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  • A Small Touching Story

    Posted on July 29, 2008 @ 3:01 am

    Things to ponder… I got this from my email and I was really touched by the story. I’d like to share it with you guys…

    A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.
    SON: ‘Daddy, may I ask you a question?’

    DAD: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the man.
    SON: ‘Daddy, how much do you make an hour?’
    DAD: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the man said angrily.

    SON: ‘I just want to know.. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’
    DAD: ‘If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.’
    SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.

    SON: ‘Daddy, may I please borrow
    $10.00 ?’

    The father was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behaviour.’

    The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
    The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
    After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that

    $10.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.
    ‘Are you asleep, son?’ He asked.
    ‘No daddy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy.

    ‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the man.
    ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the
    $10.00 you asked for.’
    The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you daddy!’ He yelled.

    Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

    ‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the father grumbled.
    ‘Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied.
    ‘Daddy, I have
    $20.00 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?

    Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.’
    The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.
    It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.

    Do remember to share that
    $20.00 worth of your time with someone you love.
    If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.
    But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

    Come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family. We love them so much that we work so hard for them, but we may be forgetting something really important. Let us not shut our doors on them. What would we do with all those money if we don’t get to enjoy it with them? Would you be happy looking back you didn’t see your kids grow up?

    I am so thankful I work at home and I get to spend a lot of time with my kids. Hubby and I may not be earning so much but watching them grow up and being a part of it is so precious… priceless.

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    Longest Breakfast Menu List

    Posted on @ 3:00 am

    Maria was tagged by another Mharia over at My Wanderings, lol. Thanks for the tag sistah!

    *Start copy here*

    The Longest Breakfast Menu List
    Everyone likes to start their day with a comfort food for breakfast. What kind of food do you take? This would be a good way to find out your blogger friend’s favourite food for breakfast.
    All you need to do is to put your name down, the country you are in and your favourite breakfast meal. Let’s see how we can have this breakfast ‘menu’ travelled all around cyberspace and learn what each blogger living in different country and what do they eat for breakfast. This meme was created by a little lady with a penchant to spy around little baskets while marketing. Her favourite breakfast of the day is none other than Roti Prata, an indian flat bread. What about you? What is your favourite breakfast meal of the day?

    1. Spymama, Singapore – Roti Prata 2. Yyun, Singapore – Wantan Mee 3. A Simple Life, Philippines – Tapsilog (tapa, garlic rice & egg) 4. Say Cheese, DE – fried rice, egg or sausage 5. My Wanderings, Philippines – egg, pandesal, hot choco 6. Life’s Sweets and Spices, Philippines – Oatmeal, milk and banana 7. Name, Country, Favourite Breakfast

    *End copy here*

    I won’t be tagging anyone but feel free to grab it if you want, just let me know so I can visit you.

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    Break-proofing the bond

    Posted on July 25, 2008 @ 4:33 am

    Contrary to the saying… “love means you never have to say you’re sorry,” in marriage, i think love really means always saying sorry.  Learning to say those words and learning how to forgive is an important skill for a loving and lasting relationship.  Forgiveness do not only mean letting your frustrations roll off your shoulders.  Both of you should learn to leave the past in the past and concentrate in seeing the good in your partner, and start anew with a clean slate.  Easier said than done, I know, and I have to admit during the first years of my marriage that did not happen.  I was young and too proud.  Even if I was to blame, he’d be the one saying sorry.  It was a rather long process but I eventually learned, we both learned.

    We learned that if you dwell too much on what went wrong, the piled up resentments will eventually poison the relationship.  When something is wrong, you should keep your eye on the picture and never, never bring up old issues as it will only spark more fume.  Listening is important too, even if I know I am right, I’ve learned not to push the issue, I give him a chance to speak without interrupting.  And no matter how angry I am I somehow managed to teach myself not to yell at him.

    It took a lot of love, tears, will and sacrifice to break-proof this marriage but it’s all worth it.

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    Rated Risky

    Posted on July 23, 2008 @ 3:07 am

    A survey conducted by Dartmouth Medical School shows that banning of R-rated movies does not only spare our kids from sex and violence.  Their inclination to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes may also be curbed.  They found out that children [ages 9 to 12] who were restricted from watching rated R movies were less likely to try smoking and drinking than those kids who watched.

    My hubby and our son love to watch action and war films, although we allow him to watch those movies, we make sure he is supervised.  It was relief to know that kids who were supervised are also at a lower risk for these behaviors.

    We parent should take the entertainment media more seriously and make an effort to find out what they’re really watching and carefully consider the kinds of behaviors these movies are modeling for our kids.

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    Moral Lesson

    Posted on July 21, 2008 @ 5:17 am

    It’s joke time!  Let’s take a break from our busy lives and have a little laugh.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    A turkey was chatting with a bull.  “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.”

    “Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull.  “They’re packed with nutrients.”

    The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.  The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.  Finally, after the fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.  He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

    Moral of the story:  Bullshit might get you on top, but it won’t keep you there.

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    Are you a good or a bad listener?

    Posted on July 18, 2008 @ 2:25 am

    Based on research, a person typically speaks about 125 words per minute.  Most brains can process about 800 to 1000 words in that amount of time.  But only about 7% are expressed in words, 38% are conveyed through the inflection in a speaker’s voice and the rest are revealed through body language.  So when you are in a conversation and you are not paying full attention to the person speaking, you are totally missing the point.  And that makes you a bad listener.  If you are too busy doing too many things, let others feel special by making them feel heard and understood.  Set aside a time when you can sit down and talk.  They are likely to turn away from you if you’re not a good listener.

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    Women Power

    Posted on July 15, 2008 @ 3:36 am

    Most men may not agree but according to one article I found, women may outearn men someday. Why? They’re better educated, hehe, sorry guys. 😉 Survey says, in the US 54% of women have a bachelor’s degree while only 30% of men do. The survey was conducted in several key cities and women are bringing home more bacon than some guys do. And the effect is spreading, right now in America, women are more likely to graduate from college.

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    Yes but No

    Posted on July 12, 2008 @ 3:18 am

    Did you know that the average toddler hears the word “no” a surprising 400 times a day?  According to studies, children who hear the word too much have poorer language skills than those whose parents offer more positive feedbacks.  Hearing it for so many times is not only tiresome to them but it can also be harmful.  Plus, overusing it can become ineffective and your kids might just ignore it when they hear you say no.

    As much as you hate to say it, your kids hate to hear it too.  But there are other ways of saying no to them without uttering the word “no”.  Experts suggest re-framing your “no” as a “yes”.  That is, if your child asks you if he can have candies, answer him with “Yes darling, you can have a candy after dinner”, instead of saying “No candies before dinner.”  Aside from being pleasant to the ears, it makes him feel you are not rejecting the idea.

    You can also give them an option and make them feel they have some power over the situation.  Plus, this also encourages them to make simple choices and develop a sense of independence and competence.  Don’t overwhelm them with too many choices, though, as it might get too confusing.

    Following these simple suggestions can help you bring up a child with a more positive outlook.  Being a parent doesn’t mean we always have to be very strict and authoritative.

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    Getting Old?

    Posted on July 10, 2008 @ 2:40 am

    Do you fret and get annoyed with yourself because you are getting older? I don’t. I’ll be turning 41 in a few weeks and I can’t help but notice fine lines and some wrinkles on my face. And if not for hair dyes, my hair is salt and pepper. But I’m one of the few who do not dwell too much on that. I’ve always been positive with this, and well, who doesn’t grow old anyway? Although I am not as slim as I wanted to be, I like taking care of my health and appearance.

    For me, being obsessed about your age will only make you feel older. You fret and then get stressed if you think about it too much. There are many other ways to feel younger such as exercise, getting engaged and of course, laughter. Rather than focusing on your looks and some are even turning to cosmetic surgery, try to do these simple things and believe me, you’ll feel a lot younger.

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    Do They Push You Too Far?

    Posted on July 8, 2008 @ 2:33 am

    Children know their parents so well they know exactly which buttons to push to get a rise out of them. So well that they know our strength and weaknesses in a way that they know which buttons to push to get something from us. They can’t always be articulate about their thoughts. They show by their actions.

    Here are some tips I’ve read on how to deal with them when they go too far.

    Change your perspective; don’t take it personally. Think of it as “My child is having a problem” not as “My child is being a problem.”

    Look for the root of the behavior. “What is he trying to tell me with his actions.”

    Ask yourself: “What’s my agenda? What is my child’s agenda? What do I expect of my child and of myself?”

    As parents, we can learn about our children’s well-being by paying attention to their tantrums, sulking, brattiness, and the like. They tell us what they need with their behavior and through their actions. It is our job to see and understand what their behaviors are telling us.  And whatever it is, the best is to make our children know what is right and what is wrong.   It’s always the best to nurture them in the right manner.

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