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Wat da Wat

Wat da Wat
Through mini-story, letters and ramblings, my blog aims to convey my thoughts, reflections, and wisdom on parenting, relationship, and other things like politcs and sports.
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2008-05-07 17:28:00
Perhaps one of the most important lessons we give our children is to have proper manners. This is especially difficult because when teaching manners to children, it’s not enough just to say it, we also have to model it, and this is where the challenge lies. While many situations give us clear guidelines on what†are proper ...
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Car Talk
2008-05-06 18:42:00
photo by duncans I have a†two and a half hour commute to and from work. During this seemingly unproductive time, I occupy myself with telling jokes with Smiley Face, listening to NPR, and†watching people.†Yes, I people watch on my rear view and side view mirrors. It’s amazing what people do when they are in their cars. Some ...
More About: Parenting , Talk
Car: The American Spirit
2008-05-05 20:33:00
There were two milestones in the family this weekend and both have something to do with cars, the All-American symbol of independence and spirit. The first milestone involves my wife and the second milestone involves the prodigal son. Let me talk about the first milestone since I am somewhat involved. My wife’s company purchased a car ...
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On Choices: A Father?s Advice To His Children
2008-05-02 18:32:00
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† And be one traveler…†The Road Not taken Robert Frost There have been many times when I had to make difficult choices. And I made my share of right and wrong decisions. My hope is that my children will never have to make the ...
More About: Advice , Children , Father , Choices
Three Random Things
2008-05-01 16:19:00
Vered at MomGrind tagged me for three random things meme. I’m glad because it gives me a reprieve from yesterday’s emotionally laden posts. So here are Three Random Things about me. 1. I’m†a karaoke junkie. 2. I turned down a tennis scholarship and opted for an academic scholarship instead because the academic scholarship package was better. One ...
Depression or Angst
2008-04-30 20:27:00
As a parent of 5 very intelligent and fun loving children, I am used to certain behaviors. One of these behaviors is their capacity to excel in school. All of the children excelled in academics, especially the Family Genius. She didn’t just excel in school; she super excelled to the infinity power. For the Family Genius, ...
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2008-04-29 17:38:00
photo by Perhaps the reason why I have such an optimistic view in life is because I am a DIE HARD CUB FAN! Yes, it is true; they haven’t won a World Series since 1908, which makes it exactly 100 years. But I know for sure that if I die before the Cubs win the World ...
Sunday Morning Brunch With The Natives
2008-04-28 19:17:00
I love Sunday morning brunch with the family, especially if I don’t have to prepare the brunch. My lovely wife just got back from the Philippines, and since she’s still in a jetlag mode and couldn’t sleep, she prepared a feast for the family. With the exception of the prodigal son, who is at work ...
More About: Brunch , Morning , Sunday morning
Babe Is Back
2008-04-25 16:37:00
My wife is comming back from the Philippines today. Needless to say, I cannot concentrate long enough to write down my ideas for today’s post. To take the easy way out, I’m going to post a poem that captures the essence of my love for my wife (yes, cheese is ooozing out of me right now). “How ...
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God Reads My Blog
2008-04-24 18:32:00
† This is an in your face post to all the A-list bloggers out there with thousands of RSS subscribers and readers. Yes, I only have two averaged subscriber and sometimes it’s only one. But it doesn’t really matter, I am not envious or bitter because I know for a fact that GOD, yes the Almighty ...
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How To Talk To Your Teenagers
2008-04-23 18:48:00
photo from† There’s the problem! We parents try to talk too much to our teenagers. Teenagers don’t need to be talked to; they need to be listened to. Do you remember your teenage years when everyone was trying to talk to you? Your teachers talked to you, your friends talked to you, the school counselor talked ...
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Children Are The Cause Of Global Warming
2008-04-22 18:11:00
† photo from It’s Earth Day! So I figured I would share with you an important study regarding Global Warming . A researcher, me, has discovered after years of extensive study that the main reason for Global Warming is children. The reasearcher, me, followed children who†came from different age group. These children are now 20, 18, 15, 11, ...
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10 Reasons Why Children Are God?s Way of Saying Gotcha
2008-04-21 07:22:00
†picture from I visited Kelly today at She-Power†and discovered that it was her son’s 4th birthday. Like always, Kelly had a very nice quote to go along with her post. ?While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.?- Angela Schwindt, Teacher and Author I wished her ...
More About: Parenting , Children , Reasons
Home Schooling Is The Death Of Public Education
2008-04-18 16:19:00
CJ, who is 3 years old, will be the last one in the family who will attend school. He is also the only one that I contemplated home schooling. Does this mean that I have lost faith in our educational system? Not, really…I considered it because of the many advantages of home schooling and because I ...
More About: Education , Public , Home , Death
Daddy I Want To Join The Marines
2008-04-17 18:09:00
†photo from muslimapple It was approximately two years ago today when I thought my world was going to drop. My eldest, BJ, said that he wanted to join the Marine. BJ is an action type kind of guy. He likes to take physical risks and is really not afraid of anything. Well, almost everything, even though he ...
More About: Parenting , Daddy , Join , Marines
How Does A Father Say I Love You?
2008-04-16 16:10:00
photo by istockphoto My father, being born and raised in the Philippines is old school in many ways, especially when it comes to showing his affection towards his children. As far as I can remember, I have never heard my dad say I love you to me or to my sisters. But, this doesn’t mean that he ...
More About: Love , Father , I Love You
While We Make Love
2008-04-15 19:10:00
picture from pro.corbis My children will love this post or they will just turn away,†say eeeewww†and comment, “too much information dad.” Here’s my question. Do children have a six sense when it comes to their parents’ love making rituals? Why is it that every time you are in a frisky mood and getting that lovin’ feelin’, the children ...
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IMSA?International Math Science Academy
2008-04-15 06:34:00
My dream of owning my own school started in 1993. When I was working on my undergraduate degree†at the University of Wisconsin, I†received a Fulbright scholarship to study in the†Philippines.†While there,†I became very aware of the inequity in education.†As soon as†my scholarship ended, I made a vow to go back and teach in the Philippines. I ...
More About: Science , International , Academy , Math
I Apologize For My Dust
2008-04-14 08:46:00
I’m renovating and I am not finished yet. Please be patient. My motivation for changing the look of my site is for one main reason. There is a major development in my life. My dream of starting my own school in the Philippines will soon be realized. My wife and I were able to secure the ...
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A Father?s Dating Advice To His Daughters.
2008-04-13 21:41:00
After serving up a few dating advice to my sons, it’s time to impart important dating rituals†to my two precious daughters.†Please remember that these advice is only for my daughters,†Joanna and Nikki. It’s not meant for anybody’s daughters.†If you chose to use†the following dating tips for your daughters, you may do so at your own ...
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A Father?s Advice To His Son on the Arts of Dating
2008-04-11 16:41:00
Now that both of my sons are at a dating age, I feel that I have to fulfill my fatherly duty and dispense some dating advice. While I don’t claim to be an expert on this field, I can confidently say that I have exprienced enough to give good solid tips. It’s safe to say that ...
More About: Advice , Dating , Arts , Father , The Arts
Giving Up On Your Children
2008-04-10 17:23:00
I give up! I’ve had it. There’s nothing more I can do. As an educator, I have heard these phrases uttered many times before by frustrated and angry parents. There have been times also where I’ve expressed the same words as a result of my own frustration with my own children. But, do we really mean ...
More About: Children , Giving
The Perils of Indifference in Parenting
2008-04-09 20:13:00
If you are a parent, you know that raising a child is tough. It’s frustrating, aggravating, and stressful. At the same time it’s also satisfying, gratifying and wonderful. So how can a parent manage to keep sane amidst all of the trials and tribulations of nurturing a child. The answer is quite simple, care. As a ...
More About: Parenting
The Guy In The Middle
2008-04-08 18:50:00
It’s rare that we come across people who are inherently good. I have been very fortunate that I have met some people like these and they have been a part of my life. I am even more fortunate that one lives in my house. Benito is our third child. He is the artist, pretty boy, and ...
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The Family Genius
2008-04-07 21:58:00
My life is the embodiment of irony. I am a walking and talking contradiction. Everyday I give out advice to students on how to motivate themselves to do their work and stay in school. I give parenting advice to parents who need help with their insubordinate children. And yet, I have failed to motivate my second child into staying in school. Joanna is our second child. She is brilliant. She is one of those students in High School who seem to be great at everything she does. She was a straight A student, played scholastic sports and a member of multiple social clubs.¬†At 18 years old, she writes better than I can. And to top it off, her ACT scores are insanely good–put my scores to shame by a wide margin. Throughout her schooling, there was never a problem with motivating her to do anything that’s school related. In fact, I had to sometimes tell her to slow down or take it easy or else she will burn herself out. Everything seemed to be going well untill her second semester...
More About: Family , The Family , Genius
The Number 1 Parenting Tool: Bribery
2008-04-05 08:30:00
If you are raising teenagers and a 3 year old, the best tool for your parenting success is bribery. While bribing a politician or a traffic cop may land in jail, bribing your own children will bring great success and long lasting peace and quiet. And if you are really skillful in the art of bribery, ...
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Smiley Face
2008-04-03 19:21:00
Have you ever really looked at a child’s face and examine his or her expressions? On our way to school this morning, the stop lights conspired against me. This gave me plenty of opportunity to look at my carmate. Nikki was specially quiet this morning, maybe because she was tired from riding her bike all afternoon ...
More About: Face , Smiley Face , Smiley
Investment Returned
2008-04-02 22:09:00
Finally! All the blood, sweat, tears and worries that my wife and I have invested in our oldest child, BJ, have begun to payoff. During our trip to the Philippines, my life-long dream of flying first class was realized. Since BJ works for one of the major airline carriers, my wife and I were able to ...
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My Kidney Is For Sale
2008-04-01 18:53:00
Do you want to buy my kidney? It’s for sale! This is a phrase that I’ve heard a couple times during my one week stay in the Philippines. As I have indicated before, my wife and I went back to the Philippines to be present at my brother-in-law’s kidney transplant procedure. Before our niece volunteered to donate ...
More About: For Sale , Sale , Kidney
A Mother?s Strength
2008-03-31 07:24:00
Is there a limit to a mother’s courage and strength? If I use my mother-in-law as an example, then the answer to my question is a resounding NO. As I observed my mother-in-law, Mama,†this past week, I began to realize that she is an exceptional woman. I have always known that she is a cut above ...
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