March 31, 2015

Our New Buddy

Oh yes, you've heard it right!  We just acquired a new pet at home and we named him Alonzo Nicolo. He is a pure breed Golden Retriever and we've purchased him form a dog breeder in our city. We actually saw the ads on FB and since my son's ultimate dream is to own a Golden Retriever, he persuaded me to buy Alonzo, but of course since this dog is a pure breed, it's also quite expensive so what we have done is to chip in (lol).  Hubby, my son and me chip in to complete the amount needed to purchase this Golden Retriever. On the second thought, I think it's also timely for us to own a large breed of dog since our 3 dogs at home are so cute and small, one being a pure breed shih-tzu, the other a cross breed of Shih-tzu and Japanese Spitz and the last one, a native dog but also half breed.  I must admit, we need a dog who's big and strong to watch over the house, as we find it not so safe now a days as we've been hearing some theft issues in the neighborhood. 

  

I guess, my son was right when he mentioned to me before that Golden Retrievers are so warm and pleasant and they love to get attention every time.  My son's love for a Golden Retriever initially started when he was teaching Korea students in an English Academy. The school owner owns a Golden Retriever and this dog usually visits my son's classroom from the back and usually peeps on the window.  


Alonzo is just 3 months old now but he's already big and heavy.  I wonder how would it be when he turns one, maybe he will grow even bigger.  As expected, he's doing all those crazy things at home like all puppies do and I would admit that this sometimes irritates me.  My kids though always remind me that this "playfullness" of Alonzo will soon vanish as he grows older.

Well, I hope that Alonzo will be here to stay as we are beginning to love him despite of his being naughty and playful.

Ohh...dogs are really man's best friend!


March 5, 2015

Mika's 18 Frames

During her recently concluded debut party, me, my son and the celebrant herself came up with an idea on what would be the 18's in her debut program. Obviously, we do like to get away from the traditional way of holding debut parties...you know the kind of parties which require wearing formal attires for the guest and the traditional 18's like 18 roses, 18 candles and 18 treasures.  We just want something different, something special and something unforgettable.   This is the reason why we came up with requiring the guests to wear white slippers and shorts for the boys and white beach dress for the girls.  Even the invitation was made in such a manner that would create excitement among the guests.  Imagine getting one from a pair of white slipper inside the invitation bag? That's definitely cool!

So what we had instead during her debut were 18 dances, 18 frames and 18 keepsakes.

What most of the guests loved is the 18 frames.  I remembered my nephew and his wife commenting that this 18 frames is really cute and nice and very unique too.  They said that they had never attended a debut party with 18 frames before and this is their first time to learn about this concept.  They even asked me to explain the concept behind it.  Actually this is how it goes....

Mika had chosen 18 from her friends who would be assigned on her 18 frames.  They were requested to submit to my son the digital copy of a photo of Mika with them  which they consider very memorable to them (of course, Mika didn't have any idea about the photo).  Then on the day of the party, her friends will bring the framed printed copy of the photograph they have personally chosen to be given to Mika.

On the night of the party, we had shown an introductory video to her 18 frames, after which, each of the friends who brought the framed photograph were asked to come up on stage and say something about the photo, specifically on why they have chosen the photo to be the most memorable for them. 
Thereafter, the framed photo will be handed to Mika and put on display on the stage.

Now Mika will have lots of frames to be hung on her bedroom wall.  Just in time since she just had given her room a make over.

Here are her 18 frames:




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