Sweet!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Someone has been sooo kind and sweet to send me a coupon code for an online digital scrapbooking shop. Maria, my one and only cousin who blogs (that’s why I adore her. Haha!) surprised me with a coupon emailed right into my inbox two days ago! (But if you know me well, I will wait for the shop to hold a sale before spending it so I can buy more. ;)) 

Thank you so much, Marytan (as we fondly call her). It was such a sweet gesture and I pray that may God reward your for your kindness and thoughtfulness and for being there for me during those trying times. :)

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The Search is On!

One of the many things that we look forward to this year is the ending of DH’s contract. We are not excited about him, losing a job, but finding a new one. His current office will finally end it’s project after years of operation in the area. That’s the nature of NGOs, right?

Anyways, aside from looking for jobs online, he is also searching the World Wide Web for fast and affordable netbooks. He will be needing one since the laptop he’s currently using will be surrendered to his office once the contract ends.

Moreover, my mom is also requesting him to help her find a good netbook for her. She teaches part-time in two graduate schools and travels a lot. She claims she needs a a laptop to improve her teaching strategies. Fine. But she does not need one with a flashy and classy cover, right? Because that’s what she wanted! A red one, if I may add. DH has been insisting that it’s more expensive but works like the plain covered ones. Oh well… She knows what she wants and she has money to pay for it so who are we to complain, right? :)

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Michael Jackson Dies at 50

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I woke up to a news yesterday that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died due to cardiac arrest. Indeed, the news on TV and online focused on his much-celebrated life and colorful career. Indeed, he will be missed by millions of his fans all over the world. He was planning on making a comeback and final world tour concert by July 2009 but unfortunately, his Maker has other plans.

On June 25, 2009, he collapsed at his residence in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles, California, about noon Pacific time, suffering cardiac arrest, according to brother Randy Jackson. He died at UCLA Medical Center.

Read more about this news and more at the CNN website.

You will be missed, Michael Jackson. And thank you for what you’ve contributed to the music industry. So long.

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Loneliness is Pricey

Thursday, June 25, 2009

It’s been a lonely place down here and if I were to choose, I want to just click-click all day and all night. It takes my mind off the loneliness that is natural. Aside from playing Farm Town on Facebook again, I also indulge into online shopping - no waiting in line, no barcode scanners and traveling. Yeah, being lonely is pricey these days, if you ask me. I’d rather go online to look for nice things to splurge on rather than go to the mall. Joy, indeed. But the downside is that I have to wait for my items to arrive. Haha! One can’t have the best of everything, indeed!

Have a lovely Thursday wherever you are!

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Another Step to Recovery

Someone’s gearing up for a short stay at the hospital and that’s me. I will be undergoing a D & C and I am so not looking forward to it. Though a dose of anesthesia is very much welcome since I want to sleep for looong time. I wanted to have it while DH is around but then I want this to be over. It has to be over and soon. So I can move on, so we can all move on.

I look forward to a better day tomorrow though.

God bless!

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It Isn’t Time Yet

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The news that I shared with my family, relatives and friends at the start of the week devastated us. We were too excited for him/ her that DH and I already informed some friends and relatives that they’re included in our list of godparents. We were that excited. And some of my friends were eager to buy baby gifts and hold a baby shower for us. Some even began scouting online for tees and onesies, diaper bags, rompers and even toys! I was excited too, since we didn’t have one for DD back then. In fact, I was eyeing some cute stuff which I know, the godparents would love to buy if I nicely told them to do so. Hehe.
B67m B130m B230m They’re cute, aren’t they? I love the colors and textures of these lovely baby stuff. Oh well… It’s not meant to be yet. These cuties can always wait. I hope there’s a better next time for us. :)

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I Want…


It’s my first time to join and it looks fun. :)

This week’s question is: What business do you want to be finished with? What do you want this week?

My answer: I just lost my baby due to a blighted ovum, as I mentioned on my previous post. It’s a heartbreaking experience and what more, I have to undergo a D and C. I initially scheduled it on Friday because of work and since my husband will be home Thursday. But then, I don’t want to wait any longer. Plus I think that I am prepared to do it tomorrow for it to be over. That’s the business that I want to be finished with this week.

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Blessed Indeed

Sad thing we lost our baby. It was a blighted ovum. The previous nights were horrible. I hope I can share with you the details but I’d rather not. I am just grateful for the chance to have our baby even for a short time and for the overwhelming love and care that people have shown me when they learned about our loss.

I wish it will be all over after the D and C that I will have to undergo tomorrow. But then a myoma was also discovered based on my ultrasound result that I had last Monday.

A person of faith that I am, I believe that things do happen for many reasons. Even the persons sent to us have their purpose. This heartbreaking and soul-wrenching experience that I am undergoing has a purpose. It will be revealed to me sooner or later. For now, this experience proved to me God’s love through the countless persons who never allowed me to suffer and cry alone. Indeed, I am blessed.

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Hughes Net Rocks!

Monday, June 22, 2009

If you are an online gamer and a digital scrapbooker like me, you will understand my need for fast internet. Slow connection can definitely ruin my day. I remember those days when we were hooked via dial-up. Oh my. I could finish my meal, wash the dishes and even feed the cats and still, my downloads isn’t done yet! Good thing satellite internet was invented! Now, I can chat, download, blog and even play without waiting for like, eternity, before my pages load. And you know what, I don’t know anyone right now who is using dial-up. It’s a thing of the past, if you ask me!

Speaking of satellite internet, have you heard of the fast and affordable hughes internet? Once you avail of their service, you will not only enjoy free equipment and installation, but you also receive a $100 Visa Gift Card! Isn’t that amazing or what! With hughesnet internet, you can choose from their variety of packages, depending on your budget and broadband needs. From download speed of 700 kbps to 3.0 mbps, it’s your call! And remember, whatever your operating system may be, hughes internet is very much ready to serve you. Call them now to order! The number is 1-866-975-6403.

Happy surfing!

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I FEEL SO LOVED RIGHT NOW

Yes I do. That despite of what happened and what will be happening, I have people around me (physically and otherwise) who are so ready to support and pray for me and just be there for me. This is one battle that I have to face alone and yet, these people, these lovely and loving people tells me that I need not to be alone. That they are there for me. I am one lucky girl. So lucky. I AM LOVED. And you know what? I feel loved by God too. Thanks to them. In them, I know and feel that there is God. Indeed.

To my loving husband, my parents, my family in-law, my former and present colleagues, my bestest friends, my online girl friends and to my DD who still can’t grasp what is really happening, THANK YOU SO, VERY MUCH. The battle has just began and I hope it will end soon. And with good results.

Pray for me, OK? Thank you for the hugs, for crying with me and hoping for God’s best plan. I love you all so dearly.

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Random Updates 6/12/09

Friday, June 12, 2009

Great morning to y’all! It’s a holiday here in the Philippines and I am so looking forward to a nice, productive and cold day. I’ve been meaning to scrap because I miss scrapping terribly. But then, let’s see. Haha! My bed looks appealing, thanks to the absence of Mr. Sun.

Anyways, just some random updates:

1. My tummy is getting bigger now. 9th week, here we come! (I hope I will get my super pre-pregnancy weight back, once I give birth. The weight and body that I had even before I had DD. Is that possible? Fastin, tell me! Haha!)


2. I was supposed to go to Davao with some friends today for some shopping but I had to back out because of my morning sickness.

3. Speaking of which, morning sickness is slowly going away. I hope it’s permanent!

4. DH will be home today, after a week-long business trip. I miss him sooo much! And so did DD.

5. Tomorrow, DD will attend her ballet class again. She wants to join the beginners’ class instead of the nursery class because she wants to teach younger children, according to her. We’ll ask her teachers first.



6. Classes will officially begin on Monday. Yesterday, I prepared and printed posters and bookmarks to prevent the spread of influenza A(H1N1) and other viruses. These will be posted and distributed next week.

7. I will be visiting my OB-GYN next Saturday for my monthly check-up. I hope to bring along DD along for her to meet the doctor who delivered her and for her to have participation in taking care of our baby at this stage.

8. A Fathers’ Day gift is all ready. It’s small but I hope DH will like it. I have not showed it to DH yet for she will surely tell her dad about it.

Well, that’s all for now! Have a great weekend ahead! TTFN!

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Independence

Good morning!

Well it’s a very good morning, if you ask me! Today is June 12, a holiday here in the Philippines, in commemoration of our Independence Day! 1205817897fPhilippines_flag(1) So to all our fellow kababayans out there, Maligayang Araw ng Kasarinlan at Mabuhay!

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Furniture Talk

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Looking for a discount furniture shop at North or South Carolina? Well look no more because Boyles Distinctive Furniture is here to help you. Established in 1949, they offer name brand furniture, nationwide furniture delivery and interior design services. For true elegance and comfort at affordable prices both for home and office, you can never go wrong at Boyles Distinctive Furniture.

Just take a look at this:

220-1000-016-00_med I surely want to have a bedroom at lovely (and organized) as this! Though I know it is not possible at this time. :)

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AH1N1 Prevention

Today is another busy day as I prepared for an orientation for our student organizations’ officers tomorrow, like what I mentioned here. However, another pending task is the production of informative flyers, brochures, posters and bookmarks about the AH1N1 influenza. Since our Center for Wellness and Health Services is under our office, my boss wants us to take an active role in informing our students, faculty, staff, administrators and everyone in the community regarding this dreaded disease. I searched online for information and posters about prevention of the spread of this virus and others and was lucky to find this:

CoverCgh-hcp-viewThis can be found here in different languages and in two sizes: for flyers and posters. Another reason to love the Internet. :)

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Favorite No More.

Monday, June 8, 2009

A friend and I planned to go and visit Davao City this weekend for some shopping. She’s hoping to buy some gadgets and accessories while I was planning to purchase some hip pregnancy clothes, all at wholesale prices, plus more photo album for our photo prints.

However, thanks to this queasiness, I can’t go with her. I won’t be comfortable and I wouldn’t want to bother her my small requests and demands.  She feels sad that I can’t go and wonders when I could possibly travel. I honestly do not know. Maybe when things and my tummy gets better, I could. Even thinking of what I used to love such as the oily and greasy pork adobo can already make me feel nauseated. Yikes. I just hope that this will be over very, very soon so I can resume my regular programming.

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Preparations

I am back to work after a so-called leave. It’s a so-called leave because I had to report to work for an orientation every afternoon during my leave. Hay. Anyways, I have been preparing for another orientation. This time, it will be for the heads of our student organizations come June 10, 2009. It’s tough working on a slow computer plus a shared dot-matrix printer so I have to bring and print some work here at home.

What I appreciate though, are the people around me are very much willing to extend a helping hand. Our working students willingly posted my announcements and sent text messages to the participants to remind them of the event. Other colleagues helped me decide what activity to conduct and when to help participants know each other. Thanks too, for the Internet, a good resource for ideas and activities and what-have-yous. It is going to be a successful event.

Life is good. :)

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Preparing for the Big Day

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy Sunday, everyone! I woke up to a nice, rainy and cold Sunday morning and it’s a welcome change to what have been a warm week behind us. As always, Sundays are spent with my family. Eating out after attending Mass has been part of our routine and no fat burner advertisement can ever discourage us from doing that. LOL! Upon coming home, we just lounge around the house and prepare for the big week ahead.

Speaking of which, tomorrow is a momentous event in DD’s life as she enters school as a grade schooler. She is a little bit excited because she missed her classmates and going to school in general. This is going to be a big change for all of us. We have to sleep and get up early to prepare for the day.

Her books and notebooks are all labeled and covered with plastic. Her old bag from her Tito Mark is still in good condition. Her school uniform will be delivered in a while though the pupils are given one week to wear civilian attire upon coming to school.

I hope and pray that she will not find going to school a chore and that she continue to enjoy learning as much as she did when she was a kindergartener. 

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A Pre-Teen Kid Graduates from College

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Just this week, an 11-year old boy who feels that playing video games is a waste of time because it's not helping humanity in any way, graduates from LA college. Moshe Kai Cavalin from the East Los Angeles Community College with an Associate Arts degree in Liberal Studies.
moshe Other than being a boy genius, this kid is also a martial arts champion. He is into Astrophysics which is “the branch of astronomy that deals with the physical properties of celestial bodies and with the interaction between matter and radiation in the interior of celestial bodies and in interstellar space”.

Moshe hopes to write a book for kids on how to succeed in school, take up scuba diving and devote himself to martial arts in the next six months.

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It’s Been 1 Year!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Come July 2009, I will be celebrating my first year at my current office. I remember when I transferred, there was not a single office furniture under my name. I had to use the long table and plastic chair and borrow an electric fan from my old office. Good thing our boss was very mindful our needs. He demanded that each of us be given new tables, the office be renovated, enough chairs were made available and a new air conditioning unit was installed.

Indeed, the changes made our office conducive for work and more student-friendly. People, young and old alike, who come visit our office noticed the difference. Many of them commented that it’s a nicer place now though I think that we still lack real plants in order to make the place more beautiful.

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Almost Ready

This is one tiring day though I did not do much moving. I attribute it to the humid weather plus I was not able to get enough sleep last night. I accomplished some tasks and was able to hit the sack just before midnight because my neck was awfully painful. I woke up early since the sun rises early these days and had to go back to the pending work. It’s not that I am complaining. I love what I do! And I am very blessed and lucky to have a very loving and caring circle of friends who makes sure that we’re doing it right.

Tonight, I was able to finally finish DD’s book and notebook tags. We initially talked about the cartoon character/s that she wants us to use. Initially it was Jollibee but when we can’t find decent Jollibee graphics, she opted for Disney princesses instead. Then we searched over the Net and found three. I designed three tags using Adobe Photoshop CS2, saved it as .jpeg and added the tags on MS Word, had it printed and cut. She is such a strict boss! She was hovering over me while we were searching for cute graphics and making sure that the colors and even the fonts are OK. When I finally handed her the cut tags, there was peace. Haha! She stopped nagging me and she faced her books and notebooks. I gave her the freedom to stick them on her stuff. We will be covering them with plastic tomorrow.

Anyways, two more days and my beautiful DD will be off to big school! I know she will do well. She is my daughter after all! ;)

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Preserving One’s Wealth

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.” For centuries, gold-buying has been recognized as one of the best ways to preserve one’s wealth and purchasing power. Man’s affinity for gold bullion has been recorded from the time of ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to more modern times. In all ages, man has been fascinated with the beauty and magic of gold, and with its power to change men’s lives. Today, a gold bar represents ones ability to diversify investments, protect wealth and preserve one’s purchasing power.

As the leading gold, silver and precious metals investment leader in America, Monex Deposit Company lets purchase silver, gold or other precious metals and coins which they can immediately deliver to your doorsteps. You can also request them to arrange for convenient and safe storage at an independent bank or depository of your purchase. Choose Monex Deposit Company now and preserve your wealth for the generations to come.

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Morning Sickness Relief

After 7 or 8 weeks of gestation, I suffered from morning sickness yesterday just when I was about to leave the house. I think it was triggered by what I had during breakfast – a cup of chocolate drink, rice and a Filipino favorite – dried fish. Vomiting in the morning definitely made me loose my appetite the entire day. I did not enjoy the lunch date I had though it was at my favorite cafe.

To relieve morning sickness, here are some suggestions from the Baby Center:

  

•  Try to avoid foods and smells that trigger your nausea. If that seems like almost everything, it's okay to eat the few things that do appeal to you for this part of your pregnancy, even if they don't add up to a balanced diet.
It might also help to stick to bland foods. Try to eat food cold or at room temperature, because it tends to have less of an aroma than when it's hot.

•  Keep simple snacks, such as crackers, by your bed. When you first wake up, nibble a few crackers and then rest for 20 to 30 minutes before getting up. Snacking on crackers may also help you feel better if you wake up nauseated in the middle of the night.

•  Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day so that your stomach is never empty. Some women find that carbohydrates are most appealing when they feel nauseated, but one small study found that high-protein foods were more likely to ease symptoms.

•  Avoid fatty foods, which take longer to digest. Also steer clear of rich, spicy, acidic, and fried foods, which can irritate your digestive system.

•  Try drinking fluids mostly between meals. And don't drink so much at one time that your stomach feels full, as that will make you less hungry for food. A good strategy is to sip fluids frequently throughout the day.
Aim to drink about a quart and a half altogether. If you've been vomiting a lot, try a sports drink that contains glucose, salt, and potassium to replace lost electrolytes.

•  Give yourself time to relax and take naps if you can. Watching a movie (preferably not one about food!) or visiting with a friend can help relieve stress and take your mind off your discomfort. Or try hypnosis — while there's no definitive evidence that it helps with morning sickness, it has been shown to be effective in combating nausea during chemotherapy.

•  Try taking your prenatal vitamins with food or just before bed. You might also want to ask your healthcare provider whether you can switch to a prenatal vitamin with a low dose of iron or no iron for the first trimester, since this mineral can be hard on your digestive system.

•  Try ginger, an alternative remedy thought to settle the stomach and help quell queasiness. See if you can find ginger ale made with real ginger. (Most supermarket ginger ales aren't.) Grate some fresh ginger into hot water to make ginger tea, or see if ginger candies help.
A few studies found that taking powdered ginger root in capsules provided some relief, but be sure to talk to your provider before taking ginger supplements. There's no way to be sure how much of the active ingredient you're getting in these supplements, so some experts think it's best not to use them. (As with many other things that are helpful in small amounts, the effects of megadoses are unknown.)

•  Try an acupressure band, a soft cotton wristband that's sold at drugstores. You strap it on so that the plastic button pushes against an acupressure point on the underside of your wrist. This simple and inexpensive device, designed to ward off seasickness, has helped some pregnant women through morning sickness — although research suggests that it may be largely a placebo effect.

•  Ask your provider about a device that stimulates the underside of your wrist with a mild electric current. This "acustimulation" device costs about $75 and is available by prescription only. It's safe, and research has shown that this technique works well for some women.

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Plans for Today and More

1. What are your plans for today?
:: Finish my pending tasks. Start covering DD’s books and notebooks. Deliver a talk regarding our university policies and office thrust to 170+ new university students. Enroll DD to her ballet class.
2. Who was the last person you talked on the phone with?
:: My husband.
3. What was the last TV program you watched?
:: The news last night.
4. What was the last thing you ate?
:: Breakfast – scrambled eggs and rice.
5. What time did you get out of bed today?
:: Six in the morning.

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A Love that Lasts

Last week, we were invited to attend a 51st wedding celebration of my our matchmaker’s parents. They are like family to us so we came and shared their joy. It is indeed a blessing to reach that milestone. Fifty-one years is quite long but you can still see the love and commitment that they have for each other.

After retiring from the university as the best Statistics teacher there is, Lolo suffered from mild stroke some years back and has started become weak. Lola cared for her with much love and faithfulness. She catered to his special needs even if at times, it was difficult for her to do so because she is not that young and strong anymore.

Lolo can still do short walking. But he needs help. Since Lola finds it difficult to assist him in doing so, we think that an electric scooter is the answer to keep him more mobile. We saw this at  AllegroMedical.com:

Maxima-4-Wheel-HD-Scooter-w--55AH-Batteries---Charger- -Flat-Free-Tires-500650-PRODUCT-MEDIUM_IMAGE As one of the largest and most technologically advanced independently owned online retailers of life enhancing products in the United States, Allegro Medical has been serving 1 million customers since it’s founding last 1996. From being a supplier of medical equipment and home health care supplies industry, Allegro has expanded to include mainstream consumer retail products such as Exercise & Fitness Equipment, Nutritional Dietary Supplements, Maternity/Baby Supplies and Outdoor Gear.

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My Baby at 7 Weeks

OK. This got me confused. The OB-GYN said that this is my 8th week of gestation. But based on babycenter.com’s calculation, it’s my 7th. Anyway, let’s just go for 7 then.

How Your Baby’s Growing
7 The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

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Discount Jewelries

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Want to look hip and elegant without hurting your pocket? Try a discount jewelry at Holsted Jewelers. There are hundreds of jewelries made by their skilled designers to match your taste and your budget. Just take a look at this:ODOPXXThis Black Onyx and Diamond-Accent Earrings and Pendant Set was originally sold at $135.90 but now, you can have it for only $52.50! See, you don’t have to spend much to look good and feel good. Invest on quality and timeless (and not to mention affordable) jewelries and you are all set for that fabulous look that can make heads turn your way.

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My Girly Girl

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One of our favorite bonding activities as a mother and daughter is painting DD’s toenails. If her will be done, she wants the color to be changed almost daily! Argh. Of course it is not possible. Her favorite colors include orange and pink. But in that photo above, I forced her to sport a very red nail polish, much to her dismay. Honestly, I bought that color for myself but I have to try it on her first. Hehe.

Indeed, I have a very girly girl! I am telling you, she is sooo vain but then, who am I to complain, right? I have been wanting to have her, even before she was born and now that I have her, there is nothing else to do but enjoy having a girly girl that is sooo her!

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Rise to the Top by Earning a Degree Online

Working in a university for ten years made me realize that a bachelor’s degree is not enough if one wants to rise in ranks. Some of our faculty members are even sent abroad to learn more and become an asset in the university by earning a master’s to a doctorate degree. The need to become more equipped and better professionals is not only demanded from those who are working in the academe but in the business, religious, government, NGO’s and other sectors as well.

But for those with busy schedules, earning a degree online is the surest way to go. At Capella University, you are assured of getting the quality education that will make you rise above the rest. Their total enrollees of 23, 400 students are not only coming from United States’ 50 states but from 45 other countries as well. Aside from that, Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

"This  blog post was based on information provided by Blogitive. For more information, please visit Blogitive.com.”

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Random Questions #14

1. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?
:: None of the above.
2. Grey's or 'The Office?
:: Grey’s, of course!
3. Law and Order or House?
:: House! House!
4. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
:: Let’s just say that I learned from that mistake the importance of loving myself.
5. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
:: Oh, if she’s still alive, I would love to have dinner with Mother Theresa.
6. Indoors or Outdoors?
:: Indoors!
7. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
:: Nope and I hope it will never happen!
8. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purposes?
:: Yeah, at work.
9. Do you have a teddy bear?
:: Yeah.
10. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
:: Inside the room, lying on the bed. That’s how lazy I can get. LOL!

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It’s Thursday Already?

Howdy! How was your day? Well, mine was OK. I am supposed to be on leave but since I need to fill in for the boss during the orientation for new students, I have to report to work every afternoon since yesterday. Our laundry girl came today and boy, I am sooo relieved and happy to see our hamperS (take note, it’s plural) empty! I just hope that Mr. Sun will show up tomorrow so that the laundry will dry before the week ends. Aside from doing the laundry, she also defrosted the refrigerator since some snowballs are already forming inside the freezer. (Those I call Mr. Snowmen. Hehe. Once they’re starting to appear, it only means that we have to defrost.)

Anyways, I visited a friend this morning to help her learn the basics of digital scrapbooking. She claims that she *learned* a thing or two. Haha! By the way, my schedule to give the orientation was moved from 2:30 to 1:30 in the afternoon. I am very much relieved since I want to go home as early as I can to be with DD and rest. Here’s hoping for a more productive day tomorrow!

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A Family Vacation Like No Other

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In need of a great family vacation getaway? Try the Mexican Riviera Maya where the famous Karisma hotels is located. If your family is a bunch of foodies, then you will all love Karisma’s new Gourmet-Inclusive concept. They even cater to your special dietary needs if you prefer low-carb menus, lobster-only menus, South Beach diet options and other specials.

More than that, Karisma resorts offer a wide variety of activities and treats for everyone in the family – kids and adults alike. There are spas to pamper you, bars where you can meet new friends while relaxing, gourmet restaurants to cater to your distinct taste and beach hotels. Aside from that, there are family-friendly Kids’ Activity Center, Spanish classes, tequila tastings and non-motorized water sports.   Untitled-1So what are you waiting for? Book your reservations now by contacting Pamela Johnston at pamela@pjinc.net or Amanda Deveaux at amanda@pjinc.net. Happy trip!

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Wednesday Happy Thoughts





Most of the time, we tend to focus on things that make us feel like we’re the unluckiest person on earth. I do that sometimes. OK, most of the time. But lately, reading a religious magazine reminded me of how blessed I’ve been. That blessings surround me. I just need to recognize them. And Mich’s meme is so timely. It’s a weekly thing where we try to count the 10 things that made us happy this week. So for my very first Wednesday Happy Thoughts, allow me to share what made me happy this week:

1. DH being office-based for 3 week days this week.


2. DH making sure that his girls will have enough food and are OK before leaving for a
    business trip.





3. Being able to buy school stuff for DD.







4. The success of DD’s ballet recital.









5. My online friends who is always looking after me.
6. My friends at work who keep me company and full and happy.
7. Papa’s safe trip to Manila as Mama’s belated birthday gift for him.
8. The ladies who do our laundry and ironing.
9. Selecta Fresh Milk
10. Being given the chance to talk to the new our university students.



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