Hey There!

>> Saturday, January 31, 2009

I stayed up late last night because I had to scrap (I’m on a CT, remember? :D) plus I watched The Unit with Wes. (Yeah, we bond by watching the series HE likes. Haha!) It’s nice though I like NCIS more. I was telling him about Prison Break which Litzie recently finished. However, he has reservations since he thinks that the cast is way too big.

Anyways, going back to my story. I also did a layout. But I can’t share it now. Not yet. Hehe. Just wait. I am happy to report that I have been scrapping and some of my pages are here. Good thing mojo has not left yet. Woot!

I brought Therese to the campus today. We were not busy and there was an ongoing city-wide athletic and socio-cultural tournament for private schools. I am not a sporty person but I discovered that I like martial arts. Watching OTHERS play, actually. No, you can’t make me play. So don’t ask. LOL! Anyways, we watched the taekwondo competition and I am verrry much impressed with how our athletes played. I rooted and cheered for them, of course. My throat was hurting afterwards. LOL! Many of our players will be joining the team for the regional meet. I wish them the best!

Lastly, I am thinking of getting another domain. Haha! But I still need to think about that. Am I capable of maintaining another blog? You tell me. :D

Well, that’s all for now. I will be facing a big load of laundry. Good luck to me! Have a lovely weekend wherever you are!

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Those Who Care…

>> Friday, January 30, 2009

…does not matter.

And those who matter does not care.
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I just feel like posting that. Hehe.

And just an itty bitty reminder, the day of reckoning is near. Please, please help me win by voting for my Pen Scrappers Contest entry HERE.

Thanks and have a lovely Friday!

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QOTW #47

>> Wednesday, January 28, 2009

1. It’s really funny when________________.
:: Mamitz, our matchmaker, mistakes someone for somebody else. She always does that. Haha!
2. What’s your story?
:: I’m tired and I want to sleep. And oh, I am PMSing. Hay.
3. How often do you awaken remembering your dream/s?
:: Very often.
4. Would you have a baby to save a relationship?
:: No. It’s pathetic.
5. Is it acceptable to kill one man in order to save a million?
:: Jesus did it.
6. If someone calls you and asks for your name, do you tell them?
:: No. They have to tell me first why they called.
7. In the past days/weeks, what piece of mail made you the happiest?
:: The one from ARTSCOW! It contained the free prints I ordered from them. See them here. And I hope to receive more in the coming weeks. ARTSCOW rocks!
8. Would you want to live forever?
:: I don’t know. Hehe. Maybe not.
9. Is sitting around doing nothing inconsequential?
:: Nope. One needs to rest and relax once in a while to stay sane and alive. ;)
10. What does whispering makes you think of?
:: Secrets.

Salamat, Yen! Fun as always!

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Destination Weddings

One of the many things that I like these days are wedding magazines. In fact, my youngest brother in-law, Ted, gave me two as gifts last Christmas. I find it nice to look at wedding photos and read about the couples’ preparations before the big day. The various designs of invitations, souvenirs and gowns fascinate me.

As I browse through my magazines, it dawned to me that even weddings have changed. Wedding magazines are aplenty, there is one or two in every news stand. There are wedding coordinators even in a small city like ours! The invitations come in many shapes, sizes and colors, if you are willing to pay the price. And what was once done in the church can now be done outside of it. I am talking about destination weddings – beaches, gardens, you name it.

Speaking of destination weddings, why not consider the White-Sand Beaches of Riviera Maya in Mexico, if you are planning to tie the knot soon? It boosts its white secluded beaches which you, your spouse and your guests can enjoy. It offers a one of a kind experience which you will remember forever. They do not only take pride in the ambiance of the place but more importantly, of their service, food and accommodations. They offer packages ideal for every taste and budget. Choose from the various beaches in Riviera Maya and you are guaranteed to have a wedding not only memorable to you and your beloved but to your guests as well.

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Manic

>> Monday, January 26, 2009

I am trying to multi-task again. I am trying to watch (and understand ha) NCIS season 5 while blogging and scrapping. I understand a bit of what I’ve been watching and I’m already done with my blogging at the other blog. Scrapping? Well, I am thinking of using QPs this time! Haha! I am working on another photo book which I hope to print with ARTSCOW so wish me luck!

Speaking of ARTSCOW, I slept late last night because some of codes of free stuff were about to expire. I uploaded a photo book, 50 5R prints and a 12” x 18” print. I only paid for the shipping of these stuff. Woot! The photo book is for my daughter. The 50 5R prints are our December 2007 photos – they will be sent to my parents in-law. The next free 50 5R will be our most recent vacation photos. Once they’re complete, they will be sent to them in an album. The large print will be sent to Shelley, my sister in-law. It’s a collage of the photos of her daughter, Sea. Here’s she:

Untitled-1h_thumb[10] She has to stay with her Lolo and Lola for some time and I understand how much her mom misses her. I hope that the gift will somehow ease that feeling.

So anyways, it’s raining here and I am loving it. You all have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

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Happy, Happy, Happy!

>> Sunday, January 25, 2009

My prince is home! Woot! It’s so nice to have him around, I get to rest once in a while. Hehe. I am feeling quite happy, happy, happy now. :) However, he’s glued to the TV! He is watching NCIS while I am trying to blog. I mean post a decent post. Hehe.

By the way, I am done with my project – a photo book! Woot! Thanks to Ate Jen for helping me out with the ordering. It’s a photo book and not a scrapbook page. Waah! I am so dumb! Haha!

Anyways, I am off to prepare for my week. You all have a great one!

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Saturday Pictorials

>> Saturday, January 24, 2009

One of the many things which I find tough to do these days is blogging. It seems that I am too lazy to update though I have plenty of things to share. Maybe I just feel tired. And that time of the month too. *sigh*

Anyways, I hope your weekend is great. This morning, I had a pictorial with our Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2009 delegates. Had some of the shots processed and I will be uploading them at our university’s intranet portal come Monday. The guys were too conscious on camera but they were cooperative though I was telling them that I was just practicing on them. Hehe.

Anyways, here is my favorite shot:

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Left to right: Oliver, Jayson and Michael. Oliver and Michael passed the rigid screening and will be attending the AYLC 2009 as delegates. On the other hand, Jayson - an AYLC 2008 alumnus, was invited as one of the rapperteurs.

And before I forget, here’s me:

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Seemed that I did not crop the photo correctly but it’ll do for now. Hehe.

Have a lovely Sunday tomorrow!

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Career Girl

You Are a Career Girl!
You may not be a CEO yet, but you're well on your way to success.
You take your career seriously, and you wouldn't stop working for any guy!
An independent woman, you pay for your own car, clothes, and housing.
And men appreciate that - at least, the ones as driven as you are.

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Un-diet

>> Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Like what I’ve mentioned here, I was officially on a diet. However, it seemed that life was trying to test my self control. Indeed, there were food, food, food when I visited my former office that afternoon! And one faculty celebrated his 60th birthday with the ever famous pancit palabok which is one of my favorites. Hay. And since there were feasts and even a post birthday celebration (for moi!), I decided to stop taking diet pills and dieting altogether until Friday. Haha! Just tonight, we had a grand sea foods feast since my favorite cousin arrived from Manila. I am sooo full! But promise, I will be back on diet come Friday. Promise. :D

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QOTW #46

1. Where do you keep your Pot of Gold?
:: In my heart. Naks!
2. Do you get annoyed by people who are really proud of who they are?
:: No if they are just proud. But if they’re being boastful, that’s another story.
3. How often growing up did you hear your parents say “I love you”?
:: Not very so often but they showed it and made us feel that we’re loved.
4. Here comes TROUBLE! What do you see?
:: Mauling and brawling in the campus. Haha!
5. What is your most prized possession?
:: My life, my family and friends, my faith.
6. What nickname/s did you hate the most in your childhood?
:: Secret din. Haha!
7. What haven’t you done in a long time?
:: Attend classes. Haha!
8. What do you enjoy doing? Aside from blogging because we all know we love to blog.
:: Digital scrapbooking, reading, laze around the house with my husband and daughter.
9. When you’re reading, do you sometime have to reread a section because your mind wandered?
:: Nope. I usually reread when I did not understand the text the first time I read it. Hehe.
10. Have things broken in your life recently?
:: Nope.

Thanks Yen! Like this week’s QOTW!

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Oh Really?

>> Sunday, January 18, 2009

Your Important Priorities Are Taken Care Of
For you, your career is usually your number one priority.

You don't mind having things to get done... as long as they don't pile up on you.

Your most important priorities get your attention. You are happily able to let the less important things slide.

You want thinking to be a high priority, but you don't take enough time for yourself.

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Addicted to Books

>> Saturday, January 17, 2009

The three of us received a lot of books last Christmas. For one, my Twitter mommy – who was Litzie, by the way, sent me the Philip Yancey books I requested. Thanks, Litz! Read about it here. Another good friend of Wes from way back, Atty. Laurence, gave us more books. He usually gifts us with books every time we see him.

Therese got a number too – from her Lola Auntie Rose, Ninang Shelley and Tita Liz - who bought her two books which she liked from a nice book shop in Serendra. (I still need to blog about our meeting.) I am happy to report that my girl loooves to read. She has a good collection of books. Someday, when she gets a little older, I will let her choose from the variety of Amazon books offered online. I’d rather let her spend her money on books than on makeup. I will be the one her those! LOL!

Seriously, we are happy that Therese takes after our love for reading. And we pat our backs for starting her young. Go us! :)

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Tag Train #14

PLAYERS: A MOTHERS HORIZON | YOUR BLOG.

1. If the object of your affections were to serenade you, what song(s) would you hope he or she used?
~ Love songs, syempre! LOL!
2. Have you ever just started dancing/singing in the middle of somewhere?
~ Hmm…Nope.
3. When eating, are you more concerned with taste or healthiness?
~ Taste!
4. Would you name a child of yours after you?
~ Nope. That would put pressure on her, to be like Mom. :D
5. How much do you actually care about the inner workings of your computer or is it only as long as it works?
~ I care about it very, very much! I recently did defragging twice this week.
6. What makes you weak?
~ Change of weather, over-fatigue.
7. How do you connect to the internet from home?
~ Broadband.
8. Do you wear anything with sentimental value?
~ My wedding ring.
9. What advice would you give to a friend with cancer?
~ Pray. Pray. Pray.
10. In time for Thanksgiving, what are you most thankful for this year?
~ ALL blessings – relationships, material things and otherwise.
11. If you could say only one thing to the world, what would it be?
~ Give peace a chance!
12. When was the last time you let the people you love/people who are important to you know you love them/that they are important to you?
~ Just an hour ago. Like Caryl, I care for my family and that shows how much they mean to me.

Thanks, Caryl!

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My Saturday

Howdy and happy weekend! It’s a tiring one for me since our laundry girl did not arrive. Ugh. Good thing my good husband is around to help with the 1-week worth of laundry. There is nothing to complain about my man, really. He is very much helpful around the house and rarely complains. I am just lucky to have him. And I think I’ve already told you about that. Hehe.

But anyway, I am happy it’s a weekend. You already know that I love weekends. It’s a great time because I get to be with my family and work on my blog and scrapbooks. I am working on a project -  a photo book! And I wish I can finish it very soon.

Anyways, I am off to check on Washington DC cosmetic dentistry as I need to write a good entry about it later.

Have a great weekend! 

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Everyday Beauty with Everyday Minerals

>> Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sounds like a tag line, right? Haha!

I badly need to wake up early these days. Do you know why? To be able to apply makeup before I leave for work! Haha!

Thanks to Kathy, most of us, Twitter girls are enjoying the beauty of using Everyday Minerals Makeup. I availed of the the Free Sample Kit plus a Kabuki Brush. I only paid for the shipping fee and the brush. Super cheap! How I wish I can find a similar deal on best diet pills!

Anyways, I placed my order last month but due to our long Christmas break, I was able to receive them just last week, upon our arrival. Take a peek:
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I was initially surprised to see how small the brush was. However, I was very much impressed when I used it. Unlike other brushes, it indeed does its job of applying blush on my cheeks! The make up samples might be small in size too but they are full. I’ve been using them almost daily and I can say that I am very much satisfied with my buy. No itch and rashes. And most importantly, the Husband noticed! I was already exhausted from work and was preparing supper when he commented how pretty I was with my make up on. Hehe. And to think that I applied my EM make up about 5 hours ago!

I am being conscious of my purchases too, but because of my job, I need to look (and feel) pretty and presentable so EM make up goes to my must-buy list, whether I like it or not. Excuses, excuses. Haha!

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It’s Official!

I am on a diet. I’ve started to be conscious of what I consume since Sunday. I feel and look fat and my clothes confirms that fact. I had difficulty fitting in to my blouses these days and it’s horrible. Either I loose those unwanted fats in the middle or change my wardrobe. The former is the better and cheaper way to go.

Just tonight, I began taking a diet pill and I hope it will help me reduce weight. It’s not Decaslim, though I hope it will work in the same manner. It has always been a New Year’s resolution to loose weight but it seemed that it just became a wish. That was never fulfilled. LOL! So wish me luck and I hope for a good outcome in the coming weeks. ;)

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I am a What??!

>> Saturday, January 10, 2009

 

You Are A Nightgown
You are a bit old fashioned and elegant. You aren't very casual.
You are well mannered and modest. You don't make a fool of yourself.

You tend to be a bit reserved, and it's hard for strangers to get to know you.
You are likely to not let anyone outside your bedroom see you in your pajamas.

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Tag Train #13

PLAYERS: SIMPLY ME | A LIFE IN BLOOM | YOUR BLOG

1. What do you and your parents fight/argue about the most?
:: When I was young and slim, I was a relatively good girl so no fighting and arguing. But when I became a mother, my mom and I argued about MY parenting. Haha!
2. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
~ “Tonight”
3. Any plans for tonight?
~Search for discount furniture online, blog to finish at least two opps and Twit. And then spend some time with my husband and kiddo before hitting the hay.
4. If you could have any job what would it be?
~ An event planning business with my brother in-law, Ted.
5. What is your favorite time of day?
~ 5PM, that’s going home from work up to 6AM – time to prepare for work.
6. Do you like mustard?
~ Not much.
7. What kind of phone do you have?
~ Motorolla W230 (which I won. Read here.) and an old Nokia 6610i.
8. What are some things that you have to have everywhere you go?
~ My comb, wallet and mobile phones.
9. How is your relationship with your mother?
~ I’ve been a mama’s girl ever since. She is very supportive and loving. We have misunderstandings, like all other relationships, but I know that she will always love me and be there for me.
10. If the year consisted of only one season, which would you choose?
~ That’s tough! I love both sunny and rainy days!
11. Is there a girl/boy that knows everything or mostly everything about you?
~ My husband and a close friend.
12. Do you regret dating anyone you dated?
~ Yup. Haha!
13. Do you always answer your phone?
~ Yup. Unless I did not hear it ring.
14. Looking forward to something this week?
~ It’s a new week! What’s not to look forward to? :D
15. How did your day go yesterday?
~ Not so busy. Had to attend a case hearing, my first for the year. And had to walk with sore feet the entire day! My new shoes were horrible!

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My Pretty Planner

My friends at Twitter are not only chat/blog/digiscrapping mates. They are also recommenders of great stuff which are worth buying. Take this Belle de Jour Power Planner for instance.DSC_0041Almost all of us got one. We’re more than 10 in the group, we should be availing of wholesale discounts, right? :D Anyways, BDJ is sooo pretty it fits me! Haha! I decided that I need one because life has been busy since I transferred to a new office. Our dear Ninong Tim has been faithfully sending us planners from Ateneo but I never used them because they’re too nice to be written on (my  penmanship isn’t that nice) plus there is not much to schedule!

So anyway, I got the BDJ for this year. But just like with all of my other notebooks and planners, I had a hard time getting myself to write on it. My penmanship, remember? Plus the fact that it’s new. I even bought new pens just to make me write on it. Haha!I removed all the discount coupon pages in it (since I won’t be using them anyway) and began jotting down birthdays of the persons I know. I also started writing down some scheduled activities like meetings and disciplinary case hearings, scrapping and blogging. I still need to get used to using it and bring it whenever I can since I am not only intending to use it for office stuff but other personal stuff as well. I hope I won’t loose it somewhere! *knock on wood* Haha!

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Another Item on My Wish List was Slashed…

…because my paid blogging for one year had finally paid off. Here’s the proof:
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That’s my brand new Nikon D60, baby! It was bought from Henry’s in Quiapo before the year ended. I was accompanied by my supportive husband who gave the go-signal (I can actually buy it even without his approval but what he thinks REALLY MATTER to me.) and two of my brothers in-law --- Asley and Tedley.

I initially researched about Nikon D40 because it’s the cheapest DSLR in town. We also read and asked about the exact location of Henry’s. Thanks to the helpful people in DPP and Ate Jen, we were able to reach Quiapo. However, we missed Henry’s – it was at the corner, hidden behind many stalls. We already reached the Quiapo Church so we asked for directions. Finally, we found it but I was disappointed to learn that there was no D40 unit available, only D60. The patience and support showed by the guys I was with was really encouraging. We again walked through the shops and inquired. There were other shops offering D40 but without a Columbia warranty. We finally went back to Henry’s and got D60! The amount at Henry’s was lower compared to the other shops. However, there was no more free camera bag available so Asley need to go back there one of these days to claim it.

Anyways, here is a sample shot of my new cam:

Untitled-1 Again, big thanks Ate Jen! Your pushes and pulls mean a lot. To Asley and Ted, thanks for your patience. And to my better half (really, he is better than me. Hehe.), thanks for your support in everything that I do, even if they do sound crazy at times. Haha! Love yah! And as always, I am super grateful to God for all the blessings I have been receiving – both material and otherwise. THANK YOU!

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Questions of the Week #44

>> Wednesday, January 7, 2009

1. What do you hope to have accomplished before the end of 2009?
:: Plenty! A photo book or two, new guidelines re school organizations’ operations in the university, learn more about my new job, improve the business of running student organizations and a lot more!
2. How’s the New Year treating you so far?
:: So far so good. Things are a bit slow for now but it will surely gain momentum soon.
3. How do you feel about yourself right now?
:: Good. But I badly need to loose weight, seriously. I’m thinking of seeking help from diet pills like Solo Slim to get rid of my unwanted fats accumulated during the holidays. Yikes.
4. What are the seven wonders in YOUR world?
:: The place where I grew up. My high school grounds. The place where we live now. The place where I served as an Oblate Volunteer. The university where I studied, worked for 10 years and met my soul mate.  Pampanga. Malls! :D
5. ‘Sometimes I can be ________________’
:: “Sometimes I can be MEAN. Haha!”
6. As a child, what job did you hope to have?
:: A teacher. I have been offered to teach in the university where I work. However, I don’t think it’s my calling. :) I believe that I am called to mentor and influence lives in a different manner and I am sooo loving it.
7. List 3 things about which you consider yourself very knowledgeable.
:: Digital Scrapbooking. Laundry. Dishes. Haha!
8. List 3 things that you do very well.
:: Digital Scrapbooking. Laundry. Dishes. LOLOLOL!
9. Do you think you look your real age? Have others ever made comments that they think you look younger or older than you are?
:: I’d stick with my real, real age – 30. I have been flattered with comments like I look younger than I really am. Just last month, two persons in two separate occasions commented that I don’t look as *old* as my two batch mates whom they saw. Haha!
10. Are you an artist? If so, what do you create?
:: I would like to think so! I create scrapbook pages and I write.

There goes my entry for this week’s QOTW! Thank you, Yen! It is sooooo nice to see you back in the blogging world again!

And have you guys read THIS?? Thanks again, Yen!

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Look Who’s Back!

The pretty, old me of course! LOL! We arrived home yesterday and I can say that the flight was much better compared to when we went to Manila. It was our first time to fly from the NAIA Terminal 3 and the experience was awesome! The place was way too nice compared to the Domestic Airport!

Another great news was that Therese did not suffer from motion sickness! Woot! That is one big accomplishment and I hope it’s permanent. She is one adventurous kid and I hope she would be able to explore the world without the discomfort of motion sickness. :)

Anyways, there are plenty of stories which I want to share but for now, let me leave you with this shot from above:

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