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Monday, March 5, 2012

When a Mom Works

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I've been seeing this story everywhere on the net and this never fails to bring tears to my eyes.   Many have claimed to be the author of this story and knowing how easy things on the net can be plagiarized, I don't really know now who actually wrote this.  One thing's for sure though, the writer must somehow understand how hard it is to be a mom, and more ,a working mom at that.

So allow me to share this with you, in case you haven't read this.  Maybe, this could be one thing you might need to read and somehow touch your life.

"A woman came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find her 5-year old son waiting for her at the door.

SON: 'Mummy, may I ask you a question?'

MUM: 'Yeah sure, what is it?' replied the mother.

SON: 'Mummy, how much do you make an hour?'

MUM: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the mother said angrily.

SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'

MUM: 'If you must know, I make $20 an hour.'

SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: "Mummy, may I please borrow $5?"

The mother was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.'

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door...

The mother sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the mother had calmed down, and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $5 and he really didn't ask for money very often.The mother went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

'Are you asleep, son?' She asked.

'No Mummy, I'm awake,' replied the boy.

'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,' she said. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $5 you asked for.'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you Mummy!' he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The mother saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his mother.

'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the mother grumbled.

'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.

'Mummy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.'

The mother was crushed. She put her arms around her little son, and she begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $20 worth of your time with someone you love ♥"

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Congratulations New Lawyers!

Congratulations new lawyers!!! You might think you only have to spend on the blow-out feasts that you will be holding for all those who prayed for you, but wait, there's more (enter sound from TV-commercials)! You have to pay some more!

So here are a few reminders that I just copied  from the Supreme Court website:

The Supreme Court’s Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) has issued some important reminders for the oath-taking of the 2011 Bar Examinations passers to be held at the Plenary Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on March 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Before the oath-taking, successful 2011 Bar candidates are reminded to secure a clearance from the OBC, and to bring two valid identification cards.

Such clearance is required to be presented to the Cashier of the SC for the payment of the Bar admission fee amounting to Php3,000 and a certification fee of Php100.00, totaling Php3,100. This clearance is also required to be presented to the representative of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), who is stationed at the OBC, for the payment of the IBP annual membership dues of Php1,000 and the building fund fee of Php200.00, totaling Php1,200. Thus, a Bar Exam passer would need to pay a total of Php4,300 before the oath-taking ceremonies.

However, if the Bar Exam passer opts for a lifetime membership to the IBP, a payment of Php13,500 is required in addition to the Bar admission fee and certification fee amounting to Php3,100. 

Wow, the price one has to pay before taking the lawyer's oath and signing the roll of attorneys.   Hmmm... No wonder attorneys fees are high.

For the full reminders, please check out the SC's  website.

For those who didn't make it this year, don't worry, in God's time, you too, will become lawyers.

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My family and I attended the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio last weekend.  It is our first time to attend that, it's my baby's first time to go to Baguio, and it's my own family's first time to go on a long trip without my extended family.

Since it was a spur-of-the-moment thing and my hubby and kid only followed since I was already there earlier, I texted him and reminded him of the things to bring with him when they travel.

Here's part of my list:
For bebe:
1. clothes for bebe (3 pairs and 3 extra)
2. 3 pairs of socks, undies, insect repellant, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste
3. jacket
4. dedepots (his milk bottle and of course, his Lactum!)
5. snacks for the 8-hour trip
6. 1 book, 1 toy robot
7. hat
8. sunblock
9. water (for bebe's dedepots)

He brought only 3 pairs of clothes, 2 socks, nos. 3, 4, 5 and 9.  My baby had no slippers when they got there. When asked why he didn't bring slippers, he blamed me for not including it in his list. So there, it's all my fault.

But despite what "I forgot to list down so he forgot to bring", we all enjoyed the festival.  It's my baby's first time to go to Baguio and I saw in his eyes that he enjoyed our simple (and very thrifty) trip.

biking at Burnham Park
he loves his horse!
At Tam-awan, after the cultural presentation
Browsing through these pictures, I can't help but realize that no matter how many material possessions one may forget, it is all up to us to have a good time.  With my family with me, who cares about the lack of change of clothes?