Thursday, December 31, 2009


I still can not believe that in a few more hours will be a brand New Year. Time flew too fast. I still can taste the faire that was prepared for my last birthday and in a few days, I will start thinking of the menu for this coming year's. Ah, one thing I can not get away from - adding years. Our grandkids will eaach get a year older, too, and oh, I am sure much much "wiser"!
I wonder - what will 2010 bring?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Will they still?

From a community news-magazine:
A man is walking with his young son when the son notices several people coming over to greet and ask for his dad's signature. Always curious, the son asks his dad who those kind people are. "They are my friends and fans, son." To which the son asks back: "When your ink runs out, dad, will they still be your friends and fans?"

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I Am thankful for:

- my family that keeps me company; - friends that make me feel wanted;
- a job that gives me a break from things I don't want to remember;
- the early morning drive that gives me time to pray and ponder;
- students that make me frown, laugh, shout, giggle, sigh, misty-eyed, etc.;
- students that make me listen, think, review, apply, analyze, change....;
- Jacob, Joshua, Matthew and David (JaJoMaDa) for making me feel and think young;
- FB games that I use as therapy when things don't seem right;
- this blog and the bloggers that I meet through it;
- the trees, flowers, seas, mountains, rocks, animals, insects, etc,; --- they remind me that there is one Grand Creator;
- a million more........

Friday, November 13, 2009

Salad without tomatoes? No way!

Whenever I mention salad to hubby, he knows it must include tomato, tomato of any color, shape or size. Once a year he starts his tomato planting ritual by saving all the peelings and vegetable leftovers from his cooking in a dug-up hole in one corner at our backyard. Then he would visit the stores and greenhouses in our community for his seed or seedling needs, and, mind you, not forgetting the countless catalogs advertising vegetables, fruits, flowers and trees that come with our mails. By mid-summer our visitors can not help but notice that every dish on our menu includes tomatoes in every form imaginable!
If only he knew of an organic tomato growing kit then he wouldn't be worrying so much about how to keep his tomato plants from bending and it's fruits touching the ground. The Stake It Easy included in the Safer brand Tomato and Vegetable Kit would have kept him free of sleepless nights. He wouldn't have to worry, either, of how to keep the bugs from eating the buds and boring holes on the leaves and young fruits of his tomatoes because an organic insect killer is also included in the kit. What he should be worrying now is how to answer his grandkids' questions why there are no more caterpillars that travel along the tomato vines! Post?slot_id=79722&url=http%3a%2f%2fsocialspark

Wind of Change

Before leaving for work this morning I had to grab a sweater after feeling the very cold air coming thru the open garage door. As I was moving out of our driveway I noticed the poodles of water on the road. So, it rained in the night and I didn't hear a thing!
When I reached my school's parking lot, the wet steps to my building confirmed the rainy night before.
After lunch, as I was recording my student's grades, I noticed that I didn't have my sweater on and I couldn't remember taking it off. I thought: "what's happening?"
Why the sudden change of wind?
That's when I remember: I am in California!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hey, Moms, Hear Ye!

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Through their eyes....

While explaining the different knife cuts to my 6th period class, I noticed two boys so engrossed with something that I was very sure was not related to the subject matter we were in. I slowly tiptoed towards their table and almost everybody was laughing when they were both so startled they instinctively threw the paper they were so seriously working on on the floor. As I was retrieving the paper I couldn't help laughing myself, as I silently uttered to myself: "Well at least I was grinning here!"

Sunday, November 08, 2009

We could have felt cooler...

Nothing can be more uncomfortable than losing your car's aircon unit working on a summer day while cruising on a Los Angeles traffic!
It happened to my husband's car and I know what I am talking about, I tell you. We started looking for a mechanic right away without checking around. If only we learned earlier that we could have found auto a/c parts at a great discount with full warranty and free shipping, we could have saved a lot and feel much cooler!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

AAAAHhhh, What a Drink!

Halloween's all behind kids' minds now. Costumes had been sent to the dry cleaners or tossed at the recycle bins. Candy bags are past half empty. Looking back at that night, were your kids tricked or treated right?
As moms our concern is to provide our kids the best nutrition we can give them. What can be more nutritious than milk? Milk is the food of life. It is an almost complete food. High in calcium that keeps children's bones and teeth and hair growing. It is a very good source of protein that helps cells grow and repair themselves. But, as important as milk is for children's growth, they can get tired of drinking it everyday, too. But, wait. If your child is silently shouting Trick or Treat Me right, then chocolate milk is the answer. There had been a study proving that a drink of chocolate milk brings back the energy lost during a sports activity. What can be more healthy than that? And correct me if I am wrong: almost every child likes, or loves, chocolate. So, what can be a better combination than chocolate milk?
We moms also advocate a safe environment for kids, so it is but natural for us to consider storing chocolate milk in cartons safe since the raw product is paper which is very low in harmful chemical content.
When your toddler cuddles to you and whispers Twick or Tweet Me, you know what to give him/her - chocolate milk in a carton! Post?slot_id=83312&url=http%3a%2f%2fsocialspark

Monday, November 02, 2009


I have a phobia of calling parents, moms specially, back. If I initiated the call, it is OK but when I know that I have to call back because a son or daughter didn't do the right thing while in my class, I have the most unforgettable feeling one can imagine. Will somebody start yelling at me from the other end telling me how dare I get her daughter's/son's electronic gadget? That it was not my business? That I now cut the only comuunication she has with her daughter/son while she is at work? That she will call the highest of the highest authority baove me? Although I have not had that experience yet, every new call I have to make makes me feel so, or think so simply because I have heard so many stories warning me about parent calls.
Today was one of those days. I had to play all possible scenarios in my mind before I called the office to connect me to an outside line. After the third ring I was hoping, in fact praying, that no one would answer when a female voice answered and started apologizing for not answering the phone right away. A good sign, I thought. After I introduced myself she started apologizing again and promised me that she would see to it that her daughter doesn't do what she did, ever again. She even assured me that I had all the right to do what I did.
I gave a loooong **Thank God I Must Be Doing Right** sigh of relief, and thanked her for the request she placed to call her.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

To Milk or Not To Milk

I delivered three sons and I fed each of them baby formulas. I am an advocate for breast feeding even before I had my babies. Unfortunately, after three weeks of breast feeding, my glands couldn't support my desire to breast feed anymore, even how hard I tried, so I generously supported my babies with food nutrients from prepared formula milk. I never regretted doing so. They grew up healthy. Aside from occasional natural baby sickness (measles, teething fever, colds gotten from classmates) they never suffered from any severe illnesses. In fact they grew up so fast they now have their own babies to take care of.
Now I currently have four healthy grandsons and thir moms supplemented their food requirements with baby formula too. Milk formulas for babies are safe because their production is government or FDA regulated. The nutrients that go into each formula, whether it be for infants or toddlers, are meticulously tested by scientists and nutritionists before they are place on the market shelves. Different formulas for individual baby's needs are scientifically formulated, like having one specifically for lactose intolerant babies, or for babies who can not tolerate the high fat content of natural animal milk. A cousin of mine had a grandchild who developed hives after taking cow's milk. They discovered that soy milk is what could sustain the baby. She is now a very active second grader.
On top of this, when saving is an issue, moms will also notice that she is actually saving on using baby formulas. Come on, I dare you to compare.


Sunday, October 25, 2009


Why does it hurt so much if it was because of someone you love?
Why does someone you love and care for hurt you more?
Why is it that that someone you love is the very one who doesn't understand that you care?

Why, why, why?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Your character shows!!!

Rachel and Kit had been inviting me to join FarmTown on facebook but I kept putting their invitations on hold simply because I thought I was not a computer game person. But once I gave in to their sweet come ons, I got hooked I can't even dust under my dining table! And to top it all, I am on break from work so I have the excuse to let the initial plans put aside for the later days instead.
Do you know that one's character, if I may describe it so, shows through one's computer?
There is a marketplace that one goes to if one needed a harvester or plower, since hiring someone to do all these would mean more coins/experience points for the farmer. In the market place, while waiting to be hired, one can "converse" with the other farmers. Some get so bored while waiting that they would type anything to attract attention. More often than not, I just type that I am available and wait, ocasionally greeting someone whose name I've become familiar to.
This morning I didn't have to wait long to get "offers" from three big farm owners (chuckle) who offered their whole farms to myself only. (If you are a farmtown player, and wanted so badly to get to the next level, you know what this means !) The last one who hired me has almost a dozen mansions in his farm. Nothing else. WOOOOOOW!! And here I am who can't even qualify to own one and I've been working and laboring for three whole weeks now.
Of course I complimented him on his acquisition and thanked him for "hiring" me. I used the words, may instead of can, excused myself when I thought I was working slow, followed up if I couldn't finish a job because of some computer glitzes, when all of a sudden he asked me from where I am. Told him where. He typed back: you were so polite even for a european or american... (I can't blame him for the insinuations.)
Told him my father made sure I do.
Then he asked me to be his buddy.

Monday, August 10, 2009


I think there is nothing more inspiring (except hubby, of course) early in the morning than the sight of an orchid in bloom, as this one directly peeping at me through my kitchen sink window.......
A good day to everyone.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tacos, anyone?

Was wracking my brain what I would serve Jacob and Joshua for snack and since I had been craving for tacos for days I checked the pantry for what I could put together, and voila!!
You be the judge!

Boil chicken breast in onion, pepper, thyme and salt. Let it cool and flake. Run chipotle through a sieve and mix two tablespoon with the flaked chicken. Dice some seeded Roman tomatoes. Chop cilantro, spring onion,and lettuce. Crumble some cotija and grate some cheddar cheese. Heat corn tortillas directly over the stove flame and top with the prepared ingredients. Top with a dollop of sour cream and enjoy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Paella in the Farm Town

My blogging has a new rival for my time - Farm Town on Facebook. I got invited to try it (I can't remember who did first so I won't mention any one) and I did and I warn you, it can be addictive! Now I have a new skill to learn - how to plant and design my farm!
Rachel has a very beautiful, to-die-for farm I wish I had (well, I can dream, can't I?).
Oh, I almost forgot the Paella. Hubby has a new hobby - trying new recipes. This weekend, to impress my in-laws, he prepared Paella with all the works, you know, clams, sausage, pork, chicken, mussells, peppers and more. Like the farm, it was also to-die-for. Because it was so good I didn't have the chance to take a picture before it zoomed into our tummys.
What a prelude to a new week.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ah, thy name is WOMAN!

Liked this poem that my goddaughter, Rondah, had on her FB yesterday so asked for her permission to publish it.

Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have the compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.


What do you think?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lose That Bulge

For as long as I can remember, losing weight has been my dream, desire, longing, coveted result, etc., etc., especially after I end up not buying a dress I like so much. Everytime I look away from those commercials showing the easy, yes, easy-no-sweat ways to lose those unwanted bulges, my desire is lured back by the colorful, yummy and delicious-looking plates of burgers, fries, salads, cakes, ice creams, you name it they show it dishes! Even a bowl of ratattouille looks so desirable.
So, tell me, how can one lose weight in this technohyper world?
Only if one diminishes the passageway of food into their tummys. If one will eat less, then one's calorie intake will be lessened and consequently one's weight will go down. But one needs assurance followed by discipline and perseverance in doing so. Better still, why not consult with a reputable, experienced lap band doctor?

Thursday, July 09, 2009

It's Dream Time

It was during the early seventies, the song Ben was hitting my country's airwaves almost non-stop, when one of my hubby's uncles arrived from his tour of a commercial ship's captainship. It was also the year we had our first born. Everybody from both sides of my family was excited for the two arrivals. Excitement for our first son was understandable, especially on hubby's side since he would be their first grandson, and everybody had been waiting for his coming for almost four years already. But now, the excitement for my son was somewhat fading and overshadowed by his uncle's arrival.
I noticed hubby's excitement, especially. I found out why he was always smiling and so light footed only when Uncle finally arrived. At the height of our bienvenida celebration, his grandma called him aside and handed him a box. He slowly opened the box, almost afraid to see what was inside. When he finally did see it he approached me, hugged me so tightly I almost choked, kissed me and told me: "Finally, finally!" He hugged his grandma, who had been smiling lovingly at everything, and thanked her profusely. Finally I knew why he was so excited. In the box was a sparkling brand new Oyster Rolex watch, one he had been dreaming to own! Later, I found out that Grandma secretly told Uncle that if and when he got to Japan to please get one for my husband, even pre-paying him, as her belated wedding gift, in addition to what she had already given us on our wedding day. Although hubby's wrist had outgrown his beloved watch several sizes over, it is still with us.
My thoughts drifted dreamily to that day because of, a friendly site where you can find the best collection of Rolex watches which are fully certified, authenticated and guaranteed with warranties.

What child didn't .....

What child didn't dream of owning a convertible car someday?
Our second son had his car totalled through no fault of his. He has to have a new car soon or else I'd be picking him up every morning (he threatened). Not wanting to pay more than the amount he received from the insurance company, he started looking for a used one.
One afternoon, Jacob came rushing to me and asked: "Grannie, do you know what a convertible is?" I knew he was up to something so I said "No". Pulling my hand he took me outside the house and excitedly pointed to a car:
"Look, Grannie, that is a convertible. And it is daddy's car. It is a cool car because it has no roof! Isn't it, Josh?" turning to his younger brother who was busy licking his lollipop .

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Back to normal

As my husband and I were cruising down our community road one morning to take our children to school, we heard a loud thud on the passenger side of our car. My first reaction, and I am sure like any mother's, was to check on our kids. Were they OK? Did they bump their head on anything? Is there any part of their body that hurt? Since everything was okay, and because the kids didn't want to get detention hours after school, I got off the car while hubby continued to drop the kids off since the school was just some few yards away. When I alighted from the car, I saw a shallow dent on the side. Even with ours and the other drivers insurance we still had to put out some amount which was more than the repair would cost. We decided to go to a nearby auto body shop, but to our dismay, what and how the repair on our car was much much below the quality we expected.
How I wish auto body shop irvine, with its network of repair shops manned by collision experts were there at the time. We could have gotten the service we wanted like those many satisfied customers who had given their satisfactory ratings for the body shop network.

Better late than.........

Belated birthday greetings to our friend, Larry.

I wasn't sure if he'd notice, after all he has the whole country to celebrate his special day with (July 4th), but knowing him I knew he would. He is one kind of a friend. He checks my blog almost every day (but still has to leave a comment) and would show concern why I didn't post anything, which touches me deeply because I know how busy he and wife Fina are going ga-ga over their first granddaughter CJ (that lovely girl with the most gorgeous pair of eyes!).

Happy Birthday, our friend.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Goodbye and Rest in Peace

I think I know now why Michael Jackson is loved world wide.
While I can hum the melodies of some of his songs I never took the time to listen and understand the lyrics until this last week. I buried myself in his music videos. I went to lyric sites and got mesmerized with the message in each song. I hugged all TV news about him. I became an MJ addict from the time his death was announced. And every time I see and hear him, the more awed I become of his talent, creativity, gentleness and love for his family and fellowmen.

Now you can sing and play with the angels, Michael.

(Photos: Yahoo and google images)

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Hoping and wishing for a better tomorrow .....

Those last four months had been very heavy in terms of happenings : be it physically, emotionally, intellectually and yes, even spiritually. So many things happened at work, at home, everywhere, and yet even how much I wanted to post I couldn't. Every time I sat in front of my computer, my brain would go blank my fingers numb and my thoughts drained. And yet, there were so many things I wanted to write about, to bring out, to share.
I've been telling myself, for the longest time, that tomorrow I will start again. After so many tomorrows, I still can't.
Tomorrow may be a different one, who knows!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Charice's First Single

What a beautiful song to start with for a beautiful, lucky girl!!! Way to go, Charice. We're very proud of you!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Good Luck, Manny !!!

As I prepared to browse through the pages and articles about those "100 World's Most Influential People" at this week's issue of the TIME Magazine, I asked hubby if Manny Pacquiao had been featured in the mag yet, as Oscar had, when excitement and surprise filled me. He is on the list!

Good luck on your fight tomorrow, Manny!!!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

On the Road Peace of Mind

Travelling the nooks and crannies of Europe had been one of my dreams. It still is. Although my family and I had done it before, it was always with strings attached - babies in tow, limited time on hand because of a job waiting, flight schedules to adhere to, financial constraints, etc. My dream has changed. I now dream that I can see Europe like a free bird. Free that I can drive my way to anyplace I want to see, at any time I feel like to. Free from any care in the world whatsoever.
Dreaming aside, I find every place in Europe an adventure for an avid traveler. You thought you know everything about it and yet you don't. Surprises await everyone who visits. And every visit feels like it is the first time. The countries are so closely connected to each other that once you've been to one you desire to see more beyond the next border. If only you had that freedom!
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

One Busy Bee

A blue ribbon for Jacob.
Jacob was the only one who spelled all 100 words correctly during a Spelling Bee contest for his age group.
Congratulations, Jacob. Keep up the good work. Keep your bee always busy. We are all very very proud of you!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Vrooooom, vroooooommmm.......

Does that make you turn your head? No, not that girl in bikini. That sound. Yes, the vrooooommmm vroooom sound of that small car that proudly displays a turbo charger gleaming just below its trunk.
I don't know about you but a car that sounds like a turbo is charging it will always get my vote. For me it makes the car proud, brave, in charge. It adds character to the car, too, making it less boring. Just an hour ago, I borrowed hubby's car and when I stepped on the gas, I had to really step hard on the accelerator because it wouldn't move forward as fast as I wanted it to. If it had a turbo charger I know it would go from 0 to 65 mph in a second. I may be out of the now generation's range, but I still consider speed as in. If you want your car to charge, no pun intended, give a visit and decide for yourself. You might even be glad you did.
Have fun. Stay young.

You Are What You Wear

Last summer, on one of our godsons' mom's invitation, my husband and I visited a godson at his camp in North Carolina. He was in the navy. When we arrived, he was in a city T-shirt reminding us of when he was much younger playing with our sons who were also wearing the same style of outfit. That evening, he and his girl-friend, who was also in the military, took us for a look-see inside their camp. It was a self-contained community with its own hospital, postal office, supermarket, and churches. No wonder he wasn't feeling homesick anymore.
The following morning, we were to meet him in a mall just outside the gates. I was surprised to see how different he looked in his uniform. He was not the shy teen-ager I remembered anymore. He looked so confident and commanding and oh, so gentlemanly.
His tactical uniform suited him to a T. That night, he told us that he might be deployed to a war zone. Although I felt so concerned about his safety, at the same time I couldn't help myself from picturing him with all his military bags and tools supported with Malice Clips on his back.
Three months later, his mom and I gave a sigh of temporary relief. He called to say his deployment was on hold until his tonsils healed!

It only took a split second..........

The traffic was so bad that for the last 30 minutes my speed was a little over 5 mph only. On top of it all, the weather was much warmer than yesterday that my eyes were begging to shut close. I thought I was dreaming when I suddenly felt a thugggg behind me! Whoaa! Someone just bumped me. I slowed down and parked on the shoulder. The man in the car behind me parked, too. He started apologizing as soon as he saw me. I looked at my car and thought - This is nothing compared to the last one. I asked him: "Were you feeling sleepy?" (Or,was I projecting?) Embarrassed, he said "Oh, no. Not at all. I just took a split second glance away from the road when all of a sudden ......."
He started writing out his particulars still apologizing. I took the piece of paper, checked everything he wrote and told him: "If I had to pay for anything I will call you. Now, focus on the road, will you?" He thanked me and we were both on our way.
And my eyes stayed wide open till I parked in our garage.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Into the Future

Every time I look at a structure, I visualize the lines and curves in terms of what I had learned in my Drawing I class during my freshman year in the College of Engineering, although I never became an engineer. At the time, and in my neck of the woods, the word computer is unheard of. All I knew of the term is that it is someone who computes like an accountant. I haven't even seen a mechanical calculator. The closest to it was an abacus that one of my grandfathers kept under his bed. Then a sister got married to an architect and I saw how laborious designing a home or a building was. My brother-in-law would spend days and days calculating how much each room would cost, or how many kilos of nails would be needed or how many cubic feet of lumber must be made available for his carpenters and aides. And every number was added, subtracted, divided or multiplied by hand! Can any student imagine doing that today?
Then I went back to the land of my birth recently and saw how my nephew, who followed in his dad's footsteps, did his work. I observed how he consulted with his client, did a rough drawing of how he interpreted his client's preferences, went home and, with an Auto CAD Software finished all his paperwork with ease ready to present for his customer's final approval.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Inside Out

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

I can still do it?

A cousin-in-law is preparing for his retirement and started giving away some of his "worldly" possesssions. I was so happy when he offered me his electric keyboard. I haven't played any piano piece since I got married so instead of getting it for myself, I was really thinking of Jacob since he is now taking piano lessons.
After cleaning the keyboard I tried tinkering with the keys and thought I could still play simple pieces if I practiced. The very first, and only piece, I memorized to play was Love and Devotion (opus 52) by Louis Drumheller. (Does that sound very very ancient to you?) But when I tried it all that I could remember was the first part and only for the right hand. I searched for a piano sheet I could download but failed. So I went to eBay and was so excited to find someone from Canada with one for sale. I received the piece on Thursday and started practicing right away hoping my neighbors won't bang on our walls.
I can still play it, only much slower than I used to. I feel great knowing I still can do it!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Picture taken last year in North Carolina. Was trying to look for a more recent picture but all of the more recent pics are in the other computer. And I am already late. But as the saying goes, "Better late than never!"

Happy birthday, Ed.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Childhood Fantasy

It looks so beautiful. Every furniture is well selected and put in its perfect place. Curtains of the most exquisite of materials are so well tailored adding elegance to every room. And those chandeliers - they take my breath away!
"Hurry up. We still have a lot of shopping to do," shouted my cousin from the shoe department snapping me out of my reverie of that dollhouse in the toy department.
One of my childhood fantasies has been to own and furnish/decorate a dollhouse of my own. Since I have sons, that dream was overshadowed by cars and balls. Today my dream was awakened by dollhouse furnitures that tittilate my mind. Even in my sleep (yeah, I just had a nap) I was putting together bedroom and dining room furnitures that has a lot of in its collection.
I think I will start with the dining/kitchen room first.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Three and three to go...

Two weeks ago I thought I couldn't go on. Going back to work after an eight-week-vacation, that is. I had gotten so used to staying in bed way way past my waking up time that for a whole week, it scared me to think that I might fall asleep on the job. But, as they say, old habits never die. I wake up before my alarm went off, still enjoy my morning radio station, still relax on my driving, and most of all I still enjoy coming to work, with or without traffic!
The past two weeks was too much of a yin-yang thing for me. A part of the family died and almost as I was receiving the news, a goddaughter was giving birth to a beautiful daughter. Jacob got sick and was not able to go to one of his piano lessons, but yesterday, he surprised me by playing every page on his first book and told me he'll start on his 2nd book next week.
It was only eight days ago when I was feeling sick each time I thought of the working months ahead of me. I really thought hard about retiring, and yet, the last week just zoomed by shortening my waiting time immensely (three months and three more weeks to go before the next finals! And I am very grateful I still have my job.
Ahhhh, life. You are so interesting!!!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Swish, swash, swiiiiissssshhh!!!

Pnnngggggg! I was so engrossed listening to my morning music station when I was suddenly awakened from my reverie by the sound of a metal, or was it a rock, hitting my windshield. Because it was raining, I didn't pay much attetion thinking the sound was part of the accompaniment. Another thing was that the wiper was busy swissh-swasshing I was straining my eyes between the movement of the blades and the road. Not until I got home did I notice that whatever hit the glass didn't leave any crack or unsightly mark on it.
I drive a mini van, which is, according to my second son, a very "mom" car. I have also had my windshield repaired once or twice. How I wish the windshield wiper is of clear material through and through. It would be great if the wiper will appear invisible as it does its job (especially on a fast mode) and not block, or should I say, disturb, my view, as I drive during heavy traffic. Another thing I would care for is a quiet, and I mean QUIET wiper. I am sure that many moms will agree with me when I say that you need all your senses working at the same time when driving a mini-van full of kids.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Green Means GO

Picking up my eldest grandson from school is always a learning treat for me. There was that time when I was in a hurry for another appointment when I was caught with a red light halfway through the intersection. Guess what my grandson warned me of: "Grannie, you tried to beat the red light. That was dangerous. Didn't you know you have to slow down on yellow light then wait and go ahead on green light?" Was my face red! I wanted to reason out but I was embarrassed and afraid I would utter the wrong words. On still another trip, he lectured me on how I should dispose of our old newspapers and bottles because, in his own words: "We need to recyle, Grannie." If a six-year-old boy believes that there are ways of making this earth safer, who am I to contradict him?
Every year, at about this time when there is no more threat of morning frosts, my hubby starts planning on what he can plant. He had been collecting left-over vegetable/fruit cuttings for his compost believing that if he goes organic it will be safer for his grandkids. He knows I love tomatoes so getting an organic tomato growing kit will make his tomato planting easier. There are quite a number of organic gardening products that will ensure a better tomorrow for our young. I am sure hubby will be excited to receive such products on his coming birthday.
For me and my grandson, I will get those organic bug control or pantry pest traps, so nothing will spoil the ingredients for our baking projects.
Let's go now. It just turned green!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Step On It

I don't know about you, but everytime I go to a new place I can't help but compare the different concretes I step on. It never diminishes my amazement how a crack on a pavement can make or unmake the quality or ambiance of a place.
Lately, there is a very noticeable new trend in the concrete world. It is what is now called decorative concrete.
I visited a friend who just had her kitchen floor remade. The tiles looked like they came all the way from an Italian mine. You can just imagine the surprise on my face when she told me it was concrete, pure and simple.
Another trend is drawing on the floor. One example is a floor etched with a grapevine that gracefully winds diagonally across the room floor. Perhaps you would prefer a collage of toys in your little angels' playroom. How about colorful fruits and vegetables, even utensils, on your kitchen floors or walls? Those will surely be, in the words of my grandkids - COOOOOOOL!!!
There are now concrete contractors whose portfolios are readily available. And their portfolios can speak for themselves. All you have to do is flip through the projects that they have finished - be it a simple loft, or a chain of hotels, or industrial buildings - and deciding will not be too hard. And, what more, no project is too small for them. Be it a patio or driveway to be paved, they are ready to make you avail of their professional services.
On another positive note, only quality materials are used for structural concrete and decorative concrete projects.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Welcome to this world, CJ!

Our friends, Fina and Larry, are (according to Larry) now officially Lola and Lolo, respectively, after their daughter, Chelo, gave birth to her own beautiful bouncing baby girl, CJ, yesterday morning. Presenting CJ as she greets us all while her dad Ryan and mom Chelo and Lola Fina proudly and happily beam over her.

I Do, I Do, I Do

What was that very first thing you thought about when he asked you to marry him, beside the YES that had been at the tip of your tongue all along?
For me it was not the dress nor the reception but the ring. I knew I wouldn't get an engagement ring so, in my mind, I had been playing that image of our ring bearer handing my hubby an engagement-wedding ring set to slide through my ring finger. As soon as we were sure there would be no oppositions to our plans we headed to find our dream Wedding Rings, which, during my time, in my place and of my hubby's ability to pay, was either yellow or white gold only. Adding diamonds was even a big question of "can we or can't we?"
How different it would be if the choosing is of today. I will be opting for the newest, most long lasting material like those black titanium rings so that no matter how many dish washings I may do my ring will still look as brilliant and flawless every day. The material can take handling so in-laying of extra precious stones for added style will not be a problem.
On the other hand I might choose from a selection of a tungsten carbide rings because of its great scratch-proof quality. Then, I might even be able to squeeze hubby's hands for a necklace and/or bracelet.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What I feel like eating right now!

Looking for that special someone?

I know of a woman who recently got divorced after almost twenty years of marriage. While their going separate ways was amicable, I could feel the hurt and longing every time I see her. Everytime I see that commercial on men and women finding their supposedly perfect partner, I think of her. I thought of telling her about it but I never got the chance.
There is this Dating Directory that, I would describe, very thoughtful of its clients. Why? Because it is not a "one-size-fits-all" thing. Do you want someone from another culture than your own? Or, will you feel more secure if someone you date is from your own country of origin? Then this is for you. Do you find religion, or sexual orientation a factor in selecting a date? You're head on! Or, maybe you prefer your exact opposite. You are given that choice, too. Age being another factor? No problem.
Dating Directory is a secure, customer friendly place to explore. One is led to a desired site with security provisions. One, if he so desired, can get acquainted with someone through chat rooms, even. But as in everything else, someone's maturity and discretion will be an asset. Happy hunting and hunt safely.
By the way, this will be a good place for that woman I know to try another chance at happiness, don't you think so?

Thinking of My Three Sons

Because I have just one-and-a-half more weeks to go before I hit the freeway to get to work again, I decided to tidy up one of the cabinets in the living-room. What would normally take me about an hour took me thrice as long because the cabinet holds photo albums, long-ago gifts, loose pictures, old receipts, planners, cd's, dvd's, etc. (you name it, it is there). In one of the albums, I found inserted a yelowish antique looking sheet of paper. I almost couldn't read half of the printed poem, but the title and the poet's name are still clear. I can't remember anymore if someone gave it to me, or if I found the poem myself, but I know it is very very old. I must have kept it thinking of my three sons.
To My Grown-Up Son
by Alice E. Chase

My hands were busy through the day,
I didn't have much time to play
The little games you asked me to,
I didn't have much time for you.

I'd wash your clothes; I'd sew and cook,
But when you'd bring your picture book
And ask me, please, to share your fun,
I'd say, "A little later, son."

I'd tuck you in all safe at night,
And hear your prayers, turn out the light,
Then tiptoe softly to the door,
I wish I'd stayed a minute more.

For life is short, and years rush past,
A little boy grows up so fast,
No longer is he at your side,
His precious secrets to confide.

The picture books are put away,
There are no children's games to play,
No goodnight kiss, no prayers to hear,
That all belongs to yesteryear.

My hands once busy, now lie still,
The days are long and hard to fill,
I wish I might go back and do,
The little things you asked me to .

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sweets for the Sweet Tooth

"Want to come with me?" hubby asked.
"Where?" I asked back.
"I need some greens for the salad."
"Oh, no. Just go by yourself. You can, can't you?"
Hubby knows very well why our conversation goes that way. He knows that if I went with him we would end up with more than greens in our basket. And he knows too that he can bet his life on it that I did I would visit the candy shelves first before the special item on our market list.
My favorite among the sweets spread out on any supermarket shelf would be anything with chocolate, nuts, and caramel. If peanut butter is added then it will definitely be in the basket.
Rock Candy is another hypnotic item for me especially if it contains orangey or lemony flavors. Letting the candy melt slowly in my mouth is simply heavenly. But I also love biting and chewing into a Hard Candy just so I can have my hand into a new one sooner. While we don't usually stock up on candies in our pantry, we do buy bulk candy during halloween time. Kids in our neighborhood already know of our "generosity" I would often notice some making that second round, which we didn't mind but rather found amusing.
Candies with chocolate, caramel, nuts and peanut butter? If you have those, remember me, please.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Drink and be merry .....

Thinking of how to celebrate in style? Do you want your guests to remember your party or that special event you will host? By all means make the drinks do the work. Start with
Chocolate Martini,
2 oz. Vodka
1 ½ oz. Crème de Cacao
Piece of chocolate for garnish
Coat the rim with powdered Cocoa

truly a fusion drink of vodka and cacao creme. Hmmmm, doesn't that sound, or should I say taste, interesting already? Or, are you into adding subtle colors in your drink? Then have some pomegranate in it, like in:

Pomegranate Martini
1 oz. Vodka
½ oz. orange liqueur
3 oz. Pomegranate Juice .

And for that final kick, have a glass of
"Cosmojio" from Jim Lee’s Starlight Room
White Rum
Simple Syrup
Lime Juice
Mint Leaf for Garnish .
You can have all these, and more, and you will not regret if you'll give Dallas catering a chance to serve your party needs.

Come Back, Please

I've been trying to blog again the way I used to but the fluidity of thoughts just don't seem to seep into my brain. I have things encircling in my mind but as soon as I hit the Create button, everything evaporates. The simplest sentence I can't even form. I need prompts, and even with such, it takes me the longest time before I can compose a paragraph. I think I need a writing pad with me all the time so I can record every spark of idea that flashes before me.
Oh, how I miss those times when all I needed to do was place my fingers on the right keys and words just rushed in. I hope those times will come back soon.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Smooth It Out

I was watching a favorite TV series last night where contestants were being either interviewed or let to do their craft. In each case there were several close ups of their faces where, because of high definition feature in the latest technology nowadays, nothing can be hidden anymore. What amazes me is that even under heavy make-up marks left by heavy attack of pimples or acne are still very noticeable. I can't help but wonder how some of those contestants feel when they are not wearing any make-up.
I had my own bout with chronic pimples when I was in college. What annoyed me most was that they attacked me at the most conspicuous parts of my face. They didn't come in droves, thanks for that, but they still affected me emotionally. Try to imagine a girl excitedly preparing for her first dinner date when all of a sudden the tip of her nose started bursting into redness putting Rudolph's own into shame! How I wish I had available for me an acne treatment that I could take so that the toxicity in my blood can be cleansed. If you, or any of your relatives or friends, have problems with pimples or acne, look into what acneticin can do for you.
It may boost your self-esteem even more.

Life Changes

Hubby would just nod and smile each time I would tell him how much I'd prefer to go before him. I've been cuddling in my thought that if ever one of us had to go it would be me first. I had been so sure in that thought and so comfortable in relying on him for almost everything until ......
This morning we had to wake up early because he had an early morning appointment with his opthalmologist. While he was in the examination room I couldn't help but think of how our lives have changed, or interchanged. He used to drive me to my appointments. These last four weeks, I have been doing the driving around for him and the funny thing about it is I really can do it! Ah, I am grateful I still can do it!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Peace of Mind

I woke up at the usual time. Then I took a quick shower, had a banana and coffee so I could take my daily medicine. I thought I still had time to listen to the weather report and had my car filled up in the nearby gas station. Then I was off to work.
I found the traffic to be OK that morning. In fact I still had a few minutes to spare before signing in in the Main Office. As I was climbing the stairs to my classroom, I felt uneasy. Before sitting down at my desk, I drank half a glass of water thinking it would make me feel better. I couldn't point my finger to what I was feeling or what was happening to me. I thought I was going to throw up so I called our secretary. She sent one of our assistant principals who suggested we call 911. Even as I was thinking of my classes for that day I said yes. I was taken to the emergency room of the nearest hospital where I underwent some testing after which they took me to my healthcare provider's hospital which happens to be with the Kaiser Permanente California. My doctors released me from the hospital only after they were sure that I was OK and that I knew the cause of my problem and that I understood what I needed to do so I will stay healthy. They also made me promise that I would call them for any questions I may have regarding my health.
Have you, or any member in your family, postponed going to a health provider because you thought you couldn't afford it? Or, have you put on hold your consultation with a healthcare professional because you were not sure you can trust him with what ails you? You are not alone. But there is help available to you. Give Kaiser Permanente Colorado a visit and see for yourself. There is a healthcare plan that will fit your health needs. Professionals are ready to answer your questions right away (Yes, they have a chat room) even as you are cruising through your possible choices.
If you happen to be in the area, go to Kaiser Permanente Georgia and have your peace of mind.

Thursday, February 05, 2009


I always look forward to my birthday and wedding anniversary. My friends and relatives try every skill and talent to surprise me but each time someone would accidentally spill the beans, so everything has become so predictable. Next time, this is how I would like it to be......
My choice for a theme is an ocean cruise. My invitations will be done on an ocean green linen paper with the letters embossed. Tropical fishes and sea shells will decorate the edges and enclosed in an envelope that is shaped like a cruise ship. The same design must be carried out on the menu and place cards. For the menu, I will choose from a selection of sea food - fish, shellfish, abalone and sea weeds. The buffet table must also be a picture of what islands are rich of in terms of produce - pineapple, coconuts, berries, papaya, island veggies, etc. And of course, orchids at the center of each of the guest table that is covered with sateen in sand color. And for dessert, I like tiers and tiers of mini cupcakes flavored with tropical fruit essences and frosted in rainbow colors. The sound of water, whether that of rain, fountain, river or creek, must also be audibly soft to every guest. And let's not forget entertainment - every kid and adult will enjoy his own brand of music. One thing though, no alcohol.
If I didn't have the privilege of having such 50th birthday ideas years ago, I am sure I can have those now for our 50th wedding anniversary.

Glad We Did

As we were waiting for our favorite show to start, hubby and I decided to have our dinner first. Midway through our "date" we heard a pop - a sound similar to that of a light bulb breaking. At first we thought it was from outside but when we were ready to finally watch our program the TV was all black. But the sound was on. We tinkered with the remote. Nothing. That's when we settled for our nineteen-incher.
When we bought our plasma TV three years ago, we were unsure of whether to get an extended warranty on it or not. We couldn't be any happier we did. Now we have a brand new LCD TV, same size inch by inch, but from an A-1 manufacturer. And we didn't have to pay anything.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Eco-friendly Relaxing

I still remember our first living room set.
A friend didn't like the set that her husband bought for her so she asked me if I wanted to have it instead. For the discount she offered I said yes even before she finished her sentence. It was a set with settee and two single-seaters plus two side tables and a glass topped coffee table. The cushions, very seventies, were pleasingly plump, thick and wide. (Three years later we re-upholstered the set with mustard yellow linen material). What attracted me most enough to buy the set were the robust, undulating rattan legs and arms and back rests. They looked so hardy and strong yet cuddly.
Three kids and forty years later, the set is still around. One of my sisters repainted and reupholstered it one more time and is now using the set in one of her patios. Seeing the pieces in pictures that my sister sent me brings back memories of those early years not only of our married life but of those of our children's growing years.
Conservatory Furniture heightened those nostalgic feelings even more. The company offers a wide range of designs for their living room and dining sets. You can even download their product/company brochure and be more informed about their collection of designs (which are very "today"), fabric samples, showrooms, financial choices and product care. One thing that any homemaker will find very practical is their use of removable covers so those can be dry cleaned.
Wish I had that luxury before my kids were potty trained!
And more than anything else, I believe there is no other eco-friendlier product than this.

The truth and nothing but........

I may have published this before (because I get this in my mail at least once a year) but I never get bored reading the truth in what Mr. Ben Stein says in this essay that he recited on one CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees.. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a Nativity Scene, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?' In light of recent events... Terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says 'Thou Shalt not Kill, thou Shalt not Steal', and 'Love your Neighbor as Yourself.' And we said OK. Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK. Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.' Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. Are you laughing yet? Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... No one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully, Ben Stein

The truth and nothing but the truth, so help me GOD!!!

A Promise

Is there someone you know who is falling into the cracks needing help but doesn't quite know how to go about it? If you are a friend or a relative you can help that someone. There is a private drug rehab facility that promises only the best recovery experience for its clients. It offers various treatment programs and follow-ups after a client is discharged.
If you need it, then get it!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

....still around ......

I thought it would be easy.
Before hubby was released from the hospital, the dietician/nutritionist gave me a list of food items that he can eat. Easy, or so I thought. I can combine anything within the list as long as I limit the amount and be creative in apportioning items. On the first week, I used all the colors in the rainbow to guide me - red and yellow and green peppers, mustard and broccoli, aubergine and carrots, beets and sweet potato, yellow and green squashes, zucchini - did I miss any color? And one other good thing is that I can serve hubby all the proteins in the hemisphere! (As long as I remove every speck of fat from each)!
On the second week, I almost ran out of ideas as to what herbs and spices I could combine. Because he eats almost without salt, the herbs and spices can camouflage its absence. I've also used all non-fat methods of cooking - steamed fish, roasted vegggies, baked no-fat pork chop (is there such a thing?), boiled eggs, pan fried etc., etc., etc.
Third week, a repeat of most from the first and second weeks.

So that hubby will not feel so bad about his food, I've also started eating what he eats, with extra sauce or condiments here and there. (I am starting to miss my potatoes and tomatoes)
Fourth week: HELP !!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I Am Back .....

It had been a roller coaster year for me.
High and low, up-around-down-up-around-down, high and low! I feel like a baton being thrown up in the air not knowing if I would land on someone's hand safely or hit the ground broken. I even lost my inertia to write.
Then suddenly I awoke from my stupor and realized I have plenty to be thankful for.
The past year blessed us with a brand new healthy, handsome bouncing grandson, and our three others each celebrated their own birthdays reminding hubby and me that life goes on, no matter what. Our sons and their families are doing fine in their own unique ways. Norma, one of my sisters, visited and we had a great bonding time, Kirby, one of my nephews and in a sense has become our youngest son, saves us from being empty nesters. And there are our friends and relatives who make us feel loved, cared and thought of all the time.
Then there were the doctors who put their minds together so hubby could have the best treatment and the nurses who gave their all so that for a whole week, hubby and I would feel like we are in a hotel instead of a hospital room.
And of course, my blogging friends, who had been always in my thoughts.