Sunday, December 28, 2008

On Hiatus

Yippee!!!! HOLIDAY!!!!!! we are going on a Summer Holiday!!!!! Just like a song!!!!

I will be away for 2 weeks and for those blog hoppers and EC card droppers ,,,I will make it up , when I come back....

I will do my best to find some time and do a little bit of blogging ...

I WISH you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! 2008 was a good year for me and wishing that it will continue this coming 2009....

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Toy HUNT (Toy/s received on Christmas Day)

The night before Christmas the kids went to bed without a fuss ,, but afterwards we heard Bianca crying so Joe went upstairs to settle her down,, she said she was afraid because Santa's reindeers might make a noise and go in her bedroom window .... Well,,Joe has to tell her that Santa will just stop on the next door neighbors place and will just walk towards our place to drop the gifts off.. So she was quite relieved to hear that..

These were our Gifts to Bianca .... Just like Braiden she also received a Nintendo DS , but what she likes to play with is her remote control Little Pony ....
Aside from our gifts they also received a GIFT from Santa which I will post next time..

Check out the TOY HUNT site to see some more TOYS and what toy/s did  Braiden receive.............

Monday, December 22, 2008

Macro Monday Biancas Christmas outfit

My first Macro Monday by Lisa

Almost Christmas and my little girl is all set up for her Christmas outfit,, Aside from wearing a Christmas Fairy Suit  she 's got an extra clothes to put on....

OK   A sparkly SHOES!!!!!!!  Checked.....

A nice  Girly Clothes ...... Checked!!!!!!

Cant wait to see the presents!!!!!!!!! WOHOOO!!!!!!Santas Coming soon!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pinoy Christmas Party...

We had our Christmas Party,,, The people who came ver are my friends since I started residing here in our suburb... 4 of us are married to Australians and all living in the same suburb. It was a pot luck so everyone brought foods to share,,, and there are heaps of desserts too,,, I just don't know which one to eat first so I have one of each .. Hey... Its Christmas season a time to be merry and EAT!!!!! I was thinking I have to find the  best weight loss pills  in the market after this season to get back in track....

Our kids are growing up quick and we are pleased that they all go along together.... One of the ladies (Aleli) is my College school mate which I met at the dancing studio of my daughter.. we di not hang out with each other during college days... that is why when we met we just said that She looks familiar to me... it turns out that we are batch mates with common friends.. what a small world ,,, now we are MATES!!!!!

Proud mommies!!!!
                                       VICKY            ERMA          JOY             ALELI

My kids are the two girls on the left Micah and Bianca... Braiden was not there bec I cant get him out of the house he was pre occupied with Playstation...
The Twin Boys( Luke and Joseph) are Erma's sons and the girl on the Right(Alyssa) is Erma's niece which is also from a Pinay mon...
The brother and sister which are holding hands are Aleli's children ( Lachlan and Courtney)
The girl 4th from the right Alice and the one with love hearts shirt Grace are Vicky's daughters

Time for a pose before exchanging gifts!!!!
Hey,, there's Braiden!!!!! when I told him its time to open gifts!!! He just blurted out!!! Present for me?!!!!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Toy HUNT (Photo of favorite Toy under the Christmas Tree)

This is my entry for TOY HUNT for this week... Come and join us TOY Hunting seethe details here,,, If you want to see the other participant's entry click it here....

Braiden's favorite toy is the Take Along Thomas the Tank... He collects Thomas and friends trains and he loves playing with them...

Help help help!!!!! said Thomas to Spidey as he tries to wiggle his way out of the bushy Christmas tree.....
Its a long way up there!!!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Counting till Christmas

Not long now till Christmas and I am done with my Christmas shopping,, Thank Goodnes...  I dont want to do a last minute shopping... With alll the traffic and people cramming for the last minute shop,,, I dont want a headcahe.....  

The only thing I have to organize is the food on Christmas day,, we are going o have my husbands  relatives here at home... The cousins are coming over so it will be a good celebration...
I have to take heaps of photos for that and I have to get my camcorder    ready to capture the shared moments with our family..
Not to mention all the nice food...   Hummm,, Sea food is the popular dish here for Christmas ,,, so Oysters, prawns are going to be a big hit...
So hoping that people are having a smooth free preparation for the said event...

Hoping everyone a good tidings!!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Birthday Gift

Yeah.. This was my hubbys birthday gift to me, which I ordered  from the camera shop and juts arrived last week....

They said it is a popular lens that is why they ran out of stock..
Anway,,, I love this lens!!!!!
although its  a bit heavy it takes good photos ..
I know... I know.. Photography is an expensive hobby!!!!

Litratong Pinoy ( Karoling)

Ito ang aking lahok ngayon araw na ito... Ang tema ay Karoling,,, medyo napa isip ako kung ano ang aking ilalahok ,, kasi nungnakaraan  Byernes ay hindi kami nakadalo sa  Carols at the park sa aminglugar dahil umuulan,,,kaya di tuloy ako naka kuha ng larawan..

Pero hindi ko na kailangan pang maghanap sa malayo dahil naalala ko ang aking mga dekorasyon sa bahay na kumkanta ng mga kantang pampasko...

Eto ang aking umiilaw na Santa na kumakanta ng Jingle Bells.. at yung mga maliliit na ulo ng Penguin at santa ay kumakanta rin....

Ang nakakatuwa a y itong Baboy na humihiyaw na baboy ay  na ngangaroling rin...

Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat......

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

TV watching

Getting busy and I  can hardly have a time to sit down and relax ,, or even watch my favorite show on TV , even if I have Foxtel and I just record the shows that I like to watch .. Butit would be a rare moment to sit down and watch...  Anyway,, it will be holiday soon and I don';t have to go to hubby's work and by the time I will catch up with some TV viewing,,,   But I cant watch my Fav TV show The mentalist !!!!! Its off season,,, gezz  I already miss Simon Baker the actor of the show!!! Once he comes back I'll be recording it straight away... How about the show Las Vegas, i used to watch some episodes of that show ,,, its about  things that are happening in  las vegas nevada .I don't know what happened to the show.. Dunno if it was axed or just off season... It was quite interesting  show...  

Nip and Tuck.... like this show too.... I sometimes catch some re runs from Foxtel , hummm,,,  Julian Mchamon  was an Aussie actor just like Simon Baker...  maybe thats why I like them....

Anyway... My son Braiden Rules the TV!!!! he owns and controls it!!!!!! ha h a ha.what a Typical Male!!!.., sometimes I just let him watch so I can quickly check my mails and blog  without him interrupting me...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ikea shopping

This is my favourite store!!!! IKEA... I dont know but I am so fascinated with IKEA stuff... When I was still living in the Philippines , my sister from Saudi brought  home Ikea catalouge and I browsed through it ,, since then I adore this shop... I like  the way Ikea sets up its showroom.. It was during those days that I would imagine and hope that one day I can go shopping at IKEA...

When I came here in Australia , I found out that there is IKEA store here so, he took me to  Blacktown area ,,and Ireally love it,,  it moved to a bigger place in Homebush and I"ve been there several times..

Christmas season and it was packed that is why we didn't linger long... My hubby always say walk briskly!!!! but hey....... I want to look around,,,, touch the items and just take it all in....   

But no........     Men and shopping ..... they're not compatible!!!!!! My hubby is so impatient with shopping!!! although I love taking him with me,, because he pays for it,,, he always say if you find something just grab it!!!
Sometimes its good sometimes not....... I have  a habit of examining the item first ,, then go around and look for something else and come back if I really decided to get it.... Thats my way!!!  
But hey,,,, I'm getting fast now,, specially with small kids, you also have to think of the kids who are bored walking around and following mom.. ....
Thats why when I go shopping at my local mall when the kids are in preschool   then......
I SHOP ALONE!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Toy HUNT (Christmas TOY or decor)

This weeks TOY HUNT is Christmas Toy or decor .. Go and check out the site on how to join the TOY HUNT.

This is one my collection of Christmas Village ,, this is a snowy village that light up and the train goes around .. At night time , the kids are eager to turn the lights on and stay for a little while play and watch the christmas decors before they go upstairs to sleep..

If you want to see more Christmas decors just check the TOY HUNT site

Friday, December 12, 2008

Not a SAHM anymore

We are all excited for Christmas this year,,, But I am equally excited about the Christmas of 2009 ,,, why??? because we are planning  to go and visit the Philippines  with my hubby and kids... It's almost 8 years now since I migrated here in Australia ... I never even imagined I end here ... Being a nurse in the Philippines I could have landed a job in USA there are plenty of jobs in Dallas but I guess it was not meant for me.... But hey I LOVE it here in Australia!!!!!

Most of my friends are in America and I just kept in touch with them on the net, they have nursing jobs and enjoying themselves too... To each its own... I might not be working as a Nurse here ,, I choose not to pursue it because I have different priorities... My family is the main thing...  but I do work for my hubby we have a benchtop company and after 3 years of owing it and  being a stay home mom I decided to go to hubby's work 3 times a week to help in the office ,, and I'm loving it....

Premio Dardos

Thanks Jigi for the award 
This is an award that is given to acknowledge blogs that have cultural, ethical, literary and personal values.
Those who receive this Premio Dardos Award or Prize Darts should agree to follow certain rules:
1. Accept the award and post it on your blog along with a link to the person who has awarded you.
2. Pass the award on to at least 5 other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment.

Now I pass this to JenL, Mitch, Amor , Geng and  Lis

Lets celebrate

12 days till Christmas.... 

Christmas parties, luncheons or just get together with friends involve eating....
Ohh my,,, I will be stuffed this Christmas season.,,,,  for sure I might need an   eca stack
after this season of pigging out...

I've read a good tips about healthy guide for partying and I want to share it with you..
Be prepared for the inevitable over indulgences by eating well during the day and doing extra hard training sessions...
Dont go to parties starving
Dont tempt yourself by standing next ti food trays!!!!
Give guest the leftovers to avoid having tempting food around your house
keep watch of the number of alcoholic drinks yo have..
If you over indulge one evening ... Start agin with a healthy breakfast and exercise ..

Or its up to you to just be merry and enjoy tis season!!!!!!!!!!

Good luck everyone....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tracy Joy Bag

 TRACY JOY  my camera bag!!!,,, this was the parcel hat came in the other day which I ordered online at Tracy Joy. Actually it was my sister JenL who told me about this bag,,, she loves it too,,but she was torn betwen getting the Crumpler bag or the Tracy Joy.. But she ended up buying the 6 million dollar Crumpler Bag for her Birthday (see here)... So I told her Ill get the TJ so I can tell her if it is good...

I like the style of the bag,,, although it is not as well padded as my Canon bag .. It has lots of compartments and with a very trendy style..

When we go out and I like to take my Camera I do not take my handbag with me anymore... I just take the black Canon bag.... My hubby said I look like a tourist... and my wallet doesnt fit on it...
So would rather the Canon bag or the TJ???

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Litratong Pinoy ( Mahalagang regalo)

Mahalagang Regalo....

Ano nga ba ang mahalagang regalo,,, Ito kaya na galing sa Amerika na para sa aking kaarawan??

Mahalagang Regalo para sa aking pamilya???    Unang una ang aking mga anak ay sobra sobra na sa mag materyal na bagay,,, kahit ano man ang kanilang hilingin ,, kung nararapat naman ay aming pinag bibigyan...

Ako man din ay wala ng mahihiling pa ,, kahit hindi man pasko o anon  man okasyon  kung humiling man ako sa aking mapagbigay na esposo ay kaniyang ibibigay... Ganon ka heneroso ang aking mabait na esposo..
Naatutuwa man ako na makatanggap o magbigay ng regalo ay iba pa rin para sa akin ang MAHALAGANG REGALO....
Para sa akin  ang mahalagang regalo sa aking buhay ay ang aking PAMILYA!!!!!

Kahit maglaboy lang kami at kumain ng sorbetes ay masaya na ako dahil sama sama kami at nagmamahalan!!!!!!! MAHAL na Mahal ko ang aking PAMILYA!!!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Here Comes the Rain again....

First SUMMER RAIN!!!!!!!!!

The first Summer rain in December ... It was humid and we just need this rain to cool up a bit.
My angel statue named LUKE  was soaking ,, even his Christmas hat was drenched...
The kids were peeking at the window while the sudden rain poured down.. They cant help but say  that Luke's Christmas hat is getting wet...
Now that the warm season is on we can now take a cold shower ,,meaning our  tankless water heater will not be used often. Well.. Its nice to have a cold shower in a stinking hot day anyway...
A little bit of information ::
Like all countries in the southern hemisphere (the hemisphere south of the Equator), Australia's seasons follow the sequence:

Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Spring: September to November

This means that the Australian Christmas takes place at the height of summer. It also means that the mid-year break for students happens in winter. The end of year break for students is commonly known as the 'summer holidays', or the 'Christmas holidays'.

Even though the four 'official' calendar seasons have the same names as the northern hemisphere seasons, the weather during these seasons is very different to northern hemisphere weather patterns. Australia is generally a very dry place, so summers can get much hotter. The pattern of rainfall is also distinct - some places have abundant rain at one time of the year and almost none at other times.
The wet season lasts about six months in summer and spring, between December and March. It is hotter than the dry season, with temperatures between 30 and 50 degrees Celsius. This is because of the high humidity during the wet, which is caused by large amounts of water in the air. During the wet there is a lot of rain, which frequently causes flooding.

But we welcome the RAIN......!!!!!

HAPPY SUMMER Australia....

Monday, December 8, 2008

Weekend Breakfast

Sunday Morning .... Yeah we started the day with a Full Breakfast at Pancakes on the Rocks..
My hubby dropped off Micah to her dancing rehearsal and then we went straight to the Pancakes on the Rocks.... 
With a full breekky and a cup of coffee,,, it  made our day !!!!!
The kids ate fries and egg..

It was appetizing but I guess this is not recommended for everyday breakfast!!! Just look at the butter on top of the pancakes!!!!! Hummmm,,  I guess  I need a  fat burners for that..

But after having breakfast we  walked around the block and  took the kids to the nearby park , we just need to get those calories going... and the kids love going to the swing and slippery dip ..

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Photo Hunt ( Breakfast)

Hello everyone ,,, this is my first Photo Hunt entry...

The theme for this week is Breakfast...
This is my son's Breakfast everyday...YES .. almost everyday!!!!! Nutellla on bread.... He doesnt want it toasted..... Just on a  plain bread..   Although it taste really nice Its from ferrero that is why when you eat the Fererero Rochers' chocolate it taste excatly like Nutella... 

Its made of hazelnut and  I try to offer him a different Breakfast but he still wants his Nutella sandwich.
  He sometimes eat Vegetime but he loves his Nutella,, good thing they are not allowed to bring any kind of food with nuts in preschool or else he will ask for this one....

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Getting ready for party

Yes... The season of get together is on... Where we can have party at home,, A simple barbecue outside during a Warm Summer day here in Australia ..

I found a good guide for a getting ready for a party. I want to share it with you from Womens Weekly..

A party calls for four checklists:
1. A detailed menu listing al the food and drinks plus all the ingredients – accompaniments such as dipping sauces appetisers and breads or other items to go with dips, garnishes and ice and other slices or other items to go into drinks.

2. Preparation and assembly time. Go back over the first time and note what you need in the way of bench space for putting final touches on the food and for filling serving platters. How much time in the oven and/or space in the fridge and freezer will each item on the menu need? Make a list of the best order in which to serve them so you won’t have to heat several things in the oven, or grill or fry them at the same time. make a big copy of this "running list" to be taped up in the kitchen on the day of the party, so that both you and any helpers will know what to do next. Decide where you will have that bar, whether behind the scenes or in the party space, and consider how to organise it.

3. An equipment checklist. What you need to hire or borrow, from extra cutlery to a marquee plus fans to cool it or heaters to warm it. shop around before hiring; the variations in prices can be quite amazing. Here is alist to help you – photocopy it, then insert you own numbers, change it as you need.

Serving platter, bowls, baskets and trays
Bowls for toothpicks, olive stones, etc.
Airtight food storage containers
Cups and saucers
Tea – and coffee – making equipment and serving pots, jugs and sugar bowls
Bar equipment and ice supply
Napkins – allow three times the number of guests
Oven trays
Extra appliances such as hotplates and warmers
Insulated boxes plus cold bricks to supplement the fridge in keeping food cold
Music equipment
Flowers or decorations
Tea towels
Disposable washcloths
Hand towels and toilet paper for the bathrooms
Garbage bins
Fans or heaters
4. A plan of action or "running list", should be started weeks before a big party and at least one week before a small one. It should list everything you have to do from inviting the guests to hiring equipment, shopping, cooking, setting up the bar, decorating and organising the party space, and last-minute chores on the day such as doing the flowers or collecting ice. Put the tasks in order and assign each one to a day, counting down to the day of the party. If it all looks too much, this is the time to consider it calmly and cut it down, simplify or delegate to reliable helpers until it is manageable.

Last but not the leasst enjoy the party ,, dont worry about the calories ,, you can take diet pill after the season....

Toy HUNT (Christmas TOY or decor)

This week's theme in TOY HUNT is Christmas Toy or Decoration ..

Santa with BIG Hat and when you press his hat it will move up and down, while in the tune Santa Claus song..

The Christmas Bear that reads a story ,, He reads "It was the night before Christmas".....

Come and join us in TOY HUNT and win a TOY giveaway Bratz  see the it here TOY HUNT Christmas 


What a sad planned  Proposal ,,,, It was such a traumatic experience,, As I was reading this I cant help but feel for the guy .. I feel really sad for him and the girls family... I know that this is the big news in Pinas, juts a tragic love story ...

Excerpt from Yahoo News...
A woman has been swept out to sea in the US moments before her boyfriend planned to propose.
22-year-old Leafil Alforque is still missing.

Her boyfriend, Scott Napper, took her to Proposal Rock in the state of Oregon to pop the question at a place that got its name from couples ready to marry.

Napper and Alforque had been dating since they met on the Internet in 2005.

But Alforque had arrived in Oregon on a visa from the Philippines just three days before the fateful trip to the coast, The Oregonian reported.

Napper said the tide had receded around Proposal Rock on Saturday when the couple began to walk to it. He planned to propose and give her the ring he carried in his pocket.

About three metres from the rock, a wave about a metre high suddenly came toward them.

"I turned into it to keep from getting pulled under it," Napper said.

By the time he turned to find Alforque, only 1.2-metres tall and 42 kilograms, she had been caught by the receding waters.

"She was about 30 feet (9 metres) away, getting swept away," Napper said.

The 45-year-old tore off his jacket to get rid of any extra weight, and when he looked up again she was gone.

"That's the last I saw of her," he said in an interview on Wednesday, breaking into tears.

Emergency personnel called by someone on the beach arrived within minutes. Napper's phone no longer worked after being exposed to the water.

Along with rescuers, he searched for any sign of Alforque.

"I yelled for her," he said. "I was praying to God."

At one point, he saw someone wearing red - the colour of her jacket - on the shore signalling for him. But he quickly realised it was a rescuer.

Thick fog and dangerous water conditions hampered the rescue efforts before the search was suspended on Monday.

Her 25-year-old sister, Nova Alforque, said the family hopes the body can be recovered.

"My mother is always crying, day and night," Nova Alforque said by telephone from the Philippines.

"She wants my sister back. Even if she is dead, she wants her body to bury."

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas tree

We went to The Light Up Camden last week and the kids enjoyed. They've got rides and games for the kids..

Santa and the elves and  market place.. Too much stuff to see and the kids were so Excited to see the Big Christmas tree....

Santa arrived in a helicopter!!!!!! Too bad I wasn't able to  take a pic,, too much going on....

Getting Excited

I was chatting with my sister in Saudi and she tole me that she already booked a ticket to go back in the Philippines in December 2009... We are also planning to go home by that time too,, so I am getting excted and will try and check out some flights back home.. Someone told me that you cannot book a ticket 12 months in advance ; but since my sis had already booked I will have to check the agency for availablity.. 

We are also goingto take the kids to Hong Kong Disneyland ,, we'll see if it is good , and we are going to see how  our kids will handle the flight. never know we might take them to USA someday and have a wonderful  Disney vacations  . We would love to go to Orlando and explore the place .
But it would be such a loooooooong trip for us though ..

Shopping Time...

Well, the Christmas Rush is getting on my nerve now...

 Although I've bought most of the gifts since June,,, I just contmeplating if I did the right thing... New toys and stuff are coming in and they are on sale ,, and my children's interest are changing... Now they want a certain toy.. Bianca in particular wants a Pink Nintendo DS.
So after work, I have to quickly to the shops, Took my husband's tuxedo  , to the dry cleaners and went to Target ,I saw it their catalouge that they have a special bundle pack for the Nintendo DS...
Hummmm...  so as I always say to my kids "You better watch out" Santa Claus is watching!!!!
Well.... Got to look at my list I'm almost finish with it...  and I want to completely cross out the list to avoid the Christmas Shopping RUSH!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Elementary Reunion

Its been 25 years now since I graduated from Elementary .....that is why my batchmates organized a Silver Reunion for our classmates in Year 6 section 1 ...

I was contacted by some old mates through friendster and now I'm in touch with most of them.I am happy to see old friends and mates,, Going through old photos was a good reminder for me of how it was back then...
They also asked me to do a video message ,, gosh,, you know how hard it is to talk infront of a camera.. geezzz, I just cant get my thoughts organized,, I just kept on mumbling and getting all shaky , after making 10 videos,  I had enough ,, I just have to relax and just blurted out,, no need to edit .
I 'm already excited for our group ,, the reunion will be on Saturday , I cannot make it since I am here in Australia and the reunion is in the PHilippines.. 
I just promised the organizers that I will try my best to go online and probably have a video conference.. I might not be physically present but I'll be here with my love and wishes !!!!

Congratulations Year 6-1 of San Isidro Elementary School , Taytay, Rizal
WAY to go  guys!!!!! Miss you all!!!!

Just me.... A Tag...

Wow this was exciting!!!!

If I only knew what the tag is all about I could have put a make up on... Sigh......
That is why I have to just pose nicely to camouflage my flaws!!!!!!!

I was tag by Enchie and Niko Thank you ladies....

This was teken Wednesday afternoon after coming back from playgroup,,, The kids are watching TV and I thought to myself that I'm just going to check my blog and my emails...

I have a headcahe!!!!! yes.. a head ache but Blogging keeps my mind off the pain!!!!!!!!

1. Take a picture of yourself right Now! (the moment you read this tag)

2. Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair, just take a picture.

3. Post that picture without editing.

4. Post these instructions with your picture.

5. Tag 10 people to do this. And don't forget to leave them a message about the tag.

Now its you turn Lou, JenL, Redge, Cathy, Daisy, Jojo, Maan, Roselle, Leah, Shiela..

Monday, December 1, 2008

Cancel my membership

Yes.. I've canceled my membership to Curves gym the other day.... Sob sob sob.....

I was enjoying going there for a while, and a 30 minute workout was not too bad... But since I started working .. I have no more time to do a 3o minute workout!! that is so sad.... I have to drop kids to preschool then pick them up after work, grocery shopping then cook dinner....
I missed 2 months of going to the gym and they are still direct debiting my account ,, so it was useless and wasted... So I went there and canceled it already,, 
Hummm.. wonder if  Hydroxycut really works????
Well no work out but loving this ........ went out shopping with the kids and hubby bought us this......

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