Limit the Usage of MUSIC PLAYERS

Old models of Apple IPod Nano and shuffle
Old models of Apple IPod Nano and shuffle
(still working and in good condition)

More and more people are aware of the health hazards accompanied by exposure to loud music like playing personal MP3 players at maximum level. The risk is of course, vulnerability to music-induced hearing loss. A study reveals that listening to loud music through earphones at least an hour a day consistently for a period of 5 years can cause permanent ear damage.

Although listening to music has been a great pleasure to many yet they seem to disregard the realities of inflicting damage to their health. If young people keep using their Ipods or personal music players for longer time and at high volume levels, they can develop a condition called "tinnitus" which involves hearing a ringing sound inside the ear.

Manufacturers of these gadgets should consider such negative effects to customer and make them aware of the dangers by printing clear warnings on packaging and linking volume controls to decibel levels. While the end users should do their part of protecting themselves from the risk.

SUMMER snapshots... the fun ends, school begins

hiding my bubbly cheeks
The HAT covers me up
My daughter LIZETTE

i need a hairbrush
FLOATING with my hair

it's dark out here!
My TOP reflects my polish
My daughter LIZETTE

flaunting my asset
BROADER than my shoulder

that's us having fun under the sun!
SUMMER is out.... WE are in !!!

SUMMER vacation is almost over and will meet its end once more... until next year. 
Youngsters  are yet to start another stressful school dilemma as they call it.  
The needed break is consumed and it's time to get busy with books and pens.  
Get ready... uniforms, school bags, BAON (allowance) and sparkling black shoes. 
 Expect more traffic... SCHOOL OPENS SOON.


KIKO and his beloved Tikoy
KIKO and his beloved Tikoy

TIKOY came to Kiko's life March of last year.  We bought  this stuffed dogie at TOY KINGDOM, SM Megamall.  When he saw this on the toy shelf, he immediately got hold of it and that's the start of their undeniable closeness.

From then on... Tikoy became his buddy and he will never have his "tatas" (milk) without this stuffed toy around his arms.  It's automatic.  He cannot sleep without Tikoy and whenever we go out, we bring Tikoy with us.  There are times that we have to leave his fave toy but when we get back home, Tikoy is the first one he'll find.

He became so attached with him that we even try to buy another stuffed animal just for replacement when Tikoy needs to be washed.  But, nothing can take Tikoy's place in Kiko's life. not even a new one that's exactly like it.

The bond is so strong that, he will quickly get Tikoy out of the dryer even if it's a little wet.

Is this kind of attachment normal for Kiko?

My research tells me that it's just fine.  The bond between Kiko with Tikoy plays an important part on his emotional development. states that "Attachments give a child working models for all subsequent relationships in life: This is my friend, who comforts me when I am distressed and shares happy moments with me. These relationships provide a secure base that allows your child to explore her environment and gives her a feeling of mastery over her activities and surroundings."

By the way, I want to share some trivias about Tikoy.
  • Kiko's older brother Kurt named the stuffed toy Tikoy because we bought it from Toy Kingdom with acronym TK so TiKoy.
  • My mom has a dog named Maki and he looks like Tikoy.  He's a  tri-color shih tzu. Maybe that's the reason why he picked him up because of his familiarity with Maki. 


red flower blooms
Created to offer radiance
Its allurement rests in paradise...
cradled with the softness of wind
breathing through
the green hue.

yellow petals on full bloom
Gazing upon the luminosity
of every petal...
Either its brightness
that cares for joy
or dullness that sympathize
with a tearful eye.

the pinkish long petals
Long-lasting innocence...
 its enigmatic beauty controls
ones lucidity,  unnoticed... overlooked by
an insightful beholder.
Kindle of a peculiar master.

purple wideness of heart
Silence blooming in a corner
untiring... just laying with brilliance.
Once picked up and whined
like a lovely ornament on a vase.
Embellished fate with endless vow
Consoled a bleeding heart
on the grave.

bunch of blues
Scented... harmless
colorful pleasing blossoms
in the midst of earthly grounds.
Pondered and fostered.
Take hold of this sensitive wonder
that will bring absolute
euphoria and felicity.

Beware of STY

What do you notice about these photos?
Do you see any obvious and disturbing mark on my KIKO's face?

kiko's side view shot
Kiko's side view shot
kiko's frontal shot
Kiko's frontal shot
kiko with his fave buddy, tikoy
Kiko with his fave buddy, tikoy
Take a second glance and you will find a lump on his left eyelid.  It's a STY!  beware of this eyelid infection because it affects children more than adults.

Final Destination

Based on the holy scriptures,
men are created equal in the eyes of GOD.
GOD is the source of all goodness and divine simplicity...
HE is the supreme being, the maker of every
life there is.
Only HE knows...
when and how it will end.
Generations upon generations.
Civilizations after civilizations.
Significant people made a mark in history...

Diana Frances Spencer was born into the British aristocracy, was the youngest daughter of Edward John Spencer and his first wife, Frances Spencer. She was born at Park House, Sandringham in Norfolk, England on 1 July 1961. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Their sons, Princes William and Henry (Harry), are second and third in line to the thrones of the United Kingdom and fifteen other Commonwealth Realms.

A public figure from the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles, Diana remained the focus of near-constant media scrutiny in the United Kingdom and around the world up to and during her marriage, and after her subsequent divorce.

Diana's life and legacy have been mixed but a popular fascination with the Princess endures. The long awaited Coroner's Inquest reported in April 2008 that Diana had been unlawfully killed by the driver and the following paparazzi. On 31 August 1997, Diana died after a high speed car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris along with Dodi Al-Fayed

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Baker. As the identity of her father is undetermined, she was later baptized Norma Jeane Baker.

Norma Jeane spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages until 1937, when she moved in with family friend Grace McKee Goddard.

Marilyn Monroe personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that enamored the world. Although she was an alluring beauty with voluptuous curves and a generous pout, Marilyn was more than a '50s sex goddess. Her apparent vulnerability and innocence, in combination with an innate sensuality, has endeared her to the global consciousness. She dominated the age of movie stars to become, without question, the most famous woman of the 20th Century.

She was ready to shed her "shallow blonde" image by 1955. It had gotten her into the spotlight, but now that she had the opportunity and experience, Marilyn wanted to pursue serious acting.

Sadly, in a shocking turn of events on the early morning of August 5, 1962, 36-year-old Marilyn died in her sleep at her Brentwood, California home. The world was stunned. Marilyn's vibrant spirit and beauty made it impossible to believe she was gone. On August 8, 1962, Marilyn's body was laid to rest in the Corridor of Memories, #24, at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was born at 83 Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts on Tuesday, May 29, 1917, the second son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and Rose Fitzgerald. Kennedy, who was to be the first U.S. president born in the twentieth century, lived in Brookline for his first ten years of life.

He graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in international affairs in June 1940, and his thesis was published in July 1940 as a book entitled Why England Slept, and became a bestseller.

John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President at noon on January 20, 1961. In his inaugural address he spoke of the need for all Americans to be active citizens, famously saying, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on November 22, 1963, while on a political trip to Texas. He was shot twice in the neck and head, and was pronounced dead at 1:00 p.m. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested at a movie theater at about 1:50 p.m.

MOTHER TERESA was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje*, Macedonia, on August 26**, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ.

For over forty years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Her work has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions.

Her Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counseling programs, orphanages, and schools.

In April 1996, Mother Teresa fell and broke her collar bone. In August she suffered from malaria and failure of the left heart ventricle. She had heart surgery, but it was clear that her health was declining. On March 131997, she stepped down from the head of Missionaries of Charity and died on September 51997.

Karol Józef Wojtyła known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice on May 18, 1920. He was the youngest of three children born to Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska.

John Paul II was Pope during a period in which the Catholic Church's influence declined in developed countries but expanded in the Third World. During his reign, the pope traveled extensively, visiting over 100 countries, more than any of his predecessors. He remains one of the most-traveled world leaders in history. He was fluent in numerous languages: his native Polish and also ItalianFrenchGermanEnglishSpanishCroatianPortugueseRussian and Latin.[1] As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he canonized a great number of people.

In the light of Christ risen from the dead, on 2 April a.D. 2005, at 9.37 p.m., while Saturday was drawing to a close and the Lord's Day was already beginning, the Octave of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church's beloved Pastor, John Paul II, departed this world for the Father.

Adolf Hitler was born on 20th April, 1889, in the small Austrian town of Braunau near the German border. Both Hitler's parents had come from poor peasant families. As a boy, he was often beaten by his father. His educational slump was a rebellion against his father.

When Germany entered World War I in August 1914, he petitioned King Ludwig III of Bavaria for permission to serve in a Bavarian regiment. This request was granted, and Adolf Hitler enlisted in the Bavarian army. After World War I, the Nazi Party gained power during Germany's period of crisis by exploiting nationalism, antisemitism, anti-communism, propaganda and by Hitler's charismatic oratory. The Nazis executed or assassinated many of their opponents, restructured the state economy, rearmed the armed forces and established a totalitarian and fascist dictatorship.

The German Invasion of Poland in 1939 caused the British and French Empires to declare war on Germany, effectively beginning World War II. During the final days of the war in 1945, as Berlin was being invaded and destroyed by the Red Army, Hitler married Eva Braun. Less than 24 hours later, the two committed suicide in the Führerbunker.

Albert Einstein was born into a Jewish family in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany on March 14, 1879. His father was Hermann Einstein, a salesman and engineer. His mother was Pauline Einstein.

When Einstein was five, his father showed him a pocket compass. Einstein realized that something in empty space was moving the needle and later stated that this experience made "a deep and lasting impression". As he grew, Einstein built models and mechanical devices for fun, and began to show a talent for mathematics. At age 16, he first performed his famous thought experiment visualizing traveling alongside a beam of light.

In 1921 Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".

In his book The World as I See It, he wrote: "A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man."

On April 17, 1955, Albert Einstein experienced internal bleeding caused by the rupture of an aortic aneurysm. He died in Princeton Hospital early the next morning at the age of 76, having continued to work until near the end. Einstein's remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered.

In 1999, Albert Einstein was named "Person of the Century" by Time magazine, the Gallup poll recorded him as the fourth most admired person of the 20th century and according to The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, Einstein is "the greatest scientist of the twentieth century and one of the supreme intellects of all time."

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, two uneducated farmers, in a one-room log cabin on the 348-acre Sinking Spring Farm, in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky.

Lincoln began his political career in 1832, at age 23, with an unsuccessful campaign for the Illinois General Assembly, as a member of the Whig Party. On November 6, 1860, Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States, beating Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, John C. Breckinridge of the Southern Democrats, and John Bell of the new Constitutional Union Party. He was the first Republican president.

President-elect Lincoln evaded possible assassins in Baltimore, and on February 23, 1861, arrived in disguise in Washington, D.C. At his inauguration on March 4, 1861, the German American Turners formed Lincoln's bodyguard; and a sizable garrison of federal troops was also present, ready to protect the capital from Confederate invasion and local insurrection. He successfully led his country through its greatest crisis, the Civil War, only to be assassinated less than a month after the war's end by John Wilkes Booth on April 15 1865.

JOSE RIZAL , the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. He was the seventh child in a family of 11 children (2 boys and 9 girls). Both his parents were educated and belonged to distinguished families.

At the age of 3, he learned the alphabet from his mother; at 5, while learning to read and write, he already showed inclinations to be an artist like molding of clay. At the age 8, he wrote a Tagalog poem, "Sa Aking Mga Kabata." On May 3, 1882, he sailed for Spain where he continued his studies at the Universidad Central de Madrid. On June 21, 1884, at the age of 23, he was conferred the degree of Licentiate in Medicine and on June 19,1885, at the age of 24, he finished his course in Philosophy and Letters with a grade of "excellent."

Having traveled extensively in Europe, America and Asia, he mastered 22 languages and other native dialects. A versatile genius, he was an architect, artists, businessman, cartoonist, educator, economist, ethnologist, scientific farmer, historian, inventor, journalist, linguist, musician, mythologist, nationalist, naturalist, novelist, opthalmic surgeon, poet, propagandist, psychologist, scientist, sculptor, sociologist, and theologian.

He was an expert swordsman and a good shot. Rizal, the greatest apostle of Filipino nationalism, published, while in Europe, several works with highly nationalistic and revolutionary tendencies. In March 1887, he wrote NOLI ME TANGERE, a satirical novel exposing the arrogance and despotism of the Spanish clergy, was published in Berlin. On September 18, 1891, EL FILIBUSTERISMO, his second novel and a sequel to the NOLI and more revolutionary and tragic than the latter, was printed in Ghent. Because of his fearless exposures of the injustices committed by the civil and clerical officials, he was imprisoned in Fort Santiago from July 6, 1892 to July 15, 1892.

When the Philippine Revolution started on August 26, 1896, his enemies lost no time in pressing him down. In his prison cell, he wrote an untitled poem, now known as "Ultimo Adios" which is considered a masterpiece and a living document expressing not only the hero’s great love of country but also that of all Filipinos. After a mock trial, he was convicted of rebellion, sedition and of forming illegal association. In the cold morning of December 30, 1896, Rizal, a man whose 35 years of life had been packed with varied activities which proved that the Filipino has capacity to equal if not excel even those who treat him as a slave, was shot at Bagumbayan Field.

Sir Isaac Newton was born December 25 1642 at Woolsthorpe Manor in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, a hamlet in the county of Lincolnshire. At the time of Newton's birth, England had not adopted the latest papal calendar and therefore his date of birth was recorded as Christmas Day, 25 December 1642. Born prematurely, he was a small child; his mother Hannah Ayscough reportedly said that he could have fit inside a quart mug.

He is an English physicist and mathematician, who was the culminating figure of the scientific revolution of the 17th century. In optics, his discovery of the composition of white light integrated the phenomena of colours into the science of light and laid the foundation for modern physical optics. In mechanics, his three laws of motion, the basic principles of modern physics, resulted in the formulation of the law of universal gravitation. In mathematics, he was the original discoverer of the infinitesimal calculus. Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), 1687, was one of the most important single works in the history of modern science

In the 1690s Newton wrote a number of religious tracts dealing with the literal interpretation of the Bible. Although the laws of motion and universal gravitation became Newton's best-known discoveries, he warned against using them to view the universe as a mere machine. He said, "Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done." In his own lifetime, Newton wrote more on religion than he did on natural science. He believed in a rationally immanent world.

Newton refashioned the world governed by an interventionist God into a world crafted by a God that designs along rational and universal principles. These principles were available for all people to discover, allowed people to pursue their own aims fruitfully in this life, not the next, and to perfect themselves with their own rational powers. Newton saw God as the master creator whose existence could not be denied in the face of the grandeur of all creation.

In old age Newton's health began to deteriorate: when was eighty he began to suffer from incontinence, due to a weakness in the bladder, and his movement and diet became restricted. He ate mainly vegetables and broth, and was plagued by a stone in the bladder. In 1725 he fell ill with gout, and endured hemorrhoids the following year. Meanwhile, the pain from his bladder stones grew worse, and on March 19, 1727, he blacked out, never to regain consciousness. He died on March 20, at the age of eighty-five, and was buried in Westminster Abbey; his funeral attended by all of England's eminent figures, and his coffin carried by noblemen. It was, a contemporary noted, a funeral fit for a king.

M O S E S was born to a Hebrew mother who hid him when a Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed, and ended up being adopted into the Egyptian royal family.

After killing an Egyptian slave master, he fled and became a shepherd, and was later commanded by God to deliver the Hebrews from slavery. After the Ten Plagues were unleashed on Egypt, he led the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, where they wandered in the desert for 40 years.

He was the law-giver, the bearer of the ten commandments of GOD. Despite living to 120, he did not enter the Land of Israel, as he disobeyed God when God instructed him on how to bring forth water from a rock in the desert.

J E S U S was born in Bethlehem. His birth came about in this way: His mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph. Before their marriage was consummated by having physical relations, Mary was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. HE's the son of GOD.

And the child grew, becoming strong in spirit; and the grace of God was on Him. Jesus matured, increasing in wisdom and in favor with God and man.

When Jesus was about thirty years of age, a man named John the Baptist came preaching and baptizing in the wilderness.
Jesus came to the Jordan river to be baptized by John then He went up out of the water, and the heavens opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and light on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

While Jesus, the son of God, lived on earth in the form of a man, He was tempted in all the same ways we are, yet He never sinned. This showed that Jesus indeed could be the Savior of mankind—the lamb sent from God.

esus revealed himself as the promised Savior in many ways, including performing countless miracles. Those suffering from different kinds of diseases were brought to Him, and He healed them all. His fame went everywhere, and great crowds came together to hear Him teach and to be healed of their diseases.

He preached that the end of the current world would come unexpectedly, and that he would return to judge the world, especially according to how they treated the vulnerable; for this reason, he called on his followers to be ever alert and faithful.

Jesus also taught that repentance was necessary to escape hell, and promised to give those who believe in him eternal life (John 3:16–18). He was betrayed, arrested and crucified to death. On the third day, he had been ressurected and ascended into heaven. Jesus promised to come again to fulfill the remainder of Messianic prophecy.

(biographies derived from wikipedia, images and other sources from google, my deepest gratitude for completing this blog)

Life begins when we open our eyes and see the light for the first time. As the sun rises up in each morning, we look forward to a day full of GOD's blessings. Everyone of us has own journey to travel. We are given free will to choose which road to take. Is it the voyage to life's most agonizing traits or the flight to the highest peak of happiness and contentment.

And as we had done our share in this world,
served the purpose of our existence
whether we accomplish our ultimate goals or not,
we will head back to one direction,
the light at the end of the tunnel...
the way to meet our
final destination,
in the hands of our


C R E A T O R.



Using PLASTIC container or wrap in microwave

Food in a plastic container ( microwave safe )
Food in a plastic container ( microwave safe )


United States Food and Drug Administration has not been able to find any research that supports the fear that food can become contaminated with dioxins either from plastic wrap or plastic in microwave ovens.

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

According to Canadian Cancer Sosiety:

Companies that make plastic containers for food storage use different substances and make the containers differently than when they make containers for other uses. Because of this, it's important to use plastic containers only as intended, particularly when storing food.

For plastic containers sold with food or drink in them, Health Canada's Food Directorate evaluates the safety of these products before they're sold.

Plastic containers that don't contain food when sold, but are designed for this use, are not tested by Health Canada and there are no guidelines on what substances can be used to make them. However, the Consumer Product Safety Bureau will investigate any concerns about the safety of this type of product and will ask manufacturers to remove any substances that pose a health risk.

There has been some concern that food may absorb some of the plasticizer used in plastic to make it more flexible - particularly at high temperatures when microwaving or when heating fatty or oily foods like cheese and meat. To ensure the safe use of containers or wrap that are in contact with food during re-heating, you can do the following:

  • Use glass, ceramic and plastic containers and plastic wrap that are labelled as microwave safe - for example packaged food with labelling instructions for heating in the package or storage containers sold for use in microwave ovens. Plastic containers that release anything more than a small amount of plasticizers are not approved for use in Canada.
  • Never heat or store food in plastic containers that were not intended for food. One-time use containers, like margarine tubs, tend to warp or melt in the microwave, and this may allow more of the substances in plastic to go into the food.
  • If you're using plastic containers for storage, let the food cool before storing, then refrigerate it immediately. Avoid plastics and containers that are visibly damaged, stained or have a bad smell.
We live in a world where everything seems to be instant and we are being threatened by variety of destructive factors.  If we are not cautious enough, our lives will become instant as well.  We have to be careful and vigilant to protect our family's health.

PHOTOGRAPHS of an amateur

My brother DANLOURD has an eye for photography. Actually, I encouraged him to get serious about it because most of his snapshots are pretty good and the angles are just strikingly appealing.

Anyways... I would like to share these photos with you and tell me your thoughts about them.

model_awi firmeza


model_awi firmeza
BLOWN away

model_awi firmeza
Behind the RAINBOW batic

COOLNESS.... touches her skin
COOLNESS.... touches her skin


UNDER THE SEA without the water
UNDER THE SEA without the water

THE awesomedanlourd
MEET THE MASTER behind the shots

MOTHERHOOD... a versatile profession

Everyone of us has a dream ROLE in the society and we aim to fulfill that stature in our lives.  We wish to be SOMEBODY with dignity and  honor.  A person with substance and value.  Our world is a mixture of diversities and complexities but at the end of the day... we will find ourselves clinging to the arms of our family who are always there to bring out the BEST in us that NOBODY else can.

We go HOME and whatever failures or achievements we attained... our family is our ultimate shock-absorber.  Our parents... our dear MOTHER is our critic and avid fan at the same time.

This is my own little way of giving recognition to the most rewarding role of all... Being a mother.  A mother, either working or just plain housewife holds the most duties and responsibilities. Motherhood, a versatile career... a lifetime commitment.

Mother... The LIGHT of every home.

Mother as a manager
My Nanay Tacing

Mother being a...
MANAGER - she has the ability to plan.  Plan not only for the day's activity but she always plan ahead of time.  She has the capacity to organize.  Organize in the sense of getting the chores done in order of priority.  She directs and monitors the work that should be accomplished for the day like getting the laundry done or paying for monthly bills. She also manages to cook the most savory dish for her family.  

Mother as an operator
My beloved Mommy

Mother being an...
OPERATOR - she has the skills of maintaining and safekeeping the various appliances and machines in the house.  She should be the controller of its usage and the one who limits consumption.

Mother as a teacher
My Tita Tessie

Mother being a...
TEACHER - she is the first teacher who inculcate good values like honesty, respect, compassion, patience, generosity, humility, forgiveness, gratitude and selfishness.  She teaches her children the virtue of self-discipline and the power of prayers to guide them in the journey of life.

Mother as a helper
My Tita Aida

Mother being a...
HELPER - she never fails to support her children and give them the proper advises when needed. She never hesitate to extend her warm embrace.  She helps in any way she can.  May it be in kind or in monetary assistance.  But the best support a mother can give to her children is moral support and a shoulder to cry on.

Mother as an economist
My Tita Oyie

Mother being a...
ECONOMIST - she is the budget officer who is conscious of the present price of prime commodities such as rice, grocery items and daily expenses.  The authority to control expenses is in her hands.

Mother as a researcher
My mother-in-law
Mother being a...
RESEARCHER - she is capable of finding out the cheapest, most affordable yet high quality deals in the market.  Education is the parents' priority when it comes to giving their children the best future.  A mother assures the safety of her children.  She should know the schools that provide full protection and strict guidance to students.  She is a researcher of the best possible way to bring her family intact and unharmed.  She should know where to go and ask for assistance when the head of the family is out working for a living,  A mother should be resourceful and independent... cares to seek knowledge through reading or watching informative programs that may further improve her intellectual abilities.

I know that these traits are just few of the many characteristics that a mother may possess.  There are a lot more... actually there's million more.  Motherhood is the most difficult task a woman can handle.  Motherhood is not a one day household chore but a lifetime responsibility that requires STRENGTH and FAITH in order to be fully served.

To all the mothers in the world...

Dealing with the New Generation's Mind

I found myself wondering how hard it was then for my mother to raise three daughters and a son while father was working abroad. Maybe it's different in some ways but, entirely the same from how I bring up my three kids now more so with my husband around.

Every parent has no greater joy than to see her child grow from a little huggable baby to a toddler, to adolescent and beyond. Although most mothers of today are working, we are still the women in authority when it comes to taking care of our children. We have that characteristic of maternal tenderness and affection that somehow pacifies the naturally rebellious state of our moppets. We have to understand them through ourselves.

Lizette loves her mobile phone very much
Texting is one of today's generation favorite pastime

During our younger years, when we had to ask for our oldies' permission to go out with friends or join peers for some party that we truly understand the complexities of being a parent. The annoying realities of going through what they had undergone.

Patricia acting like confused
Youths are usually dealing with boredom and helplessness 

How am I suppose to comprehend the minds of my own children? Well, the answers lie in my own senses. I use my sense of sight to see the truth in their eyes. I use my sense of smell to know if there's something stinky in their attitudes. I use my sense of taste and serve their most favorite dish that will please their appetite. I use my sense of hearing and listen to every word they have to say and I use my sense of touch to feel their deepest and innermost emotions. A mother's touch can make all the difference. My instinct never fails and I know how to deal with it.

Lizette and Patricia are constant buddies
They want FUN and RECREATION

Clarence, Dave and Patricia getting rest after a long walk
My nephew and my nieces

I can only understand what they feel only if I put myself in their shoes. I can't dwell into the notion of punishment and reward because I want them to do things right not just because they will be commended afterwards but because they know the virtue of sound judgment. I never want them to fall astray bur letting them learn the many lessons of life will make them better persons. They have to get up on their own feet. I don't just give them food.... I will teach them how to get it.

Kurt and Kiko... playing time
My two boys having bonding time together

Lizette, Kiko and yourstruly
Letting my kids feel the warmth of my embrace

I have to know what my kids want and what they hate... I have to know them from head to foot... I should be a mother and a good friend as well.

DOGS, still are man's BFF

Me and my TUMMY
Me and my TUMMY

I used to have a dog.
She was given to us by my long-time
brother-in-law to-be :)
At first... I was reluctant to cuddle her
because it's my
first time to take care of a puppy.
She was a mixed breed poodle.
But in time, I learned to love
and respect this adorable canine.

She became my beloved acquaintance and I
always looked forward to going home and
taking her in my arms.
HUG and keep her just beside me.
 I even wrote a poem to honor her unconditional LOVE.


Every year,  Acierto Clan traditionally brings the whole family for an out-of-town summer escapade. We usually go to Pansol, Laguna and enjoy its hot springs but this year we preferred to go somewhere near like Antipolo.

Because of our large number, we can only afford an overnight or two-day stay to any private resort.  We usually make the road trip on January to search for clean and spacious rooms that can accommodate the entire clan. Once the reservation was settled, we start the countdown

This 2012, we invade the cold waters of Cattleya Resort.  Came March 31, more than 60 of us headed for the hills of Antipolo, Rizal.

Our meeting place was Jollibee-Tikling Branch to have our breakfast. We were the first customers of that morning.  While waiting for our orders, we took some photos.

meet the generous Aimee
My generous cousin AIMEE who settled the resort's day-tour expense