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Friday, October 26, 2007

At Wit's End

My eldest son just got back his report book yesterday. He passed ( Just barely). I'm pretty disappointed with him. Although he had done better than his previous exam (Mid year), he promised to improve much more than what he had actually done so.

I'm at wit's end as to how to encourage and motivate him to perform better. He is smart but just lazy and is not consistent in his work.

Next year is an important year for him. Based on his final year results of 2008, he will be placed in Science, Arts or Technical Stream. I would prefer that he gets into Science stream.

I have repeatedly explained the need to do well in his studies. I have tried rewards as well as punishment. Nothing seems to work!

I would appreciate any kind of tips on how you have been able to motivate your child, grandchild, student etc. to perform well. So feel free to share your views.

By the way, he got top in History in his class and just brought back the trophy :) He can perform well when he is interested in a particular subject, such as history. He loves to read, especially books such as Horrible history and Horrible science and the like. He also loves to play games involving history, such as Civilisation IV and Age of Empires.

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posted by Bubbles at 9:22 AM 3 comments

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hurray for Festive Days

During the weekends, we visited my three brothers at their places.
Being muslims, we celebrated Eid ul-Fitr. Even before the start of Ramadan, I'll be getting "When will you start making cookies Mum?".Nearer the end of Ramadan, "When will we have the open house Mum ?" and "Can my favourite cousins come and stay over?" etc...

What does festivity mean to you?
To me, its not the new clothes or delicious food, but the chance to meet up with the extended family that means the most. When both parents have passed away and each sibling have families of their own, the opportunity for siblings and cousins to get together gets lesser and lesser.

Although getting new clothes and eating delicious meals and cookies are a definite bonus, its not everyday that we gather and spend time together.

Of course, festive season also mean spring cleaning - and getting the kids to help out and clean up their rooms at last!

Here's a list of Festive Occasions of the different religions and races.

Christians - Feast of St. Basil (Christian, Orthodox)
Epiphany (Christian)
The Nativity of Jesus Christ (Christian, Orthodox)
Ash Wednesday (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
St. David's Day (Welsh)
St. Patrick's Day(Ireland, United States)
Feast of Annunciation (Christian)
Mothering Sunday (England)
Palm Sunday (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
Holy Thursday (Christian)
Good Friday (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
Easter (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
St. George's Day (English)
Ascension Day (Christian)
Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola (Spain, Roman Catholic)
Reformation Day (Christian)
All Saints' Day (Christian, Roman Catholic)
All Souls' Day (Roman Catholic)
St. Nicholas Day (International)
Christmas (Christian, Roman Catholic, International)

Jews - Tu b'Shvat or Tu B'Shevat* (Jewish, Israel)
Purim (Jewish)
Passover *begins at sundown (Jewish)
Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day (Jewish)
Shavuot *begins at sundown (Jewish)
Tisha B'av* (Jewish)
Rosh Hashanah* (Jewish New Year)
Yom Kippur* (Jewish)
Sukkot* (Jewish)
Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
Simchat Torah (Jewish)
Hanukkah* (Jewish)

Islamic - Ashura (Islamic, Muslim)
Al Hijra - Muslim New Year
Israel Miraji Ascent of Propher Muhammad
Ramadan (Islamic, Muslim, Moslem)
Lailat-Ul-Quadr (Islamic, Muslim)
Eid-Al-Fitr (Islamic, Muslim)
Eid al-adha (Islamic, Muslim)

Sikh - Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday (Sikh)
Lohri (Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh)
Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan (Sikh)

Hindu - Lohri (Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh)
Diwali (Buddhist, Hindu)

Buddhist - Vesak - Buddha's Birth (Buddhist)
Bodhi Day - Buddha's Enlightenment (Buddhist)

Japan - The Doll Festival (Japan)
Bon Festival/Feast of Lanterns (Japan)
Autumnal Equinox (Japan)

Vietnam - Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnam)

Others - Imbolc (Wiccan)
Chinese Lunar New Year (China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam)
Mardi Gras (United States)
Naw Ruz (Baha'i, Persia)
National Tartan Day (Scottish-American)
Beltane (Celtic)
Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)
Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)
Cirio de Nazare (Brazil)
Birthday of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)
Santa Lucia Day (Sweden)
Las Posadas (Mexico)

These are just some of the HOLY days that I could find from the net. I'm sure there are many others.

The Hunger Site

The Child Health Site

Oceana: Protecting the World's Oceans

Varb For Me

Recipe Blogs - Blog Catalog Blog Directory

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posted by Bubbles at 12:40 PM 1 comments

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A pat on the back

Oct 15 was world Blog Action Day on Environment and Blogcatalog had a forum where everyone was encouraged to blog about the environment from the prespective of or related to their own interest or blog.

Yes, its already, Oct 18, so why am I harping on Old News. Its because I came across some truly amazing post that have "Opened my Eyes".

Although the Blogger Buzz highlighted some of the many Blogger powered blogs that focused on the environment, climate change and sustainability, (A pat on their back for them too!)- I was amazed by how other blog authers could incoporate "Blog Action Day" about the "Environment" into their post.

I'd really like to "take my hats off" to recylecindy of My Recyced Bags for her genius in creating wonderful and useful stuffs, from bags and doll clothes etc, using such varied material such as tapes and plastic bags. I have never considered these materials to be recyclable. Thanks recyclecindy for opening my eyes.

Although Haute Nature was highlighted by Blogger buzz, I think its great that there's a blog about - Ecologically based creative ideas, art and green products.

The Hunger Site

The Child Health Site

Oceana: Protecting the World's Oceans

Varb For Me

Recipe Blogs - Blog Catalog Blog Directory

posted by Bubbles at 1:25 PM 1 comments

Friday, October 12, 2007

Cool Stuff - Widget Attack

I'm quite a newbie when it comes to blogging (comparatively). Yes, it might surprise you, since I have 5 blogs. But I just started in July 07.

I'd like to thank everyone who had complemented by blogs and had given ideas and suggestions. But I'm not sure how to reply back to them.

Well, once I got a suggestion to add some widgets - compliments of Blogcatalog. Until then, I'd never heard of widgets. (Thought they were some sort of gadget.)

So I scooped out Blogcatalog widgets and now have "Recent Viewers" in most of my blogs. Nowadays, I always like to look out for cool widgets to add to my site.

The other day, I came across a widget website while surfing. When you look at my side bar, you will see "Sponsored Links" and this is the widget that I got from WidgetBuckets.com. I think that it looks super. At least it beats Googles Adsense. Rather than just having static words to describe a product, there's a whole list of products and a corresponding picture.

Its very simple to get one. Just sign up - Its Free!
Then put in your details about your blog ...Tada... New Widget!
More great news - When you sign up, you get $25 Bonus to your account.

Its easier to get a widget if you are using Blogger or TypePad as compared to Wordpress. I'm using Blogger, so after I've completed my details and clicked on the Blogger button, I was directly sent to my Blogger login. Then I was asked which one of my blog that I wanted to add the widget. After I chose the correct one and clicked, the adjustments were made and I got that Great looking Widget in my side bar.

WidgetBuck.com is based on referral system. So if you like to join in, Please click on the button below. (Every referral counts)

Earn $$ with WidgetBucks!


Another cool widget is the one by Maps amung us. On my side bar, you will see a world map with lots of hearts. Yeah, each heart denotes a viewer to the site.

The website to check out is whos.amung.us. No set up or registration is needed. There are many different types of widgets available. I personally liked the map widget so I chose it for my blog.

If any of you have come across other cool widgets, do share it with me by submitting a comment to this post. I'll then link to your blog in this post.

Thank you Don Williams from My 2 cents 4 the day for giving me the information on more cool widgets.

Do check out these widgets too!

Another really cool widget is Geobisite. Its like the map 'among us,' but shows an animated globe of your choosing.

Clik the globe and it will give you a list of where everyone is coming from. When someone is active the spinning globe pulsates the location.

You can check out mine on my blog, My 2 cents 4 the day

Another widget is 'How much is my blog worth?" Just enter your blogs name and it will tell you how much your blog is worth in advertising potential a year - Cool!

You can find it here: http://www.business-opportunities.biz/projects/how-much-is-your-blog-worth/

Another new widget that you might have seen is the Blogrush widget. It will help you get more readers to your blogs. A lot of blogs on BlogCatalog have it. You can get it here:


The Hunger Site

The Child Health Site

Oceana: Protecting the World's Oceans

Varb For Me

Recipe Blogs - Blog Catalog Blog Directory

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posted by Bubbles at 8:34 AM 3 comments

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Prespective of an Outcast

Yesterday, I watched a short movie about a boy who had crossed eyes. His name was Shanker. Although there were many students around him, he was always alone. His only companion was a seed or fruit form an almond tree.

This Best Friend was always true to him and always beside him; never judgemental or poking fun at his odd appearance, gesture or his gait of walking.

As young children who have not learned to mask ones emotion or dislikes, his classmates and schoolmates readily showed their repulse of him.

Kids who are different learn to cope with their environment by isolating themselves. Likewise with Shanker. He lived in his own lonely world with his Best Friend.

All those times when his schoolmates teased him and poked fun at him, he simply ignored them and refused to acknowledge the hurt their actions caused him.

One day, during lesson, Shanker was happily playing with his Best Friend by flicking the seed from one hand to the other. At one time, the seed slipped and fell off his table. This caused distraction to one of his classmates, Edwin, who was then reprimanded by his teacher.

Until then, Shanker had been ignored; no one liked him but no one disliked him either. But because of this incident, Edwin held a grudge against Shanker

What fueled the enmity?
Due to the Principal's persuasion, Shanker took part in one of the school sports competition. It was the Sack Race. Then too, his class mates laughed at him. Shanker didn't want to embarrass himself and his Best Friend, thus he jumped and jumped to victory. Edwin, who was also in the race got second place. Edwin couldn't understand how this outcast could win him and be better than him in any way.

The small grudge had escalated into enmity and he wanted to hurt Shanker. He knew that depriving Shanker of his Best Friend would hurt him most and proceeded to do so.

Shanker searched high and low for his Best Friend. He couldn't concentrate on his studies. His loss was so profuse that he was fanatic in his search. Alas, it was no use. He couldn't find his one True friend and he cried his heart out.

Edwin witnessed his suffering and realised the extend to which he had in evidently hurt Shanker. He did not apologise, but merely called "Shanker" and took out the seed from his pocket.

When Shanker saw that Edwin held his Best Friend in his hands, he felt that his Best Friend has been defiled. What Edwin had done was beyond pardon. He got into a brawl with Edwin. During the ensuing fight, the seed fell off the roof into a running drain.

Shanker yelled at his friend to stop. but his Best Friend didn't listen to him. He went further and further away from him and at last fell into a stream near the school.

"Does my Best Friend prefer Edwin to me, is that why he has left me or Is he angry with me for not protecting him from being kidnapped by Edwin". There were many confusing thoughts running in Shanker's mind. (Many a time, we as parents, do not realise the importance our children place upon their "Best Friend" like the favorite Teddy Bear, car or aeroplane etc. that our child always plays with .We may casually throw it away once it is old or damaged, not realising how deeply they would be affected by such an act.)

Shanker could not be consoled but even tried to jump into the stream. Edwin managed to pull him back then kept patting him to try and console him.

The enemy is now his Best Friend. But this new Best Friend did not remain with him either. Just like his first Best Friend, Edwin too left. How, you ask? Edwin died!

The movie was very touching and was able to convey the feelings of the child who was an outcast so beautifully. I'm afraid I've not done justice to the story. As they say "A picture says a thousand words".

I hope you enjoyed reading about Shanker and realise that being different doesn't mean that one should be ignored but should be cared for and shown consideration just like any other person.

The Hunger Site

The Child Health Site

Oceana: Protecting the World's Oceans

Varb For Me

Recipe Blogs - Blog Catalog Blog Directory

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posted by Bubbles at 7:40 AM 1 comments