Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Anyway, happy vacation everyone!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Did you know that I actually get dreams (err...more of nightmares?) regarding our deal?! Many times, I just want to drop out from the whole thing and give the 25k cold cash to my hubby. But no!!!! I'm not giving up yet. My aim is to hit the 15 lbs weight loss mark so that I could be more fit and healthier, not to mention more ready to have a second baby soon. I could just hear in my dreams my OB scolding me for not keeping my weight down. That's actually enough motivation for me to continue on. My OB is a very strict doctor, you know. She scolds every time I go to her clinic and I exceed my weight gain limit! LOL.
Back to the contest. What did I do on the first week? No, I didn't exercise yet. I was so tired last week from doing the work which needed to be finished before I go on leave for my retreat. Imagine me going home at 1:00 am from work and feeling soooo tired. Grabe. Anyway, what I did do is to try one of my bosses' secret diet recipe. She made me drink celery-parsley juice for 7 days. Bleh! Yuck! It really triggered my loss of appetite. I guess it was kind of effective somehow because I didn't eat as much and didn't crave as much. Knowing myself, I eat a lot and crave for some many things, both sweet and salty! With the celery-parsley juice, I actually feel like vomiting everytime I drink it so didn't want to eat a lot. Did I lose weight? Well, yeah, a bit, but it's still far from my target.
This week, I'll start on the second phase which is the apple juice diet. Just need to drink fresh or commercial apple juice for 7 days. They say it's good for gallstones and kidney stones too. Then if my schedule permits, I'll make time to go to Gold's Gym this weekend. Gosh! Can't believe that it's been almost 7 months since I've been there! Crap! Our membership will end na in July and I haven't maximized their BIG annual fee yet (well, that's another big issue). If I win, I just might end up using the money to renew my membership and that's not even enough to pay for the whole year! Kainis!
Did my hubby start losing weight na rin? Well, I don't know. He just texted me now how on yummy the kambing he's having for lunch in Cabanatuan is (he's there for a site visit today). Hmmm. :-)
After praying about it, I decided put God first, just set everything aside and go to my retreat as planned. And then on the day before the retreat as I was rushing to finish what I can, I find out that I've been promoted in the office.
Isn't that GREEEAAAATTTT?!
God is really so generous. :-)
1. Do not skip doing mental prayer over something that may be more important. All the more you need to prioritize your time for prayer in order to get things done -- and done well. God is the owner of our lives and many times, we tend to short-change Him.
2. "Vale la pena." It is worthwhile. It is worthwhile to give up that certain whim. It is worthwhile to be detached from your opinions. And it is definitely worthwhile to give your whole life to God.
3. There has to be joy in making amends. Thus, I need to live humility without complaining.
4. Lukewarmness is the biggest obstacle in our interior life. Live your life with a premise to improve your situation and not just going with the flow or doing whatever suits you.
5. Learn to fall in love and you will not leave Him. (This one's coming from a great saint.)
Ciao for now!!!
Hi everyone! I was in on a 3-day retreat last week and I feel so rejuvenated. Prayed a whole lot and had my little "horns" chopped out a little, or maybe a lot!
Well, it's time to face reality again!
Now back to work!
Bring it on!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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Monday, April 21, 2008
Now she brings these toys everywhere she goes.
Sweetheart, can you cook something nice for Mommy's diet meal? Pretty please? :-)
Lose 15 lbs and win 25k pesos, that is.
Since we became friends a decade ago, we have been fond of making "pustahan" or deals (of course there has to be money involved to make it more exciting!). Our deals started from like 20-peso deals about whether or not my parents will be home when we come home from the office or from a date, whether or not I'll be late or not. That sort of little deals. There is one time that he was still courting me and he incidentally lost in one of our 20-peso deals. He gave the money to me with an "I love you" note written on it. Syempre, hindi ko na ginamit yung money. Hehehe. I still have that piece of money tucked somewhere in our room.
Anyway, going back to my kwento, I asked him if he's up for a challenge to lose weight in 2 months for 25,000 pesos. He agreed right away, LOL.
Our rules are as follows:
Here are the results of our weigh in last Saturday:
Me (*hiding face*):
Current lbs: 142
Target lbs: 127
Current lbs: 171
Target lbs: 156
p.s. Thanks Jacqui for the idea! Good luck to us!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Can't believe how pressured I can be over doing the minutes of meeting which has been long overdue 2 months ago.
I know, I know. Doing this pays so much more than bl_gg_ng. But how come I'm not as interested? LOL.
I know you're ultra busy with your schedules in the US. At 81, you must be tired from all the travels and visits you're doing. Seeing you facing the American people, comforting them and sharing with them the truth, makes me admire you so much.
Just want you to know that I'm praying a whole lot for you and I'm wishing you more years to come. Happy happy birthday!
Long Live the Pope
Long live the Pope!
His praises sound
Again and yet again:
His rule is over space and time:
His throne the heart of men:
All hail! The Shepherd Pope of Rome,
The theme of loving song:
Let all the earth his glory sing
And heav’n the strain prolong.
the foes of earth,
Beset by hosts of hell,
He guards the loyal flock of Christ,
A watchful sentinel:
And yet, amid the din and strife,
The clash of mace and sword,
He bears alone the Shepherd Staff,
The champion of the Lord.
His signet is the Fisherman’s
No sceptre does he bear
In meek and lowly majesty
He rules from Peter’s chair
And yet from every tribe and tongue
From every clime and zone
Three hundred million voices sing
The glory of his throne
Then raise the chant,
With heart and voice,
In Church & school & home:
“Long live the Shepherd of the Flock!
Long live the Pope of Rome!”
Almighty Father bless his work,
Protect him in his ways,
Receive his prayer, fulfill his hopes,
And grant him length of days!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
However, this date turned out to be a not-so-quiet date for us. There was a young couple sitting next to us. They literally entertained us. Hehehe. Instead of us talking about our day, we ate in amusement while watching this couple who were fighting. It was actually the girl who was fuming mad. She was saying with an angry tone -- "O, bakit hindi ka pa umalis sa harap ko. Pumunta ka na sa mga barkada mo" or something like that. LOL. Good thing we don't fight like that anymore (well, not that much anymore).
Moving on, the next day, we woke up early to go to morning mass. We brought along Zoe who was relatively well-behaved. Just like other kids, she loves pointing at the pictures and statues of Jesus and Mama Mary. And on our way home, her eyes never escape the Jollibee store near our village. She shrieks "Dad!!!" and waves every time she sees Jollibee. The way kids are now talaga.
We just had a quick breakfast and then the three of us left again for a trip to the car wash. Grabe the little girl. She was running around soooo much. Hyper talaga. Napagod si Mommy and Daddy kakahabol.
When we got back, the yaya asked if she can go to Medical City to have her eyes checked. Looks like she needed eyeglasses. And so I allowed her. This means that we needed to bring Zoe along for our errands for the whole day. Good thing my cousin Ria came by to give something for our padala for the States. Instead of going home na, sumama na sya sa amin.
First stop was in Timog for my appointment with my gown maker. Since my Dad's wedding is only a few weeks away, I gave an additional downpayment, submitted my gown design and my sister's measurements so that they can immedidately work on our dresses.
After that, we decided to try out the Chocolate Kiss Cafe which was only a few blocks away. The food was yummy though I think I should go back there next time without Zoe. I simply couldn't concentrate on the food with a toddler in tow. Anyway, here are some of the pictures.
Next to Chocolate Kiss was a big Papemelroti store. We went for a short peak inside and was able to grab a few things including ref magnets for my cousins abroad.
After that, we went to the second floor. BOOKS for LESS!!! This was HEAVEN for me. We browsed around for quite some time until I was too tired trying to contain Zoe. She kept shouting and picked up every book and toy she could get her hands on and I was a bit nahihiya to the store keeper for the noise and commotion we were bringing. There were so many books I wanted to buy there but, sadly, it was only a Thumbelina book for Zoe which I got to buy. I think I'll just schedule another trip there soon.
We headed to Megamall after that to meet my cousin who will be leaving for the States and to whom we will give our padala. Padala meant a big box full of Pancit Lucban and other Filipino goodies for my titos and titas there.
While Hunny went to the salon for a haircut, we went to SM Department store to buy Zoe a RTW lavender gown which she could wear for my Dad's wedding. We were lucky to have found a nice gown with a bubble skirt. Cutie! Will post pictures soon.
Anyway, we all had snacks in Yellow Cab, passed by Goldilocks and then bade goodbye to my cousin na. We headed straight back home after. We just texted my other cousin to go to the house for some drinks (i.e. San Mig, etc). It was fun. I hadn't had any drinks for a very long time ya know. I actually don't like drinking anymore. Hehehe. We called it a day by midnight.
On Sunday, we were at the church for mass as early as 7:30. My Dad was a lector and we decided to join him. After mass, we had breakfast and left the little girl at home to go to Greenhills with my Dad. We decided to have early lunch first at Conti's before we hit the stores. Our plan was just to buy a barong cloth for my Dad's wedding outfit. Prayers answered agad since we were able to get a good design from one of the Lumban barong sellers there. We were home by 3pm. :-)
After spending some time playing with Zoe in the village playground, I asked my husband to accompany me again to the mall. I was aching to go shopping for a new pair of shoes. So around 6pm we went to Megamall again and scoured the whole mall for the perfect pair of black office shoes for moi. Finding the perfect shoes is no walk in the park...it was like a treasure hunt! It's either there's no size, it doesn't look nice on me, or it's too expensive! Good thing that by 8pm, I was able to buy a nice pair. It's a 2-inch sling back, made of nice shiny material and is was at 10% discount. What a good buy! We also picked up a pair of slacks for my husband -- something that I've been prodding him to buy for the longest time.
Oh what a weekend! Ang gastos na, nakakapagod pa but it's worth it naman, I guess. Can't wait for the next weekend! LOL.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I received another set of awards from online friend Pat. She recently went to Europe with her family. I'm sure you had a lot of fun!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thanks in advance!!!!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Hi everyone! I miss bloghopping! Hope you guys are all good.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Thanks for the tag sis!
1. Go to http://www.photobucket.com/
2. Type in your answer to the question in the “search” box.
3. Use only the first page.
4. Insert the picture into your Blog.
1.) What is your Relationship Status?
2.)What is your current mood?
3.) Who is your Favorite Band / Artist?
4.) What is your Favorite Movie?
5.) What kind of pet do you have?
6.) Where do you live?
7.) Where do you work?
8.) What do you look like?
9.) What do you drive?
10.) What did you do last night?
11.) What is your Favorite TV Show?
12.) Describe yourself:
13.) What are you doing today?
14.) What is your name?
15.)What is your favorite candy?
I am a self-confessed buko (coconut) addict.
Happy hot summer everyone!
We tried to trace her hand...ang kulit, promise!
Even though she doesn't quite understand that we should only write on paper and not on everything else she gets hold of, I don't stop her. Who knows? She may be the next Leonardo da Vinci. I won't be getting in her way if that's the case.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Anyway, this site that I know offers genuine diamond rings that I am sure everyone would love. Plus they ship for free and have a 30-day returns policy. Isn't that just fab? Guys who are waiting to pop the question surely would have an easier time ordering engagement rings if they buy through James Allen.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thanks Jesse! Happy Birthday to you!
We all know that we need to get more links from one another. So join this linker chain!
* To get more more traffic.
* To increase technorati authority.
* To get more back links.
* To gain more friends around the world.
Here are the Rules:
* First copy and paste the list below.
* Do not remove any content from the linker list.
* Just add One LUCKY NUMBER to your blogs.
* If you don’t like the concept…say no. :-/
* The main goal here is we are going to circulate our number of friends.
* The more people who will join the “LINKER CHAIN”, the more links we can generate.
* Lastly, write only ONE LUCKY NUMBER for your blogs…
* Keep it simple and short, I know some of you have more than one blog.
* The color for the link should be only black, gray, or white, depending on your blog’s theme. Please avoid using any color, ok ?
* Hundreds and thousands and millions only no more trillions …ok lets get started.
You're next - Abie, Jody and Pam.
1. Take the test - Love Visual DNA.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Scanning through it, I found good advice regarding home organization. Really need more tips! My second blog "House Everything" is proof of this need and longing for me to set up a bright, cheerful and organized home.
Photo credit here.
I will definitely share some of the tips from this book in my other blog. Watch out for it. See you there.
Anyway, what I am really eyeing is this nice Technomarine watch which I found online. My husband is drooling for one too. I had to stop myself for a minute before I load my shopping cart. Shopping online is really tempting and addicting! But I'm just glad that we have that kind of option in shopping now.
Taking advantage of the current trend in business and ecommerce software, I often think of putting up my own online business too. This business would bmost likely be related to my interests which would be food, educational materials and books. Having decided on that, I know that I could get a dependendable shopping cart software from Ashop. Ashop provides full service with regard to your online business needs.
After settling that, hopefully I'll be able to get the ball rolling.
I grabbed this from Mari (thanks!)
Student number? -- 93-(duh can't remember na!) edit --- now I remember - 93-11024
College? -- School of Economics, Diliman
Ano ang course mo? -- BS Economics
Nag-shift ka ba o na-kick out? -- neither! 1st choice ko to.
Saan ka kumuha ng UPCAT? UP Diliman AS Bldg, first floor.
Favorite GE (General Education) classes? -- Komunikasyon 1-3 (daming pogi)
Favorite PE? -- My PE subjects: foundation of PE, table tennis, arnis, running for fitness --- among these - favorite ko yung arnis! cool sa mga boys LOL
Saan ka nag-aabang ng hot girls/boys sa UP? sa BA canteen?
Favorite Professors? -- Monsod, Balisacan, educ profs
Least favorite GE (General Education) class? -- Philo I -- kakaantok pramis
Did you sign up for Saturday classes? -- nope... gotta have a life too ya know
Nakapag-field trip ka ba? -- yup, sa different pre-schools when I took up some electives in Educ. We also went to Marinduque once for a project in Socsci.
Naging CS ka na ba or US sa UP? -- Yup - 3 times ata, pero once lang ako naging Univ scholar
What Organization/Fraternity/Sorority were you a member of? -- Ecosoc lang
Saan ka tumatambay palagi? -- Econ lib steps katabi ng naglalako ng turon LOL
Dorm, Boarding house, o Bahay? -- Bahay!
Kung walang UPCAT test at malaya kang nakapili ng kurso mo sa UP, ano yun? -- BAA siguro
Sino ang pinaka-una mong nakilala sa UP? -- Sa batch ko, si Lala although I've known her since grade 5. Yung iba, nakilala ko sa first day of reg: Cherry, Gracia, Jackie, etc.
First play na napanood mo sa UP? -- Parang the one with Eugene Domingo and Harlene Bautista ...galing.
Saan ka madalas mag-lunch? -- sa CASAA and Abelardo (Music) Hall nung first year, sa BA and Econ nung latter years
Name the 5 most conyo orgs in UP -- Hmmm. Ecosoc, JMA, don't know na.
Name 5 of the coolest orgs/frats/soro in UP -- care-bears ko
May frat/soro bang nag-recruit sa yo? -- wala. LOL.
Masaya ba sa UP? -- Definitely! I love it there.
Nakasama ka na ba sa rally? -- Not really, but we were requested to go one time but I didn't. Ilang beses ka bumoto sa Student Council? -- all the time naman
Pinangarap mo rin bang mag-laude nung freshman ka? -- yeah, sayang hindi umabot. Got a dean's medal award though
Kanino ka pinaka-patay sa UP? -- sa secret crush ko.
Kung di ka UP, anong school ka? -- siguro UST or UA&P
First Year Block -- Block E-3!
Very First Subject -- Philo I Mondays at 7 in the morning
Favorite Elective --- lahat ng sa Educ - Teaching in Early Grades, Play and other Physical Activities and Children's Lit. Enjoyed it a lot!
Pinaka-terror na teacher -- For me it's Elizabeth Tan -- International Econ
Most Favorite Major Subject -- Econ 11 (kung major subject treatment dito) - Class of Winnie Monsod held sa Econ Audi.
Least Favorite Major Subject -- Econ 131 -- it's a do-or-die subject.
Favorite UP Tradition -- Latern parade pa rin
UP Tradition(s) Missed -- ?
Most Memorable Thing You Did Just For Bonus Points -- Did an extra paper sa PE?
Tagging co-ISKOLAR NG BAYAN friends Hailey, Nikki, Rafela and Jacqui!
I received this tag from Hailey. Thank you for always tagging me.
So what are the things I am grateful for?
First, I am grateful to God. Without Him deciding to create me, I am nothing, as in NADA. Just remembering this keeps me going. I realize that God is the main reason and source of my life and everything that I do should be for Him. Next, my unending gratitude also goes to my parents for raising me as they did, forming me into what I am now and for sacrificing a whole lot just to give me the best in this life. I am also thankful to my sister for being the instrument for me to discover my vocation. She has been a model sister to me. I am also forever grateful to my dear husband. He is the pillar of my strength and my one true love. I am also grateful to Zoe for making me a mom, for humbling me and making me feel more concretely what unconditional love is all about.
On the side, I am also thankful for my relatives and friends for their love, support and acceptance. I am glad to also have found an online community here at the www. Though my co-bloggers seem distant to me, I am glad to realize that you are all my friends who are also persons too who can feel, think, and love just like me.
In order to be able to achieve and maintain happiness we need to, actively, be able to do two things: Complain and then let go (Dump the baggage, the roadblocks to happiness.) Express Gratitude (The open expression of gratitude promotes happiness.) After all everyone has something to be grateful for and/or something to complain about. If you would like to share, please follow the appropriate link and do so: “Are You Grateful?”, “Complain Complain Complain.”Add your name to the current List of Contributors:
1-Attitude, the Ultimate Power 2-Max 3-DianaCA’s Metamorphoses 4-Mental Poo 5-My Thoughts 6-Baba Doodlius 7-Wake Up America 8-Life is a Roller Coaster 9-Life is beautiful 10-Pinay Mommy Online 11-Nelle-LucidCreativity 12- Juliana of PinayWahm 13. Hailey of Hailey's Beats and Bits 14. House Everything 15. On A Wonderful Day Like Today 16. NEXT please
Now I'm tagging my blogger friends in my blogroll.