Monday, June 30, 2008

Fun With Pictures





Tried this out after seeing it in Andrea's blog. Check out this site - http://www.dumpr.net/.


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Congrats Pac-Man!

Congrats Pac-man! I heard that you won another boxing title! You make us proud to be Filipinos today. :-)

More about THE fight here.

WYD 2008

I'm so envious right now because my sister has all her travel plans settled for her visit to Sydney, Australia for the World Youth Day this July. She doesn't exactly define 'youth' in terms of age (she's even four years older than me!) but I think that with her outlook in life, she definitely falls in the 'youth' category! Right sis? Plus I think that she definitely deserves to experience this chance of a lifetime and be the first in our immediate family to see Joseph Ratzinger, a.k.a. Pope Benedict 16th in the flesh! So very lucky! [Ooopps! Just remembered that it was my Dad who was the first to see Pope Benedict! Totally forgot that he went nga pala to Rome last year to attend the canonization of Saint Marie Eugenie, Foundress of the Assumption Sisters). Lucky for him! Wish we can also go back to Rome soon!!!!]

Anyway, what's good about all of this is that Don Javier Echevarria (the Father, as we call him), will be making a side trip to Manila after WYD! Lucky me, I will get to see him once more while my sister may be back in Iloilo by then. Haha!


Building Our Dream Home

When my family decided to reconstruct our 20-year old home into something entirely new, my Dad started to draw makeshift house plans for our dream home. In particular, we all wanted a house that is American-style inspired, with a 4-car garage, three bedrooms, 3 toilet and bath and an attic.

We started to search online for good sample Home Plans to aid us with our designs. My uncle from Germany also sent us lots of magazines that contained House Plans. We also looked at some Log home plans too and tried to incorporate this. With it, it turned out easier for us to finalize the design and set-up of our new home.

We began building the new house in 2002 and the construction work took about 10 months to finish. In the end, our house looked very nice for our taste. If not for those house plans, we wouldn't have gotten what we wanted in a house.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

My New Favorite Song

When You're Gone
Avril Lavigne

I always needed time on my own
I never thought I'd need you there when I cry
And the days feel like years when I'm alone
And the bed where you lie is made up on your side
When you walk away I count the steps that you take
Do you see how much I need you right now

[Chorus]
When you're gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you're gone
The face I came to know is missing too
When you're gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through the day and make it ok
I miss you

I've never felt this way before
Everything that I do reminds me of you
And the clothes you left, they lie on the floor
And they smell just like you,
I love the things that you do

When you walk away I count the steps that you take
Do you see how much I need you right now

[Chorus]

We were made for each other
Out here forever
I know we were, yeah
All I ever wanted was for you to know
Everything I'd do, I'd give my heart and soul
I can hardly breathe I need to feel you here with me, yeah

[Chorus]

Protect Your Identity

Prior to working, I never owned any kind of passbook or savings account. All of my money fit nicely inside my wallet and I never had to worry about it. But when I started working and earned my own money, my life became somewhat more complicated and I was forced to learn how to keep and manage my money well.

I learned that with money comes responsibility. You need to know where to put your money securely. Good thing is that you can now track your bank and credit card accounts through telephone, mobile phone and the internet too.

With all these innovations, technology has indeed made life easier. However, sometimes without proper safeguarding, one can fall victim to identity theft. At present, many people have reported getting hacked in the internet such as in their emails and their online transactions and that made them lose money and more importantly, their identities.


That is why it's very important to protect your identity and the best way is to enroll in LifeLock. Based on LifeLock Reviews, you can now protect your identity from being sabotaged. To avail of get this one of a kind protection, you can simply enter the LifeLock Promotion Code on their website and get you can protected in an instant.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

In Honor of...

...my favorite saint whose feastday is today, I am copying this prayer made by him and take it as my own:

Come, O Holy Spirit:
enlighten my understanding
to know your commands;
strengthen my heart
against the wiles of the enemy;
inflame my will…
I have heard your voice,
and I don’t want to harden
my heart by resisting,
by saying ‘later…tomorrow.”
Nunc coepi! Now!
Lest there be no tomorrow for me!
O, Spirit of truth and wisdom,
Spirit of understanding and counsel,
Spirit of joy and peace!
I want what you want,
I want it because you want it,
I want it as you want it,
I want it when you want it.



Grocerying...

I had few minutes to spare last night before my husband would arrive to pick me up in Makati so I decided to head for Landmark to buy some stuff for Zoe and for the house. The past days has been unusually more financially stressful for me with payday is still 2 days away. Bad, bad, bad.

Anyway, entering the grocery, I brought out my cellphone and began computing as I put in every item in the cart. Good thing that in Landmark Makati, all goods have price tags in them (didn't realize how great this was until now). These are questions running through my head as I went around --- Now can I afford that jumbo pack of diapers or should I just get the small pack? Should I buy the biggest can of milk or settle for the mid-size? I didn't notice before that there were S-M-L sizes for eggs! Oops! Can I still squeeze in a can or two of corned beef or not? Tap-tap-tap.

Decisions...decisions... The whole exercise was sooo stressful because I really felt the pinch.

I texted my hubby saying how much of a hard time I had while in the grocery. He knows too well I love putting things in the cart, needed or not. He knows that I never carry a list in the grocery and I'm not used to this budgeting thing. So he texted me back -- don't worry, yayaman din tayo (pagdating ng sweldo). Haha! Can't wait till Friday!


Using the Right Tools

When it comes to any activity, a wise person would always use the right tools to do the work more efficiently and effectively. The same goes when using the internet. One should use the best tools to achieve what you need fast and quick. Thus, my husband always recommended using Mozilla Firefox for internet browsing instead of the other more common browsers. Why? Because from experience, it's user-friendly and the pages load faster, thus, saving lots of precious time while surfing the net. It's so easy to download Mozilla Firefox. In fact, my husband already has a Mozilla Firefox download for every computer at home. So far, so good.


Where Is Zoe?

I woke up yesterday and immediately came looking for Zoe. I felt panicky! Where could she be? I could not hear her giggles downstairs! Then I remembered that she awoke very early that morning and a few minutes later was already brought down her yaya. And since it was still so early, hubby and I snagged a few more minutes of sleep before preparing for another day's work.

Anyway, I immediately went down to go look for the little girl. I went to the sala and took a peep outside through the glass encasement next to our main door. Here's what I saw:

Taking a closer look, I stepped out of the house (in my PJs) and saw more clearly Zoe and her yaya enjoying the whole playground and basketball court all to themselves. The other kids and lola joggers are probably still sleeping coz they were nowhere in sight that morning.

I felt a little a bit mushy upon seeing my baby girl already riding the swing all by herself. She's really getting bigger and becoming more independent. My little girl's growing up!


And I also felt so lucky. Ain't it lucky to be living just across the playground? At least we don't have to pay lots of money to find a place for the baby girl to safely play, meet friends and learn about life (Zoe, look, this is what a bird or a worm actually looks like! Haha!).


I played as a kid in that very same place, you know. And looking at my daughter playing in the same area where I used to play, makes me sentimental. So many of my childhood memories are engraved there. It was where we played softball, patintero, habulan, agawan-base, chiato, and many more. It was where we picked fights with the boys. It was where we danced "Street Beat" and "Material Girl" during the summer palaro. It was where we had many parties and contests. It was where we met those 'boys' who wooed and courted (me and) my friends. Haha!


I really wish Zoe will grow up the same way I did, and even better. I want her not to be afraid of playing outdoors, getting dirt in her hands, doing sports and meeting friends! Nowadays, technology has so much influence in the way kids play that many spend their time looking down glued to their PSPs or are too busy watching TV or playing video and online games. I don't want Zoe to enjoy 'play' that way. I want her to play the traditional way and learn about life outside the home, hands-on. I want her to experience LIFE, the real LIFE, and not some kind of fantasy.


Sharing The Love

Thank you so so much to friends Tet and Pat from sharing this award with me. Pat, I hope we can meet soon! I just need to iron out some things out in the homefront but after that, I'll email you again or text you :-). Tet, thanks for visiting my blog often. I love reading your blog regularly too!

This award is extra special because Crystal created it in honor of the donor who saved her sons life. Her son Noah had to have a heart transplant when he was just over a month old. This award is supposed to help raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.


So, here are the rules Crystal gave:

“The rules of this award are: SHARE THE LOVE!!! Share this award with all those blogs out there that you love. All the people who make you smile. All those that make you laugh. All those that make your day. All those that leave uplifting comments on your blog. **All I ask, is that you include a link to this post with the award and ask your recipient to do the same**

As you may have recently seen on my side bar, I have finally created a custom blog award!! I have wanted to do this for a long time but never came up with something that “fit”. I didn’t want just anything. It had to be something that meant something to me. And what could mean more than Sharing the Love by giving you pieces of my heart?? So I created this award in Honor Of The Donor That Saved Noah’s Life. I share this award with those of you whose love and friendship have enriched my life and made my world a better place.

I hope by passing this award around the blogging world we can all help raise awareness of the need for Organ Donation.


I'm passing this award to Jody, Agnes, Ai and Jona. :-)


I enjoy reading your blogs!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

On Plastic Surgery

Have you seen the commercials regarding this new Japanese show that is to be aired in the local channel entitled "Artificial Beauty"? That and many more are the evidence of how beauty can be so important. Plastic surgery has been gaining popularity in the last few years and oftentimes, this becomes one of the concrete answers to a person's search for beauty and wellness.

Nobody can deny that much of a person's life, especially for women, depends a lot on one's looks. Self-confidence is often derived from the person's feeling of physical attractiveness. Some who have the financial resources resort to medical procedures such as southern california plastic surgery for a beauty transformation. Isn't true that it's now possible to lose that big belly by undergoing a los angeles tummy tuck? With the most trusted and experience doctors, a person can even live a glamorous life like a fashion model with a breast augmentation in los angeles. Many things are indeed now possible with the breakthroughs in plastic surgery.

But of course, not all plastic surgeries, being a major medical procedure, are safe. People should be wary of their medical condition prior to going under the knife. It is just so sad to hear people who experience complications or those who did not even make it through the whole procedure. That is the reason why, when one decides to pursue his or her quest for beauty, one has to be healthy and should only go to certified doctors who are fully-knowledgeable in this specialization. You see, not all doctors can perform plastic surgery. It takes years of study and experience to be able to be recognized as a plastic surgeon so one has to make sure that the hospital or clinic and doctor one goes to are very good, such as the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons.

Caught in the Flood

We had our share of Typhoon Frank during the weekend. No choice but to stay in the house and wait for the news.

Now, who got caught in the flood?

Read about it in my other blog.

Shopping for Halloween Costumes

I was reading through my previous blog posts and realized how many months it has been that I've been into blogging. I think that it's been a great journey being able to record my thoughts and write about the important events in my life and my family, most especially Zoe.

Among my favorite posts was about Zoe's very first Treat or Trick event held during Halloween of last year. We had a blast! The theme of the party was Halloween Amazing Race and all the kids and baby boomers from the village, dressed in their in their scariest and cutest kids Halloween costumes, flocked to the village plaza to join the fun and games. We had to run around the whole village to be able to get to our clues and to the loots! It was so much fun.

Back then, Zoe was just a baby who was just learning how to walk. Being so small, I couldn't find a nice Halloween costumes for her in the shopping mall. I just had to improvise and make do with a black and gold velvet gown with a matching black spider loot bag! It's was still kind of cute. I thought she really enjoyed herself being with her young friends who were wearing nice costumes too. For example, Keanna was wearing a cute pink ballet tutu with matching ballet shoes. Kelly was in a Wonder Woman outfit. Ken and Kyle were both wearing a pirate's get-up, imitating Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.

This year, I want to plan early for Halloween. I already found some nice costumes online at Costume Cauldron which can fit toddlers like Zoe. I’m torn between the Blue Sky Fairy and the Barbie Princess toddler costumes but I think I’ll order online soon. Besides, it’s only 129 days till Halloween!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Did You Know?


Did you know that we Catholics will soon celebrate a Pauline Year? It will be announced by Pope Benedict XVI on June 28, 2008, eve of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.



The Pauline Year will start from June 29, 2008 to June 29, 2009. This coincides with the upcoming 2,000th birth anniversary of St. Paul.

I've always been a personal devotee of St. Paul. I think that he was a great saint. He was someone who had to strive extra hard to prove his faith and love for Jesus Christ and succeeded. His whole life showed the power of God's love and guidance.

If you want to know more about this, click here and here.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Just got a text from my sister how bad the typhoon is in their place in Iloilo. They have no electricity and water since yesterday and some houses are flooded up to roof! Oh wow, that's bad.

So pls. typhoon Frank, pls. pls. go away!

Moments In Time

Are you deeply in love with your spouse or boyfriend? If you do, let's try how well you remember the moments in your life with him. But before you put yourself in the hot seat please read the rules of this tag first.

RULES:
1. This tag should be pass on to your closest friends.
2. Visit the blog of the person you've got this tag.
3. Leave a comment on her tag post. Be sure to thank her for this tag.
4. Highlight and link all the list of people accepted this tag by visiting their blog site.
5. There are 10 questions that you need to answer but you will be the one to write the 10th question for the next person you want to pass this tag.
1. Sojourn
2. Jenny and Belle
3. Vina's On A Wonderful Day Like Today

Here are your questions: Be Honest and True!

1. How did you meet your husband or boyfriend? Due to a common friend (his ex-gf, hehe)
2. Where did you went in your first date? Shakey's Greenbelt (already demolished)
3. When was your first intimate kiss? I don't know na.
4. How many girlfriends he had in the past? Do you honestly know? Lemme count, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight (me)...or maybe more secret in-betweens! Haha.
5. What is his ethnicity? Kapampangan and Bulakeno
6. What is his favorite food? rice?!
7. What is he like if he is mad? You don't want to know.
8. What are the things he did you thought is the most romantic thing he'd ever done? He's always been romantic. The list is very long.
9. Describe how he proposed to you. He asked me under the Christmas tree after having Noche Buena with my family. It was so kilig.
10. Jenny's question - Do you kiss your husband when he comes home from work? YES. Mwah mwah mwah!

Thanks Jenny! I enjoyed this.

Grab this!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Got A Special Intention

Well, it's something regarding the professional life, not mine, but that of one of my loved ones. Won't be elaborating much but it's really something that needs some a collaboration of many many people praying and kneeling down.

Thanks and hope it all turns out for the BEST. :-)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Coffee Break Version 1.23

How would you reward yourself after a long day at work?


I'd say probably giving myself an hour or so soaking in the bathtub at home. Easy and convenient! Which reminds me, I haven't done that for a long time. Maybe I can do it tonight!!! Never mind the water bill this time. LOL.



Red Bathtub Prints by Steven Norman

I have been feeling so tired and stressed out at work lately that I took two days off to rest and rejuvenate. It was heaven!!! But after that, a mountain of work was waiting for me still. Hay.

Got What I Wanted

Here is a picture of my food craving this week.

I super loved every bite! Thanks to my Tatay for not forgetting!



Last night, I dreamt that I was a few weeks pregnant (well, in reality, not yet but wanting to). Anyway, in the dream, I was inside a quiant little store selling both flowers and ice cream cakes. They had the friendliest people (ala Starbucks customer service) and I just felt so right at home in the place. Maybe this can be a good biz idea for me and hubby in the future? Well, not necessarily the combi of ice cream cakes and flowers but that sort of idea. What do you think?


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Prayers Prevail

I heard about the release of newscaster Ces Drilon and cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion as I awoke to the sound of the TV this morning.

It's nice to hear that they've regained their freedom. But if they indeed paid the ransom or not, that's something I'd rather not dwell into. :-) Anyway, thanks be to God!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Any Update on Ces Drilon?

I've been interested in current events lately mainly because of the news about TV anchor Ces Drilon and 2 other men being abducted by some rebels in Mindanao. It is sad, sad news really. Is it true that they were asking for 15MM ransom for these people by 12 noon? That's an awful lot of money. But come to think of it, that's actually just a fraction of the guaranteed minimum prize money for tonight's power lotto draw by PCSO. Will the lotto winner ever think of donating 15MM for a good cause? Or are you also for the no-ransom policy of the government?

Just a thought.

Quick Money Solution

My friend at work came up to me today asking about the employee loan benefits that are available to us. She told me that she forgot to allot money for paying her annual car registration and insurance due this month. Since she totally miscalculated her budget for the month, she finds herself in a corner not knowing where to get the extra money needed to pay for her pending car obligation. I told her that she actually does not need to make a long-term loan from the company since she has a regular job anyway. All she has to do is to avail of a payday loan. You see, payday loans is best used by someone who has a steady source of income but who is in need of money right away and could not anymore wait for the next payday.

Craving For Buko Pie

It's been 3 days now that I've been craving for buko pie. If you know me well, my taste buds have a mind of its own and almost regularly, it dictates a certain type of food that I just have to have. Do you experience this too or is this unique to me?

Anyway, back to the buko pie, I asked my husband to buy me at least a slice. Too bad, we couldn't find a single shop in Manila who sells it. The nearest place that would have it would probably be Laguna.

And as if by the cool coincidence, my Dad called up this morning and told me that he would be arriving from Batangas tonight. He asked me what food I liked and immediately I said BUKO PIE!!!

Can't wait to go home tonight. I hope Dad didn't forget.


P.S. Talking about cravings, I remember that I also had a Reyes BBQ craving last night. Will text hubby about it... LOL. 3 days to go before our 15K diet deal will culminate. I guess I'm clearly not going to win.

Money When You Need It

After a long and tiring day at work, I arrived home late yesterday evening and found a stack of insurance, utility and credit card bills at my desk. I took a deep sigh and worried about how we are going to pay for all of these. It was just payday last week but our disposable income is almost depleted. Blame it on the rising cost of gasoline and food stuff. I opened each one of the envelopes and started to mentally calculate how much more cash we would need to avoid default in the payments. I showed it to my husband and he told me that not to worry since he can still make a cash advance within the week. Good thing there is an available loan facility such as this. With it, we can manage our finances even if the next payday is still two weeks away.

Friday, June 13, 2008

MAYgay!

My new-found online friend JenR sent me this tag!

The rules:
* 1.Determine your birthday month and get a word that rhymes with it or you can affix to it. Caps lock your birth month (ex: MAYday! JUNE dune, APRILicious, JULYvely, AUGUST pocus, parched MARCH…). Be unique.
* 2.Your birth month plus the word affixed or rhymed shall become the tag’s title in your case.
* 3.Get your birthday and add the digits involved. Example, if your birthday falls on the 25th of July, add 2 and 5 you get 7.
* 4.Whatever is the sum, write a list of the MATERIAL gifts you wish to receive, the number of which shall correspond to the sum of your birthday. For example, applying the case above (in rule number 3), you will write seven (7) things you wish to receive.
* 5.After your wish list, put your name and birthday in the Bloggers’ Birthday Directory, with a link to your blog/s. Note: when you add your birthday, please place it in a way that the dates appear chronological (January, February… 1, 2, 3)
* 6.Pass this tag meme by tagging as many people as you want.

Name: Vina
Birthday: May 13
Calculation: 1 + 3 = 4

Wish List:
1. A new car - maybe the new CRV or Toyota Camry
2. Another trip to Europe (it's been ages!) - kahit Rome lang ulit or Germany
3. A new laptop (can I try a Mac this year kaya?)
4. A new diamond jewelry set and branded swiss watch - the works!

Anyway, this is still be my next birthday's wish list so still got the chance to save up!

February 22 - Kelly February 23 - Jammy March 7 - Mari May 8 - joanjoyce May 13 - Vina May 27 – Zang Caesar June 10 - Vien September 30 - Mckhoii December 18 - JoshuaOngYS January 27 - Farah June 4 - Jane April 18 - Tracy - September 26 - JenR

Grab this!!!

Wishful Thinking

Have you noticed lately how hard up most of the people are these days? Gasoline prices are so high not plus the cost of food and other commodities are also fast rising.

When I was single, I never really bothered to know how much our monthly electricity bill was or how much was a liter of gas or the price kilo of pork or beef would be in the market. But now, I've been so conscious and at the same time worried about all of these household expenses and market prices that it makes me cringe in the stomach!

As the mother of the family, I'm supposed to be in-charge of the family budget. I didn't realize that it can be so hard (which makes my Mom a genius for pulling it through all of those years we were growing up). And even with an increase in our salaries, it still seems as if money is never ever enough to pay for all our credit card bills, utility bills, grocery expenses, insurance costs, helpers' salaries and many, many others. Most especially when it comes to my credit card bills, I'm forever trying to keep it down so that I can get more from my net disposable income. But it's so hard to get out of debt. Those credit card companies are always lording over my payslip every month! I just wish sometimes that we wake up with all of our debts paid for already! Ha!


It's All About You and Me

Thank you Kelly for tagging me! Almost forgot to do this meme. I'm feeling a little bit better today but work is super A LOT!!! Whaaa!

RULES:

1. add your blog/s to the list. feel free to add all your other blogs. it’s okay if you only post these questions in one blog as long as you answer them.
2. get back to ME {refers to YEN} and i’ll add your blogs to the master’s list here! yup, another linking thingy but this one has 15 questions and you get to enjoy answering them too!
3. tag as many friends online you know. but you don’t need to be tagged in order to join.

QUESTIONS:
1. when you buy a greeting card, are the words or the picture more important to you? the words
2. what’s your favorite kind of cake? estrel's butter icing cake
3. do you ever make gifts for people, if so what, or do you buy them? i used to make before but now it's impractical for me to do so.
4. what’s your favorite holiday? xmas
5. are you going on holiday this year? if so, where? maybe in latter part of the year in HK
6. what was the best party you’ve ever been to? my wedding reception LOL
7. if you are married, describe your wedding. If not, what would your ideal wedding be like? it was great and very memorable.
8. what’s the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to you? hunny's wedding proposal to me
9. what’s your favorite girl’s name? i like zoe, zoe, zoe, hmmm, did i mention zoe?
10. what’s your favorite boy’s name? oliver? that's my guardian angel's name
11. which celebrity would you like a dream date with? duh don't know
12. which female celebrity do you find beautiful? don't know too, not much into celebs
13. which male celebrity do you think is attractive? ben barnes of prince caspian hahaha
14. what is your best character trait? i'm sincere
15. what is your worst habit? i'm a worry-wart

1. Me and Mine 2.Creative In Me 3.Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6.Me,Myself+2 7.FunFierceFabulous 8. Supermodel Wannabe 9. A Reality Bite 10. My Life Right Before Your Very Eyes 11. My Random Thoughts 12. 100% Kelly 13. On A Wonderful Day Like Today 14. House-everything 15. your blog here

Now I am tagging Jenny, Tet and Pat.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

On Leave

I've been stuck at home since yesterday and was asking myself what's really wrong with me, with my body.

My throat aches, my head aches, my ears ache, my back aches...What's wrong with me?!

Arghhh! I must be really getting old (or maybe all of these are stress-related).

Anyway, gotta get some more snooze today...ciao!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hunny's Birthday Celebration

My dear husband turned a year older last Saturday and we spent the whole day together celebrating.

First thing we did was to go to morning mass with Zoe to give special thanks to God for all the blessings He has been showering our whole family especially Hunny.

After lunch, he and I headed to Power Plant Mall to catch The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian --- my so sought-after movie. :-) The movie was great and heck --- we enjoyed it a lot!



We haven't watched a movie in the cinema for ages which makes a movie date sooo exciting (babaw noh?).

Anyway, after the movie we strolled a bit in the mall and then decided to 'chill' in Starbucks where I bought him this --



and this~~


I super miss those days when we just lounge around Starbucks and just hang out or study! Back in my Ateneo MBA days we would troop to this place to actually study. LOL.

Here's the birthday boy and his birthday cake:



After some coffee and cake, we swung back to reality and decided to fulfill some parenting duties and buy some foodies for the baby back home.
We left Rockwell after doing some grocerying and then headed to Eastwood City for dinner.

Guess where we ate?

Dalandan juice for me and iced tea for the birthday boy:


Their ever-famous bread-basket which is sure to ruin everyone's diet:



Mr. Birthday Boy and his missus:



The food is so yummy...oopps, we forgot to take a pic of the pasta since we were starving...



With a some talkies with the Italliani's crew, we got a little extra which capped off our day beautifully:



Happy Birthday Hunny! I wish you more years of happiness, good health, love (from meeeh) and more babies?! :-P

My Dad's Wedding

Ikaw ang bigay ng Maykapal
Tugon sa aking dasal



Upang sa lahat ng panahon
Bawat pagkakataon
Ang ibigin ko’y ikaw

Ikaw ang tanglaw sa ‘king mundo
Kabiyak nitong puso ko

Wala ni kahati mang saglit
Na sa iyo’y may papalit
Ngayon at kailanma’y ikaw

Ang lahat ng aking galaw
Ang sanhi ay ikaw

Kung may bukas mang hinaharap
Dahil may isang ikaw



Kulang ang magpakailanpaman

Upang bawat sandali ay
Upang mulit-muli ay

Ang ibigin ay ikaw.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Describe Yourself Tag

Here's another tag from Tracy this time. Thanks girl!

Rules:
1. List 6 things that describe yourself today.
2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs.
3. Tag other online friends you know.

This is me today:
1. No boss but rushing sooo many things at work.
2. Looking forward to Hubby's birthday tomorrow. Don't have plans yet!!!!
3. I'm feeling good - thank God it's Friday!
4. Still worrying about my electric, water and phone bills...tsk. tsk.
5. A bit sleepy.
6. Hungry! Is it time for lunch yet?

Links:Creative In Me, Little Peanut, Me and Mine, Pea in a Pod, Sugar Magnolias, BLOGGERHAPPY, Berry Scrappy, Changing Lanes, Pit Stop, Kapturd, and so i am, Princess Bela, Our Journey To Life, My Planet Purple, Women xplore, Princess Vien, A Pcketful Of Happiness, As We Face Forever, Our Family Adventure!, My Random Thoughts, My World, On A Wonderful Day Like Today, House Everything

Passing on this tag to Hailey, Jean and Tet!

Blood Type Tag

Thank you to Jacqui for this tag! Very interesting.

I'm a type O also. Hmmm.... I really don't know if I fit in this category. But I guess among the descriptions for the other blood types, I'm best described as a type O nga. How I wish lang that I can be a trend-setter and more self-confident.

According to a Japanese institute that does research on blood types, there are certain personality traits that seem to match up with certain blood types.

TYPE O
You want to be a leader, and when you see something you want, you keep striving until you achieve your goal. You are a trend-setter, loyal, passionate, and self-confident. Your weaknesses include vanity and jealousy and a tendency to be too competitive.

TYPE A
You like harmony, peace and organization. You work well with others, and are sensitive, patient and affectionate. Among your weaknesses are stubbornness and an inability to relax.

TYPE B
You're a rugged individualist, who's straightforward and likes to do things your own way. Creative and flexible, you adapt easily to any situation. But your insistence on being independent can sometimes go too far and become a weakness.

TYPE AB
Cool and controlled, you're generally well liked and always put people at ease. You're a natural entertainer who's tactful and fair. But you're standoffish, blunt, and have difficulty making decisions.

Anybody else who want to do this blood type personality tag?


Don't Forget to Drink Your Medicine

"Don't forget to drink your medicine!" - that's what I always tell and text my Dad. It's because he always forgets and forgetting about it is not good for him.

Ever since my Dad turned 40 years old, he has been taking daily medicine for his high blood pressure. When my Mom passed away, I took it upon myself to "look after" my Dad, especially not forgetting to buy medicine for him and reminding him to drink his medicine every single day. And so up to now, I always make sure that he eats the right food and drinks his medicine.

Good thing you can now buy medicine so fast and easy. All you need to do is order from www.magicxpharmacy.com - online pharmacy.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Mamm-mmeeee

Did you know that ever since Zoe started to talk, we try to teach her some basic words. Amongst her usual babbling (which she can only understand), she loves to say DADDY upon waking up, SUS (for Jesus), then DEDE when asking for milk, KAYKI (Kikay) for our dog and KAT to call her yaya. She also often says FISH and BURRR (bird) when she goes out in the garden to play.

But how about the word MOMMY you may ask. Well, it's only this week that she "learned" to say it -- and it sounds something like MAMMMM-MEEEE. And as Hunny would tell me, her MAMMMM-MEEE is malutong na malutong. :-)

Zoe, is the letter 'M' so hard to say my dear? Anyway, I'm just so so happy you finally learned how to say it.

Love you tweet-tweet!

Book Sale Find

Found this interesting book from the Book Sale last Sunday while I was with my sister.



I have started to read it and it's actually very informative. At 30 bucks, who would complain? LOL.

Now I'm itching to go abroad with Zoe and Hunny! When kaya kami matutuloy?

Anyway, I really plan to go back to that Book Sale outlet again to buy their collector's copy of Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Too bad coz I didn't bring more cash with me that day (my sister asked me to buy her loads of books for her birthday!). I just hope it's still there when I return.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Countdown to My Husband's Birthday!


3 tulog na lang!

What can I give kaya to him?

Any suggestions, friends?


Monday, June 2, 2008

McDonald's Happy Meal

We recently grabbed a new toy from McDonald's Happy Meal -- a Winx starlight! It's so cute!


The little girl enjoys playing with it a lot!


Hey, she's also wearing another Gingersnaps outfit which we got from the sale! Cutie!


Sunday's Best

As a kid, my parents always let us dress our "Sunday's best" when we have to go to mass on Sundays. I remember wearing all those nice dresses my Mom would buy for me and sister and it was how I learned that for God, we have to offer our very best whether physical or whatnot.

Now that I'm a Mom, I always make it a point to dress up Zoe in her Sunday's best. I don't believe in making kids(or anyone for that matter, hehehe) wear super daring clothes especially when the family goes to participate in Mass. Besides, we are what we wear right? And in the case of kids who don't know yet what is modest & proper for them, it is up to the parents to choose the best clothes for them.

As many of the people who pass by this blog may have noticed, I always love posting Zoe's pics here. She is so adorable and smiles so nicely for the cam. Don't you think so or am I just so biased? LOL!

This Sunday's best dress is one of my "best buys" from the Gingersnaps Warehouse Sale this May. Zoe's also wearing new Chicco shoes (a gift on her 1st birthday which we realize already fit her). Zoe looks like she loves her new outfit --- so ready to go out and go to Mass.

Nice dress on the little girl...


Awed by her new rubbershoes...





At her back is the portrait of my Mom. Isn't that cute?

 
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