Monday, January 4, 2016

2015... A Year of Great Surprises

It has been my tradition to write a year end review on January of every year,  I am just so excited to make a careful evaluation of what had transpired in my life for the past year be it good or bad.  It's my way of looking back to correct what was wrong and to be grateful for every little accomplishments that I had.

2015 has been a crazy year, yet I consider this one of my best years.  It's quite hard to document every bit of thing that happened to me the entire year but I would gladly list down what seemed to be the highlights of this year to me personally, and to my family as well.

1.)  My Daughter Mika's 18th Birthday

My only daughter celebrated her 18th birthday January 4 (gosh, it's exactly 1 year today) and as promised, we've organized a simple yet meaningful debut party for her.  It took us several months to do the planning and preparations. Many things need to be considered such as the budget, venue, party theme, foods, guests and the program.  It was a hard work but it's all worth it as we've managed to make it a memorable and successful one for her.  Her classmates and friends were all praises on the uniqueness of the party,  One commented that it was simple but elegant.  As a Mom, I felt very happy as I did not fail to give her the best that I could give.  I am very happy every time I see her videos and photos.  I feel truly accomplished.

2.)  My Daughter Mika's Bedroom Make Over 

Few months after my mother died, we had to let go of her memories.  It's quite painful to see her things that would always remind us of her presence in the family.  Since some of her things were stored in my daughter's bedroom, we've decided to make a big change by doing a bedroom make over. My daughter was so excited coming up with her own decorations.  She chooses the color, the decors and everything.  It turned to be so simple yet so pretty.  I am very happy to see how my daughter seemed to be so excited doing these things.

3.)  We Had A New Member in The Family

Before my son left for abroad, he convinced me and his Dad to chip in to buy a new dog.  It was a Golden Retriever whom we named Alonzo.  He had given us so much stress especially during his first few months at home as he is very naughty and playful and would destroy almost anything that he sees in the house.  Anyway, despite of it all, we were so happy having him in the house.  He is cute, funny and very sweet.  No wonder he became my daughter's instant favorite!

4.  I Was Hired As A Seminar Facilitator/Speaker

I was referred to a company inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone who was looking for a seminar facilitator and since being a public speaker has always been my passion, I didn't think twice to get the offer.  I was commissioned for 3 different seminars of various topics and I've enjoyed that wonderful experience.  I met new new people and was able to experience a bit of the corporate world again.

 5.  My Son Left Us to Work Abroad

My son was eyeing for a job abroad even before his sister's 18th birthday and this is one of the reasons why we were a bit reluctant to hold a debut party for her.  We do not know exactly when he would leave.  Thanks God, everything happened on the right least when we were ready.  I had mixed emotions then.  A part of me was very sad since this will be his first time to live alone in a foreign land considering that he is just 22.  On the other hand, I was also feeling very excited and happy for him as he is already one step closer to his dream.

 6.)  We've Taken The Risk of Investing

I was long planning to diversify my investments but I don't know which way to choose.  I've invested some of my earnings for the minor renovations and improvement of our rental property and also to complete the payment for another lot which we also intend to use for rental.  Most of my savings from my previous job went there.  I only had a little left for myself but it's okay.  I've managed to get an online job and blogging is still good to me as it continually gives me extra earnings every month. August of 2015, I've tried to take the risk of investing in mutual funds and I even encouraged my daughter to give it a try as well.

7.)  My Son Get A Promotion

After less than 6 months of working abroad, my son was offered a promotion.  This was unexpected. Neither he or me expected such a thing.  He sent me a message one day and asked my opinion about the promotion, he was having second thoughts whether he would take the challenge or not.  I advised him to give it a try, after all the Boss will not consider him for the position if they didn't see any potential in him.  He assumed the position of Planning and Development Manager under 1 month probation effective November of 2015.

8.)  My Husband Spent Christmas and New Year At Home

After so many years, hubby finally spent Christmas and New Year at home.  His kind of job took that opportunity from him.  In their company, they have to take turns in applying for annual leave, so it's quite impossible to be at home during Christmas every year.  Finally, he got the chance and we could not describe the excitement in his face, he was really happy specially that he was allowed to have 3 months vacation.

9.)  I Was Hooked Into Reading

Reading has been a consistent habit this year.  I was able to read more than a dozen of books and still have a lot more saved in my Kindle.  Reading is a very good way of entertaining yourself, not to mention that you have a lot more to acquire from reading especially in terms of knowledge and information.  I vow to continue doing the same thing this year.

10.)  Our House Got A New Look

It has been part of our plan to introduce a  major improvement in the house last 2015.  We have long been saving money for these projects.   Hubby purposely applied for a 3 month vacation so he could help me supervise all the construction works.  We had an expansion in the dining area and added a new room in the second floor of the garage but until now, the construction works is still ongoing.  Hopefully everything will be completed by end of January this year.  Around 50% of the projects are already completed and we are looking forward to finally see the finished project soon.  We had the garden covered with canopy and installed tiles in the entire garden and laundry area.  We also repainted the entire house interior and exterior.  Soon, we will be giving our bathroom a new look.  We are hoping to finish everything before my son arrived for his home leave.  

The year 2015 has been a great year for me, it was full with great surprises and I would like to thank everyone who had been a part of it.

Thank you for this amazing year!  Cheers to a better 2016!

Friday, December 25, 2015

What Will the Future of Dentistry Look like?

The future of dentistry should be of interest to everyone since a person’s oral health has a close link to their overall health. The technology of dentistry has experienced drastic changes in the past few years. And there is reason to believe that the twenty-first century will have advances that surpass what people imagine is possible.

These changes are due in part to the biological and digital information revolutions that are drastically changing the medical and pharmaceutical world. Dentists are no longer concerned with simply repairing damage that is done to a person’s teeth. Instead, they are helping their patients see how improving their overall health, managing dental risk, and preventing a dental disease can have a positive impact on their teeth.

Other changes that are affecting the future of dentistry are advances in therapeutics, biomaterials, and bioengineering. This means that the future of clinical dentistry will include things like orthodontists having the ability to grow real teeth to replace the ones that their patients have lost. Prescription medicine will be tailored not to only to the ailment that a patient has, but it will also match their genetic code. Steps will be taken to protect infants from future tooth decay even before the first tooth breaks through their gums.

Something like growing a new tooth seems miraculous. This is because of the complexity of a tooth. It has enamel, dentin and cementum. The human tooth is remarkably strong while at the same time fragile. 

As researchers learn more about the microbial genomes that make up the tooth, they are also learning how to manipulate and fabricate them. There has been growth in the digital dentistry industry. Computer-assisted radiography and nanotechnology is being experimented with to manipulate teeth on the atomic level. As these technologies grow, they will influence the way that future dentists work. An understanding of these new technologies will not be limited to medical professionals. As these technologies branch out and become a part of everyday life, the public will have a more sophisticated understanding of how they work and will become more accepting of their use in both the prevention and treatment of dental issues.

Dentists are working now to develop future oral health care models that will improve the oral health of all people. This new approach to care, as well as an improvement in the oral health education of the population, will lead to future revolutions in dental health.

Spending Christmas With Our Furry Friends

This is already our second year of spending Christmas with or furry friends at home and as usual same as what we did last year, we included them in our Christmas gift giving.  I bought 3 different set of gifts for Alonzo (Golden Retriever), Lucio (Japanese Spitz and Shih-Tzu cross breed) and Marcus a pure Shih-Tzu.

Actually each one of us in the family has his/her own buddy.  Mine is Marcus (my baby), Lucio is my son Edmar's best buddy and Alonzo, the biggest among the three belongs to my daughter Mika.  Just the same, I love the three of them.  

I bought my baby Marcus a brand new comfy, he really loves it!

See...he loves it, I told you!

For Lucio, I gave him a new blue dish and a pack of dog treats.

And lastly, for Alonzo I gave him a very nice, colorful  but sturdy and durable toy that he could bite to his heart's content.  This Golden Retriever is really playful and the youngest of all.  He would normally bite everything that he sees around the yard, so I want him to have something that he would not mind biting the whole day (lol).

My daughter Mika passing the toy to him. So cute!

Very busy with his new toy!

Needless to say, our furry friends complete our family.  I just have two kids but because of them, I feel like having five (lol).  I would admit that although they annoy me most of the times because of their mess and everything, in the end, I would still say that they are certainly God's gift to us. They don't only protect us and our home but they are also very good and loyal companions.  I couldn't remember how many times I was relieved from stress every time I see them especially the cutest one, Marcus who is really so sweet to me.

Spending Christmas with out furry friends is really a wonderful experience, even hubby who spent Christmas with them for the very first time was so happy and really had a lot of fun.

These furry friends are heaven sent!  

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Trends to Look for in the New Year

Your home decor is a reflection of you--the things you like, the things that best express your personality. Decor in your home can also be a great way to follow trends in upholstery, lighting, flooring and more. If you want your house to stay on trend in the coming year, here are a few home trends you should watch out for in your local and online decor stores. 

Shades of Blue
One of the hottest decor colors now is blue. There are so many shades of blue that you can choose from for your walls or flooring, but some of the most popular shades for the new year include the deeper blues such as navy and indigo. If you are using this dark colors for your walls, you can create a dramatic contrast with white flooring and furniture, or even lighter shades of blue. 

Extra Texture
Another hot home trend emerging is more texture to the materials used for flooring and upholstery. A really bold look in house decor now is faux fur. You can use this is a variety of ways. If you want to start small, you can use faux fur accent pillows or throws to cuddle up with on the sofa. If you want to make a more dramatic statement, chairs covered in faux fur are also selling well. 

Along with faux fur, natural fiber rugs are also being used in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms to add an earthy texture to a room. of course, these go well with more natural accents such as wood furniture and flooring, clay decor items and subtle color schemes such as green and brown. 

Pink Power
In decor, the color for the upcoming year is pink. While some may be turned off by decorating with a bold color like pink, it can be brought in through a variety of different decor items without being overpowering or too feminine. If you want to have a single statement piece, you can use a chair or accent rug in a bright pink color. Subtle pinks are great for rooms with an overall dark tone, such as a deep brown or navy wall color. The best pink accents to use while still keeping the room relatively neutral is a pearlized pink color because they can look more white or beige, depending on the lighting in the room.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Online Christmas Shopping Through lazada

This is not a sponsored post, I just want to share my experience doing online Christmas shopping at Lazada.  This year, since we are very busy now with all our home improvement projects, I've decided to shop online for my Christmas gifts.  We do have our traditional exchange gifts every year and this is only what I shop through Lazada.  I never bought anything for myself as I feel like there is no need to do that at the moment as I still basically have everything in my closet.

As compared to shopping at the malls, online shopping is hassle free.  You don't need to fall in line and wait for so long especially during sale season where the crowd in the mall is really unexpected. Also, I could free myself from the possibility of being scammed. Pick pockets are everywhere especially during the holidays so doing your shopping while in the comforts of your own home is the safest thing to do.  Transaction at Lazada is really fast and easy, not to mention that it is so secure. You can opt to pay cash on delivery so you don't need to face the risk of using your credit cards online.  What more, I was able to get huge discounts from the vouchers that are being sent to me through email.

As of November to December, I already bought about 9 items through Lazada and I never had any huge problem with any item I bought.  Now, I have all the items in my hand and ready to be gift wrapped. I got few steal from their online sale which I just don't want to mention here yet since these items will be given as gifts. :)

As of now, I am still planning to buy 3 more items to complete my Christmas shopping.

What a great way to celebrate Christmas!  Thanks Lazada!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Online Christmas Shopping

I am already done with my Christmas shopping and this time, I did all the shopping online.  I only shop for gifts for our traditional exchange gifts which we normally do on Christmas eve.  I have some reasons why I did my shopping online this year, we are very busy with the ongoing projects at home. We have decided to have a house expansion (additional room and terrace) and it's on the second floor of our garage.  Due to the ongoing construction works, we can't simply leave home so going to the malls for shopping is not that convenient for me now.  Besides, I can't resist all the advantages that I get from online shopping.  Aside from the fact that it is so convenient, I can be assured that I would be safe from pick pockets and of course I can have a lot of savings from discount coupons and from all the incidental expenses such as transportation expenses,eat outs and impulse buying which usually happen when you go to the mall.

I could also save on my time coz I normally do my online shopping during my breaks from my online classes.  I was having difficulty thinking of what to buy for my daughter.  She had lots of clothes and personal stuff already.  I am thinking of buying studio Kans for her but I'm still having some deep thoughts about it.  I want to make sure that she will get delighted with my Christmas gift.  Anyway, I still have few days to decide.  The most important thing is that I'm already done choosing for the rest of the family members.

I really love online shopping, it's very convenient, fast and reliable.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Dealing With Skin Allergy

My daughter and I decided to do some general cleaning around the house last October and that includes our backyard.  We get rid of the grasses and trim the plants.  It's been a while since we've last cleaned the yard and after more than an hour, I've decided that we really need to hire someone to do it.  It's really a tedious job and I have a pile of other works to do so we eventually stopped and contacted someone to do the job for us.  I always want the yard tidy and neat.  I don't want to see mice, mosquitoes and other insects around the yard which can spread some disease so it's been a practice to clean the yard regularly.  If we can't afford to do it ourselves, I always hire someone to do it for us.  Unfortunately that night, after I took shower, I've noticed that I my arms are itchy and when I checked my arms, I've found skin rashes.

At first, I just see some red spots but these gradually developed into dark spots and really itchy. I did self medication, I took meds (Celesthamine) just had it once a day for few days, then I used Sulfur soap in my arms whenever I take shower.  I also apply the creme "katialis".  This cream is cheap but it really removes the itchiness, very effective.  The only problem with "katialis" is that after applying it for several days, my skin appeared to be so dry and looked like I have undergone minor burns. Applying skin lotion won't help. Finally, hubby asked me to apply Vaseline's Petroleum Jelly and to my surprise, after one application, I saw immediate improvements.  Red spots gradually disappeared and my skin is almost back to normal now.

I will continue applying this until my skin fully recovered and get back to normal.

Sometimes, home medication works.  We just have to be careful and do a lot of research.

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