The Flower Test

>> Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Blue is nice, don’t you think?

You Are a Blue Flower

A blue flower tends to represent peace, openness, and balance.
At times, you are very delicate like a cornflower.
And at other times, you are wise like an iris.
And more than you wish, you're a little cold, like a blue hydrangea.

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The Longest Word

One of my favorite sites is dictionary.com. While browsing tonight, I discovered that pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is one of the longest words found in the dictionary. Here is the meaning:

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
–noun
an obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust, sometimes cited as one of the longest words in the English language.

It is indeed a loooong word and it is a name of a lung disease. Yikes. :)

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Gold Rush

Did you know that these days, China and India lead the list of countries that buy gold? Gold is given as presents on special occasions and couples are showered with gold gifts on their wedding days in India. Thus, some gold investors believe that gold consumption will significantly increase in the coming years. And based on their computation, gold will most likely be priced at $2,200 because of the increasing demand and because mining companies have started exploring old deposits with new technology and untouched deposits as well. So when is the right time to buy gold coins? It’s now, according to gold investment experts. It is a worthwhile investment because gold rush is not coming to an end yet.

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The Paint Color Test

I am impulsive, yes. And I do a lot of over thinking at times! Hehehe.

Your Vision is Bold
More than anything else, you'd like people to follow their passions and dreams.
It's minds like yours that have encouraged others to do what they love and make their lives count.

You have always lived big and acted impulsively. You don't like to over think anything.
You feel most alive right before you make a big change. It's probably why you make so many of them.
 

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Cholesterol in One of Its Many Forms

These are pork cracklings or chicharon. My mother in-law prepares the yummiest chicharon on earth! We usually anticipate the days that she serves them which is rare and which is good because too much consumption of these is really, really dangerous to our health. :D

Now those that you see are not our Ma’s. Wes and I bought them at my favorite chicharon stand at SM Clark. They’re quite expensive so we bought just enough to satisfy our cravings. Hopefully Ma will cook enough to last us a day or two very soon!

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What Color Would Help You Right Now?

You Could Use Some Blue
Your life is probably a lot more chaotic and stressful than you'd like it to be.
At times, you feel like you're spinning out of control. And gaining control is actually easier than you might think.

Tap into some blue energy by finding calm and serenity every day.
You have the inner peace and strength you seek. You just need to find it.

Who doesn’t like being in control, right? But as we all know, we can’t always control everything. Accepting that fact will surely make us more serene and peaceful.

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Finding Home Plans Online

>> Monday, June 28, 2010

If you do not know how or where to start with building your house then finding the best home plans can be a tedious task. It’s a good thing that the Internet has provided us with the means of finding homes plans that fit our tastes and lifestyles with just some clicks.

There are various websites out there that provide useful tools and home building resources to help make the search for home plans fast and easy. One website that does that is HousePlansandMore.com. It aims to provide assistance in finding your dream home plan where functionality and architectural design work together and that which fits your lifestyle. You can choose pre-drawn house floor plans from their collection and build as is or you can use it as a springboard and customize it as you prefer. To make your search easier, house plans at HousePlansandMore.com are categorized by style. Their wide collection of blueprints lets you find your dream house without much hassle. You can even save your favorite house plans and compile a personal catalog of your favorite dream homes which you can print.

Another useful tool that you can use is the builder locator. All you have to do is click on the state where you plan to build your house and a list of qualified builders will be presented to you. These and more can be found at HousePlansandMore.com where finding your dream house is made fun and simple.

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Fashionable Chef Coats

Thanks to my husband for sparking her interest; my daughter has been fond of watching cooking and baking shows on TV. She is very much interested on how dishes are prepared and what ingredients are being used to bake a nice cake. The gadgets, equipment and even the hosts’ coats and aprons impress her. She once asked if we can buy her an oven. We explained that it is not a plausible investment yet and she understood. We suggested visiting one of her grandmothers when she is baking so we can all help. The idea seemed acceptable to her but she still asked for another thing: a chef coat. Now that, we can definitely afford, but we still have to find one that fits her size.

Speaking of chef jacket, iD by Landau is a designer and supplier of elegant and stylish chef apparel. One should remember that chef apparel is pretty much as important as your restaurant’s or even cooking show’s color scheme or d├ęcor, thus, careful selection of chef coats must be done. Traditional chef apparel or alternative style, it’s your call. Whatever your preference might be, iD by Landau will provide with you many options to address your needs. They do not only assure you of affordability, but quality and timely delivery as well. Indeed, one can never go wrong with iD by Landau.

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The Team that Cares

>> Friday, June 25, 2010

Classes have begun at my daughter’s new school. Her classroom is located on the second floor and I appreciate that it is well-ventilated because of the room’s many windows so it doesn't require air conditioning.

Speaking of air conditioning, if you are in search of a reliable phoenix air conditioning installation and repair company, give Air Conditioning by Jay’s Comfort Team a try. For about 27 years, this company has served over 30,000 residences and businesses in Phoenix, Arizona. Why choose AC by Jay’s Comfort Team for air conditioning phoenix area service? Three reasons: they’ll fix it your a/c system right the first time, they'll show up when they say they'll show up, and they guarantee you will be satisfied with the service your receive or they will work until you are satisfied. Truly, their customer's satisfaction tops the priorities of AC by Jay’s Comfort Team. They are committed to giving you the best quality service with up front prices so you won't be surprised by bills that are bigger than you imagined. The testimonials on their website demonstrate how satisfied their customers are with AC by Jay's knowledgeable and professional service. Indeed, when it comes to air conditioners phoenix area, AC by Jay’s Comfort Team is the leader.

What makes AC by Jay’s Comfort Team most impressive is that it has made tremendous efforts to support the community. This is evident in their support of activities and causes of various organizations like the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Race for the Cure. Jay's demonstrates they care about their customers and they care about their community. Why would you choose anyone else for all of your air conditioning needs?

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The Tale of the Lost Playlist

>> Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yesterday, I decided to download and upgrade my iPod’s software. Upon installation, I saw that a backup was being made so I did not panic even if I read that my iPod is being restored to its factory settings. Upon checking later on, I discovered that my applications were back and so were my podcasts. But when I was about to play my music on my way to my daughter’s school, I was taken aback when I was greeted by an empty playlist! Everything, every song was deleted!

So there. Another task that I need to add to my to-do list – rebuild my playlist.  Two MP3 players failed me in the past and rebuilding a playlist can be time-consuming and taxing so it’s a good thing that I have kept my music stored in my EHD. I am grateful though that I only have to rebuild my playlist and not my podcasts nor applications.

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Thursday Thunks

1. It became officially summer on Monday. What's your favorite part of winter?
:: Sorry, no winter here on my neck of woods.
2. What was your worst summer vacation ever?
:: I can’t remember.
3. Kimber's husband just got the dream job that he's hoped for. So a big shout out to her and Anthony! Tell us about the best job that you ever had.
:: The one that I left temporarily where I got to work with and for select university students. It can be stressful and tiring but totally rewarding. They made me feel young at heart!
4. Who is probably talking a load of crap about you right now?
:: Don’t know, don’t care. Hahaha!
5. An alien appears and offers you the opportunity to repeat one year of your life. You will still know everything that you know now. He explains that no matter what you do differently, when you are returned to the present nothing will have changed. What year would you pick and why?
:: Probably the year when I was a senior high school student because even if it signals an end of a chapter of our young lives, high school life is definitely the best. Or my first year as a college student which ushered many things new – new environment, new friends, new life.
6. Name three things you have on you at all times. Explain why.
:: My mobile phone – can’t afford to lose touch with family and friends, especially at this place and time. My iPod Touch – music and podcasts keep me company during long trips. My comb – because I am vain. Haha!
7. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
:: I can’t remember! And not remembering is awful. Ack.
8. If you could have everyone in the blogosphere read just one of your posts, which post would you pick and why?
:: This meme? Hahaha! I do not know. I am too lazy to pick one.
9. I recently read that the music industry continues to decline at an alarming rate. In the last year it said the sales of Michael Jackson's and The Beatles' music are the only artists who sales continue to climb. The article stated that the two are holding up the industry. Have you bought a CD or mp3 of either artist recently?
::Nope.
10. What radio ad right now do you find so annoying that you'd rather have a tooth drilled than hear it again?
:: I rarely listen to radios lately and I’d prefer annoying radio ads over tooth drilling. :P
11. Berleen walks into a bar on a hot Minnesota day. At the bar sits a priest, a rabbi and a minister. A ten foot duck walks into the bar right after Berleen. What drink do you think Berleen orders?
:: Beer for Berleen? Haha!
12. There is a knock on your door. It can be anyone in the world. Who would you want it to be?
:: My husband? We miss him during weekdays because of work so his coming home during Fridays is a real treat!
13. What would be the worst entertainment or sporting that you could be forced to watch?
:: Wrestling matches. And boxing too!

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My List of Wants

>> Wednesday, June 23, 2010

By next week, we are going to celebrate our first month here in Pampanga. For the sake of remembering, I will try to come up with what we (or I) have accomplished in that span of time. Not much, I think. But I am going to give myself some slack since we are still adjusting.

I have some things which I want to accomplish or learn and I have to list them down to prioritize. Now that we’re getting into a regular schedule of daily activities and classes for DD, I can finally find time to do some of the things that I want to do: add more blogs (yay!), digiscrapping, photo organizing/ printing, practice photography, cooking and do more reading.

Blogs – Yes, I intend to add more. I’ve already listed the niche that I intend to tackle but I still need to come up with good domain names.

Digiscrapping – My skill (if there’s any) in this craft has not been put into good use for a looooong time. I am inspired by friends who are still into it.

Photo Organizing/ Printing – Oh, we have loads of photos that need to be printed. I’ve wasted much of my Artscow credits mainly because I am such a slacker. :(

Cooking – I am not a bad nor a good cook. I am just a so-so cook. However, I intend to learn more and cook more.

Photography – Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. I spent a fortune on my cameras and photography books but they’re just gathering dusts. Now is the time to invest time and energy to make good use of them

Reading – Ah. This is one thing that you can’t accuse me of neglecting. I am reading one particular BOOK everyday and I am in the middle of another book, which I hope to finish before this week ends. And more books are lined up after this one is done! Yey me! Reading is my first love and I am very grateful to be given much time now to read again.

Actually, I am so grateful for this season of my life. That I get to do some “ME” stuff and at the same time, take care of my family. This won’t last so I intend to enjoy every minute of it.

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Market Your Company Through Imprinted Products

>> Monday, June 21, 2010

With the number of competitors in the market, it is necessary for your products or services to stand out. Various marketing strategies must be implemented to ensure success. One popular marketing strategy that sure works is the use of imprinted promotional product.

One company that can help promote your business through promotional products is imprinted.com. It aims to provide promotional products which are of good quality at prices you can afford. It also ensures fast shipment and good customer service. It offers varied types of promotional items such as bags and totes, hats and caps, imprinted mugs and cups, outdoor, gadgets, personal care, tools, promotional key chain and office supplies. Since the selection of products is varied and choosing which best fit a company’s need may seem to be tough, imprinted.com’s customer service department is always available to help you find the best product. Moreover, it’s team of word class graphic designers is ready to assist you in your designing needs.

Aside from being an effective strategy in marketing one’s products and services, imprinted products are also great gift ideas no matter what the occasion might be. Personalized items are popular these days and you can see customized bags, clocks, notepads, etc. However, if you are clueless on what to give, gift certificates are the answer to your problem. These provide your relatives, friends or business associates the freedom to choose a personalized item at imprinted.com. It is going to be a gift they will surely treasure for the years to come.

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Rain, Rain!

>> Thursday, June 17, 2010

From my window, I can see the dark sky which is being occasionally illuminated by lightnings. It has been a very warm and humid day that I am wishing for rain to make the air cool. My daughter and I have been sweating excessively and I understand why she prefers staying downstairs instead of being here in our room (aside from the fact that her cousins and the TV/DVD sets are downstairs too). Our room is the warmest area in the house but I like it here.

So I hope and pray for a rain tonight. The heat makes me feel lethargic. But I need the sun’s rays tomorrow which is my laundry day. Teehee!

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What Color Blue Am I?

Now this is interesting:

You Are Ocean Blue
You're both warm and practical. You're very driven, but you're also very well rounded.
You tend to see both sides to every issue, and people consider you a natural diplomat.

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US Gold Bureau

Because world demand for gold and silver bullion now exceeds annual production, this is the best time to buy gold coins, according to financial experts. For ages, buying gold has been recognized as one of the best ways to preserve one’s wealth – from ancient times of Egyptians, Greeks and Romans up to present.

Investors who are thinking of investing on gold coins can turn to reliable companies like the US Gold Bureau for help and guidance regarding this worthwhile endeavor. It is where one can find committed professionals who are ready to provide assistance in metals investments. One can never go wrong with US Gold Bureau because it is considered as America’s best precious metals dealer.

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The Philippine Flag by Sasmuan Polvoron

After attending the Mass last weekend, we proceeded to SM Clark to buy some stuff for DD. While going around the 2nd floor, we saw this:

It was a day after the Philippine Independence Day (June 12), thus, the Philippine flag being displayed at the mall. But what got me curious was the material used to create that certain flag. It was glittery and shimmery, it made me think of yema wrapped in cellophane. So down we went and upon closer look, here’s what we saw:

It was made of hundreds and hundreds of Sasmuan Polvoron in different flavors! It was so nice and very impressive! These famous polovorons originated from Sasmuan, a small town in Pampanga. It was started by a couple named Redentor and Fatima Del Rosario last 1990 with a capital of P80. After 20 years, their famous Sasmuan Polvorons are now being sold all around the country. Indeed, perseverance pays!

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Bahamas All Inclusive Vacation by Breezes Resorts for Everyone

>> Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Just off the coast of Florida is the Islands of the Bahamas where you can enjoy a delightful mingling of British Colonial formality and laid-back island attitude. Bahamas resorts are famous for its pristine beaches that has the clearest blue waters in the world.

Enjoy a Bahamas all inclusive vacation by Breezes Resorts. These resorts offer a variety of activities which can be enjoyed by you and your family. These activities are not limited to water sports only. The shoppers and gamblers can have fun at their luxurious shops and casinos respectively. On the other hand, heritage lovers can visit and enjoy cultural attractions such as the Parliament Square which is the center of the Bahamian government, the Queen’s Staircase that is composed of 66 steps that symbolize the number of years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Nature lovers can also enjoy the Versailles Gardens at the Paradise Island. It elegantly decorated with statues, fountains, terraces, and French Cloisters. Not to be missed are water adventures for the adventurous. Just name it and surely, the Bahamas all inclusive resorts have it. Interested in powerboat cruises, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, diving or even riding a submarine? All are available for you and your family to enjoy!

So what are you waiting for? Book a Bahamas all inclusive vacation today!

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Online Radio

Thanks to technology and the Internet, almost anything can be done using our desktops, laptops or netbooks. One can now work, shop, stay updated or be entertained through the Internet. Nowadays, location is not an issue. Online shopping lets us shop anywhere in the world. Online Radio allows us to listen to radio stations and even podcasts all around the world. There are thousands of Live Internet Radio out there with varying categories, topics, interviews and hosts from around the globe.

Recently, I have encountered Blog Talk Radio where one can register for free and stay up to date on all the site’s content. Registered members can also follow their favorite shows and hosts and even join Blog Talk Radio’s chat room discussions. It has partnered with the leading social networks namely Facebook, Twitter, and Ning to let citizen broadcasters create and share their voices and opinions in a public worldwide forum. Thus, one can even use his Facebook account in creating an account at Blog Talk Radio. At Live Talk Radio one can host his show for a very minimal monthly fee. There is no need for expensive equipment, just your headset and computer and you are all set to host your very own show. You can even chat with your listeners during and after your live shows.

Indeed, technology has changed the way we communicate with one another. It has allowed us to do more with less while reaching out to more people.

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Art Education

Studies reveal that involvement in the arts aid kids in excelling in their academics. Moreover, they are more likely to be involved in student governance and active in various extra curricular affairs. That is why many schools these days include art education in their curriculum.

It is a good thing that technology has made available informational art websites that offer free art lesson plans. Take advantage of such resources from AMACO/Brent website where you can find vast ideas and activities on classroom ceramics. From creating colorful and unique ceramic mosaics, recreating Chinese bronze vessels to to clay animation, activities abound at AMACO/Brent website.

Aside from providing relevant ideas and activities, AMACO/Brent also offers safe and quality ceramic art materials and equipment. AMACO/Brent products are the best and safest in the field of manufacturing and labeling of lead free glazes. It even offers 586 AP non-toxic colors. Moreover, they also sell talc-free ceramic clays for school. Indeed, quality and safety are never compromised by AMACO/Brent.

Looking for more resources? Books, videos and posters on ceramic are also available. And do not forget that Brent wheels also come with the “How to Throw on a Potter’s Wheel” DVD. Indeed, everything that one needs for ceramic art education can be found at AMACO/Brent website.

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Tacori Brings a Lot of Elegance

>> Tuesday, June 15, 2010

When celebrities hit the red carpet, they pull out all the stops. They wear the latest haute couture and only the most eye-catching, stunning jewelry. Very often that elegant jewelry was designed by Haig Tacorian of Tacori. He's a go-to guy for the jet set crowd.

Tacori is renowned for their timeless classics in diamonds, gold, and silver. Their passion for classic beauty, fine detail, and distinct beauty is apparent in the jewelry. Over 40 years of experience has given Tacori an advantage and they take full advantage of it.

Known primarily for wedding sets, their collection is seemingly never-ending. Engagement rings set the mood for that special question. Weddings bands for him and her seal the deal with stately grace, tradition, and the Tacori eye to modern style and classic influence.

All Tacori designs share the same commitment to gorgeous. World-class in every way, there is no finer jewelry, just other jewelry. Their necklaces attract. Their earrings seduce. Their bracelets beckon. With these dazzling diamonds on display, a girl is likely to have many best friends.

Family-owned plus family-run equals family pride -- pride for their product, pride for their service, pride for their accomplishments. This honor shines through with each diamond, resplendent and pure.

Haig Tacorian and his family of visionary jewelers brought a European sense of diligence and conviction to the art of the process and the process of art. Their new line featuring only 24 karat gold and .925 purity silver further extends their legend.

Speaking of legend, that was a Tacori ring Chandler used when he proposed to Monica on the television series Friends, as was the ring presented by Ryan Sutter to Trista Rehn on The Bachelorette's first season. When the stars pick the jewelry they expect to make them shine, they choose Tacori.

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Mamitz and Nathaniel’s

Yesterday, we (DH and I) had a blast meeting my former boss/ our matchmaker at Nathaniel’s. She was with her aunt, Auntie Babes – another cool aunt/ grandma on my list. They visited Auntie Babes’ daughter based here and they met us before going back to Quezon City.

I finally had the chance of tasting the famous palabok and buco-pandan salad that my brothers in-law and Kaje have been raving about. We were too  excited about our order that I forgot about taking photos! There’ll be a next time for sure!

But indeed, it was a delectable experience (and writing about it makes me crave for the salad.) and I was certainly emotional when it was time for us to bid Mamitz goodbye. I miss her and everyone back home. And said that she misses us too. :( So September, come quick!

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Use Your Dell Coupon Codes for Quality

Dell is one of the most recognized names in the computer industry. From laptops to printers to desktops and everything in between, when a person says the name Dell, others take notice. With your Dell coupon codes, you can get a great deal on one of these products for your home or office. Here are some of Dell's products that you may want to consider.
Studio 15 The Studio 15 line of laptops is one of Dell's most popular brands. With features that include a 500GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM, you simply cannot go wrong with one of these machines. With your Dell coupon codes, you can get a Studio 15 laptop with a 17.3-inch screen that you can take on the go to school, the office or anywhere you like to do your work or play games. Simply go to the company's website, choose your Studio 15 laptop and enter your Dell promo code to save hundreds on your next purchase.
Netbooks Dell netbooks are all the rage lately because they offer a fully functional keyboard in a compact size. You can get a netbook that closely resembles your personality since they are available in a variety of colors. Get a pink netbook with your Dell coupon codes to showcase your feminine side or stick with a sleek black version. Dell even features a Nickelodeon edition for the kids in your family to enjoy.
TVs
Dell also dabbles in the TV business with a wide variety of HDTVs and other types of entertainment choices. Choose from a 54-inch screen, a 73-inch screen or many other sizes to find the one that is right for your entertainment purposes. The choice is yours and you can get a great bargain on any TV you choose by using your Dell coupon codes when you make your purchase.

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How Much Sleep Does my Kid Need?

My daughter’s classes began last week and until today, I have been *experimenting* on our time of waking up. We can’t afford to wake up late because her school is quite far from where we live. However, I don’t want her to be lacking sleep.

According to the table below, she should be having at least 9.5 hours of sleep each day. If we wake up at around 5 PM, she should be in bed at around 8 PM, which is her official bed time. Now that it’s back to school once again, I need to train her again on sleeping at 8 PM because she was used to sleeping late when her summer vacation began.1Source: Baby Center

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Take Your Dog for a Walk

Caring for a dog isn’t always an easy thing to do. Let’s face it, your life is busy and as much as you might care for your dog, you can’t always give them the attention they deserve. Sure, you give them the Sentinel for dogs and their other medications, but there is more to being a dog owner than that. You have to walk your dog.

Walking your dog can be a real pain if you lead a busy life or if you live in a climate that is familiar with the cold and snow. But this doesn’t excuse you from doing the job you signed up for. Unless you have a huge backyard(which most of you don’t) you have got to get the dog outside. The good news is that your dog doesn’t need to be walked everyday.
Shoot for something a little more manageable. Try and walk your dog at least 3 times a week. If you can walk your dog everyday then you absolutely should, but if not, walking it 3 times a week is a good start. Just take 30 minutes out of your day to go for a walk. 

Walking your dog is not only good exercise for him but good exercise for yourself. It’s a great way for you to get to know your neighborhood, if you are new to the area, and it’s also a great way for you to interact with other people. People love dogs and they want to pet and play with them and they will strike up a conversation with you if you let them.

Walking a dog can be a chore but running errands while walking your dog is a great way to multitask. It allows you to be productive while giving your dog the kind of exercise and attention they need from you.

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Artscow Coupon Code: Stretched Canvas

Looking for an Artscow coupon code? You came to the right place! Here is a recent one that gives you an 8” x 10” stretched canvases at $9.99 each with free shipping. The coupon code is DADCNVS and it will expire on July 7, 2010 so hurry! Go visit ARTSCOW today. untitled

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Sunday Stealing (on a Tuesday)

1. You’re building your dream house. What’s the one thing that this house absolutely, positively MUST HAVE?
:: An entertainment room and a library.
2. What is your dream car?
:: A monstrous, red pick-up truck.
3. What is your favorite website that isn’t a blog?
:: Google?
4. iPhone 4 or Droid, which do you want?
:: iPhone 4!
5. When you’re feeling down or lonely or just generally out of sorts, what do you do to cheer yourself up?
:: Sleep. Or eat something that I really like like chocolate or ice cream.
6. Tell me about something or someone that you love that most people seem to hate.
:: This is tough. I honestly do not know. Sorry!
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
:: A loving wife and the best mom.
8. Would you go on a reality show if given the chance?
:: Nope.
9. Who was your favorite teacher when you were growing up. (Grade school, Middle School, Jr. High or High School only.)
:: I can’t pick one. For me, most of them were likable.
10. You get one pass to do something illegal or immoral. What are you gonna do?
:: I don’t know.
11. What were you doing 10 years ago?
:: Joined the rat race.
12. By this time next year, I ... am going to be a better version of my self.
13. Do you think the United States will elect a female President in your lifetime? Do you think this would be a good thing?
:: Why not! Anything is possible.
14. Which fictional, TV show character you would shag anytime?
:: Whaaaaat? :P
15. What is your greatest pet peeve?
:: Repeating my instructions/ requests/ demands/ what-have-yous over and over and over and over and over and over again.
16. Tell me about your most recent trip of more than 100 miles?
:: From home to another home.
17. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?
:: Thesaurus.
18. Do you have a nickname? What is it?
:: Mom, Mommy, Su, Zane, Ate, Ma’am. (DD calls me “Madam” or “Your Highness” at times when I get a little bossy. LOL!)
19. What are you dreading at the moment?
:: Losing all my hair. Ack.
20. Do you worry that others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
:: Hmm… Nope.
21. In two words, explain what ended your last relationship.
:: Secret. Secret. LOL!
22. What were you doing this morning at 8am?
:: Waiting for a ride going back home.
23. Do you have any famous relatives?
:: I do not know.
24. How many different beverages have you drank today?
:: Just two as usual: water and coffee.
25. What is something you are excited about?
:: A trip come September!
26. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group?
:: Before I left last month during an orientation of our new students.
27. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
:: That I look better.
28. What were you doing at midnight last night?
:: Sleeping.
29. What’s a word that you say a lot?
:: OK.
30. Who is your worst enemy?
:: MY SELF.

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Making the Right Choices

>> Friday, June 11, 2010

Aside from our usual input regarding the university degree programs and facilities, we usually give our prospective enrollees a talk on factors to be considered when choosing one’s course and university/ college. We often advice them to know themselves first – their capacities and interests. Once they have identified those capacities and interests, they can research college degrees to further help them make the right choices. Most often, the degree earned by a person determines the job that he will be doing all his life. Thus, choosing the best one is very crucial and he should be guided in doing so by his parents and career counselors.

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PAL’s Story Writing Contest

An Adventure with My Hero: A Story Writing Contest is Philippine Airlines’ way of celebrating our country’s 112th year of independence. At stake are Business Class Tickets to Hong Kong plus a chance for your story to  featured in the in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines- Mabuhay. Interested participants may visit PAL’s website for contest details.

Good luck!

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Canon Photography Contest

DSC_6213If you are a Canon digital compact camera (PowerShot or Digital IXUS) user, this post is for you. 

Canon is holding a contest called Canon Photography Contest Snapshot Asia. What’s at stake? Thirty-two (32) PowerShot A490s weekly for 8 months! This contest is open to all Philippine residents who use a digital compact camera from Canon for their entry. This season’s theme is “One-Shot Moments: Seize L1fe with Canon.”

For complete details of the aforementioned contest, visit Canon’s Facebook page HERE.

P.S.
Thanks Asley for the heads up and to my fab friend, JD for being my model. :)

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A Visit to Branson

>> Thursday, June 10, 2010

I was talking with a friend last night and he relayed that he is looking forward to a family trip before the year ends. He will be visiting his parents in Missouri, USA along with his wife and two kids. They can’t wait to finally see his parents who have been living there for 12 years. A lot of activities have been lined up, including a visit to the famous live entertainment capital of the world – Branson, Missouri. In fact, he had already saved up enough to buy Branson tickets for his family, parents and some relatives . I am so excited for him and his family and I can’t wait to see their photos!

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Wednesday Happy Thoughts

>> Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Late NOT! And here we go:
1. Being able to bring DD to school and back home without us getting lost.
2. My parents in-law who have been taking good care of us .
3. Auntie Rose and Auntie Pin who look after us and our needs even before we mention them.
4. Facebook! It keeps me updated about the lives of many of my friends, from a former colleague who recently announced that she is finally expecting to a mountaineer who lost her precious pulse oximeter.
5. A long weekend that will be.
6. More writing opportunities coming my way. (I can’t thank You enough!)
7. Friends, friends, friends – they pull and push me up. I am blessed!

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We Did It!

I feel jubilant and happy for having accomplished a huge task today and that is to bring DD to school and back home without us getting lost. It was the first time that we commuted, just the two of us, here. Most often, we are with my husband or one of my brothers in-law or Mark driving us to places.

Anyway, we arrived early and finding her classroom was a breeze. We passed by the room of Auntie Rose, my husband’s aunt and a pre-school teacher. On our way to DD’s classroom, we also visited the library where Auntie Pin is a librarian. My daughter’s classroom is about 10 steps away from the library so I am secured that she will be watched over especially when she has needs and I am not around. 

After sending her inside the room, I stayed around of course, to see who her teacher is. I learned that she was my husband’s teacher from way back. I saw her and I find her very motherly. After the morning praise and flag ceremony, I stayed at the library and read the day’s paper. I went to the nearby church afterwards and I was delighted to discover that there was an on-going Mass. Afterwards, I had my second breakfast at Chow King. Yes. Second. And then I spent around 3 good hours at the two malls nearby. There were expensive stuff that caught my fancy like the chic bronze bag, wide lcd monitor and pink laptop but trust me, all I did was look! But I did manage to buy some sleeveless tops and a new board game for the little girl. At around noon time, I went back to school to fetch her and home we went.

While leaving the subdivision this morning, I was asking her over and over again, “Are we ready?!” and over and over again she replied, “Yes, we are.” Upon coming home, our line was, “WE DID IT!”

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All Inclusive Vacations For You, Perfected by Breezes Super Inclusive Resorts

If you are planning for a great vacation this year, consider an all inclusive vacation in any of the Breezes Super Inclusive Resorts. And just what is Super Inclusive, you might ask. It means that everything you need to pay for while on vacation is included – deluxe accommodations, unlimited premium beverages, meals and snacks, entertainment plus a variety of land and water sports with professional instruction. With an all inclusive vacations, you can get as far away from the world as possible as there is no need to worry about the bills you need to pay while enjoying your grand vacation. So, are you ready for an enjoyable break? Check out the various all inclusive resorts by Breezes Resorts and Spas. Choose from varied destinations that include Jamaica, Bahamas, Curacao, Brazil and Panama. Since every Breezes Resort is located in on pristine beaches, guests can thoroughly enjoy a variety of water sports and activities. Take Breezes Costa do Sauipe for example. It is a surfer’s heaven with its breathtaking beach and rolling waves. One can even try boogie boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. If you are vacationing with kids, you might want to try Breezes Trelawny in Jamaica where everyone can enjoy a dip in any of its four swimming pools. A giant kids pool with splashing waterspouts and fountains plus an enormous 124-foot waterslide winding its way through is a sure hit among kids. On the other hand, adults can enjoy the swim-up bar, seashell pool and the 84-foot winding waterslide. At Breezes Resorts, there is plenty of fun and enjoyment for everyone in the family.

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Magic!

>> Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Magic English This morning, I woke up to a familiar sound which I have not hear since 3 to 4 years ago. “Hello, good morning! How are you? I’m fine, thank you!”. It’s Disney’s Magic English! Last weekend, we bought the kids (our DD plus DH’s niece and nephew) some DVDs and Magic English was one of them. Watching the said video has greatly helped DD in developing her language skills when she was younger. We are hoping that it could help the little ones too, aged 2 years, 8 months and 1 year, 6 months. 

Watching it made DD remember the Disney vacations promised to her by her Dad. On the other hand, it made me reminisce the days when she was such a little girl imitating what she saw and heard while watching it. Had it been that long? I now have a grade schooler. She had graduated from Winnie the Pooh and Dora. It’s Barbie’s turn this time. I miss her as a baby. She is even insisting that she isn’t one anymore. But she will always be my baby no matter how old and tall she will be.

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Contact Lenses for Less

>> Monday, June 7, 2010

Eyesight problems are common for many people. In fact, statistics shows that in US alone, 33,700,000 visits are made to doctors for eye care every year. But for many, eye care can be expensive so they tend to neglect it and that worsens their conditions. Good thing there are dedicated websites out there which can help prudent consumers. I’ve recently encountered an online shop named pricecontactlenses.com where affordable contacts are made available. No need to leave the comforts of your house, you just inform their website what you need and the quantity you want to buy and you will be directed to stores that sell affordable yet quality contacts like Acuvue oasis. The data you provided will be used in searching for best online discount contact lenses. The bulk of your order does not matter because the website will facilitate and provide you with the store that gives you the best deal possible. Indeed, pricecontactlenses.com has revolutionized our way of shopping for Acuvue oasis contacts and the likes. Gone were the days when choices of stores and brands are limited. Now, with just some clicks, you can get the most awesome deals on contact lenses in the convenience of our homes without hurting our pockets.

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The Family I Choose for Myself

>> Sunday, June 6, 2010

The night before our flight, my closest friends at the university hosted a not-so-surprising going away party for me. (It was my third one for that day, actually.) I was (and still am) deeply touched by their effort and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the night. There were singing and eating and much laughing. My gay friends were present too and they’re very hilarious! L had to defend himself when J discovered some testosterone creams inside his bag. It was really funny watching and listening to them!

Some of them even brought gifts. But more than those tokens, I am very much touched by their presence in my life, how they’ve loved me and my family since I met them. They are the reasons why leaving my hometown was very difficult. But they are very happy for me. The love and support they’ve been showing me make me believe that I am making the right decision. I am one lucky girl indeed.

Anyway, here they are:

“Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” ~ Edna Buchanan

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The Family that Shops Together

We have been frequenting the malls since Friday to shop for school stuff for DD, some vitamins and fat burner supplements for me, plus some other things that we need around the house. DD refuses to tag along as she prefers staying home and playing with her cousins. But yesterday, she had no choice but to go with us since we had to buy her her school shoes. It was tiring for me since we have to brave through the crowds and hop from one mall to another, how much more for a little girl like her? She had complaints but was very cooperative. As her rewards, we bought her the Mickey Mouse magazine and a new Barbie doll. Aside from that, we also had these per her request:

What a filling way to end a tiring day!

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Approachable?

>> Friday, June 4, 2010

Oh surely, someone's going to disagree! :)

You Are Very Approachable
You can talk to anyone, and it shows. People are eager to start conversations with you.
You are open and friendly. You are willing to connect with almost anyone.

While it's great to be approachable, there is such a thing as too approachable.
Eventually someone will try to take advantage of you. Don't be afraid to say no or end an awkward conversation.

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A Wise Investment

>> Tuesday, June 1, 2010

One of the best financial decisions that one can make is investing in gold. As a famous commodity, its value does not depreciate over time, thus, investing in gold is wise move. Moreover, it is believed that an investor’s total portfolio should have at least 5% gold. Because its returns are often high and the value rarely depletes, gold is an investment that any investor should not disregard nor overlook.

If I can afford it, I would like to buy gold coins for a start. I believe that my money will not go to waste and that this will be a decision I will not regret.

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