Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fascination with Celebrity Homes

I wrote a post back in May 2008 ~ a good 4 years ago ~ about some of the most expensive celebrity homes in the world. Right to this day, it's the most read post on this blog. I can't say I'm surprised but it amazes me how much fascinated we are [yes, ME included] about celebrities and of course, their homes. Maybe because we 'somehow' wish we live in one of those mansions? I know I sometimes wonder about that myself.

When I wrote that post I was actually trying to somehow put some things into perspective. At that time we were about to move in to  this house. It's a most awaited time for me and my family because we waited for more than 4 years for our dream to be realized. Simple and small as it is, especially compared to those celebrity mansions I featured in that post, we were over the moon to finally move in here. I couldn't help but compare those humongous houses to our humble abode....for fun.

Anyway, I'm perfectly happy with our current abode. Small and manageable. Yes, it's getting cluttered but that can always be fixed. As fascinated as I am with big, fancy homes I don't think I would like to move in to anything anywhere near the size of any of the ones in that particular post. We could probably use a couple more rooms but 10, 15 and even 50 bedrooms in my house? Na-uh! I'd be too freak out to go beyond the 5th bedroom. LOL.

I tried clicking on the link of the celebrity homes in that post. Unfortunately, it's coming up error now. I guess they're no [the houses] longer considered the top of the tops as far as being expenive is concerned? Maybe it's time for me to write another post about the most current 'most expensive celebrity homes'.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Miserable.

Dark. Dreary. Wet.

That basically sums up our weekend. Thanks to Mother Nature of course. Tropical storm Debby decided to pay us a visit this weekend. So far it has dumped more than 10 inches of rain already. It's expected to dump some more in the next couple of days. Our street is literally submerged in water today. The man of the house and the little one went for a drive around the neighborhood to see how much water there is other areas. Apprently, some streets have more.

Our weekend is of course spent cooped up in the house because of this very wet weather we're having. That's alright because I'm in no mood to go anywhere anyway. I spent most of my time bumming around the house. I only got up to prepare food and go to the bathroom.

Anyway, weekend is almost over. Another week is about to start. Appointments here and there. Work is still slow. Hopefully there will be some work in n the days to come to keep my mind off things I shouldn't be thinking about. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Life Happens

I was browsing our local TV stations earlier and came across a music video for a song with the same title ~ Life Happens. I've never heard of the song before and singer/s are not not familiar to me. But for some reason I decided to stop and watch [and listen to] the video. I didn't even catch the rest of the lyrics...just the title. The video shows 2 people just enjoying life. Easy, right? Not quite. Unfortunately life is not that simple. You can't just leave everything behind and take off to have fun. How I wish it's that simple.

These 2 words speak volumes though. No matter what we do and how much we plan, some things in life are just beyond our control. I can plan but I know that HIS plan will always prevail. That much I know.

Does this mean I don't plan anymore? Not by a long shot. I still plan. I just don't rely much on my plans anymore. I used to have a list...when I was still single. Things I wanted accomplished at certain age. That list was my PLAN in life. Well, until life happened. What part of my list got accomplished? Not much and to be honest, not important anymore because the most important things happened to me and they were not even on that list. I got married and became a mother. And I believe that is part of HIS plan for me.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day 2012


It does feel like it is Monday because I don't feel like doing anything. Ha!

It was a special day yesterday being it Father's Day! We stayed home for most of the day. We went out to get some stuff from the store then came back home. Huh? Yep, we're boring people....haha. Seriously, I wasn't feeling very well for the last few days so going out wasn't really what I wanted to do.

Just like the past several Father's Day, the little one prepared something for the man of her life. Unlike the last 2 years, singing is not involved this time around. I also didn't have to slave in the computer to put her present together. This time it's something she did all on her own [with very little prodding]. The idea actually came from Dad himself, she just 'produced' it.

Her biggest hobby[?] is doodling. We as her parents are of course her biggest fans in whatever she does...her doodles included. Dad is the one that gets the most enjoyment out of her silly little doodles. If she wants to hear Daddy LOL [yes I'm using LOL as a verb], all she has to do is to show him one of her doodles ~  usually done on scrap papers. Daddy said one time that she should doodle on a clean sheet of paper and he'll frame it. THAT's exactly what she did for father's day. One big doodle...12 x 18 I think. It took her weeks to finish it but she did. It's a silly doodle but it definitely made Daddy laugh out loud while looking at it. And that's all that matters to her...especially on Father's Day.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekend it is...




Happy Weekend
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Almost.

It's been a little stressful this week for me. It's all in my mind for now and I probably shouldn't be stressed but what can I do, it's the way I am. I get easily stressed. How I wish I can just be as carefree as some other people are but I can't so I just have to deal with it the best way I can.

Weather has been okay this week. I don't think it rained at all...but the chances are always there. Right now it's about 40% chance so it might just happen later on. The weekend is looking good though. I think it's only 20% chance. That means Father's Day can be celebrated outdoors ~ for those who like to do it that way anyway.

We have no plans this weekend. The car needs oil change this weekend. That's probably the highlight...haha. I have some chores to do in the house while hubs will probably continue cleaning the outside of the house with his new pressure washer. The little one will probaby try to read the books she cannot read during the week. She likes to re-read the books she has and I just forbade her in doing that during the week because it's hindering her from reading the books she needs to read. I'm glad she likes to read but the books she likes reading are not the ones she needs to read for school. Now, she can only read those other books during the weekend which I think is okay.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Words of Wisdom from an Experienced Sweeper


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Some people are always going to scoff at playing sweepstakes as a waste of time. I’ve actually gained a lot more from playing sweepstakes than I’ve lost, even when I factor in the time I’ve spent on the task. You might be surprised at how much you can learn, and how much enjoyment you can gain, from regularly playing sweepstakes.

The Joy of Sweepstakes

I know it sounds silly at first, the idea that somehow playing sweepstakes can actually improve your life. But I’ve found it really is true. Here’s some things I’ve learned from playing sweepstakes:
  • Patience is a virtue. If there’s anything sweepstakes have taught me, it’s patience. There’s a lot of waiting involved with playing the sweepstakes game, so it’s pretty much impossible not to learn how to be patient as part of the process. I patiently enter many daily sweepstakes without fail, like the contests at sweepstakes.rewardit.com, and it’s paid off more than once.
  • Try everything! I like playing the game, so I enter a lot of sweepstakes. I enter lots of cash contests at sweepstakes.rewardit.com, but some sweeps don’t give cash but items. I once won a set of paints through a sweepstakes and felt a little disgusted. The paints got put in a closet and I forgot about them until I went to clean it out. I used the paints to make a sign for the yard sale, and painting is now one of the hobbies I love. Playing sweepstakes has given me the opportunity to try new things, which I love.
  • Exercise your mind. Some sweepstakes actually take a little work to win. I enjoy the sweepstakes that include trivia questions. I’ve found contests that involve crosswords, seek-and-find and lots of other mini-games that require you to stretch your mind. It’s especially thrilling to win these sweepstakes, because you get the thrill of victory and the joy of being right all at the same time. When a sweepstakes is also a mental exercises, it’s definitely a win-win.
  • Every day should have a little fun. Playing sweepstakes is my daily break and my daily dose of fun. It’s very entertaining to take a half hour to an hour every day to enter different contests. Even if I don’t win, I’m still winning because it’s great fun. There’s always a little rush of excitement with playing sweepstakes. I like to play before I ever start my day, so the good feelings sort of stick with me; I know other sweepers who always wait until the end of the work day as a sort of fun reward. I find lots of daily contests at sweepstakes.rewardit.com.
Playing sweepstakes, a waste of time? Never! It’s fun, it’s thrilling, and sometimes it helps to teach players a little something. When you actually luck out and win, it’s even better. Sweepstakes are opportunities, and no opportunity should go to waste.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Road Trip - Day 4 Continuation...Again!

I guess I can safely say that Day 4 of this road trip was probably the day we went to more places than any of the other days during our 5 - day road trip...that's why I have to write 3 separate posts to cover it all. Speaking of which...here are part 1 & part 2. Promise this will be the last of Day 4.

The Burgos tower happened to be at the tip of North Luzon already [almost anyway]. That means that if we go some more north, we would have ended up in the water already so we had no choice but to turn around and go back where we came from...home! But that doesn't mean we were done with the road trip yet. As a matter of fact we still had one place to go to before we retired for the day...Vigan's Heritage City [Heritage Village]. So after some 'much needed' picture taking [yeah right] at the foot of the tower, we started the drive back.

Destination: Vigan, Ilocos Sur


Unfortunately the drive took a lot longer than anticipated....as usual. By now, being on the last 2 days of our road trip, we already knew that would be the case. Still, it didn't lessen the annoyance of sitting in traffic for hours. What would have been a couple hours max trip took almost triple the time. By the time we got to Vigan, this is what we saw...


The Heritage City at night. Since it was almost 8 at night, we decided to have dinner first before we strolled the vicinity. It's not a very big place to cover but because it's at night and there seems to be more people at night, it took us longer to navigate the place...and we didn't get to see everything. Just because we were all pooped by the time we got there. I think we only stayed there for an hour or less.

Here are some photos we took while we were strolling the area...




Beacause we were so exhausted already, I think I sat on every chair, stool, bench or anything I could sit on while we were checking out the place. Of course we wouldn't pass the photo op when we see one as well...here's one for the books...


Can you say: CLUELESS????  Yes, that would be me...big smile for the camera while the husband pretended to be asleep with the little staring at him. Need I say HE loves this picture?? I wonder why....hmmm.

Anyway, here's one interesting place we came across along the street of the heritage village....an Inn. [can't figure out why the picture won't rotate here though so my apologies if it gives you a neck cramp looking at it]




 I believe the place is actually real place to stay for the night? I'm not certain of course but it would have been cool to actually stay there for a night...especially after that very long day we had.

We weren't satisfied with what we saw and the short amount of time we spent there so we're thinking of coming back to this place someday to see more of it. The husband especially because he really wants to see the place during the day when there's less crowd.

Anyway, this leg of the trip was done without much planning. Meaning...we didn't really know where we would be staying for the night. The only plan was we'd spend the night in LaUnion. But unlike the other days where we had reservations for places to stay in for the night, on this particular day we thought of playing it by ear. Huge mistake.


The drive from Vigan to LaUnion took longer than it should have. And with no specific place to go to for the night, it felt like we were on the road forever. BUT we were really on the road for a LONG time. My brother's friend suggested a couple of places. He said he didn't know how the places are as far as service & accommodations are concerned but we decided to check in to the first one we got to. What can I say...we were super tired so we took whatever was available. It was past midnight already so we were all ready to crash.

The place was not good at all. It's not well maintained and the rooms weren't ready when we got there. That alone should have clued us in but like I said, it was so late we just didn't care. We also wanted the little one to get a decent night sleep and not all crunched up in the back of the car. We were ushered in to our rooms after half an hour of waiting. After taking much needed showers, we crashed for the night for a much needed rest.


Here's the view from our room...



The only thing nice about the place was waking up with the sound of the waves. It was very refresing. But that's about it. Ha! After another quick shower, we left the hotel/resort[?] right away. We drove around and stopped at a couple of surfing sites. The water was very calm that day so we didn't see a single surfer in the area. Bummer! The surfers/surfing is the only reason we decided to swing by LaUnion. Oh well...maybe next time.

After having a quick breakfast somewhere I can no longer remember [maybe a fast food chain?], we drove to our next and last destination.....the summer capital of the Philippines...BAGUIO CITY!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Gorgeous

Day that is today. Sky is blue. Sun is not burning the athmosphere...or maybe it is...I just don't know. But it sure is good to see some blue skies after seeing only clouds and rain in the last several days. Although I don't think it rained yesterday. Did it? Hmmm....short term memory loss as my husband likes to claim.

Anyway, it's been a so-so morning as far as work is concerned. I've had some work put in already but would love to have some more so keep 'em coming. Finally we're seeing some light at the end of that long drought. Hopefully it's not just a temporary light and that it continues to shine at least until our house is paid up...LOL. Wouldn't that be lovely?

Aside from that, nothing much happening right now. The weekend came and went but nothing special happened. We stayed in most of the time. Hubs finally got a pressure washer so he was able to wash the build up of dirt and green stuff around the house. It almost looks brand new again...even the back porch. I'm sure it won't last long because of all the rain we've been having. but it's nice to see it clean every now and then.

Anyhoooo....

Baby Carrier Hunt...

Our little one is not so little anymore. As a matter of fact it's kinda' awkward calling her little because she's a bit taller than me now. So what am I doing looking at different baby carrier brands in the last several days? Well, definitely not for her. Oh and before you get the wrong idea, it's not for another addition to our little family here but for another addition to our family. Huh! Confusing? Let me explain. My nephew is having a baby. Well, technically his wife is. The baby is due anytime now. When we were there in April she was about 8 months along. Although her belly didn't look like she's that far along I have to take their words that she's due early June...which is right now. I have not heard any baby news yet but I'm sure I will anytime now. I sent a box a few weeks ago with some baby stuff in it but I wasn't able to put in a baby carrier I promised them so I'm frantically looking for one that I'm hoping I can send ASAP. I'm guessing I'm about to run out of time so I have to get one before the end of this week or it may be useless. Unless they have another baby soon after this one...which I'm hoping not.

Anyway, my nephew and his wife are very young to become parents. In my eyes, they're still kids themselves that a baby caring blog will definitely be very useful for them as they go through this phase together. I was in my mid-30s when I had the little one but I needed every little help and information I could gather to help me in taking care of her. At the time I had her, my full attention was in caring for her but it was still a challenge. How much more for an 18-year old who is in the process of growing up herself. Honestly, I cannot wrap my head around it but I'm sure my sister in law [her mother in law] and her own mother will be more than happy to help her any way they can. In the meantime, let me worry about finding that baby carrier I promised them before I run out of time.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dark at 4:00 PM

...and this is why....


Yep, it's been raining non-stop since this morning. All I hear at the moment is the rain and some occasional thunders. Our plants were happy at first but they're starting to feel a bit too wet so some of the flowers are drooping already. Hopefully the rain will stop before our beloved plants start drowning.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rainy Days and...Tuesday?

That's what we have at the moment. It didn't start until late in the afternoon but now it's really wet outside. Our plants are having a blast. It's been raining on and off here since last week which is good because it's a nice break from the heat. Technically it's still spring but we normally skip that season arouund here and jump right into summer after winter. But it's all good. I'm glad we have 3 seasons at least.

Anyway, I'm still not that busy with work at the moment so I'm trying to organize all of our pictures. I have a project that I've been meaning to do since last year using the pictures but haven't had the chance to do so. Hopefully I'll be able to organize everything before work starts to pick up so this project won't be put in the back burner again. Goodluck to me!

Wall Fountain

In one of the hotels that we stayed in during our 2-week vacation, one of things that caught my attention is a wall fountain in the lobby of the hotel. It's a big wall fountain since it's in a big hotel but I couldn't help wondering how one will look like in a house like ours. The water from the fountain definitely offers some refreshing ambience to the place so a lot of the visitors at the hotel [like us] gravitate towards it while waiting to be checked in. As soon as I got back here, I looked up home wall fountains online and I found a few that I like. They're not the cheapest but they're probably worth it. I have yet to see one in a residential house like ours but I was told there are a lot of houses around here with one. I just have to meet someone whose house has it. Anyone?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Road Trip - Day 4 Continuation

Part 1 of Day 4 is here.

After having lunch in Pagudpud, we continued on with our road trip. It's early afternoon so the mighty sun was raging and it was smoldering hot. But nothing can stop these irregular tourists. We first went to the famous Bangui Wind Farm. Hubby is intrigued by these windmills so he really took some time to check them out while the rest of us just walked around the beach. We were all walking around with the sun hats. Come to think of it, that's the only time I can remember that I wore a sun hat. Hmmm....



There wasn't much to see but the windmills so we only stayed there for a few minutes. After some picture taking and after buying a couple of souvenirs ~ shirts & windmills replicas ~ we went to our next destination which is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse or more commonly known as Burgos Lighthouse. I can no longer remember the history behind this lighthouse but I'm pretty sure this is taught in Phillipine history when I was in elementary. I got this map in wikipedia as to where this lighthouse is located.


Yep, we made it to the tip of Luzon....LOL. Anyway, here are some pics from that stop.






The little explorer that she is, she really wanted to get in the rooms in that structure so she tried to check [and open] any door she came across with. Unfortunately all the doors that lead to any of the rooms are padlocked. Also, because of the unsafe state of the structure, visitors can not go to the very top of the lighthouse. You can just imagine how bummed our little explorer was when she realized she couldn't go on the very top.

After this stop, we drove a few hours back to see another tourist attraction - The Heritage in Vigan. That's going to be my next installment for this road trip entries. Till then...

Changes

Something we cannot avoid no matter how much we try to keep things the same. Sometimes change is good though especially if you can save some greens, right? That's what we're trying to do right now, cutting corners to save some. But even if we're trying to cut corners, there is something I've been thinking of getting for the longest time. Life insurance. I think I've mentioned that here several times already before but it's still something that I need to do. What I'm looking for now is a term life insurance with no medical exam if possible. I just don't want to go through a battery of medical exams for insurance purposes. I know it won't be easy to find one but they do exist. I just have to look hard for them.

Commercial Insurance

I just got off the phone with the husband. We've been calling each other back and forth since early this morning because we have to make a few phone calls for some changes we plan in making in our services both here and his work. So far so good because we've made one of big change already and it's only 9 AM our local time...on a Monday, no less. Woot! Anyway, he's now researching about commercial insurance. I'm only aware of personal insurance [and health] so I had to ask him what is commercial insurance since I only hear about it from him and sometimes the news. Apparently, businesses need to have one. They used to have one I think but the agent swindled them and got away with the money. As it turned out they're not the only ones being taken by that agent because an investigator visited their shop and asked for their statement. This is the reason why hubby's busy looking for another provider for this insurance. I am hoping he'll be able to find one soon because from what he's saying, this insurance is important especially in their line of business.

Backpacking

It looks like one of my nephews has acquired a new hobby...backpacking! I called over the weekend and he's in some remote place with some of his friends doing just that. This is not a spur of the moment kind of hobby though. I think it all started when they were doing outreach programs in medical school. I guess he liked the idea of going to remote places far from the hustle and bustle of the city. He asked me to search for a good backpack he can use for these trips before but I haven't had the chance. But when I heard he was again somewhere backpacking I decided to search for a backpack especially made for such trips. I've seen a few including the Gregory Backpacks which I think are reasonably priced. Knowing my nephew's taste, he will also like the way the bags look like. I have no idea what kind of a backpack he's using on his trips right now but I'm sure he'll ditch whatever he has right now and get one of these backpacks. I know I would if am into backpacking myself.

Another Week

Monday Picture Cards

Hopefully it will be one productive week!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Weekend Is Almost Over...

Not quite yet but almost and I spent most of it home. The little one went somewhere with Dad yesterday. I took the advantage during that time to do some much needed spring cleaning in her bedroom. I could do that when she's home but it's easier to do it when she's not hovering over me saying: "Oh, I've been looking for that." or "Can I keep that? I really like it." It drives me nuts whenever she does that. The time they were doing their thing, I was also doing my thing. She noticed the change as soon as she got in her bedroom and started asking where this and that is...LOL.

Today was spent at home as well. Hubs is busy putting the finishing touches on our antennae. Yep, our very own MacGyver is hard at work again. In between that he also planted a couple of daisies on our flower bed and moved the lone lily there beside the others by the side of the house. Me? I've been busy doing some chores both online and offline. The little one is busy doing whatever.

And now...here we are. Me...busy typing away while watching..ummm...MacGyver ~ the TV show while the husband is still busy tinkering with hooking up our antennae.. The little one...busy reading her book, I think. Hopefully she's also doing some straigtening up in her bedroom.

That's our weekend. On to another week we are....

Friday, June 1, 2012

Road Trip - Day 4

After a 1-day/2-night stay at Fort Ilocandia, we went our merry way to continue the last couple of days of our 5-day road trip.

We were planning in leaving Fort very early but we decided to take advantage of the free breakfast at the hotel so we won't travel with empty tanks. So instead of leaving very early, we left around 8 in the morning. Destination...Pagudpud! But since it's a road trip we had some stops to make along the way, right? And our first stop was "Bantay Abot Cave".


For a regular tourist, this probably won't be on the list to visit. But we're IRREGULAR tourists so...need I say more? Anyway, it's not even a real cave. It's just rock formation that looks like a mouth of a cave. Here are some pictures so you can see for yourself what I'm talking about...




You have to go down to see the cave then climb back up to get to the cave itself. Hmmm...I wonder why they wouldn't just make a passage that takes you straight to the cave. Anyway, I went down but didn't climb to the cave. I let my father-daughter do that and be the photographer instead. The little one was fascinated by the rocks and some rock formations there so they spent some time exploring before we went to our next stop which was this


Hmm...what could it be? It's actually a sunken ship. Apparrently, it's a Taiwanese ship that docked along that shore for shelter but was stranded instead. The husband read about it somewhere and wanted to see it in person. See how excited he is???



Yeah right! He's just hamming it up....just like always. Maybe he was an actor [a very bad one at that?] in his former life.

Anyway, after making those 2 stops along the road we made one more stop before lunch. We checked a resort which shares [I think] the same shoreline as the the famous Saud Beach. It's called 'Hannah's Beach'. We were only there for a few minutes. Just enough time to get a brochure and have some picture taking. This was taken from the driveway of the suites/apartments of the resort.


Nice view, eh? The rates were okay I guess. But if you have the dough to splurge I recommend you get the presidential suite for a little less than 30 grand PHP.

A few miles down the road is the more famous Saud Beach.



Unlike the other resort, there were very few people here. I don't know why. The other resort is more like a public resort I guess so people flock to it. I really have no idea why because this place is much better looking if you ask me even if they share the same shoreline.

Anyway, we decided to have lunch in the Resort's resto. The food was resonably priced and it was good. I guess that's partly because we were literally starved when we got there. We also inquired about the pricing of their villas and other rooms. It was affordable as far as pricing goes. The only problem was we didn't actually see the rooms so I'm not really sure how they look like or if they're worth the price. Still, with the view they have of the beach...I'd probably bite...

As soon as we finished eating, we did what true tourists do in situations like this. Take a bunch of pictures...of course!


The little one relaxing in one of the several hammocks strategically placed in front of the resto overlooking the beach itself. You can just jump into one after filling up and nap....just like what our little 'bakasyonista' did! Well, she didn't actually nap...just posed.


And there's the 'poser' aka my beloved husband. You probably can't see it in this picture...but he's doing the 'Mr. Pogi' pose here...you know the 2-fingers under the chin kind of pose....



Of course we won't be outdone....Mommy and the little one posing by that fallen coconut tree that we see in the resort's banner.

That's basically half of day 4 of our road trip. Next one will be about the windmills and a tower...

Starting Anew

Social network is the trend nowadays. It used to be that when we want to know the latest about friends, family, and acquaintances, we have to pick up the phone and call them. Today, we just have log on to a site and voila...it's all there. That's technology for us alright. Anyway, I just read in one of a relative's page that he's 'starting anew'...those are the exact words. The only problem is he needs some money to do that...just like a lot of people, eh? Anyway, he's looking for a way to make some quick cash but doesn't have any way to do it according to him. We have car title loans Florida available around heres and I'm sure that he has that kind of loan where he's at. All he needs is his car and he'll be good to go. Yes it's a loan but it may just be what he needs to 'start anew'. I don't know why he needs some cash to move on with his life but I'm hopeful it's something for the better. Fingers crossed, of course.

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 ...