Saturday, December 22, 2007

What's my Rating?

Juliana, wanted to know the rating of this blog.

This Page is Rated


Why don't you check yours?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another LO Share

Another LO that I've just created a while ago. Josh is not my son, he's my nephew. My sister's baby.

Background by Tina Chambers
Torn Paper by Debbie & Laura
Burlap Buttons by Tina Chambers
Copper Buttons by Laura Bavin
Shabby & Pretty Papers by Lemonade and Mint
Swirly by Marcee Sugar
Glass flower by Marcee Sugar
Knot by Samara Gugler

A meme that tugs the heart

I Got tagged by Idealpinkrose who was tagged by Gbex about what does Christmas means to me....and so now i am giving you a piece of my thoughts about it.....but before I jot them down, let me first give you the instructions of this meme:
Here they are:

1. Make a paragraph next to the last paragraph in the tag that is passed to you "What is Christmas to you" and put your name at the end of it linking back to your site, or the page that answered this tag.

2. You can use a title that will suit your Christmas idea.

3. Then tag as many as you can.

Christmas is an annual holiday that makes my little wishes come true. A pair of new shoes, new dress and gifts from my Godparents. That's how I defined Christmas years and years ago until… I came to Bahrain. That's when I realized what it really means. A special day to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Here in Bahrain, Christmas is nothing. It's just an ordinary working day for almost everyone, unless your boss is considerate, he'll give you at least a half day to celebrate, if there are celebrations happening. But in my case, there's nothing to celebrate literally. Everyone is at work, that includes my husband and myself. We attend the midnight (Christmas Eve) mass and that's it, go to sleep and get back to work the next day, on Christmas day. My first Christmas away from home happened in 1999. I came here in October and had the most loneliest Christmas ever in my life - without my family. That made me realized their importance. On how meaningless celebrations would be without them. To cut the story short, for me Christmas is all about Jesus and family. If you have friends to celebrate this special day with you, that's a bonus! -When Silence Speaks


A little while ago, I talked to my daughter about this year's Christmas being different from the other Christmases we had. She asked me why. I explained to her that my husband and I are both undergoing financial difficulties since hubby has just been doing consultancy work since March and that means no extra money for the holiday expenses, not that we give expensive, extravagant gifts, we don't. She said something like: "It's okay, we don't need expensive gifts, what is important is that we are together." Thank you, Trixie, for making this easier. (Please click on her name to see what she has written in her blog about her thoughts on this.) We have always emphasized about the real meaning of this holy day. That this is about Jesus who came to save us from sins and give us eternal life. We always make it a point to go to church during the morning of Christmas day to give thanks to the Lord. Christmas is not just a holy day, not just a time of giving gifts but a time to thank the Lord for the blessings of life. TeacherJulie


Christmas is about the decision that God made to save mankind! The piercing truth is that Christmas is about so many decisions. First: It is the decision of God to send us Jesus Christ. Second: It is the decision of Mary to accept the will of God and cooperate in the plan of salvation. Third: Joseph decided to take Mary as his wife despite her condition. Joseph did not understand completely and yet because the angel told him so, he decided to say 'yes', too. Sometimes I feel that the yes of Mary overstated and the weight of Joseph's yes was underestimated. If Joseph did not agree to the angel's leading, the 'yes' of Mary would have resulted in a condemnable pregnancy that could have led to a dead mother and baby. Mary should have been stoned to death if Joseph decided to say no. Joseph's decision was important. Fourth: It was also the decision of the wise Men to go another way and not collaborate with Herod who wanted to kill the Child Jesus. Fifth: It was the decision, too, of the shepherds to go in haste and tell the others what they have seen. So, for me Christmas is a story of decisions! - Dom


hhhhmmmm, 'what is Christmas to me?' is something that is very significant to my heart... Christmas to me is approaching Jesus with an offering of simple adornments, not gold or precious stones but a pure and clean heart! It is important to remember though that it is HE who wants to come to me, to us. How we look externally and/or outwardly might not mean as much to HIM but only a pure and contrite heart!.... He wants to look into our hearts because it is there where HE wants to dwell to bring to it beauty and light. His wish is that here, within the deep recesses of our hearts and souls, which HE fashioned with love after HIS own heart, only one STAR shines brightly!.... So our hearts must carry HIM and HIM alone. For HE is the light, like no other. And if we carry HIM in our hearts, there is no need for make-up, jewelry, or even a brand new colorful polo shirt or blouse and skirt because we will radiate with HIS light and beauty and when that happens, there can never be too much. -Gbex


What is Christmas? hmmmm... When the month of "ber" comes and it's getting colder, Christmas is coming and i'm always looking forward for this month and weather. When i was young, Christmas for me is vacation, wearing new clothes, meeting relatives and getting more presents. But it changed when i entered college and got a job. The meaning became saving money, meeting friends and buying presents specially for my godchildren. Generally, we defined Christmas as the birth of Christ. Everyone is busy buying presents but we never thought or gave anything to the Celebrant (Jesus). This Christmas, give your present to God. Surrender your life to Him and this is the best present that you can give. - idealpinkrose


We celebrate Christmas because it's the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. It's all about Love why HE was born and died on the cross for us. John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." Therefore, for me the true meaning of Christmas is Love and with it comes forgiveness and reconciliation. We also remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate. - Thinking Out Loud

Now, I am tagging Michelle, Liza and Juliana , Butchay

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

More Awards

I got another award from Jin. Thank you girl.

Anyone can grab this.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Back to Blogging

This is why I didn't blog for 5 days, I'm busy doing my mom's scrapbook as a gift for her bday on the 24th. I have mentioned from my previous blog that we are planning for a surprise party that will be held on the 23rd and we are now busy organizing it. I'm in a rush to finish the scrapbook. Actually I've printed out some of the pages I've made including the invitation card. Only me my sis and my dad know this. I've contacted a very good friend of mine who hosted my wedding to help us out with the gimmicks to make it very memorable for my mom. She's also a party planner and a singer that's why she can be of big help.

We're done with the food tasting last Dec 1. It was really good and the price as well. A buffet with 16 native and Asian dishes, with appetizer station, Mongolian bar, Garden and native salad, assortment of pickled fruits and veggies, halo-halo bar, desserts and bottomless drinks.

We have ordered the cake this afternoon, at least 2 weeks earlier because we know that there'll be lots of occasions for Christmas and we wanna make sure that we order it ahead of time.
I've seen this picture from the Internet and showed it to the cake decorator but it will not be exactly as this one. We decided to make it round with only 3 layers instead of 4 and the colors will follow the motif which is Red and Gold (RED symbolizes Love and GOLD for Blessings). Gold is also the favorite color of our mom.

We are also planning to distribute the invites next week making sure that nobody will leak it to my mom.

By the way, These are some of the scrap pages I've made

Background- Tropical mini kit by lsmdigital works
Patch- Modern and Natural Kit by lsmdigital works
Hay bale, Mat Flower, Doodle and Ribbon- Thanksgiving collection by Debbie and Laura
Flowers- Sunny day Collection by Nayyancita
Gold Torn Inked- Colorful Memories by Debbie and Laura

All designs are freebies at ScrapbookFlair Designer Collection

Designs- Fantasie d'aile minikit by Kim Liddiard
Page turn- Sunny day Collection by Nayyancita
Autumn Leaf- Color of Autumn by Pelin
Mocha Flower- My Mocha mini kit by LorieM designs
Flower- Brown Bag Mini kit by LorieM designs
Sunflower- Flourish collection by Monja
Vintage Flower- Vintage collection by Nayyancita
Ribbons- Vintage Collection by Nayyancita
- Thanksgiving collection by Debbie and Laura
Gold Scroll- Wedding Memories by Pelin

Background and Red Flower- Vintage collection by Nayyancita
Wood Frame- Colorful Memories by Debbie and Laura
Sunflower- Flourish Collection by Monja
Mocha Flower- Mocha mini kit by LorieM designs
Corner- Wedding Memories by Pelin
Film Strip and Tag- Welcome Kit from Digital Scrapbook Place


I got This tag from Michelle. Thanks sis!

It is December once again, the perfect time to extend our greetings to everyone in the blogosphere and unite for a common purpose: to enjoy life within the cyberspace.

So let’s give ourselves a break to go round and meet other bloggers, be the e-Santa Claus.

How to Join?

[1] Fill up and submit the details of this form.
[2]Copy and post the rules to your blog. Include the “backward list” (a record of how the tag reached you) and add your name.
[3] Recruit for participants. Be sure to get their consent.

Should they agree to join, add them to your “forward list” (bloggers you’ve convinced to join).

Remind them to do item #1.

** Participants will be accepted until December 16 (Phil. time) only. On December 17, the organizer will email to you the details of your Ronito/Ronita. Send him/her a Christmas greeting via E-cards preferably on December 25.

Should time be a constraint, you can send it earlier.

My Backward Link List:
iRonnie , jeff, bluepanjeet, thess ,GBex , Liza, Liza 2, Rems, Eds, Abie, Thea, Lorie

- add your name here.

I want to extend the spirit of Christmas to the following friends: Buge, Jin, Liza, Lutchi, Petra, Idealpinkrose.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Linky Love Chain

I got this tag from Michelle. Thank you sis!

The rule:

When you get tagged, you have to add your name next to the person who tagged you and by doing so you are letting the list grow.
Rachel’s Soulful Thoughts
When Silence Speaks
Dancing in Midlife Tune
Underneath it All
My Charmed Life
Blueberry Cheesecake
Thinking Out Loud

To let this list grow more, am passing the tag to:

Jean, Diane, Jhona, Raquel, Lheeanne.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

What kind of impression do I make?

I took the test and got this result... Try it yourself

You Make a Good First Impression

You probably are making a much better impression than you realize.
Social situations can be a bit awkward for you at times, and you tend to over think what you say and do.
If you make a social faux pas, you remember it a lot longer than anyone else does.

Just relax and do your best. There are little things you can do to improve your social image.
Express more of an interest in the people around you, and be a good listener.
The secret of fascinating people is that they find everyone else fascinating!

Scrappy Scraps...

What a beautiful day today! I Love the weather, Sunny but windy. Haaay! Christmas is really coming! Anyway, I'd like to share some LOs that I've previously posted in my Friendster account. These are Pictures of Josh, my Nephew.