Saturday, September 22, 2012

Swimming in September

My kids' birthdays this year fell on a weekend coinciding with the wedding of my best childhood friend C. Since I was assigned as the Matron of Honor during the wedding (more pictures about that in another post), we decided to bring the kids along to the place where the wedding reception was to be held and stay overnight there together with the family of the bride. The venue was at the Presidio in Sucat. The place was a nice condo community with units which you can rent for a reasonable price. It also had other amenities such as a function room, playground and swimming pool. Thus, the day after the wedding, we were able to take advantage to bring the kids for at least a half-day of swimming. Good thing we had the swimming pool all to ourselves and our friends that day plus the weather was just perfect.

Sharing some pictures of my kids Zoe and Luigi who turned three and six, respectively. See how excited they were to go to the pool.

Getting ready...

 Brother and sister together...

Another shot...

Taken from where I was sitting...

Pictures with friends Ate Chezca and Jacob...

The kids really enjoyed and I vowed that they would stay in the pool all day if they had the chance. They were there for like more than two hours and enjoyed every minute of it. As for me, I was quite happy the area near the pool had an internet connection. At least was able to update my Instagram and other accounts. I even found the time to download smileys for facebook at Those emoticons will also be helpful to use for my gmail chat and email messaging. It's cool!

TAG is Back!

After a long hiatus, the TAG website is again updated and is sporting a new look! 

Thanks to the brilliant suggestion of my friend Nina to go for a color that softer for the eyes, I was able to help out the team by installing and customizing a new light blue look for the site.

TAG stands for TV Advocacy Group, a team of volunteer women who have given themselves the task of monitoring TV shows and helping viewers to be sift through the good and bad. TAG was conceptualized in November 2004 by three pioneering ladies who were determined to make a difference in the field of television, the difference being to improve the content of our local television programming.


To establish an association of TV viewers who can effectively influence the content of local programming on free TV. This means getting network owners, producers, directors, stars and advertisers to hear the association’s opinion on particular media content.

To positively influence the content of local TV programs in terms of:
  1. values portrayed
  2. decency in speech , dressing and action
  3. contribution to intellectual development of viewers
  4. promotion of healthy love for country
  5. respect for religious beliefs

Come visit TAG's site now at

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Silver Awardee

We had a fantastic surprise last week after learning that our daughter who is in 1st grade had received a Silver Award for the first quarter. Her academic grades and character assessment were good and this qualified her to get such award. Her Math, Science, Social Studies and Filipino were all at A while Religion and Language at A-. Her only B grade is for Reading. On the Character rating side, she mainly got O and VG.

We actually got to chat with our mentor and she shared all of Zoe's points of strength and points for improvement. We also had agreed to set a goal for her to do activities that will help improve her Reading and Comprehension. As a product of this, I really would try my best to find time to read and discuss with her more books so she will gain that confidence and real liking for reading. I understand that she only turned 6 years old last weekend and may be struggling to cope with her classmates who are about 1 year older than her. I might explore finding a tutoring service for her just like how many other parents are doing now. 

Talking about reading, even when I was young, I really loved to read. This is evidenced by my thick glasses which I have now. Ha, ha, ha. My dad and I have an agreement that he will bring me to National Bookstore every month and he would allow me to buy 1 book every time. One day, I chose this book entitled "Heidi". I loved this book and was hooked on reading from then on. I explored the likes of Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Dickens and many many more (with no regrets whatsoever!).  I hope I will be able to share this love for reading with my daughter Zoe.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Zoe and Luigi!

 My kids celebrated their birthdays last weekend. Zoe is now 6 while Luigi is 3. :-D We had simple celebration with family.

Like last year, we made our kids pick their own birthday gifts (with a fixed budget of course). :-) Zoe got a My Little Pony toy while Luigi got a basketball hoop set. 

Their cousin Amane was present to celebrate with the kids.

 For the party, we served spaghetti, bbq, lechong manok, pichi-pichi, cake and ice cream!

Before eating we sang the birthday song twice so both the kids get a chance to blow their candles. The party was actually held on Zoe's birthday since we were out of town (to attend a wedding) on Luigi's birthday the day before. More stories on that later on.  

We love you kids!!!! Happy birthday!!!

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