22 June, 2009

When God created Fathers

June 21 of this year was dedicated in honoring all father's. I just want to share with you this non-fiction work by Erma Bombeck. This is a very heartwarming story and I dedicate this to my father.

When the good Lord was creating Fathers he started with a tall frame.

And a female angel nearby said, "What kind of Father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put fathers up so high? He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping."

And God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him child size, who would children have to look up to?"

And when God made a Father's hands, they were large and sinewy.

And the angel shook her head sadly and said, "Do you know what you're doing? Large hands are clumsy. They can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats."

And God smiled and said, "I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets at the end of a day...yet small enough to cup a child's face in his hands."

And then God moulded long, slim legs and broad shoulders.

And the angel nearly had a heart attack. "Boy, this is the end of the week, all right," she clucked. "Do you realize you just made a Father without a lap? How is he going to pull a child close to him without the kid falling between his legs?"

And God smiled and said, "A mother needs a lap. A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, balance a boy on a bicycle, and hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus."

God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had every seen when the angel could contain herself no longer.

"That's not fair. Do you honestly think those large boats are going to dig out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a small birthday party without crushing at least three of the guests?"

And God smiled and said, "They'll work. You'll see. They'll support a small child who wants to ride a horse to Banbury Cross, or scare off mice at the summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill."

God worked throughout the night, giving the Father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that saw everything, but remained calm and tolerant.

Finally, almost as an afterthought, he added tears.

Then he turned to the angel and said, "Now, are you satisfied that he can love as much as a Mother?"

The angel said nothing more.

Sources: Bella Online

19 June, 2009


Happy Father's Day to all the responsible, loving dad's of this world. Same greeting goes to the single mom's who took the responsibility of being both a mom and a dad to their kids.

Here is a wonderful gift that can be prepared for father's day .

Fill a jar with Hersheys Hugs and Kisses. Take one pair of new sports socks and one pair of gloves (gardening gloves, work gloves, etc.) Tack the socks together toe to toe. This makes a pair of arms. Tack one glove to the the open end of each of the socks. Now you have arms and hands. Wrap the arms and hands around the jar a couple of times, crossing the hands at the front and tack together.

Attach this poem:
If all these Kisses aren't enough,
There's two hands to help with garden stuff.
If all these hugs don't work their charm,
There's two arms to help keep you warm.
If this gift doesn't show how much we care,
We have REAL hugs & kisses to share!

source: Morning Glow

11 June, 2009

I love books

I love reading and collecting books. A visit to a mall won’t be complete without at least passing by a bookstore. I love visiting second-hand bookstores. If you happen to pass by one and you see somebody on her hands and knees browsing the books on the bottom shelf, that most probably is me. Seldom do I leave without purchasing anything. Most of the time, I go home with a “good find”. I consider a book a “good find” if it only cost 10% of its original price and written by one of my favorite authors.

To know more about the books that I have and the books that I’d love to have in my collection, look for me in Shelfari.com

To know more about shelfari, read my previous post.
photo credit: Britgo.org

10 June, 2009


This was forwarded to me by a friend. Hope this brings a huge smile on your face.

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1.. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2.. Mostly to clean the house.
3.. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1.. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2.. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3.. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1.. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2.. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1.. We're related.
2.. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1.. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2.. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3.. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1.. His last name.
2.. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3.. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1.. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot
2.. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3.. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1.. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2.. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3.. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1.. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2.. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3.. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4.. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1.. Mothers don't do spare time.
2.. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1.. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2.. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1.. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2.. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3.. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

23 people, positive with Influenza A (H1N1) TODAY!

This is getting scarier by the minute. 23 new cases of A (H1N1) were reported today. The Philippines now has a record breaking 77 cases, the most in Asia. DOH official's said that this is due to our government’s "very good surveillance system and transparency in reporting".

As I have said in my previous post, my son's school moved the first day of classes from June 10 to June 16. But due to these disturbing developments, I am thinking of not letting my son attend the first week of classes. If you have been following the news lately, a lot of the confirmed cases were reported by schools on the first day of classes.

I'm sure the people infected with the disease went on with their daily activities before being quarantined. Did any of them go to Megamall while I was there? Did anybody with swine flu symptoms used the MRT while I was on it on my way to work? Those are the questions that might be running on your mind right now.

It won’t help us and our family if we panic. This is the time that we should take care of our health more. We should exercise more, drink our multivitamins, drink lots of water and take care of our hygiene.

For more information on how to stop the spread of the disease, read a previous post from my other blog.

Sources: Inquirer

05 June, 2009

US Pres. Obama meets his twin

President Obama visited one of Egypt’s most famous landmarks, the Great Pyramids of Giza, after delivering a major speech aimed at Muslims around the world. The great pyramid is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.The President was led around by Dr. Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the supreme council of antiquities. He also explained to Pres. Obama the history outside and inside the pyramids.

“That looks like me! Look at those ears!”, the President said while looking at a hieroglyphic on one of the tombs. Dr. Hawass went on to explain to the President and his entourage the history of the tomb of Kar, who was a priest, a scholar and a judge.

When his aides descended into the tomb, Obama went back over and showed them his ear-y twin, sparking laughs.


Lemon cookies

Lemon cookies
Liz Scott

• 1 pkg. lemon cake mix
• 2 c. (small carton) frozen whipped topping
• 1 egg or 2 egg whites
• Lemon juice

1. Mix all of the ingredients together.
2. Form the dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar.
3. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Be careful not to overbake.

You can refrigerate the dough to make it easier to form into balls and roll in powdered sugar.

Who is Liz Scott?

Cookies worth $13,000

One of the guests in The Today show this morning is Liz Scott, mother to a girl named Alex. Alex Scott battled neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, before her first birthday until she died in 2004 at the age of 8.

Alex was a determined, courageous, confident and inspiring child with big dreams and big accomplishments. After she received a stem transplant the day after her 4th birthday, she said to her mother that she wants to have a lemonade stand so that she can give money to the hospital to help them find a cure. Later that year, her first lemonade stand raised $2,000 for childhood cancer research.

After she passed away, her family continued her inspiring legacy through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. People from all over the world held their own lemonade stands and donated the proceeds to her foundation. Alex’s mother, has raised additional funds by auctioning off her lemon cookies. This year, the cookies raised $13,000 on the eve of what would have been Alex’s 13th birthday.

Isn't this a very inspiring story?

To know more about Alex and the foundation, check out Alex's Lemonade Stand and The Today Show.

Do you want to try out Liz Scott's cookie recipe? Of course you do! Click here.

Manny Pacquiao is #57

Our very own pound-for-pound champion, Manny Pacquiao, is #57 in Forbes' 2009 Celebrity 100 list. A celebrity's power is measured based on Forbes' formula, earnings and fame. Forbes Senior Editor Matthew Miller said that looking at the components of fame and earnings shows who's important and who's not.

Angelina Jolie, grabbed the #1 slot as the "most powerful celebrity in the world". My favorite Oprah Winfrey, who was at the top for the past two years, is #2. Oprah grossed $275 million last year, 10 times earnings more than Angelina. But Angelina's fame outweighed Oprah's by being on about 20 - 30 times more magazine covers, as well as TV, radio, newspaper and web stories.

Here is Forbes' Top Ten

1. Angelina Jolie.
2. Oprah Winfrey.
3. Madonna.
4. Beyonce Knowles.
5. Tiger Woods.
6. Bruce Springsteen.
7. Steven Spielberg.
8. Jennifer Aniston.
9. Brad Pitt.
10. Kobe Bryant.

Check out the complete list of The 2009 Celebrity 100 at Forbes website.

04 June, 2009

UP Naming Mahal

This is the university hymn of The University of the Philippines, my dear Alma Mater. The melody was written by Nicanor Abellardo, an alumnus and former faculty member of the College of Music. The original English lyrics (entitled as "U.P. Beloved") was from a poem by Teogenes Velez, a Liberal Arts student. The song, “UP Beloved,” was first sung before a UP audience in 1917. And from then on it has been a party of all UP activities.
U.P. naming mahal
Pamantasang hirang
Ang tinig namin
Sana’y inyong dinggin
Malayong lupain
Amin mang marating
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin
Luntian at pula
Sagisag magpakailanman
Ating ipagdiwang bulwagan ng dangal
Humayo’t itanghal, giting at tapang
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan

sources: Wikipedia UP Centennial

03 June, 2009

father's day

We will be celebrating father's day once again on the 21st of June. To all the forgetful mom's out there, set your reminder alarm on the 3rd Sunday of this month. If you forget still, please stop blaming it on the "expensive" pain killers that you used during childbirth, I am already reminding you now.

Where did father's day originated? It all began in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Her father, William Jackson Smart, was left to raise six children by himself when his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. She wanted her father to know how special he was so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration on her fathers birthday.

On Father's Day, don't forget to honor the special men in your life.

01 June, 2009

Night at the Museum 2

We watched Night at the Museum 2 yesterday afternoon. The movie is funny and informative as well. My son was laughing hard the whole time, good thing the people around us didn't mind (because they were laughing so hard also).

I didn't like the love story part though, it might confuse the kids. Amelia Earhart, the first person to fly solo across the Pacific, fell in love with Larry Daley, played by Ben Stiller, the main character in the movie.

Do watch the movie, you will laugh to your hearts content. Bring your kids, they will surely enjoy it too.
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