Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas 2011: Missing My Family

Christmas 2011 - no stress.... no gifts to wrap... no panic buying.... no foods to prepare.... no kids screaming – all I can hear is the clock ticking in my room….

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Christmas is a big celebration in our family. We do celebrate it by attending a mass on the evening of the 24th of December then party at house over night. We don’t sleep until the dawn breaks; even the kids. We do partying all night. Then we’ll have late breakfast at my sister’s house.

But prior to that is the huge preparation. Last minute shopping, gift wrapping, preparing prizes for the games, set up for the house, balloons, preparing foods, pleading my stubborn nieces and nephews to prepare a dance number, etc.... So much noise and sometimes it stress me out! But I’m totally happy with it.

This year would be a different Christmas; I’m spending it with my sissy and some friends. I can’t feel its Christmas! My heart is crying and screaming – ‘how I wish I’m home. I miss the stressful Christmas; I miss the loud noise, the crying and laughing around our home, I miss my family.’

Perhaps looking at this old photos will ease the loneliness inside me.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party

There are lots of memories about parties that I can post here but there are two precious memories that will always linger in my heart: our family Christmas celebration and the Senior Citizen Christmas party last year.

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For this week I will post about the Senior Citizen Christmas Party. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of last year’s party but lucky enough ‘coz my sister uploaded photos of this year’s party in our family FB page. Looking at the photo brings me back to last year’s party...

My father was the Baranggay President for Senior Citizen Association. It was a very simple party held in the Baranggay’s covered court attended by more or less 50 members. You can see the excitement in their faces. Although they moved slowly they still participated on different games. I remember one old man walked out because he lose in the game. They are like kids but are harder to please. Anyway the whole party was fun and ended with ballroom dance for everybody.

For this year, the president is my mother (my parents are both active in our community). I was not in the party to help her. But my sisters and my nieces and nephews were there to assist them.
Photos for this year’s party….
Jingles per group
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Parlor Games
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And some members of our family who showed their support…
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On this photo: Sister Ging, her daughter Love, nephew Ernie, sister Pearl, and her daugter Lovhea
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Tree (2003 -2010)

I grew up with a unique Christmas Tree. It’s made up of coconut leaf stick broom. We painted each strand of stick with white or gold or cover it with silver out of the cigarette packet. Then we cut circles in size of 25 cents out of colored paper. These circles are then glued in each stick about 3 inches distance and filled the stick from tip to tip. Then we’ll put all the sticks in one container. It looks like a fountain. My mom believed that it brings luck to our family.

It’s our dream to have a fancy pine tree inside the house. It was only realized last 2003. Since then we are using it. But we still have the Broom stick Christmas tree in one corner.

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2003 - see that broom stick Christmas tree behind my mom?

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(no pics for 2008 & 2009)

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We usually decorate our house every November 30, which is holiday back home, together with my nieces and nephews. I miss decorating our house for this year.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Why I am restraining myself from blogosphere?

I’ve been a blog addict before. I even posted about my addiction on blogging. There came a point that I would go to city proper just to add post; and that’s a 30 minutes drive! I’ve been looking for ways to get internet connected. Although Smart Bro is not fast I still purchased it when it was first released which was a bit expensive. To my dismay it doesn’t serve its purpose well. I’ve been wishing for a 24 hour internet connected and often sneaked during office hours just to blog.

But why I suddenly restrained from doing so?

Last year, I received emails from a mysterious sender using my name with similar email ad to mine trying to ruin my relationship with my boyfriend. Actually there are two email senders, I don’t know if there are two different people or just one but certainly they have one goal – destroy our relationship.

Then last March and I my boyfriend had a fight and I blogged about it. Surprisingly, the mysterious email sender knows about it. And emailed me that she knows why we are fighting. Apparently, she’s my blog follower.

From then on I restrained from blogging about myself, about him.... and even came to the point that I lose interest in blogging. The only thing that keeps me blogging is the fact that I’m earning through paid post, which was not my first priority when I created it.

After back reading my post a while ago I suddenly realized, I don’t need to be dictated by a loser email sender... I should blog more and express more what I feel! This is my comfort zone that once destroyed and now I am reliving it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Okra for $3.32??!!!

If there’s a chance for us to visit Asian store we see to it that we buy vegetables even the prices are too much high. Like this okra or lady’s finger, we purchased it at T&T Supermarket, West Edmonton Mall, for $3.32 (0.302 Kg). Convert it and your jaw drops!!! Just like my first reaction... LOL.

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It’s different back home, where we can pick vegetables in our garden or ask for vegetables in our neighbour. And the best thing is it’s fresh!

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Too Many Spams in Chatbox

I installed Chatbox widget in my blogs because it’s an option for many bloggers to communicate with me if they choose not to leave comment on any of my posts. But it’s annoying when you click the link and all you got are ads. Sometimes they use different names with different messages but will lead you to the same site.

I’m planning to delete the Chatbox but on the other side I’m hesitant since it serves its purpose too. For now I will just leave it in my sidebar.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Poppies for Remembrance Day

I saw my friend wearing poppy; I thought it was just decoration only to found out that it symbolizes something…

Poppies are worn during Remembrance Day, celebrated every 11th day of November. On that day, Canadian remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty since the First World War. The poppy flower became popular symbol for soldiers who died in battle after John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”.

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In Flanders Fields

by John MsCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Perfumes and Makeups on Super Good Deal

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Can you see the orange tag? Those perfumes are on super sale. The IDA drugstore celebrated their anniversary last month and some perfumes and make-ups are on super sale (up to 65%). Too bad I’m on the third day thus there were only few items to choose.

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Reveal by Halle Berry – I love the smell of this.

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Boucheron Paris – I bought this in a good deal, from $68 to $17

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Faith Hill

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Pure Nautica – I also like the smell of this. And bought this in a good deal too, from $56.99 to $14.25

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Celine Dion Chic – Smells so good plus I love the bottle

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Adidas Moves

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Obsession – I’m getting obsessed with this.

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I like the bottles. I know my sister, Ging, would really love to have them all. She’s collecting perfumes but not using it.

Aside from perfumes, I also bought some makeups.

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I bought beyond my budget but all in all my saving is more or less 60%!!! Not bad!

Those items are not mine, will send it to the Philippines. My sisters would really love to have one of those.

~oOo~

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Monday, November 7, 2011

I Miss Mr. Sun…

It’s super chilly outside. It’s not snowing yet. But the –12 deg celsius wind chill keeps the plants frozen. I’m exited for snow but how I wish it will only last for month. But that’s impossible….

Oh! I miss summer, I miss the colorful surroundings… the lovely flowers that blooms everywhere. Perhaps looking at the picture will warm me up. Smile

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Daylight Saving Time

Few hours to go and its daylight saving time! To be honest I’m still confused what it means; it’s my first time to experience it. They say that time will move 1 hour late (?). It means a longer sleep for me? LOL.... Well basically not!

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After asking Mr. Google what’s day light saving time is.... here’s what I learned from different sites.

Daylight Saving Time (or summertime as it is called in many countries) starts actually on spring time where in there is more daylight time. The clock is push ahead one hour, so it means waking up earlier. This is to take advantage of the daylight, like less usage of fluorescent lights.

When the days getting shorter in the fall, the clocks where turned back an hour to get more light in the morning. For this year the daylight saving ends today, November 6 at 2 am, here in Canada, I just don’t know in other places that follows daylight saving.

In Canada, it’s up to province if they will follow the daylight saving. As far as I know, Saskatchewan does not observe daylight saving.

For more information here’s one of the sites that serves as my reference, http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2008/10/31/f-timechange.html.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thinking of Gift Ideas

I can smell Christmas now. Stores are starting to put Christmas decors on shelves and keeping the Halloween Stuffs. In fact candies for treat or trick are on super sale.

Actually we had our Christmas tree at our flat since the Thanksgiving Day. See how excited we are for Christmas. For me, it`s the most wonderful time of the year. It`s the time where mostly have receive much money and spend more money – it`s gift giving time!

I am preparing my long list now, before I will be caught up by the Christmas rush I should think of what to give. Honestly, thinking of what to give is a very daunting task. Searching for gift ideas in the internet will surely help.

I have to categorize my list: gift ideas boyfriend, by age, by gender, etc. In this way I could easily identify what to give especially for kids. Usually kids of the same age will compare the gifts they received that could possibly screw your Christmas. It happen many times to us, my nephew wants the gift that my other nephew has. And you just can`t imagine how it turned out! That`s why at home kids of same age usually receive similar gifts.

We also prepare spare gifts because we usually had surprise visitors and we want everbody to have their Christmas presents from us. For this year I`m thinking of buying eos lip balm as spare gift; it`s cute that comes in different color and it`s practical!

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Cute EOS Lip Balm

Whew! Thinking of gift ideas gave me headache, it`s hard to think of what to give honestly especially that there are lots of cute stuffs that are affordable. Anyway I still have more than a month to think on what to give. Small or big, cheap or expensive... it doesn't matter at all; it`s the thought that counts!

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween

The long anticipation is over…. it’s Halloween!!!! I got excited looking at the kids and some grown up wearing costumes going in to different establishments saying “treat or trick”. They look so cute!

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My friend, Shannon, had been convincing me for weeks to wear costume, but I’m not the fearless type willing to try Halloween fashion. Unless my sister will wear costume. LOL…

Instead she gave me a hat…… in case I’ll change my mind…

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Monday, October 24, 2011

An Orange-Colored Fruit

Color meme are very addicting. Everytime I see something that has dominant color my mind would immediately tell me it’s perfect for a certain meme; the “I-ba-blog ko yan” thing. I know if your blog addict you certainly experience this kind of thinking.

So when I found this cluster of tiny colored-orange fruit at the backyard, first thing that comes in my mind is Orange Meme.

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P.S….Sorry I do not know it’s name… I don’t know either if it’s edible.

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