One of the things that I am looking forward to when we move is being able to cook in my new kitchen. I had granite counter top and the newest faucet for my double sink. This will be our fourth home since we moved to Canada and believe me when I say that all the faucets that we used to have in our old apartments are really old and rusty.
My 15 year old babysitter got pimples all over her face. I haven’t really seen her for 2 months and I was surprise at the changes in her sensitive skin. Tradition says it’s because she is in love. Do you believe that?
Anyway, her mom decided to get her to try some acne treatment before it got worst. A teenage girl with pimples is no fun at all.
Winter is finally here. It’s white all over and the road is slippery. And when I think of winter, I think of fun outdoor stuff to do like skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and snowmobile rides and a lot more. So far, we've only tried skiing. Dog sledding in next on my list.
Our neighbor got a snowmobile and he promises my son he will get to ride with him once he had the snowmobile exhaust fix.
I just thought I'd share this... do you agree on this principle?
Discover the 90/10 Principle
by: Stephen Covey
It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations).
What is this principle? 10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react.
What does this mean? We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic.
We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.
How?... By your reaction.
You cannot control a red light. But you can control your reaction. Don't let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.
Let's use an example.
You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee
onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened.
What happens next will be determined by how you react.
You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus.
Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit.
After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home.
When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.
Why? …. Because of how you reacted in the morning.
Why did you have a bad day?
A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?
The answer is “D".
You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day.
Here is what could have and should have happened.
Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say, "Its ok honey, you just need to be more careful next time". Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.
Notice the difference?
Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different.
Why? Because of how you REACTED.
You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% was determined by your reaction.
Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle. If someone says something negative about you, don't be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don't have to let the negative comment affect you!
React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out etc.
How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you lose your temper? Pound on the steering wheel? A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off) Do you curse? Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Do you try and bump them?
WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the cars ruin your drive?
Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.
You are told you lost your job.
Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out. Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job.
The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take outpour frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on.
Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger. Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse.
Now you know the 90-10 principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it. The 90-10 principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this principle.
Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache. We all must understand and apply the 90/10 principle.
It CAN change your life!!!
Right now, we had 4 CPU’s at home. 2 of which are servers, one is for my personal use and one for the children. And in time for our upcoming move, we decided to go wireless and bought a new laptop. I already sold 2 of the CPU’s and I still have 2 more to dispose. Now, all we need is a Linksys router to have the freedom to work and play in any part of the house.
Wanna know why? Please check out my new toy!
In no particular order --
- Eiffel Tower in Paris
- Alps in Switzerland
- Sydney, Australia
- African Safari
- Holyland/Pyramids in Egypt
- Maui, Hawaii
- The Bahamas
- Malawi in Africa
- Maldives Island
Christmas is just around the corner. In our tradition, it means lots of parties and get-together. And party’s means long buffet table, potlucks and a feast on different type of dishes. And after the New Year celebration, people would start complaining how they gain so much weight in a span of 10 days! And I’ve got colleagues who will need to take pills for diet.
If dieting is your major problem then it only means that you don’t have self-discipline. My friend R is religiously trying to lose weight since she gave her to her second baby almost a year ago. And all she did is watch what she eats and run/walk every single day. She didn’t need diet pills to help her lose weight. But as I said you need to have self-discipline to be able to do what she did.
My son loves anything with remote control. He had multiple of remote control cars and even remote control boats when he was young. Sad to say, none of them lasted very long.
But now that he is older and knows how to take care of his toys, he has been asking for remote control helicopters. There are cheaper ones, but what he wanted was the Esky Lama V4 4ch RC helicopter, a little over my budget. I think he wants it because our neighbor got one.
- Twelve. My son will be turning 12 in 2 more months… how time flies!
- T-bone. I’m craving for a T-bone right now...
- Toronto. A place we missed so much! And a place with the best fall colors that I’ve ever seen.
- Train. The best way to move around the city.
- Terminator. My husband’s favorite movie!
- Titanic. The greatest love story of all time!
- Tea. Not for me. I don’t drink anything hot.
- Temperature. Today is at the high of 2C and a low of -5C.
- Thomas, the Tank Engine. Best Christmas gift for young boys.
- Tactical pant. More comfort, more pockets, more maneuverability.
Balikan natin ang pinakapaborito kong palabas noon 1980s...
Naaalala niyo ba sina Larry at Balki?
Let us reminisce my favorite TV series in the 1980s...
Do you still remember Larry and Balki?
A slapstick "buddy comedy" that explored the wonderment of a newly arrived immigrant at the ways of America- "The Land of the Whopper." Balki was a young shepherd from the Mediterranean island of Mypos, who showed up unexpectedly at the Chicago apartment of his distant cousin, bachelor Larry. Balki's wide-eyed, fun-loving manner, his nutty Myposian customs, and his tendency to take everything Americans told him quite literally, promised considerable disruption to Larry's organized life, but Larry took him in. After all, getting started as a shepherd in Chicago was not going to be easy.
"Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to GOD." - by RembrandtCheck out this photograph in my other blog. Thanks!
I love watching CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It is really interesting to know how a simple DNA can pin down a murderer or track down a long lost child or parent. And for those who don’t know where they came from, DNA testing is also a way to know who your real father or mother is. Results are very accurate and reliable.
My husband’s ultimate dream is to have his own home entertainment center. Complete with projector TV, top of the line speakers, dim lights and home theater seating. We both love watching movies but since we can no longer afford to go to the theater or movie house, we have to settle watching it on the computer or DVD player. Of course, the sounds and seeing it on the wide screen is never the same.
In no particular order --
- Seeing my kids playing happily together.
- Seeing my kids get 100% on their quizzes/tests.
- Seeing my kids cleaning up their own bedroom.
- Seeing my kids helping me with chores.
- Hearing my daughter play the piano.
- Being able to pay all the bills on time.
- Going on road trips!
- My DSLR!
Here’s your chance to save hundreds of dollars! Me and my 2 children all wear eyeglasses. And it is not cheap to get prescription eyeglasses here. And with children, they easily break the frame or lose it.
I remember when my oldest first wore eyeglasses. He broke his first pair in 5 days. He broke his second pair after a month, and then his third pair lasted about 6 months before he lost it somewhere. Now, that really hurt the family budget! After that, I decided to wait another year, when he is a year older, and maybe will learn how to take care of his glasses. For his current pair, I decided to try and buy them online through ZenniOptical.com. And I got them really cheap! I only paid $30. So far, he still has it, and if and when he breaks it or lose it, it won’t hurt our budget that much anymore.
ZenniOptical sells stylish eyeglasses with huge selection of frames starting from $8. They have single vision lens, sunsensor lens, tinted sunglasses, bifocal lens and progressive lens.
If it’s your child’s first pair of eyeglasses, I would suggest you get them from ZenniOptical. This way, if you need to replace it, it won’t hurt the family budget.