Friday, December 9, 2011

Rachel Crow's Survival Song "I'd Rather Be Blind"

Rachel Crow sang so well last night, with much gusto and emotion for her rendition of "I'd Rather Be Blind" by Etta James. I was really impressed that she has remained in the competition after all the eliminations. Though I was also shocked of the ending. My heart goes out to her for her loss. 13 is still a very young age to be rejected, yet it was a risk and better accept at 13 than at 31, they say. As of this time though, I'm hopeful for her and happy that there's been news that Disney wants to sign her! Way to go, Rachel Crow! This is not the end, but the beginning!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Music Monday - Endless Love

Most memorable song, also much loved by most of my hopelessly romantic friends and a few nephews and nieces. :) The song is so touching, and makes me wishful indeed.

Endless Love was an old movie way back in the early 80's, which I was able to see during 1986 at a local moviehouse in our province. It's a movie that I watched 3 times that week, I guess. First, awed by Brooke Shields Pretty Baby's beauty - who in my book - has the prettiest face ever; Second, getting goosebumps by the love Martin Hewitt and Brooke portrayed on screen; Third, having my own personally intense feelings of being in love with love itself. Ask me why, perhaps those feelings were taken from all the tv shows and movies I watched as an adolescent - during the tumultous times in my life.

As I look back now, yah, now that I'm almost 40, does such love ever exist? Or does that kind of love fade after many years? Where is indeed the first love, if the foundation has been topsy-turvy from the start? Thanks to this movie, I'm looking back to what once was, how I tried to find it before and how I found it at last. I pray, may the peace, love, harmony and happiness live again! I dedicate this song to all the romantics - err, and especially the hopeless romantics!

Endless Love

My love,
There’s only you in my life
The only thing that’s bright

My first love,
You’re every breath that I take
You’re every step I make

And i
I want to share
All my love with you
No one else will do...

And your eyes
Your eyes, your eyes
They tell me how much you care
Ooh yes, you will always be
My endless love

Two hearts,
Two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun

I’ll hold you close in my arms
I can’t resist your charms

And love
Oh, love
I’ll be a fool
For you,
I’m sure
You know I don’t mind
Oh, you know I don’t mind

’cause you,
You mean the world to me
I know
I know
I’ve found in you
My endless love

Boom, boom
Boom, boom, boom, boom, booom
Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom

Oooh, and love
Oh, love
I’ll be that fool
For you,
I’m sure
You know I don’t mind
Oh you know-
I don’t mind

And, yes
You’ll be the only one
’cause no one can deny
This love I have inside
And I’ll give it all to you
My love
My love, my love
My endless love

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Doing Your Christmas Shopping The Day After Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving is commonly referred to as “Black Friday”. This day is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the years and for many it signifies the first day of Christmas shopping. While the term black Friday was originally used to represent the day in which retailers returned to profitability, many who work in the retail industry use this term as a way to describe the crowds and chaos which accompany Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Also consumers expect significant sales to go along with the large crowds which flock to stores.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Preparations

Almost every country and every culture celebrates a day of giving thanks. In America it began over 400 years ago and was celebrated in the form of a feast within the original colonies. But, that does not mean that everyone celebrates Thanksgiving Day the same way; as the traditions of one country may be completely different than those in another.

For example, in the country of Greece they do give thanks, but it is a 9 day harvest festival dedicated to the goddess of agriculture, Demeter. They also engage in other activities after the harvest. For example, all married women build huts made from plants and leaves and then decorate the interior with cushions. They continue into the second day with fasting and then on the third day they host Thanksgiving in their own way, by presenting a big feast complete with meats, sweets, nuts and fruit.

Thanksgiving Day in China was first celebrated during the full moon that appeared during the eighth month on the fifteenth day, as per the Chinese calendar. They would celebrate it by making moon shaped pastries to exchange with each other, as they considered this the moon’s birthday, and followed it up with the less traditional Thanksgiving dinner of fruit and ham. In England they celebrate the harvest festival during either late September or early October, followed by a church service and prayer.

In Egypt, they celebrate Thanksgiving by paying honor to Min, the god of fertility and the harvest. Originally celebrated during the spring, the time when they harvest their crops, they would pretend to cry while harvesting so that the god would not be upset with them for taking it. The history of Thanksgiving Day in Canada dates back to 1578, and is also a celebration of thanks and family gatherings, and is held on the second Monday in October. Cerelia was a harvest festival that the Romans celebrated to honor the goddess of grains, Ceres. This festival was always held on the 4th of October and the fruits of the harvest and roasted pigs were offered to Ceres. The celebration continued with a parade, music, sports and games and, of course, a huge feast.

Although many people agree that the original intent of Thanksgiving in North America was to take one day to give thanks for a good harvest and good life, now many believe that Thanksgiving Day is more about spending time with loved ones; by giving thanks and being with your friends and family in order to celebrate the day and time of year. Most also feel that it really does not matter what each country chooses to call it as long as time is taken to give thanks and spend time with those that they care about.



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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Winter Dreaming


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Keeping Your Teens and Tweens In The Holiday Spirit

Young children anticipate Christmas with wide eyed wonder, but how do you keep your teens excited over the Holidays? The belief in Santa has long passed, but kids are never too old to experience and share the Holiday Spirit. Teenagers naturally break away from the family and assert their independence. Let them use their self-expression and independent nature to add to this year’s celebration.

Engage in Church Events – As busy as you are at home, the church can always use an extra pair of hands during Christmas. Teens, who enjoy the arts or have good organization skills, can help with one of the Church productions. Whether it is helping organize the Christmas potluck, assisting with the kids’ choir concert, or helping making costumes for the nativity play teens can use their talents to engage.

Donate clothes – Teens are still finding out who they are. As a result, they try on different styles and looks while they figure out how to accurately express themselves. One of the most popular gifts for teens is apparel or money they usually use on to enhance their wardrobe. They can use this opportunity to go through their closet and pull out whatever they no longer want or need. Let them pack everything up and donate the rest to charity.
Volunteer – Teenagers have the habit of being self-absorbed, even during the Holidays. Volunteering will help teens take the focus off of themselves and contemplate a greater purpose. There are many charities to choose from. They can work at a soup kitchen, volunteer with a kids group or help at an animal shelter. Making a difference will increase their self-esteem and make them much more positive and thankful.

Put Them in Charge – Include your teens by showing them you appreciate their taste and trust their judgment. Make them completely responsible for a special Christmas project. Let them put together all the Christmas music to play during the festivities or plan the games for the Christmas Eve party. Put them in charge of designing this year’s Christmas card. Whatever you chose they will play an integral role in the celebration.

Help Younger Siblings – Teenagers may not experience the same excitement for Christmas activities that they did when they were younger, but they can enjoy them in a new way. Plan for them to take their younger siblings to the mall and shop for the parent gifts. Teens can also help them make personalized Christmas ornaments or help bake the cookies while the younger ones decorate. This way they can take a lead role in the activities.

Share Story time- Christmas is a time for caring and sharing. Pour two mugs of hot chocolate and have meaningful conversation with your teen. Tell them about a personal childhood Christmas story you never told your teen. Start the conversation then sit back and listen. Ask them about the first Christmas they remember, what they plan to do with their friends during Christmas vacation, and what traditions they would like to continue when they have their own families. It is a great way to build a family bond, share traditions and cultivate the Christmas spirit.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pacquiao Vs. Marquez This Sunday November 12!

The country is once again excited to watch the Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 this Sunday, November 12, 2011 Time: 9PM Eastern Time or 6 PM Pacific Time.

We are hoping and praying for Manny Pacquiao's another victory in his boxing rematch with Juan Miguel Marquez. May the pound-for-pound boxer win again, may there be another victory for Manny in this Pacquiao Vs. Marquez 3 bout!

Surely this match will stop time in the Philippines this Sunday, where the streets will be almost bare and the Filipino people will keep their eyes glued to the boxing match on television. And most of you Pinoy netizens would subscribe to Pacquiao Vs. Marquez 3 video live-streaming to watch it. Wah, I sure wish we have cable TV or we could get a pay-per-view offer to watch the Pacquiao Vs. Marquez 3 live telecast. I heard from my hubby and my son that watching Manny Pacquiao's fight live in the ring is filled with cheers and excitement, how I wish I could experience it someday too!

God bless Manny, may you make our country proud again!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Congratulations To The Philippines' Miss World Pageant First Runner-Up!

Our country the Philippines is again cheering for our Miss World Pageant candidate Gwendoline Ruais for winning First Runner-up in the recent Miss World Pageant 2011 in London, UK.

Seems that the Philippines' bets are getting better and better in each international beauty pageant. Gwendoline Ruais now joins the Philippines' representatives like Shamcey Supsup, Venus Raj andCarlene Aguilar in making our country proud!

I also congratulate the Miss World Pageant 2011 winner from Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, whom I think has a striking resemblance to Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria. I am awed as well especially reading her life story as an orphan. A very much deserved congratulations to you too, Miss World!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Amish Recipes - 65 Tried and Tested Recipes

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Thanksgiving and Christmas is quite so near and planning meals for the coming holidays are on the way. I'm sharing this traditional 65 Tried and Tested Amish Recipes which hopefully may help you in planning the holiday meals. These recipes are mostly done from scratch, yet you may improvise or alter as needed.

Here are a few ones... Enjoy!

1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
2 lg. eggs
1/2 c. milk
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda (place in the milk)
1 (12 oz.) bag chocolate chips or butterscotch chips
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and milk with soda. Mix together
and add baking powder. Gradually add flour and stir well. Stir in chocolate
chips or butterscotch chips. Place on a greased cookie sheet about 1
teaspoon of dough. Bake at 400 degrees until the edge is lightly brown.

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1 c. oats
1 1/4 c. boiling water
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
TOPPING (use on warm cake):
5 tbsp. oleo
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. milk
Mix oats and boiling water; let stand 20 minutes. Cream together
shortening, sugar, eggs, vanilla and add cooled oats with dry ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Boil 7 minutes. Add 1/2 cup coconut
and 1/2 cup nuts.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Ghost Story Of 2003 Hammersmith London


Switch on the tv these days and you wil find most shows and human interest segments featuring ghost stories or halloween-ish topics. leading videocd rental stores also feature horror and suspense movies on their shelves. You can bet on my children -and hubby too - of renting those movies despite my protests.

To be very honest, I'm a teeny-weeny bit scared too of encounters like that. I never was a fan of scary movies as a child. Thank God I've never experienced seeing one - or i would really scream out loud and go nuts! I heard you can go "mental hospital -crazy" when you see one!

But I've experienced odd encounters before- only fleeting visions that resemble white light or just thin air. I won't even realize at that time until hours later that it was a spook. I usually encounter those incidents in my house or in a place I frequent - a light suddenly shuts off, a faucet turns on, a white spirit just passing by to go under the stairs, glasses moving for a toast (no, I'm not kidding , although THAT is funny). If I remember any more I'll leave it as an answer to a comment later.

My most odd experience occured when I worked as a salon receptionist in London in 2003. It happenned at the Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith where you can find Skinsense Salon.

A tired-looking lady dressed up in a scrubsuit, er, hospital gown- came in to book for a massage. I still remember her name. It was Alpa Dodia Zidane, kind of unusual. She asked for an appointment slot in two days because she says she will be needing a massage that bad.

Good that I found her a vacant hour in two days. As is required, I asked for her contact number. She just looked at me clueless so I quickly added that we need it to contact her for any cancellations or rescheduling. She went, "Okay, if that happens just call me on 5th floor South wing. They know me there." Always to please and not wanting to upset customers, I just took note of it and said "Ok, thanks, see you then..."

Her scheduled appointment came, she didn't show up. So I called on the hospital switchboard to connect me to 5th floor. Her name wasn't on their roster. The 5th floor receptionist whom I phoned asked me if I was sure she worked there, so I quoted the client's exact words "They know me there."

"That's odd." she said, "Wait, could you come up here to 5th floor south wing, please."

I went, took the lift to 5th floor. But hey, I was with two other people on the lift going to 5th but the blasted thing took us all the way up to 11th floor and back to where we wanted to go. I thought to myself, seems to be malfunctioning.

Finally met the receptionist on 5th. She was actually smiling at me. "Oh, I found her name on the roster. She doesn't work here, she was admitted last week and released two days ago" What! I frowned, impolite of her not to cancel, she must pay a cancellation fee for this. I asked, "Is that so? Where can I contact her, do you have a number?"

The lady smiled, ", you don't understand - she died two days ago when she booked with your salon" Say what? er...

Waah! I'm not taking that lift anymore! I'll just take the stairs, thank you!

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Pulled your leg, didn't I? Of course the story isn't true! I was just kidding as one of my old old pranks in 2004, but the story was close! Yet it was made up out of the salon small jokes when clients don't show up :))

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Scary Stories That Scare Our Friend

It's Halloween time soon, not that we celebrate this event. All we do is only clean-up our ancestor's grave and off we go.


I could make a wild guess that our Mikey Bustos look-a-like friend from LIWAWA CLUB- Troy De Venecia is hiding under the blanket when Halloween comes. (He's the guy in the middle, with him is my hubby on the left and our friend, Cirilo, on the right)

He is a regular fellow most times. A jolly person who cracks silly jokes and a generous man who gives his time to help others. At nighttime, however, he has his limits. He goes out at night, alright, can even stay out late until the wee hours of the morning. But there's this one thing that sends him home....

It was in December 2004 when I first found out his weakness. It was a time when we usually practiced caroling in the evenings 'til it was quite late (10:00 PM in the barrio). The third night we were done with practice and about to adjourn the meeting, his close friends Boryong and Cirilo went: "Troy,we have a very wonderful story..... listen to this... one night in a place not far away..." they would trail off.

At this juncture, without even listening to the story Troy would hurry off to go home and yell: "Bad trip naman kayo, ayoko ng kwentong ganyan!" You're bad trip, I don't like your stories!

Hurriedly he would ride on his bike and speed home faster than you can say his full name. See below, that box on the top right corner is his place, ours is the lowest box on the left. See how far he bikes with his eyes closed!

And so it has been the group's habit of teasing him about his fear of ghost stories. Sometimes they would joke that we tie Troy to a chair and tell him our medley of horror stories until we can't think of anymore! Ouch!

I once asked my hubby about that. Being the know-it-all, hubby tells me it's those goosebumps they feel that really scares people. Feels like a spirit is hovering nearby. eww, yikes!

I'd like to share some stories to Troy, just to let him know it's just one of those things you can laugh at. Oh yeah, I told him a story before and he listened - ha-ha, because it was daytime! I asked him, "Takot ka?" Scared? He even joked back, "Anong multo, haharapin ko!" What ghost, I'll face him! naks!

Anyways, here is what I would like to share with him if given a chance. Fear is a normal reaction but it is bad if it remains in your heart. Or if it keeps on coming back to you. There are two bible verses that changed my thinking of fear.

It was Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

and 2 Timothy 1:7 "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE,and of a SOUND MIND."

Just these two verses for me to meditate on, renewed my mind. Used to be a very fearful person, fear crippled me in my daily activities. Gradually I overcame my imagined fear and moved on.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Aurora Borealis



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Is Freelance Employment The Right One For You?

Freelance employment: Do you have what it takes?

More people are finding freelance employment aside from their regular day jobs. They leave the security of their regular employment to move on to the challenges of freelance employment. Freelancing has become a career choice for many who people who enjoy the benefits that it offers. Freelancers often attribute their interest to freelance employment to the following factors:

* Wider range of job opportunities;
* Fast turnaround of projects;
* More freedom to choose projects of choice;
* More flexibility to work on different jobs on a simultaneous basis; and
* High income rates

Do you have what it takes to go freelance? Before you take the plunge and begin the journey of working at home, read through the following steps and tricks.

1. Determine the amount of money that you’ll need to earn to sustain your expenses. If you have a day job now, you will be saving a great deal of money once you make your shift to freelance employment. If you begin to work at home, you will save a lot of money from commuting, food, taxes, and more.

2. Take a self-assessment test and list all your skills and experiences. Include your hobbies and interests too, as doing this will determine what types of freelance jobs you can take on. Do you keep a personal website? Then perhaps you can on freelance web design. Do you keep a personal blog? Then you can take on writing jobs. If you know how to do searches in the internet then you can write about any topic that may be given to you.

3. Visit internet web sites offering freelance jobs to see what jobs are currently offered. Take notes and keep a list of these jobs. You should also be on the lookout for companies and organizations that use freelancers for their projects. Look at how much they pay freelancers and take note of the different rates they offer for different projects. Keep a list of these important details as they will surely help you later in estimating how much you should charge for any given project.

4. From the notes you have gathered, try to create an estimate costing of the projects you have identified should the projects be given to you. Keep in mind the number of days given to the projects you have identified. When you have done this, you will be able to see how much you could potentially earn.

5. After doing all of the above, you can now start applying for the freelance jobs that you have identified. These jobs will help you earn some amount that you can later use after quitting you day job.

6. Once you have confirmed that the projects have been awarded to you, use a table to plot specific data about them. Write down all the information about these projects such as contact persons and their contact details and number of days to complete the projects.

7. As you begin freelance work, you will start to feel the flow of freelance employment. Bear in mind that you will not get all the projects that you want so you should apply for different jobs. However, be careful when taking on several jobs. Remember that you should not take on more jobs than you could handle.

8. You are now ready to quit your day job when you have developed an effective system of doing freelance work. But since you are doing freelance work, you should be able to track your jobs and their payment schedules.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Room Wish List



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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Music Monday - Be Magnified

Time for Music Monday once again, and a time to go back doing my life's purpose. It's been quite a long while since I posted any entry nor commented on fellow bloggers' sites. But I'm back and will catch up with you all.

This song I'm contributing for this Music Monday echoes my thoughts this week in this chaotic world. This song reminds me, nothing is too difficult for the Lord. Absolutely nothing!

Happy Music Monday and blessings to you, my friends!

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Music Monday - Power Of Love

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

The book opens with Greg Heffley saying how bad his life is, with middle school, and his dysfunctional family, and his best friend Rowley Jefferson, whom Greg worries about, and the moldy cheese out of the blacktop, telling once, a kid named Darren Walsh touched it, and it started a link called the "Cheese Touch."

Greg faces many hardships, including Halloween. As Greg and Rowley, go Trick-or-Treating, teenagers chase them and they barely escape when they get to Greg's grandma's house and make monkey noises at them its all good until they get home and Greg's dad throws water at them and water soaks their candy

Greg and Rowley's friendship is starting to fall apart. Greg invents a game where one person would throw a football to make the other fall off the Big Wheel, A gift Rowley got for Christmas, however when Rowley falls off ,he breaks his arm. Greg is jealous of the attention Rowley is getting. Rowley is also framed for scaring kindergardeners, when it was Greg wearing Rowley's coat. When Greg confesses, Greg is kicked out, and Rowley is promoted. Rowley also declares himself the owner of a comic strip, Zoo-Wee-Mama, that was created by Greg and Rowley, but Greg drops out to make his own comic strip. The two stop being friends.

Greg and Rowley get into a fight at the blacktop, when the teenagers from Halloween come, and grab Greg and Rowley. They make Rowley eat the cheese, and are to make Greg do it too, but Greg finds a way out. When they go away, when people notice the cheese is gone Greg lies and says he threw it away this gives Greg the Cheese Touch. Greg and Rowley becomes friends again, and Greg even says the good advantages of having the Cheese Touch.

Source: Wikipedia


Friday, September 16, 2011

Water For Elephants

The story is told as a series of memories by Jacob Jankowski, a "ninety or ninety-three year-old" man who lives in a nursing home. Jacob is told what to eat and what to do.

As the memories begin, Jacob Jankowski is a twenty-three year old Polish American preparing for his final exams as a Cornell University veterinary student when he receives the news that his parents were killed in a car accident. Jacob’s father was a veterinarian and Jacob had planned to join his practice. When Jacob learns that his father was deeply in debt because he had been treating animals for free and had mortgaged the family home to provide Jacob an Ivy League education, he has a breakdown and leaves school just short of graduation. In the dark of night, he jumps on a train only to learn it is a circus train belonging to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. When the owner of the circus, Uncle Al, learns of his training as a vet, he is hired to care for the circus animals. This consequently leads Jacob to share quarters with a dwarf named Walter (who is known as Kinko to the circus) and his dog Queenie. A few weeks later Jacob is summoned to take a look at Camel, an old man who, after drinking Jamaican ginger extract for many years, can't move his arms or legs. Fearing Camel will be "red-lighted" (referring to the practice of throwing circus workers off a moving train as either punishment or as severance from the circus to avoid paying wages) he hides him in his room.

The head trainer, August, is a brutal man who abuses the animals in his care (such as the new elephant Rosie) and the people around him. Alternately, he can be utterly charming. Jacob develops a guarded relationship with August and his wife, Marlena, with whom Jacob falls in love. August is suspicious of their relationship and beats Marlena and Jacob. Marlena subsequently leaves August and stays at a hotel while she's not performing. Uncle Al then informs Jacob that August is a paranoid schizophrenic and then utters a threat: reunite August and Marlena as a happily married couple or Walter and Camel get red-lighted.

A few days later after discovering that August has tried to see Marlena, Jacob visits her in her hotel room. Soon after he comforts her however, the couple sleep together and then eventually declare their love for each other. Marlena soon returns to the circus to perform (and also to have secret meetings with Jacob), but refuses to have August near her, which makes Uncle Al furious.

One night Jacob climbs up and jumps each car, while the train is moving, to August's room, carrying a knife between his teeth intending to kill August. However, Jacob backs out and returns to his car, only to find no one there but Queenie. He then realizes that Walter and Camel were red-lighted and Jacob himself was supposed to be too.

As the story climaxes, several circus workers who were red-lighted off the train come back and release the animals causing a stampede during the performance.

In the ensuing panic, Rosie the Elephant takes a stake and drives it into August's head. His body is then trampled. Jacob was the only one who saw what truly happened to August. As a result of this incident, which occurred during a circus performance, the circus is shut down. Soon after, Uncle Al's body is found with a makeshift garrote around his neck. Marlena and Jacob leave, along with several circus animals (Rosie, Queenie and others), and begin their life together.

Ninety-three year old Jacob is waiting for his family to take him to the circus. It is revealed that Jacob and Marlena married and had 5 children spending the first seven years at the circus before Jacob got a job as a vet for a Chicago zoo. Marlena is revealed to have died a few years before Jacob was put into a nursing home. After finding out no one is coming for him, elderly Jacob goes to the circus on his own. He soon meets the manager Charlie and begs to be allowed to accompany the circus by selling tickets. Charlie agrees and Jacob believes he has finally come home.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

It's September 13 and it's Roald Dahl's birthday!

I am a huge fan of Roald Dahl's movies like "Matilda" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Unfortunately, I have not been blessed with reading his books during my younger years, though I've listened to the songs of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in 1979. I just happened to learn when I chanced upon a book in a bookshop that the movies were actually stories by Roald Dahl!

My most loved and recommended movie to watch is Matilda. Please find the trailer below...

Sharing a few ebooks by Roald Dahl...


James And The Giant Peach

The Enormous Crocodile

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Twits

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Music Monday - Too Young

Can't say much why I'm sentimental with this. I need just a little push to get up each day despite an illness that seems to cling to me. Oh no, nothing major just a low resistance to infection I think. You know me, stubborn and won't go to a doctor. The thought of the blood pressure monitor scares me and drives me insane. But I'm well now, thanks to water therapy and music :)

I'd like to share this other 1986 favorite song that's so close to my heart. (Yes, same with "With You All The Way") It's by Jack Wagner who also popularized "All I Need" among others. Back to the 80s again today!

Happy MM, everyone!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Classic Christmas Carols


Who can forget the timeless melodies of Christmas. From traditional, to fun, to "cuddle up by the fire" songs, I have a few gathered Christmas music to share. Click to download a few of my favorite Christmas Carols, from the oldies to the recent.

Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Nat King Cole)

O Holy Night by Perry Como

Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley

Silver Bells by Katy Smith

Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

Mary's Boy Child

The Little Drummer Boy

Feliz Navidad

Bells Will Be Ringing by Eagles

Christmas Carol (Home Alone Soundtrack)

Silent Night by Carpenters

Sleigh Ride by Carpenters

The Christmas Song by Carpenters

O Tannenbaum ( Oh Christmas Tree) Vienna Boys Choir

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry

Jingle Bells Jim Reeves

Silent Night by Jim Reeves

Jingle Bell Rock

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (Home Alone Soundtrack) - Johnny Mathis

Winter Wonderland- Silver Bells by Carpenters

Carol Of The Bells (Home Alone Soundtrack)

I hope you enjoy listening just as much as I do, I will try to add more next time :)

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Music Monday - Can't We Try

I'm back again for this week's MM, I sure missed it during my busy week before.

This duet by Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard is a favorite during the quiet, sentimental moments especially when I just happen to tune in to the radio late at night. A classic from the 80's and another song with lyrics that I know by heart.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Colorquiz - For Nothing Better To Do While I'm Sick Christinchen took the free personality test!

"Seeks to be known for something she has accomplish..."

Click here to read the rest of the results.

Yeah, so that's just what I did this afternoon on my 3rd day of illness from a combo of cough and colds. I took this scientifically trusted quiz, and true enough, it gave an accurate analysis that I am physically unwell. My sons read the rest of it and laughed out loud!

Friday, August 5, 2011

My Hubby's Father In The Hospital

My apologies to everyone of you my visitors as I've been pre-occupied lately, sorting some matters with my hubby's stepmother about his father who is in Vancouver General Hospital admitted for COPD complications. It wasn't only that after all but that his medical results also showed that he has Stage 4 Liver Cancer. So most of our time is in giving attention to provide speedy communication with siblings and other things, but that's another matter to deal with.

Thankfully, doctor's professional fees and hospital charges are covered because during the early years when they migrated to Canada, they were able to apply for low cost health insurance. Government statistics show that more than 40 million people do not have low cost health insurance. Health care prices are rapidly and continuously going up and many people cannot even afford basic health care insurance.

Low cost health insurance are programs that offer health insurance policies at a much lower price. Students, the unemployed, low-income families and new migrants are the best candidates for such low cost health insurance. These people can choose from a list of low cost health insurance policies that offer coverage at a minimal price. These low cost health insurances offer low premiums compared to the other health insurance programs. Although not expensive, the plan should fit the individual's needs. The low cost health insurance plan should also offer protection against major illnesses such as cancer and diabetes.

The most important advantage of this low cost health insurance program is the cost. It surely gave them the security during the early years until such time that they also purchased a comprehensive health insurance from a leading insurance provider in Canada.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thanks To This Month's Entrecard Droppers


August has just arrived and I would like to thank my blog's regular visitors and entrecard droppers this month of August. My sincerest thanks also goes to the top ten droppers with their links below...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Music Monday - With You All The Way

I'm combining this Music Monday post with my Chriss Retro favorites today.

With You All The Way by The New Edition is one of my most-loved songs to listen to. I guess I know every word, every lyric and emotion that comes with it by now. It was rated a few times as most played song in the summer of '86 at our local radio station (hmm, now I remember 104.7 DWON as well).

Great start this month of August, Happy MM to all!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Steps To A Better You

I seem to lost count on how many times I've read and heard of celebrity marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don't), it seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living the fairytale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we all have to stop sticking our heads in the clouds and face reality.

There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem despite of how trivial it could get. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of self.

So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Here are some of the things you can think and improve on that should be enough for a week.

1. Know your purpose
Are you wandering through life with little direction - hoping that you'll find happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time.

This may seem tricky at first when you see yourself to be in a tight or even dead end. But there's always that little loophole to turn things around and you can make a big difference to yourself.

2. Know your values
What do you value most? Make a list of your top 5 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals for the year -
check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn't
align with any of your top five values - you may want to
reconsider it or revise it.

The number shouldn't discourage you, instead it should
motivate you to do more than you can ever dreamed of.

3. Know your needs
Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Take care
of yourself. Do you have a need to be acknowledged, to be right,
to be in control, to be loved? There are so many people who
lived their lives without realizing their dreams and most of them
end up being stressed or even depressed for that matter.
List your top four needs and get them met before it's too late!

4. Know your passions
You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles
like doubt and lack of enthusiasm will only hinder you, but will not
derail your chance to become the person you ought to be.
Express yourself and honor the people who has inspired you
to become the very person you wanted to be.

5. Live from the inside out
Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly
reflecting in silence. Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to
quiet your distracted mind. For most of us city slickers it's hard
to even find the peace and quiet we want even in our own home.
In my case I often just sit in a dimly lit room and play some
classical music. There's sound, yes, but music does soothe
the savage beast.

6. Honor your strengths
What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have?
List three - if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help
identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands?
Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths. You can increase
your self-confidence when you can share what you know to

7. Serve others
When you live authentically, you may find that you develop
an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to
who you are, living your purpose and giving of your talents to
the world around you, you give back in service what you came
to share with others -your spirit - your essence. The rewards for
sharing your gift with those close to you is indeed rewarding,
much more if it were to be the eyes of a stranger who can
appreciate what you have done to them.

Self-improvement is indeed one type of work that is worth it. It
shouldn't always be within the confines of an office building, or
maybe in the four corners of your own room. The difference lies
within ourselves and how much we want to change for the

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Pink Room


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