What Happens When Mood Swinger Mom Meets Drama Queen Daughter?

 

The struggle is real, believe me.  The result depends on what side of the mood spectrum is Mom at that moment.

From experience a drama queen is always a drama queen at all times, may she be dealing with simple or complicated things.

The gravity of the impact lies on the mood of the moment.  When Mom is in the mood, circumstances are dealt with calmly, patiently, and even humorously. However when Mom is in a dark mood, a petty circumstance could mushroom into an atomic bomb within seconds.

As a Mom, this is a great parenting concern.  I’ve realized and seen the negative effects of my blurting out and “mismanagement” during those times when I’m in a lighter mood. But like what I’ve mentioned, it is  a tremendous task. It is a struggle that up until now is unresolved.

Moms out there who might be in the same boat as I am or if you happen to know of someone who was able to successfully overcome this, please do share your thoughts below.  It’d be deeply appreciated.

 

The Science of Eye Color for Kids

My husband who is into photography photoshopped our daughter’s eyes to green. This has ignited strings of questions from our kids. Why is your eyes light brown? Why are mine dark? How come my friend has blue, but her mom’s a bit green? What are hazel eyes? Is there Derick eyes and Summer eyes too? (My son and daughter’s respective names).

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These are quite challenging questions. It has been years since I had my Genetics class. My memory has become a bit rusty. But no sweat, www.thrombocyte.com, has the answers I need.

Human Eye colors are controlled by 15 different kinds of genes which work in a rather complicated manner as oppose to Davenport’s dominant/recessive theory. This, by the way, was the explanation years back.

Today, it is said that three-fourths of brown/blue color spectrum is controlled by the gene OCA2, and a mutation in this part gives individuals very light colored eye, hair, and skin.  Also, a few number of other genes like TYRP1, ASIP, ALC42A5 exert great influence on how an individual appears phenotypically.  These genes work in and around the production of melanin.  Melanin is a pigment present in the eyes, skin, and hair which account for the dark color of these body parts.  It is located in a compartment like structures called melanosomes which in turn are capsulized in melanocytes within the iris and skin.  These genes and many others work together and determine the melanin levels which give individuals a range of color from dark to hazel and to blue.

Now, this is totally Greek to my kids.  So, I showed them this illustration (from the internet) and explained that light colored eyes  have few, light colored melanin.  While those who have very dark colored eyes have many dark colored melanin in their eyes.  Liken melanin to a paint or color pencil for example.

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Here’s The Problem With Sentimentalist

A clingy personality is annoying at times.  I’m one of those individuals who couldn’t let go of things no matter how old or rubbish they’ve become for the sheer reason of sentimental value.  So that means for the years I have stayed on Earth I have accumulated tons and tons of things.  Our house is so full of stuff, from old telephone bills to old worn-out clothes, from broken chairs to decommissioned appliances and broken car parts.

Now the situation has gone ridiculously crazy. My stuff plus my kids’ clutter are unimaginably messy. Surely this calls for an immediate measure to keep the situation at home to a level of sanity.

To help myself, I made a personal guide to be strictly followed at all cost in case I’d go “Aah it’s such a waste to throw this out” or “This will still do” or “I can still use this next year.”.

Here’s the list.

  • Buy affordable but elegant furniture, custom chairs and tables, which complement with the rest of the house. It’s alright to spend on something once in a while.  Don’t be guilty.
  • Hold a garage sale for those old but still goodie things.  They need it more than you do, so let go.
  • Mark and keep important documents in a single drawer
  • Shred old documents with important personal details before throwing them away
  • Throw trivial papers like tickets, receipts, and the likes
  • Sell to recycling shops plastics that you thought of recycling or re-using but haven’t done until now

Aside from these, I repeatedly told myself these to justify my actions.

“If you’re not using it, then you don’t need it.

If you’re not using it, then it is such a waste.

So let go and let someone use it.”

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Groupon Goods For Christmas Gift Ideas

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With the Christmas season fast approaching, my family is preparing our gifts and boy my kids’ list alone is long. This surely will run havoc on my budget.  I’m lucky and grateful though I’ve come across groupon goods.  I’ve just recently open my own account and enjoying myself browsing through groupon goods.  They have got everything my family needs for gifts this season.

I can’t contain myself with excitement.  Christmas shopping for us this year is going to be easy breezy plus, there are seriously wide selections of on sale products to choose from.  They’ve got things for her, for him, for the kids, for the pets, and everything else in between.  Really! I was surprised at the many selections.

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These eco-friendly girls’ watches really caught my attention.  My daughter has been asking for an analog wrist watch (Oh yes ANALOG!), and she’s all the more persistent lately since she already knows how to tell time. Whenever we go out, we never forget to look around for kids’ watches however my husband and I just couldn’t seem to decide on any of the choices. But when I saw these in groupon I was like “Oh my this is it!”.  She’ll be thrilled.

Go check them out today.

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Haad Kaew Resort Staycation

Hot and sunny Haadkaew Resort is comfortably situated a few meters away from the main road Singha Nakhon (highway 408). Overlooking the gulf of Thailand, this seaside resort has an idyllic, powdery, white sand. The long, vast stretch of this semi-secluded beach together with the aquamarine seawater in front is great for beach volleyball, wedding event and even a football match.  Away from the hustle and bustle of the city , one can comfortably relax.

Having a kids’ pool was the ultimate decider.  Although the staycation was for my husband and I to unwind before going back to work, our kids enjoyment was of utmost importance too. Besides we surely won’t be able to relax if they start acting up. Right?

So what do they have in store for us?

Well, since I have already mentioned the kids pool, let me talk about the pool then.  The resort got two pools; one for adults, and a smaller kids pool which is only around 2 to 3ft deep.  It is definitely safe for toddlers. Both are clean and tidy; and the management is pretty strict about wearing pool attire even for kids. Our kids hung around the pool most of the time.  They love it and wanted to stay longer.

And then, we spent our early  evenings chilling out by the beach. The kids enjoyed the single rope swings hanging from the pine trees.  The sand felt warm  on our feet as we walked along the beach with the cool sea breeze gently touching our skin.

Next are the bungalows.  They have got the main hotel building and bungalows to choose from.  We chose the bungalows, and the main reason is we have got noisy kids.  Anyway, the bungalows which are auspiciously located overlooking the sea are attractive and colorful.  The one we stayed in was clean but it would have been perfect had the floor under the bed was dusted.  Cleanliness is next to godliness as they say.  It is essential especially for asthmatics like my family.  Aside from this, everything else is a OK.

Other amenities include, a huge cable T.V with English channels and an HDMI in case you want to connect your laptop to view your photos taken during the day or to watch movies in the evening.  They also have free WIFI, a tiny fridge with complimentary bottled water, the customary toiletry freebies, and a free breakfast.  The free breakfast was only good for two, but they let the kids eat without questions.  I love them for this. This is an example of little things that could make a family come back again and again.

It was a great stay.  It is a bonus that one of the staff could fairly communicate in English and that they were courteous and friendly.

If you’d like to see more of Haad Kaew, CLICK HERE.

Haadkaew Resort Information

  • Bungalows and the standard hotel rooms are a bit over a thousand baht (ours was 1,028.00 baht).
  • You can book them online with many modes of payment to choose from – paypal, credit card, LINE, international wire bank transfer, or book now pay later.
  • Email:  info@haddkaewsonghla.com
  • Tel. #:  0 7433 1058-66
  • Fax:  07433 1220
  • Address:  163 Moo 1 Tambon Chingko, amphur Singha Nakhon, Songkhla 90280
  • Website:  www.haddkaewsongkhla.com (the last time I checked it came back as error)

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When I Was A Fairy

Being a flower girl is the closest thing to being a fairy, and being a fairy is every little girls’ dream, isn’t it?

Dream, make believe, imagination, whatever you call it is a memorable part of every child’s life.  These prepare children for the real world.  These are significant in the child’s cognitive development and achievement later on in life. These might seem trivial to unaware adults, but all these are important ways with which children effectively learn the basics needed for their future.

I remember getting so excited whenever I get picked up as a flower girl in a wedding.  Wearing that kind of dress, make up, holding a basket full of petals, and throwing these as I walk slowly down the aisle felt like I was in fairyland.  I still remember those days, and I love remembering them.

Now, living away from home, I’m grateful that my daughter had a chance to become a flower girl at a friend’s wedding.  She was thrilled and was without herself with excitement.  She loves her dress and was ecstatic with her colorful flower headdress.  Everything went well during the wedding.  There was no complain of itchiness, tightness, or whatsoever.  Great!

I kept her flower girl dress for souvenir’s sake, and every now and then, she would wear and play make-believe.

Have you ever been a flower girl? How did it feel?

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CEO of Love: Wedding Invitation Card DIY

Planning a wedding is like running a company. You’re the CEO of LOVE, Inc.

Having a wedding planner is one one good way to ensure a smooth and stress-free wedding.  But this could mean a large cut-out on your pay check as wedding planners do not come cheap.

However, who would need a wedding planner if you’ve got a bunch of talented friends ready at all times to lend you a hand.  A friend who got married not so long ago definitely did not fell short of helping hands.  one beautiful wedding item which was intricately and meticulously handcrafted by her friends was the wedding invitation cards.

Days and nights were spent cutting the materials, printing, placing each and every bit of tiny details into this beautiful wedding invitation card.

Tada!

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Thank you to my dearest friend Lois for allowing me to feature this.

Could you share a photo of your wedding invitation card?

What kind of wedding invitation card do you have in mind for your dream wedding?

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Musicians, Friends, and Me

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Looking for a music school for your kids is quite a challenge if you’re an expat in a non-English speaking country.  The biggest hindrance that we often encounter is communication, although I’m sure,the principles, techniques, and other music nitty- gritty are similar. In fact, it took us a while to find the right school with musicians and friends who are not only qualified but are also proficient in English communication. The music school has a great curriculum and is equipped with state of the art facilities and instruments. In addition there are teachers who could explain the lessons well in English. And also, there are staff who we could talk to about our kids’ progress and other school stuff. Having addressed this problem we hope our kids would find learning music enjoyable.

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Bathe In The Sun At….

Summer in Samal

When we went home to the Philippines for a month long, very much needed vacay, my husband and I decided to book a weekend stay in the Island Garden City of Samal or IGaCOS, the Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort. This is our childhood favorite resort. Since we were kids this resort has been like a… well… a paradise. It seemed like the name Paradise Island was synonymous to GREAT FUN.

Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort is located at Barangay Caliclic, Babak district Samal Island. Please note that Samal Island used to be a part of Davao City before it was declared a city of its own on 30th January 1998; some websites though, still use the old address. This resort can be reached via a boat ride from a port in Sasa Wharf Davao City to the resort or via a Ferry if you so choose to bring your vehicles to the Island with you.

In general, we had a pleasant experience. My husband and I definitely had a great time at the beach. We love the powdery white sand, the blue clear water, and the fresh air. At that time there were only a few guests, so it felt like we had the beach to ourselves. It felt like paradise.

However, there were a few inconveniences.

For example, checking in was quite a hassle as the resort is quite strict with a lot of things. They do have a rule book that you need to familiarize with or else your stay will be ruined. Checking the bags to make sure you have no food, drinks and/or spirits brought with you, as one of the rules in the book says “NO FOOD AND DRINKS FROM OUTSIDE ARE ALLOWED”, was a bit annoying.

It was like we were being searched in a detention camp rather than a resort. Children under 12 years have additional fees. It was quite saddening especially when all the other resorts especially resorts in Thailand would consider them free.  The food and snacks in the resort are delicious but rather expensive. The drinks and spirits are downright overpriced.

And then there is this, no swimming pool. When we were kids it was OK because we never really had any idea about it, but now that we have gone to other resorts it seems like a pool is a given.  Our kids were extremely disappointed. They love hanging around the pool. In fact it is the very first thing they always look for whenever we check in on a hotel/resort.

I guess we sort of overlooked this. We were probably unconsciously expecting it after all these years. Anyway, the beach was irresistibly inviting, even to the kids.  They had so much fun that they didn’t want to get out of the water.  That reminded me of our childhood days. It was a blast.

If you are the kind of person who wants coffee in the morning just right after waking up… you’d be disappointed to know that there are no hotspots or whatsoever in the rooms. I know it’s not really a necessity for everyone but it’s kind of good to have just in case you need one. No refrigerator. Yup… you heard me right. There is no freakin fridge. So if you bought a large bottle of soda or bottled water from the bar or restaurant, drink it while it’s cold. It’s not a deal breaker but it is definitely disappointing since these are the kind of amenities even cheap hotels offer.

But then again when we got to our room that morning Lo and Behold… The room was really clean. The toilet was well maintained. We were able to breathe a sigh of relief as my husband and I are really particular about cleanliness. We have had very bad experiences with hotel rooms even with the pricey ones in Bangkok and in Penang Malaysia. The beddings, the mattress, the floor under the bed are well dusted. We are very particular about this since my husband and kids are all asthmatic.

We’ve been to quite a few resorts and hotels may it be for long vacay or just a weekend getaway, all these accommodations have their own good and bad points.  Nothing is perfect as they say.  But perfection is relative to one’s needs and preferences.

So, Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort despite its imperfection and the inconveniences we had, it was still a GREAT experience generally speaking.

Have you been to any of the beautiful beaches in the Philippines? How was it?

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You’ll Be Forever Remembered H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej

 

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The night of 13th October 2016 is the quietest in Thailand history.  The King so loved and revered not only by Thai people but also by foreigners, has died.  People are mourning, and those who have been praying outside the hospital where he was admitted, cried their hearts out upon knowing.  My family and I are one with our Thai friends, colleagues and the entire kingdom in this mournful time.  His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej will forever live in our hearts.  May he forever be remembered by his kindness, good deeds, and love for his people.

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