Sunday, November 30, 2008

Its FUN to be a Teacher

Recently I began teaching English at a local Korean elementary school. It is part of the U.S. Navy's Community Relations Program which is sponsored by the base chapel. I volunteer my time so that I can help the kids, let them get familiar with American style English speaking, and because I want to get involved in the community. I didn't replace the existing teacher, I just show up once a week as a guest to their class. The kids are great and the teacher is really nice. I didn't realize teaching could be this much fun. The classroom is set up pretty much the same way that it is in the U.S. but these kids work on English from the time they are very small and up through college. The teacher warned me that the kids can be a bit wild at I provoke the wildness and try to get them into our session. The kids are very respectful and most approach me at the end of class and thank me for being there.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Ribbit Ribbit

The climate here is changing drastically and most of the wild animals are seeking for a shelter. Just like this little froggy that climbed our wall the other night. We find it weird that he's on a dry land because usually, frogs just stay where there's pond or place with water.
My interpretation for this scene is, maybe something good will happen since the frog is climbing.. What do you think? Share your opinion please?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

T'was a Success

Thank God, we managed to pull it through last night. We had a great time celebrating the thanksgiving day with our korean friends. The turkey and ham was sold out lol... One thing I noticed though, they aren't fond of eating mashed potatoes hehehe... Have a great weekend everyone...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Busy Beaver

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I bravely voluntered to cook for our thanksgiving feast hehehe. This will be my first time to cook turkey, so let's wait and see the result. Wish me luck my friends. Well, so far so good... I am done with most of the stuff, now I am baking the gobbler neck - turkey. Hope it cooks well hehehe..

But anyhow, here's my little chef helping us with the preparation.

Our daughter... so busy mixing the ricotta mixture for the lasagna, she love doing it so Mom always let her do it..

Here she is putting parmesan cheese on top of the layers of lasagna...
Wifey took a pic of me offguard oiling down the birdie.

Here's the stuffed turkey. Now, its inside the oven baking.....

Enjoy the Holiday everyone!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fall Color

On the way home from work today, I saw this gorgeous trees. its color make you wanna smile, because its radiant and just beautiful in the eyes. So I took a picture and showed it to my wife. She said, well you can share that beautiful colors to your readers, so I thought, why not... What do you think?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Because HE Lives

I love the theme this Sunday that says:
I can face tomorrow,

Because HE Lives

All fear is gone;

because I know

HE holds the future
And life is worth the living
just because HE lives.
You can find this reading at JOB 19:25 NIV
"I know that my Redeemer Lives"

We started our Sunday by attending mass this morning. My wife was in the mood for photo taking again so we have these:

Since wifey went to work, me and my precious ones just kinda hang around the house.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Snowy Memories

It is getting so cold here in our location and it make me think of the fun we had last year in the snow. I don't like driving on an icy road but somehow I miss the fun with my kids and family. Its always a good time when you are with your family, no matter how hard life is, you still manage to get through because you have them!

Here's Rose and Rylie in front of our house

Rylie at the back of our house (back porch)

This one is taken beside our house... She love playing in the snow.

This one was taken last year also...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Their FIRSTs

Man, how time flies so fast. It's like me and my wife Rose, just got married and here we are now with two beautiful kids running around and making our world exciting everyday. I am so thankful to God that He gave me a woman of my dreams and two bundles of joy. I want to share our children's firsts with things....

This was our children's first Easter celebration in Korea.. (2008)

.................Rylie's 1st birthday...(July 2006)
.................EJ's 1st birthday (January 2008)
.....................their first Independence Day in Korea... (July 2008)
................EJ's 1st haircut experience (February 2008)
.....................their first hiking experience (May 2008).. Mt. Jiri - Korea
Their first one year facial expressions...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

High 5 for Fitness

Being fit isn't a problem, you just have to discipline yourself in eating good, sleeping well and do regular exercise. Here are 5 ways you could do to lengthen the span of your life. Be sure to consult your doctor first before before making major changes in your exercise level.

  1. TARGET 30-60 MINUTES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MOST DAYS. The more you exercise, the more the benefits. The best part is, you can meet this level of activity with several shot segments each day.

  2. RAISE YOUR HEART RATE. Fit in aerobics to strengthen your cardiovascular system. Brisk walking, swimming or cycling gets your heart pumping, and ca burn about 150 calories for a half hours effort.

  3. THINK "PHYSICAL" ALL DAY LONG. Add activities that work your muscles and burn extra calories. Look for Possibilities. Clean up the yard, walk to lunch or walk while you talk on the phone. Blend your exercise to your life so enjoy it.

  4. STRETCH IT OUT. Daily stretching, yoga and pilates can add lifelong flexibility and protection from muscle strain and injuries. Stretching also feels good and eases everyday achiness.

  5. MUSCLE UP SOME MIGHT. Add strength training work outs, such as weight lifting or calisthenics, 2-3 times a week. More strength means you can do more.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gone In 60 Seconds

I see my interest in cars with my kids, especially with my son. My sister, back in the States, sent them a bunch of toy cars and EJ always keeps them beside him, even in bed. Here are some of his collections:

Even on Halloween, during trick-or-treating, my son carried his two largest toys with him the entire time. I felt bad for his little arms but he stayed strong and wouldn't let go for no reason whatsoever. Some kids have to carry their trusty security blanket but his passion is cars, so I go along with his obsession. Looks like him and I will be building a hot rod when he gets old enough to drive. He is still a long way from being GONE IN 60 SECONDS.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Happy Veteran's Day. The image I've posted here is the Leyte Memorial of Douglas MacArthur's famous beach landing.

My father served with MacArthur during WWII and has always told me of the many sacrifices made by the young men and women of that war. His time spent in the Philippines, Guam, Saipan, Okinawa and many others have left a lasting impression in my soul and have shaped me into the man I am today.

The Philippines and Guam have always shown great pride in the accomplishments made through their teamwork with the U. S. Forces that liberated them from Japanese rule. A fair trade, many lives lost for freedom from tyranny. We should remember this always, but especially on this day, give thanks in your own way and offer a moment of silence for the young men that gave everything they had, without regard for self to ensure we would have the lives we have today.

There is so much to be said for freedom. Without it, you have nothing. You are a mere animal without your own direction. For those that have served throughout the history of our great nation to defend our freedom and police the world for other nations that are unable to do so, I salute you. Our nation's debt to you is far greater than any national debt that seems to be the focus of so many these days.

For the MIA/POWs, wherever you are, you are missed, you are remembered....God's speed.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


My wife Rose took a picture of our daughter the other day when she was laying in our bed.

It's nice to be a kid, you never worry of anything. It's like everything is perfect, no corruption, no pollution, no financial crisis, nothing to be stressed about. Wouldn't it be nice if we are like that too? As we become older we worry about everything.... our kids future, the economy, the war, politics, etc. and etc.. If we could be just be like children, everything will be alright.

Everyday will be as happy as this.. What do you think?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Name's Meaning

What John Means

You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.

You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.

You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.

You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.

At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


As you may all know, me and Rose attended a ball on the 25th last month. It turned out well, although wifey cannot enjoy it as much as she'd like too because of the kids. But anyhow we took a lot of pictures of us. We also snapped some on the memorabillia that they gave us. Each of us got a coin as a souvernier which has the theme for the occasion that says ...Past, Present & Future. It was the 233rd US Navy Birthday Ball. Here's the coins:

I also like the ice sculpture of the sailor that they made.
Here's my and wifey goofing around lol..

My friends and I..

Me and my sweet Rose..

reception area...

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