Monday, November 29, 2010

Reminiscence 01 - "Joyful Moments"


Today, I had a great time as I browse through the pictures saved on my laptop.  Some photos were just taken recently, some a couple of  years back and some I cannot actually recall when.  But there's one common denominator though... these were the "joyful days".  Just try to think of it, Filipinos really loved to take photos. We take photos for a number of reasons but the most common one is that we take photos to capture us of something close to our hearts.  Whether be it a celebration, an event, or simply bits and pieces of just an ordinary day filled with laughter and cheers, photos are precious reminders to help us cherish those joyful memories.


Here are some :



  

Photos taken at SM Clark Pampanga, Philippines. Taken during my summer vacation around April this year.  Went there with Edz and Mikz. 








Taken recently at our favorite hang out, Sam"s Pizza Haus during my vacation last October.  We love pizza at Sam's... really yummy!





Taken same month at SBMA Subic's Fiesta Carnival.  Me and Mikz took a ride on a cable car.








Mikz trying to show a funny face while waiting for me to finish with my salon visit. 


Mikz trying to make an artistic photo.  She really loves to make one.





 These photos were taken at Sihanoukville, Cambodia when I was assigned there a couple of years back.

 These pictures were taken when Mikz joined the Ms. UN competition in their school at Kristogail Montessori.  Guess what??   She won the title of Ms. United Nations representing Russia.

These were just few of the happy moments. I'm still counting for more.....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Beauty on a Budget!

I had been stuck up in my room lately ... busy with some personal things, doing some researches online, hooked on reading some good articles on few magazines, blogging and of course, chatting with kids via SKYPE.  Without me noticing it, geeeeee.. I overlooked caring for myself.  I haven't gone out to have my nails cleaned, have my hair treated and some routine facial cleanings. I guess this is the dilemma of any Mom in this world.

As  working mom, juggling up your time attending to the needs of your family, home, your work and yourself is such a great challenge, and I would admit...it is also such a thrill....

These modern days, caring for yourself is such a pain in the pocket.  Let's face it, skin care products are now getting more and more expensive.  Not to mention the budget on our regular visits to spas and salons.... all for the sake of beauty! Lol... but behold! Caring for yourself is equally important as looking after your career, home and family.  As the saying goes... Before we could love anyone and anything, we must first learn to love ourselves.  Only then, we can be more confident to love others".

But what if we are confronted with so many bills to pay, kids allowances in school, important household purchases and kids wish list.  At the end of the day, we end up with just "a little bit" over for ourselves.  So, as a smart mom, we should not stop finding ways and means to cope up with our needs.

Looking around, I found few items on my rack and my pantry area that I'm sure will be a "winner" for "home fix remedies".  I just have to look after the right recipes....
And so...after some searches on the net, I now have the simple recipes for a perfect home beauty regimen.  It's natural, it's organic and best of all...it's so cheap!



credit to : Google images
Take a look at these quick finds:

Quick Facial Mask
 Try a paste of warm water and oatmeal for 10 mins.

Quick Facial Scrub:
Apply raw oatmeal mixed with olive oil and scrub your face in gentle circular strokes to exfoliate the skin.  Wash off with tap water.

Quick Astringent:
Mix calamansi or lemon juice with a little cool water and use cotton balls to wipe your face.  Can also freeze the solution in ice cube tray then rub cube over your face.

Make Up Remover:
Mix a teaspoon of powdered skim milk with warm water and apply with cotton balls, then wipe with tissue and blot dry.

Refreshing Facial:
Fill spray bottle with water and 1 table spoon salt, then spray the solution in your face.  Blot dry with a towel.

Home Made Wax:
Ingredients:
1 cup sugar 
2 to 3 pcs calamansi or lemon
1/4 cup honey

Procedure:
Mix lemon, sugar and honey in a bowl.  Cook in super low heat until sugar thoroughly melted.  Store in a glass container.

Being beautiful need not be expensive.... just explore and experiment...  :)


Friday, November 26, 2010

Life's Simple Pleasures.....

 Bahn Mi - Vietnamese Baguette
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Vietnamese Noodles with fried pork
and spring rolls


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Soya Milk


From my previous blog, I did mention how I terribly missed the Filipino foods after having stayed in the Philippines nearly a month for my vacation.  Today, I realized that there are also some foods here that I'm missing ... Bahn Mi, Vietnam Noodles with fried pork and spring rolls and soya milk....

Yupp..these are the food items that I use to take here for my breakfast.  Staying in between Cambodia and Vietnam had given me the best of both worlds. I get to enjoy their cultures, as well as their foods.  Everyday, around 6:00 am, a bunch of Vietnamese usually arrive here to bring foods from Vietnam to be sold on side streets.  They are the mobile vendors who transport their goods on board a motodup attached with a fabricated glass display of their products, mostly cooked foods, fruits and veggies.

The aforementioned food items are my "all time favorites".  These foods are totally new to me.  But, I must admit they are so cheap and "yummy". Noodles for about VND10k per order (Php22), Bahn Mi for about VND7k per piece or around Php16, and soya milk for about VND3k per serving, that's around Php7. Quite cheap for a nutritious and filling meal, huh?

I never tried soya milk before in the Philippines but here...after I tried it for about a couple of times, I became an instant "suki" of the Vietnamese vendors.
I do love it....those 3 complete my breakfast routine.  But of course, not everyday..have to make it alternate so I would not get so used to it and later become bored with the usual stuff.

How these simple pleasures can make my day? This, I want you to try.  Sometimes, we are so occupied with big things that we often overlooked the simple things.  So for today, I want to pay tribute to my life's simple pleasures.  I would continue doing so on my future blogs.   :)  


Have a great day!

 



Thursday, November 25, 2010

"Hot Stone Massage" - A Must Try!


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Tonight, I suddenly get the mood to blog..... this was after I came back to my room feeling good and relaxed after having been from a full body massage.  I'd been complaining about my back pains lately and my colleagues just gave me the idea to go and visit our company owned massage center.  Most of them had been there several times already considering a 50% off the price being extended to staff.

After I check out from work, I decided to give it a try.  Massage therapists are all Vietnamese and the one assigned to me is petite and skinny but very pretty :).

Looking at her size, I never had the idea that her "hand pressure" is really that strong...enough to get me relieved from all the pains on my back.  I would admit, the experience was really good.  The "hot stone massage" is a must try.  It was great.  Not only it gives you a soothing feeling but colds inside your body will  definitely vanish.  "Hot stone massage" removes stress, induces relaxation and reduces toxins in your body.  This is one pampering activity that can be likened to a "mini vacation" where you can get away from noise, pollution, stress and pressures and where you can be all by yourself.  Having freed your mind from thinking and having someone works on your body is really a superb experience. 

I'm planning to explore and try this from several spas around Hoh Chih Minh City.  I will keep you posted on my future blogs.








Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Prayers for the Victims of Phnom Penh Stampede

After I  woke up yesterday, I immediately turn ON the TV which has been my normal routine but I got the shock of my life after seeing the news from CNN.  Around 350 people died from a stampede at Phnom Penh.  The supposed to be a very happy celebration of the annual Water Festival suddenly turned into a night mare...that's how the news described the tragedy.

Seeing the sad news on TV and the video footage of the dead bodies being inspected and transported, I felt equally sad and devastated.  This is such a pain for the whole country.  I just hope that none of my friends and local colleagues and their families are affected.  

At any rate, the rescue operations still on going and I prayed that families of the victims will get the necessary aids due to them.  My prayers and sympathy to the people of Cambodia....May this tragedy never happen again.



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wandering Thoughts.........

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Today, after I woke up...I feel so lazy and not in the mood to do anything.  Weeeee..... I feel so boring!
This boredom had brought me to be stuck up on my bed.  Not feeling to do anything, I just content myself  laying down on the bed and simply let my mind works.  Yup! my wandering thoughts had brought me to this blog post.

Look at the brighter side!   

Boredom is the most common complaint of any person working in a foreign land.  But as I begin to reflect on so many things, I realized the brighter side of living away from home.  Being alone is not a reason to be sad nor a reason to get bored.  With the technological advancement and all that.... finding ways to entertain yourself is such an easy task.  TV's, DVD's, laptop, books, magazines, internet...these are more than enough to keep you occupied.  

Working in a foreign land had taught me a lot of things.... being independent is on top of the list.  Because of wanting to get away from boredom, I was able to find ways and means to keep myself busy.  Thus, I was able to make use of my time productively.

I blog, maintain an online shop, make lesson plans and short English Programs for private teaching.  I join in forums, read other peoples' minds, share opinions, enrich myself with the so many information and opportunities available in the internet for learning.  The possibilities are endless... all you must have is patience and the resources to do all these things.  Doing all these on top of my full time job makes me occupied and productive.  Being a health buff is another good thing that I developed.  Because I'm totally aware that nobody will take care of me when I get sick, I made a conscious effort to look after my health.  I eat a balanced diet, I make it a point to get enough sleep, take vitamins  and do some minor exercises.

I also have myself checked for complete blood chemistry and ECG whenever I go back to Philippines for my vacation.

Maintaining the communication line open with the kids at home has never been a problem.  Cambodia's Metfone offers a $0.15 cents per minute call to the Philippines and other South East Asian countries.  Apart from this there is the SKYPE and Yahoo Messenger which are both reliable and free of charge.   
After having all these in mind, I quickly get up from my bed, regained back my energy to do my routine activities.  Now I know there is no chance to get bored only if you know how to engage yourself on something worthwile.

At the end of the day, you will still have rooms to smile and say..."what a wonderful life!"....




Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Brighten Up your garden with cool water fountains .......

It's been a year now since the idea of putting up a pocket garden on the right corner of my front yard has been  an arduous desire.  I've been dreaming to have a cool water fountain installed.  Though I already have now a plain garden around the house with some adorable ornamental plants, coming up with a pocket garden complete with garden decors and  a cool water fountain would be a great idea.  I could imagine how cool and refreshing my feeling would be sitting on a garden bench or from the terrace while having a view of the cute water fountain.

Water fountain is not only a refreshing sight but Chinese people believes that having one in the house will attract positive energy.  Water fountain is a sign of prosperity and abundance.  No wonder why most business establishments that I saw have water fountains in front of their building.  Besides, the calm sound of the water brings you close to nature.

I had been delaying this project since I knew that having everything installed is such a pain in the pocket.  But this does not stop me from keeping it in my list of upcoming projects.  For now, I still have to give myself a time to prepare and complete other list of priorities.  

For a start, I have been searching the internet for some cute and unique designs and these what I manage to find :




 







These cute designs should match the motif of the pocket garden as a whole.  To convince myself further, I made a research on the advantages and benefits of having one in your home garden.

Photos courtesy of Homefurnish.com
 
Reduce the negativity

In today's electronically guided world, there are plenty of devices around that emit negative ions.  Negative ions attract airborne impurities like dust.  Running water attracts negative ions and many people believe that it cleans and purifies the air around the water fountain.

Feng shui
This hot new decorating system works on Middle Eastern principles, and believers say that certain items can bring tranquility and peace to the home.  A water fountain in the right area of the house is said to release the "chi" of the home.  Water fountain can make you feel better, just by being around.

Relaxing water sounds
Everyone gets stressed out.  There isn't anything better than sitting at the end of a hectic day and taking a moment of peace to listen to the sound of water fountain.  There is something in the sound of a water fountain and the trickle of water that massage away a stressful day.

Water fountains allow you to bring out the beauty of nature wherever you want.  From contemporary to rustic to sophisticated and charming.  Many water fountains can be considered "works of art" and appear as unique garden art that will wow your friends and neighbors when they come over.

Now...having all these in mind...how can I cancel my arduous desire to have one in my house.  Have to certainly work hard to have it in place very soon. 



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Train up a Child

"Train up a child in a way he should grow, and when he gets old, he will not depart from it"
(Proverbs 22:6)

photos from www.fotosearch.com
 

It was a long day today! After checking out from work, I had the chance to do the laundry, iron the clothes, make a brief call to Miks in the Philippines and watch my favorite Korean series which is one of the many DVD series that I bought in the Philippines during my vacation.  But before, I finally go to bed, I tried to look for some magazines inside my cabinet so I can have few readings before I go to sleep.  It was during this time that I saw a hand crafted box with my name painted on it.  Inside the box was a colorful hand crafted rosary with wooden beads and a 3 pages typewritten letter full of emotions from a young boy.   The letter contained an assurance of love and appreciation.  This was the box that my son, Edmar handed to me before I left home to take my flight back to Cambodia.  I would admit that there were several times we fought over some issues on the house and school but we usually end up forgiving each other.  

As I begin to look back in the past, during my kids formative years, I recalled those days when I struggled to become a good if not the best Mom for both of them. I've always been  a working Mom but this does not stop me from guiding them every step of the way.  From the time that they begin to walk, go to school, join school competitions, participate in school activities.  I'm always and will always be a part of their achievements.  My efforts paid off, these two kids grew up to be fine persons .... disciplined, intelligent, loving and responsible.... (proud mom isn't it?)

I couldn't ask for more.....The countless achievements that both of them gave me really made me fulfilled and happy.  Whatever they are now is a result of hard work and I am mighty proud of it.  Now, I realized that a good and strong foundation is very important in rearing children.  What the old folks used to say is somehow true...that the foundation and training that children received during their formative years will always reflect and dictate what would be of them in the future.

I have actually applied so many methods in an effort to bring out the best in them... let me count the ways:

1.)  I planted into their minds the value of education and the hard work that has to go with it.

2.)  I trained them to give out their best in everything they do.  Projects should always be submitted on time, unique and presentable.

3.)  I taught them how to set priorities.  Home  works and school commitments should always come first before pleasure.

4.) I applied to them the "reward system".  I always buy gifts and give monetary rewards for a job well done to make them inspired and strive for more.

5.) I made an open line communication with their teachers and friends to monitor their progress and to understand their thoughts.

6.) I taught them the value of time and how to manage it more effectively.

7.)  I taught them the importance of having a "sense of responsibility" and how this can affect the kind of life that they would have in the future.

8.) I gave a strong emphasis to perseverance and taught them how this positive virtue can help them achieve their goals.

9.) Telling stories is an effective way of giving them practical lessons in life.  How other people failed and succeed can serve as an "eye opener" for them.

10.) It was clearly explained to them that  being disciplined and organized can create a positive impression.  Keeping the house tidy and training them to observe orderliness and cleanliness can very well reflect how they manage themselves.

These were just few of the so many things that I taught them.  I'm still on the process of guiding them and so far, we are on the right track.

There is no parenting manual that would teach us how to train up a child but your experiences in life as an individual and as a parent together with some researches and studies can be of great help in achieving your goal of being a good, if not the best Mom that you could be.....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Let's Talk About Herbs

It's been a week since I was back here in Cambodia.  It's been a busy week for me... rearranging my things back to their proper places, unpacking my luggage, changing the bed sheet, comforter and towel and fixing my cabinet....All those stuff kept me occupied for quite sometime.  After a long vacation in the Philippines, I can still feel the "hang over".  I missed the Filipino foods, the Filipino TV series that I used to watch every night, the relaxing atmosphere of my home and yes... the green sight of my home garden.  I guess this is the down side of any person who just came back from her own country.  But staying in Cambodia led me to so many discoveries and many new things.  Cambodia has a culture which is uniquely it's own.  I would admit that it was a struggle for me at first to get used to the local foods they served here but as I stay here longer, I have learned to adapt and even appreciate some of their local foods.  One thing that strikes me is their great love for vegetables and herbs.  It's very seldom you could find a Filipino who would eat raw vegetables and herbs except from some "green salads" which consist mainly of lettuce, tomatoes, white onions, cucumber and celery.  But in Cambodia, you will see that raw vegetables and herbs are always part of their meals.  This is where I discovered their unique way of eating "balot".  In Khmer, they call it "pong tir kon".  It is actually a duck egg with a little chick inside which most other Asian people won't dare to eat.  But in Cambodia, this is well loved by the locals.  They used to serve it with handful of peppermint and comes with black pepper with lemon and some fresh garlic with chili.  At first, I don't get the idea of why is there a need to eat it with herb but as my local friend and colleague explained to me...the pepper mint is actually to contradict the "foul smell" of the "balot" which I think is logical.  Now, I cannot imagine eating it without the pepper mint.

Not only that, even their noodle soup also comes with a plate of raw vegetables and herbs, too.



          This picture was taken from Vietstuff Blog page

This is the "Ban Xeo"

  


I also developed a liking to "Ban Xeo".  It is actually a prawn and pork filled crispy pan cake served with a lots of green.  Probably, this is a Vietnam influence to Cambodia as I consider this as an original Vietnamese food, however it is widely served as well in Cambodia.  This usually comes with a sauce consisting of water, vinegar, fish sauce, pounded peanuts, chili, garlic and some shredded carrots.  It was an advantage for me that I learned to like and love these foods.  Not only they are cheap but also nutritious.
 In Philippines, herbs are also being used in some food preparations but maybe only by Chefs from "high end" restaurants.  Herbs are not  a common sight especially on street foods.  I never really had a wide knowledge when it comes to herbs but I only knew the popular ones.   Because of this, I took time to search for their description on the internet, as follows:

Basil is a culinary herb prominently featured     on 
Italian cuisine.

Oregano scientifically named "origanum vulgare" by Carolus Linnaeus is a common species of oreganum of the mint family. 

Parsley is the worlds most popular named from the Greek word, meaning "rock celery".  It is a bright biennial herb and is usually used as a table garnish.

Peppermint is a hybrid mint between the water mint and spear mint.  It is popular flavoring for gum, tooth paste and tea and is also used to soothe the upset stomach or to aid in digestion.

Garlic is a popular one and has a very distinct flavor and used to enhance meat, vegetables and salad dressings.

Other popular varieties also include tarragon, sage, dill, charvil and bay.

More on Fresh Herbs:
From Good Housekeeping Mag

Aside from the shape of their leaves, you can distinguish herbs by their aroma.  but don't just stick the leaves under your nose.  To get a better sense of their smell. rub the leaves between your fingers.  The warmth of your fingers will release their flavor oils.

Herbs wilt quite easily so don't buy in bulk unless you need them.  What to do with the excess? Place them on tray and air dry for a day or so.  When dry, store in covered containers.

To keep herbs longer, wrap them in paper towels before putting them in re-sealable plastic bags.  Paper helps retain moisture.

Herbs make great garnishes for foods, particualrly mint and parsley.  But people always ask, "should I eat them?"  Yes, you can eat them.  These two herbs actually help freshen your breath after a meal.

How to substitute fresh with dried herbs?  For every tablespoon of chopped herbs, try to just use a teaspoon of dried herbs.  Dried ones have more concentrated flavor so you can use less.    

Herbs are specifically good especially when we get ourselves acquainted with them and their uses.  This is one thing I love about this country, I was able to familiarize myself with herbs which I guess is not really too late...... 




Friday, November 5, 2010

Fun Day Tuesday!

Since Nov. 2 was not declared by President Aquino as national holiday, public and private offices were back to business that day except some schools who set the beginning of their 2nd semester on the 3rd of November.  This includes my daughter Mikz who went back to school last 3rd November.  

Because of this, we have decided to go out and have fun on the last day of their sem break.  We went inside SBMA (Subic) and went for some last minute grocery shopping.  Thereafter, we went to dine at Mikz favorite resto, "Meat Plus".  This restaurant is located opposite Trader's Duty Free Shop and serves imported meats and steaks.  Foods are mostly western.  Cheese burger with fries is Mikz all time favorite.  But, in fairness...their burgers really taste very different compared to those being served on some popular fast food chains. My only disappointment was that they already changed the fried potato skin with the usual french fries which does not set it apart from the other food chains.  One set of cheese burger with fries and coleslaw and drinks (choice of soda or iced tea) costs P145 while a set of cheese burger with meat balls spaghetti and drinks costs P160.  Not bad considering a nice ambiance, clean surroundings and well maintained comfort room.  Not to mention that there is no tipping required as food were paid at the counter prior to being served.  Their ice cream preparations were such a good sight and looks so yummy as well as the cakes.  But I did not try any coz the burger alone really made me feel bloating already.  Maybe on the next visit.... :>








Carnival at the night market was our next stop before heading home.  Anyway, this will be my last visit to  SBMA as I will be going back to Cambodia very soon.  I was forced to try some rides though I don't really like because Mikz told me  that it wouldn't be fun without me. I could not say no to my lovely daughter.
It was a tiring day for me...but no regrets.  I felt so relaxed and of course, I had fun with both kids. 

It was a fun day Tuesday indeed.....






How to Make Pastillas De Leche

It was a free day at home and I've decided to try one recipe that I got from Pinoy Recipe.Net.  I've been toying with the idea of making pastillas de leche long time before.  It would be great if I can master it and be able to prepare one for my family and friends.  I also thought of having it as a unique christmas present to friends.  Over the years...I always buy my christmas presents from malls or department stores, the usual type of gifts that can  be bought elsewhere.  This time, I'm thinking of changing the "style"...a gift idea that would be unique, cost efficient, and something that friends and relatives will value because such was a result of your talent....lol :) and a devoted time and effort.  Pinaghirapan, ika nga.....  I've thought of making bottled preserves like achara, and sweets like yemas, pastillas etc. ...these can be prepared right in your own kitchen,  Not only will it improve your skills in the kitchen but will also inspired you to prepare gifts that your loved ones and friends truly deserved.  The idea also comes with a good packaging.  Perhaps, I could also come up with a personalized box and jars and just attached a personalized message prepared and designed through my own laptop.  If your friends are those type who are doing well professionally and capable of buying things, then I'm pretty sure that they can very  well appreciate a kind of present that was made specifically for them.  Besides, if your friends are also moms .... they  can very well relate to these "home made gifts".

I remembered the last time I gifted my eldest sister with a jar of cookies.  It was just simple butter cookies that I mixed together from several cans of biscuits that I bought from the supermarket.  I picked up a good jar from a department store, a cute and nice one, then I also picked up a cute ribbon.  After putting the cookies together in the jar, i tied up a ribbon and printed a simple message from my laptop...Voila!  a cute present for my loving sis who already has everything in life.  I was not disappointed, she appreciated it and even commented how cute it was and even told me that she will adopt that idea and do the same to her friends and office mates.  The secret is creativity and a"personal touch". Lol... :)

So here's how I came up with my own pastillas de leche .......




Recipe  :  Creamy Patillas De Leche 

                Ingredients :
                1 1/2 cup NIDO Fortified Milk
                1/2 cup condensed milk
                1/4 cup melted butter
                white sugar for rolling

                japanese paper or colored cellophane

                Procedure:

                1.  Sift powdered milk into condensed milk.
                2.  Add in melted butter.  Blend and mix 
                     well. 
                3.  Knead and set aside for 5 to ten mins. 
                     before shaping into balls or cylinders.
                4.  Roll in sugar and wrap in japanese 
                     paper or colored cellophane.

                 "Thank u to Pinoy Recipe.net"......

It was fun doing this activity and I did it with the kids.  It was also a good bonding time with them.  Next time, I would try different varieties .... different flavors.  Can add some bits of jack fruit (nangka) or pounded peanut.  Over all, it was a good experience.....   :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Clean Up Day!

It was a very busy day for me...I have to do some last minute touch ups at home, making sure everything is in place.  Got to clear all clutters, get rid of dusts from appliances and furniture, rearrange books, etc.  Even the wall paintings and cross stitch frames were cleaned.  It's almost end of the year and to get rid of clutter is a must. Not only will it create more space but it will give you an aura of orderliness and cleanliness around the area.  It is also a great way of attracting positive energy to run through the house.  This is what I always read from "feng shui" articles, untidy surroundings attract "negative chi".  

Besides...few days more and I'm set to travel back to where I work.  So, it's just practical and wise to make sure that I did the necessary clean ups in the house.  I have to make sure that everything is okay before I leave the house.  This will give me a secured feeling.  Likewise, there would be a feeling of satisfaction and sense of fulfillment that I was able to do what's supposed to be done according to how it was planned.
It's really hard to be a working mom ....but there is a sense of fulfillment for every task successfully done. 


Mom at work!



 It was so timely, while checking on my emails for today,I came across of this story about the wonders of being a Mom.  I can very well relate to this story since I'm also the type of Mom who never wish to sleep when there's a lot of things left unfinished....please check the story...for Moms out there, who knows... you may feel that you are the one in the story, and for the kids... there are thousand reasons why you should love your Moms and why Mom is a very important character in your life .... it's not really a big effort for you to show them how much you appreciate their presence in your life...for without them .... who's going to do all those stuff...
here it goes......

WHY I LOVE MOM !!

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired and it's getting late, I have to go to bed."

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches.Rinsed out the popcorn bowl, took out the meat from the freezer for the following day's supper, check the cereal box levels, filled up the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the following morning.

She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button.

She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer.

She watered the plants, empties a waste basket and hung up a towel to dry.

She yawned and stretched and headed to the bedroom. She stopped by the bed,and wrote a note to the teacher, counted up some cash for the field trip, and pulled out a textbook from hiding under the chair.

She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store.  She put both near her purse.

Mom then washed her face with a three in one cleanser, put on her night solution and age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails.

Dad called out out, "I thought you are going to bed?"

"I'm on my way", she said.

She put some water into the dog's dish, and put the cats outside and made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on.

She looked on each of the kids, turned off their bedside lamps, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper and had a brief conversation with the one still doing the homework.

In her own room, she set up the alarm, laid down the clothes for the following morning, straightened up the shoe rack.  She added 3 things to her 6 important things to do list.  She said her prayers and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular, "I'm going to bed"... and he did without another thought.

Wonder why women live longer? 

CAUSE WE ARE MADE FOR THE LONG HAUL....

We can't die sooner...we still have things to do.....









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