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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ian Benedict Turn's 11

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Today is my nephew Ian Benedict's 11 th Birthday! Since birthdays are such joyous occasion for our family, I always try to make it something memorable for the family member who is having a birthday.

I asked Ian what he wants to do on his big day. He said he wants to just treat his classmates and teachers for lunch.He wants a Ben 10 invitation and no cakes please (he feels he is already a big guy and too old for blowing birthday cakes, but not too old for Ben 10 cartoons haha). So his wishes are my command. Last week I designed his birthday invite which he sent out last Monday.

Because his theme was Ben 10, Ian got so many Ben10 stuff which he was very excited to play with upon coming home!

It is one of the joys of my life to see that I made my nieces and nephews happy!

Monday, September 27, 2010

FaMEALy Values 2008 Article Recalled in Family Dining!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Tonight, we shifted back our Thursday Family Home Evening to the usual Monday evening to join the nation in celebrating FaMEALy Day - a family dining every 4th Monday of September!

As supported through Presidential Proclamation 1895 declaring the commemoration of the Filipino Family Day every 4th Monday of September, Lucky Me! (my fave brand of noodles) launched in 2008, the first National FaMEALy Day - Araw ng Pagkilala na Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga through a photo-essay contest. I submitted my entry, and helped my three sisters-in-law in submitting theirs. Lucky Us! Two of our entries were picked as winners and my article was published in the September issue of the Philippine Star. The contest won for us 8 tickets for a Buffet Meal at HEAT, EDSA Shangrila Hotel for more bonding moments.

I am republishing here the winning essay:

"One of the Ojeda Family traditions is the monthly get - together, usually on the first Saturday or Sunday of each month. This is done either at my parent's house in Bulacan, or at a special restaurant if there's something exciting going on coinciding with the date of the get -together.

I always enjoy and look forward to our monthly family dining experience (even if as the family grows the expense grows too). It is a tradition that I started with the family, because it was during mealtime that I learned important lessons from my parents while growing up. At the dining table, my parents taught me to be curious, to ask questions, to treat people respectfully, to work very hard and to always do my best. They believed that no matter what I chose to do with my life, these skills would help me. They let me know in dozens of little ways that they trusted my decisions, trusted me to stay focused on my goals, and trusted me to lead an upright life.

I also learned to value education. My parents were poor and obliged to work immediately after high school. College was out of the question and an impossible dream. Despite this they desired an education for their children. It is one of the great joys of my life that I did not disappoint my parents. I am a lawyer now for almost ten years, and currently a corporate attorney in a global corporation sole. Because of the values I learned mostly during my dining experience with the family, I graduated valedictorian in law school, cum laude in college and became a recipient of academic and extra-curricular achievements and recognition both in school and at work. As we continue this family dining tradition, I am able to show my parents my gratitude for all their teachings. Also, it provides opporunity for my nephews and nieces to learn and pick up values which will help them too as they grow up".

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Läderach: A New Addition To My List of Men That Gives Me Sweetest Pleasure!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Men. Men who knows exactly what I like. Yummy. Incredibly satisfying. Sweetest pleasure.Yes, I have a list of these men and my list is getting longer,as I welcome a newbie (at least for me)! But before you start thinking scandalous, I am not talking about "men" in general. But the likes of Francois-Luis Cailler,Phillipe Suchard, Rudolf Sprüngli, Aquilino Maestrani, Johann Georg Munz, Rodolphe Lindt, Jean Tobler, Henri Nestlé, Robert and Max Frey, John Cadbury,Beryl's, Ferrero SpA and my new addition. drum roll.... Rudolf Läderach!

I am sure you recognize these men who gave you and me that which we crave for, marvel at, tantalize our taste buds, carry us to new heights, trigger our five senses and give us the sweetest pleasures - chocolates!!!

Yes, I am a big fan of Lindt, Tobleron, Nestle,Cadbury,Ferrero Rocher,Beryl's (from Malaysia) and now Läderach - chocolatier suisse.

As a gift from Switzerland by my client's Swiss fiance, Läderach chocolate has captivated me instantly. Läderach Fresh Chocolates! its name implies, it’s all about freshness. The package contains 30 hand-created sorts - all original,unique and authentic flavors that gave me the umms...and oohs (taste so good!). I indulged and savored (in one sitting) my first ten of deliciously sensuous, delightful, mouthful flavors. I still have twenty pieces to give me that maximum pleasure for at least two days! Can't wait!!

Fresh chocolate simply tastes great!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Learning To Eat Rice With Chopsticks

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

I have checked this task "Learning To Eat Rice With Chopstick" off the book "2001 Things To Do Before You Die".

I learned to use chopsticks from my Korean students, when I taught English as a second language (which btw, is another task I checked as done in the book) to about a hundred Korean students from 1992 - 1998 while I was in college and law school.

Chopsticks (i.e. that pair of slender sticks usually made of wood, or ivory held between the thumb and finger) play an important role in the so-called "rice bowl" cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam where food is usually eaten with chopsticks. Rice is also the staple food in the Philippines but most people here have traditionally eaten rice with their hands or with spoon and fork so the use of chopsticks with rice is not that common.

Wanting to learn a new skill and adopt a new culture, I asked my Korean students to teach me how to use chopsticks.Then, whenever I dine with them at Korean resto, I practice eating with chopsticks. I was awkward in the beginning but now it comes second nature to me. In fact when I visited the "rice bowls" culture of Korea, China, Japan and Vietnam, I always use chopsticks or ask for one if I wasn't provided one.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Learning To Use A Gun, But Never Have To

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Guess, writing about this task in the book "2001 Things To Do Before You Die" is timely after the August 23 hostage-taking incident in Rizal Park that left 8 Hong Kong tourists dead. It is really tragic and can't help me thinking how this little weapon could be so destructive.

I am not so fond of guns, whether for sport or for personal defense, but I know how to use it. Courtesy of my former law student Jonathan Bernardo who owns a private and secluded shooting range in San Ildefonso Bulacan,I was able to do some target shooting. Annually, Jonathan organizes a Fun Target Shooting Invitational and I was able to participate about three times (even winning the first time! call it beginners' luck!). It was great to gain some new skills and kept my mind off law books! haha. Also it was a good experience letting off some steam and feeling much better afterwards. But for the most part, I just enjoyed a relaxing afternoon with friends and students sweating out, followed by a cool drink!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Los Angeles,CA: Time Of My Life!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Yesterday, I have finally completed my US non-immigrant visa application which is now essentially online. Effective May 24, 2010, all non-immigrant visa applicants are required to complete and submit an online visa application form known as the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application. The DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application replaces the current nonimmigrant visa paper application, Forms DS-156/157/158, and other related paper forms.

Wow! I can't believe how time flies! Yes,it has been exactly ten (10) years today since my very first ever US trip. My destination? No other than the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles, California often known by its initials, L.A., and nicknamed the City of Angels.

To reminisce my wonderful visit, I checked my scrapbook and saw the pictures I have taken with the captions taken from the email message of my friend Jeremy Miner who was writing every bit of my experience. He wrote "Mhe-anne is having the time of her life here. I picked her up at the airport on Friday morning and her plane was right on time!".

Jeremy's writings also reminded me of the Top 10 reasons why I love L.A! Here they are:

1. Pink Tree

"Mhe-anne saw a type of tree that she has never seen before. It was pink! Imagine that! A pink tree! To me it is normal because we have lots of them, but to Mhe-anne it was from another world. So I pulled my car on the side of the busy road so she could take a picture of it."

2. Lights at Nighttime

"Mhe-anne was really impressed with the lights at night time.The city lights were very pretty to her and she was amazed to see L.A at night!"

3. Paramount Studios

"Mhe-anne really enjoyed Paramount Studios and I showed her many places where they make movies".

4. Wide Roads and Freeways

"She also is amazed at the roads here. They are so wide and the freeways are so fast.We drive at about 130kph on the freeway.And even when there is traffic the cars move, but slowly."

5. Trash-Free Streets

"Another thing that Mhe-nne noticed was that there is not very much trash on the streets here. But it depends on the city,some cities have more trash and graffiti but Glendale is very clean and has lots of trees andvery little basura."

6. Beautiful Los Angeles Temple

"We stopped by the Los Angeles Temple. The temple was beautiful on a wonderful, clear day."

7. Ralphs Grocery Store

"Mhe-anne loved the grocery store. The aisles are wide, the ceilings are high and there are lot of different foods. Mhe-anne said if she ever moves to America it will be because of the supermarkets. You should see how many different kinds of tomatoes we have and they are huge! and so the onions and potatoes."

8.Disneyland the Happiest Place on Earth

"On Saturday we woke up early and went to Disneyland, the happiest place on earth!".

I have a full entry about the visit on this blog.

In addition, it was in Disneyland I accomplished the task "Wear a virtual reality helmet", one of the task in the book "2001 Things To Do Before You Die". I had a one-of-a-kind gaming experience in virtual reality and 3D encounter when I watched "Honey I Shrunk the Audience".The movie was presented in 3D by using polarized glasses and projectors. The entire audience is on a platform that moves up to four inches high during the presentation to simulate the theater moving and the floor shaking (when Adam Szalinski picks up the theater).

9. Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles

I lost Jeremy's write up about our visit to Hollywood. I remember that we went as close to the marker so that I could get a really good picture of it.
I also enjoyed the many types of attractions within easy driving distance. We strolled along Hollywood Boulevard, inspecting marble stars inlaid into the sidewalks, and taking a peek at the Hollywood Wax Museum and Rippley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium.

10. Glitz and Glamour of Being the First!

Aside from the glitz and glamour L.A is known for, the City of Angels will always be special to me as the US state where I had the time of my life!

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