Thursday, February 28, 2008


Restless....Thinking of early recovery....Check important mails....Get back to bed....Take medicines....Can't do chores....A bit paralysed.... Hope to see you then and please take extra care of yourselves !

Thursday, February 14, 2008

JTM Honey !

Y VALENTINE***JOYEUX SAINT VALENTIN***Felice Valentines***Feliz San Valentín***해피 발렌타인

Curious of the translation ? It may not be exact but this will do...please click here.

Monday, February 11, 2008

For Travelers

Who doesn't like traveling ? Who wouldn't want to have a stress-free vacation ? I thought of posting this for those who loves traveling and might find these useful. The very first time we went on vacation to the Philippines we thought of going to the Center for Vaccination in Marseilles to catch up on our vaccines. Me and my husband were re-vaccinated against D.T.P. (Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio), Hepatitis A and many others. While kids were already vaccinated by all of the aforementioned by their pediatrician (which are now obligatory) . According to the doctor even if I was born and lived half my life in the Philippines I am already susceptible to new virus. People who are living abroad may not have the same body condition and apparently is not already adapted to the present condition of the country where we grew up. They have furnished us yellow book (International Certificate of Vaccination) which are being released only by WHO to the local offices of vaccination of every countries. There you would find the dates of vaccination, nature of vaccine, doses, doctor's signature and doctor's note for the date of re-vaccination. You need to keep this yellow booklet and take note of important dates for re-vaccination prior to your travel/vacation. Be careful, the yellow booklet will not be valid for International travel without the approved stamp of health offices.

There are points to remember and will help you from your future travel/visit in your country or other countries especially in a tropical and subtropical countries. A helpful tips to avoid sickness and worry-free while on vacation.

1. Go to the nearest health offices or center for vaccination or better check with WHO (World Health Organization) for more informations.

2. When you are able to check with WHO for the addresses of the local health offices please do not forget to bring your passport or identification card to register and a doctor will advise educate and prescribe necessary medicines against mosquito bites .

3. The doctor will explain what are the risks and protection to avoid Malaria and Dengue - a serious and sometimes fatal disease remains endemic in most tropical countries. There is no vaccine for this but we can obtain protection by avoiding mosquito bites. How ? Use bed nets, repellents, body spray for anti mosquito bites and taking anti-malaria tablets or syrup regularly. The effect of these tablets differs in every country and doctor will be able to prescribe what tablets are right for you. Vaccines included are also for yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, influenza but there are also unfamiliar diseases so talk to your doctor.

Why do we need these vaccines ?

  • The hazard of exposure to diseases in the countries to be visited
  • The age, present health condition, and vaccination history
  • The presence of personal risk factors (pregnancy,pre-existing cardiovascular disease, or have HIV)
  • Reactions to preceding vaccine doses and medical records (including medication allergies)
  • The risk to contaminate others
  • Time span of vacation/travel

Please click on the link for France addresses of Vaccination centers or these and the countries and vaccines needed. I hope you will include this in your "list to do" before traveling. Stay safe !

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Tag # 2 : Are you a true Filipino?

I got tagged second time around and this one came from Francesca. When I tried to answer on question # 10 I found myself singing the National Anthem but failed to remember the lines. I was disappointed of myself. This made me recall on my high school days at St. Joseph's Academy, Quezon Province. Okay I will tell you a story and this is a true to life experience. Before we start the classes all the students should come before 7:30 and get ready for the Flag Ceremony. How did we start the session ? Let me tell you how, we start singing the Lupang Hinirang, followed by Panatang Makabayan, then a long morning prayer and sometimes even do the rosary, yes this is true and I am not kidding as I graduated from a Catholic School managed by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. Can you imagine us doing these from 7:30 and we ended at 8:30 because we still need to do some morning exercise and please do not laugh on this one we even sung the Magkaisa Song by Virnaliza ! Yes the theme song of the Peoples Power Revolution! We cannot protest at that time we were just a students ! All we did was to murmur to each other complaining ! I understand that in the middle of the session one of my classmate Rossana ( I could still remember her) fainted in the middle of the ceremony ! No wonder why ! Lesson of the story : Have breakfast before gping to school and get ready for the Morning Flag ceremony.

Over time, the Filipino way of living has changed a lot, thanks to the influence of the western culture. The once-simple living has gone wonderfully sophisticated that it seems we have gradually lost the traits unique in us Filipinos. Even so, we can’t and won’t deny the fact that rooted in our spirit and being is the pride that we are indeed Filipinos.

But how Filipino are you? Are the Filipino traits strong in you? Are you the typical Filipino? Take this simple quiz I have fabricated to determine your being Filipino. Read the items below and tell whether or not you do or exhibit them and count the items that are true to you. After evaluating all the items refer to the gauge below with your points. Remember to take seriously the frequencies (at least once, twice…) in the items; if you lack even one frequency, then don’t count the item.

Now take a look of the following questions :

1. You can speak Filipino ? Of course with an accent from Quezon province.

2. Whenever necessary, you take the hand of an elder relative and pat the back of the palm of that hand to your forehead and say “mano po”. I do this whenever I see my relatives in Quezon province which is a typical sign of showing respect to our elders.

3. You know “bayanihan” and had witnessed it personally at least once. Many times even here in France when we moved to our new flat. Filipino and French friends came together to lend us helping hand.

4. You’ve seen a bahay kubo at least once. Yes and it still exists in my province.

5. You’ve ridden on a jeepney at least five times. Million times especially when I was working and when vacationing in the Philippines. I have 3 uncles who own a jeepney and already drove it once in the rough road of Barrio Castanas.

6. You have separate clothes for in-house and outside use (pambahay at panglakad). Indeed, because I even use worn out clothes ("butas-butas") at home. (presko kasi)

7. You’ve eaten adobo, dinuguan, kakanin, tuyo, dilis. I could eat almost everything except balut, snake, dog, cat, rabbit and frog.

8. Your meal is incomplete if without rice. Not now because I am on diet.

9. You hear Sunday masses and attend Misa de Gallo with your family. I attend mass almost every Sunday in English, Tagalog and French version thanks to our Filipino priest in Marseilles. I've attended twice of Misa de Gallo in France ang many times in Quezon Province.

10. You can sing “Lupang Hinirang” very well, with no lines missed. Before but now I forget some other lines and this made me nostalgic.

11. You don’t care donning ragged and torn clothes exclusively for use inside home. When I was in the Philippines until now, I used torn clothes when washing our car.

12. You have bought items in a “sari-sari store” at least ten times. I buy when I am out of stock, sari sari store is always practical !

13. You have played patintero, tumbang preso and piko during your childhood. Even shatong, luksong baka, jack stone, chinese garter name it I played it .

14. You can sing at least five OPM songs, and know what OPM means. OPM? Hmmm I can but cannot complete the whole song. Original Pilipino Made ?

15. You know the Philippine presidents from the year of your birth onwards. If my memory serves me right, I was born year 1972 so that was Ferdinand Marcos regime for 21 years of Presidency and was removed from the power on February 25 1986 by the People Power Revolution in EDSA. Followed by Cory Aquino in 1986 that made her the first woman President of the Philippines after 6 years. After her term she endorsed Fidel Ramos and was elected 1992-1998 who made him the 12th and a non Roman Catholic President. The 13th President was an action star Joseph "Erap" Estrada who governed from 1998-2001 who is now in jail and paying for the corruption he made. Justice prevails. Finally, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who is now our second woman President. She is the daughter of the former and 9th President Diosdado Macapagal. Somehow I know some of our previous presidents but not in their orders.

16. You have witnessed “balagtasan” at least thrice. Every month of May when I was still attending every fiestas in Quezon.

17. You’ve been recounted with stories involving aswang, tikbalang, manananggal, nuno sa punso. All of them these are very typical stories in our province.

18. You’ve been read, have read or have heard Filipino legends (Ang Alamat ng…)ng Pinya, Alamat ng Taal, Ibong Adarna etc etc.

19. You’ve lived, stayed or visited Philippine places other than your city or town at least seven times. Hmmm not more than 7 times, but I've been from North to South provinces (Silay City, Samar Leyte, Cebu City, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan, Pampangga, Bohol, Bicol, Nueva Ecijia, etc)

20. You’ve visited local (or public) wet market at least five times. Of course and who would have thought that I bought spoiled fishes. I was 14 years old at that time and I didn't know how to differentiate fresh fishes from spoiled ones. Especially if vendors have to put ice on it to make them look fresh and yes I was fooled, poor me !

21. You have heard guys trying to sing Englebert Humperdink songs on a karaoke machine. I don't know this singer, sorry !

22. Your main means of expressing anger is tampo. A bit true.

23. You eat with your hands or use your fork and spoon together. I love eating with my bare hands even I am with my husband but I asked him if that bothers him and he says NO wag lang may sabaw, that would be difficult !

24. You visit home taking with you a few balikbayan boxes. Of course I have pasalubong but they are not wrapped in a balikbayan boxes instead inside the luggages.

I am not tagging anyone but if you feel like doing this please feel free ! Thanks for tagging me Francesca will not add either otherwise this post will be too long !

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tag # 1 : Recent Movie the Family Enjoyed

It's been a long time I was not tag so now I am doing this with pleasure. This tag came from our Supermom about the latest movie we saw and enjoyed. Likewise Analyse, we have been introducing English films to our kids since last year. We were thinking though they will not understand the whole movie as we always believed hearing is learning. We have the famous collections of DVD's like, Ice Age 1 and 2, Shrek 1 & 2, Madagascar, Spiderman 1,2 & 3, Dora, Stitch, Bambi, Nemo, The Incredibles, CARS, Mickey Mouse, Tracteur Tom etc. etc. Last weekend I bought a DVD of Ratatouille and this was the last movie we saw and was truly a one of a kind animation film. I will not tell you about the film, I don't want to spoil your day. Should be a surprise then you will be more encourage to watch this movie !

As for the kids it's really a must to finish the film they are watching before switching to another DVD. They would always ask me to put the original version and I am indeed happy because they learn very fast. They register words and even phrases like sponge, aren't these children impressive! Forget about the accent ! I recommend you to watch Ratatouille and you will not regret seeing this animation.

But of course they incessantly watch Dora the Explorer as an educational cartoon series. No need further explanation how this cartoons series works. Almost everyone can recognise Dora as cartoon character who speaks other languages too. They would even love to have Diego DVD (we doesn't have it yet). Now Spiderman is also on top of the list but they watch this film with our present and guidance. To explain them some scenes and make them understand that it's only a fiction. It's it is necessary to guide them when watching delicate movies like this. I will tell you an anecdote of Basti. One time his teacher called at 2:30 in the afternoon & telling that my son was bitten by an insect while playing that he's got swelling right hand. The teacher asked me if I wanted to pick him up prior to the time of the school out. I then, went immediately as I was worried what he has. I picked him up from the Director's office and thank them for calling me. While on the way, I looked at his right hand and asked him.....(conversing in French)

Me : What did you do ? What happened to your hand ?

Basti : I was playing and suddenly a spider bit me!

Me : Playing with what ?

Basti : I was playing under the tree.

Me : Are you sure it was a spider ?

Basti : Ben, yes Maman and after I will become Spiderman ! You see Spiderman was also bitten right ? Then I will have a power like him and become a hero !

What an imagination ! Ah kids .....thanks for the tag Ana !