Showing posts from 2011

Enteng Ng Ina Mo

Last Christmas, kids requested me to go with them to watch "Enteng Ng Ina Mo" at Times Square Cinema located inside SBMA. This is one of the entries at the Metro Manila Film Festival this year. I wanted to give them a treat for Christmas so I immediately obliged to their request. After all, I also wanted to see a tagalog film as I've never seen one for several months already. When we reached Times Square Cinema, I got the shock of my life. There were so many people waiting for their turns to buy a ticket. When I approached the counter to ask, they told me that they are actually selling the tickets for the next screening which is scheduled at 7:15 PM, to think that at the time we've reached the cinema, it's only around 6 PM. Meaning to say, they can no longer accommodate the moviegoers at the time. I asked the kids if they wanted to postpone our movie date the following day but these two were insisting. They suggested to just buy the tickets for the next scre…

Gifts From Kiddos!

I had a good laugh after opening my Christmas gifts from kiddos. I don't know if these two discussed with each other about what gifts to buy coz their gifts are almost identical (lol). From Miks, I got a pair of cute pink slippers plus a set of skin care products and from my son Edmar, I got a pair of soft and comfy home slippers plus a set of foot spa products. There were also 2 pcs of foot spa gift certificates (lol).

But anyway, my kids gifts are always precious to me. It doesn't matter whether these come in whatever form, shape and size. For me, it's the thought and sweetness that counts most. I'm proud to say that since they were small, they never failed to surprise me with gifts in whatever occasion and for me, it's priceless. I loved it most when they would come up with their own personalized greeting cards with their sweet thoughts on it. Sometimes, they would do a video clip about me and this always excites me.

Hmmmm...what more can I say? Thanks a …

Internet Marketing Strategy - A Sure Way To Power Up Your Business

In today's modern world where more than half of the world's population is hooked online almost everyday, no one will ever doubt on the effectiveness of an internet marketing strategy to boost your business. Promoting and advertising your company online is the surest and fastest way to reach your market. Why not? Compared to other advertising tools, internet provides various ways to market your products or businesses at the comfort of your own homes.

The opportunities for online marketing are endless. The only limitation is your imagination. You can either do it yourself or seek the assistance of seo companies to do the job for you. Most business owners are now putting up their websites and doing email marketing. This should be the first step to help you introduce your business to internet users. There, they can understand your business better like what products are you specializing with, your contact information and a brief description of your company. You may also want …

A Simple Christmas Celebration

Our traditional Christmas celebration can be considered simple but memorable.I am not always present in the house every year during Christmas celebrations due to the nature of my work. Nonetheless, I make it a point that they still continue to do what's being practiced at home every year. Since we are only few in the house, we just prepared enough foods for us. We wanted to get away with lavish spending and just want to make sure that everything can be consumed with no left overs, thus we've decided to have spaghetti, cake, sandwiches and fruit salad.

Our simple Noche Buena was already ready at 10PM. We wanted to have it earlier as we still have to do our traditional exchange gifts which we are doing since they were small.

Me,checking on gifts.

Mikz with all the mess in our living room after we opened our respective gifts (lol).

After the exchange gifts, we would normally take pictures then listen to the holy mass aired on TV.

Our Christmas celebration has always been simple. …

Free Books From OMF Lit

Few months ago, OMF Lit Marketing Manager sent me a package through LBC containing 3 books and 1 pc of "I Read" shirt as a token of appreciation for my support in their marketing campaigns and promotions. Since I was abroad that time, I only had the chance to see the package now.

My personal request was only a book entitled "Hope Away From Home". I personally picked this book since I am an OFW and this book is an inspirational book dedicated to OFW's. To my surprise, they sent me 3 books and a shirt, so I feel very grateful for that kind gesture.

I haven't started to read any of the books yet as I am still very busy at home attending to my kids and some personal concerns in the house. Maybe I would just bring a book or two when I get back to work early next year.

Thank you OMF Lit for that wonderful gift!

Therapeutic Massage

Four days before Christmas, me and my daughter Mikz had decided to go for a beauty and wellness bonding. We went to my favorite spa located just a few minutes ride from my house. Whenever I go there, I usually go for the "Therapeutic Massage" as this involves minor stretching of the muscles. I really need this one as I am not much into exercising lately and is usually seated in the office the whole day. I wanted to treat Mikz for a foot spa but she doesn't like and she just volunteered to wait for me at the lobby.

We wanted to take photos of the place but it's quite dark inside. The decorations are purely oriental.

Therapeutic Massage is a 90 minutes full body massage and is totally relaxing as it releases tensions in your muscles. It really feels nice to indulge in a relaxing massage in a quiet place with just a classic music in the background. I really love it and I usually go for a massage whenever I had the chance.

After my 90 mins massage, we've decided…

Butterscotch Cake

Two days ago, I had the chance to do my baking experiment. I baked a Butterscotch cake with my son. So far, this is only the third cake that I had baked within this year. Well...the reason is obvious, I'm not always staying at home and doing it at my work place is next to impossible, as I don't have the proper facility. Thus, every time I go back for my home leave, I always do my best to try my hands on baking. The good thing is, every time I do it, I'm always assisted by the kids. This serves as our bonding time at home.

Well, this one is pretty simple. We just added some chopped cashew nuts to make it more appealing to the eyes.

I was happy with the result. It's a bit sweet and perfect for coffee or tea.

I am not that perfect yet when it comes to baking but at least I'm trying. I wanted to be good at it soon.

Getting Out From Bankruptcy

Perhaps most of you have already heard stories of your friends, relatives and colleagues who had suffered from personal bankruptcy. Being in this situation is not very easy. This can cause stress, sleepless nights and even go as far as having families drifting apart because either the wife or the husband is in great indebtedness and the family's financial standing has already been affected . I have heard stories like this a hundred times and I was thinking how getting out from personal bankruptcy can be a simple thing for some.
Thinking it over, there should be some possible reasons why getting out from bankruptcy can be a serious thing. For one, filing a bankruptcy petition is a very complicated task. One has to be knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the entire process. Proper communications must be made with the creditors to avoid harassment. But what about if you are totally blurred with the situation? Chances are you may not be able to do the paper works correctly. You mi…

Simbang Gabi

Even before I get back home, I promised to myself that I would be attending the traditional "simbang gabi". I really love to attend the mass, the "simbang gabi" in particular coz this brings to us the spirit of Christmas. I would love to do things which I couldn't do when I'm not on home leave as I am staying in a Buddhist country, thus I told my kids that we have to attend the traditional "simbang gabi". They are very supportive and both of them are very happy that this year, we can go to attend the scheduled night mass together. In our place, this normally starts at 8PM, thus, we always leave the house an hour earlier so we can find for ourselves the seats inside the church. It is normally very crowded during this time and I wanted to be seated so we can feel the solemnity of the mass.

Photo above was taken after the first mass that we have attended. We were unable to attend on the first and second day because of the very tight schedule. Ho…

Another Day At The Freeport

We have not completed our duty free shopping at Royal Subic, thus we've decided to go back the following day, but this time we went to another Duty Free shop inside the Subic Bay Freeport, the Freeport Exchange.

Of course, what would be next after shopping but dinner at our favorite restaurant inside SBMA, Meat Plus. This is situated just opposite the Freeport Exchange thus, it's quite convenient for us as we can do both shopping and dinner in just one area. Besides, this is the favorite restaurant of my daughter Mika. She loves the beef burger here so much thus, she never change her order every time we dine here.

As for me and my son, we love to try different dish every time so we always order a different meal each time we drop by here.

Burger Steak Meal served with soup, rice and drinks priced at Php220

Beef Burger with Meat Balls Spaghetti served with drinks priced at Php170

Beef Ribs Steak served with Java Rice, soup and drinks priced at Php220

Actually foods here are c…

Duty Free Shopping At Royal Subic

School days are finally over! A week after I arrived home, this was the first time that we were able to spend the whole day together. My two teen aged kids had decided to do our duty free shopping at Royal Subic. We took the free shuttle service at the Main Gate and we saw the driver of the shuttle service wearing a Santa costume. My son took a snap shot of the driver where the latter remarked, "you should have told me earlier so I could give you a good pose". (lol)

After about 15 minutes ride, we've finally reached Royal Subic Duty Free Shop.

Since it's Christmas season, it's a bit crowded inside. There were so many local tourists from Manila that time. However, this didn't stop us from taking photos inside (lol). Normally, photo shoots inside the malls are not allowed.

Me, looking for some cake mixes that I can use for my baking experiments.

My son Edmar didn't want to lose to me and requested for a shot (lol). My daughter Mika acting as our photogra…

A Day With Mikz

Being at home made me feel once again how it is to become a full time Mom. Preparing the foods every meal and occasionally fetching my daughter from school whenever I'm done with my errands are part of being a Mom. When I ended up with my appointments at the same time that she finishes her classes, I would just swing by her school to meet her before I do some grocery shopping so we could do it together. This is also the time that we can have our snacks together while I check on her about her day in school.

During her last day in school, I've decided to meet her after I'm done with my bank transaction. The bank is just situated near her school so I ended up waiting for her at the vicinity of the school. It's just timely though since she told me that she needs to buy a dress for her Christmas party the following day and a gift for her "monita". Before we go to the shop where she wanted to buy her things, we've decided to have a light snack at Chic Boy wh…

Back Packs For Christmas

When I finally arrived home last Monday after almost 7 months of being away from home due to my overseas work, the first thing that I did the moment I stepped in was to look around the house and check on every rooms. I was really expecting that my children had done a good job of cleaning and organizing everything in the house as they knew for a fact that I am a very well organized person and seeing a messy place will definitely displease me. True to my expectation, everything was done neatly, perfectly arranged according to my standard. As I stepped into my son's room, I noticed that he had made several improvements as he is now more into organizing things. He had requested his Dad to fabricate a caps organizer for him which was installed opposite his bed and he did asked someone to fabricate for him a shoe organizer made of thick tinted brown glass. His entertainment corner as well as his book shelf and cabinets were all neatly arranged. Seeing all his personal stuff made me…

I'm Finally Home!

It's a great feeling to be home once again. I arrived home Monday morning and was very tired and sleepy because of my long hours of travel from bus rides to plane ride. I traveled 2 hours from Cambodia to Hoh Chi Min City for my night flight at Tan Soh Nhat Airport. Actually it's only 1 hour bus ride but because of the boarder checks and stamping of passports at both the Cambodia and Vietnam immigration, it took me almost 2 hrs. before I finally reached the airport.

I was kind of excited and thrilled to see my family once again and to see my home after it had undergone minor renovations few months ago. For the past two days, I was indulging much on foods. It was just fortunate that I have a good metabolism so eating much wont really make me fat. I am the one preparing every meal now and I make sure that I cook all the favorite dishes of my daughter who was sick for quite sometime now and had tremendously lose a lot of weight. I want to feed her to her hearts content as I …

Cebu Pacific's Priceless Fares

I just got this advisory from Cebu Pacific and I am tempted to book this early for my next year's trips because of the huge savings but I am thinking that these promo fares, once you availed cannot be rebooked should you fail to push through with your scheduled trip. Currently, I am not so sure yet of what will happen next year as well as my plans. So, it's hard to take chances. I'm thinking that instead of going after the savings, I might end up spending more. So, I told myself that I will only book my future flights once I'm able to confirm the exact dates.

At any rate, if you really have definite plans to travel by next year and can set your calendar of activities this early, then this is a good chance to plan and book ahead to get huge discounts.

Sale period will be until December 09 or until seats last and is valid for travels from February 01 to April 30, 2012.

You can visit Cebu Pacific website for more details.

Why I love Hand Made Shoes

A couple f days ago, I did a bit of Christmas shopping for some stuff that I have to bring back home. Well, I was not able to complete buying the things in my shopping list as I ran out of time. Besides, I also would like to shop for some gifts together with my kids as this has always been a part our bonding activities. One of the things that I'm planning to buy is a good pair of shoes. Shoes are definitely a "girl thing". I guess only few women would say that they don't love shoes. Some go for the casual types, others prefer the high end ones. But I know some who really invest on high quality shoes. Some even go to the point of having a collection. As for me, although I also buy my shoes from malls as this would be the easiest alternative, I still personally prefer buying handmade shoes if given the opportunity. Well, durability would be the obvious reason. Handmade shoes definitely last longer than the machine produced ones, not to mention that every pair …

Few Days More And Counting!

Oh well....I have few days left before I'm finally back home to spend my Christmas vacation. As expected, I'm rushing things now. Over the past couple of weeks, I was consistently watching few DVD's that my son sent me through a relative who just came back from a vacation in the Philippines. Hmmm....I'm on my last piece of DVD now. Just in time to finish before I take my vacation. Some of these DVD's are nice, some are not really that interesting and some are "tagalog movies". But the more important thing is at least I have something to entertain me whenever I feel bored and restless.

Here are the DVD copies that I got from my son quite recently:

Since, the last time, I was not quite sure whether I could go back home in time for Christmas celebration, my son and daughter got themselves ready by sending me a Christmas Card, my very first for this year. In this card, they've mentioned that they are not sure if I'll be home, so they have decided …

Press Release From PEBA

I would like to give way to a press release from PEBA (Pinoy Expats Blog Awards) for the information of those who will be interested.

The following is the official press release from PEBA forwarded to me through email.

OFW remittances at an all-time high: social remittances as new currency from Global Pinoys

Remittances from Filipinos working overseas are at an all-time high. And no, it’s not just because they’re sending back US dollars, Saudi Riyals, Euros or Japanese Yen; but because our modern-day heroes are sending back what’s known as social remittances.

Social remittances refer to ideas, practices, identities and social capital that flow from receiving to sending country communities. It was coined by sociologist Peggy Levitt in her book “The Transnational Villagers and she describes social remittances being transferred by migrants and refugees that are exchanged by letters or other forms of communication that includes phone, fax, the internet or video. She suggested that social …

Meet Brian Tracy

I had few invites on this forthcoming event which will be held at Hotel Equatorial, Hoh Chi Min City on December 15, 2011. Mega Guru, Brian Tracy will be the resource speaker for the said seminar and will tackle interesting topics on "The Keys to Personal and Leadership Success" It would just be a one day affair participated by some well known personalities in the business sector. There would be a book signing during the one day affair. If only I had the chance to be there, I would certainly love to. Just the thought of meeting a well known personality like Mr. Brian Tracy who is the best selling author of 52 books and 500+ audio and video programs on business and personal success definitely excites me. I just had this invitation to join this seminar because of being an Anphabe member. It really feels great to be a part of this group which connects leaders. Registration fee to this seminar costs $600 per person and $450 if you are an Anphabe member.

Anyway, I will alrea…

Books On Sale!

Good news for book lovers! OMF Lit will be having it's annual Christmas sale starting on December 14 to December 20, 2011. They are having this "Buy The Bundles" promo wherein you can get big discounts on some selected titles. Some inspirational books are included on the bundles and I think this would be an ideal gift for your family and friends this Christmas.

What more? They also have this "Grab The Smart Book Pack" where you can choose from their wide selection of Hiyas books which would be perfect gifts for kids. The Smart Book Packs are mostly priced at P100+ so this would really be an ideal gift as you can instill in those young minds the love for reading at an affordable price.

So, if you're thinking of some gift ideas for Christmas, then you may consider checking their site for the list of available titles on sale. Who knows you could also end up buying one for yourself. :)

Happy Reading! :)

"My Great Food Club" Annual Warehouse Sale

For those who might be interested, My Great Food Club is having a grand warehouse sale on December 3, 2011 with up to 70% discount on selected items. For those who are staying at Metro Manila area, it would probably be worth a visit. Items on sale include kitchen appliances and accessories, Coleman coolers and outdoor gears. 
You might find a perfect gift there for your friends and loved ones this Christmas.
Go and check it out! 

"OKKK TO" Seat Sale From Cebu Pacific

If you're planning to have a trip early next year whether local or international, Cebu Pacific is offering "Okkk To! Seat Sale" until December 01 or until seats last for international flights for travels on January 1 to March 31, 2012. Great destinations await you. Flights available are Clark to Hongkong or Macau, Manila to Hongkong or Macau, Clark to Bangkok, Cebu to Hongkong and Manila to Bangkok or Taipei. 
Local flights are also available and on sale until December 07, 2011 for travels on January 1 to March 31, 2012. Avail of the promo fares for as low as P88. Flights available are Manila to Roxas, Davao to Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga to Tawi Tawi, Manila to Cauayan Isabela and Manila to Tuguegarao.
It's a huge savings so if you really have plans to take a vacation or visit your families in the provinces, don't miss this chance.
You can visit Cebu Pacific site for more details. 

Preparing For My Vacation!

I've been reading some comments from my blogpals on how is my preparations going for my forthcoming vacation next month. Some of them were expressing their excitement that I would finally be home this coming holiday season. Like them, of course I am equally excited too. But thinking about it, it's not really been that long since the last time I visited home. My last vacation was last week of April until 3rd week of May this year, so it's just about 6 months ago. It's actually not too long compared to other OFW's that's why I feel a bit luckier coz there are even times that they get to see me three times a year. Yes, that's how often I go back to visit home. But, I'm just not so sure about the coming year. Sometimes, schedule changes and it's not within my control. Well....I just hope that everything will be fine then.
I've mentioned to a blog pal Algene that so far there's nothing much to prepare for my forthcoming vacation except f…

Featured Animal Show At Dam Sen

It's Christmas season once again and same like the previous years, Dam Sen Theme Park at Hoh Chi Min City will be crowded again. This huge theme park which features a lot of interesting attractions is one favorite destination at HCM by both locals and foreigners.

One of the nice things to see inside the theme park is the "Animal Circus show". This is one spectacular show that will surely delight every members of the family. We've seen it already one time last summer and all of us truly enjoyed watching those clowns and animals doing their acrobats and magic tricks. Both my son and daughter enjoyed the show and the many attractions that the theme park has to offer.

This is one destination that shouldn't be missed every time you visit Saigon.