Thursday, March 30, 2006

Big Screen

This is the fountain and the big screen as seen in front of the Singapore Post Centre, very near the Paya Lebar MRT. It was so dark that time when I took the photo as it was going to rain.

I am afraid my photo shot may not give credit to the beauty of the place. I'll better go back and take a shot again. For in reality, this is really a nice sight.

But you see, if Hong Kong prides with their big screen in Causeway Bay, I think this one in Paya Lebar is more eye catching. What do you think??

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Paete Woodcrafts

These are just few of the woodcrafts
from Paete Laguna which I am so proud
I own and are prominent on my altar at home.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

View From My Bedroom Window

I am sick again with my tonsillitis. My doctor advised me to have a surgery. But I am too scared. And if ever I decide to, I’ll better fly to the Philippines. Not because I have no trust on doctors here, but because I am more comfortable being hospitalized there where my sisters can visit me.
Now, I am feeling better. The antibiotics I am taking help me a lot. And also the view from my bedroom window makes me feel comfortable. I truly believe that water is really a therapeutic one. For the mere sight of water below makes me feel well and the sound of the water running from the fountain calms me.

Thursday, March 23, 2006


My centre's theme for Term 2 is honesty. That was why my activities with my children dealt with honesty. I had activities with them on how to be honest in queueing up like in buying tickets to the movies, shopping at supermarkets and in taking taxis, buses and the MRT. The children enjoyed the activities and at the same time learnt one value; honesty. They even chorused with me, "honesty is the best policy."

Honesty is one value I really adhere too. I can say that I am an honest person. But there's one thing negative on this, for I tend to look at people on the rightfulness of what they say , ignoring the reasons or principles why such a little lie or white lies are said. When such words don't match or there's a little bit of deviancy, I tend to lose my trust on the person. I know for a fact, that in other situations, I should understand why such a person say or do such a thing. Though, I still believe that we should always own up or tell the real truth whatever or whoever may be hurt.

Whatever level of honesty or however we look at honesty, I understand that we should always teach children how to be honest. In that way, they will grow to be adults who are also honest.

One honest person I like is Kris Aquino. Others may disagree, but I really like her. And all I can say is "inggit lang sila."

Here's an article about her.

The pitch of success
First posted 11:36pm (Mla time) Mar 22, 2006
By Nini Valera
March 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SHE would discuss almost anything you might want to know about her—how often she needed to wash her hair, what scent she wore, her first attempt at baking a banana cake, or how well she made roast beef (this last one according to her mom).
But Kris Aquino would hold back a little about her fiancé, James Yap.
“Let’s not talk about the wedding,” she pleaded with Inquirer Entertainment. “Or the money.” It’s a given, she said, that she earns more than the guard of the Purefoods basketball team.
What she would divulge was a tentative plan for a church ceremony, perhaps in December.
The national fascination for Kris Aquino continues. She is seen on television daily in “Game Ka Na Ba?” plus on Sundays as one of the hosts on the “The Buzz.”
Kris, 35, had an explanation for her popularity: “Whether they like me or not, I’m honest.”
Six years ago, Kris, who had just broken off with Phillip Salvador, father of her 10-year-old son Joshua, seemed to be at the end of her career.
“No advertiser would touch me,” she admitted. Only a brand of shoe polish brought her back into the elite circle of celebrity endorsers in 2000.
These days, Kris—equally famous for her vanity and her chatter—is pitching 17 products, from the obscure San-San cosmetics to the high-profile clothing line Bench to the institutional macho badge that is San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen. The latest is the new variant of Pantene shampoo.
Yes, she said, these products are found in her house— in her bathroom, for instance, Kissa Papaya soap; in her pantry, Purefoods corned beef.
“My staff has a list of all the products I endorse,” said Kris. “Even in my mom’s house—the products I endorse are the ones she buys.”
Kris related an incident involving corned beef. Her mom, former president Cory Aquino, had been aghast when, one day, the housekeeper brought home from the grocery the brand of corned beef that Boy Abunda, not Kris, endorsed.
“My mom asked why the majordoma bought that; the answer was, because it was cheaper by 20 centavos,” said Kris.
Boy Abunda, Kris’ best friend, was so amused by the anecdote, he sent President Cory three cases of “his” corned beef brand.
Before she was signed up for Pantene, she related, she was asked to fill out a five-page questionnaire that came from Malaysia. “I told Boy, who closed the deal, that I felt like I was auditioning and I didn’t like that,” Kris recounted. I told him to just send to them pictures of all my billboards on Edsa.”
(This was not the biggest deal for Kris, though, she admitted: “San Miguel was.”)
Since shooting the commercial in Bangkok last year, Kris has darkened her hair, to the consternation of Direk Chito Rono, who hasn’t finished shooting a movie with her and Claudine Barretto. He pointed out that she couldn’t have brown hair in one scene and black in the next!
“He was really annoyed,” Kris said.
At the moment, that’s the only downside to Kris’ almost perfect life.
“I like myself best now,” she said. “When you’re in your 30s and at the peak of your beauty, and you know you’ve done something with your life but you’re still excited about each day ... I like it that James is here. He’s supportive and calm.”
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Change of Environment

This is in Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. I really don't know why, but I found affinity to the place. Not because my eldest and her family reside there. There is an unexplained feeling. Maybe because of all the books I read about America when I was a child. Now, how I wish I can go back for a visit. But then things in the homefront changed and my plan to fly to US was put in a sideline. Maybe one of these days, who knows, I can fly to the US again. What more with my resignation from my job 2 weeks ago.

Yeah, I resigned from my job. I want a change of environment. Not that my job is not that fulfilling. It is. Only there are things that came up not to my expectations. Small things started and accumulated and I said enough is enough. And surely, I will not bad mouth my present centre. There are still many things I have to cherish especially those about children.

And so in two weeks time, I will be joining the unemployed.

There's an inner voice telling me right now that in two weeks time, I will see the rainbow. How I wish!!!

Monday, March 20, 2006


Proud. That's how we all feel for you. And most especially me. I am so proud being your grandma. And I love you all!!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Happy First Birthday

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Today is your first birthday. We are so proud and happy for you dearest Karllise. Since, The Corrs is our favourite band in the whole wide world, we are dedicating their song Little Wing to you.
Now she's walking thru the clouds
With a circus mind
That's running wild
Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams and fairytales
All she ever thinks about is
riding with the wind.
When I'm sad she comes to me
With a thousand smiles
She gives to me free
It's alright it's alright she says
Take anything you want from me
Fly little wing...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Curious Incident

I just finished reading this book by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time. Obviously it is a book for children and about children. That is why it is a winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year.

The writer is a British author, illustrator and screen writer who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. But his credentials were not the one that made me noticed the book. His writing style and presentation made me understand that children books like his should not only be read by children but mostly by adults so as to let them understand children the more.

And what more if the story is about a special need child? Well, we could not judge a mother, especially, on how she deals with her special need child. She may be lacking in patience or perseverance but then there would always be love she feels for her child. But then, if a mother leaves and abandon a special need child and left him to the care of a father realizing that the father alone could take care of the child, how could we judge her? And is it right for a father to make a lie and made it known to the child that the mother already passed away?

Well, there are many reactions to this. For me, whether both parents have their own issues in their own personal lives, I still believe that parenting is a responsibility. And that our own children are God’s gifts to us.

The story is heart warming, really. Christopher, the main protagonist in the story, the special child, made me understand that every child is really unique. His parting words are just fitting.

“And then I will get a First Class Honours Degree and I will become a scientist.

And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery of who killed Wellington? And I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.”

And to Mr. Mark Haddon, many thanks for your nice book.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


I decided there's no need for me to discuss what my family had gone through. The mental anguish and distress we experienced have no equivalent amount of money. There's no payment for that. But we are also practical people. We should just be cautious next time of this person.

And so I'm okay same with my whole family. Mostly we are happy having these three angels. With Karllisse's sexy pose who can beat the joy we are having now?