Sunday, October 28
Tuesday, October 23
While I was arranging my kids' books I came across a small book which I gave to my first-born last 1999. I read it again and can't help but smile. Would like to share them in this post.
According to the publishers, in choosing these letters, they tried to convey the incredible variety they represent. Their spelling and grammar have not been corrected, for what they say, they say better as they are.
Compiled by Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall
In Sunday School they told us what you do. Who does it when you are on vacation? Jane
How did you know you were God? Charlene
Dear God, I read the bible. What does begat mean? Nobody will tell me. Love, Alison
Dear God, On Holloween I am going to wear a Devil’s costume, Is that all right with you? Marnie
Dear God, Are you really invisible or is that just a trick? Lucy
Dear God, Did you mean for giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? Norma
Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that ok? Neil
Dear God, is Reverend Coe a friend of yours, or do you just know him through business? Donny
Dear God, What does it mean you are a jealous God? I thought you had everything. Jane
Dear God, I am American what are you? John
Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy. Joyce
Please send me pony. I never ask for anything before, you can look it up. Bruce
Dear God, How come you did all those miracles in the old days and don’t do any now? Seymour
Dear God, if we come back as something please don’t let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her. Denise
Dear God, my brother is a rat. You should give him a tail. Ha ha. Danny
Dear God, Please send Dennis Clark to a different camp this year. Peter
Dear God, I think about you sometimes even when I’m not praying. Elliott
Dear God, of all the people who work for you I like Peter and John the best. Rob
Dear God, I bet it is very hard to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. Nan
Dear God, If you watch in church on Sunday, I will show you my new shoes. Mickey D.
Dear God, I do not think anybody could be a better God. Well I just want you to know but I am not saying that because you are God. Charles
Posted by Wenchie at 6:00 PM
My youngest kid, Maria Angelica Beatrice is now 4 years old. She was born five days after Pio turned 1. I was hoping to give birth on the 24th of October so she'll have the same birthday with my former boss (who was an honorable statesman) but because I got so tired preparing for Pio's big day (buying stuff and driving back and forth), I didn't notice that my waterbag had leaked already. When I visited my OB, she said my tummy looked smaller than my last visit. Upon checking, she hurriedly scheduled me for another cs operation, my fourth and last. There, my sweet little angel was born. She has to be hospitalized for one week because the womb was almost empty of water when the ob-gyne opened it up. The pedia said she might have an infection and has to be observed. Everyday, I have to go to the hospital to breastfeed her. And it pains me, everytime I would leave her back in the nursery room. Fast forward, 4 years after Bea is now a very witty small girl. She talks non-stop from the time she wakes up until she's about to retire to bed. Sometimes I would ask her if she's not tired of talking/chatting. She said no. I told her ok, when you grow up you better be a good reporter....
Here, I made her a slideshow so when she begins to read she won't ask me why I didn't make one for her birthday just like I what did with Pio and Gabbie.
To my youngest child, Bea Happy, Happy Birthday. We love you.
Posted by Wenchie at 10:14 AM
Saturday, October 20
Gabbie celebrated her birthday with a simple dinner with our family at Chef d' Angelo. She doesn't want a party, so I just brought some foods in her school for her classmates and teachers partaken during their recess time. Anyway, the kids were so happy celebrating Gabbie's special day.
I've noticed recently Pio is often tinkering with his toy-piano and imitating hubby's current favorite musician (Renzo Dali). Here, I took a video of Pio's "play version" of Agua de Invierno.
Gabbie and her black forest cake (Goldilocks)
the birthday girl and sis, Nicole
all white seafood pizza
chicken caesar salad
Posted by Wenchie at 1:10 PM
Thursday, October 18
My only son Pio Miguel is celebrating his 5th birthday. He just asked me to prepare carbonara for his friends. Such a simple request, I woke up early, bought all the things I need and whip up my specialty with some pork barbecue, fried chicken, ice cream, a cake and fruit salad. I also invited some blogger-friends who live nearby.
Pio Miguel was born October 18, 2002 in San Juan de Dios Hospital. Two months before his birth I was in Canada with hubby, I'm supposed to give birth there so my son would acquire a Canadian citizenship. But I opted to get back in Manila and gave birth here instead. I still want him to grow up as a Filipino and this country as the land of his birth...
To you my adorable son, we love you. We wish you all the best in life.
Posted by Wenchie at 1:46 PM
Wednesday, October 17
I am re-printing here a column by one of my favorite columnists, Mr. Jarius Bondoc of the Philippine Star. I mentioned in my friend's blog that one of my passions is writing/sending emails to newspapers' columnists (both from Philstar and Phil Daily Inquirer) on my thoughts regarding current issues or just simply giving them a bit of what I know (first-hand info). And it gives me a different kind of feeling when they publish my letters--that I was able to help in my own little way. I firmly believe in the saying "That evil thrives because good men do nothing". In my next post, I decided to tell things that I know, actually experienced regarding corruption in government....Let's start a crusade, to stop corruption in our country (impossible?), and it can begin with each of us....We can send letters/emails to our so-called leaders, newspapers' editorials, radio/tv news and talk show hosts, tell them the not-so good encounters you had with our public servants (that includes employees in government agencies)....Let them be shamed. Let them get their acts together. We need to change our system soon. Before our kids get this very contagious disease---of corruption.
OpinionGovernor Ed, believe it or not, it’s a bribe
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Governor Ed Panlilio of Pampanga is a priest. He was the parish pastor of Betis town just before he was elected head of one of the country’s richest provinces. He is used to the clerical life. And that includes receiving donations from varied sources for his many religious projects.
When a man in barong handed Governor Ed P500,000 cash at the
Or so he thought.
Governor Ed has been in office for four months. That should be enough time for him to learn the big difference between Church money and State money. He was given a generous amount of cash at the Malacañang gardens not as a man of the robe but as government functionary. The reason he was in Malacañang was not to celebrate Holy Mass but to attend a rush meeting of the League of Provinces of the
And so, contrary to what Governor Ed prefers to believe, what was given him was a bribe. Nothing more, nothing less.
And what was the bribe for? Governor Ed himself gave the purpose. The local officials had not gathered at Malacañang for any religious activity. On the contrary, they were called there by President Gloria Arroyo to discuss politics. Specifically, Governor Ed vividly recalled, they had agreed to neither support nor oppose the impeachment case in Congress against Arroyo. If Governor Ed analyzes it deeply, that “neutrality” meant that they would leave Arroyo alone — which is best politically for her than anybody else. Was not the money distributed in Malacañang instead of released through proper channels like the budget department, and not in cash but in the form of notices?
Governor Ed would do well to contemplate the context in which the P500,000 was given to him. Was not the sham impeachment complaint accompanied by offers of P2 million each to six Opposition congressmen to serve as endorsers? Was it not followed by a stupendous P100-million bribe to 200 congressmen, at P500,000 each like the local officials’, to corner Speaker Jose de Venecia into referring by proxy the limp case to the justice committee — for certain burial? Did not the impeachment case arise from two other bribery incidents: $10 million to businessman Joey de Venecia and P200 million to Sec. Romy Neri, both from a partymate-official whom Arroyo did not bother to prosecute?
And where does Governor Ed think the money came from? It certainly did not generously flow from personal pockets of Malacañang occupants. Otherwise, they would have innocently but openly handed the money themselves, no strings attached. Yet, there was no covering voucher nor receipt. This belies the explanation that the huge handouts were “allowances”, and confirms that it did not come from the usual releases of the budget department. Yet, the money source can only be the public coffers, most likely from one of those discretionary intelligence funds. And there will be more of it for Governor Ed and his colleagues for the next three years of their terms. At what expense will such P500,000 “gifts” be given away again and again, considering the worsening poverty and moral degeneration of Filipinos?
Governor Ed must sue the P500,000 briber. That is his responsibility as government official.
Pampangos elected Governor Ed out of spite for a long line of greedy thieving officials. Inspiring voters from other officials that bad officials can be repudiated after all, they had pinned on a priest their dream for good government. Hopefully Governor Ed would not fall for temptations — and attendant excuses — of wrong leadership. After all, he is known to humbly yet avidly learn about reforms.
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Posted by Wenchie at 11:20 AM
Tuesday, October 16
|You've Changed 20% in 10 Years|
You've hardly changed in ten years, from your lifestyle to those very retro clothes.
And unless you were really ahead of your time, you probably need to acquaint yourself with the modern world!
I only got 20%, to think a lot has changed in my lifestyle from way back....Does it mean, I now have a less (or more) relaxing/convenient time compared to my care-free (single) days? Try this quiz....
Posted by Wenchie at 3:15 PM
MIND YOUR BODY
By Willie T. Ong, MD
A. This is probably the most common question patients ask their doctor. For your eating pleasure, I’ll list down the top foods experts generally consider to be healthy. This list (obviously controversial) is based on a compilation of several nutrition books, and published studies and articles.
Here are the criteria we used in choosing our “superfoods”:
• Good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
• Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds, such as vitamins A and E, and beta carotene.
• May help reduce the risk for diseases.
• Preferably low in calories, meaning you can eat a bigger portion with less calories.
• Readily available in the
• Must be affordable, too.
Can’t wait to see the results? Well, here it is.
The good: Nuts are nutritional powerfoods, packed in protein, minerals, and fats. Yes, they’re fatty, but don’t worry, the fats found in nuts are the good fats — monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Instead of eating junk foods reeking of unhealthy saturated fats (like potato chips and doughnuts), nuts can reduce your bad cholesterol (LDL) while raising good cholesterol (HDL). Nuts also contain vitamin E, a potent antioxidant. Locally, we have nilagang mani (boiled peanuts) and cashew nuts. Almonds are expensive but they’re very nutritious. They’re loaded with protein, minerals, and healthy kinds of fat.
The bad: Nuts are salty and high in uric acid, which is bad for high blood pressure and those with gout, respectively. Also, eating too much nuts (it’s sooo addicting) can make you fat, around 150 calories per ounce. Ouch! Eat a handful, not a bowlful.
Coconuts (including virgin coconut oil)
The good: Dr. Conrado Dayrit’s book The Truth About Coconut Oil lists many alleged health benefits for VCO, ranging from treating bacterial infection to fungal diseases such as ringworm, and even HIV-AIDS. Dr. Dayrit lists a number of case studies and smaller studies that show VCO’s beneficial effects for heart disease, diabetes, and boosting one’s immunity.
Coconut water, on the other hand, is good for kidney stones and cleansing the digestive tract. It’s low in carbohydrates, low in sugar and serves as an isotonic beverage, which means it’s good for replenishing your body.
The bad: Did you know that
Conclusion: With the conflicting opinions, the safest answer is that we don’t know for sure. As more studies come in, this ranking may go up or down. We can’t ignore VCO’s health and economic benefits for our people, but this is our highest ranking for the moment.
Tea (including black, green, and oolong tea)
The good: Do you want to know why Asian people (Chinese, Japanese) have less heart attacks as compared to Western people? Experts believe it’s because of their tea-drinking habit. Hot tea kills bacteria and cleanses the body. The secret is in the catechin, which acts like an artery protector, antibiotic, and anti-ulcer agent. Tea also prevents dental cavities and may help you lose weight!
According to cardiologist Dr. Nelson Abelardo, studies show that green tea may prevent various cancers. In fact, green tea has the highest concentration of catechins, followed by oolong tea and the ordinary black tea (sold in supermarkets). But if you can’t afford green tea, black tea is fine, too.
The bad: Tea contains caffeine which may cause heart palpitation, anxiety, and high blood pressure. Don’t drink too much either.
Soy products like tofu or taho
The good: For semi-vegetarians like me, soy products are great substitutes for animal meat. Soy beans are high in protein, containing the essential amino acids. In fact, Time magazine lists soy as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Soy beans are rich in calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Hence, they’re good for our heart and bones. Soy also contains genistein, a weak estrogen-like substance, which may prevent prostate and breast cancer.
Wheat in wheat bread and cereals
Some breads, cereals, and muffins contain whole wheat, which can help regulate bowel movement and prevent colon cancer. Studies show that whole wheat products help control weight, prevent type-2 diabetes, and reduce cholesterol levels. Wheat may also accelerate the metabolism of estrogen and prevent breast cancer.
So next time you buy bread and cereals, look for the key words “whole wheat” and “whole grains” in the package. We Filipinos can’t live without rice, but let’s try to eat the healthier bread from time to time.
Sweet potatoes (kamote)
Our very own kamote is an excellent source of starch and contains huge amounts of carotenoids. Kamote’s deep orange-yellow color proclaims to everyone that they’re high in the antioxidant beta carotene. Sweet potatoes are superb sources of fiber, vitamins B6, C and E, folate, and potassium. It is these and other phytochemicals that make sweet potatoes a potent anti-cancer food.
And like all vegetables, they’re fat-free and low in calories — one small sweet potato has just 54 calories. And hear this: Sweet potatoes may reduce your risk for lung cancer, especially good news to the millions of Filipino smokers and ex-smokers out there. Cooking-wise, it’s best to eat them boiled, mashed or baked. kamoteque, anyone?
Oats as in oatmeal
Take a couple of bowls of oat bran or oatmeal a day, and cut down your cholesterol by around 10 percent. Oats contain beta-glucan, a spongy, soluble fiber that sucks cholesterol in the intestines and throws them out of the body. Studies suggest that oats may lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
Moreover, oats are one of the few grains that contain the antioxidant tocotrienols, a vitamin E-like substance. And the dietary fiber in oats makes you feel full faster, so it can help you control your weight. Just watch out for gassiness and bloating from too much oats.
For centuries, ginger has been used in
Ginger contains one to four-percent volatile oils. Its pungent odor comes from gingerols and shogaols, which are likely responsible for its anti-nausea and anti-vomiting effects. Ginger also acts as an antibiotic, killing bacteria in the test tube, and may have anti-cancer activity. As a first aid, try warm salabat with honey for nausea. It works!
Beans (including monggo beans)
The good: Beans, including monggo beans, red beans, and black beans, are inexpensive sources of soluble fiber, iron, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and thiamin. They’re also the poor man’s alternative source of protein. And to top it all, they’re low-fat, low-salt, and have zero cholesterol. A half cup of cooked beans daily can reduce cholesterol, and thus good for diabetics.
Beans contain phytonutrients that may help prevent heart disease and cancer. They also contain protease inhibitors, which help prevent the development of cancer cells. Strict vegetarians will also benefit from the large amounts of folic acid in beans, which can prevent birth defects and anemia. Not yet convinced? Beans are nutritious, delicious, easy to cook, and affordable, too!
The bad: Avoid if you have gout or high uric acid levels.
Ampalaya (bitter gourd)
Okay, I admit I’m biased. Our family members are ampalaya lovers, especially beef with ampalaya. It’s an acquired taste since childhood. But when I heard that the lowly ampalaya has recently been added to the Department of Health’s 10 approved medicinal plants, I can’t help but rejoice for my favorite vegetable.
Ampalaya (Momordica charantia) can be used to treat mild diabetes mellitus. Emphasis on mild. Ampalaya contains a hypoglycemic polypeptide, a plant insulin, responsible for its blood sugar-lowering effects. Others suggest it can help in detoxification and boosting one’s immune system.
Warning: Diabetes experts strongly advise their patients to continue their regular medications and just use ampalaya as a supplement. In serious cases of diabetes, you really need your maintenance medicines.
Posted by Wenchie at 8:47 AM
Friday, October 12
things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now
published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while
these exchanges were actually taking place.
Attorney: Are you sexually active?
Witness: No, I just lie there.
Attorney: What gear were you in at the moment of impact?
Witness: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Attorney: This mysthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
Attorney: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
Witness: I forget.
Attorney: You forgot? Can you give us an example of something you
Attorney: What was the first thing your husband said to you that
Witness: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Attorney: And why did that upset you?
Witness: My name is Susan!
Attorney: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in
Witness: We both do.
Witness: We do.
Attorney: You do?
Witness: Yes, voodoo.
Attorney: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his
sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
Witness: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
Attorney: Were you present when your picture was taken?
Witness: Are you sh -- me?
Attorney: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
Attorney: And what were you doing at the time?
Witness: Uh...I was gettin' laid!
Attorney: She had three children, right?
Attorney: How many were boys?
Attorney: Were there any girls?
Witness: Are you sh -- me? You Honour, I think I need a different
attorney? Can I get a new attorney?
Attorney: How was your first marriage terminated?
Witness: By death.
Attorney: And by whose death was it terminated?
Witness: Now whose death do you suppose terminated it?
Attorney: Can you describe the individual?
Witness: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Attorney: Was this a male or female?
Attorney: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to deposition
notice which I sent to your attorney?
Witness: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
Attorney: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead
Witness: All my autopsies are performed on dead people. Would you like
to rephrase that?
Attorney: All your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go
Attorney: Do you recall the time you examined the body?
Witness: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Attorney: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
Witness: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an
autopsy on him!
Attorney: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
Witness: Huh...are you qualified to ask that question?
Attorney: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a
Attorney: Did you check for blood pressure?
Attorney: Did you check for breathing?
Attorney: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you
began the autopsy?
Attorney: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
Witness: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Attorney: I see, but could the patient have still been alive,
Witness: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and
Posted by Wenchie at 6:28 PM
Wednesday, October 10
My lovable child, Gabbie is celebrating her 7th birthday today. She's been waiting for it since last night, she's actually having her own countdown. She wants me to put something about her in my blog. So here it is, my darling daughter.
To you my child, I wish you all the best in life...We love you.
Posted by Wenchie at 7:50 AM
Saturday, October 6
My new cyber-friend Francine (La Place de Cherie) gave me 2 awards recently. Thanks a lot my dear. And to spread the cheer, I’m sharing this award to Auee (Kwentong Walang Kwenta), Cookie (SchroochChronicles), Myrna (Ode to Old), Anna (Ana’s Tasa), Ladybug (Of Law and Badminton), Gina (Alone With My Thoughts), Cess (Occupation-Stay At Home Mom), Chats (imomonline), Julie (teacherjulie), Belle (simply belle) and to another very dear friend Rachel (Heart of Rachel). My day wouldn’t be complete without visiting these lovely ladies’ sites.
Rachel tagged me to do the “what’s in my desktop meme”. I just followed her instructions below:
A. Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop. It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun. You can do a screen capture by Going to your desktop and pressing the Print Scrn key (located on the right side of the F12 key). Open a graphics program (like Picture Manager, Paint, or Photoshop) and do a Paste (CTRL + V). If you wish, you can “edit” the image, before saving it.
B. Post the picture in your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop just below it if you want. You can explain why you preferred such look or why is it full of icons. Things like that.
C. Tag five of your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktop as well.
I am tagging the following:
Luiza- beyond normal
Belle- simply belle
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Francine also tag me to do another meme. Here, I’m done my friend.
THINGS I HATE TO HEAR
That I am thin- because I’m not. I weigh 100 lbs.
That I am lazy- of all the household chores I’m doing, that would be absurd. At one time, I even worked in 3 different offices simultaneously (senate, city hall, a computer company).
That I am stingy- though only one person said that, it’s a total lie. Generosity runs in my blood, he he (combination of German, Chinese, Kapampangan and Cebuano).
Posted by Wenchie at 3:07 PM
Wednesday, October 3
|Your Halloween Costume Should Be|
I'm bloghopping from Rachel's (Heart of Rachel), went to Skittle's place, then I saw this quiz. Since it's early in the morning, don't know what to do next (either I bloghop more or read the newspapers), I just answered few questions. Here's in turn, the answer that I got, a candy corn. Wonder why? I want to be a witch...Try the quiz and have some fun.
Posted by Wenchie at 7:23 AM