Saturday, September 24, 2011

cheap calls

Just perfect.

The trend in the telco-industry now is moving away from traditional PSTN for voice application. In order to survive in the industry and to still continue to own the customers, carriers are now engaging into non-traditional VoiP platform. Not because of the new technology, but doing VoiP is cost effective and practical solution to save on high termination rates of international calls. And aside from direct calling, some companies even resort into web conferencing and engage to cheap conference calls not only to save on long distance calls but huge savings on travel expenses of employees for meetings. Making everyone productive while saving on opex cost. Simply perfect and ideal for business, right?

on big trucks

Every man (or boy) I know dreamed of having their own monster rc trucks. Mind you, they want to own rc (or remote control) trucks not only as a "cool" toy to navigate and control, but others even go beyond playing the rc trucks. While others prefer to collect them, others prefer building it from scratch and modfying it to make it power-pack rc trucks. Neat eh? In fact, through modfying and making them feel like a real thing, some earn big bucks by selling their toy. Though I don't get the fun or thrill part of building the monster truck, but I think I can simply equate it to my hobby of collecting purse. Hahaha! No fair comparisson as per my husband, who adores and still dream driving his own big truck or jeep. But since we cant afford to own one now, he's happy and contented of collecting rc 1:10 scale model cars for the meantime.

post evaluation

It's been four years since my mother in law had her thyroid surgery. THer case was hyperthyroidism, case wherein overporduction of thyroid hormone. Though the surgery went well, she feels that she needs to have it checked for further evaluation. Lately, she is complaining of difficulty in swallowing. Should be minor inconvenience on her part, but just to be sure, we recommended her to check her hormone imbalances again. Probably consult Thyroid doctor austin, and reconsider using compounded bioidentical thyroid hormone for treatment. Worth checking to be safe than be sorry.


My bundles of joy. My kids. My treasures.

I wish I can stop time so they will be forever be my babies. They will forever be mine. But, they grew up so fast. So fast, that I can't keep up. My little pretty princess turning seven, and my cute prince will no longer be a tot as he turns two.

Yes, little girl no more. She'll turn seven in a next few months. Day by day, she's becoming very strong and independent. No longer a cry baby. I should be happy with her new found independence, but I am not. In fact, sadness fills my heart. My little baby, now a gradeschooler can handle herself. Next few years, she might need less of me. I an afraid when that day comes. And I must be ready. But for now, she's still my baby. My pretty little princess, Samantha.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

where to begin?

It's been a while since I've updated this blog. Too much going on around me that I feel the 24-hours not enough to cover all my pending errands. Aside from my busy work schedules and projects, my social and personal life is also busy with activities. Yep, busy is an understatement.

And now that I was able to find time to blog, my mind is in complete blank. I don't know where to start! Uugh! Not sure if I will start with the new role in the office (as more of business development lately), party preps for my little girl, my mom needing financial advise, our upcoming travel plans to South Korea by November, highschool reunion bash preparation, my little girl's big school experience, my bag "lust" for the quarter (a Prada this time), my new retail business or the welch allyn medical device depot I found on the net. And that is nearly half of my list yet.

Anyway, with so much to do list, one blog post not enough. Perhaps I ought to break it down per priority or urgency ...which is somehow impossible as all of it are urgent. Hahaha! Wish me luck I don't know where to begin?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

cigar search

Any idea where I can buy gurkha cigars? My Australia-based friend looking for one as she need to give her boss with discriminating taste when it comes to cigar. As she wanted to give something different, and legendary she thought of giving her British boss, the gurkha cigar. She tried to search this cigar from their local shops but can't find one, and worst she can't find a trusted online re-seller. Any suggestions?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

something blue

My first blue box ... ultimate happiness from Tiffany & Co.

Thank you to my dear husband for the "surprise" gift. As always, beautiful and perfect. I heart it so much. Will definitely treasure it and hand it down to our kids, as part of our family heirloom.

on smartphones

The husband bought the other day another mobile phone. This time, for his office use to test their new phone SIP to SIP application. As of today, he officially uses four (4) mobile phones, his favorite Apple phone, his personal Nokia phone, a Samsung galaxy, and his latest acquisiton, LG. Just like his previous smartphones, his new LG is an android qwerty phones as he needs it for his IP-based applications. Complete with social networking portals built in widget. The phone comes in black and white color, with extra lg phone batteries included to handle longer talk time. Great, isn't it. And with all these mutitude of smartphones coming out in the market, I hope the husband will not consider to get all brands available in the market for testing. Very expensive, eh?

girl's bestfriend.

They say diamonds are girl's bestfriend. So true. Most of the women I know would love to own a piece of a good, classic cut diamond ring. Either a gift from their parents, a family heriloom or a gift from their loved ones. I can still remember the time the husband proposed to me and gave ma diamond solitaire ring. It was the most beautiful jewelry piece I've ever seen. Perfect, as my fiancee (now husband) gave it to me.

These days, aside from diamond solitaire ring, I've been seeing everlon ring given as engagement ring. The intricate rope design beautiful, and very modern as it accentuates the perfect diamond cut. Check it out. It is a worth investment.

Monday, July 11, 2011

the purse reveal ... my muse!

The baghag is back! After being away for weeks, I am back with a vengence!! Oh, vengence is such a harsh word but more of I am back with my shopping vengence! LOL

Yes, after depriving myself for a purse-reward since early this year, now I am back ... back in getting myself a birthday pressy! And after price research, budget calculations and careful considerations, and my Hongkong trip last May, finally settled on getting my gift at the most luxurious haven on earth ... Marina Bay Shoppes in Singapore! Woohoohoo!! A real birthday treat!

And the big reveal ... THE YSL MUSE. Nothing else. In fact, choosing the right purse was easy. As I was dead-set on getting this for more than one year already. What is tough, choosing the right color. A toss between ebony and ivory color. Both so lovely and equally beautiful IRL.

Naturally, I can't have both purse or the husband will kill me! (LOL) So I settled with the safest color ever for office use ... YSL Muse Large in black with gold hardware. What else?! Initially, was determined to pick the ivory color, but chickened out. Too risky! But, if ever I'll have extra moolah (praying hard), will still get the ivory color. Why? Too fab to resist. And since I don't have moolah, for the meantime, allow me to share my joy this year ... my YSL Muse. real black leather beauty! Happiness :)

on insurance review mode

It's the time of the month again, wherein I need to review our insurance premium. The husband would often pass this task to me as he knows I am very critical in choosing our retirement plan. With thousands of online insurance facilities available on the web, he knows I am getting good deal comparing and reviewing wholesale insurance plan. Lately, the husband is keen on getting single premium immediate annuities to fund our retirement plans. Though we are not yet in our retirement age, I guess he's keen on getting this option for his parents, both almost at their retirement age. I am not sure if possible to purchase an immediate annuity to secure their retirement benefits (or income) , but I am hoping some insurance company open to this option to fund retirement plans. Any reco?

weight loss

As I've blogged on my earlier post, with too much stress and late nights at work I am not surprised that I've lost weight recently. A good ten pounds weight loss for the past three months. My friends are wondering if I am into
adapexin weight loss pill. Some even wonder if I still continue taking the L-Carnitine medication which speeds up my metabolism rate. Too their dismay, I would always answer my weight loss attributed to work. Work and more work! Sleepless nights and unending worries on how to meet my sales quota for the year. Wish I am losing weight voluntarily, but unconsciously, I am heading to thin-ville with too much stress-related activities in the workplace. Is this good or bad? For now, I don't know. Hoping it is for the best.

what's up?

It's been a while since I've updated my blog. I've been very busy and stressed lately at work and I miss blogging so much. I used to have enough time to update my blog about my family, the kids, my work, my wishlists for the month and almost anything under the sun. But lately, I am just overwhelmed with too much work. Not sure if this is good (or bad) but I am consumed so much with new tasks in the office. And with the new work role, comes new responsibilities, new responsibilities, new deliverables. Deliverables in the tune of P55M on NET revenue, less of all outpayments. Tsk..tsk.. difficult! And with this new challenge, I am not hitting my monthly quota at all since first quarter 2011. Very bad, indeed. Not sure if I'll ever make it this 2011. Still hoping ... and I am crossing my fingers this time :(

Thursday, June 2, 2011

barbecue party

I love to own my own fire pit. I saw this unique and stunningly designed fire pit with granite table top online and I now dream of owning one too. This will be a perfect and classy addition for my barbecue parties with friends. It uses an Oriflamme burner with 22” in diameter and sits inside a full granite top. The steel frame of the table has a high quality powder-coated finish which compliment the sophisticated style of the granite top. It includes all Urban fire glass, propane tank, and an oriflamme steel lid with high to low control knob that allows users to turn down the heat and simply enjoy the ambiance that the Oriflamme Table. And, as we love to host Sunday brunches and barbecue parties, this will be useful and nice conversation piece for our parties, don't you think so? =)

school talk

The moms at twitter are getting ready for school. Yes, as next week will be start of classes for our kids. It's as if we all started planning for our summer activity for us kids, and with just few winks ... it's back to school again for everyone! And this only means one thing, the busy blogger moms back to being stage-moms for kid's activities, busy cook to prepare kids' meals, late-night tutoring and more budget-planning. And with all these never-ending school expenses, I hope I can tweak our budget for a birthday gift for myself from scott kay online jewelry store. And if this is not possible, probably I can just ask a small Tiffany pendant from the husband. Why not? I think I truly deserve it ... Hahaha!

bag post!

I am not a Chloe purse fan, but my friend suggested that this purse indeed deserves a second look. My initial reaction, leather too thick and heavy. The design, well ...nice, but not that stunningly nice like my first love for LV epi leather. And as I search more about Chloe bag, I really think it really deserves a second look. And the two must-have Chloe bag ...

Chloe Paraty

simple design with less hardware. leather soft and slouchy but the shape is structured, In fact, the paraty is not too heavy like the paddington bag. Bag selling price at $1995

Chloe Marcie :

large, camel color ... simple yet beautiful, lines sleek and clean but very feminine. Selling at $1790 at Net-a-Porter

Monday, May 30, 2011

off to go camping

I love outdoor camping. In fact this is one of my favorite activity during my girl scout days so many years ago. I always look forward of exploring nature, be on your own out there ... cooking meal from scratch, sleeping under the stars, bonfire story-telling and all those bonding activities like song and dance number which made my camping days really a memorable one. And now that I am already a parent, I would love to do camping again. But this time with my kids! I want them to experience nature, learn how to survive in the wild and not just by being stuck home the entire summer watching tv and playing video games. And if budget permits, I would even want to get those trailer hitches for our SUV, bring along bikes or trailer trucks as our home camp, away from the busy city and just enjoy relaxing weekend or setting out on a great camping adventure with the family. If only I could ...

security benefits

Back from our short but sweet Disney vacation!

And before I post about our family travel experience, allow me to share must read social security benefits I found on the net. This was shared to me by my blog friends and very alarming reality for people who wish to claim their social security benefits :

If you're thinking about taking on the Social Security Administration (SSA) alone, get ready for a long, long fight – 65 percent of all initial disability claims are denied and the average wait time can be two to four years.

Scary, isn't it? Aside from all the paperworks, long waiting lines, medical jargons ... many people trust and recommend getting local attorney or better yet, Allsup. As the company completes Social Security forms be it done either electronically, by phone or mail – including the Activities of Daily Living questionnaire. Hassle-free. They even gather relevant medical records and documents from health care professionals to simplify and expedite the application process. In fact, the company charges once claim approved, and the fee fixed or set by Social Security Administration. Do check it out.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Disney countdown ...

The little girl is counting the days 'til will be off to the happiest place on earth. She's very excited with the Hongkong trip not because she'll get to see the Disney princesses and the characters, but she's more excited that it will be her little brother's first Disney trip. And she's been babbling for days now on what to see, what to prepare for her brother's trip. Very thoughtful and sweet ATE, indeed.

For this trip, will be my early birthday celebration as the kids will be back in school by first week of June. And so as not to hamper their school days, decided to move the trip two weeks earlier. Will be having a simple itinerary as the kids with me and as this will be our nth HK visit, decided to spend most of our trip inside Disneyland...and a little shopping time for myself. Hihihi!

Day 1

7am: depart Manila

11am: check in at Marco Polo Gateway

1pm : malling at harbour view

6pm : avenue of the stars

Day 2: city for more shopping time

Day 3: transfer to HK Disney Hollywood Hotel

enjoy Disneyland

Day 4: breakfast at enchanted garden

last minute shopping at Tun Chung

depart HK for Manila

almost missed it ...

Just received mail from our insurance company today, reminder for our annual premium payments for the husband's mortgage life insurance. It is up for payment due again and I almost forgot to set aside budget for this. You see, I've been very busy tweaking our monthly expense budget for the past months to accommodate the little girl's seventh birthday party, and the insurance premium ...aahhh, almost missed it! Good thing our insurance company sends reminder notices for the payment due dates. Otherwise, if it hadn't ... I might have totally forgotten about it. Which means, payment lapses on our end and will require additional fees to re-instate the insurance coverage. Wheew!! Thanks to gentle reminders sent by the company, with thousands of things of my mind lately ... little reminder would truly help. :)

flower happy

I love flowers. In fact, I love giving fresh, beautiful flowers to friends on whatever occasion it may be. Be it birthdays, anniversarries, thank you token, get well soon or just simply to perk up their day ...sending flowers best gift to put a smile on their face. And I am thankful that giving flowers to the people I love now easy with global deliveries. Such as New York flower delivery I used last month for my sweet aunt based in New York. As she was promoted in her work, our family sent her nice yellow arrangement of flowers to celebrate the good news. She was happy when she received it.

And as much as I love giving flowers, I also love receiving them. The husband knows flowers are the best way to make me feel better especially on my low days. And he would often send me nice floral arrangements at work on my birthday, our anniversary and that would indeed make me extremely special that day.

back to school shopping

In a few weeks time, it's back to school again. This means I need to shop again for kid's school essentials. Aside from school supplies like pads and pens, I need to get the school uniforms, leather shoes and of course, rubber shoes for PE class.

However this year, my highschooler son Ico, request is to get him a rubber shoes designed for hiking and trekking instead the usual basketball shoes. He saw nice pair of Nike ACG on sale, fashionable look with serious performance. As he and his classmates are bound to do a lot of hiking this year, he's keen on getting nice pair of Nike ACG below. Price reasonable for Nike and I just hope these models available online.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

blog reviews

Any idea how rankpay sites are done? It was introduced to me by some of my blogging friends as they believe it gives better leverage for their blog sites to be on the top list for Google search results. As I am not very particular how it works, my friends told me that it is an effective tool whenever for sites to be visited by readers. Certain key words are typed for search, the site appears on the top list. Ideally, the site must be found within the first three pages for readers to browse. If you ask me, this is an effective marketing tool if you want your site to be frequently visited by customers. Aside from asking people to write blog or product reviews, it helps that these reviews directly linked to the seller site by simple click. Though some sellers pay more just to be on the top search list, I would like to think that it still depends on the keywords used or hits your site receives in order to be on the top search list.

on healthy eating

In a few weeks time, I'll be a year older again. I am not excited as I used to be whenever my birthday arrives but somehow this time, I feel like I am too old already. It's as if I am running out of time, and I have not yet accomplished anything in my life. Bad, right?

And as I am not getting any younger, I am now more conscious with my skin. I now have anti-ageing cream, and religiously apply moisturizers and sun blocks on my face. Yes, only this year that I became conscious with my skin (late bloomer, du-uh!) Also, aside from taking care of my skin, I am now cautious with my food intake. Less fat and oily food, more protein. In fact, I now take vitamin supplements, do colon cleanse detox and drink tea to improve my well-being.

Yes, all of these things I've realized now that I am almost down the hill ... too late, eh?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

bag hunt

It's been a while since I've posted my purse wish ... not sure why but definitely I've been sooo good this year. My last bag purchase was late last year, a Longchamp Limited Edition Bag -- Miyajima print for my collection. And it's almost half of the year, no new bag conquest yet. I am incredibly good, eh?

BUT, I think this would change. With my friend off to Paris in a few days, I've been busy checking all bag sites. Can't exactly point what I actually want but so far, I managed to still "lust" for the bags below ... all in black.

YSL Muse Large in Black Leather (pardon photo in Patent leather)

Chanel Mademoissele bowling bag large in Iridiscent Calf leather

Hmmm...not 100% sure yet but I think I am more inclined to get a new office bag with different style this time. I've been eyeing the Muse since last year and I think this would be the best time to get a new bag for myself ... what do you think? Any bag reco?

on discount coupons

Yes, I love discount coupons! Who wouldn't?! Though I am a shop addict, I do my shopping sensibly. And before I do any shopping spree, I made sure that I get value for my money. Cheers to discount coupons for all the savings! They are heaven sent marketing strategy to customers like me. And just like any regular shopping with all my discount cut out coupons from magazines and newspapers, I also apply discount coupons even if I purchase gifts or items online. Just like my favorite thank you gifts to all my friends, the Mrs. Fields gift basket. With Cherry moon farm coupon discounts I got online, I was able to get these goodies basket for a good price. Sweet treat! Check it out for more discounts! =)

health care concerns

As I was doing research about point of care cart, I can't help but wonder if the medical field now goes full blown IT outsourcing. Yes, given that my new thrust in the company to launch Managed Services as a product, I've been very busy understanding the needs of every industry possible that would require possible IT assistance. And suddenly realized that our company is missing a lot of opportunities from the health care providers. A huge potential for telco service provider like us, as we may not be a telco transport provider for telephone or data lines for daily operations use, but we can offer full Managed Services suite to include software applications (ie: medical transcriptions), equipment, and even physical or logical security systems to keep track patients records. And the health care providers are the best candidate to have a back up or disaster recovery system in place to ensure all historical health concerns addressed with no missed data records. Huge opportunity and market, indeed. If I can only launch a customized product for health care industry soon, I guess this would be the perfect solution for our comapny to address new revenue stream...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

the pretty ATE

Little baby no more... Yes, she's our sweet, pretty ATE SAMANTHA. No longer the baby of the family. She amazes me day by day by her wit and funny antics. She's growing so fast and we can't stop her. She thinks more like a little adult, act with care and refinement at her age, picks her own dress as she's gifted with fashion sense too. And as we are preparing for her upcoming 7th birthday, she's also in-charge with her party! Yes, most of the party ideas and decisions checked by the little girl. In fact, she even checks Personal Creations ?Linked In facebook account for gift token ideas for her party. Yes, she's very much involved with her party. And by next month, she's already grade school. How time flies ... if I can only stop it and keep her as my baby.


My blogger friend will be leaving next few days for Europe trip and I am torn which purse to get. For several days I've been busy checking different bag sites but I can't think of any precise bag I want. And since I am helping my aunt on her medical research about testosterone patches; I can't concentrate. I am always distracted from time to time to check fashion IT purse for 2011. Wish I can end this bag hunt ordeal. Any purse suggestions? =)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

on diet pills ...again

Yes, I know ... I am one of the biggies in my team. Despite trying to lose weight for months prior to our beach trip, my pills not working! I've tried to search for Diet pills that work fast online, and I think I've tested more than four variation of diet pills, still not effective. I guess it's not the diet pills anymore. Hahaha! My lack of discipline from eating and my stuborness to start excercising are the major culprit why I can't lose weight. And I hate it. Now, I am thinking to try new diet pill as I need to lose weight fast in preparation for our upcoming Hongkong trip. It has always been a cycle .... and this is bad.

summer escapades

Back from another summer vacation. This time, with my colleagues from work. We explored the beautiful island of Palawan. Love, love the place. Nature trip for us, ladies as we not only enjoyed the sun and sand of Sabang beach, but we also visited the underground river, famous tourist spot and voted as the next wonder of the world. Aside from beach swimming, we also learned a lot from pugad pawikan, habitat for endangered turtles. We were allowed to release turtles to the sea, back from their natural habitat. Truly a memorable bonding experience for all of us.

bike hobby

The husband must be dreaming ... no way would I allow him to get his own four-wheel all terrain vehicle (ATV). Aside from my personal issues about its safety, I doubt if it will be practical to own one as we live in the city. No way we could maximize the functionality of an ATV in the metro, right? I guess his dream of owning one was greatly influenced by his cousin who is very active in ATV races. His cousin, who by the way already a PRO in ATV racing, not only assembles his own bike, he is also a huge fan of dressing it up by getting polaris rzr accessories Mind you, the price to own the bike is nowhere cheap. And dressing it up with accessories even more expensive. And the returns, well ...according to our cousin, very rewarding, all worth it! Let's see. Now the husband is even more eager to own his dream bike. Yay!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

full hands

Fifteen days to go and we are off to vacation land again. This time, it will be my pre-birthday treat as the entire family will be off to the happiest place on earth ... Hongkong Disneyland. Weeee!! I will be bringing my little toddler, Migo as it will be his first international travel. And I am so excited for him. But before I go all out on a holiday mood, need to settle all household bills to avoid service disruptions. That includes not only usual utilities, our pre-need insurances but must not forget our cable subscription too. Which coincidentally, must also call customer service for new antennas or dish to improve our viewing experience. Hahaha, very busy indeed. Wish I won't forget all these errands.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

winter madness

It's so hot as it is summer on my side of the world and yet I can't help purchasing winter clothes for my little girl. Yes, I am one season late but blame it on my love for sale items. Hihihi! The boots (both from Steven Madden) and Gap winter outfits are all on sale at almost 60% off. Who wouldn't grab the opportunity, right? Best buy deal, believe me.

And so we wait for the winter months to come ... no rush as we wait in style to wear the fab winter outfits bought online.

grouchy mood

Not sure if my husband is just simply grouchy or in too much pain these past few days. He's not his usual jolly, happy self but instead, he gets easily irritated with the humid weather (naturally, because it's summer) and complaining of joint pains when cold at night. I am thinking he's experiencing arthritis pain as it is persistent around the knee area. He complains joint stiffness with excruciating pain. Hoping not serious, though as I am afraid if his arthritis symptoms persists, he might be a candidate for joint replacement. Very bad. Anyway, any immediate pain relief suggestions?

payday bonus news

Happy news at work! Recently received a memo from our company HR announcing our performance merit increase. Weeee!! And for a job well-done last year, that is for hitting my sales quota ... will be gettting a bonus this year with payout release by this month. Great!! Perfect timing as I am already contemplating of availing payday advances to cover our family trip this month to Hongkong Disneyland. Isn't that great news ... more reason to celebrate and shop!! =)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Egg-citing Easter!

Ever wonder why we have rabbits and eggs every Easter Sunday? There may be different traditions or customs that lead to one common belief for Easter: Re-birth. Christians believe that Easter Sunday is the day Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead to save mankind. Thus, it is a symbl of re-birth from old self, a new beginning to start life.

And why the bunny and eggs? The Easter bunny or hare is a symbol of fertility. With the eggs a symbol of life, wherein Romans believed life comes from an egg. The seed of life ...resurrection of Jesus Christ. And why we color or decorate the eggs? Not certain but in early Medieval days, they used eggs as gifts. And as eggs symbols life, a gift of new life.

Whatever explanations or traditions it may be, children and adults both celebrate Easter. A day to be thankful that God gave His only son to save us from our sins. Celebration of re-birth ...renewal of life.

HAPPY EASTER, Everyone!!

home improvements ... again

Yes, I am bound to do some home improvements next month. This time, my house project involves the lanai cum garden area. I am thinking of removing the old plants, and changing it to a more simple and low maintenance zen-type garden design. And as much as I want to add koi pond, space is a problem. Nevertheless, I still want big improvement from my present garden space. Probably change the plants by putting up bamboo trees with blue grass aroound the corners. That would be lovely! And naturally, must change the present garden drainage. Probably change water hose too, not the high pressure hydraulic hose for commercial use but simple garden hose to keep the area clean. No concrete plans yet but I am definitely sure will do some drastic change with our present garden. Excited! =)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

summer happy!

Yes, the little girl is indeed summer happy. Aside from enjoying unlimited tv and playtime with her little brother, I've enrolled her to several summer activities to keep her busy the entire summer. These activites includes:

1. Swimming lessons by Aqualogic Swim Co - one hour swim fun every Satruday at CSA, Makati.

2. Gymnastics lessons by Club Gymnastica at SPC Pasig - Class MWF at 9-12am.

3. Mc Donalds Kiddie Crew by 3rd week of April.

Full sked, eh? And to add to these activites, birthday parties here and there and our upcoming HongKong family trip by May. Whoa! And I wonder if i can still squeeze her reading class by May. Let's see.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

home improvements

House renovation in progress. For the past week, we've been very busy with several home improvements. And since it is summer, we are taking advantage of the summer heat by doing all possible work. These includes: 1. exterior house painting of entire house. 2. scrape to metal for gates, and re-paint color to brown. 3. fix the bathroom tiles. add another water outlet. 4. de-clogging of sink , new pipe for drainage. 5. re-painting of interior wall to a different color. 6. change of tiles, probably to laminate flooring. 7. fix all busted lights. 8. change main door to a different wood 9. fix all hinges of ecterior cabinets.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

with my girlfriends

Don't you just love hanging out with your girlfriends? Date night with girlfriends every Fridays, simply catching up over dinner, more talk over dessert, and still unlimited no holds barred girl talk during coffee until wee hours of the morning. Perfect stress-busters after a long work week. Wouldn't you agree?

MBAPs ladies with Kelly, Apols, Joy and Mich at Chilis, Greenbelt 5

with my highschool buddies : Kaye, Jet, Lani, Fe and Gladys at Sambo-kojin, Eastwood

hair panic

Any idea where I can get good reviews on best hair loss products? I think I badly need one for myself. After giving birth a year ago my hair seems not same anymore. Not as straight, soft, shiny and worst ... I do experience hairfall every morning, losing twenty to fifty strands during shower. Very, very bad. I tried having having treatment by applying hair spa, power dose, applying creams or hot oil, not working. Now I am worried that I might lose all my hair before I reach forty. Eeeeewww! Any hair care suggestions?

beauty SOS

Badly need beauty help! Lately, I am having sleepless nights due to my work. Stressed with the new team I am handling, and add the huge budget given to me. And with the back to back evening gatherings, late meetings for the past months, no wonder I am having dark circles under my eyes. Anyway, as an instant remedy, I usually put cold cucumber slices for few minutes before I sleep ... but the magic wonder seems not working at all! Any suggestions how to get rid of dark circles? Need miracle cream fast! =)

extra treat

Extremely happy! Just received good news from my MAC agent that the quote provided to me for my iMAC upgrade comes with a free ipod nano 4G. Coolness, eh? Now the kids may have iPod on their own. No more gadget-fight, no more music-sharing. The little girl can have her own Disney, Taylor Swift and iCarly music all the time, while the big brother ... can have all the pop and R&B music all day. Weeee! No more mommy-stress, and no more kids fighting! Perfect. All thanks to Mac super treats! =)


Oh my! So strong, bold and comic-cool. I was one of those super happy customer when I learned MAC worked in collaboration with DC Comics. Something fresh and cool ...and who could be better model ever, the super heroine herself in all prettyness and power, Wonder Woman! So cool ... I truly heart MAC's Wonder Woman Collection for Spring 2011!

Banish any thought of being a Plain Jane: M∙A∙C and Wonder Woman have joined forces! For Spring 2011, take a trip to Paradise Island with a legendary line up of super-sized Mineralize Skinfinish, bold Eye Shadow quads, Pigment, Opulash, Lipsticks and oversized Lipglass, jumbo-big Powder Blush and Penultimate Eye Liner, Nail Lacquer and Lash inspired by the larger-than-life Bold Babe. Dashing and dazzling, the iconic super heroine reminds us that inside every woman is a Mighty Aphrodite full of courage, confidence and charisma. Kaboom! Mission Accomplished!

Wonder Woman has always known the importance of astounding accessories. For her collaboration with M∙A∙C, we’ve infused her sense and fantasy and wonder into a vivid collection of awe-inspiring accessories as fierce and feminine as the heroine herself. Bright, bold, superhuman designs in Makeup Bags – from radiant Red to Bulletproof Blue, Utility Belt Brush Sets, and exclusively online, the WW T-Shirt and Invincible Mirror. Shazam!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

summer plans

Summer here again. And now that the kids already off from school, I need to find ways how to make them productive and useful this summer. Aside from enrolling them to summer camp like basketball, baking, football or swimming, I would like to expose the kids with social awareness activities that would probably open their eyes with the realities of the world. Probably engage them with care for environment worthy-cause activities, such as tree planting or recycling campaign. Or probably expose them to home or nurse care awareness. One way of reaching out to old people and expose them to people with disabilities who are simply waiting for SSDI benefits claim. Though two of my kids still young for these awareness campaign, but I guess my fifteen-year old son would be interested as an outreach program of the youth. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

HK bound for summer

Yes, we are HongKong bound this summer. Weeee, super excited to be back on the happiest place on earth! This time, more excited as we will be back with the youngest member of our family, Migo. Our travel will be perfect this year as we will catch the 5th Year Anniversary of Disneyland HK and see the new float parade --- Flights of Fantasy with Tinkerbell's fairies too. Really excited! And of course, aside from enjoying all the Disney rides, I also look forward to those cute souvenir items like bags, umbrellas, shirts, key charm and pens with the famous Disney characters. Weeee ...more excited. Few months to go and we are HK-bound summer.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

family heirloom

Seven years ago, the husband gave me diamond tennis bracelet made of white gold for Christmas. If I can remember correctly, it was one of the most expensive piece of jewelry that year next to our engagement ring. In fact, the husband (my boyfriend then) complained of not having any bonuses that year. Double whammy, as he claims! Buying engagement and tennis bracelet in one year Hihihi! Anyway until now, I still have my diamond tennis bracelet with me. Still beautiful and brillant. Perfect pass-on gift for my daughter when she turns eighteen in the next years to come.

Friday, February 25, 2011

diet pills search

Any idea where I can find safest diet pills for women? Aside from I am interested in taking one, my sister who will be going out for a summer beach trip next month is also keen on buying diet pills for herself and friends. Yes, my vain sister would want to flaunt her sexy body on the beach by wearing skimpy bikini outfits. Hah! lucky she's still single and young, can do crazy things without inhibitions. Anyway, any idea where I can get them online?

Friday, February 18, 2011

7th Year Anniversary

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busy mind

Any idea where I can get the best sleeping pills? I need effective but safe sleeping pills for myself as I am having sleepless nights lately. Too many things on my mind ... both from work and family. You see, I've been busy with our upcoming travel with the kids and I am really excited about it. Too much preparation needed as will be travelling with the kids in tow. Hahaha! And with work, I am assigned with new task and simply overwhelmed with all the products and services I need to launch in a few months time. Whew, think i need a breather. Too much work, and my vacation next week will be perfect for me to unwind.Hopefully, after my much needed R&R, will be back in shape and have a goodnight sleep again. Let's see.

Kung Hei Fat Choi ...

or Happy Chinese New Year!

The Chinese community celebrated New Year with a bang early this month, and as being half-Chinese, traditions must be followed. To welcome the year, aside from being with my family, I prepared sticky cake (tikoy) shared by the family. On the eve of New Year, prepared my wishing paper and lit up incense sticks wherein I jotted down all my wish for the family (and work) this year. Gave out ang-paos (red envelope) too with money inside amounting to P168 ... told to be the lucky number for Chinese. The angpaos given to the kids and supposed to be kept for the year. Hopefully, with all these preparations it will be a lucky year for me and the husband =)

kung hei fat choi!

summer loots

summer loots all here

Summer loots all here! Yes, as we are Boracay bound in a few days, I am happy that my loots arrived just in time. Mostly for the little bratinella, as I was able to get her good bathing suits online. Bought her shorts, bikini and rash guard on sale! While I got myself cute polka-dotted tankini top. Tee-hee! Unfortunately I was expecting the acne treatment products delivered on time too... but sadly as per my last tracking, package still in transit. It could have been perfect if I had my acne products with me now so I can use it and be acne-free by next week. Oh well ... with or without acne, I am sure it will be lots of fun for the family. Can't wait. =)

lack of sleep

Lately, I am having sleepless nights due to my work. Stressed with the new team I am handling, and add the huge budget given to me. And with the back to back evening gatherings for the past months, no wonder I am having dark circles under my eyes. Anyway, as an instant remedy, I usually put cold cucumber slices for few minutes before I sleep ... but the magic wonder seems not working at all! Any suggestions how to remove dark circles under eyes?

Friday, February 4, 2011

on alcohol detox

Just wan to share.

Last week, news broke out about one of our local prime time TV actors entered rehab facility for alcoholism treatment. The actor, considered as wild child of the entertainment industry said to have touched one of her co-stars breast while shooting a scene. This prompted the TV station to remove the actor from the tele-serye, and brought him to an undisclosed rehabilitation center for alcohol detox
treatment. Everyone is hoping that he will be alcohol-free after three months of treatment.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

cigar accessories

Any idea where I can get cigar accessories? The husband is looking for one as he plans to give his Cuban boss a birthday token. Last year, he gave his boss premium tobacco and this time, he's thinking of giving something different. Perhaps personalized lighter or ashtrays. The local stores can't provide nice quality accessories and the husband is thinking of getting it online. Any site you can recommnend?

special screening - Yogi Bear

And will be off tomorrow morning watch Yogi Bear Special Screening at Glorietta 4. Our cousin gave us free tickets to include pre-screening cocktails too! Great. Really excited for the kids especially for Migo, who will watch a movie for the first time. I just hope he will enjoy the movie and will not be scared inside the movie house.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

back to heaven

Simply counting the weeks and we will be off to Bora-heaven. Yes, the excited beach girl in me would like to go back to the pristine beach of Boracay. Almost exactly after a year from my last visit. But this time, I will be in Bora not for work but, for a complete R&R with my family. Yes, ultimate heaven! As early as now I am preparing our beach gears, buying suits for the kids including rashguards to protect them from the heat of the sun. As for me, I have a month to lose those unwanted fats so I can fit perfectly in my tankinis. Hahaha! Yes,not only by taking proven fat burner daily but, I also do watch my carbo intake too! Hoping I can shed off ten pounds ithin a month ... Wish me luck.

insurance policy change

Would you know where I can find cheap car insurance quotes? I badly need one as our four year old SUV car due for insurance renewal by next month. Our previous agent no longer works with our existing insurance company and I am not happy with the present agent handling my account. She lacks knowledge (and experience!) in handling claim policies and I am not satisfied how she handled my last claim case. Instead of getting a fair deal from the car company, I ended up paying more. Tsk..tsk..Anyhow, if you have suggestions or recommendations, do let me know.

Friday, January 14, 2011

happy at work

It's the time of the month and paychecks already here ...everyone happy at work today.

Aside from our salary and usual allowances, received my performance bonus also today. Weee!! Thanks to my overwhelming 2010 performance, and my boss gave me a performance bonus. Yes, aside from hitting my set target last year, my projects were all implemented and returned a good revenue for the company. Aside from being monitored by performance appraisals and performance management software, the company also implemented a 360 feedback from our internal support team. Hence, happy that I passed all these metrics with flying colors. And the end result ...more shopping moolah for me! Hahaha! Thank you, Bayan.

food delivery

Yes, we are big fan of food delivery. Our nights will not be complete without our usual midnight snack. And our top favorite midnight snack food --pizza! In fact, my six year old daughter knows the pizza delivery hotline by heart. All top four pizza delivery: Yellow Cab, Pizza Hut, Shakey's and Greenwich. And if she's craving for chicken and spaghetti, Mc Do delivery at 24 x 7 availability. Perfect snack food for hungry peeps like us. Fast and convenient. And I heart them all. Too bad with all these great foods, I don't think I'll ever lose weight. Despite all my diet pills intake, I am surrounded by oh-so yummy but fatty foods. And I can't say NO! I am weak ....Blame it on the kids' cravings. Harhar!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

camera upgrade

I believe we are ready to upgrade our old point and shoot camera. The husband decided to go PRO this time with our photos. Thus, from our trusted compact touch screen camera for years, to high quality Single Lens Reflex (SLR) or Canon camera. And to be precise, we want to get Canon 400D EOS series. Hahaha! Well, I learned from my SLR owner friends, the Canon 400D is easy to use for beginners like me, high quality with 10MP, smaller body size and less expensive too! What do you think?

end of season sale - coats!

Zara end of season sale!

Yes, the much-awaited end of season sale from Zara finally started. From January 6 to 18, enjoy great items from Zara at a discounted price. Of course, the shopping addict like me won't miss this fab sale . As I am keen on getting nice coat for our next spring/winter trip in Beijing, I've got all excuses to shop and splurge eh? Tee-hee! On my first day of sale, was able to get nice pair of slacks and skirts. Second day, fab coats. Check out my good finds below.

Coat no. 1 - black over coat ; love this! very pricey with minimal discount only. From P6490 to P5990. Still waiting for Zara to slash down further discount. Probably by last day of Zara sale period. Still waiting. =)

Fab find no. 2 - black jacket ; very stylish with adorable scoop neckline. From P5990 down to P4990. P1,000 slash-off from original price. Grabbed this instead of Item 1 since this is limited stock only.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

post holiday gift

Holiday rush already over. Gifts given and already opened. But have you bought something for yourself this holiday season? If not yet, then why don't you reward yourself for a job well done for 2010. Hahaha! Yes, justfying all the reasons to buy something for myself. This time, I am interested to get something as investment. Thinking of buy gold online as my initial investment for 2011. What do you think, will this be wise choice?

new baby in the family

Hooray for my sister! Finally, after nine year she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl during the holiday season. Her name, Secret Dannica. Yes, my sister has this knack of naming her kids with funny names. Hahaha! Anyway, as I am helping her plan the baptism party, I am now in full charge of her party preparations. This includes baptismal venue, catering, food and even to the mintue details of baby thank you cards. Of course the party animal like me once again excited for party planning. And as a start, allow me to share photo of my new niece ... baby Secret Dannica.

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