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April 5, 2008

Some more snow fun

Izzy had some great ideas of how snow fun should start. :)


This is the way to go with his Aunt Tracey (Eden's daughter)... Better than snowboarding????


April 30, 2008

Things to Think About Children and Grandchildren

Not my original but this was "begging" to be posted...

1. You spend the first two years of your children's lives teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said. (This is so true with my kindergarteners who tell me about their home lives.)

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children
more awful than your own.

6. We childproof our homes, but they are still getting in.

ADVICE FOR THE DAY: Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day. (I, personally take this to heart... LOL)


June 1, 2008

Pampering Weekend

No foot fetish here... LOL.. just a "Wendy type" photo ...


Once a month I treat my daughter and we go for a mani-pedi session. We invited my daughter in law to join us in this pampering tradition. After this self-indulgence, we go out to lunch. It is a nice time to spend with my girls... and our feet / toes feel beautiful.

Maybe later we will graduate to include massages, etc... :)

August 5, 2008

A day at the beach - Still on Staycation

Today, the Staycation continues. We headed for the beach. Inspired by Barb Cabot's eloquently written post about beach memories, we headed for the beach today... towards Half Moon Bay.

It is nice to travel the usually busy Bay Area freeways in the middle of the day on Monday. There was no traffic so we made it to the beach in good time. We stopped at the San Gregorio beach where Izzy loved playing in the sand...


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August 6, 2008

Homesick for Samboan

I am pretty content with life and really happy about being a transplant from the Philippines to California.

Then one of my cousins sent me a series of pictures she took of my hometown. Homesickness sat in! I miss Samboan, Cebu. It is in the middle part of the Phillipines; about an hour by plane from Manila. It is where I was born and where I spent my elementary school days. It is a pretty peaceful place... everyone seems to be related to me... and can potentially know everything about me...Inspite of that, or inspite of it being small and confining, it has some awesome assets... like this sunset...


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August 21, 2008

By The Sea

I grew up in a little town by the sea. I have not been home in about 3 or maybe 4 years. My relatives are torturing me. My younger cousin and neices sent me some pictures of my favorite part of that town called Samboan. Here they are enjoying the sea....


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January 3, 2009

Photo Hunt - Hope


Here is the newest member of our family. He gives us new hope and we hope all the best for him as we give him all our love.


February 16, 2009

Early Martial Arts Training

My two older grandsons are taking martial arts classes. I wondered why at such an early age... so I went to watch. One (Mikey) is 17 months old and the older one (Izzy) is 4 years old.


Izzy at ModCom... I think that stands for Modern Combat.... I already do not like what C stands for...

Mikey's class was first. Here he is with his teacher.



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June 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mikey

My grandson, Mikey, is 2 years old today. He used to be Baby Mikey until younger brother, Liam, joined the family. Mikey had his first of a series of 2nd birthday celebration last Saturday. The party had a Yo Gabba Gabba theme. (He loves that show... I did not even know what that was until Mikey took a liking, no loving to it!)

Mikey's Saturday in pictures:





After a quick wardrobe change (due to chocolate) ... he decided it was nap time... Good thing most of his guests had left already. :)


It did not matter where. Naptime was going to happen... on the floor until Grandma moved him to a bed.


Exhausted... unitl the next party comes along!

July 10, 2009

PhotoHunt - Garbage


Garbage - according to Wikepedia, is waste or an unwanted or undesired material or substance.

This pile which may qualify as garbage by the above definition, This was left in one of my bedrooms that was recently vacated by someone who we won't identify. The former inhabitant of the bedroom did not leave me with information regarding this pile... nor a forwarding address... Do brand new shoes some in boxes ( Bandolinos, Tory Burch, Enzo, etc...), beddings, paper shredder, clothes, suitcases, and many more become garbage when they are of no use to me? Been wondering about that and what to do with them!!!


On the other hand, I wonder why I was left with this to deal with? ... Perhaps that is the more important question!!!

Ok, now that I have vented, I feel better... :)

July 15, 2009

Tree Hugger

Early this week, I met my family at a restaurant in nearby Dublin (California, not Ireland). After dinner and on the way to our cars, Mikey, my two year old grandson went around hugging trees. Hmmm, cute and grandma is wondering if his future will include tree-hugging environmentalist stuff... :)



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July 20, 2009

Izzy's graduation

My grandson, Izzy, graduated from PreSchool. The school had the works, caps, gowns, diploma, pomp, and circumstance.... Which is really good.

My school does not hold kindergarten graduation ceremonies. Graduation, it is said, is for upper grades... secondary education. Our sixth graders have a promotion ceremony, not graduation... So this PreSchool graduation was a treat.

I arrived a bit late and wanted to take a picture of Izzy.... he warned me to not make noise... He follows rules... that is good.


Here are some of his friends. Ladies man.


When the children received thier diplomas, the director told us about the children's heroes, what they want to be when they grow up, etc. Izzy's heroes are Ninjas. (I should have coached him to say Grandma. )


His diploma.


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July 22, 2009

Grandchildren's Hippie Playdate


Izzy -5


Mikey -2


Liam - 7 months

Photos borrowed / lifted from DIL, Katrina's Facebook page. :)

August 1, 2009

PhotoHunt - Entertainment


My grandson, Mikey, is a walking, breathing entertainment to me. He also can find entertainment in just about anything around him. He is very self -sufficient when it comes to finding something to entertain him.

When we were in Hawaii in May, he found entertainment in and around the hotel. At the hotel lobby, the poles that are placed to make customers wait their turn, was pole dancing implement for him... it was a quiet morning at the hotel.


He entertained himself as well as the girls at the counter. It was a slow day at the Sheraton. :)



I was worried that he will grow up to be one of those kids who can entertain himself and be out of control like the ADHD children that I see in school because he seems to have such a zest for life. But at the Koi pond, it was long and calm moments of pleasure for him just watching the the fish swim around in the pond.


After his brother's graduation ceremonies, he entertained himself by crawling across a few chairs.


Hugging trees at a shopping center. Hope the trees weren't mistaken for fire hydrant (in the past) by passing dogs. :)


He shows excitement in most of the things that entertains him.


He loves life, what is not to love when there are opportunities of entertainment all around you! Maybe it is a middle child syndrome. In any case, I love that about him. Here he seems to say, "Life is wonderful!"


That's my Mikey, Mr. Entertainment himself!


August 4, 2009

Island Hop - Day 1 _ Sarah Palin, Can you see me?

After a rather busy Saturday of three baptisms and a house blessing (will blog later about these), Tracey and I are on our way to Cebu, Philippines. So we start at SFO, leaving the Fremont home Saturday, August 1. We are taking Cathay Pacific Airlines. Our itinerary today is SFO to Hongkong to Cebu City, Philippines. We have a long scheduled layover in HongKong. Mike and Jessie took us to the San Francisco Airport arriving around 9:30 PM.


Our travel agent told us to be at the airport at 10:00 PM for a 12:00 AM flight via Cathay Pacific. We promptly checked in and when Tracey checked the boarding passes, she told me that our flight is leaving 1:20 AM. Bright side of the situation – our layover in HongKong will be shorter. Maybe. Hoping.

Tried to connect to the internet at SFO, but no free wifi; I was not willing to pay the $7.99 daily rate when I only have a two hour wait. What happened to Gavin Newsom’s free wifi campaign?

Finally, after much people watching, we board for our flight to Hongkong. We watch first class and business passengers board before the lowly and common passengers, like us, were asked to queue for boarding. In my next life, I am going to be rich and only fly first class, said she who does not have much leg room in Seat 38 B, next to her daughter on 38C. Cathay Pacific handed out a packet that contained socks, toothbrush, and toothpaste tube to economy passengers. Nice.


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August 6, 2009

Island Hop - Day 2 - HongKong

August 3, 2009 - Ok, I am really just at the airport for now.... HongKong airport.

Island 1 – Hongkong. We arrive at the Hongkong International Airport. We have a 9 hour layover. Yes, 9 hours! There is only a single flight direct to Cebu City from Hongkong and that is not leaving until 4 PM and it is only 7AM now. So Tracey and I wait. We checked with Cathay Pacific to find out about our flight. We have no gate assignment. Too early per the person at the check in counter. We wait.


We shop – window shop. I can’t afford to do any other kind of shopping. If I were a shopping addict, I would think I am at a buyer’s Disneyland. This can easily be one’s “Happiest Shopping Place on Earth”. Seriously, you can go to Chanel, Burberry, Tiffany, and pick yourself up a Prada all during a layover! I window shopped as I have to save my pennies for the Philippines. Besides, I am too beat from the 12 hour flight, judging from this photo.


Actually Tracey and I spent our money elsewhere. We decided to get a lunch at an airport restaurant called Wildfire. Tracey called my attention to the table setting. They had silverware but with a plastic knife place setting. They must worry about passengers taking butter knives on board and be a threat to society. Ok, works for us.


The food was awesome. We ordered a Duck Confit salad and a sampler appetizer. Everything was really good… well except for the smoked salmon which resembled raw to my simplistic taste. I passed on that. I loved the stacked grilled tomato and eggplant topped with mozzarella, basil, and tomato. I want to recreate this at home.


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August 11, 2009

Island Hopping - Cebu, Philippines

I wanted to blog regularly while on vacation but (vacation) fun gets in the way sometimes. :) So I am going to try to post some late entries. This one is 14 days overdue!

August 4, 2009 – The island of Cebu.


A few cousins were there to meet us. Good thing because I would not want to brave the streets of Cebu City and their daredevils called cab drives. We checked in at the local Marriott.


Upon arrival we went to dinner at a restaurant that featured Filipino food - Café Laguna. After a long flight it was great to see family and have my feet planted on Tierra firma and enjoy authentic Filipino food.



First full day in the island of Cebu… Visiting my 88 year-old Mom was the main agenda for this trip. Tracey and I went to see her on the first day. It is wonderful to see her healthy and looking happy. She seemed happy to see us too. She even asked about her other grandchildren, Shawn and Mike. She recognized Tracey. She is looking wonderful and she seems very content here.


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August 21, 2009

An evening get (the cousins) together - Aug. 4th part 2

How can I be this late? This is still on my 2nd evening after arriving in Cebu. Seems so long ago as I am now continuing my (mis)adventures in Hongkong... not really misadventures. I am loving everything about this trip! So here is another installment.

An evening with relatives at Siam…


Today’s highlight was about meeting the cousins, nieces, and nephews for dinner at a Thai restaurant, Siam. The restaurant is owned by one of our cousins. (Did I say I have cousins all over in this island?)


The food delicious, the company WONDERFUL! I am so grateful for a great family. There were lots of laughter. I am so happy to have this get together. Thanks to Arleen, Lyla, and Lani for coordinating the “reunion”. There was a gathering of about 30, great turnout for getting relatives together the day after we arrive. My cousin Arleen is a pastry chef, Cordon Blue grad, made these cakes for the occassion. How lucky can we be!


... and to celebrate summer birthdays!


Mama Inday, my mom, was such a trooper. She arrived at the appointed time and stayed and chatted with the best of them! Catching up with family took us well into the night. Even Mom stayed way after her bedtime!


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August 25, 2009

Really small town in the Island of Cebu...

August 5, 2009.

We are off to my hometown, Samboan, today. My Mom and her two caretakers are coming along. A van is picking us up from Marriott at 1:00 PM. The photo below is shown with my cousin, Fe - who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and my god daughter, Bem (standing next to my daughter, Tracey).


I started the day by blogging, but I am WAY behind when it comes to posting the entries!!! And it is going to get worse... blogging wise that is. For the next five days, I am not sure what or if there is even any type of internet connection at this town destination. I am sure, however, that my daughter and I will have our fill of swimming, eating, and sunning. There will be lots of sunsets too... I will be parked near some beach. YEAH!


Let me back track. I arrived to some awesome welcome. There are four relatives / families who want to host our stay here. My cousins are asking that we stay with them… Tracey said we each can have our own individual hosts! We just might stay at one different place each night so we do not hurt anyone’s feelings. Could this be something like too much of a good thing?

There are some wonderful views everywhere,,, so whereever we are, it will be great.


We decided to stay at my cousin, Fe’s home. My Mom and her two caretakers are staying with a cousin next door. Talk about some wonderful bed and breakfasts! How did I become so LUCKY!

These and the wonderful sight to wake up to. Retirement calls.

Today we swam, ate, caught up on the town gossip… well not all… as I find out more each day what, who, when, why, and where.

And the sunsets are beatiful too!

Tracey waiting for the sun to set on our first day in Samboan.


Fe and I joined her at the beach-


So we stayed and watched the sun disappear into the horizon. Irresistible.



Perhaps I should not wait three or four years between visits.

August 26, 2009

Re= Introducing Samboan to Tracey

August 6, 2009

My daughter, Tracey, barely remember the town I was born and grew up in. Her last visit (prior to this one) was some 15 years ago. Time to reacquaint...

Samboan is about 150 kilometers from Cebu City. With road conditions, it takes one 3.5 hours to get from the city to Samboan... through some really funky towns.... and delightful sights. :)


I borrowed the two pics from Tracey... some creatures compete with pedestrians trying to cross a road well traveled. :)


Life is simple in Samboan... uncomplicated. No one hurries... My mother says that. That is one of the reasons why she abandoned California residency.

We started many a day in the sea ... swimming and / or snorkeling. Most mornings some little kids are up and early waiting for Tracey to get into the sea . They frolic with her. Happy children with not a care in the world.

The one in the middle, Kikay, really enjoyed visiting Tracey; made gifts for her and collected shells to present to her new friend, Tracey.

Reese and her sister Angel loved swimming early in the day as well.

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October 10, 2009

Photo Hunt - Sports


I am the least "sporty" person in the world. I do not involve myself in one, nor do I watch any on TV. I am surrounded by very sports minded people, my own kids, however. Go figure!

My children and their significant others went on the MS BikeRide from San Francisco to Sonoma. They have done this before... to help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. I usually go and watch them at the finish line but this year, I was under the weather so I miss the event. I stayed home instead of going to Sonoma...

Day 1 = Here is Tracey and my daughter in law, Katrina (wife of my oldest son, Shawn) getting ready for that 50 miles ahead. (Sorry for the blurry photo)


Day 2 - Tracey and Mike went on another 50 miles from Rohnert Park to Lake Sonoma. Here is Tracey at the finish line.


My son Mike's fiancee, Jessie ran the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in San Jose, California two weekends ago. Here is the before - Jess is the one in teal.


Jess during


Jessie at the finish line... still looks great after 13+ miles. :)


Tomorrow, they are all running a 10K with proceeds to benefit my school district's sports program. I am so proud of them... I wish that sporty DNA came from me though.

December 16, 2009

Starting To Look Like Christmas

I gave my grandsons a Gingerbread House kit.


The construction started with their dad's "assistance".


Mikey in anticipation.


Getting silly with some frosting.


The houses.


December 19, 2009

PhotoHunt - Fast


Fast! Time sure whizzed by me fast! A year ago, our family welcomed Liam.


Today, my youngest grandson turns 1. Happy Birthday, Liam!!!


The year went by sooooo fast!!!

December 28, 2009

Christmas with the Grandchildren

I think that as the grandchildren get a little older, it is more exciting to spend Christmas with them... I do not have the stress of making sure all the Santa things are done before we head to midnight mass ... and all the things Mom do before Christmas... Whew, I mainly just got to watch and enjoy!

First, a visit with Santa - 3 days before Christmas... Long Line!


We thought Pink Eye was going to steal Christmas... but everyone showed up at my house on Christmas afternoon... Hopefully Pink Eye was false alarm... Grandkids in the midst of all their Christmas presents!


They love their nutcrackers... They are starting a collection and I am contributing to that... LOL
Izzy loved his Surfer Dude.


Mike is back there behind all that hair... and his new Hippie Friend.


Auntie Tracey and Izzy enjoyed and had fun with Bend A Sticks.


Clever, imaginative, and artistic?


Mikey and his future plann ... :)



December 31, 2009

Noon Year's Eve Party

What a novel idea!!!

My daughter-in-law took the three grandboys to a Noon Year's Eve party to welcome 2010. Since the children will be asleep to officially welcome 2010 at midnight, they had an early celebration. Countdown was at NOON!

Liam - ready for some fun!


Izzy came all dressed up... with a tie even... LOL


Mikey always can find entertainment whereever he goes.


At noon, the countdown and the balloon drop!


Liam could not wait for the countdown...


Children and balloons all over...


Baby Liam slept through everything: the children's excitement, noise makers, balloon drop, etc.


His mom asks " ... So how come he wakes up to something as little as a door creaking when he is napping at home?"

What a fabulous idea! How come I did not even think of that when the children were little?

January 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mama Inday!


January 1st is my mother's birthday. She is 89 years old today... (here in California, it is today but in the Philippines, it was yesterday! They are 16 hours ahead. :))


My mom, we call her Mama Inday, decided to go home/ relocate back to Cebu, Philippines after 25 years of living, working, and retiring in California. She went to visit one Easter / Spring break and decided to stay. She has been back there for about 5 years now. I have to say, she likes being there. She lives in one of her old homes accompanied by two caretakers. My god-daughter visits her on a regular basis. She usually takes photos when she visits and sends me some updated photo. Thanks, Bem!


My daughter, Tracey and I visited her last summer... which was very, very nice.


I am hoping that we will be able to go home next year when she celebrates her 90th! Fingers are crossed!

January 2, 2010

Photo Hunt - Lick


When we visited Hawaii last May, my grandson, Izzy, willingly shared a lick of his Shave Ice with his little bro, Mikey.


At Mikey's Halloween party. Not sure what he is into but he must have liked it - to lick that spoon clean. (That's licking, right?) :)


Have 'Lickin' Great 2010, everyone!

January 5, 2010

A 5-year old's journal entry

I gave my grandson, Izzy, a journal for Christmas. He is a kindergartener. I believe that writing as often as possible is a good exercise. His mom said he writes his journal entries on his own. Here is one of Izzy's journal entries -


Good practice for the district's writing assessments. Complete sentence with right punctuation...(although he has to learn that he does not need to capitalize every word)... LOL
Are the children growing up too fast? :)

February 9, 2010

Busy February - birthday month

Somewhere between groundhog day and Abe Lincoln's birthday is ...February 9th. My birthday! I am at the perfect age... Somewhere between "Younger than Springtime" and "Older than Dirt".

Anyway, this birthday week has been great! It started out with me coming to school on Monday, February 8th and being told that I won the Superbowl pool. Yeah! I do not know football so I did not watch... and just put money into the pool to be a "team player" at school. :) And I won... Double Yeah!

Tuesday, my birthday, was made special when Mike and Jessie came to my classroom to bring me this gift and two trays of cookies for my class. My class was excited to meet Mike and Jessie ... an of course to partake in the cookie treats!

Beautiful orchid! Thanks, Mike and Jess!

My children called and wanted to go to celebrate but I had some mandated meeting at school to attend, so celebrating will have to be done at a later date. I did not mind so much attending a PTA Founders Day meeting on the evening of my birthday because I started celebrating my birthday month with my family with a weekend trip to Monterey ( blog post to follow) the weekend before my birthday week.

It is a short work week. Friday is forlough day... a non-paid day off... I'll take it... rest... :)

February 15, 2010

Valentine Craft Night

I baby-sat my grandsons the eve before Valentines Day. Ok, confession: I did hire a Grandma baby-sitter helper because I think I am too old to handle 3 active toddlers.

So I decided to have a little craft night. The boys made Valentines magnets for their Mom. Grandma showing Mikey how to take off the paper backing of stickers.


Izzy busy at work.


Izzy showing off his finished work... so proud.


Mikey's magnet.


Mikey did one for Liam - who was disinterested.... a guess a one-year would not think this is a fun thing to do. :)


They were so proud to give the presents to their Mom on Valentine morning. Izzy and I helped Mikey on spelling his name and that of Liam's.

February 19, 2010


Many of my blogging friends post "Gratitude Friday" entries. I saw this quote and thought it was appropriate.

"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty."

--Doris Day

I am indeed so full of gratitude for family... This being my birthday month... I am rich with loving friends and family who continue to celebrate my birthday.

This photo is of my grandbabies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium... boys I am most grateful for!

March 9, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday, Isaiah!!!

My oldest grandson, Izzy turned 6 today!


He had a birthday party last weekend, which I missed (pout, whine, :(, etc) The theme of the party was Rockstar party. It fits him - because Izzy rocks! His Papa Shawn made the cake which looks fabulous!


From the photos posted, there were many guests to wish him a very happy birthday.


There was a jump-house where the rockstar's brother, Mikey was having fun.


Of course, Auntie Tracey was there too.


Little brother Liam looks great in some shades (party favor). He looks like he enjoyed himself as well.


I wish I were there... I am so bummed that I missed it. :(

April 4, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt 2010

I decided to join my grandsons' Saturday morning activity and I had myself some enjoyable grand times with my favorite little boys. I drove to this park in Tracy, California where my granddarlings (term borrowed from BGE, an ST traveller) were joining some 100 other children on an Easter Egg hunt.

I was all smiles when I saw Liam, tie, blazer and all patiently watching his older brother and other kids spending energy at the park play structures.



Mikey and Izzy were "all dressed-up" as well. I wonder if they picked out their attires for the day.... Adorable. Their cousin, Jalen was also decked out. :) The boys are ready to make an impression on the Easter bunny.


Mikey could hardly wait for the hunt to begin -


Getting set for the big run and collect, the children and parents lined up and were ready. At 11:30 a whistle was blown and off they went. (Notice the anticipatory look on Mikey)


So cute to see everyone with baskets full of "stuffed" eggs. Seriously there has been some serious egg stuffing that went on when each kid had baskets full! These Moms do not kid around when sponsoring these activities... I need to blog about their themed play dates. :)

Izzy and his loot.

Liam amidst eggs-


I had a lot of fun with my favorite boys.


April 11, 2010

SiFAM and Ruffles

SiFAM - My cousin, Fe, told me that we are Sisters From Another Mother. It reminds me of my son's surf club... BFAM - Brothers from Another Mother ....

She is right, we are SiFAM! Who else would pick up and meet me in the Philippines for a summer vacation? She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. So it is no small feat to fly half-way across the world to meet a cousin/friend one summer break. She makes me laugh too, a lot.


Not only did she fly to Cebu, Philippines but she also booked side trips for us (Tracey and myself) so we can visit HongKong and Singapore. Never mind that she has visited both places several times in the past. Indeed she is a sister!


So she basically flew to Cebu ahead of me so she can meet me at the airport upon arrival... arranged everything from hotel to transportation for our first week there. I love her. We always had fun together. Way back when we were still both living in the Philippines, we used to have escapades when we were off school (she taught in the Philippines) when I was still pushing through college. We would bum free ship fare from our uncle (many times removed) who was the Director of the National Bureau of Investigation - (the Philippines FBI counterpart) and we would find ourselves in Manila. We recalled a boat so small that our cots, yes cots, would slide back and forth when the waves were huge... But we also recalled dinners with the ship's captain. :)

We did reminsice our crazy antics when we were together this summer. Here we explored an open market, Cebu City, Philippines.


Here we are in Singapore, exploring the largest orchid exhibit.


In HongKong participating in a morning TaiChi.


(I was going to blog about how she loves ruffles...and she does... but I got sidetracked so I will have to do another post about ruffles for her, haha)

April 12, 2010

Ruffles, ruffles, ruffles for SiFAM, Fe

Ruffles must be in. I was reading Paris Breakfasts - A Bit of Skirt here -

Then I read Barb's Follow My Bliss - I Love Ruffles.

Fe in her signature ruffle top - She had them in various colors. :)


I thought I better post my collection of ruffles from this past summer. I took lots of ruffly photos while on a shopping expidetion in HongKong. My intention was to send the photos to my SiFAM, Fe... my Sister From Another Mother. :) But this habit of mine called procrastinating got in the way in a big and major way... so here it is... months and another calendar year later! Fe, these are for you...


You are ahead of the trend, as you wore lots of ruffles last summer and only NOW are they all over - :)


Skirts too -



Tracey had it all covered - ruffly dress!


When we were at HongKong's Victoria Peak


I went to my grandson, Izzy's school's International Festival and saw these ruffles as well.


See Fe, they are catching on to you. Ruffles are all over now. :)

April 14, 2010

Happy Birthday, Katrina !!!

A belated Happy Birthday to my daughter-in-law, Katrina! Amd many, many more ... Cheers!


She is my oldest son, Shawn's, wife and the mother of my three grandchildren: Izzy, Mikey, and Liam.


She is creative - puts Martha Stewart to shame... bakes some awesome stuff ala Barefoot Contessa.... and generous of her time.... she puts in hours to make the children's time always memorable from her theme playdates, to volunteering in the classroom.


Top Chef playdate


Mummies - halloween treats for Izzy's class.


We are so proud of her and we love her. What a great member of our family.

April 26, 2010

Choices I made

This past weekend, I made some enjoyable choices. I had intended to work in my classroom, get caught up on things but ... that will have to wait another weekend.

Saturday, I spent with friends- dinner and a movie. Sunday, I played with the grandkids, who were on a "staycation". Correcting homework will have to wait.






May 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mike

Today, May 3rd, is a big day for my youngest son, Mike. It is his birthday. Happy birthday!!!

Here with his nephew and namesake, Little or Baby Mikey

He is a surfing dude, a bike enthusiast, an artist, a runner, and many other things, who is very soft-spoken and tender... He is a wonderful son, a great brother to his older brother and sister. He is also a loving uncle to his nephews... (who in turn adore their Uncle Mike). He is also a loving fiance to Jessie.


While I am really excited to know that he is moving to Hawaii next month (for work), I know that I will miss him something awful. It will be miles away, although I know he will be very happy there... of course... with all that sun and surf!

Perhaps, I should look at the bright side of things... now I can visit Waikiki more often. And he is coming back home when he gets married in October.


Happy Birthday, Mike!

May 4, 2010

Flunking at Babysitting

This past weekend, my oldest son and his wife went to Seattle to celebrate thier anniversary. I was entrusted to watch two grandboys... Mikey, almost 3, and Liam 1 year and 4 months. (We may be using "entrusted" here very casually. )


Liam makes silly faces when he is happy - which is most of the time.

I had to call on my daughter, Tracey, to help out. I am not equipped to do long term baby sitting! ... not anymore. Tracey was a GREAT help!

Anyway, I think I flunked babysitting.

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May 7, 2010

PhotoHunt - Mom /Mother


Here are two mothers - generations apart. (Make that three. :))

My mom who lives in Cebu, Philippines. We (my daughter, Tracey and I) visited her last summer. She will be 90 years old January 1, 2011. I hope to be able to celebrate that milestone with her.


My daughter in law, Katrina... mother of my three grandsons... She brought this family more love.

Had to share this for Mothers' Day. Enjoy!

Out of the mouths of babes. Enjoy these and enjoy Mother's Day!!

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?

1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.


May 15, 2010

Photo Hunt - Half



I was having a difficult time finding something relevant to the topic to post... so I thought I would be skipping this today.

Then a few minutes ago, my youngest son, Mike walked in the door! Yeah! "Half" right there emblassoned on his chest! LOL. So what does a blogger-Mom do? "Would you pose for me right there, please?" she asked. He indulged...


Mike and his fiancee, Jessie, participated in the Oakland half marathon a couple of months ago. He is getting ready to run the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco tomorrow.


June 12, 2010

Photo Hunt - Bubbles


I thought I had photos of a glass of the bubbly (my first thought)... but could not find any... So the hunt went on, took a different direction, and here are a couple of finds...

My grandson, Mikey has a bubbly personality, for sure - Here is he enjoying a bubble bath -


... taking a peek into his bubbly self - :)


During the school year, one of our units of study is The Wind. At recess, the children have the opportunity to play with "The Wind". Here are some of our play things - Bubbles being one of them.



June 22, 2010

Berry Picking

Last Saturday, Tracey and I were invited to go berry picking in Sebastopol, California. Such fun. There were blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Today, I am thinking strawberries... and my share of the harvest for that kind of berries. :)


Tracey hard at work, harvesting and weeding.

Our share of the harvest.

So many berries, such great results... I made strawberry sauce... with Splenda. Waiting for some sugar-free ice cream. yummm


June 29, 2010

"Legos are my life" says the birthday boy. :)

Today, June 29th is one of my grandson's 3rd birthday. He has brought so much joy to the family. He says the darndest things... One being "Legos are my life!" So we are headed to LegoLand in Southern California this weekend.



One Mikey and Grandma have in common is we love to eat... :)


Mikey is also game for everything he is exposed to... such an eager learner.

At the Discovery Museum with his big brother, Izzy.

July 30, 2010

PhotoHunt - Public


Public? I was challenged by this theme. My intial thought was "public spaces" - influenced by my daughter who is a landscape architect. Here are some -

Public Spaces in San Francisco, California -


Golden Gate Park.... taken when we visited the Birth of the Impressionists exhibit at the De Young Museum. This a small public space; a tiny section of the Golden Gate park.


And a few others to form a public collection. :)

Public Servant at the park

Farmers Market at the Ferry building - very public... where I spotted Joe Montana shopping with his family. is he a public figure?



A sample of Public Display of everything - at the Pride Parade in San Francisco.


Public Beach - Ok, I couldn't help myself. just wanted to include (republish) my grandsons at a public beach. :)


August 1, 2010

Picnic in the Redwoods

The Slow Travel Picnic in the Redwoods is an annual event, I missed the first two so I attended my first one last Saturday. What a fun event!


Prior to the event, a group of us were together at a museum and sometime during that day, it was discussed that a roast pig be brought to the picnic. My daughter, Tracey, was really campaigning that a whole roast pig must make an appearance. Ever the indulging Mom, I went looking for a roast pig source in the area. Roast pig or Lechon (Philippine term for it) is a specialty in my home island of Cebu, so I was taking this task as a personal challenge at this point. Can someone say, OCD?


I asked some Filipino friends in and around Fremont for recommendations... A week prior to the event, I made reservations for the smallest lechon to be picked up.

The day before the event, Food Network kept broadcasting Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations show about visiting Cebu, Philippines and feasting on Lechon. The show was repeated a few times during the day as if to torture me... LOL

So Saturday came, and time for me to pick up the lechon. I was hoping that the Slow Travel group will feel the way about lechon as Anthony Bourdain did... I was worried about the vegetarians in the group...

Anita was the master lechon carver.


Here is Judy, the event coordinator "taking care" of the lechon.


I invited my daughter in law, Katrina and the grandsons to attend the picnic. Katrina and Liam


The boys were not too thrilled to see the pig. Mikey kept saying "No, No" when I asked him if he wanted to see the pig. Izzy was more thrilled about dragging a stick around the picnic grounds, and hoping to hit the playground north of the parking lot. :)


Letha was one of the folks who was really "hands-on" at the event.


Pete made a science lesson of the event. :) Who can pass up a teachable moment?


There are learning opportunities in everything,


Tracey and Marcy saved this for another science lesson.


As it turned out, the lechon was a hit. Everyone who was a meat eater loved it.... as evidenced by the aftermath photo. Do not check out the following page if you are a vegetarian... or do not want to see what happens after lechon is enjoyed by "meatatarians":)

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August 9, 2010

First Day of Pre School

One of my grandsons, Mikey, started preschool for the 2010-2011 School Year. My, how time flies!

We know he is very ready... no tears....


He loves his cubbie


He loves school. Let's hope it stays that way... He has many, many years ahead of him...


As excited as he was about school, he was also excited when we picked him up after being there for 3.5 hours.


October 10, 2010


October 10, 2010

A special date for us. My youngest son, Mike, is getting married to a great girl - Jessie. Excited, happy, proud...


October 14, 2010

My youngest son, Mike, is married!

It is with such joy that I announce that my youngest son, Mike, is married! This means I have a new daughter, Jessie! That is in addition to Tracey and Katrina. Mike and Jessie tied the knot last Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 10.10.10!


At the end of this blog is a link - a beautiful remembrance of that day in pictures, compliments of BFAM, Mike's Brothers From Another Mother.

Enjoy! I hope this link works... or do copy and paste so you can see what a joyous occassion 10.10.10 was for my family!

October 16, 2010

Photo Hunt - Miniature


Miniature, huh? Search, search...hunt, hunt....

Here is a miniature wedding cake. :)


My youngest son got married this past weekend - 10.10.10. Instead of a huge wedding cake, they had cupcakes and a miniature wedding cake to cut for the cake cutting ceremony.



And for good measure, here's the newlywed couple. I really just wanted to include a picture of them. :)


November 1, 2010

Weddings in the Fall # 1 Vicky and Andy

Starting in mid-September, I have been to three weddings! All beautiful events. The series of happy and joyous celebrations started with Vicky and Andy's wedding in San Francisco.

Having watched Andy grow into a fine young man from that cub scout in my den; I felt very proud of him as he entered this so grown up step. And what a wonderful girl he is married to! My son, Mike, was one of the groomsmen at this wedding and enjoyed the four-day joyful celebration.

Andy and Vicky -


Here is a collection of Andy and Vicky's wedding photos. I asked permission from the photographer if I could publish the album in my blog and he gave me permission to do it.

... or perhaps a copy and paste if the link does not work. The photos are beautiful... so do try and take a peek.

November 9, 2010

My Birthday Girl

This post was done yesterday but Slow Travel was not cooperating with me,... so it is a day late. :(

Today (Nov. 9th) is my daughter, Tracey's, birthday! Meet my truly beautiful daughter.

She is a loving daughter, a very thoughtful sister, and a doting aunt to three nephews (so far). Here she is with the Mom of the three nephews, Tracey's sister in law, Katrina ...


Tracey loves to travel and is a wonderful travel buddy. She is one of my favorite travel companions because she tolerates my boring ways. :) We have gone to Hawaii numerous times, to Paris, to Asia, and to Slow Travel get-togethers... Here she is with a couple of cousins in my hometown, Samboan, Cebu, Philippines.


She is loyal friend to many... here she is with a childhood pal, Nikki.


She is beautiful in so many ways... I am one blessed Mom...

December 27, 2010

Exploring San Francisco with the boys - Day 1

Right after school ended for the winter break, I took two of my grandchildren to San Francisco. We had 3 fun-filled days... of children's activities... Such fun.

We started with an overnight here at home. Izzy and Mikey spent Sunday night all set for adventure in San Francisco. They kept telling me they love staying in hotels... so they were looking forward to a hotel stay.

This is Mikey waking up on Monday morning - happily anticipating the San Francisco get-away. Izzy still snoozed away.


We got ready after breakfast and headed to the city. Here we are at check-in at the Marriott.

Country bunkins or what? LOL ... Auntie Tracey who loves these boys came along. She is a gem!

After check in we shopped for a little bit. Finding out that there was a pool, we had to get swim trunks for the boys. Unfortunately none were available at the stores we went to... so we picked up what we thought would work for a short dip at the pool. Oh, and the boys picked up one toy too... Ben Ten - whoever he is... :)

Mikey who protested that "People do not wear belts in the water!" gave in and played in the pool for a bit.


Izzy had a great time...


After the pool session, we rested for a bit and headed to Union Square as I wanted to see the tree... We used to go to the Tree Lighting the day after Thanksgiving... when the children were little, my children that is....

For dinner we headed to the Burger Bar... because I have not been there before... Here is a look at the menu... now wonder I had not visited it before... and no I did not order this one -


I will do a separate post on Burger Bar later....but we ordered this sliders for the kids...$12... tiny burgers... which they did not really eat---


... maybe because they had this decadent milkshake delivered prior to the sliders... but hey we only live once, right?


Back to the hotel after dinner but first a little playtime at the Ferrari store...

This was before they told me "No Pictures!" Izzy loved riding the mini version at the store... one can get one for $5,000. Nice toy. :)

Before heading for bed, the boys made a list of what they wanted to do the next day... :)

Children's museum tomorrow - or says the list . :)

December 28, 2010

San Francisco Children's Museum with the Boys - Day 2

After breakfast on our second day in the city, we headed over to the Children's Museum. I had not been there before... so I was in the exploring mood just as much as the boys were.



The children's Museum is located in the Yerba Buena Center which is only a block away from the Marriott we were staying.


The Zeum carousel met us at the entrance. We could not pass it up.



Inside the museum were many fun activities. I felt like a kid again...

Lego wall

Auntie Tracey and Mike working at the Digital Art Station

Can you guess which characters the children made out of clay. They produced an animated show. Izzy and Mikey creators, Auntie Tracey did the cinematography.


January 23, 2011

Night in the City with the Family

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January 25, 2011

New Granddarling


Meet my grandson, number 4! This is Wyatt. He is almost a month old and all personality already.

February 19, 2011

PhotoHunt - Silhouettes


PhotoHunt - Silhouettes...

When I saw this theme, I immediately thought of two things - Three of my favorite boys in silhouettes ... (I am sure Wyatt will be added soon) and my calendar at school.

Here are three of my four granddarlings in silhouettes that their creative Mom crafted.




Mikey with his long curly hair tied up almost bun like. :)




It is of silhouttes this month.


In honor of our first and sixteenth presidents... Thanks to them, we have a school holiday on Monday - Presidents' Day! No school! YEAH! ( I love school but a break now and then is wonderful).

March 1, 2011

Bieber Fever

My grandson, Mikey had this gorgeous long hair, curly and cute. He looked so handsome in those curls.


So Mikey is now almost four years old. He decides that he wants a haircut. He said he wants hair like Justin Bieber.


So off to the hair salon they went.


Snip. Cut...





Bieber? Much cuter than Bieber.... :)

August 18, 2011

Paris, France or Fairlfield, California

Before summer break and during his birthday party in June, one of my Granddarlings asked me to take him to Paris. He said that he wants to go up the Eiffel Tower. Mikey is four and he said he wants to go before he turns five years old. A boy after my own heart!!!

This grandma told him that I can not take him to Paris yet. Soon, perhaps. He said, "Fairfield then"! Hmmm. I asked him "Why, Fairfield?" He said with a puzzled look and eyebrows wrinkeld " Jelly Belly Factory!"


Of course! Fair trade, yeah? Jelly Belly Factory? Paris, France?

So after summer school, we went off to Fairfield, California. It is an hour and a half drive from home. We stayed at a hotel for two nights - to make it feel like a vacation!


Granddarling #1 Izzy and #2 Mikey and I were off in search of the Jelly Belly Factory!!!


Izzy in front of one of the Jelly Belly Art work. There are numerous ones in the collection!


This how excited Mikey was as we started our tour and before they asked me to put away the camera. :) We had to wear the hats... or a hairnet!

After the tour, I had to try the Jelly Belly shaped burger.... Will skip it next time.


The boys played with what were in the JB cafeteria. Some other boy joined in the fun.


Back at the hotel, time to explore the pool and hot tub!



Love how simple things can add so much joy to my world!

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