On Vacation

The owner of this blog is currently on vacation... woohooo!

I have a few "scheduled post" to be published while I am on vacation. It's a good thing blogger came up with this feature. I will still be able to update my blog even when I'm on vacation. ",)

Our flight leaves in 5 hours... and we are scheduled to arrive in Manila at approximately 10am on May 31.


Litratong Pinoy: Ihip ng hangin

Ang bandila ng Canada sumasayaw sa ihip ng hangin.

Simply Amazing

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Shopping can be stressful

I didn't realized that attending a family wedding can be stressful.

When my brothers and sister got married, I was part of the entourage, hence, I didn't have to worry about what to wear!

But the wedding that we're going to attend is the wedding of hubby's youngest brother. So I am expected to wear formal dress. And as I mentioned before, I don't have a single dress or skirt in my closet.

My future SIL have a lot of requirements for her upcoming wedding. For example: she has a color motif that she wants all the guests to follow [Beige, Bronze, Gold and Cream]. And I didn't even know about this motif until last week.

These colors - Beige, Bronze, Gold, Cream -- doesn't really fit me well since I am a little overweight and these colors will make be even look bigger. Dark colors would fit me well.

At the same time, I know I still have time to shop once we got home, but I didn't want to waste the little time we have shopping for a dress. So I decided to get one here.

So here I am shopping for clothes and even went to the point of borrowing some clothes from friends because a formal gown just costs too much. But because of their motif, they said "no" to a couple of clothes that I tried on. And I am on the verge of not attending the wedding!

My question: If the invitation said to wear formal attire in the following colors, do you, as a guest, follow it? Would wearing a gown be too dressy for a wedding?

5 days to go before our trip to Manila...

Litratong Pinoy: Tubig

Jasper National Park, October 2007

Ito ang aking unang lahok sa Litratong Pinoy.

Seven Parenting Mistakes

Seven common parenting mistakes by Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

  1. Not Trying To Fix Problems
  2. Overestimating or Underestimating Problems
  3. Having Unrealistic Expectations
  4. Being Inconsistent
  5. Not Having Rules or Setting Limits
  6. Fighting Back
  7. Not Changing What Doesn't Work
Are you guilty in any of the above mistakes? I believe I am consistent with my house rules, I have limits, I have realistic expectations and I do try to change things that doesn't work. The problem is hubby [and the grandparents] often times contradict my rules and limits which makes it harder for me to implement my rules if they are around.

Weird Surnames

These are actual surnames of clients I encountered during the last tax season.

  1. Death [no kidding!]
  2. Bastard
  3. Dick
  4. Fuck
  5. Condoms
  6. Glasscock [Native American name]
  7. Littlecock [Native American name]
  8. Many Grey Horses [Native American name]
And if these were my surname, I would immediately seek to have a change in name!

"The number you dialed is not yet in service"

We have a family business back home, and during my college years, I used to sit in the office on Saturdays doing my homework. And at the same time, I am sort of like a spy to make sure the secretaries are not chit chatting and are doing their job properly.

We had a new secretary, she's from the province and it's her first time in the city. She had to call a supplier so she picks up the phone and dialed the number. She started to say "hello" and stopped. She listen for almost one minute and finally said "salamat po" [Thank you]. I was puzzled.

A few seconds later, she turns to the other secretary and told her "ano ba yan? sabi nung kausap ko 'the number you dialed is not yet in service'. paulit ulit niyang sinabi yon, bakit ayaw niya akong kausapin. Obvious naman na may tao sa kabiliang linya." [what is that? the person on the other side keeps on repeating 'the number you dialed is not yet in service'. How come she didn't want to talk to me. It's obvious that there's someone on the other line.]

And before I could burst out laughing, I had to run to the washroom.

"I Know Green From Red"

I am very poor with direction. I don't know my North from my South and East and West. I can get myself from point A to point B, but with advance planning on the route that I have to take.

I've been asking hubby to buy me a GPS for years now. But since the one that we wanted are out of our budget, we have to use google/MSN maps to give us direction.

Last Christmas, hubby found one that was on sale. For only $99 I got a GPS. It talks and gives you turn by turn direction. But I never had to use it since I just drive myself from home to work everyday.

MIL's last weekend here, we took her to Banff Gondola. Hubby asks me to turn on the GPS to guide us. I was sitting at the back seat while my MIL was sitting on the passenger seat so that she will be more comfortable with the long drive.

HUBBY: [Giving instruction while driving] "Just turn it on and put it on maps. Wait for the signal to turn green."
ME: "OK"
GPS: "GPS signal too low..... GPS signal too low...."

After more than 5 minutes --

ME: "It's not turning green."
HUBBY: "Did you leave it on maps? It should turn green after a minute or 2.... [getting frustrated] Are you looking at the right one?"
ME: "Yes, its on map screen." [Stubbornly] "I think I know the color green from red! It doesn't work!"

At the same time, I was showing it to the other family sitting beside me. After a few more minutes, I decided to go to the screen where it gives you the direction...

ME: "Tita, did you see it green?"
TITA: "It's still red."

So the GPS is now giving us direction, but hubby didn't want to follow it since I told him it is still "red." He said that the direction will not be accurate if its red.

Finally, I decided to ask AJ [Tita's 14 year old son] for the icon of the GPS signal...

And here I was waiting for this red light to turn green [which is the power light, and will only turn green when the GPS is fully charged.] --

When the GPS signal is this little icon here --

Waaaaahhh!!! Anyway, we were able to reach our destination the long way...

From my kids on Mother's Day

We just bought pizza for dinner and just ate at home... My daughter bought me roses from the church and made me a small booklet of wishes which is kind of hard to scan. So instead I just scan her journal.

From my son

From my daughter

How was your mother's day celebration?

Photographic Images of Me


Picture from the internet


This was originally posted in December 12, 2005... but since I decided to change my template, I need to re-post this entry... How do you like the new look?

Hover over the picture for captions

Caption: from left to right, top to bottom:
  1. Who am I? This is my chinese name. I'm a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend.
  2. Who knows me best? My hubby, who gave me this card where it all started.
  3. How old am I? [Age is just a number and mine is unlisted]
  4. The most important thing in my life is the ring that binds us together
  5. Things I always carry: my wallet, glasses and cellphone
  6. Something I always do: surfing the internet and blogging
  7. I'm at my happiest when I travel with my family! [Animal Kingdom, Orlando]
  8. On monday morning, you can find me in the laundry room
  9. My favorite mode of transportation: our car
  10. My eyes are black
  11. My favorite material possession: my photo albums/scrapbooks
  12. To relax, I like to sleep late.
  13. The place where we live have four seasons
  14. Worst habit: a coach potato
  15. My guilty pleasure: coke addict
  16. When I look at someone, the first thing I see is their eyes [the window to one's soul]
  17. I think nature is beautiful! [Elora Conservatory]
  18. One thing I can live without: chocolates
  19. One thing people don't know about me: I used to dance at my papa's school reunion. Can you guess the color of my costume?
  20. My life is like a roller coaster: it has its ups and downs, twists and turns, but I came out still in one piece. A survivor! [Six Flags Adventure, New Jersey]

I would really love to see my blog pals do this one... so tag, you're it!

Now, its your turn to take this photographic inteview by Tracey.

Please leave your permalink here if you decide to do it. Thanks!

Banff Gondola

We took MIL on her last weekend in Canada to Banff Gondola. The view was simply spectacular! The hike was breath taking, but we made it! And the weather was cooperative that day.

Since we were travelling with another family, we decided to have all girls in one cable car. My daughter was initially afraid, and according to hubby, so is my son on our way up. On our way down, my kids wanted to be together [as you can see form the last few pictures of the slideshow]... and they had a blast!

Enjoy this slideshow [contains 17 pictures]!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Question: On Balikbayan and Electronics

This is a question for everyone.

Are balikbayans [like us] allowed to bring in electronics [more specifically an LCD TV] without being tax by the Philippine customs?

Hubby is planning on giving our existing 6-month old LCD TV as a wedding gift to his brother. I was just wondering if we are allowed to bring in a used-TV without having to pay taxes. What if its a brand new TV?

Please advice. Thank you in advance!

PMN Family Photo: Inside the fridge

I didn't attempt to organize or clean this fridge before taking this picture.
But this is not a normal picture of my fridge, I don't usually have so much left overs. But with me working 7 days a week, MIL just love to keep even the smallest portion of left overs and then neglecting to serve them. MIL left for NYC last Wednesday. And yesterday, I clean up the fridge and it is back to normal, that is, no more left overs!

Previous PMN Photo entry:

September 2007: Potted
October 2007: Green
November 2007: Plated
December 2007: Messy
January 2008: At play
February 2008: Straight
March 2008: Learning

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Bloggers Around the Globe

This is a tag from Rach and Meeya: Bloggers Around the Globe

RULES: Let all the bloggers around the globe come together in unity by blog linking. All you have to do is add your name to the list. Don't forget to specify the country where you are from and of course, link your name to your respective blog. If you have two or more blogs, add and link them all. Then invite 8 or more bloggers to do the same. Here we go!

Julia from Philippines, Catherine from Malaysia, Shi from USA, Mitch from Philippines, Hailey from Philippines, Sexymom from USA, Liza from Philippines, Sasha from Philippines, Thess from Netherlands, Marie from Philippines, Evi from Canada, Christine from Australia, RoseLLe from Australia, Rachel from Philippines, Meeya (Marikit, Memes, and Finds) from USA, Jo from Canada... next --

Sorry gals, but I need to increase my page rank... so am tagging Raquel, Ghee, Liz, and Kai.

Time to slow down

Tax season has come to an end... my contract ended yesterday. And I am glad that it is over! It is not easy to be working 7 days a week for an average of 10-12 hours a day while juggling it with my chores at home.

Now, I can relax and enjoy my quiet time at home, alone, while the kids and hubby are at school/work.

I am still on part time status at the airport until after our trip to the Philippines. Yes, we will be home in less than a month and we are all excited.

I will be back to full time blogging by tomorrow... and I promise to make my rounds by tomorrow and catch up with my readings.