Thursday, August 27, 2009

7th grade

September 8 is fast approaching and Lexi couldn't wait any longer. She's excited about going to Junior High. We're done with school supplies shopping and I couldn't believe how much stuff she needed for school. They all add up to a hefty sum. School clothes and gym shoes are not cheap either. She has her own style so I let her pick her clothes. Not always practical, but it's better than me buying something she won't wear. It's less headache that way. Good thing we don't have to pay for textbooks, or we'd sure end up in the poor house.


My leave is over. It was a fun 13 days. No worries about waking up early in the morning. No bedtime. No hassles. Hubby and I started watching season 1 of Heroes. Each episode is a cliffhanger that's why we always end up staying up until the wee hours of the morning, occassionaly taking a break for our midnight snack. I look like a racoon with dark circles around my eyes. Thank God for a good eye cream.

I do wonder why I didn't start with it long time ago. We are almost to season 2, and season 3 will come out sometime in September. We signed up for unlimited monthly rental at Blockbuster. That should do the trick.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Washington DC

So we left early afternoon today after a quick visit to the National Zoological Park. We had a great time during our stay in Washington DC. We went there not having any expectations nor plans. Hubby just programmed the GPS to take us to the Smithsonian museum. We didn't even book a hotel until we get there. I was literally browsing my iPhone for hotel accomodations in the vicinity. They were expensive, but we got lucky. We stayed at the JW Marriott hotel (loved it!!!) on Pennsylvania street, literally a stone's throw away from all the major sights in DC. We were a block away from the Whitehouse. The only downside is everything is also a tad bit more expensive compared to other parts of the city. Dining was also limited to the more upscale restaurant (to my standard anyway). Parking around DC is a bit of a challenge. Good thing the hotel offered vallet parking for $39 a night, so we left the truck in the parking garage and we just walked everywhere. We took the cab too, but that wasn't until the end of the day. We were so tired!!

We saw a lot of Obama cardboard displays and mementos at different gift shops around town. Obama fever is still on. We didn't get really close to the White House because it was cordoned off for some reason. There were Uniformed Secret Service Police everywhere. We got to see the Capitol, Lincoln memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Washington Monument, and some of the Smithsonian museums. Can't believe how huge the Smithsonian is.

Anyway, it's getting late and we are here in a hotel in Pennsylvania for a pitstop. We are halfway home. Signing off for now. Have a good weekend!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


It's a rough economy and I always think of ways to cut spending wherever I can. We used to spend $5-$10 gallons a week on bottled water but we got tired of hauling jugs of water from the supermarket so we bought water filters instead. I read an article online about how tap water might actually be the better choice. Bottled water is not necessarily cleaner or safer than most tap water in the United States, according to some studies. Many major brands of bottled water use tap water as their water source anyway. So why pay more for something that costs cents right out of my faucet?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

forwarded email...funny

TO ALL PINOY KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 50's, 60's, 70's and early 80's!

First, some of us survived being born to mothers who did not have an OB-Gyne, smoked and/or drank San Miguel Beer or Syoktong, while they carried us. The manghihilot was the cheapest way to deliver babies. Dinala ka ba ng nanay mo sa pediatrician for DPT? While pregnant, they took cold or cough medicine, cortal or medicol, ate isaw, and didn't worry about diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after all that trauma, our baby cribs were made of hard wood covered with lead-based paints, pati na yung walker (andador)natin, matigas na kahoy or rattan at wala pang gulong.

We had no soft cushy cribs that play music, no disposable diapers (lampin lang), (noon cloth or rattan duyan lang tied to the posts or ceiling, babies fell asleep sa sobrang hilo ) and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads, sometimes wala pang preno yung bisikleta.

Take-out food was limited to Ongpin's pansit or Aling Toyangs pre-cooked ulam in kalderos. No pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Jollibee; and, coffee was just kape hinde ga-mahal as in Starbucks..

As children, we would ride in jeepneys libre pag kandong,hot un-airconditioned buses with wooden seats (yung JD bus na pula), or cars with no airconditioning & no seat belts (ngayon lahat may aircon na)

Riding on the back of a carabao on a breezy summer day was considered a treat. (ngayon hindi na nakakakita ng kalabaw ang mga bata) Did you make your own saranggola and pasted bubog on the strings?

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle purchased from 711(minsan straight from the faucet or poso) walang 711 noon, sari-sari store ni Mang Akong to buy sarsi, suntan, RC cola or choco-vim.

We shared one soft drink bottle with four of our friends, and NO ONE actually died from this or contracted hepatitis.

We ate rice with star margarine, pampatangkad daw, took raw eggs straight from the shell, and drank softdrinks with real sugar in it (hindi diet coke), but we weren't sick or overweight kasi nga......


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, and get back when the streetlights came on. Sarap mag patintero, tumbang preso, habulan at taguan.Tandaan mo ba PIKO, step-no-step- yes, trumpo, garter & mala-ahas sa haba na goma? Kung naulan, jackstones, pick-up sticks or sungka, bahay-bahayan, tinda-tindahan, titser-teacher- an or swimming sa baha or kangkungan.

No one was able to reach us all day (di uso ang cellphone, walang beepers). And yes, we were O.K. Sipol lang ni tatay ang meron noon!

We would spend hours building our wooden trolleys (yung bearing ang gulong) or plywood slides out of scraps and then ride down the street, only to find out we forgot the brakes! After hitting the sidewalk or falling into a canal (sewage channel) a few times, we learned to solve the problem ourselves with our bare & dirty hands .

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 100 channels on cable, no DVD movies, no surround stereo, no IPOD's, no cellphones, no computers, no Internet, no chat rooms, and no Friendsters, Facebook. MSN etc. ....... ...WE HAD REAL FRIENDS and we went outside to actually talk and play with them! TV viewing was a treat, kilala mo ba si Popeye, Gumby, Betty Boop & followed the bouncing ball in Melody Tunes? That was karaoke then, LOL!

We climbed walls and trees (to get aratiles and catch salagubang & tutubi - tied them on the neck with a string), fell out of trees, got cut or "bukol", broke bones and teeth and there were no stupid lawsuits from these accidents. The only rubbing we get is from our friends with the words..masakit ba ? pero pag galit yung kalaro mo,,,,ang sasabihin sa iyo..beh buti nga !

We played marbles (jolens) in the dirt , washed our hands just a little and ate dirty ice cream, fish balls & inihaw na baga. We were not afraid of getting sick or germs in our stomachs.

We had to live with homemade guns, gawa sa kahoy, tinali ng rubberband , sumpit , tirador at kung ano ano pa na puedeng makasakitan, pero masaya pa rin ang lahat. We made up games with sticks (syatong), and cans (tumbang preso) and although we were told they were dangerous, wala naman tayong binulag o napatay..... paminsan minsan may nabubukulan lang.

We walked a lot, rode bikes, or took tricycles to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them to jump out the window!

Mini basketball teams had tryouts and not everyone made to the team. Those who didn't pass had to learn to deal with the disappointment. Wala iyang mga childhood depression at damaged self esteem ek-ek na yan. Ang pikon, talo.

Ang magulang ay nandoon lang para tingnan kung ayos lang ang mga bata, hindi para makialam at makipag-away sa ibang parents.

That generation of ours has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, creative thinkers and successful professionals ever! They are the CEO's, Engineers, Doctors and Military Generals of today.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had failure, success, and responsibility. We learned from our mistakes the hard way.

You might want to share this with others who've had the luck to grow up as real kids. We were lucky indeed.

And if you like, forward it to your kids too, so they will know how brave their parents were.

PS - The big letters are because your eyes may not be able to read this if they were typed any smaller (at your age!)

Di ba masayang gunitain ang nakaraan?


Our guest bathroom faucet is dripping and I haven't called the plumber yet. The drip is not that bad yet, and I think it can still wait but I'm afraid it'll get worse if I don't act soon. I know it's bad because we are wasting water, and our bill is sure to go up but it's just not on top of my priority at the moment. Besides, I want to try and fix it myself when I have the time. I'll probably just replace the entire faucet. I have some hidden talents you know.