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What is Emo?

“What is emo?”

This question was posed by my 7-year old daughter VGood to a classmate.

Classmate answered V’s question with a drawing – 

“Emo girl/boy that always wear[s] black dress and makeup and like a punk or always drunk.”

I cracked up when I saw this yesterday while fixing V’s school bag. Kids come up with the most hilarious ideas. I think, though, that the classmate confused ’emo’ with ‘goth’. 😛 Continue reading What is Emo?

Women Motorists – beware and be safe!

A few days ago (last Wednesday, to be exact), a co-parent in school was held-up in her car at gunpoint by a motorcycle-rider. This happened around dismissal time at 4 PM, in broad daylight!

My co-parent’s vehicle was parked along the side of a main thoroughfare, about one block from the school where our kids study, and right outside the center where our kids have Chinese tutorials after school!  

I also often park there, and stay inside the car while waiting for my kids to get off school or tutorials. In fact, most of us (we’re all mommy-drivers) do the exact thing almost everyday – park on that side and wait in car. Sometimes we feed out kids or change their clothes in the car too.

The man initially circled my co-parent’s vehicle, and parked in front of it. Then he started walking towards her side (she was alone and seated behind the driver’s seat). She was surprised, and shocked when the man approached her door and ordered her to take off her bracelet and hand over her bag. She did exactly as told, trembling and utterly scared!

The man then peeked and saw another handbag in the front seat. He also told her to hand it over, but she refused, so the gunman fired a warning shot towards the ground. Then the man opened the driver’s door and took the handbag himself. He simply sped away like it was just another day in his life.

Nobody seemed to have witnessed what went on, since it was dismissal time –  most fetchers (drivers, yayas and parents alike) were busy picking up their wards in school. The other moms, whose cars were parked next to the victim-mom’s vehicle, just went into the tutorial center minutes earlier. It seems that the holdupper waited for the opportune time.

My co-parent  – I cannot even begin to imagine how she felt and still feels after experiencing such a horrible thing – is still traumatized. Being held-up at gunpoint is a different level altogether. It’s scary!  But life has to go on, so she is still doing the school rounds.

What happened to her is a difficult way of learning being reminded of lessons on safety. Here are a few that come to mind:

1. Holduppers, con-men, bad people – they think of stealing, robbery, theft at every waking hour. They wake up and think “Saan kaya ako mag tatarget ngayon?” They make a living out of stealing. So while we walk around distracted with our tasks and problems, they too are walking around alert, ready to prey on willing victims. That’s what will put food on their tables.

2. Women are easy targets for holduppers. Add these to the picture – lugging heavy schoolbags and herding school children. Boy, are we glorious victims in their eyes! I think it is the reason why school areas are great spots for holduppers.

3. Never, never, never, never, never idle in your vehicle. Especially, don’t do it with windows open, and in deserted spots. I have a feeling that the holdupper must have been passing by the same spot often and observed the exact vehicles parked there almost everyday. With windows partly open, he must have seen that most of us were women with children. “Aha! Jackpot!”

Continue reading Women Motorists – beware and be safe!

In the (Lunch) Box – Part 3


Today my hub and kids had to bring different lunches to school. Patch, who is still nursing a little bit of pain from her braces adjustment last Saturday, wanted something soft and easy.

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Dashboard Lessons, Part 1: Mag-aral ng Mabuti

Whether I admit it or not, I like driving my kids.

Yes, it can get rowdy at the backseat sometimes. The bickering gets irritating. But driving them also gives me the chance to catch up with their lives, talk to them about various things, listen to their stories of the day.

On this day, the conversation kinda took a deep turn.

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Scene: In the car, on the way home from school. Past 5 PM.

We drive by a public elementary school. It was dismissal time. Some kids were already on their way home, aboard tricycles. In front of our car was a slow-moving tricycle over-loaded with kids. The “back-load” (the seat space behind the driver) had 3 small kids around 7 years old seemingly piled on top of each other. In the sidecar – who knows how many are crammed in there.

I could only shake my head.

iMom: tsk, tsk tsk, tsk. Tingnan niyo yang mga bata. Kawawa naman. Pag na-aksidente sila, ano kaya mangyayari sa kanila? Grabe…

My two girls peek in front, but are silent for a while. Then VGood pops a question- Continue reading Dashboard Lessons, Part 1: Mag-aral ng Mabuti

In The (Lunch) Box – Part 2

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Today is week 2 for the Filipino Mom Blog‘s Lunch Box Meme.

My husband and kids are having pork patties in brown garlic sauce for lunch. (I had this for breakfast! 😀 )

Ground pork is a staple baon item in our household because of its many possibilities!

Continue reading In The (Lunch) Box – Part 2