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March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

I wonder where the tradition started...

I grew up in the Philippines where Easter was more of a religious tradition more than anything else. Raised a Catholic, I believe that He is Risen.

Ok, the visitors who went to his tomb could not find him.

I came to the United States and people look for plastic eggs with chocolates in them.

What gives?

March 27, 2008

I Wonder If I Fit The Bill....

Kathy (Teachick) posted somewhere that some people re-tell their stories of woe over and over again because they are in need of attention. It made me wonder if I fit the bill...

It sure had me thinking if I really want to be the center of attention. Maybe I do. Here are some items that may prove that to be so:

1. I teach school, so I have and am the center of attention of some 20 5-year olds 180 days out of a calendar year. Not that they are always paying attention, but I want to think that I am the center of their school day. Hmmm, one can dream... if you know how much attention span these 5-year olds have.

2. Do unto others. I make sure that I pay attention to my friends. Maybe I have some ulterior motives. I pay attention to them so they in turn will pay attention to me.

3. Retelling (somewhat, or to some extent) my stories of woe. I send health updates to almost everyone I know. I have this weird idea that they maybe somewhat be interested in me.

4.Hear ye, hear ye. I voice my opinions so that I maybe heard. Wow, I never thought of it this way before but doesn't this just sound like I want to be the center of attention. Now, I am even wondering if someone actually "listen" to me.

5. I blog. What a forum for me to be the center of attention to my readers. I have this imaginary bevy of readers or this delusional idea that people are actually reading my blog!

But then, isn't this a cheap way of getting my voice out there? Or am I too cheap to pay for therapy? Maybe that is where I should be... but there is always tomorrow. I can sort my life out some more tomorrow.

April 19, 2008

What is our world coming to?

Saw this article this morning. I thought this was interesting, sad also. As an educator, working in a high performing school district, we expect a lot from our students... It is time we consider what our youth have to live with that sometimes get in the way of their day-to-day learning experiences.

Drunk mom tries to pick up kid
Posted Apr 17th 2008 2:02PM by Roger Sinasohn
Filed under: Moms, Toddler, Preschooler, Alcohol

A Reno, Nevada woman showed up at her daughter's preschool "grossly intoxicated" and demanded her daughter. When school officials refused to release the girl to the woman, she went on a rampage, smashing a window with a brick and assaulting the school staff. The police were called and the woman was arrested. The child was later released to her father.

Sadly, sometimes our children's caregivers have to face situations like this. I don't know that I'll ever understand why a parent would allow themselves to get wasted when they know they're going to taking care of (let alone picking up) their kid. I mean, I like good beer and wine as much as the next guy, and I see nothing wrong with having one or two, even while watching your kids, but one must avoid becoming impaired.

Of course, the real victim here is the kid who loses her mom in all this. I hope that perhaps a bit of time cooling off -- and sobering up -- will give this mother a chance to realize what's really important.

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April 26, 2008

The Economic Stimulus Rebate Checks

I read and heard somewhere that the economic stimulus rebate checks will be delivered early. My sister who does contract work and process tax returns said that there are more people who filed this year. For a single person like me, I expect to receive $600. Couples, double that and $300 for each dependent child.

Hmmm, I guess we should spend the rebate checks to stimulate the US economy. That may be harder to do than initially thought and I, for one, love spending ... I read this somewhere...

1. If one spends the rebate check on gas - the stimulus check goes to OPEC
2. ... towards down payment on a car - it goes to Japan (just ask Jill who loves her
her Honda and Girasoli who is starting to hate the US manufactured Saturn or its
representative)
3. ... towards some clothes - it may go to Malaysia, Sri Lanka, or Pakistan
4. ... towards some technology or tech services - it may go to India
5. ... towards some affordable wines - it may go to Australia, etc.
6. ... towards some Prosecco or champagne - well, you know where it will go :)
7. ... towards "fresh produce" - it may go to Chile, Ecuador, etc.
8. ... towards children's toys - for sure it will go to China (try looking for some made
elsewhere)

So where should we spend it to stimulate the US economy?

... YARD and GARAGE SALES! These are the only businesses ran locally!

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May 4, 2008

Technology Bumps - Email hacked, etc.

I wrote this post a few minutes ago and I previewed it and promptly lost it before I could save it. Arggg, technology challenges! So here I go again.

I posted on the ST forums that my email address has been hacked recently and an email using my AOL address was sent to everyone on my address book. This happened a couple of days ago, maybe the 1st of the month.

I tried to get online then and found out that I couldn't. I called AOL and was told or rather I gathered that my subscription to AOL was suspended. I was talking to an AOL "customer service representative" at that time. I could hardly understand him. He was rude too... some customer rep!

I gathered that the suspension was due to too many unsolicited email sent from my address. I told them that I did not send those emails. (I am not selling any technology devices and not taking British pounds for payments.) The rep asked me if I wanted to discontinue my subscription to AOL. After his attitude and this email address hacking (twice in 6 months), I was really tempted.

But I must confess - I am AOL dependent! I need to attend some AOL anonymous meeting and get rid of this dependence.

Anyway, I am back online, changed my password and the dependence continues. Some friends are calling and emailing to ask what made me go into a business competing with Best Buys and Frys Electronics. And what is up with the payments in British pounds???????

Ah, technology... I guess some challenges comes with wonders.

May 7, 2008

Confused Or Bi-colored Roses

I am not much of a gardener, nah, not a gardener by even the remotest imagination. I plant things and expect them to just grow and do their things with not much expectations from me. So I decided to plant some roses a few years back. They are on the edge of the driveway adjacent to my neighbor's lawn. Lucky for me or lucky for those roses, they get watered when my neighbor water their lawn. So they flower, some looking scraggly... but some of them look pretty good. Like this one ...

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Now, there is this one that is catching my attention lately. I planted this a while ago and it blooms. This year I noticed that some of the flowers are yellow and some are red - all from one rose bush! Is that normal? Or is this rose bush taking after my bi-cultural family???? Makes me wonder....

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May 21, 2008

Kindergarten Writing Assessment

As we approach the end of another school year, testing, testing, and more testing seem to go into overdrive. We have been assessing students' learning. We are checking what skills they have mastered this school year. With all the testing that we do, you won't be able to guess that enrolling and attending Kindergarten is NOT mandatory in the state of California.

Kindergarteners and First Graders took the district writing assessments these past couple of days. Yesterday, one of the kindergarteners in the other classroom said that she was "too stressed" as the writing assessment was administered. As the test progressed and more directions were given the 6 year old child became more agitated. Eventually, she threw a "fit", or had a breakdown, and started throwing things including her test packet or materials.

I worry when a 5 or 6 year old display serious test anxiety this early in their educational journey. I wonder if we are asking too much from the children. Granting that she is the only one who had a break down and could not handle the testing pressures, it still bothered me that that happened.

Here is the test: the kindergarten students were asked to draw a picture according to a given prompt. After 10 minutes of drawing, they had to stop. The class then braistormed about their pictures. Words were listed on a chart paper. Then students were directed to write as many descriptive sentences that they can. They may use the words on the brainstorm list.

First grade tests were more involved, of course. I do not even want to go there....

Teachers were instructed not to provide any other assistance... no reminders about capitalizations, correct spelling, or punctuation marks. Students are only reminded to review their work and make sure every writing "mechanics" are done right.

I hope that we do not turn our students off to learning. I am a life-long learner and I love going to school. But as far as I can remember, I was not asked to write paragraphs when I was 6 years old. I did not know what a graphic organizer was...I did not know what a word web was... I do not think that I knew how to organize my thoughts to put together some coherent paragraph.

I wonder what other standards we will have next year. I wonder what we will expect of our students so we can say they have reached some benchmarks...

I hope that I am not a teacher who is expcting too little of my students but one who just wants some activities that are developmentally appropriate for their age....

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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March 1, 2009

Moon and Venus

Last night, I was coming home from work when I noticed something that really caught my eyes and interest. I asked my daughter to see what I saw up in the sky and tell me what that was next to the crescent moon. We tried to take pictures but they did not turn out so well. Here's one of ours.

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We came back in and looked online and found out that Venus was visible to the naked eyes the next few nights and they even had a nice picture of what it should look like.... just like what I saw up there. A bit different from the way ours look. LOL

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I was so thrilled to see it .... I guess it does not take much to get me excited ... :)

June 2, 2009

Stalking Waikiki's Matchy-matchy. :)

I saw some couples, people who tried to be "matchy-matchy" in Waikiki. It was later that I thought, 'this would make a great blog topic' :) .... much to the horror of my children as I was trying to be discreet when taking pictures of those in matching gear!

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What is it with Aloha shirts that make people want to dress alike? Seriously!

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I think the matchy-matchy looked good on children though ....

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Why do people go matchy matchy in Hawaii? They really do not do it when they go other places. Tourists do not wear matching striped blue shirts in Paris, do they? Not matching Big Ben T shirts in London. Or even matching rebosos in Mexico... but they sure feel compelled to do so in Hawaii. :) I wonder...

Oh wait, maybe except for this group. LOL

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June 6, 2009

PhotoHunt - Advertisement

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I went through some photos and was ready to give up on this topic... until I found this. I have to apologize that this is a "rerun", as I posted this a while back...

I thought this was an interesting advertisement of what seems like a "one-stop-shop" in San Francisco...

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July 10, 2009

PhotoHunt - Garbage

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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!!!

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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... :)

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.

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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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