Last Sunday, I took the kids to Spaceport located inside Calgary Airport.

SPACEPORT. Located in the Calgary Airport, the 5,800-sq-ft interactive attraction includes a quarter-scale model space shuttle on loan from NASA, an air traffic control tower, a full-size single-engine Beaver Bush plane, a moon rock exhibit, five flight and motion simulators including an F-16 jet and a shuttle to Space Canyon, and a play area. Open all year round.

Patrick is happy with the video games

Patricia's flying a plane

Patricia's weight on Earth is 50.7 lbs,
Moon weight is 8.4 lbs, and Mars weight is 19.7 lbs.

Patrick's weight on Earth is 89 lbs,
Moon weight is 14.8 lbs, and Mars weight is 34.7 lbs.

There are also 5 simulator rides available for a small fee, though we didn't try this one yet.

Formula One Simulator

We will definitely be a regular here since admission is FREE and its only 10 minutes away from home. And best of all, its an indoor, educational activity for the kids.

Practical Tips #3

"Parents and leading experts in early childhood education have prepared these practical everyday tips, to help you be a more knowledgeable, better and happier parent."

Making a Negative Situation a Positive

  1. Tell your child what behaviors you'd like to see. Remember to accentuate the positive: "I like the way you cleaned your room after I asked you to."
  2. Avoid the "yeah, but" trap: "I like the way you made your bed, but you did not pick up your toys."
  3. Explain the consequences ahead. For example, before you leave for the restaurant, tell you child, "If you are going to scream and yell when we are in the restaurant, we will leave." Always follow through.
  4. Set fair and realistic consequences for unacceptable behaviour. Make the discipline fit the crime. For example, if your child keeps playing with the VCR, when you said not to touch, then explain to her why there will be no TV that day.
  5. Take a deep breath and count to 10. Don't discipline your child when you are angry.
  6. Forgive and forget - make sure your child knows you still love her.
  7. Mistakes are always an opportunity for learning.

SOURCE: TV Ontario's Get Ready to Learn


I saw this at Rachel's blog... and believe me, its not as easy as it looks.

Rules: Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following... They must be REAL places, names, things... NOTHING made up! If you can’t think of anything, skip it.

Your Name: JO

  1. Famous Athlete:
    Jowarski [Philippine basketball player - though I am not a fan of his]
  2. 4 letter word:
    joke, jobs
  3. Street name:
    John Laurie Blvd NW, Calgary
  4. Color:
    Jade [saturatred, slightly bluish green]
  5. Gifts/presents:
  6. Vehicles:
  7. Tropical Locations:
  8. College Majors:
  9. Dairy Products:
    [Monterey] Jack Cheese [for making yummy Quesadillas]
  10. Things in a Souvenir Shop:
  11. Boy Name:
    James [Denton of Desperate Housewives]
  12. Girl Name:
    Jeannie [my cousin]
  13. Movie Titles:
    Jackal [Bruce Willis], Junior [Arnold S.], Jurrasic Park [Sam Neill], Juror [Demi Moore]...
  14. Alcohol:
    Jungle Juice [mixtures contain high qauntities of hard alcohol, mixed with arbitrary juices - found this at]
  15. Occupations:
    Journalist, Jockey, Judge
  16. Flowers:
    Jonquil [another name for Daffodil, native of Spain and Portugal - according to Wikipedia again]
  17. Celebrities:
    Janet Jackson
  18. Magazines:
    J-14 [a teenage monthly magazine, USA - according to Wikipedia again]
  19. U.S. Cities:
    Jacksonville, Florida [13th most populated city in the USA, from Wikipedia]
  20. Pro Sports Teams:
    Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL
  21. Something Found in a kitchen:
  22. Reason for Being Late:
    [Traffic] Jam
  23. Something You Throw Away:
  24. Things You Shout:
  25. Cartoon Character:
    Josie [and the pussycats - I was tease with this name when I was in elementary]
Ok, who's next?

Question on Homeworks

I remember when I was young, my mama would do my home economics projects for me, like cross stitch and sewing... I mean, I would do them, but she will see that it is no good, so she will redo it all over again... no wonder I don't know how to sew. ",)

I used to complain that my son doesn't get much homework. And now, with their new school, I am again complaining that they have too much homework! It is mentally stressful for me and hubby to help my son with his homework. Our weekends were spent doing homework. And he is always late in submitting his homework.

Last December, his assignment was to make a booklet about Sled Dogs using MS Word. It was very hard for him since he has to learn how to use MS Word and at the same time do research on the topic. It's a good thing the teacher has a website that contains all these information.

Now, my son has to do a travel brochure on HolyLand and he is required to use MS Publisher due this Friday. I know this is going to take him forever again, so I decided to start on it. I spent my morning researching about HolyLand, its history and things to see. Later, he has to re-word it and make his brochure. And we still have to teach him how to use MS Publisher. Actually hubby and I never used MS Publisher before, so it will be a first for the three of us. Yes, hubby and I [alternately] have to sit with him while he does his homework. I don't think he will be able to submit this by Friday. There's just not enough time during weekdays.

My questions are: Do you ever have to do your kid's homework? Is it okay to do the research for him so it won't take him forever? If you remember I already mentioned that my son is ADHD, which makes it hard for him to concentrate on one task longer than 10 minutes. So a 30-minute assignment will take him 3-5 hours to finish!

Topics to blog

People has been saying I came up with ideas very fast... well, I use this medium as a way to share a little more about myself every day of the week. Or give me a topic to blog.

As you know, I am already hooked up on Thursday Thirteen.

And from Rach's blog, I posted one entry each for Monday Madness, Friday Feast and Saturday's Scavenger Photo Hunt.

I also wanted to join Wordless Wednesday, but decided to post it in my scrapblog instead.

So if you are running out of topics to blog, you might want to explore these sites. Each one has its own unique way.

  • Monday Madness
    Several "light" questions to get you out of the Monday Blues.
  • Manic Monday
    One new random question each and every Monday.
  • Tuesday Tales
    Tuesday's Tales is a weekly meme with 3-5 questions to make you think.
  • Tuesday Twosome
    Questions with two choices, all dealing with the same topic.
  • Wordless Wednesday
    A picture is worth a thousand words...
  • Thursday Thirteen
    There's no theme, no questions. It's all about the blogger, and connecting bloggers that may not have otherwise found each other.
  • Friday Feast
    While our questions may sometimes be related to food, the main idea here is to feed your mind by asking thought-provoking, mind-stimulating questions.
  • Free for all Friday
    Free-For-All Friday (FFAF) is a unique blogging meme - it isn't about what you post, but what others post for you. You particpate by allowing the general blogging public the ability to post on your blog via a guest account. As the blog owner, you get to set the guidelines - but it IS called Free-For-All for reason. FFAF is a tremendous opportunity to get to know your readers while they get to know you.Free-For-All Friday takes place on the last Friday of every month.
  • Saturday's Scavenger Photo Hunt
    A theme is given each Saturday. Post a photo that best represents the theme. New and old photos welcome. Post photos from your personal collection and not photos obtained from the web (please, no clip-art). Just play along once a week by posting a photo for the said theme.
  • Saturday Six and Sunday Seven
    Six/Seven totally unrelated questions.

Thursday Thirteen #16: Amazing Race part 2

Amazing Race: All Star will premier on February 18. The 11 teams are:

  1. Uchenna and Joyce [my favorite couple, winner of season 7]
  2. Kevin and Drew [from season 1]
  3. Oswald and Danny [season 2]
  4. John and Jill [season 3]
  5. David and Mary [I love them in season 10]
  6. Charla and Mirna [season 5]
  7. Teri and Ian [season 3]
  8. Eric and Danielle [season 9]
  9. Joe and Bill [the 'famous' Team Guido, season 1]
  10. Dustin and Kandice [though they don't play fair, I wish they win this time, season 10].
  11. Rob and Amber [I hate this couple! why did they bring them back??? 2nd place in season 7]
A couple of weeks ago, I posted 13 reasons why I SHOULD be in the Amazing Race... Here's --

Thirteen reasons why I CAN'T be in The Amazing Race

  1. I don't know how to swim! Each show have swimming/diving involved.
  2. I'm not physically fit for running around.
  3. I can't navigate... I don't know my North/South/East/West.
  4. I don't know my geography.
  5. And I'm not good at reading maps [Actually I can but it will take me forever to read maps].
  6. I'm not athletic... I don't think I can do rock climbing which is also in every race, though it will be interesting to try and see if I can do it. Well, Sarah, with the artificial leg, [AR-10 Ep-1 and 4] did it twice, so I think I maybe able to do it too [???].
  7. I hate getting muddy and smelly
  8. I can't deal or handle any kind of animals, not even dogs... I am just too scared of them.
  9. I don't do well under pressure!
  10. I get frustrated easily.
  11. The editing [as claimed by some teams] might make me look bad???
  12. I don't think I can sleep on the roads, bus terminal, train station [I am very meticulous when in comes to sleeping and public bathroom].
  13. Lastly, I have a weak stomach. I don't think I can eat the delicacies of other countries such as fried crickets & grasshoppers [AR-9 Ep-11] or cow intestine/saliva/kidney [AR-7 Ep-3] or fish eyes [AR-10 Ep-1] or live mini octopus [AR-4 Ep-10]...

    even if it is for a million dollars?!?

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3 things in 3 years

I was browsing thru my own archive when I encounter this post.

Posted: July 15, 2005 -- Three things you want to accomplish in the next three years:
  1. Visit Manila with the whole family
  2. Find a permanent, full time job once my daughter starts Grade 1
  3. Buy a bigger car (like mazda 5) or a van
UPDATES after 18 months:
  1. It may take us awhile to go back home... we wanted to do it this coming October 2007 in time for my in-laws' 40th wedding anniversary celebration. But nothing is definite yet! It is just way too expensive for the 4 of us to go back home! Besides, with our recent relocation, we have lots of payables. This can still come true, if we can make it home by 2008.
  2. I got a job! It's only for the tax season, but hopefully it will open a door to a permanent position.
  3. Our new car is a Honda Pilot... it wasn't what I have in mind because this is really a huge SUV, but who can resist a 3.9% financing rate, payable in 60 months!

Relocation Update #7: Now Hiring

In Toronto, I applied for a lot of jobs since summer, including odd jobs, and I didn't receive a single call from any one of them! It was frustrating actually. My self-esteem and self-confidence were very low. I kept thinking that I am not employable anymore unless I go back to school.

We got here on a Thursday and immediately did some major shopping for the next 3 days... and believe it or not, every store that I went to have a "now hiring" signs all over. Not only the "now hiring" signs are visible, but the starting rates are also posted! Even those hiring part time employees are offering 50% benefits [medical/dental/VLs]. If you want to do odd jobs [clerical, cashier, sales], you can choose where you want to work!

Hubby have been pointing them out to me as he sees them since day 1, and on the 4th day, it got on my nerve! Hahaha... I am not ready to apply for any job at that time since I had a lot of unpacking to do... Besides, since jobs are almost everywhere, I thought I'd try to apply for the job that I will enjoy and not just any job.

Eventually, my son was the one telling me about these job openings... really, it was starting to irritate me!

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Canadian Tire sign:
"Flexible hours available for stay at home moms."

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December 11, my kids started school in Calgary... during that week, I tried to access their homework load and finished unpacking...

December 18, comes the time when I felt I'm ready to start looking for a job but then I got sick! Colds, cough, sore throat, on and off fever... everything happening all at the same time! And it continued for 3 weeks [till first week of January]! It ruined my Christmas and New Year. :-(

My job hunting:
  • December 30, I thought its about time that I update my resume. I posted my resume at and
  • January 1, browse through the job openings on the 2 sites above, but didn't applied for any job.
  • January 2, I applied for 1 job online... a Tax Consultant position.
  • January 3, my answering machine contains 1 message. It was from the tax company that I applied for [just the day before]. I was still sick at that time, every time I tried to speak, I cough, so I didn't return his call.
  • January 8, 5 days later, I called him back and set up an interview. The guy was very nice to me when I explain the reason for not returning his call immediately.
  • January 9, my interview day. It wasn't really an interview, as soon as I got there, he ask me to fill out employment forms and sign contract. I'm hired!!! The only requirement is that I have to write an exam so they will know my level as a Tax Consultant.
  • January 11 to 20, start of a series of training... and need to spend a lot of time reading tax books... and understanding their company's policy and procedures.
  • January 15, is my exam day... wish me luck! ;)
Hubby and I are having second thoughts though about this job... lots of pros and cons... I will see how it goes next week. I have to at least give it a try despite all the cons.

I guess I got lucky here!!! First job that I applied for in Calgary, a job that I like to do and I got hired on the spot! And this ain't no odd job. Of course, tax season is here which makes it easier for me. ",)

So if you know anyone who are migrating, tell them to consider Calgary!

Thursday Thirteen #15: Children Learn

I think I've shared too much of myself participating in TT. So I thought I'd share these parenting guidelines with all of you.

Parenting is the hardest job in the world, and sometimes we just needed some reminders of the impact of what we do and how it affects the lives of our children. There are actually 19 points here and not just 13. It's a bit long if you're going to read all the links, but its worth reading!!!

Happy Thursday!

Children Learn What They Live
~ by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph D, 1972 ~

  1. If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn
  2. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight
  3. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive
  4. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves
  5. If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy
  6. If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy
  7. If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty
  8. If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence
  9. If children live with tolerance, they learn patience
  10. If children live with praise, they learn appreciation
  11. If children live with acceptance, they learn to love
  12. If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves
  13. If children live with recognition, they learn it is better to have a goal

    More --

  14. If children live with sharing, they learn generosity
  15. If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness
  16. If children live with fairness, they learn justice
  17. If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect
  18. If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and those about them
  19. If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live

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The big TEN

My son turns 10 years old today! He is so proud that he is getting bigger. Big enough to carry his sister on his shoulder! And his sister is loving it too.

He refers this day as the day he turns "a decade old" [his exact term].

TEN things about my son:
  1. He is the first grandchild on hubby's side. Very spoiled and pampered by his grandparents for 3 years [unitl a cousin and a baby sister came along].
  2. He loves and is very protective of his sister!
  3. He is a very smart, malambing, and creative child.
  4. He expresses his feelings willingly and openly.
  5. He loves playing with his computer, Yu-gi-oh and Pokemon cards.
  6. He's an ADHD child [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder]... He is my little boy blue.
  7. He loves to multi-task, that is, doing homework while playing with his hand, talking and fidgeting in his seat all at the same time... and never get anything done.
  8. He knows how to say "NO or I don't do dare."
  9. He is not as daring as his sister when it comes to roller coaster rides... but he loves sports - skiing, ice skating, floor hockey and swimming.
  10. He loves to have more responsibility around the house or be in charge.

Magic Sing

Pinoys are known for their love to sing in every family gathering, birthday parties and even at weddings. A party is not a party until it ends in karaoke.

I could never sing in front of other people... even at home, I rarely sing. I would prefer to dance than sing. But hubby loves to sing and I'm hoping my kids will like it too once they see their daddy singing.

As you all know, my kids can no longer speak Tagalog, though they can still understand me when I talk to them in Tagalog, but their response are always in English.

A couple of months ago, I heard my kids' playmates, singing Tagalog songs. Their ages are 8, 6 and 4, all born and raised in Canada. When I met them, they don't speak Tagalog. Just last year, they have relatives who stayed with them for a year. Their relatives just love to sing, and through them, the kids can now sing Tagalog songs with the help of "The Magic Sing". Take note, the youngest can sing Ocho Ocho and Pamela One. They can even read some of the words already. The eldest, can now say prayer of thanks in Tagalog [and its not a simple prayer of thanks, it is quite long]. And I am truly amazed. And all of this is because of the "Magic Sing".

So now, I'm bugging hubby that we should get one too. I'm hoping that this would encourage our kids to sing and re-learn Tagalog. But looking at the prices of "Magic Sing" on the internet, it is very expensive! The mic cost USD $225+ and each additional chip is about USD $68+. Now, I'm asking myself if this is worth investing on? Even though kids from the other family have a positive turn out, I'm not sure if it would be the same with my kids. My daughter loves to sing, so I know it won't be a problem to ask her to sing. But my son is the oppposite, I'm not sure if I could encourage him to sing. What do you think? Is it worth it?

Photo Hunters #1: Memory

Memory from the past

This was the first time somebody drew a picture of me. He was a college friend of mine, currently living in Hongkong with his wife and 2 kids. I'm always an admirer of his drawings. His drawings were the reason we became friends. And seeing this picture was really flattering and made me totally speechless. Thanks Lam! I hope being a father doesn't stop you from your drawings!
A theme is given each Saturday. Post a photo that best represents the theme. New and old photos welcome. Post photos from your personal collection and not photos obtained from the web (please, no clip-art). Just play along once a week by posting a photo for the said theme. Click here for 2007 Photo Hunt Theme.

Movie Marathon #4

During the holiday season, while I was sick with a flu, I am just glad there were some nice movies on TV. I've watched these movies for the very first time, and they were all good movies - funny, action-pack and heartwarming stories. If you haven't seen them, I suggest you try to watch them.

Yes, we don't have a TV [yet] in the house, but my PC have a TV card. I still get to watch TV shows in my computer, while blogging. ",)

Blogging while watching "Numbers"
  • Vertical Limit -- Chris O'Donnel Robin Tunney and Bill Paxton, 2000
    A K2 climbing party becomes trapped and it is up to experienced and daring Peter Garrett to retrieve them. His ragtag rescue group is skeptical on the chances of their survival, Peter has no choice but to press on since his sister is one of the climbers imprisoned within the snow.

  • Bed of roses -- Christian Slater and Mary Stuart Masterson, 1996
    Christian Slater stars as a Wall Street hustler who turns in his career after his wife and baby die during childbirth. Instead, Slater dedicates himself to providing moments of joy as the owner of a flower shop. When he notices Mary Stuart Masterson weeping at her window, he delivers an anonymous bouquet that changes both of their lives.

  • Surviving Christmas -- Ben Affleck and Christina Applegate, 2004
    A lonely man tries to find warmth and holiday cheer by renting a family to share in the joys of the Christmas but things don't necessarily go according to his plans.

  • Boat trip -- Cuba Gooding Jr and Horatio Sanz, 2002
    Jerry and Nick are two best buddies whose love lives have hit rock bottom, Jerry's especially, having just vomited all over his fiance on a hot air balloon trip prior to proposing to her. To escape their troubles and find women, they book a trip on board a cruise-liner, unaware the travel agent has just played a horrid trick on them in retaliation for Nick offending his secret gay lover. And that's the trick - it's a gay cruise-liner for gay men to make out. And slowly but surely, the dim-witted duo begin to realize this.

  • Frantic -- Harrison Ford, 1988
    While in Paris attending a conference, Dr. Richard Walker's wife Sondra mysteriously disappears. When the French police prove to be of little help, he begins the search by himself. What he finds is a confusing mix-up, but one that could prove to be extremely dangerous and would perhaps be even more so if the police got involved.
Movie write-ups from

Help needed!

I have my own domain name for quite a long time now... so far, it holds my family [photo] website. We have our own server here at home for that website and our emails. I was wondering how do I transfer my blog to my own domain with all my archives and comments intact. I only know basic HTML, I honestly don't know how to customize the current blogger beta.

Anybody willing to help me out? I'm a fast learner, as long as someone is willing to show me the path.

It's 2007!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!!!


Tag #13: Tagged by Irene. Here's TEN things I would NEVER do...

  1. Stop taking pictures/videos. I just love compiling scrapbook for my kids and journaling their growing years.
  2. Stop travelling/road trips [as long as our budget permits it]. This is one thing that our family truly enjoys! And as long as we are physically fit and financially able, it is something I wouldn't dream of letting go.
  3. Forget the power of LOVE.
  4. Abandon a family member or a friend in need.
  5. Tuck in my shirt. Ever since I gave birth, I can never tuck in my shirt anymore. I wish to go back to my old weight so I can start tucking my shirt again.
  6. Get into credit card debt. I have manage to keep myself out of debt [except for a mortgage and car loan]... and I plan to keep it that way!
  7. Get into cosmetic surgery or get a liposuction. I believe in natural beauty.
  8. Eat spicy food.
  9. I care too much about my lungs and health that I will never try smoking, drugs nor drink alcohol.
  10. Gamble.
Tag, you're it!