Showing posts from March, 2011

Remembering A Day At Sam's!

Today, I was craving for a pizza. Whew...It's really hard to stay in a provincial area where the options for "eat outs" is very limited. Having this on mind, I just content myself with browsing pics from my laptop and there I found the above pics from my photo archive. Those pics were taken during my last vacation in the Philippines when we dine in at one of my favorite hang out, "Sam Pizza Haus". What makes this pizza haus stand out above the rest is the quality of it's pizza. Yes..the pizza is really so delicious and they have a variety of flavors to choose from. Aside from that, would I also say that their fried chicken is a best seller? On top of these good foods, this place also offers a good entertainment with live bands playing nightly which will surely awaken your senses. With a good show and a great pizza, who wouldn't come back for more? Hmmm...I'm already looking forward for my next vacation which wil be soooooo soon! :) I can&#…

Building a Foundation for your Child!

It's parenting time again! Today, I would like to talk about building a foundation for your child. Just a couple of days ago, I was having a casual conversation with a relative as regards to raising kids. He is a little bit troubled about his kid's discipline. He said, as children begin to approach the "teen years", they are starting to develop a habit of mimicking their friends outside the home. I told him that I never had a problem with my children, as far as discipline is concerned...perhaps at this point in time and hopefully until the later years. My secret to this lies on the quality of the foundation I build for them during their "formative years". Foundation is very important, same like building a foundation for the house. It should be strong to withstand the test of times. Now, let me correlate this experience with the 3 basic guidelines which should be the foundation of every parent's philosophy.
1.) Realize that training of the child …

Paintings at Saigon!

If you are a person who loves to collect paintings, then a visit to Saigon is a good option. There are lots of painting shops at Saigon from high ends to the average shops, for those travelers on a budget. I have seen several at District 1 and along the Pam Ngu Lao streets. Prices ranging from VND450,000 to VND5,000,000 or about $25 to $250. You can also opt to have your own portrait in a canvas (oil painting) which can be completed within 2 days. So if you are just having a tour for about 3 to 4 days, it's still possible to bring home a made to order painting. You don't need to buy a framed one. You can have it framed back home. I only managed to take one photo of the shops but there are a lot more shops to choose from depending on your requirements and preferences. I will try to capture more photos on my future visits.

Have a nice weekend!

Bits and Pieces of the Day - Korean Tele Novelas

These are the DVD copies of the Korean series that I've finished watching starting mid of January until now. I never noticed that I'm already able to complete watching all these series. I'm now on my last DVD, "He's Beautiful" and perhaps I would be finishing it before the month ends. Come April, I don't have anymore series to watch :(. I finished my stock already (lol). My personal favorite is "Stairways to Heaven"...really really a sad story....
Anyway, I'll be home again soon, so I can buy again another batch of Korean series to watch. This is how I kill my boredom here. I owe it to these DVD series. I never noticed that time flies so fast....really fast! I'll visit home again, soon. (excited)
Have a nice day!

Bits and Pieces of the Day - Sugar Cane Vendor!

This is a common sight every afternoon! The Sugar Cane Vendor with it's unique machine for squeezing fresh produced sugar canes. I don't know if it's available elsewhere but I've only seen this machine here in Cambodia and in Vietnam. This machine is capable of squeezing the juice from the raw sugar canes which will then be placed into a plastic container, add some crushed ice and voila! a cold and refreshing sugar cane juice which costs about VND3,000 or P6.00PHP. I was a liitle bit hesistant to try this but my curiosity drove me to buy one serving. After all, I've seen so many people buying and looks like they're enjoying it. Actually, the taste is good considering that it's all natural juice of sugar cane, nothing added onto it except the crushed ice. I'm just worried about the sanitation, though as the cart is located on side street and sugar canes are exposed. But, I tell myself..."just for the sake of trying" :)
As the famous sayin…

The Official Entry of Olongapo City to PMAP Video Contest

Just want to share with you with pride the official entry of  Olongapo City for the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) video making contest.  My son directed and conceptualized this whole thing and I am mighty proud of their accomplishment.  Win or lose doesn't matter to me.  Winning the contest is just a bonus.  What matters most is the showcase of skills and talents and taking every opportunity that comes along the way.  The experience of doing something great is already a prize for all the hard work.

I always encouraged my children to take confidence in themselves and take pride with whatever they do.  I encouraged them to join competitions, not for the prize but for the experience it would give them.  This very well reminds me of my high school days when I used to have the same talent as what he is having now.  I used to write scripts and direct plays in school.  I am happy to note that I was able to pass on this skill and talent to my son, Edmar.
I remember…

The Modern Day "Kulambo"!

This is my modern day "kulambo" (mosquito net)
I asked a Khmer friend of mine to buy it at Penh.  She bought it for $16.  This is actually a Thailand made product.  It's nice to note how our traditional Philippine "kulambo" had evolved into something cute and stylish. :)  I don't remember to have used it before or maybe if I did, I cannot remember (lol!) but seeing it from relatives and neighbors houses, my idea of a "kulambo" is that it is a very simple rectangular net from which each corner comes with a string attached into it to be tied up everywhere possible inside the bedroom solely for the purpose of protecting against mosquitoes.  During day time, it would be folded and stored and re install again during night time.  
But the modern day "kulambo", cute and stylish as it is...also serves for decorative purposes.  It's colorful design makes it an attractive sight inside the girl's bedroom.  You can choose a color to match you…

My New Gadget!

I went to HCM City Vietnam 4 days ago and I dropped by at my favorite electronic shop at District 1.  The shop's name is PHONG VU located at 125 CMT8 Phuong Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Thanh pho Hoh Chih Min.  It's somewhere around the Ben Thanh Market area.  This shop sells a variety of gadgets like laptops, mini notebooks, personal computers, digital and video cameras, printers, fax machines and other computer parts and accessories.  I had visited this shop several times already and had bought a number of items, too.  This time, I was scouting for a compact and affordable digital camera which I can easily carry during travels.  I wanted something that can be easily kept inside my pocket or small hand bag.  Upon browsing through their display section, I had an eye for this SONY DSC W530.  This is 14.1 megapixels camera with a 2.7" LCD Display.  It comes in silver and black.  I wanted to have the silver one cause our other digital camera in the house is already black but they don&…

The Wonders of Tea

One thing that I learned to adopt after staying here in Cambodia for nearly four years now is the habit of drinking tea.  I would confess, way back in the Philippines, I'm not a tea drinker.  What I love most is coffee.  I used to drink around 3 to 4 cups of coffee the whole day especially when I'm lack of sleep and have to finish a lot of paper works.  I very seldom to drink tea. I only know Lipton Tea :) less (lol) and even drink tea with sugar on it.  Now, I couldn't pass a day without having a sip of a hot tea.  That's why I always have a stock of variety of tea in my room that I used to buy from Hoh Chih Min City.  Vietnam is not only famous for it's coffee but for it's tea, as well.  Here are the samples of the tea varieties that I bought from HCM.  

Well..... I only recently discovered that there are flavored tea bags.  What I used to buy before were only the usual...  Jasmine Tea, Lotus Tea, Black Tea and Green Tea.  I actually enjoy drin…

Disciplining Your Child!

I'm back with my third post on parenting for this month.  This time, I would like to talk about disciplining our kids.  Imposing a proper discipline at home will make your kids conscious about the consequences of their actions, and the best time to start is during their formative years.  Children's formative years is the best time to start instilling to them the value of discipline as this is the period where our children listen and believe whatever we tell  them.  This is also the time where our children tend to mimic our lifestyle and behavior so showing them an example will help a lot to make them adopt our set of rules at home.  For example, if you want them to be wary about cleanliness and orderliness at home.  Then try to show them how you yourself is well organized with your own things.  If they are already used seeing your house clean and tidy all the time, then their eyes will be used to that kind of environment and later on, they themselves would not feel comfortable…

Text Scam...Beware!

I just want to share this story to serve as a warning to my fellow Filipinos....
This morning, I was awakened by a text message through my roaming number from "unknown source".  The text message says:
In Tagalog,
"Eto na bagong roaming number ko, dito na kayo mag text.  Magpapadala na ako ng pera dyan, paloadan u ako ngayon para maka text ko kayo. Miss na miss ko na kayo.  Ingat kayo palagi.  God bless you all. Text Back!"
This was my reply:
"Loadan?  Ha ha... wow mali! Wala kami kamag anak abroad...hahaha.  Tigilan u na panloloko sa kapwa mo. Di tama yan. Makakarma ka. Bakit di ka magtrabaho kung gusto mo magkapera?"
The person who texted me never replied after receiving my text.  The moment I saw the text message, I knew already...this is a scam.  The only thing I can do though is to make him shy and feel stupid for not being able to convince me with his fabricated story.
Few months ago, my eldest sister was a victim of this scam.  She believed the person who …

Treatment for Unwanted Scar Caused by Minor Burn

Few weeks ago, I had a minor burn when I was cooking my favorite Filipino dish, "Sinigang".  My right arm accidentally hit the hot pot.  At first, I was not minding this at all.  I am thinking that this is just a "minor burn".  But few weeks after, I noticed that after the wound has completely healed, the sides of the wound had developed a minor discoloration.  I hate scars actually.  I don't want to have these as much as possible.  My natural skin tone is light and having scar on it would really make it noticeable.  Now, after seeing this, I begin to feel troubled and bothered.  It's located on the visible part of my right arm, so I find it so unsightly.  Having this on mind, I begin to research on quick fix remedies.  Here's what I found :
A lot of my readings had given me the idea to apply Mederma for an easy "from the tube" treatment.  I think this is a kind of cream that has to be applied on the affected skin.  They say this can easily be …

My Daughter's Simple Pleasures!

My Thoughts for the Day:
I guess pictures convey more message than words, at times.  I always ask myself, "What is happiness?"  For a matured person like me who is living in a very complicated world, it would rather be difficult to give a definition in an instant.  But happiness, from a child's view point maybe simple and meaningful..... Seeing this, I am inclined to say, "Wish I'm still a child!"......

For Mikz, "Happiness" is .....
Playing with her best friend!

Giving gifts to her loved ones!

Getting a pasalubong!

Hanging out in the company of friends!

I want to have This !

I am planning to buy a cool and affordable digital camera for my blogging and traveling needs and after searching for some online, I find the following to be the "best buys".  Not only do they look cute and fashionable, but also having good features and price is affordable and reasonable.    14.1 Megapixel - 3.50" Color LCD - 5x ptical Zoom - 4x - MPN: 4193B001  Price :$229 Canon Power Shot SD3500 IS
14.1 Megapixel - 5 mm-20 mm - 2.7" LCD - 4x Optical Zoom - 4320 x 3240 Image - 1280 x 720 Video - HDMI - MPN: 4182B001  Price : $179 Same specs with the orange but the price is $165 Canon Power Shot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot A1000.5" LCD - 4x Optical Zoom - 32 MB Secure Digital SD Card Included - 3648 x 2736 Image - 640 x 480 Video - PictBridge - MPN: 3209B001
 10 megapixel Price : $299.95 I hope to get any one of the above soon... Just don't know whether I have to find for one at Phnom Penh, Ho Chih Minh or just try my luck in the Philippines when I go back next mon…

Rules For Parents

I'm back with a post on parenting!  This is the second from a series of parenting tips that I committed myself to write for this month of March....
This time, I would like to talk about the set rules for parents.  We, as parents always set rules for our children.  More often, these rules are strictly imposed and kids get punished for violating them.  Surprisingly, there are also set of rules children imposed to their parents.  Reading the book, "Train Up a Child" by Dr. Harold J. Sala, I came across these rules.  This has been actually a product of research of the British Psychologist, Dr. R.F. Hertz who administered a survey to 100,000 children ages 8 to 14 from 24 countries to list the rules of behavior children expect from their parents. 
The following were the rules:
1.)  Do not quarrel in front of your children. 2.)  Don't lie to a child. 3.)  Always answer children questions. 4.)  Treat all your children with equal affection. 5.)  There mus…

A Real Treat From Cebu Pacific!

I was astonished receiving this seat sale alert from Cebu Pacific!  This is really an up for grab sale!  Yes, going to shopping destinations Hongkong and Bangkok is no longer a dream.  Imagine flights from Manila, Cebu or Clark to Hongkong for as little as P1,499 and as low as P1,999 "Go Lite" from Manila or Clark to Bangkok.
So what are you waiting for! Grab a seat now!

Communicating With Your Child!

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I would like to begin this month of March by giving a series of insights about parenting.
I take pride being a Mom!  I think this is where I'm good at.  Well... at least judging from the present situation.  What's in store next, that's still yet to be seen.  But for now, I'm doing pretty well.
Raising children probably is a combination of luck and hard work.  I'm lucky to have good children, but I must say, it took me a lot of hard work to have one.  By hard work, I actually mean physical, emotional and mental hard work.  I've always been a working Mom.  I may not always be physically present at home doing all the "physical" works on a daily basis like feeding and bathing them but I always do whenever opportunity arises.  What I never failed to do, though, is the art of communicating with my kids.  I guess, communication is a very important tool in "child rearing".
I am currently reading a book in parenting and I…

Happy Birthday Mom!

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March 2 has always been special to's my Mom' birthday!  She is very old but she is very strong...physically and at heart.  She is a typical kind of Mom....caring, loving, "hands on" but "masungit" and nagger at times.  For all it's worth, I've learned to love both her negative and positive side.  After all, she is my Mom and I should forever be grateful to her!
I am proud of my son... he is the cute little boy that my Mom used to take care and cuddle years back.  But now, he is the "busy body" who with our loyal house helper bought and prepared all the things for his grandma's birthday.  I am very grateful that he was able to fill up a little responsibility that I should have to do on such a special day.  I'm happy that he's maturing and for a very young age can be considered a "responsible" young boy.
I called Mom twice today....early morning and night time before I go t…