Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Obstacles Turning into Opportunities

Here's a very interesting story worth sharing from
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition. I have proven so quite a number of times.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A simple but fun birthday bash amidst the political crisis

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanks God the tension here is finally over. And even if I'm busy,  I don't want to completely miss the fun with you, guys, so I want to keep up as long as I have the time. It's Mellow Yellow Monday time again and I have lots of yellows here on my baby's 1st birthday held recently. Sorry though for the not so good quality of some photos here as I entrusted my digicam to someone not so familiar with its features when I was very busy hosting the party.

I love sharing this jelly with sliced fresh mango. Oh, so yummy!  Along with more dishes courtesy of the ever-generous Tita Myrns, a guesthouse manager. If you want a very convenient but very affordable place (apartelle style conveniently located) to stay when you're in Bangkok, just let me know. Well, the unrest was just temporary as generally, Bangkok is a very peaceful place, making it a haven for tourists.

His cake was made by the ever jolly Ninang Lee Ann, who just finished a very expensive baking course at the world's renowned La Cordon Bleu.
Oooopppss, that's yellow watermelon forefronted, close to the kids' all-time party fave, hotdog or sausage on stick. Well, the green dish is buko-pandan, courtesy of Ninang Tess (below, in red). She bought most of its ingredients from Pinas except the young coconut (buko) and milk, of course. So it's a taste of home. Sooo grateful as well to SIL Edna, in black shirt holding the baby for sponsoring so many dishes here. I'm so blessed for having many nice friends around sponsoring this and that voluntarily.

 Amidst the political crisis here during my son's birthday, we're very glad everyone still showed up and had fun, at least.

The kids enjoy opening baby's gift.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Mellow Yellow Bikes

Hello, dear friends! Today is declared an emergency holiday here and I miss MYM so I have the time to post. For those who have been asking about our situation here, no, we are not affected. We're on the other side of Bangkok, a bit far from the chaos suffered downtown.

Bicycle has been a popular transportation in the history of Thailand. The picture above is on display at PlearnWan Museum in Hua-Hin, showcasing the old ways of life in the old Kingdom of Siam. Until these days, bicycle is used not only by laborers or lowly people who can't afford four-wheels but even by middle-class employees to go to their workplace and students to school or university.

Here's an antique tricycle displayed at Privacy Beach Resort and Spa, our recent retreat hotel in Pranburi Province, Eastern Thailand.
This antique tricycle has this classic yellow couch decorated with bright sunflowers. Thanks to my daughter for taking all these first 3 photos. She shows a deep interest in photography and she's aware of the memes I have been enjoying. She says, "Mommy, here's for your Mellow Yellow Monday entry," as she shows her captures. Hmmm! Grateful mom.

Biking saves our environment as it doesn't need fuel. It is also a great form of exercise. So I really support my kids for their love for biking.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Sweet Message from Daughter to Mom

Mother's Day Myspace Comments (from the bottom of my heart:)

This is the message I received from my dear sweet daughter on Mother's Day.
I may be strict with my kids but I also try my best to be their best friend so that they will be open enough in sharing their secrets, their ups and downs, their joys and disappointments, their fears and frustrations and all they want to vent and pour out.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Children learn what they live

Motherly advice is this week's topic at Mommy Moments. I am sharing this very wise poem by Dorothy Nolte to all moms out there. Guess many of you have this at home, too. I bought a hanging poster of this poem before to always remind me of these great pieces of advice for us, moms.

Children Learn What They Live
By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte

Let's do our best to create an environment where we let our kids learn what we want them to be. Teaching them the values we want them to emulate all depends on us, parents. This is mom's greatest responsibility and challenge. 

Happy Moms' Day, everyone! 

P.S. I'm trying to diminish my time with the computer as I'm becoming bad example to my kids. So, less time blogging especially that I'll be doing another thesis pretty soon, rebalancing priorities although I don't want to totally drop this thingie I love doing:)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Marriage Monday: Why Wives Need Loving Conversation First

This month's topic on Marriage Monday, a once a month meme, is so tough - about intimacy and communication - that I'm rather late with my post.
For many Asian couples, communicating to each other about s*x is somewhat a very delicate thing to handle. I believe it has something to do with the conservativeness in Asian's culture. Seeing many marriages have been broken because of dissatisfaction of this precious gift for married people, let me share some insights how we can make our marriage a blissful one by satisfying each other's needs through intimacy and communication. 

"Women need a reason to have s*x. Men just need a place," says Billy Crystal, an American actor, writer, comedian, producer and film director. This is quite true so women need to have loving conversation first to make them responsive especially when they are very tired from work and with lots of household chores and concerns. When I say conversation, it includes body language. Remember, nonverbal or body language can also work well in marriage. Hugging, cuddling, tickling, eye-winking, whispering in the ear even without saying meaningful words sometimes can make women happy and satisfied without necessary leading into s*x. But, of course, if the husband would like to lead her wife to bed to become more responsive, he should know how to set her mood. Calling the wife over the phone and giving her some clue such as sweet words or jokes will stimulate her mind. Or whisper something into her ear while she's washing the dishes, taking care of the baby, preparing for dinner or multitasking all these - which she can do magically yet the husband's kind words or gestures can do more magic to set her mood. Women don't easily get aroused so men should be sensitive enough not to rush when they want something if they want a win-win situation, both spouse's satisfaction. Many men never realized why their wife is unresponsive in bed not knowing that it's all because of their inability to show intimacy and to set her mood by communication - both verbally and nonverbally -  prior to the act they want itself. 

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