Mom redeemed herself from being the Worst Mom of the Year…

November 4, 2008 no manual for parenting

… by dumpster diving for child’s missing homework! Thank goodness they are not perfect…

Questions I ask myself every day (No.1)

November 3, 2008 no manual for parenting

Just because I am aware of my inadequacy as a mother, I am able to make fun of myself and I give myself the title “Bad Mommy of the Year”, does it absolve me for doing a bad job bringing up my children? If I call myself out as a criminal, does it make my […]

Overheard at my house (Episode 1)

November 3, 2008 no manual for parenting

Scene: after mommy serves them breakfast (oatmeal) with loud bang on the table and great indignation and runs upstairs to take her 1-minute shower before they have to rush to their first activity on a Sunday morning… 5-year-old boy: I wish mommy is less mean. Do you wish mommy is less mean, Older Brother? 10-year-old […]

So, how do you explain Roe vs. Wade to a 10-year-old boy??

November 3, 2008 no manual for parenting

Am I a bad mom? Sometimes I worry that in an effort to bring up children that are progressive, tolerant, self-aware, and self-reliant, and to make sure that they become “contributing members of a civil society” in the future, I may have pulled a cloud over their childhood. If they are fortunate enough to not […]

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What I learned from my 5th grader’s homework this weekend…

November 3, 2008 imho is just a polite way to say I know you don't give a hoot what I think but I'm going to say it anyway

My 10-year-old came home with a 10-page homework packet last week, a research report on this presidential election. (Let me not start with the fact that the packet is from 1997 and asks for an example of a printed ad in newspaper or magazine. I don’t remember the last time I saw any candidate spending […]

I voted. Have you?

October 21, 2008 random

Early voting rocks! Thanks to the well-thought-out planning of the government (I can’t believe I just said that!), there are a lot of early voting stations with convenient hours for voters this year. And according to the latest report, the election this year may have a record turnout because people are allowed to vote early, […]

I dig “Really? Really??” “Are you serious?!”

October 21, 2008 imho is just a polite way to say I know you don't give a hoot what I think but I'm going to say it anyway

I don’t understand why there was not more bluhaha around the AIG retreat. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, AIG brought all their top executives to St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif for a week-long retreat. The $443,000 tab includes $23K for the Spa. Here is the breakdown for a vacation […]

Now that’s customer service!

October 16, 2008 marketing at work

(Bless the investigative reporter’s heart: at first glance, I thought this map was used for some sort of military reconnaissance maneuvering!) I am glad to finally read a report on excellent customer service provided by cellphone providers. Seriously, aren’t you tired too about all the bad press endured by these companies? This story just proved […]

If you think you are being watched, well, you are…

October 9, 2008 random

Wired posted the first image demonstrating the power of satellite photography. “This bird’s-eye view of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania was the first image ever seen by the GeoEye-1, the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite sponsored by Google, when it opened its camera door earlier this week.” (The above comparison picture comes from my new favorite website […]

The New Zen

October 6, 2008 a picture is worth a thousand words

If Rob Cottingham is not a genius, I don’t know who is. Again, Mr. Cottingham’s post together with his musings here. There are times when I wonder if there’s something wrong with the fact that I anticipate, say, the next Macworld keynote or big Google announcement more than, say, my own birthday. But then I […]