The Privacy of the Judy Ann Santos-Ryan Agoncillo Wedding

Apr 30, 2009

image from Starmometer.com
Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo are now finally wed, after months of speculations as to the real date of their wedding and amidst their struggle to keep it a private affair. I just saw last Tuesday on Macuha that they had a hush-hush and super-private wedding. They chose an unknown chapel in Batangas and had the guests party to the secrecy. Of course, they finally got their wish. It was said to be a private and solemn wedding, attended by close friends and immediate family members.

Earlier this afternoon, when we had our despedida for a friend moving to another company, conversation was of course showbiz-oriented and centered on the Judy Ann-Ryan wedding. Some commented that they were glad that the wedding was not like the Sharon-Gabby or Richard-Lucy circus, but rather a private affair. No media, no paparazzi, no screaming fans. But since it was all too sudden, the interest of the public has been heightened. They are now waiting for the official pictures and the wedding special that will appear on TV. They are also waiting for the requisite TV guestings of the newly weds and of anybody who was there at the wedding. I personally think that Judy Ann and Ryan had the best of both worlds in this wedding: they had the privacy they wanted, and they managed to whet the appetite of the public for more, thus jacking up the price of the exclusive rights to air the pictures and the wedding.

I hope other stars can follow their example. They really worked hard for the privacy of this moment in their life and made the calls on what they choose to share to the public. I call that an Angelina-Brad move. Galeng!


Circumcision Time

Apr 29, 2009

"excited na kinakabahan"

My eldest son, aged 11 was circumcised yesterday. His father took a leave from work to give him his support on this momentous occasion. There was a "Libreng Tuli" (free circumcision) project by Bong Suntay in our barangay health center so we took the opportunity to save a little. The night before, my son was "excited na kinakabahan." He was emotionally ready for the circumcision as some of his classmates and friends were already circumcised. He was just nervous of the pain but was eager to do it anyway. I have read countless times that there are no religious or health reasons to do this, but for my son, he wouldn't want to be called "Supot," or the uncircumcised.

This morning, I let Drexelle and his father do the cleaning with the boiled bayabas leaves and Betadine and the bandaging. I didn't look, nor any offer any help, not because I believe that garbage that it would swell, but because I feel that this a father-son thing. And my husband was really up to the task. More pogi points for him.

I can't post anymore pictures here since when I told him I will post them in Friendster, he almost cried. But he is okay if I just blog about it. He he. I guess he is still very much my baby.


Keeping Your House Safe

We are now having the front of our house in Montalban constructed, including the gate and the grills. We had the house for four years now and it has been vandalized already. We lost the electrical wiring and the jalousie windows in front to those vandals. That's why we will put up wrought iron grills as well. And to make doubly sure that my family is safe, I am checking out this Home Security Blog for other safety tips. One of the tips I found very useful here is reinforcing the door locks and latches. I will ask my husband to install a dead bolt and we may have to keep a dog as an additional measure. The kids will surely love that!


How To Tell If Your Husband Is Bored

Apr 28, 2009

Either my husband is too creative, or he was just bored to death, he nibbled on the singkamas to spell his name out!


Then he gave them to me and asked me if I want to eat them. Gross!


Rodriguez, Rizal: Soon To Be My Home

Apr 27, 2009

Formerly known as Montalban, Rodriguez in Rizal is soon to be our home. This is the view from my house. The neighbor planted the roses. The low concrete wall separates the subdivision from the farm that is directly in front of my house. When we visited last week, they look like they were harvesting but I can't see what crop.


There were carabaos grazing. Looks very provincial. My kids will be thrilled. There are also nice resorts in the area like Ciudad Christina's 9 waves and Green Nature Resort.
The Sierra Madre mountain is very visible. And even from a distance you can see the havoc that quarrying is bringing to the mountain. I just hope that there will be no repeat of the landslide in San Mateo that killed people and destroyed lots of houses. Oh well, I love the place!


Pinoy Shows in Las Vegas

Filipinos have very good singing voices and unique performances that continue to wow audience abroad. Think of Lea Salonga who even had singing parts in a Disney movie and had awards for her performance in plays. Or how about the sweet and sensational Charice Pempengo who is a favorite of Oprah and has even guested on prestigious shows by well-know international artists? Our performers are now making big names even in the entertainment scene in Las Vegas. Our very own Lani Misalucha headlined at the Flamingo Las Vegas and she even won an award last year as best singer. Even Martin Nievera had several shows in Las Vegas and wowed the crowds with his versatile performance. I think we have lots of potential to be big in Las Vegas so if you want to support our performers, check out how to buy tickets to Las Vegas shows. But well, since what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, then be sure to check other currently playing shows. Browsing at this website for show information and show tickets is so easy, you may even have a hard time deciding which show to go first. Of course, be sure to check out at least one Elvis Impersonator's show to get an authentic taste of Las Vegas.


Remodeling Your House

This time of financial crisis may not be the best time for your to remodel your house. However, remodeling your house can drastically improve its re-sale value. Even an upgrade of the toilet and bathrooms can improve its price! So what others may consider a very untimely expense can actually be called an investment. Or, if you are just tired of the old look of your house, instead of planning to move or buying a new one, then why not consider remodeling? Be warned though that remodeling a house will cost you money. Maybe not as much as the cost of a new one but it will still put a dent on your pocket. Simple do-it-yourself projects for small scale remodeling can be done by your neighborhood handyman, but for large scale and professional jobs, you should be looking at someone like Durham Remodeling. Since they are experts on remodeling and renovations, they can give you an idea of the over-all cost of your planned project. Also, they can give you professional advice on the budget, permits and even home improvement loans that you may need to take out. So if you have the budget, maybe you should consider getting your house a make-over from these experts.



How to Withdraw Money from PayPal to BDO

As a new blogger, I rely on experts like Macuha on blogging tips, and for my first pay-out, I followed his successful Paypal withdrawal to his BDO account. Good thing he made a post about it. Since I have a verified Paypal account linked with my credit card, I thought I was good to go. However, when I tried to withdraw to my card, I discovered that only Visa cards are accepted and mine was Mastercard! I was about to apply for a Unionbank Eon Card, which I heard took forever to process, when I chanced upon Macuha's post and so I was also able to successfully withdraw to my BDO savings account. Yey! This maybe old news to some but to new bloggers like me, this is great news!

But did you know that when I called the BDO hot line number and the branch to ask for the bank code and if they accept Paypal, they said that not yet. Weird!

So to withdraw, under the My Account tab in Paypal, go to Withdraw, and choose to option to withdraw to your bank account. Type the details correctly especially the bank account number (must be in your name!) and the bank code for BDO is 010530667. I think minimum withdrawable amount is $10. Please note processing is 2-4 days depending on bank schedules. Mine took 4 days and charges are P50.00 from Paypal and P200.00 from BDO.

Withdrawal from PayPal to BDO was painless really and I can now say that I made money blogging :-) So if you are a new blogger like me, suggest you apply for a Paypal account and withdraw from your BDO account.

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.


Aloha Hawaii!

Apr 23, 2009

What comes to your mind when your hear Aloha? Me, its usually Hawaii, and a warm, welcoming place of beach and sun. It's a place where you feel like you are always on vacation. Remember hte Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore movie "50 First Dates?" It was mostly shot in Hawaii. So, who wouldn't want to live there? And what about the world famous Waikiki Beach? How would you like to live in Honolulu where this famous beach is the top tourist destination? If you think that Hawaii is the paradise that you are looking for , then check Honolulu Real Estate and find out what the place has to offer to you. It maybe be Hawaii calling home to you and then its time for you to say Aloha, Hawaii, as hello and not as goodbye!


Save Money By Going Green: Happy Earth Day!

Apr 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day, All Earthlings!

Let us all get out acts together and help reduce wastes and pollution to save our planet. As they say, this is the only one we've got.

Here are some tips on how to save money by going green. This was also shared to us by our well-intentioned HR department.

  • Resist overusing your air conditioner. Set it on timer so that it shuts off in the middle of the night/closer to dawn, when temperatures are cooler.
  • Install ceiling fans or even look into water-cooled chillers.
  • Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), which use less than a third of regular bulbs and last ten times longer.
  • Turn off lights when not in use and make the most of natural daylight.
  • Unplug unused chargers because they continue to draw electricity.
  • Learn how to use the power-saving options in your computer. (Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Power Management > Power Options > Choose always On from the drop down menu > Look at the turn off monitor / turn off hard disks)
  • More than just shutting them down, turn off computers, TVs, etc.at night right at the power-strip or unplug them completely.
  • Always think before you print! Ask yourself If you really need a printed copy of the document, and consider printing on econo-mode. Use paper on both sides. You can even create notepads with padding glue!
  • Invest in rechargeable batteries. It might not sound like much, but they will help you save money over time. In general, the less you rely on single-use items, the less money you’ll burn.
  • Resist the temptation to throw out a perfectly good electronic gadget because something new comes along. Electronic waste, simply because of the materials the items contain, puts many harmful chemicals into the environment.
  • Cut back on gas by driving at cruising speed, and don’t take off from a stop light/sign like you’re a race car!
  • Save gas too by decreasing your drag. You can remove the luggage racks and other heavy items you don’t need in the trunk of your car.
  • Clean out your air filter – this can improve your gas mileage by as much as 10%!
  • Take local / regional vacations (and fly Cebu Pacific!) instead of going to far-flung places. You’ll save money on your airfare, while reducing the carbon emissions.
Again, let us take care of our planet, not just for us but for our kids and their future.


Single Moms Can Date Too

Apr 20, 2009

I have a friend who has a son from her former relationship. Luckily, she did not marry the guy who was abusive, physically and emotionally. Her family intervened and she was able to get out, of the relationship. Now she looks at that episode in her life as an educational experience. She said that she visits this site for dating single mothers and she is okay with meeting new people and friends who understand her situation. She get to talk at the forums with single mothers like her and even date online. I checked the website and it looks cool and and really neat. There are profiles and pictures of those seeking single moms as friends or even for commitment. I told my friend that single moms can date too and our society is much accepting of single mothers and so she can go for it as long as she is happy.


Summer Sunday at a Public Swimming Pool

We went to Blue Water Resort, a public swimming pool in Montalban last Sunday. We were there early, around 6:30 am as we had to commute from the house. When we reached the resort, there was a reasonable number of people there. We booked a room with our own restroom near one of the pools and the rental fee of P500.00 was very cheap. There was a queen bed and an electric fan. The entrance fee was only P50.00 for adults and P30.00 for the kids. There were 4 swimmings pools and a slide at the kiddie pool.

We had breakfast, then the kids immediately took off for the water. Our room had a view of the entrance to the resort, and at around 8am, we saw several tricycles, cars, jeepneys and even one truck carrying loads of people who were getting in at the resort. At around 9am, they had to refuse entry to a lot more people!

Here is what it looks like at the swimming pools around 11am:



But no amount of threats of bodily harm could make my kids shy away from the pool, tsk, tsk They had lots of fun, despite my fears of bacteria and diseases. At around 4pm, they were tired and ready to shower. I washed them three times with Safeguard, he he.


Thankfully, despite the presence of unruly teenagers, kids peeing (saw one pee on a plastic cup, then pour on the pool) and adults drinking beer and singing karaoke, our Sunday at the pool was very fun indeed. I didn't took a dip but my husband gamely played with the kids. That is until it was time for the Donaire boxing match. By that time, my mother had to look after the kids so we could watch Viloria and then Donaire win against their opponent.

This was an unplanned and spur-of the moment craving for swimming. Next time, we will either come back her when its not peak season or choose a different venue all together. But I think all resorts are packed this summer, right?




Building A Dream House

One of our biggest dreams is to build our own house. Me and my husband are currently working very hard to realize that dream. If you look at my sidebar, you would see that I even have a blog towards building my dream house. For us, building a house is not just a simple project. It involves making major decisions because of the high costs of materials and labor. But most importantly, it is because the house will be home to our family. Right now, we are looking for a financing scheme for our project. And since this would be on a loan, certain financial sacrifices has to be made. So when it is time to look for a home builder, I prefer somebody like the Denver Home-Builders, who are expert on custom home building, renovations and remodeling. They boast of great service, and they even have free consultations. If you sit down with them to discuss your requirements, you can already assess if they are able to deliver the kind of service that you require. Keep in mind that building a home entails commitment on your part and on the part of your builder so make sure that like this Denver Home-Builders, you can work with them effectively. Also make sure to ask for some of their recent projects and talk to the owners so you can have an idea of the quality of your work. If I live in Denver, I will be sure to talk to them right away!


Photo Fun


I was blog hopping the other day and saw Sassy Lawyer's great billboards. Of course, I had to make my own.

If you want to check it out, make your own at Photofunia.


Tweet Tweet

Apr 17, 2009

Everybody is tweeting! After Ashton Kutcher out-tweets CNN on the race to the one million followers, now even Oprah is set to make her Twitter debut. So if you want to follow Oprah, you better sign up for your own Twitter account now.

Now, I am still learning how to use Twitter. A friend commented that tweeting is a lot like making a shout-out in Facebook about what you are doing. He asked why anyone would want to shout to a million people what he is eating for breakfast is beyond him! Well, like any social networking sites, Twitter has a lot of potential and I would like to explore it also.

So tweet tweet me @ishi0506!


Lyrics: Love Story by Taylor Swift



I heard this song while eating lunch at Dad's in SM Megamall today and now it's stuck! I am having LSS! To ease the LSS, here are the lyrics to the song:

LOVE STORY
From the album Fearless
by Taylor Swift

We were both young when I first saw you.
I close my eyes and the flashback starts:
I'm standing there on a balcony in summer air.

See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns.
See you make your way through the crowd
and say hello;

Little did I know
That you were Romeo; you were throwing pebbles,
And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet."
And I was crying on the staircase,
begging you, 'Please, don't go.'"

And I said,
"Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I'll be waiting; all there's left to do is run.
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story - baby just say 'Yes.'"

So I sneak out to the garden to see you.
We keep quiet 'cause we're dead if they knew.
So close your eyes; escape this town for a little while.
'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter,
And my daddy said "Stay away from Juliet,"
But you were everything to me; I was begging you, 'Please, don't go,'"

And I said,
"Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I'll be waiting; all there's left to do is run.
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story - baby just say 'Yes.'

Romeo save me - they're tryin' to tell me how to feel;
This love is difficult, but it's real.
Don't be afraid; we'll make it out of this mess.
It's a love story - baby just say "Yes.'"

Oh, oh.

I got tired of waiting,
Wondering if you were ever comin' around.
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town,

And I said,
"Romeo save me - I've been feeling so alone.
I keep waiting for you but you never come.
Is this in thy head? I don't know what to think-"

He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said,
"Marry me, Juliet - you'll never have to be alone.
I love you and that's all I really know.
I talked to your dad - go pick out a white dress;
It's a love story - baby just say 'Yes.'"

Oh, oh. Oh, oh.

'Cause we were both young when I first saw you...


Want To Get A Tattoo?

Apr 16, 2009

Back in college, I wanted to get a butterfly tattoo on my thigh. But I haven't had the chance to do it then and until now. Last week, my cousins went to Boracay and each got a henna tattoo on their legs. That rekindled my own desire to get one for myself soon. But I am undecided as to what will be the best design to get for myself. I am thinking that it should be a classic and timeless tattoo that will compliment my sense of style. Or a butterfly, like my blog's theme or a dragonfly, which is Tutubi in local language. Anyway, I think that the best thing to do is to chat with people who have the same questions about getting a tattoo. I chanced upon this Free Tattoo Chat room where people of any age can ask chat and ask questions to those who already have tattoos and even planning to get one. It is a very user-friendly and you can meet loads of people who are either wanting a tattoo or trying to flaunt a new one. They even give out recommendations on the best artists to do the job. So if you, like me wants a tattoo but want to consult and talk with like-minded people first, visit this Free Tattoo Chat room now.


In The News

While searching online news about Ted Failon's wife, I saw this article and missed a heartbeat. I wouldn't want to be on this Qantas flight where four "non-venomous infant" snakes went missing from the cargo hold. Remember the Samuel L. Jackson movie? That movie was so bad it was good! Ha ha.

In another news, the US of A declared another war against an enemy, bed bugs! The bugs, according the report, are back with a vengeance! The news header reminded me of the movie Starship Troopers.

You should really read the news. Sometimes its entertaining, but sometimes, just plain irritating and disgusting!




Summer School

Ishi had fun at school yesterday. They sang the nursery song "I'm a Little Teapot" which she was happily singing to us until last night. Here are her pictures on the way to school:

I just hope she wont lose interest in summer school.


Is Your Roof Ready for the Rainy Season?

The roof is our house's main protection against the harsh sun, the rains and other elements. And while its summer, I think it is the best time to have your roof checked to be sure that you are ready for the coming rainy season. Imagine if you don't look into the condition of you roof now, and then discover too late that you have leaks, then the expense will of course be higher than if you had it checked sooner. But aside from being pro-active whenever we sense a problem on our roof, we must find a reliable roofer. We must ask for referrals or even testimonials from our friends so they can refer us to a trustworthy roofer. If you live in Indiana, there is an Indianapolis roofer that is available for you. You can check out the services and expertise of Universal Roofing and Remodelling LLC and decide whether they can give you the best value and the best service for your money. If you check their website, ask for an appointment and have a roofer provide you a bid for the services that needs to be done, including a detailed list of materials and labor costs. As with any roofer, you must also compare their services against those referred by your friends and then choose the one that you can comfortably work with.

So be sure to have your roof checked this summer so you can have a worry-free rainy season!


Summer School for Ishi

Apr 15, 2009

My little girl Ishi is off to summer school today and she was so excited last night. Yesterday, we bought her paper, pencil and pens which she immediately put in her bag when we got home. She gamely posed for pictures with her new bag.
We woke her up early this morning so she has plenty of time to eat her breakfast. My sister will be the one to bring her to school. However, when I kissed her goodbye , she hugged me fiercely and said she is scared. I carried her up, embraced her tight and told her that the teachers are nice and there is nothing to be afraid of. I told her that she know the teachers because she sometimes come with my mother when fetching Danniel from school. I told Danniel to tell her that Teachers Thea and Irish are very kind. She believed us and went back to eating her breakfast, again talking animatedly about school. I wish I was a stay-at home mother so I can share this special day with her. Since I have to work, I told my sister to take her pictures and not to leave until she is at ease with the teachers.


I know that this is just summer school, a month-long tutorial and practice for her so she will be ready for Kinder in June. But this is also a preview of new things and experiences to come for Ishi. And although I fervently wish that I will be able to share those joys with her, I have to work and let others (my mother or my sister) take the place for me. And sometimes, I feel like I am a bad mother for not being there.


Finding the Best Electrician

Apr 14, 2009

My husband's cousin who lives in San Francisco is home for the summer break and she is complaining about the heat here. It has been a long while since was in the country and she has forgotten how our summers are. She is putting up an air con unit in her room since she really cant stand the heat. My mother-in law cautioned her that summer time is also the time when the highest numbers of fire accident occur here. Because of the heat, people tend to use more electric fans, air con units and exhaust fans that sometimes overload the electricity which sometimes cause fire. We all agreed that we must have an electrician check our wiring's and electrical loads just to be sure. Elaine said that in the US, she regularly use the services of a reputable San Francisco electrician. She said that although she and her husband can handle the small things like changing the bulbs or sockets or installing a fan, they know that it is best to acquire the services of a professional and she feels it is an investment, rather than an expense. I checked the website of the electrician she mentioned and I agree with her that she is getting the best deal for her money. G Conley Electric looks like a reputable company of licensed electricians, (which can be easily be checked through the state board by the way), and asking them to submit a bid is very easy enough to do. I just wish we have the same kind of services of high quality electricians available to us here so we can also feel safe in our homes.


The Great Bohol Sea Tour and Dolphin Watching Adventure

Apr 13, 2009

Since we were just at home this Lenten break, I was craving for the beach and had to take a look at the pictures of our last vacation in Bohol. I realized that I haven't posted our pictures of the sea tour and dolphin watching adventure. I already forgot the details of the trip but here are the pictures. We were on the boat at around 6:00, just in time for the sunrise:

There were around 10 boats of tourists hoping to see the dolphins, so imagine the noise their engines make whenever the spotter points to wherever the dolphins are.


No wonder, this is the only decent picture of a dolphin I was able to take. After a while, I gave up taking pictures and just enjoyed looking for them.

After maybe 2 hours, we headed to Balicasag Island for snorkeling but only the hubby and the eldest were able to go. They had to pay separately for the small boat that will bring them near the fish sanctuary, and another P150.00 each as snorkeling fee and I forgot how much for the rental of the snorkels as well.

While waiting for them, I ordered lunch of Sinigang na Isda in one of the stall nearby. We also ordered 10 cups of rice and even my picky younger son had 2 servings! That's how good the sinigang was!

We also explored the island and saw the light house and the other structure (I knew what it was, but cant seem to recall now).
See how much fun they are having? It makes my heart swell with joy as well.

After lunch, we were very excited to go Virgin Island. My friend Maan was so raving about it. She said that if we only have one place to go to in Bohol, Virgin Island is a must. She even have pictures to prove it. And boy, we were SO disappointed. The Virgin Island we saw was like a no man's land.

So we had jump shots instead!Then, we were back at the Alona beach by 3pm.I can't recall where we had dinner, but I knew that we still had time to go swimming at the pool to cap off the day! It was a very enjoyable day and we had so much fun.
While looking at the pictures, my little girl was asking his dad when we are going back to Bohol. And I knew that she also enjoyed our vacation very much.




Parents Need to Know What Anime Is All About

During the long Lenten break, we stayed at home and mostly watched television and movies. When its our turn, we watch Lenten-themed movies like The Passion of the Christ. The kids watched with us too, and we had to explain to them some scenes and what is the meaning of the movie for us Christians. However, when its the kids turn to watch TV, they would always watch cartoons, and one of their all-time favorites Pokemon. Now, I know the most famous characters in Pokeman as Pikachu, the yellow, cuddly looking one. But when the kids start to talk about the Pokemon's individual powers and abilities, I'm lost. Now, when I watch a movie, I am all for explaining the stories to the kids. But when its their turn to explain anime to me, my kids would give me the "you've got to be kidding me" look. How I wish I can understand all this anime stuff so I can talk to my kids about it and feel like a cool mom. Ha ha. Good thing I found an Anime Chat room for people who are interested in anime. And what better place to find out more about animes than in a place where anime lovers and enthusiasts chat and exchange ideas? The chat room is so user-friendly, I am sure to find people who are willing to educate interested people like me. I can create a chat room specific for parents willing to be converts and anime believers! And once I have learned enough, my kids will be in for a pleasant surprise!


Page Rank, Anyone?

Apr 9, 2009

I am happy today because my blog's page rank went up another notch! Its now PR2! And my other blog finally got its page rank, its now PR1!
I must be doing something right :-) But how come the PR's of my blogging idols like Macuha, PMT and Selaplana all went down? Am I really doing something right or is it the other way around?
Whaddayathink?


Some Graduation Side Notes

Apr 8, 2009

Here are some pictures (aside from the requisite ones) I had to take during my sister's graduation day last April 1:

Here is how it looks like outside the school.  Lots of streamers from local officials congratulating the graduates.  They even give out pocket calendars and fans and leaflets to us who were lined up and going inside.  One parent asked whether they are giving out bags or folders because his hands were full already.  One pocket calendar caught my eye since it has the picture of the chairman of a barangay nearby.  I asked and the girl giving them out said she was running for councilor.  Oh, an early bird.
The graduation program was very organized.  But during the program proper, the host had to pause several times to acknowledge the presence of this and that official.  At the start of the graduation and during the presentation of the graduates, there were only 4 people on stage: the school principal, the representative from Dep-Ed, and the 2 barangay captains.  Towards the end of the program, there were 14 people on stage already!  By this time, I was already thinking of what time we might finish.
Thankfully, only Congresswoman Daza made an address to the graduates, maybe since she was the highest ranking official that night.  I was sitting next to her aide and the lady was comparing notes with another aide of a councilor.  The paper she was holding was filled with the time and addresses of the schools where Congresswoman Daza had to be in the next few days.  Busy schedule.  I pity those students graduating next year! Argh, my eldest son is graduating from grade school next year!
After the program, we were on our way to SM to eat out, a streamer caught my attention.
 
It was of  Herbert Bautista and you had to look twice to see the small "VICE" on top of the Mayor before his name.  Sorry for the poor quality of the photo as I was riding backride on a tricycle.  I just had to take a photo.  I was thinking, is he finally gunning for the mayorial seat bext year?  Umm, I personally think so.
This is my personal experience of a graduation nearing time election.  And I bet you all have the same experience.  Care to share?


Is red wine good for you?

I was trying to search the web for articles on red wine and hypertension. I found one that says, one drink is relaxing, but two drinks are stressful. Then there is another one that says drinking wine or beer both have the same result: higher blood pressure. I told my husband to ask his doctor if its okay to drink red wine but I don't think he did. Anyway, I know that the key word here is moderation. Or better yet,abstinence.




It Pays to Pay Correct Taxes

In the movie Meet Joe Black, Brad Pitt said that only two things are sure : death and taxes. And its true. The taxes we pay are used (or misused as in the case of those corrupt politician, but i digress) for services that our government render to us, its citizens. So paying taxes, however painful, is a responsibility. Some people and businesses need the services of tax relief specialists to effectively manage their tax obligations. Since these are experts who know more about tax codes, formulas and laws, they can guide you properly on how to deal with your tax issues and offer a workable solution. In my current work, the taxes I owe are deducted every payday and remitted by the company directly to the BIR. My husband's employer does the same so thankfully, we don't need to file for an IRS innocent spouse relief. I know that my company remit our taxes on time because they are very aware of 941 payroll deposit issues. But for those out there who need the services of Tax Relief Specialists, you may to check out how they can help you. They offer such services and expertise on offer in compromise, penalty abatement, wage garnishment, bank levy and a lot more. If you think you cannot handle your tax problems on your own, there is no shame in asking for the help of the experts. Maybe, this is exactly what you need.

Remember to pay your taxes correctly and on time. In the Philippines, the deadline for paying our taxes is on April 15, 2009, so be sure to consult tax relief specialists if you need help. Also remember that not paying your correct taxes is a crime and that you may be penalized for not paying correct taxes.


How To Deal With Hypertension

Apr 7, 2009

Following the recent scare brought about by my husband's hypertension, I am now closely monitoring his food intake. For the past week, his diet has been mostly oatmeal (Nesvita 3-1) for breakfast, fish for lunch (usually paksiw or sinaing) and a light dinner of fish. I didn't know that he was still a heavy smoker because he never see let me him him smoking. But this past week, I know that he is experiencing withdrawal symptoms and his craving is very strong especially after eating. Thankfully, he has a very strong desire to kick the bad habit and would just settle for a mint candy to satisfy his craving. We are also now back to our early morning jogging routine, although we were only able jog 4 times last week, because I had a very bad cold and cannot will my self to get out of bed. But we also took to walking at night, from our house to the Soen factory in Araneta Ave. to the Mezza Residences in Sta Mesa and back. And some nights, we took turns scrubbing the floor with our trusty bunot even while watching tv.

I hope we are doing the right things. From my internet searches regarding hypertension, my husband must:
  1. Lose weight
  2. Quit smoking
  3. Eat a low sodium and low fat diet
  4. Exercise
I just hope that we are on the right track, and that we can keep this up.

If you have any suggestions for me, please drop a line here.


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LP 52: Paboritong Litrato

Apr 3, 2009

Ang hirap pumili, pero heto ang dalawa sa pinakapaborito kong litrato, of all time.  At eto ay kuha sa QC Circle.  Malamang ay nakita ninyo na itong mga larawan dito, dahil mga ilang beses ko na din yata eto nailagay.  Pero sadyang sa 104 folders ko ng mga larawan, heto ang pinakanais kong ilagay na paborito.  Maliban sa maganda ang kuha, masaya din kasi kami sa aming pamamasyal sa QC circle kung kaya't tuwing nakikita ko ang mga larawan ay natutuwa talaga ako.
 
Tingnan nyo din ang ibang lahok dito sa Litratong Pinoy.


Catholic Chat City

During lunch yesterday at the office, our conversation turned towards the practices of some religion and why some would never leave their Catholic faith. One shared the story of a friend that belongs to another faith, who had her marriage annulled. She has a support group in her church, but she was forbidden to have a relationship with her church mate. Okay, maybe forbidden was too strong a word, maybe frowned upon? My initial reaction was, isn't that hypocrisy? I mean, what is the support group for, all talk, but no walk? I know that relationships can be formed with people you have close interaction and being church mates, well, that is a perfect setting. But how can you give her a support group, yet not support her choice? The debate was getting heated by this time and we were all grateful when the lights were turned on meaning lunch break was over.

After that debate, I was thinking, how do other Catholics feel about their faith and what are the rules of the Church that they think are not suitable for this time and age. So while surfing the Internet, I chanced upon a Catholic Chat Room where you can chat with others of the same faith and exchange ideas. This is very cool! I know that religion is not an easy topic for everyone, but with the anonymity provided by the chat room, you can ask questions from Catholics and not fear that you will be judged. You can argue constructively and enlighten each other about the issues you want to be clarified. The chat room even have room lists for single parents, Asian, seniors etc. so you can choose to relate and chat with people of the same background as yourself. Wow, this chat room is cool!


Happy Graduation, Kris!

How time flies! My sister Kris graduated from high school last Wednesday. I can still remember when she was a shy first year testing the waters of high school. She is a very active and diligent student, always on the Top 10 of her class. She is always part of an activity in and out of school. She was a once a model student for her class and was also awarded Most Civic Oriented Student. She was also given a special award for Science on their recognition day last Tuesday.

She took the UPCAT, but did not make the cut, but passed the PUPCET with flying colors. Initially, I wanted her to take up Civil Engineering, but her final decision is to study Journalism. It was among my suggestions since she was also part of their high school paper's editorial team.


My mother, and most parents were teary-eyed during the graduation ceremony, especially when the graduates sang Lipad by Lea Salonga. One heartwarming instance in the ceremony was when the class valedictorian was giving his address and towards the end, he dedicated his success to his parents and said "Ma, Pa, Thank You Po" and the whole graduating class said it with him. The guests, parents and teachers laughed merrily.

Again, congratulations Kris, on this momentous occasion! This is not an end for you, but rather a start of a new and exciting journey.


Time to consider website hosting

Apr 2, 2009

When is it time to consider website hosting? That is the question that has been plaguing me this past month. I have been blogging for 6 months , and still learning the ropes, as they say. I have no Internet background, and I just write what I feel like. Thankfully, Blogger is very user friendly and even new bloggers like me can publish without the need to be an expert on the Internet. However, the reality is that, if you want to be more credible, you must have your own domain. Thus, the need for web hosting.

After reading various definitions on the web, I realized two things about Web Hosting. One, you need a web hosting service for your own website and two, you are given space on a server in exchange for a fee, and you are assured that your website is always accessible. Okay, that is exactly what I need . Now, the only question is how to choose the best web host? I found Web Hosting 101 from webhosting.geeks.com and I am reading it right now. One article says a lot about Avoiding Common Web Hosting Traps, which I hope I don't get sucked into. This is a cool site if you wish to choose a website hosting for yourself so check it out!


What to do in Okinawa, Japan

If I were to make my own Bucket List, one of the places that I wish to visit outside of the Philippines is Japan, preferably Okinawa. It is said to have the best beaches in all of Japan, and the climate is sub-tropical, almost like our very own. It would be best to visit a country where you don't need to worry about the climate. They also boast of the best coral reefs in the world and activities like scuba diving and snorkeling are available all year round. Did you know that Okinawa is also said to be the home of Karate, a form of martial arts or self-defense? Wow, it would be cool to see the sport practiced on its birth place. I would also love to see with my own eyes Sumo wrestling, which is Japan's national sport. Also, like Filipinos, Karaoke is almost like a national past time for the Japanese so we can be sure to be entertained in Japan! Okinawa is also a very safe place to visit. I know it was home to the American forces before and I think up to now, the place is not wary of tourists.

So, if like me, you want to visit Okinawa, you may want to check out Okinawa Travel Guide, which has all the information you would need should you wish to visit Okinawa, Japan.




 

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