Showing posts from July, 2008

Describe My Day

Hi Pat! Thanks again for the tag! Here are the Rules: 1. List 6 things that describe yourself today or yesterday. 2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. 3. Tag other online friends you know. Gail Adi / Momeen / Emmyrose / Dennis / Dette / Jirl / Janny / Nanay Belen / Carol / Something Purple's cucina / Vanity Kit / Mind Bubbles / Stripe&Yellow / Something Purple / Em's Detour / Changing Lanes / Pit Stop / Shopaholic Ties the Knot / On A Wonderful Day Like Today / House Everything / TODAY, I: 1. have so many deadlines coz the big boss will be abroad the whole week next week. 2. am wearing a pink checkered blouse and a black skirt (but too lazy to wear make-up). 3. plan to go home as soon as my sundo arrives! hahaha. 4. decided to turn over some of my work to my officemate (i just can't manage to do everything anymore) 5. want go to the mall and window shop (but CAN'T!) 6. want to sleep early (again!) ~~~ hubby is getting fru

Good News Today

Just received a text message today from my good friend Lucy. She told me that she's finally pregnant after 1 year of being married. I'm so happy for my friend (and envious too!!!). Wish God would grant that same special grace to Hubby and I soon! And to prepare for baby #2, my friend Shirley (my new diet buddy) and I agreed to support each other in our weight loss plans. We saw each other this week and then plan to see each other again next month - dapat 5 pounds lighter na! Haha! We also plan to text each other often to remind each other about our regular exercise routines and diet plans. So bring out those yoga mats and exercise DVDs! Go, go, go!!!

A Big Hug

We attended the general get-together with Bishop Javier Echevarria in SMX last Tuesday. I was with my husband, Zoe and yaya. This priest ("the Father" as we would call him) last visited Manila 10 years ago. I'm just so glad to have been given the chance to see and listen to him again (we were seated so close to the stage!). As he was talking, I really felt as if he was talking to me lang (even there were thousands of people present) about what to do with my life. It felt like a big hug from him ~ a really comforting one like that of a real father and daughter. It was something I really needed. :-)

A Series of Miracles

With all the problems we are all experiencing, I'm glad to have found some things which were a source of happiness for the past days. 1. Our electric bill is down by about 2,000 pesos this month! Yey! 2. I received some online money. Hopefully will keep coming even with the downgrade. Funny, my other blog got a higher rank. 3. Been getting new job possibilities still. (essep essep!) 4. Zoe's feeling better compared to last week. 5. Hunny is staying put!!! No more talks about transfers (at least for the meantime) 6. Bishop Echevarria is here! Will see him again tomorrow and I can't wait! ~~ Blessings abound! 7. Was able to shop with success! Got hunny a new Nike shirt last night at half the price! Got Zoe a nice brown pair of shorts and 2 leggings. Got myself a nice striped blouse that fits! Hahaha. 8. Hunny made for me the yummiest egg sandwich and beef and brocolli last weekend. He's such a sweetie! 9. MIL sent us morcon and batchoy yesterday. Sarap! 10. Will see my

Health is Wealth

Health is definitely wealth. It may sound like an old saying but it's true. We've already lost some relatives and friends to cancer and how I wish I could have helped them avoid getting sick or at least to helped them to feel better and get well during those grueling days and months of sickness. One of the bad encounters we've had with cancer was the case of my dear grandmother. I still remember the time my grandmother arrived from the province. I had just seen her a few weeks before that and she was somewhat feeling weak already because of something we didn't know about yet. I guess she couldn't take the pain anymore her so she decided to come to us to get further medical treatment from the doctors here in the city. We immediately had her checked by the doctor and prayed for her to get well. If I had know about alternative cancer treatments , I would have suggested to my family going to an alternative cancer center where my grandma could undergo an alternative ca

7 Random Things About Me

Thanks Kelly for this tag!! The rules: A. List these rules on your blog. B. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog. C. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. You’ll have to read on for my 7 facts and see who I tagged. 1. My Gold's Gym membership had just expired this month and I'm so disappointed that I wasted a lot of money on that (not using it, that is). Now I'm back to step 1 at losing weight. 2. I started wearing eyeglasses when I was in Grade 5. I think it's because of the crocheting and reading I've done during those years. 3. My first alias/codename was Queenie (eeeekkkkk!). 4. I'm a cry-baby! Even up to now... 5. I always get migraines. It started when my mom got sick. 6. I would love to get pregnant once more but dread the day they open me again (caesarean kasi). 7. My favorite food ~ spaghetti carbonara! Yum-yum! Now tagging these 7 people: Juliet , Jona , Hailey , Jan , Jesse , Mai and N

Getting My Groove Back

I've been feeling so stressed at work lately that it has taken a toll on my health and also my skin. I've also been particularly busy with work because of the many deadlines that I have right now. I stay until late at work to finish my job, go home late and thus, sleep late too. Worse, I still have to wake up very early the next day to avoid the traffic. Because of all of these, my body just gave in and I was down with flu for most of the weekend and I had to stay in bed for hours. With me getting sick, I also felt as if my face is already very coarse and dry! Oh no! Since I don't think I can drop by my dermatologist for my facial and diamond peel soon because my busy schedule, I just plan to return to my beauty regimen which I've neglected doing for the past days or so. I've always believed in Natural Skin Care and in using Natural Skin Care Products since my skin is very sensitive. After cleaning my face, I always apply a moisturizer to revitalize my skin. I on

All Mixed Up

PLAYERS: CHIKAI Fun.Fierce.Fab Me,Myself+2 Kidd Designs Ozzy's Mom Shopaholic Ties the Knot On A Wonderful Day Like Today House Everything 1. Are you pregnant? no, not yet 2. When do you want to get married? already married 3. Do you curse a lot? nah 4. What are your favorite books? books by agatha christie, charles dickens, jane austen, among others 5. Do wish you were with someone right now? hubby and zoe 6. Who were the last three people that sent you a text message? carla, cynthia, hubby 7. Are you happier single or in a relationship? in a relationship 8. Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance? yes 9. Do you wish someone would call you? yeah, need an important call back from HR 10. What is bugging you right now? my deadline today and my leave for tomorrow 11. What's something you wish you could understand better? not what but a who -- my boss hahaha 12. If someone doesn't like you, its usually because...? i'm stubborn maybe 13. Do you have a wild

Missing Those Good Old Days

When I was just dating my husband, he would sometimes pick me up after work on Fridays and we would head to a resto bar for some dinner and then for a few drinks. We would sit on those counter stools at the bar and talk for hours. We never ran out of topics to talk about. We could talk about anything under the sun. And then on weekends, we would often go out on dates like watch a movie or go around the mall to shop and then later head to the nearest coffee shop. We would again sit on those extra tall stools at the coffee shop and talk for hours and hours over a cup of coffee. Now, I can't imagine how that cup of coffee lasted for hours when now I finish my coffee in just a matter of seconds! I guess, it's different when you just want to be with a person, it doesn't matter if your coffee has turned cold or if the price of the coffee is three or four times than your regular cup. The important thing is the time spent together. I guess that's the reason why my husband h

Free-range Kids or Bubble-wrap Kids?

Here's an interesting article that made me think about my parenting style. I am leaning towards being overprotective that I limit my child's power of imagination? If you're interested, then read this article ...

Pretty in Pink in the Office

Wearing this set would probably make me look forward to going to work on Mondays. :-)

Zoe's Favorite Toy

Thanks Jacqui for this tag! {START COPY} Here are the rules:Post a photo of your baby with her/his first ever favorite/comfort toy. Write some details of your fondest memory of your baby and her toy. This will make a good moment when your baby grows up! Lastly, don’t forget to add the link to your website’s at the end of the page. I’m sure many moms would love to see your sites, too! Amelie’s mom, RD and CN’s mom , savenathan , Great People Make us feel we can become great , Everything That has Breathe Praise The Lord , Surviving deployment , Simple Life, Simply Me , Asawa’s Love Book , Pinaymama’s Diary , Just Life… , A Mother’s Journal , Dion’s Mom(Jona) , PinayWAHM , Loyna’s Life’s Endless Possibillities , Can of Thoughts , Designs By Vhiel , Anything and Everything in Between , D’ Cooking Mudra , My Life in This Wonderful World , My Precious , Just Me.. Eds , My Colorful World , Spin180 Wisdom City MY Happy Place IamDzoi ClikTrik I Love the Thirties Coffee Table Conversat

Get Lucky

One of the rich Chinese bosses in the office and I were talking the other day about traveling to the different countries in the world. She was a frequent traveler and she told me that she tries her best to go and check out the casinos in each one of those countries she has been to. Even locally, she really enjoys going to the casinos with her family and other friends regularly. Although I'm not so familiar with the type of games in the casino, I told her that if she really likes playing in the casinos and she has the money to spare, then she can even try her luck with the best online casinos . I added that now, one does not even have to go out of the house to play in the casino. She didn't believe me at first until I showed her the site on the internet where she saw that anyone can play the different games in the casinos. Indeed, you need not go to Las Vegas or anywhere else to play for the excitement and fun or, in the case of many folks, for real money.

Spruce Up Our Home

I will be receiving a hefty bonus by early September and one of my plans is to buy a few items of furniture to spruce up our house. For me, one of the major areas in the house that needs some sprucing up is our dining room. You see, our dining room already has a beautiful eight-seater dining table made up of Narra and Mahogany wood. It was especially designed by my Dad and we had it custom-made by a furniture maker. Since this dining table cost us a fortune when we got it a few years ago, we decided to delay buying more furniture for the dining room until we got the budget. Anyway, with my Dad's permission, my husband and I had our eye on buying a couple of buffet cabinets . These will be perfect for the two sides of the dining room next to the big windows. We can make use of these cabinets to store some of our silverware and other items such as tea sets, plates, cups and bowls. Having those cabinets can be very helpful indeed since you have your utensils and bowls at an arm's

Coffee Break Ver. 1.28

Jan wants to know - "How much sleep is enough to keep you rejuvenated for the next day?" For me, I would need at least 8 hours of sleep to be "sane" the following day. Oddly, if I go beyond the 8 hours (like when I take a nap or something), it's almost automatic that I get a migraine afterwards. It is as if my body is telling me that I shouldn't be napping and that I should be making use of my time better. :-) So, I rarely take naps since I would rather stay awake than suffer a migraine. Plus, coffee for me should always be taken as soon as I wake up, otherwise, migraine din! Thanks Jan! This was interesting to write about. :-)

Just Today...

I had been feeling pretty tensed at work for some reason and felt my heart tighten and my temper rise... So I told me friend that I didn't feel so well. She asked me what I need to do or what medicine I need to take to cure it. I said ~~~ "The cure for my blood pressure? RESIGN, I think that's what I need to do." She laughed and then paused coz she knew that it was a joke half-meant. But ain't it true that most of the diseases that people get are mostly coming from the pressures of work or the stress in life? Well, I'm just in my early 30's but I sometimes feel as if my body's getting old and so stressed out already. Maybe I need a lifestyle change or maybe a change in jobs. But when oh when will that come? :-)

Construction Troubles

I was talking the other day with my friend who is a bank manager. He was telling me about his client who was engaged in the construction business. I learned that in the event that a client fails to follow the agreed payment or funding schedule to a construction company, the construction company should not hesitate to get the service of companies such as Prolien to protect them from losses. With Prolien, they can be advised if they can issue the necessary liens and stop notices . Apparently, his client was very good construction planner and very wise in business. To safeguard the profitability of his projects, he makes sure that all of his business ventures are covered with contracts with specifications regarding payment schedules and guidelines and if they fail to follow the agreement, they already know what legal action to take. Since he assures his clients his good services, it is only fair that he in turn should put safety nets for there could be instances that a client may end in d

Duty Free Goodies

As planned, I was able to buy Zoe a new pair of Crocs kid size 6-7. They didn't have any other girl color available so I had to settle for a red one. It turned out just right. In fact, Zoe already used it the next day (even when she was feeling a little sick). Can't wait to put the many jibbitz I've bought for Zoe long time ago. :-) For hubby, since he said he didn't want another Lacoste shirt, I just got him a 125 ml Polo Black (already his second bottle). I don't know what is it about guys (particularly Kapampangan guys), why they always have to look and smell good. :-) Actually, that was one of my lasting impressions when I first met hunny -- that he smelled really GOOD! Hmmm :-) For me? I just got canned goods, tons of imported coffee and creamer, chips ahoy, and Betty Crocker's instant mashed potatoes. Nah, didn't find a Crocs Malindi with my size and we didn't have time to check on the washing machines so I guess I just stuck to grocery items.

Lost in Translation

My uncle from Germany decided to avail of a housing loan here to refinance their new property in the countryside. Processing their documentary requirements was such a hard thing since all their official documents like their statements of account, income tax returns and proof of salary where all written in German. Poor bank manager, she could not decipher a single word that was in their documents. She would have wanted to go to a translation agency to fast-track the loan processing of my relatives but bank management wanted my uncle to be the one pay for the translation from German to English plus with the requirement to have all of the loan documents written in German authenticated by the German embassy. Because of this, it took a longer while before everything was submitted and approved by the bank. We didn't realize that it would be that hard for my uncle to apply for a housing loan.

Sing With Me!

EVERYDAY James Taylor Every day it's getting closer Going faster than a roller coaster A love like yours would surely come my way Every day seems a little faster All my friends they say go on up and ask her A love like yours would surely come my way Every day it seems a little stronger Every day it lasts a little longer Come what may do you ever long for True love from me like I longed for yours baby Every day seems a little closer Going faster than a roller coaster A love like yours would surely come my way A love like yours would surely come my way Every day Every day it seems a little stronger Every day you know it lasts a little longer Come what may do you ever long for True love from me like I longed for yours baby Every day seems a little closer Going faster than a roller coaster A love like yours would surely come my way Every day....

Another Source of Help

In this day and age, people have been making financial security a top priority for themselves and for their families. And since we are living in times wherein no one can predict the future or how long our lifespan will really be, parents or adults are now more open-minded and wise about their properties and to whom they will entrust their properties to. With this, their children or legal heirs will already be secured in a way since they can count on the aid their future inheritance may possibly render for them. For example, in my uncle's family, he made it a point to reveal more or less the major contents of his last will and testament in order for his children to be knowledgeable of their future inheritance from him as their father. Thus, in case that they need major source of financial help in the future other than what they have on hand, one of the options that they can take is to apply for heir loan . This is one of the choices one can now take for unforeseen events that lie a

Rollercoaster Ride

The past few days have been such a rollercoaster ride! My golly, I have been so busy and feeling not so good. First off, my husband had to be in Baguio for 3 days. Then my sis arrived from WYD Sydney with the sad news that my digital camera got lost in the crowd (hu,hu). And then today, my daughter suddenly got sick with fever and threw up twice (pls. pray she gets well soon!). I'm so worried but I couldn't go on leave na since I already was on leave yesterday to see my sister. And my work in the office is already piling up and I've got so many backlogs na. Whaaaa!

Hubby's Late Birthday and Early Christmas

My dear husband definitely enjoyed his weekend. On Saturday, he received this belated birthday gift from some friends: Then on Sunday, I thought he deserved an upgrade so I got him this: And he's one happy kid. :-)

Photography 101

When I say it's 101, it's really 101 because it was Zoe who took these pictures using my cellphone cam. "LOOKING FOR THE LIGHT" "SOLAR ECLIPSE" "PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST" :-)

When I Grow Up - Part 3

We spent the whole afternoon laughing coz Zoe wouldn't stop singing! She's really so serious about her singing, nagcoconcert may tono na ha! Gamit nya ang pampukpok ng mga shapes nya (I dunno what you call it). Manang-mana ata 'to sa sister ko (she's from UP Conservatory of Music and a Music Teacher by profession). Her opening number... Belting out some high notes... Encore! Encore! Bravo! Love it!!!

WYD Update

The 2008 World Youth Day is currently ongoing. As I've posted before, my sister is one of the lucky people who flew to Sydney to attend the event. And if plans push through, she was even in the ship that brought Pope Benedict to Sydney Harbor -- his first public appearance in Sydney. Prior to the activities, he stayed in a retreat house to rest and recollect. Here's a clip I got from (hoping to catch a glimpse of my sissy) -- it made me feel so very united to the Pope! He's already very old but just look at the strength God gives him to make this trip.


Hi everyone! A felt a sudden need for change today so I decided to change my blogger template into this (minus my lilypie!). Still grappling with my blogroll so pls. bear with me! Will try to update my list of friends as soon as I finish my duties at work. I hope you like the new look (although it medyo looks like my other blog pala)! Oh sya, ta-ta! p.s. Thanks again to Polish-ed Ai!

New Look

Thanks to Ai for telling me where to find free templates . I recently tried one out for my House Everything blog and I found it so cute! Lookie HERE . I'm also hoping to find a new template for my On A Wonderful Day Like Today. If only I have the time to save my widgets and all.

I Heart Josh!

Hubby and I watched the All-Star Game last night in ESPN. The game lasted for about four hours. If I'm not mistaken, for the last time, the game will be held at the historic Yankee Stadium. It's because NY is building a bigger and nicer stadium next to the old one. Tama ba Hun? Dream kasi ni hubby (at ako na rin) na makapunta sa NY to watch MLB. Die-hard Yankee fan kasi sya. :-) Anyway, as part of the tradition, someone sings "God Bless America" before the bottom of the 7th inning (I think). Suddenly, Josh Groban came out and sang it for the people. HE WAS AMAZING! I also love his All-Star 08 shirt with "GROBAN" written at the back! I heart you Josh! Listen...

Some More On Zoe

Zoe is getting more and more talkative each day. For some days now, she loves to say "Mama, mama, mama!!!" Paulit-ulit, as in! To someone who doesn't really care, it can be pretty irritating to hear. But to me, it's music to my ears! Plus the other day, while holding her dilapidated Thumbelina book she clearly said "FLOWER", pointing at the picture of the flower in the book (see arrow on pic below). Immediately I felt like a crazy, sentimental mom. little baby is definitely growing up.

Flame of Friendship

Hi! I almost forgot to post about this one. I got this award from Jane and Chat! Thank you so so much! :-) A symbol of spirit of unity. The burning icon of love. Undying picture of hope. The hot symbol of oneness. And now, it’s your turn to flame yourself! Meet new friends. Discover friendship. Make bonds.Copy this post starting from the PICTURE ABOVE to the end and add your blog on the list below. Let’s start FLAMING! Tiklaton: We are the witness Janeth’s Vicy’s Life Journey My Precious Pitstop Thea is Blogger Happy Thea is Berry Scrappy Too Scribbles of My Life In This Game of Life Shimumsy’s Republic of A Princess Vien Our Journey To Life Life. Love. Family. Work. Travel. Practical Tips and More The Working Mom Joey M.D. Tsinay Gossip Gehl Paul, Toni and Lance — Bridging the Distance Me and my 2 boys My Joys Sassy Finds My Charmed Life Mommyhood and Me On A Wonderful Day Like Today House Everything END COPY HERE Passing the flame to Agnes, Nikki and Juliet!

40th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

I had been re-reading some of my notes from the course of philosophy which I took not so long ago and chanced upon my paper on Humanae Vitae . It was very timely since I just learned that we are celebrating its 40th anniversary because this encyclical was given to the world by Pope Paul VI on the 25th day of July, the feast of St. James the Apostle, in the year 1968. Here's the opening statement: The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships. The fulfillment of this duty has always posed problems to the conscience of married people, but the recent course of human society and the concomitant changes have provoked new questions. The Church cannot ignore these questions, for they concern matters intimately connected with the life and happiness of human beings. I would also like to

Another Rainy Day

It's another rainy day today. I went through a whole lot of traffic this morning and arrived almost two hours late for work. While in the car, my husband and I were already contemplating on making a U-turn and head back home. He was telling me that if only he had no important appointment today, he would have chided me to just stay at home, cuddle up and watch the All-Star Game which starts today in the Yankee Stadium. It was so tempting! You see, my husband is a baseball enthusiast. He even logs on the web to update himself on the latest baseball and football scores. He also likes to look for football picks and college football picks in the website of addict sports . Too bad, we really had to go to work today.

`Arney, `Arney, `Arney!

Do you know what this means? Zoe would wake up very early in the morning and shout (while jumping) "`arney, `arney, `arney!" That's "BARNEY, BARNEY, BARNEY!" My dear Zoe --- Barney at 5 in the morning!?!! Wohohow! Yep, she's definitely addicted to Barney. She watches Barney at least twice a day. Though she also like to watch Horton (the movie), her love for Barney is way up THERE (pointing to the heavens)! And this is all our fault. Early on, we got her those Barney DVDs and Barney stuffs. Hmmm... at least she now knows how to say book, hop, and sissy (Baby Bop), among other things. She also mimicks Barney while he counts backwards (10-9-8...). She shrieks when he wiggles his tail! Plus she loves to sing along during the Old MacDonald song (ei-a-ei-a-o!). Oh well. :-)

Before and After

Taken in November 1998 (Mines View Park, Baguio City): Taken in June 2007 (Clarke Quay, Singapore): Gained 20+ pounds along the way but the love is as fresh and as burning as before. :-)

Saturday Social

Tagged by Hailey - thanks sis! Saturday Social Question: How do you keep the spark and excitement in your relationship / marriage? My Answers: For the wife -- always try to be pleasant, beautiful and charming. That's your part in keeping your husband in love with you. For the husband -- never take for granted the small things that your wife does for you haha (quoting my hubby when he saw me typing this!) Together - Talk, talk, talk and in doing this you need not spend lots of money on trips and restaurants. Never forget that you are a wife or husband even before you became a mommy or daddy. Your kids will grow up and get a life of their own but you will be stuck together and married for the rest of your life. Saturday Social Rules: Post your answer to the Saturday Social question(s) in your blog. Be sure to put in a link to this entry and the blogger who tagged you too! Come back HERE , sign Mr. Linky and why not leave me a comment too. Tag your friends… better yet, tag a st

Your Personality Type: The Individualistic Doer

Your Personality Type: The Individualistic Doer Individualistic Doers are self-assured and very independent persons. They are quiet and realistic, very rational, extremely matter of fact persons. They strongly cultivate their individualism and enjoy applying their abilities to new tasks. But they are also very spontaneous and impulsive persons who like to follow their sudden inspirations. Individualistic Doers are good and precise observers who register everything which goes on around them. However, they are not so sensitive as regards interpersonal relations and are surprised when they occasionally rub someone up the wrong way with their direct and blunt manner. They are not particularly fond of obligations; but if you give them space, they are uncomplicated, sociable and cheerful individuals. Individualistic Doers enjoy challenges - action and the odd kick are simply part of their life. They love tempting fate and many people of this type have risky hobbies such as skydiving or bu

The Big Read

The Big Read - books you've read. I snagged this from Tin's site and found it very interesting. The directions are simple: 1) Look at the list and bold those you have read. 2) Italicize those you intend to read. 3) Underline the books you LOVE. 4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;) 1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4. Harry Potter - JK Rowling 5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6. The Bible - more or less 7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott 12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 13. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller 14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - I've read a lot but I swear I've forgotten most of it - was a Shakespeare fanatic back in high

Thursday Bug Tag

thanks pat for this interesting tag! who played: Daily Stories Me and Mine Random Thoughts A Reality Bite Shopaholic Ties The Knot House Everything , On A Wonderful Day Like Today , YOU 1. complete this phrase: “if only i could..”- go on leave today! 2. did you get enough sleep last night?- nope! hubby is in subic so i was adjusting 3. what were you doing before you slept last night?- read a book, prayed 4. first thing you thought about this morning when you woke up?- thank you God for another day 5. do u ever wonder why the sky is blue? -hmm. 6. did you ever try to skip meals?- yes 7. lights on or off?- on since i gave birth 8. are you afraid of the dark?- not so much. 9. favorite hangout/s?- the mall 10. people you can’t live without?- my whole family 11. what are your plans for tonight?- go home early, hubby won't be back til friday 12. favorite song when you’re sleepy?- lullabys 13. do you love someone, right now?- yes. 14. are you a giver or a taker?- given and taker

Hair Woes

I always admired those women on television who always had nice, beautiful and shiny hair all the time. They always seem to be effortless in terms of their hair. I envy them because my own hair is constantly experiencing the opposite. My hair is so hard to maintain and has a tendency to become dry and limp. Apart from the airconditioning in the office, my hair is becoming dry and limp also because of the air pollution in the business district of which I am regularly exposed to. And because of my very busy schedule, when I take a bath in the morning, I only manage quickly shampoo my hair and then let it dry naturally. I don't have time to apply anything else much less blow dry it into a certain style. What I only get to do is to brush my hair again when I get to the office and then before I go home. It's really pathetic because I know that I should be taking care of my hair and my overall personal appearance more especially that I constantly face very important persons at work.

Last Hurrah From My Cam

Here's a last hurrah from my camera (some recent pics of big-eyed Zoe). You see, my camera is off to Australia and will only come back 2 weeks from now. Hehe. Actually, my sister, who's leaving for Sydney tomorrow night, will just be borrowing it for her WYD trip. :-) Come to think of it, my cam will be a witness to all those memorable WYD activities. Buti pa sya! LOL. Ate, bring our family pics so Pope Benedict can all bless them! Happy trip and au revoir! Viva Il Papa!


Sometimes, saying SORRY and I LOVE YOU is enough to let someone know how much you want to understand , how much you want to be better and how much you want to make the other person happy . And that's all based on my own personal experience. Ditto hunny.

Online Find...

I recently have been looking for a replacement for my old eyeglasses. My pair has been with me for almost three years now. It's already old and needs to be retired soon! So while browsing online, I found these Incredible Stylish New Frames From Zenni . I even heard that Zenni Optical was on FOX news! Here's my pick: Would you believe that this is just one of the many Zenni Optical $ 8 Rx Eyeglasses ? It's a great online find!

Getting Ready for Baby #2? Think Baby Names!

You Like Names That Are Classic and Timeless You prefer quality names that have stood the test of time. You don't like anything that's trendy today and outdated next year. Names are important to you, and naming someone should not be an social experiment. You are the type most likely to name someone after a family member. Some female names you might like: Andrea, Elizabeth, Hannah, Julia, Marie, Nicole, and Victoria Some male names you might like: Aaron, Benjamin, Christopher, Jonathan, Matthew, Thomas, and Zachary What Kind of Names Do You Like?

On The Brighter Side of Things

Actress Nicole Kidman recently gave birth to a baby girl named Sunday Rose. I think it's rather a cute name. :-) And although miles away, I am secretly happy for this couple for every new baby is such a blessing! Found this at Keith Urban's site : Sounds like he's one proud daddy!

How Do I Like My Hair?

When my husband and I were just dating and getting to know each other, my friends would often ask him about what he liked about me. I guess to play safe, his answer would often be regarding my physical attributes. And one of his many answers to my friends would be about my long black hair. He would always say that he liked that my hair was nice and long. When I heard that, I started to feel conscious about my hair and how it looks. I always made sure it's always presentable and nice for my then-boyfriend. This is true even up to present and I guess more especially now that he is my husband. I am still very careful about how my hair looks. I just know that physical attraction is still important even if we are already married. So I always keep my hair nice and straight. I had it treated and rebonded last April so I make it a point to take extra care of it because all those chemicals can dry one's hair. I also have been looking for the best kind of shampoo and conditioner in the

All This Talk...

...about earthquakes and doomsday is making my heart pounce and I hate it. So please -- help me feel back to normal. Otherwise, I think I would need to check with a cardiologist soon.

A Quote From Dad

I was googling for some of my family members and friends and somehow stumbled into this one~~~ A quote from my Dad - "Excellent teaching is not just imparting knowledge or developing skills. It is about meaningful experiences which are also excellent way to learn correct attitu des and values. Significant memorable experiences that you can provide your students are most effective, more lasting, and are deeply rewarding." Wow. How inspiring. I'm a proud daughter.


I have a friend who decided to resign from her job to try out her luck in another country. She felt as if there was no future for her in her present job. She also had the ultimate desire to get out of the rut and make it big somewhere else. She had a friend who a few years back also left to migrate abroad. When that friend of hers got there, she went to study about the real estate business and became a successful broker. And so, my dear friend was inspired to travel across the globe to do the same too. Initially, I told her to be wary of getting into bad business with the news about the Nouveau Riche Scam going around. I told her that the news could be true and that the Nouveau Riche Scam could send her as worse off than how she is now. Anyway, she trusted her own instinct and so she left already last year for the United States. I recently heard again from that friend of mine and she was happy to tell me that she will soon be quitting her present job because she had been studying an

Zoe's New Word(s) of the Week

...ICE CREAM! You should see her run to the door and shout "ice cream!" whenever she hears that jingling sound of the bell of the mamang sorberto who pass by regularly infront of our house!

Budget Tips Anyone?

Many people have been feeling their belts tightening lately due to the rising prices of gasoline and basic commodities. These days, we would rather stay at home and just play with the baby rather than make a trip to the mall. Ordinarily, our weekends would be spent going around the mall, eating out and shopping. Now, we prefer to skip that. I personally blame myself as the money manager of the house for not being very budget-conscious in the past. And when I hear about how other people save, I feel so guilty for not trying hard at saving from the very beginning of my married life. My own personal budget has been in havoc these days that I can't wait for the next payday to come. Now, every cent counts since we don't know what's in store for us in the future. Here's some of the other things we've been trying to do to save a little, save a lot: 1. We haven't eaten out (on a fancy restaurant) since my husband's birthday last June. Yeah, we miss eating out very

Cut Back On The Caffeine

Times must be really hard. I heard this week that Starbucks is closing down some 600 stores and letting go of many employees. Talk about cutting back on the caffeine. Literally.

On The Boat With The Pope

My sister just got an email from the organizers of the WYD Sydney 2008 informing her that she had been picked to be one of 100 participants from 30 countries who will be joining the Holy Father in the Papal Boat-a-cade on Sydney Harbour. Here's the sked: Papal Arrival - 2.45pm, Thursday, 17 July 2008 Welcome and arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on Sydney Harbour, followed by a Papal welcome at Barangaroo at 3.30pm. From 4.30pm, the Pope will travel through the streets of Sydney via motorcade in the Pope Mobile. How lucky can she be! I'm so happy for her.

Great News!

Great news for all business owners and advertisers! Are you aiming to increase your business profits? Are you looking for a good venue to spread the word about any product or service that you would like to offer in the market? Then one of the best ways of promoting your business and products nowadays is through an effective online information dissemination campaign. Of course, there are a lot of many ways of spreading the word about your business online. However, cost can be an issue in some instances. But don't you know that you can now build your pool of customers without spending too much? For example, you can visit . With the help of this great site, you can start a worthwhile campaign of your product and company at a very low cost. So why break the bank for your promotional needs when you can easily advertise on budget ? There is a whole network of bloggers connected worldwide who can channel the way for you to meet your future valued clients.

Can I Be Slim Again?

Can I be slim again? I asked my husband that question only recently and he smirked. Some people say that if a guy wants to know how the girl they are courting would look like when they get married, then one way would be to look at the girl's mother. Years back, a guy who was trying to woo me blurted out something to that effect to my mom and my mom gave him the bad look. Why? It's because my mom was big and I, on the other hand at the time, was ultra thin. My mom told him, as if trying to defend me, that I take after my dad which means that in my dad's family, they are quite slim. My mom resisted the fact that I would end up as huge as her when I get married and get pregnant. You see, she loves to eat but hates to exercise. She used to be thin too in her younger days but when she married my dad and gave birth to me and my sister, her size ballooned uncontrollably. Of course, during those times there were no liposuction california which she can undergo to get rid of those

Random Qs

The rules are simple. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer. 1. What was I doing 10 years ago? ~ Started to work for Metrobank (still here up to now!) 2. What are the 5 things on my to-do list today? ~ I have 50 things to do work!! 3. Snacks I enjoy: ~ carbonara and pizza- snacks ba 'to? :-) 4. Place where I lived: ~ Cainta and sometimes Quezon (for summer vacation in my lola's house) 5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire: ~ I can do a billion things! 6. People I want to know more about: ~ peeps in my blogroll - grab this so I can know more about you!! Thanks Jenny and Pat! I enjoyed this!

Help With Putting Up Business

My husband has been aching to resign from his current work and just put up his own business. He told me that he has had enough at work already and that the company he's working for sadly has been losing focus on its main mission and vision. In addition, having his own business would mean he can make use of his management and creative skills to earn money for the family. Besides, he will be his own boss. And if he works very hard on making the business work, it could be the start of a brighter future for our family. Anyway, if he does finally decide to leave the company, we plan to avail of small business loans. By getting a sum of money to start a business, we can easily move from being a two-income family to a single-income family that is until his business begins to earn. Applying for a loan is quite easy. You can find available financial lenders online who offer unsecured loans and who can guarantee an approval within 24 hours. Isn't that great?

Me and My Child

Thank you Hailey for sending me another interesting tag. :::::BEGIN COPY::::: Rules : 1. Start Copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy”. 2. Choose the photo(s) of you and your child(ren) that you would like to share in your blog, with a small story/explanation about when and where the photo(s) was/were taken. 3. Add your blog name and url blog, then leave your url post in here. And I’ll add you to the Master List. 4. Please help spread this tag by tagging your friends as much as you can. 5. Please come back again to copy the update of the master list, often. This process will help new participants to get the same gains as the first participants. Master List : 1. Juliana’s Site 2. Moms…..check nyo 3. PinayWAHM 4. Surviving deployment 5. Live Love Life 6. HotMomma 7. a {GIRL} for all status 8. BaReFooTeD Me , 9. Uncomplicated 10. FunFierceFabulous 11. Hailey's Domain 12. Hailey's Beats and Bits 13. On A Wonderful Day Like Today 14. House Everything :::::END COP

Looking at Myself

Looking at myself at the mirror, I realized how much my body has changed ever since I got pregnant, gave birth and took care of my baby. Motherhood has its many glorious effects but as in the case of many women out there who had been pregnant, my body has never been the same as before as when I was younger and still single. During the ninth month of my pregnancy, my weight topped up to 165 lbs. My belly was so big and my arms and legs were all swollen. My nose was huge and my cheeks were all puffed up. My breasts also ballooned that I had to buy new clothes that would fit. I so hated to look at myself in the mirror because I felt that I was so ugly. I even didn't want my husband to take my picture prior to my delivery because I didn't want to have any remembrance of how I looked like then. Anyway, after I happily gave birth to Zoe (what a lovely baby she was!), my body slowly began losing the excess weight. My nose returned to its normal size and my arms and legs slowly regai

Arts and Pottery

I've always been interested in arts and crafts since I was young. I always fancy myself owning a workroom where I can create artworks and masterpieces. How I wish I able to draw nice pictures or create wonderful sculpture. But since I realized that I'm really not so good in drawing or in making works of art fit for the museum, I'm looking at other options for myself. And so lately, I've been more interested in ceramics and jars. This interest grew on me after reading about this book on pottery and other related crafts. If you're into learning new crafts and arts like me, one of your options could be to take up lessons on pottery. Making jars and clay arts are just fun and exciting since you can freely design your work as you wish. Your finished products depend on how you shape the clay on the potters wheels and before you know it, you already have a lovely piece of jar. To get started, it's nice to invest on some pottery supply and on a good ceramic pottery

Yaya's Birthday Tomorrow

It's Yaya Cat's birthday tomorrow. She's just 19 years old. So young but very mature and nice. This in one of Zoe and Yaya Cat's early pictures... Times flies so fast!

Listening to the Radio

I've been looking for a gift my husband for several weeks now. You see, his birthday and Father's Day had already passed and I still have not bought a gift for him. I've been long delaying buying him a gift because I just want to get the perfect one. At first, I was thinking of getting him a new white gold men's bracelet but when I mentioned the idea to him, he told me that he wasn't so fond of jewelry. Anyway, one of his other interests is listening to music. He doesn't really sing but loves to listen to the radio and collect music to be stored in his MP3 player. In the regard, I've been eyeing on buying him this new wonderful thing called Polk Audio I-sonic ES2 . Being a music lover, I think this is one of my best gift choices for him. With this, he can now listen to his favorite new country music stations . He can even listen in to Florida High Definition Radio stations whenever he wants. Wouldn't it be good to be able to take advantage of this new