What are the traditions surrounding moving into a new house?

My friend at the airport told me I need 7 things: Mama Mary or Santo Nino, rice, salt, sugar, water, oil and live plant.

Another suggested that I threw coins on the floor too. Isn't this done on the house blessing?

Does the moon have anything to do with it? December 12 is the full moon, but we don't get the keys to the house until December 15 @ 2pm. This one is out of my hands.

What are your traditions? I guess it will not hurt me to follow some traditions, right? As long as I know the reason/logic behind it.

I also decided to do a little research --

"While there may be many customs worldwide associated with housewarming, the most familiar one is that of bringing three items: salt to ensure that life in the new home will always have flavor; bread, so that the homeowners will never go hungry; and wine, so that joy and prosperity will reign forever. The tradition of bringing these three items undoubtedly stems from pre-Christian lore and beliefs, but continues in many parts of the world today." SOURCE

Thai tradition: "You need to bring with you three items, rice, water, and knife. The rice and water, so that there will be plentiful and the owners will live in prosperity, and the knife is to protect the family from any evil spirits."

Chinese tradition: "... bring a flashlight and shine the light into the top and bottom corner of every closet and every room... What you're doing is transferring the spirits from the old place into the new place; you’re showing them where to go. It's a way of lighting their way. SOURCE

"We also had the usual custom of bringing in salt, rice, cotton, monggo seeds and water with us when we moved in." SOURCE
Our new homeThere's no way I will be doing the knife thing... it may cause me badluck. I'm Chinese but I have never heard of the flashlight thing either. Oh well... And what's the logic behind cotton and monggo seeds? Anyone?

I can't wait to see the inside of our new home. Anyway, after I bring in these "traditional" starters, the first thing I want to move and set up is our Christmas tree! I can't feel the Christmas spirit without a Christmas tree.

We have 9 days to move our stuff slowly. I use smaller boxes so I can move some stuff alone while the kids are in school. Then we will set aside either Saturday or Sunday [depending on the weather] to move all the heavier stuff and rent a U-Haul truck. I plan to sleep in our new home by December 21. If not, we will definitely celebrate Christmas in our new home. Wish us luck.

BTW, here's an interesting historical link --
Contractors in Fuzhou City, southeast China, have moved a historic priest's house to preserve traditions.

Wordless Wednesday: Falls

Banff National Park

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Photo Hunt: Reflection

Here's baby Alex, playing with his own reflection.
This was his 1st birthday celebration in New York City, January 2008.

And my reflection during one of our many road trips... with my Nikon.

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Do you have a Last Will and Testament?

Currently, I’ve been taking additional tax courses. One of them is about Deceased and Trust Returns. In this course, I suddenly realized how important for one to have a Will, and an updated Will for that matter. It doesn’t matter if you only have a few thousand dollars in your bank account or you have multi-million dollar corporation. The important thing is who gets what if and when you die. Do you just want it to go to just anybody? Or do you want your family to fight over who gets what?

Even if you think you have nothing to put in the Will, but have young children, you would want to make sure that your children will not go to a foster home. You would want to make sure that your children will be looked after by someone you can trust. For this purpose alone, a Will is very important.

Case #1
A is married to B. They had a Will. They got divorce. A married C and lived a very happy life with his new family. A died without leaving a new Will to supersede the first Will. Guess what? Everything went to B! C can’t even fight it in court.

Case #2
A is married to B. They didn’t have a Will. They separated without filing for divorce. A and C becomes common-law partner [no Will]. They never filed their tax return as common-law either. A dies. Guess what? B gets everything! Because in the eyes of the law, B is the legal wife and C doesn’t exist at all.

So filing as common-law may not benefit you at present [especially if you are both working full-time], but you should, and if you did, C might have a case here.

Case #3
A and B are married and have children. They don’t have a Will. A dies. B gets everything. Later on, B married C. They don’t have a Will. B dies. Guess what? Everything went to C and his children. None of the children of A and B got a single penny. Is that fair? I know that wasn’t the intention of B, but without a Will, her children with A gets nothing.

A death in a family may cause reunion and forgiveness OR it may drive a family apart! Money is the root of all evil. Never ever forget that!

Friday Fill-ins #7

  1. The last band I saw live was Hall and Oates in Connecticut in 1993. Now that took me a long time to think back.
  2. What I look forward to most on Christmas is spending Christmas in our new home.
  3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is almost done.
  4. Thoughts of our upcoming move fill my head.
  5. I wish I could wear summer clothes at winter time.
  6. Bagpipes is not something I want to learn how to play.
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to quiet time at home, tomorrow my plans include going on a furniture hunt and Sunday, I want to attend mass and do some grocery shopping!
Addendum: I just remembered - I watch Apo Hiking Society's concert in Toronto in 2006. But they are not a band.

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Litratong Pinoy: Madumi

Akala ko hindi na ako makakalahok sa linggong ito dahil wala akong makitang litrato na "madumi." Buti na lang at lumabas kami ng mga kaibigan ko at nagkaroon na ako ng "maduming" lahok.

Eto si Ron, 17 months old, bago kumain at habang kumakain!

I couldn't find a dirty picture. It's a good thing I went out with some friends today and got the perfect picture.

Meet 17-months old baby Ron, before and during lunch time.

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Wordless Wednesday: Her first party

Patricia has been invited to a girl's party! Simone's birthday was on a Sunday, but she invited Patricia for play date the day before the party.

Meet Patricia's best friend, Simone [in red] and her cousin Alex [with bunny ears].
Simone baked these cupcakes herself!

Patricia's gift to Simone was this Bratz bag. Patricia had the same bag. So now, they are "bag buddies"... too bad Simone and her family "might" move to Ontario by next summer.

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My new toy

Whenever hubby and I go to Future Shop or Best Buy, I am always tempted to walk out with a laptop. But the timing isn't always right. I don't know what feature to look for, and I guess I haven't found the one that I really, really like. That is until last week!

I finally found the perfect laptop for me. The problem is they only have the display model. And it was out of stock in a couple of other branches as well.

Earlier this evening, we decided to try again. And it was in stock. So I brought home a 13.3" HP Intel Core 2 Duo with 320GB hard drive, 4GB Memory and a 5-1 digital media reader. It also got a mini remote control, light view keyboard and the new fingerprint reader!

Luggage or balikbayan boxes

I just accompanied a friend of mine to the mall in search for a luggage. She is going home to the Philippines for the first time after 15 years. She's contemplating whether to use balikbayan boxes or luggage.

After going from one store to the next, she finally decided to buy a Samsonite luggage online. It’s way cheaper than the prices in store even if you add the delivery charges.

Litratong Pinoy: Kinagisnan

Noong bata pa ako, pinakapaborito ko ang Linggo.
Dahil tuwing Linggo, ang bibingka at sapin-sapin ang aming almusal.

When I was young, Sunday was my favorite day.
Because every Sunday, we would have the yummy bibingka and sapin-sapin as our breakfast.

"No Filipino Christmas is complete without Bibingka. Bibingka, is a rice cake similar to the Western pancake in appearance. In taste, texture and way of cooking, however, they are very much different from each other. Bibingka is made from galapong, baked in a special clay pot, lined with a piece of banana leaf, with live coals on top and underneath. It is topped with slices of kesong puti (white cheese) and itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs). The newly-cooked bibingka is spread with butter and sometimes sprinkled with sugar then served with niyog (grated coconut). Galapong is glutinous rice soaked in water then ground with the water to form either a batter or a dough, depending on what the cooked dish is supposed to be."
"Filipino Sapin-Sapin is made from rice flour or rice that has been soaked overnight then crushed into a paste, sometimes yams or yam flour, coconut milk and sugar. Each layer is tinted (the bottom one a deep ube-like purple, the middle a golden yolk yellow,the top one white), and steamed before the next layer is added. This famous Sapin-Sapin originated from the northern part of the Philippines, the province of Abra."
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Wordless Wednesday #8

I plan to stay away from the computer the whole day tomorrow to start my online tax course and hopefully finished it as soon as possible. So my WW is a bit early.

43 days till Christmas...
It's time to start mailing out our personalized Christmas cards.

Goodbye baby Amanda... she's going home to the Philippines end of this month!

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Spooky Edition

MUA HA HA HA!!! Welcome to the Halloween Edition of my blog.

Do you dress up with your kids or do you leave it to them?
I never wore a costume... and I let my kids picked their costume this time.

  1. Together -- Mr. Ninja and Ms. Bratz' CatGirl

  2. Do you have any special things you do on Halloween?
    Just go around the neighborhood trick or treating...

  3. What is the most creative costume you have seen?
    I didn't really see a "creative" costume last week... we just went out for about 30 minutes. But this is the most creative decoration that I've seen.

  4. Favorite candy?
    Oh Henry and Reese.


Busy, busy me

I have too much on my hands right now.

I have a Capital Gain Tax course every Friday [from 9am to 4pm]. I have Deceased and Trust Tax course every Mondays and Wednesdays [from 6pm to 9pm]. I also have to finished an online Farming Tax course.

On top of that, I need to start packing and get rid of unwanted stuff lying around in the basement. I also need to finalized our mortgage, insurance and all other paper works... etc. etc.

I have 6 weeks before the possession date [December 15]. That week also marks the end of my tax classes which means I need to review and pass the final exams [3 of them].

And of course, on top of that, I still have my motherly and wifey duties, kids' homework and activities, and house chores to do!

And don't forget about my job at the airport which is twice a week [Mondays and Tuedays from 5:30am to 3:30pm].

I may have to slow down on my blogging... or not.

Wordless Wednesday #7

Our first snow for this winter! It's getting colder everyday...

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Photo Hunt: Blue

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