Spoiled Brats by A. Garrett Lubag

Spoiled brats are really bad
If you can’t get what they want, they’ll be so mad
Spoiled brats want to get what they want
They don’t care if their parents will grunt
Some spoiled brats want a lot of chocolate
They don’t care if the teacher will get mad because they’re late
Some want a lot of attention
Do not give them that, and they’ll trigger an explosion
Did you ever meet a spoiled brat called Veruca Salt?
I think she’ll yell at you what she wants if you’re an adult
She whines and whines and is whacking and ranting
I think she needs a good spanking
Once while she toured Mr. Wonka’s factory,
When she whined for a squirrel, she didn’t know she’ll be sorry
She went in the prohibited Nut Room
And it spelled her doom
The squirrels in the Nut Room threw her in a garbage chute
And no one thought it’s very cute
And it thought her a lesson in the factory
Don’t be a spoiled brat or you’ll be sorry
Who made her do this disgusting deed?
Who always gives in to her every need?
Alas! You don’t have to go far
To find who these guilty people are
The guilty people are(and it’s very sad)
Her rich parents, her MOM and DAD
So please don’t be a spoiled brat or you’ll be sorry
Like Veruca Salt in the factory

A visit to a University: More fun in UPLB

Mom woke me up at 5:30 a.m. Goodness, I was still sleepy, like many people who wake up by this time. I reluctantly got up from our warm bed, took a bath,ate breakfast, prepared myself to leave, and left the house.
We took an FX going to Robinsons Galleria. Mom was frantically trying to find a restroom, which was why we had to rush to get a bus going to LB(Los Baños). We were like two tourists who would go to any length to find their way, going around the footbridge like two people in a labyrinth of intersections. We ran(or jogged) down the stairs and caught the bus at the eleventh hour(or at the nick of time).
We got on the bus. We sat beside a nice-looking chap, since two seats in his place were empty. I noticed he looked quite, but not entirely like Sir Aldrin. I told mom about that. She told me that when you’re in a bus, you often rock back and forth. She asked me if inertia causes the rocking. I wanted to say it as a matter-of-fact, like it’s obvious, but I couldn’t, well, you know why, so I said a simple yes.
We were on the way to LB. We went through SLEX. I was a bit carsick, because I had to email JB Gamboa. He’s the author of LABAN!: A Love Story. You tell me your guess on what did I email him on Comments.
I always get dizzy when I’m in a moving vehicle and I see someone on his phone texting inside the vehicle I’m in. In the bus, we talked almost non-stop about everything.
We alighted at ”College”. We took a jeepney going to UPLB(University of the Philippines Los Baños). We stopped by the BIOSci bldg.. The university has a lot of buildings which are scattered. Mom and Dad met at College of Economics bldg..
We went to SESAM(School of Environmental Science and Management). Marge, mom’s officemate for 8 years(mom used to work in UPLB) greeted mom like it’s a Long Time No See. I don’t remember if they commented that they haven’t changed yet, but Ninang Vangie did with mom. I’ll tell you about her later. Tito Pol greeted her too like it’s a Long Time No See. Pol, Marge, and Gigi and Mom began chattering like a group of friends or “barkada” on a reunion. I told mom this is like a reunion.
We ate lunch at Bonitos. That’s where mom discovered welts on my left shoulder. I was itching crazily. We ordered a glass full of ice, mom had to go to a nearby drugstore to buy Zyrtec. I had to change my clothes three times(good thing my mom and I brought a shirt for me) all because I had welts. When mom left to buy Zyrtec(tablet version since it’s embarrassing to buy the liquid version and having to get a spoon and shoving it in the mouth in a restaurant), Tita Gigi (she’s irrevocably kind, likes to have a chat) talked to Tita Marge about my welts. I noticed that maybe I have the power to start a conversation. Despite that though, the food was very delicious. We walked back to UPLB, because it’s near.
We went to a subdivision (if I could just ask mom what was the name of the subdivision I would write it) to go to another office. We were walking to the subdivision when we ran into Ninang Vangie. When Ninang Vangie saw mom, they both commented in different ways that they never changed. Mom told me she was the librarian. She is still the librarian right now of UPLB. Ninang Vangie is very amiable. She’s very generous too. She even gave me Php 1,000! Mom tried to deny it, but I told her like she told me as a rule of society, don’t always gainsay offers, or else you’ll regret it. I accepted it gratefully. When we entered the subdivision, I commented that it was a nice subdivision. It looked like we were in the suburbs. We went to the UPLB Credit Cooperative. It looked a bit like the place where you pay your taxes. I found a remote and a TV, so I decided to watch. I turned on the TV, switched the channel to TV5, and watched the program “Pera o Para”. It’s a game played in a jeep . If you make a mistake, you get down the jeep. If you don’t, you stay on the jeep. If you survived every game on the jeep, you get a lot of money. It was fun to watch. Time flew so(5x) fast that I felt like it was three minutes and we left the bank.
We went inside the SESAM bldg.. We went upstairs, went inside a room and we found mom’s officemates (Tita Sofie and Tita Loids) when she was working in UPLB. They were so glad to see mom, and were surprised by how much I’ve grown. They had a big chat with each other. Tita Sofie looks a bit old but she is strong and she is the opposite of a killjoy because I took photos and she posed for me. Tita Loids is nice, amiable and fun to be with. Mom ordered on the phone from McDonald’s sundaes, fries, burgers and Coke. Everyone was very happy. We invited Tito Pol. We even invited the dean of the school! It was really great.
We had to leave, and that was hard. It was hard missing the people who loved us. We promised we would go back soon. It really was sad. But, we said our goodbye to all of the people who we saw. We’ll come back one day.





Pitfalls of watching television

I still like watching television. But, I like reading more than watching TV.

The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set —
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone’s place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they’re hypnotised by it,
Until they’re absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don’t climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink —
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
‘All right!’ you’ll cry. ‘All right!’ you’ll say,
‘But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!’
We’ll answer this by asking you,
‘What used the darling ones to do?
‘How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?’
Have you forgotten? Don’t you know?
We’ll say it very loud and slow:
THEY … USED … TO … READ! They’d READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching ’round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it’s Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There’s Mr. Rate and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They’ll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start — oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They’ll grow so keen
They’ll wonder what they’d ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.

— Roald Dahl

Are you a bookworm or a couch potato?
Television is getting very(10x) popular. Nowadays there’s a wide range of TVs. There are 3D TVs, Internet TVs, plasma TVs, LCD TVs, LED TVs and more. Because of this, many people forget the entertainment of reading. Technology is to blame for children who don’t know how to read. They can grow up without knowing how to read.

Television is the cause for obesity in kids. The Heart And Stroke Foundation of Canada says that more than 1 in 4 Canadian kids are obese. Even adults can be obese because of television! The reason behind this is that when you watch, you don’t need to move, which causes lack of exercise, thus making you obese.
Just like what the poem says “HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!”, television lessens the power to do well in school. That’s the reason why several or more couch potatoes who are children get a grade of F or D in their subjects.
Why is it that we would rather watch TV than do chores?
Reader’s Digest conducted an experiment called “Television Addiction”. The results say that when we watch, a feeling of relaxation washes over us immediately, but disappears immediately when we turn the television off. Some people use the television as a de-stresser. Please don’t.
How come your children are becoming couch potatoes?
Children are always looking upon parents as role models. So if they like to watch, it’s possible that you like to watch. What do you do when you get home? Do you flop on the sofa, get the remote and turn on the TV and watch? If yes, change your routine. They will copy your actions when they grow up.
Why is it that people keep watching television?
Thanks to entertaining shows like How I Met Your Mother, Minute to Win it, The Amazing World of Gumball, and more, people are always tuning in to watch these shows or other shows, like American Idol, and Burn Notice.
What activities can substitute watching television?
1. Reading. This is a favorite pastime activity to do for many years. Why not go to the library and spend the time there? That would be great.
2. Board games. Chess,Scrabble, Word Factory and are some possible substitutes.
3. Physical games. Hide-and-seek, hopscotch and catch are just a few. Spend the time playing those with your friends.
4. Writing. You can buy a notebook and write anything. You might want to be an author.
I hope you want to make reading your hobby instead of watching television.

A Dog Bit My Pants and More in Morong

Last Sunday we went to Morong in Rizal to visit the brother of my paternal grandfather Lolo IKE. His name is Lolo Hugo, full name Hugo Lubag Junior. It was my first time to go to Lolo Hugo’s house.
When we were on the way with Lolo IKE, Lola Ana, Ninang AG and Tito Joel, the road was mostly curvy on the mountain. Ninang AG remembered that this used to be the road they were taking to go to Laguna, where their rice store is found. That store was named after me. My Tita Bilo lives there with my cousins, but that’s another story. I then said that the road is like Kennon Road in Baguio.
When we got there, I saw Lola Anching and Lolo Hugo. I went in the gate and saw a kubo. I went
inside and found paintings, brushes, a roll of brown paper which you wet and use for frames and more. I realized they paint. Lolo told me that he saw me in the kubo.
I went in the attic/kitchen. I saw many interesting things. I saw a steam iron, a pair of binoculars, a drawer full of things like a rusty screwdriver, a Samsung refrigerator, and more. I asked Lola where did they get this, and she answered that they got it in the US.
I went to the swing for two. A dog was barking at me, but did not bite me. Holy cannoli, I was scared to the bones! At least someone led the dog away. I kept swinging with Gabee. Gabee teased that I couldn’t stand on the swing. I proved her wrong. But dad told me to sit down.
I went inside the house. Another dog was in it. Tito Ariel put the dog in a room. I used the computer. I went to my blog and scrolled down. I showed Lola my blog. I saw an interesting thing called a Bamboo Dock. It looked like a digital sketch pad with a stylus pen. I went to an app on the computer for it. There were:
1. Doodle: write a note
2. Land master: mark your place
3. Funny Portraits: put funny effects on Mona Lisa
4. Free the bird: play a puzzle on releasing the bird
I played Free the Bird up to level 7, then used Funny Portraits. It was capital F-U-N.
It’s lunchtime. I ate chicken adobo. My cousins and I had a storytelling time while eating, or in Filipino “kwentuhan”. We talked and talked about many things. I noticed Kate only had soup on rice. I asked her why she didn’t have a main course. I forgot her answer, so tell me your guess on Comments.
It was hot. Dad told us to stay in the shade, or else we’d get a headache. We got out. Dad was getting tired of shouting to us not to get out. We went near the house.
We played hide-and-seek. I won the first time we played. We did it again. This time I went in the house. The dog was in, but I ran in front of the dog, and you know what it did? THE DOG BIT MY PANTS! Oh my goodness, it wouldn’t let go!!! I tried to run, but the dog’s bite on the pants was as strong as hydrochloric acid, pewter, and more. All my cousins, and Gabee were ROTFL. When the dog let go, I ran as fast as Karma Lee on Temple Run 2! I wished I just removed my pants so I could run away! Okay, so thinking it over, my cousins would laugh at me more, and mom will get mad. You know why? My cousins never helped me stop the dog from biting me. Kate told me a lesson, that you shouldn’t run in front of a dog.
I went to the kubo, where the adults were chattering like in a crowded mall. I ate a slice of Buko pie eagerly. Did I tell you that is my favorite? I took a nap on mama’s lap for a long time. I heard their chatters about me. When I woke up, it was time to go home.

I’m ending this post with DYK of Morong. Enjoy!


Morong is a first class municipality in the province of Rizal, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 50,538 inhabitants in 8,988 households. A popular attraction is Spanish-era St. Jerome’s Parish Church. The town is also known for featuring the balaw-balaw side dish.
Morong is also known for having education as its priority- “Una Ang Education” (Education first), that is why during the early 70’s and early 90’s, it became the center of education. Students from different places mostly in the nearby towns of Rizal would come and study in Morong.


In the early years before Spaniards came, Morong was predominantly a Muslim area; that is why it is called Morong, because it was coined from the word moro.
During the Spanish Era, Morong played a big part in Philippine history. Before it became a small town of Rizal, Morong was considered the province before it was called Rizal, Its original name was Politico Militar Distrito de Morong, which included Manila, Makati, Cainta, Taytay, Pasig, Angono etc.. Morong is even included in the eight rays of the sun of the Philippine flag which represents the eight provinces that fought for freedom, listed are: Morong (now Manila), Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Laguna, and Batangas.
World War I- Tomas M. Claudio a Morong native is listed as a hero in the Philippines; The first Filipino to die in World War I was Private Tomas Mateo Claudio who served with the U.S. Marine Corps as part of the American Expeditionary Forces to Europe. He died in the Battle of Château Thierry in France on June 29, 1918. The Tomas Claudio Memorial College in Morong Rizal, Philippines, which was founded in 1950, was named in his honor. The main street of the town was also named in his honor.
During the Japanese occupation of World War II, the Mateo compound, now the Cesar S.D. Mateo clinic was used as a Japanese base. During the Liberation, Filipino troops of the 4th and 42nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and 4th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary including the recognized guerrillas of the Col. Markings Guerrillas and the Hunters ROTC guerrillas liberated and captured the towns in Morong and defeated Japanese forces and forced them to surrender at the end of World War II

It’s More Fun in Singapore

It’s still more fun in the Philippines. I just used this to catch attention. In this post, I am going to tell you about the first time(with some bits about the second time) I went to Singapore. Enjoy!

It started with a trip to Singapore so my mom could visit her endocrinologist Dr. Peter Eng. I had a passport so I was able to go with mom together with Lola Belen and Ninang Jen.


We flew to Singapore on Singapore Airlines. It was very nice. We had our personal TV. The Changi airport is very nice and huge.

We stayed at YMCA Hotel. The lobby had two massaging chairs and four computers for public use. We had a bathroom, a TV, and two beds. Our room and Lola’s room were just next to each other. In our room, there was a door connected to Lola’s room, so we didn’t have to get out to go to Lola’s room.

We went to Universal Studios. It was a lot of fun. Steven Spielberg put special effects on a storm, and we encountered it face to face without a screen. There was this super scary roller coaster ride called “Revenge of The Mummy”. I went there begging Mom to go with me with no idea this would be a top scarer of life. Moldy mozzarella, it was so scary! A mummy almost touched us, we went down abruptly, what’s more scary?

I didn’t see almost anything when I was riding it, because my eyes were closed almost all the time. When it was my second time to go to Singapore, we went to the newest ride called “Transformers: The Ride”. It was the best ride. The pictures, the adventure, they were better than any gadget you can get your hands on. We watched this show called Waterworld, which is about a battle for dry land. It’s wet, fun, and amazing.

We went to Mount Elizabeth(don’t be fooled by the name, it’s a hospital) without Lola and Ninang Jen. I met Mom’s endocrinologist Dr.Peter Eng. He was a fine doctor, and was very Chinese-looking.

We then went to Science Centrum. Believe me, people who love science should really go there. Reasons why people should go there:
1. They have cool things in there.
2.They have awesome shows. I visited a show on sound and during the second visit I visited a show on balloons.
3. They have a center called Snow City. It’s full of snow. I visited that place on my second visit to Science Centrum.
I had a BIG blast in the Science Centrum. I was sad when the time came that I had to go back to the hotel.

We went to Night Safari. Everything there was awesome. There was a show featuring nocturnal animals. They even showed an animal throwing trash in bins!
There was a tram ride showing nocturnal animals. It was nice, glamorous, Imeldific, and more.

We then ate at nice food courts. I gotta tell you, you should try them out. They’re super delicious. We tried a lot of hawkers, and we loved it.

Of course, we had to go home to the Philippines. We were sad to go, but we would go back soon.

I have DYK to tell you about Singapore. Enjoy!

How do people know Singapore? They know it because it’s the smallest country in the whole wide world. Just like Philippines, Singapore is located in Southeast Asia. Singapore is relatively near to Philippines.

Singapore has won The Top Intelligent Community of The Year award. Some other people know Singapore because of this.

Nurses are scarce in Singapore. Reader’s Digest said that there are 57 nurses for 10,000 patients.
Singapore has no language of it’s own. It’s mostly Chinese, Malay and English.
Singapore can be a haven of shopaholics. There is a lot of malls.


Getting A Salary Without Formal Work And Being Frugal with Cash

Part One: Earning Money Even during Weekends or Holidays
1. During December, go around your neighborhood caroling.
2. If you have a day off (for adults) or you don’t have school (for kids), you can spend the time selling ice cream on hot days or ice candy or Popsicles.
3. You can offer babysitting services.
4. You can offer someone to rake his or her backyard during fall in America and let them decide how much they should pay you.
5. You can offer to take care of someone’s house when they are away and let them decide how much to pay you.
6. Set up a store in your neighborhood.
How to set up a store:
A. Make a list of what you are going to sell.
B. Buy lots of the things on your list. For example, if bottles of water are on your list, buy lots of bottles of water.
C. Plan the prices of the products you bought. Add 20% to the purchase price. If your ketchup costs Php 20, multiply it by 0.2, then add that to 20.
D. Plan on what kind of store you are going to have. There is a traveling store which you move using a bike or pushcarts, semipermanent store which doesn’t have it’s own market place, and seen near business buildings, and permanent store which has a market place.
E. If you are going to have a permanent store, plan where you will set it up. It’s good if you know which place is the most populous.
F. Have fun.
7. Sell newspapers.

Part Two: Saving Money in Any Way
1. Open a bank account.
2. If you are a parent whose child is to go to college, choose a college that consumes half or a quarter of your savings.
3. If you’re tempted to buy something more than Php 1,000 or $100, wait for 24 hours and think if it’s really important.
4. Use cash for things you want, and credit card for needs.
5. If you can, don’t use it unless it’s an emergency.
6. If you’re in a choice of wants and needs, go for needs. Needs are more important
7. Water is important, but don’t spend a lot for water bills.
If you have more ideas on saving or earning money, leave them in Comments.

Ways to save the environment and energy

My reason and my goal for writing this is that I want to change the world using simple ideas on saving the environment and saving energy.

Saving the environment 
1. Jot down notes using any tablet (I mean the tablet like the IPad and Blackberry Playbook) and a stylus pen to save trees and ink (paper is made of trees). You can encourage your school to go paperless and use any tablet and a stylus pen instead (unless the school disagrees).
2. If you’re looking for a notebook, buy the notebook that uses recycled paper.
3. Write on both sides of a sheet of paper. If you have no-longer-needed documents that are printed on one side, use them as scratch paper.
4. To reduce the greenhouse effect, (this might seem silly, and if no food makes you pass gas, you can’t do this) don’t eat foods that make you pass gas because the gas you pass is methane that contains sulfur, and methane plays a role in the greenhouse effect.
5. Reuse your kitchen waste as a fertilizer for your plants. Much of the kitchen waste is in the landfill, and you can reduce your amount of trash by doing this.
6.  Use mechanical pencils instead of wood pencils to save trees.
7. Use rechargeable batteries as a replacement for disposable batteries to reduce your amount of trash per year. I would recommend Powerloop, a ready-to-use rechargeable battery made by Sanyo.
8.Use toilet paper that uses recycled paper (I don’t have to tell you why, just look@ 1 and 6).
 9.Use organic products with no chemicals to benefit you and the environment like Human Nature.
10.Join a tree-planting campaign (or make your own campaign).
11. Save the water that was used for rice washings to be used when watering the plants. This saves water.
12.Go to school or work very early so that you will not waste gasoline for being stuck in traffic, thus reducing the impact of global warming.
Saving energy
1. Don’t use your air conditioner all the time. Let in some fresh air.
2. Don’t charge your smartphone unless it’s really depleted at night.
3. When you eat in your backyard at night, go for candles instead of lights(be sure that you know how to use candles, and NEVER place them near combustibles and NEVER place them on a tippy container if you don’t want a fire).
4. If you’re buying appliances, look for appliances that save energy, like Panasonic and LG.
5. Change your incandescent bulbs to either LED or fluorescent bulbs. 
6. You do not have to turn on the lights during daytime.
7. Don’t watch and watch TV. You’ll waste electricity and you will get addicted. Switch to books and physical games.
8. Unplug your appliances when not in use. Start by not always plugging your charger and leaving it like that.
9. Limit the use of each electrical object like the computer.
10. If you want to cool yourself, just go for a ceiling fan which consumes little energy but cools the room.
11. If you don’t want to keep charging your phone, reduce the artificial light it makes.
12. Use a laptop instead of a computer.
For more ideas on saving the environment or energy, leave them in Comments.

The City Of Fog

On our way to Taal Vista hotel, Tagaytay, it was so foggy. This is the first time I’ve seen fog. Fog was so thick it was almost like zero visibility. The fog was due to an inversion. Yesterday it was cold that cold air was touching the ground. The warm air was above the ground. Since the cold air cannot go up, it had to stay down. The hot air gets condensed into droplets because of the cold air, turning it into fog. When dad took photos of us at taal vista hotel, he commented that he was taking pictures with the cloud surrounding us.

In the hotel, I was awestruck by the beauty of the hotel inside. I needed to go to the restroom. But, I couldn’t leave Gabee alone since I’m the baby-sitter of Gabee. As a result, I had to bring her with me to the restroom. I am a boy, so I had to bring my sister( Gabee) to the male restroom. As I peed, I was worried about mom saying”Hello hello where have Garrett and Gabee gone?” Then I heard mom’s voice. Quickly, I brought gabee out of the restroom. Then,I saw mom’s face, looking kind of worried. Then she scolded me for bringing Gabee to the male

restroom Then, we started to look for our room number, 106. We asked someone for help,since we couldn’t find our room. Mom took the shortcut,while we( dad,gabee and me) took the long way.

A man wearing a brown suit, gladly showed us the way. We followed him towards our room. We went inside, and then we found mommy waiting for us. She told us that she was waiting for us. We then told her that we exercised more than her. Then, I asked mom what’s the room number of Tita Diane. She then told us the room number,103. Then we went to the room. Then the nanny of Andi Marie opened the door that said 102. I realized that I knocked on the wrong door. Then I went inside the room and found Tita Diane lying on the bed.

I spent almost all of my time with my sister and Andi Marie. We played hide-and-seek. Then I took pictures of Gabee and Andi Marie using an app of Ninang Jen’s Ipad called Photo Booth. There are nine photo effects. Here are the effects:

1.Normal effect

2.Thermal effect

3.Mirror effect

4.Kaleidoscope effect

5.Twirl effect

6. X-ray effect

7.Light Tunnel effect

8.Stretch effect

9.Squeeze effect

The results of the photos are that some look funny, and some looked like twins.

For dinner, we ate at a restaurant called Bon Giorno. We had to wait for the table for one and a half hour. I spent the time typing this paragraph. Tita Diane took photos of Gabee and Andi Marie using her camera, the Sony Cybershot TX10.

When the table arrived,we took our seat. We ate spaghetti pesto, bolognaise and white spaghetti. My favorite was the spaghetti pesto. It was a little greasy, but that was olive oil. I invented the spaghetti sandwich by putting spaghetti pesto into two slices of sandwich. It tasted nice. While waiting for the others to finish, I played dad’s Iphone 4s. When everyone was finished, we went back to the hotel. I took a bath, did my kumon, then went to room 102. Me,Gabee,and Andi Marie played hide-and-seek. It was fun! When the time came to sleep, I slept with ninang jen.

To be continued…Image

The Time My Sister Has Gone Bad

Kuya & Gabee

Everyone has experienced the time their siblings have gone bad. I am one of those. In this story, I’ll tell you what happened.
It all started with a sheet of paper. Gabee, my sister was messy, so she left it on the floor. Our nanny “Yaya Belle” put it on the cover of the trash can,swept the floor and forgot about it. When Gabee saw the sheet of paper, she was angry. It was because it showed her work. Thus, Gabee exploded the bomb of anger. 
She shouted to “Yaya Belle” that she was “bwisit”. She then said that she was a “sumbongera”. I realized that I should tell it to mom. While I was texting mom about what happened, Gabee started to cry like a baby! She kept on shouting ‘ Erase that! (2x)’ When I sent it already, she started to cry like a baby again. Mom texted me that I should be responsible because I’m the big brother. Then she texted me how to stop Gabee from doing it again. It never worked. She won’t say sorry. 
When Mom came, Gabee won’t come to her to bless. Then, strangely, she stopped doing bad. I was kind of glad that she was back to her normal attitude.

Jun-Jun and the Paper

Jun-Jun was a poor boy in Japan. His dream was to fold paper for the poor. One day he asked an origami instructor “Please will you teach me how to fold paper?” “What! A poor boy wants to fold?” The instructor exclaimed.Jun-Jun walked away sadly.
Jun-Jun was asleep when a fairy named Mitsue piled at least a million sheets of colored paper. The fairy then flew away.
When Jun-Jun woke up, he was surprised to see the pile of paper. He decided to fold one sheet of colored paper. The origami turned real! Now Jun-Jun was even more surprised.
Now Jun-Jun understands that every origami folded from a sheet of paper from the pile will turn real. So he thought and thought on who will he fold for. Then he decided to fold for the poor.
So then, he started to fold. He folded toys for children, pots,pans and plates for the adults and clothes for everyone.
The news about the paper spread to everyone in Japan.It even spread to the greedy emperor Huang Lun.
When Huang Lun heard the news, he shouted “I WANT THOSE SHEETS OF PAPER!!” So he told his army to get Jun-Jun to get the sheets of paper.
But Jun-Jun refused to give it up. So he was bound and brought to the greedy emperor.
“Fold me a mountain!” Huang Lun commanded.But Jun-Jun folded a pot. “Fold me a frog!” Huang Lun commanded again. But Jun-Jun folded a rooster. Huang Lun got furious so Jun-Jun was thrown into prison.
Huang Lun folded a mountain of gold using a sheet of colored paper from the pile. But it turned into rocks. Huang Lun then folded a boat. But it turned into a dragon that almost bit his head off. 
Jun-Jun knew that the paper will lose its magic in the emperor’s hands. So he told the emperor in exchange for his freedom he will fold anything that the emperor wished. The emperor accepted.
“Fold me the grass.”Huang Lun commanded. Jun-Jun folded the grass. “Where are the animals?” Huang Lun asked. Jun-Jun folded the animals. There were lions, zebras, tigers and more.then the lions ran after Huang Lun. “Enough!” He yelled. But Jun-Jun did not listen. Eventually, he was eaten by lions.


(Based on the story of the Magic Paintbrush.)