie's house warming party from 12 noon to 11 pm! My second time to eat lechon in Canada! Yummy!

    week 11
  • Hubby continues his job hunting...
  • And later that week, hubby went out of town for yet another job interview. This interview lasted for 2 hours! A good sign? hmmmmm....
  • Trish started her "drawing" class at the community center. And she is thrilled!

    week 12
  • Our 11th wedding anniversary... and our first time to be apart on this day.

    week 13 (this week)
  • My new house rules which started on week 9 is still working like miracle. Hurray! I wish I had done this sooner.
  • Hubby got a job offer (yesterday)! This is his dream job! No more sleepless nights for me.
  • And... oh... we're moving! [wink]

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    A Decade + 1

    Today is our 11th year anniversary... and it's the first time that hubby and I won't be celebrating it together since he is still out of town. :-(

    Anyway, here's the first 10 years of our lives together.



    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Pay it forward

    Did you see the movie of Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment's "Pay it Forward"? It was a really good movie... a simple gesture of when somebody help you, don't pay it back, but pay it forward by helping other people in need.

    When we first migrated, one of our problem is how to establish a credit history. How could one established credit history in a new country when no one is willing to get you started? Our application for credit cards and credit lines where constantly denied due to lack of credit history! This includes car financing.

    When we decided its time to get a car, our first intention was to buy a brand new one instead of leasing [which is quite common here]. But no financing company is willing to give us a loan, the fact that I am not working made it worst.

    The only option we have then was to lease the car. We submitted our application with our fingers crossed.

    A friend of ours, P, whom we used as a referece in our application, was contacted by the car dealer and they ask her if she will act as our guarantor! It's a good thing she said "yes" because if she didn't our application would have been denied. We didn't even know about it until P called me and ask me about our application and that she needs to go to the car dealer with us to sign papers too.

    We all know that if and when we missed one payment [which never happened], the financing company is going after her. She will be required to pay or her credit rating will be affected as well. Yet, she took this risk for us. Us, meaning the friends whom she never saw after college.

    I really owe a lot to P, not only did she act as our guarantor, but she was the one who picked up hubby at the airport when he first landed. [Me and the kids followed after 6 weeks]. And she offered him to stay with her in her condo while he look for an apartment.

    I really don't know how to repay P's kindness... she has everything she could ever wanted. So I just decided to pay it forward.

    When my friend K [from my previous post] needed a place to stay, I opened our home to her... when she needed to buy her leather sofa, I let her use my store card so she can pay it by installment. And there's no doubt in my mind that once she has settled down, she will have her chance to help someone in the future.

    ...oOo...

    It's another long weekend for us Canucks... it's our thanksgiving weekend. So Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    If you live in the 80's you're going to like this.

    Thursday Thirteen #4: 13 State in 13 years

    At first I thought that joining the TT group would be fun... It is fun! But coming up with TT list every week is not as easy as I thought it would be. I guess it is because my memory is a bit rusty.


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    Thirteen out of 50 State
    that I've visited in the USA in the span of 13 years!

    1. Grand Canyon, Arizona, 1993
      [The most amazing sight I've ever seen! I would love to take hubby and the kids there someday.]
    2. Las Vegas, Nevada, 1993
      [The city that comes alive at night... I also love the illuminating lights!]
    3. Portland, Maine, 1993
      [I was supposed to try my first hot air balloon ride here. I am willing to pay $150 (if I remember correctly) for this ride. But due to fog, we didn't take off... hmp! I haven't had a chance to try it again.]
    4. Stamford/Hartford/Fairfield, Connecticut, 1993 and 2006
      [I live in Stamford for 3 months while I was in the process of self-discovery. And I did find myself and the love of my life!]
    5. Baltimore, Maryland, 1993
      [My first attempt at long driving from Stamford, CT with a friend from high school.]
    6. Providence, Rhode Island, 1993
      [I don't have any pictures of this place, hence, I can't remember what I saw. Tsk tsk tsk!]
    7. Chicago, Illinois, 1999
      [Hubby and I visited a lot of museums (for free) here... not really what I wanted to do in Chicago, but its what hubby wants.]
    8. Boston, Massachusetts, 1999
      [Hubby and I met some old college friends here.]
    9. San Francisco/Los Angeles/San Diego, California, 1993 and 1999
      [I have so many wonderful memories in these cities.]
    10. Orlando and Tampa, Florida, 1999 and 2004
      [What can I say, we love theme parks and we love Mickey! Except for the heat, I wouldn't mind making this our vacation home.]
    11. Washington, District of Columbia, 1993 and 2006
      [A family get-together with my in-laws.]
    12. Atlantic City/Cape May/Wildwood, New Jersey, 1993 and 2006
      [Another family get-together with my in-laws.]

      lastly,

    13. New York City and Oakland Garden, New York
      [We drove to NY 1-3 times a year (for the past 5 years) since my SIL and her family lives there. The only family we have in North America.]



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    Busybee #4

    Today I had quite a busy day...

    I had some errands to do in downtown. I met my friend Liway at her office to ask her to bring home some stuff for my family. She's leaving on the 5th for a much awaited vacation... Her first trip home after more than 5 years in Canada!

    Later, I met K who is a new immigrant and has not established any credit history yet. So I took her to Leon's and applied for their store credit card in my name. I let her use my card to purchase her leather sofa in installment at 0% interest for 12 months, free delivery. A very good deal indeed! Now, K is happy! She has been bugging me to help her buy her sofa for weeks now. I just couldn't find the time to go see her because its (approx) 1.5 hours commute!

    We had our lunch at 2:30pm and then I have to hurry home for my kids. I was in the subway by 3pm. I should be home by 4:20pm just in time for the kid's arrival at 4:30pm. But everytime I am in a rush, something would happen. The subway experienced some techinical problems and I missed my bus connection by 5 minutes. So I have to wait for the next one and I got home at 4:45pm.

    Luckily my kid's bus stop is right in front of our apartment building... and I told them that if and when they got home and I am not at home, the should just wait for me by our apartment door. They are NOT allowed to go to any neighbor's house. They are NOT allowed to go elsewhere or hang around in the lobby. They are NOT allowed to talk to anybody. And they should always stay together!

    I was 15 minutes late for the very first time! I found them waiting for me outside our apartment door. And their face were glowing as soon as they saw me.

    My son ask, "mommy, where did you go? I thought you left us already!"