folk tales

A Messed Up American Folk Tales-Story Telling

Story Telling- Project #1, Folk Tales

Delivered at: St. Andrews Speakers Club, Plano, Texas

A Messed Up American Folk Tales

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Goldilocks with a little red riding hood.

One morning, Goldilocks asked her mother if she could go to visit her grandmother as it had been awhile since they’d seen each other.

“That’s a good idea,” her mother said.  So they packed a nice basket for little red Goldilocks to take to her grandmother.

On her way, she happened to pass the house of the 3 pigs. She knocked on the door but nobody answered. She decided to go in and she saw 3 bowls of porridge on the table.

Curiosity got the better of her and she tasted the porridge on the first bowl. Ouch, this is too hot!  She tasted the 2nd bowl of porridge. “This is too cold,” she said. So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge.

“Ahhh, this porridge is just right,” she said happily and she ate it all up. After she’d eaten the three pigs breakfasts she decided she was feeling a little tired so she went upstairs to the bedroom.  She lay down in the first bed, but it was too hard.  Then she lay in the second bed, but it was too soft.  Then she lay down in the third bed and it was just right.  Little red Goldilocks fell asleep.

As she was sleeping, the three pigs came home.

“Someone’s been eating my porridge,” oinked the Papa pig!

“Someone’s been eating my porridge,” oinked the Mama pig!

“Someone’s been eating my porridge and they ate it all up!” Oinked oinked the Baby pig.

They decided to go upstairs to the bedroom, Papa pig oinked, “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed,”

“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed, too” oinked the Mama pig.

“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed and she’s still there!” Oinked 3 the Baby pig

Just then, Goldilocks woke up and saw the three pigs, She screamed, “Help!”  And she jumped and ran out of the room.  Goldilocks ran down the stairs, opened the door, grabbed her basket and ran away into the forest. However, instead of going straight to her grandma’s house, she got distracted by the beautiful flowers along the way. While she was admiring them, the big bad bear suddenly appeared. Remembering her mother’s advice not to talk to strangers, she ran as fast as she could to her grandma’s house which was made of sticks. She made it inside the house when they heard a knock on the door. “Grandmother (2x), let me come in”. “No, no, said Grandmother,” not by the hair of my chinny chin chin. Then I will huff and I’ll puff and blow your house down growled the big bad bear.

And that’s what he did and the house fell down. Goldilocks with her little red riding hood and her Grandma run to the house of bricks owned by the 3 little wolves. They ask for their help and they let them in. Then they heard a knock on the door. Little wolves 2, let me come in. Not by the hair of my chiny chin chin, said one of the little wolves. Then I will huff and puff and blow your house down, growled the big bad bear. He tried with all his might but he could not blow it down. Grandmother called 911 and reported the big bad bear. The police came and took him to jail. And they all live happily ever after!


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Weather Issues Affecting Special Occassions

Toastmasters Project # 8- Get Comfortable With Visual Aids

Title of Speech: Weather Issues Affecting Special Occasions

Delivered on: 8/6/2016

Once upon a time, we lived in a small house in MN. Our oldest son was turning 6, and we wanted to celebrate his birthday. Due to the tiny size of the house, we decided to have the party at the park. We invited lots of friends. On that day, I woke up and heard thunder! I looked up at the sky, and it was dark like it was going to rain! My heart sank, the boys had been looking forward to this party but holding it at the house was not an option! 

dark clouds
dark clouds

I decided to try prayer, and I begged God to hold back the rain. I was doing this, “Please Lord, please, let us have the party. Please don’t let it rain while we have it at the park.” I prayed until it was time to go. The sky remained overcast but it was not raining. We went to the park; the guests arrived, and children played for 3 hrs.

The party was a success. Then we loaded our family in the car and went home. We pulled into the driveway, and as I stepped out of the car, the heaven’s let loose and dumped out the rain in fury!

Fast forward June 2016. Our daughter turned 18, and she wanted to skydive. When the day arrived there was solid overcast at only 3,000 feet above the ground. We headed to the airport anyway in hopes that the weather would improve.

After checking in, and waiting about an hour, Skydive Dallas announced that they were non-operational that day due to an aviation forecast of solid low overcast all day. It was like a ghost town. They said unless there is a miracle, we won’t be jumping today.

 My husband wanted to leave and come back another day. My daughter said, “No, Mom will pray first then we will go.”  I walked out of the hangar and stood under the overcast sky. I looked up and began to pray. I said, “Lord of the Sky and The clouds, please open up the heavens so Kristy can jump. I believe you have the power to make it possible.” I continued to pray for the next 20 minutes.

Suddenly a wind kicked up from nowhere. The wind sock lifted up, and a tiny patch of blue sky opened up directly over the airport.


The wind continued to blow, and a huge hole opened with blue sky directly above the runway. Everywhere else remained solid overcast. The next sound we heard was the whine of the turboprop as the aircraft pulled up for the first load of jumpers. Skydive Dallas became operational. Suddenly skydivers came out of the woodwork.

Kristy made her first jump making it all the way up to 14,000 feet. Initially, I asked God to lift the cloud ceiling up to 10,000 feet, but He did more than that!

kristy skydive

We received a miracle that day, and everyone was able to partake of the blessing.


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A Mother’s Prayer Availes Much

 A Mother’s Prayer Avails Much
Toastmasters Project #6- Vocal Variety
Delivered on: 6/23/16
What is Prayer? The usual definition is simply “talking to God.”
For me, prayer is knocking on heaven’s door. He is high above the heavens, I am down here below.
Every morning I knock on heaven’s door. I talk to God about my husband and my children. He is so faithful to answer me and nothing is more evident than in the lives of my children.
Recently my sons 26 & 22, moved to Hawaii. But before this, there were lots of doubt mixed-in with inspiration. many times, I have to tell the spirit of doubt, fear, and oppression to leave my children alone in the name of Jesus!
On April 6th of this year, after just a few months of preparation, our sons, Kurt and Kevin finally made it there.  A friend of mine, Ariel, met them there for fun and adventure.

They had planned to settle in Hilo but it rained a lot, which kept them from the ocean, so it defeated the purpose of living near the beach. Problems with allergies and eczema necessitate ocean dipping regularly. 

After 7 days in Hilo, they went to Maui. They met a lady at the bus stop who told them to go to Oahu because that is where the jobs are and they have a better bus system. 


They decided to try out Oahu. Ariel went back home to Texas and K & K checked into a cheap hotel in Waikiki on their first night. The city is bustling and full of tourists. Hotels are very expensive and the cheaper ones were all booked for the weekend. Eventually, they ended up in a male dorm at a hostel. There are buses alright but they are crowded and it takes time to get from point A to point B. It is costly to eat and farmers’ market is nowhere to be found. 

Their money was going down fast and Kevin’s eczema flared up. He also cut his foot on a sharp rock when he dipped in the ocean. The fear of contracting staph added to the list of worries. 


On April 21st, I got a text from Kurt:

Well, this trip is going terribly

I texted back:

Keep your eyes on God who owns Hawaii. Don’t let the spirit of fear & doubt affect you.


I was at work, so what t did, I skipped my lunch, I went to the deserted lobby in the building and prayed for 30 mins. I prayed for their employment, for the spirit of confidence to come, for doubt to go away. Thirty minutes did not seem long enough. I have a prayer book on my phone so everything I said in my prayers was scriptures prayed over them.


Then I texted Kurt, not to be discouraged.  There will be breakthrough soon.


That afternoon, Kurt was hired as a craftsman by Build Oahu, a custom homes contractor. Perfect for Kurt, who likes fine carpentry. 


Things brightened up for Kurt. Next, he bought a motorcycle one block away from where he was.  Finally, he found a shared room with a monthly rental. 


In 36 hours he had a job, transportation and a place to live! HalleluYah!


Kevin returned to Maui. This was what he said, “so much better to be in Maui, not so crazy here.”


I was updating my family in the Philippines about the boys’ situation in Hawaii when my Stepmother, Lingling, informed me that she has cousins in Maui.  She notified them of his arrival.


When Kevin got off the plane, he checked the ads for bicycles and there was a newly posted one for sale. He rode the bus and went straight to the seller to buy it.


Pastor Bong and Darlene (Lingling’s cousins) offered Kevin a place to stay while looking for a job. They also provided meals for free. 


God took care of Kevin’s most pressing need. A place to live and meals for free. One important thing, he needs a job.


I fasted and prayed again. That evening, I got a call from Kevin that evening and he was hired by Whole Foods. This is perfect for him because that is where he gets his food to keep his eczema from breaking out. He will get discounts on food and there is a ladder that he can climb if he wants to be in management someday. A good place to train because Whole Foods is everywhere.

 He became a full-time employee even before starting his job.


HalleluYah! My praises to my LORD and King, Who owns Hawaii and knows what is best for them!


Transportation, Housing, Job, God provided all!




A Family Wilderness Vacation – Toastmaster Project #5

A Family Wilderness Vacation

Your Body Speaks – Toastmaster Project #5

Date of Delivery: 6/6/16

Once upon a time,  My husband and I, and our 2 little boys went on vacation in Northern Mn where there was a big lake, cabins, forest and bears! 

We used to live in Minneapolis so we had to drive for 5 hours to get to Whispering Pines Lodge. 

Our boys were 4 and 8 yrs old. To keep them from being bored in the car, I invented a wildlife game. Points would be given to whoever spotted an animal first. For rabbits, deer, owl, squirrels, those would get 5 points but if it’s a bear, that would be 10 points. The winner would get a treat! 

That made our car trip interesting and fun! The kids were so busy looking for animals they forgot to complain! 

We finally arrived at the place. As we drove down the winding road amidst pine trees and tweeting birds, I spotted an animal who walked like a person walking between the cabins. It was brown and hairy and guess what it was? A bear! I saw it first, yes, I saw it first! I got 10 pts. I won the game!!!

Our vacation had begun. The noise, the crowds were left behind. We were surrounded by the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness and became the guests of deer, moose, black bear, Timberwolves, lions and other wild creatures that inhabit northern Minnesota’s truly natural park. 

We went fishing but the fishes all avoided us. We keep trying. Finally, I got one on the line, a big fish!!! I was so excited I was rolling it in, then the line broke (pop)and it got away. That was the end of my fishing ambitions.  

We needed our older son to experience the joy of catching a fish so the next day we asked the resident naturalist to go fishing with him and my husband. He caught a small fish and it made him very happy!

One night, my husband and I were almost asleep when we heard a crashing sound (bang) outside the bedroom. Our 2 little boys were in the bedroom next door, fast asleep.  My husband turned to me and said,” someone is in the cabin with us.” Could it be the bear? We wondered aloud. Then my husband opened the door and yelled out loud, get out of here bear! He saw the bear, reached out for the garbage sack through the window, inside the porch. The bear had torn the screen on one of the Windows. The bear quickly disappeared! 

I handed the camera to my husband and I told him to take a picture. He said he could not find the bear outside so I went to the porch and looked out the window and I found the bear happily eating the trash on the other side of the cabin! 

I told my husband, the bear is over here, go take a picture. He was kinda far and I said, “closer!” The bear was too busy eating Filipino leftovers to pay attention to the crazy tourists who wanted to take his picture. 

The next day we canoed and explored the nearby island. The boys had so much fun! 

We also visited the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN  and educated ourselves about wolves.

One day we found a teeny tiny mouse barely able to walk in the middle of the cabin floor. We had to take him outside. 

When our vacation ended and it was time to leave, we discovered a snake coiled under the water heater that stood inside the bathroom just by the door. 

We hurriedly got out of there but I bet you that snake was with us the whole time we were there!  I will not think of all the possibilities that may have happened when living with a snake. I will only thank God of His presence and protection that abide with us in the midst of seemingly safe but dangerous place. 

It was truly a wonderful wilderness experience even with the snake in the cabin!


Give and You Will Receive – Life Principle

“Give and you will receive” is a life principle that I truly believe. The Bible commands us to bring the tenth into the storehouse.  “Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse (Into the storehouse — This was one or more large rooms in the temple, built on purpose for this use), so that there will be food in my house, and put me to the test,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.”  Malachi 3:10 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

This is another verse that makes me want to give: The person who blesses others will prosper; he who satisfies others will be satisfied himselfProverbs 11:25 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB

I discovered giving a tenth (tithe) of what I have in Sunday School when I was 15 years old. My teacher at that time was Esther Silbor. That was the only lesson I remember.  It was pretty easy to give 10 cents out of 1.00 but the real test came when I got my first job and I had to give a bigger amount. After paying my obligations, it seems that I did not have enough left for my lunches. It was very tempting to keep the tithe for myself but I decided to trust God to sustain me. In those days, I didn’t have any credit card to fall back on. God was faithful and I noticed that His provision comes in a timely manner. I would be worrying unnecessarily when somebody out of the blue decides to treat me to lunch. Indeed I can testify that God has blessed me far beyond my needs.

There were a few times that I skipped giving but then God never fails to give me plenty of opportunities to make it up. He always gives me a second chance and helps me to become better in the way I looked at life and how to live it.


A friend of mine, Eunsil, told me that if your fists are clenched tight, then you will not be able to catch the blessings but if your hands are open then they are always ready to receive them.

Give,  and you will receive gifts —the full measure, compacted, shaken together and overflowing, will be put right in your lap. For the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure back to you!” Luke 6:38 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

 Moreover, God has the power to provide you with every gracious gift in abundance, so that always in every way you will have all you need yourselves and be able to provide abundantly for every good cause —as the Tanakh says,“He gave generously to the poor; his tzedakah (righteousness) lasts forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:8-9 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 

God is a faithful provider. God is a giver.

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