Supplies for Hydroponics

Apr 29, 2013


Growing with hydroponics and capturing pictures of the plants is quite easy once you've gotten all the supplies and hps grow lights down! Get some great carbon filter and other gear from TheLaShop.com. Although it is very important to find cheap supplies for hydroponics (so that you don’t break the bank), it is very possible to keep everything quality while still at a lower price. 

LA shop has been known for making products not only cheaper, but easier to purchase as well. Reviewers have mentioned products being fifty dollars cheaper than other rival sites, and customer service was always great. Hydroponics is a great hobby to start up, and can even be a business in a small town. Growing your plants indoors enables you to not have to worry about the weather constantly and will allow you to not deal with any natural disasters such as floods and thunderstorms that could ruin a whole season. All the products available have been through testing so that they are ensured to help you and be efficient for your garden. One of the things that LA shop Hydroponics is known for actually is their customer service.
If any product arrives damaged or dysfunctional, they are more than happy to help with no hassle! Not many companies are like that nowadays so the customers are very appreciative. If you want to give hydroponics a try, start at your library and take out a few books so you can learn what really goes into it! It is a very rewarding experience and is an easy way to maintain your plants. Growing with hydroponics is very easy once you get the hang of it and can be very rewarding since you don't have to go outside.


Look Who's Watching Iron Man 3 Tomorrow!

Apr 25, 2013


Super thanks to Nuffang and Sun Cellular for the awesome contest, Sun Cellular, The Good Choice in Postpaid, me and my son will get to watch Iron Mar 3 tomorrow at Newport Cinema! Guess who is excited!!!


Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Apr 24, 2013

Happiness is:
1. The PBA Fan Run last Sunday. Hooray for fitness!
2. And I drive the car by myself! Without my husband riding shotgun (well, it was my son with me) and I was able to park properly after 2 tries only!
3. Our newly installed hanging shoe cabinet. Yehey for getting rid of the clutter!
4. The garage sale that netted some cash. We were able to sell the old TV rack for P250 to our neighbor.
5. Hot compress.  Work wonders!
6. Great Taste Iced Coffee at the office.  We had some ice cubes at the ref and I didnt like the sugar free coffee hot so I made it cold and it was great!  Hurray for new discoveries!
7. Blanda's belated birthday lunch and meeting with old friends again. It was great catching up with friends.
8. Making plans for a May 1 swimming! And I might get to drive again, he he.
9. My husband, for being supportive in my activities be it running, climbing mountains or driving.  He trusts me. And that feels great.
10. The Zumba DVD from my friend that Ishi and I tried last night and hopefully every night.  It was fun dancing in front of the whole family and them making comments about my bad dancing.  But it was so fun!

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Conquering Mountains: Mt Batulao

at the summit of Mt. Batulao
Last Sunday, April 13, we went on a day hike to Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas. Armed with information from Adaphobic and Pinoy Mountaineer, we decided that we could do it because it was an "easy climb."  And yeah, it was like a walk in the park. But the park was located at the top of the mountain, and it was very dusty and it was very hot.  But it was very scenic, it was very beautiful and it was very, very worth it!   
at the start of the trail
There were 5 of us in the group and meeting place was McDonalds in Pasay-Edsa-Rotonda.  The bus station is behind McDo.  Fare was 125 and we told the conductor to drop us off at Evercrest.  One member of the group lives in Nasugbu so she just met us there.  At Evercrest, a kid approached us, offering his service as a guide for P300 so we agreed.  We also rented a tricycle for P20 each going to the jump-off.
our happy little group of 'pseudo'-mountaineers
We were at the jump off by 8am. It was a long walk, made longer by our frequent stops for pictures, and rest of course. We met a lot of overnight campers on their way back, and they were very generous with their encouragements, and greetings along the way. 
the scenic view
But we were not bored, as the scenery was breathtaking! It was really, really beautiful.  I was reminded of the quote, "You climb mountains not so that the world can see you, but so you can see the world." Indeed.

We reach the summit at 1045am.  We know we could have gone a little faster, but we are not mountain climbers, really just there to see the beauty of the mountain. But what the hell.  Its always about the journey. There is no time to beat.
almost at the summit, but taking our sweet time
And a little more walking here and there. Registration is at Peak 8, pay P20 only for day hike.  There are also buko vendors along the way. Yup!



With some hikers we met along the way.  They were very nice, helping us up when we needed a boost.
Didn't I say the view was simply breathtaking? Then let me say it again: the view was breathtaking!
our little finally at the summit
It took us more than 2 hours to reach the summit, but it was worth it.  Our hearts were pumping hard and we were so dusty from the trek.  But the view on the way, and the 360 degree view at the top more than made up for the climb.
at the summit!
If the climb was hard, going down was even harder! Good thing there was a rope to help us down.
So, I was always asked when people learned I love to climb mountains (this is my 3rd mountain) why I do it. And I say why not? When will I do it if not now? I want memories I can reminisce when I grow old. That is the long and short of it. :) And will I climb another mountain after this? You bet!








Run with the PBA Fans

Apr 22, 2013

The Run with the PBA Fans was held last Sunday, April 21 at Frontera Verde in Tiendesitas.  Thanks to the Buy 1 Take 1 promo of Shopinas.com, we were able to buy race kits for only P375 each, instead of the usual P500. Well, the shipping cost was added since it was an online purchase. Anyway, there were only a few PBA players, like it said, it was a run with the PBA fans, not players, he he he. Below is our group, and my son who took our picture. It was also a first time for me to drive without my husband beside me, so this run is going to be very memorable!
I finished the 5K race at my usual 45 minute mark.  I did better during the OFW run because my time then was only 40-something minutes. There was this one portion of the road were everybody was walking because it was uphill, unlike in Roxas Blvd were it was just one straight road. Hahaha, excuses, excuses, I know! 
With my BFF Ehms and super friend Tinay. My running buddies, aside from son Drex, are also my mountain-climbing buddies. 
There were a handful PBA players but unfortunately, I don't know anybody!  I would look at my son whenever I see some tall people running and he would even nod or shake his head to let me know whether they were players or not! 
This one is an injured Ginebra player according to my son. Very nice of him for showing his support to the runners! 
I don't know the guy also, ha ha ha.  
And since I wasn't able to take my pictures with any player since its my son who likes them, I had this photo with the Rain or Shine mascot instead, ha ha ha. 
And here I am, a proud race finisher! There were lots of booths and freebies by the way, and we really enjoyed ourselves at this fan run.  



Sun Cellular, The Good Choice in Postpaid

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If You Want to Climb Mountains

Apr 18, 2013

at the summit of Mt. Batulao

This is a must read for people like me who have recently discovered a great love for mountains! From Gideon Lasco of Pinoy Mountaineer, a site I have been reading for several days before and after our climb at Mt. Batulao.

An excerpt from the article An introduction to mountain climbing:


I tell you: it is all worth it. Whatever expenses you incur, or difficult training you undergo; hiking is very much worth it: it is not just the beauty of the views, but the challenge of the trails; the camaraderie of like-minded individuals; and the sheer tranquility of nature that will reward you. And of course, mountaineering is a sport, a social activity - relaxation and exertion - at the same time.

An introduction to hiking is never complete without a word on the environment: Please, start it right: have concern for nature. The reason why there are beautiful mountains right now is because climbers in the past have preserved it; they did not trample on its beauty. Mountaineers past have left no trace of their treks: and you should do the same. I hope that as you develop your passion for mountain climbing, you will also develop a passion for the mountains: we need you to make our voice stronger, as we fight, in our individual or collective ways, the threats our mountains face -- be it against mining, illegal logging - or even irresponsible mountain climbing. The mark of a true mountaineer is not having the passion to climb mountains, but the passion to protect them. I have to say this forcefully: Shame on you, if you leave your trash along the trails. Shame on you if you will dare vandalize the rocks or the tree trunks. Yet, you bring honor to the hiking community if you uphold the principles of responsible outdoor recreation.


Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Apr 17, 2013

"Do what makes you happy. Be with who makes you smile. Laugh as much as you breathe. Love as long as you live."

Happiness is:
1. Conquering Mt. Batulao.
2. Becoming officially, a pseudo-mountaineer, ha ha ha.
2. Planning the next mountain to climb with official climbing partners Ehms and Tinay.
4. The body aches and pains that comes with knowing that you did challenge yourself, and made it!
5. Tinay for being such a superb host, Stan for being such a game driver, he he and for bringing us to their Aunt's for free merienda.
6. The side trip at Punta Fuego and swimming at the white beach.
7. And the sunset viewing at Fuego point.
8. My husband, for allowing me to experience these things by never making it an issue. "Gusto mo yan eh." He he he, supportive din.
9. My Inay and my sister Kris for looking after the kids when I'm gone.
10. Our new 32 inc LED TV. Ha ha ha, kala mo Ehms, makakalimutan ko no? At si Vangie na rin for letting us use her card for installment! 

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Conquering Mountains

Apr 15, 2013

At the summit of Mt. Batulao
My mom's question is still echoing in my ears: Why do you want to climb a mountain? And my answer? Why ever not? And also, Mallory's answer, because it's there. There is a huge satisfaction from conquering mountains, and knowing that you have conquered yourself and pushed yourself to your limits. And the view that greets you when you reach the summit (and even while trekking) that, is reward in itself.  Up there, you just marvel at the beauty of God's creation, and wish that others can see in wonder and in joy. That is how rewarding climbing mountains can be for me.  

I knew I always wanted to climb mountains, even in college, but my sense of self then was not what it is now so I never did get the courage to inquire at the school's mountaineering club. But now that I can, and while I still can, and I have friends who feel the same way that I do, I know that I this will not be my last mountain.   


I Have This.

Apr 12, 2013

Thank God. I am blessed.


I Diet Because I Love To Eat

Apr 11, 2013

Beef Rice Platter @ Brasas

I told myself that before May rolls in, I will be back to my weight of 132 lbs, down from my current 138 lbs.  But, I gained another pound overnight and above is the culprit! We had dinner at Brasas in Podium to celebrate my friend's birthday. That is the Beef  Rice Platter (P220) that I had and I tell you, it was worth the weight gain!  Paired with a bottle of cold San Mig Light, I realized that this is precisely the reason why I exercise: so that I could eat without the guilt.  We also ordered Carne Asada Fries (P120) as appetizer and it was delicious!  Brasas is Latin American Street Food and it was great! Thanks to my office mates for introducing me to Brasas! 


Before You Join the Gym

Apr 10, 2013


Ha ha ha, Aunty Acid hit it spot on!


Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

"Gratitude turns what we have into enough." Happiness is:

1. May Skycable na kami! And after two weeks without cable signal, we loveeeeee it!
2. The holiday yesterday was such a welcome respite from work. I just watch TV, sleep, read and eat. Hahahaha, tamad na tamad.
3. The GH fun run last Sunday, which was Ishi's first, and I hope not the last.
4. Drex, who also ran in the 5k category, won a gift check for P1000 worth of dips and dressings.  Good thing I bought some chips last week and we ate it over the weekend.
5. Nilagang Baka. In this heat? Oh yeah! Sarap talaga magluto ni Inay.
6. Magic Flakes and Peanut Butter. or Magic Flakes and Spinach and Anchovy Dip. Yummy!
7. Making up with my husband. He he. Making up is really an essential in any relationship.
8. Kisses and hugs from the kiddos. Even from my eldest who is bigger than me!
9. Having the willpower not to open my chocolate stash. I will once I reach my target weight of 132 lbs (A long way to go!)
10. Planning a weekend Mt. Batulao hike with my friends.

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Ishi's First Run: Good Housekeeping Family Fun Run

Apr 9, 2013

Last Saturday, April, Good Housekeeping has its Family Fun Run at Bonifacio Global City.  I registered myself and my daughter for the 3K parent and child obstacle run, and my eldest for the 5K open category run.  I was not able to register my husband and my other son because we were not sure if his work schedule will allow him to come with us.  Good thing his shift for that week was for the afternoon so he was with us, to to drive and take pictures, ha ha.
My eldest son already took off for his own run and my daughter and I waiting for the warm up exercise. 
We were at the front of the line, very eager to run! Ha ha ha. Actually, I just want the picture, he he. 
My Ishi, running and excited on her first run! She has lots of energy, except at that part of the obstacle course where she had to climb a part of a huge inflatable. She was almost in tears so I told her to just get off the inflatable. 
I was tired already, ha ha. Thanks to my husband for the blurry pictures, he he.. 
 My son, who was running a 5K met us along the way. And he took off running again!
 Just a little more and we were almost to the finish line! We were actually just walking and looking and admiring the dogs! 
Finally, we were at the finish line! We did it! My daughter was so happy at her accomplishment!
After the run, we made the rounds of the booths and my kids enjoyed the Kzone booth very much where they played some games for some prizes.  
And my son also won P1000 GC at the raffle! And he was on stage with hosts, Chico and Delamar. 
It was indeed a fun family event and I am sure that we will participate again next year, and I will be sure to register all my family members!


True, This.

Apr 8, 2013


So true. We can't all be this perfect and God is indeed fair. Ha ha ha ha! 


Top Foods for Runners

Apr 5, 2013


Ahem, runner daw o.  But I do run as a form of exercise so I think its nice to know that these food are great for me! I need to increase my personal best time and train for a 10K run. Hmmm, more bananas before running then.


Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Apr 3, 2013

"The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles!"

So here goes:
1. My new Fossil watch, and Drexelle's Timex. Gift to self, and birthday gift to the March celebrant.
2. My mom in law is doing a lot better after that scary heart problem. Health is indeed wealth!
3. Staying at home during the long weekend and having movie marathons with the kids.
4. Guinataang halo halo.
5. Not gaining weight at all despite the eating!
6.Planning for a 2nd quarter 2014 trip! Super excited!
7. Running (or rather walking) with Ishi. She is getting into the exercise thing!
8. Our upcoming run this Saturday. Me, Ishi and Drexelle. And my husband and Danniel can come too given their schedule! Yehey, its going to be a family affair.
9. Finding some accomplishments at work. However small.  Ha ha ha, I just work here.
10. For friends, old and new, for keeping in touch.

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My OFW Run 5K Experience!

Apr 2, 2013

Last March 24, we (me, Ehms, and her office mates Gie and May) ran the 5k for the historic OFW Run. Proceeds of the run benefited the Buhay OFW Foundation and we thought it was a nice way to pay homage to our real modern day heroes.  And we had fun too!
This actually just my 3rd time to run a 5K, with the Philhealth run being my first. My first ever run was at our company's running event, in 2009.  But I do go to the gym and average 6-7km daily.  But I already run a 10K event in 2011, during the Robinsons Buddy Run with my husband.
But since my friend is just starting (naks, feeling runner ako!), I have to indulge her.  But I made her promise that our next event will be a 10K at the NatGeo Run this month end. 
Still, 40.46 minutes for this event is already a  personal best. And everyday at the gym, I try to beat this time.  Hopefully, we will do a lot better on our 10k event!


 

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