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…. this one would really be. Hubby and I have been drooling over this Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph. Hubby chose this over all the other luxury watches we were looking at and when we took a closer look at the product description I was surprised that this was the watch Olympians Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe advertised. Hmmm, seems that hubby’s got a good eye for these boy blings LOL. He’s got tEys.t! Check out the specs at watchesandbeyond.com. Awesome! Of course the price is quite wallet-busting awesome too.  lol Libre naman mangarap, di ba? 🙂

 

I give this beauty 4 “GOT tEys.T” smacks.

 

I got this tag from Catherine and the list already contains friends that I already know. It just makes me chuckle inside knowing that friends can be likened to life insurance rates:  consistent, steady and unchanging in a good way and there is always an assurance that when calamity strikes they will be there to see you through. Thanks Catherine for the tag! It’s a pleasant surprise. 

 

Rule:

1. Copy from ::Start Copy Here:: through ::End Copy Here::.

2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. Just make sure to post this to each of the blog you added in the list

3. Tag other online friends you know.You don’t need to be tag in order to join. If you want to join just post this one in your blog.

4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list.That way, everyone is happy and can meet new friends too!

5. Come back once in a while to get the master list! Let’s see how this makes our Technorati and PR goes up!

6. DO NOT REMOVE THIS: scrap page made by Yen. Using alphas and tapes from Kate H., flowers from Ida,paper by Catrine.

1. Me and Mine

2.Creative In Me

3.Little Peanut

4. Pea in a Pod

5. Sugar Magnolias

6. Chez Francine

7. Le bric à brac de Cherie

8. La Place de Cherie

9. SuperNova and SweetPain

10. Avee’s Adventures

11. Fil-Am Stories

12. Air Sick

13. Essay of Life

14. All About Reviews

15. From PI With Love

16.Beauty Kikay

17. Everyday Life

18. Fil-Oz Blog

19. More on Health

20. Ozlife Begins

21. Rants and Ramblings

22.Taurian’s Bible

23. What A World

24.Jocelyn’s Journal

25.Dhaqueen’s

26. Man’s Call to Salvation

27. Life Away From Home

28. Icelog

29. Dabawenyako

30. Catherine

31. a matter of teys.T

32. the bottomline

33. little kite studios

Here is the list of friends I am tagging!

1. Janika

2. Johanna

3. Gwayzh

4. Etavasi

5. Thesserie

6. Joy

Join na!      

coffee break ver. 1.20 –  What characteristics of a school are you looking for?

Goodbye, pool floats! Hello, school bags! Hopefully the bags don’t float when the floods come. 🙂 

I actually do not know how to answer this question right now because, at present, our kids are not enrolled in a traditional school but as of today (while my sanity is still intact) they are being homeschooled. I actually don’t have the statistics of how many families in the Philippines homeschool their kids but I do know that the number is growing steadily.

What is homeschool? It REALLY IS school conducted at home. The next question would probably be WHY? Which brings me to Jan’s coffee break question. Let me put it this way. The decision to homeschool was a joint decision between hubby and myself. It is not something that will work for everybody but this was what we thought was best for our children. This is also not a decision that can be taken lightly because it requires a really strong commitment to see it through. This is what we agreed on and we will continue to do it as long as we are capable. We agreed on what we wanted our children to learn. We did our research on the different curricula and methods of teaching in different schools and what we were looking for is not part of or even if it was, the school itself is not accessible to us, logistically.

Hence, our house is not your typical house. It is filled with books, books and more books all over. It is where our children are educated. It is not a perfect school but I know that our intents for their best interests is the driving force that pushes us to persevere. Our aim is to educate and raise them to fulfill all their potential. This is what burns in our hearts. Our home is our school and school is in the heart of our home. 

Here’s a wonderful definition I got from the 1828 Webster dictionary to inspire you all:

EDUCA’TION, n. [L. educatio.]

The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations.

To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.

Here are some famous people who were homeschooled:

Educators

    Fred Terman (President – Stanford) 
    William Samuel Johnson (President Columbia) 
    John Witherspoon (President of Princeton) 

Generals

    Stonewall Jackson 
    Robert E. Lee 
    Douglas MacArthur 
    George Patton 

Inventors

    Alexander Graham Bell 
    Thomas Edison 
    Cyrus McCormick 
    Orville Wright & Wilbur Wright 

Artists

    Claude Monet 
    Leonardo da Vinci 

Presidents

    George Washington 
    Thomas Jefferson 
    John Quincy Adams 
    James Madison 
    William Henry Harrison 
    John Tyler 
    Abraham Lincoln 
    Theordore Roosevelt 
    Woodrow Wilson 
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt 

Scientists

    George Washington Carver 
    Pierre Curie 
    Albert Einstein 
    Booker T. Washington 
    Blaise Pascal 

Statesmen

    Konrad Adenauer 
    Winston Churchill 
    Benjamin Franklin 
    Patrick Henry 
    William Penn 
    Henry Clay 

Composers

    Irving Berlin 
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
    Anton Bruckner 
    Felix Mendelssohn 
    Francis Poulenc 

Writers

    Hans Christian Anderson 
    Charles Dickens 
    Brett Harte 
    Mark Twain 
    Sean O’Casey 
    Pearl S. Buck 
    Agatha Christie 
    C.S. Lewis 
    George Bernard Shaw 

Religious leaders

    Joan of Arc 
    Brigham Young 
    John & Charles Wesley 
    Jonathan Edwards 
    John Owen 
    William Cary 
    Dwight L. Moody 
    John Newton 

Others

    Charles Chaplin – Actor 
    George Rogers Clark – Explorer 
    Andrew Carnegie – Industrialist 
    Noel Coward – Playwright 
    John Burroughs – Naturalist 
    Albert Schweitzer – Physician 
    Tamara McKinney – World Cup Skier 
    Jim Ryan – World Runner 
    Ansel Adams – Photographer 
    Charles Louis Montesquieu – philosopher 
    John Stuart Mill – Economist 
    John Paul Jones – father of the American Navy 
    Florence Nightingale – nurse 
    Clara Barton – started the Red Cross 
    Abigail Adams – wife of John Adams 
    Martha Washington – wife of George W. 
    George Washington – 1st President of the U.S.
    James Madison – 4th President of the U.S. 
    John Witherspoon – President of Princeton U. 
    Benjamin Franklin – inventor and statesman 
    William S. Johnson – President of Columbia C. 
    George Mason

I did it! I finally updated my blog look and I got plug-in happy too. 🙂 After almost a year of blogging and googling around for a look that fit my needs I finally found a template I really liked – and voila! (this template is a variation of Misty Look originally by Sadish Bala and now tweaked by Kasia Nocek). Unfortunately, I forgot to save the old look for a before and after, but trust me, it was getting a bit cluttered. I’m quite happy with this one now. Special kudos to Amore for helping me upload my files and hosting my site. Thanks, sis! Catch y’all later!

I’ve been seeing a lot of those cute swing sets in the digiscrap galleries and I’ve been wondering who has them in their shops. Guess what, I found an absolutely cute one at the Sweet Shoppe and it’s by Lauren G, my favorite QT maker! (and I’m not on her CT, y’all) She has an absolutely sweet deal right now if you purchase it between May 17 thru May 23. Unfortunately, our time zones are not the same so I may not qualify for the free gift anymore. 🙁 Anyway, you still might have a chance. So head on over to the Sweet Shoppe, run and don’t walk! You might make it. Scoot! (click on the cute image below to take you there)

 

I can’t believe it! School will be here in just two weeks and we haven’t gone to any beach yet plus the fact that it has been quite rainy throughout the month. Hubby says it’s because of the La Nina. Hopefully, before school starts we can still bring out the kids’ swimsuits and take them swimming somewhere. I wish we could go back to La Luz in Batangas. I didn’t have the chance to explore the place the last time we were there. Here’s a pic I took while we were there a year ago. Isn’t it inviting?

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We went to the supermarket the other night and upon the request of my little boy we bought more veggies and fruits rather than those dehydrated air-filled foil snacks. (Take note, I didn’t say we didn’t buy any, we just bought more of the real food than the processed ones… shhh, I’m the guilty one who sneaks in those chips). Anyway, we are trying to eat more healthy as a family and I’m just glad that the kids’ go-to snacks are apples, bananas and oranges. You are what you eat, so they say. (Oh no, I don’t want to have orange peel looking thighs!) Anyway, I checked out this site that talks about the Top Ten Superfoods. Quite interesting actually. You can read more about those Superfoods at Orovo to learn more. You might be surprised that they are already part of your regular diet. Check it out.

coffee break ver. 1.10   

How would you spend a rainy day on a lazy afternoon?

If I had the luxury of time to spend a lazy rainy day to myself I would:

1.  eat hot steaming bulalo or lugaw, tokwa’t baboy   

2.  do a traditional scrapbook layout

3.  read my BookSale cheap finds

4.  watch a Yo Soy Bea episode and if I’m really feeling loony leave a no keyword comment on YouTube video for them in Spanish

5.  watch the rain

 

(sigh….) I actually love rainy days. There’s just something soothing about the sound of those gentle drops of liquid silver on your window pane, don’t you think?

 

 

Hubby met up with my long-time friend and once upon a time room mate this afternoon at HSBC for an event in their office. I haven’t seen her in a long while and from what hubby told me she’s been bitten by the travel bug at last. I remember her saying that she wasn’t so keen on traveling and yet hubby told me that she’s already been to Greece, Milan, Rome etc.  I wonder if she used a Rimowa on her trip? I can’t wait to see her. We have almost a year of catching up to do and I just want her to know I’m really so happy for her! 

coffee break ver. 1.9 

It’s kinda difficult to write about kindness after disciplining your child which is what happened just a few minutes ago. It isn’t the happiest place to be in, for me as a parent or for my child. That’s why it is important to make sure that there is a restoration and a reaffirming of relations between parent and child immediately after. It is in this safe haven that the child learns to mirror forgiveness and acceptance. This is where kindness is imparted.

I am reminded of a song that I learned several years ago, the lyrics go “It’s your kindness that leads us to repentance O, Lord. Knowing that you love us, no matter what we do, makes us want to love you too.” I have found these words so true in my own life and something I want in my relationship with my children. I have found that harsh, judgmental discipline did so little to change me. It only made my heart hard and distant. External compliance does not translate to internal obedience. It’s only when kind and tender words of genuine love and concern are spoken that one’s heart becomes more open to correction and where walls of defense break down.

I try to remember moments when I have been given mercy when I discipline my kids. Of course I want them to know justice… that there is a consequence for wrongdoing. One cannot know and fully appreciate the kindness of God if one does not have a full understanding of His justice.  I want them to experience mercy… to receive acceptance and forgiveness even if it is not deserved. The kindness of God. 

It is difficult to give something that you do not have.  I have abundantly received this over and over again … this divine act of KINDNESS…  from a  God who exacts justice but instead dispensed mercy to a wretch like me. With His help, I hope that I may be able to mirror Him to them. And if ever there are times that I don’t, I trust in His mercy towards me as well.

… today. The weather has been predictably unpredictable here. It’s supposed to be summer and yet it rains every afternoon. La Nina they call it… and it’s taking a toll on me a bit as I am feeling sluggish and tired for two days in a row now.  I wish I could say that about my appetite (lol) because it’s on overdrive. 🙂 I’ve been asking hubby if he would let me take Xenical or Phentermine to compensate for my craving for comfort food. I actually like the rainy season except for the flooding that comes with it. There’s something about it that makes you want to relax and eat more leisurely, don’t you think?

When hubby was assigned to live in AZ a few years back, we were provided with an apartment by his company. One of the first things I noticed during our stay there was this thing they call homeowner’s policy or house insurance. I had never heard of this before until we were offered one since this is not something that is common neither is it required from homeowners here in the PH as far as I know.

Basically, house insurance operates just like most insurance policies. Most of us, if not all of us, who own cars have car insurance to protect ourselves against any cash outlay that may arise from unforeseen circumstances like accidents, road mishaps etc. etc. Isn’t it logical to somehow protect a substantial investment such as a home purchase from unfortuitous events as well?

We live in a country that experienced 4 super typhoons in 2006. The assessed damage to homes and infrastructure caused by typhoon Reming reached almost 19 billion pesos. I don’t know if any of those homes have any form of property insurance whatsoever. Logically, whatever home improvements done to these homes is like money down the drain swept away with the flood waters with no chance of ever recovering the money already poured in it. I also think that the present climate change challenge being experienced all over makes this issue worth taking a look into.

 

Fortunately for those in the US, this is an option that is available to them. They have a large pool of house insurance companies with rates that can match any homeowner’s specific requirements. If you are in the US & you would like to do a comparison study on house insurance rates you can check out houseinsurancerates.com. They offer up to five free side-by side quotes to help match your needs to the right company.

As for us in the PH, if these super typhoons keep on lashing throughout our land, maybe we should ask ourselves if we are ready to protect this major investment we call homes from tremendous risks with home insurance. Think about it.

I am definitely thankful to God for the internet. Truly I am. A little over five years ago I lived in our house in far flung Trece Martirez with absolutely no telephone line, no cable TV, no internet at all and with a cell signal so poor it almost always disappears whenever there’s a downpour. Most of my friends ask me how I survived all that. Come to think of it, I would say it was just really grace for the hour. When I felt that I could no longer imagine another 5 more hermit years I pestered (shhh…) hubby to look for  another place for us even if we had to rent.

And so here we are in breezy Sta. Rosa, the best place outside Greater Manila to be in my opinion, of course. I have everything an incommunicado could ever want, we have a landline to talk to family, cell signal to text my friends, accessibility to basic needs like gasul would you believe, rare blackouts and no more unwanted candlelit dinners  and most of all cable internet! A far cry from my bartolina days… I am content (ha ha). What more could a girl ask for? (well how about 500 gig HD and 8gig ram  🙂 lol) Now I can do everything in the comfort of my monobloc chair!

Remember that cliche, the whole world right at your fingertips? That’s exactly what I have. I can be anywhere in the world faster than a speeding bullet (oops, pardon me dial-uppers, no offense please 🙂 lol), do tons of research without breaking my back with library books, telecommute in my official flipflops and yes Virginia, I don’t have to ride a tricycle 9 kilometers away to pay the electric bills etc anymore. Bring it ON- line, that’s what I say.

Who would’ve thought that you could even get an auto loan with a financing scheme tailored just for you and finally buy that dream car of yours while in your jammies? Speaking of auto loan, that reminds me its almost that time of the month for us to settle ours. I need to go check our payables right now, I don’t want to have a bad credit car loan record, you know. So I’m going to check on that in the next tab (get it? lol) Meanwhile, I leave you with this absolutely gorgeous beetle that I’m wishing for. Isn’t she cute? If you’re a Beetle junkie like me and you want one of these badly, check out getthebestautoloan.com.  It might fast track you straight into the driver’s seat. Have fun drooling!

 

Not two but three birds with one stone
It’s been busy this whole week especially the latter part of my weekend. I was asked to do another dance photo shoot by my friend last Thursday and then my family and I had to leave early Friday for a tree planting event hosted by the Green Army at the Angat Dam Watershed were hubby was invited to participate. Since we are a homeschooling family we really wanted to bring our kids to have this experience. We thought it would be a good opportunity to teach them about being responsible for their environment and how they can help in their own little way. The event was a joint effort by the Department of Energy, the Task Force on Climate Change and the National Power Corporation (Napocor) with participation from various NGOs like WWF (where hubby works) and Green Army.

This actually ranks as one of the best things I have ever done so far and more importantly, we got to do something socially relevant as a family. Together with our kids, Kairos, 8 and Aemu, 5 and some other team members we were tasked to prepare 500 seedlings out of a target 10,000 seedlings for the watershed nursery.  It was no longer about me and hubby doing all the work but we sort of did it assembly line style with the two kids packing the soil into the potting bags and hubby and I putting in the seedlings and doing quality control. My kids were unstoppable. It was tiring but it was a good reason to get tired.

Hitting not two but three birds with one stone, this is then my long delayed answer to Jan’s coffee break question about fond memories with my family and memorable mommy moments. I definitely have a lot of memories with my family too many to mention and I am anticipating there will be many more to come. For now, it would be this – when we spent our weekend at the Angat Water Dam Watershed as warriors for nature helping our environment one tree at a time with my kids making a statement as the youngest participants in the almost 500 volunteers, this is one weekend to remember in my scrapbooks. Definitely  worth more than baseball trophies. This just makes me one tootin’ proud mama.

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… be back in a bit for something else.