Mar 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saint Patrick's day is celebrated world wide every year. Wear something or anything green. Eat and drink something green. When I first arrived here in the US, I didn't know anything about St. Patrick's day. I actually got pinch in the ear for not wearing anything green.
St. Patrick uses shamrock to represent the holy trinity (Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit) when he was teaching about the bible. But someone told me if you have 4 clover leaf, it is good luck. And if you drink green beer, you'll get drunk.

Happy St.Patrick's day!

Mar 16, 2018

Alan my little gardener

I missed this place a lot. Love the location and the memories we made there.
This is my son when he was 3 years old. He loves to help and here's one video of him helping me with the plants. Alan my little gardener.

Mar 15, 2018

The most expensive spills - Gold Bars Spills

It happened in Russia in Siberian City, Yakutia. Nimbus Airline AN-12 was carrying 9.3 ton of gold bars, diamonds, and other precious metals that worth around 370 millions.  The plane was taking off when something went wrong and the cargo dropped and spilled gold bars all over the runway. 
The good thing is,  it didn't happen in the neighborhood or somewhere else. It could have been a disaster and very costly.  One gold bar can kill someone or something if being hit. Also, they will have a hard time finding and collecting those bars. It is indeed the most expensive spills in the history so far. 

Gold, silver and precious metal bars on the runway of the airport of Yakutsk, Siberia. A plane dumped more than three tons on the runway of an airport following a problem during take-off. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

Mar 14, 2018


It always seems impossible until it's done -Nelson Mandela

Impossible is just a word. Don't give up, believe in your dreams.

Mar 13, 2018

Fitbit Fitness Goal

My new fitness goal is to have my Fitbit all green or accomplished every day.  It's been a year since I've seen it like this. I'm so happy!
My goal a day:
10 floors climb
5 miles steps
2000 calories burn
45 minutes active

Snow is melting and we are gaining more day light. Love it!

Mar 12, 2018

Making healthy breakfast in less than 5 minutes

This is what I made this morning. My pretty healthy breakfast and it take less than 5 minutes to make it.

2 Eggs
Spinach - handful
Olive oil

I heat a pan while I beat the eggs with fork. I seasoned the eggs then I added the spinach. I put a little olive oil in the pan, add the egg mixture then covered it.  I cooked it for about a minute  each side then that's it. A healthy breakfast in less than 5 minute.

Mar 11, 2018

Carrying heavy loads?

You don't have to carry it all by yourself. God is bigger than our problems.
"Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he shall sustain you." Psalm 55:22
"Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Mar 10, 2018

Spring Time Daylight Saving Time - what does it mean do to you?

Spring forward means losing an hour sleep. Living in Alaska, daylight saving time doesn't do much to me. Yes, we will have an extra daylight at night when we get home from work, but soon really soon, all we going to have is daylight. Lots and lots of daylight!

Having a time change can take few days for our mind and body to adjust. It can disrupt our circadian rhythm or body clock even for just an hour. So why are we still doing the daylight saving time? What does it mean to you?

March 11, 2018 Spring forward
November 04, 2018 Fall back

Mar 9, 2018

Luau Party at Fairbanks Montessori School

Kids had a blast with the Luau Party today at Fairbanks Montessori School. The staff did a great job!
My son was extra excited to go to school this morning. He told everyone he saw that today was Luau Day and  that he get to wear his swim clothes to school.

Mar 8, 2018

22 ways of how we should Live

  1. Live beneath  your means.
  2. Return everything  you borrow.
  3. Stop blaming other people. 
  4. Admit it when you make mistake.
  5. Give clothes not worn to charity.
  6.  Do something nice and try not to get caught.
  7. Listen more - talk less
  8. Every day take 30 minute walk.
  9. Strive for excellence, not perfection.
  10. Be on time and don't make excuses.
  11. Don't argue, get organized .
  12. Be kind to unkind people.
  13. Let someone cut ahead of you in line.
  14. Take time to be alone.
  15. Cultivate good manners.
  16. Be humble
  17. Realize and accept that life isn't fair.
  18. Know when you keep your mouth shut.
  19.  Go an entire day without criticizing  Anyone.
  20. Learn from past. Plan for the future
  21. Live in the present.
  22. Don't sweat the small stuff.. It's all small stuff .
Someone shared this on Facebook. I tried to find out where it originated or who wrote this but couldn't find out. The title was "Simple Formula for Living" 
The only thing and the most important thing that wasn't on the list was - Love your God! 

Mar 7, 2018

Tacoma Narrows Bridge views from below

Tacoma Narrows Bridge connects Kitsap peninsula and Tacoma Washington. The westbound bridge was opened in 1950 and the eastbound in 2007. Total length of the bridge 5400 ft.
The pictures below were taken during our train ride from Seattle to California.

Mar 6, 2018

Alan Tomato Plant

Hello my name is Alan Tomato

Alan came home today with tomato plant from school. Parent or parents brought them in to share  with the class. Alan was so happy. He was excited to find out what kind of tomatoes and what color of fruit it would bear.

Mar 5, 2018

What tickets to buy when visiting Disneyland Park California?

If your budget can or will afford, I strongly suggest to buy 3-day Park Hopper Ticket. There are so much to do in both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. For the first and second day, I suggest to stay in each park then do a hopper on the third day.
Both parks have plenty of activities, shows, rides, etc. and also plenty of long lines. Adding a Disney MaxPass when buying your tickets is WORTH it. It only cost $10 a day per person. MaxPass includes PhotoPass and FASTPass. If you buy 3 day park hopper with Maxpass it will also include the Magic Morning Early Access.

  • Your photos will be taken by Disney Photographer on designated locations. Unlimited!
  • Unlimited downloads of photos to your devices.
  • You can download and share it right away.
  • Your photos will be available on your Disney account for a month. So you will have enough time to download and do whatever you want with it.

  • Allows you to skip a long lines on selected rides, attractions, shows, and character greetings.
  • Check availability of what you want to do because this is not guaranteed on some.
  • You can reserve your spot using the Disney App - It will save you a lot of time.
  • Just having to save time by not waiting in line is AWESOME!

Mar 4, 2018

Prayer of Confession

The Prayer of Confession
Father in heaven, we thank you for the freedom you have given us through life, death and resurrection of your son, Jesus. But we confess today that instead of leaving like sons, we often live like slaves. Instead of receiving your favor as the gift, we try to earn it with our efforts.  Instead of accepting your freedom, we prefer our chains. Instead of pursuing your purposes, we cling to our short-sighted agendas. We have all things yet live with discontentment and envy. Forgive us. Cleanse us. Heal us. We ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

Mar 3, 2018

Natural Gas Boiler

In 2010 my husband changed our heating system from fuel to natural gas. New boiler was installed.
Due to recent several power outages the 8 year old boiler just quit working. Since natural gas is not yet available to a lot of residents in Fairbanks North Star Borough, no stores really carries parts and supplies for the boiler. Nate, the boiler guy, tried to fix it. We waited parts after parts to be shipped here from lower 48 but nothing works.
My husband called our home insurance when our boiler quit working to notify them of the problem. When Nate couldn't get it to work, my husband called our insurance again and went a ahead and filed a claim.
A new boiler was ordered from Anchorage. Funny thing is when they were loading the boiler in the truck, it got smashed. So the truck left without it. Therefore we had to wait for the next delivery, basically the next day. Nothing we can do about it but wait. Another night won't hurt us.
Anyways, I'm so glad and greatful we now have a new Natural Gas Boiler. We have plenty of heat now. I'm glad that Nate from Igloo Heating didn't give up on us. I know he was as much as frustrated as we do. But he was always checking up on us making sure we were alright and nothing froze up in the house.

This is our new natural gas boiler. 

This was the brand of the one that quit working 

Mar 2, 2018

12 days of no house heat

Finally we have heat back in our house. We survived the long 12 cold days specially the other night when the temperature hit -20 ゚F. The space heaters was turned in to high settings but it was just really cold! Our home insurance allowed us to stay in hotel for the last two nights but we choosed to stay home.  Too hustle to go  because of work and school. 
We also didn't have hot water for 12 days! Using our restroom is like going in to outhouse - it could shrink the shit out of you kind of cold. I had to go to the gym to take showers but then I also use the hot tub and/or steam room while I'm there which is great. The rest of them in the house don't want to go with me in the gym. So they took showers Filipino style. Hot water mix in big tub and big cup for scooping.
Anyways, I'm so grateful and thankful for warm home with warm water. 12 days of no house heat was too long.

Not my home, I simply love the sunset

Mar 1, 2018

Fear of speaking in public?

For the first time ever... I did a presentation in front of about 30 supervisors today. Oh heck yes I was So nervous and afraid! My hands were cold, my heart was beating so fast just like I'm doing cardio. My voice changed, and at one time that I almost felt like I'm going to Cray.. all of "what if" came to mind but I did my best to focus on what I need to convey.
Talking to people just before my presentation helps a lot. Having a good note of what I need to cover helped me big time for not going astray. I was worried that I'll go blank, like I do most of the time when I'm talking. I can picture it in my mind but I cant find the words to say it. That has been my problem ever since.
Talking in public wasn't always easy for me. Fear of not being understood is always my constant companion. I have an accent and I'm  still trying to learn English language and my English  vocabulary isn't much. But I know I'll get there someday.
 Anyways, I'm glad I did my presentation well. I actually got kudos for doing a great job. Not bad for doing it for the first time.

My numbered notes

Feb 28, 2018

Done with Jury Duty

 Second year in a row I've been summoned by Alaska Court System in Fairbanks to serve as trial Juror.
I'm glad there's only 28 days in February and it's over. I called the recorded message very night except for weekend. I also missed one night but I called the next morning to make sure my number wasn't selected.
I'm so glad my service number was high that didn't even get the chance to be called to show up for selection. Jury Duty done!

So glad didn't get to use it!

Feb 27, 2018

Do not be anxious

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

Feb 26, 2018

How much weight can Trampoline handles?

Saturday night my son asked me to come to the back windows. He said he want to show me something important. So I went. He pointed and said "you need to shovel the snow off the trampoline mama" I know that it needs to be done soon but I had no idea how bad it was. I asked him to go ahead and do it but he said he's only 5 and he is slow.
Anyway, I went out there after I got home from work today. I shoveled over a thousand pounds of snow and ice off that trampoline. It was so heavy that I worried it will collapsed while I'm on it. I was very careful but it took me about 2 hours to clear it out of snow. I wonder how much weight can this trampoline handle?

Feb 25, 2018

How My Son got me to Chuch today

I went to bed late last night and woke up couple times to check on space heater and house temperature. I was tired and sleepy. So, I've decided I'm gonna sleep in late and not go to church.About 830 am, my 5 year old son woke me up.
Alan: mama wake up, we're going to church today. Mama wake up.
Me: what? Why?
Alan: wake up mama
Me: why?
Alan: we are going to church!
Me: why?
Alan: to learn about Jesus...learn about God!

How can I say no to that? Getting up was hard but I know I have responsibility to this little one so I did the responsible thing.
This was today. My son in the red. 

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