Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Reminiscing Christmas

I was browsing some Christmas pictures in my FB account hoping that I captured one of the decorations in our house - a ceramic angel with dress made out of ribbon. I am planning to make similar to it since I found a ceramic head and hand in the local thrift store.

I totally forgot about the angel because I was so engrossed browsing at the pictures of my family. I felt homesick looking back our yearly Christmas party at home. But I can’t help smiling when I saw pictures of my nieces and nephews. It was just like yesterday.... time goes so fast. They were so little and innocent then, now they are all grown up, even bigger and taller than me.

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This year would be my second year celebrating Christmas without them. And Christmas won’t be the same without my family... I do hope I’d be able to go home next year.

By the way, I finally found the pic of the angel I mentioned, unfortunately it’s blurred. I have to play my imagination for my project.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Goodbye Ate Iyay...

Last Wednesday we received a text message that our cousin, Ate Iyay, passed away. It was devastating news yet on the other hand it is a blessing - her agony was finally over. She was sick for several years and I know besides her failing health condition she had been through a lot of emotional turmoil in her life.

I remember her as a very gentle yet a very strong woman who welcomed the challenges in her life with grace and acceptance. When I visited her, I cannot see pain in her face instead all I can remember is her genuine smile, a smile that I saw in her when I was still a young child until before I left Philippines... a smile that will never be forgotten in my heart.

Ate Iyay, I may not be present in your wake but you will always be remembered... may you rest in peace.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beiber Heart Pillow

Just a clarification, I am NOT Beiber fan; I blogged about it actually. It’s my niece who is so crazy with him. Before I came here in Ca her wish is to have a Beib’s memorabilia thinking that Beib is from Canada. LOL.... Thus everytime I chatted with her I teased her that I met Beib and even hug him, which of course unbelievable.

Anyways, I bought this Beib’s heart pillow through an Avon dealer. I didn’t hesitate buying it as soon as I saw it in the brochure though it’s costly. I know she’ll like it though she told me once that she’s no longer a Beib fan. But I believe receiving this pillow will remind her that she was once inlove with Beib.

Unfortunately, we already sent the “balikbayan box”. And mailing it will just cost more not to mention that the service of post office back home is not good. Just imagine we sent pictures and it took more than three months before it arrived. So most probably we’ll send it next year when the boxes are full or when I go home. Hope she didn’t outgrow her love for Beib.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

When Water Heater Breaks...

I can’t start my day without taking shower. Even if it’s my day off. So when my sister told me that there is no hot water. I had to wake up as early as 4 this morning to boil water.
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Back home my bathwater is always lukewarm; how much more here in CA and especially during winter season. Actually my 2 pots of boiling water were not enough to make my bathwater hot. However it helps.

Good thing that I grow up using “tabo and balde” to take a bath....

Friday, November 2, 2012

Insurance Hunter School Zone Safety Survey

This post brought to you by Insurance Hunter. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently a Grade 6 girl died after a minivan crashed into St. Paul’s Racette Junior High School. It was reported that the driver who was charged in the incident had been having seizures for several months and is now faced with three counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, resisting arrest and possession of controlled substance.

 Who would have thought that this kind of accident will happen in the school zone. I believe there is a strict traffic rules yet no matter how strict it is if drivers are negligent and will not obey rules then accident like this would likely happen.

According to Ontario School Zone Safety Survey, more than three-quarters of parents polled witness drivers break the law in school zones. Furthermore, of those breaking traffic laws, almost three-quarters (74%) have witnessed people driving faster than the speed limit; 68% report drivers talking or texting on a cell phone while driving; 37% report drivers not stopping at a cross walk; 20% report drivers not stopping for crossing guards; and 19% report drivers running red lights.

Another problem sited in the survey is that there is no drop-off/pick-up designated area in some school. And although some school has, there are incidents that parents will break rules for some reasons like: area is full or they are in hurry. For any reasons traffic rules SHOULD ALWAYS be followed. School administrators should communicate with parents and students and emphasize the importance of traffic rules.

The result shown in Insurance Hunter’s survey on driver safety in school zones is alarming. This should be studied and from it, concern people should draw some precautionary measures because I believe a school should be a place where children can learn, grow independently and safely.

 

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