Sunday, December 30, 2007

Santa's gifts

Santa's schedule to the mall was something the kids look forward to because thats the time they receive Santa's gifts and it is their sign that they have been good all year round ... hehehe!
Was not able to get a photo with santa though, super rush lahat!
I pulled my kids aside and they were really star-strucked that they have seen Santa again, who by the way was in a rush as i explained to the kids the sleigh was waiting for him already, and they happily understood.









Bea got her sought after Game boy game and a Tamagotchi, Sam got a Princess Microphone (she loves to sing!) and also a interactive Tamagotchi (that can talk and exchange email with Bea's Tamagotchi) and Vin got his Motorcycle toy! Everybody happy!

They were always surprised that among all the kids who go and see santa they are the only ones who get presents under the tree... hehehe! Kung alam lang nila na dala ko na yun bago kami umalis at dinedeposit ko sa package counter so i won't have to lug it around for then to notice ... then i talk to the organizer or Santa himself before i bring the kids para alam na niya ang gagawin niya...hehehe! I have to get wrappers pa na di kapaprehas nung sa amin and i write their names on the present in a different way din :)

Will post more pictures soon!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

So much to blog about

I tried to squeeze in a post before i take on my work, just to let my blog friends know that i am so much miss to make kwento!

This week was really one busy week, halos di na ako nakapag-chika chika sa ym, with tons of work, exams, practice nila Bea sa program and rush orders na lahat may deadline ng Christmas!

Tomorrow i have to finish 15 desktop calendar orders before i head off to the Christmas program nila Sam in the afternoon. Napakiusapan si Christian ng school kung pwede siya ang maging official na magcocover ng video, kaya need to be super aga pa sa venue.

Today nakatapos ako ng 20 one page framed calendars, 25 name meaning keychains, invite ng party and scanned a few pictures for parties for next week. Lahat ng mga ginawa ko today was delivered din lahat today sa Christmas party nila Bea.

Ang dami kong inquiries and orders but i have to decline na muna kasi di na talaga kaya ng powers ko, i still have things to wrap for our Christmas event as well.

May kwento din pala ako aboutr santa meetup with the three kids, di ko pa nadodownload sa computer yug mga pictures. Naging tradition na kasi sa akin yung hahanap ako ng Santa na nasa mall na may schedule then i will bring gifts for the three kids and secretly give it to "santa" na kunyari galing pa sa ilalim ng tree niya. hehehehe!

We did that last sunday, after my tiring trip sa Divi nung morning. That's another story. :)

O sige hinahabol na ako ng mga trabaho ko plus nilalabanan ko pa ang antok ko, have so many deadlines to meet, just wanted to say "hello" and advanced merry chrsitmas to all my blog readers!

Till my next post!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

On-line degree programs

We all want to have a college degree no matter how old we are, there are times when given the situation that we have to work right away we have to make way to more pressing demands and we give up our chance to get a college degree. Having a college degree nowadays can still be attained through Capella University's accredited online degree programs that will suit your interest and skills. It is an online university that offers graduate degree programs in health, public safety, business and information technology. Capella University is likewise accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, so you are assured of good quality learnings from this reputable university. We should never put education aside, we must make ways to reach our goals and dreams with the right education.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My hairstyle grew on me

Officially it took me dalwang tulog to fully appreciate my new "do" .. heheh, so friends na kami ngayon :)

It is different from what i usually sport, but nice na din, for a change i guess.

So yun lang, reporting lang na happy na ako sa sinapit ng buhok ko, sabi ko na OA lang ako eh.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Texted the bad feeling

Wala akong masabihan, kasi sila Bea was trying to say my hair was nice, and then on the same breath ask me why i had a haircut ... heheh! kids!

Texted Christian and told him that yun na nga nagpagupit ako (Christian by the way just likes my hair long, but it was always up to me) anyway, si Christian was in Aranteta kasi Christmas party nila. After a few minutes my cellphone rang, it was him, i actually did not expect a call, a text maybe but not a call. Anyway, lumabas lang daw siya kasi maingay yung live band and he asked me kung okay lang ba daw ako. And sabi niya baka naman maganda yan, di ka lang sanay, wag ka nang malungkot. Kasi dati nung mag-boyfriends pa la ng kami something like this happened din, nagpagupit ako sa Davids then ang pangit, i went home crying, then when he called me (iba office niya) he went out the office and went kaagad sa house namin to console me. So baka akala niya ganun kagrabe ... heheh. Di naman, oa lang talaga ako.

Will be going to the mall now with the three kids (wala pa si Christian, gagabihin yun) to maybe take my mind off my hair at baka kapag nailawan na siya ng mall light eh gumanda na siya sa paningin ko, if all else fails it will be forever in a ponytail!

Hair cut gone bad

I colored my hair a rich color of burgundy, nice color, i was admiring it and was commending myself that at last i have lasted this long and not have had the urge to have a haircut as i was really trying to grow my hair. It is now past my shoulders and was one-length, no bangs. Was looking at the box of the hair dye and saw a nice cut with layers on both sides but the length was still there. After i picked up Bea and Sam we headed to the salon and with my box i explained to the hairdresser what i wanted done, and she understood. So there i was having the sides of my hair trimmed just the way i wanted it. Then i told her to cut a little on the back and shape it so the ends would not be so straight, i told her to just round off the sides to eliminate angles. She snipped away. I kept on reminding her what i wanted and she assured me that she knows. I was kinda getting worried as she was cutting it higher and seeing more longer lengths of my hair on the floor, told her she was cutting higher that i expected.

She then got a full length mirror and positioned it at my back so i can admire the back view, i was shocked as it was all layered, gone were the straight hair i was admiring just a few hours ago! I did not hide my irritation and said this was not what i told her to do, far from what we talked about, and i repeatedly said that i kept on asking her if she was on the right track. To make matters worse, Sam came up to me and said "mama, you look different" .... oh my! If there was only a way to bring back the hands of time!

I stood up and of course paid her, she was uncomfortable and was trying to assure me that it was the "in" style and it suited me. Well, it was not MY style!

The moment i got home i shampooed and dried my hair and tried to work my way with my ceramic straighting rod ... trying to please myself and see the hairstyle in a different light. but to no avail, felt more frustrated.

Hay! I could just be over reacting but i still did not want this style, it may work for others but i still have to get used to it. Am actually contemplating of cutting it to the shortest length possible. Well see.

Truck lights

My sister is in the trucking business, and they have several trucks that pick ups automobiles and transports them to various places. Their business entails safety not only to the cars that they are moving but to their own truck as well. She invested on good and durable truck lights that she got from the internet. The lights she got has many purposes like it can be a warning device for other motorists and for brightening the road further for her truck drivers. She has on her trucks tail lights, Hella Model Driving Lamps, even fog lights to ensure the safety during any weather condition. Investing on good truck lights is serious business for her.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Touching story

A good friend of mine way back San Agustin High School days Carol Benavides-Bugay sent me an email with this nice story, i liked it kasi feeling ko dapat talaga ganyan tayo lahat sa pagtingin sa mga trials natin ... senti mode lang ... time of the month ... hehehe ... but seriously, i really found this touching, was having a hard time na nga reading it as tears welled in my eyes ...

so here goes ...


I walked into the grocery store not particularly interested in buying groceries. I wasn't hungry. The pain of losing my husband of 57 years was still too raw. And this grocery store held so many sweet memories.

He often came with me and almost every time he'd pretend to go off and look for something special. I knew what he was up to. I'd always spot him walking down the aisle with the three yellow roses in his hands.

He knew I loved yellow roses. With a heart filled with grief, I only wanted to buy my few items and leave, but even grocery shopping was different since he had passed on.

Shopping for one took time, a little more thought than it had for two.

Standing by the meat, I searched for the perfect small steak and remembered how he had loved his steak.

Suddenly a woman came beside me. She was blonde, slim and lovely in a soft green pantsuit. I watched as she picked up a large package of T-bones, dropped them in her basket.. hesitated, and then put them back. She turned to go and once again reached for the pack of steaks.

She saw me watching her and she smiled. "My husband loves T-bones, but honestly, at these prices, I don't know."

I swallowed the emotion down my throat and met her pale blue eyes.

"My husband passed away eight days ago," I told her. Glancing at the package in her hands, I fought to control the tremble in my voice. "Buy him the steaks. And cherish every moment you have together."

She shook her head and I saw the emotion in her eyes as she placed the package in h er basket and wheeled away.

I turned and pushed my cart across the length of the store to the dairy products. There I stood, trying to decide which size milk I should buy. A Quart, I finally decided and moved on to the ice cream. If nothing else, I could always fix myself an ice cream cone.

I placed the ice cream in my cart and looked down the aisle toward the front. I saw first the green suit, then recognized the pretty lady coming towards me. In her arms she carried a package. On her face was the brightest smile! I had ever seen. I would swear a soft halo encircled her blonde hair as she kept walking toward me, her eyes holding mine.

As she came closer, I saw what she held and tears began misting in my eyes. "These are for you," she said and placed three beautiful long stemmed yellow roses in my arms. "When you go through the line, they will know these are paid for." She leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on my cheek, then smiled again. I wanted to tell her what she'd done, what the roses meant, but still unable to speak, I watched as she walked away as tears clouded my vision.

I looked down at the beautiful roses nestled in the green tissue wrapping and found it almost unreal. How did she know? Suddenly the answer seemed so clear. I wasn't alone.

Oh, you haven't forgotten me, have you? I whispered, with tears in my eyes. He was still with me, and she was his angel.

Every day be thankful for what you have and who you are.
(Please read all of this, it is really nice)

This is a simple request. If you appreciate life, send this to your friends, including the person that sent it to you.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings. Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible. Thank you, Lord , that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and p ut off rising. Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud.

Thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced.

Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.

Thank you, Lord, for life.

Pass this on to the friends you know. It might help a bit to make this world a better place to live, right? A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift. A friend is someone to treasure.

For friendship is a gift. A friend is someone who fills our lives with Beauty, Joy and Grace and makes the world we ! live in a better and happier place.

YOU ARE MY FRIEND!

God bless you and yours.

Lunch time

It's almost lunch and two hungry, weary and drained exam girls will be waltzing the front door really soon. Vin is busy playing gameboy while i slave away in the computer. Have to prepare for lunch so the girls can have a hearty lunch before i give them a bath then let them take siesta before we take on the books for tomorrow's tests. Got to go, will be back later to do my tags , as promised. keep on tagging girls!

Gold Investment

Believe it or not, but i have always been fascinated with gold, may it be bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. When i was still single i would always make a gold jewelry purchase every month and build a collection because i have always thought of gold as a good investment. I have yet to hear that gold depreciates, as it's value goes up every time, so i feel with gold as an investment you cannot go wrong. I have good gold pieces that someday i will pass on to Bea and Sam when they grow up. This is something that can not go to waste as the value of gold appreciates as time goes by. I am happy with my gold investment and am still working on acquiring a few more pieces to complete my collection.

Tags

i have so many tags to do ... and i do welcome it lalo na yung mga interesting sagutan! I promise to get on with it as soon as i finish my opps before they expire and i shall dedicate an entire hour to get all my tags done. I actually have two from Joey na nga sa tagal nag-patong na...hehehe! And around four more from individual blog friends ... maybe i can consolidate them in one post. Hmmmm... but then again they are perfect fillers ..hehehe So individual post for my precious tags!

Hopefully this will happen soon .. hehehe!

And i have yet to do my fave past time of bloghopping!

Studying for exams

It's a three day series of exams for Bea, Sam and ME! Three subjects per day and really it can be exhausting! It's like reliving my school terrors all over again .. heheh!

I first study with Sam and let Bea play with Vin so we are free from distractions, as Vin would always ride my back or hide sam's pencil or step on their books, hay! So once eliminated na sa school studying zone si Vin we can tackle our work peacefully.

After Sam, si Bea namn, si Sam naman bahala kay Vin watch sila ng Blues Clues DVD. With Bea naman i am also learning a lot, dati kasi parang di ko maalala yung GCF (greatest common factor) and LCM (Least common multiplier) parang i just breezed through them without understanding them...hehehe...now naintindihan ko na, kasi nga kailangan ko ipaintindi kay Bea. Tapos nag-cocontest kami ng mga practice questions, tag-isa kami ng paper then bibigyan ko siya ng sasagutan niya, tapos mag-uunahan kami (patulan pa ba ang bata?!) pero sometimes i will ask her "bea what's your first number in the question?" heheheh! Baka sagot ako ng sagot ng pagkahaba-habang solution mali naman pala yung mga unang numbers ko..hehehe! tawa ng tawa si Bea kasi may patago-tago pa kami kunyari ng mga answers namin ..heheeh! Tempt na tempt na akong abutin yung calculator! hahaha!

pero sa totoo lang, kakapagod din!

So last day na kami tomorrow ng test, schedule is Civic and Filipino, okay ihanda ko na ang mga kilay ko at siguradong sunog ito sa pagrereview!

Disneyland here we come!

Finally, we have decided to take the kids to Disneyland as soon as summer break start! I am so excited for them and i can just picture their eyes light up when they see their favorite characters come to life in the parade. I quickly searched the internet for Disney World Tickets so i am sure i get the best deal there is. I want to get my tickets ready so i won't have to haggle there and assured that i get the lowest priced tickets available to the fun park. Discovered “Disney Magic Your Way” tickets that is available on the internet where you can have options to get it from as little as one day to as much as ten days at the a very reasonably low price. This is the way we are going as i really want to save on admission tickets so we have extra money for stuff in the theme park for souvenirs and knick knacks. I can't wait for summer!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Are you thinking so much?

Went to Dzoi's site to get my tag, when i saw this ... was kinda thinking (cluttering it further) kung how cluttered na nga ba ang aking munting kaisipan ... hehehe, kaya snagged this from Dzoi hehehe!



Your Mind is 55% Cluttered

Your mind is starting to get cluttered, and as a result, it's a little harder for you to keep focused.
Try to let go of your pettiest worries and concerns. The worrying is worse than the actual problems!

My tongue is suffering

What a title?!

But really my tongue is suffering! hehehe! Redundant?

Hay, it feels like there are small incisions all over the tip and sides of my tongue, its really painful! Ayan bordering OA na ako ... hahah!

I ate an entire large bag of Nagaraya garlic flavored (spiked ata yun eh) in one sitting! Once the fist nut went in it just would not stop ... hahaha! So ayun ang kwento ng aking bruised, hurt and suffering tongue. sob, sniff, hikbi....

Monday, December 10, 2007

PBB Mania and others

Hay, amidst all my projects, my trauma over habbie's loss, deadline and rush designs to try and fit in my already busy sked, my long-running bout with my cold, my ever dilemna to try and sleep early (but has never happened, as i sleep the earliest time 3am) to keep my going to the trips to the facial spa worth it, the up coming exams of the girls, Vin's antics and sudden requests to set-up his road rails (na talaga naman kakabuo k pa lang, biglang ayaw na) i still have to keep up with PBB!!!!

My opps have expired na nga ... sob... sniff... i really try to sneak in at least one, kaso wala di na talaga kaya ng powers. But really paid blogging really paid off .. hehehe! Pinapaipon ko muna para isang padala na lang ng friend ko ... hehehe, and i shall reap all my efforts, pero still i have my booming design biz to put sa harap ng queue .. hehehe!

Di na nga ako nakakanood ng Wowowee eh, (o sige talagang sagad na ako sa kabuduyan, well whatever rocks your boat ika nga) hehehhe! Sometimes i miss PBB at 530 slot kasi of motherly duties naman (na talagang top priority, though not demanding too much from me) kaya i try to catch it na lang sa internet (walang kawala) and a lot has been happening sa PBB house and is nice to watch and follow (sabi ko nga this is the first time that i have taken a fancy on the house)so yun lang. Share lang ng lola! hehehe!

Till my next post :)

Searching for a California School

Christian's sister will be moving to California early next year and of course there is a need for their children to be in school. She has two graders and two college level children that she has to make sure gets into good schools before the move.

I helped her search the net for a reputable and good California College. We found a great school for her College level kids at Westwoodwhere it offers a whole range of curriculum that will surely interest them. Getting them into good standing LA College is her top priority since they are in a very crucial stage in education. She was glad with the different campuses offered in the Los Angeles area alone and is happy with the amenities and degrees they are offering.

One more thing that pleased her is that they can get their Bachelor's Degree in less than three years, saves them time and money too. She is just waiting for her children's decision as to which college they will choose.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Weekend again

I just love the weekends!

It's friday night when before it was gimik night. now it's time for the three little "pigs", i mean "kids" to skip bedtime and play to their heart's desire. And Vin has her sisters again as they are home from school early.

Vin and i played restaurant-cooking-ordering the whole day. I will be at the computer and order play food from him and he would use his scooter to go to the other room and pretend to cook it and then deliver. Hehehe!

Looking for Habbie

Vin while we were at SM yesterday morning suddenly said, "Mama, i miss rabbit, let her come home, okay?" i looked at him and said, "Ok, Bibin, i will call the doctor later and ask if she is okay na." When Bea and Sam came down the bus the first things they said was "Mama is habbie home na?"

It breaks my heart that they miss habbie so much inspite that she was with us for only a few days. I am contemplating on getting a duplicate of rabbit ... but then again there are a lot of things to consider pala when getting a pet lalo na since i do not have any house help, kasi madalas i clean the cage then ako din ang magprepare ng food namin, so nagaalchol pa ako everytime i handle Habbie.

I also don't know if this was a coincidence, kasi Bea started to have some kind of itchy spots around her body after a day Habbie came, kaya lang nagka-rabbit na kami noon wala naman siyang allergy, pero noon naman as she was not much into carrying, not like now na parati niya kinukuha at cinacarry. Kaya i really don't know. Pero now i applied some ointment kaya halos wala na, parang nagdahilan lang.

So i guess, getting another rabbit to replace Habbie will be put on hold. I will have to endure their requests for habbie to come home muna and try to explain to them that Habbie will have to go back to her mama first.


Oh well.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

I feel so bad

Our bunny rabbit "habbie" is getting fatter by the minute as the kids are really taking turns in feeding him, bought leafy veggies and carrots, will be going to the pet shop for pellets sana sa weekend, kaya lang ...

The other day kasi "habbie" stays in a basket kasi di pa ako nakakabili ng cage for her, i put lang cloth sa basket para she remains dry from her trip to the ladies room ... kaya lang nagmove yung cloth kaya nagkaron ng chance magka-puddle and "habbie" chose to lie there with all the "stuff". So Vin said "mama, the rabbit has poop on her head, can i still hold her?" .. napaisip ako kasi my sister naman pointed it out that the rabbit is from the family of rats, eh di ba deadly ang mga wiwi nila and all, so i told vin na don't touch her first. Dumating naman sina Bea at Sam and wanted to hold na din, this time napansin ko na halos lahat ng fur niya sa baba is medyo yellow na with stains. I searched the net if i could give the rabbit a bath... as per findings pwede naman daw only if really necessary... i deemed the situation necessary ... so i heated water for her, closed the bathroom door para walang draft .. and gave her a bath.

I first soaped her paws, kasi yun yung mga madudumi, then mabilis na buhos (mga 2x) lang then soaped with baby soap na super bilis and rinsed... the bath was over in 3 minutes. Wrapped her, and blow dried her right away.

When she was back in her white fluffy form i put her back in her now clean basket but she looked weak na. Panic seeped in na ... kasi before the bath she was okay ... i took her in my arms again and placed her close to my chest to make her more warm and i kept on talking to her. She was looking naman and then i told them to feed her while i was holding her, she ate naman, so i guess okay naman siguro.

Pero pag binababa ko na siya parang wala nang control siya sa mga legs niya, para siyang nagspiplit...OMG!
Till bago ako matulog i was by her side talking to her, and i put blanket on her, she usually sleeps sa room, eh naisip ko kasi aircon baka ginawin, so sa may door na lang siya natulog.

Nung nahiga na ako Christian said bakit daw di pa ako makatulog, sabi ko kasi madami akong iniisip, he said ano ba daw yun, share ko sa kanya ... so i said number 1 si rabbit i really should not have given her a bath, i feel so guilty, then may sagot si Christian na i just want the kids to be safe and all, then he said ano pa iniisip mo, then sabi ko naman yung schedule ko tomorrow punta sa school kasi nagpapatulong yung school for the program, then yung mga designs ko kung papano ko gagagwin, ano ang schedule ko sa papaprint, meetup, sino uunahin ko etc. Then he said ano pa? sabi ko naman "tapos si rabbit...." he said tapos na si rabbit ah, sabi ko naman recurring eh, paulit ulit siya sa akin.

To cut the story short, when i woke up the next day, open ko door and looked in the basket, rabbit has passed na. I really felt sooooo bad. Kasi walang ibang pwedeng sisihin, kundi ako. No amount of words can let me go of the feeling of being responsible for her loss, ako lang talaga.

Told the kids that "Habbie" is at the animal doctor muna kasi she is a little weak, and maybe i might give her back to her mom kasi she still needs to be with her mommy rabbit. Sad sila pero mukhang kay naman sila, am i convincing myself? Hay.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

We have a pet!

Yes, finally was able to settle on getting a small rabbit for the kids. They were thrilled!

This is actually our third rabbit, the previous ones passed, but they did not see it and i always tell them that they had to go up to heaven as Jesus needs then first because their is a small girl there who needs a company of a rabbit, they always understood. And then the new rabbit would suddenly just appear again, and i would say that she is back.

I bought it last Friday, a white small baby bunny, and they named her "Habbie".

All was well ... but today something happened ... and it is all my fault. :(

oh well, will let you know about it later ... i feel so guilty ... i have no one else to blame ... i loved "habbie" pa naman and would put her face on mine as it was a powder puff to the delight of Sam ... but ... i really feel bad. Was not able to sleep nga last night.

Sige i will compose myself muna, Vin wants to play daw muna.

Will be back soon.

Spanish Speaking Site for Hotels

My husband's officemate from Spain hardly knows any English and will be very hard to find him his preferred accommodations when they go on their business trip since he only speaks Spanish. But he is very precise with his wants when it comes to getting a hotel room, he has certain criteria that he want to be met before he can say that that is the particular hotel he wants. Luckily, my husband found a great site descuento en hoteles where he can personally search for his hotel with ease as the site is in Spanish. Now as i type this he has made reservations to the hotel that he likes and at a very reasonable price, what great convenience! He now is ready for other things in his agenda as his hotel requirement has already been solved.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Up and about

My kids are off in school and only Vin is here with me again, sleeping pa actually. Still have a cold but surpassed the worst. I am up and about dong my regular chores and glad that i did not baby my icky sick feeling and fought it head on, may kasabihan ngang "Doktorin ang sarili" and that sentiment prevailed.

My sister celebrated her birthday yesterday, we had a festive lunch and mall hopped at Rockwell for serious girl bonding, kaya lang kasama pa din namin si Vin at mala-kangaroo na naman kaming dalawa ... hehehe!

All in all it was a fun birthday! We went home almost 11 am na, kasi school pa nga today. So there!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Under the weather

It's almost two days now and i am plagued with a heavy head due to a bad cold coupled with fever. I really hate this feeling. I have so many things to do and these are things that cannot wait. So bottom line, i still do it yet i feel so sick. I am really trying my best to fight it as i do not want to lie down as my head is spinning with tons of deadlines to meet. So here i am still dealing with this icky feeling and hope tomorrow i will feel better.

I missed my favorite show Pinoy Big Brother because i would rather stay upstairs and try to lie down.
Went to Divi last friday and did not enjoy my shopping trip as i was starting the cold. I really feel bad.
Hope tomorrow i will be better, it's my sister's birthday!