February 29, 2008

King Arthur and the Witch

Got this email-story long, long time ago. I even forgot who sent it to me... somehow I managed to keep this on file and therefore still available for my reading consumption. Here it goes:
Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of aneighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved byArthur's youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as longas he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year tofigure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.
The question?....What do women really want? Such a question would perplexeven the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed animpossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch's proposition to have an answer by year's end.
He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, thepriests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke! with everyone,but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.
Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would havethe answer. But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.
The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk tothe witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree toher price first. The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur's closest friend!
Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only onetooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had neverencountered such a repugnant creature in all his life. He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terribleburden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compare! d to Arthur's life andthe preservation of the Round Table.
Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur's question thus: What a woman really wants, she answered....is to be in charge of her own life. Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a greattruth and that Arthur's life would be spared.
And so it was, the neighbouring monarch granted Arthur his freedom andLancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding. The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for ahorrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him.
The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. Theastounded Lancelot asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appearedas a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half. Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day....or night?
Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman toshow off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but bynight, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?
Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.
Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.
So, what's the moral lesson of this story?
If you don't let a woman have her own way.... Things are going to get ugly!!!

February 28, 2008

About Me

I guess I have to introduce myself so that you will have some slight idea about the person behind this blog. Well, if you have a friendster account, you can view my profile there and see for yourself who I am...


Name: Naomi

Birthday: October 12
Address: Philippines
Status: Married
Kids: Nikki (6), Nikkos (3), and CJ (1)
Occupation: Auditor
Zodiac: Libra


Book: Novels, Magazines
Author: John Grisham, Jude Deveraux, Sidney Sheldon
Color: Green and Brown (at the moment), Blue (all time fave)
Food: Pasta, Salads, and Pastries
TV Show: Totally Spies, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Friends, and lately, Lobo (local tv show)
Music: Pop, RnB, Christian
Song: I Could Not Ask For More
Hobbies: Dancing, internet and playing with my kids
Movies: If Only, A walk to Remember, The Holiday, Just Like Heaven, Fools Rush In, The Notebook

Well that's it for now... am still thinking what other information to add here.

February 27, 2008

Photo Impact

I should say that I am a frustrated artist. I remembered during my childhood days, I was always trying to draw something...but unfortunately, the drawing was far from what I have in mind. I always admire other people who are gifted with such craft, a cousin, a classmate, or a friend. But then, my desire to excel in the field of graphics vanished to thin air...

Just last year, I became a frequent forum poster of ABS-CBN forums and PEX, all because of being a Roicynatic (Robert-Saicy fanitic). Since then, the artist inside of me (whatever what was left, if there was any) felt the urge to try my hand in making fanarts or banners. Thanks to a cyber friend, and she gave me the idea to use either Photo Impact or Photoshop to make such stuff.

I tried to download the trial versions... since I still could not afford the full package. Sad to say, the Photoshop was too large a file, even the trial version, so I was having a hard time downloading it. Luckily though, Photo Impact came to my rescue and off I went to graphics...

So here are the fruits of my labor...(since I tried hard to learn them).

I even made some for my loved-ones...

I'm looking forward to learn Photoshop soon. :-)

February 26, 2008

Mmmm.... Potato Salad

I received this recipe via email from Spark People, where I used to register in order to monitor my progress in weight loss. Somehow, I have managed in the first few weeks but lately, all my efforts were to no avail.

Anyways, this recipe really interests me, since I am a lover of potato salads. I will let my husband prepare this stuff soon...

To prepare the Garden Potato Salad, here are the procedures and ingredients:

3 lb. (about 6 large) potatoes, boiled in jackets, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup sliced green onion
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
3/4 cup skim milk
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1. In a large bowl, place potatoes, celery, green onion, and parsley.
2. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, blend cottage cheese, milk, lemon juice, vinegar, celery seed, dill weed, dry mustard, and white pepper until smooth. Chill for 1 hour.
3. Pour chilled
cottage cheese mixture over vegetables; mix well. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

Bon appetit!

Congrats Nurses...

The Nursing Board Exam results has already been out and there were only a number of names that I recognize. I have been waiting for this result because I have friends who took it, but unfortunately, I haven't found their names on the list of passers....sigh!

Yesterday, we had lunch over my aunt's house, and I asked my father before we went what the occasion was. He said that Jocelyn (my cousin's wife) passed the Nursing Board Exam and my aunt wanted to have a thanksgiving get-together. Hmm... at least I have someone I know who passed.

To all the passers... a warm congratulations and wishing you a brighter and wider horizon in the future.

February 23, 2008

Movies I Look Forward To Watch

Just watched John Rambo on the big screen yesterday. My husband was really dying to see it because he has watched every sequel of it, and this time he would not want to miss this one. And so, to accompany him, there I was watching the gruesome and violent film. In fairness though, Stallone could still do those stuff that he was popular of way back.

During the movie break, there were trailers being shown for upcoming films. And I get excited for the following films to be shown in the near future...

Fool's Gold


The Dark Knight

Can't wait for these movies....

February 19, 2008

Kids' Entertainment

I am just amazed how drawn my kids are to television. I could no longer watch my favorite tv shows because all my kids watch their faves and unfortunately, their favorite programs were shown just as the shows that I wanted to take a glimpse to are also shown. Sigh!

So, what do my kids watch lately? There are so much stuff they watched on tv... they surf from channel to channel and memorized the time schedules the shows are gonna shown. Here are some of the boob tube programs that made their eyes glued to the television for countless hours....

Mr. Bean

Tom and Jerry

Dora the Explorer


Shaun the Sheep

Spongebob Squarepants

There are still other programs my kids are fond of... which has somehow made me stick to it too... like High School Musical, Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Hannah Montana, Blue's Clues, Hi Five, Kim Possible and most especially Totally Spies! I wouldn't miss a single episode of this program...

Having my children watch television may be beneficial in terms of peace and harmony at home. Because when their favorite show is on, they would behave themselves and just sit on the couch and watch... unlike when they have nothing to busy themselves on... then, everything would not be in place. However, too much watching also hinders the development of children relative to the oral communication skills of the child.

February 18, 2008

Top 3 on Wish List

I have several items in mind that I really wanted to have. Although they may not be a necessity, but I really would love to add them to my humble possessions. I hope one day I could get hold of those things.

My top three fave things at the moment includes the following:


My cellphone was stolen about three weeks ago and now I am stuck with an old and outdated one. I was so clueless so as placing my cellphone in my backpack, not caring that one may actually and skillfully open it without me knowing. The cellphone I am using right now is an old one, but thank goodness it still is functional...(lol!). I am scouting for new ones and hopefully if I am financially able, I will get one of these.....

Nokia N82


Nokia E51


After several months of going ga-ga over Havaianas, I have decided to look for something closed yet stylish and sporty. I have browsed though the net and found this shoes from Lacoste and I really want to have them. It may be impossible for now to have them due to financial constraints, but I'm keeping my hopes high. We never know.....


I should say that bags are one of my weaknesses, and after browsing through some online sites that features bags, I am rooting for this black Guess bag and again hoping that sooner I could have this on my own.

Well, that was only three of the things that I am dying to get for myself....

February 5, 2008


Now that we have already conducted out exit conference to our audited agency, I should heave a sigh of relief. Last week, our audit team has presented to the management the audit observations that were noted during the course of audit and the suggested recommendations for the improvement and correction of the said observations. So far, we have issued about 20 audit observation per agency and somehow the exit conference ended up very smooth and as planned.

The observations we have noted were material to warrant a qualified opinion on the financial statements, since most of the accounts affected are those that are substantial and makes the most of the agency's assets. Even their income statement accounts have some misstatements, but then I do hope adjustments would be immediately effected to display a fair presentation.

For now, I may render a sigh of relief... for audit execution is over. But, since our audit coverage is only until October of last year due to year end reports not yet completely done, then we still have some continuations to be done, although only minimal additions and adjustments.

And since the agency under audit is a large one, consolidation of audit observations is likewise to be done for all its over 40 branches. And this is where the pressure, stress and other unpleasantries come in... Sigh! Is this still a relief?

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