Showing posts from May, 2010

Music Monday - Never Ever Say Goodbye

My Music Monday entry is a classic song called " Never Ever Say Goodbye " from Nonoy Zuñiga. Oh, I really love his voice. Come join Music Monday and share your songs with us. Rules are simple. Leave ONLY the actual post link here and grab the code below and place it at your blog entry. You can grab this code at LadyJava's Lounge Please note these links are STRICTLY for Music Monday participants only. All others will be deleted without prejudice. PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!

mom's birthday (the weekend that was)

Even though we had already agreed that the sendoff party was also our celebration of mom's birthday, we (hubby, yours truly, Dipdip, and the nanny) went to Compostela to celebrate with grandmother. We're the only ones who are available on that day since my brother already returned to Abu Dhabi while everyone else (including dad) has already returned home for the next day's work. And so, we just brought with us a cake, lola cooked two or three dishes, and my aunt prepared macaroni salad. Well, I can't show a lot of pictures because my camera was showing symptoms of A.D.D. again  :-) But look at how amused my Tita S (mom's sister) was with my daughter who seemed to be energetic at that time to show everybody her talent in dancing. Yes, lately, our one-year old princess dances everytime she hears music from the television commercials. Sometimes, she would sing, too (believe me). We didn't really celebrate that much because my Tita S has been diagnosed with th

the sendoff

Before my brother flew back to Abu Dhabi, the family dined out together per his request. This is like his sendoff party. It was not our first time to eat at Chika-an restaurant but it was our first time to dine in at their branch in Park Mall, Cebu. We love to eat at Chika-an 's because they serve, among other things, grilled pork, sinigang, lumpia shanghai, chopsuey, and cooked monggo beans (mung beans)!   My all-time favorite is chopsuey! Although we can cook these dishes at home, we needed some ambiance once in a while. Besides, it's one of the neatest places where everybody can meet up because we're already residing in different parts of Cebu. He'll be gone again, huh! Dad looked a little sad right there... We sat outside, too (for posterity's sake) Is there someone missing in the picture? Oh, there she is! We're family... I hope to show MORE pictures but nah, I'll probably post some of them in Facebook one of these days. Or I'll probab

another reason to get motivated (i won!)

Here's another reason to get motivated. The results are already in and I am one of the winners to the Make A Wish Blog Contest! There were really a lot of beautiful entries to the contest that I am already happy that my entry landed on the third place. I can't wait to tell Joevilyn and my batchmates about this win! Thanks to blankPixels and her generous sponsors for this wonderful contest! P.S. I thought my post should already end right there.. But there are more words to say---- Last time, I actually bumped into Lemski's entry to the Make A Wish Blog Contest and I was touched that she actually wished for me to win the contest. To me, that sure was a winning entry. :-) Thank you, Lemski!!!!

are you motivated?

Sometimes it just gets me. I can't come up with a post. Life has been extremely busy. And a little stressful (most of which are my own doing). Indeed, I do need to prioritize things. After all, I'm still human and I need to breathe and exhale. Well, anyway, I guess I'm back on track. All it took was a little prayer and little motivation from my favorite motivational writer, Og Mandino. Thanks to the pdf search engine, I was able to browse again some excerpts from the Scroll Marked VI of The Greatest Salesman In The World .  The title may sound like a boring book about sales and marketing, but trust me - it's a book that you really can't put down. That's right. I thought of mom today. Yesterday, I also thought of her. And I'll always think of her every single day. She got me into liking Og Mandino's writings. She got me to memorize The Greatest Salesman's Prayer at the age of six. It's a long prayer but I was able to memorize

i let it pass (and i'm sorry)

I felt so bad about missing the Cebu Blogcamp 2010. I've read the e-mail confirmation the night before and I was really excited to go. The plan was to have my husband drive me there to the location (it's a one-hour plus drive from here) but he wasn't even able to wake up earlier, anyway. Add to that, there were also domestic problems that needed to be taken cared of which made me feel guilty about leaving. I felt bad about not being there, really. I would have been there if some things didn't get in the way. I told my husband that I would just write to the organizers about my absence but he said they will hardly feel my absence and that the event can even go on without me. Oh, okay! Somehow, that hurts a little. I told him, wait until I am already somebody... :-) Anyway, we didn't really argue because it was already the end of the conversation. Now, I've learned.. it's really different when you're already married (plus a daughter). You no longer thin

Music Monday - The Climb

Ahhh... Let's turn Hannah Montana today. I feel like singing Miley Cyrus' The Climb . This is really a very good motivation song, isn't it? “Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit.” - Diane Westlake Come join Music Monday and share your songs with us. Rules are simple. Leave ONLY the actual post link here and grab the code below and place it at your blog entry. You can grab this code at LadyJava's Lounge Please note these links are STRICTLY for Music Monday participants only. All others will be deleted without prejudice. PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!

Local Insurance Ideas for Homes and Businesses

No matter where we are in the country, we all have similar needs for security and protection, be it in our homes or in our businesses. It is inevitable then for most of us who have thoughts of security and protection for our homes and businesses to think about getting a Local Insurance that can help us recover from all the possible risk of losses involved in the ownership of these valuable assets or investments. When looking for a specific local insurance, it is best to know more than one insurance policy so that one can practically compare one insurance quote from the other. The word 'practical' is often used when deciding on a particular insurance because we don't want to splurge our hard-earned money on something that doesn't give us the most benefits, in terms of insurance coverage. That is how it is like when we shop for the perfect insurance that's suitable for our needs. Anyway, there are already a number of insurance providers that exist today; and becaus

NYC Singles - Enjoy A Fulfilling Dinner Date Minus The Pressure

When I was still single, being set up on a few dates had helped me how to carry myself well in front of the opposite sex. Well, I actually learned how to be myself and to be comfortable with being myself in front of a man. Somehow, those dinner dates have helped me realize (sometimes psychoanalyze) the many different personalities that men possess. There are men who are too nice while there are also men who just play nice. With dinner dates, you can engage in a nice conversation with the opposite sex. A dinner date is what I call a "harmless date". After that, you only have to thank the person for a nice dinner date and conversation with him. Then maybe if both of you like each other, then you can look forward to another date with the person. It's like getting to know the person a step at a time. When on a date, the subject on who pays for dinner is sometimes an issue. Traditionally, when a man asks a woman for a dinner date, it is already given that the guy pays for di

a walk in the moonlit night (a habit story)

After taking our dinner today, I felt like taking a little walk outside and tucking Dipdip along with me so that I can prevent myself from sitting right away in front of the computer. After I did that, I felt like I've burned some of the unwanted calories in my body already. It is also a refreshing feeling to have taken a walk inside the subdivision at night time with the moon and the stars above us. I'm not really good at describing moments like that; so I'll probably just say- I'm glad to have taken the stroll. In short, expect that I'd do this every night. Anyway, beyond those burned calories and some moments with Didpdip in the moonlit night, there's also one good thing that happened that night. I had met and made a friend! She's a nun. She's temporarily living in the unit in front of us. I forgot the congregation where she belonged but she's one of those nuns who are not required to wear a habit because they do social work. Tonight, she was

the home with an office feel

Even though I'm already at home, the home still feels like the office to me. Me and my husband are still working full-time. We still have to report and sit in front of our computers for eight hours a day; the only difference is that we are doing our jobs in the convenience of our home. If both of us have deadlines to meet, we even forget to talk to each other. It's funny because when he's not talking to me, I feel like sending him a message via YM even when our computers are only a few steps apart. Somehow, the home still has that office feel. Occasionally, we would also receive business letters with some really attractive address stamps on them. My husband was even surprised how these companies learned about our home address. How did they know we have a credit card to begin with? Why would they offer to lend us such a large amount? Don't they know that we are not what we call traditional employees? The offers look really enticing but we both agreed to dismiss them in

I'm Joining The First Cebu Blog Camp!

Hello Cebu! Yours truly is joining the first ever Cebu Blog Camp 2010 because I believe I can meet a lot of good-natured bloggers and I look forward to learning more about blogging and the many ways to make money online. It's also a way of networking with a lot of bloggers here in Cebu and even from neighboring cities. Somehow, I know I have to be there! I really hope they still have one more seat for me because I just learned all about it yesterday from Lemski . For those who would like to join, this is happening on Saturday, May 22, 2010 - CAP Auditorium, CAP Complex, Jones, Cebu City. Click here for further details. This is a free invitation. The Cebu Blog Camp 2010 is co-presented by Gold Sponsors Sponsor and Media Partner Bronze Sponsors Geiser Maclang Marketing Communications, Inc. Custom Wordpress Theme by Padd Solutions South Florida Party Planner Magazine Weddings, Quinceanera, Sweet Sixteen and Events Magazine Winston Delawar Photography, a Premiere South

just another moving story

Stephen and I were still lovers when we found this place but the developer knew we will be wed in a few months' time and so they had actually allowed us to sign a housing loan agreement with them even though I have yet to sign it myself first as a single person. This house is like a "rent-to-own" house. It's funny because it is payable in 30 years. We will be like 60+ years old then. Only God knows if we're going to live that long but we're also dreaming of winning in the lotto so that we can be able to pay it all up earlier in our lifetime. Now I'm thinking, how do we win any lotto if we didn't even buy tickets for it? Well, it's been two years of renting to own; so there's still twenty-eight more years to go! We've learned to love this place, so we really hoped this can become "officially" our own. If only Oprah can bump into this post and then make this dream come true. Oh, Oprah, you found Charice, how about finding this pos

Music Monday - If I Ain't Got You

I feel like singing this song today and for the rest of the week! This is a song by Alicia Keys. It's called " If I Ain't Got You ". This is like a personal song. Somehow, this song has a double meaning to me. It can be a song for my husband and it can also be dedicated to the Lord. How's that? I once listened to my Aunt Sarah doing a cover of this song and replaced the word "baby" with "Lord" and it then turned out to be a really beautiful song that she offered to the Lord. Come join Music Monday and share your songs with us. Rules are simple. Leave ONLY the actual post link here and grab the code below and place it at your blog entry. You can grab this code at LadyJava's Lounge Please note these links are STRICTLY for Music Monday participants only. All others will be deleted without prejudice. PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!

wishing for someone else

The pretty girl in the picture is Joevilyn. She is a classmate back in high school. I haven't seen her since we've moved here to Cebu (I'm a native of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental). Thanks to technology, we've been reunited through Facebook and SMS. I learned later that she's been diagnosed with Lupus disease, with a secondary kidney failure. I remembered that our late President Ferdinand Marcos also suffered from this disease which had caused his death (if I'm not mistaken). She's had this disease since 2002. With this disease, she has to undergo dialysis and injection twice a month. With the help of her family who also solicited some help from friends and from The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, she was able to carry on with her tests, medications, dialysis, etc. She had asked help from me as well. She had asked if I can sponsor her for one session of dialysis and injection. God knows I wanted to help her but we barely have anything left after taki

do you dig fashion?

Plain and simple - that would be the best phrase to describe myself. When it comes to dressing up, I'm far from being fashionable or trendy. I just want to wear clothes that will not catch anyone's attention. Coincidentally, I seem to agree with a famous writer by the name of William Somerset Maugham when he said that " The well-dressed man is he whose clothes you never notice. " Yes, and that's still my aim - to be well-dressed! If you also ask me if I ever wear any fashion jewelry, occasionally I would but that's only to accessorize myself once in a while. As far as earrings are concerned, I hardly wear any especially if they are fashion earrings because my ears would then get itchy and I would then be forced to take it off, anyway. Here are fashion jewelries that are currently in my drawer. I didn't buy these myself. I simply rummaged through my sister-in-law's giveaway stuffs. When it comes to my daughter, that's another story. If I c

motherhood celebrated simple

Last weekend, I didn't have time to post about Mother's Day celebration. We spent the weekend at our in-laws' place and so we got to celebrate Mother's Day with them. We felt really special that day. It was my first time to taste Tanduay Ice which tasted like a lady's drink. It was good but I only had two shots of it. What's a little sad about the celebration though was that someone (not a relative) mishandled the box of cake that we bought for mother-in-law. He carried the box of cake like it was just a luggage. Somehow, his intention to help carry our stuff from the car didn't do the cake any justice. I felt a little bad about it because we took the time to go to the mall to buy the cake only to get messed up like that. Anyway, I took the picture from afar and it still looked like a cake after all. :-) I'm really blessed to have a wonderful mother-in-law who treats me like her own daughter as well.  Oh, how I love all my in-laws! a cake for mothe

On Business Cards As A Form Of Advertising

One of the ways in which you can promote your business is by giving out business cards. Business cards contain all of your business information, what kind of business you are doing, your contact details and all other pertinent information which involves the operation of your business (phone number, e-mail address, website, etc.). Giving out business cards is a way of advertising your business. Nowadays,it shouldn't be hard to get an excellent design for your business cards. For example, if you're having a hard time making your own design, you are always welcome to use free templates online. In order to reap the benefits of advertising, you need to consider printing them with the best quality in mind and at an affordable price. Think of the following benefits and more when you have quality business cards to distribute to potential clients: 1. Giving out business cards to people you've already made business with is a good idea. If they ever want to do business with you ag

a mother's love is incomparable

Here's a story that will touch every single vein in your body. What a story this is for Mother's Day!

Would You Like To Take That Sweet Chance of Success?

When we talk about going into business, we can't help but talk about the risks involved. No matter how small the business is, we don't want to fail. However, even with the thought that the business could fail, we would always want to give it a try and hope that instead of failure, we can experience success. Even if we start out small, there is a good chance that we will risk the amount of money we have put up for it. However, the self fulfillment and monetary rewards are great that we oftentimes cannot really help ourselves from trying. For all we know, the risk of failure can be minimized if we contemplate about getting it small business insurance . Yes, at some point in our lives, we would dream about becoming our own employer, or our own boss. Just as going into business involves a lot of risks, being employed also means employing that risk within one's self. There is always that challenge of keeping our jobs and staying "employed". So the choice is actua

turning redundant

I mentioned in my April post about raising puppies or dogs. Well, I didn't forget to write an update about it. After it was vaccinated, we finally had the puppy in our loving care. And yes, we didn't get a shih tzu from father-in-law (that's okay). Instead, it's a mixed breed, an "askal" or a mongrel in other words. However, I must say that this puppy was very much loved and it actually had the opportunity to get cared for by my sister-in-law's Norwegian husband. In fact, he already had this certain attachment to the puppy. The puppy is really adorable but always wants our attention. My husband really cared for the puppy so much that sometimes I would tease him by singing in my own tune and with lyrics and words to the effect that "the puppy is so much luckier than I am because he gets a good bath and attention from him everyday".:-) Anyway, the name of the puppy is Shut Up . Father-in-law gave that name to him. Dipdip, as you can see in the

music monday - rainbow

For this week's Music Monday, my entry is the song called Rainbow . This is a song from my favorite Filipino band, Southborder. I love this song - the voices behind it, the melody and the lyrics! You have to listen to this, guys... P.S. I especially dedicate this song to my very good friend. She knows who she is. :-) I don't know what she's going through right now (because she's not telling) but I hope she's okay. Hugs to you, my friend. Come join Music Monday and share your songs with us. Rules are simple. Leave ONLY the actual post link here and grab the code below and place it at your blog entry. You can grab this code at LadyJava's Lounge Please note these links are STRICTLY for Music Monday participants only. All others will be deleted without prejudice. PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!

the heavenly project

It's  funny how dropping some EC's have led me to read some misunderstandings over the Internet and then eventually led me to do a little charity work. I say " little " because I wished it was within my means to have given more for a wonderful cause. I have realized that somehow something good came out from some arguments over the Internet. :-) I just  followed their stories and felt a little sad about how things went with them the past week or so. Anyway, like I said, if there was anything good that resulted from following some stories, it was because I have bumped into a post about the homeless widow and three children . I got touched by the story and wanted to pitch in some help. I know my donation was just a little amount but it was sincerely given from the heart. Well, they say the house was not fully made up yet. So, if anyone is curious about the " Heavenly Project " and its updates, just click right through this beautiful blinking badge and you wil