Our December 25

Posted by abie on 6:27 PM in ,
We started our Christmas early as Bela and Cobi are up early because Bela is excited to see what Santa left for her. They were still in their PJs when they started to open their gifts from Santa and Bela was just so happy when she found out that Santa gave her what she requested.


After opening their gifts from Santa, we all prepared and then went to my brother’s house as we will have our reunion there. We started with lunch and then the traditional giving of gifts to everybody where Bela played as Santa for our family. Then they opened all their gifts and Bela was just so overwhelmed with all the gifts that she received.

Around 4 PM, we left the house to celebrate Christmas with hubby’s family this time. We had our dinner there and Bela played as Santa again as she give our gifts to her cousins and aunties on hubby side.

It was already 9 PM when we went home and called it a day. It was a very happy Christmas celebration for us. I thank God for giving us loving and supportive family and hubby and I are both glad that we get to spend this special day with all of them.


Jamaica all inclusive vacations for our next family vacation getaway

Posted by abie on 6:14 PM in
Last year, we spent our New Year in Tagaytay away from the noisy and polluted Manila. Everybody had fun as there was karaoke, overflowing drinks, over flowing food and my cousin prepared a program while waiting for the clock to strike 12. Then for this year, we would have wanted to go to an all inclusive resort where all we can think of is just relax and have fun but we were not able to plan for it ahead of time and if you are booking for a group of 20 persons, short notice booking will be a big challenge.

So all of us agreed that we will really prepare for our next family getaway so we can enjoy one of those Jamaica all inclusive vacations. Imagine, all we need to do is just be at the airport and everything will be serve for us:

• all inclusive meals (from breakfast, lunch, dinner and even evening snacks)
• all inclusive entertainment
• airport transfers
• tips
• land and water sports

This is one kind of Jamaica vacations that I am sure everybody will enjoy since all of us just loves the beach. So as early as now, we will save up and will start researching about Breezes Resort so we can book early for our flights and accommodations so everybody can go and have fun in Jamaica. I told everybody about it and everybody got excited already even if it is just a few months away. Who wouldn’t? Jamaica offers the nicest beach so it is guaranteed fun!!


Let's Party

Posted by abie on 5:43 PM in ,
The microphone is now ready and everybody is lining up to select their songs in the karaoke. We are currently here at Casita de Anna Maria, a private resort in Pansol, Laguna to celebrate New Year here.

The place is nice with a big garden, a gazebo, 3 bed rooms, swimming pool and the favorite of everybody, a karaoke.

I came from the office where my husband fetched me and we went straight to SLEX to meet up with my family. Ever since we arrived, the adults are all in front of the karaoke machine having fun. While the adults are busy with the karaoke, the kids are all enjoying the pool including Bela and Cobi.

I am still catching up with work so I will not have any back log as I welcome 2011. But I think I can finish all of my work before dinner time so I can start partying with them.

Happy New Year to all my friends and talk to you again on 2011!!


Remembering Europe

Posted by abie on 8:54 AM in
If there is one travel escapade that I love looking back to, then it will be our Europe trip last year. One of the cities that we visited was Vienna. We spent four days in Vienna as we are taking Eurolines to move to Italy but they don’t have daily trips so we have no choice but to be stuck in Vienna for four days. In that four days, we were really able to see Vienna Art as we explore museums, palaces and churches such as the Schonbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Church and St. Peter’s Church, Votivkirche, Rathaus, Parliament, Hofburg Palace, National Library, and Museum of National History and we were also able to visit Mozart’s House.

I only have less than three weeks to plan for this trip so I was not really prepared and I don’t have that much on my itinerary on the places that we can visit in Vienna. If only I have discovered the site of coolcapitals.com back then, I would have been able to plan for our trip well as they have suggestions on what places are worth seeing and exploring if we want to see Vienna Design, culture and architecture.

My husband and I wishes to go back to Europe someday and Switzerland is part of our list so we can see Zurich art and more. I will surely visit coolcapitals.com for suggestions on places to visit so we will not miss anything on the must-see places in Europe on our next tour there.


Our December 24th

Posted by abie on 8:45 AM in
I still have work on that day but luckily we were dismissed early so I was able to meet up with some of my best friends from work for lunch. We met at Greenbelt 5 and we had lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. After lunch, Dennis treated us for desserts at Caffe Ti-Amo then we parted ways after.

I was able to do some last minute shopping before finally going home and I was also able to buy a Melissa shoe from Mix. Then we went home after so we can rest for a bit before the 8 PM evening mass that we will attend.

As what we always do every year, my whole family all went to hear mass at our former school then we head to my brother’s house for our Noche Buena. My aunt prepared simple meals that we can share while we wait for the clock to strike 12.

Since we will have another long and busy day the next day, we all went home for our beauty rest after dinner.


DIY Christmas Gifts

Posted by abie on 8:43 AM in ,
I spent the whole morning computing for my total credit card bill which I incurred when I went shopping for Christmas gifts for my family and friends and I was really surprised at how much I incurred.

Christmas is the season of giving and sharing but I think there is a way to spread the Christmas cheer without hurting our pocket. And one way to do that is by doing arts and crafts that we can give out as gifts just like making bracelets, earrings, necklaces and other jewelries made from glass beads.

All I need to do is find a bead store where I can buy the supplies that I need for my project and with a little creativity, I can turn these semi precious stones into a work of art. It is just a simple step and aside from the fact that I can save by doing this, it is also one good way for me to relax. This can also be a nice project that I can do with my daughter so it is a great bonding session for us also.

I am so excited to start on my project and I am sure my friends and my relatives will truly appreciate my labor of love for them.


Good News

Posted by abie on 9:36 AM in
2011 is just a few days away and we are so lucky to have received a good news to welcome the new year. We have a sort of vacation house and since we are so busy, we rarely get a chance to spend our weekends there as what we originally planned. And so I feel that we have a property that we are not being able to put to good use.

But hubby told the good news to me this morning and a colleague will be renting our place for three months as they need a place to stay while they sort out their problems with their house and so it will be extra income for us so we can finally buy patio furniture for our vacation house.

At least if we have outdoor furniture, we can start entertaining guests there and it will even encourage us to spend our weekends there more often so that the property will not be put to waste.

I got so excited that I started browsing the site of patiofurniturebuy. They have a wide range of products from patio lounge sets, tables, dining sets and even wrought iron patio furniture.

This is really a good way to welcome the new year, a new business for us, so we can find the budget to finance the purchase of furniture for our vacation house.


Attorney Funding & Legal Funding: Risk Free Option

Posted by abie on 9:30 AM in
One of the major events in 2010 was the final decision made by the Supreme Court in giving a non-guilty verdict to the suspects of the Vizconde case. I saw the reaction of the father of the victim upon hearing the bad news and my heart was broken as I can see the pain in his eyes upon hearing that the only suspect that they have for the case can walk free.

Let’s face it. Filing for a lawsuit is not only time consuming but quite expensive too so the case was not only mentally and emotionally draining for the father of the victim, but it also crippled him financially. That is why some victims are really thinking twice before filing a lawsuit as they know it will cost them a leg and an arm.

But thanks to TriMark Legal Funding LLC, victims does not need to stay in the dark and just be victims forever as they can always apply for a lawsuit funding so they can have the money that they need to file a case or the money to support for their needs while waiting for the result of the case.

Applying for a lawsuit cash advance from TriMark Legal Funding LLC is very easy as you don’t need to have the requirements, such as a collateral, good credit standing, a job, as what the back requires to be approved. Applicants do not even need to pay for up-front fees or even monthly fees as they will only have to pay if their case wins.

TriMark Legal Funding LLC is the number one provider of funding such as this and even attorney funding too so victims now have their chance to get justice with their help.


Short Trip to Nuvali

Posted by abie on 9:27 AM in
This is a very, very delayed post. Thankfully I found the energy to stay up last night to sort through our pictures and upload it to my Flickr and facebook account and I saw our pictures when we first went to Nuvali last November 29 and I remembered that I haven’t made a post about it yet.

Our initial plan was to go to Tagaytay but we left home late (around 12 noon already) as I have to work and finish all my pending work before leaving. Since it is already lunch time, I suggested that we drop by at Nuvali first for lunch and then just have merienda or dinner in Tagaytay.

It is actually our first time at Nuvali. I have long been waning to check out the place as I have seen nice pictures of it from my friends. We looked for a restaurant on where we can eat when we arrive and we decided to have lunch at Conti’s.


After lunch, Bela went to the area where you can watch the kois and she does not want to leave. Howell even bought her feeds so she can feed them. Then we also tried the boat ride. There was a queue and we have to wait for around 30 minutes before we can have our turn. While waiting we checked out the stalls in the bazaar and we were able to do a little shopping.

It was already 5 PM when we finished and my dad was not up to driving to Tagaytay as he thinks that we may experience heavy traffic going up so we decided to just go to Paseo de Sta Rosa for dinner and more shopping.

You can view more pictures here.


For our New House

Posted by abie on 9:24 AM in
If you have kids in the house, I bet you will be as paranoid as me in keeping the house clean and bacteria free to keep your kids away from sickness. I remember in one of the episodes of my favorite TV series House MD, they have a patient who has been very, very sick and they later found out that the sickness was due to algae found in the patient’s bathroom.

That is why when I found out that the house we are buying has a bath tub, I quickly made some research on how to maintain it so that it will be bacteria free and I discovered that natural hot tub treatment is the best way to go as it does not contain harsh chemicals that is bad to our health and the environment too and naturalhottub.com offers these kind of treatment for natural hot tub.

All their products do not use bad hot tub chemicals but instead only uses natural enzymes that are 100% bio-based. Their products are also very easy to use and it only needs to be applied once a week to keep bathtubs and the water clean and germ free.

I am sure our kids will love to have a bath tub and for sure they will always use it for their everyday bath that is why I really wanted to make sure that it is 100% germ and bacteria free to safeguard the health of our kids.


Starting 2011 Right

Posted by abie on 9:34 AM in
Merry Christmas everybody!! And In just a few days, we will al say goodbye to 2010 and welcomes 2011.

So how can we start the new year right? I must admit I was not able to save that much for this year as I wanted my family to enjoy the fruits of my labor. But now that our family is growing and soon Cobi will go to school also, I think 2011 is the right time to start saving up.

One of the things that I am considering is to invest in gold and buy gold bullion. I checked out the site of United States Gold Bureau and I have learned a lot about gold investment. After reading the information found on their site, it gave me confidence that gold is a best investment as it is a stable way to preserve one’s wealth.

So as we bid goodbye to 2010 in a few days, I am glad that I have some plans now on how we can manage our finances for 2011.


I Can't Wait

Posted by abie on 9:26 AM in
I can’t wait to move in to a bigger house. Our house is so crowded right now:

- one part of our house is where our Christmas tree stands where we dumped all the gifts that we will distribute to our friends and relatives
- then there is one part for Cobi and Bela’s toys
- one part where I have boxes full of stuff that I ordered online

I was even telling hubby the other day that I wanted to disassemble and pack our Christmas tree already as it is occupying a lot of room. even if the holidays is not yet finish My OC-ness is kicking that if only I don’t have tons of work to finish, I would have put out our green cleaning supplies and I will really start to de-clutter and clean our house. Even in our room, there is not much space to move on.

I really hope that things will work as planned so we can finally move in to our new home by mid of next year. I really can’t wait!!


Early Christmas Gift From Dad

Posted by abie on 4:26 PM in
Part of hubby’s early Christmas for me:

He bought it during the Black Friday sale and he was so excited as he knows that I really want an LCD TV. It arrived last week and he installed it that same night.

Our initial plan actually was to have it installed in our room as we don’t get to watch TV at night as we try to go to bed as early as possible so our kids will go to bed early too. But we realized it defeats that purpose if we have the TV installed in our room as for sure, our kids will watch with us and will not go to sleep as long as the TV is turned on.

So we just installed it in our living room instead. But I think we need to buy a smaller TV table that will match our LCD TV or I think it will be better to mount it in the wall to save space.

Thanks again dad for your early Christmas present. I love it!


1 Week Before Christmas...

Posted by abie on 4:13 PM in ,
We were able to do some last minute shopping yesterday for Bela and Cobi. I still need to look for a pair of shoes for Bela for the clothes that I was able to buy for her last week but I was not able to find a nice pair of shoes that will match her clothes in all the shops at Robinsons Place. So I asked around and as suggested by my good friend Joy, I can try looking at the shops in Greenbelt 5.

And so that is what we did and asked hubby to drive us to Greenbelt 5. I checked Tarte Tatin and Gingersnaps and luckily I was able to find a nice pair of shoes and even blouses from both stores and so finally Bela’s Christmas and New Year’s outfit is now complete.

As for me, I think I just have to rely on acne home remedies as I don’t think I will have time to go to my dermatologist and even have a hair cut and treatment before Christmas.

But that is just okay because I am happy already because despite our busy schedule, we were able to finish our Christmas list and we were able to shop for both Bela and Cobi.


Good Start

Posted by abie on 11:50 PM in
I got a call from hubby this morning and is asking me to check my email as he sent me an Excel file for our projected budget sheet for 2011. I am impressed as at least now he is really becoming serious in really saving up and investing for the future of our kids.

Aside from the monthly amortization that he allotted for the property that we will be buying, I also saw a separate column in hubby’s budget sheet for additional investments and hubby told me that it will be our savings in case we want to make additional investments like buy gold coins.

Gold is a very good investment as its value does not depreciate over time so hubby believes that if we have extra money, gold is the best way to preserve it.

I am very positive that we will have a good year ahead in 2011 as I can see how serious and dedicated hubby is in attaining our financial goal.


Dream House

Posted by abie on 7:50 PM in ,
We got home today and we saw the big mess in our house because of all the clutter and hubby and I look at each other and thought that we really need a big house. So we are really happy when we found our dream house that is on sale. We already dreamed of us living there: there are six rooms plus the two big rooms at the ground floor so hubby can definitely have his own room for his toy collection and all his bowling trophies, the kids can each have their own room and there is even a spare room to be their play room and my parents can live with us too.

We got the news that our loan has been approved but the appraised value of the property was way too low than what we expected so we requested for a re-assessment. We are also even thinking to try other banks like Banco De Oro and PS bank as we heard that BPI really gives low appraised value of property.

Hopefully by next week we will have the answer so we can finally proceed in purchasing our dream house.


Joy Ride to Nuvali & Paseo de Sta Rosa

Posted by abie on 12:18 AM in ,
We went to Nuvali with my mom, dad, sister and her boyfriend two weeks ago and we really had a great time boating, shopping and food tripping. I haven’t downloaded the pictures yet so I will just make a separate post about it.

But last Sunday, we went back to Nuvali for the second time and this time we tagged along my Tita Jie, my lola, Tita Jenny and her two kids Aliah and Jego, my cousins Tessa and Joseph, my brother and her wife Grace and daughter Izzie and of course my mom, my dad, my sister and her boyfriend, Ronie.

It was actually the Christening day of my niece Izzie and since we are complete, we decided to have a short road trip to Sta Rosa, Laguna and show Nuvali to my relatives. We left Pasig around 3 PM already and so it was almost 4:30 when we arrived in Nuvali. I know there was a long queue in the boating and so I went to purchase our tickets right away while my other relatives checked out the bazaar.

We did not wait that long for our turn to ride the boat and the kids did not get tired waiting as they tried feeding the kois while waiting. All of us tried the boat ride except for my dad, my nanay and VJ and Ronie. Everybody enjoyed the short ride and if there were no long lines, we would have tried it for the second time.

After the boat ride, we moved to Paseo de Sta. Rosa for a quick shopping and this is where we had dinner also.

It was a very long and tiring day but it was a great bonding time again with my family. I hope I will always have the budget for activities like this.


Still a Busy Week

Posted by abie on 11:54 PM in ,
It is still a busy week for me as I still have a lot of things to finish. Aside from work, we will be very busy also this weekend as Bela will have her ballet recital this coming Sunday.

I have a lot of deadlines to meet on Saturday but I have some mommy duties too as I have to take Bela to her ballet practice so I am planning to bring my laptop with me so I can work while waiting for her. I also plan to do some shopping if I will find the time as I haven’t actually started yet with my Christmas shopping and next week will be the Christmas party of Bela already.

Sunday will be her recital so I am sure we will be busy preparing Bela as we are all really excited as this is her first ballet recital.

But even if this is going to be a busy and crazy week, I am still excited as I have a lot of things to look forward to for my family.


Ever Thought of Buying More Than One Baby Outfit?

Posted by abie on 9:24 PM in
Have you ever thought of buying more than one baby outfit? Unless you are selling them in a retail setting, there is no reason to purchase a large quantity of baby clothes. However, for some people buying more than one baby outfit can save money in the long run, such as purchasing cases of clothes on websites such as Tapout. Some online vendors offer discounted rates if you purchase more than a certain amount of clothing for your baby.

If the online vendor offers a discount on ordering more than one case, you can also save money on shipping. Think about this: instead of paying for shipping on one case every time, ordering more than one case can help you save a bundle on shipping, or receive it for free because of the quantity. In a few days time, the cases of baby outfits you ordered online is at your doorstep.

Your next question is probably, “What would I do with more than one outfit for a baby?” But, if you are in the habit of forgetting or losing your items, having a “backup” outfit for your baby might just be what you need. Also, with the way babies dirty clothes, there is at least more than one occasion in which you wished you had a replacement outfit for the one the baby had recently soiled. Extra outfits are also good as gift items, or to donate to charities.

Not only can you use the extra outfits as replacement outfits when you lose your favorite one, or give them as gifts, but quite a number of people have gotten into the habit of displaying their baby outfit as a fashion statement; they change their baby outfits as often as they change their own outfits, and with the different range of colors and styles, babies can be as well dressed as their parents!


Taking Your Hobbies Online

Posted by abie on 10:38 AM in
I have several hobbies I like to do online, from blogging to digital scrapbooking to website designing. I enjoy using technological advances to add a little flair to my hobbies.

If you are considering doing hobbies online, here are a few great tips for getting started:

- See what's out there. Do a little research to see some of the many things you can do with a computer program. Journaling, games, creating websites, adding design elements to blogs, and creating banners are just a few of many. Think of some of your favorite things to do, and then see how you can do them online.

- Take a class. Your local public library or the continuing education department of many local colleges probably offer classes in a variety of hobbies and activities you can do online. These classes are often free or a nominal fee. They are a great way to learn the basics of getting started with an online hobby.

- Get the right programs. The right software and programs will make a big difference in your online hobbies and will help you get the most enjoyment out of them. You don't need to spend a lot, either, especially in the beginning.

- Clean your computer up. You should be running antivirus programs regularly. You should also install or download a Firewall, which will help protect everything you do online. Clearing your cache and temporary internet files folder regularly will also help your computer run smoothly. The same goes for keeping your computers drivers updated; you can find driver downloads for free online.

Taking your hobbies online adds a fun new twist to your favorite past times. These are a few ways to get started with a variety of hobbies.


Merry Christmas Dad!!

Posted by abie on 10:00 AM in ,
I am not sure if I blog about this already but Howell is already solved for Christmas because he already got his Christmas gift from me:

We went to Toy Kingdom in SM Mall of Asia after the Twitter Christmas Party as we promised Bela that we will get her something from Toy Kingdom. Bela and I are already finished with our shopping and we are ready to go home when hubby approached me and whispered “Mom, I think I found your gift for me.”

He showed it to me and I checked the price and I really wanted to protest but he said that it is a very good deal already. And then I suddenly had images of my bags and I realized that hubby did not say anything when I went crazy shopping for bags and so I gladly said yes to his request. LOL.

Hubby was all smiles when I was already paying for his gift. I even asked for it to be wrapped so I can take a picture when he opens it on Christmas. I am sure he is just so excited to add this to his collection.


Changing Priorities: Time for Renters Insurance

Posted by abie on 9:58 AM in
Apartment dwellers around the well must fear the day when their personal belongings get damaged. Almost every homeowner has house insurance, but renters usually try to get by without renters insurance. That’s largely because they see the insurance as an unnecessary expense. After all, if they had a lot of money to throw around, they would probably buy their own homes.

Sometimes it really pays to spend a little extra on quality coverage, though. Sure, it costs a bit, but it isn’t really all that expensive. Plus, good coverage means that you don’t have to fret about coming home to a flooded home. Not that flooding is ever good, whether you do or do not have insurance, but it’s certainly an easier event to handle when you know you will get some compensation.

There is nothing you can do to save your photo albums and heirlooms, but there are plenty of expensive items that you wouldn’t want to use. Gastronomes will suffer stomach pangs to think about losing their KitchenAid mixers or their food processors. These items, as dear to your heart as they are, are easily replaceable when you have renters insurance.

Without insurance, though, you can write off some of your most cherished belongings. When it comes down to it, you are going to buy a new couch over a new food processor, regardless of how much you love your kitchen toys.

As people start to mature, it seems that they take this issue more seriously. It seems unlikely that many 20-year-olds spend their money on insurance. Once a person hits their 30s, though, something changes at a chemical level. Suddenly, they start thinking “what if.” The risks of that game are pretty high. A person stops wondering “What if I can’t get a date for Friday?” and start fretting about “How am I going to replace this busted refrigerator?”


My Daughter: The Walking Scrapbook

Posted by abie on 9:51 AM in
We went to visit my mother a few weeks ago and I was worried that my daughter, who is in that awkward teenager phase, would find the whole trip a real bore.

But, to my great surprise and delight, my girl struck up a real conversation with her grandma, talking about fashions through the years and the cyclical nature of style.

Dear daughter was surprised to learn that some of the clothing she and her friends are sporting today is similar in style to items that my momma and myself both wore at different times in our lives.

Well, after a flick through the family albums she had to concede that there were similarities in the clothes we had worn, although apparently I looked like a dork in the clothes she and her friends now consider cool.

I did have to laugh at the incredulous look on her face when grandma said that she had owned a gorgeous shearling coat more than three decades ago, and it was an utter delight to see her eyes light up when her grandma declared that she believed she still had it somewhere.

Soon we were up the ladder and into the attic, where we not only discovered my mother's shearling coat, but also a few boxes that had been placed up there full of items I myself hadn’t felt quite ready to part with when the tide of trend changed. Two hours later we emerged with arms full of clothes destined for a second shot at starring in the style stakes and one very happy teenage girl.

She is off out with friends today and just came through to say goodbye, wearing her grandma's shearling and my old jeans – I wonder if she realizes she is a walking scrapbook, wearing the memories of her maternal forbears? I doubt it, but she certainly thinks she looks good.


You Can Buy Scott Kay Jewelry Online

Posted by abie on 9:46 AM in
Finding great deals online is so much easier today than having to lug yourself from store to store. Even if you prefer to shop in stores rather than online, you can at least do your searching on the Internet to find the best deals. This helps cut down on your shopping time, which is great when you have to carry the kids along with you or are on a time limit of some sort. There are some things that traditionally would never be purchased online that are starting to gain popularity.

For example, many people have been concerned with purchasing jewelry online. Because you can't actually look at it and see the quality before you buy it, it can be difficult to make a decision. When you are looking for great silver jewelry online, you may come across Scott Kay jewelry. This amazing jewelry is great for both men and women. The quality is fantastic, and the workmanship is great. There are a lot of brands out there that you can now purchase online that have guarantees on their quality so you will never have to worry.

Another thing that is difficult for many people to purchase online is clothing. Along the same lines as jewelry, it can be difficult to purchase clothing without being able to verify the quality. On top of that, you may find that there are differences in sizing depending on where you purchase from. Colors may look different on the computer than they are online. Dealing with returns for something that you purchased on the Internet can be stressful and frustrating. There are many places today, though, that you can purchase clothing on the internet and be assured of the quality. In fact, many large chain stores that you would normally shop at now have options for purchasing online.


Tomorrow's IT

Posted by abie on 11:13 PM in ,
Our schedule for tomorrow:

1. Drop Bela to school for her ballet practice at 9 AM. I have to wait for her until lunch break so I can feed her as she really needs a little pushing when eating.
2. Her practice is until 3 PM so hubby and I will just eat lunch at Robinsons then buy some grocery stuff that we will donate at Caritas.
3. Then after lunch, we will drop by at Caritas to deliver our small donations for them.
4. By 3 PM, Bela will be finish with her practice and if she is still up for it, maybe we can drop by at Robinsons Place for a little break and a little shopping.

While waiting for Bela, I will be bringing my laptop so I can work and finish some of my pending work. I am targeting to finish at least half of my tasks so we can go to Tagaytay on Sunday or Monday for a quick out of town trip.

Looks like we are off to another busy weekend.


It's Time to Switch to Digital Scrapbooking

Posted by abie on 8:31 PM in ,
If you haven’t switched from traditional scrapbooking to digital scrapbooking yet, what are you waiting for? Everything else in the world is going digital, so why not scrapbooking? Even many subscription scrapbook magazines are now available online, (you can get one for a discount at Subscription.com).

There are 10 times as many options available with digital scrapbooking and it costs a whole lot less to be involved. The following are a few reasons you should switch over to digital scrapbooking, if you haven’t already made up your mind to do it.

No More Cluttered Spaces

All those scrapbook supplies can take up a lot of space in your home, even when you keep them very organized. If you don’t have a big home, that space could be better used for other things. Digital scrapbooking eliminates the need for supplies and all that clutter.

Save On The Costs

Not only does digital scrapbooking take up virtually no space, but after you buy the software, there are basically no additional costs. There are millions of free templates online, as well as layout guides to help you make masterpieces. You don’t have to spend hours at craft stores picking out matching pieces of paper and coordinating stickers and embellishments for each page. They are offered free online.

Your Memories Will Always Be Safe

If there were to be a fire in your home, you could potentially lose all of your scrapbooking work. With digital scrapbooking, you can use cloud storage to preserve your memories forever. Plus, you can print out your pages and have a physical copy for everyone to enjoy as well.

You’ll still have to come up with ideas and do the work when you do digital scrapbooking, but that’s half the fun anyway. Don’t be afraid to switch over to the digital scrapbooking age – lots of other people have and you can too!


The Easiest Way to Build a Website

Posted by abie on 8:24 PM in
Have you been wanting to create a website but have not had the resources or the know-how to do so? Well there is a hot application out there that can help you with all of your website designing dreams, and it’s free, too.

If you don’t have tons of money to spend on a professionally designed website, don’t despair. You can build a website on your own with an easy-to-use tool called Word Press. WordPress was originally a blogging tool, but you can use it for websites as well. Just buy a domain name, pick a hosting site and run the WordPress application.

WordPress is very simple to use. All you have to do is sign up for an account, choose a template and put in all of the information that you want to be displayed on your web page. Most WordPress templates are also highly customizable so you have a lot of choices as far as design. No matter what type of website you want to design, there is a WordPress template or theme that will suit your needs.

If you own a business, it has become basically essential to have a website. This is because the Internet is the first place people go for information when they have a question or want to buy a product, so you need to make sure that you are represented. People literally use the Internet for everything. You can pay bills, buy almost anything, social network with friends and more, so you can’t go without a website.

Think about it. When was the last time you were on the Internet? I bet it wasn’t too long ago. You were probably spending time on Facebook or checking for deals at www.offers.com.


Brochures Market Healthy Appearances

Posted by abie on 7:42 PM in ,
Everyone wants to look their best, that much is obvious. Otherwise, people would dress in the same clothing, their most comfortable outfit. It would soon have holes in the most constantly worn areas, and its presentation would be a bit threadbare. Further, there would be no attention paid to any details such as color or cut of the outfit, and instead, it would likely be just a loose mishmash of rags.

As few people actually present themselves to the world this way, it is easy to surmise that people like to appear as something other than their most comfortable. They want to impress. Brochures far and wide present models with healthy skin, bright smiles, and colorful new clothes, all hung on athletic appearing bodies that imply some level of activity. Many a marketing research firm has discovered that what is pleasing to the customer’s eye will lead to profitable sales.

To blend in with the obvious societal ethos of the times then, it’s important to take care of your body. This entails going beyond the daily regimen of simply taking a shower in the morning and washing your face in the evening. Being careful of your dietary intake – reducing the bad stuff, increasing the good – is another important step. Excessive trans fat consumption leads to heart disease and other problems whose internal symptoms may remain hidden for a while. But the exterior signs will reveal themselves in the form of excessive weight gain. To combat this largely undesired, unhealthy trait, diet and exercise are the two key weapons to employ. If one’s caloric consumption equals their output, it’s nearly impossible to gain weight. Additionally, if one elevates their heart rate for extended periods of time, it is hard to be overweight. The combination of these two simple variables, and their clever manipulation, is all that stands between you and looking your absolute best!


To Blog

Posted by abie on 7:40 PM in , ,
I have to make a list here of the things that I need to blog as there are a lot of events that happened in the past week, before I totally forget about it:

1. Bela’s United Nations celebration. I already uploaded the pictures but I haven’t found the time to make a post about it yet.
2. Celebration of Bela’s birthday at Ocean Park.
3. Bela’s party at Hospicio de San Jose
4. Bela’s birthday dinner with our family
5. Bela’s birthday party at the Creamery
6. Bela’s Book Week Program
7. Jacobo’s 5th month birthday

See, I told you there is really a lot. I wonder when I will find the time to blog all about it as well as sort and upload all the pictures that hubby took in those events. Just watch out, if I find my blogging mojo, I will just sit down one day and blog all about the important events of our family for November.


Use a Debt Consolidation Service Before Starting a Business

Posted by abie on 7:36 PM in ,
One of the most important things in life is following your passion. As such, if you have a passion for photography, as I do, then I encourage you to follow your dreams and turn that love of photography into a full-time career. Taking photos is one of many passions I have and improving my skills to transfer this love into a career is the best choice I have ever made. Here are a few things I’ve learned that I hope will help you in this journey towards becoming a professional photographer.

Organize Your Finances

The great piece of advice I can give to any aspiring entrepreneur is to organize your finances as soon as possible. If you are currently carrying several forms of debt, then I encourage you to utilize a debt consolidation service to get the situation under control and pay off the money you owe.

The more organized your finances are, the more likely you will be to succeed. You will have less stress each day and will therefore have more energy to focus on business tasks. Additionally, by having less debt, you can more easily qualify for business loans if you need them.

Diversify the Business

If you have several passions, then find a way to transform each of these passions into a business venture. Chances are good that not all of the ideas will succeed. So, by diversifying your business ventures, you will have income sources to fall back on if one idea doesn't work as well as you had hoped.

Keep it Fun

Regardless of where your business ventures take you, remember to appreciate the lighter side of life. Those who take their businesses and lives too seriously end up creating unnecessary stress. Starting a business is a major undertaking so remember to appreciate the energy you have dedicated to it.


Housekeeping Always Involves the Checkbook

Posted by abie on 7:32 PM in
No matter what anybody may tell you, keeping a clean house also involves keeping a carefully maintained, detailed checkbook. Now this isn't to suggest that I'm some kind of bookie (I don't like doing illegal things — not worth it in the end). I also don't want you to think that my occupation is that of an accountant or anything like that. I'm just an ordinary mom that likes to keep on top of things. I know what can happen to people when they let their expenses (or even just their "fun stuff" spending) get out of control. While it might be fun at first, it never seems to end well for anyone.

In some people's cases, they just spend and spend until they have pretty much nothing left of their paycheck by Monday or Tuesday. And while that fun and fancy free style goes great when everything is going well, the first time something unexpected pops up they are up a creek without much of a paddle. Granted, Payday One is always a lifeline if you need it, but who wants to lean on lending services all the time? It's nice to have things like that available but imagine trying to pay back your loan if another bad thing happens a little while later.

If your spending is too nuts, it's like having a nasty home. When your home is a mess, critters want to stay there. Diseases and bugs breed in the mess and filth, and pretty soon your entire family has taken ill. While having a bad habit of not keeping your register up to date (and keeping a decent amount of money in it) probably won't make you sick, it will make things more difficult if you do. Do you really want to live from check to check like that? Do you really want to live with all that constant fear?


Choosing A Website Host

Posted by abie on 7:14 PM in , ,
You have decided to start an online business. Whether it is to sell products and services or to provide information on topics such as education or even payday loans, you will need to create a strong and memorable website.

Among the most important steps in creating your website are choosing a domain name and a website host. A good web host will offer numerous plans from which to choose. The host service should also provide reliable services as well as good customer support. You’ll need to do a bit of research to find the best host for your needs as well as your budget.

Many companies out there provide hosting services. Often, these hosting services come bundled, not only with domain registration, but design services as well. These one-stop options might be a good choice for some, but realize that these bundles are often more expensive than purchasing the services separately. You can even get different services from different companies. You are not required to purchase all the necessary services from a single source.

Different service plans and associated costs are based on the type of website that is to be hosted. This can include the content and size of the site, as well as the anticipated traffic. Smaller sites that will only have a few static graphics can choose plans with less space (approximately 50 megabytes). If your site will contain larger media files, such as video, you may need a plan that comes with more space, a gigabyte or more.

Some plans will charge the customer based on how much data is being transferred, the number of visitors, content and so on. Many companies charge a flat fee until a certain transfer amount is exceeded.

Examine what you want on your website and research several companies to ensure a good fit. These decisions will impact how successful your online business will be.


Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by abie on 2:34 PM in
Happy Thanksgiving. It is Thanksgiving Day today and so this is the perfect time to make my list of the things that I am thankful for:

1. I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband who is always there for me through thick and thin. A husband who understands and supports me (especially my bag addictions. LOL). A responsible husband who works very hard so he can give us a better life. A selfless man who thinks of others first before himself.
2. I am thankful for my two wonderful kids who is our source of inspiration and joy. Truly we are contented and happy with our life because of them.
3. I am thankful for a loving and supportive family who is always there for us and who really spends a lot of time with my kids just to be sure that my kids are always in good hands.
4. I am thankful for my work and the extra work that I get as it helps bring food to the table and spurge a bit for some of our luho.

I guess this list will be endless as I will always find something to be thankful for.

Happy thanksgiving everyone.


My Energizer Bunny

Posted by abie on 2:21 PM in
Hubby was on holiday yesterday. I was so green with envy at first because I thought that he will have a good rest on that day but I was wrong.

Of course I have to ask him to drive me to work as I woke up late yesterday so instead of sleeping until 9 or 10 AM, he has to wake up early too to take me to work. Then he has to take Bela to school also around just before lunch time. And since I forgot my pump and my milk bottles at home because I was so hurrying up so I won’t be late, I have to asked hubby to drive back to Makati after taking Bela to school to deliver my pump. And since hubby is really such a perfect and sweet husband, he still offered to pick me up from work after fetching Bela to school.

Oh well, that is just Howell, my energizer bunny and a very patient one as you will not hear him complain even for one tiny second even though I know he is so tired already from driving around from one city to the next. That is just how much he loves me and the kids.


Busy Bunny

Posted by abie on 2:10 PM in
We had a very busy week last week. It was really crazy as we were running around to prepare for Bela’s party at Hospicio, then we had a celebration of Bela’s birthday, and then the party at Hospicio and our celebration of Bela’s birthday with our family after.

Then Bela also had a program at school that week that we have to prepare for the outfit that she will wear plus the tea pot head piece that Bela’s teacher asked us to make. And as if it was not enough I got sick last Friday but I can’t manage to rest as I still have a lot of things to prepare for Bela’s party.

Then on the Saturday of Bela’s party, we have to drop by St Scho as we have to take Bela to her ballet class for her costume measurement taking for their December show. I am relieved that her teacher allowed Bela to skip practice that day and so we went home after her measurements were taken.

Then hubby and I just changed clothes and off we go running again to pick up the cake for Bela’s party then head straight to Creamery to prepare for the party.

So Sunday, I was all drained and tired that I just sleep the whole day and did not even dared touch my laptop. At least now I am rejuvenated so I have energy for more work.


Hollywood Theme Xmas Party

Posted by abie on 2:08 PM in
My sister has been bugging me because she is so concerned over her acne. She is really desperate to cure it as their Christmas party, which has a Hollywood theme, is coming very soon and so of course she really wants to look good for that event.

So when I received an email from a friend which just says click here, I was so happy to find out that it is a site where my sister can get treatments for her neck acne.

I have been a teenager too like my sister and I know how frustrating and stressful it is to deal with pimple and acne problems. I just hope that my sister will find an effective treatment soon. She will be coming as Carrie Bradshaw wearing a tutu and a white razor back on their party and it will even be more fabulous if she will have smooth skin like Carrie (LOL).



Posted by abie on 1:26 PM in ,
It will be a long weekend as Monday is a holiday. I am so excited already as I plan to go shopping for the whole day tomorrow while I wait for Bela to finish with her ballet practice. And then I plan to ask hubby to take us for a day trip or overnight stay in Tagaytay on Sunday as it has been a while since we last went out of town.

But looks like none of my plans will push through and I might even need eye wrinkle creams as for sure I will be staying up late this weekend to finish all my pending work.

But I am really not complaining. I have been praying for more work and now that God has granted my wish, I am more than thankful. This is actually what I need as I really need shopping funds for my Christmas shopping. I already have a lot on my wish list and looks like I will be able to buy some from my list after I finish my work for this month. So I am really very grateful and very happy.

A very busy but blessed month for me, work wise.


Getting Old?

Posted by abie on 1:13 PM in ,
Am I really getting that old already or I just need calcium supplement?

It is because I am feeling pain on my back and knee. I started feeling this pain a few weeks after I gave birth to Cobi. The same thing happened to me when I gave birth to Bela five years ago. The pain on my knee was really bad that I can’t sit for long hours that is why it is difficult and uncomfortable for me to go on a long distance travel.

I was taking calcium supplements when I was still pregnant but then I stopped after giving birth because I thought that I no longer need it. But I was wrong. My doctor said that the more I should take my supplements as I need all the energy that I can get as I am breastfeeding.

Oh well, now I realized that I am not really getting younger so I should really continue taking vitamins and supplements.


My Terrible Mistake

Posted by abie on 1:06 PM in
Oh my gosh, I made a terrible boo-boo. I was calling orphanages as I was looking for a venue on where we can celebrate Bela’s birthday like we always do every year since Hospicio de San Jose (our adopted orphanage for four years now) has no more available slot on the date that I want.

So I called Caritas Manila to inquire. I talked to one of the in-charge there and she told me that she will ask for the permission of their Administrator if we can use one of the rooms there to host the party and they will let me know as soon as they get the approval. But I did not hear anything from them and then a week after I inquired with Caritas, it was announced that November 16 is a holiday and so we can have the party at Hospicio since the kids will not have class. And since it is the exact birthday of Bela, we all preferred then to celebrate at Hospicio.

I know it is my fault because even if I did not hear back from the organizers of Caritas, I should have given them a call to confirm and because I did not do that, they assumed that the party will push through. And so the kids waited for us last Sunday but we did not came. I got a call from the organizer that I talked to at Caritas yesterday to let me know what happened and I really felt bad that I almost cried.

I told them how sorry I was and I promised to visit them on Saturday so I can bring little donation that they can use for the feeding program and if business is good, I will really try to hold another party at Caritas this December to make up for what I did with the kids.

I am really truly and very, very sorry!!


Mulberry Alexa: For Sale

Posted by abie on 12:59 PM in ,
My good friend Kelly is selling this:

I am actually not interested with it when I heard my friends talking about it in Twitter. But now, I am so tempted to get payday advances just so I can get the Mulberry Alexa bag that Kelly is selling.

She brought it with her when we saw each other at Sam and Migo’s party last week and it was love at first sight. I love how supple and soft the leather is and the plus factor is that it comes in my favorite shade of purple.

Thank goodness one of our friends already bought it so there is nothing to think about and no chance for me to have sleepless nights over this bag. LOL. And besides I imposed a no shopping ban for myself and I better keep it so I can save enough money for the trip that we are planning next year.

Kelly is selling another one of this bag in Oak so just let me know if you re interested and I will hook you up with her.


True Friends

Posted by abie on 10:38 PM in
My husband and I went on a Europe vacation last year and one of the highlights of our trip was meeting a group of tourists who became our friends up to now. Sometimes you really never know where you can find true friends. My husband and I were just passing time as we are just waiting for our late evening train ride going to Rome. We have done the Gondola ride, had our picture taken at Plaza de San Marco, had a tour at the Dodge Palace and checked out the wood cupola, tried Venice’s pizza and gelato, and even checked out the souvenir shops located in the small streets of Venice. So we have done everything that we can in Venice and so we just sit in one of the benches facing the Grand Canal as we watch the gondoliers had fun while waiting for tourists to take a ride when we bumped into a group of tourists and we soon found out that we all came from the same country.

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We hit it off right then and there. We decided to have coffee in one of the coffee shops near the Grand Canal with a beautiful view of the garden filled with garden finial and there we talk for hours. I don’t know but for some reasons, it is like we knew each other for a long time already. We laugh like there is no tomorrow and chat and chat for hours.

Then the coffee extended until dinner where we moved to a restaurant near the train station so we won’t miss our ride going to Rome and looks like our garden weathervanes are all pointing us in the same direction as they are heading to Rome too the following day. This means we can have more time to get to know each other.

It was just a short time that we spent together when we were all tourist in Europe but I am really glad that up to now, we still keep in touch and they are one of our very true friends.


Remembering My Tita Vicky

Posted by abie on 2:19 AM in
My cousin tagged me with this photo:

This is the letter of invitation for their family as the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial School Association (MAPSA) celebrated its 50th anniversary. They want my Aunt Vick’s family to be present on her behalf at the Thanksgiving mass to be officiated by His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, as they believed that my aunt’s effort, wisdom, and foresight contributed to having MAPSA to become the entity that it is today. They believe that my Aunt Vicky is one of the pillars of MAPSA.

My Aunt Vicky died a few years ago from cancer and even in her absence, she still continue to make us proud. I know she has live her life to the fullest and she has helped a lot of people but my only sentiment is that she could have helped even more if she has not been stricken with cancer.

That is why I feel sad every time I hear stories of people dying from cancer. It makes me more sad when I read about Mesothelioma and its victims. But still I am thankful because there are Houston asbestos lawyer who can help victims get justice by helping them get a settlement or claim.

I do hope and pray that there will be no more victims of Mesothelioma and the victims will finally get their justice.


Pacquiao VS Margarito Fight @ Dad's

Posted by abie on 1:49 AM in , ,
Last November 14, I, hubby, my dad, my Tito June, my cousins Tessa and Joseph and my brother JP trooped to Dad’s restaurant in Ermita to watch live the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito.

We left the house around 8 AM as my brother is worried that the parking will be difficult as for sure Dad’s will be packed with the fans of Manny. The under card matches were already starting and since we did not eat breakfast (except my Tito June), we all started with the breakfast buffet. By 11 AM, they started serving lunch already and so we decided to have early lunch so we will just concentrate with the fight when it begins.

Food was really overflowing, from Japanese, American, and Filipino dish and I especially love their dessert table. But of course, when the fight begins, everybody forgot about the food and we just concentrated in watching the match.

Manny really awed me and now I am his number 1 fan. He is really the greatest boxer that has ever live (I think even better than Ali). I was so scared at first seeing how big Margarito is but Manny showed that Margarito is no match even just in the first few rounds. And just as we expected, Manny dominated the fight and successfully won his 8th World Title.

I just hope that this will not be his last fight as I just started to enjoy boxing. LOL.


Pig Out Week

Posted by abie on 11:18 PM in
This is one pig-out week again for me (so I really think I will need the best weight loss supplements to really help me loose weight before my friend’s wedding on December).

November 16, was Bela’s birthday. We had lunch at Pancake House while touring Ocean Park and then we had a party at Hospicio de San Jose where I ate my share of regular yum. Then after, we had dinner at Don Henrico’s where we ordered pizza, pasta and buffalo wings.

November 20 will be Bela’s celebration with her classmates and some of our close friends and relatives. I am the one who personally picked the menu and the dishes looks good so I am sure I will not miss tasting the sumptuous meals that will served by the Creamery. I also ordered for an ice cream buffet which I am really excited about.

November 21 will be Cobi’s 5th month birthday so I am sure we will have a little celebration again.

Judging from my list, for sure I will gain a couple of pounds again after this week.


Pacquiao-Margarito Later @ Dad's Restaurant

Posted by abie on 7:07 AM in
Yehey, hubby was finally able to buy our tickets for the Pacquiao- Margarito fight later at Dad’s restaurant.

The ticket comes with a breakfast and lunch buffet with bottomless drinks (so I will surely need the strongest appetite suppressant if I don’t want to really gain weight after this day). Hubby said the Pacquiao-Margarito fight will probably start by 11 AM but they will start to serve breakfast by 8 AM so we will surely be full even before the fight begins. LOL.

My dad, my uncle, my two cousins and my brother will be watching with us so for sure it will definitely be fun. I am excited for the Dad’s buffet and a bit scared with the fight as I saw Margarito and he is really big compared to Manny but I am really hoping that Manny will bag the prize again for his 8th World title.

Hubby said that this is a very memorable fight as this might be Manny’s last fight as he is planning to retire already. But who knows, if he wins, for sure Manny will consider fighting for another title again.


2011 Financial Goal

Posted by abie on 11:32 PM in ,
It is almost the end of the year of already so for companies, this means that they have to finish their financial reports before another year begins so they can assess the growth and profit of their business.

As for me and my husband, as another year is about to end, we also try to assess our financial status so we can make plans and goals for our family for the coming year. Just like now, we are checking the site of United States Gold Bureau to learn more about gold investment.

Gold is a very stable investment as its value does not depreciate over time so it is a very good way to preserve one’s wealth. And since it is universally accepted, there is no problem in converting it to cash if the need arises. That is why we are really considering to invest in gold and this is one of our financial goals for 2011.


Bela's Party @ Hospicio de San Jose

Posted by abie on 10:25 PM in , ,
Yehey, P-Noy declared November 16 as a non-working holiday. November 16 is the birthday of our princess. We initially planned to treat her out on that day like go to Ocean Park and check out their new attractions or go to the Science and Discovery Center at Mall of Asia. But we suddenly had a change of plans because I did not plan in advance Bela’s celebration with the kids at Hospicio de San Jose. I tried calling them last week to schedule Bela’s party there but all their weekends are already booked so I have no choice but to schedule it on the exact birth date of Bela.

I thought that it will just be our family who will celebrate with Bela and the kids at Hospicio but thankfully P-Noy declared 16 as a holiday so my other relatives can join us as what they always do every year.

This will be our fourth year to celebrate Bela’s birthday at Hospicio de San Jose and our family is really looking forward to see all the kids again.


Twitter Christmas Party 2010

Posted by abie on 10:15 PM in , ,
Last Sunday, we attended our first Christmas party for this year, the Twitter Christmas party. Every time I tell my friends and family that we are having our Christmas party already, they all say that it is still too early. But you know how busy the Bebots/MBAPS/Tweeps are and so we really have to schedule our Christmas party before our busy December.

The party was held at Shakeys Blue Wave Macapagal. They said that their party area can accommodate up to 80 guests but with just 65 people (adult and kids), there is really not much space to move. But despite the limited area that we have, we still managed to have fun.

The party started with the games for the kids (and I must say for the mommies too as they are all fighting to win a prize for their kids) and then we had lunch. After eating, we proceeded with the blowing of the birthday candle of Bianca to celebrate her 4th birthday and they served the 32” pizza courtesy of Jody for Bianca’s birthday. Then we went straight to the Kids exchange gift, raffle for the kids and the daddies and the much awaited activity, the White Elephant game.

Just like last year, the white elephant game was really a blast and the favourite gift for this year, the radio with CD player from Jane and the jewelry box with P1000 Starbucks gift certificate from Jody. LOL. Everybody was really eyeing for this gift but the rule is we can only steal it thrice. But that is where the fun begins, when we try to steal the gift that has been opened already and wait for the reaction of the victim. LOL.

Jacqui told us that for next year, the new rule is we should not bring gifts that have been given already in the previous years so we can be more creative with the gifts that we will bring. Maybe I should start buying for jewelry making supplies so I can start making jewelries as my gift for the white elephant game next year.

We only have 2 hours of party time in Shakeys and with all the activities lined up for the programs, and all the chika, that two hours is really not enough. But as always we really had a wonderful and fun party. Everybody was really happy, especially the kids and the mommies. Our group of friends is really growing and for sure next year we will even be bigger. So we really need to look for a bigger venue.

It was nice seeing you all again guys. Howell, Bela, Cobi and I really had fun. Thanks for all the loots and for great company. Let’s make sure that we will do this again next year.


Still Thinking About It

Posted by abie on 11:01 PM in
I'm just looking at the screen of my computer when suddenly a message popped out. It came from my sister. She told me about the sale of the bags that we both love.

Excitedly, she told me that it is on 20- 30% off promo. And I was like, really? And asked her if she'll buy though I already knew her answer. She said hell yeah, just like what I thought.

I asked her if she's sure and again received the same response. As a loving sister, I told her out of the blue, why don't you try to invest your money into a business and when you are already earning a lot, then buy all the bags that you like. She was like shocked when she read my message. She sent a laughing smiley and asked if I'm sick. I told her that I'm just concern about her future, for we all knew that the cost of living today is so expensive and she might get broke if she'll continue her addiction to bag. She got my point and asked what to do.

I gave her the site that my chum recommended me. She often saves her money to buy gold because she said that it's a good form of investment since gold’s value are so high and don't depreciate easily. My sister said that she'll give it a thought and will message me when she already decides about it.

I just hope she comes up with a good decision.


My Christmas List

Posted by abie on 10:56 PM in
Christmas is almost here. I can't wait to buy gifts for my love ones but before that, I have to make a list so I won't have a hard time finding stuffs to give. Of course the list starts with my children.

I'm thinking of giving B the toy that she really like and keeps on nagging me to buy it whenever we are at the mall. For the little man, I think diet pills will be great, just joking! Maybe bottomless milk will be enough for him for now. LOL!

For mom, I think bag will be great for her as well as for my Aunties.
For dad, pair of shoes will do and I think my hubby also wants one.
For my brother and her wife, I'm still not decided about it.
For my cousins, I think asking them what they want will be a good idea to have a hint on what to buy for them.

My list is not yet done, more will come as Christmas time draws near. I hope I can finish it as soon as possible so I'll start my shopping.


Gonna Be The Best

Posted by abie on 10:51 PM
I was surfing the web when an article caught my eye, its about the World's Best Quality of Life on Yahoo. Norway is on the top of the list, now I'm wondering how does it feel to have an annual income of 58,810 dollars and 81.0 years of life expectancy? I bet it was like a paradise living in there.

I hope that Philippines will be like that too, such a distant dream, right? I still believe that it was possible if and only if every Filipinos will help and cooperate to achieve such a grand life. If Norway can do it, why can't we?


She's a Business Minded

Posted by abie on 9:47 PM in
My sister, who is already working as a Quality Assurance on company, keeps on nagging me to find a good business for her. She wants something that won't cause her an arm and a leg and will make a good profit.

So, to make her stop, I surfed the web and find out about this gold bullion. As I scanned through the site, my mind is telling me that this investment will be good for my sister and as well as for me. I phone her immediately and talked about this business.

We both agreed that this is a good and safe way of investment, for gold has a high value and never depreciate easily. I gave her the site and told her to read it herself so she'll learn more about it. As for me, I'm excited to discuss it to my hubby and give it a think; if will try it or try it. LOL!


All Set

Posted by abie on 9:42 PM in ,
Everything is set for Bela’s birthday. In just two weeks from now, B will turn 5 years old in November 16 but we chose to hold her party over the weekend so that our family and friends will be available.

As early as now, I can see how excited B is for her party. She was the one who chose the theme, which is the Princess Tea Party. She wants to invite all her classmates and that’s why I’m preparing the invitations already so we can distribute it by next week.

Her gown and the clothes that she will wear for her special day is also ready but we still need to buy shoes for her. I hope we will have time this coming weekend to check out the mall for that.

Well, so much for that, I still need to check again my the list for B’s birthday just to make sure that everything will be perfect.


My Little Composer

Posted by abie on 8:43 PM in
Whenever I hear the song "Too Much Love" by Jovit Baldovino, I will immediately think of B. She heard the song first on a cracker’s commercial. One afternoon she was playing on her mat then heard the song. After hearing it, she sings along with these lyrics: “Love love I kill you nanana nana.” Right after hearing her version of the song, I burst out of laughter and she asked me why? I just told her that I'm happy hearing her sing then she continued playing her toys.

After a week, I just learned that she has a new version of it, my mom told me about it. I just can't put my finger on her lyrics because when I asked her to sing it, she will just tell me that she needs to see the commercial first. So I'm hoping right now to see the commercial so I can hear what my little singer's newest composition.


Kids' Dilemma

Posted by abie on 8:30 PM in
My cousins visited us the other day at our house for they already miss my kids because they were not able to see them for almost 2 weeks now.

When they were at our house, my cousin asked me if I know any kind of treatment that will help her get rid of lice. I saw her scratching her head from time to time and that made me think that her case is becoming worst. She said that she got it from her classmate who is also have lice for quite some time now. They were seatmates that's why she suspects that it can be one of the reasons why she had lice now.

And so I tried to search if there is one like the Houston lice treatment here in our country because all I know, most people who suffer from this infestation, they only use special shampoos that contains bad harmful chemicals that can affect our health and can damage our hair as well.

Unfortunately, I still can find one but I suggest her to consult her doctor first so she will know the best thing that she can do to get rid of her lice.


Silly Faces

Posted by abie on 8:24 PM in

Look how silly my daughter. Ever since she discovered the Photobooth application in my sister's MacBook, she always borrows the laptop and then she will sit on one side and take silly pictures of herself.

In fact, even if my sister is busy doing something in her laptop, she will keep on bugging her just to play with the application. Actually, when I checked on the pictures, she almost had a 100 already.

Because of this, Bela's now asking me if I can buy the same laptop for her. I knew that she'll come up with the idea that's why I prepared an answer already. I just told her then that we don't need to buy a new one because her tita will give it to her eventually! (just kidding sis. LOL!)

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