Saturday, February 28, 2009


Our sons (Em2 and AJ)
Homeschooling is an amazing thing that happened to some kids anywhere. A school that spend more time at home with the supervision of parents. Others would say that it's good but not for some especially if the parents had a hard time doing it.

For us here in another country, we have no choice! International Schools are quite expensive. So we choose to get the homeschooling program for our amazing sons because it came from our own beloved country and we have undergone a training before our kids started the program.

Em2, the eldest who's 13, wasn't excited at all because for him homeschooling is boring and no classmates around only the mother. Maybe he's bored of looking at his mom always...

Anyway, they had started and everything was fine, except that they started late 'coz they love to sleep due to heavy rain since last night until early morning. AJ loved to learn but I was amazed when AJ was crying and was telling me "I don't want to write anymore, then I knew when I checked the clock that it was already 1 pm. So I told them to rest for a while so that I can prepare their lunch.

Then we resume at 2 pm, AJ had finished his activity first before Em2, of course, Em2 is learning more this time and more time to spend. Today is rest day so they can play and do other stuff.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Our City - Bacolod

This is our new airport...

BACOLOD - city of smiles; Home of the world-famous MassKara Festival; a city where A TOURIST is a FRIEND

Bacolod city is the capital and center of trade, education, transport and medical, communication and many other services of the Province of Negros Occidental.

Some basic facts
barangays 61
Population 450,000 (approx.)
Land Area 16,171 hectares
Only 55 minutes by air and 18 hours by boat from Manila
This city of smiling and friendly Bacolenos has retained her provincial ambiance yet has the conveniences of a highly urbanized metropolis traffic which is tolerable; with world-wide connections through major communications cable; where quality of life is high; is generally peaceful; where energy and water supply is adequate; is attractive for her heritage and lifestyle and where investments potentials are unlimited.

Bacolod is known as the city of smile. It is a small island found in the Visayas region called Negros Island. It is near to known places like Cebu, Iloilo, Guimaras, Dumaguete and Boracay (though Boracay is a bit far). But it's in the surrounding regions that Bacolod can be found.

During the month of October we usually celebrate the "Masskara Festival" where many people especially the tourists visit and take a look. And where you cound find different masskaras with different shapes and designs. According to many, people living in Bacolod are still showing their best smile even though they are carrying a lot of loads like problems and difficulties that life may bring. That's why we call it Masskara Festival.

Negros is separated from 2 provinces namely; Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. And Bacolod is part of Negros Occidental. Around Negros Occidental, different towns have different festivals, you name it we have it! Every festival differs from each other with a unique representation of the activity, where many visitors and tourists like to visit. That's the island where we live... want to visit?

If you have some future plans, just visit Enjoy and have fun

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Hobby

Discovering my skills are the things I enjoy most. When I was a teacher in the Phil. I discovered my skill in cross stitching. I enjoy doing it. Then later we went to Thailand then I learned how to make bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces made of crystals. And I'm still doing it if I have time.

These past months, I was attached to make blog. My friends encouraged me to join in blogging. Now, it's my new hobby. I like writing essay or something real that happens to me, to my friends or families, for me that make sense.

Now I continue blogging and enjoying every bit of it. Writing makes me feel good. Thanks for this avenue.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Crystal Designs

Last time I was sharing about my crystal designs and how I started doing it. And as I continue making designs I discovered a lot and enjoyed doing it.

I was able to earn when we were in the Phil. last year. What I did at first to promote my finished product was to wear it and show it to my friends especially during occasions. Then later, I shared it to some of our friends anywhere we went, then my finished products were sold one at a time. Not many were asking at first because for them, it didn't if they have or not. But when they saw me wearing it or from others, that's the time they were interested to order.

It takes time at first of course because I didn't have enough promotions. Sometimes, though I would push some of my friends to order and pay later or either within a month or two. But it helps than nothing at all, right?

Sometimes, during occasions, I gave it to some of our friends as a gift. It's also good if friends will tell other friends and gave their order, I find it interesting if I have many orders, at least I'm doing good and feeling great!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Great Occasions

I remember our christmas party last Dec. with other friends here in Hatyai. It was an enjoyable night for all of us, though we were only few but we enjoyed a lot.
A friend gave a message through doing an advent, it's quite a different way of celebrating christmas. Most of us experienced it for the first time, it's simple yet the true meaning of christmas was there.

We had also a kind of exchange gift that is different from what we expected. If you're watching us you will really enjoy. That was also a different kind of exchanging gifts. It's nice to have friends who knew other kinds of gift giving or exchanging gifts. It's fun...

After which, we had played a lot because my sweetie introduced different kinds of games for everyone to enjoy. We had really a lot of fun. We ended around 11 pm. I could say that all of us gave the best laugh to the fullest without any reservation. That was a great and enjoyable occasion for all of us present.

I just remember because Valentine's day is coming soon and couples are having fun most especially the singles who have someone special. It's a time of showing love to everyone.

Anyway, advance happy valentine's day to all

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Making bracelets

Few years back I saw a lot of my students making bracelets and other stuff. It's all for girls' thing. I like their style, so I take a look and pondered to make one for me. I asked them where I could buy those things, then later I was able to make one. At first, I didn't like my own style because it's first time for me. Then later, as I keep on trying and making designs, I had made a better one for myself. But it takes months for me to have a job well done.

Making bracelets are boring at first but when you put yourself into it, you will find yourself enjoying of what you are doing. That's what had happened to me. Few months later, I made it using swarovski crystals. It looks better and attractive. I found myself working till 12 midnight just to finish what I have started.

The next few months, I was already earning and it helps me feel better. I usually wear one that I've made and my friends would ask where I bought that thing. I told them I made it myself, so they asked me to make for them too. That was the start that I earned from my bracelets hobby. Until now, if I have time I make it a point to make and send to my family back to Bacolod for them to sell.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Music Memoirs

Music is part of my life ever since I was young. When I was about to step in the higher level of education I took an audition offered by the institution to the students who will be qualified and joined the scholarship program. By God's grace I was chosen and became a Glee Club member and that started my musical journey.

We have had many concerts inside and outside the campus. We had hectic schedules to the point of going home around 12 midnight after our practices.

There were times that we missed classes because the college wanted us (THE CHORAL GROUP) to join NAMCYA (National Music Competition for Young Artists). It's a national contest, so we need to give time for our practices.

After all, we were excused and during the contest that was held at CCP Manila, we garnered 2nd place out of 13 contestants with 13 different regions.

A memory that I could never forget. We look like Batang Negros that time, yet we were able to be 2nd on top. I had good memories when I was still in college. How about you? Hope you have had good memories too...
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