Category Archives: Stories from around the world

A failed hot air balloon?


Tune Talk attempted to inflate a custom hot air balloon at a huge community park in my neighbourhood.

At first, I heard a loud whirring sound.  I didn’t think much of it, but was curious though.  The sound carried on for some time.

Then, when I went out to hang the laundry, there I saw the source of the sound.  The park is quite a distance away.  It’s amazing that you could hear the hot air filling up the balloon from my house.




The balloon got higher and higher above the rooftops.  I could see that they were having problems inflating the balloon.  Whenever they stopped filling the balloon, the balloon goes down and deflates.  Then, they tried filling it up again and stopped.  Again, the balloon deflates.  Well, they gave it another try after that.

The next morning, they made a second attempt.  Still, the balloon failed to fly …

Come to think of it.  I wonder how much the balloon cost and that’s what went down the drain.  Hmm ..

Large crowds at SDMC to see Virgin Mary?


My hubby called on my mobile yesterday …

Hubby:  Honey, I failed to mention that … someone saw Virgin Mary at SJMC.

Me:  Huh?  What did you say?

Hubby:  Virgin Mary … at SJMC

Me:  Virgin Mary?  She’s at SJMC??  What do you mean?

Yeap … I didn’t believe what I heard.  So I googled and to my surprise, there she is.

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Lion’s Whiskers


I came across a blog, named Lion’s Whiskers.  What’s that all about you might ask?

Well, it’s a blog that provides information for parents on ” … raising their kids to have courage for the challenges on the path ahead”.

The blog is inspired by a traditional folk tale from Ethiopia.  Read it here.  It also gives top 10 reasons to read the blog.  I am sure I will like this blog after I’ve read through the posts.  I’m sure you will too 🙂

OH, by the way, the blog is managed by two women, Lisa Dungate and Jennifer Armstrong.   Good work, ladies!

Lisa Dungate, a parenting coach, child/family therapist, and family life educator.

Jennifer Armstrong, an award-winning author of over 100 books for children and teens

She’s one CRAZY, SICK, OUTTA-her-mind maid!!


I received very sad news.  A very close friend of mine found out that her maid has been treating her baby daughter very bad … really inhumane!  Her baby was born 5 days before my twins were born.  Imagine she’s not even 4 months during this terrible ordeal.  I cannot imagine how someone would do all this to a baby …

Imagine this …

  • The maid would throw the baby on the couch
  • The maid would lift her by her hand
  • The maid would cover her (top to toe) with a pillow to make her sleep
  • The maid would shake her to sleep

My friend has shared a couple of videos with us, her friends and acquaintances.  She couldn’t share anymore as she couldn’t get herself to watch the recordings.  She wants to forget what happened and move on …

You can watch them here and here.

I hope I’m helping in some way by sharing this ordeal with whoever I can reach.  To parents out there … install cctv at home!  it’s the best you can do if you opt to have a live-in maid and leave the kids with her day-in, day-out while you’re at work.

Words of wisdom from the drawer


The other day, I was cleaning out my cluttered drawer and I found a stack of cards with words of wisdom printed on them.  I got these cards when we went to a birthday party held for an aunt early this year.  The party was groovy.  Only family and close friends were invited.

Each card was placed at every seating.  Each person would get a different wisdom.  After the party, I took some cards that were unique as no one was interested in them.

This one is my favourite ~ Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened – Cora Harvey Armstrong

Here are the rest 🙂

  • A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age – Robert Frost
  • The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age – Lucille Ball
  • First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to zip up your fly, and then you forget to unzip your fly – Branch Rickey
  • I’m at an age when my back goes out more than I do – Phyllis Diller
  • They say that age is all in your mind.  The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body – Unknown

The power of onions


Today, I received a forwarded email from an old friend about ONIONS.

In 1919 when the flu killed 40  million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu.

Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied  that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms  of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).  The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of  the onions and place it under the microscope.  She gave  him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in  the onion.  It obviously absorbed the bacteria,  therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ.   She said that several years ago many of her employees were  coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers.  The next year she placed several bowls with  onions around in her shop.  To her
surprise, none of  her staff got sick.  It must work..  (And no, she  is not in the onion business.)
The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them  in bowls around your home.  If you work at a desk,  place one or two in
your office or under your desk or even  on top somewhere.  Try it and see what  happens.   We did it last year and we never  got the flu.

If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick,  all the better.  If you do get the flu, it just might  be a mild case..
Whatever, what have you to lose?  Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues.  She replied
with this most interesting experience about onions:

Weldon,thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmers story…but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill…I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar…placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

After reading the article, I googled it on the net and found other pages that explains what you can do with onions.

A touching story …


A friend passed on a story about a little girl’s dying wish to watch the animated movie “UP”.

It recently was released in the theatres about an old man’s mission to fulfill his life dream to travel to South America and how his path crossed with a kid stowaway.

The little girl, Colby Curtin, was suffering from cancer and her she wished to watch “UP” when she saw the trailer a few months ago.

Once “UP” got out, Colby got too sick to go to the theatres to watch.  A family friend contacted Pixar and Disney about holding a private screening at her home.

The next day, a Pixar employee showed up with a DVD and gifts.  Colby could open her eyes to watch because they’re so swollen.  Her mom had to narrate to her what was happening.  Colby loved the movie.

Later that night, Colby passed away …

It’s so sad.  I was teary-eyed when reading the actual article.  My prayers for the little girl’s soul …