Monday, November 29, 2010

best cure, remedy and prevention for insomnia

Having trouble going to sleep? Something worrying you? Troubled and can't sleep? They say counting sheeps will help you doze off to sleep. However, most people would almost run out sheeps to count and realize they're still up and awake.

So why don't we count our blessings, instead? This is perhaps the best cure, remedy and prevention for insomnia. :-)

Here's that lyrics to the song:

Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)

When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

wordless wednesday: the rainbow connection

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. " - Gilbert K. Chesterton

When was the last time you stopped to look at a beautiful rainbow?

Monday, November 22, 2010

going viral to welcome Christmas

Me: Use "meretrisha" in a sentence.
You: Use it.
Me: Meretrisha and A Happy New Year!

Okay, that wasn't funny, was it? How about this?

Me: Use "meowy" and "puppy" in a sentence.
You: That's hard. Use it.
Me: Meowy Christmas and A Puppy New Year!

Haha! Sorry about that one last joke, too. I just remembered my ex-officemates' creativity when it comes to coming up with a concept for a Christmas decoration. :-)

The company came up with a Christmas Decoration contest last 2007 as a way to motivate us more to beautify the room and give it a Christmas feel. It was a unique concept that we did for the room and we liked it but unfortunately, we didn't win. Turns out that our officemates from the other departments were more creative than us. :-)

Anyway, Christmas reminds me of gift giving, Christmas parties, and Christmas bonus.

Well, speaking of Christmas gifts, do you already have one for me? A Blackberry Curve would be nice. Actually I am just kidding because  I couldn't think of a better segway to introduce you to Noypi's entry to Sulit's viral contest. Check out his link if you want to join this viral contest, too!

Anyway, this couldn't have come at a better time because I've been meaning to greet all you modern Filipinos and Non-Filipino friends out there a "Maligayang Pasko" (Merry Christmas). So, thanks Noypi blogger for visiting my blog and for inviting me to add your e-card as a post on my blog.

Friday, November 12, 2010

on birthdays and good riddance

If there is one thing that help other friends remember the day of my birthday - that would be because my birthday falls on Veterans Day. In short, you also need to remember what date Veterans Day is being celebrated annually. It's funny because some of my friends I met at work a few years back would rather celebrate Veterans Day than celebrate my birthday with them. I really don't blame them if they'd like to get rid of my birthday on the calendar because I usually celebrate my birthdays the frugal way. That means "no birthday spree" from me especially now that we have a baby. :-)

Anyway, it is definitely an honor to have co-celebrated my birthday with the military veterans. The bravery/courage they have shown for their country is truly admirable and worthy of emulation. Now, I've learned that there's a very good way of honoring these military veterans. You can do this by donating your old vehicle. Wow, I wish I can do something like that but we don't even own a car. LOL. If you remember a few months ago, I wrote that my husband was once driving his sister's car (named Oliver) for a while. Well, Oliver was no longer in our custody. Sister-in-law already sold it because of high maintenance cost and it's not practical to keep him (Oliver) because sister-in-law and her hubby had already gone back to Norway.

Here's an interesting thing my good friends from the U.S. should know about donating cars in honor of the veterans. If you donate your old cars, vans or trucks, you will get a tax deduction for it. Cool, right? I heard it is so easy to donate your car in chicago where all it takes is just to fill out and send the donation form and the vehicle will be picked up any day you want. You will also get the same convenience and tax deduction opportunity from the said car donation program.

Well, if you'd like to get rid of your old car instead of letting it lie around your garage for so long, going into car donation for the benefit of the veterans, where you can also enjoy a tax deduction, might be a good idea.

Hmmm. I think this is what we would call good riddance, right? :-)

favorite sponsor's post: georyl now on spotlight

If you have visited here via Entrecard, you might have noticed or read one review that says nice words about me. Those words actually came from Gee of Georyl dot com back when she was still blogging as the twitterer. That's where I have come to know her first. Right now, I even got to know her better when she decided to focus on blogging with her heart.

Would you like to know the best post that I loved reading from Gee/Georyl?
Well, personally, I love the words she has recently written about me on the occasion of my birthday in her blog. Below are excerpts from that post that I'd like to keep as a sort of memento on my blog:

Coming from someone who blogs with her heart, these words made me blush, smile and grin from ear to ear (LOL). Indeed, sweet, kind and sincere words make us feel good inside and out.

However, if I were to vote on her "best post" for blankpixels' contest, I believe I should vote on a post that's not totally about me. I'm talking about her mushy post last August where she talks about her ideal man - her husband. At first, this came as a surprise to me because I once had the impression that she would not write things about this nature but then I realized later that she had already updated the header of her blog to reveal that she's blogging with her heart. :-) I'd like to highlight this as her best post because I love to read posts about love and declarations of love. Being the mushy woman that I am, I can very well relate to her ideal man post. :-)

But of course, this is just my opinion. If you think otherwise, I suggest you check out her archives to find your own best post. :-)

Okay, let me just disclose that this is my official entry to blankpixels' Thirty on 30 Fave Sponsor's Post. Now, this may be an entry to a contest but I am definitely writing this from the wholeness of my heart. :-)

My friends, you still have a lot of time to join blankpixels' contest (contest ends on November 30). I'd like to invite you all to join. Just check out the link above to know more about the contest details and prizes. :-)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

my birthday thanks

I'd like to take this chance to thank everybody who took the time to greet me on my birthday today -- mashkans, bloggers, friends and relatives.

As my way of branding my page or blog, I am sharing this short 30-second video all mashkan visitors and friends. I am dedicating this new blog station ID to all of you.:-)

How do you like it? :-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

the changes in my life

I used to be this thin!
What was going on with me?
I've gained a lot of weight and it started when I got pregnant. Losing weight has been so DIFFICULT to do even if it's been more than a year and a half since I've delivered our little girl to this world. I didn't think I can still attribute this to post maternal weight anymore. I believe this has something to do with not watching my appetite (I am a sucker for rice) and not moving a lot because I have focused on my sedentary job and other things that keep me longer on the computer.

How did this change affect me?
To tell you the truth, I didn't like the change I see in my body. I wasn't feeling really good about myself before just looking at my still bulging belly in the mirror. I didn't like it that nothing I have in my closet that I would wear would look good on me. I thought that was already enough to badly injure me and my self-esteem. But there was more.

Who encouraged me to change?
Because of how unfit my body looks, husband would sometimes tease me about it so that I would be encouraged to do a regular routine of exercise with him. My husband was forgiving about the way I look but he was really concerned about my health because lately I've been feeling a lot of aches and pains in my body. He said that if I were only a few pounds off my weight, I wouldn't be feeling these aches and pains.

Also, I really couldn't help others from noticing how bad I look now, physically. Sometimes, I would rather that they just keep their thoughts to themselves rather than commenting something about my weight which I already know about. You know truth really hurts. And there are comments from people we can take - depends on how they are delivered.

I also got an advice from someone I really look up to – my mom's sister. She told me privately (via email) after looking at my recent pics that I should try to lose weight because our family has history of hypertension (mom died of brain aneurysm triggered by high blood pressure).

A work in progress
I have taken my aunt's advice to:
1. Make time to walk 30 minutes a day;
2. Limit on rice, carbs, sweets, etc.
3. No sodas or fruit juices, just water!
4. Stay healthy and pretty for myself and hubby.

I just hope I'd be able to stick to this healthy route. It will be my birthday tomorrow. :-)

This is my official entry to blankpixels' Thirty on 30 Changes In My Life Blog Contest.

Monday, November 8, 2010

prelude to changes in my life

I really think I'm getting older. I know my birthday will be in the next few days but that's not the only reason why I feel like I am getting older than I was before.

Lately, I have noticed these things about myself:

  • I watch and read a lot of news. No more horoscopes and stargazing :-)
  • I'm beginning to become forgetful and I have this tendency to repeat myself that if people were like the Wordpress comment notification, they're likely to tell me "it looks like you've already said that!"... Oh, my bad, I'm sorry!
  • I don't use my cellphone that much anymore like I used to. SMS has taken a back seat. I realized that cellphone load is an expense - so I have cut down on that SMS habit. This may also be the reason why I'm not getting messages from friends anymore. LOL. Thank God there's still Facebook.

More importantly, now that I am getting older, I have gone through some changes in my life - MAJOR changes! And I'm going to reveal some of them on my succeeding posts.

let's talk about sleep

Do your children sleep with you at night?

Our little toddler does. She is less than two years old. She is too old to be in a crib and so we gave it away so somebody's baby could have better use for it. Actually, we gave it to mother-in-law because she knew who to give it to. The last time we spoke, she told us it's already in good hands.

We believe she is also too young to sleep alone in a separate room yet, so we let her sleep with us. I wonder at what age we are going to let her sleep alone. Frankly, right now, I am not comfortable at the thought yet.

For safety purposes, the three of us sleep on just the mattress part of the bed. Hubby has discarded the bed frame and stands just to prevent our little girl from accidental fall in case we won't notice her rolling over. It's practical that way.

I think it would be great to have rustic bedroom furniture, don't you think so? Oh, I really like it when there's a rustic bedroom nightstand beside our bed. Right now, though, we are still all about safety. Hopefully, when our little girl is already old enough and ready to sleep in a separate bedroom, I look forward to have the bedroom fixed to our liking.

I found the photo below at my sister-in-law's Facebook account. Hmmm, this is what I want our bed and bedroom furniture to look like one day. Wishful thinking! :-)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

wishing and praying

There are less words to say today ....

"Today, I wished and prayed to God that all my words would bring good tidings. Words that will help build a church and bring up a lowly creature of God so that I can also create good karma for me and for my children and for my children's children." - lifted from my mom's journal

Grateful to mom for all the good examples.  This is my prayer, too - not only because I'm afraid of karma but primarily because I love God and I want to do things that please Him.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

just for Technorati claim compliance


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

woman talk: my big lesson on comfort

One of the many things that I learned from my mom that I probably have not mentioned yet on any of my posts is to wear something that I am comfortable wearing - from the choice of lipstick down to my most intimate or private apparel. If you are a man reading this post, please be reminded that this is a wholesome post and is not intended to invite or provoke comments that are beyond the wholesome point. :-)

Yes, I do wear lipstick when I go out if only to enhance my plain and simple look and I'm comfortable with paler shades. When it comes to the choice of clothes, "comfort" and "quality" will always be my basis. This goes the same when it comes to my choice of lingerie. I don't know if anyone notices it but if you are wearing quality and comfortable lingerie, it gives you that certain confidence and poise - something that a bad inner or undergarment can't usually provide.

Speaking of lingerie, women now have a lot of choices. In fact, they can choose to wear something that fit their personality in terms of design, color and type of fabric. Or they can choose to try something else for a change. Sometime in my single years, one of my women friends gave me a T-back as a Christmas gift. She recommended that I should at least try something that's far from my personality. You know what? I have tried it but I was never comfortable because it felt like I wasn't wearing any. A big lesson on comfort! :-)

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