Wednesday, October 21, 2009

In canada: Honor and Dignity

In the Philippines, my parents raised me Catholic and God-fearing.

As a teen-ager, my mom lectured me.

Mom: "You should be modest, no boyfriends until you finish college.
Its a shame when you got married with this tune:
" here comes the bride, three months inside".

Well, it really did work for me at least for the time being.

I did not have a boyfriend in high school.
I did not have a boyfriend in university.
I had one serious boyfriend when I stated my career and we all know how it ended.

When I turned 26, I moved to Canada.
When I turned 34, I got married.
My five year old son was my ring bearer.
My 8 month daughter was my flower girl.

My mom must be very proud of me!

The Philippines: Grade 1

I studied in public elementary school. Our school year starts June and end in March.

When I enrolled in Grade 1, I was one month short from 6 years of age (July is my birthday), but they encourage me to come anyways.

I was sitting at the back, because our seating arrangement is alphabetical.
My last name starts with letter S, and I ask if I can use my first name instead to sit in the very front. I was told no.

Our teacher is the boss, she talk, we listen.
We have interactive learning.
She ask the questions.
We raise our hand if we know the answer.
She call the shots.
And we show em what we got.


If we misbehave, she has stick, she won't hesitate to use it.
If we complain, she will send us home, and our parents will beat you more.

I was good at math, it's genetics.

In grade one, we have one hour for math.
When my teacher has a question, I answered them all.
And then my teacher decided that I answered my quota for the day, so I should stop raising my hand to answer the question.

But I keep raising my hand, and
I wondered why it took forever for my classmate to figure out 2 + 3.
My teacher did not respond to me.
I felt my hand very heavy.
I hit my classmate in the head, the pupil in front of me.

She transfered me to the very front seat of the class, close to my teachers table.
She asked a question again.
I raised my hand and she ignored me.


I folded a paper airplane, and it flew straight to my teacher's face.
I got her attention...it was golden!

Plectranthus





https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plectranthus


For some reason, this is just another plant, which I sort of remember that is of significance. Of what...don't ask me. After I got it home, I went back to work and left this pot on the side. Nothing remarkable happened until the day I saw an unusual flower. But then again, my camera is bad or my skills at photography needs improvement. The flower really fascinated me, and I hope I can find this plant again and study it more.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lovage


Lovely lovage with craneberry bush bean:)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Roseola

Karlina has Roseola, at least that is what Dr. Jain told me. She got fever last Thursday October 8th. Then followed by some red spots on her body and in her face. It's looks like little pimple without the bump. In pictures, it looks like measles rash.

The advice: it will go away by itself. Just take care of her, she is "normally" fuzzy.

South Bank Medical Center is a walk in clinic off Bank and Hunt Club, near South Keys Shopping Mall.
Address: 2430 Bank Street Ottawa, ON K1V 0T7 - (613) 736-6946

South Bank Medical office hours are:
Monday to Friday >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 8:30am to 9:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays>>>>>>>>>> 9:00 am to 6pm

Waiting Time: 1 hour to 2 hours
It is usually busy in there.

Home Made Fries

Potato Fries
4 sm. baking potatoes (about 1 lb.)
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. onion powder (optional)
Non-stick spray coating

Bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes
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Sweet Potato Fries
2 lbs (1 kg) sweet potatoes (3 to 4 large)
2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
rub:
2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder
1 tsp (5 mL) paprika
1 tsp (5 mL) salt

Bake at 425F for 25-30 minutes.