26 December, 2010

St. John Bosco Visits San Ildefonso Parish

The Relics of St. John Bosco are making a pilgrimage around the world to prepare for the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Saint's birth on August 16, 2015. The worldwide pilgrimage will make a stop in Salesian schools and parishes, and some cathedrals where majority of the faithful can view the relic and pray to the saint.

Fr. Pascual Chavez, SDB, the Rector Major of the Salesians had directed the worldwide pilgrimage, hoping to renew the desire to know and love the Father and Teacher of the Youth and reignite the passion and mission for the young.
A resin replica of the body of St. John Bosco, the relic contains the saint's right hand in a sealed case and inserted at the chest of the sculpture.

My Family were able to witness the relic's visitation in San Ildefonso Parish in Makati City.

A light truck specifically made for the occasion is being used to transport the relic as it goes from one city to another.

22 December, 2010

Christmas in Manila

Three days before Christmas, kids wander all over the streets of Manila. These kids are hard to miss on a crowded place because they are often seen playing improvised drums in the streets. They would hop from one passenger jeepney to another to play music, hoping passengers would be entertained and eventually give them loose change. Parents are also in the streets -- begging. Their families came from provinces and ended up here in Manila because they believed they could have a better life here.

Scenarios such as these had caused debates among the government offices, non-government agencies and many 'law-abiding citizens' -- that the danger these kids are facing while hopping from one public vehicle to another; that instead of giving alms to these children, they should be sent to the orphanage, etc. etc.. That's indeed a long argument.

For now, do a little something to help those in need, the holidays are the perfect time to open your heart and "wallet" to give back.

13 December, 2010

Child Discipline

When should a parent begin disciplining their children?
What's the best technique and effective ground rules laid at home? 

Children can be disciplined with natural consequences. As they mature and request more independence and responsibility, teaching them to deal with the consequences of their behavior is an effective and appropriate method of discipline.

For instance, a fifth grader's homework isn't done before bedtime, should you make him or her stay up to do it or even lend a hand yourself? Probably not -- you'll miss the opportunity to teach a key life lesson. If homework is incomplete, your child will go to school the next day without it and suffer the resulting bad grade.

It's natural for parents to want to rescue kids from mistakes, but in the long run, they do kids a favor by letting them fail sometimes. Kids see what behaving improperly can mean and probably won't make mistakes again.

Be careful not to make unrealistic threats of punishment like, "Slam that door and you'll never watch TV again!", not following through could weaken all your threats. The same with you threatening to turn the car around and go home if the squabbling in the backseat doesn't stop. Be sure you do exactly that. The credibility you will gain with your kids is much more valuable than a lost beach day.

Set up rules regarding homework, visits by friends. curfews and dating and discuss them beforehand with your teenager so there will be no misunderstandings. Your teen will probably complain from time to time, but also will realize that you're in control.

When your teen does break a rule, taking away privileges may seem the best plan of action. Give a teenager some control over things. It will help your teen respect the decisions that you need to make. You could allow a younger teen to make decisions concerning clothes, hairstyles, or even the condition of his or her room.

Spanking as a way of discipline is 'No-No'! Why?

-- Spanking teaches kids that it's okay to hit when they're angry;
-- Spanking can physically harm children;
-- For kids seeking attention by acting out, spanking may inadvertently 'reward' them -- negative attention is better than no attention at all.

It is important to be consistent about discipline. If you don't stick to the rules and consequences, kids aren't likely either.

12 December, 2010

Most Embarassing Date Ever

I had a bonding time with my daughter and her girlfriends nights ago. What's the favorite topic? Of course.. Boys!

I still remember the gals laughing out loud like almost peed their skinny-tight jeans when one of the girls shared her most embarrassing experience with her first date. Here's her story.

A cute guy in one of my classes asked me out for dinner at a trendy restaurant. Something about the food didn't sit well with me, and I needed to use the comfort room in the restaurant. After we ate, I made a beeline for the only comfort room in the restaurant, which was unisex. I knew that only one person could use it at a time, so I just let everything out. When I finished, I opened the door and saw my date standing right outside the comfort room. I tried to play it cool and talked to him about how the comfort room smelled weird. Judging from the look on his face, he definitely knew what went on in there.
Upon hearing this revelation, I likely would want to join the other girls from laughing out, almost rolling down the floor. When they settled down, I told them --

Why should you worry over trivial matters with your date and cover up the obvious with a really lousy excuse? However stinky, if you gotta go, you gotta.

03 December, 2010

I Am A Woman

A woman is..
  • intelligent. She has the ability to decipher the codes of the male person and have found countless ways of both manipulation and exploitation.
  • resilient. She won't easily break down when faced with adversity or deception.
  • powerful. Although, always mistaken as weak, she can hold a collection of strong emotional feelings.
  • sympathetic. Especially with people undergoing sad situations. She gives way to tears when she witness something heartbreaking.
  • lovable. Despite the little male cooperation, she tenderly attends to her family's needs ahead of her own.
  • nurturing. She guides and corrects her children and best friends.
  • capable of motherhood and has the right to refuse of sex, even to her husband.

A woman is not..
  • a property.
  • a trophy as a stag mounted on a wall.
  • an irrational being incapable of reaching agreements, despite the menstrual cycle might inspire.
  • a slave having to serve the demands of her marriage.
  • a silent kitten, withholding wrath and taking abuse.
  • a hypocrite. She often reveals of herself, gradually enhancing her personality until she exposes her core
  • just me. She's your daughter, mother, friend, grandmother, aunt and every other female around you.

02 December, 2010

Hinder - Lips Of An Angel

Lips of An Angel [Power Ballad]

The lyrics deal with a singer describing his feelings when his favored girlfriend from his past calls late at night, somewhat "pleasantly interrupting" his current relationship. More than once, a reference to the call being secret is made, and the singer expresses concern of a fight ensuing as a result. The song concludes just as it began, with the singer questioning to why she is calling so late, though the second (and last) time it is less literal and more figurative, with the underlying meaning "so late" not at night, but way too late in life; unable to continue the previous relationship. The song ends with the plot unresolved. Austin Winkler from Hinder said on American Top 40 that the song is not about cheating. According to a radio interview done in Atlanta, Georgia the lyrics are loosely based on an actual phone call incident that did happen. [source wikipedia]

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I love, love, love the song! Hinder looks like black-haired Kurt Cobain.
He's whispering on the phone, so as not to get caught. His voice is very sexy! It's kinda exciting and naughty, and brings back a lot of memories. Now that I'm older, memories are all that I have, so enjoy yourselves while you are young! (evil grin)
Nah, just kidding!