Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pinoy Big Brother All In


I was watching PBB last night and was so excited to know who will finally land to the "Big Four".  In my heart, I knew that Loisa will be evicted as seen from the surveys on FB and Twitter.  I am not a fan of Jane but I know that she's so strong and has a lot of supporters which could very well be seen from the number of votes she's getting every time she's being nominated for eviction.  She really had a huge amount of followers in the outside world.  

Personally if I have to choose, I would go for Daniel. For me, he should be the big winner as he had shown exemplary traits and talents while being inside the PBB house.  Last night, all the highlights inside the PBB house from the very beginning till the last eviction night were shown and from there we could see how each house mate proved himself/herself in the competition.  There are so many exciting events inside the PBB house from their simple day to day life to the simple and complicated tasks from "Big Brother" to the unforgettable visits of some famous celebrities.  I've seen that Mariz got a gift from her idol Yeng Constantino.  I wonder if it is an electric guitar from http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pedal-lap-steels but I really like it's color and design.  No wonder Mariz was so overwhelmed and can't hide the excitement in her face.  I think Joshua got a guitar too but I forgot from whom.

At any rate, tonight will be the "Big Night" and the public will now know who will emerge as the "Big Winner" from the "Big Four".  I wanted it to be Daniel but from the looks of it, it will be Jane.

Anyway, best of luck to the "Big Four" and I guess these four house mates all deserved to be in that position based from what they have shown and proven during the competition.

  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Family Day Before Hubby Left Us

posing for cam

at the river walk



my daughter in her usual funny face

another pose before we left the mall

father and son bonding

my son...he has grown up very fast

On the last day of hubby's vacation here in the Philippines, we've decided to give him a treat.  We wanted his last day to be well remembered and memorable so we have arranged for a family fun day and that includes a visit to harbor Point inside SBMA, a whole body massage treat at City Spa, an afternoon snack at a Korean restaurant and a coffee treat at Bread Time.


We have strolled around the mall and decided to have some photo shoots at the River Walk.  Afterwards, we sent hubby to City Spa for the pre booked full body massage.  He felt so relaxed and refreshed after that massage and we told him that that is a bonus treat for all his hard work while he was here with us in the Philippines.  You see, he's practically doing something everyday in the house since he arrived last April and that includes cleaning, tidying up, repainting, supervising repair works, cooking and even buying our foods from the wet market.  He really would like to make it up to us for the lost times and we appreciated it very much.

Since our son Edmar has a lot of Korean friends, he's so familiar with all the Korean restaurants around the city and inside SBMA that's why he has decided to bring us to a Korean restaurant for an afternoon snack. The hot Ramen soup tastes heavenly and hubby enjoyed his bottle of Korean Beer while me, my daughter Mika and Edmar had a taste of their flavorful ice cream on stick which really tastes great and cheap too.

We had a short walk afterwards before we headed to Bread Time for our coffee break.  We can't do much as Mika still have to attend her afternoon classes in school. 

yumm!!!

We've ordered some cakes and pastries as well as glasses of iced and hot coffee.  I really love that blue berry cheese cake....perfect for a cup of hot cappuccino.

Edmar and hubby had their share of iced coffee latte while Mika just had a slice of cake and iced water. She doesn't drink coffee and that makes her unique. Me and my son are both coffee lovers and  every single day will not be complete without a cup or two of our favorite coffee mixes. 

The day ended well. Hubby was so pleased with our "little surprise". We all went home happy and that smile in hubby's face was so precious.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Emergency Light

Whether through online or going directly to the mall, shopping for my home needs has always been a great experience for me.  I love my home to be looking neat and clean all the time so I always make it a point that I have everything that would make me feel at ease and comfortable in my home sweet home.  Since it's already rainy season now in the Philippines, power outage is just a common thing especially when there's a typhoon so I am actually scouting for a durable and reliable emergency light for our home use.  I've been to several shops already but I can't find exactly what I like and what I need.  Don't get me wrong, I am not looking for something like a chauvet impulse 648 led strobe (lol).  I just prefer something that's bright enough to illuminate the entire house.  I've seen some good brands like OMNI and Firefly and I am thinking of getting one from either of the two brands.  It would also be nice if I could have something that's equipped with a radio so we could still listen to news during emergency situations.  Well, I'm glad that we're not really affected much by the recent typhoon but I guess there's a lot more to come so I still need to prioritize what's really essential for the home during times like this.

If I would not be able to find the one I like from the local shops here in my place, maybe I could purchase online.  I'm sure there's a lot that I could choose from.        

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Love For Bags

I used to sell ladies bags from Krizza's Collection line of ladies apparel and bags but I stopped for a while since I am having difficulty with importation taxes.  I just don't understand how they compute the importation fees at customs.  The shipping fee plus the importation taxes are driving me nuts.  After deducting these two huge expenses, I am left with just a little profit.

Anyway, the best thing that I am getting from this small business of mine is that I am able to collect ladies bags as part of my profit.  At least, I don't have to buy bags from my own pocket.  That indeed is a relief. Not only that, I am also able to give few pieces to my daughter.  She's choosing the ones that could be used in school as she is now in college.

That's pretty awesome isn't it? 



If you're looking for more options to shop for bags, you could also visit http://www.shopforbags.com.  They have this wide array of bags, apparel, accessories and footwear that you could choose from.  Shop until $350 and you can avail of free shipping.  

I guess this could be an answer to those who are having shipping problem.  You can log on to the site to know more.

Happy shopping! 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coffee Break At Bread Time

Our coffee break experience at Bread Time was one of the unforgettable bonding moments we had as a family.  Hubby was here for a vacation for almost 3 months and I guess we had our coffee at Bread Time on few occasions.  I am a coffee person and my love for various coffee mixes led me to trying different coffee shops.  I really love it whenever I eat cakes together with my cup of coffee.   


Blueberry cheese cake is a perfect combination with my cup of cappuccino and it's really filling thus I normally take a late dinner after having this at Bread Time.



My son loves to have iced coffee as opposed to me who always prefer to have a hot cup of coffee.


Blueberry Cheese Cake at Ph48 per slice...yummy!


My son having his slice of Mango Cake

Whenever I have my cup of coffee, there's two distinct features which I am very particular with... aroma and flavour.  To appreciate this, the nose should be very close to the beverage so you could inhale it fully and appreciate the full aroma of the coffee.  I am a bit experimental when it comes to flavour and for me, it is always a nice idea to try different flavours offered in the coffee shop.  For a coffee lover like me, that's indeed very exciting!

I am still looking forward to coming back to Bread Time for more coffee experience.  This bread shop offers delicious cakes, pastries and coffee at an affordable price and it's always a pleasant experience to have your coffee while having a happy conversation with your family. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Top Tips to for a Greener Life

When it comes to the environment, it is paramount that we lead by example. Teaching not only our children but friends and other family members the importance of green living will mean our country and earth will still be able to provide us with all its natural goodness in the years to come. Global warming is one of the most relevant issues that affects the world today. We all want to help the environment and with some very small changes, we can not only reduce our living costs but also improve the environment around us. The tips below will ensure you have some extra cash in your pocket, while overall reducing your carbon footprint:

1.       Recycle

This may seem like an obvious tip but recycling should not be limited to just paper and plastic. We can recycle nearly every object in our house, be it an item of clothing or a piece of furniture.  Find a flea market and sell your old goods or donate them to those less fortunate. Find your nearest recycling center here and even if you don’t make a bit of extra change, helping someone in need is far more rewarding.

2.       Give your car a vacation

Try to take a greener route by walking or cycling to your destination. Taking the car may seem like the easier option but you will not only save on fuel but also those gym fees. Improving your health, saving money, and the environment- What’s not to love?

3.       The car diet

Removing unessential items from your car can not only make your vehicle lighter but your wallet that little bit heavier. When your car is carrying unnecessary extra weight it puts tension on the engine which in turn increases fuel consumption.  Items such as an empty roof rack, unused child seats and other equipment should find a new home in your garage. Here are some extra tips to keep those driving costs as low as possible.

4.       Choose the right vehicle

With thousands of new vehicles on the market each year, choosing your perfect green car need not be a daunting task. Look for cars with good fuel efficiency, such as these, or if you’re really looking to change your ways, what about a hybrid or an electric car? There is a lot of choice so start doing your research as soon as possible.


5.       Turn off electrical appliances

Make sure your family turn off electrical appliances when they are finished using them. When the kids are done with the T.V and game console, get them into the habit of turning them off. It’ll save you money in the long run. If it’s a glorious day outside, ban the console altogether and tell them to enjoy the environment you are all working to sustain.


Remember,  it only takes some small steps to make a very big difference!






Monday, June 30, 2014

Jogging Time!

We recently went for a much planned jogging activity at Remy Field inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. I would admit, we'd been planning to do this for the longest time but for some reasons, it's always being postponed!

Blame it to our never ending projects at home, not to mention that hubby spent almost a month of his vacation supervising the repairs and improvements of our other house which we are renting out.  It was on the month of April when he first arrived home and right after our Baguio City vacation, he started right away on the repair and improvement projects of that house. Because of that, we never had any jogging activity for the whole month of May.  Finally, we made it and such was a wonderful experience for a first timer like me.    




Me and hubby was joined by our son Edmar.  It was so unlucky that our daughter Mika couldn't make it as she has late afternoon classes but she followed us at the venue when we're almost done to give us a moral support. (lol)




It was already dark when I decided to stop running but you see, I never had enough.  I have to make some stretching while I joined hubby and the kids resting in one corner of the oval.


Me, hubby and our daughter Mika who just dropped by from school to see us having fun while jogging. :) 


I actually made about 7 rounds but that's a combination of running and brisk walking. It's my first time to jog like this and besides, I have a minor heart ailment so I that want to push myself too hard.  I know that everything would be easier as soon as I start doing this regularly. Yes! I really plan to do this on a regular basis but since hubby is already going back to his work abroad, I must just be doing this together with my son and daughter, probably during weekends.





I'm so happy that since I've resigned from my job abroad October of last year, I am slowly picking up and now enjoying my life working and staying at home.  I had several opportunities to work again locally but I just decided not to as I really wanted an early retirement from work and still able to enjoy my life at home with my family.  Going out with them on a regular basis and doing things like this with them while I am still young and strong is surely a thing I wouldn't regret.     
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