The Wheels on the Bus

I was trying to figure out on how to share this video to you. I never knew that Blogger already had this feature earlier this month. Go Blogger Go!

To date, Patricia had a total of 6 hours of formal lessons... it started in August, 45 minutes [1 session] per week for 8 weeks. On her 8th session, she get to play in a real keyboard.

So far, this is what she can do...

video

Please check out her other video here [Ode to Joy]. It just takes too much time to upload videos.

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Lake Cameron, Waterton Lakes, Canada [left] and Goat Haunt Ranger Station, Montana, USA [right]



Bowness Park, Calgary, Canada



If you love the movies, you must have seen this view a thousand times already.
Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

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Friday Fill-ins #2



  1. Our anniversary, fall colors, thanksgiving day and seeing kids in their halloween costumes are some of the things I'm most looking forward to in October.
  2. Sometimes I fantasize to be rich and famous.
  3. My son just brought home 3 quizzes that scores 100% and that's why there is a saying, "never say never"!
  4. When I'm down, I want to be left alone.
  5. My computer table is where you'll find me most often.
  6. A rainy day is good for sleeping in.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to quite night at home, tomorrow my plans include going to Ikea and Sunday, I want to sleep in but can't because I'm working!
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Litratong Pinoy: Puti at Itim





Ang bagong laruan ng aking bunso...

My daughter's latest toy...

Ito ang aking lahok sa Litratong Pinoy.

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The Canadian Rockies, Central Park, Banff National Park
September 14, 2008

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How could I say no???

She won! She got her Casio Privia PX-700 last Sept 19. I bought a refurbished one at London Drugs. And they gave me a $200 discount. It did have a little scratch on the side of the stand, but that's okay. The keys seems to be functioning well and it has a 1 year warranty. I will have to ask the piano teacher on Thursday to make sure that the sound of the keys are all okay.

My other option was a Casio Privia PX-120 at Costco. It's brand new. But for the same price as the PX-700, I decided to buy the higher model.

She started her formal piano lessons last August... and she is very good! So how could I say no when she needed the 88-keys keyboard as compared to her 60-keys keyboard? And the songs that she's playing sounded better too! It is definitely a good buy despite me having to forego my laptop [for the meantime].

Photo Hunt: Road




The road that leads to our new home!

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Another way to come to Canada

For those who wish to come and work in Canada... check this out.

Or here are the direct links --

.....oOo.....

Recently, Calgary airport has hired a number of people from the Philippines to work at the different restaurants in the food court [Swiss Chalet, Tim Hortons...]. All expense paid including air fares. No consultation fees involved. No show money. You just need to have experience in the field that you are applying for. They even provide for lodging, sort of like a dormitory type for a minimal amount.

The employer will be paying the recruitment agency for their fees... the applicant will not be spending a dime. I think the catch is you need to sign a 2 year contract with them. It's a good stepping stone and 2 years is nothing. The only thing that you will be ask to pay is your medical exams. Processing time is minimum of 6 months.

I've met some of the Pinoys who recently came to Canada on working visa. So far there has been 2 batches already and I heard that there will be more. And they are quite happy with the opportunity. This is the company that helped them --

Mercan Canada Employment Philippines Inc.
http://www.mercanrecruit.com/
http://www.mercan.com/
Unit 502 Galleria Corporate Center
EDSA corner Ortigas, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: +63(2) 910-8011 to 13
Fax: +63(514) 910-8014

Hope this little bit of information is able to help you and/or your family and friends. Goodluck!

* This is not a paid post *

Unlocked cell phones

In the Philippines, unlocked cell phones are not unheard of. But in Canada, it is very hard to find unlocked cell phones. USTronics.com is one of those internet companies that offer unlocked cell phones and you can buy prepaid SIM card that will work in more than 125 countries. They carry major brands and different models for Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and much more.

Still searching for a vacuum cleaner

I think I mentioned this before that I am in the market to buy a new vacuum cleaner. Well, I still haven’t bought one and it has been months. Recently, somebody told me about Miele vacuum cleaners. They have a huge selection of vacuum cleaners on their website. They are supposed to be more energy efficient, which is one of the most important features that I am looking for in an appliance.

TT #50: 13 posts



13 posts from last week's TT that I wish to share



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My first attempt at home business

When I saw BeadsOfCambay.com website, it reminded me of the time when we first migrated to Canada. I wasn’t used to staying at home. But since I can’t work full time because of the kids, I had found other means to make extra income. So I tried to look for a home-based business. I don’t know about pro-blogging then. So I look around and found a couple of business that I decided to join and see where it leads me. Their ads are quite appealing – no experience needed, earn money while at home and work at your own pace.

The first company that I decided to join is into making unique beads. They will send me wholesale gemstone beads with instructions on how to make a bracelet or necklace and then they will pay me if my work meets their quality. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, it didn’t quite work out well for me because my kids were 4 and 1 year olds then. And I couldn’t find the time to sit and work on my beads.

My daughter on the other hand, just loves these colorful beads that she finds in stores. She had quite a huge collection already that she hardly wore.

Fish Creek Provincial Park



I bought my kids this bag that contains different games -- baseball, badminton, catch ball, horseshoe ring toss, frisbies... also soccer and volleyball. And we would take them to the park for a day of sports. They still have to learn how to play badminton and frisbies.





Sikome Lake, Fish Creek Provincial Park
August 24, 2008

A Laptop or a Keyboard?

THANK YOU to those who left comments about my confusion whether to buy a laptop or stay with my desktop. As I mentioned before, the money to buy this laptop will be coming from my pro-blogging income.

My daughter is taking piano lessons and her first recital is mid-December. The keyboard she has right now came from her grandmother and it only has 36 keys.

The teacher told me recently that I need to buy the real one if I want her to be good at it. A keyboard is going to costs me minimum of $600+ unless I could find a used one.

So now my question is whether to buy myself a laptop? Or buy my daughter a keyboard? Sad to say, I can only afford one!

Digital Signage

What is the best way to get your attention on new products and services? I think the digital signage is the most effective way to get my attention and even my kids’ attention.

Digital signage is an electronic display in the form of an advertisement that is installed in public spaces. They offer superior return on investment over traditional or static signs.

Diet Pill Reviews

Medicines have its side effects. Some are made known to us by the manufacturers, but some are not. So how sure are we that the medicines that we are taking have no long term side effect that can cause our health to deteriorate?

It is good to know that diet pill reviews are now available online to help us decide which product is best for us.

Weekend Snapshot #4






The outside structure is almost done...
just need the finishing touch and the workers will start to work inside.
At this rate, we might be moving in early next year...

To buy a laptop or not

My current desktop is an HP Intel Pentium 4 processor, Windows XP, 1 GB memory, 200 GB hard drive, 9 in 1 memory card reader, DVD burner. Hubby recently upgraded my memory to 2 GB.

I wanted a laptop. I needed a laptop so that I can get rid of the computer table when we move to our new home.

Last weekend, Hubby took me to Best Buy and Future Shop to look for a laptop... I swear, I almost walk out with one. But then I have to control myself since I don't have all the money yet.

Here are my choices --

Option 1: HP AMD Turion processor, 4GB memory, 320 GB hard drive, 14.1" brightview, dual layer DVD burner with lightscribe, Windows Vista with built in webcam and microphone, wireless-N.

This laptop is just the regular black one and costs $50 cheaper than option 2.

Option 2: HP Intel Centrino, 3 GB memory, 250 GB hard drive, 15.4" brightview widescreen, dual layer DVD burner with lightscribe, Windows Vista with built in webcam and microphone, wireless-N.

I love the reddish color and design of this laptop!

My requirements are very simple. [1] I prefer 14" or the 15" screen because I will watching movies from the computer. Anything smaller than that is out. And anything bigger than that is also out because it will be too heavy for me. [2] I prefer bigger hard drive to store all my pictures and videos. Since I got my Nikon DSLR, I am taking an average of 200-600 pictures per road trip.

Questions:

  • How do you like Windows Vista? Is it really better than XP?
  • Is option 1 better than option 2? Hubby said that Intel Centrino is much better than AMD. I honestly don't know the difference.
  • Which one would you choose and why?
  • With my constant blogging, downloading of movies and digital scrapbooking - do you think it is better to just keep the desktop instead of buying a laptop?
Please advice. And thank you in advance!

Friday Fill-Ins #1



  1. I enjoy taking pictures from our road trips.
  2. To buy or not to buy a laptop is something I wonder about lately.
  3. In your heart, you knew I can do anything that I set my heart into.
  4. Take your camera, add a little action and you end up with with this kind of fun.
  5. Life has gifted me with my husband and 2 adorable kids.
  6. My day off [like today] is an instant vacation.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to movie night with hubby, tomorrow my plans include going to work and probably a road trip in the afternoon and Sunday, I want to go on another road trip before the weather gets too cold for outdoors!

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Corn Maze



We didn't really stay at this place because there's a fee involve and we are on our way back home when we stop by this place... so we just went in, took pictures and left.



A big board of chess and checkers



Lacombe, Alberta, August 16, 2008

I've been featured

This blog has been featured here via Smorty's post exchange. I love the way she took time out to really go through my blog and write about it. She call herself the "not guru". Thanks Urbain Beck for featuring my blog.

TT #49: 13 books



13 old books in my collection that I loved


  1. Robert Ludlum's Bourne Identity
  2. Robert Ludlum's Bourne Supremacy
  3. Robert Ludlum's Bourne Ultimatum
  4. Robert Ludlum's Bourne Legacy
  5. Robert Ludlum's Bourne Betrayal
  6. Robert Ludlum's Matarese Circle
  7. Sydney Sheldon's If tomorrow comes
  8. Sydney Sheldon's Bloodline
  9. Sydney Sheldon's Master of the Game
  10. Sydney Sheldon's Windmills of the Gods
  11. John Grisham's A time to Kill
  12. John Grisham's The Runaway Jury
  13. John Grisham's The Street Lawyer

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Wordless Wednesday #2




Carving her name... Waterton Lakes National Park

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Waterton Lakes

Here are some pictures from our trip to Waterton Lakes and a cruise that took us to Montana, USA!



1-2-3 Jump!



I did a jump too, but not as high as these kids' jump... but it didn't come out good because the one who took the shot didn't really know how to use my Nikon.



Prince of Wales Hotel



Deers can be seen on the streets of downtown Waterton.



See the part with no trees? That divides Canada and USA.



Goat Haunt Ranger Station, Montana, USA

We were allowed to go down the boat for 30 minutes... and if you have US visa or Canadian passport, you might be able to hike through the mountains in Montana after you go through their customs.



Patricia's taking a video from our cruise