Thursday, May 29, 2008

Beauty Secrets

Posted by Cecile at Thursday, May 29, 2008 0 comments

Beauty Secret?

I just copied it from no other than my simple friend, Juliet.

Here's my take:

My Foundation/ Face Powder: Cover Girl
My Mascara: I have few, but never use them
My Blush: Clinique (courtesy of Ate Delia who works at Neiman Marcus; it's FREE! Otherwise, the cheapest one will do)
My Lipstick: Clinique (Ate Delia again) Revlon, Maybelline
My Essential Beauty Product: Proactive
My favorite Make-up product: Clinique (again fronm Ate Delia) None in particular!
My Perfume: Eternity, Davidoff, Curve, Bench, Versace and Calvin Klein (mostly gifts from my huubby)
My Nails: Nail clipper (I don't like polish, I just keep it trim and clean)
My Feet: Just like my nails
My hands: Bath and Body Works
Three Products to bring on a deserted island: Toothpaste, Toothbrush and 2-in-1 Bodywash/Shampoo
Women I admire for their beauty: Drew Barrymore and Natalie Portman
Women with the best Sense of Style: Gwenyth Paltrow
My ultimate dream: To visit all the LDS Temple in the U.S. and/or Bring my Parents here.
My favorite fashion Publication: None

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Father and Son

Posted by Cecile at Sunday, May 25, 2008 2 comments

I just wanteveryone to know that my husband is the "best" one in the whole universe. He is not only my husband, but my best friend and confidant. He is supportive in all my decisions and encourages me to do better; loves me for who I was and who I am today. Loving husband and father to our son. Talking about patient; he''s got a lot of it. If you know me I can be mean sometimes and prideful, but he never waves. A generous and kind husband and father who loves and spoils us a lot. He always think us and our happiness before himself and understanding, too! He taught me the real meaning of love and devotion and meekness.

We love him so much! We couldn't have asked for a better husband and a father to our son. He is the man I want to grow old and gray with! The man I want to spend my life with both for time and eternity. I love you, Pumpkin... forever!

Tag got from Bill and Gina and wanted to pass it to Juliet and everybody who wants to participate.

Friday, May 23, 2008

flowers and plants...

Posted by Cecile at Friday, May 23, 2008 0 comments

We went to Botanical garden last week with my brother in law and his son; and we all enjoyed the flowers and plant and trees and all the vegetations in there. It was really amazing seeing those God's creation. As always, Orchids are my favorites; the rests of the pictures were taken by my husband.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

10 Most Dangerpus Places in the World...

Posted by Cecile at Thursday, May 22, 2008 0 comments

Hells on Earth
From war to human trafficking, these three spots are among the most dangerous on the planet.
1. Ramadi, Iraq: Although Fallujah, Baghdad, and other cities in this war-torn country have also suffered greatly since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, Ramadi (part of the Sunni triangle) remains one of the most dangerous. Roadside bombs, hidden in everyday objects like soda cans and plastic bags, are common in this city, as well as crimes such as kidnappings and carjackings.
2. Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar): In 2007 and 2008, thousands of monks carried out protests against the oppression of Burmese citizens and the corruption of government officials, and the situation only got worse when a cyclone struck last month. The aftermath of the destruction caused the deaths of as many as 100,000 people and wiped out most means of transportation and communication.
3. Tehran, Iran: Due in part to strained U.S. relations with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the State Department no longer maintains an embassy in Iran, so American citizens traveling to Iran need to obtain services from the Swiss embassy. According the CIA, Iran has one of the highest rates of human trafficking. In addition, the Iranian government has been accused of beating and executing the victims.
More Dangerous Places
Listed below are seven more locations you should stay away from at all costs.
4. Darfur region, Sudan: As many as 400,000 people have been killed, and about 2 million have been displaced due to attacks on villages in the Darfur region by rebel militias. Humanitarian organizations say the Sudanese government funds the Janjaweed militia, but officials have denied the claims. American citizens visiting Sudan face ongoing threats (including suicide bombings and kidnappings), particularly in light of the January 2008 murder of an American Embassy official and his Sudanese driver.
5. Kabul, Afghanistan: Afghanistan is probably best known in the U.S. as the hiding place of Osama bin Laden. Although bin Laden may no longer be hiding there, other members of al-Qaeda are said to remain. An incredibly poor country, its biggest business may be the illegal cultivation of poppies and sale of opium, according to the CIA. Suicide and car bombings are common, as are riots and rocket attacks. Kabul International Airport and Kabul-Jalalabad Road are repeatedly subject to attacks.
6. Eastern Congo: Despite having signed a peace accord in late 2002 and the ongoing presence of UN peacekeeping troops, Congolese military and rebel groups continue fighting, which has displaced millions. The State Department warns potential travelers that Congolese troops have been known to stop vehicles at roadblocks and rape, kidnap, or kill the occupants. Highly contagious disease outbreaks (most recently Ebola) pose addition hazards.
7. Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip: Violence and conflict have been ongoing in this region for decades. Multiple attempts have been made at securing peace agreements between Israeli and Palestinian groups. Even so, suicide bombings and rocket attacks happen regularly. U.S. citizens are at particular risk; the American International School in northern Gaza has been attacked at least three times since April 2007. Human Rights Watch says it has documented the use of torture in Israel.
8. Kashmir, Pakistan: Pakistan, India, and China have all laid claims to the region known as Kashmir. In particular, India and Pakistan have waged several wars and conducted nuclear weapons tests. In addition, an earthquake in 2005 greatly damaged this area, making travel even more treacherous. Adding to the turmoil was the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a former prime minister, during a political rally of her supporters.
9. Tashkent, Uzbekistan: This country was a part of the former Soviet Union. The U.S. heightened security at its embassy after multiple suicide bombings in Tashkent in 2004 and 2005, including one outside the embassy. Human Rights Watch reports that human trafficking and forced prostitution are serious problems, with women being sold for thousands of dollars. According to reports from Transparency International, Uzbekistan’s government is one of the most corrupt in the world and still allows torture.
10. Mogadishu, Somalia: Up to 60 percent of the residents of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, have fled due to ongoing assaults by Ethiopian troops, according to United Nations estimates. Tens of thousands of fleeing residents have been assaulted and/or raped during their attempts to escape, reports Human Rights Watch. Civilian protests frequently escalate into violent riots.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

You are one of my balloons!

Posted by Cecile at Tuesday, May 20, 2008 0 comments

Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe everything happens for a reason..
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.

If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said life would be easy
they just promised it would be worth it.
Friends are like balloons; once you let them go,
you can't get them back. So I'm gonna tie you to
my heart so I never lose you.

Monday, May 19, 2008

hoping it works this time...

Posted by Cecile at Monday, May 19, 2008 0 comments
My husband and I loves to eat as you can see in our pictures. So, we always go out and eat esp. during his days off. He works a compressed hours shift which is twelve hours a day 5 days a week and 2 days the following week. As you guys can see, we have lot of times to eat out. And so we gained weight. This week we decided to minimize our dining out to once a week, that way we can save money and at the same time loose weight. So far we are doing good. Believe me, we tried a lot of ways to loose weight, but nothing works because we can't control our appetites. I cook a lot and he loves my cooking. He eats everything and loves Filipino foods. Just to loose weight he even tried Jenny Craig and that worked except with our budget so he stopped; then there's this 24 hours Fitness which by the way he signed up a contract for three years and only used it for three months and stopped working after I gave birth; that made mo so mad! Me? Yeah I did few things, too. I bought exercise ball, matt, hand lifts, waist band, books and just like him, then, I stooped. Now that we moved in here to Virginia, the only thing they have here in the area where we live is YMCA, so we signed up for family which is $69/ month with free child care which is we will see now how it goes!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

a visit from a family...

Posted by Cecile at Saturday, May 17, 2008 0 comments
Last week, my brother in -law, Jesse and his son, Cody came by for a short visit. They live three hours away from us; so we don't get to see each other often, and when we do, the kids get so excited that they wouldn't want to stop playing together. Anyway, so Jacob and Cody played together as if they will never see each other again. They didn't get tired and never go for a nap that day. They were both exhausted and went back to sleep than they normally do that night.. And so because of that, my son, Jacob was over stimulated that he got a nightmare that awakened him up three times crying for half an hour every time. At first, it was fine with us to assure him that it was ok and that was not real; but boy, after that, it became frustrating that I couldn't bear to hear him crying inconsolably, so I decided to go to the guest room and sleep there. I basically ignored him, and let my husband deal with it. We all have a very long night. In the morning, he acted normal as if it didn't happen. Then, everything went well after that every night. Yeah, I know what you'll think, and I know I still need a lot of patience so I can deal with him as he grows up. I love him, just one of those days that I can't deal with my weakness. I still need a lot of improvement so I can be a good parent and example with him; and I always pray to Heavenly Father for help to achieve that.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

sleepless in ashland...

Posted by Cecile at Tuesday, May 13, 2008 0 comments
I have been sleep deprive for two nights now since my friends, Juliet told me about this blogger. It sounded like interesting so I decided to go sign up. She was right; once you started, you'll get addicted to it. I don't know you guys, but I am now. I am not good at it yet; not even close, but I am trying hard. I still need a lot of things to learn. Thank God, Sweetiepie helped me a lot as Juliet do. I am thankfulfor them and their help. Anyway, my husband is getting quite upset about this whole thing and me being on the computer most of the time. He is upset because my son is not getting more attention anymore since I got into this Blogger on top of Friendster. I know... I know, but what can I do; I am by myself the whole morning Jacob at school and Matt is at work. Wouldn't you do the same thing? It is boring sometimes to be alone. I am a homebody person; but despite of that, I still get bored. And the only thing I can turn to is the computer; makes me busy and makes the day go faster. Event hough I am sleep deprive, I can't complain, because I am gaining friends and learning from them. This is also a way for me to stop thinking Texas and the friends we left behind there three months ago. I now am enjoying blogging despite that I still get confuse at times.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Jacob and his cousin , Cody...

Posted by Cecile at Friday, May 09, 2008 0 comments
Jacob and his cousin are enjoying their time together because this doesn'thappened a lot fo times since Cody lives in North Carolina; and it is a three hours drive from Virginia where we live. I just can't believe how time flies. He was so small when he was born 9underweight) because he was a preemie; now he is almost four years old and is now attending Pre - School. It was funny, because when we put him to the school the first time, he didn't even want to go and he always crying and just by hearing " time to go to school" when I say it; we would burst into tears. It breaks my heart leaving him at school crying. Well, after two weeks, he loves the school and would even wan to to go even Sat. and Sun.

This pictures of them together are adorable, aren't they?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

my baby, Jake...when he was a baby!

Posted by Cecile at Wednesday, May 07, 2008 0 comments

... so pure, clean, innocent...sleeping peacefully and soundly
on his Dad's tummy... childrens are really a heritage of the LORD!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

If the Savior stood beside me...

Posted by Cecile at Tuesday, May 06, 2008 0 comments

If the Savior stood beside me, would I do the things I do?Would I think of His commandments and try harder to be true? Would I follow His example? Would I live more righteously,If I could see the Savior standing nigh, watching over me?
If the Savior stood beside me, would I say the things I say?Would my words be true and kind if He were never far away?Would I try to share the gospel? Would I speak more reverently.If I could see the Savior standing nigh, watching over me?
If the Savior stood beside me, would my thoughts be clean and pure? Would His presence give me strength and hope, and courage to endure? Would His counsel guide my actions? Would I choose more worthilyIf I could see the Savior standing nigh, watching over me?
He is always near me, though I do not see Him there. And because He loves me dearly, I am in His watchful care. So I'll be the kind of person that I know I'd like to be. If I could see the Savior standing nigh, watching over me.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

reasons for the good things I do...

Posted by Cecile at Sunday, May 04, 2008 0 comments

The two most important men in my life, my husband and son. They are my pride and joy and the source of my strength (next to GOD) inspirations with all the good things I do in my life. I love them so much. Both so good to me, patient, understanding and supportivive. I have been through enough, health wise, and they were there with me all the time. If not for the good example they showed me, I wouldn't be the kind of person I am today. I am humbled for all they did and do to me... selfless love and service! Couldn't ask for more!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

the story of Us!

Posted by Cecile at Saturday, May 03, 2008 1 comments
It all started when I was living overseas (Malaysia). I learned to used the computer while living there. I was also looking for a future eternal companion. Then I happened to see the website for single Latter Day Saints ( I was so glad for that; that's where Matt and I met. We sent emails and phoned each other for six months; then we decided see each other in person. I wasn't really sure that time whether he was coming or not; but I agreed anyway. He came in March 2000 as a birthday present for me. We were both so happy and felt as if we have known each other for a long time. He proposed to me the next day and I didn't know what to say; so I didn't say anything. I have no idea what he must have felt that time; but he didn't give up. He proposed again the next day and that's when I say "yes" (because I prayed about it the night before and felt a warm and peaceful feelings, I knew right then and there that my prayer was answered). Six months later, I got my visa and then flew to California; and got married two weeks later. We were married at LDS temple in Albuquerque, New Mexico in Sept of 2001.We have been married now for nearly seven years; and been happy since. We have up and downs in our life as a couple; but we managed to resolved them with God's help, of course. Look at us now; we are still here together. We are both working hard to stay together forever. Trials and tribulations made us and still making us stronger and better individuals and couple. We are both happy and contented in our life. We got nothing, but we have everything... US!

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