Nov 30, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday


These are the balloons we made during Danniel's 7th birthday party celebration. We are not very good at this, so what were supposed to be dogs and bees looked nothing but! The kids had a lot of fun though!

And here is the celebrant sporting his own yellow balloon. He does look happy, don't you think?

Nov 29, 2009

What Will You Do With Your 13th Month Pay?

13th month pay and Christmas bonuses are usually given at the end of November or on the 15th of December. This is the time when most employees are happily thinking of what to buy with their money. Some buy gadgets, gifts for loved ones and some invest their money. For some of us, this is the time to pay off loans we have collected in anticipation of this money. But in this time of financial crisis and recent calamities, what are your plans with your 13th month pay.

We already received part of our 13th month pay following the Ondoy calamity and used it to buy some things sorely needed in the house. So our 13th month pay and Christmas bonus will most likely be used to:
1. pay some of the principal amount in our Pag-ibig housing loan
2. pay in advance the kids monthly tuition fees
3. buy Christmas gifts, shoes or clothes for in-laws, inaanaks, kids and for ourselves (not gadgets!)
4. buy a sidecar for a tricycle
5. add the money to our lending business

Actually, we plan to pay in full our balance in the housing loan we currently have with Pag-ibig and hopefully take out another loan for a new house in a better location. So maybe all excess money after only necessary purchases will be used for this purpose.

I am really itching to move to a new house and start a new life. If I have one dream, this will be it! I am also eager to try the services of Moving Company Los Angeles and their hassle-free services. I am already thinking of calling Melrose Moving for a free moving quote at this 1-800-431-3920. I am sure they will let me know right away.

Nov 28, 2009

Need Help Moving?

I am packing for a two-day visit to my sister's house out of town and I already have two big bags. I really cannot pack light, no matter how hard I try. I am really not the world's best packer. My husband keeps on telling me that I should already practice for when we move houses. He is sure that the move would drive me crazy. But what I haven't told him yet is that I have already checked some Moving Companies Los Angeles for when we transfer to a new house. I just called their toll free number 1-800-431-3920 and they were kind enough to give me a quote, and some moving tips. So even if I am not an organized packer, moving will not be very difficult.

So if you need help moving in Los Angeles, just call their number for a free and fast quote for a hassle-free move! Now this is a secret that I am willing to share.

Nov 26, 2009

Maguindanao Massacre

I join the whole Maguindano, the whole Philippines and the whole world in its condemnation of the brutality of the killings that happened in Maguindanao. I feel strongly for the residents there who cannot speak out of fear for their lives and of their loved ones. I feel strongly for the journalists who were killed in the line of duty. This is close to my heart, as my younger sister is currently studying to become a journalist. I never knew that this career would be as fraught with danger, as proven in this massacre. Or maybe this is just in Ampatuan town, where the powers that be fear no one: Law, God or Man.

Let us all join hands and let the whole world know that we condemn this act of impunity. Let us not rest our pens and voices until the criminals are put to jail, and justice served.

Nov 25, 2009

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

I got this meme from doing the rounds of my daily blog readings and was inspired to do it here. Here is a list of ten things that makes me happy, today or at just about anytime.

Happiness is:
1. Danniel Noel's fun 7th birthday simple party yesterday.

2. his smile and genuine joy at the party
3. a supportive and tireless husband, Noel
4. a sweet daughter, Ishi
5. two loving sisters
6. best friends for life, who went to the party, even just for the pansit
7. a dependable son who took charge of the music (even if it was mostly Justin Bieber (or was it Jason Bieber?)
8. yellow balloons
9. cooperative weather (the rain stopped!)
10. kisses from kids before they were off to school.

These are the rewards of motherhood, marriage, friendship and family and I will be thankful for it everyday.

To know more about how this started and for the credits, click here.

Nov 23, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday


I love yellow and I love Mondays! My entry below was taken at Sonya's Garden in Tagaytay where we had our planning and team building activity over the weekend. The place is really such a wonderful garden and the food is just superb. It was very relaxing to be at Sonya's Garden.

This is the centerpiece on our table and it was really very beautiful. Our table was filled with vibrant yellow like these flowers, the fresh juice and the yellow, ripe mangoes of the garden salad. If you are in Tagaytay, you must visit Sonya's Garden!

I really love doing this Mellow Yellow Mondays because now, I am always on the look out for more yellow objects. And they do look nice.

Find Hotels in Germany

I have never been to Germany but would love to visit it someday. Can you imagine seeing the Berlin Wall and re-living its history and how it has now become a symbol of peace? I would also love to see the Cathedral of Cologne which is said to be the third tallest cathedral in the whole world. I think it would be awesome to worship there. And of course, if going to Germany one must not fail to visit the City of Weimar which is like the seat of literature, music and the arts. So I was checking some websites on where I can find the best hotels in Germany and I found Hotels weltweit buchen and Hotels Europa Spanien. These are two of the nicest and easy to use websites that I found on the Internet. They have hotel suggestions all over Europe as well. My only problem with these sites is that I can't find an English translation! Of course, there are translations everywhere in the Internet but it would be a lot helpful if I can choose to view the site in English so that I don't have to find translation elsewhere. But if you can read German or Deutsch, then this should not be a problem to you. Oh, and one more thing that I would love to do in Germany would be to check out those shops like Timberland Schuhe. Shopping is one thing that one must remember when going abroad!

Nov 20, 2009

The Dirt Devil Holiday Buying Guide: A Must Read

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Dirt Devil. All opinions are 100% mine.


The Christmas season is almost upon us. With only a month away from the most awaited holiday of the year, the pressure to get the perfect gift for our loved ones is already mounting. But with only a limited budget due to recent calamities and financial crisis, we must find ways to get creative in our gift-giving. And that is where the Dirt Devil Holiday Buying Guide becomes very useful. It gives great tips on how to save on online shopping. I was reading through the 300 tips on how to save on online shopping and am finding them very practical and really useful. There are tips on closing out sales that will obviously give you more savings than anywhere else in the web. There are also very practical gift ideas and suggestions, like His and Hers, or family gifts which of course gets you more discount. Even how to save on shipping options is an eye opener for me, and I was really surprised that you can save on it. So with I was really glad that I saw Holiday Deals and downloaded the Dirt Devil Buying Guide. Every online shopper must have one. This is really a must for your Christmas online shopping.

SocialSpark Disclosure Badge

Nov 18, 2009

Krista and Manny?

My husband is the one who loves boxing. Me, I love Nanay Dionisia. But a news item this morning about Jinkee Pacquiao, crying during the thanksgiving mass for Manny's victory caught my attention. Of course, there are already rumors before about Pacquiao and other women, but this one being a news item, and not just showbiz gossip really caught my attention. In a video I saw at macuha's blog, Krista Ranillo was said to be seen with Manny leaving the Jimmy Kimmel Show. I can't really see Krista in the video so that's for you to decide. But during the Thanksgiving Mass in the video below (1:12), Jinkee was said to have cried when the priest said for husbands and wives to embrace, then she brushed off Manny and leaned on her friend on the other side. As a married woman, that body language says a lot! Is it true therefore that Krista and Manny are an item?

Here is the video:

Of course, the indefatiguable Mommy Dionisia was there to embrace and support her son when he was brushed of by his wife. Here is another video from GMA News:

For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV

While I have only admiration for Pacquiao as a boxer, I only wish that this is just mindless gossip and part of mudslinging now that he has confirmed his plans to again run for Congressman. I also pray for Jinkee, and all other wives out there.

Nov 17, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday


This is my Mellow Yellow Monday post, on a Tuesday! I was out on a field trip with my little girl yesterday, hence the late post. But I had a very fun day with her. So without further ado, here is my little yellow sunshine, Ishi.

You know, just looking at this picture makes me think of how much I love my little girl. She is so fun of life and love, I feel very thankful for having blessed to be her mother! Indeed, she makes my life better!

Nov 11, 2009

Taylor Swift Craze

My kids are going over crazy over Taylor Swift and her music. The current favorite in our house is "Picture to Burn" and they keep on playing it over and over my ears are starting to hurt. I guess I need to start to download music from other artists now that I am starting to hear Taylor everywhere! Good thing I found out about Queen Torrent and the simple interface it has for downloading torrents. I was pleased to discover that they have a much updated torrent files database and powerful search engine that came up with fast and good results. Now, I don't have to listen to Taylor Swift all day. Hmmm, maybe I should just download some new games for my kids ? I think I will.

Nov 10, 2009

Nine Good Things

I am letting go of the parts of my life that are dragging me down. Most especially, I am letting go of the hate. I vow that whenever I am about to think one bad thing about a person, I will think of the nine things that are good about him. It's not going to be easy I know, that it is better that carrying all that baggage.

I realized that my life should be about the things that make me happy. And hating just makes me a sad person. The intrigue just makes me a bad person. Instead of thinking of ways to get even whenever I receive a bad turn, I will just ignore it and hand it to the laws of karma. Better yet, I won't spend any of my energy on finding out the reason for it. I will just let it be and won't let it bother me. I will just try to think of nine good things about the person.

Good luck to me!

image source

Nov 9, 2009

Do You Want A Ride?

I was doing my round of Adgitizing when I saw a picture of a bus, filled with people and remember a photo I took in Bohol last year. This was taken in Tagbilaran City, in front of Island City Mall.

Yes, it doesn't look safe, but it does look like a lot of fun! More so for the man laying on top of futon. He also has the best view. It doesn't matter that he has no safety gear whatsoever! And of course, these jeepney drivers drive like they are possessed so I don't know how he will survive, if God forbid, an accident occur!

Nov 7, 2009

Don't Miss Your ChanceTo Win $5,000!

Don't miss this chance to win $5,000! Great videos have already been submitted, but you still have the chance to submit your video and win the $5,000 Grand Prize! Submitted videos are all about how laser vision correction, of which Abbot Medical Optics, Inc. is a world renowned expert, has changed people's lives. I am sure you personally know somebody who had a hard time in life due to poor vision and what they did to improve their quality of life. Or if you know yourself are suffering from a sight-related illness, why not document your very own struggle and success, and submit your own videos? They are still inviting all of us to join this very easy contest . Some ideas on what videos you might submit are:
“My contacts are getting in the way of my good time”
“My favorite sport or activity would be so much cooler with better vision”
“You should see life after the iLASIK® Procedure”

Of course, one you have submitted your video, tell all your friends about it and ask them to vote for you. Better yet ask them to submit their own videos. The more votes you get, the more chances you might win! There are enough awesome prizes for everyone in this contest. The prizes at stake for each are:

-one grand prize winner,will win $5,000 and will be selected from all those who submitted their videos;

-three first prize winners will get a chance to win an HDTV package, valued at $2,500, per video category

-three second prize winners will also win a Flip UltraHD camcorder, valued at$199.99, also per category.

So make those videos now, submit them and don't miss this chance to win at iLASIK Video Contest!


Nov 6, 2009

New Robbery Method in Manila Malls

I received this forwarded email this morning and would like to share it to all of you. I am not sure if this is true because I have never heard of it in the news, but there is no harm in being more cautious. It is now 50 days before Christmas and we can expect to see a rise in crimes, especially in malls where most people are doing their early Christmas shopping. So read on and be warned of this new robbery method:

The Latest Scam:
Robbing Females using the restroom/ladies/bathroom inside shopping malls.

The way the scam works, a man slips into a women's rest room and sneaks into a unit. He waits until there is only one woman in the restroom in a neighboring unit/stall.

The criminal then stands on the toilet seat and points a hand gun into the next unit/stall, demanding the woman's valuables. After getting her cash and jewelry, he demands that she removes all of her clothing and kicks them out of the unit/stall. The thief tosses the clothing into a shopping bag, hangs an 'out of order sign' on the restroom door outside, and slips back into the mall. The 'out of order sign' ensures no one will soon come to the woman's rescue. It usually takes an hour or two for the woman to work up the nerve to leave the rest room in the nude, giving the criminal ample time to make his get away. The woman is left naked humiliated in a mall full of strangers.

The best defense, says police, is to never go into a shopping mall restroom alone, as only women who are by themselves are targeted. This has so far been a nearly perfect crime, as none of the perpetrators have been caught.

Don't let this happen to another woman.


Nov 5, 2009

How Do You Travel Through Life?

You Walk Through Life

Your journey through life is steady, conventional, and calm.

You're likely to stop and smell the roses every chance you get. Your life is simple but bountiful.

You believe that it's important to have good morals. You always do your duty, and work comes before play.

You value stability at home and at work. You do your part to smooth things over the best you can.

Wow, this is good to know. Life is a journey, as they say and I wouldn't want to rush things.

If you want memes like this, try Blogthings.

Nov 3, 2009

Five Finger Prayer

I got this as a forwarded email and would like to share to all of you. This is a very nice reminder and I hope we can make this prayer a part of our lives.

Five Finger Prayer

1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."

2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president no matter how you voted, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger - the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "The least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

I hope that we never forget to pray for everybody who needs our prayers by using the Five Finger prayer guide.