Archives for 2010

I never realized that my 7-year old was already this concerned about what is going on in the present. I always thought she was living her life quietly between school and the house. In my mind, 7-year olds don’t concern themselves with the news….except maybe if it involved some people from the Disney Channel. Boy [...]


It is now safe to say that the torture is over. The second trimester exam period is FINITO!! To say that it was a grueling week is way understated. It was tough both for me and my daughter, Gaby. I haven’t seen her cry this much during reviews. Sure she has had the occasional bouts [...]


Everyone knows that eating junk food is bad. But everyone also knows that eating junk food is one of those pleasures in life that is so hard to give up despite it being really bad for us. And I will be the first to admit that I have not given up junk food. Not yet, [...]


Leave it to my kids to find ways to amuse themselves on what would otherwise be a boring day. They found an empty can of Diet Coke on top of Manang’s “kalakal” heap and decided to play Tumbang Preso. Never mind that they didn’t understand the intricacies of the game. All they knew was that [...]


On a the ride to school this morning, as is the usual practice, I threw drill questions at my kids to practice them for the day ahead. Today we were practicing homonyms or words that are pronounced the same but are spelled differently. For those of you who have forgotten what you studied in grammar [...]


On the way to school today, I was tuned in to one of the local news radio stations to hear updates on the coming super typhoon. The Deped had just issued a directive cancelling classes for preschool due to Metro Manila being placed under Signal No. 1. Reporter : “Kinansela na po ang klase sa [...]


If there is one thing that truly comforts my kids, its a good dinner. And as much as possible I try my best to concoct dishes that will fill both their hearts and their tummy. I’ve had my hits and misses, I must admit. But my kids know how to tell me straight up if [...]


Overheard…. Gaby : “Papa, you know that utot in English is called, gas.” Papa : “That’s right, very good Gabs.” Me : “And did you know that making utot is called passing gas?” Gaby : “Yah!! And Adi when you make utot you can also say, I’m passing fuel.” *********** Note : Gaby is currently [...]


I’ve been known to drive a mean bargain whenever faced with something I really really want to have. I learned from an expert. My Lola. Now there was a lady who could drive any tindera to tears with her bargaining skills. Truth be told, I have seen her earn the ire of her suki’s in [...]


At the recently concluded book fair, I chanced upon one of my favorite children’s books stall and immediately started browsing through their racks. After getting about a dozen books, one of the sales staff informed me that they had a “Bag All You Can” promo wherein you pay about a thousand bucks and you get [...]


I have recently rediscovered the joys of canned tuna. I swore off the stuff after tasting a batch that had an unmistakable metallic taste. Besides, fresh tuna is readily available in almost all supermarkets today. However, the cost of fresh tuna can be rather prohibitive. And I can’t imagine making tuna salad with it. So [...]


In this day and age of everything being available at the push of a button, one of my biggest fears is that my kids will grow up not knowing the joys of getting dirty and sweaty by playing outdoors. I know its my job to teach them to go back to basics and I am [...]


As adults, we are usually so busy with the day to day activities that we forget about the more important things in life. And sometimes, it takes a little kid to remind us of what we should value more. While saying their prayers this evening, Gaby gave Adi a little lesson in values. And without [...]


Froyo is today’s hot pandesal of the moment.  If you’ve noticed, frozen yogurt stalls have been popping up almost everywhere.  Even some restaurants have included frozen yogurt in their desert menu. Personally, I think that this is a good thing.  Not that I’m against having an occasional ice cream cone….with 2 scoops of ice cream. [...]


The much awaited fieldtrip finally pushed through. After getting the scare of her life and the possibility of being left behind, Adi finally got the go signal to join her fieldtrip. Just like Gaby’s Prep fieldtrip last year, this year’s trip included a visit to a donut shop, a zoo, and then finally a theatre [...]


We spent a good 4 hours in the ER before finally getting a room. Actually, the hospital was popping at the seams with the number of patients being brought in for Dengue. I heard one of the residents say that they should open up a Dengue ward for all the patients. Yep, there were that [...]


Instead of ice cream, I give my kids these. They are yogurt pops which I make myself. Recipe to follow.


Because my youngest is in the thick of her Phonics, Reading, Language, and Spelling lessons, she is very eager to learn learn and learn some more. Lately her lessons in phonics has been focusing on consonant blends. Specifically, H blends. CH, SH, and TH was done with ease. We ran into some trouble with PH [...]


Cherry Garcia, Banana Split, Chunky Monkey, Pistachio Pistachio, and Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch. A pint of any of these flavors is enough to douse any amount of heat….for me, that is. Now I’m craving.


What a week! Actually, count in last week’s events makes for enough excitement and stress for a good 3 months. Last last week was hellish. It started 2 Saturday’s ago when my youngest daughter suddenly developed a fever late in the afternoon. It was a low grade fever so we weren’t all that worried but [...]


A few years ago, my eldest daughter was commissioned by her preschool directress to be their school’s “image model” for their official school poster. There was no photoshoot involved. They just happened to find a photo of her during one of their fieldtrips that they thought was perfect for their banner. So their, her face [...]


While watching the weather segment of the evening news…. Kuya Kim : “There is an ITCZ affecting most areas in the country including Luzon and some parts of Visayas. Bohol, Samar…etc..and some parts of Mindanao like Zamboanga etc…etc…will experience scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.” Gaby : “Oh no!!! How come he didn’t say if it was [...]


One of the first things I learned to cook were pancakes care of my trusty Nancy Drew cookbook. If I remember right, the title of the recipe was Alphabet Pancakes. You first had to carefully draw a letter on the griddle using pancake batter then once the bubble started appearing you needed to pour in [...]


One more colorful character accosted at Hongkong’s Ocean Park. Doesn’t he look adorable!?! Check out my other colorful entries HERE and HERE.


This is a lesson on being careful about what you say in front of the kids… While driving home from school, Adi blurted.. Adi : “Mama, what is an asol?” Me : “Dog…and its aso not asol.” Adi : “No, not aso, ASOL.  I always hear you say that word when you’re driving.” Me : [...]




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