Sweet Treats from Good Shepherd in Baguio City

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Who has gone to Baguio and not paid the Good Shepherd Convent a visit? My husband would usually bring home some sweet treats from the Good Shepherd whenever he comes home from a trip to the said place. He really knows the way to my heart. Haha!

Being an addict when it comes to sweets, I was more than excited to finally see the place myself and shop for goodies of course. The walk up to the store was fun. We passed by several stores and yeah, I shopped. Haha! The Good Shepherd store is impressive too. The place is packed with tourists, as expected. I was impressed that the store has barcode scanners and that they accept major credit cards. Aside from that, big photos of their products along with their corresponding prices are posted outside. Pieces of paper and pens are also provided so one can already write their orders prior to entering the store. A brilliant idea if you ask me.

Anyway, we bought our goodies. Our loot was composed of the usual – peanut brittle plus some new ones like alfajor and snowballs. After paying, we stayed a while for photo opps. We also had some snacks before heading to our next destination.

Anyway, a photo of the snowballs:
Good Shepherd Convent
15 Gibraltar Road
2600 Baguio City


Free Software for Instant Messaging, Converting and Watching Videos

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Searching for free software that you can use for converting your favorite movies, playing your videos or a new IM client to get in touch with friends? This post is for you.

HandBrake is perfect for converting movies into compatible formats so one can view them from their iPods, iPhones and other handy gadgets. HandBrake’s features also include varied options to fit your needs like the ability to adjust your picture settings, graphical subtitle images and more.

On the other hand, KMPlayer is for those seeking for a fresh and free multimedia player. Its minimalist interface allows its users play their desired video convenient and fast.

Now for those who finds the use of familiar, basic and old school more comfortable, the Media Player Classic is for them. Despite the cons, this media player claims to be the fastest among its kind, has a small learning curve plus uses multiple video formats.

Microsoft and Windows users can take advantage of Miranda IM, a free instant messenger client that has low memory footprint and includes safety features to protect your security/ privacy.

Lastly, there’s MPlayer, a free movie player for multiple operating systems including Linux OS. One of the perks you enjoy once you download MPlayer is the ability to import movies from your external library onto your MPlayer.


Where I Want to Retire

We visited the highlands two weekends ago. It was a long overdue trip which was promised to us by the husband some years back. We stayed there for five days and I am happy to report that I enjoyed the laid back vacation that we had. We have not fully explored the place though we stayed there for five days but I have started obsessing over the idea of retiring there since we can’t afford a Branson real estate property.

Some reasons why I love Baguio are: the people are very nice and friendly, the cab drivers are courteous, the streets are clean and the food choices are endless. And let us not forget the weather, of course. I wonder how cold the place can get during the holiday season. Let’s see if I will discover it myself before this year ends.


Keep Calm and Carry On

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Over and over again, I have stressed how grateful I am about how comfortable my life has been because of the Internet. Aside from giving me a social life despite being home everyday and a work that I like doing, I also get to find important things with just few clicks like a health insurance in nc when a friend asked for a help. Or something trivial like this beautiful necklace from Funky Vintage Lovely:

I rarely accessorize and this one, I really, really like. Aside from the color being the shade of my birth stone, the message is a good reminder for me too! (Though I doubt if I will ever have time to read it when in a state of panic. Hahaha!)

Anyway, it’s only $22 if you wish to make me someone happy!


The Culprits?

Everyone is complaining about how awfully hot the past days have been. And I am one of the many. This dreadful weather is not helping me accomplish any task, whether online or otherwise. It does not help either that Aunt Flo came for a visit and my hormones are going bonkers.

All I did yesterday was upload some long overdue photos at Facebook, exchanged comments with friends on those photos, eat and sleep.

This morning, I was optimistic upon waking up. I believed that it is going to be a productive day but unfortunately and obviously, I was wrong. Hahaha! Good thing I have the hormones plus the weather to blame, according to a friend. :D

Hopefully, tomorrow is a better day!


Why Choose to Be You

Friday, April 22, 2011

Be you.



  • There is no one else who is born like you. That makes you supremely unique.
  • Trying to pretend by being who you are NOT gives way to many, unimaginable problems. Emotional, physical and even financial ones.
  • Trying to pretend by being who you are NOT gives others problems too.
  • Pretentious people are hard to like, even harder to love.
  • You are a living witness of _________. It is up to you to fill up that blank. If you live a life of pretentions and lies, you are not being a good example to others, especially to the young ones.
  • Life is more fun and tolerable if you are comfortable and accepting of who and what you are.



Topamax Lawsuit Process

A Topamax lawsuit involves a process that has five major steps. These are:

Treating the Child’s Injuries. A birth defect like cleft lip or palate can be treated with surgery especially so if it is done soon after birth or in early childhood. However, treatment varies, depending on individual cases. Things to be considered are the type and severity of the congenital deformity.

Collecting of Evidence. Since documentation is imperative to any successful lawsuit, one must keep all Topamax records, unused medicine containers and other medical records and even receipts. Also needed are all documents that are related to the child’s prenatal care like sonograms, testing and birth records.

Retaining a Qualified Lawyer. For a product liability claim like a Topamax lawsuit, finding a good law firm like the O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath is critical. They must be experienced when it comes product liability claims and have a great understanding about the case.

Preparing Demand. This is done by the lawyers once all documentation is received, organized, summarized and packaged for a settlement proposal to the manufacturers of Topamax. .

Negotiating Claim. Once Topamax’s manufacturer has reviewed the demand package, their counsel will propose a certain amount to settle the claim. Your lawyers will then consult their client to make a counteroffer. After several offers and counteroffers, a final amount will be reached and only you can make the decision whether to accept the offer or not. Once you decide not to accept the claim, the case proceeds to trial.
O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath – Personal Injury Lawyers – 808 West Avenue, Austin, TX. 78701 – 512-494-9949


Laughter Yoga: The New Exercise to Stay Healthy

Friday, April 15, 2011

When we are happy, we feel great right? It feels as if everything is just so perfect – you are in the perfect mood, you have energy to do things, you feel refreshed and light. The saying that we always hear “Laughter is the best medicine” has a scientific truth to it. Laughter produces high levels of the happiness hormone called Serotonin which creates a positive effect on a person.

Laughter indeed has a lot of great health benefits and maybe that is why Laughter Yoga is hitting the globe by storm. I was just watching the news and I saw it featured and a lot of individuals are trying this alternative therapy.

So what is laughter yoga? What are its benefits and is it really effective?

Laughter Yoga is just a new form of yoga and it started only in 1995. It was actually the brain child of Jiten Kohi but it became popular after Madan Kataria, a physician in Mumbai, India created some exercise routine which he developed together with his wife who is a Yoga Instructor. They started only with 5 people in a public park in Mumbai and it spread like wild fire as there are now 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries.

Laughter Yoga is an exercise routine which involves laughter, movements and yoga-based breathing for a session of about 10 – 15 minutes. This exercise does not need humor or jokes as the participants will just start pretending to be laughing . The concept behind laughter yoga is that the brain cannot distinguish between a fake laugh and a real laugh, so this pretend laughter still produce a good effect on the brain and body. But during the session, this pretend laugh will be turned to real laughter with the help of eye contact, facial expressions, and playfulness. This is a total body workout as laughter makes the stomach, chest, neck, and facial muscles work just like any regular yoga or exercise.

Laughter Yoga became popular because a lot of people have seen the positive effects of laughter in their body and this includes:

  • Reduce stress: Weather fake or not, laughter sends positive signals to our body relaxing our thus is a big help in stress reduction.
  • Enhance blood flow. Laughter has been proven to increase the blood flow by 20% thus help in regulating a normal blood pressure and sugar level.
  • Boost Immune System. Research shows that our antibodies that protect us from diseases decreases when we are stressed but increases every time we laugh. Laughter increases the number and activity of T cells, the antibody IgA, and IgB which can help improve our immune system.
  • Alleviates depression. Laughter can make us feel good and happy, thus eliminating depression.
  • Good form of exercise. Since laughter makes the key muscles in our body work, it helps burn calories and fat too like any other form of cardiovascular exercise.

As the saying goes, "It takes 37 muscles to frown and only 22 muscles to smile." If you want a cheaper way to be healthy, laugh, stay happy and for sure will be healthy.

AbieL, has been working as a freelance writer and professional blogger for more than 5 years now. Her recent work is a content writer stint where she writes about eleven2 coupon code and norton antivirus coupons code for Business Opportunities Expo and You Love Coupons.


A Classic Birthday Gift Idea

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I haven't been online regularly for the past weeks since I am away for a vacation. Aside from being busy seeing friends and errands, my Internet connection has been horrible. Now that I am in another city, I have to commend the hotel where I am staying for a very good LAN connection that keeps me connected right now. I am accomplishing tasks, sorting and responding to emails and checked updates regarding my friends' lives through Facebook. Unfortunately, I missed some birthdays. And there is this one friend who just got married. He was asking for a gift suggestion since his wife will be celebrating her birthday very soon. Most friends suggested the usual gift ideas though they missed the classic yet highly appreciated gift -  flowers! I sent him a ProFlowers.com promo code that he can use when shopping for flowers next week. ProFlowers.com has a wide variety of fresh flower bouquets where he can choose from. And it's nice too, that this online store has promo codes to help customers save their purchases.


O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath

Friday, April 1, 2011

O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath is a law firm composed of lawyers and legal support staff who possess an extensive base of knowledge and a combined experience of more than 100 years of law practice. This team commits itself to giving unmatched client service. Furthermore, they aim towards providing assistance to their clients to receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries in various  complex product liability claims like a Topamax lawsuit.

At O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath, you are assured that your welfare is their primary concern. For a start, your initial consultation with the firm is free. You will not owe them any fees unless they have successfully performed their duty and that you are awarded with financial compensation for your personal injury or loss. For a free initial consultation, contact them through: O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath – Personal Injury Lawyers – 808 West Avenue, Austin, TX. 78701 – 512-494-9949


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