Thursday, May 31, 2007

if you want to know...

What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don't need another mountain,
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb,
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,
Enough to last 'til the end of time.

What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don't need another meadow,
There are cornfields and wheatfields enough to grow,
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine,
Oh listen Lord, if you want to know...oh...

What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some oh but just for every, every, everyone.

What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

the good husband

A very nice story to send to your husband=)

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all. He didn't even remember how he got home from the party.

As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong.Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose! Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick:"Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make you your favorite dinner tonight. I love you, darling! Love, Jillian"

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating.Jack asks, "Son... What happened last night?" "Well, you came home after 3 A.M., drunk and out of your mind. You fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door.Confused, he asked his son, "So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me??"

His son replies, "Oh THAT!... Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed, "Leave me alone, I'm married!!"

Broken Coffee Table $239.99

Hot Breakfast $4.20

Two Aspirins $.38

Saying the right thing, at the right time ... "Priceless!"

I'm sure a lot of wives out there will agree.=)

Monday, May 28, 2007

Steps to Happiness

Today I realized I can only be as happy as I allowed myself to be.

So I decided, that from this moment on I will not let anything to put me down. Today I will be happy. It was hard at first, but as the day was progressing I realized, "yes I can do it. I can be happy just by being me." I found this beautiful quote and thought I'd share it with you.
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Everybody Knows:

You can't be all things to all people.

You can't do all things at once.

You can't do all things equally well.

You can't do all things better than everyone else.

Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.


You have to find out who you are, and be that.

You have to decide what comes first, and do that.

You have to discover your strengths, and use them.

You have to learn not to compete with others,

Because no one else is in the contest of being you.


You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.

You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.

You will have learned to live with your limitations.

You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.

And you'll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:

That you are a wonderful, unique person.

That you are a once-in-all-history event.

That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.

That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.

And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

Author Unknown
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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Let's Dance to the Alexa train

Do you want to increase your alexa ranking? Then join this alexa train, it works wonders to your ranking.

Here are the Rules for joining.

This is the train:

~Start Copying Here~

Alexa Redirect Train by Carl Ocab


1. Put anything you like above this list – Chit Chat, talkies, introduce what this is. Something like that

2. Start copying on the “~Start Copying Here~” and copy all the things listed without removing the links (Of course, the train would be no use without those links)

3. Move all the sites labeled “Newbies” to the list labeled “Oldies”

4. Add 5 sites that you want to include in the train and make their link like this: then invite them to join the train.

5. Visit all the listed sites! (That’s not much work! Remember, if you plant good seeds they will also grow good) and look at your high Alexa ranking next week!


Killing Time...Before it kills me

Life is too short

live as you dream

Retro Romance

Deviant Thoughts



Life is just around the corner

The augmented Reality

My life in my words


PandaCube-A Digital Notebook

My Life and my Views


Love Forever

Il protagonista

Beyond Technology

Only GOD keeps me going

Mr & Mrs Imran

My Fairy-Tale

Life in the Fast Lane

The BenSpark



Celebrity Brands

Still Frames

Connected Internet


Lyte Byte

Reflections Of Time

The Cure For Silence

Blog About Money Online

Manila Mom


How to earn money online?

Quasi Fictional

Make Money Blogging!

Make Money Online 2.0

Nate Whitehill


Grow your Writing Business


Gary Lee

Smart Wealthy Rich


Erik Karey: Internet Entrepreneur

Hate The Grind

Earn Money Blogging

be the change - tread the path

Money making Ideas in Blog


Cell Rater

Click Fire

~End Copying Here~

Good luck!

it's all about time

I visited a friend last Friday. She had stage I breast cancer. The first thing that came to mind when I learned about it were her kids. What would happen to them when the time comes.

Despite the fact that she had no hair, she just had her 4th chemo, to anyone who can see she was her usual self. Chatty and bubbly and very much together. But being a mother myself I can see behind the lively exterior. She was afraid. I can see it in her eyes, it was in the way it strays to her youngest child as he walked back and forth in the living room. I asked how she was holding on, she said, "kaya ko to!" (I can do this!). But I can hear her heart crying as she wondered how much time she had left before something happened to her. There was fear in her heart and it was eating her alive.

The ride home was silent, both my husband and I were lost in our own thoughts. I could not help but put myself in her shoes. What if I had just a few years or months to live? What would I do? I thought about the kids, I had so many plans for them. Who will take care of them? What would happen to them? How will they remember me? Just thinking about it made me feel sad.

If I had a few months to live I would make sure that I would spend every second loving my family and making sure that they know how important they are to me. I would not waste my time over trivial things and make the most of every day. And I would love and take care of the people I love until the last breath left my body.

Here's a quote from the bible:

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Maya Angelou says, "this is my life. it is my one time to be me. i want to experience every good thing." As we go through life sometimes it's not always good to look towards the end all the time, instead concentrate on all the beginnings that way we can linger and enjoy the bounty of good things our Creator has laid down for us.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

stop the world! i want to get off!

Have you ever felt like you wanted time off from your self? Well I've been having a lot of those lately. I feel like there are so many things crowding my mind. Too many things to do in the office, too many things I need to buy for my kids school opening, grocery shopping, projects to finish, e-mails to answer, letters to write, documents to sign, phone calls to answer, a very messy room to clean when I get home from work, a new regimen to do for my youngest daughter that the Pedia prescribed, prep the kids for bed, check the refrigerator for tomorrow's breakfast and the list goes on and on. I wanted to scream and shout. All this and I haven't even changed to my home clothes yet!

You guessed it right, this tired mommy needs a vacation. Just a few hours ago a fellow blogger visited my site, he left me this message, "If life is just around the corner, then when do I get to enjoy it? So I have to make that turn first, and would that be my crossroad, before I enjoy life?" He asked the question because he wanted to understand what my title meant and how it relates to the topics I put in my blog. His message echoed a question I have been asking myself for a long time. Why do we have to go through a lot of twists and turns just to experience 'life'?

I remembered an interesting story I read in the e-mail. It is a story of a Salesman and a fisherman.

The salesman having earned his first million dollars decided that after all the hard work he put in he deserved a grand vacation. So he went on a trip to a nice island in Mexico and promised himself total relaxation. He would sit by sea, sipping a pinacolada, breathing fresh air and taking in the view. As he was touring the island he saw a fisherman having a siesta in his boat, his straw hat covering his face from the blazing sun. The salesman saw the big fishes he caught and noticed there were a lot of them swimming around. His business-wise mind was trained to spot potential businesses and its working overtime. He was thinking, he could catch a lot of fish and then build a canning company, he would hire the locals and he would distribute his goods all over the world. His eyes popped like a cash register.

The fisherman, now awake, noticed the young salesman smiling ridiculously at him. "What's up amigo?", he asked. The salesman asked, "how would you like to be my business partner?" The fisherman asked, "what's in it for me?". The salesman told him about his grand plans of building a canning business and distribute canned fish all over the world. He was convincing the fisherman that if he helped him and if he worked hard enough, after a few years he would be as rich as the sales agent and he would own a big house and a nice car not to mention a lot of money. "And then what will I do if I become rich?" asked the fisherman. "Well take vacations of course, since you are rich, you can now sleep all day and go fishing all day with a fat check in your wallet." The sales agent smiled at his own idea. The fisherman looked confused and totally unconvinced, "why do I have to go through all that just to be able to do, what I am already doing now?", he asked the sales agent. The sales guy was speechless.

Interesting story and he was right too. So like my questions about the twists and turns. With that I would like to end this post with this six things to be thankful for.

1. Worries at the start of the day: means you are still alive to have something to worry about.

2. Headache at the end of a hard day: means you can still work hard.

3. Clothes that don't fit anymore : means you have a good appetite and have good food to eat.

4. The mess to clean after a party : means you have friends around you.

5. Roof that need fixing : means you've got a home.

6. Taxes to pay means you have a source of good income.

I guess, all I can do right now, is thank God for everything. =)

Sunday, May 20, 2007


I just love the TV series LOST. Although I've never been lost and alone in an island but I know how it feels to be lost. I remembered going to another country one time and I was wondering around the shops with my sister and cousins. I was looking at something and lost track of my whereabouts. I turned around and I couldn't find them, i looked for a good 5 to 10 minutes without luck. I could feel panic rising. How do I get back to the hotel? I don't speak the native language? How-? just before I finished my last panicky thought my sister nudged me from the back and said, "hey, where did you go?" to which I replied, "where did 'you' go? i thought I got lost".

In the bigger scheme of things I do find some similarities in the series that applied to my life. The characters in the series they call the "others" are the people who are from the island, nobody knows how they got there and why they seem to have some sort of 'power' to rearrange the survivors lives just by showing up and taking some of them hostage. Similarly, when we allow new people to enter our lives, our lives change somehow. Some for the good, some not so good. I guess it's a good balance of sorts. But sometimes the scale tips heavily on the 'not so good' and you feel a little lost. We tend to move and push things around to tip the scales to balance and we sometimes end up back where we started.

I, too, have become a hostage and a prisoner of a war, an emotional one. As a hostage and a prisoner, I can only go as far as my hostage takers allow me. Just when I thought I know the way out, they would come back again and this time they use a more powerful weapon that renders me powerless. In my previous post, is anyone ever truly happy?. I said something was bothering me, well it has cropped up once more and I feel powerless again. Everyday I hope and pray that things will get better but from the looks of things, nothing is going to change. It's at these times that I miss the old days, I miss my old family, I miss my mom and dad - they're there but things are not the same anymore, I miss the things we used to do, the silly things we do together. Somehow the "others" are changing the script, somehow the new characters are changing our lives just by showing up. Again I am led to a place where I am unsure of everything. And all I can do is trust that God will show me the way.

These are the words I hang on to:

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to propser you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..."

Hottah! Hottah!

The afternoon heat is scorching hot! Everyone in the Metro is sweating like crazy. The temperature is +37degrees Celsius. The Malls are swamped, people are probably staying there just to cool down. I know my electricity bill has shoot up due to excessive use of the air-conditioning, but boy I can't help it!

All sweaty and nowhere to go? What do you do? In the Philippines, we eat "halo-halo"! What's this? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Halo-halo (from Tagalog halo, "mix") is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice, milk, and sugar, to which is added various sweet beans and fruits, and generally served cold in a tall glass.

Want some? I'm currently eating one. Hmmmm...lovely.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


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When I was little,
I used to believe in the concept of one best friend,
and then I started to become a woman.

And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up,
God would show you the best in many friends..

One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom.
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.

One friend will say, "Let's cry together,"
another, "Let's fight together,"
another, "Let's walk away together."

One friend will meet your spiritual need,
another your shoe fetish,
another your love for movies,
another will be with you in your season of confusion,
another will be your clarifier,
another the wind beneath your wings.

But whatever their assignment in your life,
on whatever the occasion,
on whatever the day,
or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair
pulled back,
or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself ..
those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman,
but for many, it's wrapped up in several...
one from 7th grade,
one from high school,
several from the college years,
a couple from old jobs,
on some days your mother,
on some days your neighbor,
on others, your sisters,
and on some days, your daughters.

got this in the mail today and thought I'd share it with all the new friends I met through blogging, you've all made a big difference in my life=)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

In God we trust, all others we virus scan

“Trust is like a vase.. once it's broken, though you can fix it the vase will never be same again.”

Trusting people is sometimes very hard to do. And trusting a person with your life? Well, that person must have proven himself worthy!
I just thought about "trust" just now because this morning I took my little one to the hospital. She had red spots all over her body. Although I have some medical background, I always want confirmation when it comes to my kids. So my ever reliable Pedia referred us to a very good Pediatric Dermatologist. I know this doctor was good because he was the one who treated my first child when she was confined due to allergic reaction to wheat. So because of his track record and my past experience with him I trusted my daughter's current condition in his hands. And whatever he prescribed and told us to do we believed - without a doubt, after of course, a lot of questions were asked.

That made me think how can we trust some people and not others? It may come as a surprise to all you that our daily lives are based solely on trust. How? Here are 10 things why?

1. If we did not trust the people who constructed our house, we might not be able to live in it
2. If we did not trust the people who work in the electric company whose job is to provide us with electricity for our daily needs, then we would not be able to cook our breakfast or take a bath before we go to work, iron our clothes, watch TV or worst not be able to blog!
3. If we did not trust the driving skills of the taxi driver or the bus driver who drives us to work daily, we may never have been able to go the places we need to be today!
4. If we did not trust the engineers and architects who designed and constructed the 40-storey building we work in, we might never work for life!
5. If we did not trust the people who makes sure that our phone lines are clear and not barbed then we wouldn't have been able to use the phone to surf the net, blog or call someone in case of an emergency.
6. If we did not trust the people who sell meat and fish in the market, that fills our stomachs daily then we would probably go hungry.
7. If our parents did not trust the teachers who taught us our ABCs and 123s then we never would have finished college at all!
8. If we did not trust the people who take care of our kids when we go to work, then we might not have been able to work the whole day at all!
9. If we did not trust the people who work in the water company we would have been thirsty and stinky creatures walking on earth.
10. If we did not trust the people we live with at home, then what kind of life would we have?

All I'm saying is that our lives are very much dependend on others. We may never really know for sure if all of them are doing what they're suppose to do but the most important thing is that we believe they will do their job well ... and that my friends is called TRUST.

Trusting is hard, like it or not we trust total strangers with the most basic yet important things in our lives. But sometimes "The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. ~Henry L. Stimson

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

can anyone be ever truly happy?

I hope you watched the film The Pursuit of Happyness. I know it's kind of late writing about it, but I really learned a lot of things in that film. The way Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) gambled everything he got for his son Christopher really pulled my heartstrings. I know when called for, most of us, if not all of us will be willing to give everything up for the people we love. Don’t get me wrong I am, generally, happy where I am in my life. There are even days that I feel so happy I could burst. But sometimes I learn about things that hurt a member of my family and something happened to someone I love dearly, my bubble of happiness instantly bursts.

I know, that sounds pretty lame to the ears. Everybody gets sad, who doesn’t? I wish I could open my heart right now for you to see, it's a little hard for me to write about it right now, in time I’ll probably have the strength. The topic is something very close to my heart and I convince myself sometimes that if I don’t write about it, it will go away. So, I hope you can bear with me for a while.

I know that a lot of us are still looking for ways to be truly happy. Some people find it and some people are still lost. I think I am probably in between. Half in, half out. I know I can see it, it’s within arms length and if I stretched myself a little more I would get there. There are days when I think I have it but it somehow slips away.

I spent a lot of sleepless nights wondering how I could make things better, how I could somehow erase what has been said, what has done and defeated I knew that I can only do so much, I can not really change the past. It was then that I said to myself, happiness is not just a state of being but a decision. We decide that today no matter how weary and troubled our world is, we will not let it faze us. Today and every day, WE can DECIDE to be happy. So to answer my question, is anyone ever truly happy? My answer is yes, if you decide to be.

When I feel down I listen to this song. I think Josh Groban probably did the best interpretation of the song. It's called, You Raise Me Up, it was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland. I put in the lyrics in case you want to sing along.

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

There is no life, no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But then you come, and I am filled with wonder;
Sometimes I think, I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up... To more than I can be.

Star Struck

some cool things i found in the net. you might want to try it yourself. I did pics of my kids.

Monday, May 14, 2007


sorry i just couldn't resist=)

Your Rapper Name Is...

Dirty Cheeze

vote wisely!

Woke up this morning, still at a lost. the past few weeks we were bombarded with campaign posters, campaign jingles, noises, candidates shaking our hands, some even went from house to house, our gates were used as billboards - whatever happened to the "Post No Bill", i don't know. whatever has been said, when you are holding the ballot in your hand it's between you and your conscience. vote wisely, everybody says but how do you really know who to vote. My criteria?

1. Track record - whatever this person has done in the past, he/she is likely to do again in the future.

2. Family Background - like it or not, our families are a big influence in our lives. A good family background never hurt anyone.

3. What that person stands for or fights for - a candidate's stands are important to me.

4. God-fearing - it really does not matter to me what religion he or she is in, what matters is they should be God-fearing, whatever his or her god might be called.

I usually go with my family when we vote, i must admit I get a little scared and intimidated sometimes by people surrounding the school where we vote. It sometimes gets a little nasty at election locations. Well surprisingly it was quiet when we arrived before 10am this morning. Saw some celebs and my dad even chatted a little with the Bishop in our place. It was done, I casted my vote. Now the vigil is on to make sure that no one steals it.

what kind of soul are you?

i found this interesting site it's cool, check it out and answer some quizzes!

You Are a Peacemaker Soul

You strive to please others and compromise anyway you can.
War or conflict bothers you, and you would do anything to keep the peace.
You are a good mediator and a true negotiator.
Sometimes you do too much, trying so hard to make people happy.

While you keep the peace, you tend to be secretly judgmental.
You lose respect for people who don't like to both give and take.
On the flip side, you've got a graet sense of humor and wit.
You're always dimplomatic and able to give good advice.

Souls you are most compatible with: Warrior Soul, Hunter Soul and Visionary Soul

Saturday, May 12, 2007

the day i became a mom

i remembered that day very well as if it were just yesterday. my husband was cleaning the house with Lysol, mopping the floors, scrubbing the walls...every nook and cranny of the house should be dust-free, clean as a whistle - that was his motto.

i was in labor for 10 long hours, the pain was nothing I was prepared for, to think I had a big tolerance for pain. after struggling with the breathing and the pushing, my doctor said, "it's a girl!" and so Sophia Ysabel was born. the nurse put her on my chest and i cried, it was done. i was a mom.

from that day on, i loved my mom even more. when i was naughty then as a child and she was reprimanding me, i would always hear her say, when you have your own kids you will understand me. strangely, my eyes seem to have been opened. i can see what she sees as a mother.

but i was so afraid then, what if i dropped her? what if i did not know how to take good care of her? what if she does not like me? so many questions were running through my mind. but it was my mom who calmed me down, she told me not to be afraid. she said, it is quite overwhelming to be responsible for someone's life but i should let my heart be my guide. and so the day i got home i wrote my mom a long heart-felt letter thanking her for giving birth to me and to my two other siblings, motherhood is tough - anybody can be called a mother but not everybody can be a GOOD one.

and to you my MOM, thank you, thank you for loving me unconditionally and I thank God everyday of my life because you are my mom.

Being a Mother

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby.

That somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, "normal" is history.

Somebody said you learn to become a mother by instinct.

That somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother s boring…

That Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit

Somebody said if you’re a “good” mother, your child will “turn out good"

That somebody thinks a child comes with directions and guarantees

Somebody said “good” mothers never raise their voices.

That Somebody never came out of the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.

Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a mother.

That Somebody never helped a fourth grader with her math.

Somebody said you can’t love the fifth child as much as you love the first.

That Somebody doesn’t have five children.

Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books.

That Somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose or his ears.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.

That Somebody never watched her “baby” get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten.

Or on a plane headed for military “boot camp.”

Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back

That Somebody never organized giggling Brownies to sell cookies.

Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married.

That Somebody doesn’t know that marriage adds a new son or a daughter-in-law to a mother’s heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last child leaves home.

That Somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her.

That Somebody isn’t a mother.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

it's a girl thing =)

My sister posted this in one of her sites and i could not resist posting it here.

Top Ten Things Only Women Understand

10. Why it's good to have five pairs of black shoes.

9. The difference between cream, ivory, and off white.

8. Crying can be fun.

7. Fat clothes.

6. A salad, diet drink, and a hot fudge sundae make a balanced lunch.

5. Discovering a designer dress on the clearance rack can be considered a peak life experience.

4. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.

3. A good man might be hard to find, but a good hairdresser is next to impossible.

2. Why a phone call between two women never lasts under ten minutes.

1. Other women!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I've been reviewed!

I would just like to share a recent review I received and it really made my day. It was by Crème de la Blog. According to him, Blogs are like cafes. The gems under the radar (the atmosphere-rich artsy rooms tucked away in a side street) are reviewed here. (The Main Street shops don't need us; everyone already knows about them.) Root for the underdog.

Kind and encouraging words are always a source of inspiration. Here's the link to the review.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

In The Bag

I was tagged again! Louann here's what's in my bag.

Guys you've been tagged.

Wonder Woman
Just Another Ordinary Life
Amy W

And guys I'm really interested to know! =)

Monday, May 07, 2007

Tag You're It!

I have been tagged by Retro Attic. This is my first time in this game and I hope the people I will tag won’t let me down or worst get mad at me. So here are the rules.

• List seven (7) random facts/habits about yourself.
• Choose another seven bloggers to tag and list their names in your blog
• Leave your seven tagged bloggers comments to notify them of their tagging and to direct them to your blog for tag instructions.

So here goes:

1. I love coffee. I can’t start the day “properly” without having a cup of steaming hot coffee to wake me up.

2. I'm a closet clock-watcher. I secretly peep at my watch every now and then to check what time of the day it was and mentally taking note if I'm still on schedule for the day.

3. I'm a certified blog addict! and I have no intention of getting cured =)

4. I believed in Santa Claus up to the 5th grade and I was terribly devastated when my classmate laughed at me and told me it was only my mom and dad who were leaving me gifts in the tree.

5. I love pens. I buy at least 3 to 4 a month since I was in High School. Although this is not my actual collection, I think I have collected a little over 300 already since then.

6. I also love to collect bags and wallets. =) I have around a 50 or more wallets and bags "secretly" stashed all over the house.

7. And lastly I couldn't possibly last a day without hugging and kissing the two princesses in my life - Pia and Zoe. And my ever loving husband who still manages to make my heart skip a beat when I set eyes on him.

Now I tag:
Happiness Blog

Happy blogging everyone!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

the inconvenient truth

Yesterday, the phone lines in our area was cut. my dad kept calling me in the office asking me to call my cousin who works for the telephone company to check why we had no dial tone. and there I was hoping to spend my Friday evening lurking your sites! No phone, no internet connection ergo no blogwatching. Sigh. Anyways, according to my cousin one of the probable cause of the phone glitz are those posters of candidates glued to some exposed phone lines in our area. Here's a picture taken by Jeff Werner on how irritating and inconvenient the elections can be here in my side of the world.

But alas! The phone went up again this morning. Last night I had to content myself organizing songs in my i-pod. But now I'm back, I hope did not miss much. Happy weekend!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

sowing the seeds of love...

Another post about blessings =)

En route to work I pass by the slums, a shortcut from my place to get to Makati, the place I work in about 45 minutes, it was the shortest way. I guess most of you have heard about "Smokey Mountain", piles piles of garbage so tall it looks like a mountain. They call is smokey because of the fires that locals use to burn some of the garbage. A few years back that place looked real bad - an understatement really. Here are the before picture of the place.

It does not look that way today. Now that place looks like a real mountain, well more like a hill since a portion of it has been cut and cleaned. Everyday as I pass by my heart seems to capture the pitiful faces of poverty. The children are running in the streets without proper clothes on, barefoot. The place where they sleep is even smaller than the small bathroom I have in my bedroom. The babies looked dirty and unkempt. Haunting images, haunting faces...

As I pass by everyday, I am made aware of the things I abundance, compared to what they own. I have been given a lot, compared to the piece of bread i saw 4 kids were sharing. my nice clothes could have bought a small family a month's worth of meal. my new bag could have helped the young mother pay for the hospital bill.

So you see, everyday the Lord shows me how blessed I am. And somehow the material things that I long to have and had seemed very shallow to the challenges they have everyday. I liked the recent post of my dad in his blog Life is too short, it said:

Those who love are truly rich for they can give their whole self for the sake of another... Received a blessing lately? Pay it forward, be the source of blessing for others. God bless =)

P.S. photos are courtesy of Janssen & De Kievith Fotografie / Philippines Photography

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

When do you hit the panic button?

I woke up at 8am today, feeling quite refreshed and perky. I had myself programmed for some blog reading before I have breakfast. I discovered quite a few good ones last night. I got my laptop ready, propped myself in bed. Hmmmm, this was going be some morning, I said to myself. I pressed the power button and waited for it to boot. It was booting. And I was waiting. And then, nothing. No power. Just a blank screen. What?!

I frantically tried to remember what I did before today. I remembered groggily putting the laptop inside the pack last night before I slept. I put it near our desk in the bedroom. I don't remember dropping it, that's for sure. Or did I? Is it broken? As I tried to calm myself down I got out the manual. My laptop was only a month old, it couldn't die right away could it? Did I use it too long last night? Did I push a wrong button? As I flipped through the pages and did what was instructed, I still got nothing.

I could feel my panic rising and bubbling inside of me as I remembered some important things. Yes, I had to remember it right now when it was too late. First of all, I was not able to back-up my recent files. I have been meaning to do it the other day, but never got around to actually do it. Then I remembered the photos I took from the car show, my kids photos, my office files, my blog template was there for petesakes! and Pia's recognition day photos! God Lord! I was not prepared for this! If only...

I was casting meaningful glances at my husband who was watching TV. Do I hit the panic button now? Another full minute passed with still a blank screen in front of me, I did it. I hit the panic button! "Honey, help me! I think my laptop is broken!" As he checked it out and re-read the user's manual, a thought crossed my mind. What if something like this happened to my life? What if one day it gave up and I was not ready? What would I do if my time ran out and I was not able to do back-up? How do I get it back on? My mind was racing. It was still on warranty I could go to the store where I bought it and have it fixed. Yes, that calmed me down. As it happens, the battery was only a little loose, thank God! It was working again!!!

Lessons I learned today? Do not panic right away. Check things out first, exhaust all options before hitting the panic button. Like I did. Back up your files at all times! You'll never know when a glitz like that will happen. And lastly take care of your things, care for it like it says in the manual. If it's important to you, don't take it for granted. How about you? When do you hit the red button?