Saturday, May 31, 2008

I Feel Like...

...a newly-wed because I went to the "palengke" today with my husband and just to let you know, we haven't done some serious "palengke" shopping in a long, long while.

It actually feels good, ya know. And I didn't expect that. The last time I went to the palengke and actually paid for the goods was a week after my Mom died. I felt so bad then because the one who sold us fish got my 100 peso bill, put it inside their cash bin and then after giving me the fish accused me that my money was fake (showing me a 100 peso bill that was wet and spoiled). I was furious then that I vowed not to step foot on that market place again. And so after 3 years of staying away and just doing my grocery shopping and some marketing in SM Hypermart or Shopwise, I made the "return of the comeback" this time with Hun. It's because my Dad, the one who does the marketing for the family, is now on his honeymoon and will be away for the time being. Nevertheless, I think the torch has already been silently passed unto me after his wedding. LOL.

Anyway, good thing my husband is a "laking palengke" type of guy. His Nanay and sisters always asked him to buy in the palengke when he was young (kasi bunso siya and the market is just near their house). So I ask him to be the one to talk to the tinderos and tinderas. Mahiyain din kasi ako. Hay, how I wish I could somehow be as confident as him or as galing as my Mom who can mentally compute the price of her purchases without need of a calculator (she's a Math teacher by the way). For one, I'm not all that sure if the calculations were all correct.

Oh well, maybe next week I'll do better. We still made a quick trip to the grocery after that because there are still so many things needed in the house. And then I realized that the prices in the groceries now are so ovvvverrrr compared to the palengke. Anyway, that's another story.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

First and Last Tag

Got this tag from Jacqui! Thanks girl!

Participants: 1. Me and Mine 2. Creative in Me 3. Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6. Supermodel Wannabe 7. FunFierceFaboulous 8. A Sweet Taste of Life 9. My Simple Joys 10. Life's Simple Pleasures 11. On A Wonderful Day Like Today

* First real job: Bank Clerk
* First screen name: Babes
* First funeral: Lolo Inso
* First pet: Michie
* First piercing: ears
* First tattoo: None
* First credit card: Metrobank
* First kiss: secret!
* First enemy: maybe Elaine from Grade 6 (we're out of touch now)
* Last car ride: Today with Hunny
* Last kiss: Hunny

Passing on this tag to AidiSan, Tracy, and Nol!

Jollibee Kid

Just want to share this pic of Zoe looking like a very happy Jollibee kid. It's so cute how she really screams in delight whenever she sees her favorite Jollibee!

( This picture, however, was taken inside Max's resto in Shangrila LOL).


While in the car, you'll know that there's a Jollibee store or picture somewhere when you hear Zoe say a loud HHHHiiiiiii (with matching wave)!!! It's really funny.

Friends Around the World

Thanks Pat for this Friendship Badge!


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4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list.That way, everyone is happy and can meet new friends too!

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Pilgrimage to Antipolo and My Sister's Birthday

The month of May, apart from being the month of Our Lady, is definitely loaded with birthdays for my family.

First to celebrate is me (May 13), my cousin Ate Rizza (May 19), then my Tita Mila (May 21), my Dad (May 22), my cousin Ria (May 23), my sister (May 24), and finally my Tito Jerry (May 30).

As a tradition in my family, we always go up to Antipolo to give thanks for our May birthdays. And so on my sister's birthday, I invited my Tito Freddie and Tita Mila from Germany for a short pilgrimage to Antipolo to visit the historical Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.

The place was crowded with pilgrims like us. Though it was hot inside, I felt very happy for it brought back wonderful memories of my childhood. :-)

Here's my tito and tita:

In the afternoon, we decided to go to Calamba to see my sister, the birthday girl, who was staying there for her annual course.


We just had a quick snack in the nearby Red Ribbon in WalterMart.



The day ended quite well. It was a very happy day for me and my family. Too bad my Dad is still in Batangas and was not there to celebrate with us. He did pass by with cake and palabok earlier that day daw on their way back to Batangas.

More About Me

Thanks Kelly for the tag!

Participants: Tere-Blessing in Life 2. Yen- Me and Mine 3. Aggie - Pink and Brown Diaries. 4. Jane - My Charmed Life. 5. Kelly - 100% Kelly 6. Vina

1. What do you want for your birthday? Find it here.

2. Who will be your next kiss? Hunny for sure.

3. When was the last time you went to the mall? ? Yesterday. Had to do some grocery shopping.

4. Are you wearing socks right now? Nope, but I'm wearing stockings now.

5. How did you spend your summer? So-so, haven't got the chance to go to the beach.

6. Have you been to the cinema in the last 5 days? Nah. It's been long time.

7. What was the last thing you had to drink? Coffee made by my husband.

8. What are you wearing right now? DKNY blouse, black skirt.

9. What was your last purchase? The Cat Who Came to Breakfast book by Lillian Jackson Braun.

10. What was the last food you ate? Sopas for breakfast.

11. Who would be the person you would call if you were up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep? My husband.

12. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? An aquamarine long-sleeve blouse from Kisses & Co.

13. Do you have a pet? Yup, Kikay.

14. What made you laugh in the last 5 days? Hunny and Zoe.

15. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be? At home with Zoe. Definitely.

16. What is the last thing you purchased online? A watch.

17. One thing you hate about yourself? I'm so lazy. Whhaaa.

18. Do you miss anyone? My Mom.

19. What are your plans for the day? Bday treat from one of the bosses today.

20. Last person you msg’d? Hunny.

21. Ever went to a camp? Yeah, star scout camp.

22. Are you a good student in school? Yup.

23. What do you know about the (your) future? Well, OMNIA IN BONUM.

24. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne? Just the usual Victoria Secret cologne for today.

25. Where is/are your best friend/s right now? Just somewhere near.

Have fun and tag as much blogger friends you have!

Grab this tag: Jenny, Jean, Jona, Arlene and Sheila!

A New Business Opportunity

I have a friend from the bank who recently migrated to the United States to try out her luck in a foreign country. She easily found some kind of employment for herself in an office. However, while being able to work in that office, she also wants to join her roommate in her real estate business. Her roommate has been doing well in that business for the past 10 years or so. She would be able to help my friend get into that business opportunity too.

Since the economy may not be doing so good and there is a slowdown in business including in the area of real estate, you really need the proper background, connections and training to make it big. But first you need to learn the basic ropes of the job but studying, right? To help this friend of mine, so I sent her a link on REO Home Study Course. I told her that while continuing to work on her day job, she can undergo some REO Agent Training to aid her in her new venture.

Having previous banking experience here in the Philippines, I'm sure my friend would do very well in the real estate business especially in relation with How to Do REO Bank Owned Properties. She was once in banking operations and very well knows how the bank operates and how clients who have bad real estate loan history are handled.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

You are 80% Smarter than a fifth grader.

You are almost smarter than a fifth grader. If you just got a bit more right. Then, you would be considered smarter. Nice try. Try again.

are you smarter than a fifth grader?
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Thanks Jean for this tag! I enjoyed it!

Feel free to snag friends!

Want to Watch

I just realized that I haven't watched in the cinema for so long. To prove a point, the last movie I watched inside the cinema was 300 and that was like ages ago.

Good thing my sister told me (in one of our cute conversations while window shopping) about the release of Prince Caspian. Yeah, I have the book, read the book and loved the book. I got interested in the whole Narnia series mainly because of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. You see, that book (or play or movie), apart from being one of my sister's favorites, has a special significance in my relationship with my then-boyfriend (who is fortunately now my husband = long story).

Anyway, here's a cut-and-paste of the review I found in Mercatornet:



The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The second of the new big screen Narnia films finds the once glorious kingdom under the rule of a dark empire.

Review by Leticia Velasquez Monday, 19 May 2008
Directed by Andrew Adamson 140 min. PG
Starring: Ben Barnes, William Mosely, Sergio Castellitto, Georgie Henley, and the voice of Liam Neeson

The four Pevensie children have found everyday life in London tiresome following the high adventure of defeating the White Witch and establishing the Golden Age of the Kingdom of Narnia. Their reign in peaceful Narnia, accomplished with the help of Aslan the lion (voice by Liam Neeson), had come to an abrupt end as they re-entered the wardrobe and tumbled back into wartime England of the 1940’s.

Especially grumpy is Peter (William Moseley), once High King Peter the Magnificent, who seems to be in constant conflict with his schoolmates. The four children are longing for the land where they spent so many happy years when, suddenly, in the London Underground of all places, they feel themselves pulled back into Narnia. A beach of unearthly beauty appears in front of them and at first they are overwhelmed with joy and a sense of release at being back in their true home.

But this is not the Narnia they remembered; no longer does the water sing, the trees dance and the animals speak. There is savagery and oppression in Narnia, and soon the children discover the secret; they have returned centuries after their reign and their beloved homeland is in dire need of their help. Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), the heir to the throne of Telmar and a fugitive from his uncle King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto) -- who wanted the throne for his newborn son -- has summoned the Pevensie children with Susan’s magic horn.

In the dark kingdom of Telmar on the other side of the river, the inhabitants have long considered the story of Aslan’s salvation of Narnia and the brave deeds of its kings and queens, fairy tales for children and the simple-minded. Prince Caspian, whose parents are dead, was forbidden by King Miraz to learn of such things, yet his wise and gentle Professor (Vincent Grass) had secretly told him the truth. The young Prince hardly dared believe in such nobility, living as he did in a kingdom of darkness ruled by his uncle, a violent usurper of the throne.

Prince Caspian and King Peter form an alliance which is fraught with tension, caused by Caspian’s desire for revenge, and Peter’s pride. Peter has forgotten that he was no king until crowned by Aslan, whose death and resurrection made the stunning victory over the White Witch possible. Lucy (Georgie Henley), however, has seen Aslan, who wants to lead them. Will the proud and impetuous princes heed the faith of a child?

For believers, the Christian subtext of the Narnia series is evident. The battle at the centre of Prince Caspian is a spiritual one which today looks like this: we have enslaved ourselves by our pride to materialism; we have allowed secularists to relegate religion to the realm of innocuous hobbies in their attempt to dissuade us from reclaiming our freedom. Only Christ can empower us to throw off this yoke.

But there is a political subtext as well. Prince Caspian was written by C S Lewis in 1951 when Europe, recoiling from the savagery of World War II, was dismayed to find the nations liberated by the Allies from Nazis under a new oppressor -- Soviet communism. The Cold War snuffed the glow of the Allied victory and overshadowed the ensuing decades with the spectre of international nuclear war. Lewis, who died in 1967, never lived to see the break-up of the Soviet empire. One wonders if, by using the name “Caspian”, he meant to evoke the Caspian Sea, which borders Russia, and whether he saw in the rejection and oppression of religious belief in Telmar, the atheistic dogmatism of communism.

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Andrew Adamson seems to imply this by having the swarthy Telmarines speak with Eastern European accents and, by cloaking their kingdom in darkness, suggests an “evil empire”. Telmarine-oppressed Narnia, though brighter than Telmar, reflects little of its former glory; even the animals are no longer civilized. As the Narnian, Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage), explains, “If you are treated like a dumb animal, that is what you become.”

At the level of universal values Prince Caspian speaks powerfully of bravery, self-sacrifice, and the importance of remembering one’s cultural heritage as a means of comprehending the present. Pride is seen as a vice, which forgets faith and begets violence, yet violence itself is not eschewed, as Caspian and the Pevensies defend the rights of the oppressed. The heroes of Narnia are no lambs; they are, after all, led by a lion.

Spectacular natural scenery seen in powerful aerial shots combined with the familiar lyrical musical themes from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe effectively transport the audience into another world. A teenage girl who attended the movie with me, said, “It’s depressing to come out of this movie because you have to leave Narnia and face reality.” Like the Pevensie children, you find that the longing for Narnia remains a part of you.

Recommended for children ten and up. Some frightening though unbloody battle scenes, a noisy though non-graphic birth scene, one kiss on the mouth, and a disturbing scene of delving into the occult may frighten younger children.

Leticia Velasquez is a regular MercatorNet film reviewer. She lives in New York.

Prince Caspian, here we come!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Manila Ocean Park

My sister arrived Saturday in Manila from Iloilo (for the wedding of the century). The next day, after hearing mass and going to the cemetery to visit our Nanay, we trooped to the Manila Ocean Park near Quirino Grandstand. Unfortunately, there were soooo many people there that we decided to just go back some other day na lang (most probably on a weekday).

Among the flood of people, I saw my old college friend Rhaetia there (she's now a lawyer). Their number was in the 300's and had been waiting there for almost 1 hour. When I looked at our number --- 710! Whaaa! It could take us 48 years (as they say) just to enter the place. Ha! Tough luck!

Sayang, we were hoping Zoe will get the see all those FISH!!!! She loves to say FISSSSHHH (whether refering to the live ones in our mini-pond or to the cooked ones on our dinner plate) LOL.

Here are some photos from outside.




After that, we decided to just head to MOA for a quick snack. The place was packed too. How could I forget?!!! It was Mother's Day! So after the snack and going around a bit, we all went straight home feeling so tired (for me, I could even say feeling "weak"). But contrary to all of that, Zoe was in the best of moods --- high spirits pa rin! Grabe! She is so hyper!



Updates on 2nd blog

Hey, sorry if I've neglected my other blog "House Everything".

I tried to write some updates here.

Went to the Gingersnaps Sale

I forgot to blog about this but I was able to finally go to the Gingersnaps Warehouse Sale last weekend and got to buy several nice items (t-shirts, dresses, pants). We didn't bring Zoe with us so we were just estimating the sizes if they would all fit her.

When we got home, it was so sad to find out that some of the clothes, although they fit Zoe's body, wouldn't fit Zoe's head. The opening of some t-shirts and dresses were too small for Zoe's big head. Tsk tsk. Sayang. Anyway, at least the other clothes I got are soooo cute!!! I hope I don't forget to take pictures soon.

Btw, prices for infant t-shirts are for only 100 each and 150-200 only for the pants and dresses I think.

Zoe's Got a New Friend



This is Dani, my Ninang (new step-mom)'s apo sa pamangkin. Dani I think is a few months older than Zoe but they got the same height.

Zoe and Dani get along very well. I hope they stay "friends" until they grow old. :-)

Concentrate On the Good Things in Your Life

So many things happening right now.

...Frequent headaches
...Traffic everywhere
...Loads of office work
...Pending and never-ending bills
...No oppssss (hehehe)
...Rising grocery prices
...Bank robberies
...Over the top gasoline prices
...China earthquake
...Burma tragedy


Good thing I have

...Better pay, higher position
...A house to go home to
...Food in the ref and pantry
...No major sickness
...Good friends
...Great family and relatives
...Reliable household help and yaya
...Wonderful baby
...Loving husband :-)
...An Omnipotent God

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Teasers - My Dad's Wedding


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It's Back to Work

I still have some birthday "blues" but got no choice but to return to work today.


So how was my birthday? Don't ask. Let's just say I wasn't in the best of moods. Hehe. But all was good anyway. At least I got to attend mass at Stella Orientis with my daughter and husband and then had some lunch in a nice restaurant. That alone is a special gift. The rest of the day was uneventful but that's okay.

Anyway, here's Zoe "enjoying" my birthday. LOL.



Ahhh...what could be a better day than having to eat your favorite french fries? Simple joys are all that matter really.


P.S.

Thank you to all who sent out comments and birthday greetings! :0)

Do You Like to Play Slots?

Can you believe that by trying out your luck on games such as online slots, it's possible for one to win lots and lots of cash in an instant? I just learned that they are downloadable programs in the internet which you can try which features several types games like slots machine. It's so easy to play. Just like in real-life fruit machines found in the casinos, there are just some simple steps you need to follow. All the rest is based on pure luck.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Year Older, A Year Wiser

Gosh, can't believe I'm officially "wala na sa kalendaryo" today (May 13)...LOL. But as my husband would say, "meron pa namang lotto" hahahaha.

I'm looking forward to all of God's wonderful blessings for me today and for the rest of my life.

Thank you GOD for this birthday!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Thank you to Pat and Tet for tagging me regarding Mother's Day!

To all the other mothers out there, happy mother's day to you!

Hope your day was fun!
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Gingersnaps Sale

Hi! To those who are interested, I just received a text from a girl from Gingersnaps informing me that their factory sale will start on May 15 (not May 12 as I originally posted) onwards from 9:00am - 5:00 pm at M. Eusebio St., San Miguel, Pasig City.

We might try to drop by on Tuesday since I'll be going on leave (it's my birthday!).

:-)
p.s. I went there Tues and sayang kasi sa 15th pa pala talaga ang start.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

We're a Nike Family

My cousin who went to the States just came back to Manila and brought us some Nike goodies coming from my tita and cousins in Illinois. Thank you!!!

For Daddy:


For Mommy:


For Baby:



It's time to head back to the gym!!!

Feeling Better

At last I'm feeling so much better today. I've been praying hard that all will fall into place. It's not that bad naman pala. Actually, it's even turning out better than I imagined.

To remedy my problem, I decided today to sneak out of the office for a while during lunch time to rush to my gownmaker. I brought along my good friend Riza who's good with people (babaeng bakla kumbaga) to help me with my dilemma. I'm so happy that I did just that because she was able to help me deal with them, get things settled and at the same time, laugh & smile.

Hay, you know I realized that I'm still such a worry-wart as before. I've not really changed much. You know, I've been a worry-wart for ages! That's my weakness. For example, I still have vivid memories getting to school when I was grade 3, falling in line for the flag ceremony and then realizing that I forgot to do a Math assignment that day, I end up grappling my bag wanting to have a quick dash on the assignment. Whaaa!!! Panic talaga ako. Or before, I would wake up in the middle of the night (with heart palpitating) worrying that I've forgotten my equations for my Calculus or Econometrics exam in college. Then I end up losing sleep worrying all night. Haha! Grabe noh?

Yesterday, I did worry so much to the point that I felt my chest tightening, I felt so sick and I just wanted to shout. The issue about the gowns was just the start. I started to worry too about the other "THINGS" so lalong lumala. So breathe-in, breathe-out talaga. Haha. (Thanks for your help and comments Pat and Hailey!)

After this, I realized that sometimes it's just a matter of detachment: detachment from material things, detachment from my thoughts, detachment from my pride and honor, detachment from plans and dreams and now more importantly, detachment from MYSELF.

:-) ... and not forgetting to pray.

Ahhhh. Now I feel so much better.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Upset

I don't know with some people. But sometimes, at first sight pa lang, I know that we wouldn't get along.

I'm talking about the designers I got to make our gowns for my Dad's wedding. I initially talked to only 1 of the designers and immediately got along with him. But then after we closed our deal, the other designer came into the picture and protested regarding our agreed rates. Hindi daw pwedeng ganun ang price because they don't make gowns that "cheap" anymore. Naimbyerna ang lola mo. I just knew that I wouldn't be happy with their service after that.

Anyway, the wedding is just 13 days away and this guy goes calling me saying that he couldn't find our measurements. Better daw to go to their shop and have my measurements re-taken. So you mean to say they haven't started doing our gowns?!!! I already made a big downpayment and had my measurements taken 2 months AGO!!!

What's worse, I just couldn't go there because of work. How do they think they could finish the gowns on time without sacrificing its quality?! I'm beginning to think of refunding my money and buying RTW gowns in Glorietta instead.

Naku nakakainis talaga. I really should have trusted my instinct and just returned to the couturier who did my wedding gown. Too late for that! Whhhhaaaaa!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Simple Tag

Thanks Melisse for this tag!

The rules:Cut and paste the following starting here.I have randomly selected 5 of you below to be tagged and I hope that you will similarly publish this post in your blog. You will have to tag 5 other bloggers and just keep adding on to the list. (Do not replace, just keep on adding! Yes we hope it will be a long list!) It’s real easy! Tag others and see your Technorati Authority increase exponentially!The benefits of Viral Linking:- One of the fastest ways to see your technorati authority explode!- Increase your Google PageRank fast- Attract large volume of new traffic to your site- Build your community- Make new friends!For the links:

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You're next - Andrea, Louraine, Tracy, Joey and Agnes!

To Do Meme from Kelly

Thanks Kelly for this tag! I've got loads of stuff to do today.

BUSY PEOPLE: 1.) my chopsuey 2.) mind bubbles 3.) vanity kit 4.) somethingpurple 5.) a detour 5.) women xplore 6.) princes bela 7.) our journey to life 8.) my planet purple 9.) 100% Kelly 10) on a wonderful day like today


Here's my list (or at least part of it):

1. Email Accounting Dept regarding annual increases for May
2. Start merit increase letters of New York and Guam branches
3. Do the revised salary proposal for the California and Tokyo/Osaka branches
4. Prepare appointment letters of newly hired employees
5. File, file, file!
6. Finalize letters of top management increases

... ... ...

Now I'm tagging working moms Nol, Maybelle, and Pat!

Will blog again by tomorrow! Ta-ta!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Hot Men Tag

Sorry but this is a long overdue tag. I think the tag title is "Men I Want to Sleep With" but I kinda don't like the sound of that. So I'm just listing those hunky celebrity guys which I really like. Haha!

1. Wentworth Miller of Prison Break

I love those eyes!!! I went ga-ga over them.


2. In the local scene, I like the face of Will Devaughn. Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition kept me wake at night because of him. I think he's a sweet guy.


3. Last but definitely not the LEAST! My (err...our) Coffee Prince --- Gong Yoo. Even my husband likes him and would imitate his way of dressing. Haha! Enuf said. :-)


Thanks to Mari and Jesse for tagging me. :-)


Now let's move on and go back to reality, alright? Hahaha. My husband is really more than what I asked for. :0)

For The Record

News Flash!!!

Zoe has officially been "promoted" to LARGE in the diapers section. Hahaha! I thought she'll be forever using MEDIUM Huggies. LOL.

There's definitely no stopping the "baby girl" from growing up. Maybe it's time for another one. :-) Hopefully, soon!

Weekend Recap

Hi! How did your weekend go?

Mine was spent utterly forgetting about our weight game and giving in to the delights of bingeing and home cooking.

On Friday night, we dashed to Dampa Julia Vargas for some buttered shrimps and squid. We wanted to spend some time together (just the two of us) so we didn't bother to follow our friend who invited us to drink with him. Hehe.

Early Saturday morning, after morning mass with Zoe, my husband and I went to Makro for some meats and other groceries since our stocks were already depleted and the helper claims we don't have any more food to eat for lunch.

For the longest time, it has been my Dad who does the weekly marketing (shame on me hehehe). And since he still plans to go to the market on Sunday, we took it upon ourselves to plan the menu for the weekend.

First meal was inihaw na liempo. Yummmmmmy! We chanced upon a really good piece of liempo in Makro that turned out super crunchy and delicious when placed in the turbo broiler. On the side, we had some buttered corn and carrots and instant crab and corn soup and COKE! There goes my diet!

In the afternoon, we took Zoe to the pedia where she had a flu shot. It was raining pretty hard outside so we decided to skip having snacks outside. When we reached home, there was spaghetti waiting for us courtesy of our neighbor. Sarap!

In the late afternoon, Hubby and I escaped to go to Eastwood City to chill a little bit. I was so unlucky with my clothes-hunt. I just found 1 nice blouse. All the other nice stores I like didn't seem to cooperate at all. No SIZE!!! Bad trip. I really NEED to lose that extra weight.

When we got home, our Ate Nilda cooked roasted chicken. Hay, ano ba yan. Ang sarap.

The next day, we were still in the eating mood. For lunch, we had caldereta. For snacks, we called the ever reliable 911-1111 for 2 boxes of pizza and a bottle of Pepsi. For dinner, it was fried galunggong and sauteed spinach.

By the end of the weekend, I ended up gaining back the pounds I lost during the past week. Sob sob. Mea culpa!!

Here's some manifestation that Zoe might grow to be a food and soda addict like her Mom.LOL.




FYI, she cried a whole lot when we got the Coke pet bottle away from her. LOL. Manang-mana.

Good thing, I can start all over again this week...

Help With Seemingly Unending Debts

Eversince we started a family, expenses have been never ending. From the weekly grocery expense to the big utility bills, to be able to sustain a comfortable level of living is definitely not cheap.

To be able to make it to the next payday, we sometimes had to resort to using our credit cards and making personal loans. But with the rising interest rates of these credit card companies, we end up spending a lot more that I thought on finance charges and what-not and I know it's not far until we feel the cringe of these charges on our dispensable income. That is, until we find a good solution to this problem of bad credit loans.

Being tied to these bad credit credit cards, I am relieved to find out about Bad Credit Offers. They can very much be the answer to our credit problems. They offer valuable information and various assistance for your housing, auto and credit card loans. I'll guess it doesn't hurt to try it out. In fact, this might be the end of our seeminly unending debt problems.


Friday, May 2, 2008

Birthday Wish

Here's just one of the many things that tickled my fancy...

A raspberry red-colored new classic Lacoste handbag!



This is so much cheaper than the other people's must-have's but still definitely serves the purpose. :-) Right, Hunny?

*picture cropped from the Lacoste website.

Beautiful Invitations and More

Being a melancholy person that I am, I consider myself as very idealistic and a sort of a perfectionist. I also love music and the arts and have a certain inclination for artistic and beautiful things. Thus, when it came to my wedding and my daughter's baptismal and birthday, not only did I want it to be perfect but I also made it a point to only prepare very nice and elegant invitations with letterpress printing. I find these kinds of invitations to be oh-so-charming and beautiful!

For example, for my wedding, we used cream-colored invitations with delicate but simple fonts. We just added a touch of pink and silver which were our wedding colors by tying the invitations in a nice bow. With this presentation, we got numerous favorable remarks from our family and friends regarding how liked our our wedding invitations so much.

On the occasion that our daughter was born, we also sent out baby announcements coupled with the baptismal party invitations. The colors this time were cream and lilac since her name was Violet. The wordings we picked were so heart-warming and nice that the news of our first-born truly sent out a good feeling of excitement and happiness.

And now for my upcoming brithday, I wish to celebrate a simple dinner with friends in our home. I plan to order some nice birthday invitations for that special day. I can hardly wait!

Continuation...

Here's the continuation of my story about the current sales around the Metro.

After going around the different shops for kids, I checked out Bayo but sad to say, the clothes there were either have a weird style or were a wrong fit for my body-type as well as my body-size. LOL. Empty-handed, I decided to just head to Rustan's for a quick look-see of the latest stuff there. Haha.

Since I was pressed for time, I only got to go around in one floor. I saw their Crocs stuff and was disappointed that they didn't any agreeable colors for their Crocs Malindi. The Havaianas store too was running out of good stocks and sizes. As if to cheer me up, salesguy there told me that brand new stocks will be delivered by tomorrow morning so I can just come back by then.

Ha! I guess, it's just not my lucky (shopping-for-myself) day today. Shopping has never been this hard for me. But I guess, that's better since I saved myself any additional credit card swipes and bills to pay!

P.S. SM Megamall is also having a great 3-day sale starting today! Maybe I'll run over there now. LOL.

Sure Win

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Gingersnaps

I went out during my lunch break for a quick trip to Glorietta since I heard that some shops in the Ayala Malls were having a sale. Being a sucker for discounted items, I simply had to go there.

After just 5 minutes of roaming around with no particular destination, I chanced upon the Gingersnaps boutique in the Teen Zone at the 3rd floor of Glorietta. This is where most of the shops which got "bombed" transfered.

I got Zoe an off-white t-shirt with silver embellishments. Of course, it was on sale! From 480, it was marked down to just 350 bucks. I love it!


Hey, the saleslady there told me that there will be another Gingersnaps Warehouse Sale in Pasig this month of May. I remember last December when I went to their sale, I went home with so many "goodies" which cost only 150-200 each. Super good buy!

And so I left my telephone number with them so they can inform me when I have to RUSH OVER THERE. Haha! I just love shopping for Zoe. :-)

A Great Adventure

My uncle from the United States retired a few years ago after working as a country auditor for a good thirty years. While he was working, he worked long hours and was assigned on business trips all the time. He told us that there were times that he had to be away for weeks. So on particular occasions, he would bring along my aunt with him so that they can at least be together and explore the different cities he's assigned to in the evenings and on his days-off.

Right after retirement, to make up for lost time, he and my aunt decided to get that much-needed rest and recreation. They decided to book a Royal Caribbean cruise, not once but twice, which took them to great places around the world. They often tell us stories from these unforgettable trips and listening to him makes me secretly envious.

Oh I wish I could plan a similar kind of vacation with my husband! If only I could find the perfect time for both of us. I honestly don't want to wait until we're too old to decide to go on trips around the world and enjoy each other's company in a great adventure.

I just learned that there are many kinds of cruises you can choose from such as the Princess Cruises or Norwegian Cruise Lines and that you can actually book them online. Now that it's so easy, I hope to be able to plan our dream destination soon.

Taken This Morning

I decided to bring out my camera and take some pictures of Zoe this morning.

She just got back from her morning "jog" around the village plaza and rushed to go back to the house upon seeing me in my office grab.


Here's her picture -- all sweaty from all that exercise and aggravated further by the very hot weather this morning. She's getting bigger and bigger, no longer the small fragile baby girl she used to be.




Picture of Mommy and Zoe (waving bye-bye as her Daddy pulls out the car from the garage)

^_^


Buying Another Car

I've been prodding my husband lately to buy me a new car. While he is wishing to buy another big car for the family in the near future, I currently have my eyes on purchasing a black Honda Jazz for myself. I can already imagine myself driving this car on my way to work. I think it's going to be pretty cool!

Actually, our family currently has four cars already. You might think that we really don't need an additional car. However, two out of those four cars are already old for my standard. Thus, I'm thinking of selling the two older ones and replacing it with new ones.

Those two cars would be our silver-blue Mitshubishi Lancer (nicknamed Matilde) and red-mica Toyota Corolla (nicknamed Mica). Although both cars still run very well and still look pretty amazing even with the passing of time, it's reseller price in the market is already way down. Thus, if we still wait, we might not be able to sell it at a good-enough price. The only problem I think would be having to actually let go of those cars. Boy, Matilde and Mica have a lot of sentimental value! It has family memories written all over it! Thus, it would be very heart-cringing to sell it to some unknown person. Anyway, after considering the cost-effeciency and our budget, I guess it still will be for the best if we go ahead and sell them in the used cars shop soon. Good luck to us!


 
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