Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Love that Room" - My Great Project

It was exactly a year ago that I made this project .... a new bedroom for Edmar.  It was accomplished as a result of a never ending demand from my son.  He just felt a need to have his own where he can keep all his things together...a place that he can decorate and arrange by himself.  He's been longing for his own private space.  So, after months of complaining and convincing sessions... I finally agreed to build one for him.  Anyway, he surely deserves it.  After all, He's been a responsible boy, a loving and caring brother to his sister and a diligent student who always aimed for excellence.  I thought that it will be worth it.  So there it goes, after bringing some pains to my bank account, there it goes... a new bedroom that he can truly call his own.  After a was a delight to see how far it has been... filled with decors and all that... it's worth the expenses as I find it really cute after Edmar had done all the fixings and decorations.  Take a look !

The room is just of  a standard size but it comes complete with book shelf, study table, clothes cabinet and a cabinet rack to contain some portable appliances for entertainment.

This is a pop out window which also serves as a sofa or an extra place to sit, it's quite spacious that you can even use the space to lie down.
 Color motif is blue and white.  Perfect for boys....

 This was just a simple project ... but it's fulfilling.  I did not only make my kid happy but I'm able to put some extra cash into good use.

Hoping for more projects to come...   :)

A visit to my own home garden !

It's been 5 months that I was away from home ..... I terribly missed my own home garden.  Of course, this was put up with an appreciated and recognized effort from my ever dearest Mom few years ago when my house was just started to be built up.  Thanks to my Mom and her green garden now is such a pleasure to see.  Just a sight of it every morning over a cup of coffee is enough to get a relief from the previous day's stress.  Of course, not to forget the assistance from the kids.  My kids just developed a love for plants since they personally witness how me and my Mom spent countless hours planting, trimming or just simply watering all the plants around the house.  I guess now they simply follow through and  adhered to our favorite hobby...gardening.

I remembered when I was still working in the Philippines.  I tried to befriend with the company's gardener just to ask him few varieties every time he made trimmings of the hotel garden plants.  I would normally ask him to secure some plants underneath my car which was always parked adjacent to the area where he do the trimmings.  I always get excited to get home  to show to my Mom new additional varieties on our already growing collection of plants.  I just love plants... I always get the feeling of being "relaxed" after I viewed all the plants around the house.  It's really a good therapy for me after a day's work in the office.  So...just want to share with you some views in my own home garden.... Here it is....

 This is the "millionaire's vine" that my son Edmar bought and planted by himself.  He opted to make it as a roof covering over a garden set as this not only provide shade but 

a  nice refreshing view.

 We really had plenty of these adorable roses.  These always produce a lot of flowers enough to pick everyday for a colorful display on a vase inside the kitchen.
This was bought from a garden center few years ago.  This is the"Bangkok Bounganvilla".  What makes it different from the local produced one is that it never grows tall and just only expand horizontally.  Because of this, it can also be classified as a "dwarf" plant.

"Manaog ka Irog"...this hanging plant is perfect to be hung along the fence line and window grills or on the terrace.  It's not very difficult to propagate.

This is a gift from Edmar's friend, Troy.Direct from Baguio.  This is such a cute display on the center table inside the living room.

This artistic creation was purchased from a garden center.  They used a steel wire (alambre) to create the shape.  All you have to do is to maintain the shape by constantly trimming it.
 This is the "Dona Aurora" Mom's favorite.  This is her favorite because this never stops producing flowers all year round.  When flowers's really abundant.  It creates a refreshing sight with the green and white combination from it's flowers and leaves. 
   Whatever it takes, growing plants in your own home garden is such a relief and a good "bonding activity" for the entire family.



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My New Friend

Do you want to meet my new friend??? The new SAMSUNG N148 Plus Mini Laptop.  It was quite  a long time already since I developed a liking to have my own mini laptop.  We have the ACER laptop at home but I wanted to have something which is affordable, elegant, stylish and handy.  During my last vacation ...that was April this year...when I was at SM Clark, I've noticed that most people young and old were carrying with them a mini laptop especially at the food court area since wifi is available.  They simply hang around there with friends, family and some were just alone busy checking  their email, facebook...etc.  I was really outgrown with the latest in technology that I only came to appreciate this "new little thing" quite recently.  I thought that it would be perfect for me as I frequently travel and I also love to surf the net which I'm doing almost everyday especially when I'm totally free.  Since, I decided to create my own blog and was hooked on some "on line rakets"..... heheh.... I guess it would be nice to have one for me. I seldom buy new gadgets for myself as I always buy one for the kids.  They are my priority and keeping them updated with technology will give them an edge over their peers.  I believe, they were studious...too. So, somehow... this is also my way of rewarding them for a job well done in school.   So,  here is what I got after trying to find a brand that will suit my budget and personality...


It's really cute !

The new SAMSUNG N148 Plus is equipped with an Intel (R) Atom (TM) CPU N450 at 1.66 GHz  with 1.00 GB installed memory.  It comes with a card reader, integrated  web cam, wifi, built in speaker.

The keyboard is not really special as it is not really the 'soft touch' style as compared to other brands and models but it is undeniably smooth and is equipped with short cut keys which are really functional.  The best thing about this laptop is the battery life span which could last for about 8 hrs when fully charged, making it a great treat for a day trip or while waiting for your flight at the airport.  It's built in speakers also produces high quality sound and the status indicators on the front left side are considered amazing features, as well.

Overall, this is a 'perfect buy' at least for me and my simple requirements.  The only downfall though is that the kids developed a liking into it and insisting me to buy the same for each of them.  However, this should come with a good deed, of course.  So, I just put these caprices of my kids on hold first, also to give myself a time to save for another unit.

So kids... watch out.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Home Make Over

It's been a while since my last post.  I had a lot of catching up to do at home.  It's great to be in your home country once again.  Familiar faces, familiar smiles and of course, familiar home.  Last October 20, I was able to deal with two things...celebrate my son's birthday and do a house make over.'s not really a complete make over though but I was lucky enough to have some "extra money" to purchase few furniture pieces that will give my own bedroom and the house terrace a "new look".  My bedroom is not really's just of a standard size 12 x 12, I really have to choose some furniture pieces which will be multifunctional. I should be having a small table for the laptop and a also a storage area for my body and skin care products and also some storage spaces for my purchases abroad which are not being used yet but just being kept as part of my being a shopaholic. :) 

So,  I went out of the house to complete my son's requirements for his birthday.  I had a last minute info that there will be some few friends invited to come over. So a day before his birthday, I also manage to scout for some cool furniture pieces as well.'s what I actually got:

A Garden set which doubles as a coffee table....... perfect for having an afternoon chat with friends over a cup of coffee or tea. This is a simple yet an elegant "must have" for terrace or patios.   

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Beating Up Stress

Time flies so fast.  I'm set forth to take my home leave, my third and last for the year.  At last, I'll be home again.  But amidst the thrills and excitements of seeing your home country once again, stress can never be avoided.  Well...elements of stress include thoughts on how are you going to do all your plans in such a short span of time.  Budgeting is another consideration.  Every time I started to think of all the things that I have to accomplish way back home, I'm beginning to feel the pressure.  I used to write down my planned activities every time I go back to take my vacation... and I just found out that my entries are endless....catching up with friends and family, shopping, health check ups, beauty and wellness treatments, household inspection, short out of town trips, food trips, family bonding...etc.  Schedule is really hectic and you should really be good at time management to be able to do all these.  Not being able to do all your plans will make you feel upset, somehow....

It was just timely though, after i browse through my emails...I just found this forwarded message which serves as a "timely reminder" on how to deal with stress.  The story is so "cutie" but the author refused to reveal his identity.  Anyway, here it goes.......

                   WHY STRESS IS STRESSFUL ?

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"  Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter.  It depends on how long you try to hold it.  If I should hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.  If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.  If I hold it for a day. you'll have to call an ambulance.  In each case, it's the same weight but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And that's the way with stress management.  If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.  When we 're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down.  Don't carry it home.  You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burden you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can."

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens and stresses of life:

1.  Accept that some days, you're the pigeon and some days, you're the  statue.
2.  Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.
3.  Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4.  Drive carefully.  It's not only car that can be recalled by their maker.
5.  If you lend someone $20 and never see that person, it's probably worth it.
6.  It maybe that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
7.  Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you wont have a leg to stand on.
8.  Nobody cares if you can't dance well.  Just get up and dance.
9.  Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
10.The second mouse gets the cheese.
11.When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
12.Birthdays are good for you.  The more you have, the longer you live.
13.You may be only one person in the world but you may also be the world to one person.
14.We should learn a lot from crayons.  Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull.  Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they still have to live in the same box.
15.A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. 

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Why Blog?

Finally...after weeks of reading blog spots, I finally have the urge to come up with my very own blog.  Just like any other first timers, I am clueless.  For one, even though I have a great passion for writing, I spent some considerable time trying to figure out what would I write about.  At first, I was a bit hesitant...I was thinking that blogging is too personal...but as I browse through numerous blog spots...I realized that blogging is actually more to self expression.  Well...not necessarily on your personal life but more to things that matters to you most.  Blogging is actually a win - win situation.  For the blogger, it is finding an outlet to open up your thoughts, share ideas, talks about things that you find interest with.  For the is more to getting tips, useful information, understanding one's culture, or simply being entertained on topics that you can relate with.  Now, I understand why more people are hooked into this.  So...why not give it a try?  There's nothing to lose but a lot to gain....:)

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