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    Monday, November 28, 2005
    our first family movie date
    for the first time since Franco was born (which is exactly 2 years, 1 month, 3 weeks and 6 days ago) all three of us went into a cinema and actually watched a movie. We chose Tuesday because it's the half-priced-movie-tickets-day in the cinema we're going to. we watched Prime, starring Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep and that young cute guy i didn't get the name of. it's actually not your typical "family" movie... it's an adult one, but since the show will start at 7pm, we went ahead thinking that the little boy will eventually fall asleep during the moview... and he did... after about 45 minutes of the movie. it's a really nice movie, very realistic, still a feel-good one (even if they didn't end up together in the end.... ooopss! spoiler! :p) what stuck to me were the words merryl streep said, "love, learn and then move on..." come to think of it... that's quite right! it's a movie i'd recommend watching, it's heart warming.

    in that moviehouse, there was this "crying room" where the area is enclosed in glass walls, accomodates about 8 seats, i think and has a nappy change area! really nice! :) now, this gives us no more excuses for new movies, it's really a bright idea! the cinema is very new, just opened middle of this year, the seats are very comfy. we will definitely do it again!

    We've already booked for Harry Potter on December 3! and we're watching it in the cinelounge portion.. you know, those "date" type seats complete with tables in between, wine delivered to your table and that business class seat. best part is we got the tickets for free! i never experienced watching a movie in the lounge-type section, now's the first! i sure hope our little boy will enjoy the movie and seat throughout the show, or just sleep through it, maybe? :)
    Monday, November 21, 2005
    heart rate: 165
    just had my 12th week o.b. visit this afternoon, it was a bit scary when it took a while before dr. g got to pick-up our baby's heartbeat. francis saw i was getting nervous when i thought it was already taking a while for the heartbeat to be heard. kuya franco was on my bedside and holding my hand... so cute!

    finally, after what felt like 10 minutes of searching, we heard the heartbeats... 165/m, even got up to 172!

    here's what they say say about a baby's gender being predicted by the heart rate:

    "The myth says that if your baby's heartrate is under 140 beats per minute - you are having a boy. If it is over 140 beats per minute - you are having a girl.
    This belief is based on the fact that women usually have higher metabolic rates than men and, therefore, have a slightly higher pulse rate."

    ...well, we can only wait :)

    we're still undecided if we'll go public or private, since we'll most likely (but not entirely sure) to be on the move again, we're taking considerations about the costs. i've already asked for a referral letter from the gp to go public (which took me over an hour's wait! grrr!) so it's all our call now. hope we decide the best thing.

    we're praying the rest of the pregnancy will be smooth, and our little angel healthy!
    Saturday, November 19, 2005
    i've just added a photos section in my sidebar. it's not that updated, but i wanted to have it here so i everything here. if you have the time, feel free to browse :)

    Monday, November 14, 2005

    I was tagged by Jody (who was tagged by Leah, who was tagged by someone else :).

    I didn't know what to write down, as well but I've observed it's just random facts that you want to share :)

    Here goes...

    Twenty things about me:

    1. I’m now going 3 years married to my crush :)

    2. I'm a mom to the sweetest, very adorable and very active 2-yr old Franco.

    3. I’m now 11 weeks preggy to our second baby.

    4. I love bargains and bargain hunting. I am very proud when I get something great at bargain price! :)

    5. I’m beginning to love to cook.

    6. I love to travel, wish I can do it more often! :)

    7. I miss Christmas in the Philippines.

    8. I don’t exercise, it's been years now since the last!

    9. I’m more of an email/letter person, not much of a caller.

    10. I miss Manila, my family and all my friends in Manila, I love them and I am grateful for having them.

    11. Hubby doesn’t like Halloween parties, he’d rather call it a costume party.

    12. I want a costume party!

    13. I have a driver’s license for about 7 years now, but driven for probably just a total of 1 month in that span of time, if i put them all together. :)

    14. I sometimes wish I to be a SAHM or just have a part-time job.

    15. I easily get sun-burned.

    16. I am emotionally sensitive at times, which gets me in trouble.

    17. I am tactless at times, which gets me in trouble, too!

    18. There’s a big chance we will be moving again next year! :)

    19. It’s only now that I realized that my blog title is mis-spelled, it should read “sneak peek” not “sneak peak”, realized this when a TVC was running last night! I've changed it now! :-p

    20. I enjoy blogging, too!

    I’m tagging Ralline, Mich, Jlo
    Friday, November 4, 2005
    aussie facts
    the following is really funny! i'm not just sure if the intro is true! :) enjoy reading! i sure did! :)

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    The questions below about Australia, are from potential visitors. They were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a sense of humour.

    Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV, how do the plants grow? (UK).
    A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

    Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
    A: Depends how much you've been drinking.

    Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney - can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
    A: Sure, it's only three thousand miles, take lots of water.

    Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Australia? (Sweden)
    A: So it's true what they say about Swedes.

    Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia? Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Hervey Bay? (UK)
    A: What did your last slave die of?

    Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia?
    A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Aus-tra-lia is that big island in the middle of the Pacific which does not... oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross. Come naked.

    Q: Which direction is North in Australia? (USA)
    A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.

    Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia? (UK)
    A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

    Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)
    A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

    Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia? ( UK)
    A: You are a British politician, right?

    Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? (Germany)
    A: No, we are a peaceful civilisation of vegan hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.

    Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
    A: Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where YOU come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets.

    Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Australia, but I forget its name. It's a kind of bear and lives in trees. (USA)
    A: It's called a Drop Bear. They are so called because they drop out of Gum trees and eat the brains of anyone walking underneath them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.

    Q: Do you have perfume in Australia? (France)
    A: No, WE don't stink.

    Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia? (USA)
    A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.

    Q: Can you tell me the regions in Tasmania where the female population is smaller than the male population? (Italy)
    A: Yes, gay nightclubs.

    Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? (France)
    A: Only at Christmas.

    Q: I was in Australia in 1969 on R+R, and I want to contact the girl I dated while I was staying in Kings Cross. Can you help? (USA)
    A: Yes, and you will still have to pay her by the hour.

    Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
    A: Yes, but you'll have to learn it first
    Wednesday, November 2, 2005
    shop now, save later! :p
    have you ever been in a shopping-for-not-so-cheap things mode? well, we have... this past two weeks. not really for so many things, but with major items (per our standards :). one is our new dslr, next is the compact digital, another is a new dining set, a microwave and now we're even contemplating on a new lounge set.

    well, so far, what we've bought are the dslr and the compact digital. we were even tempted to buy a new mini dv video cam because we left the power cord back in the philippines last august. good thing i got the contact details of the supplier here, at least it will cost us just 10% of the mini dv. :)

    i'll be receiving my new compact digital camera tomorrow! it's a canon a620. we haven't tested the dslr yet, coz we haven't bought a compact flash card yet. so we'll play with this new one tomorrow! still very excited even thought it means that we haven't had much savings this month! oh, well! :)