Anneliese and Erika

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Since I can’t do much today, I just had to watch DVDs. My sister’s goddaughter, Samantha is with us today. My mother fetch her from Taytay. My sister will take her to the mall tomorrow. When, I woke this afternoon, they are already watching, Barbie movie, The Island Princess. Oh well, it is actually my daughter’s favorite movie. :)

As I watch the movie with them, my sister remembered something about my daughter. Antoinette loves Barbie movies so much! :) She knows almost all the characters that Barbie played already. With her favorite movie, The Island Princess, she knows all the characters and she is familiar with the songs too. She sing along with the characters as well.

One of the Barbie movies she like watching (next to Island Princess :) ) is Princess and the Pauper. The princess’ name is Anneliese while the pauper is Erika. Antoinette remembers them by heart. She has cousin named Ericka, but we often call her Ikay. Antoinette didn’t know that her real name was Ericka.

My sister told me that one day while we were at my paternal grandmother’s wake, my cousin Marian called Ikay by her real name, “Ericka.” Antoinette was confused then. She went to Ikay and asked if Ericka was her name. Ikay said yes, then she said “eh di ako si Anneliese (then, I am Anneliese).” :)

I laughed so hard when I learned about it! :) I can’t help but smile when I remember it. Well, Antoinette is such a jewel! A priceless one. :)

The Princess and the Pauper

Anneliese is the one pink, while Erika is the one in blue. :)

Ciao! :)

Is Santa Claus for real?

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When we’re young, we always hang our Christmas stockings and wait for dear Santa Claus to fill it with gifts. More often than not, we caught our parents secretly placing our Christmas wishes into those big stockings the night before Christmas. So, when we woke up and greet Christmas day a good morning, we found our stockings filled with gifts.  Then we knew that Santa stopped by our house last night, gave our gifts for being good boys and girls the whole year.

To this day, Santa Claus is still a significant symbol of celebrating Christmas. I received this email this morning and I would like to share it with you.

 Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

From the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, written by Francis P. Church, September 21, 1897 We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

“Dear Editor–I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?”
Virginia O’Hanlon, 115 West Ninety-fifth Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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Grimm’s Fairy Tale

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This is the book which I got for Antoinette. It is really good book. My baby always ask me to read one of the stories in it every night. She enjoys it! :) 

These are some of the stories in the book. Other people find fairy tale a not so good book for the children for these books  take children away from reality. For me, these books will inspire children. That even if they go a lot in life, they will always find a rainbow after the rain. :)

A Tale from Grimm

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It was our pay day yesterday, and though I received just a little pay, I took a walk to Eastwood’s City Walk and dropped by Pages and Chapters. It is a bookstore. I went in and checked some books that have marked down prices. I searched for a fairy tale book for my daughter who has a fever. I thought it would be best if I will bring something for her. Though she owns a fairy tale book already, but it is more on Disney princesses. I asked the lady in the store about a fairy tale book which is not a Disney one. She searched through the shelves but didn’t find any. I tried my luck in finding a book for my daughter. Then I stumbled on a book called Tales from Grimm.

The name Grimm, actually rang a bell to my ear. For I have known the Grimm brothers since I was young. How I love reading their stories. I opened the book and explore its pages. I checked on the tales included in it which will interest my little princess.

I found the classics like Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and one my favorite tales, Rumpelstiltskin. So I told the lady in the store that I will buy that book.

As I arrived home, I found Antoinette awake but she has a very high fever. I showed her the new book and she was delighted and asked me to read a story for her. I read the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker. Moral of the story? Whatever blessings that may come to you, be thankful to God and do not forget the people or creatures who helped you in being successful.

Nonet enjoyed the story and then she fell asleep. I continue reading on through its page and found an interesting story, The Fisherman and his Wife. Moral of the story? Be contented of what you have and be thankful enough.

It was a very interesting story that I recommend for good reading. Especially today, when people become greedy to the expense of his neighbor. I am lucky to have that book. A book, which is not just a fairy tale book but full of lessons in life which will guide my little girl as she journey through this life. :)

The Princess and the Pea

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Hans Christian Andersen had written several fairy tales that continuously enchanting our minds to these days. Those are classic stories which will be passed on to our children’s children. Among these many tales, there is this one story that I love the most. Princess and the Pea. I like the story for it shows how special a princess is. The story showed that the search for a true princess will not be that easy. For a real princess is a very special person. I always tell my daughter that she is a princess and she is a very special person indeed. Like me, I hope you’d love the story and dig out the child on you! Enjoy reading! :)

There was once a prince and he wanted a princess, but then she must be a real Princess. He traveled right around the world to find one, but there was always something wrong. There were plenty of princesses, but whether they were real princesses he had great difficulty in discovering; there was always something which was not quite right about them. So at last he had come home again, and he was very sad because he wanted a real princess so badly.

One evening there was a terrible storm; it thundered and lightning and the rain poured down in torrents; indeed it was a fearful night.

In the middle of the storm somebody knocked at the town gate, and the old King himself sent to open it.

It was a princess who stood outside, but she was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.

‘Well we shall soon see if that is true,’ thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took all the bed clothes off and laid a pea on the bedstead: then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night. In the morning they asked her how she slept.

‘Oh terribly bad!’ said the princess. ‘I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!’

They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such a delicate skin.

So the prince took her to be his wife, for now he was sure that he had found a real princess, and the pea was put into the Museum, where it may still be seen if no one has stolen it.

Now this is a true story.

The princess was surprised when she saw her bed!

The Pea

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