when cravings hit

filipino food

Over ten years away from home and I still crave for food I grew up eating. I am grateful I am able to get food that I crave for. No, I do not regularly eat the food items pictured above, only when cravings is at its worse. And a few weeks ago, I did have those cravings. I cooked the noodles with sardines, cooked the beef loaf with egg, and had a good few meals from both. The canned tuna did not need to be cooked which made it taste better, lol. Paired with hot steamed rice and my cravings was satisfied, until next time it hits. 😀



This is what happens when you tell your children to voice out their feelings. And, if you teach them to read and write at an early age. Five year old going on 15, lol.

music lover

We went to the music store a few weeks ago to buy guitar picks. The little man is interested to learn to play the guitar (again!) and he wanted new picks so, being the supportive parents that we are, we went and got him what he wanted. We did not stay too long at the music store though because the little girl was eyeing the big piano on display like she was interested on what it can do while the little man was asking a salesperson what an avantone cv-12 can do. My kids do not have any concept about money and how best to spend it so we have to drag them out before they get it in their heads to whine about wanting to buy a musical instrument we do not even know how to use. Thankfully, we were able to get out without incidents.

kindergarten update

So, the little girl seemed to be doing well in kindergarten. She did tell me a week after school started that she got in time out the first day because she was too loud. The succeeding days have been good, so far. I knew she would have a problem with being loud because she has always been vocal about everything. We have practiced indoor voice but she said there are a lot of rules at school she has to follow. She said she has been doing good though. I hope she is telling the truth and not just telling me things to keep me happy, lol. Her kindy teacher did tell us that if the kids get disciplinary issues in the classroom that she will send a note with the child. The thing is, our child can read and comprehend what she reads. I am afraid she will toss a note (if there is one) in the trash if she knows it will get her in trouble. She is learning to behave properly in a public setting which is really helpful. She already can read and write well before she started school and I expect her to get better before this school year is out.


The little girl will be in kindergarten this year. She is torn between wanting to go to school and staying home with me. Some days she is excited about the idea of being in a place where the “big” kids are. Other days she says she would rather be home with me because she gets to play her online games. It is almost a struggle to get her to focus on school but she is only five after all. The husband thinks she is too young for school but we do not set the rules for the appropriate age kids go to school so we have to do what we got to do. The little man has been convincing his sister to go saying it is fun at school. He told her about art class, music class, PE, reading, recess at the playground and being around kids she can play with. She has opinions on every one of the mentioned things that I would not have been surprised if she said if she can bring her musicians friends with her. Lol! She is a trick. I am like her though. I am excited and at the same time worried. The little man did not go to school until first grade but he was bugging us before that to let him go to school. I hope she will do good in school and that she will have a good time learning and socializing. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

a spanking new ipad mini

A few months after the little girl broke her iPad mini, I broke down and bought a new one. The mini that she broke was the oldest model so I decided to replace it with a better and newer model iPad mini. I went ahead and bought 2 year insurance for it for incidentals. She does not use the new mini, I am letting her use another one which her brother previously owned. He gets to use the new iPad mini while she uses the older one. While she still gets upset and is sometimes rough on the tablet, I can say that she is getting better. I gave her rules to follow while using the iPad and she has so far done what she is told. I am hoping that she will take care of this one and that she will remember the rules at all times. The husband was not very keen on buying a new tablet because he said it is just a waste of money but I went ahead and did it anyway. I hope that the Ipads we have are going to last a long time.

handy little things

When we stay at motels I always look forward to getting free stuff. Unlike most people, I do not go after toiletries or food. I go for pens. You know, the pens with the motel name and logo in it? I like to collect them. They have their uses,like when I need to write checks to pay bills, make lists (groceries and things-to-do), and any writing endeavors I may have to do for home and for school. And since my family has traveled quite a lot, I have a stash of pens in the car and at home. Believe me when I say, these little things are handy. The bigger chain motels have better pens than the smaller ones but I am not very picky as long as it works. Although I must admit there are times I would like to send the management an email with a heading check out these metal Pen Factory pens! so they will know that it does not hurt to give customers better pens. I wonder what reaction I will get. Lol! Anyway, the family may go on another trip north in a the next few weeks so I may have a chance to add another pen to my collection. Thank goodness for free stuff!

no more ipad mini

Remember that iPad mini I was talking about on a previous post? Well, it has met an untimely demise at the hands of no other than the little girl who wanted to use it all the time. She has this habit of throwing things when it does not “do” what she wants it to do. The iPad mini had been thrown on the floor, stepped on, and punched on. It was amazing how it lasted as long as it did considering the abuse it suffered from little hands. I was so sad when it finally stopped working but there was nothing I could do about it. When I made the conscious decision to let her use the electronic I knowingly gave her the permission to do with it as she pleased. I tried to tell her how to take care of it. I even took it away from her for days at a time over the things she did with it. Unfortunately, it is gone now. It is not even a year old yet. She asked for the iPad mini several times after it quit working but we made her understand it is gone. That she can never have it again. There are times I want to break down and buy her a new electronic but the husband reminds me of what I went through with the mini and so I tell myself no. We told her she can never have another electronic unless she learns how to take good care of anything. Hopefully she will learn this lesson early.

instrument stands

Your music room or home entertainment would not be complete if you don’t have an instrument stand such as a microphone stand, saxophone stand, or any woodwind instrument stands. If you have been looking for a bassoon stand, I would recommend a contrabassoon stand. It is well made of steel, with adjustable body stand. Legs have braces to ensure that it won’t easily falls. The best thing of this, you can bring it anywhere for this can be folded perfectly without breaking it. So, if you are looking for stands, consider visiting the site by clicking the link that I have provided. Enjoy your shopping.

an ipad mini

I bought an iPad mini in October. The plan was, I was going to use it to read books on Kindle or to borrow audio books from the library. I did not have any intention of letting my kids use it because both of them are not good at sharing. Besides, it is too expensive should they break it. Well, I broke down and let the little girl use it since I had educational apps downloaded in it. Just a few times using it and she calls it “my iPad!”. Now she expects to have it anytime she wants and if I say no, she yells and screams bloody murder. I got so annoyed and told the husband about it who then told me that I should have kept to my word and not let the kids use it. Now I have a problem he said, and it is all my fault. Yeah! It is all my fault. I don’t even get to use it anymore. I listened to an audio book once and did not get to finish it. Kindle is not an option either. I should probably hide the thing and tell her I returned it to the store. Wonder if it will work?