Saturday, November 26, 2011

Interesting Facts on Travel

I came across this infographic and spent an interesting time looking at the information it gives. How fortunate for the Finnish, to have the most vacation time in a year. How privileged for the Germans who travels most during the holidays. And I was entertained looking at the statistics on the number of cups of coffee and number of eggs consumed daily.

See this infographic below for yourself and learn a thing or two.

Statstics on Travel
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Statistics and Graphs

I enjoy looking at graphs and statistics. These illustrations somehow give me an overall picture of a certain fact or information. And from there, I give my own 'conclusions' based on the statistics.

Just take a look at this graph Education by Country,for example, see if you can draw out your own ideas or conclusions just by looking at it.

Statistics on Education
Education Statistics from

The New Superbook

I'm a Superbook fan. I could remember watching this cartoons every afternoon when I was still in my primary school. You see, back in my primary years, I only go to school in the mornings and I have all the time to sleep, do my homework and watch cartoons in the afternoons. :)

Anyways, I'm so happy that they are coming up with this new Superbook series. I guess it's just about time that they update this cartoons and keep up with the technology. You see, even if the Superbook episodes were great back in my time,but it will obviously look outdated now compared with all the 3D animations and stuff.

I just can't wait for the release of the new Superbook DVDs. As you can see in the youtube trailer above, the new animation looks superb! This is surely nice to watch in a big flat screen TV with 3 channel sound bar . But our TV or even our computer will be okay too.

Peace not War :)

It's a fine Saturday morning. Thank God that it's not raining. It has been raining for the past days and it's a relief that the sun is out today.

Anyways, the kids are enjoying their time playing outside now. I could hear laughter and giggles as they are playing 'pretend'. Thank God that my kids have now grown up to be real good friends and playmates. It wasn't like this in the past, because my son hasn't matured yet, he was always fighting with his sister while Tricia also gets easily impatient with him. Those were the days when we were more like referees. Hubby and I would joke that those days were so stressful that we could feel our hair falling off and we might need the best hair transplant doctor at the end. :)

Nowadays,they look for each other's company and miss each other when they're not together.Of course, they still fight but there are more peaceful times than wars. Thank you Lord for the PEACE.. :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Going as Far as We Can See

Sometimes we can't help but want to know God's entire 'map' or perfect plan for our lives. Oh, how easy it would be to know which direction to go or where we would be 10 years from now. But since our God is a personal and relational God, He only gives us bits and pieces of His plan. He wants us to seek Him and draw closer to Him each day as we ask for His plans and directions for our lives. He wants us to trust Him on a daily basis. If we know the detailed plan of our lives ahead of time, how easy it would be for us to go on our own way without seeking Him, but that would be dreadful, right? So, even if we don't see what's ahead of us in the next few months or few years, let us continue to seek Him and take a step each day in faith and go as far as we can see..

Tagalog Movies

I've never like watching Tagalog movies since I was young. I guess it has something to do with the fact that people who watched Tagalog movies during our time were labeled 'baduy' ( or backward). Oh, those were during my 'younger' years, I'm sure times have changed by now and I think our movies now are also comparable to other international films.

But anyways, as I'm based outside my homecountry, there were just times that I long to watch our own movies. I'm curious to see our latest 'actresses' , latest stories and etc. There were just times that I search for the latest tagalog movies in youtube and also looked for the best downloader to download them. Maybe I'm missing my homecountry that much and I'm trying to find a way to 'connect' with it. So, never mind if I'm becoming 'baduy' or whatever label there is, I want to feel at 'home' even by just watching the movies.

Small Sacrifice

Tomorrow's our last day for the 8 day course I'm facilitating at the center. Whew! Thank God for His strength and grace. I'm also thankful that I have a co-facilitator this time which means I don't have to do everything in the course (like I did a few months ago).

I'm glad that the course is also over because it means I can go back to seriously homeschool my daughter. Yes, this is one small sacrifice that I have to make whenever I get 'busy' at the center. But as always, I'm blessed to be of help to others.

So, since tomorrow's our last day, I need to get moving and prepare the certificates and the finalize a few things. I'm not sure if I need to have some document imaging done, but one thing that I have to do is to get a jpg file of our center's logo.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy but Lonely

Last week we had a wonderful time visiting a few local girls in the city. They're the type of girls who may look very happy from the outside but in reality, they are lonely and have a deep longing for something.

My friends and I were able to visit them, gave them them encouragement and shared to them about God's gift of life. One of them actually has some kind of sickness. I can't fully understand what it was about but it has something to do with her lungs. She hasn't been taking Actos and therefore does not need to contact an actos law firm. Anyways, she has received committed her life to Christ and is also determined to change her work and therefore needs a new job since she knows her current job doesn't please God. We're praying for her as well as the other ladies who have committed their lives to God.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Reflections On A Child's Bedroom

A child's bedroom should be a direct reflection of who they are and where they are heading. It should be a place that is safe and inviting to the child, yet inspirational at the same time. There should be some kind of reflection of a spiritual nature within the room, no matter how subtle it may be.

A simple painting of a church, as seen through a child's eyes, hung up on the wall is an example of all it would take to keep your child connected with a higher power while in the room. You don't need to overstate the fact and there does not have to be a large overbearing artifact or wall hanging to state the obvious.

God will be a part of your child's upbringing and a subtle reminder in your child's bedroom is all that is necessary. It is also comforting to know that there is a certain presence in the room when your child closes his eyes and falls to sleep every night.

Keeping the room organized
While it is certainly necessary to expect some messes in the room, it is important to keep the room as organized as possible. One of the things that can occur with children is they aren't sure where everything is kept. Make certain that you have the room organized so that when a mess is made your child knows where to things get put when it is time to put things back.

Give space
If there isn't enough space in the room you can open up the area by replacing 2 single beds with twin size bunk beds. You can also shift the furniture around to make it appear more spacious. Twin size bunk beds are available as well with a futon at the bottom for added space.

When all of these elements are combined you'll find that you have a more settled child or children to deal with. When you consider how much time your child will be spending in his bedroom you’ll understand why it needs to be set up just so for the child's future development.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

45 Days Before Christmas

According to this countdown timer above, (as of posting) it's 45 days, 5 hours , 18 minutes and 55 seconds before Christmas. I guess you can already tell how excited I am for Christmas. :)

I could just imagine now in the Philippines that everybody is getting geared for the holidays. I'm sure many of the people have put up their Christmas decorations or even have started buying their Christmas presents. As for our family, we haven't started anything yet. For the meantime, maybe I can read the reviews and see if I can get anything from there.

45 days.... yes, 45 days.... :))

Friday, November 4, 2011

Reverse Thinking

This is one powerful video that I saw in Youtube. I suggest that you watch it until the end.....

Our "Go" Bag

I've been procrastinating in preparing our 'Go Bag' or emergency bag. Just a little background, Hubby has attended a seminar before and we were encouraged to prepare a Go bag just in case anything happens. When one doesn't see anything coming, it's surely difficult to prepare one, right?

But a few nights ago, when it has been raining so heavily and more people we convinced that our city will be flooded, I didn't think for a second but started to prepare one. Our Go Bag wasn't a big one but it isn't as small as a leather briefcase

But how we thanked God when the sun was out the next day. It hasn't been raining for a couple of days now and praise God for that. Oh, we don't want another flood in our city. We've seen how Bangkok has been flooded for many weeks now and please do include them in your prayers too.

11 Years on 1/11/11

A few days ago, Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary. Not our wedding anniversary but the time when both of us became committed to each other for a relationship (see our love story here). Every 1st of November is really a special day for us, but it has even became more special this year because it's our 11th year on the 11th month and 11th year of the century! :))

So, Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary by going on a special date. We had a lot of fun recalling the times that took place 11 years ago here in Thailand. It could have been more memorable if we had our date on the restaurant where we talked 11 years ago, but sadly that place had turned into a beauty shop. :)

We thank God for being with us through all the years and one thing for sure is that we continue to seek to fulfill His purpose in our lives as a couple.

Mrs. Frugal

I can be called Mrs. Frugal since I really love collecting all the receipts printed by Epson TM-T88V at Big C. What's in those receipts? Well, discount coupons which one can use on the next purchase. Cash coupons from 5-30 Baht. It may not be much for some but savings is savings.

While putting my boy to sleep in the afternoons, I also take a few minutes of my time joining these online contests. I've already won a few times and I can't wait to the other contests too .:)

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