Friday, March 8, 2002

Do you believe in Santa Claus? Or do you believe the adults who claim Santa does not exist? I mean, just because you didn't find him and Mrs. Claus in the North Pole doesn't mean he automatically does not exist, right?

Afterall, what makes you think he lives in planet Earth's north pole?

Has anyone searched at Jupiter's North Pole?

Posted by Manuel [Santa Claus and the North Pole]

Angel enjoys reading Conrado de Quiros' column. But surfing to and dealing with that pesky pop-up box can sometimes get too much. Not to mention clicking a couple of more times just to get to the actual column and... well, you get the picture.

So here's a page that's just a click away from a De Quiros column. Enjoy! [more]

Posted by Manuel [Conrado de Quiros Articles]

Thursday, March 7, 2002

Surgeons hail world's first womb transplant
"The world's first womb transplant has taken place on a 26-year-old woman in Saudi Arabia, it is revealed today, raising the hopes of thousands of childless couples whose only chance of a baby is currently surrogacy."

Wow. Transplantable wombs. Hope for childless couples. Now if only they can have transplantable deliveries.

I dunno... some women want to experience the pain of delivering a child, while others prefer a walking epidural or a cesarean even before the first contraction starts. Some believe the travails of childbirth forge a stronger bond between mother and child, while others prefer other "bonding" experiences.

What do you think? Is childbirth pain an essential part of motherhood?

Posted by Manuel [First Womb Transplant]

Wednesday, March 6, 2002

"It's Steve!" Adi would yell while watching the kiddie cult classic "Blue's Clues"

Well, today I just found out that his full name is Steve Burns.
And that he no longer wears that green striped shirt.
And that he has much less hair now.
And that he stopped hosting the Blue's Clues show in 2001. (Awwww!)
And that he now writes songs... for adults.

Prepare to be SHOCKED:
(Warning: Don't show this to your child, especially if they like Blue's Clues so much)

Posted by Manuel [Steve Burns' Clues]

Babies learn quite a few things while they're still in their mommy's womb. They indirectly capture a mother's experiences as well as her emotions. So it's no wonder now that Ali seems so different from Adi (when he was a baby).

From her eating habits, to her sleeping patterns, Ali exudes kewl-ness. Perhaps that's how it is with most second pregnancies -- the mom is not as anxious or diet-restrictive as she was during the first pregnancy.

So you mommies out there, try to remember that your yet-to-be-born child is watching you. And learning and remembering, too! That means not drastically changing your diet after you give birth because it could confuse and upset your breastfeeding child.

See Prenatal Memory and Learning

Posted by Manuel [The Womb Is A Classroom]

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Thanks to Dindin, I've found out about

It's a personal site filled with entries, photos, photos, and--did I mention?--techy stuff? (Hah! Got you there, didn't I?)

I realize some veteran bloggers would say: Oh no... another 'see pic of my cat' site, albeit in a nicer form... but I like the fact that Adam Tow enjoys writing about his life (events, people) so that he could look back and see what a good year it was.

(Yes, I'm still vacillating between just writing and posting useful articles. Aaaargh.)

Posted by Manuel [Site > PhotoJournaling at]

Which do you suppose is correct?

1. Adi, as well as his classmates, has school tomorrow.
2. Adi, as well as his classmates, have school tomorrow.

(It's one of the grammar rules that raised a number of dissenting opinions during one of our Newsletter meetings.)

Ready to be humbled? Click the link below:

Posted by Manuel [Grammar Police]

Monday, March 4, 2002

"I taste like Menthol.

I am refreshingly different; some people don't appreciate that. My sharp honesty gets up some people's noses, while others really enjoy it. I am something of an acquired taste."

Go ahead and take the taste test:

Posted by Manuel [If I Were A Flavor...]

Sunday, March 3, 2002

Adi loves Jollibee so much. Yes, in favor of Mcdonald's. I must hand it to those Jollibee marketing people -- they know what Filipinos want. They know what kids crave. I think Adi greets the Jollibee mascot statue 4 times more often than he does Ronald (the clown).

It's no wonder then why Jollibee trounces Mcdonald's here in the Philippines...

A busy bee in the hamburger hive
(From the Economist... link via Lia Bulaong and Cheesedip)

Okay. One large fries, and oh, please pass the ketchup.

Posted by Manuel [Jollibee]

Cows Can't Fly
by David Milgrim (Illustrator)

I particularly enjoy showing this book to Adi, because it helps nurture his creative sense. School seems to push creativity aside (i.e., color within the lines, you can't have a purple sun), so I grab every chance to teach Adi how to see things from a different perspective.

In Cows Can't Fly we discover that even cows believe they are earth-bound... until a gust of wind brings a young boy's drawing of flying cows to them. So they fly (Go, Cows!) but adults don't notice because they're too busy getting on with their lives.

After reading this book, Adi and I now take the time to look left, right, down, and--don't ever forget--up. Isn't it time you take your and your child's creativity and sense of wonder up to the next level?

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Posted by Manuel [BkRev > Cows Can't Fly]