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Thought is a vital, living dynamic power - the greatest force on earth. We live in a world of thoughts. Everyone has his own thought-world! They control your life, mold your character and shape your destiny. Always remember, "A pure thought" is sharper than the edge of a razor! This blog will be your journey to my inner well as my creations....come and "sail" with me....

Monday, August 31, 2009

Smile Box' Embrace Life

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Happy Birthday Bro!!!

Today is the birthday of my dear brother Ricky, the third in the family.  He may not be around physically with us (he is now working in a cruise liner) but all our wishes for his birthday will always be in our hearts and minds…

Here’s praying and hoping that today will be a happy one for you….

Ricky's Birthday


September Cluster 02



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Note:  Thanks to NiceCrane Designs for the Little Princess QP and Sueli Colbert Designs for the wordart and calendar template…

Sunday, August 30, 2009

September Cluster 01

Joni Gray of Digiscrap Freebies shared with us a new freebie-site, Free where we can post freebies there as well… so do check out the site…

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Note:  Thanks to NiceCrane Designs for the frame and Sueli Colbert  Designs for the calendar and love wordart template…

Saturday, August 29, 2009

September Layout 02



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Note:  Thanks to Gunhild Storeide and Delicious Scraps for the elements and Digitreats for the calendar template…

September Layout 01



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Note:  Thanks to Gunhild Storeide for the elements,  Midnight Scrapping for the background papers, and Digitreats for the calendar templates…

Friday, August 28, 2009

September Birthday Celebrant

Gail Cruz, the love of the son (Roan) of my first cousin Bobby will be celebrating her birthday this coming September 3… so I made a calendar template for the two lovebirds, still in tune with my theme of the moment.. love is in the air!!!  Best wishes for this sweet couple….

The Birthday Girl  Note:  This beautiful “Gold Heart” QP is courtesy of Georgia’s Digital Design   Moments…do visit her blog for those wonderful freebies…


This September calendar layout  will be my next freebie in the days to come.  I made two templates actually, so do check them out…

September Elements – Part 3



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Note: Thanks to Delicious Scraps, NiceCrane Designs for the crazy markers, Gunhild Storeide for the elements used…

Thursday, August 27, 2009

September Elements – Part 2

And here is the part 2 of my September elements…  I was able to get new freebies and currently making a part 3, would you believe?  So if you want more of these tags, please check it out in the coming days…

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Note:  Thanks to Digiscrap Freebies, Delicious Scraps, Efie’s Blog Freebies Scraps for the Over the Hill’s Alphas (Teletubbies), ChingJP Designs and Just 2 More Things for the elements used…

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

All About Love

My friend in the digital scrapbooking world, Joni Gray, is celebrating their anniversary next month…that’s why I made quickpages using her “Cloud Nine” series.  It is my current theme now… all about love!!!

And so I want to share with all of you an e-mail I got today… very fitting and timely with my theme…

Wedding Saving Passbook (Nice Story)

Monica married Nick this day. At the end of the wedding party, Monica's mother gave her a newly opened bank saving passbook with Rs.1000 deposit amount.

Mother: 'Monica, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your marriage life. When there's something happy and memorable happened in your new life, put some money in. Write down what it's about next to the line. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I've done the first one for you today. Do the others with Nick.
When you look back after years, you can know how much happiness you've had.'

Monica shared this with Nick when getting home. They both thought it was a great idea and were anxious to know when the second deposit can be made. This was what they did after certain time:
* 7 Feb: Rs.100, first birthday celebration for Nick after marriage
* 1 Mar: Rs.300, salary raise for Monica
* 20 Mar: Rs.200, vacation trip to Bali
* 15 Apr: Rs.2000, Monica got pregnant
* 1 Jun: Rs.1000, Nick got promoted
* ..... And so on...

However, after years, they started fighting and arguing for trivial things. They didn't talk much. They regretted that they had married the nastiest people in the world.... No more love...Kind of typical nowadays, huh?

One day Monica talked to her Mother: 'Mom, we can't stand it anymore. We agree to divorce. I can't imagine how I decided to marry this guy!!!"
Mother: 'Sure, girl, that's no big deal. Just do whatever you want if you really can't stand it. But before that, do one thing first.
Remember the saving passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn't keep any record of such a poor marriage.'

Monica thought it was true. So she went to the bank, waiting at the queue and planning to cancel the account. While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joy and happiness just came up her mind. Her eyes were then filled with tears. She left and went home.
When she was home, she handed the passbook to Nick, asked him to spend the money before getting divorce.

The next day, Nick gave the passbook back to Monica. She found a new deposit of Rs.5000. And a line next to the record: 'This is the day I notice how much I've loved you thru out all these years. How much happiness you've brought me.'

They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back to the safe. Do you know how much money they had saved when they retired? I did not ask. I believe the money did not matter any more after they had gone thru all the good years in their life.

"When you fall in any way, don't see the place where you fell instead see the place from where you slipped. Life is about correcting mistakes."


September Elements – Part 1

I’ve got so much time lately that I decided to make my September elements this early… and was able to do 20 embellishments  :-) … that’s why, for the first time, it has two parts…Hope you will all enjoy using them!!!!

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Note: Thanks to Joni Gray’s Digiscrap Freebies and Anna’s Delicious Scraps for the elements used….

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

“Delicious Scraps” – Cluster 01

Another blog that I follow is “Delicious Scraps” … Anna offers tremendous freebies, all sorts of elements you will definitely find in her site,  and that will surely fill your scrapbooking needs!!!

And still keeping the “Love Theme” that I started with Joni Gray’s Cloud Nine, I made a cluster out of the elements I got from Anna.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Araw ng Wika 2009

Our Lady of Pilar Montessori Center presented their Araw ng Wika 2009 with the theme “Magkaisa – Malawakang Pagdiriwang ng Pambansang Wika” at  SM SouthMall Activity Center yesterday. 


The program was divided into two parts – from 10:30 am to 12 noon was dedicated to pre-schoolers and elementary students.  Eight different dance interpretations were seen by the viewing public – subli, bulaklakan, carinosa, kalapati, pistahan, itik-itik, salakot and maglalatik.  In-between these dances were Sabayang Pagbigkas were done by three groups.

The second part, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm,  was the turn for the High School students, were my son Marc did participate.  The program opened with a parade of the participating muse and escort from casa to high school. 

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The dances this time were Singkil from the 4th year students…singkil32

Binatbatan  from the first year students… 100_2026

Sagidsid at Banga  presented this time by the third yr students… 100_2037

and Maglalatik at Kappa Malong  from the second year students…. 100_2045 

And luckily, the 4th year students were declared the champion that afternoon.  Congratulations to my son Marc and to the rest of the group… the Singkil dancers -  Eliza (Singkil Princess), Carmela, Inna, Myra, Kelly  and Grace while the War Dancers – Victor, Patrick, Landrex, Cedric, John C, Dominique, JP, Kevin Taloyo, Shota and Kevin.


I took a video of my their performance…so amateurish ha ha, somewhat shaky…. sorry for that :-)  !!!!

Note:  That’s my son Marc, the second to the left…

And did some snapshots too of the events…