Litratong Pinoy #8: Dalampasigan

La Luz, Batangas

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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Desperately seeking your help!

I would appreciate your inputs/comments/feedback on my dilemna here.

Please don't get me wrong, I don't like comparing my kids, but I just need to paint the picture for you to see and understand the situation. Thanks in advance!

A bridal shower

To tell you the truth, I've attended only 2 weddings in Canada and this is the first bridal shower.

We threw a bridal shower for a friend who is getting married next month in Las Vegas. And I notice that nobody was taking pictures. There is one member of the family who is taking video of the whole event. It's a good thing I bought my Nikon with me...

I took over 150 pictures and to summarized the day, I plan to print these in 8x10 and frame it and give it as a gift... Her favorite color is green so this is perfect theme for her.

Here's what I've done --

The groom was there at the party... and he saw part of it...
She received about 10 lingerie...
And a mop and broom from her future MIL. [???]

The only contest we did was making bridal gown using paper towels and toilet papers. And the groom picked the winner.

These pictures [with credits] are also posted at my scrapbook blog.

Celebrity Sighting: The Obsourne

This afternoon, we had Ossy and Sharon Osbourne past by airport security. I've heard of their names but did not really know them until a co-worker pointed them out to me. And she went on and on about how they fell in love and their struggles up to their illness.

New career path

Hubby used to be an Engineer back home. That has been his profession for over 10 years. He loved it but he also wanted to be a computer wiz.

When we decided to move to Canada, he tried to look for an Engineering job here. He learned that he needs to go back to school and be certified in Canada to be able to step into an Engineering career once more.

He then decided that if he is going back to school, he might as well change career path. Because IT is more in-demand than Engineer. So he decided to take up IT. He went back to school full time for 6 months and now holds CISCO certificate, Microsoft MSCE and MCP certificate, CompTIA and Novell certificates. I'm sure he has more credentials than the ones I've mentioned here.

He started with a small family business back in Toronto. And slowly move from one company to the next, until he landed his current job with a big corporation. He is now very much happy with his new career path. At least with IT, you don't need to worry about losing your job. Majority of the companies, small or big, needs IT people to handle and manage their business.

So if you are thinking of changing a career path, you might want to consider taking Cisco certification program. The fundamentals don't change so much once your network is in place. Hubby enjoys the setting up stage of networking. He finds it very challenging.

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My birthday celebration

We celebrated my birthday with a picnic at Bowness Park. Actually, friends at work wanted me to organized a picnic at the park, and it just so happened that the day we all agreed on was the day of my birthday. And as usual, we have more food than we can ever eat!

Bowness Park

It's BBQ time

Friends from the Airport

Spray pad

Monkey bars and tire swing

And Mini golf time...

We were there from 1:30pm until 8:45pm... I didn't even know it was that late coz the kids were still energetic and having lots of fun!

Thank you gals for a wonderful birthday party!

Prairie Winds Park

Another fun day at the park... and all this is for FREE!

My Goal and My Birthday

My ultimate goal is to sponsor a child through World Vision. It is going to be a long-term commitment and I am still preparing myself for that one. So for the meantime, I decided to make a small donations to the following charitable organizations. I mailed my donation checks last week to --

Since I can't afford to devote my time like Junnie's commitment to Gawad Kalinga, this is the least that I can do for now.

This is a yearly tradition that I have set up for myself. Every year, on my birthday, I will be making donations as much as I could afford. Care to join me?


Photo Hunt #19: What is that?

This Photo Hunt is for July 19's theme. I know it's a bit late. I really didn't know what to post for the topic... until today.

In my line of work, we get to see things we don't even want to see. Here is one example --

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Do you know what is in the x-ray???
This particular bag is owned by a man.

A small token will be given to the FIRST one who can tell me correctly what is in this image. [Please don't forget to leave your email address so that I can get in touch with you.]

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It's MIL's birthday today! Last saturday, they gave her a surprise birthday party [in Manila]. And she was totally speechless.

Everything has been arranged by my SIL [who lives in NYC]. She planned the party the day before they have to go back to NYC.

It's a pity we missed it. But the video and pictures that they shared feels like we were there too.


On cakes and chocolates

My daughter loves anything sweet. She can forego lunch and dinner in lieu of chocolates and cakes. And so just to discipline her, its very rare that I would have chocolates and cakes in the house except when I’m hosting a get together.

And since I sometimes crave to eat chocolate or cake, I made it a point that it’s something I bring when I’m invited to a party or gathering. That way, I get to eat a slice of it, satisfied my craving and am not forced to finish the whole cake. And my daughter will be forced to eat healthier food.

A toy she can't have

My daughter is turning 8 in 17 days and all she wanted since she was 3 years old is to have a swing sets of her own. Unfortunately, since we lived in apartment buildings, this is impossible to have.

The best that I can do is to bring her to the park and told her to think of the park as our big backyard with her own swing set in it. Fortunately for me, she willingly accepted this idea.

Car Maintenance

I am so clueless when it comes to car maintenance. I don't know the ac compressor from an ac condenser from an ac receiver drier from an ac expansion device. All I know is that all these things pertains to the car's air conditioner.

It's a good thing hubby knows a lot about cars. But then I should know about all these things and much more if I want to keep my car in good condition at all times.

This feet are meant for standing

In my line of work, where I am standing for an average of 8 to 10 hours everyday, it is very important for me to have comfortable socks and shoes.

I remember my first day at the airport, I wasn't wearing a comfortable shoes and I have no socks. After 2 hours of being on the job, I was ready to quit. My feet hurts so much that I can no longer stand up properly. But then I keep telling myself that I need this job and that if my friend can work there for 6 years, why can't I? So I made myself finished my shift for the day and as soon as hubby picks me up, I told him to drive me to the mall because I needed to buy a comfortable shoes and socks. My first day's salary just went to a pair of Naturalizer.

It's been 14 months since that day and I have never felt any soreness on my feet.

Picnic and Birthday

My co-workers asks me to organized a picnic and it just so happen that the day we all agreed upon is on the day of my birthday. It's potluck family picnic and my birthday celebration at Bowness Park.

Ever since I came back from our vacation in the Philippines, I have gained like 10 lbs already! And I need to go on diet. Do you take diet pills? I don't. But if you do, here's a list of best diet pills.

On Cloud 9

I remember the time when hubby was still courting me. We would go up to Tagaytay's Picnic grove and just sit there and gaze at the stars and moon. And he would always say that "I will buy the moon and stars for you if you want." And that made me float in the air. I haven't heard him say that one for a long time, until again recently. Because my birthday is coming up and he doesn't know what to get for me.


The other day, as I was confiscating a Rubis cuticle scissors from a flight attendant, she said: "I want to break that scissors apart as I don't want you getting it." That flares me up! I told her that I have no interest in her scissors and that I could afford to buy 50 of those if I wanted to and its insulting that she thinks we are confiscating it for our own personal use. I told her that confiscated items are thrown in the garbage and I threw her scissors in the garbage right in front of her. That shuts her up.

Some crew members just don't realized that what we are doing are for their own safety! How could these crew members forget about the crew members who died while on duty on 9/11.

My babysitter

I have a 15-year old who babysit for me from time to time, especially this summer. And aside from the compensation, we would download movies for him to watch so that he will not get bored here. But of course, there's only limited movies that we can download. And with the long hours, its easy to watch 2-3 movies a day. I am running our of movies for him to watch.

I was telling him about the TV series "Perfect Strangers". I have downloaded season 1 and 2 and I told him that he might be interested in this slapstick comedy. It was one of my favorite TV shows. Then hubby ask:

Hubby: "When did the series aired? It's an old seried, he will not be interested in it."
Me: "1986."
Hubby: "AJ, when were you born?"
AJ: "1993."
Hubby: "See Jo, that show is older than him!"

He did watched the first 3 episodes with us and he did find it entertaining. I don't know if he decided to watch the rest of the show.

It suddenly hit me... I am way too old! hahahaha! No more birthday celebration for me - ever!

Remember Boss?

He is hubby's retarded uncle with a good heart and a good appetite. He loves to go out of town especially to Tagaytay. He has been to Hong Kong, Beijing and New York. He said his next target is Canada. I guess it goes with the family. We all love to travel!

But whenever he goes out of town, everybody has to make sure that he doesn't eat anything before the trip or else trouble is not far away. He goes to the bathroom a lot and he has a problem digesting food. So it is quite a relief to know that when the time comes, adult diaper is at his service.

To go camping or not

It is summer time. It’s also a time for some outdoor fun. My friends have been camping for years and they’ve been inviting me to go camping with them. But I know that camping is something that I will not enjoy. Sure, I love outdoors, picnics, hiking, but not camping. Besides I will have to buy travel supplies to be able to go camping and they are not cheap.

Vacation Portal

I've always wanted to buy a time share. I believe that it is a good investment especially if your family is like mine, we just love to travel and explore as much as we could. But since we can’t afford to buy time share, I am happy that Condo Hotel Marketplace offers the ultimate vacation property portal with property listings worldwide. So wherever you wanted to go, they are sure to find you a good deal.

Litratong Pinoy #7: Luntian

Ito ay kuha ko noong pumunta kami sa Cochrane.

Karamihan ng kinakasal dito ay pumupunta sa liwasang mahalaman para mag pa kuha ng kanilang litrato.

Ito ang aking lahok sa Litratong Pinoy.

Custom Boxes

Well it is almost that time in the phase of our lives where we need to pack and move again. This is why custom boxes are very handy. These boxes can be made to order to fit our specific needs. No minimum quantity required. These boxes are also good and strong enough for shipping stuff. The appropriate material that will be used will depend on the size of the box and the weight of what you are packing/shipping.

Lucky me

I guess I am one of those lucky gals who doesn't get pimples a lot. I have a fairly clear skin.

The only time a pimple would show up is before my period starts and it disappears a day or 2 later. It is actually a sign for me that my period is coming. And because of this I never had to use an acne cream.

Compact Flash Memory Card

Compact flash is mainly used for portable electronic devices and most recently became a popular storage medium for digital cameras. From different storage capacity to different speed, you can rely on compact flash memory card.

My old digital camera uses this type of memory card. And I am happy with it. I use my DSLR more, but I still use my good, old reliable digital camera every now and then.

TT #46 : 13 more Movies

We just love to watch movies... at home! We no longer watch movies at the theater. It's way too expensive and our kids can't watch most of these movies anyway.

Here are the last 13 Movies that I've watched

~ The above movies are highly recommended ~

~ Very funny and entertaining ~

~ Hubby loves it! ~

~ Disturbing and Confusing ~

~ My all time favorite ~

~ Not as great as the first trilogy... but it is still a good movie ~
This was the only movie that we watched on the big screen,
while we were on our family vacation in the Philippines!

~ Too violent and bloody ~

~ Boring! ~

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Celebrity Sighting: Joan Jett

Calgary Stampede week started last July 4th till the 13th. And with the celebration of Stampede comes free breakfast, rodeo and concert shows. Some employees are allowed to wear their cowboy dress/shirt and hat to work.

July 10: We had Joan Jett and The Blackhearts coming through security. They are the band who made the song "I love rock and roll" popular. I didn't really recognized them at first, but I knew they were musicians immediately as I was going through two of their bags. And they were really nice people. No fuss.

...I love rock n roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n roll
So come an take your time an dance with me....
I'm sure we will be seeing a lot more celebrity this summer time.


I totally forgot about the Stampede week when I enrolled my kids to daycamps. So we didn't go to the Stampede during the free kids day or any other day.

Oh well, there's always the next time.

Debt solution

I am never a person to judge a person's decision. But when a friend of mine was planning their weddings, and knowing their financial situations, I needed to voice out my opinion.

The guy is barely making enough for himself. His income is just a little above the minimum wage and he has been in and out of different jobs. The girl have a steady income but you can lose your job at any time too. I've learned that there is no such thing as a secured employment.

They both wanted a not-so-big wedding but nevertheless over 100 people. They even invited friends of their friends to their wedding. Not being practical at all. They had to take out a loan just to pay for the reception. And they took out the loan in the name of the girl, saying that if and when they can't pay it off and had to declare bankruptcy, his credit standing will not be affected at all.

I honestly don't know why people would go through the trouble of being in debt when they know that they will have a hard time paying it off. After my interfering with their decision, we sort of drifted apart.

It's a good thing that there are companies out there with Debt Management Plan to help people get out of debt.

One man's trash is another's work of art!

Tim Noble and Sue Webster make pictures of themselves using piles of junk and a light.

Some of their notable pieces are made from piles of rubbish collected from London streets. A light is projected against the pile, and the shadow on the wall creates an entirely different image, typically one of the couple themselves: this is not at all apparent from looking directly at the pile. SOURCE

He and She

Real Life is Rubbish (2002) consists of two separate piles of general household rubbish onto which a light is projected, creating a shadow self-portrait of Noble and Webster. Though resting with backs to each other and shoulders hunched, the axe and hammer in their hands indicate that there is work to be done. The contrast between the intricate rubbish assemblage of the foreground and the silent contemplative shadow builders of the background reminds us that artwork always involves a physical transformation, from rubbish to real life and back again.

Dirty White Trash with Gulls (1998) is composed of six months' worth of the artists' discarded trash—the same time it took the artists to create the piece. A slide projector lights the sculptural mass to cast a perfect shadow—a double self-portrait—of the artists enjoying a glass of wine and a cigarette.