Wednesday, February 10, 2016

She's Getting Married....

My niece, I should say, is getting married! I spoke with her last weekend when I called my sister to greet her on her birthday. I was actually very surprised when I learned that my niece was around. She was so busy with her job when we were there last year that we almost didn't see each other. Anyway, my sister handed her the phone when I called and we got the chance to talk for a few. I am very happy to hear that she finally found someone she can spend the rest of her life with. She actually introduced him to us when we were there so I kinda' know him already. She's almost 30 so it's a good age for her to tie the knot.

Unfortunately I won't be there when they get married sometime year. But with technology now, I'm sure I'll be seeing pictures and videos of both the wedding ceremony as well as the reception. I'm now thinking of what to give them for a wedding present. Maybe I should just order wedding napkins for them that they can use for the reception or as part of their wedding give-aways. I just saw some samples online and I think they're pretty neat because their names can be printed on the napkins as well as the date of the wedding itself. Yep, I think this will be a perfect and unique wedding present for them.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Road Chip....

Yep, it's the latest installment of the highly-acclaimed [in our household...LOL] movie: C-H-I-P-M-U-N-K-S. Is it Oscar-worthy? Not really but it's definitely 'little-one- worthy so we just had to see it...and probably get the DVD as well when it comes out. We didn't tell her that we were going to see it. We just asked her to get ready because we were going somewhere. She doesn't usually ask questions where we're going so there was no danger of letting the cat out of the bag, so to speak. When we got to the movie theater, she asked what we were doing there. I think I told her that we were there to see another movie...can't remember which one anymore. It was only when she saw the big movie poster of the Chipmunks movie that she finally figured out why we were there. I just loved her smile when she realized we're going to see the Chipmunk movie.

When we entered the cinema, it felt like we actually rented the whole place because there were very few people there. Oh well, at least we were able to choose the seats our hearts desire. As expected, the movie was not for us. LOL. Did the little one enjoy it though? She did and that's what matters, right?


Monday, January 18, 2016

Helping Out

While visiting my family early last year, my younger brother asked me if he could talk to me about something real important. My brother is rather shy and there is no chance he would say that unless it's really important to him. So what could be so important he had to talk to me in private? He said that he wants to start a small business of his own. He lost his job a few years ago. He was really affected when that happened but there was not much he could do so he just accepted it and looked for another one. It wasn't easy because of his age. He was able to find one eventually but wasn't really happy with it so he left it after only a few months. He's been in and out of jobs since then so he decided to do a little research on a good business venture. After a few months of research, he finally decided on what business he wants to venture into. His only problem is his lack of capital so that's the part where I come in. He explained everything to me and I thought it's a feasible business so I talked with the husband and we agreed to help him out.

Now I really want to help him and so does the husband. He saw how hard my brother works with what he's doing at the moment so my husband knows he'll do the same with his own business. That's good enough for us. Aside from the financial help, I also want to help him some other ways I can. He said he can buy everything he needs locally but that is not stopping me from looking at premier table linens custom trade show tablecloths because I know it will be perfect for the kind of business he wants to start. He already has a lot of the things he needs. He originally planned in launching the business during the holiday season but a series of flooding in our area prevented him from doing so. That's alright. There's really no need to hurry it because it's something that can wait. Hopefully he'll be able to start soon.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Lotto Millionaires

Nope, I'm not one of them. I wish...:) I'm just not that lucky when it comes to the lottery but I'm fine with it. If I win though, I really don't have any idea how I'm going to deal with it to be honest. But if there's one thing I'm certain I won't do if get lucky like those people that won the billion dollar plus pot last weekend is: I won't be going on national television announcing it. I just caught a glimpse of them in one of the morning TV shows and I really don't know their reason for doing so but I definitely won't do that. I just don't see the logic of it. But that's a matter of personal preference so to each his own, right? I guess it makes them happy to be on TV after such windfall.

So many people, yes including us, got in the lottery boat for the 'billion dollar plus' drawing. That's the reason why it got that high. For us personally, we don't normally buy lottery tickets. We just get on it when the pot gets about half a million. Yep, the less chance of winning for us, the better. Haha. Anyway, I heard that some people even crossed the Canada border to buy tickets. Ha! Since it's anybody's game, everyone has a fair chance of actually winning the prize so I can't really blame those who got on it. I just hope it was done within reasons. I mean, I hope people didn't spend their grocery or rent money just to be able to buy tickets which some did I'm sure. Oh well. Again, to each his own.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Family Tree

After more than 30 years, hubby and his cousins finally saw each other again a few weeks ago. They were just kids when they last saw each other but hubby said that he would still recognize anytime. One of the reasons his aunt wanted to get together is because of their interest in tracing their family tree. Actually, it's her daughter [hubby's cousin] who is really into it. She even joined a site just to get deep into the family's roots. She said it's very interesting to dig through the family's roots as it's very different to what she's been told. She already went so far back but she said that there's still a lot of things to look into and she has no plans of stopping right now.

Anyway, her brother was not into it as much as she is so he and I just talked while his Mom and sister and hubby browsed their family tree online. Interestingly his wife is also an Asian. He really wanted us to meet but she didn't want to miss work because she only gets paid if she works. He said that she's currently going to school to finish a degree she already finished in her home country. A lot of the subjects she took in her country's university don't have the equivalent here so she is now taking the subjects needed for her to get the degree. He said that they had to send her credentials, like her diploma and transcripts to a translation company because they are written in her language. They were hoping that after everything is translated then she can use it to find work in line with what she finished in college. Unfortunately, when they had the translated credentials evaluated, they were told that it does not meet the standards. That's the reason why she decided to go back to school and work at the same time. He said she still has about a year or so to finish everything. I'm not sure if that's all she has to do though before her degree will recognized. I hope it is because she seems to be a very hardworking person.

Winter It Is!

It looks like winter is finally here. The man of the house finally gave in and turned the heat on a couple of days ago. The cold weather was very sporadic in the past few months that it's not worth it to turn it on. This week is probably the first time that the temperature stayed in the 60s in the house so the heat had to be turned on. Tomorrow is going to be a bit warm though...but temps will dip again over the weekend so it's a short break. I believe we're going to have this kind of temps for now so our heater will be on call until further notice .

We're almost midway the first month of this year. Our weekends had been pretty quiet, meaning, lazy, except for the first Saturday of this year. We went to meet some relatives north of us. It's hubby's only aunt on his Dad's side. We got to see her and meet her 2 children. It's nice to actually see relatives for the first time like that. His aunt was very happy to see the husband again...after months of planning. I actually met her for the first time about 2 years ago when hubby's niece and her family came down for a visit. After that first meeting hubby and his aunt kept in-touch but mostly by phone only. She kept saying that we should meet-up one time...for about 2 years It finally happened right after the new year rolled in. Ha! We spent the whole day with her and her 2 children. She wanted us, me specifically, to meet her daughter-in-law because she's also Asian like me but she had to work. After our little get together she called and said that we should meet again soon. This time she will be the one driving our way. Hopefully we'll be able to meet her daughter-in-law then.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Monogram Ring

Everytime there is an occasion, the little one is always asking me what gift I want. The same goes for the husband. I give them the same answer everytime. I don't want anything. I really don't. If there is something I want, I just get it myself. They got the message already because they didn't ask me anymore during the holiday season. But there's another occasion coming up and I have a feeling I will get asked what I want on that day because she always gets or makes me something on that day. This time I might tell her to get me a Monogram Ring for a change. If she doesn't ask, I'd probably tell her. Ha!

Seriously though I've always wanted a Monogram Ring. I don't know why I never bought one for myself but I remember looking at some when I was younger. There was even a time I wanted to get my father one because he liked wearing jewelry like rings. I believe I asked him if he wanted one but he said no. As for me, I really have no idea why I didn't get one but I will one of these days...even if I have to buy it myself. Nothing wrong with that, right? I do that all the time anyway.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Drafts Unlimited

That should be the title of my blog now. That's only because I have drafts after drafts in here now. I really need to go through all of them and see which ones are worth keeping and publishing [maybe?]. I have a feeling not a lot...will make the cut.

First things first...it's cold! Not as cold as those up north but still cold especially for someone like me who does not like the cold. The husband is a totally different story. He THRIVES in temperatures like the one we have now. He's actually in shorts when he left for work early this morning. I'm sure he's skinny legs are not very happy right now. Hmp!

Anyway a lot of things happened in 2015. We traveled more than usual, actually WAY more than usual. We don't travel much so even just one travel is already more than usual to us. We had 2 overseas and a couple in other states. It was fun even if it was tiring, especially the overseas one because I got to see family after about 3 years and friends after more than 30 years.

I have no idea if we will travel anywhere this year. Most of the travels we did last year were not planned so who knows, maybe we'll go somewhere this year as well.

I'll be posting some about those travels in the coming days. They are long overdue but I still want to post about them for my documentation. In the meantime, here's wishing everyone a blessed 2016!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Busy Bee

...and that would be me! It's been a while since I last posted here...and I've been saying that in every post I think. It's just that I've been occupied with other things so I haven't had the chance to sit down and write without being interrupted. Mind you, this blog is not the only thing I've been neglecting so to speak. I guess I need some lesson in time management? Anyway, one of the things I've neglected for so long now is my guitar. I used to have it in my office so I could just pick it up when I'm not busy but that didn't work so I moved it in the bedroom. That worked for a while because I was able to pick it up every morning after my morning exercise but that has come to a halt as well. I may not have the best sounding acoustic guitar but I love that guitar because it was the husband's first Christmas gift to me. He's been bugging me to play it from the day he gave it to me but I could only do that occasionally. I really have to start playing it more to hone whatever skill I have or I may just lose them, eh? Hopefully I'll be able to play more in the coming days.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Back to....

Normal????  Ha!

It's been a while since I've updated here. It's gotten a little bit busy around here....work especially. I am not only slacking with my posts here actually, I've been slacking with other things as well. A lot of factors contributed to that aside from being a bit busy with work. For one...I stopped pedaling. Yep, I stopped my only form of exercise for a few months. The result...added poundage. Sigh! It took forever to get rid of those extra poundage and it came back just like that. Our month-long trip to the Phils was actually the start of this laziness. We did a lot walking while we were there so I still exercised I must say. It's after we came back from that trip that did me. I just didn't have the 'will' to go back on my bike when we got back. I kept on postponing it and postponing it and before I know I've gained back all the weight I worked so hard to lose.

But I slowly went back to it a few weeks ago. At first I was only on it about twice a week. This week I was able to use it 5 days in a row...wooh! Yep, Monday thru Friday I was on the bike for about an hour. I am also doing some hula hooping again. I know it's going to take forever again to get rid of this unwanted weight but that's not my main concern right now. My main concern is staying on this regimen again. I am hoping I'm going to continue on. I'm on the right track so I'm sure I will...fingers, toes and eyes crossed.

My blogging is a different story though. I'm not sure if I can regularly do it again but I'll try. It's just that it takes forever for me to finish a post like this one because of all the interruptions. I think I stopped about 5x already since I started typing this one. Yep, that much interruptions. The same thing happens when I'm writing an email or a message. Sometime it's a whole day affair just to finish one short message. Oh well. I'm thankful I'm busy so no complaints here...and that's that.