Jul 30, 2009
The President declared the Philippine Holidays for 2010 under Proclamation No. 1841 dated July 21, 2009. But I have completely forgotten to blog about it!
Anyway, here are holidays for 2010:
For 2010, February 22 has already been declared a Special Holiday for Schools. The only other holiday not in the list is the Eid'l Fitr which will still be determined by the Office of Muslim Affairs.
So now that you know the holidays for next year, you can now plan your vacations ahead.
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
Here’s a chance to see how well you really know your husband. Cut, paste and fill in the answers, then forward . . . shoot, you know what to do. TAG ME BACK!
1. He’s sitting in front of the TV, what’s he watching? Basketball
2. You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? At Wendys, Thousand Islands?
3. What’s one food he doesn’t like? Shellfish (tahong)
4. You go out to eat and have a drink. What does he order? Before his hypertension a bottle of San Mig Light.
5. Where did he go to high school? Carlos Albert High School
6. What size shoe does he wear? 9
7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? Shoes. Yes. Seriously. or Adam Sandler DVDs
8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? Pandesal with Pansit
9. What would he eat every day if he could? Pansit
10. What is his favorite cereal? Is oatmeal a cereal?
11. What would he never wear? Umm, I don't know. Wow!
12. What is his favorite sports team? Ginebra. I think he would die for them or something.
13. Who did he vote for? I cant remember now :-)
14. Who are his best friends? Jingjing, Lanlan, his high school buddies.
15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do? Nag. He he.
16. What is his heritage? Bisayang Ilocano -is this what you mean?
17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind would it be? Me Bake? No. I will cook pansit for him.
18. Did he play sports in high school? Just the usual basketball.
19. What could he spend hours doing? Watch TV especially if basketball or boxing
20. What is one unique talent he has? Dancing, he was quite the dancer in high school
Well, I just realize that after 11 years of marriage, I know my husband quite well. As for what he will never wear, I guess I have to find that one out.
Jul 27, 2009
Last Saturday, we went swimming in Montalban to celebrate my mother's birthday. The resort was almost empty except for 2 other groups and so it was quiet, without the usual blaring karaoke sounds. I explored the resort and saw some butterflies and dragonflies. I saw one and hurried to take pictures, afraid it would fly away. But this one posed for me! I managed to take maybe 20 photos, but of course they couldnt quite capture the beauty of this creature.
But I am still very happy to finally managed to have a Tutubi picture for this To Be, To. Tutubi blog!
Jul 24, 2009
"Nakakakilabot" ang tema para sa Litratong Pinoy ngayong Huwebes at heto ang aking lahok. Kuha ito sa Hinagdanan Cave ng pumunta kaming muli sa Bohol nuong nakaraang buwan. Nai-imadyin mo ba kung mahulog ka sa kuwebang ito mula sa itaas? Sabi-sabi ay ganun nadiskubre ng may-ari ng lupa ang kuweba.
Pero heto kami ng aking irog, hindi naman kami mukhang kinikilabutan di ba? Nag-enjoy nga kaming mabuti sa Bohol e.
Kung nais nyo pa ng ibang nakakakilabot na litrato, punta kayo sa Litratong Pinoy.
Of course the sandals will be for the husband and the eldest son. You know, this is the third time I won at a contest. My first a P1,500 cash from Pinoy Money Talk, a t-shirt from Earthlingorgeous and now this. Although the first two are on my other blog, Okay Ukay. So for this blog, this is my first ever winning. Blogging sure has its rewards, right?
Again, thanks Fatherlyours!
Jul 23, 2009
I was a working student back in college and my very first job was as a service crew in Cindy's Hamburger in Baclaran. My work shift was 12pm to 6am, graveyard shift and my school schedule was from 9am to 6pm. Yes, I also didn't know how I did it, but I even lasted more than a year on the job. It was a fun shift, and very challenging. Our store manager would disappear to the stockroom around 1am " to do some inventory" and we will see him again around 5am. Our usual customers are drunk patrons and their dates from the nearby beer clubs in Baclaran. And since Cindys was a fast food restaurant, we always had trouble telling the customers to order at the counter.
Sometimes, the customers were so drunk we will just give them and their dates a bucket of chicken and rice and soft drinks. But boy, these guys tip generously and so we always had extra money every morning. One time, the whole shift before us, 6a to 12nn, went on an out of town trip and failed to return in time for their schedule. Some of us who had no class were required to go on a straight duty because nobody else was available. I had never understood the word dead on your feet until then. Aside from the job itself, there are also other challenges with working in fast food chains. I had some co-workers who would rather go on overtime than go to school for more money. They end up quitting school, even if the job is also temporary. Some however get into relationships early on, sometimes ending up pregnant. But there are still many who still do good in school even while working. Me, I came out alright.
Now, why am I writing about this? See, my sister is a freshman in college and I was thinking if I should let her work, knowing from experience how it is. My fear is that once she is earning money on her own and not dependent to me and my mother for allowance, she will be difficult and may neglect her studies. My sister is a very responsible and active student in high school and is an officer in her school org now, but should I allow her to work also? Do the benefits outweighs the risks?
Ps. When I was working in Cindys, the logo was red. Wala lang.
Jul 22, 2009
I had no problem with cooking before. I love to eat and I love to cook . However, I have a picky grade-schooler and a hypertensive husband and I am watching my weight (or I try to). The grade schooler bring pack lunch to school and it is a problem really on what to cook for him. And I had to learn new dishes that are good fr my husband.
But the real problem with my cooking is that I have no sense of smell. I had a Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery or FESS some years back because of blocked sinuses and my sense of smell now is, well, intermittent. Some days, I can smell just a little bit, and most days, nothing. And you can never really be good in cooking without it. So my cooking is a little hit and miss lately, and though my husband (bless his heart) never complains, I feel sad about it.
Jul 21, 2009
There so many things to be thankful for everyday, and today I decided to list down ten random things that absolutely made my day.
Today, I am thankful for:
1. A husband who cooked breakfast because I was too lazy to get up
2. A son who ran back to kiss me goodbye before riding the motorcycle to school
3. A mother who texted if I wanted anything in particular for my packed lunch tomorrow
4. An office mate who split her lunch in half and said "hating-kapatid."
5. Some Ferrero chocolates from office mate, just because I helped print some presentations
6. A boss telling you how you make things easier for him
7. A sister, who despite her busy schedule, keeps on sending those funny forwarded-text messages
8. A mother-in-law who despite having forgotten to leave her some cash, made arrangements to have the TV repaired
9. A sister who help my kids do their home work
10. A guard who helped me look for a missing umbrella
I could list down a lot more reasons to be thankful for today and I realize, despite whatever problems I may have, it really is a beautiful life!
Commitment. A word that some people have quite forgotten. And Honest Abe has something to say about it:
Commitment is what transforms the promise into reality.
It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions.
And the actions which speak louder than the words.
It is making the time when there is none.
Coming through time after time after time,
Year after year after year.
Commitment is the stuff character is made of;
The power to change the face of things.
It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.
If you don't believe me that a Colorado ski vacation is just heaven, then read on:
Four days and five nights at Winter Park Resort with cozy lodging and private coaching from a former U.S. Ski Team member. This all-inclusive ski vacation includes round-trip air fare, four days of skiing at Winter Park Resort, lodging for five nights, and private coaching for up to six skiers. You will be staying in a beautiful three-bedroom (plus loft), two bath house that comfortably sleeps six people. Along with this wonderful cabin you will also be receiving two full days of private coaching with a former U.S. Ski Team member.
I am thinking that our little group of friends from College would be all dying for a trip like this. And if they are still not convinced, then the photo of the Winter Park Resort would do the trick. Can you imagine how cozy and relaxing this is after a fun-filled day of skiing? Of course, there are also options to customize your vacation to include skiing, climbing, rafting, hiking, and so much more and experience what Colorado has to offer. For the faint-hearted, since these are all physical and strenuous activities, you can also opt for more a relaxing vacation liking biking, camping and shopping. Or combine all of this for a really a dream vacation! Wow, what else could you possibly look for in a vacation?
Jul 17, 2009
Tingnan mo ang katawan ng punong ito, akala mo tuyo na. Sa kulay ng balat nya, halatang matanda na at matagal ng panahong nabubuhay.
Pero, sa isang sanga nya, buhay na buhay ang mga halaman tumutubo.
At kung titignan mo sa malayo, kay yabong ng kanyang mga dahon at kay lawak ng nabibigyan nya ng lilim! Kuha ito sa Dauis Church Complex sa Bohol. Ito yung giant acacia tree naibigang mabuti ni Market Man, kaya nga pilit namin siyang pinuntuhan ng mag-Bohol ulit kami last month.
Ito ang lahok ko ngayong Huwebes sa Litratong Pinoy.
Eldest and Mommy will watch the movie tonight, the husband will stay at home to watch the 7th and final game of the PBA championship between Ginebra and the other San Miguel company, and the younger kids will stay at home to do some kid stuff after Mommy promised to buy them some clay!
Its the perfect solution, don't you think? Yes, I think Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is worth my time and money (but only for 2, he he). This is what we call compromise. Ha ha!
Jul 16, 2009
InTheRooms is a new app that you can use to share your recovery time from your addiction and share with your Facebook friends. You can add the time you are in recovery, and choose to share it in your profile. Of course, you can choose to be anonymous and not to display the box. Still, this app makes you part of a community and support group. You may be wondering why this app is called In The Rooms? It is a euphemism, for people meeting anonymously, gathered inside a room. As part of the group, you can just say, hey I am In the Rooms too!
This is a cool app, I tell you. So if you need be In the Rooms, log on to Facebook and check it out now.
Jul 14, 2009
Now, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince will be showing on Thursday and I am so dying to see it. I have not missed one single HP movie on theater and I don't want to miss this one. But after doing the Math to my son, how can I tell him that I want to watch this movie? They know that I am a HP fan: I have the books and the DVD to show for it. Now, what's a mother to do?
But now, I can only think of some:
1. I wouldn't mind my kids reading Harry Potter for its lessons on friendship, humility, love, loyalty and strength. As for Twilight, sure Bella and Edward have redeeming qualities, but HP has more for them to emulate.
2. In Harry Potter, you are taught not to judge people by how they look or by the accident of their birth (pure blood or not). Okay, Twilight does that too; do not judge Jacob because he is a werewolf and the vampires because they are.
3. HP's character are more noble. In Twilight, Edward and Bella brought all the problems or trouble upon themselves because they fell in love while Harry Potter had no choice. He was born to all of this.
I will update this every time I think of a reason why I love Harry Potter more. What about you, which one do you prefer?
I am currently reading the books on True Blood, but the story doesn't grip me as much as HP or Twilight. I don't know, maybe I had my fill of vampires and wizards.
Jul 13, 2009
I am talking about breast enlargement. After three pregnancies and the subsequent breast feeding, I admit to needing a little help. And I believe that having a breast enlargement surgery will boost my self confidence. It is a very simple procedure where an implant will be inserted through a small incision in your breast. You only have to stay overnight in the hospital to monitor the success of the operation. It is fairly a simple procedure, right? Then why is breast enlargement surgery one of most maligned and ill-understood procedure? I personally think that this is because some women,wanting to look good, fall prey to quack doctors who promise good results then performs the procedure under suspect conditions, which usually produce negative and sometimes fatal results. So once I have the budget, it doesn't matter whether MYA Cosmetic Surgery is in the UK. I will only trust my body and peace of mind to reputable and competent doctors. If I want myself to look amazing, then I will travel to UK to get the surgery done, and done wonderfully.
She is now 3 years old and is super sweet. My sister and her husband waited 7 years for her and she was really worth the wait. She is such a lovable and adorable kid. Her sibling, Micko is also a darling boy and I surely love them both.
Jul 9, 2009
Kuha ito sa isang palaro nuong Fiesta sa amin last June 8. May mga barya sa palanggang may tubig na kinulayan ng asul na jobus. Oo, siguradong basa ka dyan anak!
At eto naman ang aking mag-ama, na animo'y may coordinated na moves sa pagswi-swimming. Kaya hayun, matapos ang swimming, parehong sunog!
These are my loot. A six-pack Argentina corned beef and Summit Media magazines.Not bad for a fun run right? Not that I really need those prizes to motivate me to run, but it sure was good to receive them.
Now, if only my husband will be cleared by his Cardio following his recent bouts of hypertension, dizziness and nausea, then we can start running again.
We were watching Slum dog Millionaire again last night and my husband wondered aloud why he didn't see any men wearing traditional Indian clothing. I asked him if he would like to wear one and he said why not? We looked at these Men's Wear from India and I had to agree that he would look quite "The Man"in the photo above.
Good thing searching for Indian and other ethnic clothing is now very easy, thanks to Utsav. And aside from the many reasons why you should try shopping online here, they also teach you how to wear a Sari! I have always wanted to wear one. Now that is very cool!
Jul 8, 2009
A forwarded email entitled "Holiday" reached my mail box today. It was about the declaration of July 27 as a non-working holiday to commemorate the founding of the Iglesia ni Cristo.
Here is the link to the news from Inquirer, although I cant find it in the Philippine Govt website yet. Anyway, according to this Wikipedia article on Iglesia ni Cristo, it was founded in July 27, 1914 and is now celebrating its 95th year. Congratulations and thank you for another long weekend. Now, I can make plans to travel and maybe join the Wandering Juan contest.
My husband and I have often dubbed ourselves the Weekend Warriors or the DIY wannabees because we experiment with painting our small house and making cabinets (or so we like to call those small wooden boxes). But those little experiments really makes a lot of difference, as though the house has been given a new lease in life! Ha ha. Now can you imagine if you have the budget and you can hire the services of Budget Pros remodeling contractor? Of course, if you don't get a reputable contractor, that would definitely mean a lot of headaches but good ones like Budget Pros will make your remodeling a breeze. But before you plunge in, make sure to work out a plan with your contractor. You must make sure to have a budget and a timetable and stick to it, otherwise this remodeling project that you think will make your house look new might make it look like a battle zone. Again, make sure to find a contractor that provides excellent service but within your budget to give your home a new face lift!
Jul 7, 2009
Cebu Pacific is introducing its new photo contest, The Wandering Juan! All you have to do is bring your Tsinelas and trusty cameras when you travel to any local or foreign destinations (where Cebu Pacific flies) and take your memorable travel photos.
Prizes at stake are:
Category 1 SIGHTS: Round trip tickets for two (2) to Singapore
Category 2 PEOPLE: Round trip tickets for two (2) to Bangkok, Thailand
Category 3 TRAVELOGUE Round trip tickets for two (2) to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Photographs take from July 1 to October 31, 2009 are eligible for submission to this contest. Of course, you must have flown to the destination via Cebu Pacific since you need to present the purchased tickets. For complete mechanics, visit Wandering Juan. I am excited to join this contest. I love taking Tsinelas pictures from my travels.
So if you are a travel bug and photography buff, join the Wandering Juan Photo Contest now!
Jul 6, 2009
Cooking for the hypertensive husband is going to be a challenge. He was told to eat more vegetables and fish and cut on the meat. So now, I am going to cook meatless vegetables and fish and my first dish is this Ginisang Pechay at Tokwa. I have a confession, this is not really that healthy because the Tokwa was deep fried. Oh well. Let me know how make this a more healthier dish please.
Cooking this Ginisang Pechay at Tokwa is really very easy.
1. Deep fry the Tokwa and cut into cubes. Set aside.
2. Saute garlic, onions and tomato. Then add the cubed Tokwa.
3. Add the Pechay and a little water, and season to taste.
4. Simmer for 2 minutes and you're done!
Of course, you can add some meat if you want, or add some meat stock instead of water. You can even use oyster sauce or Patis as seasoning.
Jul 3, 2009
Remember my husband's poorly managed hypertension? He had another episode this week and had to change his medication into a stronger dose. However, he is complaining of palpitations and he is now with his doctor to check if he should switch back to his previous medicine. I know, his hypertension really is poorly managed.
I am not really a fan of herbal medicine but since Pansit-pansitan has been recognized by the Department of Health among its list of 10 scientifically validated herbal medicinal plants, then I am okay with it.
If you guys have a bad experience with Pansit-pansitan, please do share here.