31 January 2010


How to be a Good Mother

Step 1

If you are married, let your children witness that you sincerely love and respect their father; your husband. This will teach your children to know that love and respect should be in a home and it also prepares them to be loving and affectionate to their mate when they get married later in life.
Step 2
Make the effort to set aside quality time with your children every week whereas you can sit and talk with them and learn from and about each other.
Step 3
Be a positive and moral role model and example that your children can look up to, appreciate and honor.
Step 4
Be a parent not a buddy/friend to your children. Of course, you are a friend to them, but ultimately you are their parent. Children need moral and ethical guidance and instruction from their parents. They don't need to figure it out alone. This results in disaster.
Step 5
Listen to your children, but listen effectively with caring ears so that you will be able to give quality advice and help them in negative circumstances.
Step 6
Encourage your children when they are doing well. Often as parents we see the negative; therefore, we must also make sure to praise them when they do well.
Step 7
Teach your children to have manners and to be respectful citizens and to treat people as they desire to be treated and respected daily.
Step 8
Teach your children to be caring and to be helpers of others.
Step 9
Teach your children to know that not everyone is trustworthy. Although, you are teaching them to be trustworthy people, they need to know, however, that not everyone can be trusted.
Step 10
Teach your children not to be arrogant, but confident in life in order to accomplish their goals.
Step 11
Teach your children the meaning of true friendship.
Step 12
Teach your children to be an honest person and to walk in integrity in their daily lives because what goes around comes around. We reap what we sow. Therefore, it's important to practice to sow good seeds and deeds.
Step 13
If you are a person who believes in God, certainly teach your children the word of God and to obey God.
Step 14
Teach your children to respect their elders. When they get older they will certainly expect children to honor and respect them as their elder.

29 January 2010

Well, London is... this.

This photo matches my idea of London: the similar buildings in a row, not very high, the colour, the flowers, the rests of a rainy night on the road, the black taxis, the grey sky. My idea and this photo match perfectly.This photo was taken from the balcony of the hotel.

25 January 2010

London is great:Big Ben

Its real name is St Stephen's Tower, but everybody knows this impressive tower as Big Ben. Ben is a nickname for Benjamin. It seems that there were two men named Benjamin then. They were both good and "big" and the tower was named after one of them, to pay a tribute to his kindness.
Tall people are usually kind. Big Ben is also kind. Every year it says hello to the New Year to all the people that gathers nearby.

24 January 2010

London is great: Hyde Park

"There’s a good chance you’ll forget you are right in the centre of London."

The Top 10 Qualities Of A Good Teacher

1. Confidence

2. Patience

3. True compassion for their students

4. Understanding

5. The ability to look at life in a different way and to explain a topic in a different way
6. Dedication to excellence

7. Unwavering support

8. Willingness to help student achieve

9. Pride in student’s accomplishments

10. Passion for life

Do you agree? : )

21 January 2010


Meet me here, tomorrow night!

20 January 2010

Have a nice trip...Ant Mada


Listen to me;
I'll listen to you.
I can see
Beauty in you.

Don't be afraid.
Don't run into the shade.
Come out and face the Sun.
The future is waiting
For you.

Don't say, my dear,
That there's nothing for you here;
Life shouldn't be some
Unrelenting menagerie.

They put thoughts in your head;
Words in your mouth.
They advise you on how to think,
And in time it all goes south

And tumbles into the sea.
This is what might be.
They say: 'This is what will be
If your eyes fail to see.

'Don't say, my dear,
That here's nothing for you here;
Life shouldn't be some
Unrelenting menagerie.

18 January 2010

Still I rise

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
Maya Angelou
I swear: I'll rise!

9 January 2010

Betty as sex symbol

Betty Boop is known as the first and one of the most famous sex symbols on the animated screen; she was a symbol of the Depression era, a reminder of the more carefree days of Jazz Age flappers. Her popularity was drawn largely from adult audiences, and the cartoons, while seemingly surrealistic, contained many sexual/psychological elements, particularly in the "Talkartoon", Minnie the Moocher, featuring Cab Calloway and his orchestra. Minnie the Moocher is perhaps the one cartoon that defined Betty's character as a teenager of a modern era at odds with the old world ways of her parents.
Betty is at odds with her parents and opts to run away from home, only to get lost in a haunted cave with her boyfriend Bimbo. A ghostly walrus (rotoscoped from live-action footage of Calloway), sings Calloway's famous song "Minnie the Moocher", accompanied by several other ghosts and skeletons. This haunting performance sends the frightened Betty and Bimbo back to the safety of "home, sweet home". "Minnie the Moocher" was a huge success on two levels. It was a tremedous promotion for Calloway's subsequent stage appearances, and also established "Betty Boop" as a cartoon star.

Betty Boop is important to animation history for being the first cartoon character to fully represent a sexualized woman. Other female cartoon characters of the same period, such as Minnie Mouse, displayed their underwear or bloomers regularly, suggesting children or comical characters, not fully defined in a woman's form. Many other cartoon "girls" were merely clones of their male co-stars, with alterations in costume with the addition of eyelashes and a female voice. Betty Boop wore short dresses, high heels, and a garter belt. Her breasts were suggested with a low, contoured bodice that showed cleavage. (In Any Rags she looks out the window and her dress momentarily falls down revealing her cleavage.) In her cartoons, male characters tried to sneak peeks at her while she's changing, or simply walking along minding her own business. There was, however, a certain girlish quality to the character. She was drawn with a head bigger than normal for an adult, but normal for a baby. This suggested the combination of girlishness and maturity many people saw in the "flapper" type which Betty Boop was supposed to represent. While compromises on Betty's virtue were always a challenge, the animators kept her "pure" and girl-like, on screen, anyway.

To my daughter

that loves Betty Boop!

6 January 2010


It's Ant Mada's birthday!

Birthday Appreciation

Each year your birthday reminds me
That I really want to say
I’m very glad I know you;
I think of you each day.

I hope you enjoy your birthday,
All the pleasures it has in store,
And because I appreciate you,
I hope you have many more!

by Joanna Fuchs

The day of the kings

January 6th is a special day in many countries and cultures--and is celebrated with various traditions all over the world.

The Christian holiday known as The Epiphany is celebrated each year on January 6th. The holiday is a feast that began to commemorate the introduction of Jesus in human form—the specific date of January 6th was first mentioned in 361.

Eastern Christians believe that The Epiphany was the day Christ was baptized in the Jordan River, while Western Christians believe the day commemorates the day the Magi (also known as the Three Kings and Three Wiseman) visited the baby Jesus Christ bringing gifts.

Many countries celebrate January 6th as Three King’s Day, celebrating the day Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthazar visited Jesus as a child bringing gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

In Spain, the Philippines, and certain parts of Latin America, El Día de los Reyes (The Day of the Kings) is celebrated with children leaving shoes out overnight to collect gifts from the Kings and sweets, drink, and hay as a gift for the Kings and their camels. A special cake known as Rosca de Reyes is made with a small doll of Jesus baked inside—depending on the country, the finder of the doll must pay for the cake, host a party later in the year, or simply serves as king for the day.
In the Netherlands and Belgium, the day is known as Drie koningen (Three King’s Day). Three children dress in costume to represent the three kings and visit houses singing songs, receiving sweets or coins from each door. German children also visit houses singing songs dressed as the three kings, but leave behind the initials of the three kings above the door frames to bless the family for the new year.

3 January 2010

Celtic New Year

Celt is a community of people in European countries speaking Celtic languages (mainly Indo-Europeans languages). These people celebrated various festivals and the most important amongst them was Samhain, the Celtic New Year. 'Samhian' is the word for November in the Irish language. November 1 is the Celtic feast of Samhain. This Celtic New Year is named after Sama - the Aryan God of Dead. Samhain in Gaelic (Scottish language) means "summer's end". Samhain begins with An Geamhradh (the beginning of the dark winter) and ends with Am Foghar (the Celtic harvest). Some other names are also associated with the Celtic New Year:
The Third Harvest
All Hollows Eve
The Day of the Dead
And the famous Halloweens Day.
History of Celtic New Year
According to the Celtic mythology, Samhain or Celtic New Year was a gap in time. During this gap period, 'Our World' and 'Otherworld' came together and thought that the dead could return to warm themselves at the places they lived.
Celtic New Year Rituals
The Celtic New Year has an important feature of 'divination of events'. They use hazel nuts and symbols of wisdom for fortune telling. There were also some other Samhain traditions which referred to the Celtic Emhain Abhlach (Paradise of Apples) where the dead ate the scared fruit and became immortal. Celts practice many rituals for their ancestors at this time. They put food and drinks for the dead and let their house doors opened to give the dead a free passage to enter their house. But all the spirits from the Otherworld were not good. To stop the evil spirits, villagers carved images of spirit guardians onto turnips and kept these 'jack o'lanterns' in front of their doors.

2 January 2010

Handsel Monday

Handsel Monday is the first Monday of the year, particularly as used to be celebrated in Scotland and northern England. Among the rural population of Scotland, Auld Hansel Monday, is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday after the 12th of January.
The "handsel" refers to small tips and gifts of money that it was customary to give at the beginning of the first working week of a new year. In this respect it is somewhat similar to Boxing Day. If the handsel was a physical object rather than money, tradition said that the object could not be sharp, or it would "cut" the relationship between the giver and the recipient.