Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monthsary....Monthly birthdays....

What's up with that? I'm not condeming anyone who observes it. I just can't see the logic behind it.

On the 'monthsary' fad, from what I've observed only steady boyfriend-girlfriend [in general anyway] actually observe this. I rarely see husband and wife celebrate, much less, talk about the 'monthsary' of their wedding, etc. Am I right, or am I right? Truth be told, some married couples even forget their wedding anniversary...how much more their 'monthsary'. I may be a killjoy but I really don't see the reasoning behind a monthsary. Is it so hard to keep a relationship going that you can't wait for the anniversary to come anymore to celebrate so you have to celebrate monthly instead of yearly? C'mon now...

And while I'm on it, what's up with the monthly celebration of birthdays? Yep, cakes, balloons, treats included. From what I can remember we used to have those on the first birthday of the child. Once a year....not once a month. Are we taking advantage of the fact that when that child reaches, say, 30, he or she won't want to celebrate a birthday anymore???? So we have to do it as much as we can while the child cannot protest? Aha!

Oddly enough, I've only seen this being done by Filipinos? I think I have yet to see other Asians, or caucasians for that matter do this. I have to admit, we Filipinos like to celebrate [fiestas, birthdays and other occasions] but doing the monthly birthday celebrations is a wee bit too much of a celebration for me. That's just my personal opinion of course. I just think that with the way the economy is right now, overspending no matter what the sentiment is behind it should be avoided.

Moving

I've moved a few times in my lifetime. When I say move, I meant not just move from one city to another but from one country to another, then from one continent to another. So yeah, I've moved alright. But it doesn't matter where or what kind of move one is making, moving can be very stressful...especially if you do all the work yourself. The last time we moved was in 2008...it's just an intercity move so we didn't see the need of hiring movers. That wasn't a wise move on our part because it was painful...physically, mentally and emotionally. I told myself that next time we move, be it across the street or across the country, we will hire professional movers like Moving Companies AZ. I just think that with all the stress and the problems we went through during the last move, the money we'd spend for the moving company will be all worth it.

It has come up recently that we MAY be moving sometime in the not so far future. There is nothing definite yet but I have already started thinking about the things that need to be done if that happens. And hiring a moving company will surely be one of them. It's going to be a first for us because like I mentioned, we did everything the last time we moved. It was not pretty to say the least and it was just an inter-city move. The move we're talking about this time is inter-state and I can only imagine how big of a move that is considering we've accummulated some stuff over the course of time we lived in this house. I'm just hoping I'm not alone in thinking that letting the professionals do the work will be best this time.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Shopping for Supplies

Well, that wasn't the original plan this weekend but we ended up buying supplies for office even if we're not really short in that department. I just thought that since we're in an office supplies store yesterday and they have some pretty good deals going on because of the looming school opening, I decided to take advantage of the situation. I didn't even know we were going somewhere until hubby asked if we wanted to tag along while he looks for a set of earphones. Since we didn't have much to do and the little one wanted to go somewhere I decided that we should go with him. Unfortunately, we couldn't find what he wants so he went home empty handed while I came home with a bunch of office supplies as well as some dresses for me and the little one. That's what you call 'impromptu' shopping. Ha!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

London 2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olypics has officially started today in London. I saw the video where James Bond aka Daniel Craig picking up the Queen to escort her to the venue but I cannot find the video in You Tube anymore. I guess it has some copywright issues or something so it was pulled right away.

Anyway, I've never really watched the Olympics. I remember in 2008 when Michael Phelps was winning  left and right I was blogging about it very often. He was like the face of that particular olympics because he was making history by winning as many medals as he did. This time around, it wouldn't be that easy for him from what I've been reading. I read he barely made it to finals of the 400 IM and then lost during the race itself. The biggest shocker??? He didn't even get a medal. A first since competing in the Olympics in 2000. Oh well... I guess he just can't win 'em all, eh?

New Career, Maybe?

Eversince I started working from home, I've always been on the hunt for that perfect job I can do while in the confines of my own home. I have to say I've been fortunate enough to find some but that doesn't mean I have stopped searching. As a matter of fact, I am always actively looking for something else [or should I say more?]. Anyway, everytime I do a search one type of job always comes up...copywriting. It seems there is no shortage when it comes to this type of job because it's there is almost always an opening somewhere for a copywriter.

I am not a writer per se but I like to write. Through bloggling, I have to actually like it even if at times I don't feel like doing it. Copywriting is something I'm quite interested in learning sometime in the near future. I've done a little bit of research about copywriting when I first came across several jobs looking for a copy writer. It's only recently that I've become more interested in pursuing it to the point of maybe enrolling into an online school to becomea legit copywriter. I have all this time in my hands right now because my online jobs are on a standstill. What better way to use it but learn another job, right?

Animation

The little one's favorite thing to do in the world is probably draw. Well, definitely draw. I'm sure where she gets it from....not me. A friend once said to me that I couldn't even connect dots if my life depended on it and I can only agree. The little one knows that so there's really no keeping it as a secret.

Anyway, she usually draws on her magna doodles. Lately though she's been using her Nintendo DS to draw. Recently she discovered that she can actually make a 'motion picture' using an app in the Nintendo. Now, if you've seen how animated movies are done you would know that every frame in these animated movies needs hundreds of images. The little one saw how it's done in one show and has been fascinated with it everysince. She's been drawing in her Nintendo every chance she gets. Her favorite characters to draw are Scrat and Scrate of Ice Age. She's still getting the hang of it but she's getting good at it. She started doing stick figures yesterday and just finished her first 'short' motion pictures. Once I get the chance, I'll try and post it here.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Baby on the Go...

It seems more and more people I know are having babies lately. Am I jealous? Of course I am but that's all there is to it since I don't think we can handle a baby at this point [and age] in our life. Anyway, my niece is expecting while a niece [in-law] gave birth a couple of months ago. Recently, a good friend emailed to let me know he and his wife are expecting their second child. That only means one thing, I have to start looking for something to give them as a congrats gift. My friend and his wife have an 'always on the go' family. They like camping and doing things outside the house...very unlike us and I know what I want to give them....a baby carrier. I already started searching for the perfect one for them and I think I may have found it. Designed by an active sailor and rock climber, these Beco baby carriers ensure you stay on-the-go with your baby. I'm sure this type of baby carrier will be very useful to them once the baby arrives.

Because of all these people close to me having babies one after the other, I'd like to think that I know a thing or two when it comes to choosing a baby carrier. Still, I consult them before I purchase something for them simply because I want to make sure the carrier won't just go unused. I know they appreciate me letting them know. It may be kind of awkward at first but as soon as I tell them that I would rather get them something I know they'll like than something I like, then they start to relax and give me input. I'm hoping my friend and his wife will like the baby carrier I chose for them. Just to be safe, I sent them the link to the different carriers I think will fit their lifestyle. I'm just waiting for them to let me know which one they like.

Bat-Faced Up Close



These are the bat-faced flowers I mentioned in my earlier post. I just took a picture of them a few minutes ago. I actually think they're like weeds because they seem to thriving as well as [if not better than] the weeds I've been trying to get rid of for the longest time. The only difference it...we had to pay for these plants. The weeds are free.....

Needs an Overhaul

That would be my almost 4 year old laptop. It looks like its hard drive tools are in shambles because it's been making some funny noises. It's also been super slow lately that I don't even want to use it sometimes. I *think* it's still in good shape given that it's quite old already so I don't want to replace it with a new one. I have a hard time parting with my stuff especially something that I'm so accustomed in using. My other laptop was replaced after 7 years just because it was so noisy already. It was also quite heavy so I decided to replace it with my current one. Guess what? That other laptop stayed with me until early this year because I couldn't part with it. Only when my brother asked if I had a spare laptop that I decided to say goodbye to it. At least I know it's in good hands. Anyway, I'm hoping that my current laptop only needs some defragging or probably an overhaul to work faster. I really don't think it needs to be replaced....as of yet.

TGIF!

Wow..it's been quite a while since I actually said TGIF! Don't get me wrong, I'm always [well, almost always] when Friday comes rolling in. I just get caught up with stuff some days that's why I'm not able to do that but in reality I'm jumping up and down. Ha~

Anyhoooo, it's really summer here. Our temps are always in the 90s now with the lows in mid to upper 70s. It's also raining on and off just like any other summer. Our bat faced flowers are going crazy again. They're taking over the flower bed suffocating the other plants there. Hubs is planning in moving the other plants on the other flower bed and let those crazy battys have the whole flower bed by themselves. He actually trimmed them a few weeks ago but they came back really quicky with a vengeance I think because they look 'bushier'. Their bright orange flowers look pretty though that's why we don't want to get rid of them. We just want to contain them right where they are at the moment.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Almost....

Our day started with my routine doctor's appointment for my thyroid condition. Happy to say it's a good visit because my thyroid condition seems to be getting better. Almost anyway. Per my latest blood work, my overactive thyroid is now underactive. That means I'm 'almost' off my medication. Right now I'm only taking 1 tablet a day [half/half]. After today's visit, my doctor instructed me to just take half a day. I'm going to have another blood test in about 6 weeks to see how that would affect my thyroid function. If it still shows that it's underactive, I'll be off the meds completely. The blood work will continue every 6 week thereafter for monitoring purposes. Hopefully I'll be off the meds by the time I see my doctor next which is in 6 months again. Good [health] news finally.

It's almost the end of another week. Like I've been saying lately....work is still SLOW.  It does not look like it's going to change anytime soon. It seems the economy is just not getting the break we all wish it would.  More and more people are still losing their jobs including some people close to me here and back home. I just wish I have a magic wand I can just swoosh around to make everything better in the whole world....but I don't. Sigh.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Staying Healthy

For most, staying healthy can be a struggle sometimes. Us included of course. We're trying though especially now that we're getting older. I am also starting to be a bit concerned about some health issues we've been dealing with lately. Cholesterol and the threat of diabetes are just two of my main concerns right now. When hubby's cholesterol came out borderline igh a year ago the first thing the doctor told him was to lose a little bit of weight. Not a lot since he's not that overweight. We're conscious eater which means we watch what we eat but that's obvioulsy not enough so we had to look closely at what we've been having and start cutting on some of them. So far we've been successful. His weight has gone down slowly. He still has some more to lose but we're making sure it's going down gradually through healthy eating and exercise. I on the other hand is just trying to be on the healthy side. I don't need to lose weight but I have to watch I eat also because diabetes runs in the family.

In a couple of months we will be seeing our doctor for hubby's cholesterol check. If it still comes back not good, we may just try eating things like gluten free foods which I heard is really good for the body. We actually mulled about doing that when we first got the news about his cholesterold but we decided to hold off on it first. But like I said, if after all that we've done with our diet does not change his cholesterol level, then we may just try doing gluten free foods. As a matter of fact, I've already starred reading more about it so if ever we need to go that way, I already have some knowledge as to what it is. From what I've gathered, it won't be as painful [of a transition] as I thought it would be because there are some really yummy gluten-free foods out there.

What Are/Were THEY Thinking?

This question runs through my head everytime I see something that baffles me. I'm not only talking about weird or extreme things that people do/did like what that guy did in Colorado. I'm talking about things I would see at random. Let me enlighten you on what I mean....

I was in my OB/GYN office a few weeks ago. Obviously, the clients in that clinic are all women, some of whom are pregnant. That's not what baffles me. What baffles me is why SOME of these pregnant women still smoke [in front of the their doctor's office at that] while pregnant???? And they don't hide it either. It's none of our business alright but I just can't help but ask....what are they thinking??? Not the baby they're carrying obviously.

The CO mass shooting is hogging the news lately. When the news first broke out, survivors were interviewed left and right. Everyone felt some kind of relief that a lot of people survived that tragedy. Just like everybody else, my eyes were peeled on the internet and/or TV waiting on what these survivors have to say. My heart goes out to all those killed and hurt during this unfortunate event most especially to that 6-year old whose life was cut short. Then days after this happened I started wondering....why was a 6-year old in a movie theater at midnight watching a PG-13 movie???? Yes her Mom was with her but still. Not only that, two of the survivors interviewed was a man and woman holding a baby [a few months old I'm guessing] narrating how frantic they were thinking how they could save their children....the baby included. YES THAT LITTLE BABY WAS WITH THEM IN THE THEATER! WHY???? Shouldn't that baby be sleeping at home at that time of night instead of being dragged in a movie theater?

I know there are more serious things to freak out about that CO shooting. But I can't help it but say something about these things. It just gets to me whenever I see how irresponsible some parents [or parents to be] can be sometimes. We are the adults in the family. We should at least act like one in situations like these.

Off my soap box now.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Colorado Theater Mass Shooting

That's the headline news I saw when I turned on the TV this morning. The shooting happened in a midnight showing of the movie Dark Knight Rises [a Batman movie] last night in Aurora, CO. The reports are still sketchy but there are at least 12 people killed in the shooting. There is a big possibility that there are more people killed. Several people were also brought in the hospital who are injured in the mass shooting.

I cannot even begin to imagine how scary that experience must have been to those who were in that dark movie theater. The Today Show have been interviewing some of the witnesses and they seem to be handling what happened to them rather calmly. Those inteviewed thought that it was all part of the movie promotion because the shooter came in some kind of a 'costume' part of which was a gas mask.

The shooter has been apprehended and is now in custody. No motive has been given for the shooting. from Yahoo News.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Big Difference

Since I don't have much to do lately, I've been reading some of my old posts in this blog. It's very interesting to say the least to read what I wrote 4 or 5 years ago. So much has changed of course. One big difference though is not in the posts but number of posts. For the record, I have almost 3,200 posts in this blog. That's in almost 5 years. I started blogging September 2007 so this blog is a couple months shy of its 5 year anniversary. Has it been that long?

Anyway, if you look at the numbers, that's an average of about 53 posts a month which is roughly 2 posts a day. But that won't be entirely correct because I used to post here way more than I do now. Looking at my blog archive, I posted the most in March 2008. I have about 205 posts for that month alone which would avarege for about 6 posts a day!!! Whoa! I was a monster back then eh? I guess I had a lot to write about then...and plenty of reasons [read: $$$$] to write. Aha!

How I wish those days are back. I'm sure that if I read some of those posts back then I was probably whining about having too much to do....work or otherwise. But I obviously didn't mind since I was able to survive it. Sadly, those days won't be repeated anymore. Blogging to make some dough is still possible at the moment. We just won't make as much as we used to....and that's the big difference.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Dancin'

Summer is probably one of the most awaited season for kids who go to a regular school. For one, it means off from school for a few weeks. I think some kids will even say that they live for summer vacations. To some, summer is the time to go to camps or some other fun things like going for a dance audition. When I was still teaching, I would over hear a lot of my students getting very excited talking about hitting auditions left and right. They couldn't do that during the school year because of time constraints so summer vacation is the perfect time for them to go to as many auditions as possible.

Personally, I've never gone to any type of audition myself. It's just not in my blood to perform...especially dance. I don't even think a professional dance coach can make me dance. Well, she can probably make me dance. I will just be out of synch. Ha! Seriously. Others may say they have 2 left [or right] feet that's why they can't dance. Me? It would seem I have 3 feet that will trip on each other if ever I dare to dance. Yep, that's how bad I am when it comes to dancing. This is why I don't even dare try it. Our little one on the other hand seems to like dancing. She hasn't taken any dance lessons yet but as soon as I get my driver's license, I am planning in taking her to a dance school not too far from where we live. Who knows, I may just be taking her to a dance audition here one day, eh?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Visiting Tagaytay Again....

The only 2 places that I was able to bring my husband when he first visited the Philippines [in 2001] was my hometown and Tagaytay. We didn't have the time because he was only there for 3 days. So in our recent trip back home we thought it's just fitting to go back to Tagaytay and see how much it changed in 10 years. And boy did it change...especially the one place we were able to explore while we were there. The People's Park in the Sky.


Well, aside from the missing letters, the park itself changed quite a bit. It was dilapitated to say the least and it became some kind of a flea market. It was drizzling when we went there but there were still a lot of people checking out the place.

When we were there more than 10 years ago, there were some tractors clearing some land for land developments. This time around, there are buildings ~ probably condominiums? ~ erected already. Just the same, they are eyesores to me. I didn't like it when I saw the trees being bulldozed to clear the area and I definitely don't like looking around the area and seeing buildings instead of mother nature. Anyway, here are some pics I took while we tried to enjoy the 'view'.




From the park, we decided to drive around to see where else we can stop either to sightsee or eat. We decided to stop by the famous Picnic Grove and braved the rain....err...drizzles. There were quite a few people there as well even if it was drizzling. There are also a few places to eat and we chose to eat in one of those eateries at the grove.

But before leaving the park, we decided to take a snap first...on the same spot [I think] where hubby and I had our picture taken together some 10 years ago. This time around with the fruit of our [MY] labor....I meant, love! Toink!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Luvin'

The heat is on...and so is that rain, hurricane season, etc, etc. Ha! Just this weekend, I've experienced what probably was the longest power outage we've had since I came into this country. It started late in the afternoon and was out for about 5 hours so we went out for dinner. All because summer is here, eh? Anyway, we've been staying a lot in the back porch lately especially on the weekend. It's comfortable right now but we're planning of putting a ceiling fan out there so it will be more comfortable. Hubby likes tropical ceiling fans so we might get one of those if we find one to our like and budeget of course. For now, we're using our spare stand fan. Hopefully we won't have anymore power outage or the ceiling fan we're thinking of getting will be useless.

Donating Property

One of things that still bums us is the fact that we still cannot sell the other house we have. It's been in the market even before we moved here and it's getting very frustrating already. I wish we're well off enough to do what those others who can afford it to do what they do which is donating property to charity. Actually, we may be able to do that in a way. Somebody told the husband about something similar. We don't know all the details yet but I am hoping it will pan out because keeping this other property is more like burning money. We may not make any money out of the sale but at least we know it will be for a good cause.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tortoise and the Hare....

Many of us are familiar with this Aesop's fable. Where the tortoise pulled a good one on the hare when they had a race. Well, in reality it seems it's the other way around. It seems the HARE is always pulling a good one...not on the tortoise but on US!

And I have a picture to prove how this happens....ALL THE TIME. Don't you wish it's the other way around???? Wait...why do I have the feeling that these 2 are actually working together now? Hmmmm....

Ring Replacement

We've been married for more than 10 years now. Needless to say, we've changed quite a bit throughout the years. The most obvious of course is the physical change. Yes, we gained weight. There I said it. It's a good thing it's proportional..meaning even our fingers got fatter. As a result, hubby's wedding ring just wouldn't fit anymore so much so that I started looking at replacements a couple of years ago. Our rings are platinums. When we got them the first time, they're affordable. Not quite today so we looked at alternative rings like the tungsten carbide masonic rings which a friend of mine suggested. She said her husband has 2 rings. One he uses when he's working which happens to be a tungsten. I seriously considered getting hubby one at one point. That plan didn't push through because we decided to just have his original ring adjusted [read: stretched]. So far so good and he's still wearing it. But if and when he'll need a replacement or a spare, I'd probably get him a tungten one. They seem to be a good replacement anymway.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Road Trip - Day 5 - Baguio City

The summer capital of the Philippines. That's probably the most popular tag for Baguio. For people who don't like the heat [aka 'the husband] but has plans of moving to the Philippines one day, Baguio is probably the perfect place...with Tagaytay a close second. I lived in Baguio for a few months when I was still very young [around3 or 4] and all I could remember is how COLD it was there when we were there. Unfortunately, that's the memory that lingered in my mind for the longest time. Thus making me 'dislike' the place so much so that during my college senior retreat, I opted to travel back to Manila as soon as the retreat ended....even if it meant arriving in Manila at 10 o'clock at night. Yep, that's how much I disliked the place back then. Just because it's "cold"!

Anyway, when we were making plans of visiting the Philippines Baguio was a definite 'must-see' by the husband...well, more like 'must-feel' actually. We planned in staying there for a couple of nights because a 'friend' insisted she had accommodations available. I was hesitant but she was persistent so I agreed. Sadly, that plan fell through and never heard from that 'friend' during the duration of the road trip. I feel [yep, still] somehow disappointed because I never knew her to be someone who breaks promises but she did. I would have understood if she called to tell me there's no place for us to stay instead of just blowing us off like that. But such is life. I gave her the benefit of the doubt and waited for her to at least contact me before we left but she never did. Now....I've given up on her explaining why she did what she did. It's her conscience, not mine.

Because of that unfortunate event, I decided to change the plans...yes, I was planning the road trip. From La Union, we still drove to Baguio as planned except I decided that we would drive back home afterwards instead of staying overnight. I told the gang about the plan and they all agreed. We were all tired to the bones already anyway. It would only take a couple of hours from where we were in La Union so if we left early enough we would be there in no time. But since we got in late the night [well morning actually] before, we left the hotel a wee bit late. We still made it to Baguio right around lunch time. We drove around the city proper to see some of the famous parks. It was a Friday and everywhere we went was packed to the brims because of picknickers. Every square meter of the parks had occupants on them probably because it was lunch time. So we just drove around to get a glimpse of the different places.

We stopped at a couple different places before heading to lunch. The first stop was of course the Grotto. I remember this place so much because I had one blown-up picture taken beside the statue of Virgin Mary at the Grotto when I was a little girl. Nowadays, that statue is off-limits and there are grills around it to prevent people from getting close to the Grotto itself.

Here are a couple of pics the hubby took of us going up the stairs leading to the Grotto.



From the Grotto, we drove by the Botanical Garden which was closed due to renovations. But there were still some people in front of the gate for picture taking. What do you know, the place is overflowing with BUSINESS PEOPLE [aka Igorots[?] in their native clothes]. We decided to get off our vehicles for some pictures and as soon as we posed for a picture [the 3 of us], we were 'swarmed' by them...every single one of them. Here's the proof...


We were fine with 2 or 3 but they couldn't be stopped. After 2 'clicks', they had their hands outstretched for their professional fees [?]. That actually took me by surprise. They were practically shoving their hands in our faces to pay them. I almost didn't just because I got irritated by the way they were acting...but I paid.

After that 'traumatic' ~ LOL ~ experience with the natives, we decided to look for a place to eat. As expected, restos, fast foods and even the carinderias were full. Our guide/driver decided to take us to this little diner that serves a lot of American food. The inside was packed so we decided to eat outside of the diner. They set up some tables/chairs for us and we were good to go.

For our last stop, we went to walk around Burnham Lake while my sisters/nieces went to the vegetable stands for some cauliflower/broccoli. The little one was fascinated with the boat rides but we decided not to go on one because of the time constraint. So we did the next best thing...picture taking. Ha!


One of the things that got the husband's attention while we were on our way to Baguio were the houses built on the side of the mountains/hills. I guess he's wondering how the occupants of the houses are able to sleep at night knowing they're practically hanging off a cliff. He took a bunch of pictures but very few came out good because we were on a moving vehicle while he was taking the pics. Here's one of the better shots he got.



That concludes the 5th and final day of our road-trip. It was definitely a lot of fun but very tiring. Will I do it again? Probably. The next time though, I'll make sure I'd plan everything differently. Like making sure we have a place to stay in each destination...and not depending on other people's empty promises.

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 ...