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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Kid on the Block

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NBA Live

What would men do without sports? I honestly have NO idea. My husband, Doods, is in all types of sports. Am pretty sure he is not the only one (hehe) Actually, I myself love basketball and tennis, but football is a favorite, but er, it's not because of those sweaty men in tight cycling shorts, slapping each others tush! Touche! Oops, did I just say that out loud?! Ok, I like football because of the grilled sausages that go with every game! Yum! For real! *rolls eyes and looks at the ceiling*

Oh well, NBA season is not yet here, but at least football has started. While waiting for the NBA season, Doods and his friends sometimes hang out in our house and play NBA Live via Xbox 360. This mega machine fascinates me, it even has customized avatar that really resembles the player. How cool is that!

I remember when Xbox 360 first came out. There were only limited number of consoles being sold. Game-enthusiasts even camped out the day before it became available to the market. I have no idea what is it about being the first few to own something. We all know eventually it will be available to everyone.

Some of our friends joined the bandwagon and camped out -and that was during winter (brr). But, not us, I did not have the stamina. Besides,we're not in a hurry. There is wisdom in waiting. Instead, we bought ours online. The advantage of getting stuff online is that you are not limited to one store. You get to canvas while you are in your PJs sipping warm chocolate. Some internet shopping search engines do crawling. What does crawling mean? it means, it pulls product listings directly from online stores. The buyer gets to compare the prices. And besides, more products from more stores mean better deals. We were able to get a good deal because we had a chance to shop around and compare.

Some friends came to visit over the weekend

After a sumptuous meal, the men had a blast playing NBA Live at Xbox 360.
Ok, the guys forbade me to post their photos here. . . hahaha. . . sorry guys, this is MY blog!

Doods and Chard and their wireless controller.

This is my hubby's avatar -he looks way cooler here . . . right hon?!

Game Console

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Walk in the Park

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For my second Mosaic Monday, I did something different from the first one. The first one was of our Thailand Trip. That mosaic was vibrant and colorful, hectic and loud just as our adventure was. This second mosaic has photos taken last Friday from our late afternoon walk in the park. When we got home from work, we grabbed our cameras and hit the park for a leisurely snap. I wasn't planning to put it together as my second mosaic, but I was captivated by the calmness of the park and the beauty of the man strolling along the quiet path. I stood back and snapped and what I saw, I liked. . .

Hon, this one is for you. May we have more quiet walks together. . .

Be Like the flower, turn your faces to the sun ~ Kahlil Gibran

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. ~ Hal Borland

One flower makes no garland. ~ Proverb from Romania

I think that I shall never see a tree as lovely as a man. . .

My gratitude to Mary for sharing a lovely site, and posting the know-how, about mosaic making. Thank you, Mary.

Check out other lovely mosaics at the Little Red House.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Late Afternoon

I discovered Scenic Sunday from Jan's blog. I have some scenic photos that I would love to share, and am equally eager to see other scenic photos from other photo-enthusiasts like me.

This was taken from our local park. I saw those low branches and loved it. Reminded me of my younger days when we use to climb trees and scrape our knees. . . I distressed this photo using photoshop cs (antique)

This is a bridge near the area where I live, I love the lampposts and snapped away. When I was editing it, I tried the same photoshop cs (antique) and love what came out of it. It looks very romantic!

Surprisingly Scenic. . .

Happy Scenic Sunday, everyone!

Scenic Sunday

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Life-size Books

Talk about big books. . . these cardboard illustrations are not just big. . . they are life-sized (well, er, life-size for kids). We used these in one of the annual plays we had in our district. It's called Reading Rodeo. It's a district-wide competition that has different categories. There is the Dramatic Reading (4-character choral recitation) which I did last school-year (Clean and Green). The Solo Declamation, and the category that made use of these props, Story Time Comes Alive (maximum of 8 characters). Everybody looks forward to this once-a-year event. These backdrops won first place, but most of all, my kids enjoyed hearing the story (they love) matched with a life-sized book! They had a blast watching me paint those.

The cool part is, I painted those on cheap corrugated boards which I initially quick-spray with white. Looking at the other props, I think our school had one of the cheapest backdrops (hehe) Innovation is part of the game! :) Left over money from our budget has been used for getting treats for the kids (participants) Yey!

At the Petting Zoo

My students with their huge story book, almost as big as them!

At the Farm (ever been to the Farm Town at facebook?)

This backdrop is also good for Old McDonald (animal sounds)

Houston Zoo

kid-sized backdrop

Friday, September 25, 2009

Back to the Future

It is Fun Friday again at our blogging group, Blogging for Fun. Today's theme is "old photos." Here are some of mine when I was pounds lighter and life was so much simpler (teehee)

Our family before my baby brother was born. That's me, the fidgety one!

 me at two and a half

four years old (taken at Rizal Park, Philippines)

In my dotted swimsuit, with my sisters and my dad.

 with mom and sisters

with Goofy and my big sister (Ana)

Fifth grade. With my sister, Ima -those are not real eye glasses. We made those out of electric wires (copper cables)

High school days - with my best friend, Minette.

High school days - with my sister (Ima) and friend, Minette.

College classmates and a professor (taken at the Education building of the University of Santo Tomas) Easy to identify me, I'm the shortest.

With my first principal, Sister Ignatius and a co-teacher, Anne (17 years ago)

"A photograph is like a gateway to memory land."

"A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change through out the years but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them just as you remember them. That is why I think a photograph can be kind." ~Albert Einstein

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I went to our garden looking for bugs to photograph, instead my eyes were caught by our oleander -profusion of tiny pale-pink flowers. I realized I have photographed and featured exotic blooms from other places, but have not done so with our oleander, who, for years have delighted us with generous blooms. It has been in the garden for a long time now -some 4 years already.

Today, am featuring our very own oleander -simple but generous in giving us delight. May these blooms bring you glad tidings as you begin your day and bring you peace as you end it.

Have a good day, friends!

Wake up, little flower. . . a new day is here!

perfectly IMperfect!

wake up and join your sisters

Thank you, oleander!

I cut some to put in a vase. Our oleander keeps me company -outdoors and in.

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity ~ John Ruskin

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand

Thanks to Ebie's blog, The Main Ingredient, I discovered a cool site called Mosaic Monday. Ebie, that was an artistic take on your mosaic! Lovely!

I have been meaning to put photos together, and a mosaic is another cool way to do it. Last night, I eagerly worked on my very first one. Tadaah! *grins*

Here is a mosaic of our Thailand vacation (July 2009). I hope the pieces in this mosaic bring a portion of Thailand to you.

I am grateful to Mary of Little Red House for sharing the know-how of mosaic making. Thank you so much, Mary! I am excited to create more mosaics. Looking forward to more Mosaic Mondays!

Come friends, join me as we delight ourselves with more beautifully done mosaics.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

What Time Is It?

Here’s a piece of CRAFT to share!

1 ¼ ‘thick wood – the shape will depend on your creativity
Clock kit – can be found in any craft store
Wood Glue

Choice of words to decorate the face of your clock
**For this particular project, I used ARIAL font - size: 135

1. Paint the wood pieces
2. Print, cut and paste the words on the surface of your clock.

3. Glue the wood pieces together using wood glue.
4. Drill a hole where you want the hands of your clock to be positioned.
** For this particular project the machine “hands” of my clock I bought were gold, I sprayed it with black paint to create contrast.

What time is it?

It is time you enjoy a time piece that projects your personality!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Thai Food

It's time for another Brenda Photo Challenge. I stumbled upon this site some two weeks past, I did not have to think twice, I just hopped in and joined the fun. I enjoyed it and am back for more! last week's theme was "The Color Purple." This Saturday, the theme is food. Anything edible as Donna puts it.

"Any kind of shot concerning food...Your favorite maybe? Vegetables...Desserts...Complete Meals...Making dinner with the kids....Grilling...Baking...Get it? But it HAS to be get the point!"
-Donna (Brenda Photo Challenge)

Here's what I came up with. These are a few of the foodie-trip shots I did when my husband and I visited Thailand last July 2009.

Nuts, to be mixed with the main dish

Phad Thai Prawns. Thai-style fried noodles with prawns

Veggie Soup

Chai tea meets Thai tea

Grilled prawns common in the sidewalks of Bangkok - 40THB only per stick! (that's like $2.)

There are a lot of interesting dishes in Bangkok, and best of all, inexpensive!

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.

~James A. Michener

Now, join me as I go around and check what the others have to share!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fun Friday (A to Z on ME!)

Fun Friday once again in our group Blogging For Fun. Today’s activity is this fun A to Z quiz.

A – Available : Taken, but available to blogging!
B - Best Friend : Doods
C – Crush : Alejandro (Boyce Avenue)
D - Dad’s Name : Jorge
E - Easiest Person To Talk To : Sister, Ima
F - Favorite Band : Boyce Avenue (lately, cause it changes a lot)
G - Gummy Bears Or Worms : both
H – Hometown : Parañaque, Philippines (Bricktown Gal!)
I - Instrument : Piano and Guitar
J – Job : Kindergarten Teacher
K – Kids : The 21 five-year olds in my class (limited to eight hours a day, five times a week)
L - Longest Car Ride : 30 hours –Houston, Texas to Los Angeles, California (breaks in between)
M - Milk Flavor : Strawberry
N - Number Of Siblings : Four
O - One Wish : I wish education would reach everyone, everywhere! Education IS freedom!
P - Phobias : high places
Q - Favorite Quote : A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Brooks Adams
R - Reason To Smile : Family and friends… and blog comments –hahaha!
S - Song You Last Heard : Latika’s Theme –(from Slumdog Millionaire)
T - Time You Woke Up : 5:30 AM
U - Unknown Fact About Me : I snore (oops! talk about unknown!)
V - Vegetable : Lettuce, spinach, zucchini
W - Worst Habits : Procrastination
X - X-Rays You’ve Had : Chest, pelvis, abdomen…lots!
Y - Your Favorite Food : Pasta
Z - Zodiac Sign : Aquarius

Try to answer some of these or all. Give it a shot, c’mon scroll…and let us roll!

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