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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Allow me to thank you all guys for reading my entries, for commenting from time to time, for liking it on Facebook, for tweeting and for following.  It really meant a lot to me.  This year has been a year full of blessings and some of those blessings are you.

Let us welcome 2011 with positivity.




"Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have. When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you. Appreciation will return to you many times."  - Steve Brunkhorst
The most important lesson I have learned this year is to learn how to appreciate.
The year 2010 has been a year full of blessings and I thank the Lord for His generosity.  I could not even remember the problems I had because all of those were overshadowed by His grace.  He showered me with blessings better than what I prayed for.   
This year I have learned to appreciate the things that we sometimes take for granted--the seemingly bottomless refrigerator where we can always pull out something whenever we are hungry, the clean and comfy sheets we lay our body when we sleep, the cool breeze, the sun's rays kissing our cheeks in the morning, the falling leaves, the raindrops, the cheerful jeepney or taxi driver, th…

New Year Beliefs and Customaries in the Philippines

In just a few days, we will be saying goodbye to 2010 and we will welcome 2011 with a bang (literally and figuratively).  I actually feel like it is 2011 already each time I wake up.  Yesterday, after office, I went to the market to buy a horn for my son.  He's only allowed to make noise on New Year for his safety.  And besides, I will not buy firecrackers so noise would be enough for us to celebrate it.
Aside from Christmas, the most awaited celebration in the Philippines is the New Year.  In fact, some families have more preparations for New Year than Christmas.  Aside from celebrating it with firecrackers and noise, Filipinos have other beliefs and customaries at New Year.

You will never see a household without a basket of 12 rounded fruits.  It is actually not hard to find 12 rounded fruits in the Philippines because our country is a fruits basket in itself.  The most popular fruits during New Year are (1) watermelon, (2) gooseberry, (3) grapes, (4) orange, (5) apple, (6) kiat-k…

Planning to move to a new house? Las Vegas movers are the best, my friend said so.

About three years ago, my fiance and I decided to move to a new house as one of our preparations for my giving birth. It was October and I was on my 6th month when we moved.  It was a hard task because of the accumulated appliances and furniture, not to mention our personal stuffs. The packing stage took us about a week, while the moving stage took us only a day because we had a little help from a bunch of friends.  We used to live around our friends houses so the moving became easy.
Do you plan to move to a new house?  If you live away from friends or families, I suggest you hire movers.  My friend in the US said Las Vegas movers are the best.  She moved in to a new apartment about a month ago and being alone and away from relatives and friends are hard but movers made it all easier for her.

Christmas Vacation

Vacation starts tomorrow and I am excited!
I am not too much concerned about the hassles of last minute gift buying and buying foods for the Noche Buena... I am just so excited to do all those things because I haven't done grocery shopping for quite some time now.
My sister asked me yesterday what I will prepare for Noche Buena.  I will probably have the usual stuffs--spaghetti, chicken, ham, loaf and salad.  After the mass at 10 PM, we will visit our grand folks just across the road, exchange foods and stories until we get tired.
During Christmas day, my son and I will visit his grandparents and some godparents if time permits.  I plan to treat him to a movie but I will probably do it the next day.
I have lots of plans for the Holidays.
What do you plan to do this long weekend?

New Year's Resolutions

Do you think of New Year's resolutions as early as now?
I haven't thought of it... in fact, I don't do resolutions.  I don't think resolutions to be better should be ritually done every New Year because we can start changing ourselves for the better any day even without an occasion.  
I remember when I was in elementary up until high school, during the last day of school before Christmas vacation, my teachers would give us an assignment (yes, they are so cruel).  On the first day of classes during the new year, we will have to submit our New Year's resolutions.  If I have known that year after year I will have to do the assignment, I should have kept the first one that I made and just copy it year after year.  It is hard to do a resolution.  It is just like having a debate to yourself that you should be better in this area of your life and it is hard to negate oneself.  Listing the whats becomes even harder when your inner self asks the whys and the hows.
Having a New…

Louis Vuitton Car

This Toyota Innova caught my attention this afternoon.  I was already tired after almost four hours of shopping when my eye had a glance of it from the inside of the jeepney we were riding.  It was traffic so I was able to get a photo of this really unique car.  It is unique because it has Louis Vuitton's logo all over it.  If you will zoom the photo, even the tissue holder on the dashboard is clad with Louis Vuitton.  I bet the owner of this car is so obsessed with the brand.
I have seen tribal inspired prints, famous animes, sexy women and even Hello Kitty (looks awful) painted on cars but this is the first time I have seen a famous leather goods brand on a car.  I was not able to see the car seats, but I bet it also has LV on it.

Christmas Carolers

You know that it is already Christmas when you hear carolers outside your house singing Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and all other famous Christmas songs known to mankind.  I like caroling, I used to sing with the gang every night after school to raise fund for our small Christmas party.  It's fun and you get to know the generous and not so generous people around the neighborhood.  And no matter how big or small amount we receive from them (even if we receive none), we always end the caroling with the song "Thank you, thank you, ang babait ninyo (you're so kind), thank you!"
As the years go by, more and more carolers are forgetting that the real spirit of caroling is to renounce through songs that Our Savior is born.  And that the essence of Christ being born is selfless giving and unconditional love.
I am not the Grinch who will steal Christmas.  I love the Yuletide season, as a matter of fact, but carolers are starting to annoy me.  Just…

Kris Kringle Something Sticky Suggestions

This week's office Kris Kringle is something sticky.  I haven't done shopping yet but I am eying these items as possible gift for my Monita.

Sephora Apple Pomegranate body collection, $30.  The set contains body butter, body scrub tube, body wash and bubble bath.

Lancome Juicy Tubes set, $29.50 at Neiman Marcus.  The set contains 6 various lip gloss colors from you favorite color palette--Sparling Pinks or Shimmering Neutrals.

Benefit De-puffing Action eye gel, $28 at Macy's.

I wonder what I will get on Friday.  I'm excited.

Bad Fad: Dropped pants

Dream Interpretation: Packing

I had a dream last night that I was packing clothes, not for a trip, but just packing clothes that I don't need anymore.  It was the first time I dreamed about it and I had to research for the meaning of my dream.
According to Dream Moods, dreaming about packing signifies big changes in my life.  I am putting past issues to test or past relationships behind me.  It can also mean that it represents the burden that I carry.
According to Way of Tao, "The idea of packing reveals what you currently consider to be so important that you need to carry it with you.  Often you will ‘forget’ to pack something or experience drama surrounding the actual packing experience as a way of exploring a transition or the idea of letting something go. Representing ‘baggage,’ or what you may need to release as you move forward, this is a classic dream that occurs during transformative periods. Generally packing clothing, you are trying on new 'costumes' or eliminating or exploring the iden…

So Hot, It Will Melt Snow

Have you seen Maggie Wilson and Victor Consunji's pre-nup video?  Steaming hot! And very controversial.  My thoughts about it:

1. It's hot.
2. It's hot.
3. Lot's of lip locking action.
4. Did I mention that it is hot?
5. It's not for the faint of heart.

Click on the jump to watch the video.

Just because it's the perfect season to emote

I don't know anyone who doesn't get emotional during Christmas season.  It is more emotional than Valentine's Day because Christmas is really a celebration of love... of Christ's unconditional love to mankind.
I chose to include I'll Be Home for Christmas by Frank Sinatra video because we all want to be home for Christmas and we all want our loved ones to be with us on that day.  I get sad chills whenever I hear this song because I have lots of loved ones who couldn't be with us on Christmas.
And I am missing my great grandpa and his son who is also my grandfather.  I miss them not because they are the most generous gift givers but because they always make Christmas special for their grandchildren.  They make children's Christmas wishes come true somehow.  I really miss them.  They died several years ago.
Do you have someone you wish to be with this Christmas?

There are times that you just want to cry

This has nothing to do with Christmas and the jitters because it's nearing.  
I just got home from the office, tired as usual and begging to rest.  I cannot rest, not yet, because I still have tons of things to do.  I just want to cry.  I have never worked so hard in my entire life.  
This morning, when my son woke up, he looked at me and asked, "Where's Mommy?"  
Yes, he asked me on my face where am I.  I was teary eyed when I answered, "I am here.  I am your Mommy."  He turned his back on me afterwards.  I bet he was not satisfied with the answer.  I gave him a hug reassuring him that I am with him, that I will be there when he needs me, and that I am still his mom.
I have a lot of catching up to do.  But for now, I will have to cry. I just have to let it out and forgive myself for being absent in my son's life for quite sometime now.

50 Questions Challenge, Day 30: What are three things that you do everyday that make you totally happy?

Today's challenge question is really easy.  What are the things that you do everyday that make you totally happy?

1. I spend quality time with my son.  I have a very busy schedule, I actually did not have a day off last week.  Despite my busy schedule, I always find time for my son.  There are days that I instruct my son's nanny to bring him to the office and we will have dinner together in a restaurant.  Before he goes to sleep and before I do my part time job at night, I would tell him stories and cook dinner for him.  Whenever I do not have a part time job, I do not open my computer because it is the only time that I get to catch up with his life.  Seeing him smile and laugh and sharing me his stories are what really makes me happy. I cherish every moment spent with him.  He is growing up so fast and I don't want to miss him making milestones for himself. 

2.  Every accomplished and met deadlines make me happy because it means no more stress and I have more time for my so…

Kris Kringle

It is inevitable not to have Kris Kringle or Monito-Monita in the office during the Yuletide Season.  It is fun especially the guessing part who your Monita or Monito is and each week (depending on how many times in a week you want to do this) there is a theme on what to give.

Our office started two weeks ago and the first theme was a gift that is soft.  I got this:

Bath & Body works Twilight Woods body lotion for "soft" skin.  I am happy to have received this because I really like love Bath & Body Works products.  My Monita/Monito is generous.  Lucky me!

This week's theme is something long and hard and I got these:
 A long pen with a with a bear and heart design and green feathers for extra cuteness.  It has ink and it works.

For something hard, I got this mug.  Perfect for coffee break times.
Next week's theme would be something sticky.  I wonder what I will receive next week.  I can't wait for the big reveal.  I bet the one who receives my gifts will be su…

Favorite Photo of the Day: Brad Caught Squeezing Angelina's Butt

This photo of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie looks sweet and normal but look at where Brad's right hand is at... it is busy squeezing Angie's butt.  Gotcha!

Oh, stop it Brad!  Puhleez! The world already knows that you are the most beautiful couple and with just that we are all jealous and you need not show it to us that you two are the sweetest, too.

We will watch Angie's latest flick, The Tourist, okay.

50 Questions Challenge, Day 29: Do you wish you lived in a foreign country or a far away state?

Today's 50 Questions Challenge is related to the day 28 question.

I miss my parents so much and I wanted to be with them.  They both live in the US and I hope I can visit them.  I really don't want to live there for good, I still love living in the Philippines.  If I will be given a chance to go there, I would just probably stay there for a month or so... of course with my son.
But, if there is one place that I would really like to visit aside from the US, it is Paris.  I just want to see in person how majestic the Eiffel Tower is.  And, fall in love there (huh?).  

Christmas Charity Works

My heart smiled today.
I did some charity works together with my office mates earlier today to the orphans of Mango House in Silang.  It is a small orphanage that houses 14 children of ages 6 to 11 under the supervision of Rev. Ada Jensen--the founder of Mango House who is from Pennsylvania, USA.
We packed the goodies at 8 in the morning and headed to the orphanage at 9.  I was excited going to the place.  It was not my first charity work but I always get excited when I get to help children.  We arrived at the place at 10 o'clock, just in time for the program.  When I entered the house, I saw little children lined up in the living room and they greeted me good morning with their sweetest smiles.  We immediately went on with the program we prepared for them.  We had games, they watched a movie and we had lunch together.  
The staff are doing a really great job raising the children. 
The children gave us a special song number as a gift for us... they actually made me cry.  I cried becau…

50 Questions Challenge, Day 28: Do you wish you lived closer to a certain someone or group of people?

I like where I am living, I am close to my relatives and friends but, my Mom and Dad live in the US and if there's any other place I would want to live, aside from the place where I am right now, it is with them.  I have been living almost my entire life away from them and I miss their presence. They never really saw me grow up because they have to work.  If I can just make the US a bus ride away from the Philippines, I probably have done that a long time ago. 
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  It is true in my case.  

Who Won the Grand Lotto Jackpot?

Random Thoughts: Grand Lotto 6/55 Winner

I saw in the news last night that the lotto winner of 742.1M got a little help from a machine to pick numbers. Machine aided picks cost more than 20 pesos. It made me think that the winner has the money to spend for gambling considering he can pay for lucky picks. Aside from that, PCSO confirms that the winner is from Luzon. Later this day, I heard a news that the lucky lotto outlet who will receive a percentage from the jackpot is from Subic.
The lotto roller coaster ride actually made people frantic, crazy and lose their marbles. After the PCSO announced that there is one winner and clues were given, people started to have speculations. One speculator is Tim Yap--a broadsheet columnist, showbiz talk show host, self professed fashionista and eventologist (what the hell was that?). He proudly twitted that the winner is Miko Morelos, a reporter from Philippine Daily Inquirer. He even twitted that the poor guy has a twitter account. Of course, More…

Grand Lotto 6/55 Winner

The 742.1M+ Grand Lotto jackpot landed on the lucky hands of one person from Luzon.  What a great Christmas gift.  The lucky numbers drawn last night were:
What to do with all that money???
If used wisely, it can support the winner's entire family for generations.  
This lotto roller coaster is like GMA 7's on going television show Pepito Manaloto.  Pepito is a poor family man who tried his luck in lotto.  He got the 700 million jackpot needless to say and their lives were changed forever.  There were rumors that it is based on the real life story of a lotto winner.

OMG! Random Thoughts is 1 year already...

OMG!  I didn't notice that Random Thoughts turned 1 last November 11.  Silly me.  Anyway, I thank all of my readers for reading my entries and commenting from time to time.  It means a lot to me that you take time to read my thoughts about everything.  My wish for my blog's first birthday is for it to have many more years of quality blog entries... and more friends, too.  I hope you will never grow tired of reading Random Thoughts.
XOXO Joanne

Another case of hormonal imbalance... it is all your fault Charice!

I feel silly today.  I initially had goosebumps while watching Celine Dion and Charice's Because You Loved Me duet and then I cried.  Cried with lots of tears.  Goosebumps all over especially at 2:10... I hate it when it happens.  You go watch this video while I wipe the tears on my cheeks.  Pesky hormones!  Oh, grab a tissue first before you click on the play button.

50 Questions Challenge, Day 27: Do you want to change your career?

Yes, I planned about changing my career.  I am already growing tired of bureaucracy, excessive politicking, communistic type of management.  I never knew that it is more rampant in private offices than in government agencies.  I am actually wondering how I get to live by it for almost 4 years now.  The last quarter of 2009, I already decided it is time to go and look for a better environment to use and hone my skills.   I extended my stay as requested by my dear friends at work.  Actually, it is just the company of friends that made it hard for me to deny their request of me staying for a little while.  The little while went on for months and  I could not believe that it is the last quarter already and I am still living the life and working the work.
Changing career is still in my plans, I am actually getting ready for it.  If you are following this challenge, I already mentioned it in my previous entries.  

50 Questions Challenge, Day 26: What do you want to accomplish?

When I was at a lost, about 7 years ago, I said to myself that if I can't go back to continuing my medicine course, I will venture into business.  I actually had two businesses a year after that but it didn't went well.  My planning was bad and so I went back to working in an office.  I did not close the possibility of having my own business, I just need the right time and conviction that it is what I really want in life.  I was engrossed to doing office works that I forgot about the thought until last year when working started to bore me.  It's like getting up each day thinking that I will do the same thing over and over again.  I actually sit for at least thirty minutes on my bedside to condition my mind and my body that I need to go to work.  It was hard... harder than dieting.  The process went on for two months but within those months I was already looking for something to help me get back to my senses.  
Fortunately, I have found what I have been looking for... my nic…

Great Christmas Gift Ideas from Anthropologie

Ho! Ho! Ho!  It's 29 days before Christmas and you better load up and stock up on gifts for your loved ones.  Found these items at Anthropologie that are so cute... you would think twice about giving them as gifts after buying them.

North Korea and South Korea: Make Love, Not War

I pray that peace will prevail between North and South Korea.  War will just do anyone no good.  I know that both nations have great leaders and somewhere, somehow, I know both parties will realize that it is not the ammunitions that will resolve the issues.  North Korea and South Korea: make love not war, after all, you both share the same name--Korea.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Spa Dallas something... I'm gonna visit you.

I've been too busy lately that I don't have time to relax and pamper myself.  I feel so guilty and I can sense my body is complaining already. 
I will make up for it by, of course, going to the spa and have some treatments.    The last time I had total pampering was a year ago when I won a spa gift certificate together with a friend.  It was awesome.  I will probably have a massage, foot spa and facial.  The more complicated and expensive treatments will follow later.  
I am kinda "afraid" of complicated treatments because of what my friend told me about her experience in one of spa centers in Cali.  She's from Dallas and just went to Cali to attend the wedding of her cousin.  A day before the wedding, she went to a spa and had a facial and body massage.  The massage was heavenly, as it relieved her of stiff shoulder muscles, but, the facial didn't.  To make the long story short, she had an allergy and had to take anti-histamine drug.  The soreness went away j…

The Benefits of GPS and GPS Tracking

GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking is not a new technology as it was first used in the 1960s by the US Navy.  It is a space-based navigation system that provides accurate location and time information about virtually anything using a GPS tracking device.  It was used initially by the military during combat and has been used since in other industries like cargo and freight, vehicles, cellular phones and many others. 
In 1989, President Ronald Reagan issued a directive making GPS available for civilian use.
What are the benefits of GPS?
1. Surveying - for making maps 2. Map-making - cartographic maps 3. Navigation - to determine the exact location and distance 4. Cellular telephony - clock synchronization 5. Tectonics - fault motion measurement in earthquakes 6. GPS Tours - to give details about a specific location 7. Geofencing - cargo and freight tracking, animal tracking, vehicle and person tracking 8. Recreation - drawing, geocaching 9. GPS Aircraft Tracking - military 10. Geotagging -…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry, I will see you soon.  I am just too busy lately that seeing you fight He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is like the hardest task to do.  I will see you in 3D within the week. Okay? 

Check this link for cinema schedule near you.

Favorite Photo of the Day: He's Too Cute for You Not To Notice

These are the most recent photos of my son.  We attended a debut last November 13 and he was the escort of the celebrant.  Earlier that day he was wearing a yellow long sleeved shirt with necktie that I bought a few hours before the party.  

He's so handsome!

The blue vest and shirt was his second outfit.

He's all grown-up now (not really).  I am teary eyed already.

Oprah's 2010 Favorite Things

I am such an avid fan of the Oprah Show.  I wish that I could watch her live but it is just me dreaming.  I was saddened by the news that the show will come to an end soon.  Of all her episodes, it is Oprah's Favorite Things that I really love watching.  I get a happy headache after watching the episode.  I could just imagine taking all those wonderful items for free.  I believe the most expensive thing she has ever given on the episode was an LG refrigerator with built-in television.  How cool is that?
The network decided to postpone their 2009 Favorite Things episode because of the recession.  I think it's a wise thing to do.  Now, a year after that, she gave away really really cool items for her live audience.  Here are some of those amazing items.

A Philip Stein diamond watch worth $2,475.

Tory Burch tote worth $250 and Tory Burch 'Reva Ballerina' flat worth $195.

Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera worth $700.
Cashmere sweater and throw by Ralph Lauren, $498.

Judith Ripka &#…

Random Clicks: SVD (Divine Word Seminary), Tagaytay City

After more than a decade, I went back to SVD (Divine Word Seminary) in Tagaytay City.  It is a special and memorable place for me because it is where my 4th year classmates in high school had a retreat.  I was excited to learn that our business planning session will be held there for two days.  I wasn't really thinking of planning but more of reminiscing the good times I had with my friends.
The famous Holy Spirit Church with its bell tower.  It is the first structure that will greet you when you enter the compound.

The road that leads to the compound (shot from the inside).

This is one of the dorms fronting the dorm where we stayed.  It looks old but still charming.

That's not a ghost.  It's just me taking the picture of Zen Raum--one of the many prayer rooms in the compound.

This is just one of the many portraits of Jesus that hung on the walls of SVD.  This particular portrait can be found just outside the Zen Raum.  There's something about the face of Jesus in this port…