I can do all things with God who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

What I am is a gift from God. What I become is my gift to God.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:16.

Aug 1, 2009

Goodbye Cory..

By now most of the people have heard the passing of former Philippine president Corazon C. Aquino at age 76 due to colon cancer. I'm sure many people have already blogged, twitted and posted comments and shout outs for Cory and I personally would like to write something about her, too.

I don't know what charisma she have but I am really amazed at how her battle with cancer and her death have affected so many people. The outpouring concern and love shown by people (some she hasn't even met personally) through the offering of novena, healing masses, and prayer rally for her recovery were evidences of how people look up to her. She might not be the greatest president Philippines has ever had but the way she carried herself and the way she treated people left a mark on the lives of people she touched. I don't know if we can still see such an outpouring love and concern.

The death of her husband Ninoy made her a household name. As an ordinary housewife, she was able to bring all Filipinos together and fight for democracy through people power. Her battle with cancer once again brought people together to knock on heaven's door for her recovery. I am very sure that for the last time, she will bring thousands (if not millions) of Filipinos together again and accompany her to her last journey to Manila Memorial Park.

Goodbye Cory! Thank you for touching the lives of so many people in your own little, humble way. Filipinos will never forget you. Your legacy will never be forgotten. May your soul rest in eternal peace.

Jul 29, 2009

Green Sea Turtle Nesting Adventure

As part of our family's summer vacation, we went to the famous green sea turtle nesting place in Ras Al Jinz, Ras Al Haad on 28th of June. We stayed at the Ras al-Jinz Research and Visitors Centre and we decided to join the 9pm-12am as well as the 4am-6am tours. We joined the 9pm tour coz we learned that turtles come to the shore at night to lay their eggs and have to leave in the morning. As expected, we saw many turtles laying eggs in the dark but we couldn't take good pictures because it is forbidden to use torches and flash photography as turtles might be stressed and feel oppressed. The 4am tour was also good because we still saw one turtle laying its eggs and we were able to take some good shots although the weather is not so good at this time of the year as you can see in the pictures i posted. We also saw a lot of turtles racing to go back to the sea before it gets to hot!

Our family really enjoyed the trip and we learned a lot about turtles, green sea turtles in particular.

From the trip I learned that....
  1. Turtles rise from the sea at night to lay their eggs when they reach the age of 37 (until 49).
  2. Turtles lay eggs three times a year.
  3. Turtles dig a cavity for its eggs and covers it, first with its back flippers and then use its front flippers to camouflage the area against its predators.
  4. Green sea turtles lay about 100 to 200 eggs per nesting. 
  5. It returns to the sea after covering the egg cavity.
  6. Turtles has to return to the sea before sunrise, even without laying its eggs and return in the evening to do so.
  7. Foxes and crabs visit the nesting area at night to look for some eggs. Sometimes they get lucky when another turtle accidentally digs another turtle's nest thereby scattering the eggs.

  • If #7 happens and foxes and crabs does not finish the eggs, sea gulls will definitely feast on what remains in the morning.




Did you know that....
  1. Turtle will return to the same exact beach where it is hatched to lay their own eggs! (Amazing)
  2. Out of 1000 eggs only about 2 or 3 lives (how sad). As i've mentioned above, foxes,sea gulls and crabs prey on the eggs and crabs and sea gulls prey on the hatchlings when they go to the sea.
  3. Warm temperatures (>29° C) produce females while cooler temperatures (<29°C) produce males.
  4. Ras al-Jinz prohibit the use of torches and lights during turtle nesting because the hatchlings will follow the light instead of going back to the open sea where it belongs!

Unfortunately, there were no hatchlings when we went there. We need to wait for 2 months after nesting to see hatchlings and since the nesting season began in June we might see hatchlings in August.

Jul 20, 2009

Muffins and Rice cakes

Since Jun and I are on summer break, we now have a lot of time to spend with the kids. It is during this time that I get to appreciate the importance of the internet! It's really cool when I can get anything I want when I need it.

I was able to make rice cakes(puto) last week and the kids love it. I got the "puto cheese recipe" from the internet although i followed some alternatives suggested. I used 1 cup evaporated milk instead of 1 cup powdered milk and made my own alterations with water proportion. The rice cake turned out so yummy and what I made didn't last a day :-)

Today is another opportunity to make some experiments ;-) We had to look for muffin pans last night and we ended up buying the heart-shaped ones. I baked blueberry muffins and just like the rice cakes, it turned out very well. At least the baking and cooking classes I had when I was in HS still comes handy!

..btw, i want to acknowledge Jun for always taking the photographs I needed. Photography is now his current hobby and he has Canon EOS50D and several lenses. I bet he'll write about his hobby in his blogger or in his friendster blog so do watch out for that. You might also see some of his photographs and his gadgets over there.

Jul 9, 2009

Summer Vacation

Summer vacation has officially started for my family today. Didn't sleep a wink to pack bags and prepare things we needed for a 3 day vacation.  We were on the road before 2am! Had to travel early and take Lisa to the airport for her 5:30AM flight to Manila. The kids were so tired waiting for 10AM to check-in at a hotel and get a decent sleep.  We headed to beach and wait for sunrise and took some photographs.  We had fun walking in the sand.... it has been a long time since we visited the beach.  Ashvin had a great time looking for shells :-)  

We finally checked-in at Ramada Hotel at half past ten and slept most of the day. Anyways, we can't afford to go out in the scorching heat of Middle East's summer... Btw, i had to say that we enjoyed our stay at Ramada :-) The rooms were good (got the executive suite) and the staff superb.  

I reckon this will be the first in a series of summer trips for the family.... just enjoy some of the photographs while waiting for the next one :-)

Jul 8, 2009

A Day Before Summer Holiday

Today was no ordinary Wednesday. Everyone is a bit excited because it's the last day at work. A lot of my colleagues will be going back to their families tonight and tomorrow after 10 months. Most of the staff are just hanging-out at the cafeteria, taking souvenir photographs. We brought River, Rain and Ashvin along and took some photos with friends. We also had some photographs in Jun's office :-)

Check out my Fendi sunglasses... i LOVE it! Just what I needed this summer.

..and before i forget, i also included some pictures of my Versace eyeglasses. The frame was a birthday gift from Jun and then I added transition lenses in time for summer. The eyeglass is also handy especially during times i have eye irritation and cannot wear contact lenses. It is also great during flights where contact lenses should not be worn.

Jun 16, 2009

A Storm is Coming

A storm is brewing on the horizon....

I'm bracing myself for any possible harm.....

May 11, 2009

Mother's Day

Yesterday, mother's day was celebrated around the world.

People have different ways of celebrating mother's day. It is not important how extravagant the celebration might be or how expensive the gifts we sent or received; what's important is remembering our mother or people who touched our lives and treated us as a mother would have. A mother's day gives us an excuse to tell our mother how much we appreciate them and what they have done to us....what we are now... without having to feel embarrassed.


I received several messages and good wishes from friends and family. Likewise, I sent greetings to my mother-in-law, sisters and friends.

I called my mother to give my greetings and told her that I am happy that she was able to travel abroad. It was her first time to board the airplane and I am excited as she was for this event. My sister Tess made this "first trip" possible so Inay celebrated mother's day in Malaysia! I can feel that she is very happy although she wished that Tatay is with her. I just told her that Tatay is very happy that his kids are now living the dreams somehow and family trips abroad are now possible... I know that this will not be Inay's last trip abroad...... her kids are now giving her a chance to relax and enjoy .... she has done so much for all us. It is time to return the favor.... Happy mother's day Inay!

May 9, 2009

Today is unlike any Thursday because we woke up early and we didn't go to Muscat City Centre. This particular Thursday was spent with friends from ETC (my husband Jun's department).

Jun and I stayed up late the night before to prepare our kids' favourite egg sandwich spread and potato chicken salad that we could take to our trip to Jabal Al Akhdar.

According to Wikepedia,Jebel Akhdar, Jabal Akhdar or Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Arabic: الجبل الأخضر ‎ meaning The Green Mountain) is part of the Al Hajar Mountains range in Oman, which extends about 300 km northwest to southeast, between 50-100 km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast. It is one of Oman’s most spectacular areas. The area is about 2 hours drive from Nizwa and is famous for its traditional rose water extraction and agricultural products including pomegranate, apricot, peach and walnut.

The trip to Jabal Al Akhdar was good. We stopped at several places to enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain and take souvenir photos. When we were about to make sandwiches for snack, we realized that I forgot to pick up the bag that contains the food. I left it infront of our building where we stayed while waiting for the 4WD. Because of this, we just had to do with what Jun has managed to bring along - chips, juice, water and a few biscuits. The trip coordinator made arrangements for chicken biriyani for lunch and we had a good lunch under the shade of a tree(!)

It was a great trip and it was obvious through some of the pictures taken from there.

Btw, we still got the food bag where we left it after coming back from the trip. That's h o w safe it is to live here :-)

May 5, 2009

Hooray!

Finally!

... i was able to sign-in to my blog after sometime. I wanted to blog about many events that have happened to me and about other events that somehow made an impact to Philippines, to the world or to my job... but i was not able to open my account. Since I'm a bit free this week, I miraculously opened my account after several unsuccessful attempts. It was a relief to post my first blog here after quite sometime. You see, I don't want to create a new account and start a new blog. I wanted to continue with my original account started way back.

I hope I'll find time to post blogs here every now and then. This way, I won't forget my password;-)