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Tag from Darlene

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A Week To Remember

So many things are happening this week. I might not be home but I am rejoicing with my family for the blessings they have in there and offer thanksgiving for all the good things we have and received. A bit late but my youngest sister who is "the fairest of them all" graduated from the college of nursing. She will be the second Nurse in the family next to my eldest sister, of whom we are proud. My sister who works in Dubai also went home and attended to her graduation, and with my husband's support, had undergone successful medical operation. We feel blessed as one of my sisters got her first van and so of the family. The 29th was Gaga's 22nd birthday, and yesterday was my dad's. God has been so good to our lives we can not stop giving thanks. It is kind of "I'm the only one who is not there" and they are having reunion; how I loved those times when all of us just gathered around lying down on bed and talked or even argued some. Five of us sister even my two brothers and mom, sometimes when at home, with my dad. Sighing; It's so fun to have many siblings! This week, I have been on the verge of something but I know He will take care of it since it will be used for His glory. As hubby told me, just have to be patient and trusting. It will be so great a blessing for our church and family then. I could never stop thanking God for giving me such a big-hearted man. He is flying to Qatar right now in business class just for the invitation to eat steak. God is good, ever more than good.

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US Citizenship and Green Card Fee Increase

U.S. Raising Citizenship and Green Card Fees by 66% on average starting July 30. The step made final an increase first proposed in January 31 what they do now under a plan that immigration officials promised will make the nation's chief immigration agency more efficient.

Among the many fees that will rise:

  • United States citizenship increases 66%, from $405 to $675
    (Including the $80 required for electronic fingerprints, an increase of $10).
  • Legal permanent residency increase 155%, from $395 to $1,010.
  • The cost of work permits would rise 88%, from $180 to $340.

Immigration officials defend the fee system, saying it provides spending flexibility, since revenues go up in proportion to any rise in applications. They say that previous fee hikes have not resulted in drastic reductions in applications for residency or citizenship.

The agency said it would use the additional revenue to improve service efficiency, upgrade its buildings, improve offices, hire 1,500 workers, and for computer equipments and systems to allow the agency to move from a paper-based to electronic system to process applications, and officials promised to reduce the average time for processing visa applications by 20 percent by the fall of 2009.

Agency Director Emilio Gonzales, said the fee-dependent agency needs the cash infusion to improve services, and he promised ''substantial reductions'' in the time it takes to process an application."This agency is fee based, 99 per cent of our budget comes from user fees. We need to be the agency people expect us to be. We need to undertake reforms.... The only way to get from there to here is to have the financial resources to do that," CIS Director Emilio Gonzalez said Tuesday.

The agency also said it would waive fees for victims of human trafficking, for refugees who are granted asylum in the United States, for some teenage immigrants and for immigrants fleeing domestic abuse who seek residency under the terms of the Violence Against Women Act.

"We are seeing coyote [smuggler] fees go up to $1500 to $2500 per person,” said Mr. King. “I do not see any fees levied by USCIS that were that high. So if it is cheaper to have access to becoming a citizen than it is to be transported [illegally] to the United States, then, no, I do not think those fees are too high by comparison."

That's quiet an increase; glad we are not affected that much, case has been pending that long though, maybe it will be sooner. It's ok.

The new fees were to be published this week in the Federal Register and also were posted on the Citizenship and Immigration Services Web site.

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The Soft Ball And The Stun Gun

Just want to write what has happened few hours ago which excited all of us here. My cat was panicking around, I wonder why, then I heard the door bell rung. Possibility 1: Mail lady/man. Last possibility, my mother-in-law, but it is unlikely. So when I get out of here to see who was it, I grabbed my stun gun, peek at the hole and open the door. A teenage girl whom I haven't seen before. Oh OK, she introduced herself: Tanner's girlfriend Morgan's sister. But these days anyone would pretend right, just to gain entrance to anybody's house. So I had made her call Morgan. Though she talked to her on the phone already, asking for the location of the softball, I was still hesitant. I was in dilemma whether to call my husband or not, since it's sleeping time and I know he is tired just to be disturb with a "trivial" matter. To my relief, my father-in-law called if anything was OK in the house for he saw a guy and a girl coming in and out of the car. So I made him get my mother-in-law to the house. The lady is really Morgan's sister and so she got the softballs. We just laughed in the end as I was still holding the the key and stun gun, at least not the little shot gun in the closet. But they understood it. After all, it pays to be defensively careful, right?

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My Fave Fruit

Among the 3 fruits underneath, which you like best? And Why?
-Strawberry
-Orange
-Mango

My favorite fruit is not really here but it is the apple. Apples clean my body, improve my bowels, makes my skin healthy, and freshens the angel's breath, hehe. It improves appetite after cleaning my body. When I travel and when I am sick, I just eat apples.

So of the three above, the one on top is mango, katong tam-ison, the sweetest kind, but if sour, sawsaw lang sa suka or uyap. hmmhhmm. mas lami xa sa tulo.

a tag from rainel

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Let's Talk About ..


A tag from Rainel. Thanks dai.
Ganahan diay kaau c darlene ug mga ingon ani, ako pud, hehe.
Interview with myself.

1. WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING?
Almost 10am na k 2am man pud slept.
2. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?
La man kaau ko hilig mga ing-ana pero my husband spoiled me some, hehe. I like pearls, and so diamonds too.
3. WHAT TWO THINGS DO U ALWAYS HAVE WITH YOU?
My wooden flute (anywhere in the world), and 500,000 Volts Stun Gun (anywhere in town).
4. WHAT IS YOU FAVORITE TV SHOW/S?
Jewel In The Palace, Alias, Decisions That Shook The World, Command Decisions, Whose Line is it anyway?
5. WHAT DO YOU USUALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?
Grits with cheese, egg and butter; milk and bacon
6. WHAT IS YOU FAVORITE BOOK/S?
Historicals/Geographicals, structural design, pocketbooks
7. WHAT IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME?
Kung “was” na xa, Elardo
8. WHAT FOOD DO YOU LIKE?
Seafoods, I like crawfish, especially ettoufè and anything with kamunggay ug tangad, hehe.
9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CD'S?
DVD man, Jewel in the Palace
10. WHAT TYPE OF CAR YOU DRIVE?
Just practicing my hubby’s truck, but I drive the belly mower and four wheeler, hehehe
11. FAVORITE SANDWICH?
Hamburger, hehe. Sandwich paresan ug mayonnaise.
12. WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU DESPISE?
Backbiters, libakera, destructive critics, opportunistic
13. FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING
Anything as long as comfortable, colorful, and beautiful.
14. IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Anywhere in the world jud. Greece, Europe, the Caribbean’s, Scotland, anywhere lagi;
15. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR BATHROOM?
White and green tiles, and also blue wall paper, daan na na diri
16. FAVORITE BRAND OF CLOTHING?
I’m not particular with brands, ako husband hilig ug brands
17. WHERE WOULD YOU RETIRE?
Home. Samal maybe.
18. WHAT WAS YOUR RECENT MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY?
My recent birthday; I cried that day. The most memorable though was my 6th birthday. My mother gave me P3.00, lipay kaau ko daku na na sauna, ako gipalit ug isa ka putos biskwet.
19. FAVORITE SAYING?
Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
20. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?
Ikawalong adlaw sa ikaduhang bulan kada tuig.
21. U A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT PERSON?
Hingatulgon
22. WHAT IS YOUR SHOE SIZE?
7.5”
23. PETS?
I super hated cats before I was always pissed off if I see them. Now I have a cat, Lady Gishi ang name, pinangga kaau nako.
24. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE?
Engineer and Litterateur
25. HOW ARE YOU TODAY?
Good; just having slight headache.
26. WHAT IS UR FAVORITE CANDY?
Kool mint.
27. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER?
Bisan unsa basta colorful. Ylang-ylang no. 1.
28. WHAT DAY ON A CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO?
The day I will get my green card, so free to travel to and fro na.
29. CHURCH YOU ATTEND?
Grace Gospel Church, but here I attend Baptist church.
30. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Jewel in the Palace soundtracks.
31. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Cup noodle and fried chicken
32. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Blue-green. Executive.
33. HOW IS THE WEATHER RIGHT NOW?
Good. Just rained heavily, had to chase my cat to get inside.
34. LAST PERSON YOU SPOKE TO ON THE PHONE?
My mother-in-law. She checks everyday.
35. FAVORITE SOFT DRINKS?
Pepsi cola.
36. FAVORITE RESTAURANT?
Chinese man oi.
37. HAIR COLOR?
Black.
38. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD?
I don’t remember any particular toy, just loved hide and seek, tagoanay og dakpanay.
39. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Springtime and harvest, lyrics sa song na ni..

40. HUGS OR KISSES?
More than that for my husband.
41. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
Regular lang, heheh. Chocolate.
42. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
March. When I was looking at some pictures of couples I don’t know.
43. WHAT IS UNDER YOU BED?
My cat Lady Gishi.
44. WHO IS THE FRIEND YOU HAVE HAD THE LONGEST?
Morning Dew; guess who..
45. FAVORITE SMELL?
My husband’s, mmhhmmm. Also ylang-ylang.
46. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
Accidents. God forbid!
47. PLAIN, BUTTER OR SALTED POPCORN?
All of the above.
48. HOW MANY KEYS ON YOUR KEY RING?
Just one, it opens all.
49. FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK?
Friday. Hubby arrives that day.
50. DO YOU MAKE FRIENDS EASILY?
No. I don’t talk so much people think I’m strict, hehehe, I always make friends with the oppressed, kind of hero2 nila.


kals, la na pud ko kapasahan k nangapasahan na ang uban, sunod na pud ha. gosh, sa akoa na pud naputol, tsk tsk.

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Shopping

Since we always have hard time finding the right size of clothes and shoes for me, hubby and I resort to internet shopping for wide variety of selections and sizes, sometimes. It is much more comfortable since we don’t have to go to town and spend gas and a day looking for stuffs which we can easily do online with no hassles, but of course in those secured ones. I'm glad hubby is concerned about fashion and nice collection of things. It is just that we should always consider our partners in choosing our wardrobe, or dress and even make-up the way they like us to. Like dolls? Mhhmm. As long as it makes us feel beautiful, hehehe, and comfortable. Gladly, I am.

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Ohayo, Nippon!


I was not able to watch it live but the e-news says Lotis, i mean, Japan’s Riyo Mori wins the Miss Universe 2007 :-). The last time Japan won the pageant was in 1959 when Akiko Kojima became the first Miss Universe from Asia. The winner is Asian. Great. That’s good news beside the bad one that Japan minister hangs self amid scandals on Monday, hours before he was to face questioning in parliament. He became the first serving Cabinet member to kill himself since World War II. Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the industrialized world. More than 32,000 people took their own lives in 2004. The country also has a deep-rooted tradition of ritual suicide, which was considered a way to restore one's honor or take responsibility for failings in feudal Japan. Life is beautiful and will be just a waste if ended that way. As always, what we believe on makes a very big inclination on our bearing in the course of our precious life. And as what was commented on her, she’s an amazing winner, a winner indeed, that’s once in a lifetime achievement. Some say it’s vanity. Just the cause they have been doing for the poor people from it is what that counts!

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Once In A Blue Moon


When you hear someone say "Once in a Blue Moon…" you know what he or she means: Rare. Seldom. Maybe even absurd. After all, when was the last time you saw the moon turn blue?

Step outside at sunset on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 9:04 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (6:04 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 8:04 my time), because there's going to be a Blue Moon for North Americans this month. But for those living in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, that same full Moon occurs after midnight, on the calendar date of June 1. So in these regions of world, this will not be second of two full Moons in May, but the first of two full Moons in June. So, if (for example) you live in Philippines, you'll have to wait until June 30 to declare that the Moon is "officially" blue.

But why blue? Will it really be blue? Probably not. The full Moon that night will likely look no different than any other full Moon. The date of a full moon, all by itself, doesn't affect the moon's color. Except that according to the popular definition, it will be the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month. But the Moon can change color in certain conditions. The most obvious meaning of blue moon is when the moon (not necessarily a full moon) appears to a casual observer to be unusually bluish or even lavender hue, which is a rare event. Unless....

Soot and ash particles, deposited high in the Earth's atmosphere can sometimes make the Moon appear bluish. Smoke from widespread forest fire activity in western Canada and created a blue Moon across eastern North America in late September 1950 and Sweden in 1951. The eruption of Indonesian volcano Krakatoa in 1883 caused the moon to appear blue for nearly two years. Ash and dust clouds thrown into the atmosphere by fires and storms usually contain a mixture of particles with a wide range of sizes. Most are smaller than 1 micron, and they tend to scatter blue light. This kind of cloud makes the Moon turn red; indeed, red Blue Moons are far more common than blue Blue Moons. But some of the ash-clouds were filled with particles about 1 micron (one millionth of a meter) wide--the right size to strongly scatter red light (0.7 micron)--, and no other sizes present, while allowing other colors to pass. White moonbeams shining through the clouds emerged blue, and sometimes green. The ash caused "such vivid red sunsets that fire engines were called out in New York. This is rare, but volcanoes sometimes spit out such clouds, as do forest fires. In the aftermath of the massive eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in June 1991 there were reports of blue moons (and even blue Suns, and noctilucent clouds) worldwide.

Calendar blue moons occur infrequently, and the saying once in a blue moon is used to describe a rare event. However, they are inevitable because of the mis-match between the solar and lunar cycles. Each calendar year contains 12 full lunar cycles, plus about 11 days to spare. The extra days accumulate, so that while most years contain 12 full moons to match the 12 months, every 2 or 3 years there is a year with 13 full moons. On average, this happens once every 2.72 years.

The average interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, whilst the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, though it does sometimes happen. On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years.

The rule might have evolved out of the fact that the word "belewe" came from the Old English, ("Yf they say the mone is belewe / We must beleve that it is true" [If they say the moon is blue, we must believe that it is true]), meaning, "to betray." "Perhaps," one suggested, "the second full Moon is 'belewe' because it betrays the usual perception of one full moon per month." In the 19th century, the phrase until a blue moon developed, meaning "never." The phrase, once in a blue moon today has come to mean "every now and then" or "rarely"—whether it gained that meaning through association with the lunar event remains uncertain.

Over the next twenty years there will be a total of 17 blue moons, with an almost equal number of both types of blue moons occurring. No blue moon of any kind will occur in the years 2006, 2011, 2014, and 2017.

The more recent phenomenon, where the blue moon is considered to be the second full moon in a calendar month, last occurred on July 31, 2004. Two full moons in one month may occur in any month out of the year except for February, which is shorter than the lunar cycle.

Twice in a Blue Moon
The rare phenomenon of two blue moons (using the more recent definition) occurring in the same year happens approximately once every 19 years. 1999 was the last time a blue moon appeared twice, in January and March.

The months of the double blue moons are almost always January and March. That is because the short month that falls in between them, February, is a key ingredient in this once-every-nineteen-year phenomenon. For January and March to each have two full moons, it's necessary for February to have none at all. Since February is usually 28 days long, and the average span between full moons is 29.5 days, if a full moon occurs at the end of January, it's possible for the next full moon to skip February entirely and fall in the beginning of March.
Absurd? Yes, but that's what a Blue Moon is all about. Step outside at sunset on May 31st, look east, and see for yourself..

Above: One way to make a blue moon: use a blue filter. That's what Kostian Iftica did on July 2nd when he photographed this full moon rising over Brighton, Mass. Excerpts from different researches :-).

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My Brave Cat


When I was about ready to get inside the house after cleaning the mower with the threatening rain in the skies, I was looking for Lady Gishi, my cat. Gonna bring her inside already. The storm threat was gone with the wind, and there I found her lying in the metal sheets facing Mrs. Ugly, my father-in-law's cat from a short distance. As we have observed several times, they just stand afar and face each other without any motion or "meow". It's just that time that I come to observe them closely and I discover a funny yet not funny thing. Every time Mrs. Ugly pose to come near her, Lady Gishi, to my surprise, would growl and hiss fiercely at the older cat. Gosh, my cat is defensively brave!! It is my cat after all who hubby once heard growled and almost fight Mrs. Ugly. Well, good for you Gishi! At least, other creatures won't take her easy. I was sitting there for long looking at them that when I looked up, Miss Fat cat, Mrs. Ugly's daugther was also there in the distance observing the two as Mrs. Ugly tried to come near again. After many rounds of walking very very slowly around me and Lady Gishi, Mrs. Ugly was not able to come near my cat. She is just not used in having other felines like her around. But the other two cats are also something else. Both of them are females and had been worked on. Maybe one feline day, they will be good cat friends.

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The Story of The Two Fellas

As a tourist, the first two things I had had with me always when touring around Mumbai (Bombay), were of course my passport and guess what, my camera. Hubby's client volunteered his driver for my benefit. We were leaving Sanjay Gandhi Nature Park when caught by traffic which was common in the streets. A street boy, beggar, knocked on my side of the door. Honestly I could not recall if I gave anything, but I took a picture of him through the shield which made him stood straight to pose. Sometimes it's a relief when they go away after a very forceful encounter. To my surprise, he came back with another boy, and I realized, they wanted to be photographed. Humbling, but the smile and happiness in the boy's face just to be photographed was so pure,despite the black eye he got. Sad, but there were many of them fellas. I might have not given them something but I'm sure I made them happy, even just for a while. 2006

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Memorial Day

According to the calendar, it will be "observed" Monday. But when I go with my mother-in-law today to buy fish fry in a building across the highway opposite the grave yard, there I saw the spirit of commemorating the veterans 6 feet below the ground there. If I had bothered to count the flags waving with the cool wind, maybe I am not yet finished by now, counting also the women's ear rings in the form of the US Flag. Memorial Day! Such great lives spent for the freedom of those behind them. It's always good to look back sometimes and see if we are on tract. Bless those who are on the battlefields!

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How We Did Our Rose Bed

It was early springtime perfect to redo/replant all the roses while hubby is at home. We bought the bushes of different bud colors at forest hill, so lovely. Note that Lady Gishi my cat was a great source for moral support that time just by running around and playing, she gave us inspiration to go on the nonstop work that day, with uncle Hobo's help.




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Daily Web Activity :-)

And so this tag thing; this time from Rainel.
Six sites I visit everyday.


  1. My Yahoo Mail for obvious reasons and to Yahoo Finance to see stock changes with hubby.
  2. Blogger.com to log in to my web log, this very one, make new post, pour out thoughts and musings or see what's up.
  3. Ah, of course, friendster.com where my old/new friends, brethren, and relatives reconnect and update with me.
  4. If I want a quick summary for web stats for my blog, I go to map stats. There I can see how people come to find and see my blog. I like to read it for I see what phrases people are "googling" to finally land on my blog; some phrases are funny, and some are strange. Imagine that one landed to my blog by searching for phrase "Filipina mother-in-law acting strange".
  5. Immigration forums website. Just for personal information and sharing.
  6. And sometimes just browse around blog spot, to see what they world is blogging about, and find interesting ideas; and some belly dance sites and other stores that hubby and I find, and to add, just "google"ing around for some interesting subjects.

Maybe have to end this here for now. Just pass this on when there are catchers :-) ..

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On Faith and Love

Number one in my list of standards or qualifications for what my future partner must be was religion. Not only because we were always taught and lectured to yoke with believers or engage with the ones of same faith as us, but also because I have seen it with my own eyes the issues and conflicts in the family that could have been easier and happier should they have the same inclination. I have so strong convictions of my faith that I will not give it up just to marry a man who has different faith as me. Maybe just a matter of personal principles, but I really know what I believe. So if he wouldn’t not pass number one, there would never be other chances I would look into no matter all the points below it were all checked. To compliment, I didn’t want him either to convert just to be with me, to marry me. I want to see him as a man of strong principles in life and hold fast that what he believes. Maybe I’m just different but that’s me, and the man I had been praying for. I just can't contain my gratitude then when God gave the exact man and even more than what I had prayed for. Sometimes, it pays to hold fast that which we base our principles in life with, on faith and love.

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To Have a Flawless Fresh Look

one that will not look too much on you here are some tips:

1. wash your face and get lotion on it, the one that you have always used.

2. get your foundation all over your face tip a very light layer) spread it with a sponge for makeup.
3 use your concealer on the parts that you want to fix, like dark bags under your eyes, or if you have acne, you can hide it to.
4. wear your powder, or translucent powder, and apply it with a brush, (tip: rub the brush, and then take excess off by hitting the brush gentle on your hand.)
5. your blush! apply blush with a brush, ( follow like powder, but apply it only on your cheeks!)
5. do a light eyeshadow all over your eye.
6. do a darker shadow, just on the lower lid (the ones next to your eyelashes)
7. curl your eyelashes
8. apply eyeliner if you like, ( just a little bid on the lower edge of your eye, (above your eye bags)
9. apply mascara, ( open tube,and clean excess, rubbing it around edges.)
apply on upper lashes and lowers too for a high impact!
10. apply lip gloss or a neutral lip color.,

ready to go!!!
really hope you like this tips, and that you get to love doing your makeup, and feeling and looking pretty.

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My Father-in-Law's Garlic Bloom

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Flowers From Sis



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Getting Well Now

So ill this morning that we didn't finish our grocery shopping my mother-in-law had to take us back home. Hurting to another level I thought for the first time in my life I would lose consciousness. Never had I collapsed before. I always take myself as so healthy. Smiling with resignation, I was actually thinking if I die today, the thing that came to my mind was "will they see good in me?" As always, the good that we do is the one that always matter in the end. Gosh. Maybe I was close that I thought that. I always believe that a person knows in his heart his final time that sometimes he would show signs we never had a clue of. And I remember I wrote one thing of that sort but I eventually erased it, why maybe because it was deep and in myself I was saying "not yet, Lord". I just hate to worry Sis, and don't wanna be a burden. Going to hospital is another thing. But glad it didn't come to that, and hopefully, positively will not. So much better now.

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blogger autosaves

When you create a new post, Blogger will start automatically saving it for you once a minute, without interrupting your typing. This autosave feature means that you have a safety net for the cases when you're working on a new post and the power goes out, or your browser crashes, or some other calamity occurs. All you have to do is log back in to Blogger and find your saved draft on the Edit Posts page. You can even do that from a different computer.

Cool.

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My First Lawn Mowing

Monday. It was with hubby's new belly mower power steering so it was so easy for me. Whe it first came I was inspecting the machine but it's really for one person only, no back or side riders, just kidding, I can not backride, but to drive it myself :-). I enjoyed it so, but didnt realize I was layered with dust afterwards, no big deal, I enjoyed mowing the grass while sitting, toink! Good driving practice though, wink! Now I'm looking at the grasses if they need to be mowed again this soon, lol, just excited.

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The Driveway

When I first came here the first things I noticed were the mailboxes. Every house has a mailbox, of course, mail system is serious. So I just observed the difference in the mailboxes and whatever way they do to make it beautiful and unique from the neighbors' boxes. There was one driveway by a mailbox that caught my attention. It speaks so loudly to me that my heart was stricken with nostalgia for it. I have seen a few like it but that one driveway is so powerful to me that every time I pass by there I would always look at it with longing. There are two wheels in there that must have been there for so long it was leaning, and no doubt it must be aged more than the house owners themselves. And every time I pass by that driveway, I smile knowing that a thing so precious is there to pave the way for its owners and welcome its visitors with that old theme. And every time I am kind of lonely, I just think of the wheels on that driveway. I am not alone.

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Daylight Savings


...................good morning 7:30 ............good day still 7:30 PM

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Poem By My Sweetheart

a poem from my heart for you honey

An angel was sent
From God up above
She came unto me
Like a beautiful dove

So loving and kind
So pure and sweet
I cried "thank you Lord Jesus"
As i knelt at his feet

Her beauty intoxicates me
I love her so much
I am putty in her hands
I melt at her touch

Our love is so deep
Our love is so strong
With her by my side
I can never go wrong

As i close my eyes
And dream of her kiss
My heart is so heavy
Oh sweetheart your missed!

For years i did pray
Thinking no one would notice
But God blessed me for eternity
With my darling wife Lotis

This is one proud man
That will devote his life
To my beautiful princess
Please honey, be my wife

I will love and cherish
Be steadfast and true
Oh my darling Lotis
I am so in love with you!

Please Lord make the days go by
For her kisses still linger
The day can't come fast enough
To put a ring on her finger

Only God can understand
This love in my heart
My Lotis how i love thee
Till death do us part

Be assured of one thing
Tho your so far away
My love for you grows stronger
With each passing day


For my wife Lotis
From your husband Jonathan
Thursday, March 16, 2006, 11:59:29 PM.

i love you honey

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Crawfish Boil

I had my first "meal" of boiled crawfish Saturday. Honestly I have been intrigued by that crawfish; when I saw it live, it looks like a shrimp, a crab, and a scorpion in one, lol, what kind, like a lobster. But for sure, it's like a craw and a fish, toink!


Tanner came with a friend and they cooked it. Just the four of us, I and hubby, with them eat all the 50 lb crawfish. Gosh it is so good! Yummy.. We ate all except for a plate left, couldn't bear it anymore, in the end I felt like I'm drunk :D it was great.





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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

To my Mom, the most wonderful mother in the world.

Hi Ma! I dreamed of you recently. I was calling your name and you were there. I can't wait for the "official" day, but everyday day is your day. You might not read this as soon, but please let me write out my gratitude and appreciation for your being a mother to me and for everything that you had set as an example in being a good wife. In my private dreams I had been wishing, but I never anticipated this time that I become a wife myself and fully see and appreciate all the loving and noble things you have done in keeping our family.

Mum I love you so much. I know I have hurt you a lot as I've made so many mistakes, and might be the black sheep there was, but I am really sorry. I know I ain't the best daughter in the world, I might not be every mother's dreams of their daughters, but you're the best mum anyone could ever wish for. I love you. I want to say thank you for bringing me into the world again and again. Thanks for always helping me to remember what is important in life... and today it is you! Mom, you're the best. Thank you for being there in the most trying times of my life where you became my leaning wall. I will never forget those times. Thank you for always being there for us to count on to. Happy Mother's Day. No one can ever emulate your being a mother, to us, to me, no one can be as loving, patient, generous, understanding and strong as you are. You are my mother, I'm proud of you, Ma, you're a great mother and wife. Everyday I cherish the valuable legacy of the good example you showed me. God bless you more and watch over you always. I Miss you all. Happy mother's day!

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Passport Amendment

I got my amended passport today by FedEx. So excited. Things have been going smooth as we planned lately. Louisiana is under the Philippine Consulate in Chicago jurisdiction but the visa service we used submitted my papers to Washington, DC. Embassy, so I guess, it's okay to submit applications there, as the embassy supersedes the consulate, we assume. So, I got my passport in my married name already, future travels will be less a hassle.

Speaking of travels, we had a good day in town today, as we have a number of appointments to come to. At the end of those shopping for the rose garden, eye, dental and hair rendezvous, we stopped by a buffet for lunch. My fortune cookie says:


learn "Filipino": store(n) = tindahan (in my translation);
and it says "travel is in your future"..


I laughed. Yeah, it's surely in my future, and will be as soon as possible when I get my permanent residence card! (Toink!) But we are patient for that. It will come when it is least expected. Just so happy I got my passport amended already.

The documents we submitted for amending my passport name to my married name
(for the purpose of reference):

Folder 1
1. MY PASSPORT
2. PASSPORT AMENDMENT FORM
3. REPORT OF MARRIAGE CONTRACTED ABROAD, 3 copies
4. (1) CERT. TRUE COPY AND (3) PHOTOCOPIES OF REGISTERED MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
5. DIVORCE DECREE
6. ONE (1) PHOTO EACH OF APPLICANT AND SPOUSE
7. POSTAL MONEY ORDER $20.00 PAYABLE TO EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES, WASHINGTON, DC.


FOLDER 2

REPORT OF MARRIAGE CONTRACTED ABROAD

1. FOUR (4) DULY ACCOMPLISHED ROMCA SIGNED BY HUSBAND AND WIFE
2. FOUR (4) IDENTICAL COLORED PHOTOGRAPH OF HUSBAND
3. FOUR (4) IDENTICAL COLORED PHOTOGRAPH OF WIFE
4. ONE (1) CTC AND FOUR (4) PHOTOCOPIES OF REG. MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
5. INFORMATION SHEET ON FILIPINO MARRYING FOREIGN NATIONALS
6. NSO BC and photocopy.
6. POSTAL MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO THE MEBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES WASHINGTON, DC $25.00.

Since we applied through an agent (or mail), we had my documents notarized, which we don't need to should have I submitted it personally.

A copy of Report of Marriage Contracted Abroad is sent back to us as a copy of the registered ROMCA.

Have a gratifying day. :-)

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Tag Me

I have been wondering of this 'tag' thing that my fellow bisdaks are blogging about. Now I have been tagged by Anne, ok ty gwaps. Here's mine.

Instruction:Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

1. Oh my. I was grade 2 my teacher reported to my mother 'that she was lecturing one day and she had been observing me not listening to her was just facing to the window. Never jud daw ko listened to her that she wanted to throw a chalk to me. She questioned me to get my attention, nakatubag man pud daw', cguro it's a part of me to be bored easily. Di ko ganahan istoryang balik2. Gosh.

2. I am the 3rd of 7 children, and is, they said, the most reserved of all of us, they didnt expect it but I was the first to marry, hehehe. Nilakang ko ug duha. Nakuratan sila.

3. When something is funny, I can't help to laugh jud in the way, according to my classmates, makaguba ug classroom. Bigayan jud ko mokatawa that everyone else will laugh, magkinataw-anay na lang ta ani.
4. I won't stand any nonsense, that my uncle said I am the most stubborn of his nieces, hala ka oi, I can have a good heart pud baya. Hehehehe.

5. I was six y.o. when I said I wanted to marry "amerikano", natinuod baya. It comes just on the right time. He is the only one. Never in my dreams did it occur to me to marry pinoy.

6. The first place that I always look for in a new place is a library or bookstore. Geography is a favorite since elementary.

7. Aside from civil engineering, I love belly dancing, I am not a dancer but in belly dance I feel I can epress myself with what I am in another way :-) It makes me feel good :-)


Hope it does not bore. I'm giving this tag to Bulak. Just one ra man oi, I can't send it back man, hehehe..

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A Snake, A Snake and A Snake!



Sitting on a rocking chair on the porch and relaxing, and reviewing what has been done and to be done on the day. Terrible surprises! There was a snake on the ground few meters from us! Oh gosh I don't like snakes,and all those creeping creatures, scaly and hairy alike! Hubby said they're not of poisonous kind, and the first thing that came to my mind was "I will not go out of the house as much anymore".. My husband was chasing the snake, and it went to the bushes where Lady Gishi used to play under. Oh my.. Is that the same one? Oh my fears! There was another snake of the same kind that appeared out of the blue snaking their way in front of us! 3-4 foot long snakes, no matter how small, they can capture anything with their treacherous lengths. They're so close to us I shudder when I see their grayish flexible bodies. I was afraid the snake may come nearer and on our feet that I sit up on the window sill so they could not reach me if ever. After yelling to kill the snake, hubby terminated one with a shovel. He wanted my cat to catch the other snake! Oh my, Gishi might be bitten and be trapped with their body. But I made Gishi come out and look for the snake. She had a cute play there chasing the snake and we finally killed the other one. "What's the matter with Lady Gishi?" Oh my! She found another snake in the porch bushes! It is bigger than the other two, and gosh, it seems enough with my cat to have found the third snake so we kept up with the snake. It took us long time to capture it until hubby got his gun to shoot the snake, just at the very head! Oh my! There are so many snakes here. He said they're kind of king snakes, that are after rats, rodents and other creatures and wont bite us that they're called friendly snake. No matter how friendly, snakes are fearsome. Was kind of little guilty that I made him kill all of them, but I just couldn't stand having 3 snakes in the yard, much less, near the porch.. Three snakes in one day? Something is snaking on the ground here today. :-)

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My Line

I was about six year old running around with my cousins my age playing hide and seek. Somehow in that bleaky memory I can still recall my aunt asked me what I want to be when I grow up. I said, I want to be an engineer. Just a childish utterance that was never really serious, or just plain innocent statement, but was silenced when she said I didn't fit because I am a girl. 1997 my mother asked me what course I would take in college as we were heading home right from our high school graduation rites. Had not really made it up; I just wanted to write, as my old dictionary says, litterateur. I don't know why but my very intelligent English teacher put question mark on that old English term. Then I was already aware that my dad took engineering too. So I replied to my mom I will take civil engineering course, anyway, that's the only course that I prefer from what were available in my town, it was the only one that attracted me; I knew going intercity would be hard and expensive, so I just stayed. My other option was going to the Bible School. I knew then I haven't made a mistake for I love the trade, I love Engineering Structures. It's my passion. I wanted to conquer the field! 2002 I graduated from the college of civil engineering and took review course for the board exam. Then they offered a review for Master Plumbers' board exam too, which every engineering graduate is qualified to take since that time the course is not offered in college. (After our time, everyone has to take the new plumbing engineering 5 year course, so I guess we were lucky.) I just enrolled in the review for nothing would be lost if I do. August, I saw my name in the tribune newspaper, I passed the board exam, so it made me a Registered Master Plumber! October, I read my name in another newspaper and online that I passed the CE board exam. It also made me a Registered Civil Engineer!.. God is great in my life. That was 2002. It is still my passion and always will be amazed by it's beauty and noble magnificence.

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Attitude Of Gratitude

We are not Spartans that we live for glory; nor we are seeking acknowledgment of our existence. We give because our hearts see something that is worth desiring to give for. And we give without any thoughts of getting anything back. But it's not all about opening our hands to take whatever things. Sometimes a turning back of our heads to the ones who give make some more inspiration to give more; when we see any sign of gratitude, we are always encouraged to partake more. A little news of what our contribution has done makes the giver happy, and tend to give more. So be it and be it. Attitude is learned, until it is part of our whole personality, and so the sense of being grateful comes naturally to those who are worth giving to. It's the least we can do.

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Backyard Fire Pit

We have done a great deal on the fire pit building this week. It might be long till we finish it with slates but the main building is structured already.



The stages of construction:

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