Home Sweet Loan

>> Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Aside from the usual "When are you going to give your daughter a younger brother?" type of question, another query that we usually encounter for about two years now is "Don't have any plans of buying a house?" Our answer has always been consistent - it is a fulfillment of a dream for every family to own a house. And I believe that we can afford to buy one with the help of a home loan. However, we are also considering the place where we want to buy a property. I regret to say that it is not here, where we are currently based. With better career opportunities for Wes and myself and a good education for the little girl, we are praying, planning, working for a relocation.

Speaking of home loans, there are plenty made available by several financial institutions. It is best then to read and research about the many options and choices that fit your needs and capacity to pay. As early as now, Wes and I are looking for the best home loans available to us. We have been saving but we know that our savings is not enough thus, these home loans will surely be helpful when that time comes.


My Patriotic Girl

As a part of my new job, I will be leaving on Friday to attend a seminar. It should be interesting even if I will definitely miss going online for 5 days! But I am hoping that facilities will be available so I can check once in a while. I also have pending tasks to accomplish and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will be done before I leave.

Anyways, the two loves of my life will be left alone so good luck to the little girl who often finds her Dad annoying. :D The Philippine national anthem has been one of her favorite songs, being taught in school. And we all know that kids have an uncanny way of singing songs - they have their own lyrics and sometimes miss some lines. Our girl is not an exemption. However, I find it cute so I just let her sing her own version! Last night, when we were about to sleep, the father started singing the song and the little girl, though initially shy, followed. As expected, she still has her ""silangalan" instead of "silanganan", pasisihit" instead of "pasisiil" and "dilat" instead of "dilag". Even if I heard it a dozen times before, I still find it amusing. But somewhere near the ending, she forgets her line. But she did not stop. Instead, she did sing the song all over again. Eight times! It was hilarious! Her Dad said that she is a perfect example of a sirang plaka. (broken record). Imagine, it was pitch black and our neighbors were all asleep and you find two adults laughing their hearts out and a little patriotic girl who was singing her heart out just to get to the correct ending of her favorite song!

Anyways, allow me to leave you with another old photo of the little patriotic girl taken February 2005. This is one of my faves actually.



I was a Sesame Street Baby so I took this test to find out whose personality matches mine. It was fun!

You Are Bert

Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you lovable - even if you don't love them!

You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you

You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil

How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others


There is Hope

As I was reading more about chelation therapy, I discovered that it is not only for those who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases but also, for other ailments brought about by aging. Some of these diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, senile dementia, age spots, Alzheimer's Disease, osteoarthritis, among a handful of others. Treatment of the those diseases through chelation guarantees a longer time and more energy to spend with your loved ones and doing the activities that you love as it facilitates proper blood flow rich in oxygen and nutrients, allowing your body to heal, regenerate and function normally once more. Other benefits brought about by chelation therapy includes improved memory and mental alertness, higher energy levels, normal blood pressure & cholesterol levels.

Chelation therapy can be done through IV or oral chelation. Oral chelation can be liquid chelation or chelation pills. But studies prove that the former is better than the latter because of its fast and high absorption rate which is 98% compared to the chelation pills' 5-18%. However, like other therapies, it is best to accompany it with a balanced chelation diet and a healthy lifestyle. Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. Why? Because exercise is a natural and fun source of chelation therapy. So don't loose hope. Aging is not supposed to be a problem. Take advantage of the modern medicine and choose to live a healthy life!


Questions of the Week 25

Yay! Yen is soooo back and so is her weekly QOTW! Surely missed that girl! Here's my entry!
1. Your true happiness?
:: Health, happiness and well-being of my loved ones.
2. Which is more embarrassing to you? Walking with toilet paper on your shoe or with your pants unzipped?
:: Trust me, it's pants unzipped. (Been there many times. Ngek.)
3. Would you rather be gossiped about or never talked about at all?
:: Gossiped. Meaning, they noticed my existence. Hehe. People can say naman anything they want and it is always my option whether to get affected or not.
4. Would you rather find one million dollars or find true love?
:: True love and together, we are going to find that one million dollars!
5. Which is worse? Foot odor or armpit odor?
:: Next question please!!
6. Who would you want to meet? Snoopy, Mickey Mouse, Garfield, or Bugs Bunny? Why?
:: Ever since I was two feet tall, I had issues with mascots and Santa Clauses, so none of them.
7. Would you rather have wheels or wings?
:: Wings. I hate traffic. And flying is the fastest way to go.
8. How do you feel about haunted houses? Would you visit one?
:: No way, high-way! I don't like scaring myself.
9. Which would be worse? Bleeding to death or starving to death?
:: Both!
10. Which is worse? Stepping in a dog poo or sitting in gum?
:: Both din. Eeew!


Looking Three Years Back

Can you believe it? One more day and it's a new month! Time flies really fast and before we know it, our family and I are bound for our yearly holiday trip! Yay! I can't wait! We get to see Wes' parents, siblings and relatives once in a year so spending the holidays with them is a real treat! We get to go to the malls with them and eat sumptous meals prepared by my super mother in-law. I am always heavier when we leave Pampanga. I am always hungry there! Is it because I don't do the cooking? Hehe.

Anyways, as I was going over the backed-up photos of ours from 2005, I was able to dig these:
The girl, a month before she turned 2 years old last March 2005.

She was and is still cute while sleeping. Photo taken February 2005.

Our plantsadora in the making. :D Photo taken March 2005.

And lastly, our official family photo, New Year's Eve 2005. I miss those cheeky baby cheeks!


Heart Talk

How is your health? I am still recuperating from my bout with asthma and I still have three more days to finish my medicines. I always joke about it - the asthma came from my mom and of all things to be inherited from her, what I got is this! But what's scarier is developing a cardiovacular disease because of my sedentary lifestyle. I am not getting any younger so I better get moving!

As we grow older, minerals accumulate on the inside lining of our blood vessels and eventually clog them. This condition may result to several diseases like high blood pressure, angina, heart attack, and the worst - stroke. The heart vessels are not excused as lack of blood flow to the heart muscle can result to heart attack. Scary, right? But the good news is that help is available: EDTA chelation. It helps unclog arteries and facilitate blood vessels to be more open and flexible. This cleansing therapy is an approved and recommended process among physicians in North America. Moreover, EDTA chelation therapy has been utilized over 50 years and was proven effective in eradicating toxins and harmful arterial plaque by a handful of medical studies made worldwide. Depending on the type of patient, one can go for Intravenous EDTA chelation or EDTA oral chelation, which is by the way cheaper than the other. The best of all, EDTA is FDA approved as a food and blood preservative and as an anti-clotting blood thinner, it is proven to be three times safer than aspirin.


{Brilliante Award}

The recipients of the Brillante Weblog are welcome to put the Logo on their personal blogs and have the honor of passing this award to seven other bloggers.Here are the rules for passing on the award:

l. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate at least seven other blogs
. Add links to those blogs on your blog
Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

This award came from two pretty mommies that I met online because of digital scrapbooking.

Yen said "Creative, sweet, and love reading her blog. Sayang di tayo nag meet!" She was in Davao for a vacation however, our schedules did not meet. Next time, Yen!

And to quote Faye, "she's one of my fellow Bebot. She's nice and sweet too! I love reading her blog."

Thank you so much, ladies! It is a blessing to know you two. :)

This time, it's my turn to nominate! This is going to be fun. :)

Liz - the lady who introduced me to digiscrapping. We once shared an addiction to Neopets. :) I admire her writing skills and she is one of the best writers I know. It is inspiring to read about her life.

Ate JenL - Liz and I also met her some two years ago. Her blog if full of fun photos and stories. Aside from that, she is a brilliant and supportive friend too! She is one good motivator! She is like the big Ate for us, phpdigiscrappers.

Shaui - I know you can see this coming. :) I am delighted whenever I see that her blog is updated. I adore her scrapping style, her pages, her stories, the way she share her stories and her photos of Fei! And don't forget her freebies!

Tracy - Another lady who rocks the digiscrapping scene. It is fun looking at the layouts she posts at her blogs, especially when they feature her adorable dogs.

Diane - Another inspiring lady who never fail to amaze me. Her layouts are totally fab and so are her photos!

Buge - One of the best digiscrappers I know. Her shadowing (which she does manually!) is totally awesome! And I visit her blog daily because of the List. :D

Marytan - I think that she's the only relative I know who also blogs. :) And I love reading her posts and knowing about what her kiddos are up to. And she superbly writes too!

There goes my list! Your turn to nominate, ladies!


Power of Prayer

My first tag from an artistahing friend. Salamat, Faye! :)

Prayer for the MV Princess of the stars fatalities and survivors.

Dear God, we pray that you comfort each bereaved family everyday as they grieved for their loss, we pray that you will supply all their needs, we pray for the survivors that they may have a good life after the tragedy, that you will bless them and let them know in the deepest part of their heart that in spite of what have happened, you LOVE and CARE for them. This we pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen. I encourage everyone to keep the prayer going. LET’S P.U.S.H. (PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS).

25. Your Blog

I am tagging You!



>> Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Are you looking for a great and funky way to decorate your homes? Or maybe you are searching for the perfect gift for a family who is having a house-warming soon? Well look no more because here is a fun way to know time. Introducing, unique wall clocks to adorn your homes. Various designs are available including these cat clocks with realistic eyelashes and blinking eyes that move up and down plus a tail that swings! I think I like the rightmost design because it looks like watermelon to me! And I bet that the orange with black stripes is my girl's perfect choice. These 3D clocks are replicates of the 1950's wall clocks. Just take a look at this cute little pooch: Too cute for words, right? This yellow cutie is perfect for the pastel-colored walls and bright rooms. This is a must-have for kids' rooms. I know that my daughter will have fun learning and telling time with this clock.

But let us not forget about our kitchens and dining areas. Meet Luigi: He might look cunning but he tells time appropriately! Just don't let his rolling eyes and big smile scare you. :)

These fancy clocks operate on 2 AA batteries, come in a strong case construction and have precision quartz movements. Quite a steal for $39.95 each, if you ask me!


So This is How it Feels!

It was a hectic and busy day. I did not have time to eat snacks and was starving when lunch time came. My 4 days of absence did not help accomplish my piling tasks! And meetings were done spontaneously. Anyways, I am not *complaining* per se. I am happy with my job and the people I am working with. Fulfilling!

Anyways, in this post, I was complaining about my meds (being downers) and in this post, I recounted how I lost sleep *maybe* because of the new set of meds prescribed by my doctor. I am suspecting and Mamitz agrees with me (she's a former superior and currently, our HRM officer) that *maybe* one of new medicines is an upper. Which one could it be? It's about 1 AM and I am sooo alert! So, this is how it feels to be taking uppers huh. In the previous days, I was usually dead tired upon coming home from work but this time, look at me! This is the third night and I will be calling my doctor later. However, instead of forcing my self to rest and sleep, I was productive and came up with THIS (you better click that "THIS"!) I am proud of that one! Plus I was able to grab two opps from LW! Yey! Thank you, Lord! :D

I will be on an official travel soon but before that, I am patiently waiting for something that I have been sooo wanting to get my hands on. ;) Coming soon to a blog near you. Hehehe!


My Weekend Roundup

>> Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hey ya! How was your weekend? Yesterday, I was able to see my doc again. He was out of town for some days. All of my med were changed and I am now taking about 4 pills in the morning and at night. Talk about drug dependency. :D Anyways, I also visited the office after being absent for 3 days and the paint still smells! The carpenters are not through with their job yet and I doubt if I can stay and work there tomorrow. But I was very pleased to see my old officemates. And the student leaders I am now working with welcomed me with new tasks and projects. Yay!

Anyway, after the check-up and procuring the medicines, the H and I had lunch in a Chinese resto and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He had his hair cut and we bought some groceries and by the time we got home, I was sooo tired and sleepy. I woke up at around 7PM, finding the girl and her Dad asleep too!

I had a heavy dinner but after about 2 hours, I felt hungry again. I ended up eating cookies and fruits and later, hotdog and rice (along with the girl who just woke up). I justified that it was because of the pills that I have took. And I stayed up late! Blame it on Flair, one of Facebook's applications. I was able to make one for my friend, Shaui. Lookie here:
It's cute, right? :) Sent it to her and she LOVE it! Anyways, I went to bed around 3PM but unfortunately, sleep was impossible! I tried praying the Rosary (instead of counting sheeps ha) but to no avail. I read a book, wala pa rin. :( It was almost 5 PM when I had a shallow sleep. And I tried again this afternoon. Hay. What happened? I thought the culprit was the medicines (again?) but just tonight, I realized that maybe, just maybe, it was my overeating! Hay. So tonight, I will try to turn in earlier than usual. I hope I can have a good sleep. Good thing was, (and I am not sure it it is the new vitamin supplement that I have been taking), I was not a walking zombie with a bad headache today, despite my lack of sleep. Amazing! :)

The girl and her Dad had a bonding moment when they attended the noon Mass. The H advised me not to go and just rest. They got me grilled chicken, Mr. Donut doughnuts, ripe mangoes and butter cookies. Yay! (No, I did not overate this time!)

It's another week for all of us and I hope it will be productive to us all. Ciao!


Distance Learning

>> Friday, July 25, 2008

I spent three years studying in a university and I have been working in the same school for more than nine years. I earned my Master's degree there too. I witnessed how it metamorphed into what it is now. Thanks to the dynamic school administrators that we have, the school is responding to the growing change that the students, their parents and the world outside experience. The physical structures and environment is now more conducive for studying and extra-curricular activities, the employees and faculty are more motivated to work and facilitate learning. Facilities are also upgraded and our laboratories are expanded with more machines and what-have-yous for practical learning. More than that, the students are now provided with more opportunities to learn, to grow and to lead. However, there is still a lot more work to do to cater to the needs of the larger population. Maybe someday, we can be capable of offering more courses, online courses, or accept foreign exchange students. It's a long way to go, I know. But I believe that it can be done.

One of the successful online colleges that offer online courses is the Capella University. Distance learning is best for us who are already working and find it difficult to attend classes regularly. Whatever field you might be in, whether health, education or business, surely, there is one course that fits your needs.

If you are a writer, Capella University also offers an online course that will help you hone your skills and help you excel in your craft. Relevant topics include Business and Technical Writing, Undergraduate Writing Resources, How to Get Your Work Published, Academic Integrity among others. It takes pride in the unique resources that resulted from the cooperation among their faculty, staff, and their outstanding web and instructional designers. It also offers multi-media modules, which I believe, are essential in the learning process. And what's the best thing about Capella University? It is not only committed to learners in the United States, but it is also serving distant learners from 45 other countries! So what are you waiting for? Visit http://www.capella.edu now!

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


My Top 10

I snagged this from Juliana. It's been a while, friend! :)

The Tag: Name 10 people you can think of right off the top of your head. Don’t read the questions underneath until you write the names of all 10 people.

This is a lot funnier if you actually randomly list the names first. No cheating. Repost this with the same title and tagged 6 of yours friends.

My TEN people are:

1) Wes
2) Kaela Therese
3) Joniel
4) Ces
5) Mamitz
6) Roy
7) Liz
8) JennyL
9) Jeff
10) Ted


1. How did you meet number 9?
*** He is one of my brothers in-law.

2. Do you have a crush on anyone up there?
*** Yeah, no.1. :D

3. What would you do if you hadn’t met number 1?
*** I’d be sooo unhappy. And miserable. :D

4. What would you do if 6 and 2 were going out?
***I will kill Roy. LOL!

5. How did you meet number 8?
*** We were both crazy over digital scrapbooking. I met her in a forum. And we met personally about 2 years ago.

6. Is 2 one of your best friends?
*** Yeah!

7. Whose number 9’s best friend(s)?
*** I would say it's Tel.

8. Have you ever dated number 1?
*** Of course!!

9. Do you miss number 10?
*** Yep. And I am sooo looking forward to seeing him again come December 2008! Yay! He is the bunso (youngest) among my 5 brothers in-law.

10.What do u think of number 6?
*** He is smart, tolerant, loyal and very kind. And I love him to pieces. :)

11.What do you think of number 7?
*** She’s a survivor and a very loyal friend. She is one of my bestest blessings.

12. Who does number 3 like?
*** Aha. This is easy. He likes someone whose name starts with the letter J. Haha!

13. Have you ever been inside number 8’s house?
*** Not yet. Hopefully soon!

14. Do you love number 4?
*** Yeah. She was a colleague and a super friend.

15. Ever been in the same bed as any of the numbers?
*** With numbers 1 and 2.

16. What about no. 5?
*** I adore her! She was a former boss and she was our matchmaker. She celebrates her birthday after Wes'. She and Therese share the same 2nd name, we love her and her family to bits.

17. Do you trust these people?
*** Of course!

18. Would you date no. 5?
*** Just *date* to eat somewhere. We share a passion for good food.

19. Love them all?
*** Absolutely!

Snag this if you like! I had fun answering. :)


I am Sorta Normal

So I took this test just because I was curious. By the result I got, I am happy to know that I am 65 % normal. And 35% not normal? Oh well....

You Are Fairly Normal

You scored 65% normal on this quiz

Like most people you are normal in some ways...

But you aren't a completely normal person. You're a little weird too!

Why You Are Normal:

You rather be screwed over than screw someone else over

You think glasses can make someone more attractive

You prefer the sun to the moon

If given the choice, you would choose to have more money over more time

You prefer a good meal to a good nap

Why You Aren't Normal:

You would not eat meat from a cloned animal

You are no longer with your first love

When you're in a car, you prefer to be the passenger

You would rather be a movie star than an astronaut

You prefer your family to your friends


The Worst Usually Brings Out the Best... Husband

So I am still home, recuperating from my asthma and headache and fever. It's been 3 days now. But yesterday was the worst day. You see, when I get sick, I noticed that during the duration of my illness, there is a period when I feel very sick, I hit the lowest. This time, it was last night. It was a horrible feeling, both physically and emotionally. I thought I was gonna die! I am just thankful that I have a very loving husband who took care of me despite the fact that he was tired and had to be home late because he had to work overtime. He did not get mad when I could not decide where to sleep. He allowed me to just *watch* TV because it steers my mind away from what I am feeling. He even tolerated my request to turn on the lights at one of the rooms though I asked him to just slightly open the door. I had a hard time sleeping. But I woke up early and found him checking on me.

I feel much better now, compared to yesterday. I have been taking meds (which, I think, mostly are downers) and have been eating more fruits than I have consumed in the past weeks. I have also been drinking water like crazy though it's not a new thing. And here is my big THANK YOU to my husband, Wesley, for taking good care of me. I know that this is not going to be the last but I pray that you will not get tired of looking after me, especially when I am incapable of taking care of myself. I am not only blessed to have you, I also consider myself sooo lucky! I love you!

And there goes another mushy post from me. :D


Investing on Rare Gold Coins

Some investments depreciate over time, like cars. However, there is one investment that does not devaluate but rather appreciate as time goes by. I am talking about rare gold coins. Yes, gold coins some centuries ago, say, from 17th to 18th century. These rare and valuable pieces of coins do not loose their values, instead, they appreciate as time goes by.

Monaco Rare Coin, which is a part of the trusted leader in precious metals investments for nearly 40 years now - Monex, offers the finest rare coins available. With its vast expertise and experience, Monaco Rare Coin is highly eligible in helping collectors and buyers find the best rare coin value the market has to offer.

Now that the price of almost everything goes high, it is wise to spend your hard-earned money on investments which you know, will be more valuable over time. With rare gold coins, you are assured that you are not wasting your money. So what are you waiting for? Buy rare gold coins NOW!


Shaui's Contest

Hear ye! Hear ye! Shaui is having a contest with a freebie!

Do you want to have this:

and this? Along with a $10 and $5 at her store? Then go and visit her blog for more details. Run now! :)

I still have to put into good use the stuff which I got from the GC she generously gave me. Yeah, I am bad. :D But she is an enabler, really. I totally admire her pages, the stories she tell and how encouraging she has been to the people who visits her blog. And I am totally, the number 1 fan of her girl, Fei!


Introvert or Extrovert?

My new boss recently had us, his new staff and some consultants, take a personality test, the MBTI. The result will be out soon and I am a bit excited. Anyways, here is a test I got from Blogthings. It is somewhat a part of the personality that MBTI aims to discover.

You Are 60% Extrovert, 40% Introvert

You are quite outgoing

You are a social connector - you know a ton of people

While you aren't a wild extrovert, you are a great talker

A fantastic storyteller, you keep everyone laughing

I know it all along, I am an extrovert! I will die without people to talk and interact with, whether IRL or online. ;)


PDA Made for Doctors

>> Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Are you a medical doctor who is tech-savvy and is looking for ways to be more efficient and effective in your field? Then the perfect partner for you, dear doctor, is finally here. Introducing, Epocrates' medical PDA software that lets you access everything that you need to know when making prescribing decisions without leaving the examination room. Take advantage of its free medical pocket PC software, free medical Palm software and free medical Windows Mobile software - all in a handy, little gadget that fits your coat! You don't need to go to the nearest PC station, check on your medical books nor bring around your laptop just to access the relevant information you need at the moment. Take advantage of technology and make healing people convenient for you and your patients.

“This announcement was paid for by Epocrates.”


Me, The All-Knowing

On our way home one afternoon, the little girl and I came across with my mom's officemate's daughter and exchanged Hellos. When we parted ways, my little girl asked me, "Mommy, bakit alam and kilala mo lahat?" (Mommy, why do you know everything and everyone?) That caught me off-guard. I just held her close and told her that no, I don't know all and everyone.

It melts my heart to know that up to now, my girl looks up to me and for her, I am omnipotent and all-knowing. And even if she has been testing my authority, her world still somehow revolves around me and her dad. :)



I’M AFRAID OF THE DARK: Nope. My youngest brother is. And that's because of me and a younger brother. We were mean. :D
I CAN’T SLEEP IN A ROOM IF THE CLOSET DOOR IS OPEN: Yes. Closets have to be closed whether I am asleep or awake.
I SHUT OTHERS OUT WHEN I’M SAD: No. Misery loves company. Haha!
I’VE STAYED OUT ALL NIGHT: Rarely. It gives me headaches.
I WATCH THE NEWS: Yes. Because the Husband is *addicted* to it.
I OWN OVER 5 RAP CD’S: Nope. Never.

Snagged this from Chikai. Thanks!


Thursday Filler

But it's only Wednesday. ;) No, I am not prompt with my tags. Actually, I am that late. :) So, here's my take, Chikai!

Players: buhaymisis, kathycot, whenmomspeaks, kathycotcooks, quicker8, digitalscrapz, a life in bloom, you're next!

1. What's your latest addiction? :: Since I transferred office, it is shopping for office supplies. I prefer to choose my thingies than get them from the Logistics Office.
2. What are you listening to? :: Bukas Palad
3. How late did you stay up last night and why? :: Around 11:00 PM because I finally found time to chat with a long-lost friend. It was fun knowing about her career, family, what she's up to (obsessing on when and where to buy silver), and how life has been for her.
4. Who were you with last Friday night?:: Who else but with the Husband and our little girl.
5. Do you think you will be in a relationship 3 months from now? :: Already am! Super happily. :)
6. When is the next time you'll see your close friends? :: Some of them are around so I can see them anytime we like. Others are somewhere out there and I hope to see them come December 2008!
7. What were you doing this morning at 7am? :: Sleeping because I feel sick.
8. What radio station do you listen to the most? :: A local FM radio station.
9. What was the reason you last cried? :: Anger.
10. Have you ever talked to someone when they were high? :: Nope.
11. What's the fifth text in your inbox say? :: From Marijo who informed me that she won't be needing to borrow the laptop anymore.
12. Where was the last coffee shop you go? :: Le Sorelle, just last Friday.
13. What's your outfit right now? :: Short and sleeveless tops.
16. What were you doing at 11pm last night? :: Chatting with a friend who wants to buy silver and updating my blog.
17. Who was the last person you talked to last night before bed? :: Hubby, telling him that I feel sick just like him. Well, always, he is the last person I talk to before I sleep whether he's here or in a business trip.
18. Will you be driving in a year? :: No.
19. Is there anything that you are craving right now? :: None.
20. When did your last hug take place?:: Just this morning, when hubby and I woke up.
22. Have you ever started a sentence with "No offense, but..."? :: Yeah but rarely.
23. Do you drink tea? :: No.
24. Have you ever been arrested? :: No.
25. Have you rode in someone else's car today? :: No.
26. Have you made a mistake this past week? :: Maybe.
27. Who was the last person you texted? :: My boss in reply to his question about my new office table.
28. Are you happy with your life right now? :: Yes!
29. In the past 72 hours have you been under the influence? :: Of Phenylephrine, Ambroxol, Ascorbic Acid and water. :D I am sick!
30. What's the connection between you and the last person you texted? :: He is my friend and boss.

Tagging Jan, Litzie and Marytan.



>> Tuesday, July 22, 2008

But barely breathing - figuratively and literally -- tons of work (not complaining because I am happy with what I am doing even if I was not really promoted. Haha!) and our office is undergoing a renovation and repainting (again, not complaining despite the smell of the paint and other chemicals they've been using -- now I am sneezy -- because I will have my much-desired work area really, really soon - along with a brand new PC!). So please, bear with me. Tags will be done and I will blog-hop once I have my life back. And I hope it's soon. (Of course, it's not as soon as I wanted. I *need* to report for work on Sunday.)

And so, with these and more, I asked God to help me get through the week, right? Plus a new pair of shoes and pants too! Well guess what, an unexpected gift came last Friday and I have been thinking if using it to buy my *needs*. And just today, I remembered this. I *think* I need it to motivate me to scrap. (Again??!) Hay. I need to think, think, think. Lalo na at mahal ang dollar. :D

Anyways, I need to hit the sack now. You all have a lovely Wednesday. Catch you all later (or whenever...).


Saturday Blabbering

>> Saturday, July 19, 2008

Howdy! How was your week? Mine was obviously hectic. Yesterday I had my first disciplinary case (since the Boss has to attend a weekend class). I admit I was initially nervous but God is good. We (me and my companion) survived! :) I have some major activities lined up in the coming days so I don't expect to have my online life back soon. :(

I didn't have the appetite to eat in the past days because of of stress. But yesterday, Therese and I ate stopped by a native resto and ordered some yummies. Trust me, the weight I loss for not eating like the way I used to in the previous days was gained back and more! And just this afternoon, one of my bestest friends, Marijo and hubby, Joel, came to visit and brought us some grilled pork. Yummy! Along with the protein and fat-pack grilled pork is the news that Marijo has re-enrolled in a fitness program. I am soooo proud of her. It's a daily thing and Fridays are for belly-dancing! Wow, how I envy her! I can't wait to see her wear a sexy belly dancer outfit and as a butterfly-lover, I know that she is going to love this diamond butterfly body jewelry:So my dear sister, go and dance those fats away! And accessorize while doing it. ;)


Mic Test

>> Thursday, July 17, 2008

Still here. Just a bit busy at work. It's almost 4 in the morning and I am up! I slept around 10 PM last night without going online. Yey me! I needed it to keep me sane. LOL! I woke up around an hour ago and yeah, I can't get back to sleep again. But I will force myself to do so in a bit or else I will be a walking zombie later at work.

Speaking of work, I am swamped with many tasks. The good news is that they are finally working on my working area. Or at least they inspected and measured the area just yesterday. The good boss is also working on our requests like my own PC and other things. It is so hard to work in such a small table, especially that I need to do consultations with some student leaders. Anyways, things will get better, I hope.

Just help me get through this week, Lord. :) And I want a new mobile phone, a pair of shoes and pants. Hehe.

Anyways, this is my attempt to let my friends know that I am still alive. Yes I am! I do miss Twittering and checking-out shop sales with you, girls. :) And most of all, I miss you! Thanks for dropping by. The tags will be done during the weekend. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week!




>> Monday, July 14, 2008

I am bored, tired, lazy and did I say, lazy? Must be that time of the month again.

We got back to work today and amazingly, the flood has receded! Thank you, Lord! But my officemates we had to clean up the office. None of my stuff got wet. Thank you, Lord! :)

Anyways, you all have a lovely week ahead! I hope to get my scrapping and blogging groove soon. Take care and stay happy!


Happy Birthday...

>> Friday, July 11, 2008

... my Love! You are the best blessing, ever! (Along with our little mouse, of course!)
I love you two and you both make me complete!

Illustration by ursulav


Why I Sleep Late

>> Thursday, July 10, 2008

Because of the Internet, of course! I have several tasks to do when I go online. I usually update my blogs (I have three so it takes time), check-out digital scrapbooking sites for freebies and sales. I also get in touch with my online friends through Twitter and Yahoo Messenger. And of course, check my emails and other relevant websites for blogging opportunities. ;) (Last night, I was reading and later posted about the best online casinos). And look, it's way past my bedtime but I am still here!

What do I plan to do with my earnings? Aside from financing my digishopping frenzy on digikits and scrapbooking books (which shouldn't be!), I am hoping to save enough for a pretty DSLR come December 2008. But I am so fickle-minded regarding this matter and might be opting for something cheaper and practical like what my friend, Chikai, bought recently. :) OR I can take my chance and play online casino blackjack, win big time and switch back to buying DSLR again. But nah... I'd rather spend my money on shopping. And for the life of me, I don't even know how to play blackjack! I don't know a single card game except for solitaire! So weird as it may seem, for someone who is not a risk-taker, I admire those who likes taking risks and play casino online and do other things which I don't have the guts to do.


Day 4

Fourth day of our no-class-because-we're-flooded week at Notre Dame University. In the morning, I was able to get inside the university through the back gate. We were supposed to pack relief items for the evacuees but the supplies were delivered in the afternoon. Anyway, here are some of the photos which I got.

Here's the pathway from the main entrance.
Upper left is a part of the little girl's school. Notice the makeshift bridge and a friend who toured the area with me. Say "Hi!", Faith! :)

To the right is the building where my offices (former and current) are housed. Those are some of our student leaders who were there to help with the relief operations.
Shot taken from the Archbishop Gerard Mongeau, OMI chapel (our university chapel). It is an elevated place and spared from the flood, for now. In view is the pathway and that building is our school cafeteria.

Lastly, here is an "aerial view" of one of our students' favorite tambayan. It would have been a lovely sight if it was a pond or something but it's definitely not.

That's all for now. I will be posting more Notre Dame University flood photos tomorrow. Ciao!


Random Qs

Here's a tag from a pretty friend, Jan. Thanks, Jan!

The rules are simple. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
- I just graduated from college and was in the mountains of Sultan Kudarat as an Oblate Volunteer.

2. What are the 5 things on my to-do list today?
Well the day is over but here are the things which I planned doing:
- visit the university and take photos (done)

- finish the missalettes (unfinished)
- wrap gift for my beloved H
- finish my assigned tasks
- sleep early

3. Snacks I enjoy
- cakes and chocolates, shakes, pasta

4. Place where I lived
- Cotabato City

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire

- Start a sustainable business, buy a house din in Pampanga, super prettify it with my Interior Designer/ brother in-law -Ted, tour the country and send some unfortunate kids to school. Of course, buy all the cameras, magazines, laptops and books that I like. :D

6. People I want to know more are Liz, Tracy, Yen, Kitty, Caryl and Joy.


Me, Again

Grabbed this from Alpha. Thank you!

~ Shaui.

~ Ronald, one of my favorite friends.

~ "Gising na!" From Christian, at around 6 PM this evening. :D

~ No. It's Therese's job.

~ No. Just a bit wavy.

~ I don't know.

~ My husband. :)

~ Hay naku...

~ Doughnuts. Yikes! I had two! Now you know why I am getting heavier. Hand me those Phentermine pills please! (As if my doctor would approve! Haha!)

~ "Thank you." As an answer to the little girl who told me that she's going to make me another painting.

~ Not so much these days.

~ No.

~ Like Alpha, hunting free kits online.

~ I am already happily married.

~ Just this morning.

~ Cooking dinner.

~ Lots, depends on who's calling me.


~ Which family? In my side, it's Therese. In the H's side, it's Seanna.

~ Yes I do.

~ No skateboards for me!

~ The in-laws’ place in Pampanga.

~ No.

~ Alvin & the Chipmunks? The only I've seen for a loooong time.

~ My Husband, of course.

~ No idea.

1) person you saw: My girl.
2) talked to on the phone: The Water refiller.
3) person you hugged: My little girl
4) person you texted: My H.

1) date: July 10.
2) plans: Finish tasks and go to bed early (like Alpha). Because I feel dizzy.
3) dislikes about tomorrow: I am going to looove everything tomorrow because 1) The H will be home after a week-long trip and 2) It's his birthday!!

1) missing someone: Yes, the Husband.
2) mood: Sleepy.

I am a morning person: False.
I am a perfectionist: True.
I am an only child: False.
I am currently in my pajamas: False.
I am online 24/7: False.
I am very shy around the opposite gender: False.
I can be paranoid: False.
I currently regret something that I have done: False.
I enjoy talking on the phone: Depends.
I have a lot to learn: True.
I have a secret: True.


Water, Water Everywhere!

>> Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Howdy again! This is the 3rd day of our unexpected vacation. I was finally able to go and see the cause of this unexpected break and here are some photos. Excuse me for the angle because I was in a moving car when they were taken.

This is the entrance of our university. It is obvious that it is impossible to get inside on foot. Well, it can be done if it is OK with you to get wet with the muddy water.
This building houses several offices at the ground floor, including my new and old offices.

Water! Water! Water everywhere, mom!
And just how high the water is? Lookie here. A former officemate told me that we are going to have a Mass tomorrow at the gymnasium, one of the areas, I think which is not flooded. Let's see if I can go. My boss also requested me to be around though I do not know what time. I need to look for someone who will accompany the little girl if it's late in the afternoon. She has been suffering from cough AGAIN. And has complaints on headaches. Though I never hear any complaints when she's watching Disney Channel or her DVDs. Hay! Kids!


Clearer Vision

>> Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I have been having eye problems and I recently visited an opthalmologist. The itchiness and pain I felt around my eye make me feel so uncomfortable and lazy (good excuse, eh?). Anyway, I was expecting that the doctor would say that I am having problems with my vision and I would be needing the aid of eyeglasses. However, I was wrong! My vision is more than OK. So there is no need for me to choose from the array of Incredible Stylish New Frames From Zenni. But in case I need a pair of prescription glasses, this would definitely look good on me:On the other hand, a friend of mine recently asked me for an advice (as if I a good at giving one) because she dislikes wearing her Zenni Optical $ 8 Rx Eyeglasses nor her contact lenses. It's uncomfortable as both feel heavy, she claimed. I don't have any good advice to dispense at this time though I wish I am an eye doctor! :) I would love to help others see more clearly and make available Variable Dimension Frames From Zenni.


Water All Around...

...that's why classes are suspended at the university for the ENTIRE WEEK. Is that good news? As much as I love holidays, it is definitely not! Especially now that I am pretty much loaded with tasks to accomplish with my new job. We are supposedly going to hold our school organizations' recruitment days and try-outs for varsities this week, plus audition for our new band members. It was also announced that the elementary will have their make up classes on Saturdays. Aargh...

Anyways, I am hoping that things will get better soon. They are trying to clear up the water lilies at one of the major rivers nearby. Some portion of the subdivision near ours is already experiencing flood too. I was able to visit the city earlier. Unfortunately, I did not have time to visit the university area and see for myself what had happened to it. I saw on the local news that there are still some people I know who frequented the school. Anyways, I will try again tomorrow.

On a lighter note, I did shop at Oscraps using Shaui's surprise to me. Thanks, Shaui! Want to see what I got? Go here and see for yourself!



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In order to provide information about USA online casino bonuses, they are also running an online casino news with useful articles and information. That's where I discovered that a handful of Norwegian citizens are enjoying online gaming even if their government disapproves it. The proof? 961 million euros were spent on the Internet by Norwegians, according to the Norwegian Gambling Commission. Imagine that! It's a lot of money, I believe. That is why it is good not only for Norwegians but other nationalities as well, to know the which the Best Online Casinos are.


The Magical Lamp of Luck

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1. Add your site(s) to the list once you have received the Magic Lamp of Luck.

2. Pass on the Magic Lamp of Luck to as many people as you like. After all, everyone needs some good luck!

3. Leave a comment HERE once you’ve passed on the Magic Lamp of Luck. Once the Genie King and Genie Princess have visited your site to make sure your links are complete and proper, you will then be added to the Master List.

4. To ensure everyone receives equal link benefit, please UPDATE your list regularly!

1-Mariuca 2-First Time Dad 3-Mariuca's Perfume Gallery 4-Emila's Illustrated Blog 5-The Other Side of Emila 6-My Sweet Escape 7-Bay Head Blog 8-Roxiticus Desperate Housewives 9-LadyJava's Lounge 10-Petty Ramblings of a Petty Queen 11-The Real Deal 12-Pinay Mommy Online 13-Perpustakaan 14-LadyJava Life's Pages 15-Make Money Online 16-Cat Tales 17-LadyJava's Food Paradise 18-Being Woman 19-Spicybug 20-Biz-N-Honey 21-Aeirin's Collections 22-Sasha Says 23-Project Heavy Traffic 24-Picture Clusters 25-My Wanderings 26-Maiylah's Snippets 27-Moments of Colours 28-Life Quest 29-BigMoneyList 30-The Best Parts 31-Morphed 32-Buhay Pinoy 33-Galatayo 34-Blogging Tips 35-Apples Of The Eyes 36-My Own Utopia 37-Sasha's Corner 38-Under One Roof 39-Say Cheese 40-A Great Pleasure 41-A Life in Bloom 42-Because Life is a Blessing 43-Digiscraptology 44-Xixi 45-Ode to Adrienne 46-Next

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Grabbed this from Pinay Mommy Online. Thanks! This time, I am passing on the Magic Lamp of Luck to Yen, Alpha, Litzie, JennyL and Diane!


Still Home

Still no work for me and class for the little girl. The water inside the school compound and the surrounding areas got higher even if it did not rain last night. :( I hope to visit the school today if it is passable and will try to take some photos.

Anyways, left with nothing relevant to do, I decided to do more tweaking with this blog. You will notice, in case you didn't, that the blog lists are now blog lists instead of just links. It is one cool feature of Blogger that I totally love. However, there were some links that were not "accepted" by the blog list thingy so I had to create a new link list for them.

I am a very *smiley* person. My posts, emails and even Twitter updates are usually filled with smileys. Googling helped me discover that I can insert a script and smileys substitute some codes like ; ) will turn into ;) and : z into :z. Cool, isn't it? Go here if you're interested. However, there are times when these codes do not turn out as smileys. Maybe because of bandwidth or whatever. Anyways, I am a happy blogger now. And I hope that Blogger will add this feature soon - I would be very happy!

Anyways, I am off to do some errands now. It's the H's birthday on Friday, you know! TTFN and laters!


I am a Lousy Gift Giver!

>> Monday, July 7, 2008

In 4 days time, the Husband - my Husband, will be celebrating his 20-something birthday! He is away during most of this week and I have plenty of time to come up with a special something for him. I share the sentiments of many of my girl friends - we find it difficult to shop for gifts for men. If asked what to buy for a male boss or friend or husband, my usual answer would be hankerchiefs, or socks or pens! It is that hard! Or maybe I am just uncreative. :D I know, I know, I need to be more resourceful and create something for the most, super loving man on Earth. (OK, I am exaggerating but that's the way I see him!) It would be nice to give him a personalized mouse pad (with our picture on it. :D). Some years ago, I made digisrapped photo of him and Therese and placed it in a picture frame. I know he loved it! Hmm... What do I give him this year? Think. Think. Think.

On the other hand, I find it much easier to find gifts for cute and adorable babies. I know I should be looking for one soon since a former officemate will have her baby girl baptized soon. I can choose toys or cute clothings, books or pretty stuff for the baby's room. But I need to check on my budget first!


Surprise, Surprise!

Shaui came and left a post at my cbox. Did you notice? You know -- Shaui - my minimalist digiscrapper idol who happens to be designing too. She asked for my email so I sent it to her. What could her surprise be? Read on:

hi suzanne! first, want to thank you for the best promotion of my blog. sobrang thanks!
anywho.. sana ma-emjoy mo to :) 10$ GC to my store!!!
code: ------ (of course, I have to hide this one! :p)
expires on: Aug.6, 2008
sobrang salamats ulit!!!!
love yah!!!

Can you see me doing this a happy dance now? Guess where I am heading to --> at Shaui's store, of course!


Expecting... NOT!

Friends, relatives, former teachers and acquaintances have been bugging us with one question: When are we going to get pregnant again? The girl is already 5 and they claim that it is going to be difficult if we wait to have another kid again. I remember it so well -when I gave birth, my mother advised us not to conceive again soon. Recently, she asked me when are we planning to give her another grandchild. LOL!

Well honestly, I would love to be a mom for the second time around and I know that financially, we can afford one. Expecting is an exciting period and I can stand the waiting time. It is fun to visit a baby boutique and look for cute baby stuff. Planning and preparing for the christening as well as the first birthday is also exciting. There will be more photos and memories to scrap too! However, our biggest concern is finding a caregiver. So, I don't know when we're going to be parents again. Maybe when we move to Pampanga. Or when the husband allows me to work from home. And that's another story. :)


Blog Revamped!

Noticed it? I did not take the risk of uploading a template made by other sites. I learned my lessons the hard way some eons back. I just used a template made by Blogger and tweaked it just a little bit. Love my header by the way. ;)

Anyways, I hope you like it! It's a no-class/office day at our university since it is flooded, even the street/avenue leading to it. I can just imagine the difficulties faced by most of the residents of this city. Last week, it was reported that 60% of the city is flooded. This morning, it's already 75%! Thank you, Lord, our subdivision is not flooded yet. But if worse comes to worst, what will happen to us?


Memories Please!

>> Sunday, July 6, 2008

I am a multi-tasker. I am proud of that. I can scrap, browse shops, chat and watch TV at the same time. It's a talent that we, busy moms have. However, I have been frustrated and discouraged with how slooow this laptop has been especially when I run Adobe Photoshop CS2 and ACDSee 8 and Firefox and Yahoo Messenger simultaneously! Good thing the Hubby finally gave in to my request of adding computer RAM to this laptop. Running these programs is a breeze now. Thank you, Babe!

However, buying the right kind of RAM or size of memory module is critical. I was hesitant to visit the computer shop and ask but I did! I talked to their salesperson and pretended that I knew what I was talking about. On the other hand, I overheard another customer who was interested to add IMAC Memory. I left the store armed with the information about two DDR thingies - a relatively expensive one and a relatively cheaper one compared to the other. I had to find out which one fits my laptop. Unfortunately, I later learned that my laptop requires the more expensive kind since it was manufactured about 3 years ago. *Ouch* on the Hubby's pocket. I am so thankful that he is very supportive of me and my caprices, errr, endeavours. :)

I have been a patron of that computer shop now since that's where I purchase inks for my printers. I will be visiting the shop within the week to accompany a friend who is looking for DDR PC2700 Memory for her computer and of course, ask about EHDs for the nth time. :)


Bunch of Answers {6}

56. Do you use hairspray or gel?

57. Describe your favorite meal.
A variety of foods usually do.

58. What color is the inside of your head when you close your eyes?

59. Ever listen to classical music?

60. Have you ever said LOL in real life without thinking about it.

61. Do you find you use Internet language when writing notes IRL?

62. What songs would be on your ideal CD?
Love songs, R&B.

63. Say one thing you learned today.
I am a mom like Alpha and like her, I am still learning about patience.

64. What is the best present you’ve ever given someone else?
Love? Hehe

65. What is the best present someone else has ever given you?
Every gift received is appreciated because after all, it's the thought that counts!

66. So hey, what’s your full name?
Suzanne A. V.

67. Describe yourself while drunk.
I don't drink.

68. How big are the windows in your house?
Just your normal/average windows.

69. Do you wear a watch?

70. What’s the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done with someone else?
Secret! :)


Bunch of Answers {5}

>> Saturday, July 5, 2008

71. What’s the largest age difference between you and someone you’ve dated?
Less than a year.

72. How many mirrors do you have?

73. Write one sentence you want people to say about you once you’ve passed on.
That I made their lives better, that they were loved by me.

74. Have you ever sailed?

75. How fast can you run?
Just fast enough.

76. What do you believe in?
God and His unconditional love.

77. How long does it take you to get ready to go out?
About an hour. I need to eat first before going out.

78. Do you shower daily?
Twice or thrice. It is hot and humid here!

79. What one thing would you change in your life if you had the power to do so?
Like Alpha, I just don’t want my loved ones to get sick.

80. Describe the ideal superpower and what you would do if you had it.
I don't know... Maybe to have money appear in a single snap - so I can feed the hungry and send kids to school. And spoil my loved ones with expensive things like a playstation 3 perhaps.

81. Are candles romantic or a fire hazard?
Fire hazards, if these are the only choices. But they are definitely useful when lights go off!

82. Name something you’ve done in the last 24 hours, no matter how big or small.
Hah! I talked with several school leaders, attended an election of officers, went to the market, met a friend and bought materials for the wedding invites, updated my blogs.

83. Do you wear necklaces/bracelets/anklets/earrings/rings?
Just earrings and our wedding ring.

84. What colors are you wearing right now?
My colorful sleeveless top and blue shorts.

85. How often do you change the sheets on your bed?

86. Have you ever gotten lost? If so, explain.

87. What’s on your computer desk?
My laptop, the mouse, my mobile phones.

88. How many folders are on your desktop at the present moment?
Only two.

89. When you’re talking do you ever use your hands in the air to do quotation marks of certain words?

90. Which landmark would you climb if you could?
Mt. Everest! But that's just a dream! :D


Bunch of Answers {4}

Next 15 Q&A:

91. Do you own or have you read or thought of reading any self help books.

92. Ever seriously questioned your sanity?
Yep again!

93. Can you break-dance?
For the life of me, I can't!

94. What’s in your fridge right now?
Water, ripe mangoes, eggs, vegetables and pork, chocolates.

95. How many people do you live with?
Two - the H and our little girl.

96. Have you or would you ever do anything more than kiss in a public area?
Kiss and hug and hold hands.

97. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever done?
None that I can remember.

98. Name an instrument you’ve never played but would like to.
Drums. Just like Alpha. And a violin!

99. Have you ever been on TV or the radio?
None. Just a few seconds of fame on our marketing video shown in the different feeder schools for 2 years now. (Hey, they should be updating it!)

100. What is the worst thing anyone could ever do to you?
Hurt my loved ones, lie and steal from me, betray me, accuse me of something that I did not do.

101. Are you a fast typer?

102. How high have you counted before getting bored?
Around 50?

103. Describe how you sleep.
I close my eyes! LOL! On my side, most of the time. I have been covering my ears/head with pillow but I read that that's bad. :(

104. Are you straight/bi/gay?
Super straight!

105. Do you ever do something else while on the computer? If so, what?
Watch TV. Sometimes, eat. Or text. Or make a call.


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