Monday, November 30, 2009

New Nest


Finally!

After 3 months of stress, we finally moved in to a new house.  The whole process was tiring, it almost drained my energy, but everything paid off when all our stuff were transferred to our new nest.  It is a one bedroom apartment that we had to renovate to make way for a kitchen and attach the bathroom to the house.

To all those who helped me to get through it, thank you with all my heart.  Now, I can relax... for a while.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Changing Bags In A Breeze


A woman of fashion and style knows that bags, like any other accessories, can make or break any outfit. Whether you may be a student or a career woman who is always on the go, changing bags to match your outfit sometimes becomes a hassle especially when you have a lot of things stuffed in your bag.  I have found the perfect solution to this dilemma--a bag organizer!  I bought this bag organizer in a mall for only Php179.00 or roughly $4.00.  Everything in my bag became a lot easier to find because of the different compartments, there's even a slot for a pen or two.  For a big bag user like me, this size is perfect, but there are actually a lot of sizes to choose from depending on the size of your bag.  Aside from organizing your bag, other organizers can stand alone as a bag because of their stylish prints and versatile handles.  Whether you aim for a fast bag change or just to make a little organization in your life, bag organizers are definitely for keeps.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Woman with Two Vaginas!

The Woman with Two Vaginas! | The Tyra Show

Yep!  You read it right!  I didn't actually see the episode but nevertheless I was shocked by merely reading it on tyrashow.com.  Lauren Williams learned about her rare condition a year ago when she consulted a doctor because she finds some sexual positions uncomfortable.  Suspecting that she has a bicornuate uterus--the septum is down in the middle making it heart shaped, she was scheduled for an operation to correct the condition but the doctor found out that she actually has two vagina and both has a cervix and uterus.  The doctors affirmed that this will not be a problem during pregnancy as the non-pregnant uterus will be pushed on the other side.  She was advised to use condom while one of the uterus is pregnant to prevent the other uterus from getting pregnant.  That is weird!

Regardless of her condition, she will continue to live a normal life and will hope that people will accept her for who she is--inside and out.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Online Matchmaking

No man is an island but not everyone can afford to have one.

The emergence of online matchmaking answers the dilemma of the hopeless Cassanovas.  But how does it work?  First things first, you have to register online and fill out the required information about yourself.  No lies (even white lies), please so that you will be paired accordingly.  Applicants will be called to verify the data submitted, at this  point, consultation about your relationship preferences will also take place.  After the brief consultation and getting to know you talk, their system will search your perfect match (match will come from the matchmaker's database).  Once a match has been made, they will notify you and give you your match's information.  Getting a match is as easy as clicking your mouse or sipping a cup of coffee.  Let's have a toast to that!

Baby Boo Boos


When my son was born, everything about my life made a 360-degree turn.  His world suddenly became mine and no one and nothing prepared me for the many boo boos a child may bring to an adult's life.  Here are a few of the moments when I realized babies are the most adorable troublemakers in any one's household.

My older sister, Joyce, stayed in our house until Lance was 3 months old.  He first learned to turn side by side at that age.  One time my sister woke me up in the middle of the night just after she went to the comfort room, hysterical and all, asking where is my son.  I simply answered with my eyes still closed, "Beside me."  She said, "Lance is missing!"  The thought of my son being kidnapped with me beside him was so absurd but when I reached for my son, he was actually gone!  I got up and then suddenly my sister and I heard something that seems to be coming from under the bed.  Alas!  My son was under the bed, playing with some stuffs and kicking his legs.  He fell off the bed without me noticing because he didn't even make a single noise.  I was dead worried.  Thank goodness he wasn't hurt.  The thought of it makes me believe that angels do watch and protect children.

My son had a runny nose last month.  I have learned, based on experience and professional advice, that the secret to not having a clogged nose when sleeping is to sleep on one's side with the head a little elevated.  But my son found his own way of unclogging his nose by sitting while he sleeps.  He woke up one time, he didn't cry, and positioned himself comfortably leaning against a pillow.  I tried to get him lay on his back but he would sit again and sleep.  I let him be.  I was defeated.





Monday, November 16, 2009

The Tracks of My Tears

I believe The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles is one of the best songs ever written.  When Adam Lambert of the Americal Idol Season 8 interpreted the song, it made a big impact on me... so, I want to share the song to you all.  I hope you'll like it.

People say I'm the life of the party
Because I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I'm blue
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears..
I need you, need you
Since you left me if you see me with another girl
Seeming like I'm having fun
Although she may be cute
She's just a substitute
Because you're the permanent one..
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears..
I need you, need you
Outside I'm masquerading
Inside my hope is fading
Just a clown oh yeah
Since you put me down
My smile is my make up
I wear since my break up with you..
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Signs, Signs, Signs


Signs come in different forms and it affects us at different intensities. Signs give us direction, instruct, warn or simply inform us. I don't know the reason for posting this sign but it sure did confirm one thing... nothing really happened in 1897 on that site and we simply cannot argue with that.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shoes That Don't Hurt The Wallet


I have a penchant for shoes and I bet every woman regardless of her race and color, share the same fondness--some even collect them.
I am not a compulsive shoe buyer... I plan my purchase.  It is good enough that I am very meticulous when it comes to shoes particularly in the design, heels and especially the fit.  I have a 9-inch feet (sometimes 10... sob!) so finding a perfect pair becomes slightly difficult.  The cheapest shoe that I bought was a Rusty Lopez bronze strappy sandals--it only cost me 50 pesos!  Yes, you are not delusional...  I bought it for 50 pesos and it is brand new!
Browsing the internet for shoes gives me a lasting relief for my shoe cravings.  I particularly love payless.com and shoes.com.  The dawn of the internet allows us to buy things without leaving the comforts of our own home because payments are made using credit cards.
Payless will satisfy every shoe fanatic for a price that will not hurt their wallet because a pair only costs $10 to $50.  My advice, view first their sale items because they offer more value for your money.
Shoes.com on the other hand caters to those who are willing to stash a little more for their shoes.  What's special about them is that they are open for international buyers, just click your country of origin and they will convert their prices to your currency--isn't that amazing?!  At shoes.com you will definitely own a unique pair of shoes because most brands are not available in stores.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

If There's Any Consolation

I have been struggling to be fine in the past few weeks and I can't seem to find better things to make me at least forget for a moment that I have problems.

I checked my email yesterday, as what I usually do the moment I turn on the computer, and I received a mail from Powerbooks informing me that they have chosen my book review for Paolo Coelho's book "Brida". They are asking for my permission to include my review in their recommended books section together with my name and picture. I thought of it for a moment and decided to go for it since it is not illegal and nothing is wrong with a little exposure. They will post my review within a week or so in all Powebooks outlets. Haha!

In my email again, Jobstreet asked me if I could answer their survey and I might have a chance to win a McDonald's gift certificate. I answered their survey. I couldn't find any harm doing it. It took me just a minute to answer and winning a GC is not my concern because I don't usually win in lotteries. Jobstreet replied and informed me that I have won! I will receive the GC two weeks from now. Haha!

Smile though your heart is aching...
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile.

Charlie Chaplin, the world famous comedian, wrote the song "Smile".

If there's any consolation to everything that's happening to my life, it is the confirmation that I still have a lot things to smile about.

Sand Arts


When we talk of sand art, what comes first into our minds is the art of making figures using the sand on the seashore.  I first saw a video of sand art in my friend's cellphone and I was amazed by how a man's hand create lovely images using sand.  I was even more amazed when his drawings actually tell a story.

I did a few research about this amazing art and I found out that what I saw was only a tip of the iceberg.

Sand art or sand painting is being practiced by Indians, Tibetans, Arabs and even American Indians.  An example of Indian sand art is practiced by a famous sand painter, Ilana Yahav.  She is a world renowned sand animation artist who uses only her fingers to draw on an illuminated glass table.  

Another form of sand painting is the Mandala--typically practiced by Buddhist monks.  In this form, the artist fills out a drawing using different colored sands. Symbols used in these sand paintings represent world enlightenment and respectful religious iconography. Mandalas are destructed after the ninth day of ceremony as a representation of the understanding of life’s transience.

American Indians in Navajo regard sand painting as a symbolic ceremony to chase away negative spirits.  In traditional Native American sand art, sands are actually crushed stones in the colors desired. They do not usually dye the stones to color the sand. Instead, they begin with specific minerals to create the sand painting with a variety of textures and hardness. In addition, dusts of crushed herbs and pollen are also incorporated in the sand painting designs.

In Petra, Jordan, sand art bottle  is practiced as early as 1920's. It's theme is mainly the Jordan landscape.  Different colored sand is carefully layered and arranged to create images that are almost three dimensional.

It is really amazing how our mind works and how our hands translate our thoughts into art.

Good Old High School Days


I saw this picture on my BFF's blog and it sure made my day. I consider them as my support system during ups and downs of high school life--even until now, although most of them are already out of the country. They are my second family--the Arcanghels. I will start from the top row, this will be fun.

1.Wiljohn - he has a twin sister and they were born on Christmas Day (correct me if I am wrong). I remember him to be jolly, full of antics and he never loses his cool, until one day--he had a fight with Alberto, my Sisteret, because of a non-sense college entrance exam result. They were both in shambles after the fight... even our classroom was a mess. They didn't speak to each other for days and up to now it is still a mystery for me how they managed to made-up. He's also Karla's escort during Intramurals and they both won by the way.

2.Eric - Paula's favorite son and I am Eric's favorite Aunt.

3.Paul- my seat mate who I rarely see. I call him Houdini because he's really good at disappearing. He would go to class in the morning and he would be absent in the afternoon. He is one of the CK Jammers--our school's version of Backstreet Boys.

4.Alberto - my Sisteret. We have a minority group called Powder Babies and I remember him saying that one day there will be a liquid that turns into powder when applied on the face and if he pursued that vision, he would be Max Factor's most valued asset right now. The first time I saw him mad was when he had a fight with Wiljohn. He was so mad he threw the side table towards Wiljohn--that was a scene! It makes me laugh whenever I remember.

5.Bernie - the man with lots of Family Jokes and his frequent target was Paula. It was our JS Prom, his name was called as the Mr. Junior but he was nowhere to be found! Alas! He came out, still tucking his shirt, of the comfort room.

6.John - son of Puff Mommy and Puff Daddy. He "married" Abigael in the Titanic of Trece Martires City on March 1998.

7.Christian - Abigael and Kathrine had a pool party in celebration of their birthday. The boys went for a swim, including Christian, but unfortunately the boys returned to their original skin tone in just a week but he remains burned up to now. Pity.

8.Kathrine - one of the Trompa Girls because she has one of the loudest voices in the class. She always brings her umbrella because the sun might ruin her porcelain complexion. She vied for the title of Ms. UN together with Abigael as she dons Cleopatra's garb.

9.Karla - the uber achiever in the family because of the many titles she won. The eye candy of Wiljohn and many others and the younger sister of Marianito. I will remember her for this line, "You are already 16 years old and you still don't know how to iron your clothes!"

10.Joan - also one of the Trompa Girls. Known for her contagious laugh.

11.Abigael - Ms. British Virgin Islands. "Married" John. She considers my yellow Benetton wallet as her lucky charm. Shows professionalism even at a very young age. She cared less when her shoe's heel broke during their cotillion de honor practice.

12.Me

13.Sherry Rose - shall I consider her the black sheep? We were on an overnight swimming in Silang and in the middle of the fun and laughter she said, "Inay, buntis ako, 3 months." And our world stopped turning for a minute. That was a joke.

14.Aldrin - we fondly call him Toyo simply because that's what his best buddy calls him--maybe because he has craziness in him that only Aldrich knew.

15.Aldrich - Paula matches him to me but (un)fortunately nothing blossomed after this famous line, "Eh di burahin mo!"

16.Marianito - Karla's older brother. We call him Marusi because he always brings his Marusi radio. The boys call him Flipper--haha!

17.Ms. Bobadilla - our Adviser and Mother at the same time. Thank goodness she didn't resign because of all the troubles our class caused her.

18.Paula - my best friend and my alter ego. Our dilemma every time we go home--the tricycle.

19.Maah Anne - our class president and Aldrich's "mortal enemy". The accident prone lady.


ERRATUM:

Sorry Leo, I don't know how to explain this but I overlooked your picture.  Let me make amends to my honest mistake.

20. Leo (Beside Kathrine) - he is the Attorney, Doctor, etc. of the family.  I have known him since 2nd year and I can say he is one of my best male buds in school.  I remember him most when he "massacred" our classroom door with a bolo and to get away with it, he covered the "stabs" with a masking tape and then painted it chocolate brown to match the color of the door.  He remains one of the most loyal friends I have.  Truly, a man anyone can depend on.

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