A Christmas Message

Happy New Year!!!

May 2008 brings you/us lots of love, peace and harmony, good health and lots of blessings from above!!!

I just decided to repost/share this video...


Got this video from Patrice's blog... please take time to watch this heartwarming video.


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Art Attack #3

After doing the colored paint, my daughter's next interest was in clay.

My friends gave some of these as gifts for my daughter, then I bought a couple more to take back to Canada.

I realized that my daughter was too young to really do this properly. She gets frustrated when the clay wouldn't stay down. So I ended up finishing all her work. And it has become my addiction! For days, all I wanted to do was to finished one after the other. It was truly a great stress-reliever for me.

Here's the finished product.

Paper Clay Art at SM Mall of Asia, Philippines

A Balanced Lifestyle

Financial freedom. A Balanced Lifestyle. I guess this is what everybody wants/needs including me.

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Photo Hunters: Light

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Airdrie Festival of Lights

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Taken last Christmas at Airdrie Festival of Lights

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Conversations #22: It's frozen

This happened when we were in Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park. The icefield was very very cold and windy. Before we stop the car to go down and explore --

My FIL said: "Can we stop by the washroom?"
Hubby: "There's no washroom here, we'll just go back to the info center for the washroom." [Info center was about 5 kms back]

After taking pictures for about 20 minutes [none of us could stay out very long as it is very very windy], we decided to leave.

Hubby asked: "Dad, do you still need to go to the washroom? Should we go back to the info center or go forward?"
FIL jokingly said: "We can go forward. I think its frozen now." [Referring to his urine being frozen from the cold weather.] :-)

My kids couldn't stop giggling when they heard this.

My FIL lived in Beijing, China on and off for the past 5 years, so he is used to cold weather, but he just have a hard time adjusting to the cold weather in Canada.


I just made a total elf of my kids with their cousins...

Here's a Christmas video of my kids with their cousins Jarred and Heather...

and here's another one with cousins Andrii and Alex...

Thank you to Linnor for this cool idea.

Web hosting choice

I am lucky that hubby is a network analyst/administrator. Technical things like web hosting is not something I need to worry about. But if you are looking for a web hosting site, you will definitely make the right decision with http://www.webhostingchoice.com. This site is your free guide in choosing the right web site for either your personal or business site.

Web hosting is the act of renting space to host your personal or business web site. There are lots of site that offers free hosting but then it comes with banners and pop up ads. You can also opt to pay a minimal fee for web hosting just so you have complete control over your web site.

My Grown Up Christmas List

I received a compilation of Christmas songs in a CD 2 years ago from Junnie... but since I got it a day or so before or after [can't really remember when] Christmas day, I didn't get to hear the CD that year.

The following year [last year] was the time we moved to Calgary. And since I rarely drive back then, I didn't get the chance to play the CD again.

That is, until this month! The first song in that CD is "My Grown Up Christmas List" and this is the first time I've heard this song as I rarely listen to the radio anymore. Anyway, I just thought I'd share the message of that song to all of you.

My Grown Up Christmas List
by Kelly Clarkson

Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you
With childhood fantasies

Well, I'm all grown up now
And still need help somehow
I'm not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown up christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up christmas list

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree

Well heaven only knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal
A hurting human soul

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up christmas list

What is this illusion called
the innocence of youth
Maybe only in our blind belief
can we ever find the truth
(there'd be)

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end, oh
This is my grown up christmas list

What is your Christmas wish this year?

Ecommerce with Ashop

More and more people are doing their shopping online. I still prefer to go to the mall to do my shopping, but sometimes the internet would offer a deal that is too good to pass up. Hubby on the other hand, prefers to do his shopping at the convenient of our home.

Now a days, people who wants to be their own boss or make unlimited income, should really consider going into the internet business or ecommerce. And this is where Ashop Commerce comes in to help enterpreneur. They are the leading provider of hosted shopping cart software. They are also integrated with all major banks, getaways and third party processors like PayPal.

Here are the 6 reasons to choose Ashop.

  1. It is affordable.
  2. It is easy to use.
  3. It provides technical support and customer service.
  4. It can be found on search engines.
  5. It is customisable to suit your needs.
  6. And it is the total solution for your ecommerce.

Thursday Thirteen #34: Random things [part2]

I got tagged by Duke about 7 silly little things... anyway, to answer that tag, here's 13 random/silly things about me!

13 random things about me!

  1. I don't have a single dress or skirt in my closet.
  2. The only time I was in a formal dress with hair and make-up done by professionals was during my prom, my wedding and when I was part of a wedding entourage.
  3. I am more comfortable in jeans and t-shirts.
  4. I don't eat salads and vegetables.
  5. I love eating chips [ruffles, lays...]. It's my dessert.
  6. I don't drink coffee or tea or even hot chocolate.
  7. I have a short temper.
  8. I hate doing house chores but don't have a choice.
  9. [Honestly] I am always mistaken to be in my mid 20s... yey! [palakpal tenga]
  10. I am very good at remembering birthdays of family and friends.
  11. I have a lot of earrings and necklaces, but I only wear them during special occasions.
  12. The only jewelry that I wore on a daily basis are rings. Currently I am wearing 2 rings, one on each of my fourth finger.
  13. I lost my wedding ring 2 or 3 years ago... One day, I just looked at my finger and notice that something was missing. And I didn't even know how I lost it. I don't normally take off rings when I wash the dishes or take a bath so it must have slip off while I was taking a bath. :-(
Random Things about Me [part 1]

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San Francisco

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Among the 21 cities mentioned above, I've been 11 cities already [Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, LA, New York, Niagara Falls, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa and Washington DC].

When hubby and I travelled to the US in 1993 for our second honeymoon, we both fell in love with San Francisco. The Golden gate bridge, the Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 and Alcatraz were simply breathtaking, amazing and fascinating. A trip down the famous Crooked Street is a must for all tourist. Of course, the tour of the city will not be complete without riding the motorized cable car and trolley hop!

San Francisco is about 21 hours drive from Calgary, while Los Angeles is about 23 hours drive, and we are honestly of thinking of making it a road trip with the kids in the next couple of years.

Change a Life. Change Your Own.

That's World Vision.

Among the many charity/organizations out there, one of my favorite is the World Vision. Here, you have the option to sponsor a child or give a gift or simply get involved.

I started supporting World Vision when I was still in the Philippines. I try to donate as much as I could. I do wish that one day I will be able to sponsor a child.

This holiday season, share a little of your blessings to the children who have nothing. Donations/Gifts can now be made online!

7 Reasons for Confidence in World Vision

  1. Canadians have given World Vision their trust since 1950. Today, more than 568,000 Canadians support our work and 415,000 children are sponsored through World Vision.
  2. World Vision is a registered charitable organization that complies with the requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), which handles audits and regulates compliance activities for qualifying organizations and charities.
  3. An independent Canadian accounting firm, KPMG LLP, audits World Vision's finances annually. The audited statement is available to the public in our annual report and on our website.
  4. World Vision is accountable to an independent board of directors with considerable expertise in the private, public and non-profit sectors. They receive no compensation for their work.
  5. World Vision is accountable to external organizations such as the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the World Food Programme, who require us to follow strict reporting requirements.
  6. World Vision is one of two international non-governmental organizations to receive top rating in One World Trust's 2006 Global Accountability Report. The report measures transparency with donors, participation with the public, evaluation and measurement of programs, and complaint and response mechanisms.
  7. In 2006, 82.5% of our revenue went to support programs that combat poverty and help children in need. When we fundraise, for every $1 spent, we raise $7 to help children in need.
* This is NOT a sponsored post. *

Winter Getaway

A lot of the seniors citizens of Calgary are now travelling to Florida to get away from the cold winter and they will come back around spring time. Actually not just from Calgary, but senior citizens from all over the cold places in North America do this. It is their yearly routine.

One of the top 10 islands in America as noted by Condé Nast readers is the Amelia Island Plantation, Florida's premier island resort, where the weather is warm and sunny all year round. This is one of their destination.

Here's a deal for the perfect getaway from your busy life or from the cold winter days. Their current promo is book 2 nights and you get the 3rd night for free! Make sure you check out their Lodging Special for participating hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Amelia Island Plantation offers a lot for nature lovers, outdoor activities, romantic getaways, family activities and even historical tours. You can go shopping, golfing and even try different cuisines.

I could see myself retiring in Florida someday... I just love the sunny and warm weather, the beaches and of course, the numerous theme parks that are there. And I hope to visit Amelia Island one day. The place looks like a paradise to me.

Photo Hunters: Long

This is definitely a long climb for these 2 little kids... but not for my daughter! She was up and down in no time! She just loved rock climbing... I wish I could afford to let her do this as often as she liked.

Taken at summer camp [an indoor acitivty]
~ July 2007 ~

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Warning Sign

"Malate Church is dedicated to Nuestra Senora de Remedios [Our Lady of Remedies], an image of the Virgin Mary to whom the faithful have turned in times of trouble over four centuries. The church is also historically significant as the base from which the British launched their assault on Intramuros, which then placed Manila under British rule for a two-year period. The present weathered adobe structure is actually only over 100 years old, though various predecessors have stood on the site since the end of the 16th century."

This sign is posted as a reminder inside the church.

Start spreading the Christmas love

I got this from Toni's blog [again and again]... she got this from Kayni, who started a wonderful Christmas gifties project over at her blog.

The rule is quite simple:

Before the end of 2007, I will send a card and physical gift to each of the first five people who comment here. The catch? Each person must make the same offer on her/his blog.

C'mon! Let’s start spreading some Christmas magic!
For the first five people who leave their comments here, please include your email address so I can get in touch with you. Thanks!

20 more days to go...

Tag #22: Two Things

I got tagged by Raquel...

  1. Two names I go by: Jo and Jocelyn
  2. Two things I am wearing right now: T-Shirt and shorts
  3. Two things I want (or have) in a relationship: Love and Trust
  4. Two things I like to do: daydreaming and sleeping
  5. Two things I want very badly in this moment: Sleep and a body massage!
  6. Two things I did last night: Put up my christmas tree and help my son with his homework
  7. Two things I ate today: Salmon and Fried pork with mushrooms
  8. Two persons I last spoke to: Fellow screening officers and passengers
  9. Two things I am doing tomorrow: Work and house cleaning
  10. Two favourite days of the week: Monday and Tuesday [my day-offs]
  11. Two favourite holidays: Christmas and New Year
  12. Two favourite beverages: Coke and coke
  13. Two things about me that you may not have known: I'm stubborn and very strict with my children
  14. Two jobs that I have had in my life: Tax Consultant and Pre-board screening officer
  15. Two movies I would watch over and over: Somewhere in Time and Dirty Dancing
  16. Two places I have lived: Philippines and Canada
  17. Two of my favourite food: Chinese and American
  18. Two places I would rather be right now: In a cruise and trip to Paris

Marriage Proposal

This is from Toni's blog.

"Tell me a story about a marriage proposal — yours, a friend's, a family member's, or someone else's story you just heard about from somewhere. I'm certain there will be a spectrum of moods and tones here — some will be grand, some simple, some saccharine, some funny, and hey, even disastrous. Not all marriage proposals are successful, right? This'll make for a really interesting blog carnival. And who knows? Maybe some readers will get ideas for the new year. Hmmm.

Write about it in your blog and link back to this post. I will collate all links and entries and have the set up by mid-December. Deadline for submission of entries is on Dec. 9, 2007, 11:59 pm."

Let the Marriage Proposal Blog Carnival begin!


I already blog about this before. But here is how my future SIL, D, would relate her special event, verbatim. I got this from her weddingannouncer.com's site --

R is hubby's youngest brother, the future groom
D is the future bride, and a single mom
M is D's 9 year old son
and A is D's friend

"I was in Basement 1 of Robinsons Galleria Mall with A, my officemate, who was hitching a ride with me to Makati. We were busy ranting about our stressful day and had to stop by the trunk of my car so I can fish through my purse for my car keys. A suddenly said, "Oh!" with a startled tone and I looked behind me and then seconded her, "Oh!"...

R emerged from the SUV parked beside my car. He was holding a bouquet of red roses and, sweating like crazy, seemed to have lost at least 5 lbs in the process of waiting to surprise me. He gave me the bouquet and whipped out a sheet of rolled bond paper from his back pocket.

He then proceed to read his "speech" entitled, "The 12 Things I Love About D." (This was around the time I turned to M and said, in a very bridezilla tone of voice, "Huy! Take pictures! Activate your phone-cam! Video, video! Picture, picture!")

R was already on number 5 of his list when I turned to him, dramatically teary-eyed, and lovingly said, "Hon...ang init...ok lang if pasok na tayo sa car tapos continue natin ito sa aircon?" [Honey, its hot, do you mind if we continue it inside the car with the aircon on?]

When we were about to get into the car, I saw the petals on the windshield... he had partially covered the windshield with blue, red, pink and white petals!!! [So, once again, I snapped to attention, whipped my head to my side and said, "A! Look alive! Stay alert! Shoot! Shoot!"]

Inside the car, he continued to read, "The Twelve Things I Love About D" which, in my completely unbiased opinion, is a great literary work of art.

It was a wonderful surprise and well-executed! No one else can claim to have been proposed to in a carpark, with flowers and a speech! He somehow knew that no other surprise would have worked as much as this one did. He chose the least likely venue, and the least likely time... Anything else, such as a fancy restaurant or a romantic setting... and I would have guessed within the first 5 seconds! It was the best surprise ever and I can't ask for anything more :)

The Twelve Things I Love About D --
  1. She is a good mom to M. She takes care of him all the time. Her love for him overflows. M is always top priority.
  2. She is very animated, candid, true to herself kind of deal.
  3. Her passion for the arts [visual, music] is admirable.
  4. Music is her zone - song-writing, composing & singing. Combined with her talents, her sheer intelligence brings out an excellent performance in terms of her corporate career life. She is always on top of her game.
  5. She is a go-getter. She knows what she wants and knows how to get it.
  6. She loves dealing with people. She's so good at it, she can be mistaken as an HR practicioner.
  7. She is very generous with her time, resources, efforts & money especially with matters with her family.
  8. She is a let-your-hair-down, fun-loving, free-spirited, adventurous type of person. She is full of energy, and always on the go.
  9. She is not maarte, can adjust to any type of place or situation.
  10. Although not maarte, she knows how to take care of her health & beauty. Her fashion sense is also very good.
  11. Her best trait I guess is her taste in boys. Or shall I say, she has finally improved on her good taste in boys... ehem, ehem.
  12. Finally, she loves her boyfriend a lot, as much as her boyfriend loves her!
Will you marry me?"

PMN Family Photo: Messy

Construction is always messy...
and dust is everywhere...

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Previous PMN Photo entry:

September 2007: Potted
October 2007: Green
November 2007: Plated

Photo Hunters: Red

I love red decors on Christmas Tree!
It's December and yet I have not put up my Christmas tree
nor have I done any of my Christmas shopping...

I also love red flowers!

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