Tag Archives: appreciation

Building Relationships

A slice of relationship for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 26.

Over the years, we have built quite a big network of friends that became more like families. These are families that we met through a friend , of a friend, of a friend.

For over 10 years of friendship, the kids grew up together. They look forward to activities that we do together such as riding our bikes, barbecuing in the park, camping, hiking or having a get-together at each other’s home for birthdays, Canada Day or just because it’s a warm summer night.

Yesterday was Good Friday and for a few years now, one family whose house is a walking distance from the church has been hosting the dinner after attending the church service. The young ones, aged 11 to 21, had a wonderful time playing cards, Truth or Consequence, watching funny videos, and sharing stories while us, adults had our own stories to tell from getting a $175 parking ticket, the new government, our jobs, their kids education, taxes we pay, travel. We went home around 2:00 in the morning with smiles on our faces from all the stories we shared the whole time.

As we spend more time together, we discover sharing the same views on a lot of things, contrasting perspective on a few, and neutral on very little or random topics. Sometimes, the people that we met first were the ones who have drifted away while the connection strengthens with others. Our relationships started from being strangers to trusting each other.

Tomorrow is another day for us to be together hosted by another family to celebrate Easter Sunday. And it will feel like we haven’t seen each other in a long time.

As the saying goes, “No man is an island…”



The Last Slice Of March

A big slice for the final day of Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 31.

My writing corner collected dust for five months until I came across this challenge and decided to join to push myself in order to get out of that rabbit hole.

Hooray to all of us who made it through this month sharing a slice of their thinking to the #SOL16 community and to the world. Once again, thank you very much for all the connection, inspiration, and collaboration!

For the third week and last day, here’s the compilation of what my slices were.

Day 21: The Next 10-Day Reflection

Day 22: 1, 2, 3, Blow!

Day 23: What’s in Your Lunch Bag? 

Day 24: #icestorm16

Day 25: Not a Fruit Eater

Day 26: Building Relationships

Day 27: Easter Celebration

Day 28: A Game of Pick-up Sticks

Day 29: DPA: Daily Physical Activity

Day 30: Twitter

Tomorrow is April 1st. I don’t think I will be writing anything down tomorrow. We shall see. Unless, I will say April Fools!


A Game of Pick-up Sticks

A slice of pick-up sticks for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 28.

One of the kids prizes that were given yesterday during our Easter celebration was a set of “old school games” in one box: pick-up sticks, dominoes and jacks.

The one that these three boys chose to play was Pick-up Sticks. These boys are 18, 15 and 11 years of age. They had no clue how to play the game and didn’t even know what it’s called until they looked into that small piece of paper called instruction.

At an early age, they’re very much exposed to playing games online. They can figure out the mechanics of these games easily. Their interaction to players is not limited to physical presence but rather open to a global community.

But I would like to strike a balance. Touching what you’re actually playing with, winning the battle face-to-face, and an actual human interaction in this digitally connected world are also essential and one of the basic needs of people.

I wonder how many households have these games still. Or how many families spend time together playing them.

When students ask me if they can play a board game whenever there’s time, my answer is always yes. I will not stop them from learning something new but will also give them a taste of both worlds: appreciation of the old.


A Night of Laughter With Friends

A slice of laughter for my Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 19.

Over the years, we met wonderful people that became our support group and vice versa.

In the summer, we do a lot of outdoor activities together such as camping, barbecue, bike riding, hiking. We would spend hours in the backyard laughing, sharing old jokes that would still make us laugh no matter how many times we have heard of them.

It’s different in the winter. We don’t see each other that much. But yesterday, we decided that it would be a good time to catch up. I sent out an email last night about getting together tonight. Barbecue pork on the grill with some salad greens. As each family came, more food were added on the table: wings, tofu, red velvet cake, fruits, fish balls, pink lemonade and apple cider.

Even with the last minute invitation, everyone is here. While I am doing this, I can hear their laughter. I try to sneak in when I saw the time.

As much as I would like to write more, I have to finish this up. I can hear someone asking where I went already. I had to catch up with more writing in a couple more days.


A Salute to the Parents and Grandparents

A slice of love from the grandparents for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 16.

There’s one thing that I noticed, as we were going around town today visiting different stores with friends who are here during this March Break. The little ones on vacation were with their grandparents looking around for some treats in the store.

I can see the joy in the eyes of the grandparents as they try to find what their grandson or granddaughter was looking for. It’s such a sweet moment for me to see. It brings back the happy memories of my childhood with my own grandmom and granddad.

They were probably exhausted at the end of the day trying to keep up with these energetic individuals but treasured every moment together.

To the parents of these children, the time you allow your child to know their grandparents more opens the opportunity to know a great part of the family, a part of who they are.




Springing Forward

A slice of an hour for my Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 13.

Call me crazy but I woke up at 7:30 this morning and felt good because I slept in. As an early bird, it is a disadvantage during weekends and vacations like March Break because I am up at the crack of dawn, still.

But today, I slept in for an hour! Because the Daylight Saving Time, the time moves one hour forward. In my perspective, I woke up an hour later.

I’ll save my worries later during bed time. The clock will say that I have to go to bed when my body can still endure an hour of being up and running. An advantage is I don’t have to go to school tomorrow. I may sneak for an hour nap to catch up on a missed hour of sleep.

The timing of this time adjustment is good too. Parents do not have to fight over sending their kids to bed an hour earlier than usual and waking them up an hour earlier as well. A week will give them enough time to adjust.

Yes, it’s only an hour and yet, it’s quite an impact to everyone. The bright side: we wake up with the sun already peaking through the curtains welcoming another great day. It’s also another sign that we would be able to spend more time outdoors, open our windows to bring in some fresh air after the winter, hear more birds singing and see crocuses peaking through the earth that has been quiet during the cold months.

We lost an hour but the day seems longer. It’s how we look at things. Is the glass half full? Or half empty?


A 10-Day Reflection

For all of us participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. It is the 11th day and we are still here.

Today, I thought I would be writing something to commend myself about the work that I’ve done in the last 10 days which I would have not known that I am capable of if I didn’t take the challenge.

As a pat in the back, I am compiling all the 10 posts that I did for my 11th day slice.

Day 1: Thank YOU… Each and Every Day

Day 2: Dear Snow,

Day 3: Beyond Numbers

Day 4: To Keep or To Toss

Day 5: Strips of Bacon and Two Eggs

Day 6: March Break Madness

Day 7: Batteries: Do you have one? 

Day 8: Lost and Found

Day 9: The Book With No Pictures

Day 10: Read to Someone

This will also help me to keep track of what I have done. We all live a busy life. With this, I can easily see what I have reflected on or caught my attention for the last 10 days.

Thank you for taking the time to read, comment or share one or two of my thinking out loud. Because of you, I am still here.