Sunday, May 31, 2009

Magna Doodle...

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This was one of the first things we got the little one when she started 'doodling', along with crayons, drawing papers, pencils, paints & what nots. But I can say, the Magna Doodle is probably the best one. Why? Because all the other drawing materials we got her then are all gone now, but the Magna Doodle, it's still here.

She really loves this toy a lot. There is not a day she doesn't use it. If there's anything I wish this toy can do, it's to print out whatever she has doodled on it. Throughout the years, she has doodled some really good stuff on this thing. But that's the fun of it I guess...she can erase it right away then go on to the next doodle.

Anyway, here are some of her recent doodles.

Guess who these are? Yep, US!

I think she's going to be a 'cartoon' artist of some sort. She's quite good with drawing 'animated' animals....


Anyway, it you have a toddler, make sure to get him/her a Magna Doodle. It's going to be one useful toy...and no, this is not a paid advertisement. LOL....

Stretching the Dollar

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This weekend, we went to go look at some trees and plants. We’ve been planning in working on the front yard for the longest time and we’re hoping we can do this very soon. The husband actually went first yesterday. He found the trees he wanted but guess what? They are a hundred bucks [yes $100] a piece. I just about fell off the chair I was sitting on when he told me. So today we decided to go to another place. Well, the prices are almost the same as what he found yesterday. I guess we don’t have a choice but to buy them. We just need to do it little by little instead of getting them all at the same time. We may also need to stretch the dollar some more to save some.


It seems that’s basically the case for everybody today. If we’re not trying to put off buying some stuff that can wait, we try to cut corners or stretch the dollar. I for one does not stop looking, well, more like, hunting for cheaper services. Who wouldn’t want to pay less for the same service, right? Being fed up with the present provider is also another reason I tend to keep looking. This weekend, that’s basically what happened…we’re fed up with our service provider. So I spent a good part of my weekend checking out different places like HUGHES NET.


We haven’t tried satellite but we’re willing to give it a shot. There’s always a first time, right? The prices and plans that Hughes Net services have on the website are reasonable so I don’t see any reason why we can’t give them a try. They have different plans we can choose from and we can even save at least $100 for a limited time. Hopefully, we can come up with a decision as soon as possible so we can avail of this great offer from them. I better tell the husband to call Hughesnet tomorrow if he’s not too busy at work. If he cannot, I guess I may just have to do it myself.

Friday, May 29, 2009

A-Z Favorites...a Tag!

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Thanks Bluedreamer for this tag. I haven't done one in a while so I thought I'd give this one a shot! If you're interested to join, feel free to grab it! It's FREE!

Here we go...

*Begin Copy Here*

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Start copy from "Begin Copy Here" until "End Copy" to your blog.

2. List your favourites from A-Z.
For example, starting with the alphabet A, you can list down your favourite Actor, your favourite Anthem, favourite Aerobic exercise or even your favourite ABBA's song. As long as it starts with the letter A.

Then move on to alphabet B. You can list your favourite Book, or Bag, or Blog, or even your favourite Boxer shorts! It's entirely up to you!

Repeat the same with alphabet C, D, E and so on until Z.

If you can't think of a word that starts on that particular alphabet, you may visit My Very First Blog for a comprehensive list of words.

3. Tag 7 people.

*End Copy*


My A-Z Favourites List

Actor -> Brad Pitt, George Clooney...lahat ng pugi!
Beverage -> Water...but if I can get away with it, Coca Cola!
Cartoon -> Can't think of any...
Disney Character-> Mickey Mouse
Egg dish-> Scrambled & a dish my mother used to make for breakfast....no name, eh.
Flavor-> of what? Ice-cream? Butter Pecan
Game -> "Arindingan" [Kafamfangan eh]
Hobby-> I don't have one....boring! I have a 'hubby' though...pwede na yun?
Idiomatic expression -> Can't think of any!
Japanese -> Don't watch any....
Korean food-> kim chee & do ga ne tang
Lord of the Rings Film -> Haven't watched any of the trilogy.
Movie-> Harry Potter series
Number -> Seven
Opera singer -> None in particular
Perfume-> Sweat? I don't wear perfume anymore. I used to like 'Envy' by Gucci
Quotes-> Everything Happens for a Reason.
Rapper -> Not into rap....
Song -> It changes. Right now: Heaven....DJ Sammy's slow version
TV Show-> NCIS, Monk, CSY:NY, etc
US State-> Florida?
Video Game-> Don't play any...
Wizard-> Harry syempre...
Xmen Character-> Wolverine & Storm
Youthful actress-> Cher....trying hard youtful...LOL! No one actually
Zodiac -> Scorpio!

Ironic

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Last weekend, we visited our old house that has been in the market for over a year now. Yep, it’s been year and it’s still on the market. We almost had a buyer a few months after we put it on the market. It fell through though after a few weeks of negotiations. The buyer had a problem getting a bank to finance his mortgage so we had no choice but to let that one go. Unfortunately, that’s the last solid offer we got. The realtor said that she had people come visit the house but I guess we may have to wait until the economy gets better, a lot better before someone buys it. In the meantime, we try to visit it every chance we get to check it. The husband is worried that someone might try to break in the house so he’s looking into putting an Alarm System there now. We are about 30 miles from it so if and when a break-in or an accident happens, it will be hard for us to get there in time.


The neighbor has been kind enough to look after it when he gets the chance. He even cut the grass the last time we were there so we’re very grateful to him. But he’s not always around. He goes to Puerto Rico quarterly and he also works. A Home Security system is our best chance right now that’s why the husband is considering it. It’s kind of ironic actually. We didn’t have any home alarm system when we were living in that house and now that it’s vacant, we are planning of putting an ADT alarm system there. We want to make sure that the house will not be trashed while it’s still on the market. Ha! But right now, having a security alarm installed is our best bet that nothing like that will happen. I’m just crossing my fingers that someone in the near future will take interest and buy the house.

L-A-Z-Y!!!!

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Can I say it any better? This week, I've been meaning to do this:


I even posted about it....but that's all there is to it....a POST. Hopefully, we will get the bikes for me and the husband ASAP so we can go on that family biking time we want to do. I wonder if we will be able to beat the heat though. I think we only had a couple of days of spring here that were pleasant enough to stay out. The rest were either rainy or way too hot to be considered 'spring'.

Anyway, because of the the non-stop rain and the lack of sleep because of my RLS, I've been pretty much a couch/bed potato almost the entire week. We also had a rough night last night because the little one was throwing up. I've been awake since around 2AM and I've only slept for about an hour since then.

So.....


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Shoes Here, There & Everywhere

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When we went out last weekend to run some errands, we swung by a shoe store to get the husband a new pair of shoes that he badly needed. He only has a pair of daily shoes at a time. Seriously! He has dress shoes & running shoes and he has a pair that he uses when we go out on a weekend. Anyway, I have only a few pairs myself and I don’t really need to add more pairs BUT everytime we go to the shoe store, I tend to try on a few pairs that catch my fancy. I’m a woman after all, right? Ha! And no, I didn’t get me one of the Rocket Dog shoes I tried on because it was not part of the plan. I was so close in getting the pair though because I really like them. Maybe next time…


The husband was not the only one though that came home with a new pair of shoes. While I was checking out the cute rocket dog shoes in the ladies department, I thought of checking out if they have some cute pairs as well in the girls department. What do you know, they do! Now that the little one has her own sense of fashion, it’s a little bit challenging to buy her shoes. For one, she keeps changing her mind on the color she wants…and that’s only one of the things that take her forever to decide on. Her size is also on that awkward stage where one size is a bit small for her while the next one is too big. Regardless of the ‘challenges’ we had to go through, we went home with a pair of really nice and affordable Rocket Dog pair. I made a mental note of the style I liked though because I’d try and look it up online and see if I can get them ‘secretly’…LOL! Sneaky little me, eh?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Blast from the Past...via Facebook!

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My former students in the Philippines found me in Facebook. They were my very first students...my 'baptism of fire' so to speak. I was a wide-eyed [literally] 20-something first time teacher when I took the job. I wasn't a fresh graduate though. I graduated the year before. I took a year off after graduating from college to take the board exam and the civil service exam. Fortunately, I passed both so I didn't have a hard time finding a job when I looked for one.

Anyway, these students are now in their 30s. I am only 10 years older than them. They were in Gr. 6 when I was assigned to be their class adviser so I was like a kid playing teacher. I was so rigid when I was their teachers because I didn't know any better. I honestly think they hated me because I somehow hated myself for being that way. But I learned to loosen up after a while. Somehow they started to become my friends outside the classroom that I was even invited into some of their 'lakwatsas'.

Here's one of the 'graduation' picture bloopers I got from one of them. Can you find me? Yep, I'm the one with the 'brown space suit'. I flew in & out of there using that suit...with the help of my humongous hair of course. SPRAY NET Rocks!...in the '80s....LOL...

Btw, if you look really closely, a Filipina actress - G. Tongi - was in the picture. She was in my advisory class. She's the 5th student from me to the left.

Speaking from Experience

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The weather around here has been pretty crazy the past few weeks. It’s been raining almost non-stop so our time outside has been very limited. My favorite past time which is weeding has been put on hold indefinitely. My in-laws who we visited last Sunday have been having problems with their TV. It seems the reception has been really really bad because of the weird weather. My husband suggested that they switch to Direct TV because during the time we had them, we never had any problem with them during bad weathers. As a matter of fact, we only called for their tech’s visit once or twice…and we had them for about 5 years. There are a lot of Direct TV Deals they can avail of which I’m sure are cheaper than what they have. The in-laws said that they were expecting a tech to visit them the following day but they will probably switch if the problem with their present provider is not resolved.


Well, my husband got a call from his brother early this week. He said they’re looking into the Direct TV Offers that came in the mail and they are switching as soon as possible. Ha! My in-laws are what you can call TV fanatic. I don’t think they ever turn their TV off so a day without it is really hard for them. I’m sure they’ll be happy with Direct TV. And that’s speaking from experience…

How Crazy...

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.... is the weather here in the sunshiny-rainy state?

One minute it's:




The next minute it's:




We just got back in. The sun was out and it didn't look too hot so I decided to do some much needed weeding on the flower beds. After a few minutes, the sun got too hot so we went back in. It's now very cloudy and on the verge of raining. If this is not crazy weather, I don't know what is....

Switching Course...

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When I first came over here, one of my sisters in law had a thriving career. She was in demand everywhere that she could quit her job one day and be hired by another the next day. Her husband was also in demand then in his field. He had his own construction company and he had more work than he could ever imagine. But that was about 7 years ago. Today, both of them are out of work. The husband still gets little jobs every now and then but it’s not enough to keep them afloat. So they are both thinking about going back to school as soon as possible. The wife just finished taking an entrance exam for a nursing course. She’s still deciding whether she wants to become an RN or go the shorter route of being an LPN. I’m guessing she will go with the latter because she can start working after a year or so. Her husband is looking into getting an electrician certification. He said it’s still somehow related with construction and when the construction industry gets back up his new certification will not go to waste.


Come to think of it electrician careers are some of the few careers that have the staying power during this economic turmoil. People will always have a need for electricians because electricity is a basic necessity for most. It also doesn’t take 4 years to get a certification for it so that’s good. My brother in law said, the faster it is to get the certification, the better. I can only agree. He hasn’t chosen the school he wants to get the certification from so I made a quick search on google and typed: electrician school Pittsburgh and the first school that came up is Rosedale Technical Institute. According to the school’s website, it only takes about 16 months to get the certification that my brother in law wants. I think that’s a great thing. If he starts the course soon, he can have the needed knowledge and certification by next year. I probably should let him know about it so he can get crackin’….

Contemplating to...




Yep, still contemplating if I should start doing that. I probably should huh? I have to do a lot stuff today that I put off the last few days. Let's see, what do I have to do today? Where do I start? Oh well...I can't even think where to start..hahaha...

I better get going and do first whatever takes my fancy. How about that? You have a good one, ok?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Exercise Time!

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I feel so full. I’ve been feeling full eversince we visited the Philippine store last Sunday because I’ve been eating non-stop since then. This is one reason why I try to stay away from the Philippine store. I seem to have this urge to finish everything I buy there in one day. I’ve been jumping on the scale every chance I get to see how much I’ve gained so far…LOL. And yes, I managed to gain some already…or maybe it only seems that I have because I weigh right after stuffing food in me. Hmm…oh well, even if I’m not gaining much, I know I should start getting on the treadmill and start using my Adidas shoes that hubby got me eons ago. Aside from helping me with my weight, I read in one medical site that exercise can also help with my restless leg syndrome. I hope so because the thyroid meds I’m taking don’t seem to be doing the job with my RLS.


So starting tomorrow, I am planning in doing what I should have done a long time ago when I started having RLS, walk on the treadmill. I’ve had the treadmill for few years now and I’ve never really used it. I did use it before going to California for a friend’s wedding. I was so serious then in shaping up that I had a whole exercise routine aside from the treadmill and I got me a really nice of athletic shoes to motivate me in exercising. Well, I have no wedding to go to anytime soon but my RLS will probably be enough reason to give this exercise thing another go.


I’m not alone though this time. The husband also wants to start exercising regularly as well. We even went shopping for discount shoes last weekend for his biking shoes. It has been our longest plan to start biking together as a family. The bike trail near here was actually one of the reasons we chose the area. The little one has also been practicing and soon she will be ready for the training wheels to come off. Now all we need are bikes for me and the husband. Aha!

Heaven....

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Originally sang by Bryan Adams. This one is a version by DJ Sammy. I like both versions but I like to sing along with this one more since it's on a woman's range. Enjoy!

Time for a Change...

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I’ve been feeling lazy the past few days. I’m sure my crazy sleeping schedule because of my RLS has something to do with how I’m feeling. I just don’t have the energy to do much if I only get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. I do the things that need done around the house and that’s it. The rest of the day, I’m either surfing online or watching TV or teaching the little one. I have a few things I need done but can be done later but it would have been nice if I can do them sooner than later, huh? Instead of checking if Time Warner Digital Phone service is offered around here, I keep going to some social networking websites to see if a friend uploaded some new pictures. I’m pathetic isn’t it? LOL…


Anyway, when a friend called me on Memorial Day, I happened to mention to her that I am thinking of switching to another phone service company that offers unlimited long distance that does not charge outrageously. I tend to wait for her and my other friends who have cell phones or unlimited long distance to call me and I want to be able to call them without thinking of breaking the bank. She suggested their present provider which is Time Warner Digital which according to her has really good reception.


I have visited the website already but I have not told the husband about it. We usually talk about these things before we make a decision. It’s been only been a few months since we got on with the phone company we have right now. It’s not that bad but if we can find something cheaper, then we’ll go with that. I also saw that Time Warner Digital Cable is much cheaper than what we have right now so that is also something to consider. Hopefully, I'll be able to gather the information I need and let the husband know about this. It would be great to start saving ASAP.

Restless Leg Syndrome

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I guess the thyroid problem I have causes the restless leg syndrome or RLS that I've been experiencing for a while now. It's probably one of the very FIRST signs that I have hyperthyroidism which I didn't know of course. My doctor agreed that it's an underlying symptom of this problem.

Anyway, I'm still having it and it's messing up my sleeping schedule. It's annoying to say the least because I don't feel it during the day. It's only when I go to bed and start to go to sleep that I feel it. I am hoping my medication will help solve it just like the 'bulging' eye. So far, not yet. The eye is almost back to its normal size but the RLS is still bothering me especially the last few nights.

Anyway, from Wikipedia here's what RLS is all about.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS, Wittmaack-Ekbom's syndrome) is a condition that is characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. It most commonly affects the legs, but can also affect the arms or torso. Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief. RLS causes a sensation in the legs or arms that can most closely be compared to a burning, itching, or tickling sensation in the muscles.


In case you get this 'odd' feeling on your legs when you try to sleep, get checked. It may be more than that.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Susan Boyle

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Yes, that Susan Boyle. The one that made Simon look like a .... umm... a fool? He actually said that on this video. He apologized for how they [mostly him?] acted when Susan Boyle first auditioned, before she started singing.

Anyway, Susan made it through to the finale so here's wishing her the best of luck! I'm sure she has some really tough competition but she definitely stands a chance. Here's the video from You Tube.


Unplanned Day Out

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Just got back home a couple hours ago from an unplanned day out. Mother nature gave us a great day today sans rain, thunder & lightning. I'm sure those who had barbecue parties had a great one today. We didn't go to any barbecue parties rather we did some errands like a much needed car wash, oil change, hair cut for hubby and some shoe shopping. Originally, it's only the husband who was supposed to do those things and I was planning in doing some much needed cleaning around the house. But he used a bait to make me go...Philippine store. The one we have near here doesn't have a lot of supplies compared to the one near the old house so I made a 'drastic' [LOL] decision and went with him to do his errands. As usual, I was able to convince him to swing by my favorite fast food place and get me some 'greasy' foods. That plus the 'supplies' [aka: food] I got from the Philippine store will surely make me need some Apidexin in the near future. I hope not because I really don't want to take anything to suppress my appetite or to lose some weight but I may just have to do that because I can see me putting on some weight whether I like it or not. Sigh!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Another Day Passed...




We had a very laid back Saturday as always. The little one was very happy because her "playmate" is home. She's 'giddy' as likes to call it because Dad is home. As for me, I tried [in vain] to take a nap this afternoon. I was nodding off earlier while I was typing so I thought I'd give it a try. Not a good idea. I'm just not used into napping during the day anymore.

Dinner was good. I made 'chicken taco salad' for the first time. I always make tacos but I've never really thought of making the salad. I'm glad I tried it because the little one liked it a lot. She said it's the best salad she's ever had...and it's now her favorite. Ha! Her favorite changes by the dish so that may change tomorrow.

That's our Saturday. I hope you had a relaxed one as well.

Cutting Corners

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It’s the Memorial Day weekend which means it’s a 3-day break for most people. I said most people because the husband will be working on Memorial Day. Yep, that’s one of the downside of working for himself. They are behind on paperwork because of the job they tried to finish last Friday. So while everybody’s home resting and having a break from work, he would be pushing pencils for a day. There are no barbecues planned this weekend around here because of the rain. But it’s ok because hubby needs his rest because he’s been working long hours for the past few weeks. He doesn’t say it but I know he’s beat so in a way the rain is some kind of a blessing.


Since I knew we won’t be heading out this long weekend, I am planning on calling my friends who live out of state. I haven’t spoken to any of them in months. We don’t have unlimited long distance on our land line so I have to use hubby’s cell phone to make the calls because it’s free at night and on the weekends. But that may change. I’ve been checking different companies that offer phone services like Qwest. I didn’t know much about their services at first but after comparing different phone companies that offer unlimited long distance, it’s looking more and more like I will go with Qwest phone service because they are the cheapest so far at $23.10 a month. There’s even a chance that it can get lower than that according to their website. And guess what? Even with $23.10, the fee is even lower than our monthly phone bill right now…without the unlimited long distance.


With the way the economy is going right now, every penny we can save goes a long way. I’ve been trying to find ways to cut corners without sacrificing anything. I may even try the Qwest high speed internet because their monthly fee is also lower than what I’m paying right now. Hopefully, I will be able to call them as soon as possible so our savings can start as well. We need all the savings we can get our hands on. Don't you?

CaliFARMia?

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That's only of the names being suggested if the time comes that the state of California will be split into 4 different states. Say what??? Well, it's just an idea for now. California's economic crisis is played so much in the news that we don't really know anymore what's real and what's not. Anyway, the idea was of course brought about by this economic brouhaha in that state. "CaliFARMia" is being suggested for CA's agricultural region while "CaliDORnia" is being suggested for the 'bedroom communities'. Insteresting, isn't it? But...it's only playing is some people's imagination out there. The 'so-called' know it all [read: experts] are not buying the idea. I kinda' agree that it's far-fetched idea...maybe now...but it's still a possibility right? We'll see what's going to happen to one of the biggest states in the country...



Nice Weekend Weather!

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Surprisingly I might add. I was expecting to wake up with the rain pouring down like the previous days but I was surprised that it was rather bright and sunny outside. Instead of lingering in bed like the past few days, I got up at around 8:00. The little one woke up early as usual. She tends to do that when she knows Dad will be around during the weekend. She wants to start her day as early as possible. But since Dad had long days the past 2 weeks, I asked her to wait for him to wake up instead of waking him up. So she had breakfast and did her usual stuff while waiting for Dad.

We just finished having 'brunch'. I made some french toasts, omelet with potatoes & cheese & some watermelon. As usual, I was munching the food I'm cooking during the process. That means I probably ate the most here...and I'm still hungry. I've been having some problems with my tummy the past few days so I've been eating more than usual. That's the only way that works to get rid of it so I probably should start looking at the best weight loss pills out there. I'm sure I'm going to gain some unwanted pounds before the month is over. Hopefully, my tummy troubles will start to wane soon so I can stop eating 10 times a day. Ugh!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wrapping Up...





Our weekend's weather forecast is still showing some rain in our area. Hopefully it's only for a short time so we can enjoy the weekend. But then again, Dad is home from work this weekend so the little one will be a happy camper regardless of the weather.

Holed Up...

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...in our house. That's us pretty much all week. I thought we would finally have a break from the non-stop rain today. Wrong! We just had a torrential downpour in the last hour, with lightning and thunder to boot. The power was on and off before that so I turned my computer off. Ugh! Right now there seems to be no light at the end of the rain tunnel because the weekend's forecast is pretty much the same.

Since we couldn't go out [at all] throughout the week, the little one and I have been trying to amuse ourselves with whatever catches our fancy. The TV is on pretty much all day. My computer is of course on as well pretty much all the time. We've been messing around with the webcam I have on my laptop taking pictures our pictures. Yep, kids' play. After our first 'photo session', I was surprised to see what I saw in our pics. Me! I mean my face. I guess the lighting from outside somehow highlighted every nooks and cranny of my face that it seems I'm not using any kind of skin care at all. I try to take care of my skin but I only do the minimum so to speak. Well, after seeing what I saw I may have to start thinking about kicking up my skin care regimen a couple of notches up. Sigh! Age is starting to show and I am not liking what I'm seeing.

Billionaire Super Friends....

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Unfortunately I'm not friends with them. I wish! Anyway, I just find this interesting news so I'm blogging about it. According to ABC's Good Morning America, some of the wealthiest people in the world held a closed door meeting not too long ago. What were they meeting about? How to help charities that are having a hard time during this time of economic turmoil.

Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mayor Bloomberg, Oprah Winfrey were only 4 of the billionaires who were present in the meeting. Not quite sure how many were there but according to the news, those that were at the meeting have total worth of about $125 billion. Whoop! whoop!

Here's a picture I grabbed from the video about this meeting.


Here's another one that I find cute. The "Billionaire Super Friends in Costume"...hahaha...


Seriously though, I am hoping they can do something for those that need their help badly.


Pictures from: ABC Good Morning America

Thursday, May 21, 2009

American Idol 8 Blooper!



Yes, a certain paper in Atlanta jumped the gun and erroneously reported that Adam Lambert won the American Idol title for 2009. Hahaha!!! Needless to say the reporter was probably rooting for Adam. Oh well...even Kris was surprised himself. Look at his face when he was named this year's IDOL....

Gloomy but Not Rainy...

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So who needs diet pills? Not me I guess. Well, it doesn't seem so anyway. It seems that everytime I visit my doctor, I lose a pound. Seriously. I definitely don't feel any lighter so I'm not sure why that is. Can it be the money we have to shell out everytime we visit his clinic? LOL...I guess so, eh? Anyway, I am not taking the weight loss seriously because it just doesn't show.

Anyway, the rain has stopped here for now. I'm not sure for how long but it hasn't rained since we woke up. Hopefully, it will be dry enough for us to go out in the backyard to let the little one loose for a bit. She badly needs to run around to get rid of all that energy that's trapped inside her. As for me, I also need the sun. We've been holed up in the house for the last 7 days or so. I'm sure though that when summer hits, I'd be begging mother nature to throw us some rain. I wonder if she will listen to me after all the whining I did about the showers we've been getting. Ha!

American Idol & Dancing with the Stars...

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... season of UPSET! At least that's what some TV shows are calling it. In the Tuesday night Finale of Dancing with Stars, many thought that front runner pair Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke will take home the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Not quite because Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas snagged it from them. I guess Gilles' fans didn't all rally enough behind him & his partner. Mark & Shawn themselves were caught by surprise but that's what the fans wanted...and so this pair won!


How about American Idol?


This is a bigger upset I think. The judges, especially the mighty Simon, openly predicted that Adam Lambert will take home the title but boy was he ever wrong. I guess the Kiss of Curse that David Cook was afraid of getting actually landed on Adam. He was the crowd's favorite for most of the season. But I guess the clean cut, boy next door contestant pulled the biggest surprise of them all...taking the AI title under Adam Lambert's feet.

Anyway, congratulations to Kris Allen! He truly deserves it.


By the way, one of my favorite number in the show was when he did a duet with Keith Urban. He truly held his own and I really think, he would go the route that another AI champion Carrie Underwood is taking. COUNTRY music!

Here's that video from where else but You Tube! Enjoy...

Long Week

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It's really a long week. Well, make that long 2 weeks rolled up into 1. Truth be told, it seems we didn't have a weekend. Yes, the little one and I were home but Dad had to work through the weekend again. When I say he had to work on a weekend, he would leave his normal time of 5 AM and would come home around 6, sometimes even later. I am hoping he doesn't have to do that this coming weekend but who knows. They have been trying to finish this job from a customer who keeps changing on them. The husband is sometimes at his wits end but he tries to hold it together since 'customer is always right'. Sigh...

Aside from this job they're working on, hubby said that they have a few more in the works so it's probably gonna get even busier in the coming weeks. If they get everything they're quoting right now, he said that they'd probably need a bigger place to work. They have been dreaming of buying their own place actually so they already looked at some steel buildings in case their plan works out. They've been in the same place since the start of their business and I think it's time for them to really start being serious in having their own building. Fingers crossed, of course.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

American Idol Finale


I thought I'd take a break from blogging about the non-stop rain here [and yes, it's still raining!], and post about this season finale of American Idol. As you probably know already, it's those 2 up top who are probably on the edge of their seats now waiting for the final verdict. So who do you think will be crowned American Idol this year? Adam Lambert or Kris Allen? We'll see tonight!

Truth be told, I never really sat down to watch the show in its entirety. It's airing at the same time my favorite show is airing so I have to choose. What show? NCIS of course. The hubby though only missed an episode because I forgot to remind him....tee hee...so I'm still on the loop. I know he's rooting for one of them but he likes both. Me? I don't have a pick actually but if I have to choose, I'd probably go with Kris Allen. His music is more like my kind of music. There!

Picture from the American Idol official website

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It Never Stops....



Yep, it's still raining as I'm writing this post. It just wouldn't stop. It would "pause" for a few minutes then goes on and on and on again...until the next pause. I should be thankful since it's been kinda' dry here but when you have a 7-year old who wants to outside playing, I can't help but wish a longer 'pause'. Oh well..maybe tomorrow...

I had my doctor's appointment today. It's a follow-up to my last visit where I had some blood work done. The result was positive...in a good way, I mean. My thyroid still has ADD...errr....still hyper. In 4 weeks I'll be having another blood work to see if the meds are doing their jobs of slowing down my thyroid. If they're not working I have no idea what's going to happen. Maybe a change of meds? or maybe a change of doctor? We'll see. If the meds are doing their jobs, then my next appointment will be 4 months from today. Yay...

The little one was excited to go out. Guess why? Because she could finally use her little umbrella. She's been itching to use for quite sometime now that even with the slightest hint of rain she would run out with it. Now she's able to really use it when it's really raining. Ha!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Charice on Oprah



How about that? Pretty amazing voice she has!!!

Scene by Our Window



Dramatic, eh? LOL.. It's been raining since last night so it's really really wet outside. Good thing I don't have to go anywhere today. I have to be at the doctor's tomorrow though so I'm hoping the rain runs its course today.

Nothing much going on around here aside from the rain. I'm just sitting in front of my laptop while watching some shows on TV. The little one woke up at about 4 AM, yes, 4 AM because she was hungry...well, starving was the word she used. So I had to get up and make her some cereal. We didn't go back to sleep right away. When she went back to bed, it was almost time for Dad to leave for work so I stayed up a little bit longer to send him off. As soon as he left, she woke up again. Ugh! We tried going back to sleep but it was harder [for me anyway] than anticipated. It took me about an hour before I was able to go back to sleep...resulting to the late start of my day.

Free Credit Report

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Running a free credit report is something my husband does on a regular basis. It has to be done unfortunately. Yes it’s an additional task but it’s one of the best ways to keep the identity thieves at bay. You just never know who among those who have access to your information will use it for their own benefit so being on top of it is always the best thing to do. Fortunately, there are only few minor details in the reports that needed our attention in the past. They were on mostly on my report. But other than that, we’ve been spared from identity thieves. I am certain that being able to check our credit report for free helps tremendously in keeping our credit history free of fraudulent charges.


The free credit scores we got from one of these reports proved to be rather helpful in closing a very important transaction we had the past few weeks. Our credit scores were one of the first things requested the husband to provide upfront when the husband went to see some people for some quotes we wanted. It’s a common knowledge that better deals are usually available for those with high credit scores. Luckily, we do have a good credit score. This is mainly because of my husband’s vigilance in keeping track of our credit reports. Because of the free credit score we provided, we got what I would call the best deal we could get out there.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Job: Virtual Data Service Position

That's what it is! I just got this email with the subject: Job: Virtual Data Service Position. Yep, it's one of the most circulated scams on the internet so don't fall for it. I fell for it when I was just starting in my search for an online job. Read more HERE.

Here what's in the email.

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Job: Virtual Data Service Position
Hello,
My name is Amy Sweeny , and I am a human resources supervisor at
Virtual Type Data Service I would first like to thank you for your interest

in the position. Here’s a brief overview of what we have to offer you.
Remember if you have any questions please feel free to email me back,
and I will be sure to respond personally.

Job Description:
-Work from home full or part time
-Full online training
-Pay based on per-completion basis
-Work your own hours/days

Requirements:
Computer and e-mail access
Competent typing ability
Basic internet knowledge
Willingness to learn and set goals

Details:
We are seeking only self motivated people with the desire to work with
online advertising.
No experience is necessary. You must have a computer with internet
access, a working email account, and basic typing skills. You can
choose
to work full or part time and the hours are set by you. We recommend 18

to 36 hours weekly. You will be processing responses from
advertisements; this will be explained to you in the training
materials.
Everything is sent via email. There is no contract to sign; the amount
you choose to process is entirely up to you. As with any job, you must
be able to respond to advertisements in a timely manner.

Compensation:
You will be paid $15.00 to $25.00 for each application you process. For
example, if you process 35 in a week you can expect to make $350 to
$700 weekly. The average person makes $600 per week. The amount of money you
earn is entirely up to you. You will be responsible for keeping track
of your earnings for tax purposes. We do not take out anything for
government tax purposes, nor provide accounting services.

Training:
The training materials you receive will give you step-by-step
instructions on how to get started. When
you receive your training materials, you may begin working the same day.
There are no special software requirements for this position, but familiarity with
basic computer skills.

Payment for work completed:
You will receive your payments through PayPal for each application you
process. There is a one time
non-refundable fee of $24.99 USD. This cost covers the training
materials sent to you. Once you process your first response, you will
have made back this fee. This is just a small processing fee,
protecting
from those who are not serious about doing this work. No business can
cover administrative cost, wasted time or provide costly materials to
everyone who inquires about this position. If this is not acceptable
for
you, or you cannot afford this small cost, please disregard this email.

The training materials and information will be sent to you after we
receive your administrative fee, you can begin immediately.

If you do not have a PayPal account, click on the link below to open a
free account so you can receive payment for your work and purchase your

training materials. Please notify me once you have made the payment, so

I can be sure the materials are sent to you. This is a completely free
service and it is a verified secure website. When making your payment,
please enter “Service/Other” in the “For:” field. Please send
your payment through PayPal to our account at sunny_emale@yahoo.com
You will receive your materials within twenty-four hours. If you do not,
please email me with your PayPal address so I may confirm receipt.
http://www.paypal.com

NOTE: [HA-HA-HA...yeah right!]

You can feel 100% comfortable that this is absolutely not a scam in any way, shape form or fashion. There is one reason and one reason only that hhere is a fee for the training materials. We need to identify those applicants that are going to take this serious. This is an at home job and leaves little ability to monitor applicants efforts. If this minimal fee is not acceptable for you, or you cannot afford this small cost, please disregard this opportunity . But be assured you this is completely genuine and legitimate!
******************************************************************************

Best,
Amy Sweeny
Virtual Type Data Service
Asst. HR Supervisor

Be Original!

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I'm not sure if this is good timing or if it's a result of some recent developments, but I would like to thank Cee of Living A'La Mode for passing it on. I am no writer by any means but everything I post on this blog is all MINE! I would rather let a task expire if I can't write anything original about it rather than copy somebody else's content. If and when I need to copy and paste something here in my blog, I make it a point to give credit where it's due.

I am inviting everyone in my BLOGROLL to join in and spread the words:

BE ORIGINAL!

What is Plagiarism?

According to Dictionary, Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.

To all Bloggers who exert effort to create noteworthy entries and who continue to maintain a Blog which is a reflection of who she / he is, " Good job! "

To those who have the desire to Blog but are merely scraping contents from other people' s materials, " Whether you are monetizing your site to help you with your basic needs or to satisfy some of your wants, do it the proper way. Stop making money out of someone else's work. Otherwise, you are nothing but a common thief! "

Friday, May 15, 2009

How to be Happy

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...at work...
[click on the image for a larger picture]

But come to think of it, having a job SHOULD be able to put a smile on someone's face considering layoffs and job cut-offs are the trends nowadays.

Homes Loans

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It was 2004 when my husband and I decided to start looking at different banks that provide home loans. We thought it was the perfect time to start our dream of having a house built. My husband did a lot of research on different mortgage companies even before we came up with the decision. We wanted a reputable company of course. We also started looking at different model houses around here and looked for the ones that were within our budget but good enough for a young family like ours. After numerous visits to different model houses, we took our pick. The builder we chose seemed to all that we’re looking for and the owner of the company was very accommodating. I guess we trusted them so much that when they recommended a mortgage company to us, we readily went with it. That was one of our biggest mistakes in life, unfortunately.


It didn’t take long before we got approved for a home loan from the mortgage company the builder referred to us. We have a good credit standing, especially the husband so we expected that. What we didn’t expect were the turns of events after we signed the papers. To make the story short, the builder duped us. He withdrew money from the lender and never did anything but clear the site where our house will be built. For almost 2 years, that’s what they were doing…clearing the site. As soon as we realized what’s happening, we decided to hire a lawyer. Thousands of dollars was already gone when we did that, but we’re still the lucky ones because a lot of their customers lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The good news is, the builder is now in jail for Grand Theft. We may never get our money back but knowing he's sitting in jail makes us think that somehow, he got what he deserve.

It Never Ends....

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I blogged a lot about our weed dilemma in our yard. Well, good news it has been solved, well partly at least, as of a few weeks ago. The weeds that took over our yard are mainly dollar weeds. The husband has been trying different weed killers a lot so much so that he "unintentionally" killed the grass at one point. A couple of weeks ago the guy at the store recommended something for the dollar weeds. What do you know, it worked. Now our yard is almost free of these:



You'd think we will be having some nice green lawn now that the weeds are almost gone. Nope! As soon as it got a bit warmer, these guys showed up...


Yep, squirrels decided to come out and create havoc in our yard. They dig up so many holes on the ground to either bury the nuts they find or look for the nuts they buried. I thought it's only the squirrels digging holes. Then last week, I found a big hole on our yard. It's about 10 inches in diameter and about a foot deep. It's much bigger than the ones I've been seeing but I still thought it's the squirrels doing. It turned out, it wasn't.

It's done by this:


An armadillo. Lovely! Not! We haven't seen one in our yard so they dig at night I guess. As soon as we saw that big hole, the little one and I tried to cover it back with the soil around it. Well, that proved to be a futile effort because the very next day, it was dug up again. Ugh!

Anyway, we can't 'kill' the squirrels as they are protected. Hubby said we can trap them but there's a lot of them so we're not really doing anything right now but patching up the holes they make on the ground. As for the armadillo, hubby got a trap. It's still sitting outside empty because the armadillo hasn't shown up since we put it out. Hmmm...I wonder if it knows there's a trap waiting for it?

Waiting Game...

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Happy Friday everyone! Another week come has come and gone...and I can't say it's been a productive one for me. It seems all I did this week was sit around and watch TV every chance I got. I was planning to update my other blogs but...maybe next week, fingers crossed of course.

Today "may" turn out to be a good day for us. I am hoping things won't change and some thing we've been waiting for will happen later on in the day. I don't want to spill the details here as of yet. I want to wait until it's all done before I share the details of what I'm talking about here. Right now, I am somehow on the edge of my seat. I'm trying hard not to think about it so I'm looking for an undermount sink online because we need the sink replaced in the other house. The husband said something is wrong with it when he went to check it a few weeks ago. Hopefully, I'll find one that suits our budget. Honestly, we don't really want to spend a lot replacing stuff in that house as it is up for sale right now....way lower than its actual worth. Ugh! That's the economy's fault I'm afraid.

Anyway, enjoy the rest of the week. I'm off to do some other things to keep me busy. I hate the waiting game! Ciao!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Right Now It's....

Rain with Lightening Pictures, Images and Photos

Raining with thunders/lightning

What a crazy weather we have. It's been like this since yesterday. It was very hot until about 5 PM then it suddenly got dark. The little one was just asking me earlier why it's not raining. She checks the weather in her iPod and keeps track of it. The rain came in late so she started questioning the reliability of her iPod.

I better get off here before my laptop gets hit by the lightning.

Home Based Business

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Being able to work at home is probably one of the best things that has happened to me. Just like many WAHMs out there, my landing of a work at home job was mostly ‘luck’. I was at the right place at the right time. But with one messed up economy we have right now, my work at home jobs have been slower than ever for the past few months. Yes, we get work every now and then but I can’t help but wonder if everything will ever go back to normal as far as the regular flow of work is concerned. Because of this slow-down, I am seriously considering a home-based business. Nothing too big or too fancy, just something I can do while I am waiting for my regular work-at-home jobs to get back to normal.


Now, I know it’s not easy to start any kind of business especially something that’s home-based but with research and a little work, I may just be able to pull it off. I found a great resource article that presents some really good points on how to start in building a home based Internet business. I have been reading some great articles on this site and they have been eye-opening as well as educational. I know I have a lot of things to learn but with hardwork, perseverance as well as research, I may just have a good shot at this thing called ‘business’. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Special Cards

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So I posted the 'bought' Mother's Day card our little one gave me on MD. That card was actually the last card she gave me. Throughout the week she's been making me cards and handing them to me every morning.

I have one really sweet and thoughtful little girl. She makes every occasion special for both me and her Dad. For that I am very thankful....

Here are a couple of the cards she made for me.




Wrapping Up..

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BODY WRAPS…that’s what I need [more like a want maybe?] if I want to lose the unsightly belly rolls I have. Seriously! I’m too lazy to exercise. I tried walking on my treadmill but I stopped because I don’t like it when I’m running out of breath. Dieting is out of the question because I don’t want to deprive myself of the food I like. I have to eat my rice at least once a day which is rare because I usually eat rice for lunch and dinner if I can get away with it. I am not willing to take diet pills and I don’t think I want to go through any kind of surgery to get rid of my lovely ‘handles’.

So what brought my sudden need err…want of body wraps? Mother’s day did. Well, not the day itself but what I got for the day. Since I asked that they don’t get me jewelry, the little one and dad got me the next ‘easier’ thing to get….clothes. I’m not complaining mind you. I love the clothes. And I could certainly use some new ones. The pants they got me thought were a size too big for me so we headed to the department store the next day, Sunday. We were supposed to have the pants replaced but that didn’t happen. Aside from getting replacements for the 2 pairs that were big for me, I ended up with a few more pairs, plus some more tops. That’s because the husband wanted to get me more, mostly clothes he wants to see me wear. The problem is I am not comfortable wearing some of them because they somehow hug me tighter than I want resulting to some unsightly ‘rolls’ I’ve been keeping “under wraps”.

So to be able to wear some of the nice clothes I got, I am now looking into trying bodywraps which I have been reading about for quite a while now. I thought of trying it before but never really got into it. I guess I needed the reason to actually consider it more seriously. I’m not shooting for the moon here so I may have a chance. Hopefully with this method, I’d be able to at least reduce the size of my jelly belly.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Card





She was pretty excited about this card. She said she chose it herself. It's cute, isn't it? Anywhooo....I'm pretty tired because of my lovely cold so I'll be blogging about the "PIZZA" I got for mother's Day some other time. This card was part of the 'pizza'...

PS: The card is 8-fold[?] so it got bigger and bigger as I opened it...if that even makes sense...LOL.

Finding My Way...

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How is [was] your Mother’s Day Mommies? Mine is going great because went out for a few hours to do some shopping. Ha! Before we went out though, I called my sister in law. Since I no longer have my Mom around, I‘ve been calling my sister in law instead. Anyway, they were on their way out of the mall when I got a hold of her. She said they followed the wrong exit signs and they ended up on the wrong side of the mall. Her Mother’s day went great even if my brother was not with them because he had to work. They spent most of the day at the mall that they forgot which gate [or was it door?] they came in. That’s not a surprise to me because the malls there are now huge so they have a lot of exits and entrances. Needless to say, the malls in the Philippines today are very different from the malls [shopping center] I went to when I was growing up.


How different? First, I don’t even think we had malls back then. We had department stores which were mainly for shopping. They were not very big so they only had the front door for entrance and exit. Which meant that when I see an Exit Sign, it would take me to the door where I entered which for me is convenient because I easily get lost. I remember getting lost at Landmark [a department store in Manila] simply because there were 2 different exits and entrances located in front and at the back of the store. My friends and I separated while shopping because we wanted different things. We agreed to meet in front of the store which was our entry point. I thought I’d be able to find it since there were several EXIT SIGNS around the store so I went my merry way. How hard can that be, right? When the time came for me to meet my friends, I just followed the signs I saw and voila, I was on the wrong end of the store. Yes, I am that bad when it comes to directions. Cell phones were not in existence yet at that time, so all my friends could do was to wait patiently for me.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Home Alone....

Yep, I am! The father and daughter tandem went out to get 'pizza' for dinner...LOL. Not quite. They've been gone for almost 2 hours already. I wonder where they're getting the pizza from that it's taking them this long. I know what they're doing....getting the little one's Mother's Day present for me. The husband and I 'pretend' I'm being surprised so as not to ruin the little one's joy. She's been bugging Dad with: When are we getting the 'pizza', Dad? Hahaha...

Home Security

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Living in a house with a GE Home security system is far cry from the house I grew up in. I remember growing up in a place where people rarely locked their doors much less having a security system installed. Our other house that we stayed in for 7 years didn’t have a security system. An experience I had in that house was actually the reason why we chose to have a security system installed here in the new house. I blogged about it here when it happened but let me tell you again that one night that c0nvince me that some kind of a security system at home is a good idea.


It happened a few weeks before we moved in this house. I was getting ready to go bed when everything happened. I was unplugging my computer when I saw 2 teenagers heading our way. I didn’t take my eyes off them because it looked like they were going up our driveway by the kitchen...and I was right. One was the lookout while the other one tried to pry open our car. I honestly didn’t know what to do I did what I thought of first…turn the light on by the driveway. It sent them running away. But then I did something not so smart after that. I opened the door and looked at them while they were running. I was pretty sure they looked back. I was convinced they would come back one night and would try to break in our house instead to get back at me. That was when I wished we had a GE Alarm in that house.


Anyway, that was months ago. Obviously, it’s still all fresh in my mind. That house is in the market now and we’re all settled in the new house. But an experience like that would definitely leave one paranoid but having our GE security system definitely helps in putting my mind at ease. If we didn't have one, I'd probably be having hard time going to sleep even if we're in a different neighborhood. Who wouldn't after what I went through?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Achoo!



Excuse me!! I think the little one passed her sniffles to me. I woke up with a sore throat and a painful sinus. I thought it's my allergy so I took my allergy pills as usual. A few hours and a few pills later, I started to feel yuck-yuck. Here I am trying to post as much as I can even if I'm feeling a wee bit sick.

The little one is all better now. Not totally yet since she's still nasal when she talks but her sniffling is all gone now. All she has left is her very dry little nose. I'm just glad she was able to beat the cold in couple of days. She's a tough little cookie. She's very rarely sick. I think this was just the second time she got the cold. For this one, we even have the vaccines to blame actually. Her pedia suggested we give her tylenol after her shots but we forgot about it. Until 2 days after when she started having some sore throat. Again, live and learn. When she goes in for her very last vaccine next month, I'll definitely give her Tylenol right after.

Of Building & Losing...

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Let’s face it having a Bad Credit is something like a death sentence in the US. It’s sad but it’s a reality here. I had friends who came here years ahead of me who told me that building a good credit history is a must if one wants to survive here. I didn’t quite believe them honestly, until I got here. On my first year here, my husband started convincing me to have a credit card so I can have a credit history but I stood my ground and refused. But when I learned that a lack of [good] credit history may cost us our dream of having our house built, I had to give in. My husband is pretty much the one who is monitoring our credit. He has to since I know nothing about it. He runs our credit report regularly and he makes it a point to file a Credit Report Dispute if he sees any discrepancy. So far, everything is going good with both our credit. Thanks to him, of course.


His sister is a different story though. Her credit was a mess. Sadly, her not so great credit history was one of the reasons why they lost their house late last year. I guess they didn’t realize that her ‘not so stellar’ credit score would actually have a great impact to the different banks they approached to refinance their house when they needed to. I wonder why they didn't seek the help of companies which job is to Fix Credit before trying to refinance their house. If only they did that, their chance of saving their family home would probably be a lot better. It was sad to see their house to go into foreclosure because it was a family effort to build it. Her husband did most of the work with the little help from my husband and other relatives. So when they lost the house, it was like losing a piece of each and everyone of them. There was not much we could do but learn from their mistake. Hopefully, my sister in law also learned her lesson.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

It's Coming....



The little one is pretty excited about it. She's been fussing what to get me for days even if she's been a bit under the weather. I told her that I don't want her sick on Mother's Day and that can be her gift for me. Of course she won't have that.

For the past couple of years now, she's been going with her Dad in getting something for me on occasions like MD. And when she goes with Dad, she makes the choice on what to get me. I told hubby not to get me any jewelry this time. I told him to maneuver her towards something else when they go shopping this weekend...but, she really wants to get me something 'shiny'. I told her to better tell Dad it has to be 5 KARAT ice....hahaha.

Anyway, in case I get too busy with something else, happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there....

Unforgettable

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I got my first chance to visit the US in 1999. My destination at that time was Los Angeles, California because I have some good friends there so it was the perfect place for my first adventure here in the US. As expected, they showed the "must see" in their neck of the woods. Aside from showing me around LA, they also took me to Las Vegas. I can honestly say that my Las Vegas trip is 'unforgettable' for various reasons. For this trip, my friends booked a master suite for us. We arrived at the hotel in middle of the day so we decided to rest first before heading out. We weren’t even able to settle down when we felt the room shaking. Yep, an earthquake! Since we’re on one of the top floors, it felt like the building was going to collapse. We ran outside our room looking for the Exit Signs but before we found one, the shaking stopped.

The earthquake didn’t stop me from doing what I came for in Las Vegas though and that's to see the bright lights that the place is famous for, well aside from the casinos I guess. But before we headed out, we toured our hotel first. We made sure to look for the Photoluminescent Exit Signs so if and when another earthquake happens, we would know where to go. That’s the first time I actually did that. I never thought of doing that before in the hotels that I stayed in. But I learned my lesson already. Since that experience, I’ve been taking notice as to where the different exit signs are. I’ll never know when those Self-Luminous Exit Signs will serve as my lifeline, right?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Odd Weather..

RAINY BUT SUNNY DAY Pictures, Images and Photos


That's what we're having. It's not really raining...more like drizzling. It's still very hot though...89 right now. No wonder both the little one and I are not feeling well. She started with a sore throat a couple of days ago, now she has the sniffles. Me? I'm just tired I guess. I just want to lay down and go to sleep but I won't. I usually feel worse after doing that so I don't want to take the chance.

Anyway, on with our day! Even if she's sniffling, she's still doing her school work and I'm here blogging. Such is life....

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Great Week Ahead...

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.... to each and everyone of you. I know I haven't been hopping much but I'd like to thank those who still drop by here even if I don't get to return the favor as often as I should.

We had one busy week last week. I am hoping this week will be less stressful and won't be as busy as the last...at least not with the same reasons anyway. I would love to be busy with work but it's not happening. Although, I'm keeping my fingers, toes & eyes crossed that work will come pouring in this week. No harm in wishing, right?

Anyway, I know we've been hearing so much about swine flu. I am as confused as a lot of people out there because the information that's coming out is sometimes conflicting. But...here's the best advise I got to avoid contracting this 'swine flu'....

Don't DO THIS!

Event Planning

Sunday went by fast today. I didn’t do much chore except for a batch of laundry. The little one and Dad played outside while I blogged for a bit. Before I know it, it’s almost dinner time already. I guess it went by fast because I was on the phone for a few hours with a friend. We used to work in the same school. We actually started out in that school at exactly the same day so we bonded. She now works at a school in Los Angeles. She’s been in that school for years that the owner “unofficially” assigned her as the Activities Coordinator for the whole school. It’s not a very big school but she sometimes feels overwhelmed. And whenever she feels that way, she usually gives me a call. One for support, and to help her find what she needs like a Los Angeles Event Planning company she can check out.


Right now, she needs all the help she can get in planning for their Los Angeles Company Picnic which is scheduled before the school year ends…in a couple of months I think. Last year, they had a big event in school like a dance or something where she had to take care of everything. She didn’t think about hiring someone to help her. But this year, with her boss’ approval, she wants to hire an event planner to help her out. But who? How about a company [owned by a woman] called Event Solutions that has been successfully making events from weddings to sweet sixteen parties as memorable as possible? I visited the company website and it looks promising. It seems that the company can pull off anything from backyard barbecue style parties [maybe perfect for an Orange County Company Picnic] to 12-course meal events perfect for those formal occasions. I have yet to tell my friend about Event Solutions but I’m sure she’ll like what she’ll see. Hey, it’s owned by a woman so it must be great, eh?

THE Best Job in the WORLD....

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... and I missed it. Remember this post? Well, I just read that the contenders [16 of them] for this job arrived in Australia this Sunday. Contenders came from all over the world. Well, I probably didn't stand a chance anyway so I didn't bother applying. Tee heee...

Anyway, according to Yahoo News, the 16 contenders were selected from more than 34, 000 applicants from all over the world. The contenders came from Korea, China, India, etc. The lucky winner will be vacationing..err...working at Hamilton Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The job won't last forever though. The 'chosen one' will stay at the island for 6 months. That will probably be the best 6 months in the life of the winner.

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 ...