Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lapu-Lapu Shrine

The Lapu-Lapu shrine is a 20-meter bronze statue in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, erected in honor of Datu Lapu-Lapu, a native chieftain who defeated Spanish soldiers, and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan on 1521.

12/09 - BSIT of Liceo de Cagayan University. My brother went to Cebu last week and he sent me this photo. It was funny because I have the same photo taken 6 years ago.

10/03 - BSC of Liceo de Cagayan University

Did you see the difference of the statue? Something!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wind Turbines

On our way to San Francisco my husband and I were having a discussion about getting some wedding accessories for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary next month, and all in a sudden we passed these wind turbines that caught my attention. It is pretty amazing! There are tons of them. This place is located at Altamount Pass, Livermore, California, USA. It is about one hour drive south east of San Francisco, right on the hills off the sides of highway 580. It is a splendid place, but kinda eerie. What is wind turbine by the way?
According to wikipedia, wind turbine is a rotating machine which converts the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical energy. If the mechanical energy is used directly by machinery, such as a pump or grinding stones, the machine is usually called a windmill. If the mechanical energy is instead converted to electricity, the machine is called a wind generator, wind turbine, wind power unit (WPU), wind energy converter (WEC), or aerogenerator.

The turbines form lines scattered on the hilltops, scattered around an area of about 15 kilometers in diameter. Hundreds are visible from the highway. The wind farm is composed of over 4900 relatively small wind turbines of various types, making it at one time the largest farm in the world in terms of capacity. Altamont Pass is still the largest concentration of wind turbines in the world, with a capacity of 576 megawatts (MW), producing about 125 MW on average and 1.1 terawatt-hours (TWh) yearly.

The small turbines are dangerous to various raptors that hunt California Ground Squirrels in the area. 1300 raptors are killed annually. Among them are 70 golden eagles that are federally protected. In total, 4700 birds are killed annually.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Cheers to You Mami Shy!

Today is a very special day of Tsang Shy (Sheila/Shydub/Shei). Happy Birthday to you Tsang! It's such a lovely thing for me to have you Tsang as a friend. You are one of my online friends who understands me, on whom I can share everything. You see and know my faults and like me anyway, and you never seem to take offense at anything I say. Your friendship is a precious gift and I will always treasure you.

It's true I have never seen you
and we have never met,
Never shaken Hands or
even truly hugged and yet!

I know for sure you care for
me by the kindness that you give.
And our keyboards keep us
together doesn't matter where we live.

So I give you this gift to
put a smile on your face
and to let you know in my
heart you have a special place.

Happy Birthday Ma'am Shei! If you guys have time, please hop on her blogs and greet her on her special day. Thanks!
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Mommy Moments: Our Christmas Moment

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Here is my Mommy Moment entry this week. Our 2009 Family Photo. This photo was taken by! As usual we always have our photo taken at home. It saves time and money to go to the studio. :)

Merry Christmas everyone. Greetings from the Dias Family!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Dearest Friend!

I would like to greet one my dearest friends here in blogosphere who is celebrating her special day today. Happy Birthday to you sistah Umma (Nancy). May you have many more birthdays to come. Thanks for being one of my online friends. Here's my birthday thoughts.

On your birthday,
I wish for you the fulfillment
of all your fondest dreams.
I hope that for every candle
on your cake
you get a wonderful surprise.
I wish for you that
whatever you want most in life,
it comes to you,
just the way you imagined it,
or better.
I hope you get as much pleasure
from our friendship as I do.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Duo Design - Polish Acrobats

Photos were taken when we went to Las Vegas a few years ago. We saw these two Polish guys performing a free show in Circus Circus Hotel. They gave an amazing performance! Duo Design is the name of the group. It is a dynamic and exciting strength and hand-balancing act from Warsaw, Poland. Duo Design consist of Jaroslaw Marciniak and Dariusz Wronski, former Polish national hand-balancing champions. They have competed and performed throughout Europe and the United States, winning championships in Evian, France and Sarasota, Florida.
Over the past few years, these prolific performers have thrilled audiences from coast to coast. Duo Design has performed at several NBA halftimes, Circus Circus in Reno and Las Vegas, Busch Gardens in Tampa Florida, and many more.

Here's a video I found in youtube, I thought of sharing it here on my blog.

I want to greet everyone a very Merry Christmas! I would like to thank all my friends who sent a postcard this year. Thanks a lot guys!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Mommy Moments: Favorite Entry

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It is Friday once again! Time for me to join the Mommy Moments meme hosted by Mami Chris of Mommy Journey. This week's theme is "Your Favorite Entry". I love all my previous entries and all of them were my! This week I would like to share these photos.
Photo was taken last year (December, 2008). One of our traditions is to take a family picture and send them out to friends and family.
Take a peek of our family picture this year. Will reveal our family picture on the next Mommy Moments theme (Christmas day!)!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2010 WBE Blog of Fame Finalist

I am pleased to announce that I am one of the finalists for the 2010 WBE Blog of Fame. I would like to ask your help to please vote for me. To cast your vote, just click Here or click the button above. Your vote is highly appreciated!

Special thanks to Mr. DavidF for selecting me as one of the finalists and for hosting the 2010 WBE Blog of Fame .

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Story of Gingerbread

Here's our first gingerbread house. Hubby assembled the bread, I did the house frosting, and Akesha did all the decorations.

If you're wondering where ginger bread house originally started, well here's the scope.

Most early immigrants to North America came from Europe, therefore most customs are from European origin.

Gingerbread is traced to Europe back to the 11th century. Crusader returning from the Middle East and brought back among other items a spice -- ginger. Soon after, different varieties of gingerbread appeared throughout western Europe. The variations varied widely from sweet, dark, spicy, soft or crusty, the only common characteristic was the ginger spice.

Gingerbread, the name comes from the Latin word "Zingebar", and was not used until the 15th century. By that time, gingerbread gained great popularity, especially in Germany and France. Bakers in both countries formed their own guilds, which gave them exclusive rights to make and sell the bread. However, a law was formed which prohibits them to produce gingerbread at Eastern and Christmas ("Government Red Tape" was well established). This law was eliminated in the 16th century, because of the popularity and favorite attraction of Gingerbread Bakers at market places, were gingerbread was freshly baked. Gingerbread gained such popularity at the already famous "Christkindlesmarket", in Nuremberg, Germany, that it was called the "Gingerbread Capital of the World".

The first gingerbread houses were made in Germany. Children story writer, Brothers Grimm, made them famous in the very popular fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". The story featured a gingerbread house, which was called "Hexenhäuschen", (Witch House. The story goes, which two lost children came upon and nibbled on the sweet gingerbread house, the evil witch caught and imprisoned them).


Friday, December 11, 2009

Our Moments!

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It is Friday once again! Mommy Moments meme time.....:) Thanks to Mami Chris for hosting this awesome meme. This week's theme is "Your Mommy Moments". I have quite a few Mommy Moments with Akesha and I treasure every moment of it. I am so blessed to have Akesha in my life...she is the fulfillment of my dreams.

My daughter is a treasure, a blessing from above,
She's laughter, warmth, and special charm,
she's beauty, and she's love.

My daughter brings special joy that comes from deep inside
as she grows into this wonderful world, she fills your heart with pride.
With every year that passes, she's more special than before,
through every stage, through every age, you love her even more.

No words can describe the warm memories,
the pride and gratitude too,
that come from having a daughter
to love and to cherish.

I love you Akesh!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

World's Largest Christmas Tree
As Christmas day approaches, the excitement is felt in the air. Mexico City has been certified by Guinness World Records as having the world's largest Christmas tree.

The representative of Guinness World Records,Carlos Martinez, certified the new record at Glorieta de la Palma, located on the Paseo de la Reforma, where the huge tree stands and will continue to be displayed for 36 days.
The new record exceeds by 24 centimeters (9.5 inches) the Christmas tree in Aracaju, Brazil, the city that had held the record since 2007 with a tree 110.11 meters (361.25 feet) high, has a diameter of 35 meters and weighs 330 tonnes.

The lighting of the gigantic tree was carried out at 8:30 p.m. last Saturday, marking the beginning of the Christmas festivities in the Mexican capital, where some 19 million people live.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Blue Monday: Blue Frog

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How was your weekend guys? Hope all is well! My weekend went pretty fine. Anyhow, my entry for this week's Blue Monday is the blue frog! Photo was taken at the Reptile House. For more Blue Monday entries or would like to join us, just click the button above. Thanks!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Camera Critters: A Hummingbird!

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Happy weekend! It is weekend once again... Camera Critters meme time! This weekend's entry of mine is the photo below. Did you see it? I mean...did you see a hummingbird?
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Her Talent...Maybe!

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TGIF people! It is time to join Mami Chris's meme "Mommy Moments" once again. This week's theme is "Talented Kids". Some of you might have seen these couple videos of Akesha, but I still want to share them again. For more entries or would like to join us, just click the button above

This video was taken almost a year ago...she got her drum set during Christmas.

This video was taken 6 months ago...she was 3 yo I guess....:)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009