46 days till THE DAY!

We just got word from our builder. Our possession date is tentatively set on December 15! I hope everything goes smoothly! If everything goes well, this will definitely be a wish come true!

We're meeting with the mortgage broker this Saturday to finalized our mortgage.

With the prime rate going down, do you go for a fixed or variable term? Open or close mortgage? Any advice for a newbie on mortgage like us?

TT #52: 13 things I do on the internet

13 Things I do on the internet
  1. View my bank and credit card statements
  2. Pay bills online
  3. Open/close bank accounts and other term deposit
  4. Transfer money between accounts
  5. Change/update our mailing address with various organization
  6. Purchase books, air tickets, show tickets online
  7. Check the weather forecast everyday
  8. Blogging
  9. Download movies/TV series/music/software
  10. Watch videos/movies online
  11. Connect with family and friends through Facebook, Friendster and Multiply
  12. Chat with family and friends
  13. Plurking with fellow bloggers
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Wordless Wednesday #6 and Litratong Pinoy: Kadiliman

We were on our way to a friend's house for dinner last night. And I was contemplating whether to bring my DSLR or not. Well, it's a good thing I brought it with me or I wouldn't have the chance to take these pictures. I have never seen the clouds like this! I mean the colors of the cloud. Sunset is truly a wonderful work of God.

Muntik muntikan ko ng iwan ang DSLR ko sa bahay... mabuti na lang at naisipan kong bitbitin... Napakaganda at kakaiba talaga ang likha ng Panginoon.

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Weekend Snapshot #6: Home update

This was taken last weekend when we went to visit the construction site. The outside is all done. Hubby and the kids drive by today and the garage door is also there. Hubby forgot to bring the camera though. So I will have to pass by tomorrow to take a picture.

Photo Hunt: Scary

My son is scared of this kind of rides... we had a summer pass at Canada's Wonderland in 2006 and he only enjoyed the water part of the park. While my daughter tried every ride that she can ride.

This year though, he was brave enough to try multiple of rides like the above picture including the Vortex at Calaway Park. Thanks to the influence of his playmates who loves to try different rides.

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Friday Fill-ins #6

  1. Right now, I'm feeling tired.
  2. To be with my husband and kids is where I want to be.
  3. How does one have peace and quiet with 2 kids arguing all the time?
  4. Having a goal and direction is what keeps me on track.
  5. Please don't make me mad today.
  6. Making money through blogging fills me with joy.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to movie night or karaoke night with the family, tomorrow my plans include rest day and hopefully get some chores done and Sunday, I want to go to work, actually I need to go to work!
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Litratong Pinoy: Liwanag

Ang liwanag ng sikat ng araw! At ang kambing naghahanap ng daan pababa.
[The bright sun... and the goat finding its way down.]

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Wordless Wednesday #5

Who paints the masterbedroom RED???

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Get your Holiday Cards now!

Are you ready for Christmas? Have you chosen your Holiday Cards? Do you make personalized Christmas cards to give to your family and friends? Or do you just buy the regular one?

I already have tons of Christmas cards at home given to me by different charitable organization that I try to support from time to time. I have more than enough actually for this coming holiday season. Yet, I’m still exploring the possibility of making a personalized holiday cards for my family and friends. Personally, I love the fact that people take time to write/mail me a personalized card rather than those generic ones. I especially love photo cards though I know not a lot of people are into this. What’s your preference?

VistaPrint.ca is here to help you. They have hundreds of designs to choose from, and you will be able to create one card in just a few minutes. You have the option to make folded cards, or photo cards, or postcards, or even Christmas letters.
They also have promotional giveaways, rubber stamps, labels, signage, stationary and so much more for small businesses or even corporations. You have the option to upload your own design or choose from their library.

Tagalog movies

I miss watching Tagalog movies. That is why I am glad to know that there are Tagalog movies/TV series that are now available online. And for FREE!

Here are the 2 sites:

I don't dare start on a TV series as it will take more of my time. I already watched a few drama movies already and ends up with puffy eyes the next day.

I used to watch Maalaala mo kaya while I was still in the Philippines. The true stories there ALWAYS makes me cry! It always makes me think "what if that was me? what will I do? will I be able to survive? will I be able to make it without going insane?" And after so many years, Maalaala mo kaya is still there, giving meaningful advice.

I found one episode of Maalaala mo kaya in WowBulaga, the Mansyon [Mansion]. If you haven't seen it, it's a must-see movie.

Are there any more sites that offers free Tagalog movies? Please share the links. Thanks!

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A good workout day

This extended family of ours moved to their new home last Saturday. And we helped them with the move!

Hubby and I had a good workout. Their apartment was on the third floor and there's no elevators. So we took a lot of trips going up and down.

We started moving stuff at around 10am and finished by 6pm. We also took a trip to Ikea to buy a mattress since they decided to get rid of their old one. And then, we had a late dinner at Korean BBQ.

The food was so delicious that the workout we had earlier went to waste. ",)

A meat dish and a seafood dish

Boiling miso soup

It's BBQ time...

Now, I'm dreading our own move. I have twice as much as their stuff and I honestly don't know where to start!

Photo Hunt: Family

Lake Cameron, Waterton Lakes National Park, August 30, 2008

This is our "extended family" here in Canada... No, we are not related by blood, but they are the closest "family" we have in this part of the world. As always, I'm not in the picture because I'm the photographer.

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Friday Fill-ins #5

  1. Follow the leader.
  2. My DSLR camera is something I always take with me on vacation.
  3. To achieve your goals, you must have realistic and achievable goals. Don't dream of the impossible!.
  4. I am not a snob like most people would think when they first met me is something I'd like you to know about me.
  5. I have a book on Idiot's guide to Digital Photography that I still have not read.
  6. I miss the A&W rootbeer floats.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to quiet evening with the family, tomorrow my plans include helping a family friend move to their new home and Sunday, I want to start cleaning up the junk in the basement!
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Postcard Project

Remember the days when having a pen pal is part of growing up? I had tons of pen pals from different countries when I was in high school. That was my life then as I rarely go out with friends. Through them, I was able to collect stamps, stationaries, old coins and paper money from different countries. I still have those with me.

I am currently collecting fridge magnets of the places that we've been to.

Recently, as I was blog hopping, I read about this mother who is collecting postcards. [Sorry, I forgot which blog it is.] Their family loves to travel like us. And every place that they've been to, they would mail a postcard addressed to their little daughter with a message on how she liked/disliked the trip/place and how she behaved that day or anything interesting that she did.

I had the sudden urge to start doing this to my kids or to myself [as if I don't have enough junk at home]. But seriously, I think this would be a cool collection for my kids to enjoy when they are older. I already got 2 from a friend who recently went to Winnipeg. Would you care to send me [or my kids] a postcard from your place? Please let me know by email and I'll email you back my mailing address. Thanks in advance.

Happy Thanksgiving!

From: Patricia

Friday Fill-ins #4

  1. One of the best concerts/plays/movies I ever saw that I really didn't think I'd like was a broadway show called The Producer.
  2. Nanaimo bar is a recipe I recently made that was delicious!
  3. It's time for some Thanksgiving dinner.
  4. A glass of coke with ice is quite refreshing.
  5. If I never hear the word re-check and swab again, it'll be too soon. [Part of my job]
  6. To one side of the curving road was the Canadian mountains, and on the other was a photographer [me] trying to capture the beauty of nature.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleeping in early, tomorrow my plans include going to work and mass in the afternoon and Sunday, I want to be a coach potato but I can't because I plan to go to work and then attend a Thanksgiving dinner party at night!
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Litratong Pinoy: Luma na

Ang luma naming bahay...
sayang at medyo napabayaan nung kami ay pumuntang Canada.
Buti na lang at nabenta na namin.

Our old house.
This has been left as is for a couple of years since we came to Canada.
It's a good thing we were able to sell it this year.

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TT #51: 13 Memorable Vacation Moments

13 Memorable Vacation Moments
  1. Taipei, Taiwan - May 1988 [my first trip abroad]
  2. Hong Kong - December 1991 [a gift to myself, almost 1 year after graduation]
  3. USA - May to September 1993 [a taste of being alone in another country]
  4. Hong Kong/Singapore - October 1995 [honeymoon]
  5. Bangkok - October 1998 [2nd honeymoon, free trip c/o MIL]
  6. SFO, Chicago, NYC, NJ, Orlando - March 1999 [3rd honeymoon]
  7. Beijing, China - August 2001
  8. Orlando - October 2004
  9. NYC/NJ/Washington DC - June 2006 [Boss' first trip to the USA]
  10. Blue Mountain, Collingwood, Ontario - February 2006 [first time to try skiing and I love it!]
  11. Trip back to the Philippines - July/August 2007
  12. Trip back to the Philippines - June 2008
  13. A 4-hour layover in Taipei, Taiwan - June 2008 [to see my cousins, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle]
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13 years!

It feels like it was only yesterday when I said "I do"... today marks our 13th wedding anniversary!!! Hubby and I have known each other since November 1988! How time flies...

You can read the first 10 years of our lives together from the link on the sidebar... When we celebrate our 20th, I'll be adding more to that entry. ",)

I've been asking hubby to replaced my lost wedding ring... but somehow, we kept on postponing it as there are more important things that we need to spend the money on. But lately, I found the ring that I wanted... I wanted titanium rings this time.

Patrick is hooked on...

In no particular order --

  • He loves playing golf... and he is asking me to buy him some colored golf balls.
  • He is addicted to Archie comic books.
  • He is also addicted to Pokemon's comic books.
  • He loves to go biking... even on windy days.
  • He loves playing outdoors with our neighbors until bedtime.
  • He loves to create a fort in his bedroom using pillows, blankets, chair and other stuff found in his room. I should remember to take pictures next time.
  • And he loves the TV series "Knight Rider." He even watched the old series with David Hasselhoff which I downloaded from the internet.

Wordless Wednesday #4

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
September 2007

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Weekend snapshot #5: Kananaskis

On our way to Kananaskis... scenic drive. Another perfect day for a road trip!

This is the most of the Fall colors that we have here in Alberta.
Mostly yellow leaves. I haven't seen any red/orange leaves yet!

Forgetmenot Pond.
We didn't stay long because it is very windy and its getting cold.

The last 4 pictures are from Elbow Falls Trail.

Photo Hunt: Sad

Baby Alex at 17 months old is sad because he didn't want to be in the playpen. He is trying to get out but was too afraid to let go.

June 2008, Philippines

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Friday Fill-ins #3

  1. October 8 is our 13th wedding anniversary!.
  2. Phone ringing in the middle of the night scare me!
  3. Leaves are falling all around, it's autumn, my favorite season.
  4. My favorite horror movie is NONE because I don't want to scare myself to death, so I don't watch horror movies.
  5. Road trips plus pictures = good memories.
  6. It was a dark and stormy night and I will be in bed watching a movie with hubby.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watch movie with hubby tomorrow my plans include recycling and taking the kids to their 'Home Alone' program and Sunday, I want to relax and plan for our anniversary road trip and browse through Oscar de la Renta's line of clothing!

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Planning for a Christmas get together

Christmas is just around the corner. And I’m planning to host a Christmas get-together with some friends from the airport. I’ve invited them twice this year already and have prepared and served them almost the same food.

This December, I got some Christmas dinner recipes that I would love to try and serve them. They look so easy to prepare and hopefully they taste as good as the picture on the site.