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New Year is Coming Again!

>> Dec 31, 2010


Hi, friends, today I want to share some funny stories and pictures about New Year. Hope you can enjoy it!

Lecture Tour with a Difference On New Year's Eve, Daniel was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the car park and walked home. As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman. 'What are you doing out here at four o'clock in the morning?' asked the police officer.


'I'm on my way to a lecture,' answered Roger.

'And who on earth, in their right mind, is going to give a lecture at this time on New Year's Eve?' enquired the constable sarcastically.
'My wife,' slurred Daniel grimly.



A Bad Dream? Jemima was taking an afternoon nap on New Year's Eve before the festivities. After she woke up, she confided to Max, her husband, 'I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year's present. What do you think it all means?'

'Aha, you'll know tonight,' answered Max smiling broadly.

At midnight, as the New Year was chiming, Max approached Jemima and handed her small package. Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: 'The meaning of dreams'.



New Year's Day Party - That Never Was? As in many homes on New Year's Day, Janet and Nigel, a happily married couple, faced the annual conflict of which was more important: the football match on television, or the lunch itself.
Hoping to keep the peace Nigel ate lunch with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-lunch chat before retiring to the lounge to turn on the television.

Some minutes later, Janet looked in to see how he was and graciously even bought a cold beer for Nigel. She smiled, kissed him on the cheek and asked what the score was. Nigel told her it was half time and that the score was still 0-0.

'See?' Janet said happily, 'You didn't miss a thing.'

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Finally, Some Serious New Year's Resolutions : Top Tips for Men and Women

Men:

1) Set the goal yourself, rather than someone in your life dictating the New Year resolutions.
2) Make only one new resolution. Make our goal specific and personal.
3) Make a 'Pro' and 'Con' list. Review each week.
4) Make a commitment to do something new, rather than stop something old.

Women:

1) Tell other people, especially other women friend what are your New Year resolutions.
2) Plan ahead, make your new year's resolution right away.
3) Don't blame yourself when you falter. Just start again.
4) Reward yourself when you succeed.
Have you made yours? I admit that I feel rather lazy to make mine. But I’ll do it; since I need to motivate my self!
Source:guy-sports.com, google

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Row, Row, Row the Boat

>> Dec 29, 2010

I captured these boats when I visited Petuguran Dam (Bumiayu, Central Java, Indonesia). The smaller boat is used by village people nearby. To reach their village, they must across the lake every day. It’s the shortest distance. The bigger boat is used by the owner to rent the boat to visitors.

My entry for
Watery Wednesday

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Want to Save Your Marriage? Stop These Behaviors!

>> Dec 27, 2010

If you really relate with one or more warning signs that indicates that you are in marriage trouble; the first step to save your marriage is accepting and realizing that there are problems that need to be resolved.

The next step, you should stop all harmful behaviors in your marriage. Here are some of the lists of destructive behaviors:


  • Emotionally and/or Physically Abusing Your Spouse

  • Breaking Your Promises and Being an Undependable Spouse

  • Being Blindly Jealous
  • Not Wanting to Forgive
  • Putting Romance on the Last Priority
  • Continuing to Have Unrealistic Expectations
  • Refusing to Listen to or Communicate With Your Spouse
  • Being Unkind or Uncaring Towards Your Spouse
  • No commitment or responsibility (thanks to Gunsirit)
  • Being unaffectionate to your spouse (thanks to Jona)
  • No respect and trust with each other (thanks to Eden)
  • Lack of communication (thanks to Dhemz)
Do you want to add another one into the list?

Source: marriageabout.com, wewomentoday.com

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House Sparrow

>> Dec 25, 2010

I don’t see various wild birds around my neighborhood. Most of them are House Sparrow birds. Indonesian people call this bird ‘burung Gereja’ (Church bird). I don’t know why we call it that way. Sorry for not sharing the clear photo…

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a species of passerine
bird of the sparrow family Passeridae. It occurs naturally in most of Europe, the Mediterranean region, and much of Asia. It has also been accidentally introduced to many parts of the world, making it the most widely distributed wild bird. It is a small bird, with feathers mostly different shades of brown and grey.

The House Sparrow is a very social bird. It also settles communally, its nests are usually grouped together in clumps, and it engages in a number of social activities, such as dust and water bathing, and "social singing", in which birds call together in bushes. I love to hear their “social singing”… Do you?
Data source:wikipedia

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Water Channel

>> Dec 22, 2010



The channel is located in Katulampa, Bogor (West Java, Indonesia). We only needs about 30 minutes ride to reach this spot. The little dam (located on the side of Katulampa Dam) allows a part of flowing Ciliwung River into the irrigation channel. Local people use the water for their daily purposes.

My entry for Watery Wednesday

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Watch Out for Marriage Troubles!

>> Dec 20, 2010

Of course, you don’t want to have a broken marriage. To maintain a marriage, you should know any warning sign. Don’t be one of people that don’t notice at all troubles in marriage form the beginning.


Knowing these signs earlier make you are able to fix the problem and save your marriage. Here are some warning signs:

1. You and your spouse are fighting over the same thing repetitively with no end in sight.

2. There is no intimacy. When is the last time you hug and kiss your spouse? If it hasn’t been done for along time, it’s a sign that marriage trouble is alive in your home.

3. Between you and your spouse, there are no longer things that you’re interested to do it together. You prefer to do things separately, most of the times. When you do something together, there is no communication, only silence.

4. It seems that you can’t do the right thing. Your every move is often or always criticized with negative comments. Your spouse shows no respect.

5. You’re the last person to know. Your spouse tells friends, family and everyone but you! You must find out from someone else. It’s really a warning sign!

6. Staying distracted. You feel better if you’re avoiding your spouse. You’re always doing something different than interacting with one another.

So, do you relate to one or some of these warning signs? Since it indicates that you are in marriage trouble; you should do appropriate things to save your marriage. If you still love your spouse, fix your marriage problems immediately!

Source: google, reviewingrelationshipadvice.com

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Lion

>> Dec 18, 2010

These wonderful creatures were captured at Taman Safari (Safari Park) Cisarua Bogor Indonesia. During my several visits to the park, I seldom saw wandering lions there, most of them were sitting and sleeping, like this couple.


Seeing a lion is remembering me to Aslan character in Narnia the movies. The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg weight, lion is the second-largest living cat after the tiger.

Lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours per day. Although lions can be active at any time, their activity generally peaks after dusk with a period of socializing, grooming, and defecating. Irregular activity follow through the night hours until dawn, when hunting most often takes place. They spend an average of two hours a day walking and 50 minutes eating.

The mane of the adult male lion is very famous and unique among cats. It makes the lion appear larger and provides an excellent intimidation display. The darker and fuller the mane, the healthier the lion.

Data source:wikipedia

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How to Stop Your Child’s Thumb Sucking

>> Dec 17, 2010

In previous post, it mentioned that parents should interfere to stop this habit only if your child permanent front teeth have started to come in. If you still let your child doing it, your child may get teeth problem.

If you still don’t what are the right things to do, I hope this article will help you. Here are the tips:

Make Your Child Think it's Her/His Idea
Don’t nag your child
to stop the thumb sucking habit. The better way: support her/him to realize how much she/he has grown and changed. Show your child what she/he has left behind on her/his way to maturity.

Mention that she/he no longer has use for diapers, bottles, or high chairs. Tell your child how proud you are of the accomplishment. Ask your child what else she/he thinks she/he will stop. If your child doesn't say thumb sucking, then you should suggest it.

Reduce the Habit
When you see your child's thumb in his mouth, try to draw your child’s attention. Engage him/her in an activity that needs he/she use both hands. Do this especially before nap and bedtime. You can try this: have your child to hold the book that you are reading or hug a stuffed animal with each arm. Have another trick?

Help Your Child to be Consistent
When your child wants to quit thumb sucking, tell her/him about a habit that you also gave up and how hard it was. Then you can decide to make a secret sign- between the two of you.

Every time you see your child reflexively slips her/his thumb in her/his mouth—you can use the secret signal to aid her realize what she is doing. This secret signal can change a shameful situation in fun way.

Use Authority
Statements from your child's pediatrician and dentist
can really work. They can help your child feel that he/she wants to stop sucking his thumb because he/she is growing up (this tip works for me!).

Consider Peer Pressure
In your child’s age, friends are very important. Invite your child’s friends who don’t suck thumbs to have a nap together with your child at your home. If your child sucks the thumb and her/his friends mention it, this might encourage her/ his to stop.

Well, now it’s your turn to decide which one that you will apply. Don’t forget to consider your child’s personality and age. Good luck!

Source:babyzone.com

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Water Droplets

>> Dec 15, 2010

I always love seeing water droplets on any plant. For me, it looks like beautiful crystal stones. This time, I want to share water droplets on Adiantum leaves in our front yard. It’s captured after the rain stopped that day.

My entry for
Watery Wednesday

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About Child’s Thumb Sucking

>> Dec 14, 2010

Thumb sucking can comfort your child; but it also may cause teeth problem. If your toddler is still sucking thumb, perhaps you’re wondering when you should stop it.

I remember that when I was a toddler, I was also sucking my thumb. I stopped this habit by myself after I saw a doctor on television mentioned the bad effect of thumb sucking. Hehehe, my parents don’t need to bother at all…

Why children suck their thumbs? There are different reasons. For infants, it is a normal reflex that often starts in the Mom’s womb. As babies grow up, they discover a lot about their bodies and the world around them through sucking. They suck on their fingers, clothing, and toys. From this action they learn what is enjoyable and what is uncomfortable.

Many young children also use sucking to calm and comfort themselves. Since the action is relaxing, it often makes sleep. Perhaps you’ve noticed that your child will suck his/her thumb when he/she is tired. Actually, many thumb suckers fall asleep more effortlessly and sleep through the night much earlier than other children who don’t suck their thumbs.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), after a child's permanent teeth come in, thumb sucking can cause problems. It can interfere with proper mouth growth, teeth alignment, and cause changes to the roof of the mouth.

It doesn’t mean that every thumb sucking child will get dental problem; it depends on how the intensity with which she sucks. A child who just rests her thumb in her mouth or passively sucks on it is less likely to develop problems than a child who sucks her thumb in intense.

When parents should stop thumb sucking?You should interfere by the time the permanent front teeth start coming in; it’s around the age of five. But parents, there’s good news: most children lose interest in thumb sucking long before five years old. So, you must handle it if your child is not one of them.

Parents, you should know this. Based on studies of older thumb suckers, it explained that there is one thing in common: all older thumb suckers were all persuaded by their parents to stop sucking their thumbs at an early age.

So, before your child permanent front teeth start to come in, you can allow this habit. Let’s say that you have seen your child’s permanent front teeth, but your child still continues sucking her thumb. It’s the proper time to stop the habit. I’ll share here the tips in another post.

Data source:babyzone.com
Image source: parentszone.com

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The Western Crowned Pigeon

>> Dec 11, 2010

I captured this scarce bird several years ago, at a Bird Park in Safari Park (Taman Safari) Cisarua Bogor.


This elegant bird is also known as the Common Crowned Pigeon or Blue Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata). Indonesia people call it Dara Mahkota. It is a large, approximately 75cm long, blue-grey pigeon with blue lacy crests over the head and dark blue mask feathers around its eyes. Both sexes are almost similar but males are often larger than females. So beautiful!

Along with its close and very similar looking relatives the Victoria Crowned Pigeon and the Southern Crowned Pigeon; it is one of the largest and is considered one of the most beautiful members of the pigeon family. The Western Crowned Pigeon is found in the lowland rainforests of Papua, Indonesia. Since it’s one of scarce species critters, I hope that we, human kind, can maintain these birds for many years to come!

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Couple’s Corner : I Think I Will Get…

>> Dec 9, 2010

Actually, CC topic of this week is about the expected Christmas gift that you think you’ll get from your spouse. Since I don’t celebrate Christmas, I’ll share another kind of story, but it’s still about ‘gift’.

In my marriage, gift giving is not our regular habit. My husband never gives me a birthday gift or wedding anniversary gift. We just have dinner at our favorite dining place and then he gives and says a special prayer for me. But of course, it doesn’t mean that he never buys me things. He actually loves to buy me a little things that I like; but most of all it’s his spontaneous acts, so, it doesn’t relate with any occasion.

Last year (October 2009), there was one time that really surprised me. At that time, my husband has just recovered after having sick for weeks and it’s the first day he started doing his routine activities again. Before leaving home, he gave me a short poem. He said that it was a thankful gift for my caring while he’s sick.

I was so touched. It’s a happy surprise for me as he has never written me a poem before. The poem is in Indonesian language (I’ll share the translation version). It’s short, have no title, but it’s full of his love. I’ve shared this poem in my old post, but I’d like to share it again here.
To My Wife:
You are my adoration when I want to adore
You are like blood that running in my life
You are not decent to be given love… but you deserve to have a complete love from me – with all my heart
You are not an altar…but…you are like an altar that always get compliment and worship
You are not an ordinary person…in my life, you are an extraordinary one
My beloved kind wife, I love and adore you so much
My love and affection -ordinary and special one- I want to give it all to you…

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The Bordered Bridge

>> Dec 8, 2010


I captured these watery shots around my grandfather’s house (Ciamis, West Java, Indonesia). This modest bamboo bridge borders grandfather’s land and neighbor’s fish pond.

My entry for
Watery Wednesday


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Educational Daycare: a Great Solution for Busy Moms and Dads?

>> Dec 6, 2010

Nowadays, it has already become common facts that both parents, Moms and Dads, must work outside their homes. The piling bills and current hard economic situation force many parents to do this. Some parents ask their relatives to care for their children while they are working. If you have reliable and capable relatives who want to look after your child while you’re not at home, you’re lucky!


Some other parents hire a nanny. Well, it’s all up to you, parents, but I myself won’t try this option, unless I have known well the nanny before and she is recommended by people that I’m close with. Seeing news in television that showed a nanny tortured a baby makes me paranoid!

Well, if you are super busy parents who don’t feel comfortable to hire a nanny and you also live far from your relatives, have you considered taking your toddler to an educational
day care? My first time knowing a daycare facility is when I was in lower secondary school. There’s a daycare facility next to my school. Every morning, I see lots of parents came to entrust their children. Sometimes, I and several friends looked inside through the windows and watched several playing children and sleeping babies. So cute.


I agree with the importance of early childhood education, as recommended by many experts. It’s a big task for every parent. But as parents, you should realize that you aren’t specially educated and trained as educators for your child. There are lot of things about children’s grow and development process that you don’t yet aware.
For your information, there are five equally important areas of young child’s development. Remember this “SPICE”: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Emotional Development. To maximize your child’s potency, you should ensure that your child has experienced and passed through all these developments appropriately.

That’s why, in my opinion, your child also need early education from trained and certified early childhood educators at a certified preschool or daycare. Together with your children, you can learn from educators there. I’m a stay at home woman, so, I prefer to choose a quality preschool. For busy parents, a quality certified educational daycare can be the best choice.

Give your young child a valuable fun learning experience in a school environment since early age; and watch your child’s development progress in every area. You’ll be amazed and grateful!

I wrote this article as an expression of my opinion, after reading the article written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas. Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the Atlanta day care facility, a member of the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose Schools (located in 16 states throughout the U.S.) and part of the network of day care preschools delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum.

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Intan, a Friendly Australian Stock Horse

>> Dec 4, 2010

Weeks ago, we spent our Sunday morning in Sempur field (Bogor, Indonesia). When we just wanted to go back home, three ‘cowboys’ with their horses were entering the field.

Soon their presence attracted many visitors, including us. When I asked permission to take pictures, one of the owners pointed Intan, as he is the friendliest than the other two horses. In English language, Intan means diamond. It’s a proper name for a friendly and handsome male horse, isn’t it?

Intan’s owner allowed me to ride him; but I was afraid. Australian Stock Horse is too tall for me, I feel difficult to jump up and sit on his back. Poor me.

When we’re talking about Australian Stock Horse, what do you have in mind? Based on Wikipedia source, the Australian Stock Horse is bred for intelligence, courage, toughness and stamina. This horse will be sound, agile and quick moving with a surefooted walk. It will have a calm, responsive temperament. Height ranges from 14 hands
to 16.2 hands.

Actually, they have been especially bred for Australian
conditions. It is a hardy breed of horse noted for endurance, agility and a good temperament. Its ancestry dates to the arrival of the first horses in Australia, brought from Europe, Africa and Asia.
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Educational Websites for Your Child

>> Dec 2, 2010

Your child can learn in various ways. One of the learning ways is fun learning through educational websites. If you’re interested, you may check some of them:
A Walk in the Woods
This science website will teach about environment. It’s appropriate for upper elementary (3-5 grade).


Walk in the Woods is designed for third through fifth grade students to gain an appreciation of nature. Sometimes students are not able to go to a forest preserve or woods, so this brings the woods to them.

Optical Illusion and Visual Phenomena

There are some amazing optical illusions shown here through computer graphics in motion. While the illusions can be enjoyed by students of any age, the accompanying explanations will most likely require a teacher's interpretation for K-12 students to understand them.

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Tap Water

>> Dec 1, 2010

Tap water (city water, municipal water) is a main component of indoor plumbing, which became available in urban areas of the developed world during the last quarter of the 19th century, and common during the mid-20th century. The application of technologies involved in providing clean water to homes, businesses and public buildings is a major subfield of sanitary engineering (Wikipedia).

In our home, we use tap water for various purposes, but we still seldom use tap water for our drinking water (of course, after we boil the water before). Indonesia’s tap water isn’t yet safe to drink straightly without boiling it first. My father can’t drink boiled tap water, he always gets stomach ache after drinking it. Fortunately, I and my husband don’t have the similar problem. Until now, for drinking water, we subscribe bottled water. How about you? I’ve heard about the controversy between tap water and bottled water in USA; what kind of water that you choose to drink in your place?

My entry for Watery Wednesday

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Welcome to my blog. I'm a home maker, a stay at home wife. I'm just an ordinary woman who has interest in reading, working at home and learning to write. We live in Bogor, Indonesia.
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