Monday, October 31, 2011

Creamy Buttered Mixed Vegetables With Quail Eggs


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! :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

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 stop everyone from talking. This led people to laugh and say, "Look at these human donkeys carrying a donkey". Of course the donkey did not like this peculiar arrangement at all. Whilst approaching a river, it struggled vigorously to set itself free and finally the man, his son and the donkey all landed themselves in the water.

Moral of the story?....

"When you try and please everyone, you will end up pleasing no one and in the end, you will only lead yourself into trouble."


Reflecting on this story,I would say that the hardest thing to do is to please other people. This happened to me a number of times. I've been working for so many years already and throughout those years, I was able to meet a lot of people with different cultures, different backgrounds, different attitudes and sad to say that I have gone through a lot of difficulties trying to please each and everyone only to find out in the end that some still try to find a fault in me, blaming me for this and that. Time has come when I came into a realization that it's time for me to change my direction. To just work on something that pleases me and something that would make me happy. After all, I'm responsible for myself and my own happiness. I tried my best to be less sensitive to what people are saying. I told myself once that maybe even an almost perfect individual still gets criticisms as people by nature are fault finders. So why do I have to take extra effort?

I guess at the end of the day, what is important is that we've been true to ourselves. Time will pass and people will forget what good deeds you have done to them. Since then, when I do a thing, I make sure that I'm doing it because it makes me happy and that I derived great pleasure doing it. I still try to please people at times but I already put on a certain limit.

This story reminds me to just continue with my journey even there are lots of obstacles around. Whether it be people, things, events, circumstances.....after all, people may come and go and the only thing that would left to us is our happy thoughts and feelings. A feeling that we have achieved something that's remarkable and something that pleases us.

The next time I walk around and hear a negative remark....I would just try to remember this story and just whisper to myself.....

"We cannot please everybody!" So be it!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Remembering A Day At Suio Tien Theme Park


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 first entry for this week's Color Connection hosted by Ms. Burrito
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Lifeless Bangkok

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 that they are having worse situation than the Philippines. Probably because, the flooding was concentrated on the capital city, Bangkok, which is the center of commerce, industry and tourism. Seeing the photos being circulated on the internet and video footages shown on CNN made me feel equally devastated. Though it is not my own country, I still sympathize with the people worrying about their condition, safety and the kind of future waiting for them with this current situation that they are in. This situation is believed to continue for another month or maybe more.

Just feel sad to know that a once booming Bangkok which is cited as the shopping capital of the world is now on the reversed situation....dull and lifeless! In fact, I was planning to visit Bangkok with my family next summer. But with the current situation, it may be long before Bangkok can be restored to how it used to be.

Sometimes, when I am watching the news around the world at CNN, I feel scared as there are a number of worst scenarios happening everywhere. Floods, earth quake, tsunami, civil war, rebel attacks to name a few.

All these made me ask, "Where do we go from here?"

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Video Clip That Touches My Heart!



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 coz I can see them through the webcam while talking to them. Somehow, it eases the boredom and sadness and you can feel that "connection".


I remembered how my daughter used to show me on webcam any new thing that she just had...from books, to clothes, to cell phone even when she got a new puppy. This really helps a lot. I could not imagine working away from home in the absence of internet and all those amazing technology.

This video clip and those things that I experienced myself while being away from home only proves one thing....that distance is not a hindrance to show your love and affection to people who matters most to you.

Entertaining these happy thoughts, made me realized...we are blessed and I thank God for that!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Zia Quizon's "Ako Na Lang"



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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Medicines In the Philippines Are Expensive!


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 used to take for my migraine problems. Feeling desperate, I went out of my room and tried to look for a drug store nearby. There, I was able to find exactly the same brand of medicine that I wanted to buy. I was fortunate that they are also selling Dolfenal 500mg, which is the one that I badly needed at the moment. When I asked the seller how much, I was shocked because the said medicine is less than half of the price as compared to buying it from my own native land. Imagine, I used to buy this medicine at about Php25++ per piece at leading drug stores in the Philippines and I was able to buy exactly the same brand at VND2K or less than Php5.00 per piece? Great, isn't it? Since then, I started to make a survey of the other medicines that I used to buy in the Philippines including those expensive brands like Buscopan, allergy medicines like Cetirizine and some anti fungal ointments and I found out that all of these are being sold at less than half of it's price in the Philippines. Even the medicines that my Mom used to take for her heart maintenance was also available here for a much cheaper price. In fact, I bought a pack of the said medicine which is good for 30 days consumption and I showed it to her Doctor and the Doctor said that it's exactly the same medicines that he prescribed to my Mom. He even attested to the fact that only one company is manufacturing and distributing said medicine worldwide.

So why is the price of the medicines in the Philippines is so high making it unaffordable for the Filipinos? Could it be that there is a monopoly of big foreign drug companies?

Another observation that I had was that medicines in Cambodia and Vietnam are not being advertised unlike in the Philippines that even the medicines for constipation and diarrhea have ads on TV, same as with anti fungal creams or ointments. Could it be the reason? Of course, they are paying ads on TV and it's quite expensive to run ads, so it might be that they are taking back the expenses incurred by increasing the price of the medicines.

Another thing that I observed was that whenever I bring my Mom to the clinic for her regular check up, there are times that we have to wait long at the Doctor's clinic because the Doctor had yet to meet up with some med reps who are promoting the medicines of their own respective drug companies. They are giving samples and incentives to Doctors which again add up to their marketing expenses and the burden goes to.... of course, the public.

Med reps I supposed, are also well compensated with all those attractive benefits and their job is to market their products. So I could see that from advertising to marketing and other promotional tools that those big drug companies are into, the only way to earn a substantial profit is to increase the price of the medicines in the market. Again, the victims are the consumers.

How is it going to be addressed? I think the government had already came up with the Cheaper Medicine Act and they are promoting the use of generic drugs. But still until this time, I am not satisfied. Because I still buy those medicines on the same price that I used to before.

Now, could you blame me if I have to resort to buying our medicines abroad?

When will the medicines in the Philippines be affordable to the Filipinos?

Well...your guess is as good as mine!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Getting Your Kids To Read Books



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 they can share the stories that they have read. This will let them know several stories at one time.

5.) Give books as gifts. Choose those books which you may think your child would be interested to. They will definitely be delighted to get their favorite book as a gift.

6.) Create an attractive "reading nook" at home where each member of the family can comfortably sit and read. Nothing beats the good atmosphere that a good reading nook will provide. This will certainly make them feel that they would like to read.

7.) Bring your kids whenever you shop for books and let them decide what they want to get. This way you are giving them the freedom to explore. Just guide them along the way and show your support to whatever they choose. This will be a good start in building their confidence to read books until this becomes their habit.

These are only few of the numerous ways that we can encourage our children to become a "book worm". Finding your own ways can be both interesting and challenging.

As parents, it is our responsibility to introduce our kids to the world of books the earliest possible time. We will surely reap the rewards in the end!

Have a great week ahead!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Son's Birthday


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 out and find a restaurant to eat after seeing the foods. How I missed the Filipino foods!

So again, belated "Happy Birthday" my dear Edmar!

And for you guys...thanks for being with me on this "food tour"!

Happy Sunday! :)


FTFBadge

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Good And Beautiful Life


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 I wouldn't be getting it at this time. But never mind, I might be home soon so I will be able to bring the book back here. In fact this is going to be the 4th book that I got from the same sponsor. I haven't read any of those yet as those books were all delivered to my house in the Philippines. Well...good for me, I would be having several books to read when I come back from my vacation.

Thank you OMF Lit!

Ciao!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Great Deals From CashCash Pinoy


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 actually thinking of having this before coz I'm suffering from Myopia or nearsightedness.

Actually they have also travel packages to choose from all at discounted prices. It's my first time to hear about this site and I don't have any affiliation with this. I'm just sharing here what I've got for those who might be interested. If you're already planning to go or get any of the aforementioned services or goods even before, then getting it through CashCash Pinoy would translate to a bigger savings.

I'm just curious though on why they were able to come up with such huge discounts? Are there any hidden charges or something? I never avail of any goods or services from this before. As I said, I'm new to this thing.

Well...if there's any of you who already had an experience with CashCash Pinoy, maybe you could share your inputs here...


Happy Friday! :) Ciao!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

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 when people humiliate us. Facing them gently is such a challenge, more so if you could turn your anger into a joke to face them. I remembered one story that I read about applying patience and tolerance on such an awkward situation and I just wanted to share it with you....

Here it goes....

Once there was a famous Englishman who went to a party. When he was out of the room, his friends decided to play a practical joke on him. They painted the face of an ass at the back of his overcoat. The party ended and the man went to get his coat, he noticed the painting. Instead of getting angry, he calmly asked, "Did anyone wipe his face on my coat this evening?" His friends of course were surprised at this question. He explained, "Well, I just asked because the impression of his face remains on the back of my coat."

In this story, this smart guy was able to throw back his anger calmly in a form of a joke. This doesn't only make his friends failed on their attempt to embarrass him but their joke was easily thrown back to them without much effort.

They say that a cultured man knows how to face difficulties with sympathy and understanding. The mark of a great man lies on his ability to face daily irritations with equanimity.

Patience and tolerance are the two virtues that I wanted to master and cultivate within myself. I know that having these two positive traits at hand will enable me to face life's challenges with much ease and less stress.

Have a nice day everyone!

Ciao!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Business Franchising....A Sure Thing?


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 that happens. But, is there really an assurance with business franchising? So what are the things that you have to consider before getting a franchise?

I think basically, you should have the passion for the business that you're eyeing. How would you have the zest to run a business which you are never interested in the first place. Second, do you have enough money for the franchise fees and other incidental expenses? You see, going into a business is a risky decision but going into a business using the money that you have just loaned from a bank or from another private individual would proved to be even more stressful especially if you need to pay an interest for the said loan. Then there would be this question of what is really the type of business that you want? What are your options? Then probably, after selecting the type of business that suits your interest, you may want to consider checking the background of the franchisor. Does this company has a good reputation? Do they offer a reasonable terms and conditions? Do they demand reasonable requirements from the franchisee? A thorough check on the company may proved to be very important and the kind of support that they are willing to extend to their franchisee. Only then, you could make a decision if franchising is really for you.

Most OFW's are resorting to franchising business because of the ease and convenience of setting up the business. Knowing that they are going to sell an already well known brand usually backed up by readily available operating system, fueled by support services and a well organized marketing plan. Moreover, franchising concept has already been tried and tested and have 80 to 90% success rate.

Personally, if I only have limited time left to put up my own business in the future and granted that I have enough capital, probably I would just go for franchising. But of course before venturing into such, I would also make a careful study and lay down my best options before I finally decide to take one.

How about you? Would you go for franchising or start on your own?



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Blind Massage At "Seeing Hands Massage Center"

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" massage as this is the type of massage offered in our place. This massage therapy melts away tensions, eases muscle pains and increases circulation and metabolism. This is done by using a water heated stones on the key areas of our body.

One of the famous massage here is the "blind massage". This is done at the "Seeing Hands Massage Center" in Phnom Penh and they also have a branch in Sihanoukville which is one of the famous tourist destinations in Cambodia. I really like the idea that they opened a learning center wherein they would train those blind people who are interested to earn a living to do therapeutic massage. I tried this "blind massage" several times at Sihanoukville and for $5, you are given an hour of deep massage which is truly relaxing. All the masseurs are polite and professional. All the massage therapists are blind but they are skillful and precise in the massage. I like the idea that patronizing the "Seeing Hands Massage Center" not only allows you to get that relaxing massage that you deserve but you also get to help those handicap people earn a decent living. This gives them the feeling that they are still useful in the society and to their families. They get to meet a lot of people and earn a decent income enough to sustain the needs of their families. I'm thinking that it would be nice if our government could sponsor more livelihood trainings for handicap people to give them the chance to see the world on it's brighter side. Seeing the blind masseurs made me feel that I'm fortunate to be a normal person and inspired me to face life with lots of positive disposition.

My experience at the "Seeing Hands Blind Massage Center" is truly rewarding. I would definitely go again if I get the chance in the near future. This way, I will not only pamper myself but I can contribute more in inspiring our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Traditional Books Or E Books?

Rummage sale books
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 be first and foremost, the convenience that if offers to the user. If you are a frequent traveler, like for my case coz I'm an OFW. Perhaps it would be great for me to own an ebook reader or any other media of that sort coz that would translate to me being able to carry a bunch of my favorite books in a handy and compact gadget. This will assure me that I would be able to read my collection of books anywhere and anytime that I wish to. It also saves a lot of space as you don't have to practically own a book shelf just to keep and store your books. Another thing that I can consider is the opportunity to take advantage of "free downloading" of ebooks from the internet as there are numerous websites offering this. Then the issue of "going green"? This I cannot be 100% sure as until now debates are still ongoing as regards to those "carbon foot prints" brought about by these devices.

It's a great thing to go "paperless". This means fewer trees to be cut and forests destroyed every year. But ebook readers such as tablets and other digital reading devices are not 100% considered to be a "greener alternative". What about the materials such as lead, plastic and copper used in making these devices? How about the energy consumption? How about toxic waste and recycling options for consumer electronics? These are some of the things that have to be considered and cannot be settled until this time.

My stand? well...I see both the advantages and disadvantages of using ebooks and the traditional books and to be honest, I'm also half hearted on whether I should totally go for either one. Sometimes, there is a certain excitement brought about by opening pages of the traditional books. These also can easily be swapped, resell and exchange copies with your friends. It is also cheaper to give a book as a gift to family and friends. Giving a kindle or ipad as a gift would be so costly. I'm also thinking how about those people who could not afford to buy those gadgets? Will they be deprived access to those books?

Well...it's really hard to make a stand now. A careful study and research must be undertaken although I would admit that I would love to have an e-reader for the sake of convenience because of the nature of my work.

How about you? Which will you go for?

Would appreciate your inputs and comments.

Ciao!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

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 me the question at a wrong time. You see, I am suffering from a very bad cold and my nose is blocked. So, I really cannot tell how you smell. In fact, I am worried that I may pass to you my sickness so out of concern for your health, I just decided to leave you and go far away from you."

Moral of the Story?

The wise man knows how to get himself out of a tricky situation by saying the right thing at a right time.

Reflecting on this story, I recalled one saying which I forgot the author (pardon me)... It says, "A wise man reflects before he speaks, a fool speaks and then reflects on what he has uttered."

This saying reminds me on the importance of thinking before we speak to help us avoid getting into disputes or arguments and avoid hurting others unnecessarily. At times, it is necessary for us to analyze our thoughts before expressing them. I am guilty of these things a number of times. I'm a person with a bad temper. Things easily get into my nerves whenever I feel bad on something or on a situation. This pushes me to say things outright without having much time to reflect and this has pushed me into a number of troubles in the past. Now, I'm trying to learn how to manage my anger and how to react wisely when someone said something that displeases me. Sometimes, it's hard especially if you are a person of this nature but I'm still trying to overcome this and learn to control my anger. We must not only know what to say but also when to say it. Timing is very important. This could make or break one's day.

I've learned from my readings that there are four kinds of wrong speech. The first is lying, second is backbiting, third is harsh speech and fourth is idle babbling. Out of the four, I think the third one is the most serious one as this can make or break relationships with your family, friends or peers. Thus, it really pays to act and speak wisely on tense situations to avoid troubles.

Well...at this stage, I would say that I have not mastered yet the art of controlling anger... but happy to say that I'm learning!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Getting Away With Plastic Bags


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 I tend to collect those plastic shopping bags from the supermarkets everytime I shop. Also, we are not allowed to dispose our garbage directly to the garbage receptacles distributed and placed by the local government to every corner of the streets in our village. So, in that case I would still be needing those plastic bags.

The only way I can think of to minimize the use of these plastic bags is to create small garbage pits on our own yards where we can throw those "biodegradable". These will be covered by soil on top and later this can be converted to fertilizer for our plants. Maybe even if we just able to reduce those plastic bags by 50%, that would still help a lot to save the environment.

Plastics make our life easier that's why it's being widely used for various purposes, however the problems these plastics are causing the environment won't ever justify it's worth. We can only hope that one day, someone can discover the way to cheaply and safely melt and reuse plastics. But I guess, that is still far from now.

How about you? Are you still using plastic bags?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Do You Like Plums?


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 did I exposed myself to all the varieties of fruits. This is what I enjoy here most. Lots and lots of fruits readily available everyday. Let's try to be educational, a bit....

I consulted wikipedia about plum and here's what I've got:

A plum or gage is a stone fruit tree in the genus Prunus, subgenus Prunus. The subgenus is distinguished from other subgenera (peaches, cherries, bird cherries, etc.) in the shoots having a terminal bud and solitary side buds (not clustered), the flowers in groups of one to five together on short stems, and the fruit having a groove running down one side and a smooth stone.

Mature plum fruit may have a dusty-white coating that gives them a glaucous appearance; this is easily rubbed off. This is an epicuticular wax coating and is known as "wax bloom". Dried plum fruits are called dried plums or prunes, although prunes are a distinct type of plum, and may have antedated the fruits now commonly known as plums.

When I got back to my room, I was excited to take and taste one, well...it's not so tasty same like the other fruits I tried but it's juicy and considered good.

But after I learned that plum is rich in Vitamin A which is good for the eyes, I started eating one after the other day by day. I badly needed Vitamin A. My eyes are working hard each day and they deserved a treat. Fresh plums are also a good source of Vitamin C which is also a powerful anti oxidant. Plums are rich in minerals like potassium, fluoride and iron. Health benefiting compounds present in the plum fruits are dietary fiber, sorbitol, and isatin. These aid in the smooth functioning of our digestive system and is good for constipation.

But wait...my readings led me to discover that plums must be taken with safety precautions as plums contain oxalic acid which may cystalize oxalate stones in the urinary tract therefore eating plums is not advisable for those who are having oxalate urinary tract stones.

That's why I always research on the fruits and foods that I normally eat. This helps me to understand better and take the necessary precautions, if any.


source : www.nutrition-and-you.com and Wikipedia

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thailand's Flood Damage Worse Than the Philippines?

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 had cause panic buying to it's residents where thousands of people had already evacuated.

Typhoon Nalgae (known as typhoon Quiel in the Philippines) is the same typhoon that caused massive destruction in Thailand. The current flood situation is the worst that happened in Thailand and this believed to last until first week of November.

Looking through all these, I still think that natural calamity is one thing that can never be foreseen nor avoided. In the Philippines, massive flooding was attributed to the government's inefficiency and lack of initiative in providing solutions to the problems. What about Thailand? I think, emergency preparedness is everybody's concern, both the government and it's people. The severity of the effect of a natural calamity to any nation is something that's beyond the control of anyone.

What we have to do is to pray and make a collective efforts to prepare ourselves from any form of adversities especially so if we are staying in a disaster prone area.

I just wish that these things will soon be over.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hair Talk

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 this from the advice of some hair stylists of the salons that I used to visit. Some were extracted from my online readings and some were shared by my friends. I compiled some here in case you want to try.

Beer Hair Rinse
Do you know that Beer is an excellent hair tonic? I got this idea from a friend. She told me that she's been using beer as hair rinse once a month and this makes her hair shiny. Choose a flat beer that has no strong odor of alcohol, use it to rinse your hair thoroughly, then you can wash off the beer with warm water.

Beer is an excellent hair rinse and gives extra shine to your hair. It also adds volume and stimulates hair growth. Some people who uses beer for hair rinse combines it with apple cider vinegar, some with honey. But it's perfectly alright to use beer alone for your hair rinse.

I tried using beer as hair rinse and this was the result:



You may want to try the following too...

Natural Home Conditioner

Wash hair with a clarifying shampoo. After shampoo is rinsed and is squeezed to remove as much water as possible, soak your hair in a diluted mixture of water and apple cider vinegar (ACV). Use 2 cups of water with 2 table spoons of apple cider vinegar. Pour the mixture of ACV and water on the scalp from the roots then down to the tips of the hair or use a spray bottle. Leave diluted mixture on the hair for about 5-10 minutes. Cover your curly cues with a plastic cap and wrap head with a warm towel. Rinse hair with warm water thoroughly to ensure all or any build-up has been removed from the hair.

This hair treatment can be done every two weeks or possibly once a month depending on the condition of the hair. This handy recipe adds shine and softness to your hair.


Banana Hair Mask

Bananas are a great moisturizer for tired, droopy hair. Bananas contain minerals and nutrients that also can actually restore damaged and dry hair. Olive oil on the other hand replaces lost natural oils but can add shine to tired curls.

• 1 ripe banana
• 1 tbsp olive oil

Mash the banana and olive oil with a fork in a bowl. Make sure it becomes a nice smooth paste then apply to wet hair from root to ends. Massage into hair and leave on for 30 minutes with the hair wrapped in plastic with a warm towel covering it.
Rinse hair with warm water and then shampoo and condition the hair as usual. Your hair will feel revived, more manageable and have more shine!

Oatmeal Delight

Just cook up some oatmeal in boiling water and let it cool. Then add it to the scalp and hair carefully massaging with your fingertips. The oatmeal actually removes dry, itchy skin and dry scalp while adding moisture to dry hair.
Hydrolized oat protein is very effective as a voluminizer to tired curls because it penetrates the hair shaft and reduces frizziness.

However, the extent of the effect may depend on your hair type. So just don't expect too much from your first try. I suggest to continue doing it for quite sometime. As for me, since my hair is treated, it demands extra care so apart from the beer hair rinse, I also rely on the extra virgin olive oil regularly to moisturize my hair and apply banana hair mask occasionally.

That's it! Hope it helps.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Joining BC Bloggers

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!

Monday, October 10, 2011

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 care of. We have to go to the extent of clearing and cleaning the whole yard. Also since my family had adopted my strong passion for plants and gardening, they can't help but to revive the plant boxes there by re planting some ornamental plants. I'm sure my tenant will be surprised when she gets back home as she would see a lot of improvements in the house already.

I am happy to note that me and my family had already mastered the art of communicating online (lol). Would you believe that I'm still managing my whole household even I'm miles away from home? I'm constantly monitoring them almost the whole day everyday. I still do the budgeting, cleaning schedule, and other household concerns. Sometimes, I even help them to complete their projects and research works. It's funny coz there are times my daughter would sms me some questions from her home works that she finds difficult to explain. Then I will send her back thru sms the answers or my explanations. If it's quite lenghty, then I would just resort to sending an email. :) This is how I'm loving the technological advancement brought to us by computers, internet and cellphones. It's very easy to get in touch with your family any time of the day. I can see their faces on webcam and we can chat and exchange stories for as long as we like without worrying about the internet bills as it's cheaper compared to using phone. I also love that Cebu Pacific was born! Because of this I can visit home frequently. I used to go back to the Philippines thrice a year. Isn't that great? Last time, I brought kids here for a short vacation since I'm able to grab promo seats from the air line.

So, I would say that there's nothing about them that I do not know. I'm a hands on Mom. Even when I was still working in the Philippines, there's no event in the school that I failed to attend and contests or Quiz Bees that I failed to witness. In fact, I'm still able to join school programs that require parents participation despite my busy schedule. So when I decided to work abroad, I promised them that there will be no significant change, except that I wouldn't be home always same like last time. But I make it a point to go back home during school recognitions and some important occasions that require my presence. My family understands that I love to work and I cant imagine myself without a career. Giving them the comfort and the best that I can afford makes me truly happy. Now, they're enjoying the thoughts and possibilities of being able to travel during their school breaks.

Managing your home away from home is not that easy. It requires patience, discipline and hard work. You need to be tough and strong in order to withstand the test of time. The only consolation is the happy feeling that you get knowing that you're able to provide for the needs of your family. The thoughts of seeing them living comfortably and getting what they need and what they want is more than rewarding. I'm lucky that my son and daughter are both disciplined and obedient. They never fail to follow me and their values remain intact despite their distance from their parents.

For this, I would say that I'm truly blessed!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

P12 For 2012 Seat Sale


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 are doing business as this translates to a discount of as much as 72% compared to paying your excess baggage at the airport last time which is $10 per kilo in excess of the regular 15 kilos. Personally, I prefer this system coz I always have an excess baggage (lol).

So if you are planning for a trip next year, you may want to start booking now for next year's flight to avail of great discounts.

Log in to www.cebupacificair.com for more details.

Happy Trip!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Monterey Meat Shop Discount Coupons



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 disgrace to pass by the shop to buy those meats instead of going to the wet market which normally closes earlier. I also applied for a membership card and I accumulate points everytime I shop and these points can be use to cover your future purchases. Please don't get me wrong, I am not promoting these products from Monterey, I am just sharing how I benefited from their readily available fresh meats. Okay, back to the promo....

Here's how to avail of the discount coupons....
(Extracted From Female Network)

1. Go to the FemaleNetwork.com article sponsored by Monterey Meatshop, "10 Tips on Planning and Following a Weekly Menu."

2. Scroll down to the discount form and type in your name and e-mail address where indicated.

3. Hit Print My Coupon and wait for the images of the coupons to appear.

4. Scroll down until you see the Print button. Click Print. A window showing larger version of the coupons will open.

5. Click Print This Page, select your print settings, make sure your printer is hooked up to the computer, and print.

6. Bring your coupons to the nearest standalone Monterey Meatshop to claim discounts when buying your favorite cuts of meat.

Since, I cannot avail of this promo, I just thought of sharing this info to other Moms out there! This promo is valid until October 30, 2011.

Happy shopping!

Friday, October 7, 2011

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 you're okay now", "have some rest"...and all those stuff, but the thing is these simple words mean a lot especially for someone like me who's staying in a foreign land.....away from home. It's nice to know that there are some people out there who can relate to you without necessarily being present physically. When I started blogging, all what I have in mind is to find a way to keep me occupied and to have a venue to share my thoughts and feelings for the day. Later only that I discovered that you can also gain more friends in blogging and that you can also earn a "little something" out of it. But what I like most in my virtual world is the sharing of information and learning from other's experiences. Let's face it, it's very boring to read books for some, but reading something from someone who blogs about her personal experiences and stories proved to be very interesting. You got to entertain yourself and at the same time you gain information and knowledge. As the saying goes, "The best things in life are free" :)

I'm happy with my virtual world and having virtual friends, as well and I'm looking forward for more blogging years and for more blogging friends.

It's something that's really fulfilling! I swear!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mimi Kirk, Amazing Woman At 71 !



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, exercise and staying positive and "stress free". But doing all these requires a great deal of discipline and this is where we often fail in achieving our goals. I myself is guilty of this at times. It's really tempting when you see all those roasted and fried chickens, sodas, junk foods, cakes, burgers, french fries and chocolates as all of these really taste so good.

So, I guess...becoming another Mimi Kirk is a tough decision. This requires persistence and sheer determination. As the saying goes, you cannot transform yourself over night. Hmm...I'm not really a vegetarian but I do eat vegetables and adores fruits so much. Maybe, it's time to reconsider my eating habits. It's a good thing that here in Cambodia, people are much into eating raw veggies. Maybe, I have to adapt to their life style. This way, I'll be hitting two birds in one stone. I can blend well with my environment and at the same time, I can adapt a healthy life style. Everybody dreams of becoming another Mimi Kirk and there's no better time than to start NOW! :)

How about you? Are you following a healthy life style?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dealing With Your Credit Card


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 bring a credit card and lesser cash so that you will not worry so much about your money being stolen, your bag and wallets being snatched or attacked by pick pockets. Credit cards can also be lost but it is easier to manage since you only have to make a quick call to the customer service hotline about your lost card and it will automatically be disabled from the system. Some cards comes with a photo and it is more secured as any unauthorized use can be easily detected.

Also most of the budget airlines now like Air Asia and Cebu Pacific are using a virtual office where all bookings and transactions are being handled online and this will require you to have a credit card to make a booking. Another benefit is that any amount charged to your CB Gold Master Card while overseas can earn double reward points which you can use to pay for your annual membership fee, use these points to claim a great item from their Rewards catalog or simply use the reward points to pay for items on their partner merchants. You can also enroll on "one bill" where Citi One Bill lets you conveniently pay for your utility bills through your credit card. You can also use the card to purchase a gadget, any appliances or any items of your choice on those participating merchants offering the zero interest installment plan.

Using a credit card only requires one basic thing and that is DISCIPLINE. If you possess this trait then you can use your credit card to your advantage. While others say that having a plastic money at hand is quite tempting, it still depends on the card holder's discipline and maturity in handling his debts and finances.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Business Opportunities Series

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 chance to attend any of these business opportunities series especially the ones about baking cakes and pastries. It's my dream to be able to bake nice goodies and cakes. How I wish, there is one here in my area but most that are offered here are cooking classes. I never encountered yet any ads for baking classes. 

So...go and take your pick out of the two business opportunities classes offered by "My Great Food Club". Who knows, you might be in that business someday! :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

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 "Mail Server Report" will be sent by this person to anybody. If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: "It's too late now, your life is no longer beautiful."

Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC, and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.

This is a new kind of virus which has circulated starting last Saturday, according to the email I got.

Well...on getting this kind of email, I'm not certain as to the validity of this information as this is just actually a forwarded message from several people already. Nonetheless, true or not, it's still better to be extra vigilant as nobody wants to be hacked and lose all your confidential information. The email sender is asking to forward the email to as many persons as possible, so I think sharing this information here will be faster than forwarding mails.

And now...after taking biogesic and a warm bath, I feel a little bit better...
I still have to work tonight. Hope I'll be fine the rest of the night.

Got to go! Ciao! :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Phil Health For OFW's


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 actually the first time.

I had actually accessed and download the PDF file from the PhilHealth website about the PhilHealth Benefits for OFW’s. Here is the excerpt:




As an OFW, I was actually paying about Php900 per year for my PhilHealth contributions. This is a requirement before you can process your OEC. But I'm still hoping that the government will still make a review on the health care benefits due to OFW's as well as those regular members of PhilHealth so to release some burdens on extra expenses faced due to unexpected illnesses by members and their immediate families.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Typhoon Nalgae Now In The Philippines


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 ocean and the region is referred to as the northwest pacific basin where typhoons were usually formed.

Nalgae initially formed as a tropical depression last September 27 and developed into a typhoon 2 days after. I've seen those photos and video clips on CNN showing how the previous typhoon affected the Philippines, and now here is another one and this is just in a matter of one week. How I pray that this storm will be redirected to a place that needs rain but nature has it's own due course. Let's just pray that it won't be as deadly and destructive as the previous one and that the Philippines will survive this impending calamity.

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