How to Help OndoY’s Victims if You’re Living Abroad

>> Tuesday, September 29, 2009

If you are living abroad and wishes to send donations to help the victims of typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), you might want to entrust them to the Jesuits in the Philippines. Here’s how:

US/Canada

Tax-deductible checks:

1.Philippine Jesuit Foundation (memo: Ondoy-TYF):

  236 West 27th, Ninth Floor

  New York, New York 10001

 

2.Any LBC branch

Address check to LBC (memo: for Ondoy-TYF)

LBC is a Filipino-owned courier and remittance company (http://www.lbcexpress.com/web/)

Immediate remittance, non tax-deductible:

3. Tanging Yaman Foundation, Inc.

    Metrobank SA (USD):448-2-448000265-3

MIDDLE EAST: U.A.E.

1. Any LBC branch

Address check to LBC (memo: for Ondoy-TYF)

LBC is a Filipino-owned courier and remittance company (http://www.lbcexpress.com/web/)


EUROPE: Spain & Italy

1. Any LBC branch

Address check to LBC (memo: for Ondoy-TYF)

LBC is a Filipino-owned courier and remittance company (http://www.lbcexpress.com/web/)

ASIA: HK, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, Australia, Taiwan

1.  Any of the 56 LBC branches in Asia

Address check to LBC (memo: for Ondoy-TYF)

LBC is a Filipino-owned courier and remittance company (http://www.lbcexpress.com/web/)


2. Tanging Yaman Foundation, Inc.

    MetroBank SA (USD): 448-2-448000265-3


Any amount is very much welcome. You are assured that your donations will be put into good use under the care of the Jesuits here in the Philippines.

God bless your kind and generous heart!

Read more...

Anticipating

>> Monday, September 28, 2009

How time flies! September is about to end and it only means that another big vacation is just around the corner. I can’t help it, I am already thinking about our Christmas vacation. In fact, I have been blabbering about it here and in my other blogs. This year, I intend to bug DH to help me plan our vacation. Last year, we were too lazy to commute (because Mark’s car was at the repair shop the entire time we were there) so we stayed at the house most of the time. We even found going to the mall a chore because we were commuting! This year, we must make the most of our stay. No lazy bones allowed. We intend visit our Ninang Cora and her family in Quezon City. We also want to see our Ninong Tim at the Ateneo. Aside from that, there will be meet ups with DH and my friends.

As early as now, I should be looking for a weight loss pill that works so that I can loose these excess fat. I will accumulate more, for sure! Our daily meals are being prepared by my mother in-law who is a goddess in the kitchen. Everyone loves everything that she cooks! My absolute favorite is her Pork Sisig. I can only eat it once (or twice a year if I get lucky) so I savor every meal that it’s served. Aside from that, we all love desserts.

I can’t wait!

Read more...

More ways to Send Donations to Flood Victims

Send your donations for the victims of typhoon Ondoy (international code name is Ketsana) by texting your donations through GCash or SmartMoney. Donations can also be sent through Paypal . Here’s how:

“TXTPower urges its members, supporters and friends abroad to make donations via Paypal. You may also donate via SmartMoney (5577-5144-1866-7103) or GCash 0917-9751092.  All donations coursed through TXTPower will be sent to the Philippine National Red Cross.”

Moreover, donations can be sent directly to the Red Cross.

 

For more information, visit TXTPower today.

Read more...

Red

Your Primary Mood Color is Red
You are a very passionate and fiery person. You have strong emotions, and you don't hold back.

You are bold and quick acting. You aren't afraid to take the first step or make the first move.

You are an attention seeker, and you love to be the center of things. You've learned how to entertain people well.

You are the type of person who the subject of speculation and gossip, and that's fine with you. You like to be talked about.

Read more...

Your Family’s Next Vacation Destination

>> Sunday, September 27, 2009

If you can afford it, why not plan a luxurious Mexico family vacation next year? Consider staying at the Azul Sensatori Hotel, one of the famous Karisma hotels. It is a good place where both adults and kids can rest, relax and have fun. The suites are perfect for couples and families alike. Moreover, kids can play and enjoy at the splash park, kid’s pool and playground. Teenagers can go rock climbing wall, Breeze Teen Club, Kid’s Spa Suite and interactive gaming. On the other hand, adults can take advantage of the heated Jacuzzi, spas and massages. Their outstanding cuisine will surely delight everyone’s taste.

So plan your grand vacation as early as now and choose Karisma Hotels as your destination.

Read more...

Daydreaming

After my unfortunate experience of an unsuccessful pregnancy, I have *decided* that I don’t want another child again. But then, upon seeing a lot of babies and little boys and girls during the Sunday morning Mass today made me rethink about that decision. Seeing those little ones made me remember of my need to see an OB-GYN soon for my myoma and maybe ask him or her to help me prepare for my next pregnancy. Seeing the kids’ cute sandals also made me want to shop for little and cute pink stuff again.

Oh well. That’s just me. Daydreaming. Again. ‘Til next Sunday! Haha!

Read more...

Stop Complaining and Start Helping!

I haven’t been FB-ing because I only have a limited amount of time these days. Plus I feel lethargic. Must be the weather. And it’s that time of the month again. But Kaje prompted me to log in to be able to see this:

untitled


Plainly tactless and uncalled for. I have in mind a dozen of colorful words for her but nah, she will suffer the consequences of her words and actions in one way or another.

Anyways, like what my friends say, stop complaining and start helping. Give your donations or volunteer your services to Red Cross or ABS-CBN Foundation. I know there are more and I am very grateful to see so many people working together to help the needy.

Read more...

My Skinny Girl

>> Saturday, September 26, 2009

Yesterday, my former college professor visited our office and saw DD. She commented how slim and lanky DD is. I was defensive while I explained that my daughter is well-fed, takes three different multi-vitamins and is not being given appetite suppressants. In fact, after her big meals, she immediately looks for something to snack on. After her big meals. That’s how big her appetite is. But then, just like her Dad, she is skinny. Unlike me! Waaah! If I could only donate my fats to her. Hahaha!

Anyways, as long as she is fed well and not sickly, I am OK with her weight. It is more difficult to slim down an obese child, right?

Read more...

Saturday 9: I call Your Name

Saturday 9: I Call Your Name

1. If you could have named yourself, which name would you have chosen, and why?
:: I would add a second name, Marie. I like the sound of it, Suzanne Marie. :D

2. If you could relive a year in your life, what age would it be, and why?
:: When I was 16, leaving high school and entering college.

3. If you could go back and change one friendship in your past, who would it have been, and why?
:: None, nada.

4. If you could have dated one person in your past that you did not date, who would it be, and why?
:: I don’t know! No one. Hahaha!

6. If you had the opportunity to live in another country, which one would it be, and why? If you choose NOT to live in another country, why do you want to stay in your current country?
:: I’d rather stay here because Filipinos are worth living (and dying) for. Naks!

7. If you could choose your dream job, what would it be, and why?
:: I’d still choose this job. It’s fulfilling to be working in a university, helping young minds and molding them to become good leaders in the future.

8. If you could wish a wish and it be guaranteed to come true (other than riches) what would it be, and why?
:: WORLD PEACE!!! :D  Just because. ;)

9. If you could meet two blogger friends (you may choose more, if you wish) who would they be?
:: My Bebot/ Twitter  friends, of course!

Read more...

Plans for Today

Good morning!!! For a change, I am blogging early in the morning. Simply because I slept early last night and it feels good to have a 9-hour sleep. Aside from that, pages are loading faster during this time so browsing through websites is a breeze.

It’s a weekend and there’s a lot to do around the house, especially when we went away last weekend. My daughter already started putting away some of her stuff last night. I also began clearing our refrigerator’s top and discovered some expired weight loss pills that I bought last year. Yikes. And there are more in one of our drawers. Yikes, yikes. Anyway, more cleaning up will be done later today and tomorrow. Our laundry girl will be arriving today too. Yay! DD and I will also do some grocery shopping around lunch time. Blogging and other online tasks will be done later too.

Catch y’all later!

Read more...

Sick.

>> Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It’s a weekday but I am home. I have been feeling sick since yesterday, that’s why. DD has been sneezy since we arrived in Davao City but that did not stop her from being rowdy, talkative and sassy. Haha! I don’t think that I got the virus from her though. Yesterday, one working student of ours decided that spraying of insect repellant early in the morning was a good idea. To get rid of the mosquitoes, he said. The odor was terrible, as you can guess! Oh well.

Aside from a slight fever, I also have a sore throat and stuffy nose. Bad.

Read more...

Looking Forward

I received a text message yesterday from one of my brothers in-law, Mark. He shared that the housing loan was finally filed and we are all hoping that everything will turn out fine so we can spend the holidays in a nice and big house. It’s a need all right, because of our ever growing family. With three kids, it would be nice to have a lawn where they can play and run while adults lounge on comfortable chairs with nice outdoor pillows. I will also ask our in-house interior designer and another brother in-law, Ted, to make sure that there will be good tables so we can choose to work outside when the weather is nice.

With a new house and the kids getting bigger, it will be another memorable Christmas vacation for sure!

Read more...

Happy Thoughts (09/23/09)

happy thoughts[6]

This week’s happy thoughts include:

1. The weekend that was.
2. The good years behind us and those ahead of us.
3. The weekend that will be.
4. Anniversary gifties from DH.
5. Kaje! (You’ve been sooo kind, girl! Salamat!)
6. Christmas gift exchange with online friends.
7. Meet up with some online friends.
8. Online job.

9. Chocolate bars.
10. Good and restful sleep.

Read more...

Half Full

>> Sunday, September 20, 2009

You See the Glass as Half Full
No matter what's going on in your life, you can always find something to be thankful for.
You try to remain positive and focus on the good. It's not as easy as it seems, but it's always rewarding.

Your optimism and joy inspire the people around you. You make the world a happier place.
By seeing the glass as half full, you're sure to have more peace and contentment in your life. You might life longer too!

Read more...

For Real

I am finally done with some tasks. I am glad to have them out of the way ;) Now I am really off to enjoy my break. It has been a wonderful trip for my family of three, and I have a few hours left to spend more quality time with the people I love. Expect stories when I get back!
See you then!

Read more...

Maya says...


image source

I was reading Chico Garcia's blog and found his story about the 40-year old Bride who found Love later than most ladies. She never gave up yet she lived her life the way she deemed perfect. Again life can be confusing sometimes but remember that there are also surprises, right? Love is the best among life's surprises, so yes, trust life and you'll be happy :)

Read more...

Paintball Pants

A friend in the US told me her BIL is into paintball war games. At the time we were chatting, she mentioned her BIL asked her to canvass Paintball pants because he finds having one customized here is expensive. Well, my friend didn't have to physically visit stores because she realized that ZephyrPaintball.com has everything that her BIL might ask her to buy. True enough, the items are cheaper and she doesn't need to pay extra for shipping to their house. The brand names are well known in the paintball industry and the service is recognized to one of the best in the industry. By this time, her BIL's pairs of pants are probably in transit already. Thank heavens for the internet, she said!

Read more...

Dropping By

I know I said I will be on blogging leave but sometimes, you got to do what you need to do. I cannot let my tasks expire (new ones, for the record, because I finished all pending tasks before the vacay). So I am here :)

Do not worry. I am keeping my promise to DH and DD to spend quality time, and I am not compromising that. Let us just say I am able to find another way, temporarily, to blog, hihi. Regular programming will resume on Monday ;D

Read more...

Announcement!

>> Thursday, September 17, 2009

I will be on a blogging leave starting tomorrow to spend time with my family somewhere nice. To fully devote my time and attention to them, I won’t be bringing my laptop. The posts that you are going to read in the next couple of days are scheduled posts so.. try not to miss me much! :D

Have a great long weekend, everyone!

Read more...

An Unconventional Look

>> Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It is an interesting fact to know that in some states in the US, medical use of marijuana is allowed. But since this issue has many gray areas, and governing laws vary from state to state, the best way for consumers to be informed is to share information and experiences with one other. Thus the creation of the Medical Marijuana Colorado website.

Since 2000, Medical Marijuana has been legal in Colorado, when Amendment 20 was passed. It  authorized the use of marijuana to alleviate certain debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS positive, severe pain, severe nausea and others.

The creation of an informative and interactive website such as MedicalMarijuanaGroup.com is an innovative way of providing the right information to both medical practitioners and patients.

Read more...

I am an OFW.

Returning back to office work makes me miss one thing: bonding time with DD and DH before bedtime. Basically it’s because I have to stay up late and work on online tasks. I miss chatting with DD and DH on how their day went at school and office. I miss hearing DD’s prayers, who’s on her list of persons who must be renewed by God. LOL! I miss the incessant kulitan of DH and DD minutes before we finally fall asleep. I may be with them but I miss my family.

But DH understands. In fact, he is very encouraging. I am an OFW, a term coined by Chikai. It stands for Online Filipino Worker. LOL! DH is very understanding and supportive.  We both know that this is not forever. Strike while the iron is hot, so to speak. I do spend some of my earnings to some shopping but most of it now goes to DD’s college fund. Since two, she wanted to go to one of the best (and most expensive) universities in the country. We are slowly but surely saving up for that. Plus we promised her an overseas trip in a year or two. We are saving up for that also.

So even if it’s tough, we sacrifice. We find time and ways to make up. And this coming weekend is one great opportunity to do so because we are going somewhere nice! Yay! And thanks to our jobs (online and offline), we can afford to do so. Ahh… Bliss.

Read more...

The Saddest Commercial

This one, I saw from Aggie’s blog. Thanks, girl!

I rarely watch YouTube videos and I find this one worth it.

Read more...

My One Child

This one I read from Litzie’s blog:

“A hare, upon meeting a lioness one day, said reproachfully: “I have always a great number of children while you have only one or two now and then.”The lioness replied, “That is true, but my one child is a lion.”

There is one person at work with five children who seemed to think of the decision to have one child is absurd. That is why she tells me to conceive again every time she gets a chance and boy, I get really piqued by her! She never fails to make us (myself and 2 other friends who each has one child) that our choice is bad and hers is good.

OK, I am ranting here but I don’t think that it is a sin to make sure that all of my daughter’s needs are met, that she is and will be educated at the best schools and that she can enjoy life’s pleasures like being able to eat the food she wants, buy books and toys, travel and visit places, get the best medical attention when needed and more. When it comes to our daughter, compromising is a no-no.

And DD has been making us proud with her small and big achievements. And I am not only talking about school. She is great in dealing with people of all ages. She is very independent-minded and creative. Beautiful inside and out and very, very smart.

I am not a lioness but I have one for a child. :)

Read more...

Useful Medical Information

Because we put high value on research, almost all of our graduating students in our university are required to submit a thesis before they graduate. Some of our nursing students this year read about Medical Marijuana Colorado and were interested to conduct an experimental research on medical use of marijuana.

Our students wanted to prove if cannabis can effective in treating various ailments like arthritis, asthma, epilepsy, glaucoma, schizophrenia, migraine and others, based on the House of Lords report, The Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis - Second Report, 2001. But unlike some states in the US, medical use of marijuana is not allowed in our county yet so their research can’t be implemented yet. Good thing there are forums like MedicalMarijuanaGroup.com that promotes awareness on this matter.

Read more...

And We Will Dance

OK. Again, cheesy. And dedicated to you-know-who. Naks. :D

Dance!
That goes into our to-do list. Dancing together, that is. If my memory serves me right, the only time we danced was during our wedding day. We should definitely dance together some time. It sounds fun, even if we’ll definitely look and feel funny. LOL!

{photo source}

Read more...

The “Visitation”

Ola! How was your day? Mine was pretty laid back. The "*gods* will be paying the university a visit next week and many of us there are getting stressed with the needed preparation. Nothing should look out of place. That is why everything is being prepared. Down to the last details and papers.

We even got a new kind of trash boxes (which I have yet to see and obviously was created for the visit) and I was tasked to make the signs – Biodegradable, Non-Biodegradable and Recyclable. Which made me ask why me? The university has their so-called in-house artist. But why me? A friend said that maybe because they (the admin) trust my so-called designing skill. LOL! I once created the design of a tarpaulin of the university’s Vision-Mission displayed in all classrooms and even canteens and all offices of the school. That made them trust me again? LOL!

Anyways, I hope that it is going to be an easy task. I will work on them tomorrow. But first, I must know the size that they want, right?

And aside from that task, we shall also be looking into prettifying the office. My boss asked me if it’s too early to put up our Christmas decors and I said YES! He is excited, obviously! But I suggested that we put some indoor plants instead and he agreed.

Well here’s to the visit! And may we gain what we’re working hard for.

Read more...

Halloween Invitations for Kids

>> Sunday, September 13, 2009

Now that she is in grade school, I think it would be nice for my daughter’s class to hold a Halloween Party. If they do, I will gladly volunteer to be in-charge of the Halloween Invitations because I saw some really spooky but cute party invitations Halloween while browsing through the http://www.invitations-shoppe.com/ gallery. Here’s one that I know their class will definitely like:
Halloween Party Invitations At Invitations-Shoppe, there are various designs of Halloween invitation for adults and kids alike. One can even add a class photo or school logo in any of the spooky Halloween Invitations that they offer. And because they truly understand our needs, Invitations-Shoppe offers free shipping plus free 10 Thank You cards. What more can I ask for? Invitations-Shoppe is indeed the invitations shop for all occasions!

Read more...

“Migraining” Again

Happy Sunday, everyone! Unfortunately, I was not able to go out with DH and DD today to attend the Mass and do some grocery shopping. I am suffering from migraine again due to lack of sleep and stress, plus the humidity. I can’t afford to be absent from work tomorrow nor miss DD’s dancing at one of the public elementary schools here, along with her group mates.So I rest.

Migraine can really paralyze me. The same way that dysmenorrhea does. It is that horrible. That is why I need to really rest and try to get more sleep. As much as possible, I do not want to depend much on pain relievers even if I have low tolerance for pain. But if it becomes intolerable anymore, I pop a pill. There is always one ready, just in case. Drinking a lot of Gatorade helps too but I can’t get a good sleep if I keep on getting up to urinate.

I hope to feel better soon because it’s no fun being sick.

Read more...

Joyful

You Are Joyful
You have quite a bit of joy in your life. Sometimes you just stop and realize how beautiful your life is.
You know those moments where everything is peaceful and perfect? Well, you have a few of those - and you could use more of them.

Try to get rid of as much stress and noise as possible in your life. True joy comes from true simplicity.
Also, try to develop an attitude of gratitude in your life. It's a lot easier to be joyful when you're thankful.

Read more...

The Most Frightening Night of All! | Halloween Invitations

>> Friday, September 11, 2009

Invitation Halloween Get ready for the most frightening night of the year when werewolves, vampires and witches gather: Halloween! Let them know that you are throwing the grandest Halloween party of the year by sending out spooky Halloween Invitations which you can order from Holiday-Invitations.

Choose from their wide collection of unique and trendy designs of Halloween Party Invitations. Discovered a typo error in your Halloween Invitation? Forgot to indicate the time? Fret not because you can request for corrections and modifications in your Invitations Halloween free of charge. Aside from the free shipping, you will also receive free 10 cards Thank You which you can also be modified, again, for free!

Visit http://www.holiday-invitations.com/ and have a the spookiest Halloween ever!

Read more...

Welcome to the world, Jose Joaquin!

One of my BFF Marijo, just gave birth! Woot! It’s a healthy baby boy and I am one proud godparent! Hopefully, I can go and visit the new mom and baby tomorrow afternoon. We have been praying long and hard for baby Jose Joaquin  and we are just too happy to finally see him. :) I am proud of Marijo who was able to nurture and now, give birth to her much-awaited son. I know she will make a good mother. I know she will. :)

To Marijo and Joel, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!

Read more...

Friday Fill-ins (09/11/09)

 friday-fill-in
Graphic courtesy of Tonya!

And...here we go!
1. That's a great thing to be.
2. Hey you; I'm over here!
3. The possibilities include: staying home and prepare a feast for  family and friends or go somewhere nice and just be with DH and DD.
4. Lechon paksiw is one of my favorite cool day recipes.
5. How will you know whether you’ll succeed or not if you won’t give it a try. 
6. These can be scary: strong winds and a stormy sky.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a good night’s sleep, tomorrow my plans include attending our last day of training, attending a baptism and visiting a friend who just gave birth and Sunday, I want to spend time with DH and DD!

Read more...

Halloween Invitations that You can Afford | Halloween Party invitations

>> Thursday, September 10, 2009

Invitations Halloween Party

Open your house to witches, mummies, zombies and ghouls on the scariest night of all: Halloween! Get those spooktacular Halloween Party Invitations sent right away to make them prepare for the party ahead of time. If you don’t have one yet, hurry and check out the updated collection of unique Party Halloween Invitations exclusively offered at http://www.holiday-invitations.com/.

Enjoy various deals that give you more bang for your buck! These deals include free 10 cards Thank You and free shipping. Requests for modifications are free too, to make sure that your Halloween Invitation is 100 % error-free. So entrust your Invitations Halloween to Holiday-Invitations and you will certainly have a happy Halloween! Boo!

Read more...

Our Little Ballerina

“Namamayagpag ang career ni Therese sa pagsayaw!” (Therese’s dancing career is flourishing!)

That’s the thought that came into my mind when last night, we received another Parents’ Consent form from DD’s school. A Children’s Peace Advocacy Program is being implemented in three public elementary schools in the city and their group is once again invited to perform their ever famous interpretative ballet dance!

Their first performance as a group from the university was during the gathering of heads of schools in the area. The second one could have been during the launching of the Vocation Month at the Cathedral but due to the heavy downpour that morning, we were not able to go. This will be their third time and I am more than excited for her. I wish I would be able to see her perform tomorrow but unfortunately, I can’t because I am a participant in a training at the university. Fortunately, there will be another performance come Monday. Hopefully, her Dad and I can watch. :)

Read more...

ADGITIZE!

Thanks to my online friends, I discovered a new way to improve my blogs’ stat. It is called ADGITIZE. I subscribed as a publisher and advertiser. Former is free while the latter costs $14 a month. What made me pay $14? Points accumulated daily are converted into earnings, that’s why. Based on the testimony of my friends, they were able to get their $14 back in a month’s time or so. Not bad, if you ask me.

As a blogger, blog stats are very important for me. It is nice to discover new ways to improve it. Aside from that, I also find it refreshing to discover new blogs along the way. Here’s to ADGITIZE!

Read more...

Ghosts, Witches and Mummies and More!

>> Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How many Halloween Party Invitations are you expecting to receive this year? What will make you decide which party to go if you receive two or more Party Halloween Invitations? You’ll probably choose to attend the party that has a more spooky and unique Halloween Invitation, right?
Halloween Party Invitation
At Holiday-Invitations various designs of Invitations Halloween are made available for you to choose from. Ghosts, witches, mummies and more! Name it, http://www.holiday-invitations.com/ has it! Aside from their updated collection of Party Halloween Invitations, Holiday-Invitations takes pride in their same day print and ship policy. Say goodbye to worrying about being late in sending out your Halloween Invitations.

Read more...

Free Photoshop Actions for Photos

It’s been a while since I posted a freebie find here so here are two from Sarah. These are free Adobe Photoshop actions that she made. She is one talented scrapper and her Photoshop actions are amazing!

Free Photoshop Action

Free Photoshop Action

Visit her SHOP to download these fabulous freebies. You are going to love them for sure!

Read more...

Problem: Simplicity

It was a fine day until I confirmed that DH was also thinking of the very same gift that I was supposed to buy him. I finally confessed and he pointed out that he does not really need my gift and will think of another instead. Though he was insisting that we go and buy me that gift. Hmp.  What a spoiler.

Haaay. Now I am back to square one. Living with a man with simple wants and needs can be tough sometimes! :p (But you know that I love you to bits, Babe!)

Read more...

Boo!

Get those pumpkins, cute costumes and spooky Halloween Party Invitations ready because the most spooktacular time of the year is almost here! I know that many of you are gearing up for your annual Halloween Party so allow me to introduce you to Invitations-Shoppe where you can find a wide collection of the spookiest and trendiest Party Halloween Invitations online.

Invitations Halloween Party
When you order your Halloween Invitation from http://www.invitations-shoppe.com, you do not only get free 10 cards thank you but free shipping as well. Aside from that, if you find the color to be inappropriate or the design of your Invitations Halloween irrelevant, you can request for alterations free of charge. That’s a whole lot of savings if you ask me!

Order your Halloween Invitations from Invitations-Shoppe and you won’t be disappointed.

Read more...

A Night to Remember

We had a sumptuous and memorable dinner tonight, thanks to my mother. It was a long time since the three of us (my 2 younger brothers), my parents, my husband and daughter were all together. My younger brother is home for  4-day vacation and it has been ages (like 1 1/2) years since we last saw him. It was a birthday, anniversaries and Christmas celebration. It was held in a nice restaurant here in the city. All that we ordered taste good (thanks to me who picked the menu. Haha!). Everyone was full indeed. But they do not have any desserts so we transferred to another restaurant for buko halo-halo and chocolate cake. Many photos were taken but nah, I am too tired to download them from the memory cards (there were 3 cameras!) and upload them here. Hehe.

We had a grand time. We enjoyed the food and most of all, just being together again. I hope it won’t be the last time!

Read more...

Today’s Happy Thought

happy thought

SOURCE

Read more...

Not So Vain

You Are 34% Vain
Okay, so you're slightly vain from time to time, but you're not superficial at all.
You are realistic. You know that looks matter. You just try to make them matter less.

Read more...

It’s Your Birthday and It’s Halloween!

>> Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Celebrating your birthday during Halloween? Check out Invitations-Shoppe for scary Halloween Invitation designs. Their personalized and trendy Halloween Invitations are sure hit to young and old alike.

Invitation Halloween
Misspelled words? Wrong address? No worries because requests for modifications and alterations of Halloween Party Invitation are free of charge. And if you think that’s all, there’s more! At http://www.invitations-shoppe.com/ your orders of Invitation Halloween are printed and shipped the same day they are ordered so you are assured that they will arrive on time.

Read more...

Welcome Home!

My younger brother arrived from Manila today and we are very happy to see him again. It’s been one and half years since we last saw each other. He is my more favorite brother, actually. Just don’t tell our youngest brother. LOL! He loves to cook and what he prepares are usually yummy. He is more sensible to talk to.

He is here for a 4-day vacation but we hope to see him again come December. Welcome home, Drei!

Read more...

Rated PG!

Your Life is Rated PG
Your life is pretty family friendly. The worse someone is going to get from you is brief nudity or toilet humor.

Read more...

I Won!

Lady Luck has been on my side lately. Here’s one proof:
Clip_15
I won Chikai’s birthday contest! It was her birthday (obviously) and to be given a chance to win, I posted my birthday greeting on her blog. I woke yesterday reading her post about her contest’s winners. I sure am glad to see my and Ate Jen’s name there. :D

Read Chikai’s post here.

Read more...

Help for Baby Shower Planning

>> Sunday, September 6, 2009

Throwing a special baby shower for that special mommy and baby? Let Cards-411 take charge of your Baby Invitations. At http://www.cards-411.com/, you will find an assortment of unique and exclusive baby shower invitations in different colors, themes and designs. Here’s a sample that I find cute:

Baby Invitations At Cards-411, the proof of your ordered invitation baby is emailed to you within one hour during business days. You can even view the design of your baby shower invitations using the shop’s instant preview feature. Indeed, organizing a baby shower these days is a breeze with the help of the ever-reliable Cards-411.

Read more...

Buko Pandan Salad Recipe by Glo

I have been meaning to make a Buko Pandan Salad last week but due to my work load, I completely forgot about it. Coming home so tired everyday made me miss our cooking stove. Honestly. Simply because the understanding Husband did all the cooking. I am one lucky wife indeed!

Anyways, I looked for the recipe through Google and this one ranked 2nd in the search. FYI, the author is one of my dear online friends, Glo! Woot!

And without further ado, here’s Glo’s buko pandan recipe:

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 3 hrs
Yields: 15-20 people

Ingredients:
2 package unflavored gelatin
3 cups water
1 tbsp. pandan essence
5 drops green food color
1/2 cup sugar

1 bottle of palm seed (kaong)
1 bottle of cooked sago (tapioca pearls)
2 package frozen buko meat (roughly 4 cups)
1/2 tsp. pandan essence
2 small cans Nestle all purpose cream
1 cup half and half or whole milk is fine as well
1 can condensed milk

Procedure:
Defrost buko packages inside your refrigerator.

Dissolve gelatin and sugar in 2 cups water and bring to boil, add remaining 1 cup water. Turn of heat, stir in 1 tbsp of pandan essence and green food. Transfer to a flat container, preferably a shallow baking sheet to allow quick setting. Make sure your pan is filled only up to around 1″ deep. Refrigerate and allow to set for 2 hours. When set, run a small knife along the formed gelatin horizontally and vertically creating 1″ dices.

In a large bowl, take cream, milk and condensed milk and 1/2 tsp of pandan essence and whisk all together. Drain liquid and syrup from buko strings, kaong and sago then toss all ingredients.

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Thanks for sharing, Glo!

Read more...

I Want To…

OK, OK. This is cheesy but since DH is my number 1 (and only 1? Haha!) blog reader, I am posting this:

grow old with you


I love yah, Babe! Grow old with me!

(I told you it’s going to be cheesy. :p)

Read more...

Free Baby invitations @ CardsShoppe

>> Saturday, September 5, 2009

Baby Invitations Want to throw a baby shower for that special mom and baby but short on the budget? Well worry no more because CardsShoppe is here to help.

When you order personalized baby shower invitations from CardShoppe’s online store, you don’t only get to enjoy their free shipping but you also get Free Baby Invitations as well.

Furthermore, at http://www.cardsshoppe.com/, you can make unlimited request for modifications of colors or design of your invitations baby at no extra cost.

Let CardsShoppe help you make that party a memorable one without hurting your pocket. CardsShoppe is the shop when it comes to baby invitations!

Read more...

Stop Global Whining

And our quote for today is:

stop global whining
This one cracks me up. So witty and funny and true. Whining has become a favorite past time of people around the globe, myself included. :D It’s time to change. Stop global whining today.

Read more...

Flood in Maguindanao

It was a productive day, work-wise. I was tasked to join the team that did an ocular visit in a flooded area in Maguindanao in the morning. I was shocked with what I saw and I feel for the residents of the area. Many houses are immersed in flood water and many of these houses were abandoned by the residents. Bancas can be seen everywhere too. There was a large part of a national highway that is also immersed in flood, making it difficult to access.

Seeing all of these is frustrating. One can’t help but feel very sorry for the internally displaced persons (IDP). We are not new to IDPs. We have seen many of them in the past and present because of the armed conflict. But this time, it’s mother nature’s revenge and it’s quite new. It’s disturbing and more scary. Everyone must act together to alter the situation and make sure that things will not get even worse.

Read more...

Best Shop for Baby Shower Invitations

>> Friday, September 4, 2009

Online Baby Shower Invitations

There are many online stores out there that sells unique Baby Shower Invitations but what you should look for are those that give you the best deal.

Introducing, Cards-411 where you can find a various designs of personalized baby shower invitation. Avail of their free 20 baby shower invitations plus free shipping too! You can also request for modifications and changes with no extra charges!

At http://www.cards-411.com/, you won’t be disappointed because the promos and privileges never run out! So if you are planning to hold a baby shower, order your invitation baby shower from Cards-411 today!

Read more...

A Grand Christmas Gift

As early as now, I am thinking of buying something grand for my daughter come Christmas time. We have been generously blessed this year and I think that dear daughter deserves something nice.

I am thinking of getting her a PS3 perhaps. (It will not only be enjoyed by her of course. She has parents who are crazy about computer games too!) But as expected (because I know him so well by now), my husband contradicts! Aside from being too expensive, it won’t aid her learning, according to him. And since I am a relatively obedient wife, I told him that there’s still time for me to think about my decision. Or for me to make him change his mind. Haha!

Read more...

Slightly Misanthropic

You Are 26% Misanthropic
You're a little misanthropic - but who isn't? Your reactions to other people are pretty normal.
You enjoy being friendly with people you encounter, but if you're having a rough day, watch out!

Read more...

A Grand Welcome

>> Thursday, September 3, 2009

One college in the university always has one or two pregnant teachers. It’s our biggest college so it has a big number of teachers as expected. Seeing pregnant women gets me excited as I imagine a small bundle of joy’s arrival anticipated not only by his parents but by friends and relatives too. I also wonder if a baby shower will be held for the new family member and if the parents already found the perfect Baby Shower Invitation.

Baby Shower Invitations

Speaking of baby shower invites, you might want to check out the ultimate cards’ shop of all cards shops – CardsShoppe! Choose from their wide variety of invitations baby shower, there are hundreds of designs to choose from! Feel free to add a photo to any of their designs and request for modifications in case you omitted something or prefer a different color or font. At http://www.cardsshoppe.com/, customer satisfaction is their top priority!

Read more...

The Waiting

1. Have you ever stayed online for a very long time waiting for someone? Yup.
2. How do you eat oreos? Take a bite and swallow. LOL!
3. Are you cocky? No.
4. Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid? None that I can remember.
5. What t.v. station do you watch the most? StationS: GMA, ABS-CBN, ANC, NatGeo.
6. Have you ever seen the ocean? Yeah.
7. Have you ever been hospitalized? Yup!
8. What's your favorite brand of root beer? None. I don’t drink root beer.
9. Could you live without a computer? Maybe.

Thanks, Chikai!

Read more...

Michelle’s Hair

Michelle Obama Being very conscious of my hair, the story about US’ First Lady Michelle Obama at Yahoo! News intrigued me. What’s the buzz all about? I read and even checked out a site that posts anything and everything the First Lady (read here) and I understood. Mrs. Obama is black and naturally, she has curly black hair. Having her mane straightened (through whatever means), implies something. She is a symbol for African – American women in with regards to their concept of beauty, empowerment and acceptance.

See the evolution of the First Lady’s hair style here.

Read more...

A Rainy Baby Shower

>> Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Are you planning to hold a special baby shower during this rainy season? If answered yes, you might want to check out this Baby Shower Invitation that you can find at Cards-411:

Baby Shower Invitations
It is very aptly design for our weather nowadays, if you ask me! Aside from this design, more unique baby shower invitations are available at http://www.cards-411.com/. You can even view your printable baby shower invitations before you buy, thanks to Card-411’s patented instant preview features. And if you think that’s all, there’s more! Receive free 10 baby shower invitations regardless of the bulk of your order.

So what are you waiting for? Order your personalized baby shower invitations from Cards-411 now!


Read more...

Back!

I finally got my internet connection back. I think. And I hope it’s for good. It’s been like two weeks (I actually stopped counting some days ago) and even if I enjoyed my time away from my computer, I still need to work online (and chat, check my FB and many more. :D)

I called the Smart Bro customer service hotline to ask for rebates (against DH’s will. Story about it will be shared in a bit.) but the CSR asked me to monitor my connection for 24 hours to see if it’s stable. If it will be, I can call them back tomorrow and make the request again.

And the kwento: DH initially thought that it (rebates) was not mentioned in the contract whatsoever. Maybe it’s nonexistent, he insisted. He asked me to check online and I did. But since I was too lazy to intensively look, I just dialed *1888 (using his phone! LOL!) to ask. ;) It’s easier that way, right?

Hopefully (and I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed), this connection stabilizes and that I won’t be encountering the same concern ever!

So… Thanks, Smart Bro! And don’t do that again ever, OK? OK.

Read more...

Hello!

You Are "Hello"
You are a somewhat traditional and conservative person. Why mess with what works in life?
You are always polite and appropriate. Upholding social conventions is important to you.

You are calm and levelheaded. Even when someone is rude to you, you can avoid losing your cool.
You are reliable and loyal. You are predictable, but only in the best way. There's never any bad surprises with you.

Read more...

Announcing the Arrival of a Cute Baby!

>> Tuesday, September 1, 2009

One of my visitors today is a colleague whose wife is due to give birth sometime next month. “It’s a boy!”, he excitedly told me. He said that they wanted to send out a jungle-themed Baby Announcement once their little bundle of joy arrives. Good thing there’s one at Cards Shoppe:

Baby Announcements
I told him that at http://www.cardsshoppe.com/, he can choose to add his baby’s photo to the personalized birth announcement so that friends and relatives can have a glimpse of how cute his little boy is. Moreover, he can even get 10 free photo birth announcements, plus free shipping too! Since they have a vast collection of birth announcements, this excited dad-to be have many options in case he changes his mind on the card’s theme. But then, when it comes to cute birth announcements, Cards Shoppe is the best choice!

Read more...

And I survived!

My first day back to work, that is. My 2-month break did not afford me with a grand vacation similar to those famous Branson vacations but I surely enjoyed the luxury of not rushing in the morning and just working and playing online while DD and DH were away during the day. Moreover, I got to practice my not-so commendable culinary skills. :)

Anyways, today,  DD woke up so early that I was forced to get up early too. DH prepared our meal and we left the house 40 minutes before DD’s flag ceremony.

Work was slow. I was still trying to think of things that I need to accomplish. One is to hold a meeting with a group of student leaders tomorrow. Some were anticipating the reprimand coming from moi since they also took a leave of absence from doing their duties while I was away. But then, I don’t think it’s worth the wrinkles. LOL!

Lunch was so nice. DD and I spent it with our usual lunch mates plus a new friend. We had a feast! When Therese went back to her classroom, I went to the the SmartBro office to complain. They said that repair is still ongoing. Hay. And I also bought a prepaid kit from them too. (Which I am using right now.) I met Ate C and J at the small mall where I did some errands. And since I had difficulty with my high high-heeled sandals this morning, I bought a new pair! Hehe. Some treats were bought for the kids and the adults too. :)

All in all, it was a good day. I am tired but it’s nice to be back and see my friends again. And if there is one important thing that inspires me to go back to the academe, it’s the presence of my friends there. DH knows that and that’s the first on his list when I asked him to remind me again why I need to go back to work. ;)

Read more...

Header Credits

Full of Life & Joyful Digital Kits by Jennifer Labre Designs | Pacifico Font