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.        

Saturday, July 26, 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. 

Wednesday, July 23, 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  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! 

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.     

Monday, June 9, 2014

Latest Items Bought From Lazada

Since I was so much into gardening last summer,  I do water the plants around the house regularly and I sometimes experience difficulty since our potted plants  are scattered all around the yard.  I am using a conventional garden hose to water my garden and it is attached to one of the faucets which is in close proximity to my front garden.  The problem comes when I need to water the other plants in the garage area and at the backyard.  So instead of a garden hose, I sometimes use pail and dip which is quite inconvenient as I am not allowed to carry heavy objects due to my back problem.  This is when I decided to buy this flexible garden hose.  I saw this on sale at Lazada at Php599 and when hubby arrived home, I asked him to buy this one for me. :)

At first, when I received the box, I thought it's of low quality because it's made up of very light materials.  I tried to use it though and I find it very convenient for me as I can move it freely around the yard as it is very light and easy to transfer from one place to another.  I think this will also be good if I want to clean our terrace with soap and water and also if I want to clean the windows around the house.  For me, it is a great buy!

We have several fans in the house but I want a permanent one in the dining area.  We normally used a stand fan in the dining area when having meals but since it's movable, we keep on pulling that fan from one place to another.  I told hubby that it would be more convenient to install a wall fan right in the dining area so it would be easier for us.  Hubby agreed and asked me to order one. I've chosen this Union 16" Perfect Timing Wall Fan as I trust Nikon when it comes to fans and also, I love the fact that it is equipped with a timer and can be operated by a remote control.  So far, it's doing great and again, I consider this another great buy from Lazada!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Shining Star....A Korean Salon

There's this Korean salon at Olongapo City which is a hit to those who love fresh hair styles and this specifically applies to teen girls.  My daughter is not an exception, she usually request me to bring her to this salon whenever she needs a hair cut or a hair treatment.  As a matter of fact, this is where she had hair hair done during her Prom Night! 

This Korean salon is managed by a Korean who despite of being a male can still actively connect with the lady customers.  I remembered having my hair cut here last summer and he approached me in my cubicle a number of times checking about how I love my new hair style and also offered me their new hair treatment which they called "Brazilian" and assured me that I would be getting a soft and shiny hair in an instant.  That's for Php3,000 of course. :)  But the hair stylist told me that it would just normally lasts for about two months, the most.  In that case, why bother?  I'm just staying at home now, anyway. :)

What I love about this salon is the personal touch and treatment given to their customers.   They are extra sweet to their customers and would make you feel at home while inside their premises.  When I had my hair cut before, my daughter was just waiting for me at the lobby but she was repeatedly offered with a glass of Iced Tea.  I just had my hair cut for only Php100 but it lasted for more than an hour.  The hair stylist said I've chosen the "bob cut"and this requires an elaborate procedure and that she doesn't want to finish me off not properly done.  They wouldn't speed up even if there's another customer waiting and I considered that good. 

The day I took these photos, Mika had her hair treatment and hair cut package courtesy of her Dad and again, she preferred this to be done at Shining Star.  The only problem here sometimes is that they over charge on some other services, however, I overheard some customers asking for discounts and they sometimes obliged.

Personally, I am not really loyal to one salon for all the services I need like if I would have a foot spa package, there's a place for me and another for the hair cut and so on.  I pick up the best in every salon and I would go in that place for a particular service that I need for myself.

How about you? Do you have your favorite salon, too?
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