Visiting graves at Manila Memorial Park

We visited my sister’s grave at Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque last November 1. It was our kids’ first time to see what November 1 looks like, and it was also their first time at the cemetery. I thought that it was a good time to takeadvantage of the experience as a learning tool. I showed my sister’s picture to Pablo before going and answered his questions about ate Melody, her sickness and her death. He wasn’t very excited about going to the cemetery, he thought he’d see a lot of dead people lying around; it was a good thing, […]

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The great moon sand experience

Okay, I’ve been forewarned. A couple of years ago, I read an angry mom’s blog about Moon Sand. She was soooo NOT happy at the trouble Moon Sand put her through and was on the verge of suing the company for false advertising. Moon Sand, she said, isn’t an indoor toy as its creators originally claimed. It’s messy and difficult to clean. So, when someone gave a pack of Moon Sand to one of my kids, I immediately put it away at a safe place until I could figure out how my kids can enjoy it without all the mess I […]

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On child traffickers, trespassers, and other law anomalies

Call me paranoid. This morning, a middle-aged woman drew open our front gate, walked into our driveway and called out to us through our window and woke us; all without permission from any of us tenants in this 3-door apartment compound. She claimed that she was doing a survey for a milk company and started ticking off questions after questions about our children, most suspiciously, of our two younger ones. We were up very late the night before and planned to rouse much later till, at least, one of the babies are up. This woman’s intrusion was quite annoying, and […]

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1st HAPI Homeschoolers’ Talent Fair 2011

Jay came home rather late the day before. It was the last day of VBC and he was one of the people in charge of the activities, it being a Kids Ministry event. I opened up the package and saw that the frames he bought to hold Pablo’s oil pastel works were broken. It was 8:30pm. Shopwise closes at 11pm and we weren’t even sure if they have the kind of frames that we needed. Nevertheless, we donned the kids up and headed out to take our chances. We got back home before midnight, put the kids to bed, cleaned up the mess […]

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Vacation Bible Camp 2011

VACATION BIBLE CAMP Pablo had to wake up early so he can go with his dad to his workplace where VBC was held. He loved riding the UV Express van but didn’t like having to take the jeepney. I’m sure he also got tired having to keep up with his dad’s pace so they wouldn’t be late. We live 3 hours away, after all. And every night they come home, I could see how much he loved his day. I’d ask him about it and he would tick off all the activities that they’ve done. He knew the songs and […]

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