The Downside of Travels and Vacations

>> Sunday, May 29, 2011

I have been at the university last week for some transactions. I also took some time to visit friends. It was great seeing them again though some were on a business or vacation trip. Hopefully, they will be back this weekend and I get to see them before my flight this week.

I also chanced upon some of the student leaders I worked with in the past. I do not know if one of them is just bluffing when she said that I have lost too much weight. She even asked if I have been taking some diet coffee, into aspire diet pills or some other diet drugs which are fad right now.

I told her that I have been facing some weight issues when summer began and we were on trips. I shared that dieting and mindful eating can be quite tough when I am on travel/ vacation. This is especially true when I am traveling with my husband or when I am meeting friends who are all foodies. Hopefully, once classes begin and my life returns to normal, I can get back to my dieting and workout and have my ideal weight back again.


We Took a Dip!

My daughter and I have been on a vacation for one week now. We did not have a good start though, no thanks to Cebu Pacific, but that horror story deserves another post. I am just happy that I have finally fulfilled my daughter’s longtime request to spend some time at the beach. I brought her beach where my best friend celebrated his birthday last year.

It is underdeveloped compared to the neighboring beaches which are complete with slides, pools with pool lifts, parks, restaurants, videoke and other facilities. However, we like it there because it is serene and clean. We can rest and waddle and take a dip sans the noise and crowd. We like the privacy that the place provides. The food tare also delectable and the staff, courteous.

Hopefully, we can return there before the year ends. My husband also loves the place and we are hoping to have him with us in our next beach trip.


A Great Present

This is a bitter-sweet-bitter season in my life and I am more than amazed to find words encouragement at unexpected places:


On this day, God wants you to know

... that it's time to start living in the present. Letting go of the past is not easy, especially if you have wounds that have never properly healed. But, the past is past and living there may be preventing you from fully experiencing the present. Likewise fear of what may be looming around the corner can also prevent you from fully enjoying the present. Live in the moment and look forward to eternity with God, now that's a great present.


R.O.B. Us!: The Ultimate OMF Lit Sale

>> Saturday, May 21, 2011

Some old friends and I were invited to a first birthday party of a friend’s son last week. Since I did not have enough time to scout for a gift, I resorted to a buying a book which I think is a safe choice. Moreover, it is a Bible story book for toddlers which is perfect for the birthday boy. An hour or so before boarding a bus that would take me to the metro, I visited my favorite bookstore, the OMF Lit in SM City in San Fernando.

There is an ongoing promo which has let me save a LOT in my book purchases. Aside from my gift for the birthday boy, I also grabbed some titles that I have been eyeing for some time. Also, I was able to buy some books for my husband and some friends. And to keep me preoccupied during my bus trip, I read one of the titles that I purchased which is all about proper management of personal financial resources. I was able to finish it before reaching my destination despite the noise made by two passengers on the adjacent seats. They were having an arugment on which rv insurance quote is the best. *sigh*
Anyway, going back. This ongoing OMF Lit promo is named

R.O.B Us (Raid Our Bookshop: Ultimate Sale) Forty-fied. It runs until May 31. Two hundred (200) titles are 40% off and all other books are discounted at 30%. Moreover, there in-store surprises. When I shopped there last week, I was asked to fill out a form that will qualify me for a raffle. (I hope I’ll win!).

Now let me share with you two of the titles that I bought which are at 40% off:

How to Read the Bible Book by Book
by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart. P 225   P 135

Description: This journey from Genesis to Revelation shows how key elements in Scripture fit into the bigger narrative of God's Word.
I find this as a perfect companion once I get back to my Bible-reading next month. I am very interested to know some historical facts and persons behind the books in the Bible and these are well-presented by this book. Orienting data, overviews, advices and walk through are provided for all books which makes Bible-reading for me more captivating.

Spirit-Controlled Temperament by Tim LaHaye. P250   P 150
Description: A helpful discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of a person's temperament.  Shows how the Holy Spirit helps a believer live above anger, fear, depression, and selfishness.
Temperaments and personalities have been fascinating for me. I guess that is inherent because of the nature of my work at the university for more than a decade. I have read and studied a lot of theories regarding the subject but this book is one of the easiest to understand. I started reading this book last night and I was very amused when I read about the temperament type that I have. Can you guess which one?

I am a Sanguine! I was resisting at first but as I kept on reading, I kept on saying, “Hey, that is very me!”. Yes, the book exposes the different strengths and weaknesses of the four temperaments. But what makes this book different from other books that cover the same topic is that it provides insights on how the Holy Spirit changes us and make us better sons and daughters of God. Yes, we are flawed in every humanly manner but this book confirms that yes, there is hope and that there is redemption.

Take advantage of this promo to stock up on good books. For a complete list of books which you can get at 40% off, click HERE.

Wondering where to find OMF Lit bookstores? Check out this list:

Boni Bookshop

776 Boni Ave cor Pinatubo
1550 Mandaluyong City

Telephone: 531.6635

Pergola Bookshop

2/F The Pergola
A. Aguirre Ave., BF Homes
ParaƱaque City
Telephone: 403.2975

Greenbelt Bookshop

G/F Greenbelt 1

(Legaspi St. entrance)
Ayala Center, Makati City
Telephone: 869.0340


QC Bookshop

Upper Ground Level

Il Terrazzo
Tomas Morato cor. Sct. MadriƱan
Quezon City

Telephone: 355.0519


SM Pampanga Bookshop

Ground Floor Main Mall

(near Supermarket)
SM City Pampanga

Telephone: (+63.45) 455.3080


SM Tarlac Bookshop

Level 3, SM City Tarlac
Tarlac City

Telephone: (+63.45) 606.0136


F. Ramos Bookshop

Units 111-112 Marijoy Bldg,
306 F. Ramos St, Cebu City

Telephone: (+63.32) 253.1525


Banilad Bookshop

Gov. M. Cuenco Ave. cor El Dorado Subdivision
Cebu City

Telephone: (+63.32) 346.7142 or  418.1439


Davao Bookshop

G/F Mitaji Building
Tionko cor. Mapa Sts.
8000 Davao City

Telephone: (+63.82) 221.3416


Robinsons CDO Bookshop

Level 2 Robinsons

Cagayan de Oro

Telephone: (+63.88) 852.1214


Robinsons Gen San City Bookshop

Level 1 Robinsons Place

General Santos City

Telephone: (+63.83) 552.0437



AirPhil Express Seat Sale (May 15, 2011)

>> Sunday, May 15, 2011

Traveling to any local destinations in the Philippines next month? This post is for you!

AirPhil Express Seat Sale 

To celebrate Jose P. Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary, AirPhil Express is holding a one-day seat sale today, May 15, 2011. Fly to any local destinations for P 150 (one-way fare) from June 1-30, 2011. Terms and conditions apply.

For booking and more information, visit AirPhil Express’ website.


Stop Abusive Collection Calls

Have you ever been threatened, abused and harassed by Collection Calls made by collection agents because of old debt that you may not recall or probably you do not feel you owe? As a consumer, your rights are protected against abusive debt collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. It is a statute in the US which was added to Title VIII of the Consumer Credit Protection Act in 1978. This statute clearly states that consumers should be spared from abuse and harassment in the hands of debt collectors.

However, complaints against abusive debt collectors are very prevalent. Thus, it is important that consumers know their rights and seek help from the experts. One law firm that has been providing cost-free legal help for over 20 years, to more than 60,000 consumers is Kimmel & Silverman. They have been serving various states like


New Jersey, N

ew York, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maryland, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Michigan and Tennessee. If you think that you need help against abusive Collection Calls, visit Kimmel and Silverman’s website,

Credit for a free case review.


Cebu Pacific Seat Sale (May 13, 2011)

>> Friday, May 13, 2011

Cebu Pacific
Looking for a Cebu Pacific seat sale? This one is for you! 


Cebu to Dipolog, General Santos, Ozamiz, Pagadian or Surigao


Manila to Calbayog or Surigao


*Travel Period: Jun 1 – Sep 30, 2011

Manila to Dipolog, General Santos, Ozamiz or Pagadian



Manila to Kota Kinabalu

Clark to Macau


Manila to Brunei, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur, Macau or Taipei


Manila to Busan, Incheon or Osaka

Cebu to Busan or Incheon



*Travel Period: Sep 1 – Nov 30, 2011

Sale is until May 16 or until seats last.


E-books Instead of Text Books?

>> Thursday, May 12, 2011

School time is just around the corner and we have not enrolled our daughter yet. We still got plenty of time, the husband assured me. We even have not started shopping for some school supplies on our list to think that we are leaving for another trip next weekend. We will be going to the mall this weekend and I need to remind the husband about those school supplies.

We also need to shop for a new and bigger school bag too since our daughter will be taking more subjects (which means more books) this school year. How I wish that a time will come when their school utilizes e-books instead of the big, bulky and heavy paper books. That instead of scouting the malls for a durable bag, all I need to do is read laptop reviews to compare before buying a good one for my pupil.

Use of e-books is environment-friendly and good for my back too (because it is I who carries her heavy bag daily). Moreover, we all know how much textbooks cost these days. E-books, I think, are more cost-efficient. My friends shared that some schools in Manila have already tried using e-books in some of their subjects. I hope that other schools (including our daughter’s) can catch up and do the same. And soon!


A Timex Watch or an iPad 2?

Someone is celebrating his birthday very soon and as a birthday gift for his self, he wants to buy a very cool gadget. Initially, all he wanted was this:

Timex Ironman

The Timex Ironman Global Trainer Bodylink System. This GPS-enabled watch is for athletes who wish to track their pace, speed and distance. He asked me to canvass for this product at the malls but since I learned about how much a piece of this costs, I have been doing my best to discourage him and buy this instead:

iPad 2 
Yes, an iPad 2. If he wants a cool gadget, this is the one. However, he has been very persistent. He already owns and iPhone and sees no use for an iPad. He insists that the watch can motivate him to get back into running again, which, I seriously doubt. It’s not that I don’t fully support him. It’s just I know him too well. ;)

For almost three weeks now, we have been exchanging notes. Once in a while he pops a question to help him make the decision. To quote “What is the compelling reason for me to buy an iPad 2?” Since it is him who has the answers to my life’s serious questions, doing his role is quite tough. But I think that it was so smart of me to think of an acceptable answer and that is, he can use an iPad for the two jobs he’s holding. And yeah, he’s buying it. My idea I mean. But no, he is not giving up on the Timex watch yet! So I came up with another idea. He go back to running and if after a month, he is able to sustain it, he can go for that watch and I will keep my mouth shut. Forever. :D

Happy, happy birthday to you!


SMC Corp

>> Monday, May 9, 2011

To help small business make it in the market, Abe Levine came up with a company named Specialty Merchandise Corporation or smc corp. This online business opportunity lets small businesses place their merchandise into one central warehouse. This lets businesses can focus on attracting more clients to earn more rather than wasting time on managing inventories and stocks. Thus, instead of hiring and training a sales team, it is the business owners who sell their products because like what Abe Levine believes, people tend to be more persistent and hardworking when they are working for their own business.

Despite its noble intentions, the company has faced some challenges. One of which involves smc scam. To answer the allegation, SMC has put up a comprehensive explanation. In addition to that, smc corp bbb reviews have shows that smc corp members are satisfied at how their businesses are growing without risking much.


IT Solutions by PLANIT Technology Group

>> Sunday, May 8, 2011

PLANIT Technology Group is a company focused on providing IT consulting services and in customized creative IT solutions and services for those who are engaged into commercial businesses. This IT company believes that different business have varied needs and expectations and the key to addressing these efficiently is through providing solutions which are responsive to these needs. Through their accessibility, flexibility and responsiveness, they assure their clients that the work is efficiently accomplished.

To effectively deliver topnotch services and IT solutions, PLANIT Technology Group has forged partnership with the industry’s leading hardware and software companies like Citrix Technology Partners, the Juniper Networks Technology Partners and many others. These partnerships ensure clients that they receive high quality and top of the line IT solutions. Aside from the expertise of their consultants, PLANIT Technology Group also takes advantage of the best technologies available to them to give their clients the best IT solutions responsive to their businesses’ needs and demands.

So if you are looking for help when it comes to Washington DC Cloud Computing, PLANIT Technology group is the answer. Just visit their website for more information.


Richmond, VA Furnished Apartments

If you are looking for Furnished Apartments Richmond, VA, let Dabney Properties Corporate Housing provide you with one. They do not only provide temporary housing solutions but also corporate apartments, townhomes and even condominiums in areas like Richmond, Fort Lee, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, and Charlottesville, Virginia. The units they offer have all the facilities that you need for a comfortable stay. It includes a high-speed internet connection, deluxe furnishings and linens, fully outfitted kitchen with modern appliances and house wares, flat screen TVs with cable or satellite and DVD player and many others.

Families who need accommodation and in search of 1200 Acqua Furnished Apartments, Dabney Properties Corporate Housing also offers state of the art and modern apartments. Their brand new units are all located within 3 minutes from Fort Lee and Army Logistics University. Their facility is ideal for those who put fitness, health and recreation a priority as they have outdoor grills, putting green and volleyball facilities, resort-style pool with tanning sundeck and a 24-hour first class fitness center.

When you think of Richmond, VA Corporate Housing, remember Dabney Properties Corporate Housing. Their short-term housing options in select neighborhoods throughout the city give you many choices that fit your lifestyle, needs and budget.


Shopping for Branded Scrubs

>> Friday, May 6, 2011

Most of the nursing graduates who received their diplomas last March are now taking review classes and preparing for their board exams which will take place very soon. It is the final hurdle that they have to face prior to practicing their chosen profession.

As nurses, whether in school clinics, hospitals, cruise ships and others, they must be look good, clean and presentable. That is why they must choose good-fitting and stylish nursing scrubs. There are plenty of online stores that offers affordable yet fashionable nursing scrubs. Gone were the days when nurses don basic and plain-looking scrubs. These days, they can even choose from a wide variety of branded and stylish scrubs like this Dickies Scrubs which is available at It is an ideal choice for those who are fond of floral designs and bold colors.

Dickies Scrubs
On the other hand, here is there are simple yet elegant Cherokee Scrubs for those who seek simpler and more conventional designs like this one:

Cherokee ScrubsDespite its clean and simple style, the unique crystal clear buttons give a touch of elegance and style.

These and more are available at where quality and fashionable branded medical scrubs are made available for those in the medical field. There are even coupons and discounts for more savings.


Food-Related Business: Hot Dog Trailer

With the rising cost of commodities these days, financial experts advice people to engage into businesses. Apart from gaining additional income, a business venture also generates employment. For many, food-related businesses is a good investment because we all know that nourishment is a basic need.

Food-related businesses abound but if you are thinking of something that requires minimal investment on your part, you might want to consider investing on a hot dog trailer. Custom Concessions offer standard hot dog carts which are equipped with everything that you need to start your small business – a hot dog steamer, a full-size 3-compartment sink and a chest cooler. Aside from hot dogs, you can also expand your products to sausages, bratwurst or even barbeques.

Hot Dog Trailer 
Due to the mobility and nature of hot dog trailers, they are most often a hit in the streets, carnivals, stadiums and many others. Thus, it is one profitable business venture.


Importance of Trade Events for New Traders

For new traders, a trade fair offers promotional benefits that he hopes for. Participating in trade show to promote a product is extremely effective and comparatively cheaper compared to full-fledged advertising. These are the compelling and enticing reason why more and more new traders are participating in trade events.

Trade fairs also offers an opportunity for the new trader to interact personally with consumers. It helps the new trader understand the needs of the end users and benefit from their inputs to further enhance the quality of his products. Moreover, impressive Trade Show Displays and live demonstrations to highlight the superiority of his product over the competitors’ can also be done during a trade event.

A trade event is also a good chance for a new trader to begin a new network. There will be other exhibitors in the area and most often, there are meetings and conferences dedicated to them. Interaction with fellow exhibitors can help a new trader gain new information about the industry trends. The possibility of future joint ventures and tie up with other companies too, can be opened.

For a successful trade event, a trader must create trade show displays that will not only attract visitors but also effectively convince them to try out the products. Monster Displays offer varied trade show and Outdoor Displays to help you do that. Their products possess three key elements to help you succeed and these are: Portability, Functionality and Visual Impact. It is Monster Displays’ aim to provide you with the assistance you need in selecting the right trade show display that fits your needs and budget so you will reap the benefits of exhibiting in large crowds. 


My Date

Upon checking in on Facebook yesterday, I read that a friend of mine who lives nearby is looking for a movie date. It’s been a while since we last saw each other (plus I want to see Thor again) so I sent him a message that I was free and could go and watch it with him. We agreed to meet at a mall for some shopping, have lunch and then go to another mall for the movie.

He is the friend I can usually ask for beauty tips and advices as he is more vain compared to me. He even suggested some what he claims to be the best acne products he has tried when I complained about my nasty breakouts. Aside from the lunch and movie treat, he also helped me pick a good sunblock lotion since my daughter and I are going to hit the beach soon. Moreover, he helped me pick the right design and size of shorts for the little girl.

It was a great day spent with a great friend. Until next time, Roy! :)


Fruit Talk

Seeing me eat fruits delights the husband. It’s not that I do not like them. I just do not eat fruits in big proportions. Just enough. Knowing that I have this thing for sugar and sweets, he suggested that we also try hand dipped caramel apples soon. Very clever eh?

Anyway, last weekend, I was able to try and taste this fruit:

It’s a different variety of watermelon – a yellow one. Surprisingly, it tasted sweet! (What was I expecting, right? Hahaha!) A friend told me that she usually buys this kind of watermelon since it is sweeter than the red one.



>> Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May is finally here and as much as I anticipate the coming of this month, I also dread it because it signifies the nearing end of our summer break. My daughter and I will be back to our normal routine very soon and I am not sure yet if I will be enrolling for another degree. The option to apply for some local jobs here is open too but I still can’t see myself working full time again any time soon. So there. Our normal for the upcoming school year is not final yet

It’s a good thing that we still have a month or so to enjoy the break and there is still a lot of time to contemplate on what to do with my time in the next school year. Wish me luck!


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