>> Monday, February 17, 2014
Easy Blender Hollandaise sauce for Eggs Benedict
(Courtesy to Elise- Thanks also for sharing the Classic Hollandaise sauce recipe)
>> Saturday, February 15, 2014
We are celebrating our 16th Civil wedding anniversary on valentines day. Today we attended the SCM Valentines and Family Party. We enjoyed posing at the photobooth and here are our best poses:
Of course, this would not have been possible if not for Bro. Arneil Fabia. Thanks Brod! Here's our family photo:
Love is from God. Thank you Lord for the unconditional love, for loving us first and for loving us so much....(John 3:16)
>> Friday, February 14, 2014
>> Saturday, February 1, 2014
What's your definition of ROI - return on investments? Is it money you earned from business investments? or the good grades from "sunog kilay" nights? is it not yet getting married after graduation? From where I came from, especially those who have many siblings, it is expected that the first one to finish will send the next sibling to school until all of them graduates. It could also be the OFW working miles away, adjusting to culture change, the extreme weather or terrible "homesickness" just to send money to their families. The OFW hopes that the ROI would be children getting good education and the family having a better life. Sometimes the ROI of a suitor pursuing a girl from spending money for a date or spending time hanging out or just texting would be to receive the anticipated "yes". It varies but one thing's for sure, it is something to hope for, something out of an investment - can be money, time or effort.
My mom tells her friends and her relatives that she's already receive her ROI. She's frequently asked what did you do to your children? You don't look like you have problems with them. You've got beautiful grandchildren and your children are abroad enjoying good life. She tells them that she is thankful to God and until now continuously prays for our welfare. I think that's how she got her ROI, and I will also follow her. I vow to spend time and effort in bringing my children's needs to God, to pray for them, spend quality time and I hope that I will also receive my ROI and my efforts will not be futile.
Looking back and thinking about the people I've met, I now think of ROI, how did I spend time with them? is it worthy to get something out of that even for a little time? what about the words I said, or the deeds I did? Thinking more profound, for them to think about God's goodness and forgiveness and salvation, i think they are not enough. I hope I will still have a chance to give more, spend more so my ROI will be worthy of God's approval. Like my son's plant, I hope a flower blossoms too.
What about you? Your ROI - to your family, to your community and to God?
>> Monday, January 13, 2014
This is time when you plan and want to achieve something by the end of the year. I like to plan and put things in writing to make it more concrete. So this year will be for our family's development. Our FDP is still aligned with our 3 goals: FEED your Mind/Soul, FEED your Body and CLEANSE your body.
1. FEED your soul - IT'S ALL ABOUT GOD. Aside from asking my kids to participate in the praise and worship part of church activity (well I've started to see improvement, they are now humming or reading the lyrics of the songs), I asked them to read the devotional alternately for Aloysius and Kyle and Lex listens before going to bed nightly. The Veggie tales bedtime Devos for young boys is perfect for my kids, very simple explanation and ends with a prayer.
2. FEED your mind - HOMESCHOOLING or MORE STUDY TIME. I learned that the kids here in North America are not really interested with homework. They are either into video games, computer/gadgets, sports and social activities. The teacher even told me that my kids are so serious, they need to have fun. Well, it's not that I don't want them to have fun, it's just that school activities come first because being smart is not achieved overnight. They also need to develop the right attitude towards studying and learning skills to prepare them for higher levels later. I still want them to be competitive and take advantage of the good education here. Here are some of he apps and sites that I have installed on the iPads and on the computer for the kids to do aside from their homework:
Aside from that, they also do Kumon, Jump start and the multiplication worksheets I brought from the Philippines. Or finish reading the collection of books I got from garage sales and Goodwill stores. Hardy Boys, Harry Potter and Geronimo Stilton will keep them busy. Everyday, they are supposed to do at least 2 activities from math, reading and writing categories.
3. FEED YOUR BODY - with HEALTHY FOOD. We started juicing. I introduced fruit and veggie combo to the kids and so far, they are liking it except for Lex who cries a lot before finishing his glass. The carrot and fruit combo is a hit - carrot-strawberry, carrot-orange, carrot-kiwi, carrot-apple but this is a surprise, they liked the Cucumber-Celery-Apple and finished the whole glass thinking it was only Apple juice. We are also going to record the number of water glasses we drank each day. Just to ensure that we are drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Of course, adding veggie meals and coming up with recipes that will include veggies without the kids knowing or tasting them. This is a bit of a challenge because they really are carnivorous.
Kids need to go back to swmming classes or tennis classes this spring or summer.
As for myself, I need to focus on achieving the following this year:
Learn to drive and get G2 license
Start to study a designation course probably Quality, Lean Or Six sigma and be certified after 2-3 years
Create at least 3 scrapbook pages a day...or per week, hahaha. Tumawad pa.
Anyway, I need to be reminded about what the bible says, "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21" and "Commit to The Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3" So help me God.
>> Thursday, January 2, 2014
One of the principles of lean management is value stream mapping. It is used to analyze and design the flow of information and materials to create a product until it reaches the customer. In it are the steps, delays and information required to deliver the product. Delays cause losses and time is one major element. In our actual work and day to day activities, there are many reasons that prevent us from achieving our goals or good product or service. We are not aware of it, but the most lost is time. Here are some of the time-wasters that I have identified and will try to avoid in order for me to be more efficient:
1. Emails - set up your email with keywords that will automatically go to folders that you can read later on. Important emails can also be determined or flagged. Organizing the email is an important factor in prioritizing the actions and in achieving your goals.
2. Phone calls - view the caller ID first before answering the phone, if it's really important, they will leave a message. You can review them later on.
3. Meetings - although I know I cannot avoid this, if my presence in the meeting is only as support and not the head then I can bring my laptop and do some 'work'. It is also called multitasking.
4. People - I know I may sound anti-social here, but unnecessary talking to people in the hallways, in the lunch room and after meetings and not during break is a time-waster. There is a time for everything and it is not considered productive time when longer breaks and gossiping are happening.
Keep control of your day by breaking it into three kinds of blocks:
Strategic Blocks - uninterrupted work time
Buffer Blocks - unplanned or lower-value tasks, time to read important emails and make phone calls.
Breakout Blocks - free time to refresh and unload stress, use this time to read emails of low priority
Be focused. Don't get distracted.