Saturday, January 24, 2009

Galveston,4 months after Hurricane Ike

LAst, Saturday we went to GAlveston.We never been there since the Hurricane Ike hit last September.It broke my heart when I seen the place. These are some of the pictures..

Some start rebuilding their houses,some lives in the RV.

11-year-old girl loses both legs while playing on train tracks

An 11-year-old Houston-area girl lost one leg and seriously injured the other when she was run over by a train. Doctors said they were unable to save either leg and both had to be amputed.

Giselle Marroquin was playing with some friends on tracks behind their homes in a neighborhood east of Houston late Friday afternoon when a Union Pacific freight train ran over her legs.

Lt. John Legg with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department said a group of five children would stand on the tracks, wait for trains to pass, then grab the side of the train and drag their feet behind them. Legg said the girl slipped and was caught under the train.

"The first thing that goes through your mind is - oh my God," said Vasquez.

Vasquez and several others worked quickly to stop the bleeding. Giselle's left leg was severed, and her other leg was badly mangled. She was taken by helicopter to the Texas Medical Center.
Alex Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, said Saturday the girl was in critical condition.

Neighbors said that the children were able to get into the railway area through a home without a backyard fence. But they also said that even if the home was fenced in, that may not have prevented this accident.

"Most kids think they are invincible. They don't really realize the dangers that are out there," said Vasquez.

The railroad is conducting an investigation. The speed limit on the track in the area where the accident occurred is 10 mph. Officials said the girl and some of her friends had successfully ridden a train earlier, but on their second attempt, she slipped.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Schedule of events for inauguration

President-elect Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday. Below are some official and unofficial activities surrounding Obama's inauguration.

-- President-elect Barack Obama and his family ride the train from Philadelphia to Washington, stopping in Wilmington, Del., for Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his family. Train will stop in Baltimore for speech before heading south. -- BET Honors, an awards ceremony, at the Warner Theater. -- People's Inaugural Gala Celebration at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. -- "Yes We Did" concert. -- Concert with Mary J. Blige, Common and Nelly at nightclub Ibiza.

SUNDAY, JAN. 18 -- Obama will kick off inaugural activities with a welcome event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. Beyonce, U2, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban and James Taylor are among the musicians scheduled to perform. -- Presidential Inaugural Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Ritz-Carlton. -- EMILY's List Inaugural Luncheon with scheduled guests including Cabinet appointees Hillary Rodham Clinton and Janet Napolitano, Sens. Kay Hagan and Jeanne Shaheen, and North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. -- African-American Church Inaugural Ball at the Grand Hyatt Washington. -- 2009 Latino Inaugural Gala with Marc Anthony at Union Station. -- Aloha Inaugural Ball, organized by former Obama campaign workers, held at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel at 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JAN. 19 -- National Day of Community Service event: To honor Dr. King's legacy, Obama, Biden and their families, joined by Americans across the country, will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C. area. -- Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, sponsored by the Texas State Society, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. -- Green Inaugural Ball at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Ball hosted by former Vice President Al Gore. -- Huffington Post preinaugural ball at the Newseum. -- Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts. Hosted by the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, among others. -- A children's evening concert at the Verizon Center honoring military families. Event hosted by Michelle Obama, who will attend. Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers are among the entertainers. -- Obama to attend three private dinners to honor former secretary of State Colin Powell, Biden and Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, for their public service. Dinners at the Hilton Washington, National Building Museum and Union Station.

TUESDAY, JAN. 20 (INAUGURATION DAY) Gates to the Inaugural Ceremony open at 8 a.m. The inaugural festivities are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. They will include: -- Musical selections of The United States Marine Band, followed by the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein provides call to order and welcoming remarks. -- Invocation by the Rev. Rick Warren.-- Musical selection of Aretha Franklin. -- Biden will be sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. -- Musical selection of John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet). -- Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Scheduled around noon. -- Obama gives the inaugural address. -- Poem by Elizabeth Alexander. -- Benediction by Rev. Joseph E. Lowery. -- The National Anthem by The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters." After Obama gives inaugural address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host 10 official inaugural balls: -- Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. -- Obama Home States (Illinois and Hawaii) Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. -- Biden Home States (Pennsylvania and Delaware) Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. -- Midwest Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. -- Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. -- Western Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. -- Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum. -- Southern Inaugural Ball at the National Guard Armory. -- Eastern Inaugural Ball at Union Station. -- Youth Inaugural Ball at the Washington Hilton. Unofficial balls include: -- Congressional Black Caucus Inaugural Ball at the Capitol Hilton. -- Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts. -- Recording Industry Association of America's ball for Feeding America. -- BET's Inaugural Ball at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. -- Africa on the Potomac inaugural celebration at Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. -- American Music Inaugural Ball at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. -- Inaugural Purple Ball at the Fairmont Hotel. -- Human Rights Campaign's Equality Ball at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. -- Inaugural Peace Ball at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. -- Impact Film Fund ball.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21 -- The president, vice president and their families will participate in a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Bush will get pension of nearly $200K

The direct income President George W. Bush receives from taxpayers will be cut in half when he leaves the White House next week. Still, he'll receive a pension of almost $200,000 to tide him over in his first year of retirement in his new home in Dallas.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

MOre Cash in your pocket

These are the guidelines on cutting your expenses and saving on taxes are guaranteed to put money in your pocket and your savings accounts.

1. Get your spending under control by using a free online budgeting Web site, such as This secure site tracks your checking, credit-card and investment accounts and offers money-saving tips, such as where you can cut costs or get a better rate on your credit card. Other free sites, including Wesabe and Geezeo, offer similar budgeting tools, but focus more on their online communities where users share strategies.

2. Set up a flexible spending account to help pay for medical expenses. If your employer offers this benefit, you can stash pretax dollars in the account and use the money to pay for out-of-pocket bills, including physician co-payments, prescription drugs, eyeglasses and braces for the kids' teeth. You can even spend the money on over-the-counter medications, such as antacids and pain relievers.

3. File a new Form W-4. If you got a tax refund for 2008, adjusting your withholding will fatten your paycheck for 2009.

4. Raise your insurance deductibles. Increasing the deductible on your car insurance from $250 to $1,000 can save up to 15% on your premiums -- or about $125 per year on an average premium of $829. Upping the deductible on your homeowners policy can slice your rate by about 25%, or $191 on an average premium of $764.

5. Cut the cost of credit. If you tend to carry a monthly credit-card balance, go with a low-interest-rate card, such as Wells Fargo's Prime Rate card, with a 5% interest rate and $19 annual fee. For gasoline or travel perks, try the BP Visa card or Simmons First Visa Platinum Travel Rewards card.

6. Open an online savings account, such as the one at, which was recently paying 3.25%, or about $100 a year on a $3,000 deposit. You can open the account with just $1, and there are no monthly fees or minimum-balance requirements.

7. Bump up your 401(k) contributions. Already have an emergency stash? With stocks on sale, now is a great time to build or rebuild your retirement kitty.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Should A Christian Drink?

Should a Christian drink alcoholic beverage? The answer sure is "NO". There are a lot of things they shouldn't do. I will list some as I go. We should have charity for alcoholics.We dont know why they turned to drink. There may be some reason why they try to drown their troubles. MOre than we Christians think.There are so many kind ofdrinkers.Some are just once in a while.Some are born in drinking homes,then for others it's the style.But alcohol is very bad indeed, no matter how it used.For it's the devil's worshop and in the end they're bound to lose.Still alcohol is here to stay.There isnt much that we can do.And ask the GOd to see them through.

There are a lot of things that Christians shouldnt do.Especially to excess.Like eating and pleasures and even in their dress.I dont think a Christian should ever touch a drop.For if we ever start to drink,we just want more and more.Remember what Solomon said,in Proverbs 23.Look not upon the wine when it is red,it will be a curse to thee. Yes it is against all Bible teachings. We are warned by Christ and Paul.and in many other places in GOd's word I cant remember all. Still we should help our fellow man,if he falls,lets help him up.Christians should be very kind to folks.They cant refuse the cup.For it CHrist comes in their life.It's beautiful to see,for by HIs great celestial power,from drink they will be free.

So a christian should be careful,in the kind of life he leads.Be to others an example,for that may be the help they need. For the church hearthrob of our nation.Without the church our land would fall.God might let some power destroy it.Then freedoms gone beyond lets not destroy the church with liquor,it should be a house of prayer.The church is our God's temple.So lets show hm we really care.Alcohol should never enter through GOd's church sacred door.It's the evil clothed in scarlet and corruption nothing more.A christian should be temperate in all things from day to day.

Talk to Jesus

Buffy have two boys.Hubby been enjoying watching them come to the church every Sunday.Sometimes she had a problem with her boys specially the youngest.Of course they are kids, but the earlier the better they know what God and how church is important. Her youngest boy did not come to church last Sunday instead stay at home with his dad.So Buffy told him,"YOU NEED TO TALK TO JESUS". THis is been BUffy's line eversince her boys dont come to church.Im proud of her eldest boy Austen.He is so smart and matured enough for things like how church is important.He is 10 yrs old.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Charice to sing at Obama's inauguration

Charice announced at WOWOWEE last January 10,be singing on President Obama’s inauguration this coming January 18.

Watch this video

Goodluch Charice


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Deer Watching

Have you seen a deer as close like this? Well, this is my first time.This weekend we went to Georgetown,TX to visit our dear friend.WHile we are in their frontyard enjoying the fresh air we seen 2-3 deers and later on more and more deers.Our friend said that they really come in their frontyard in the morning and in the afternoon.Looking for her husband.YOu know why because her husband feed this deers....

That's Ron,calling and feeding the DEERS.I could not resist I took a bunch of pictures.I usually seen deers on the road running if they could see human.But this weekend here they are in the frontyard of our friends house.

and more deers

New Beginning for 2009

Yes! New Beginning for 2009
The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!
Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.......

Loose Track

Loose Track! Yes that's me.It's been a while since I post new topic in my blog.I lost some interest posting for some reason.And for some reason I cannot quit,so here I am trying hard na makabawi.The thing's that I miss.I met some good friends here....

Thanks Anah

Thanks for all your advice regarding the GC.I read online about the NOA if you have it you can travel.I do really appreciate for your concern.The more advice the better.