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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sentimental Sunday

Again, I failed to write an entry for our Fun Friday in our group Blogging for Fun and our topic: The Year You Were Born. Better late than never (so here goes). Instead of Fun Friday, my day turned sentimental, thus Sentimental Sunday.

1971 at a glance
President: Richard Nixon
Population: 207,660,677
Life expectancy: 71.1 years
Median Household Income: $9,028.00
New home: $28,300.00
New car: $3,560
Gallon of regular gas: $0.36
Gallon of milk: $1.18
First-class stamp: $0.06 ($0.08 as of 5/16/71)
Dozen eggs: $0.53
Loaf of bread: $.25
Album of the Year: Tapestry, Carole King
Best New Artist: Carly Simon
Best Pop Duo or Group: Carpenters, Carpenters
Best Pop Female Vocal: Tapestry, Carole King
Best Pop Male Vocal: “You've Got a Friend,” James Taylor
Record of the Year: “It's Too Late,” Carole King
Song of the Year: “You've Got a Friend”
Popular Songs: “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Joy to the World”
“Tidbits” in 1971
  • Stanly Kubrick's "Clockwork Orange" opens at theaters
  • Dirty Harry starring Clint Eastwood is a movie hit
  • John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is a top single record
  • "Santana" by Santana is a top selling album
  • The "Exorcist" (William Peter Blatty) is a best seller book
  • "Computer on a chip" (Microprocessor) is introduced by Intel
  • Cigarette advertising is banned from TV
  • New words; hot pants, gross out, demo, right on, workaholic, think tank
Some significant events in the Philippines
Our very own Evelyn Santos Camus won 3rd place in the Miss International Pageant held at Long beach, California in 1971.
Finland (5th), Philippines (3rd), New Zealand (winner), Thailand (2nd) & USA (4th)
June 1, 1971. A bomb exploded at Plaza Miranda during a political rally of the Liberal Party. There were around 100 casualties and 10 deaths. Starting that time, the popularity of Benigno Aquino and his Liberal Party grew rapidly. Marcos blamed the communists for suspicious bombing.
I got so caught up while reading things about 1971 and decided to post extra 1971-stuff here. I had FUN discovering significant infos about my birth year.
This stamp was released in February 1971 (my birth month and year) The stamp shows former president Ferdinand Maros and First lady Imelda Marcos harvesting rice.
Five-peso bill released in 1971 25 centavo coin released in 1971

Monday, May 25, 2009

Teachers at the Ballpark

This is an overdue blog, I almost forgot about it until I received several photos from Brent Broussard, Houston Astros Youth Group Coordinator.

Two Fridays ago, I was caught up in a hectic day -to say the least- First, I took four of my boys to another school for the district-wide Reading Rodeo After which, we returned to a school that was generally festive. Friday (May 8, 2009) was the culmination of the Teachers’ Appreciation Week -free lunch (shrimp and fish –yum!) treats and gifts, raffle draws, games, etc. Instead of the usual 3PM, we had to leave a bit later than usual for the “Deal or No Deal” game. I did not win anything *grins* but Poorva, my carpool buddy, pulled out a fifty! ($50 -Yey for her!)

As part of Teachers’ Appreciation Week, the Region 4 District Teachers of the Year for 2008-2009 – in which I am one of —were treated to a baseball game. Each one of us was able to take three people –I went with Doods (my hubby) and friends, Cherry and Max. It was not an ordinary game, as part of the treat –we were honored in the playing field. Warning: celebrity complex acting up! Hahaha! Well, it’s not every day we get a chance to walk in an active playing field and wave to thousands of people while a touching speech is being said about us (teachers). Yikes! The exciting part is we got to meet some of the players. Here’s the thing: am not well versed with baseball. Much as I was wearing my Astros (Houston’s baseball team) shirt, there was really nobody I know among the players (sad right! Ask me about basketball, I might have an answer) At any rate, I found out later from Doods that we were in the wrong dugout. Geez! We were in the opponents’ dugout (hehe) I hardly know anyone from the San Diego Padres, but had to admit they do look good! Eye-candy… yum! Teehee!

At the Minute Maid Park with Che and Max (Doods is the photographer)

It was the first time I watched a baseball game at Minute Maid Park. The cheering and the clapping really pepped the people up. But the “human wave” was the thing that fascinated me the most. And for my kindergarten kids, I had my photo taken with the Astros’s mascot –Junction Jack- cool huh.
Junction Jack -Astros’s mascot

I met another Filipino teacher –Michael. He was right behind me in the line. He is also the District Teacher of the Year in their district (Galena Park ISD). Mabuhay ang Pinoy!

Teachers of the Year lining up to shake hands with Junction Jack (mascot)

Astros won –yey! We enjoyed ourselves. Sharing an experience with friends doubles the fun! Thanks, Che and Max for joining us! I am also grateful to the organizers. Thank you Astros and Brent Broussard for giving us a chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Three Cs - Celfone Computer Camera

Once again, it’s time for “Fun Friday” in our group Blogging for Fun. Friday is the day when we blog about a common topic. This Friday our topic is “Two Things I Cannot Live Without.”

I did not have to think twice, without much deliberation, I'd say, it is my celfone. It is not the best available model of its kind, but it has functions that make my everyday life easy and comfortable. Despite being Jurassic, this gadget allows me to listen to music (mp3), watch videos and go online -check news, weather, chat, email (among its most basic functions). This celfone is a Christmas gift from my hubby –Christmas 2006 –that shows how outdated it is (teehee). It must be psychological, but I feel detached from the world without my cellphone – I feel I cannot function well without it!

Another thing I cannot live without is my computer –if you are reading this blog entry, you would know what I mean… nuff said! (hehe)

Blogging for Fun is only soliciting two items, but I will include a third. My computer has a sister –my camera. Yes, another one of my Jurassic hoards. This camera has been with me since 2005. Yeap, it is super OLD, but this thing still manages to provide me with clear photos and even videos for my blogs and other stuff (school activities, presentations… etc.)

I have no idea how I’ll function without these three things. Well, it would be so much better if I can upgrade to the latest model, even if its just one of these three.


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