Friday, November 30, 2007

The Fierceification of Zac Efron...

I just finished browsing Just Jared and I came across this pic of Celine Dion / Zac Efron combined...hehehe....

I can't put the pic here kaso takot ako sa demanda..hehe... but if you want to see it go here....

Gotta go...I have to make dinner...

Lookey here Ladies and Gents....

An award from a good blog buddy/friend....my katukayo -Juliana-!!! Yipee!! Thanks much Tuks, you're one of those that make my blogging experience an exciting and fulfilling experience. Drama yan, ha!

Time to give this away now so let me pass this on to: Nancy, Lola Tess, Pretty Life Online, Recel, Ritchella, Roselle, Darlene, Vicky and Emma...come get it before I change my mind...just kidding ladies.....you can get it anytime you want....

Learn Self-Defense

Sometime ago, a former co-teacher was riding a bus on her way home from school when a group of men in the bus pointed guns on the other passengers while robbing them of their money and valuables. Ever since that day, I have been mulling over taking some self-defense classes. Finding a school though proved to be harder than I thought. All the places I checked claimed they know the truth about martial arts and that they can help me be ready for any danger that may come my way.

That was more than 10 years ago. Up until this day I have not found a school to my liking so I never really pushed through with that plan… that is until I came across Captain Chris’ Close Combat. My plan of learning self defense may just come true because Close Combat Training is more like the self defense I am looking for.

Close combat training was founded by Chris Pizzo….an accomplished martial artist with 5 black belts to his credit. You would think that with all these belts he has, he would be able to protect his life from any kind of danger…dangers in the outside world, maybe. But when the fight was within his own body, he didn’t have a way to fight it. With the help of his doctors he survived the ordeal and went on with his life as a teacher. He continued to train in martial arts and considered himself as one tough guy. He continued to very active in almost all new martial arts even the ones that were popular. All these trainings made him even more confident about his craft.

But being a martial art expert didn’t prepare him for one life altering fight of his life…a road rage fight. All the training and knowledge he has in martial arts proved to be useless on this particular situation he was in. He almost lost his and his loved ones lives simply because the self-defense he knew didn’t defend them from 2 people who probably didn’t even have any martial training like him. So Chris Pizzo started analyzing the martial arts he knew and decided to find the truth about martial arts. For more than 10 years now, this is what he has been doing. Through this one of a kind self defense method, he is now considered as world leader in self defense.


Through his hard work and dedication, thousands of people now benefit from what is called Close combat. People from all walks of life tried and tested it as proven in the testimonials in their website. Check for yourself and try the no obligation test drive of close combat training in their website.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Q&A....Tag again...

1. Who has your heart? I do! Should someone else have it? BUT...My heart belongs to my hubby!
2. How did you wake up this morning? By opening my eyes? Is there any other way? As for how I was feeling when I woke up, I would say pretty good.
3 . Which is more romantic: sunrise or sunset? I like both actually but I rarely wake up early enough to see the sunrise.
4. Are you wearing any non-clothing? Yes. My earrings, a gold bracelet that I never take off, my wedding band and my engagement ring.
5. What did you do last night? I slept. Before that I did some blogging then watched TV with hubby.
6. Who was the last person you kissed? My hubby for his goodnight kiss...
7. Would you kiss that person, again? I better or else...
8. Did you brush your teeth this morning? No, why? I did! It's the first thing in my morning rituals.
9. What did you drink today? Lots of water, juice and a mug of hot cocoa
10 . Do you like honey? It depends on what I put it on.
11. What's the last thing you broke? Vacuum but technically I didn't break it because it's been acting up for a while. It needed a new roller so now it's on 'leave'.
12. Do you know the date? Hmmm...let me see--- I think it's November 20, last week.
13. Where's the last place you went shopping? Big Lots for some Christmas tree ornaments.
14 . Did you sing at all today? Yes I did...my daughter even sang along with me so did my hubby.
15. When's the last time you cried? That I can't remember.
16. How many letters are there in your last name? My married last name - six, my original one - seven.
17. When did you go swimming LAST? I don't go swimming....I CAN'T swim!!!
18 . Do you love anyone other than family? Sure. My friends?
19. What book did you read last? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.
20. Is your shirt dirty? Nope. I just changed after my shower earlier tonight.
21 . Do you live near your best friend? I live WITH my best friend. Seriously.
21. Are you a Bon Jovi fan? Not really but he has songs that I like.
22. Are you scared of snakes? Is the Pope Catholic? Heck yeah!!!!

Get Your Dream Wedding with True Wedding Favors

When my husband and I decided to get married in 2001, it was done the simplest possible way…officiated by a Justice of Peace and witnessed by 2 of his siblings. Why? I was a coward, I guess. I didn’t want to go through the terror of planning a big wedding. My fear was justified when a friend got married in 2005. She spent a lot of money for her wedding coupled with the stress of her personally planning the wedding. If only she found a place that offers unique wedding favors early enough, she would have been spared of all the heartaches in planning the biggest day of her life.

Couples now have the choice of just sitting back and relaxing while their dream wedding is being made into a reality by Truly Wedding Favors. The name says it all….they give the bride and groom unique wedding favors because they are the cheapest there is. It is a one stop place and you can choose the theme of your dream wedding without breaking the bank. They have very unique favors that are priced as low as $1 each.

Just like you, the people who started Truly Wedding Favors had gone through wedding planning themselves so they know what you need and how you feel. So if you want a place that truly understands what unique wedding favors are, visit Truly Wedding Favors. It will certainly make your wedding a memorable one.

The Christmas Tree Saga Continues.....

Here's the Tree with the 'Airblown Animated Inflatable Mickey/Minnie Mouse' my dear husband got for our little one. He actually got it at Walmart about a week ago. I think it cost about $80. We hid it until last night when my hubby set it up while I was giving her a bath. It's kinda' noisy though because it is supposed to be an outdoor display but we didn't want to put it outside because of the crazy weather. So now it's situated right beside our little christmas tree. I guess that's about it for the Christmas tree for now. We don't put the presents until the night before christmas...and yep, our little one still believes in Santa. Oh, she was thrilled to see it. Here she is in her nightgown while she's enjoying it for the first time.


Great Deals at Second Act...

A lot of the electronics in our house are either factory refurbished or floor models. This laptop I’m using right now is factory refurbished which we bought online in 2002. We were in a crunch at that time so we couldn’t afford to pay for a brand new one. That’s more than 5 years ago and my laptop is still alive and kicking. The same with our television set. My husband bought it in 2000. The store he went to didn’t have anymore in stock for that particular model so they offered him the one on the floor for half the price. The TV is the one we still use up to this day. But this old TV set would have to be replaced because with our new house that’s being built now, my husband wants an HDTV. With the price of a new HDTV, I don’t think that we can afford to buy it. Actually, with all the financial problems we encountered having the new house built, I don’t think we can afford anything brand new.

So my husband and I are on a mission now to look for the appliances we need at a much lower price. Most of the appliances we have right now is either broken or on a temporary fix. So we really need to replace them sooner or later. Since we’ve had good experiences with factory refurbished stuff, Second Act is a good place for us to start. They have all kinds of electronics, big and small at a price range we can afford. I just checked their HDTVs and they have a lot of different products and models. You can search the site in categories such as prices, products and sizes.

One of the cool things about Second Act is their Deal of the Day. Like right now, they have this Samsung HL-S6187 61" 1080p DLP HDTV – Refurbished for only $1149!!! Its price for today only went down by $200. Isn’t that a steal? The Deal of the Day normally lasts for 24 hours. After that, they will have another product as their deal of the day. So if you’re not on the lookout for a Plasma or HDTV, you can always check them out daily and see what they have featured on their Deal of the Day. Better still, why not sign up for their newsletter so you will be one of the first to know of all their great new deals.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

7 Weird Things about Me????

Pokwang had nothing better to do yesterday so she tagged me not once but TWICE in a matter of minutes…hehe. Nah, I actually appreciate the fact that see remembers me…thanks much Pokwang

Here are the rules:
*Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
*Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
*Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
*Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

7 random / weird things about me:

***This is going to take a lot of thinking since I can’t think of weird things about me. Some of my so-called ‘weird habits’ are either gone or are not really weird but I’ll try to come up with something.

1. At night, I’d rather put on sweater and/or jammies instead of using the blanket to keep me
warm.
2. When I was in college, I would go in the gym of my dorm where there were games going on to study for my tests. Why? If I stayed in my room to study, I would end up sleeping so I ‘trained’ myself to study in noisy places. I got pretty good in tuning out the noise. Talk about good concentration….nope, I can’t do that anymore.
3. It’s normal in our household to give/get kisses before either my hubby or I have to take a shower. If we don’t do that, our little girl would question us why. And yes, I started it…ahahaha
4. I can’t do Number 2 in other places. I have to go home to do it.
5. When my hubby leaves for work every morning, I have a whole ritual that I do before he can get in his car to drive away. What ritual? It’s for me to know and for you to guess….hehe. Actually, nothing x-rated....I just have to shower him with kisses all over his face in and out the door.
6. Back when I was in high school and college, I was the 'go to' girl when my friends [male and female] were having a fight with their significant others. I seem to have that effect on them like I can 'fix' their problem.
7. Before I sleep at night, I have to kiss, smell and hug my little girl even if it’s at 2 AM. I sometimes wake her up but she doesn’t mind, we even talk a little when my hug or kiss wakes her up.

Nice.......

Vicky dropped by this morning bearing gifts...FOR ME!!! It's actually more than just gifts, they're awards...yes they are. She very graciously handed me this....

and this one





Isn't that sweet?? I have not been able to visit her sites as often as I used to but she still remembered to give me something. For that, I would like to say 'Thanks a bunch, Vicky!'. Now it's my turn to hand these 2 awards to my friends: Nova, Norms, Denz, Emmy and Pokwang. Come get it ladies and gent.....

TV Wall Bracket

Two major things had to be considered when we decided to move forward and hire a new builder to build our house… space and money. The new size of the new house is much smaller than the original one. Everything we chose for the original house should either be replaced or eliminated altogether. We had to choose smaller pieces of furniture or eliminate some things altogether like an armoire that we wanted for the big screen TV my husband is planning on getting. There’s just no space for it. We’re still planning on getting a plasma or an LCD TV although this time, we’re looking at tv wall bracket to hold it. Using this wall bracket is such a perfect choice because it does not take up as much space as a regular armoire.

As for the financial situation, we have to choose things which are considerably cheaper because of our tight budget. Good thing the LCD and/or plasma TV prices continue to go down. Not only that, if we stick to buying the armoire that we wanted, it would cost us around 2 thousand dollars. But the tv wall bracket price fits our budget so well. We don’t have to spend a fortune to get it. Since it occupies almost no space, we can choose the biggest screen TV we want.

We still have a long way to go with the new house. The builder just got the permit a few weeks ago. Hopefully, they will start the construction soon. For the meantime, I have to ask the husband to go visit dekomount and find the tv wall bracket to his liking. He already knows what TV he wants, by checking out the different wall brackets at dekomount, he may just change his mind as to how big he wants this TV to be.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Tree....

As promised in my other entry, here's the almost done christmas tree courtesy of our little girl. She didn't stop until all the balls in sight are put on the tree. Of course she had to put her 'own' touch to the tree. Right now, there are quite a few 'snowflakes' made out of construction papers.

Here it is 'bare'...
Here it is after she "decorated" it while I was out of the room...

And here it is now minus the construction snow flakes...
She thinks it's all there is to it. What she didn't know is Daddy bought some kind of a blow up Chrismassy Mickey Mouse that we're putting out tomorrow night. I am hoping I'll be able to capture her reaction when she sees it beside the tree...

Birth Announcements in Style....

I can honestly say that having our little girl in our lives is the best thing that has ever happened to us. No doubt about that. Everything she does just makes our heart swell every single time. It has been a very happy and fulfilling 5 years since the day she came to our lives. A lot had changed since the day we found out we were having a little bundle of joy. We were very excited about the pregnancy so we wanted our family to feel our excitement. So, we looked for some creative ways to do the baby announcements.

Both my family and my husband’s family live either across the country or outside the country. So we wanted to share the baby’s birth with them in a special way instead of just making a phone call and telling them about the birth. At first we wanted to buy some birth announcements to let them know but we didn’t have enough resources to do that. So we went online and checked some inexpensive ways to share the good news to our families and friends here and abroad. We came across a lot of different kinds of baby photo invitations while we were doing the search. They were all so cute and adorable that we were torn on which one to choose.

When the big day arrived, my husband and I decided to have some photo birth announcements made. They were fairly cheap so we were able to send them to all of our families without breaking the bank, so to speak. My family was particularly thrilled because it’s impossible for them to be present at our baby’s birth because they are in another country. But with the unique baby photo announcements we sent them, it seemed that they were also present at the birth of our little one.

If a you or a loved one is expecting a new addition in the family and you want a unique way of letting friends and family about it, visit Mozdex and see the different ways you can do it.

Add-on Pop ups...

Arrghh...I'm doing my usual rounds just now. Suddenly a pop up came up about a certain add-on. What did it do? It screwed up my browser of course so my browser had to close down for some kind of an error. I just hate that when it happens. I'm not even sure what brought it on. I had 2 windows open so I can hop faster...not! Oh well....I'll be visiting the others tomorrow.

You all have a good night and don't let the bed bugs bite...

Fast is Good....

There are some things in life that are best when they are slow and easy. Internet connection is NOT one of them. Slow internet connection is probably fine 10 years ago because it used to be very expensive to have a broadband. Not anymore. Cheap broadband is now available almost everywhere. There is just no reason to stick with dial up especially if it costs the same as broadband.

Aside from having super fast internet connection, Wi-Fi is the talk of the town now. If you get on with BT Broadband, Wi-Fi service is totally free. This means that anywhere you go around the world, it is possible that you can keep in touch with the rest of the world. You can check your email and surf the internet just like when you’re at home. Oh, did I say this all part of the cheap broadband you can get from BT Broadband? Yes it is. No extra charge or anything. It’s totally free.

So if you’re still stuck in the world of slow connection, get on the other side. For starter, check BT Broadband and check out their cheap broadband offers. I’m sure you will be amazed at what they have to offer.

More Things about me...

"Matamis" also known as Sweet-D and Pokwang [who is on a roll today, I should add] passed on another tag to me...the 'Two Things about me...' tag. Thanks much Sweet-D and dacal a salamat Pokwang..

1.Two names I go by: Juliana / Juls
2. Two things I am wearing right now: Shirt /shorts
3. Two things I want (or have) in a relationship: Love / Peace
4. Two things I like to do: Cook / Surf the net
5. Two things I want very badly in this moment: A new laptop / more work to make money from [ who doesn't eh?]
6. Two things I did last night: Work / sleep
7. Two things I ate today: Chocolate cake, yumm…/ rice with green beans
9. Two things I am doing tomorrow: Work / chores
10. Two favorite days of the week: Saberday / Sunday
11. Two favorite holidays: Christmas and Halloween simply because my daughter enjoys these 2 more than the others.
12. Two favorite beverages: Water / Hot cocoa
13. Two things about me that you may not have known: ( 1) I wanted to be a nun in when I was in high school but my father was against it. (2) A good friend of mine in high school who also wanted to be a nun IS a NUN now [with the Carmelites].
14. Two jobs that I have had in my life: Teacher / Tagalog[Filipino] SME and Consultant
15. Two movies I would watch over and over: Harry Potter Series / Bourne Series
16. Two places I have lived: Aside from the Philippines, Taiwan / USA
17. Two of my favourite food: Shrimps / crabs
18. Two places I would rather be right now: I’m right where I want to be but it would be wonderful to visit the Philippines and my friends in Taiwan in the future.

GPS Insight at Your Service

One of the things that scare me about driving is finding my way around, well, aside from the driving itself, of course. I have never been good in directions so I am worried that I may get lost if I have to drive all on my own. I have been lost a couple of times so getting lost while I’m driving is a very big possibility for me. One of the things that somehow put my mind to rest is the invention of GPS and places like GPS Insight. Why? Because now I know that there is someone with me at all times.

GPS is not only beneficial to drivers like me who is not good with directions. I am going to need one for personal use but a lot of companies also use it to better their businesses and improve their services. A tracking device is a must to businesses that send out people to attend to their customers' needs so they can be sure that the employees they are sending out are doing their jobs and going where they’re supposed to go. My husband’s business does a lot of service calls. These service calls are very important to them because they can either make or break the relationship between the customer and the business. With the help of GPS and GPS Insight there will be no more labor paid when people aren’t really working. Let’s face it, not every employee is honest and would admit of taking side trips when they go out to do some service calls to customers.

Wherever you are, GPS Insight can help you because they provide services across the country. Here is an example of the many routes that GPS Insight can track.

This is what GPS Insight does best. Companies can now track their employees on service every couple of minutes if they want to. Not only can they track the vehicles location, GPS Insight can also keep track on a lot things with the company vehicles like fuel consumption and can tell if the vehicles are having some problems.Aside from cutting unnecessary spending brought about by employees who are not doing their jobs, companies can also make some fuel savings. With the skyrocketing gas prices this is probably one of the best thing that can happen to businesses. GPS Insight let the drivers have routing efficiency . They provide company drivers alternate routes in order to avoid traffic or roads which are under construction.

Putting together all the benefits of having a GPS, the fee of $1.50 - $2 a day per vehicle is relatively cheap. Paying a few of bucks a day to have a GPS surely defeats the hundreds of dollars being spent to inefficient employees and wasted gas. So if you have a company that does service calls, visit GPS Insight to see what they can do for you. See for yourself.
GPS is always trying to find ways to give the best service to their customers. They even have a place in their website where these latest improvements are being presented. Check it out to see what they have been doing.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Get to Know me Some More - 4 Things....

Kabalen, Pokwang, - known to others as Nancy - and my cyber Lola who's only a few years advanced, tagged me. Thanks much, Pokwang and Lola Tess.....

Four things about me that you may or may not know [about me, who else] in no particular order:

A) Four jobs I have had in my life and what country:
1. Teacher/Tutor – BF Homes, Paranaque
2. Teacher – Taipei, Taiwan
3. Online Tutor - USA
4. Subject Matter Expert - USA

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. Rush Hour Series
2. Bourne Series
3. Harry Potter Series
4. Shrek Series

C) Four places I have lived:
1. Pampanga
2. Manila - Paco and BF Homes, Paranque
3. Taipei, Taiwan
4. Florida, USA

D ) Four TV Shows that I watch:
1. Ellen Show
2. Without a Trace
3. The Closer
4. Monk

E) Four places I have been: [Specific places?]
1. Univ of Maryland
2. LA, California Sites
3. Disney World, Orlando, FL
4. San Diego Zoo, CA

F) People who e-mail me (regularly):
1. Work Emails - Coding
2. Work Emails- Blogging
3. Friends /Family
4. Enemies – AKA: Spammers

G ) Four of my favorite foods:
1. Shrimps
2. Crabs
3. My mother’s asado
4. Anything chocolate

H) Four places I would rather be right now:
1. I’m
2. right
3. where I want
4. to be

I) Four friends I think will respond:
1. I
2. have
3. no
4. idea

J) Things I am looking forward to this year: (what's left of it)
1. Christmas Eve
2.Christmas Day
3. New Year’s Eve
4. That’s all!

Sweet Deals...

What can be more exciting than finding products that you’re looking for at a much reduced price? A lot of places claim that their product has the cheapest price only to find out after buying it that there’s a place that offers a cheaper price. So I am always on the look out for those places that offer price comparison on different products. At least I don’t have to spend my time going around trying to find the best deal on a product.

What kind of products, you may ask. Like MP3 players, and of course the one I’m planning on buying in the near future, a laptop. I just did a search on the laptop and it came up with different brands with price comparison, of course. Sweet. I clicked on the Toshiba laptop and it had a price there but what caught my attention is the note at the bottom where it asks me the amount I am willing to pay for that laptop. Why? So if it becomes available in the price I can afford, they are going to let me know. That is just so convenient.

Now I know where to go for my Christmas shopping, Save Buckets it is. At least I don’t have to visit about a dozen stores to find the gifts I’m looking for at a price I want.

Break Time...

...from cleaning and putting stuff away since we put the tree where our little one's study area is. We decided to put up the tree last night. I was thinking of decorating it within the week. Yeah right. If you have a 5-yr old at home, 'within the week' is more like - now! So Dad put it up while I gave the little girl her bath. Afterwards, I took my shower. Here's the tree before I went in the shower.....


I told the little one not to do anything yet since we'll be doing it tomorrow - meaning today. First I heard her telling Dad in a whisper " Dad, can I put the birds now?". I guess the birds were not the only she thought of putting on it. Why? This his how it looks like when I came out of the shower.

Does it look like she didn't do anything with the tree??? Not really. It's not done yet because the balls are still in the boxes and she's too scared to take them out afraid of breaking them. Anyway, I'll post a pic of our tree when it's all done.

Travel Time.....

It’s almost December. A lot of people are planning some life changing trips this coming month I’m sure. This coming month is probably one of the more famous, if not the most famous, months of the year for travelers. It seems that a lot places have something special to offer during this winter month.

I have not traveled much in my life. I am the type who would plan and plan any travel that I take. I don’t want to be caught by surprise especially when I’m in a foreign country. I even help my friends to research things they need when they want to travel simply because I’m always online. One friend of mine wants to visit her sister in Germany but she doesn’t want to bother her with accommodations because they’re both married now. She asked me to look for hotels in Berlin. So I did and gave her the things I found. I was curious why they want to go there in December. Well, it’s because of the Christmas markets. She says her sister would always mention it so it got the better of her and decided it to see for herself. So Berlin, here she comes. I’m sure that the list of hotels in Berlin that I gave her will be very handy.

As for me, I have plenty of places I want to visit when I get the chance to do that. One of the places is Austria. Why? The name of the country itself is captivating especially one of its city, Vienna. I’ve been doing some reading on this country and even if it’s just a small country, it’s very rich in culture. It would be nice to experience how the people in this country live. I would have to look for hotels in Vienna because I really want to see Vienna’s Glorious Ball Season. Now, I have no idea at first what this ball season is but upon reading more about it, it sounds really exciting. I may just tell my friends to widen her trip itinerary and go see Vienna as well. I would be willing to share with her the names of hotels in Vienna that I already found. I’m sure she’ll be thrilled.

Wow, just writing about these 2 places makes me want to go on a much needed vacation. My daughter would love to go to these places as well because of the snow, well aside from the exciting things we can do in both Berlin and Vienna. It's a good thing that finding affordable hotels won't be a headache now. She’s been wanting to see snow for the longest time now…hmm, maybe a trip to Berlin and Vienna would fulfill that dream of hers. Good idea, eh?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Twelve Months....

Nova dear and Diane passed this on to me. There won't be much for me to do on this tag because one of these 2 ladies [translation: Nova] and I have the same birth month. The only thing I have to do is highlight whatever traits apply to me. Now this is the kind of tag I want...not much thinking involved...hehe. Thanks for the tag Novs and Diane.

1. Mention the person who tagged you and create a link back to them.
2. Copy-paste the traits for all the twelve months (see below).
3. Pick your month of birth.
4. Highlight the traits that apply to you.
5. Tag 12 people and let them know by visiting their blogs and leaving a comment for them.
6. Let the person who tagged you know when you've done it!

MY BIRTH MONTH:

NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

*** Personal note by Juliana: Okay..it looks like I highlighted everything but I really feel like those traits apply to me...so there.

*****
The Twelve Month

JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.

FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.
MARCH: Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.
APRIL: Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.
MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.
JUNE: Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.
JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.
AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.
SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.
OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.
NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.
DECEMBER: Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.

Picture Perfect...

I have always liked pictures. My friends even call me camera shy to taunt my love of pictures. It doesn’t have to be me in the pictures though. It can be anybody or just picture of mother nature. I am normally surrounded by pictures of friends and loved ones, especially when I started living far from them. I have albums and albums of pictures as well as pictures framed on the wall. I was probably one of those who got really excited when digital picture frames came out.

As a matter of fact, only a few days ago, my husband and I were talking about digital frames. I was asking him how they work. So he explained to me as always how they work. Well, I actually know how they work, I was just sending some hints his way in case he’s still wondering what to get me for Christmas. He’s always at a lost what to get me anyway so I thought I’d do him a favor and talk about this amazing invention. I just hope I got through him so I wouldn’t have to tell him again…but I will be more than willing to tell him again in case he still doesn’t get it.

I know that if I don’t get a digital picture frame for Christmas, I will still buy some for our new house. I’m sure they will look real nice on the walls. But these digital frames would surely make wonderful presents, won’t they? So go ahead and get some for those important people in your life. They will be thrilled to get them.

Is it Christmas yet???

I know it's not but I just can't help asking out loud. It seems that stores put out their Christmas stuff earlier and earlier. By the rate it's going, they will have Christman stuff as early as Valentine's day. Oh wait, some stores STILL have them out on Valentine's day. Oh well, I guess we just have to get used to it. In the Philippines, as soon as the 'ber' months start - September - some people start talking about Christmas already.

Anyway, here are a couple of 'chrismas things' our little one just got today. We even got a wreath just for her bedroom door...but that's for another entry...

A Great Gift to Your Loved Ones..

We just got back from the store to get some additional decorations for our Christmas tree. The store was quite packed with people trying to buy the same things and then some. There are a lot of items which can be given as gifts to family and friends. But most of the gifts are generic and common. I always try to look for something different. Something personalized like Photo Blankets. Yes, photo blankets.

Why not, right? It’s like giving a loved one something that they can remember you by…like seeing you or your kids even if you’re not there. Last year, I remember giving my husband a mug with our little girl’s picture on it. He was very happy to get it simply because no one has the same one. It’s the same with these Photo Blankets, they are so unique that family and friends would surely love them. Here's an example of these gorgeous photo blankets.How I wish I knew about these Photo Blankets before. I wouldn't have a hard time thinking what to give the grandparents then. But hey, it's not too late, I can still get these for them this Christmas. How about you?

Superstar....yep, that's ME!!!

And nope, you're not allowed to contradict!! Recel said so and that's that! Here's my proof. I got this same award not too long ago but I guess I did not post it on this blog but on the other one. So, I decided to post it here. Thanks Mommy Recel...appreciate the thought.

Since I consider each and everyone of you my blogger friends superstars in my book, I would be happy to seet this one posted in your blog....you are all deserving of this.

A Dream Tour.....

Back in 2001, a friend of mine got married in Belgium. I was supposed to attend her wedding but I also got married so I wasn’t able to do so. One of the plans we had then was to go to the UK to visit some places. Since I wasn’t able to do that then, I have some future plans to visit that country with my family.

The first place in my list is London. It seems like when somebody goes there, London is almost always part of the itinerary. Right now, I have a couple of friends who are in the UK and one of them is in London. If I am alone, I would probably just stay with this friend but since I will definitely have my family with me, I don’t think staying with her would be a good idea. So I would have to look up Hotels in London. I can’t even decide which place to visit in London but there’s a place there that I’m curious about – Nottting Hill. You may find this funny even unusual, but my reason for this is the movie Notting Hill. I may not see the exact same things in the movie but just knowing I’m in Notting Hill will probably be enough.


Next to my list is Birmingham…not the one in Alabama but in the UK as well. Of course we need to find Hotels in Birmingham that’s near the Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses. Our daughter loves any garden so I’m sure she will love the Botanical Gardens. As for me, I would like to see the Glasshouses. I did the virtual tour of the Glasshouses not too long ago and I’m hooked to them. So now I have to see them for real.

And last but not the least in my places to visit is Manchester. There are alot of Hotels in Manchester so research has to be done to find good deals. The hotel we will choose to stay in should be very affordable but accessible to all the good places that can be visited so the money saved in the hotels will not go to fares in order to visit these places. The one place in Manchester that I find interesting it the The Lowry. I've only seen it in pictures but I already feel like I would enjoy visiting it.

To make this UK dream trip a reality, it's important to be smart in finding good deals. What can be better than finding hotels at cheaperthanhotels.co.uk/United-Kingdom. Who knows, this dream may even come true as soon as next year.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Math Geniuses Part Two...

Some more of the funny math answers.....















London Jobs Available at Gumtree.com

I know quite a few people who really want to find jobs overseas. Be it in Asia, in the US or in the UK. How can I blame them when the money that can be made working abroad in a month is probably more than what they can make in their lifetime where they are at now? Unfortunately, not everyone who wants to work abroad can. I know a couple who were able to do it and both are now in London. But since they are foreigners there, finding jobs in London is not exactly easy for them.

Both these friends of mine are teachers, good teachers at that. But being good teachers where they’re from is not a guarantee of getting jobs in London, especially a teaching position. One even went as far as furthering her education in one London school as a requirement for her to be considered for a teaching position in London. She’s still there now but she’s still not teaching even if she took the necessary courses to land the job she wants. She’s happy though that she got the job that she has right now but she's still on a look out for her 'dream job'.

My other friend is not as lucky. I know she’s working at the moment but I’m not certain if she found the job she’s really wanting. If she hasn't, I know where to point her next time I talk to her…gumtree.com. This place has a wide variety of London jobs that my friend can choose from. Who knows, she may just find what she's looking for through gumtree and make her dream a reality.

So if you're thinking of trying it out in London, visit gumtree and see their job listings. You may just find something there that will bring you to one of the most talked about place in the world.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Top Ten Signs You've Eaten Too Much at Thanksgiving Dinner....

I can't let this joke pass me without being posted here. As usual, I got this from my daily doze of jokes that come in my email....

Top Ten Signs You've Eaten Too Much at Thanksgiving Dinner...

10. Hundreds of volunteers have started to stack sandbags around you.

9. Doctor tells you your weight would be perfect for a man 17 feet tall.

8. You are responsible for a slight but measurable shift in the earth's axis.

7. Right this minute you're laughing up pie on the carpet.

6. You decide to take a little nap and wake up in mid-July.

5. World's fattest man sends you a telegram, warning you to "back off!"

4. CBS tells you to lose weight or else.

3. Getting off your couch requires help from the fire department.

2. Every escalator you step on immediately grinds to a halt.

1. You're sweatin' gravy.

Good online deal....

I am not much of a perfume kind of person. I wonder if my allergy has something to do with that. Anyway, my hubby really likes the smell of Bath and Body Works body cream. I was not a big fan at first but I finally gave in a few months ago...yep, after more than 6 yrs. Does that tell you how "easy" it is to convince me?? Lol...Anyway, I ran out of it a few weeks ago so I ordered some online. Well, to my surprise I got a good deal. Normally 1 tube costs $10.50 in the store/online. But when I ordered some online last week, a tube only costs $5/tube with free shipping...yippee...isn't that a good deal. I think so...hehe...anyway, here's my 'loot'..

Find a Good Deal with Drivewire.com

During these days when everything is just really expensive, especially gas, we are always on the lookout for alternatives to get things like car parts at a much cheaper price. Why not? Some places ask for a small fortune to get specific parts but with Drivewire we can get ford auto parts with a good deal . Driveware place sells auto parts and accessories at a discounted rate. Now we don’t have to go back to those places that only care for our money, with Drivewire we can get all of the parts that we need for our vehicles and save money.



Math Geniuses....

I got these 'math answer sheets' in an email a long time ago. I held on to them because they still make me laugh everytime I look at them...fortunately, I have not encountered any student in my class with this exceptional intelligence. Enjoy!

The Day After....

So it's the day after thanksgiving, how is it so far? I remember when I was younger, the day after the holiday was usually very quiet, somber, almost sad. It's probably because of all the energy spent or just because it's time to clean up or maybe because it's time to go back to reality. Who knows, right?

Anyway, our thanksgiving went well. Like I mentioned before, any celebration only became a 'big deal' here in our house because of our little girl....and that alone makes me and my husband excited about it. We planned on spending the day with just the three of us.....threesomeness is the word another Juliana used....and that's exactly what we did. We didn't have the 'big bird' itself instead we had lobsters and shrimps. For the side dish, my daughter had her all time favorite, salad pasta while my husband had baked potatoes and some green beans for veggies. Me? Can you guess what I had? I had the lobster and the shrimp, and as a typical Pinay, I had rice..hehe. My lobster was dipped not with lemon and butter but salt and vinegar. Now, if we had thanksgiving in somebody else's house, do you think we would be able to eat the food that we really love? I don't think so. For the dessert, we had pumpkin pie, of course.

Today, we're back to normal...meaning, my husband is in his shop to attend to some of their customers' needs. This week is extra busy for them so he needed to go to the shop to take care of the things needed to please their customers. Me, as you can see, I'm still here blogging. I didn't really take a break since I also blogged yesterday. My little one is of course here with me. She's about to do her school work.

All in all, we had a good one... we always try to have a good day, thanksgiving or not. The only difference is we spent more than we usually do for dinner but hey, it's Thanksgiving....and you know what's coming up rather 'going up'...the Christmas tree....yippee for my daughter. This means that my daughter has another day to wait for. Let me show you what she does while waiting for a special day.

This is her magnetic calendar that's on the fridge. Everyday she makes it a point to circle the date, then would start counting the days before the 'big day'...whatever that is, then she gets really excited...be it 20 days before or 1 day before the big day. I just love her reaction...very pure and simple....why does she have to grow up this fast????

Credit Card Review Network....

One of the things that kind of surprised me when I came to live here in the states is the need to have a credit history. How can I have a credit history? Get a credit card and use it, of course. I never really had any credit card before so I wasn’t comfortable in getting any at first. My husband convinced me to get at least one to build my credit history, so I did. Up until now, I’m still not comfortable using it when I need to buy something but what can I do. I have to use it, right? I just can’t get over the thought that someone might steal my information and use it.

At present, I still have only one credit card and I only use it every once in a while. I am reading a lot of credit card scary stories that I’m still scared to use it. So it is a relief to find a place where I can do research on credit cards like one from Bank of America. I can search for the type of credit card I want based on the credit card issuers and/or credit card features. Once the research is done I can compare whatever choices I have then apply instantly online.

And if this is not enough, yourcreditnetwork.com has a blog. A place where everything related to credit cards is being discussed, questions are answered in order to guide those who, like me, are still not comfortable with having a credit card.

Pusa - Kuting Friendly Award....

Mommy Emma handed me this award and I took it right away kasi baka kunin ng iba so I decided to stake a claim already....this is mine....meowww..... Thanks much Mommie Ems.


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tutor Vista....Online Tutoring 24/7

If I am asked what two jobs I can do right at this moment, I can say that teaching and tutoring are the 2 without hesitation. I have more than 15 years of teaching experience and the subject that I taught the most is Math…Grade School, Middle School and some High School Math. Of all these Math subjects I handled, Algebra is probably my favorite. But a lot of students don’t really like Algebra or any Math subjects for that matter.

My first teaching job was in a regular classroom setting where there’s a teacher in front of about 30 students talking non-stop. But when I decided to pursue my Masters degree, I quit full time teaching because both required full time hours. To support myself, I started tutoring. That way I can control my schedule and work around it. Parents seek the help of a tutor because their children usually need Homework Help or reinforcement in certain areas. More often than not, Math is the subject that kids need a lot of help with. During those days, what I did was face to face tutoring…meaning, I went to the house of my students to tutor them. This was in the 90's.

Presently, there are different ways to do tutoring. In-person tutoring is still being done, but there are new ways to do it like phone tutoring and online tutoring. Both are done remotely which means that the tutor/teacher and the tutee/student don’t really meet in person for a tutoring session. All they have to do is to go online and with the use of a software, they can meet and hold a tutoring session. I don’t have any experience with phone tutoring but I did online tutoring for a few years. Online tutoring is when the teacher/tutor and student/tutee meet online. Since I have done this personally, I believe that it’s very effective to a lot of students because it is personalized tutoring. The tutor’s concentration is only one’s student’s learning. And since there are no classmates to compete with for attention or to impress, the student gets the most out of the tutoring sessions.

So if your kid needs an alternative way when it comes to his tutoring, try online tutoring. You never know, this may just be the answer to your kid’s academic needs.

Writings in the Sky...

While lining up to have some pics taken with Pooh and the gang on our trip to Disney World, I looked up in the sky. What do you know....I saw something! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's superman!! Not quite...a couple of planes were going in circles. I thought at first that they were jets but as they went with their business, it became obvious that they were trying to write someting in the sky. I was able to capture the first part of it but not the rest. Take a look.... [if you can't see the letters, click on the pictures for the bigger version....]

This was how it started....



Followed by this....at this time, I already figured out what they were trying to write...




And this was the first word...



There were 2 planes doing this but they were not fast enough I guess because when they finished the second word...the first one was barely visible already. What were they trying to write:

Jesus Loves Us....

Need Emergency Cash?

Today is thanksgiving day here in the US. Aside from the celebration itself, this day also marks the start of the holiday season. That can only mean one thing, more spending is on the horizon for everyone. A lot of people tend to overdo their spending during this season that they are sometimes faced with something they are not expecting…financial stress. Sometimes, we just can’t help it. It happens and we need to find a way to fix it.

Since these are overspending, they, of course, go beyond our budget for the week or the month...and no matter how hard we try to stretch whatever is left of the budget, it just won’t make it. This is where payday loans can help. This is something that one can do to avoid issuing bouncing checks or pawning or selling some prized possessions just to pay for these expenses. Bouncing checks only result to more expenses than necessary. So, to avoid situations like that, visit cashadvance1500.com and see the different sites that offer payday loans.

Most of these places that offer payday loans have standard requirements for their borrowers like a steady job, an active checking account and a minimum monthly salary. It’s that simple. Cash Advance 1500 has a list of reputable places to choose from. But before you choose the company to borrow from, be sure to check first their guidelines in choosing an online payday lender. That way, there will be no surprises for you come time to pay them.

Happy Thanksgiving....

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope you enjoy the day gobbling down the big bird itself. I just came from Tukayo's blog and she has an interesting entry about this very famous celebration here in the US - that some people/families make a 'big show' out of this day then spend the rest of the year ignoring each other. Kinda' hyprocritical, isn't it?

Somehow I'm glad that we don't do the family rounds anymore for that same reason. My husband is not really into "going with the flow" so to speak so we decided to just stay home and spend this day with the people that we are really thankful for...each other. For our little girl, spending time with her Dad the whole day is reason enough to celebrate thanksgiving. As for me, I am thankful every day of my life to be given the pleasure of having my own family who makes my life worth living.

One of my blogger friends, Ritchelle, asked me what thanksgiving is. I somehow have an idea but I'm not 100% sure it's what thanksgiving really is. So while doing my morning news surfing in Yahoo, I found the "origin of Thanksgiving". I'm going to copy and paste a part of the article on here so those of you who are not familiar with Thanksgiving can get the general idea of it.

From Yahoo news:

The meal which settlers from England shared with native Americans in 1621, which has come to be known as the first Thanksgiving, probably didn't feature many of the culinary favorites that grace tables at present day Thanksgivings, and almost definitely did not happen in November, a food historian told AFP.

Indeed, 1621 wasn't even a festival of giving thanks, but was "clearly a harvest festival," said Kathleen Curtin of the Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, where a 17th-century farming village set up by English colonists on native American tribal lands has been recreated.

"We know that the meal in 1621 included venison, brought by the Wampanoag Indians, and wild fowl -- probably geese and duck hunted by the settlers," Curtin told AFP.

"They didn't have stuffing. They didn't have cranberry sauce because it requires too much sugar. And they probably had pumpkin but no flour or butter for pie crust," she said.

"We don't think there was much alcohol because the settlers' barley harvest wasn't very successful, and they didn't have time to brew anything," she added.

Curtin also stood another tradition on its head by saying the first Thanksgiving happened in September or early October rather than late November.

US President George W. Bush on Monday cast more doubt on whether the 1621 dinner in Plymouth marked the first Thanksgiving, as he recalled a group of English settlers who prayed at what is now Berkeley Plantation in Virginia two years before then.

No feasting took place at the Berkeley Thanksgiving, as Bush called it -- but then the idea of a massive feast is another myth.

"Thanksgiving was a religious event the English settlers had every fall, which was followed up with feasting. We know it was marked around New England in the late 1600s," said Curtin.

"Over time, the feasting became more important and the religious part became less and less important.

"Finally, we got football and something had to go -- it was the church service."

Today's Thanksgiving dinners are often digested in front of the television, while a football game is aired.

The reason why a big to-do is made over the dinner of 1621 is that historians believe it was the first time native Americans and English settlers celebrated a harvest together, said Curtin.

Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall, a tribal elder on the Fallon Indian Reservation in Nevada, agreed.

"Native Americans were having harvest festivals forever, and so were the English back in England. They did it together in 1621," Fortunate Eagle told AFP.

But he and Curtin differed over who hosted whom in 1621.

"The native Americans were being generous hosts and sharing their bounty with the pitiful English. It was the generosity and the sharing of the native Americans that made it possible for the settlers to survive in the new world," Fortunate Eagle said.

"The English would certainly have been playing host ... but they were in the middle of the Wampanoag homeland, and Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoag people, would certainly have expected that he would be welcome," said Curtin.

Thanksgiving officially moved to late November in 1863, when president Abraham Lincoln, in the middle of the bloody civil war, proclaimed the fourth Thursday of the month as a day for giving thanks.

Even Native Americans have got "sucked into the tradition of holding Thanksgiving in November," Fortunate Eagle told AFP.

"We have a feast down at the tribal hall," said the former activist for native rights.

"Everyone's welcome to join in, but, oddly enough, very few white people come from town to share with us.

"Those lousy pilgrims ... 400 years later, they still haven't been able to say 'thank you' to the native Americans who helped make all of this possible."

Thanksgiving meals at the Plimoth Plantation feature many of the foods and drink that did not grace the ground -- they didn't have tables -- in 1621.

Fortunate Eagle, too, will be giving thanks, surrounded by family at a heavily laden dinner table on Fallon reservation.

"We're having turkey and ham," he told AFP.

"Ham -- we got that from the Europeans and we thank them for it," he said.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner....my ultimate cleaning Machine

One of my favorite household chores is cleaning, more specifically, vacuuming. Aside from actually cleaning the floor or carpet, I get to exercise since this is one chore where I have to actually stand and walk back and forth for a full 30 minutes. I also like the way the carpet looks right after vacuuming. Obviously, since vacuuming is my favorite chore, it makes vacuum cleaners my favorite gadget in the house.

For the last few months though, the vacuum cleaner that I have is just not doing the task. My husband changed the belt 3 times already in the last three months, two weeks ago being the last time. So last Tuesday I started using this vacuum. Within the first few minutes of my vacuuming, my daughter told me that she smelled something stinky. So I turned my vacuum off to smell it but I didn’t smell anything funny. So off I went to continue my chore. As I was approaching the dining area, I smelled something burning!!! It was my vacuum burning a small part of the carpet. Well guess what? The belt was not working again so the roller blade was not rotating causing friction therefore starting the spark that burned the plastic brush on my vacuum which in turn, burned the carpet.

To say that I was annoyed is an understatement. I have been telling my husband since the first time he replaced the belt that I want a new vacuum cleaner. I even told him the brand: Dyson vacuum cleaners. I told him that I have heard nothing but good things about the vacuum cleaners that are made by Dyson like how easy it is to use them. One of the things I read from a Dyson user is that when you’re done vacuuming, the carpet actually looks like it’s brand new because it gets fluffy again. Aside from that, Dyson vacuum cleaners are known not to lose suction. Since then, I have been wanting one of those Dyson vacuum cleaners. I also like the idea that parts are available if ever some mishap happens like maybe burning the carpet?

Come next month, I will try to convince the husband to get me an early Christmas present. You guessed it….a new Dyson vacuum cleaner. I don’t have any model in particular, as long as it’s Dyson, I’ll be one happy camper because I know Dyson’s vacuum cleaners are some girls’ best friend.

Common Writing Mistakes

Here are the rules:

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Instructions: To play this game, all you must do is explain what your most common writing mistake is. Then, simply tag 5 people for the meme. Those 5 will, in return, tag 5 more people. Ultimately, readers should see a tapestry of common grammar and spelling mistakes. Therefore, anyone who feels ashamed of their errors will feel a bit more confident and secure.Copy the person and persons' names that sent it to you and add your own at the bottom of the list. It really helps build community.The answers:-

Shine with Grace : Mixing the word 'from' with 'form' all the time.

Trinity : I sometimes feel confused to use past tense or present tense when I share my stories.

LadyJava : Typing too fast that sometimes I miss words in between.

Genie King : I type too fast too... always end up with 'tot he'... when it should be 'to the'.

Spiff : I type too fast that I end up with sentences that have no spaceinbetween... LOL!

Nessa : Mostly grammatical mistakes... but it doesn't really bother me as long as my readers understand :)

Choc Mint Girl: Obviously grammatical error due to lack of vocabulary…but getting better and better and better…he he he…

Liza : I type too fast too that's why sometimes my spellings are wrongf... see. Lol ;) And same with Grace, mixing the word from and form at times. (I'll be posting this tag to my other blog too.)

Cecil: errors on grammar and sometimes I don’t know where to place my comma or when to use colon or semi-colon :(

Juliana: All of the above..hehe. Seriously, mispelled and missing words. Salamat sa Microsoft Word at medyo na minimize na ang ganitong mistakes. One of the things that I need to improve on ,though, is organizing my thoughts/ideas. Since I'm not really a writer, I tend to blabber away which makes my entry long and sometimes boring like this one.....hehe

Add your link and answer here~

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Now, I'm tagging: Marie, Merydith, Recel, Ana and Tess.

Need a Mortgage? Visit Mortgage Network First...

It was the year 2003 when my husband and I decided to start looking at different companies that offer mortgages. We were looking for a mortgage company that can help us in fulfilling our dream of building our first home together. After doing a lot of research, we thought we found a good company and had everything down. So the process of having our house built started. We were confident that everything was going well until our builder sprang out a surprise on us and the other 170 homeowners in their list. They were going out of business and would be filing for bankruptcy. Needless to say our dreams came crushing down around us.

Not too long after the bankruptcy filing of our builder, our mortgage nightmare started. Our mortgage company released money to the builder more than they should have. And from what we were told, about a third of the builder’s customers also got their mortgage with the same company as ours. This mortgage company came highly recommended by the builder. They told us that since they’re familiar with this specific mortgage company, the process will be much faster and easier. So we all fell for it. That is a hard lesson learned for all of us.

Now I can say that we know better when the time comes that we will need to find a company for a mortgage refinance. How I wish we knew about mortgagefindersnetwork.com when we started scouting for a mortgage company. They don't just give you one name of a mortgage company. What they do is they give you a chance to shop then compare so you are not left with only one choice. They have extensive information that a borrower can ever need.

One of the features that morgage finders network has is their mortgage blog. This is where you will find the answers to all the questions that every prospective borrower should be asking. So learn from us! Visit mortgage finder first before choosing a mortgage company and let them point you to the right direction.

5 Things...

Tag time....tada!!! A new blogger friend, Joyce, tagged me. I'm about to hit the hay but I decided to do it before going to lalaland....

5 Things Found In My Bag
-> wallet/credit card holder
-> tissue
–> pen
–> lip balm
–> comb


5 Things Found In My Wallet
–> credit cards
–> green card
–> some money
–> photos
–> DL and Insurance cards


5 Things Found In My/Our Room
–> Bed
–> TV in armoire
–> night stands
–> books
–> my husband...ay things lang ba? Phone...


5 Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do [Some I did already, some can't anymore and some are yet to be done]
–> work support to my parents[did that]

–> renovate our old house in the Phils [it's renovated already but my brother took charge of it]

–> swim [did this but didn't really learn how to]

–> drive [this is something I never thought I would have to do but now that I'm in a place where I need to drive, I may just have to learn how to do it]

–> cook [I'm doing this now but I don't think I'm that good yet so I'll keep doing it.]


5 Things I’m Currently Into
–> blogging
–> cooking
–> internet
–> rakets online
–> meeting new friends in the blogging world


5 People to Tag for This Meme
–> Roselle
–> Emzkie
–> Nancy
–> Emma
–> Norms

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

E-Commerce has never been Any Easier....

Internet is probably one of man’s great, if not the greatest, inventions. Imagine being able to be connected to the rest of the world in the comfort of your home or at your work office. Gone were the days where one has to wait weeks if not months to hear from friends, family and business associates. Aside from all these things I mentioned, I’d like to believe that one of the great things that the internet brought us is the chance it gives an ordinary person like me to embark into the business world…without needing a small fortune to do it. How can that be possible? By having an your very own online shopping cart!

Now there’s no need to be afraid of owning an online store because it is now as simple as ABC. How? By using an ecommerce software that Ashop has available for us wannabe businessmen/women. I, for one, am not very computer savvy but with this shopping cart software I don’t need to be. Everything in this software is user friendly. Added to that, their customer service is always on hand going the extra mile to help us at all times. How cool is that?

So why would one choose Ashop’s ecommerce software? Let me count the ways...

1. Easy to use.
2. Optimized search engine structure
3. Customable design.
4. Great customer service
5. Affordable
6. Total Solution.

So come on and visit Ashopcommerce.com and see for yourself. I’m sure you’ll be impressed at what they have to offer.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Group Hug....

My little girl, just like any other kids, loves the Disney character. So she asked us when we were lining up to have some pics taken with Pooh, Tigger and Darvy if she can hug them. We said yes of course...and that's exactly what she did. Here's one of the pics I [or was it hubby?] snapped. You can't even see her because of the group hug.

What the.....???

I've been trying to do my usual rounds and I keep getting the '502 error' for all the blogspot sites. Why oh why? I'm not even sure if this entry will go through so I better stop typing...

So if you don't see me in your blogs...my apologies...I will try it again later on. I tried but blogspot failed me...oh di ba dramatic....???

Choose the Plan that Best Fits You at BT Broadband...

It was in the late ‘80s when I first heard about the internet. But it was only in the late ‘90’s that I had my direct experience with it and all that went it. At that time, I have not heard of broadband yet since I was only using dial up. I can still remember the first time I used my internet connection. It was overwhelming but exciting at the same time. All of a sudden it seems like I had everything at my fingertips. I can read worldwide news and best of all I could get in touch with friends and family who are all over the world.

The only downside of that was I had to get my own phone line so I would not tie up the phone whenever I was online since there were 3 of us in the apartment. That only meant I had to pay 2 phone bills, our regular phone bill and my internet bill. It was quite costly to say the least. It was the same when I first got married. Since we didn’t have broadband during the first few years, I could only get online on certain times so I won’t keep the phone busy…and getting a second line was just not practical at that time.

Nowadays broadband is the choice to a lot of people. It not only makes it faster to go through whatever you have to do online but with broadband you have choices. Every household can choose the plan that will fit in their life. That means you don’t have to be stuck with a plan where a lot of the features you don’t need thus you don’t really use. You can choose the broadband service that’s made for your needs. So if you’re still with dial up, it’s high time that you start using broadband. You will definitely see the difference in your life.

Overhauled!

That's what happened with this blog. It seems the host for the personalized blog template I used to have expired. I checked one day and ...