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Creamy Buttered Mixed Vegetables With Quail Eggs

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I wanted to try my hand at cooking this creamy buttered mixed vegetables with quail eggs, one of the dish cooked and served during my son's birthday. I got curious because my son told me that this was the first dish to finish from all the dishes served. I have seen this served on some parties that I have attended before but I wanted to try doing it myself.

This is very easy and can be done in very simple steps:

Ingredients :

1/2 Kilo Mixed Vegetables
1 Can Nestle Cream
2 Dozen Quail Eggs
1/4 kg Sweet Ham
Garlic Butter

Procedure:

Saute the mixed vegetables in garlic butter, add the sliced ham and quail eggs. Pour 1 can of nestle cream onto the fried mixed vegetables, stir for 5 mins and it's done.

Easy right? This dish doesn't cost much, easy to prepare, nutritious and delicious.

A winner! :)

We Cannot Please Everybody

Today is Sunday and I wish to share you again another story from my favorite book, "Why Worry?"

Read on....

Once a man and his son were taking a donkey to the market. As they were walking, some people saw them and remarked, "Look at these fools, why don't they ride the donkey?" The man heard this and asked the son to ride the donkey while he walked alongside. An old woman seeing this remarked, "Look at that young man riding comfortably while he makes his poor father walk!" So the young man got down and this time the father rode the donkey. As they went along, a young woman passing by said, "Why don't both of you get to the animal?" So they listened to her and both rode on the animal. Yet another group saw them and said, "Oh, what a poor animal, it has to carry those two fat good-for-nothings!" By this time, the father and the son were getting quite fed up, they decided to dismount and carry the donkey instead so as to st…

Remembering A Day At Suio Tien Theme Park

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It's been 5 months since the last time that I visited Suio Tien Theme Park at Hoh Chi Min City with the family but until now I still cannot get over remembering the colorful giant sculptures that I've seen there. I really consider these as wonderful works of art. Not only these are bold and colorful but it strongly speaks about Vietnam and it's people. Their attachment to the religious traditions are very evident with the presence of giant scupltures of Buddha as shown below:




Suo Tien is around 45 mins drive from the city proper, the place is so huge and everywhere around the area you can find so many interesting figures and things to see. I was glad that this was included in our itinerary of our Hoh Chi Minh City Tour. We've enjoyed a lot and we went back to the hotel really tired.

That visit to Hoh Chi Min's Suio Tien Theme Park will always be remembered and cherished. I hope we could go back there again next time on our future visit at the city.

This is my fi…

Lifeless Bangkok

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For those who are planning a trip to Bangkok,Thailand, Thai Travel News had just released a travel advisory as follows:

27/10/2011 – Thai Travel News advises travelers to postpone any non-essential travel to Bangkok at the present time. The current situation is highly unpredictable, and while we perceive no threat to our personal safety, the current situation could pose serious inconvenience to the holiday traveler. Travelers with non-refundable tickets should consider alternative destinations in Thailand, such as Pattaya or Hua Hin, while others should wait until after the situation is resolved.

Philippines is a bit fortunate, I may say, if I would compare the flood situation in Thailand. I don't have much idea on how severe was the damage and problem caused by Typhoon Pedring on some provinces of Bulacan which I heard were severely affected. But the fact that it was Thailand's flood situation that's always being shown on CNN news report almost everyday made me think…

A Video Clip That Touches My Heart!

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Being away from home myself, I was deeply touched by this video clip uploaded in You Tube by a mother showing her 2 year old daughter reacting to the pre recorded video of her father who is a military and working away from home.

I have first seen this video featured on CNN and I became interested to find it on You Tube. The 2 year old girl here is so cute and smart and was really reacting to her father's story as if he was really infront of her in flesh.

According to the news, her father recorded this video before he headed back to work with a desire of being able to bond with her daughter even while away from home. I guess, he was successful in his objective judging by the way his daughter reacted to his pre recorded video. I am just loving the idea of how technology can help us in so many ways more than we can ever imagined.

Somehow, I could relate to this coz I am on similar situation and more often, I am communicating with my family through Skype or YM. I love that idea co…

Zia Quizon's "Ako Na Lang"

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Oh well...for today, I've decided to have a break from the kind of posts that I usually share in this blog, allow me to talk about something light and different this time.

I've just seen this music video of Zia Quizon on You Tube and I was a bit astonished to know that the youngest daughter of Dolphy and Zsa Zsa Padilla is now a full grown lady and in fairness, I find her face very captivating. Sweet and plain looking and yet exudes a strong sex appeal. And the voice? Hmmm...her voice and style in singing is very different from her Mom. She has achieved her own style which is good for her as it is normally the trend to compare showbiz children to their parents acting and singing wise. At least, she managed to create her own style.

The lyrics of this song is not so unique and special and the plot is very ordinary but I love the melody (lol).

Oh well....with that kind of face and voice, there is high hopes that this girl will surely make her way to the top.

Medicines In the Philippines Are Expensive!

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When I was on vacation last time, I have read on the brochure at Watsons that the medicines in the Philippines are the most expensive in Asia next to Japan. Well...I have the reason to believe this. Prior to working overseas, I don't have much idea about the prices of the medicines in the Philippines as compared to it's neighboring countries in Asia. What I'm only certain of is that Filipinos particularly those who are earning minimum and below minimum wages are struggling to provide health care to themselves and to their families because of the high cost of medicines.

When I began to work here, I realized and confirmed that medicines in the Philippines are really expensive. Before, I used to buy medicines in the Philippines and bring with me here after my vacation. Well...maybe because I'm scared to try other medicines which I'm not familiar of. One day, when I had a terrible migraine attack,I realized that I ran out of Dolfenal 500mg, the pain reliever that I…

Getting Your Kids To Read Books

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It is a good thing to instill in young minds the habit of reading books. But how to get them engaged in "book reading" is where the challenge is.

The following are my simple tips:

1.) First and foremost, you must buy the books! How would they be attracted reading books if you only have few books available at home.

2.) Second, treat your books with respect and great importance, put them on display on attractive book shelves which are accessible to your visitors as well. This way, you can attract your children and their friends to browse on the books and have fun reading together.

3.) Make "reading time" a "bonding time" for the whole family and a week end activity. Assigned a story teller for each week end and let him/her share the stories with all the members of the family.

4.) Invite your children's friends for a "book reading" activity at your home. Prepare them a good snack and engage them in a "sharing session" where …

Son's Birthday

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My son had just celebrated his birthday last Friday October 21. His actual birthday is supposed to be last Thursday October 20, but because they have exams in school on the actual date of his birthday, they decided to move his celebration the following day which would be more convenient because it's Friday so they won't be having classes the following day and his sister's classmates could also attend. This is the explanation about the weird wordings on his birthday cake (lol).

So, I am sharing here the pics of the foods that they have prepared for his birthday all cooked by his Dad who was fortunately on vacation during his birthday assisted by our ever cheerful and loyal house helper "Neneng". Mom couldn't help as she just got her hands operated last June.

Warning :
This post is picture loaded coz I never got the chance to taste anything so I just content myself with the pictures. I hope you guys understand (lol)!










Believe me, I feel like I wanted to go …

The Good And Beautiful Life

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I've mentioned on my previous post that I did participate on a survey from OMF Lit. about my preference on reading books whether I would still go for traditional or through the aid of an ebook reader. I forgot that participating on this survey would qualify you to an electronic raffle draw for a free book and this morning when I opened my email, I received the newsletter from OMF Lit from which I subscribed a couple of months ago and I saw that they have already announced the winners for the digital raffle. As I browsed through the list, I saw that I was one of the lucky winners. I will be getting this book, "The Good And Beautiful Life" by James Bryan Smith. Whaaa...I feel overjoyed coz this book is a "good read". It's priced at $12.04 from Amazon and as I browsed through the table of contents from the book preview at Amazon, I saw some interesting chapters and I feel excited to read the book. But...they will send it to my house in the Philippines so…

Great Deals From CashCash Pinoy

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I just wonder if you're familiar with the CashCash Pinoy website. I got an email notification from this through Citibank. I just checked on their website and I find it interesting with all the attractive deals to choose from. They are offering great discounts up to 84% on some deals and some I can consider reasonable and "good buys".

Here are the sample of their deals :


Nikon D3100 DSLR! Originally priced at P36,999 and pay only P25,899 after applying the 31% discount. It's also free delivery nation wide.


87% OFF IPL + Whitening at Slendre. Pay only P250 for an IPL + whitening package from the original price of P1,800.



56% discount from Relaxation Packages originally priced at P900. Pay only P399 for any of their Total Relaxation Packages.


This is what I'm particularly interested in, The Lasik Eye Treatment at Manila Vision Correction Center at 50% OFF. Original price for the Lasik Eye Treatment is P65,000 and at 50% OFF, you can get it for only P32,500.

I was act…

Patience and Tolerance

If there are two virtues which I always considered a challenge for me, it is the virtue of patience and tolerance. Maybe because ever since, my tolerance level has been very low and so is my patience. I easily get annoyed with things and more often, I lose my patience for some things which cannot be done fast. I know it's wrong and I always challenge myself to improve on this aspect. I know that if you are a person who always persevere, it will be more likely for you to get your goals. Because you know how to wait and you know how to stay foot to win your battle. Dreams are sometimes not so easy to achieve and if you are determined to get your dreams, you should be willing to wait and don't lose heart on your goals. Those who can remain cheerful during difficult times are those people who are patient. They are admirable and a source of inspiration to others. They always avoid conflicts by seeing the lighter side of things. It's very hard to handle a situation whe…

Business Franchising....A Sure Thing?

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As an OFW, I'm also thinking if I would resort to putting up my own business someday and whenever I think of what possible business could I put up to, my mind is running wild. Why not? There are so many business opportunities available out there but the question is.....do I have the expertise?

Running your own business could be very risky especially if you are not well versed with the line of business that you would like to enter into. There are lots of preparations necessary and doing a business plan is definitely not an easy task. Starting from scratch may mean a lot of research works, studies, and concentration and yet you are not one hundred per cent sure of the outcome.

The solution? Business franchising is usually the fall back of every OFW who would like to try their hand at running their own business. Of course, you wouldn't like the idea that the money that you have saved from years of working abroad would just turn into ashes. That would be the saddest thing if t…

Blind Massage At "Seeing Hands Massage Center"

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Photo credit : www.massagemag.com

Did I already mentioned before that I love to get a body massage? Yes I do! I used to visit spas here in Cambodia, in Vietnam and in the Philippines just to get a relaxing body massage. I already tried different types of massage like shiatsu massage, swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage and therapeutic massage. All are really good and very relaxing. When I am traveling, particularly at Hoh Chi Min City, I never fail to get a quick hand and foot massage along District 1. It definitely brings me a total relaxation after a long day of walking. But what are other benefits that we could get from a massage therapy aside from the fact that it relaxes our body?

Massage therapy relieves stress, helps manage pain, relaxes muscles, and lowers blood pressure. Swedish massage is probably the most popular, it's light to medium pressure helps to relieve stress and promotes relaxation. Recently, I'm more into "hot stone" ma…

Traditional Books Or E Books?

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image by renoir_girl

Few weeks ago, I had the chance to participate on the survey conducted by OMF Lit, Inc. This is a Christian book store which I am supporting for a year now. They have this survey to get the opinion of the general public about their preference in reading books. I know for a fact that now a days, so many people are lured to the modern innovations particularly in terms of technology. I guess a number of people are now using ipad, kindles, and other e book readers. Why? Probably because they want to adapt themselves to the changing times, maybe because of the great amount of convenience that these products are offering or maybe because they simply want to "go green"? These has been the subject of the debates for quite sometime now.

Personally, I can't really decide what would be good for me in the long run. I just tried to answer the questions on the survey honestly on the basis of what I know and believe. For me, the advantages of e books would …

Saying The Right Thing At The Right Time....

My Sunday routine reading had brought me to this story:

Please read.....

The Fox Who Had A Cold

Once there was an old lion who was very hungry but he was too weak to go out hunting. However, he had an attendant, a fox, who had served him for many years. Now the lion was desperately angry that the only thing he could do was to eat the fox. But being the king of the beasts, he could not just kill the fox and so he decided to find an excuse to kill his faithful attendant.

He called to the fox and said, "Fox, I am going to ask you a question which you must answer truthfully. If you don't give the right answer, I will kill you." "Tell me, am I pleasant smelling or foul smelling?"

Fox clearly saw the trap, if he said the lion was foul smelling, the lion would be insulted and kill him right away. If he said the lion was pleasant smelling, he would be called a liar and be killed anyway. So the fox thought carefully and replied, "Master, I am afraid you ask …

Getting Away With Plastic Bags

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One thing that I love most when buying at my favorite supermarket at Hoh Chi Min City are the freebies that I'm getting together with some items that I buy there. Most of the freebies that I got are cute recycable shopping bags.

This morning while I'm reading Good Housekeeping Magazine, I saw these cute and lovely shopping bags (shown on the photo above). Since I already have a few of the said recycable bags, I'm thinking if it's about time for me to stop using those plastic bags. I know that in most countries including the Philippines, they are now starting to encourage the shoppers to use "recycable shopping bags" instead of the usual plastic bags as part of their campaign for a greener and cleaner environment. I wanted to support this advocacy and start using recycable bags but sometimes, I'm also thinking on how can I completely get away from these plastics coz for one, these plastic bags are regularly used for our garbage disposal that's why …

Do You Like Plums?

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I feel shy to admit that this is my first time to taste fresh plums. I went to my favorite fruit stand a couple of days ago and was looking for some rare fruits until I saw these tiny red fruits that resemble the appearance of small Washington apples. I asked the seller as what actually those packed fruits are and she replied "plums". I gave her a strange look. On my mind, I was trying to figure out what is a plum? I've never seen a fresh one. Although I could recall that I used to eat prunes in the Philippines as these are plenty in the Duty Free Shops. Someone told me before that it's good for the heart which prompted me to buy some for my Mom. Only then, I realized that the fruits in front of me are actually where prunes came from. Prunes are dried plums. I shook my head after realizing it. "So stupid of me", I whispered to myself (lol).

Note : Plums on the photo were just taken out of the fridge

Not until I stayed in Cambodia and Vietnam di…

Thailand's Flood Damage Worse Than the Philippines?

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Photo credit : cbc news

For about a week now, I've been tune up to CNN and I always see the flash news about the heavy flooding in Thailand. This nationwide flooding was believed to be the worst for the last 50 years. This resulted to almost 270 people being killed and had caused severe losses to the nations' economy wherein around $1.9 to $2.6 billion damage was estimated.

From the series of news updates that I've been seeing from CNN, it turns out that Bangkok, Thailand's capital, was the one greatly affected as waters threaten to engulf the country's capital. Prime Minister Shinatwatra had urged officials to complete the construction of 3 additional flood barriers and five more canals. This could help to drain more water in preparation to the expected high tides peak few days from now. Around 8.2 million people were affected by the great floods since July 25. Flood damage outside Bangkok had tremendous effects on the deliveries of goods to the capital and ha…

Hair Talk

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I'm currently experimenting with different kinds of home made hair treatments. My hair is quite dry and although I'm having it done on hair salons for hair styling and treatment once a year, I'm trying not to use any form of chemicals in between. Now, I shampoo less. I just do it thrice a week. Also, it has been my practice to mix my shampoo with water on a separate bottle so it won't be too strong for my hair, then it is a must to follow it with a conditioner. I resorted to using Extra Virgin Olive Oil to moisturize my hair over night and wash it the following day. I don't have a schedule for applying this, as it depends on my daily activities. I also never use hot irons and blowers on my hair on a day to day basis. After shampoo, I just let my hair dry naturally and only use wide toothed comb. I'm also having my hair trimmed every 2 months to get rid of split ends.

Recently, I've been experimenting with natural home made hair treatments. I got t…

Joining BC Bloggers

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I first learned about BC Bloggers from a post of Tori on her site Gladiator Goddess. She said, she was encouraged by her friend to join. Out of curiosity, I click on the link and read on the objectives of this exchange links program. As it sounds interesting, so I decided to sign up.


This is a blogger's group organized by Mommy Paula. As what she said, this is the easiest and fastest way to fill your blogrolls. I was informed by Mommy Paula through email that the deadline for joining is until October 15.

So, if you are interested to be a part of this blogging community, you can visit BC Bloggers page for more details on how to join.
There are just 3 easy steps to follow.

Good luck!

Managing Home Away From Home

Was chatting with kids through YM last weekend and we were discussing about the ongoing projects in the house. At this time, we are almost 70% completed on our projected goals for this year. We are actually rushing things as their Dad is on vacation now and can supervise all of the jobs to be done. However due to the unpredictable weather conditions in the Philippines, some projects were shelved and reserved for next month when rainy season is completely over. Changing the entire roofing for the house is not so easy. It requires a lot of works and considering that I have a tenant renting on the other house that we intend to repair, we have to do things one step at a time. As of the moment, we are done with the replacement of windows and the repainting jobs on the fence and house exteriors and since our tenant is most of the time out of the house as she is working in Manila, our house was left under the care of her housekeeper. As a result, the entire yard was not properly taken …

P12 For 2012 Seat Sale

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Cebu Pacific is having a grand seat sale starting from January 1 to March 31 2012. Booking is open today October 9 or until seats last. This is for both domestic and international destinations.

International Flights Available :

Clark to Hongkong and Bangkok
Manila to Kota Kinabalu and Singapore
Cebu to Hongkong or Singapore
Cebu to Busan or Incheon


Domestic Flights Available :

Cagayan De Oro to Ilo Ilo
Zamboanga to Tawi Tawi
Manila to San Jose Mindoro or Virac
Davao to Zamboanga
Cebu to Bacolod or Dumaguete
Davao to Cagayan De Oro

You can avail any of the above flights for Php12++

Just a quick note to add, free baggage allowance of 15 kgs is no longer being practiced same like before. Now, they are offering this baggage allowance options where you can choose the desired weight of your check in baggage. P500 for 20 kgs, P350 for 15 kgs, P750 for 25 kgs and P1,000 for the largest size which is 30 kgs. This baggage allowance options will benefit those who loves to shop or those who …

Monterey Meat Shop Discount Coupons

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I was doing my usual routine online when I happened to browse through this ongoing promo from Monterey in collaboration with Female Network. If you patronize Monterey products, then this promo is for you. You can avail of great discounts by printing your discount coupons. I also love Monterey products. I used to buy my favorite meat cuts from Monterey when I was still in the Philippines. It really saves me time especially that I'm a working Mom. Not only that, I also never worry that I can get fresh and clean meats all the time. I remember last time when I was still working in the Philippines, I would normally pass by the Monterey Meat Shop after work to buy some pre cut meats for about two to three days consumption. Maybe the price is a little bit higher than getting it from the wet market but I didn't mind it at all coz for one, Monterey Meat Shop is open until around 9PM and if you just came out from work and still having that office outfit, it won't really be a…

My Virtual World

The week is about to end again and I hardly notice the passing of each day. It's going to be weekend again and while others are busy planning their weekend activities like shopping, going to parks, having picnics, watching a movie or simply doing their favorite sports...here I am, still working (*sigh*).

Honestly, I barely notice about the day, I just track of the dates (lol). Weekdays and weekends doesn't make any difference to me. My work is monotonous. If not for blogging, maybe I'm going to be super bored! That's why I am happy that I discovered blogging even quite late. This is my way to kill my "stress". Recently, I'm beginning to gain more online friends and even I never see or meet them in person, I could still see the "connection" among all of us. When I feel sad or sick and I blog about it, the next day I would see comments coming from them. I know it's very easy to write words like "get well soon", "hope yo…

Mimi Kirk, Amazing Woman At 71 !

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I was watching this You Tube video a couple of days ago and I can't help but be amazed at how this lady can manage to stay looking young and fit at age 71. Really..looking at her on this video interview will make you doubt on her real age. She looks much much younger than her real age. She's sexy and bubbly. Well, this amazing lady was voted World's Sexiest Vegetarian over 50 a couple of years ago. Listening to her interview, she attributed her ageless beauty to her being vegetarian. She said she's much into eating cucumbers, celeries and different kinds of fruits. She is actually a raw vegan. She believes that when vegetables are cooked over 112 degrees, enzymes are destroyed.

This video clip was uploaded to You Tube for quite sometime already but this is my first time to encounter such. Her looks is really unbelievable. This only proves that age can be defied by taking good care of yourself, following a healthy regimen, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, e…

Dealing With Your Credit Card

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I suddenly felt that I wanted to make a post about credit cards after I remembered that my Citibank Gold Card is expiring this month. I was having it for about 6 years already and I'm happy to say that I am a disciplined credit card user. I know that having credit cards has certain disadvantages but if your are a smart credit card holder, you will realize that it also has it own set of advantages. Say for example, my CB Gold Master Card, I find it useful for me since I am staying overseas and this card has a world wide acceptance and recognition. It is accepted in more than 150 countries and has a higher credit limit with a flexible purchasing power. But then again, it's up to you on how do you want to use your credit card. Of course, as responsible credit card holder, you should be wary of your spending. Spend according to your budget. Just take advantage of what credit card can do for you in terms of convenience, safety and rewards. When you travel, it's best to …

Business Opportunities Series

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Just wanted to share the following business opportunities series from My Great Food Club:



Out of the two, I am more interested on BOSS #1 which is about making "boxed desserts". How I love to learn how to make my own brownie bars, cheese cake bars, coffee Christmas cakes and Glazed Fruit Fingers. I'm also interested to learn how to bake "Foods For The Gods". All these yummy and sweet dessert cakes will even more get attractive when comes with unique packaging. These are really ideal for Christmas give aways. Actually I prefer to give something that I made, baked or cooked rather than those fancy things that can be bought from the department stores. This I believe will make your gifts more special.
The second one which is BOSS #2 is also nice coz it's about cooking those dishes that are "hit" on parties so when you are planning to get into a catering business someday, this will be a good start!
I'm really hoping that one day, I will get the c…

Have You Heard Of This Hacker?

My day did not turn out well....I wasn't able to catch a good sleep. I woke up with a severe head ache. As a result, I never had the appetite to eat. Just took some servings of assorted fruits, a cup of instant coffee and lots of water. Luckily, I was able to buy some fruits early this morning. Bought some green bananas, a kilo of lanzones, half kilo of rambutan and 2 pcs of big mangoes all for VND45K or Php91. Not bad, huh?

Moving along, I checked my email after taking this light meal and a friend of mine sent me a message regarding a hacker named SIMON ASHTON and his email is SIMON25@HOTMAIL.CO.UK. Apparently, according to this email that I got, if you happen to receive any email from this person, don't ever open his message and delete it because he is a hacker. If this person was added in your mail list, he can figure out your computer IP address then hacks your email and password. They say this information was released by Norton and Microsoft. An email with subject…

Phil Health For OFW's

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Yesterday, I was informed by my son that my check from PhilHealth has already arrived. It was actually my previous claim for the hospitalization of my Mom when she had undergone a minor surgical operation on her right hand sometime last June of this year. It was just an overnight confinement. Our total hospital bills including the medicines bought from pharmacy outside the hospital amounted to a total of Php17,000. My PhilHealth claim was filed 2 days right after my Mom was discharged from the hospital. So it’s about 3 months ago. My check amounted to Php4,109 which is about 24% of our total expenses. Not bad, isn’t it? At first, I was having some apprehensions as I’ve been hearing comments that PhilHealth only subsidized a very little amount of your hospital expenses. But one hospital staff had told me before that PhilHealth benefits for OFW’s are higher than the regular members. I never had an idea though as I haven’t used my PhilHealth yet under my OFW status. This was…

Typhoon Nalgae Now In The Philippines

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Photo Credit : accuweather.com

Another typhoon approached the northern part of the Philippines. The typhoon named Nalgae was the second typhoon to hit the Philippines in just a week time. I have lost track of the number of typhoons that hit the Philippines in the past months but I only knew one thing...that typhoon is always coming one after the other in short intervals. The other night, I was watching CNN weather update when this typhoon Nalgae was first seen approaching the Philippines. Even the CNN News Anchor also commented that Philippines has always been the target of typhoons. This put our country into bad plight. Geographically, Philippines is the first country beside the Pacific Ocean and it's tropical climate makes it prone to typhoons. I'm not really well versed when it comes to weather science but it will just make us analyze this way. I have also read from Wikepedia that a typhoon is a mature tropical cyclone that develops in the northern part of the Pacific …