Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Things To Know About Chuck Norris...

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I'm not sure how many of my readers actually know who Chuck Norris is. For those who do not know who he is, he is a Hollywood actor who did a lot of movies in the 1970s. He also had a TV show called Texas Rangers which I still catch on TV every now and then. He had this 'iconically tough image' because of his different roles both in the small and big screen.

A lot of 'jokes' generated from this 'image'. Here are some of these 'jokes'.

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Things To Know About Chuck Norris...

When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.

There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.

Outer space exists because it's afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left and right legs.

Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.

Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice.

There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist.

When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

Chuck Norris is so fast, he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head.

Chuck Norris’ hand is the only hand that can beat a Royal Flush.

There is no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold, so he turned the sun up.

Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.

Chuck Norris doesn’t wear a watch, HE decides what time it is.

Chuck Norris gave Mona Lisa that smile.

Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

Chuck Norris does not get frostbite. Chuck Norris bites frost.

Remember the Soviet Union? They decided to quit after watching a DeltaForce marathon on Satellite TV.

Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.

Logging off for now...

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I am logging off for now. I'd probably be back online a little later on. Thanks to all who came by already and to those who will come by.

I will try to visit you all back later on when this cloud over me disappears.

See ya!

"The Greatest Pain"

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Here are some good definition of what 'greatest' pain really mean. I got this from my 'Joke of the Day' email. They make sense, a whole lotta' sense. So I thought of writing them here. Read on....

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"The Greatest Pain"


The greatest pain in life is not to die, but to be ignored.
- To lose the person you love so much to another who doesn't care at all.
- To have someone you care so about so much throw a party... and not tell you about it.
- When your favorite person on earth neglects to invite you to his graduation.
- To have people think that you don't care.

The greatest pain in life, is not to die, but to be forgotten.
- To be left in the dust after another's great achievement.
- To never get a call from a friend, just saying "hi".
- When you show someone your innermost thoughts and they laugh in your face.
- For friends to always be too busy to console you when you need someone to lift your spirits.
- When it seems like the only person who cares about you, is you.
Will people ever care about each other, and make time for those who are in need?

Each of us has a part to play in this great show we call life.
Each of us has a duty to mankind to tell our friends we love them.
If you do not care about your friends you will not be punished.
You will simply be ignored... forgotten... as you have done to others
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Butter, anyone?

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Our little ones favorite breakfast rotates between waffles, pancakes or English muffins. All these three require butter so we always have that in the fridge. I think there’s really no problem with that. The only thing that I don’t like is spreading the butter on them especially on the waffles. The butter is usually not spreadable being in the fridge all the time. But with Butter Bell butter crock, this may not be a problem anymore. This butter crock keeps butter at room temperate therefore making it easy to spread on those waffles. Aside from that, this butter crock can make for unique gifts to friends and family. Just in time for my mother-in-law’s upcoming birthday. Yes!

Still Not In a Good Mood....

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Just trying to finish some tasks I have some right now but I am not so in the mood to blog today. I have been feeling really lazy since I woke up.

Not sure why but I just do. It's one of those days again, I guess! I am hoping that it will only last for a few so I can go back to my old routine.

The little one is now watching her Disney show...surprise, surprise....her headache is magically gone! I wonder why? Is it probably because she's not reading her school work? Hmm...somebody explain it to me!

A Good Substitute

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Having a fence our property is one of the things I really want. We still have to find out what the county allows for the fence height but I am already looking for the different alternative we use in place of concrete fence. We don’t want to put concrete fence yet so when I found SimTek fences, I was very happy. It’s plastic but its strength and durability are tested to stand up against toughest abuse such as repeated baseball hits. It resembles precast concrete walls and so it’s really a good alternative for concrete fence that we will be having a few years down the road. I cannot wait to have fences around our property. It would be like a small wonderland for our little one.

Why Men Can't be Car Models...

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Have you ever wondered by women are usually the models used when promoting some cars? Come to think of it, men are more into cars so why don't these car companies choose men to model their cars?

Well what do we know. The following photos might explain as to why this is the case. See for yourself and tell me...do you think it's a wise decision to have women to model the cars or should these men be given a chance to at least show their stuff?





Finding Insurance Quotes

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One of the things that we need ASAP before we move into the new house is a home insurance. We don’t want anything of value be put in the house without this insurance especially if our builder will not cover them since we opted to upgrade the appliances. So here I am now looking for insurance quotes online so we can start the process of getting one for the house. One of the insurance sites I’ve come across is Insurance 1. It’s a site that has all types of insurance. I just typed in my zip code and voila, different insurance companies available in our area came up right away. Yep, it’s that easy. Now all I have to do is fill out the information needed to get the much needed insurance quotes from these companies. Who knows, I may just get this task over and done with before I start making dinner. Whew! That was easy!

What a Lazy Wednesday...

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...it's been for me so far. I just don't feel like doing anything right now. I've been trying to blog hop but I am just not in the mood to do so.

I will be staying away from my 'puter for a while and see if watching some TV will shake this off...yeah right!

The little one 'making up' a headache is not helping out my mood at all. She says she has a headache when I ask her to read her 'State Book'. So I let her rest. After a while she's hungry....I gave her something to eat. Then she's too full so she had to walk around. I asked her to get her book again and she did. She found a game on it...a maze and asked if she could do it and she did. After that I asked her to read the part she's supposed to read and guess what??? She has headache again.....aarrggghhhh!

I'll see you all when I feel normal again.


Chandeliers

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The first chandeliers were made of wooden crosses in medieval times. They were hoisted to a suitable height on a chain or a rope. Candles were used to illuminate the earliest wooden chandeliers. More advanced chandeliers were developed in the fifteenth century. Chandeliers became more popular as the merchant class grew and by the eighteenth century they were available to merchants, royalty and nobility.

Developments in glass making made chandeliers readily available for a larger range of homeowners by the mid eighteenth century. By the eighteenth century chandeliers were primarily oil powered. The chandeliers at this point were made predominantly of metal, but incorporate glass which made them cheaper and more attractive.

By the nineteenth century crystal chandeliers became gas powered. Many chandeliers that were oil or candle powered were converted to gas power. In the 1890’s the first electrically powered chandeliers came into existence. Electricity, however, was not readily available to most people at that point in time, so most chandeliers were built for gas and electric power.

As electricity became more widely available, chandeliers designed to run solely on electricity became the production norm.

American Idol 7 "Blooper"???

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Don't worry I am not going to write any 'spoiler' here...ahem! I actually stopped writing about this popularity, I mean, talent contest a long time ago. Well, eversince our kabayan Ramiele Malubay said 'buh-bye'.

Anyway, my husband still watches it if he's home when it airs. He watched it last night and I watched for a few before jumping in the shower. Good timing because I caught what probably will be one of American Idol's classic moments....blooper edition that is. And what do you know it's done by the 'most unlikely person' in the show. NOT!!!!

The remaining 5 contestants were asked to sing 2 songs last night. During the first set of songs, the judges were not asked to comment after each contestant. Instead they were asked to just say something after all 5 were done singing their first song. More like a look-back on all 5. Right! When Paula Abdul started talking, you could tell something was going to be wrong...terribly wrong....not that's something new mind you. She started mumbling her comments. When she started commenting on Jason Castro's song, Ryan Seacrest started looking around. Why? Because Ms. Abdul was giving a feedback on Jason's 2 songs...and he only sang ONCE!

She was as usual trying come up with something sensible and this is what she said:

"Oh gosh, we've never had to write these things down ... fast enough,"....

"Jason, first song, I loved hearing your lower register, which we never really hear, um ... ."

"The second song, I felt like your usual charm wasn't — it was missing for me. It kind of left me a little empty."

"The two songs," she continued, "made me feel like you're not fighting hard enough to get into the top four."

"Oh my god, I thought you — I thought you sang twice!"

Sensible??? Not quite! But it's Paula so what do you expect?

Red Rose....

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This 'Red Rose' came from Lisa of My Online Journal. I decided to post it first as it's really pretty and it's a nice way to start my day here in the blogging world. To Lisa, maraming salamat po! It's very much appreciated.


A rose is a flowering shrub of the genus Rosa. It's the classic expression of love because a rose flower pours forth your innermost feelings to your beloved in the most beautiful way. So give a rose to your loved ones and friends and make anyone's heart bloom with joy!

I am presenting to all of my friends who take their time to come and visit me on this blog. You all make my day and my blogging experience worthwhile.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fiesta Time...

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It's almost May 1 in the Philippines. It's Labor Day there on that day but for the town I grew up in, it's also the peak of the fiesta celebrations. I was just chatting with my niece and she said that they're planning in visiting our relatives in the barrio next to ours. Come May 15, it's the fiesta in my mother's hometown in Bulacan. She grew up in the town where they have the Carabao Festival. We used to brave the throng of spectators just to see those carabaos kneel.

Now I feel a bit homesick. Last week, I got this email from a high school classmate. Remember I mentioned about our batch's Silver Jubilee? Well, she mentioned that they are going house to house visiting our former classmates to encourage them to participate in the activities of our high school...and they do the 'visits' during the fiesta celebrations! That made me miss home and high school days. It's not often that I wish I'm home but this is one of those few times I wish I am.

More than the food that's overflowing during the fiesta, I miss the time we spent visiting our friends' houses just to do some reminiscing of our elementary and/or high school days.

I've been away from home for about 7 years now. But before that, I was in Taiwan teaching for 4 years. Since our school year there is from August - May, I also missed a lot of the fiesta celebrations. That makes it a total of 11 years...wahhh!!!

Somebody take me home if only for a day! Just make sure it's one of those 'fiesta' days.

My Wish, His Wish...

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My husband and I have our own “wish” list. “Wish” list because they need a lot of money to be granted. For my wish list, I want to visit the Philippines one day and visit my family and friends. It’s a bit more expensive than what my husband wants but in due time, it will happen. As for my husband, he has quite a list but I have an idea as to what he will probably get first and it’s for our car. What could it be? Status wheels and rims that he has been wanting for his car eversince I met him. As a matter of fact, he has this site bookmarked where discount wheels, rims and tires packages are available. The site has the hottest deals and has custom wheel rim and tire package that will be perfect for his car. With the prices they have it in this site, his wish may not be too hard to grant after all.

M-O-M-S...this is for Y-O-U!

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From the information that came with this email, these answers came from Grade 2 students.
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Why did God make mothers?

1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?

1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms & dads?

1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?

1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?

1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me .
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Fine Arts for One's Fine Taste

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Now that our house is almost ready for occupancy, I probably should start thinking of what to put on the walls. Yes, the walls will probably be full of our little one’s pictures but we want to also get some fine paintings some day. My husband has started looking both online and in the stores near us but we haven’t found anything that we really like. We have a lot of time to do that as we plan in staying in that house for a long time. As I was doing my on search, I came across Park West Gallery. It’s a place where fine art auctions throughout North America are being held. This place has the largest collection of fine art in the world so there are plenty of choices for those who are art lovers. I browsed the site and I found several pieces that I really like. Once we decide to start investing in some fine arts, I’m sure Park West Gallery will be one of our first stops.

Christmas List....Already???

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It's only April, right? Isn't there Mother's Day and Father's Day somewhere there? Anyway, our little one just thought of writing her Christmas list early this morning. She just said: "I know what I want for Christmas and I'm going to make a list now!". So she was writing her list while having her breakfast. Isn't she something else?

When Dad called during his lunch break, she told him about the list then read what she wrote. LOL. Dad was laughing while telling her that Christmas is a while away. Her answer? Well, I just have to put MY ORDER now! Hahaha....her order. I guess my lecture to her about not asking for toys is long forgotten, ha?

Anyway, she finally realized that Mother's Day is coming really soon and that Father's Day is also coming in June. She just kept her list and guess what is she doing now? Making a Mother's Day present! Yep, she started cutting already and told me: I started making your Mother's Day present....LOL...

20 Questions....A Tag!

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Got this '20 question tag' from Nova. I've done this one already early this year but since that's months ago already, I am doing it again. I also need a filler... haha...Anyway, thanks Novs...you're almost here....are you ready??
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Here are the rules:

Remove one (1) question from below and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag eight (8) people in your list. List them out at the end of this post.

1. At what age do/did you wish to marry? Honestly, I didn't think I would ever get married.

2. What color do you like most? Black, white, earth colors.

3. Have you ever shoplifted? Of course...NOT! Too chicken to do it...LOL.

4. Where is the place that you want to go the most? The Philippines and Taiwan, maybe.

5. What make/s you happy? My husband and our daughter...

6. When you encounter a sad moment, what would you do? Depends on the reason of the sadness.

7. What are you afraid to lose the most? Family.

8. If you win $1 million, what would you do? Celebrate. Save.Give.

9. What do you loved the most last year (2007)? Life in general.

10. List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you: Sweet, hardworking, sincere

11. How do you cope with boredom? Never bored with a chatterbox at home.

12. Till now, what is the moment that you regret the most? Not going home for Christmas of 1999,

13. Which type of person do you hate the most? Fake

14. What is your ambition? To grow up...hahaha...

15. If you had one wish, what would you wish for? Peace.

16. How did you celebrate New Year? Slept.

17. It is already 2008, do you have a new year’s resolution? Nope

18 What do you look forward to in 2008? Moving in the new house.

19. What will you do if the world comes to an end? No time for that if it's indeed coming to an end, right?

20. How are you sincere with your fellow bloggers? How sincere am I? Very...

No one to tag. If you want to do this again...just grab it and let me know so I can take a peek. Thanks much!

Women and Shoes....

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What can be a better combination than women and shoes? Men just don’t get it why women have to have shoes in every shade of each color. Anyway, I don’t really have shoes in every color but I like looking at them especially if they are very feminine shoes like the Baby Phat Shoes. I’ve been reading about this brand for a while now and I’ve seen the TV show that Kimora Lee Simons has. But it’s only when I started looking for some strappy sandals that I actually saw the website and the different products of Baby Phats. The shoes in particular caught my attention because they are chic, very pretty, trendy and quite affordable. I bookmarked the site so when I need some really classy looking shoes or sandals, I know where to go…Baby Phat website.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Our Kitchen Gadgets....

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I mentioned last weekend that we were going to pick out the kitchen appliances. Our builder had a store where they have some kind of an agreement so we had to go there. There were not a lot of people so it was a stress-free trip to the store.

My husband is a Whirpool person. He just likes the product he said. Me? I am an any kind of appliance person. That's probably why it's easy to please me. As long as it's functional and it does not take all the space in the kitchen, then I'm fine with it.

Of course the salesman did his pep talks but he picked on the one thing that my husband said and centered his sales talk around that 'one thing': fingerprint-free appliances. Actually, it's not "that important" to my husband. He merely mentioned it and of course the sales man picked that one to concentrate on. Alrighty then...

We want to have stainless appliances. So we already knew what to look for when we went in. We also told the guy about that and voila...he had the perfect products for us...yes, it's fingerprint-free!

He led us to the stainless appliances of different brands. But it's obvious what he wanted to sell because he kept building it up...Frigidaire. Fortunately, we also liked the series he showed us. Here's the kitchen appliance set that we chose:

Frigidaire Professional Series®

The Frigidaire® Professional Series® is perhaps our most beautifully designed collection of home and kitchen appliances ever. Crafted in durable brushed stainless steel, each piece promises to add class and artistry to the heart of your home. And of course, all our appliances deliver the superior performance and solid craftsmanship Frigidaire is famous for.

Here are some pictures from the Frigidaire website. I can't find a picture of the oven but it's part of the series so it looks very similar to these 3.



We also picked out the washer and dryer and chose this combo:

"Frigidaire Affinity"

I think we chose the gray colored one to go with the bunch...but I'm not positive on that...haha.

There 'ya go. I have to hit the hay now as I am a bit tired as usual. See you all when I see you!!

Rebuilding Their Lives....

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I have a brother in law who got into an accident a few years ago. As a result of the accident, he has now a chronic back pain that prevents him from doing any strenuous jobs like his old construction job. Since he can no longer meet the physical demands of his old job, he decided to just stay home hoping he’ll be able to heal and go back to it after a few years. Unfortunately, it’s not happening. So he thought of the next best thing which is starting his own construction business. He took some classes and got a contractor license soon after. Since he got some kind of a settlement from his accident, he is now looking for a structured settlement factoring exchange to help him get lump sum of money to use as a start-up for his business. I immediately thought of them when I came across Solid Funding. With their no hidden fees, no legal fees service, I’m sure my brother-in law and his wife will be willing to see what this place can do for them. I am hoping that they get the assistance they need soon so they can start rebuilding their lives already.

Austria's "House of Horrors"...

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I heard of this news yesterday, I think. I did not read the story about it till now when I came across it at Yahoo News and it's a story that would probably stay in people's minds for a long time.

It's about a 74-year father abusing his daughter for 24 years in their own house. The mother of the woman who lived in that same house had no idea of what was happening because the father locked his daughter in a cellar in the house. What she was told, which obviously believed, was that their daughter, the abused woman, ran away with a sect. The abuse resulted to 7 children. One of the the children died shortly after birth. The children's age range from 19 to 5 years old. Three of the children stayed with their mother in the cellar while the other 3 were adopted by the abusive father and his wife [their grandmother].

How were they discovered? The 19 year old had some medical emergency and had to be hospitalized. It was when urged for medical history, that the abused woman narrated her ordeal to the authorities.

Everyone has the same question in mind. How did it last this long without anyone knowing about it? Not even the mother of the abused woman who lived in the same house?

I have no words to explain how I feel towards this man. He indeed created a 'house of horrors'. I can only pray for the daughter that he abused and the children she bore because of her father's sickening behavior.

Sleeping the Whole Night Through

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So dinner here is done. I still have to do some clean up in the kitchen then it is pre-bedtime routine for our little girl. The routine includes her bath, our nightly reading and the longest of all good nights. I used to stay with her in the bedroom until she fell asleep but a few months ago, I had to wean her of that. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy because she got so used to the hum of my laptop. She couldn’t go to sleep without "that noise" so it’s been a struggle for all of us here. After weeks of this struggle, my husband and I are now planning of getting a White Noise Machine for her bedroom. I started searching for one online and I am leaning more and more in getting the Marpac 980A. It is a SleepMate Sound Conditioner that is very affordable. I am very confident that with this White Noise Machine , our little one will not only be able to go to sleep but stay asleep the whole night through.

What's Up???

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Been pretty uneventful here in the homefront. I had some work this morning...which is good. Today is also laundry day...tada! And I just got done with the folding. Right now I'm watching 'Crossing Jordan' while waiting for some more work to be released.

I have not done a lot of hopping yet...will do that in a few. I just visited those who came by already. I am really thankful to all those that came by already even if I have not been showing up as frequently as I used to.

To all of you...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Weekend is Almost O-V-E-R!

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Yes, it is. But just like what I said yesterday, there is really no difference for a 'dakilang' WAHM like yours truly.

I didn't do much today. I blogged a bit and hopped a bit. I tried to 'hit back' those who came over also...that's about it. Dinner was very simple...we only had 'bratwurst' sandwiches. Well, my hubs and the little one did anyway. I had rice....of course...with green beans and some left-over chicken from KFC yesterday.

Like I mentioned earlier, the husband went to the house to move some dirt. He said that there's a cleaning crew in the house when he arrived. He was still there when they left so he went in the house to check their 'handiwork'. He WAS NOT pleased...of course! I don't know about other workers but the ones we've had so far [we didn't hire them, the builder did] did sloppy jobs.

My husband was talking about the 'walk-thru' again today which will be soon. I told him that I don't even want to be there because I'm sure it will be filled with 'complaints'. He can do a better job doing that as it's American vs. American. But...I have to be there! Sigh...

Anyway, my supposed to be short post turned long again [hello!]....so I better end here.

Thanks to all who got this far...haha. I'll see you all when I see you.

Have a great week ahead!!!!

Visiting Pennsylvania

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My husband is originally from Pennsylvania. His family moved when he was in his teens and he has only been back there a few times since then. He wants to take us there one day so I would see his birth state. I don’t know exactly what city he grew up in but he has families around Lewisburg PA. But having family around that area does not mean we are going to stay with them if we come visit. Nothing against staying with family but I prefer to stay either in a hotel or much better in house or apartment rentals. And when in Lewisburg PA, Lewisburg Luxury seems to have the best choices in when it comes to house rentals. The places I’ve seen in their website are very ‘homey’ looking that I will not have any problem staying in any of them. After finding this place, I can now say that I am looking forward in visiting my husband’s birth state.

What's in a Name???

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Apparently, a lot! Hehe...I've done this "survey" in my other blog a while ago but Lena tagged me yesterday. Out of fear, I am doing it again.....hahaha! Just kidding Lena...LOL! Btw, I will be waiting for that 'balato' you're giving me when [not "if" take note] you win that Lotto. It's been a while since ako eh nag kape...dyan sa Pilipinas.

Anyway, back to the tag about "What's in my name?". I mentioned it when I did this the first time but I did not care much for my name when I was younger. It's known to be a name for older people as it's pronounced with an "H" in the Philippines...so I would have nicknames like Hulia or something similar. I even became "Lola and Matua" [ which I grew fond of] to high school friends. So until I started teaching in Taiwan, I was "Julie", "Juls", or "Julia" to friends and acquaintances. Then Taiwan came and my name was 'reborn'. It became "Juliana" with the "J" sound. I became "Ms Juliana" to my students and co-teachers and it stuck.

I think my husband fell in love with my name first before he fell in love with me. I even remember him telling me early on that he will name his daughter "Juliana"...that was before any 'hanky panky' happened between us...LOL! What do you know, he now has "Juliana" for a wife instead of a daughter....hahaha.


What Juliana Means



You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.

You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.

You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.



You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.

And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.

You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.



You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.



You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.

You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.

You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.



You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.



You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

Keep Your Basement D-R-Y...

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In our present location, having a basement is not an option as it is too risky because we are on the flood zone area. I have always been fascinated with basements as I’ve only seen them on pictures or other people’s houses. Guess what? In the location where we are moving, it’s possible to have a basement. We don’t have it right now but there is a chance that we will have one in the future. And if that happens, I am hoping that we will have a basement water drainage system that will keep our basement dry. And from what I have been reading, the B-Dry System is the best way to do it since it’s been being done for the last 50 years. Now I know what to do when we finally decide to have that basement I so wanted.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Phishing Scams that PayPal Members Should Watch Out For!

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I'm getting tired of getting these PHISHING Scams! I probably get one of these PayPal Phishing Scam Emails everyday. What is a Phishing Scam? Per Wikipedia:

In computing, phishing is an attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. eBay, PayPal and online banks are common targets.

These kinds of emails now go directly to my Spam folder. But if I see themI always forward them to: spoof@paypal.com. And I strongly advise everyone to do the same. Here is a screen shot of what I typically get in my inbox.

At first glance, you will really think that it's a legitimate PayPal email especially if you only look at the PayPal logo on top. It's exactly the same. So how do you know if it's a legitimate email or not? Here's what's on Wikipedia on this:

PayPal phishing example


In an example PayPal phish (right), spelling mistakes in the email and the presence of an IP address in the link (visible in the tooltip under the yellow box) are both clues that this is a phishing attempt. Another giveaway is the lack of a personal greeting, although the presence of personal details would not be a guarantee of legitimacy. Other signs that the message is a fraud are misspellings of simple words and the threat of consequences such as account suspension if the recipient fails to comply with the message's requests.

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Everytime you get an email like this one, NEVER click the link/s provided in the email. Instead go directly to the PayPal website by directly typing the PayPal URL on the address bar. Then contact their support directly. Their customer service will be more than happy to let you know if there is indeed some problems with your PayPal account with them.

Or you can just do what I do...forward any suspicious PayPal realted emails to: spoof@paypal.com.

Happy Weekend!!!

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It's the weekend once again. For a WAHM like me, weekend is no different from the weekdays. I still go to bed anytime I want to and I get out of it anytime my little one wants me to....haha! Oh there is one difference on most Sundays...I have another 'baby' in the house...LOL. But like I said, things are practically the same for me as I do my 'thing' whether it's the weekend or the weekdays. I do laundry any day of the week as long as it falls on my so-called 'the fifth day'. Mysterious, eh? Just like "the 5th element"... Hahaha....

Anyway, today is vacuum day for me. I really have to do that before 3 PM. Why? We are going to pick out the appliances today around that time. Yippee?? Not sure if it should be "yippee" or not. I am hoping that it won't be a hard task. After that, we're going to go grocery shopping I think....that means I have to come up with a list today instead of tonight. We're probably going to have drive-thru dinner as well as we will be out there during our dinner hour.

So that's my day in a nutshell. There might be some little changes here and there but the major ones will stay as planned.

How about you? Is your life as 'EXCITING" as mine???? I don't think so! LOLOLOLOL.....

Friday, April 25, 2008

Toys, toys, toys...

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So our little one had her birthday not too long ago. I mentioned in my one of my posts how much she bugged us about wanting to get Buzz Lightyear as a gift. She was relentless in asking us to get her one. We didn't know if it's still available so we told her that. Just the same, there's not a day that she wouldn't say that 'it would really make her happy if...'. Ha! Giving us the 'guilt trip'.

Daddy started looking for it in the nearby stores but he couldn't find the one that's the same as the one in the movie. Worried that he may not find it, he bought one which is not the same color as the one she wanted...but he finally found 'the one' on her birthday itself. So, she got 2 of Buzz Lightyears...one green and one brown.

Aside from the gifts we got her, her Aunt got her the Easy Bake Oven which I blogged about as well. She also got a tent and the other Toy Story characters, all of them. In other words, she got A LOT of TOYS!!! Here are some of them...I took a picture just for this entry.

So it's now 2 weeks after her birthday. The "toy fever" has run its course. The tent has been standing might for 2 weeks...only to be ignored. Buzz got tired of saying: To Infinity and Beyond...only to be ignored as well. It is now, in other words, forgotten...just 2 WEEKS after she begged for it.

So...what is she playing with now???
THESE!!!!
An empty chocolate box, an empty tissue box, straw, an empty vitamin plastic bottle, string and some tape and papers.

Moral of this long story: Next time she asks for toys....we're getting her...boxes, straws, string, papers and empty plastic bottles. They're cheap [even free] and they're easy to find.

ATV Off Road Racing

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I like to watch some shows in the Country Music Channel. Aside from the usual music videos, they now have a lot of other shows aired during the day. One of the shows I was watching showed an ATV off road racing. I was just glued on the TV while the race was going on, first, because it looked rally fun and second, I have not really done anything like it. I don’t drive [yet] but I think I would really want to learn how to drive an ATV someday because it looks a lot safer and more fun. Anyway, after seeing the show I told my husband about it so he told me to look it up online. I did and I found a lot information on this ‘sport’ at Texas ATV. It has forums, events, as well as riding areas that ATV lovers can check. I don’t know if we are ever going to get an ATV anytime soon but it’s good to find a place where information is available if my husband decides to get one in the future. Hey, maybe I’ll learn to drive it instead of a car, eh?

Great Finds....

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Are you bargain hunter?? I used to do that a lot...well, when I had the capabilities to go somewhere without needing a 'personal driver'. Btw, I used to have a lot of personal drivers....some I didn't even know the names. I can go out of my house and there they were scurrying to get to me so they can drive me anywhere I wanted to go...hay those were the days.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I was just at Hailey's blog. One of her entries made me think about the good ol' days...and how much I liked bargain hunting! Back when I was still single and unattached...when all I was asked was: when are you going to get married??...LOL. Anyway, I used to live in BF Homes, Paranque and there was always a 'tiangge' near the place I stayed. Everynight, we would just walk and scout for some things on sale. I remember buying a lot of my Christmas gifts in those place...cheap ko noh? Aside from that I also loved walking around Baclaran and Divisoria. Those were the 2 places I would go to on my way home to Pampanga.

It was much better though when I was teaching in Taiwan. They have what is known as 'night market' there where everything is cheap. We spent hours upon hours scouting numerous night markets in Taipei...and I was there for 4 years so I can't even count how many nights we walked around those night markets. And yes, I bought a lot of my pasalubong in those places.

Wow...I didn't realize how much I'm actually missing those things until I started writing. But...that's part of my former life. It's all part of good memories and sometimes, it's good to think about them.


Enjoy Las Vegas Without the Slot Machines....

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I have only been to Las Vegas once. Will I go back? Sure, why not. When I went there all I knew of the place was that there are a lot of casinos and the lights at night are a sight to see. But a lot has changed since then. Today there are a lot of other things to do when in that city. One of the more famous packages being offered to those who want to visit Las Vegas is a Las Vegas golfing package. Big names in the golf community spend time playing in the famous Las Vegas golf resorts like the ones in Angel Park and Tuscany. Anybody though can play and enjoy these famous golf courses. And the place to find affordable golf packages at some of the world’s famous golf courses would have to Las Vegas Golf Authority. So if you are planning in visiting this famous city, check this site first before doing anything else. You will be surprised how much you may actually enjoy Las Vegas without the aid of a slot machine....

All In the Eye of the Beholder...

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Many of us are guilty of looking at others our own age and thinking, "Surely, I can't be that old". If you've ever done this, then you'll appreciate the following. I am just hoping that I wouldn't have the same encounter with my former classmates...LOL!!
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My name is Alice Smith and I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his DDS diploma, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 40-odd years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on way back then?

Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate.

After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Morgan Park High School.

"Yes. Yes, I did. I'm a mustang," he gleamed with pride.

"When did you graduate?" I asked.

"In 1965," he replied. "Why do you ask?"

"You were in my class!" I exclaimed.

He looked at me closely . and then that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled, fat ass, gray-haired decrepit son-of-a-b*tch asked, "What did you teach?"

An Exercise Buddy

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I need to exercise! There I said it. I have a treadmill that can help me at least with the walking but it is boring to walk and not going anywhere. How can I spice it up a little bit? Reading or watching TV maybe but I want to do what those people on TV do…listening to music and be lost in my own world. So I am now looking at some ipods for future purchase. Yes, I am a bit late but I never really have a need for it before and I am that kind of a person. If I don’t need it, I probably won’t buy it. But since I really want to start walking on my treadmill, I would have to find a way to make it more attractive and an ipod may just be the key...it can be my exercise buddy!

What Goes Around Comes Around

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I've received this touching story a few times already and I don't think I've ever posted it yet. It's a very nice story whether it's true or not. Here it is.

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One day a man saw a old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe; he looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.

He said, 'I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.'

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, 'And think of me'

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: 'You don't owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.'

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard....

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, 'Everything's going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.'


There is an old saying 'What goes around comes around.' Today I sharing you this story, and I'm asking you to pass it on. Let this light shine.

Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Amy Winehouse...

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Amy Winehouse is the English singer who has this beehive kind of hairdo that some kids are copying! I keep seeing her pictures everywhere online so I thought I'd list down the positive vs. negative things I've read about her so far in an attempt to find out why a lot of people are fascinated with her and while some kids are idolizing her.

Let's start with the positive...

- She just won 5 Grammy awards.

-->> Ummm....that's all???

Let's list the negative...[mostly based on the news]

- She has alcohol problems
- She has drug problems
- She's self destructive
- Her husband is in jail.
- She was just arrested for suspicion of assault [allegedly]
- She was photographed drinking what looked like tequila shot with her left hand while holding a toddler with her right one.

Okay....I know these are just based on the tabloids news. But if you look at her pictures on the news, you can't help but kind of believe these negative news about her.

Right now, I am happy for only one thing. That my little girl is way too young to even care about celebrities. That's it.

Dizzywood...Making Kids Environmentally Conscious

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I have a 6 year old who is very curious with everything around her. She asks us endless questions and we are very happy about that. She knows that her Mom works online but hasn’t fully grasped what working online is. Considering the fact that I am always online, some people may think that our little one is probably accustomed to being online herself but she’s not. She’s never really gone online. Honestly, I really don’t know the right age a kid should be allowed to explore the online world or the world wide web as we all know it.

I have come across a lot of sites that claim to be kid friendly. I tried to check some of them to see if any of those sites can be a site our little one can go to but so far, I have not found one that I can really say is appropriate for her age. There are some educational sites that I will probably allow her to visit but I also want something where she can have fun and play. One site that I have come across that is designed for kids ages from 8 -12 is Dizzywood. My daughter has not met the age requirements yet but I still went and checked it. I really like what I have seen so far.

One of the things that attract me to the site is their aim to provide environmental awareness to kids. As a matter of fact, they just announced that in honor of Earth Day, players in their site can plant a virtual tree. By doing so, the players will see the good effects of planting trees to Dizzywood like the clearing of polluted skies. But that’s not the best part, for every virtual tree planted in Dizzywood, a real tree will be planted on Earth through a partnership with Arboy Day Foundation! Isn’t that great? Now I know where I will let my little go in the online world once she’s of age….Dizzywood.





Kid's Question Tag...

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I got tagged by this "Kid's Question" twice [I think]. I remember Hailey tagging me a few days [maybe weeks, hehe] ago and now Lisa is tagging me as well. Thanks ladies...the thought is truly appreciated!
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Kid's Question Tag!




Copy here:

1. Answer the Kid’s Question by Gregory Stock, PH.D. Remember: Don’t respond as you think others want you to. Respond the way you actually feel!
2. Add your name (linked to your blog)
3. Tag everybody else!

Kid’s Question #1
If you were the ruler of the world and you could have anything you wanted as well as have people do anything you wanted, do you think you would get greedy and mean or would you be a good and fair ruler?

My Answer:

Yep, I would be greedy and mean! You didn't expect that, did you? Nah, I was just messing around. Would anybody actually admit that she or he will be mean and greedy? C'mon...I don't think so. I can bet my life that if any of the present leaders of today were asked before if they they would be greedy and mean once they become rulers, their answers would have been No! How many leaders of today can we really say are good and fair?

But we're not asking them, are we? I am being asked and I am not even a leader...ha! So my answer would be: Consciously, I would say no I will not be mean and greedy. Why would I want to be mean and greedy? I could have anything, right? That is short of saying that I have everything. What exactly is a good and fair ruler anyway? Someone that follows the norm? Someone that goes with the truth? As you can see, this question just brings up more questions than answers to me. I am not challenging anybody's answer. I'm just saying that...WE WILL ALL SAY I WILL BE GOOD AND FAIR and not mean and greedy. It's human nature. Why not listen to the current US Presidential candidates/hopefuls. If you believe what they are saying now....America would be on top of the world once one of them is elected. Unfortunately, it's all talk plain and simple.

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Get Recognized....

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It’s probably the ultimate dream of business owners to be recognized by the bigwigs in Wall Street. It’s probably safe to say that once your company is part of the Wall Street list then your company has made it. The only problem is how can that happen? The first step would be to look for a place that specializes with investor relations services. All those companies in Wall Street started somewhere to get where they are right now. Do what they did and check Emerging Markets. I’m sure they have the answers to all your questions.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

TGIF....

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Well, it's still a few minutes to go before it's officially "TGIF" for me but what the hey, I am going to bed and I just want to say it before I hit the sack. Any complaints? I didn't think so. Here's something my friend from Taiwan sent me this morning and I want to share it with you all...

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Waiting for Friday


Here it comes....

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Yay - It's Friday!!!


Have a Good Weekend!!!

Changing Careers...

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I think I mentioned here that I recently re-connected with some of my high school friends because of our Alumni website. Anyway, one of these friends is a guy who is now in Las Vegas, Nevada. He said that he used to live in San Francisco but decided to move to Las Vegas. He’s not working on any full-time job right now because he is still undecided as to what field he really wants to take. He used to be a Social Worker but some of his relatives are encouraging him to try real estate. So when I came across the Nevada real estate appraisal courses being offered by Key Realty School, he is the first person I thought of. He’s not sure yet if he wants to go down that road, but I’m sure that after I let him know of these courses, he may just give it a try. Anyway, there’s no harm in trying, right?

A Rose is a Rose....a Tag I Mean...


I have not posted any award here in a long while so when I got a long-stemmed red rose award from Ritchiela, I readily grabbed it so I can post it right away. Hey, it's not everyday I get a rose like this one. So the the Mother of the cute Shiela [mana sa ???...fill in the question marks...haha], thank you very much. Even if I don't get a rose come Mother's Day, I can say I already got one, right?

Let me hand it down to all the mothers out there...take this as my early Mother's Day present to you all.

Event Planning

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A good friend of mine is a school administrator in Los Angeles, California. One of her jobs is to come up with good fund raising events for their school. She is always looking for experienced California event planners to help her come up with a flawless events. Right now she is busy preparing for their summer event so I’m sure she’s all over the place again. I admit I am not much of an event planner myself so if I have to plan an event like my friend, I’ll make sure to visit Innovative Entertainment. They have been planning events since the early 80s and they have planned for all kinds of events one can ever imagine…from weddings, to dances to concerts. Hmmm….maybe I will call my friend and tell them about this place. Why didn’t I think of that right away?

Wesley Snipes

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Yes, the actor, is sentenced to 3 years in prison on tax federal charges. It took almost the whole day today to come up with this sentence. Of course his lawyers are asking for no jail time with no fine. Helllloooo???

Snipes is blaming everyone else but himself with his tax problems. Why? He doesn't know what he signs? Anyway, he was acquitted of some other similar charges. I guess he is not so lucky this time. His co-defendants will be sentenced later on a later date. One is facing up to 10 years while the other one may get up to 6 years.

Hopefully, a lot of other famous people can learn from this. At least be aware of their financials....geez.

My Beautiful Mommy?

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Ummm no...my little girl didn't tell me that. This is actually a title of a book that's creating some noise. I've read about it earlier this week in one online celebrity magazine and it caught my attention right away. I kinda' know that it will be one controversial topic.

Why? Well, the book is about plastic surgery...and it's a kid's picture book. Yes, something that is written for bedtime stories[?]. It's written by a Plastic Surgery Doctor. The book is supposed to answer questions by kids who get confused with the physical changes in their moms after some tummy tuck or face lift or whatever lifts the moms undergo. The book is due right around Mother's Day. Timing, eh?

Of course the book is getting mixed reviews as there are still a lot of people out there who are not sold to the idea of going through cosmetic surgery. One show that I saw discuss this book is "The View". In a nutshell, they are against what the book is trying to convey. It's actually one of the few things they agree on.

I don't have any intentions of having any kind of plastic surgery so I really don't know how this book would affect me and my daughter or is there is even a need to talk about it with her. But one thing is for sure, if and when she asks me questions about this very topic, she will get straight forward answers from me.

So what do you think of this book? Aye or Nay? or maybe Yay! LOL!

Change of Pediatrician

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With our impending move to another city, we have no choice but to find other health service providers for the whole family especially for our little one. I am not looking forward to that because our little one has had this same pediatrician eversince she was born. I’m sure we would find another one with no problem. One thing I am not sure about though is if her pediatrician has a practice management software. I am really hoping she does because I want our little one’s records transferred to her new pediatrician the as soon as we find one. If all doctors have this kind of software by VirMedice, then our changing of doctors will be a lot easier as the records of our little one can be transferred with a flick of finger…er, click of a mouse is more like it. Besides, the records will be kept safe from any kind of natural disaster…and that counts a lot.

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 ...