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Friday, June 25, 2010

Big school

We were able to see our little boy's classroom only once -- on his first day of BIG school. The classroom certainly looks much more modern than the classrooms that I have tucked away in my own memory bank. Of course, there were tables and chairs for each of the student, and cubbyholes for them to put their stuff in.

But they now have modern equipment like TVs with mounts, a computer, and airconditioning. Well, that's from the 10 minutes or so (?) that I was in the room with E. I guess that's why the tuition is so much higher than what my parents paid for when I was at that age! I won't be minding paying a huge tuition if my son would be able to learn what he is supposed to. I do wish that he would fit in and find friends too.

Here's wishing that he'll have a great experience in school.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

R's McDo Party

My little girl had her "grand" first birthday celebration at McDonald's, the same branch where her Ahia also had his first birthday celebration almost four years ago. It was E's choice. :)

I feel a bit guilty that I'm less detail oriented this time around. While I did prepare a layout for the invitation, I didn't get around to actually printing the invites and just sent facebook and text invitations.

I also didn't prepare personalized lootbags like what I did with E. I just the ones from McDo.

I did make nametags with the easiest business card printing that I know, the Microsoft publisher. This I didn't do with E, but since I didn't like the party hats and I preferred another theme, I came up with my own.

I was able to make guestbooks on both birthdays.

Sigh. It's different when there are already 2 kids and a heavier work schedule. Not to mention more budget constraints.

Will post a more detailed birthday kwento when I find the time to do so.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

First Birthday!

My little girl just turned one yesterday! Her McDo party is tomorrow, but we celebrated with a simple dinner, misua and a birthday cake.

My mom was telling me that first birthdays should be celebrated on the day itself and may be anticipated, or celebrated in advance. But for subsequent birthdays, celebrations may be done later. My mother-in-law, however, does not like advance celebrations for birthdays, even first birthdays, since Pinoys frown on this and would rather celebrate later. Cultural clash here! We solved this by having a small, family-only celebration on the birthday itself and the kiddie party afterwards.

When the kids are older, maybe we can think of some other activity like an out-of-town trip. Disney vacations would be nice too, especially since there's one in Hong Kong already, so we could probably have a short weekend getaway now and then. Not this year, though. It's pretty difficult to handle both kids without help at this point. And we'd like them to be able to remember those trips.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ama!

One of the things that are making our side of the family excited these days is the upcoming 90th birthday celebration of my grandmother. Her real birthday was yesterday though, so we went to have misua at her house. We also lighted a couple of red candles to mark the occasion.

Ama's grand birthday celebration will be held in a hotel. Guests are not really required to conform to a dress code. The invitation says "come as you are" -- you could anything from business attire to school uniforms to hip hop clothes and you'd still be welcome, if you are an invited guest. Guests are also asked NOT to bring any gifts since this is simply a celebration of our Ama's long life. Of course, we, the family have to adhere to our own dress code, which is to show up in RED attire as a sign of our respect and celebration.

A few of us grandchildren are also going to perform. Me and my cousins are going to sing a Chinese song and we've been practicing the past few weeks. While we are somehow pressured, these practice sessions did turn out to be a great bonding time for us cousins. Somehow, since life has been much busier for all of us with work and family concerns, we don't really get to do things together, and the fact that we had to come up with a performance gave us an excuse to renew ties with each other.

I hope Ama will enjoy it. I know my uncles and aunts have spent and prepared for this. I am excited for her. It's going to be the first time that she would be having a grand birthday celebration honoring her alone (her past birthdays were overshadowed by my grandpa's when he was alive. I'm not really sure why they didn't put too much importance on her birthday then).

Happy birthday, Ama!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

R's Mulan birthday party updates

I've just noticed that most of my previous posts were kind of depressing -- me being stressed and me ranting and complaining somewhat. Oh well, life does hand out lemons once in a while. It's up to us to make lemonade out of those lemons.

Ok, on to a happier topic.

I'm in the thick of preparations for my daughter's first birthday party. As I've mentioned before, the theme of her party is Mulan. It's a pretty unique theme. The problem with unique that it's difficult to look for things to fit the theme. I'm actually simplifying it to include elements that are Chinese. I've gotten her a cheongsam, I've bought brocade coin purses for prizes, and I'm deciding between getting chocolate gold coins in paper shoes or fortune cookies as giveaways.

I'm still thinking of what to do to make the party more in theme and more festive. Maybe some paper lanterns, if I can find any. And maybe some calligraphy, which I could probably do myself, IF I get the time.

At least the party planning is always fun. I hope this party will turn out ok, even if I do not really have a big budget for this.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

It's the hard drive

Remember the laptop problem I'm having?

It seems like the problem lies with the hard drive. It seems like the hard drive has given up after about 4 years of usage. My Windows OS is gone. We've tried using the recovery disk to reinstall the OS but nothing.

The good news is that a new hard drive is not that expensive at all. Definitely much cheaper than a new laptop. The bad news is that we have not accounted for all the files that we have lost. There are lots of pictures, softcopies of homework, blog articles like the one I'm doing for apidexin, etc. Some are backed up or easy to reproduce, but there are others that may be more difficult. Sigh. We have to accept that some data or files may be gone forever.

Another reminder to keep backing up important data.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Laptop conked out

What does it mean when the computer shows a blue screen, gives off a weird sound, and finally gives up?

That's what happened to me yesterday. I left my laptop running while I went down to greet the visitors -- my cousins and my brother's mother-in-law who came over to practice a little something for my grandma's upcoing grand birthday celebration. Prior to that, I was doing some work and surreptitiously doing some fat burner reviews. Nothing really unusual at all. My husband was the one who actually saw the screen become blue, and then weird sounds came from the computer, then it no longer booted up to the windows OS.

We are not quite sure what the problem is. I hope it's still something we can salvage. In the meantime, I am borrowing my husband's netbook to do some work.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Stressed

I've been very stressed the past few weeks. It seems like problems keep cropping up. I try to be as optimistic as possible, but sometimes it takes some effort to keep up the effort. I think I've been losing a lot of weight lately. People who only saw me last week keep saying that I've slimmed down and were wondering if I am on a top diet pill -- I'm not.

I'd like to think that it's only a slump. I should be back to normal after a short while. I do believe that sometimes life does give out more than a few challenges, but we should be more than equipped to handle all those. After all, life is anything but boring.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hectic

This week is VERY hectic. I work more hours in the clinic, I have to enroll my son, I have to enroll myself, I have to prepare for my daughter's first birthday and we have to practice our presentation for my grandmother's birthday party. Hardly enough time for me to play with my kids, do my writing jobs, blog, do pronexin reviews and update my online store.

I sometimes wish I could just go on a vacation, take things easy. But that won't be possible right now. Oh well, I can't really complain. At least nothing's amiss, everybody's healthy and happy. I could use a little bit more of money right now, but we get blessed with just enough to get by.

I should count my blessings. :)