Friday, April 30, 2010

blue moments with dipdip

mommy moments

I'm joining the Mommy Moments again! The theme is blue and so I have to use again Dipdip's older pictures because I don't remember if she has anything else blue other than this hand-me-down dress which was already outgrown by the daughter of my first cousin. Anyway, whether she's wearing a brand new dress or a hand me down, anything looks good on her. As the Chinese proverb goes "There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it." *wink*

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

brownouts or no brownouts

Lately, we've been experiencing power outages. Sometimes, it just gets so irritating when you have some unfinished work to do and some deadlines to meet. But then again, I don't want to allow my frustration to rule over me.

In life, there are power outages that we call trials. We hope to be able to face them without fear or frustration. God knows all our needs. He knows what's in our hearts, and all our desires.

Therefore, brownouts or no brownouts, I welcome them with love. As my favorite author, Og Mandino, had written - "I will greet this day with love in my heart!"

Thank you Lord for all the brownouts so that we may appreciate light! Thank you Oh God for never leaving us...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Music Monday - Defining Moment

Music Monday, here I come! Let me share to you one of the songs that has a huge impact on me. I am referring to this song by NewSong entitled "Defining Moment". This is a song from their album called Sheltering Tree. This album was on my wish list two or three years ago, I love all of their songs in it. I've been looking everywhere for this album here but I couldn't find it at my favorite record bars.

What's your defining moment? Let us all aim to reach this ultimate defining moment in our lives.

NewSong - Defining Moment
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Defining Moment Lyrics

There comes a time in every heart a time of real decision
When we reach the point of choosing how we will live our lives
All our hopes, all our dreams will rise up from that moment
The moment we surrender and choose to follow Christ
He's been waiting all our lives to hear us say
I am yours, Lord, take my hand and lead the way

When you believe He's all you need
That will be your defining moment
As you live your life walking in His light
Trusting Him completely
That will be, that will be your defining moment

All I have, all I am is resting in His promise
The promise that He'll make me everything that I should be
I will live, I will die, for the cause He's set before me
To take this love inside my heart for all the world to see

All of heaven celebrates when they hear someone say
I am yours, Lord, take my hand and lead the way

His amazing grace is such a mystery
How in an instant it can make your life complete

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Friday, April 23, 2010

mommy moments - color them red

mommy moments

Am I late for Mommy Moments? Yours truly wants to catch up! The theme is all about RED. I love red, they say it is my lucky color. However, I wasn't quite sure why pictures in red are quite limited. So now, I'll have to use old pictures again because I realized that my daughter too didn't have too much of this color. I wouldn't be surprised if hubby doesn't have any red stuff, though.

I let her wear red during the reception of her baptism. There goes the red bracelet, too. She was about four months old then.

She also has a red rag doll. Well, dipdip is already sleeping now, I forgot to do a photo er video op with her holding this earlier.

I like her pose right here so this has to be part of her red moments.

Here's another family pic where I wore an old red shirt.

I'd like to take the chance to thank my sister-in-law for the new red pair of sandals that she gave me when she was here. I really love it! Somehow she just knew what I wanted. The size fits perfectly right because she had asked hubby without my knowledge. Well, the nanny just said it's not really red but maroon but I would like to insist that it is red so that I could add it here. Thank you Ruthie and Geir :-) 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

reality check!

"Oh, honey when I die
Dress me up in a coat and tie
Give my feet a pair of shoes
That I haven't worn in a long time
Put me in a golden box
Not a cross on a pile of rocks
Bury me where the grass is green
And the gates are shining..."

The quoted text above is the chorus to the lyrics from a song entitled "Poor Man's Grave" by a band called the Eraserheads. The melody to this song is so good that I can't help but sing along; however, if I would have to look deeper, it would cause me to think "is it really necessary to have a grand funeral"? I believe it wouldn't matter anymore when we're dead. However, the fact remains that it is important for most families to bury their dead with a decent funeral. It's like a form of last respect for a dead loved one. Personally, I came from a family who didn't have the benefit of a good insurance. I remember when one would get sick, we can't expect dad's insurance benefit to cover all the medical expenses. In fact, when mom got hospitalized and was diagnosed with brain aneurysm, we were really a helpless family, financially and emotionally. The company insurance benefit that I had when I was still working in an office won't be able to help her because only the spouse and children are covered, and parents aren't. Fortunately, since family will always be family, my mom's sister helped out and almost shouldered everything, from hospitalization down to funeral expenses. I was thinking won't things have changed if we have considered getting a funeral insurance when we still have more years to prepare for it? Isn't it a good idea to be prepared so that when the reality of death happens, loved ones or the surviving family will no longer have to worry about looking for money so we can have a decent burial? Oh well, if it is something that we can afford to pay monthly, why not? However, if the family budget will not allow it, then we probably have to be content with the kind of burial that the family can afford.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

just a hot... hot dog!

[The paragraphs you will read below are from my mommy Diana's journal. Even though she has already joined our Creator, I still feel very much connected to her in many ways, especially because I kept her journals with me. I've always loved her funny and natural way of telling her experiences even though I know that sometimes there are emotional or sad stories behind them, just like this one.. Read on if you are curious. :-)]

I was inside a room in a hospital, I wasn't supposed to enter... of course, I can read numbers, have virtually memorized the room I was always visiting and sometimes doing some attendance ... the patient was a dear person in my heart.

Naturally, to go back in that room was instinct. I forgot that my patient has insinuated the other day that he will transfer to a very expensive suite 'coz staying there for almost a month was flagellation if he won't transfer. The attending nurse had announced earlier there was now a vacancy on that long coveted expensive ward. This ward is just like a hotel suite with all the trimmings and provisions for the patient.

But habit is always a habit, and I entered a room where a man was naked below his abdomen, feet suspended in the air.

One thing you must know my eyes were blaring 'coz I was crying before I went for a visit due to some misunderstandings. Words easily came to my memory bank, registered in my heart and got some tickets from my tear glands. I was really sobbing 'though how much I tried to hide or amuse myself so I won't be an onion skin when it comes to sarcastic remarks.

It was abrupt, my reaction to this suspended bare feet and the black hairs above it.

"Oh, I'm sorry!" I walked away after I got stunned. Some of the attendants there thought I was the wife!

When I went to the canteen to calm myself, I went near the person in-charge of cooking. He was in the middle of turning over a red hot dog to the other side.

"Hot dog, Ma'am!", he offered, and was stunned when I laughed and left to find another canteen.


Monday, April 19, 2010

music monday - take me out of the dark

I've been looking for the perfect song for my Music Monday entry. I know a lot of great songs. In fact, everyday I've always experienced a "last song syndrome". However, I don't like what I've been hearing lately - they are always music from politicians' ads on television (didpdip is enjoying them, though). I don't feel too mushy to feature my favorite love songs as well.

Thankfully, I bumped into this really beautiful song by Gary Valenciano. It's called Take Me Out Of The Dark. This has been a favorite song of mine ever since this song became a hit.

It's been a while since I last heard this song, so when I heard it and read the lyrics again, I can't help my tears from falling. So, I'm sharing this to you now. Hope you'll find a deeper meaning to the song like I always do... Happy listening!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Was he the one with...?

I have read from my mom's journal about an old neighbor's account of his bad ordeal at a certain hospital. I would not mention which hospital it was because my mom didn't mention it in her journal also. The man complained about a painful and an immobile finger. Surprisingly, it was only his forefinger. He was then being referred and sent by the company doctor to that certain hospital. At the hospital, he was asked to have a series of tests - blood, urine and other tests. What's even more surprising to him later after those tests was that he was then lifted to the stretcher and then brought to the operating room. Before he knew it, a nurse started shaving him below. He then began to worry because somehow he knew he's not supposed to be there. He then stood up and asked the attending nurse if he really needed to be operated on just because he had complained of a painful finger that wouldn't move. The nurse and her team looked surprised because they thought he was the one with appendicitis!

Oh my! You think that was funny? I think it probably would have been a reasonable ground for medical malpractice. This happened years ago, though. In the U.S., for example, I am aware that cases like this and more needed to be discussed with a personal injury lawyer, a highly recommended one that can help one seek justice for a medical ordeal. You see, the man could've gone through the knife and even those tests were totally unnecessary.

By the way, regarding the immobile finger, the neighbor later evaluated and realized that it was just a result of washing his hands after a whole day of typing at the office. :-)

home owner's meeting update

So yesterday, the first home owner's meeting happened. The developer met with us to inform us that since all units were already occupied, we need to form a home owner's association because they are going to turn over most of the responsibilities to the association with regards to the implementation of the rules and regulations. It was also our time to get to know the rest of the people in the neighborhood because we only knew a few. Anyway, I still can't remember most of their names, just their faces. We have yet to elect officers in the future but for the meantime we have appointed members of the ad hoc committee - these are our key people who will work on the by-laws of the association. Well, my husband was appointed  as one of the members of that committee. Oh, and Juliet got appointed, too! I'm happy because finally my shy husband will now interact with this committee. It's a good training ground for him if ever he wants to be a politician someday, LOL.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

now they sell textbooks cheap

When I was in college, I wasn't able to buy all the textbooks that were required for all of my subjects. I was hesitant to ask additional money for textbooks from my parents because I know they have already stretched the family budget just so they could be able to send for my allowance, tuition and other school needs. What I usually do is spend some time on the library to borrow and read the book which cannot be brought home. Yes, I was always visible at the library. Sometimes, though, when the reading would take too long, I would have the pages photocopied so that I will have to read them at home. Nowadays, it is easier to acquire the textbooks that you need at a lower cost because there are now used textbooks that are sold online. Come to think of it, it is more practical for people to sell textbooks that they no longer have any use for rather than to have them rot in their homes. In a way, they are helping other people to acquire the books at a cheaper price. If only there was anything like this way back, where I can also be assured that all pages are intact, I would have been able to buy Psychology, Management, and Law books. Oh well, books or no books, at least I made it in college! :-)

Friday, April 16, 2010

friday yellow moments

mommy moments

It's Friday and you guys already know what that means - it's Mommy Moments time! Well, let's get down to the theme. It's all about Yellow. Mommies get to share "yellow" kids' stuff.

Well, let me just share to you that my Dipdip's favorite cartoon character is Winnie The Pooh. So, that is why we have come to love Pooh as well. These photos were taken just today, an exclusive shoot for the Mommy Moments :-)

I just remembered she also wore yellow the morning of her birthday. She was trying to be a singer but ended up dancing, anyway. :-)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

hair or no hair

posted with husband's permission

Even before we got married, husband already noticed that he is starting to lose his hair. Yes, he has HIV – his "hair is vanishing". :-) He said there is a good chance that he will turn bald after a few more years. In fact, he said he had proposed to me a little earlier than he should because he wanted to be married before he loses his charisma because of his thinning hair. Oh well, he thinks that was a good joke.

It is my husband's dream to grow back his hair. He had wanted so much to prevent himself from getting bald. And so I supported him with his dream. At first he had tried an over the counter shampoo we bought at Watson's with the active ingredient "Minoxidil" that is said to stimulate growth of hair but after a few months of spending for it and getting no results, he finally gave up on the expense. If only we can afford a hair transplant, I would've supported him on that just so he can feel good about himself. Today, he has read reviews about provilus and how some men were able to grow their hair back through this product. A whattt? He was not even sure about the spelling. Now this was something new so he looks eager to learn more about it and I was like asking him to "why not try the Aloe Vera plant first"?

Oh well - hair or no hair, I will always love and respect him!

home owner's meeting

We are looking forward to attend to the first home owners meeting that's going to happen this Saturday. In our more than two years of staying here in this low cost housing, we will finally have a home owner's meeting. We don't know the agenda, though. Maybe it has something to do with our list of complaints. Or maybe it has something to do with handling over the responsibilities from the developer to the homeowners. Maybe we get to elect officers. A lot of maybe's because the subject was just a "general meeting" for the homeowners. Hopefully, it's now time to meet our rich neighbors and shake hands with them, eh? Hmmm, I think I am not looking forward to it, anymore. :-) *shy mode*

a thought on insurance

We've always known the importance of securing our family's future, especially on the aspect of health and wellness. This is why we never run out of vitamins and supplements at home. Health is even more important to us now that our work at home job does not have the benefit of a health insurance even though it pays better and that we have the luxury of doing both our jobs in the comfort of our home. Yes, when we were once employed outside our home, we had that health benefit and Dipdip was even included in the coverage. Now that we are no longer connected to that company, we no longer have that kind of insurance and it's like everyday we are all wishing and praying we will always be in the best of health. Now, we're saving up for a health insurance. I know that we can scout for a lot of insurance providers here in our country, though. Husband has an insurance that he's been paying since he was still single but it's a retirement insurance, somewhat likened to a pension that can be ultimately enjoyed only during his retirement. Hopefully, we get to choose the best health insurance for us soon so that we won't live in fear and uncertainty.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Music Monday - How Do You Keep The Music Playing?

It's Monday and it's Music Monday time once again. One of my favorite songs is "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" by James Ingram and Patti Austin. This is a beautiful and meaningful song especially for the couples out there.

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We also have a home video performance of this song where I sang only at the first part but I don't want to embed it here, only because I was there during the first part. But if you want to view how I messed up the song, you can view it here. :-)

How Do You Keep The Music Playing? Lyrics

How do you keep the music playing?
How do you make it last?
How do you keep the song from fading
too fast?

How do you lose yourself to someone
and never lose your way?
How do you not run out of new things
to say?

And since you know we're always changing
How can it be the same?

And tell me how year after year
You're sure your heart won't fall apart
Each time you hear his name?

I know the way I feel for you is now or never
The more I love, the more that I'm afraid
That in your eyes I may not see forever, forever

If we can be the best of lovers
Yet be the best of friends
If we can try with every day to make it better as it grows
With any luck then I suppose
The music never ends

I know (how do you keep the music playing)
the way I feel for you is now or never (how do you make it last)
The more I love the more that I'm afraid
(how do you keep the song from fading)
That in your eyes I may not see forever
(Keep the song from fading)

If we can be the best of lovers
yet be the best of friends
If we can try with every day to make it better as it goes
With any luck then I suppose
The music never ends

on raising pets - puppies or dogs

After we lost "Finch", a family dog from my side of the family, when he got bitten by a stray dog and was able to witness him dying, my fascination for pets or dogs started to dwindle. However, about a month ago, hubby had been meaning to have some pets around our house because he wants to develop our little daughter's fondness for animals. He thinks it is a good sign that Dipdip has fondness for stuffed animals. We have also noticed that whenever she sees cats or dogs everytime we are at the in-laws' place, she would instantly scream in delight. So now, I think I look forward to a pet in the family.

I got inspired a little more when we saw beautiful puppies for sale online.

There are also dogs for sale but we'd like to have us a cuddly puppy so we can raise and let them grow into a beautiful and well behaved dog.

Last Saturday, when we were heading home from beach day at Lingay Beach Resort, a furry dog caught my attention because it was sitting on the chair.

I think that was the kind of breed that I want for a puppy. When I asked one of my in-laws inside the van if he had any idea what kind of breed that dog was, he was not sure but he thinks it's a Shih Tzu. I believe it's hard to identify some of the breeds anymore especially if some owners have sought the aid of stud dogs for breeding.

Well, we really have a whole lot to learn about raising puppies or dogs. My father-in-law has promised us that we'll be having a new puppy soon. It's still a newborn puppy and it will still have to undergo vaccination before he sends it over to us for our care. I am definitely looking forward to blog further about it but for the record, my father-in-law already had a name for it and that name is "Shut Up". How's that for a name? :-)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

the siblings

We've all grown so much. Me and my siblings. I never thought we'd be living apart but then again when I got married and when these two brothers of mine already got their jobs abroad, it was already hard to keep the four of us together. Right now, brother McAldz is with dad in Medellin, Cebu and my sister has a job in the city. And brother J is in Bahrain still. I wonder when all four of us can have the time to be together with our dad?

Even though this wasn't beautifully taken, I guess I'll just have to hold on to this 2006 picture of the four of us being together in the photo.

basement check

What are your reasons for having a basement in the house? Well, we don't have a basement constructed in our house but if you ask me, here are some probable reasons for having a basement:

1) You need some neat place to store some stuffs you won't be needing for a long time. For example, this can be a good place to store some of your belongings, like wedding gifts and some old furniture that don't have any more place in the key parts of the house.

2) For some people, they would make an extra bedroom right on the basement so they can accommodate some of their relatives for a sleepover.

3) Some would also create a basement because they want to have a place to go to if they want to have some peace and quiet to themselves.

4) Sometimes, the basement can also serve as a hideaway wherein one can make a secret passage leading to the basement in case a threat of danger is approaching.

If you have reasons for having a basement in the home, you should also consider Waterproofing Basement Walls to make sure that this part of the house and everything that's in there is well maintained and free from any moisture leaks.

The basement is often one of the most overlooked parts of the house especially if homeowners hardly think about visiting it. This should not be the case especially if the basement is there for a reason.

on seminars and memoirs

I love seminars! One of the activities that I miss from being an office employee was going to seminars. Yes, once in a while, we get to attend seminars that could really enrich and help us to become better employees and better individuals. I was looking at old pictures and found these pictures from my Multiply account. These are pictures from one of the echo seminars that I've attended.

receiving my certificate for having attended the seminar

showing off our certificates.  i knew we learned a lot but right now, i couldn't remember what was that seminar all about. all I remembered was that this was a fun seminar.

here's the best part of the seminar - eating time! hehehe

After some careful analysis, I realized that I missed eating from Jollibee a lot. I guess it's time to let Dip-dip meet the happy bee. :-)

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

finally, a weekend getaway...

This day Saturday was beach day with the in-laws. My sister-in-law and her husband will be returning to Norway on Wednesday and would like to have another bonding time together with us before their trip back home is due.

The Lingay Beach Resort in San Remigio, Cebu became my in-laws' favorite beach to go to after they've been there for the first time in 2008. Yes, we're back in Lingay! If the beach resort owner knew I have blogged about it, they would have probably given us a good discount, LOL.

There were many changes to the place, including the price. They've increased the rent to the rooms and cottages a little bit which was understandable because it's already been two years and I believe they still charge lower than other beach resorts. They now have a swimming pool area and they charge a hundred pesos for adults and fifty pesos for children. Oh well, we didn't want the pool because we all want white sand and sea water.

Finally, we were able to have a weekend getaway with our daughter Dip-dip. It was her first long travel and her first time to the beach. This is one of the usual times I had wished my camera would already function well. It starts to feel a little weird already to take videos because you want to see pictures. LOL.

Hubby and daughter. Husband finally had his haircut done and I love it!
Dip-dip loved the water! She wasn't afraid when she took a dip. We've put on some sunscreen but in this picture, I think the sun was starting to get less friendly already. Dip-dip and I stopped basking in the water a few minutes later. Hmmm, I definitely need a haircut!

A picture with some of my in-laws.

Dipdip with his Uncle Abby (short for Abraham)

Thank God for weekends like this!

Friday, April 9, 2010

TV speakers for better sound performance

We're fond of singing through our Magic Sing. Hubby and I bought it as one of our conjugal properties but we had it before we even got married. We have used it for entertainment when he and his family came over to my parents' house to ask for my hand in marriage. Today, it is easily connected to our television. I got a little problem with the sounds though because it's not giving us the karaoke or videoke feel. It wasn't quite like the set-up at our in-laws' place where they have hooked the Magic Sing's audio to a sound system with a large speaker to boost the sound. I don't want that kind of set-up here at home though because we might make enemies with the neighbors. I guess adding TV speakers would already be enough to make the music and audio from the magic microphone blend perfectly well with the singer's voice. Hmmm, that's not a priority expense for now, though. Who knows?

Mommy Moments - My Dipdip's Shoes

mommy moments

I missed Mommy Moments for a while. Now, I'm back. :-) Anyway, the topic is all about baby's shoes. So now I'm sharing this to the rest of the mommies here. For those who would like to join in the fun in sharing their shoes stories, just click on the Mommy Moments badge.

this is her old pair. she first learned how to walk with these shoes.
it's too small for her now. :-)

she has a pink pair. but it won't fit her just yet. we're putting some tissue inside just so it would fit her. talk about parents' ingenuity!

this one is a hand-me-down (her first cousin used to own this pair) but it fits just right!
i don't know if this would fit under the 'shoes' category. let's just call this a footwear. :-)

so now, she's pretty much walking with this hand-me-down pair!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

on a more serious note...

Did you remember how you vowed to your spouse to be with each other "for richer or for poorer", etc., during your wedding day? I don't know how many recessions and financial difficulties we will be experiencing together but hubby and I have promised to hold on to that promise, no matter what.

Looking back, we were really in a tough financial situation when hubby temporarily lost his job because of the recession. Even though the company gave them their retrenchment benefit, still it wasn't enough for our future expenses considering that I was pregnant at that time and almost due for delivery. We really need to prepare for the future expenses especially for the baby's needs. There's also the need for house improvement since we need to construct rooms for it. Good thing that hubby's life insurance has the benefit of personal loans which really helped us a lot to get through our financial woes.

Loans are not that bad at all, if availed for the right purpose. I'm really thankful for these financial institutions. Without them, we could have gone to money lenders which offer loans with very high interest rates. For now, we are still paying the loan at an affordable interest rate.

It really pays to save for the rainy days, especially in these trying times. It's better to have a little amount saved than none at all before financial problems strike. We are now contemplating on augmenting our income for our baby's future since relying on the salary alone is not enough because our baby's needs are increasing.

seriously hilarious

You may have noticed that I have been sharing home videos lately and have almost turned this blog into a video blog. :-) Forgive me for doing this again because I just can't help but share this next video to the world because this one is just seriously hilarious!

I took this video of my father-in-law singing. This is just one of the series of videos that I took during our karaoke sessions. Check out how the performance turned out with the in-laws around.

Now, this is why I love my in-laws! :-)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

on vacation homes and homeaway coupons

Going on vacation is fun and exciting especially if the destination is new to us. However, we need to make sure that we can have a great vacation by figuring what we want to do and where our destination will be. Perhaps friends, relatives or family members can give some ideas on the travel destination. After having a brainstorming of ideas on destinations, the next thing to worry about is how to bear the cost of the accommodation and other expenses. If the chosen destination is a city then you have to prepare more money especially if you plan to stay for a long time.

To stay in another place will usually require you to book for a hotel room; or at least that's what you may have been used to doing. However, if you don't want to have to pay for the standard price for a hotel room and end up incurring more debts on your credit card which will eventually lead you to financial trouble, you need to be a little more resourceful when it comes to booking for an accommodation. Instead of staying in hotels, why not try renting in vacation homes? A vacation home is a practical accommodation suited for the whole family because they are usually cheaper than paying for a hotel room accommodation. It can really make your vacation an enjoyable experience since you will no longer think too much about the accommodation cost. In fact, most vacation rental homes are even offering homeaway coupons for special rates and discounts. I really hope my friends Bchai, Jenn, Andrea and others can avail of these coupons in many of their scheduled vacations.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

the second first birthday celebration

Last weekend, as I mentioned earlier, we were at our in-laws to celebrate Easter Sunday with them. Among other occasions to celebrate (hubby's two cousins graduated from the Nursing course), they also held a little celebration for Dipdip's first birthday. So, literally, it was dipdip's second first birthday celebration. I don't have pictures to show yet since we have already returned Papa's handycam and we weren't able to download the pictures and videos prior to leaving the gadget to the rightful owner. I was able to take a shot of the balloons from my own injured camera though before it automatically shut off because I forgot to charge the batteries.

Hopefully, I will update this post with pictures of Dipdip with her cousins wearing party hats. Hmmm, looks like everybody's spoiling my princess... Thanks to all the sponsors! :-)

By the way, I'm no longer expecting a third first birthday celebration but.... who knows? hahaha

brainstorming for a new business venture

Last Saturday, I had a telephone conversation with a good friend of mine, Shiela. We were both busy since the start of the year that we didn't really have the chance to catch up on each other. It was Black Saturday but I picked up the phone to let her know that I am at my in-laws' place at that time. Our conversation went from simple hello's to planning on a new business venture together but still can't agree on one fixed business venture yet. Anyway, in one of our 'serious' business conversations, we thought of putting up an online store to sell used but fashionable clothes and other used items. Here in the Philippines, it's called 'ukay-ukay.' I don't know yet how profitable it can turn out and how saturated and stiff the competition is in this kind of market and whether there'd be a huge demand for it because it still needs some serious feasibility study.

I think it would be fun and exciting to have our own business but I am not quite sure if it's a good thing to have a friend for a business partner. They say it is possible to lose your friendship in business although I don't think it will ever come close to that situation. Hopefully! I am really excited to have our own business up and running that I have actually envisioned that it will grow big to the point that we can use postcard mailing services to advertise on our business. Anyway, this one is still in the works and in the brainstorming level. The business idea could push through but it could also shift to another business venture. You know how women are - fickle-minded species!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Music Monday - Love Is In The Air

For my music Monday entry, here's a wonderful song and video of Love Is In The Air, a version sang in one of our videoke sessions with Geir, my sister-in-law's Norwegian husband. If you've been to my previous posts, you must have watched him perform an Elvis song. Love Is In The Air is a 70's song which was made popular by John Paul Young.

Love Is In The Air Lyrics

Love is in the air
Everywhere I look around
Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound

And I don't know if I'm being foolish
Don't know if I'm being wise
But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when I look in your eyes

Love is in the air
In the whisper of the trees
Love is in the air
In the thunder of the sea

And I don't know if I'm just dreaming
Don't know if I feel sane
But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when you call out my name

Love is in the air
Love is in the air
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

Love is in the air
In the rising of the sun
Love is in the air
When the day is nearly done

And I don't know if you're an illusion
Don't know if I see it true
But you're something that I must believe in
And you're there when I reach out for you

Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound
And I don't know if I'm being foolish
Don't know if I'm being wise

But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when I look in your eyes

(Repeat Chorus 4X)

seriously considering a budget hosting service

As you already know, I've already had my own parenting blog. I just bought the new domain name like two weeks ago. Husband and I have been debating over the choice of the domain name because we could never agree on each other's suggestions. It wasn't until I came up with the domain name 'our life as parents' that he finally agreed with me. Thankfully, this domain name was available for registration and so I have quickly registered for the domain name so that I could start writing contents for it for the month of April. As you know, we also argued about the choice of the website's extension - whether it should be a dot com, dot info, dot org, etc. I thought a dot com would give my parenting site more authority but husband wanted to use a dot info because it costs less to have than a dot com. Eventually, he finally gave in.

Anyhow, all my sites are still hosted under a free platform but eventually we will see about acquiring a new web hosting service for the newer one, depending on the site's performance. I've read that there's a lot more things you can do for your site when it is hosted by a reliable web hosting service. The geeks have recently reviewed a new web hosting service and I'm really glad that they came out with that information on budget hosting because I know this is really something that me and my husband can agree on. :-) So far, we are not complaining about the free platform yet but like I said, we are looking into the possibility of having the newer site hosted under another reliable new web hosting service pretty soon.

children and politics

In lieu of the upcoming May 2010 Elections in the Philippines, I thought it would be timely to share this politics anecdote that my mom had wrote in her journal:

Did You Or Didn't You ?

My husband had run as a candidate in our barangay.

Once in a while we got misunderstandings because even then we almost lost our privacy. Now and then, even if we slept, someone knocked on our doors. Others came when we were very busy...just to ask donations and others... quite intentional during the campaign period.

"You've not yet seated, you have already too many commitments, how much more if you're elected!" was my comment, shared by my eldest daughter, a 17-year old college student.

"Never mind, we, our party agreed to give!" was his reply.

After the election, he landed almost at the bottom. In short, he wasn't elected. Since I was not unhappy, my children looked at me with a suspecting eye, "
Mom, did you vote for Dad?"

the need to wear eyeglasses

My husband lost his 20/20 vision when he was still in college. He said that it was caused by too much exposure to computers since he was a computer science student back then. At first he thought he was sick when he ended up dizzy, having headaches and felt like vomiting after he stayed in front of the computer for long hours but when he told the symptoms to his mother, she told her that he might have an eye problem. To correct the problem, he had to wear eyeglasses from that time on. His first eyeglasses back then didn't provide the best solution to his needs since he only had ordinary eyeglasses lens but he had already remedied the problem when he bought another pair of eyeglasses that are suited for computer users.

Looking for a reliable optical shop for our specific needs is not that difficult, the internet is a great help to learn more about eyeglasses. As for me, I used to have a 20/20 vision but when I got pregnant in the middle of 2008 and had my eye examination during an annual physical exam, I couldn't read from the eye chart more clearly anymore. Add to that, my work which involved working in front of the computer everyday has rendered my vision in a less than perfect condition. Some say that it was caused by some changes in my hormones. I guess I'll be wearing my own prescription glasses one of these days. How about you guys? Did you ever see the need to wear eyeglasses?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

it was a good friday!

Good Friday, it was indeed! I just can't help but rejoice last Good Friday not only because of what the observance of Holy Week meant to us but because my brother from Abu Dhabi arrived on that day. After two years of not seeing my elder brother McAldz, I sure did miss him. We were very glad he was finally allowed to go on vacation. Well, what can I say-- he's still the same funny brother that I've written about in one of my February 2009 posts, who didn't quite know how to use his facebook account yet :-). Yes, he has a facebook account but he's not the one updating it, it's my other brother J. I guess I'm going to have to spend some time to teach him how to do it.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

chronicling our life as parents

Hello guys. I'm inviting you to my other blog which talks about our life as parents. Since this walk through life blog is more or less a general blog, I thought of coming up with a specific parenting blog. I've just started out writing my first post and I don't have any followers yet. I hope to see you guys out there if you would love to. I have yet to figure out how to add my blog as a new tab or something. And I am still looking for the perfect template.  Suggestions are welcome but I'll have to take a sleep for now.

I'll be adding my blogroll later. May my best friend Google find it and index it soon and hopefully give it a decent pagerank. :-) .

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