What a week. Since I started going back to work, as a substitute teacher at my daughter’s school, my house has become unorganized. I had two pending Balikbayan boxes which I just shipped out this Saturday. Then I have more stuff left for another box to be shipped out to my family in the Philippines before my nieces and nephews go back to school in June. School is out end of this month so they will be in summer vacation starting April 1st.
I started as a substitute teacher at K’s school February this year. I subbed in a few classes in Kindergarten, in First Grade, and in Fourth Grade. The recent sub position I took was for the Librarian Aide. So I worked at the library for three days. It was fun and a little busy because it was testing week at the school. The testing was conducted in the computer laboratory so the computer classes were joined other classes at library times.
Next week is Spring Break and I can’t wait for our trip to Beaver’s Bend State Park in Oklahoma. My darling daughter is excited as well. We’re going to explore the park again. Right now, I am finishing a few house chores and will go to the playground later.
Our daddy was watching the soundtrack video of the movie The Legend of the Black Scorpion starring Zhang Ziyi this morning. The video showed scenes taken from what is called The Forbidden City.
K: “What is that place called, daddy?”
D: “It’s the Forbidden City in China where the Emperors lived thousands of years ago. There are billions of people in China now.”
K: “Wow. I want to go to China.”
Yay! We are back from l-o-n-g vacation. Yup! Two months vacation is quite long enough, don’t you think? Very happy that we had the opportunity to go on vacations and visit families and friends on the other side of the world. This is the the second time my darling daughter K went on vacation to the Philippines, but this time on me and her went. Daddy was a having a big project at work that’s why he wasn’t able to go. Of course, it could have been way more enjoyable if he was with us.
Fissan Prickly Heat Powder
Although the weather in the Philippines was super hot and super humid-because it was hot season (summertime)- was able to adjust to the warm environment. The first couple of weeks (we arrived March 22nd), was pretty hard because K had prickly heat rash. So I bought my favorite heat rash powder called Fissan. It works wonders on prickly heat. I apply the Fissan powder on the affected skin after bath day and night. Somehow Fissan prickly heat powder soothed K’s discomfort because of the heat rash. K felt bored and felt a little awkward with my parents. She even told me that she wanted to go back home (Texas). She missed her daddy, the house, her toys, and her bedroom. But as soon as my nieces and nephews came over and got to talk and play with her, she was fine. And we talked to daddy almost every day via Skype.
It is very amazing how the communication technology has improved through the years. Eight years ago, we did not have an Internet access because my parents do not have computers and smartphones. We were only able to communicate through prepaid cellphone once a week. Today, we can chat any time we want to using our smartphones. They don’t have a monthly Internet subscription so they only buy Internet credits from a telecom company, where they bought the sim card from, to be loaded in their phone for about $1.07 and register the credits to be able to use the Internet for three days. Sometimes the signal is poor so there are times credits are wasted. That’s disappointing and frustrating.
Anyway, glad we’re back to our home sweet home in Texas. Looking forward to our future vacation to the Philippines in two years.
My darling daughter is growing fast that I am almost not aware that she will be in Kindergarten this year. Oh how I adore her being so sweet and smart. Sometimes, but not very often, she is testing the length of my patience. Like what happened during our vacation in the Philippines two months ago.
My niece and nephew enjoying a night’s swim.
It was a very fine evening at the Sabin Resort Hotel. My siblings and their kids were with us spending the weekend to swim and have fun since it’s summer vacation and the school is out. My niece and nephews were swimming that night. K saw them in the pool and she asked me that she wanted to join them. I said no. Because as you know, she already get in the pool around 4:00 P.M. and I told her that if she go swim, she’s not gonna go night swimming with her cousins after dinner. I asked her twice if she really want to go ahead and swim without her cousins. She said yes. Okay. So I let her because she insisted, and she agreed she won’t get in the pool again after dinner.
When she’s done swimming, we had dinner with the family at the resort’s restaurant. After about an hour, my niece and nephews went ahead and swim in the pool. K saw them having lots of fun – splashing and chasing each other. But kids are kids, you know. K was jealous. She came to me and asked if she can go in the swimming pool and join her cousins. “See. They’re having lots of fun,” she said. I reminded her about our agreement. I told her that we talked about that earlier. Calmly, I recalled everything to her. But of course, K gave me that sweet-begging-kind of look on her face. It was precious but I have to be firm.
She really wanted to go in the pool.
She said, “I will just sit down on the edge of the pool and feel the water on my feet.”
I said, “Not even that one.”
See our kids sometimes play tricks on us. If we give in, we lose. They will think that we don’t have one word. We have to be firm on what we agreed on. It is part of good discipline.
I am glad that my daughter didn’t fuss on that. She knew her boundaries there. To take her attention away from the swimming cousins, I suggested we leave the pool and take a walk towards the seawall. And guess what, we found a treasure. A hair tie. 🙂
Blue hair tie. Finders keepers. 🙂
Arrived at Seattle Airport Seattle, Washington.
Seattle Airport waiting for the train to transfer us to our gate.
Inside the train transferring us to our international flight gate.