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I am very pleased that my kids are so into drawing.  I really don't know how to draw, so I could only wish that my kids would be like my older brother and younger sister who are such great artists. Here are some samples of Ria's drawings:

I would like to thank my friend Lalaine for photocopying me this great book that teaches kids how to sketch-- the steps are so simple Ria greatly enjoyed following its simple instructions.

The book's title is "Funky Things to Draw", with over 80 drawings to master

Here is Ria's work:

Without the color

With the color

Here is also a drawing of a ladybug she made.  I was not able to take a photo before she colored it.

Hubby and I are so blessed  to have a budding artist in the family.  Our Ria is one shy girl who is not really confident about what she does, so we always make it a point to affirm her that the works of her hands are wonderful!  Don't you think so too?




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We went home to the Philippines last month for my sister's wedding.  It was a pleasure helping her out with some tiny details days before her big day.  I have not blogged about the wedding yet, but here is a collage of cute photos of our family taken at a photo booth.  Well, it's not really inside a booth... just in a corner where guests can pose for  wacky shots using colored wigs, hats, colored and extra big "shades."

We really had so much fun posing for photos here.  At the bottom right is a photo of Reyna and Ian.  This was taken in one of their pre-nuptial photo shoots.  I really miss my little sister (who is so much taller than me, by the way...).  Six days after the wedding, she and Ian moved to Australia where they will be based for I don't know how long.

But like they say, the world is getting smaller so we always catch up on facebook-- or who knows?  We might be able to go down under one of these days!  I wish!

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When we learned that there was going to be a sponsor for the kids to enroll in Yamaha Music School for three months, we were ecstatic!  Ria could not finally go on with her violin classes and Roi-- he was undecided at first but eventually he chose drums.

Although the kids have been here in Thailand for more than a year already, they still can't speak the Thai language.  We have always thought it was going to be easy for them to blend in with local kids and pick up the language faster than us but sadly, that is not the case because for one, our community has many Filipino families whose kids have become Ria and Roi's playmates.

On top of that, our kids are homeschooled so they are not that exposed to the Thai language.  Anyways, we were a bit worried when we left Roi inside that room for his first day of drum classes.  His teacher spoke no English so I was really wondering how in the world he would teach our boy!

Week after week Roi would tell us that he enjoyed his classes and has been mum about his teacher not speaking English.  He would just tell us he understood his teacher.  Ok, however he did that, it does not matter as long as Roi is enjoying himself and is learning something.

I always get curious but parents were not allowed to get inside the room whenever they have their drum lessons.  One day I could not resist but peek and here's what I saw!

Our little drummer boy was beating the drums! There was music being played in the organ/keyboards and Roi's timing was just right! Boy was I happy!!!

Ok, all my questions were answered when I saw this.  I am such a stage mom, I know.  LOL.  But what else can I do?  I am just proud.  Very proud!

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