Thursday, October 30, 2008
You have always been a man of few words and you have taught me how being silent doesn’t always means that there is nothing for you to say but that you are listening. Even though you contribute little to our everyday family conversation, you make up with your actions. You showed me how actions may be more important that mere words. You have succeeded in letting your love be felt with your everyday action, you never have to blurt out the words “I love you” because we felt it in everything you do. You cook because there is no such thing as a husband or wife’s job for you, you did it just for the love of your family. Day in, day out, you took the time to make every meal special. You always help us through all those endless school projects. I love doing those projects because of the moments shared together... Thank you for the gift of your time and your patience.
You may not be aware but it is you who have given me an optimistic view of relationships. I have seen how a relationship “could” work in this world where relationship can easily be disposed of. You have shown my brother and me that a family should always be together, no matter what. I know that being in a relationship is not as easy as you and mom make it seem. Thank you for being an example to us. I learn that in order for a relationship to grow we need to compromise and accept the good with the bad.
Thank you for everything... and despite the silence. Thank you for showing all the love through your actions.
Happy 60th! We Love you.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Chua Family with the Bday celebrant
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
"I’ve come to know that our families are a canvas on which we paint our greatest hopes- imperfect and sloppy, for we are all amateurs at life, but if we do not focus too much on our mistakes, a miraculous picture emerges. And we learn that it’s not the image that warrant our gratitude- it’s the chance to paint."
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
...and since it was raining for a few days the mowing was delayed...but the growing grass still grew longer day after day. Alas... A Sunny Day! When the weather forecast predicted Saturday to be a Cloudy/ Sunny day, Karl and me braved the cold wind and prepared the mower and clear plastic for the cut grass. (They put cut grass here on clear plastic for pick up. They have garbage disposal rules here and they don’t get the trash if you don’t follow the rules...They even have weight limit per bag!) . Karl did the mowing while I hold the electric cord out of his way... He just had to drag me with him to do chores everytime...
NOT mowing the grass will be a chore I will be looking forward to when winter comes (He! He!)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This is a picture I've taken of Karl and Kimi. I went to the bathroom that morning with Kimi sleeping peacefully on her side of our bed... (She gets half of the bed...sleeping with her arms stretching out from each side), when I returned she has already woken up and did her morning cuddling routine... I couldn't help but take a picture of them together...
Monday, October 20, 2008
Then, I thought that maybe it got something to do with the weather...
Fall-Back Can Make You Feel SAD
By Phylameana lila Desy, About.com
Sunday, October 19, 2008
10 bagay na aking pinagmamalaki bilang Filipino (10 things I am proud to be as a Filipino)
1. Relihyoso/ May takot sa Diyos (Religious/ God Fearing)
2. Mapagmahal sa pamilya (They love their families)
3. May Respeto sa Magulang at sa matatanda (Respectful of parents and elders)
4. Di takot sa hirap (They are not scared of Hardwork)
5. Natural na talento na mapagmamalaki kahit sa ibang bansa (They have natural talents that is world class)
6. Matulungin (Helpful)
7. Marunong Makisama (Knows how to treat other people)
8. Marunonog Tumanaw sa pinanggalingan (Knows how to look back)
9. Matalino (Smart)
10. Masayahin at Kuntento sa kung anong meron pero nangangarap pa rin para sa ikabubuti ng pamilya(Happy with what they have, although striving to have more for their family)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Xin Tian Di
One of the funniest things that happened to us in Shanghai was when we had to operate the washing machine... (Operating it for the first time was hard enough but having to read them in Chinese characters was much harder...) and the dryer. One of Hannah’s favourite sweaters ended up way too small after the drying up... (Uh-oh) It was pure wool and we didn’t read the instruction on how to dry it. Now, I know that washing instructions ARE important. I do the washing here and I always remember that incident whenever I do the washing here... and it makes it less of a chore when I think about my Shanghai Washing Incident.
I miss those times... I wish I can go on a vacation with my friends when I go back to Manila next year...
In Manila, I love to end my day with a cup of Swiss Miss Marshmallow Lover before going to bed... Now that I am in Canada and the weather is cold. I miss my Swiss Miss which I can't seem to find at the aisle of Canadian Supermarkets here...
I hope to get reunited to my Swiss Miss soon...
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This was my first Thanksgiving and was just wondering why they celebrate it October in Canada while they do it in November in US... So I searched the ever-reliable site to answer my questions... "GOOGLE"
We didn't have any of those turkey dinners which I often saw in the movies but we had noodles with shredded turkey toppings for the occassion... hehe! Maybe we will be celebrating a proper thanksgiving dinner next year :)
Celebrating the Harvest
The Canadian Thanksgiving date differs from the USA because their Thanksgiving is derived not from the Pilgrims, but the end of a successful harvest. Because of the northerly location of Canada, their harvest season ends earlier than the United States.
The designated date for Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October. In 2008 this is the 13th October
Thanksgiving was originally observed in Newfoundland, and other parts of the country by new European settlers. Over the years it moved between various dates, sometimes being observed in November and sometimes in October. It was not until the 1950's that the current date was proclaimed as being the official date for Canadian Thanksgiving.
In Canada, Thanksgiving is about family and food, and for many, football, just as it in United States. Some families choose to observe a four day weekend (Friday through until Monday), but the official public holiday in Canada is the Monday, giving most a three day weekend.
Thanksgiving for families is simply about spending time decorating the house, preparing all of the Thanksgiving food (and of course the dinner!) as well as enjoying a long weekend before the onset of Winter.
Put the logo on your blog, add a link to the person who awarded you. Nominate 10 other blogs (In my case, it would be a list below 10... sorry). Add links to those on yours. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs and you're done!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
We met at University of Santo Tomas taking Interior Design. Our bonding was through the endless nights of finishing our plates (drawings) in one place and listening to the radio station (RX93.1) to battle sleepiness...
I am so happy that we are reviving our FC BLOG :)
To us, more good memories and to the best friendship there is! CHEERS!
It is getting quite chilly outside...
Bundling up Kimi with her furry jacket to keep her warm from the outside cold. She looks so cute as I took her picture. This particular picture reminds me of the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood"... the younger version... hehe!
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Thank heaven for little girls
Thank heaven for little girls
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Here in Canada, Halloween is a really BIG thing. Majority of the displays are hues of yellows and oranges as well as black... There are garden decors, vases, candlestick holders and even sculpture to decorate every aspect of your home with eerie items in time for trick and treating. Big Pumpkins, real and fake are out on the store front with various posters on various Halloween activities...
Craft Stores are showcasing doll cakes with Halloween/ fall themes. Scrapbooks of fall leaves, scarecrows and witches are overflowing the display shelves. Baking courses which focuses on the Halloween theme like making gingerbread house for your Halloween centerpiece as well as monster or witch cupcakes to add to the scary decors which you can also eat.
I am almost excited to see what Halloween here really is... On the other hand, I haven’t really prepared anything for Halloween yet. I haven’t even bought a costume up until now...
Monday, October 06, 2008
i carry your heart with me
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it(anywherei go you go,my dear; and whatever is doneby only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)
i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which growshigher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Although this week may be a lot firsts for me, I am glad that I am beginning to learn what living seperately would be like...
Everything within reach
This was my view from the kitchen... The highchair, playpen and intellitainer all side by side. Everything a baby will need to keep her happy...1st Baking : Mini Pizza for Merienda
Dinner: Korean Beef
Spaghetti Filipino Style
For our dinner, a simple dish of Spag and pre-marinated korean beef.
Finally! Another day done! :)