happy new year!

12/31/06 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Family, Personal, Photos, Videos | 1 Comment

Happy New Year, everyone!

We’re just hours away from saying goodbye to 2006. Here’s hoping that 2007 will be a better year for all of us.

Here’s a photo of Sam with Elmo when he and Zoe made an appearance at Toys “R” Us.

And here’s a video clip of Sam stalking Elmo when he and Zoe entered the store while we happened to be shopping, moments before the actual “photo op,” heh.

By the way, since I upgraded my old YouTube page to a Director account for hackenslash TV, I’ve created a new channel for my personal videos, which as you might expect will mostly star my five-year-old daughter Sam.


we’re breaking free

12/30/06 at 11:46 am | Posted in Family, Personal, Photos | Leave a comment

It’s been months now, but Sam sure still loves “High School Musical.”

In fact, she can’t wait to see “High School Musical 2,” which is supposed to come out in summer 2007.

As you can imagine, she loves Troy (Zac Effron). Funny thing, though, sometimes she mispronounces “Gabriella” (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) as “Grabby Ella,” hehe. I think I want to create a character named Grabby Ella.

proud dad alert

09/13/06 at 11:56 am | Posted in Family, Personal | 2 Comments

Proud Dad Alert: The results of Sam’s first exams are in (she’s turning five in December and is a St. Paul Pasig Kinder 1 student — they call the exams for Kinder 1 the Paper Games, go figure), and guess what? She got a perfect score in all her tests!

Ellen and I are so proud of Sam!

Funny thing, I think she might become a scientist when she grows up, though usually she’ll say she wants to be a doctor — or a fashion model, depending on her mood. I’ve always loved science, and it’s always a thrill when I see her perform experiments or hear her talk about them.

The other night, she told me she was going to perform an experiment to create “futer matter” (fewter matter? Don’t ask me for the spelling, she was the one of who came up with the name).

“I’m going to make an experiment and make futer matter. You take insects, then you put them in a bottle. Then you take perfume. Then you add salt. Then you have a battery. You can make the insect a battery. It’s an Internet battery.”

She said the battery would be a circle, obviously referring to the small button cell batteries in some of her toys.

I asked her if she saw this futer matter experiment on TV or something, but she said, “No, I made it up.” Then she went on to gleefully describe how you can take broken pieces of stuff like glass, and pieces of insects like dead cockroaches (yuck, hehe) and make batteries out of them. Then she said something about making the batteries in America and Malaysia.

Good Lord, maybe she’s found the answer to the energy crisis.

Then, last night, she amused me with her usual game of pretending she’s working in an office. She would say stuff like, “Did you get my e-mail?” and pretend to answer calls on her toy cell phone, while turning her study table into an office desk.

I was teasing her, and pretended to be someone from a fastfood outlet calling her up.

Me: (makes ringing sound)

Sam: Hello? Who’s this? I’m in my office.

Me: This is Mr. Noodle.

Sam: Oh, hi, Mr. Noodle.

Me: So you ordered siopao for delivery? (I just finished reading her this children’s book on siopao that don’t want poor, grimy kids to eat them, go figure.)

Sam: No.

Me: But somebody called me up and asked me to deliver siopao.

Sam: I didn’t call. We have food here. We have lots of food, sorry.

Me: You don’t want siopao?

Sam: No sorry, we have food here. Sorry, wrong number. Bye!

Then I called her up again, pretending to be someone else.

Me: (makes ringing sound)

Sam: Hello? This is Sam.

Me: Hello, I wanted to ask when you’re delivering my siopao.

Sam: Oh, sorry, I don’t want siopao.

Me: No, no. I want siopao. I asked you to deliver it 20 minutes ago. Aren’t you Mr. Noodle?

Sam: No, I’m not Mr. Noodle. This is an office. The other office is a restaurant.

Me: But what about my siopao?

Sam: Sorry, wrong number. Bye.

Then I tried calling again, making a ringing sound. Sam kept pretending to write something. I kept making the ringing sound.

Without turning her head or stopping what she was doing, she said, “Missed call.”

sam’s bulaklakan dance video

09/4/06 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Family, Personal, Videos | 5 Comments

ellen and sam

08/31/06 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Family, Personal, Photos | Leave a comment


08/31/06 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Family, Personal, Photos | Leave a comment

Sam and her classmates performing the traditional Filipino dance known as bulaklakan.

waiting game

08/31/06 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Family, Personal, Photos | Leave a comment

Sam and her Kinder-1 classmates waiting for their turn to perform on stage.

sam in baro’t saya

08/31/06 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Family, Personal, Photos | Leave a comment

Sam was in a baro’t saya this morning for their school program —¬†one of the activities that marked this whole Buwan ng Wika.

i love you, b

07/14/06 at 9:55 am | Posted in Family, Personal | Leave a comment

I love you, Ellen.

That’s all I wanted to say. Thanks for six years of being my wife and 11 years of being my best friend.

Whatever happens, I just want you to know that.

so, we meet again, bear

06/19/06 at 6:04 pm | Posted in Family, Photos | 1 Comment

This bear is such a hit with Sam — she never gets tired of posing like this whenever we pass by that store.

Compare this with the shot from October last year, which is when she started becoming fascinated with that bear.

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