Hooray for a New Home!

Monday, August 31, 2009

This just got in and we are very excited! My parents in-law finally found a house to call their own! It is a very nice one, as attested by my brother in-law, Ted, who relayed the news to us and with whom we just talked with some minutes ago. He said that we will be spending our Christmas vacation in a bigger house this year! Woot! Repainting and electrical wiring needs to be done too. It’s a big house (considering that we are one big, happy family!) and I wonder if we need to scout for used cheap avaya definity telephone system to communicate with each other. LOL! To say that we are excited is an understatement. And I am grateful to my brothers in-law who made this dream of my parents in-law possible. The house blessing, a nephew/ godchild’s birthday and my birthday will be one big celebration come December 2009 and I can’t wait!

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The Saturday that Was

After the dancing engagement of our daughter last Saturday, my husband and I took her to a Chinese restaurant along with my father who drove us to the event. It was a late breakfast since we left early but the program started late. It was not as fancy as a San Diego private banquet dining, but we all enjoyed it. Everyone was full upon leaving. (I wanted to bring home more siomai but I didn’t think it was a good idea considering my weight gain during my break.)

In the afternoon, after my prophylaxis and dental filling, my husband and I went to the same restaurant again(!) and had our late lunch/ snacks there! It was near the dentist’s clinic plus they serve the best halo-halo that I was craving for was that afternoon. Before going home, we walked around for a while, bought more food (yikes) and headed home. 

Our daughter stayed at my parents for the weekend so we did not have to cook anything for supper. We had the leftover from our late lunch plus the boiled eggs which was intentionally cooked by my husband for breakfast. I was also craving for green mangoes and shrimp paste and having them capped my Saturday evening.

And the problem now is: how to shed the weight I gained during my 2-month vacation. It will be a stressful comeback for sure. It will somehow help me loose weight. I am keeping my fingers crossed. :D

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Online Selling and Buying

Are you wondering,

is selling gold online for cash safe

? If you say yes, then you are not alone. I may not have plenty of gold to sell but with the

proliferation of buying and selling of various stuff online, I can’t help but wonder if selling or even buying precious items are safe when I read that Jim Dunn Racing has partnered with Cash4Gold in an effort to encourage fans to generate extra income by selling their old or unwanted jewelries online. Well, it pays to know your buyer first before entrusting your gold to him/ her. Minimize the risk by checking out his/ her reputation and background in the business.

Just last month, I bought a gadget for my mom through a friend living abroad. It helps that I know her well so I can entrust my hard-earned money to her. Aside from that, she has been into the business and have a trustworthy courier. No box or item was lost since she started sending stuff to her clients. We even dubbed her as our personal shopper. She buys stuff for us, her friends, from kitchen utensils to gadgets, to clothes and make- up! And when she celebrated her birthday last month, we, her loyal clients, were invited to a fun online birthday where great gifts were given away! Imagine that, the celebrant giving gifts away on her birthday instead of receiving them. It was one memorable party indeed!

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Meet My “Sister”

Aside from working as a government employee, my mom also teaches in two graduate schools and serves as a member of the board of regents of one of the SCUs here. She also serves in the parish and is actively involved in several causes and advocacies. These were her reasons in buying this:
sony vaioIt’s pretty, I know! My laptop pales in comparison to her laptop’s design, the color, even the ddr! It is sleek and smart and fast! I can imagine myself blogging and scrapping using that baby! But then, I don’t think the Husband will ever buy me one. He says that the attractive color is unnecessary. It’s what made the laptop expensive. Yeah right, Babe! That’s why I told my Mom to hand it over to me in case she gets tired of it. And she affirmed. I wonder when will that be. Haha!

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SmartBro Rant

It’s been 12 long days and I don’t know if I can still blog. Let’s see. :)

No thanks to my internet service provider, that is SmartBro, I have been offline for 12 days now. I have been calling  their customer service representatives and I have been advised over and over and over again to monitor my connection for 24 years hours. It’s annoying and very inconvenient on my part and all they can give me is their usual “Sorry for the inconvenience and please be patient.” spiel. I have been trying my verrrry best to be patient, for goodness’ sake! And 12 days is such a loooong time! And no, I am not fuming mad because I missed FB or anything. To quote Chikai, we are OFWs too. That is Online Filipino Workers. Haha! And I have tons of work that either expired or about to expire. TODAY. It is sooooo annoying that I want to cry! But that won’t get me anywhere.

So thank the Lord for an understanding and supportive husband. I am currently using his phone as a modem. The connection is not as fast as I need it to but beggars can’t be choosers, right? Moreover, the Husband volunteered to finally visit Smart’s office here in the city. To complain. And buy me a pre-paid, USB-type SmartBro. See. It will still be SmartBro! Simply because if SmartBro s**ks, Globe is worse. Haha!

So please, please, SmartBro. Give me back my connection. I have been a good-paying client of yours. You say that it’s your system that is having problems. Why oh why can’t you fix it right away? Are you asleep? Wake up! Now na! And fix my connection please!

End of rant.

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Granite Counter Tops for Your Kitchen

Monday, August 17, 2009

Building a house or renovating? Consider adding a touch of elegance and style by using granite counter tops Seattle in your kitchen. And the authority when it comes to that is Richardson and Latham Architectural Stone. Their professional staff will make sure that you will get what you paid for. Their designers and craftsmen are trained to construct custom, fabricated elegant and beautiful kitchen counter tops, fireplace mantels, and other architectural stone pieces for your home, office, shops and more.
granite counter topsSo why choose granite for your kitchen? Simply because it is easy to maintain, heat-resistant and doesn’t collect harmful bacteria. Aside from granite being beautiful, it also makes your food-preparation safe and healthy for you and your family. Granites also come in different colors to match your home’s theme. It is not costly either. Richardson and Latham Architectural Stone is offering a tempting $55 per square foot special. Moreover, granite is also stain-resistant so there is no need to repair or replace every now and then. With granite, you are not sacrificing your budget for elegance, style and durability. Once we can afford to have our own home built, I will prefer granite counter tops for sure because it add style, beauty and lasting value to homes.

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My Sister’s Keeper | Jodi Picoult Books

Friday, August 14, 2009

I am finally done reading this:
my-sisters-keeper-lgAnd what can I say? It is one moving story. I love it and I can’t wait to see the movie. My friends have been raving about this book since last month and it got me curious so I caved in and read it. I admire Jodi Picoult’s talent in weaving a story as great as this one and I look forward to reading her other books.  For more information about the author and her books, visit her website here.

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Looking for the Best Fat Burners?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Well look no more! Fat Burners is here!

With the number of fat burners in the market, how will you know which one works and which are the ones that are not worth your money? By researching, of course! You can’t afford to try each and every fat burner out there just to know which is effective. Thanks to Fat Burners, you are given a comprehensive review of most of the fat burners available in the market. Their reviews consist of the products’ Effectiveness, Safety, Consumer Satisfaction and Value.

Don’t waste your hard-earned money and risk your health on fat burners that don’t work. Visit http://fatburners.org/ today.

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DD Updates

DD is home today because she has not been feeling well since yesterday. She has a boil. Again. It’s like she has one every month for three consecutive months now. I pity her and I know how it feels. *sigh* I have researching about boil and discovered that it’s cause is still unknown. We went to a doctor yesterday who prescribed antibiotics. He explained that yes, boils are recurring and to break the cycle, the patient must be under medication for 14 days. So I brought the prescribed medicine with the hope that this will eventually stop the cycle.

I also hope that DD will feel better soon because Saturday (August 15) is their first exam day. She needs to prepare because she wants to be an honor student. That’s my girl! :) So good luck to her and her tutor a.k.a DAD. :D

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Ted

Friday, August 7, 2009

My youngest brother in-law and I have been having discussions on what to do to our houses when we can afford to buy one. As a 4th year Interior Designing student, he is very much knowledgeable on his field. With him around, finding the best furniture, mounts and fixtures will never be a problem. He knows where to get the best designs and deals. But where to get the money to buy them, that’s the problem!



Aside from knowing the these things, I also admire his creativity. His siblings acknowledge that he’s the creative one among them. And I guess that’s what binds the two us. One of the many things I look forward to when the year ends is seeing him. We don't only share the same interests but we also laugh at the same jokes and stories. Phone conversations with him are never short. He never runs out of interesting anecdotes. Indeed, there is never a dull moment with Ted and I am very blessed to have him in my life.

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Daydreaming Again

I have been wanting for a grand vacation for my family and myself. You know – overseas, luxurious and fun. Something like one of those Gatlinburg vacations. Did I mention luxurious? Oh I did. Now, someone I know won’t approve of it ever. So all I can is just keep on dreaming. Hahaha

Speaking of Gatlinburg vacations, one of the must-visit family attraction there is the Wild Bear Falls Indoor Water Park at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort. Take note, Wild Bear Falls is the largest indoor water park in the south. It has more than 300,000 gallons and 60,000 square feet of wet excitement under a retractable roof that provides plenty of sunshine during those warm summer days like these! It will surely be one enjoyable experience for kids of all ages. :)

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Bing It? | What is Bing?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Feedjit is one interesting blogging thing. It gives me an idea where my visitors are coming from. It’s a delight to see readers coming from the different parts of the world.

Recently, I noticed that some readers are arriving from BING. This got me curious. What is Bing?  Thanks to ANC news this morning, I finally learned what BING is. (Yeah, I am that slow. Haha!)

The famous Filipino blogger, Abe Olandre explained to TJ Manotoc in the Tech portion of the news that simply, BING is the replacement of Microsoft’s Live Search. It boosts its ability to include the listing of search suggestions in real time as searches are entered. It also provides a list of related searches (the "Explorer pane" on the left side of search results). Moreover, the ability to Save & Share search histories.


Here’s a screenshot of Bing’s page. It’s a scene in Boracay, Philippines.
bing The big question now is: Can Bing oust Google as the world’s number 1 search engine? Will we be saying “Just Bing it.” instead of “Just Google it.” when asked about something that we are not too familiar with? That remains to be seen. :)

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Wednesday Happy Thoughts

happyHappiness is:

1. School holidays for DD.
2. Having DH home after 3 days of business trip.
3. Chocolates and chicharon from DH’s trip.
4. Being able to wake up late today, thanks to DH for taking care of DD’s needs before going to school.
5. Papa for being so kind and nice to us.
6. Online friends who are so generous and caring.
7. The ability to buy luxurious stuff (scrapbooking magazines in this case) from my online work earnings.
8. Sale! Sale! Sale!
9. Receiving new magazines this week. (Can’t wait!)


10. Another weekend to be spent with DD and DH.

Thanks, Mich!

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Shopwiki: A Collector’s Haven Too

I was on a blogging leave yesterday to witness the internment of the late President Corazon C. Aquino. Everything that took place, from the requiem Mass offered for her to the final farewell to her by her family is overwhelming. She was one great, remarkable person who made a positive impact in our country and the world. She will forever be remembered.

When we speak of great persons and their memories, we always think of collectibles and memorabilia. Those important things become rare as time goes by. Good thing shopwiki provides a comprehensive list of shops that sell collectibles and memorabilia. Sports enthusiasts can get their hands on rare sports memorabilia like signed balls and cards, autographed photos and even authentic jerseys.

If you are a die-hard Elvis Presley fan, keep his memories alive with Elvis memorabilia. Get his signature look with the traditional Elvis jumpsuit, glasses and even a cape! Adorn your house with stuff like Elvis cookie jar, Elvis posters and more.

Now you know that shopwiki is not only for avid shoppers but for ardent collectors too!

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The Blind Side Movie

One of my must-be-seen movies this year is The Blind Side starred by Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron and more. This true story is based on Michael Lewis’ book entitle The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.In a nutshell, the movie is about a person (Quinton Aaron) who has lived a difficult life on the streets. His fate changed for the better when a rich couple (Sandra Bulloc and Tim McGraw) welcomed him into their home. He was given the chance to become a better person. As a good football player, he earned the honor of All-American offensive left tackle. 

The movie is directed by John Lee Hancock. It will be shown on November 20, 2009.

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Jessica Darling Series

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

JessicaDarlingSeriesAside from spending time with my family last weekend, I also got hooked on reading the Jessica Darling series. It was written by Megan McCafferty. It’s a personal narration of Jessica Darling, a smart and athletic student of her adventures and misadventures from high school to college.

It’s tough putting down the books, really. If not for my need to sleep, I would have killed myself slowly by reading the five books without getting some shut eye in between. Haha! Definite and proven, lack of sleep can kill me. I am still on the second book because I have to be a mom, wife, cook, blogger and what-have-yous in between.

Anyways, if you have time and are looking for a good read which is light and funny, try the Jessica Darling series. It’s highly recommended by yours truly.

Photo from Wikipedia.

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How to Simplify Your Life

I believe that to live happily, one must live simply. It is a hard but a doable task.

To help us get started, here are six simple tips (reduced from 12) from Zen Habits:

1. Write down your top priorities.
2. Reduce one commitment.
3. Simplify your to-do list.

4. Set aside some disconnected time. (I did this last weekend and it felt really, really great to give my family my undivided attention.)
5. Create your perfect day.
6. Declutter.

Read the complete article HERE.

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How To Trick Your Parents to Read You a Book

I am one happy mom blessed with a very witty girl. She can outwit me (and her Dad and others) most of the time.

She loves having someone read a story for her too. But since she already know how to read, it’s a rare opportunity these days. These two examples shows how she cleverly and creatively “convinced” others to go and give in to her requests:

Example 1:
One night, two cousins visited us for dinner. After the eating, holding a book, she sat beside one of my cousins (a 4th year high school student that time and whom she just met because cousin lives in the next city) and their conversation went like this:

DD: Tita, marunong kang bumasa? (Tita, do you know how to read?)
Cousin: Oo naman. (Of course yes.)
While showing cousin a page of her book, DD said: Sige nga. I-try natin ito. (OK. Let’s try this one.)

DH, another cousin and I were witnesses to this exchange and we were laughing so hard when cousin actually read that book to her without realizing that DD actually tricked her to do so!

Example 2:
Recently, DH was a victim too. To encourage her to take studying seriously, DH informed her of his achievements upon graduating from high school. One of which is bagging the “Best in Filipino” award.

Last Saturday, DD was bugging DH to read her a book. Again, let me remind you that she can read. Thus, it’s a luxury if we ever read her a book now. But! After their conversation (read below), he actually gave in to her whim.

DD: Dad, read me a book.
DH: No. Pagod ako. I want to rest. (He is tired and wants to rest so he declined.)
DD: ‘Di ba Best in Filipino ka? Dapat basahan mo ako ng book! (You’re Best in Filipino, right? You should then read me a book!")

HAHAHA! She is smart and witty and very sweet. I love those traits. I just can’t stand it when I fall as her victim by being smart and witty and sweet. Moreover, I won’t be sharing moments like those so as not to implicate myself. Hahahaha!

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August 5, 2009 Declared a Holiday

Monday, August 3, 2009

August 5, 2009, Wednesday, was declared as a non-working special holiday by President GMA to give Filipinos a chance to take part in the burial rites of the late former President Corazon C. Aquino who passed away last Saturday after battling colon cancer for more than a year.

Public viewing of Mrs. Aquino's remains at the Manila Cathedral will start 4 PM today (Monday) and will end at 4 AM tomorrow. A Mass will be celebrated at 8 PM.

On Tuesday, public viewing starts at 7 AM. and will end at 12 noon. Necrological services are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. while public viewing will resume at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009, after a 9 AM Mass, Mrs. Aquino’s body will be brought to the Manila Memorial Park in ParaƱaque City for interment. She will be buried beside here late husband, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

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Prayer for a Happy Death by the Late Pres. Aquino | Pres. Cory’s Prayer

Saturday, August 1, 2009

This prayer was composed by the late former President Corazon C. Aquino.

Almighty God, most merciful Father
You alone know the time
You alone know the hour
You alone know the moment
When I shall breathe my last.

So, remind me each day,
most loving Father
To be the best that I can be.
To be humble, to be kind,
To be patient, to be true.
To embrace what is good,
To reject what is evil,
To adore only You.

When the final moment does come
Let not my loved ones grieve for long.
Let them comfort each other
And let them know
how much happiness
They brought into my life.
Let them pray for me,
As I will continue to pray for them,
Hoping that they will always pray
for each other.

Let them know that they made possible
Whatever good I offered to our world.
And let them realize that our separation
Is just for a short while
As we prepare for our reunion in eternity.

Our Father in heaven,
You alone are my hope.
You alone are my salvation.
Thank you for your unconditional love, Amen.

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Pres. Cory Dies at 76 | President Aquino Died on August 1, 2009

Former President Corazon “Cory” C. Aquino died at 3:18 AM on August 1, 2009 at 76 years old. She is the icon of democracy for the Philippines and the world. She died at the age of 76 due to cardiorespiratory arrest. Her son, Sen. Benigno Aquino III, made the official announcement at around 5:00 in the morning today.

cory aquino 
His official statement reads:
”Our mother peacefully passed away at 3:18 a.m., August 1 of cardiorespiratory arrest.

She would have wanted us to thank each and everyone of you for all your continued love and support. It was her wish for all of us to pray for one another and for our country.

Humihiling po ang aming pamilya ng kaunting panahon para makasama namin ng ilang sandali ang aming ina. Later in the day, we will be announcing details of her wake. Hinihiling namin sa lahat ng ating mamayan na magbigay ng respeto sa aming pamilya.”



Thank you and goodbye, President Cory. Rest in peace.

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