April 11, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party - Zen diversity

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

"Kumusta Ultimate Blog Party Peeps! Tuloy kayo sa munting bahay namin (Welcome to our humble little house)" - this is our customary greeting in the Philippines to visitors coming to visit us in our home, which is where I was born and raised.

This is my 1st Ultimate Blog Party and I'm having the 1st-timer party jitters! Well, I hope you'll enjoy your visit in my little spot in the w.w.w. nonetheless. So please take off your shoes, come in, stay a while and let's chat over green tea or Coffee perhaps?

Now in my attempt to be a good host, I'll right away spare you the pain of trying to pronounce my name. Yep, no one can pronounce my name or spell it properly. How odd! But here is an easy way to. It's like Merry Christmas without the "mas". Simple right? Sound it out : "Maricris" and you've just said my name correctly. That wasn't difficult was it? :) Now please don't forget to introduce yourself via comments before you leave, okidoki?!

So here's a little more about me. I'm Filipina. I love to travel. Some of the countries I've visited include Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bahrain and Kuwait, where I experienced and was lucky to survive the 2nd war initiated by Iraq. Let's just say, I have my own share of Gulliver's Travels to tell that is not limited to killer quakes and military coups. And I speak 4 languages!

But my life is not as colorful. I have to deal with immigration woes, recession heartbreaks and learning how to pump gas! And yes, I'm a working mom too. I have a very smart and sassy daughter who just turned 6 this month (we're actually having her party tomorrow!) and married to a geek 6'4 gentle giant who is a pain in the neck at times! Ya know, I'm only 5'3.

As you can see, we're a very diverse family. This was taken during this year's Chinese New Year Festival celebration of the Martial Arts school where hubby got certified as a Tai Chi Sifu (Teacher) last year and daughter takes Shaolin Kung Fu classes. As it is, my blog is as diverse as I'm.

Gosh, did I talk a lot! Here have some Black Bean and Salsa Burrito while I list my Top Prize picks!
  • Toshiba Satellite L505D-ES5025 - The Grand Prize! *crossing fingers and toes* I can wish can I not? - desperately need a new laptop.
  • US40- 3 day 2 night stay from Holiday Inn Main Gate East in Kissimmee, FL
  • US71- $50 Bear Bucks Card to Build Bear Workshop
  • US6 - The Double Stacked A Lot Of Love.
  • US23 - $25 Target Card
I hope you enjoyed our little chatter. Do swing by 5 Minutes for Mom and meet more fabulous moms like you and me! Thanks for stopping by. See you again soon...

P.S. Did I mention I make jewelries too? Yes I do! Check Golden Flower creations.


    1. I've always wondered how to pronounce your name, now I know! Nice to learn more about you. I love to travel too, but I haven't been out of the US, except to Canada and England. Your daughter is so sweet! Enjoy the party!

    2. Its so nice to see the whole family! Wonderful blog. I am saying hello from #littleremedies and from #ubp10 ! Ciao!

    3. Wow, sounds like you are a super busy family. Lots to see and do. I love to travel too, but have not been near the places you have. I'm sure you have some amazing stories.

      Hope you have a great time at the party this week and meet lots of great bloggers and friends! Stop by and say hi when you get the chance.

    4. I am new to the UBP party too! Glad to have bumped into you! Your transition to the states sounds fascinating!

    5. Stopping by for the party!! Hope you are having fun at the UBP!

      Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
      My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by and say hi! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

    6. Wow I didn't know you spoke 4 languages! You should write a book! Sounds like you have had an incredible life. Stopping by for UBP!

    7. Hey, there! Can't believe I almost missed your UBP post. I was wondering how to pronounce your name. That's how I was pronouncing it in my head, but I wasn't sure. Good luck in the giveaway. Happy blogging!

      Oh, yeah. You can visit me at http://getalonghome.com if you have a minute. I'd love to have you visit!

    8. Love your set up! Thank you for having us. Look forward to getting to know you even better.

      Please stop by our place, if you get a chance. We'd love nothing more than good conversation and a nice green tea. :)


    9. Just stopping by for the UBP10 which I am new to this year, but having a blast so far. Anyway, great to know you & nice blog!

    10. Popping over to say hey! I am following you on GFC. Come on over and say hey to me. You can follow me around too if you'd like ;)


    11. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Great UBP10 post!

    12. Kumusta! Thanks for visiting my blog :)It's my first time to attend the UBP as well.. .Nice to meet you Maricris, Denjie here also from 'Pinas!

    13. Thanks for stopping by my blog party! Looks like you are having fun over here. I really enjoyed your picture from the Bearthday Party. Great idea. I may try that with my daughter's next birthday. Enjoy the party!

    14. Maricris! You have a beautiful name! Thank you for stopping by Good Morning Peekaboo for the UBP 2010!
      I hope you have fun and get to meet many moms!
      I will be hosting a giveaway very soon!!! Stop by again and I will be stoping in over here to read your blog! I love reading blogs!!!
      See you again soon!

    15. Oh and by the way, the Oprah no phone zone is one of the most incredible things! I think everyone needs to do it!!! We need to get all the mom bloggers out there to get together and do a huge challenge! What do you think?!

    16. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Yes, my header picture is from where I grew up, in the eastern part of Washington state. Ironically, in the process of revamping my blog, I had just removed the picture when I saw your comment! I need to figure out a way to somehow stick that picture back in my blog. :-/

    17. Visiting from UBP - thanks for checking out my site. Nice to stumble upon yours as well.

    18. Stopping by from UBP10! So nice to meet you, I'm a new follower :)


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