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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Every parent and school must have known Eric Carlethrough his wonderful children’s books! His number 1 work of art in 1969 – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is the most popular book he has written. Very colorful and artistically written and created, every child is drawn to it!  This book has been translated to more than 45 languages and over 25 million copies sold.
His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. As an added dimension, many of his books also has die-cut pages giving them a playful quality – a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his knowledge and love of nature, which is also shared by most small children. His books also offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. Learning, stimulating, creative and fun experiences for very young children. 
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is one of Gabby’s favorites. The story not only follows the very hungry caterpillar as it grows from egg to cocoon to beautiful butterfly, but also teaches the days of the week, counting, good nutrition and more. Very interactive fun! Some of Gabby’s collection of his works include“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” , “Pancakes, Pancakes”, “The Tiny Seed”, “Do Kangaroos Have Mothers Too?” and “From Head To Toe”. Each month, I bring her to a bookstore and let her choose a book that we will read for D.E.A.R. (it’s our Drop Everything And Read day!). It’s smart to surround them with books to read!

Sarah The Bear!

Gabby at 5 with her favorite teddy bear Sarah. Sarah was a gift from her best friend Leila on her birthday. I  have somehow missed to post this picture. I was cleaning a picture folder in my phone and found this. Sarah looked younger here as well (LOL!). Gabby is now 7, and still loving Sarah.

October is International Animal Month



October is International Animal Month.  Animal life in all its shape and form are remembered at this time all over the world.  In line with this, to celebrate our own furry friends, Filinvest CorporationAnimal House Veterinary ClinicsLifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc. Animal Welfare  and Westgate Center have joined together to host two major activities at Westgate Center, Filinvest, namely:
FUN WALK WITH MY BFF - It will be a  500 m, 1k and 1.5k walk for  a cause for dogs with their owners  at 5:30 am on October 3, meeting place at the parking lot behind THE SERENITY PLACE, Westgate Center.  A pet blessing will be held afterwards.  The aim of this activity is to raise funds for future activities of Lifeline Foundation Animal Welfare, including neutering/spaying of rescued dogs and cats at different depressed communities.  You can check Lifeline's website at, or register in this link: click here.

 - will be held on October 10, 3:00 pm onwards at the Westgate Center cul-de-sac and there will be different activities for both pet owners and pets to participate in.  There will also be a cat photo contest on this day.
It is the vision of Filinvest Corporation, Animal House Veterinary Clinics and Lifeline Foundation Animal Welfare for the Filipino people to have a change of mindset  and develop a high regard for animals, especially dogs and cats in this nation.  We live in a society where there is an unnecessary fear released towards cats and dogs, and where cruelty towards them is tolerated .  We hope the more we express kindness and proper care to animals, this will also increase our sense of care and responsibility as Filipino citizens to our environment.

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Thankful I'm Alive!

I am thankful to God I am alive! Thankful for the air that I breathe, the sun to light my days, the moon to light my evenings, the stars to remind me how tiny I am and how big the universe is, the sky above me to protect me from whatever is beyond it. All these prove God's imminence, wisdom and majesty. His hugeness in His creations. And yet He is mindful of ME, the small ME. That no matter what happens, He is right there for me, taking me by the hand, a rescue, always on time! Who am I that you are mindful of me, Lord? Thank you for choosing to love me unconditionally! 

Isaiah 54:10 Amp - For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet my love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace and completeness be removed..."    

The Very Busy Spider

Loving every book of Eric Carle, the story of  The Very Busy Spider is as great a classic as the first book by Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The illustration superb as always, the book is interactive and touchable, appealing to a child's sense of touch, seeing, and hearing. The elements such as strands of web are embossed on the pages catching the essence and actual feel of it along with the spider and other animals in the story. This book is all about a purpose driven, diligent, hardworking and responsible spider - a good model to build positive character traits in our children. It can also be a fun addition to your bedtime books basket. Get one now!

Get Over Yourself!

I am only thankful to God for the life he has given me. Life that is full of His love, mercies and grace. I got to know Jesus in 2004 but I only came to know Him "personally" in 2007. He stood up for me, on that cross, when nobody else would...nobody else could. He gave up His life for me, unworthy of His love, yet embraced me wholly, as I am. As a personal debt, I ought to walk like Him. How? Just by THANKING Him. Not forgetting what He has done for me to be this FREE. Knowing life is NOT about me, or you. It's all about HIM! So today, I am telling myself - "Geng! Get over yourself! Look up! He is ALL you need!"

Smart Bro, My Bro!

I am happy with my Smart Bro connection at home. It has always been reliable and dependable. There was  almost no downtime nor service interruption ever since the service was installed. It has made internet surfing, file downloading and blogging at home easy and efficient.  I should say that this service provider puts customer service in the forefront of their business, to which I'm thankful for. They also have an online account portal where customers can view, request and print their bills. 

This is not a paid advertisement. I'm just sharing with you a very good product that you might find useful for you as well. For a blogger like me, finding a very efficient and affordable internet connection is a gold mine. Love it!

The Message Bible

Gabby was happy when she got her first bible.  I bought her "The Message Bible." She's been wanting to have her own bible which she can use in her bible class. I also bought markers for her so she can highlight and mark her favorite verses. I love Eugene Peterson's translation as he makes clearer, in today's language, what many biblical passages mean. Whenever I read it, the meaning of the verses come to life as if they jump in front of me. Love it! 

It's In The Waiting!

Galatians 6:7-10

7-8Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

 9-10So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

I want to harvest a crop of real life, eternal life! Sometimes we wonder when is the promise of God coming? Or at times we will ask ourselves is it even real? Questionings and doubts started to cloud our mind, which weakens our faith. Those lies and thoughts that are there conditioning our minds the promise isn't there at all! Good news??? Those are just lies! And we have the greatest ammunition against it - our mouth! Yes! As long as we keep it open, speaking the word of God, declaring the realness of God's word, we are victorious. See, it's in the waiting. The key is not getting tired and relaxing our strength on the promise of God, having faith that God is God, He never lies.   

Buwan Ng Wika

Gabby with schoolmate Phoebe (L)
Last month was my daughter's Buwan Ng Wika presentation in school. Grades 1 and 2 combined, danced the 'Maglalatik" gracefully.  It was truly entertaining and fun!

(also called Magbabao) depicts a fight between the Moros and the Christians over the latik (reduction left after the coconut milk has been boiled). The first two parts of the dance, the Palipasan and the Baligtaran, show the heated encounter between the two groups. The last two parts, the Paseo and the Sayaw Escaramusa, show their reconciliation. Those who represent the Moros wear red trousers and those who represent the Christians wear blue trousers. Circular coconut shells are attached to each dancer's back at the waist, and to their breasts and knees. Dancers also hold triangular formed coconut shells in each hand. This dance originated in BiñanLaguna

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