Thursday, February 28, 2013

Good Bye February, Hello March!

February is officially over! I almost didn't noticed it.  Perhaps, because I'm so busy this month.  A lot of things has been taking up my time lately.  As you know, I'm working full time here in Cambodia and apart from that I am managing several blogs,  doing some online tasks,  checking on my kids at home, managing our "for lease house" ....  mind you, I have a demanding tenant now compared to before.  She wants everything in the house properly fixed and in good condition.  I just recently had the screen door in the living room repaired as well as replaced the door frame.  I'm looking at having the ceiling painted too.  Anyway, I'm more determined to be mindful about the maintenance of that house now after my bad experience with the last tenant.  I also have another project on the way.....will announce it later. :)  Cheers to that!

February has been a busy month for me thus, I am looking forward to have a good rest during my forthcoming vacation.  I hope I could take away the "workaholic" nature of me just for once, as I'm feeling really tired.  I am looking forward for a much needed rest and relaxation at home.  I wish I could do that next month when I get back home. For now, I am just planning on how I would spend my vacation with the family.  I hope I could spend some quality time with them.  I am very thankful for the good things that happened this February.  I hope this will continue till the end of the year and the years to come.

How about you? Hows your February? 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Attending Sunday Mass

One of the many things that I truly missed being away from home is attending Sunday mass with the whole family.  They say that "A family that prays together, stay together" and I believe so.  I remembered before that we would always go to church on Sundays and will either have lunch or dinner at a restaurant of our choice and see a  movie if we find a good movie to watch that day.  It's  good bonding time for the whole family.

We used to attend on a church located inside the free port zone and this is a small chapel with lots of church seating outside the church building to accommodate more church goers.  The ambiance is nice though as this is situated in a garden setting with all those beautiful landscape.  Now that I will be home again, I hope that I could go to church more often which I cannot do here as I am staying in a predominantly Buddhist country.

I'm really looking forward to that!     

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Graduation Gift Idea

It's going to be graduation month this March and most of you might have sons, daughters, friends, nieces, nephews that would be graduating soon. I just thought of sharing this idea that I saw online. This is a cute and fun way to send those lovely graduation greetings to the "graduates".

You can buy some chocolate candy bars at your favorite candy shops and use a personalized chocolate bar wrapper with your personal message to the graduates.  I think the "extra time" put in to come up with this unique gift will be much appreciated. 


Monday, February 18, 2013

Yoga Lessons

I have started scouting for some yoga lessons online and my readings had brought me to a lot of things.  I am new to yoga and had a zero knowledge on how it is being done or conducted, but I've heard a lot of good things about yoga and some of my friends could even attest to the effectiveness of this light form of exercise as far as health and wellness is concerned.

Yoga gives us lessons on right diet, right posture, tight breathing, right relaxation and the most important thing which is positive thinking and meditation.   There are lots of things to learn about yoga and I would say that I am just on the beginning stage.  I am yet to master the basic yoga positions and exercise. During my readings though, I get more interested on how to relax.  For now, I've been looking for some yoga supplies that could help me have a smooth start.  I think I am even more determined to pursue my readings about yoga.  I need to get a handful information before I could really get the full benefits that yoga brings.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Plumbing Solutions From Rotorooter

Staying at home, you would soon realize that there are many common problems that can spring up from your kitchen, toilet and main water pipe system and attending to those problems can be very costly at times.  In my case, my number one problem in the kitchen is the slow draining sink.  Being the most used part of the kitchen, it is but natural that the strainer can collect a lot of dirt build up like hair, grease, and other food particles that were thrown carelessly. To get the drain flowing smoothly again, we have to unclog the drain pipe and have debris build up completely removed. For simple drain problems, we can use some handy tools like zip it or we can make use of the natural method of pouring some baking soda over the pop up, then follow up by pouring some vinegar.  This has proven to be effective for minor slow draining sink problems.  However, there are major plumbing problems that cannot be resolved within our means and for that, we maybe required to seek a professional help from Rotorooter.  

I had an experience getting the services of some plumbers within the neighborhood but I also get stuck with such problems being solved at once but will keep on recurring after quite sometime. If this is the case, chances are, the problem was not properly addressed or the plumber did not actually see the root cause of the problem, and just came up with a temporary solution. This scenario can be very stressful, as you will just double up your expenses and waste some of your valuable time due to disrupted work schedules. It is for this reason that we have to be very careful in choosing the contractors who will work on our plumbing problems at home.  

What do we have to look for in hiring plumbing contractors?
  • We have to make sure that the plumbing contractor has a proven track record.  A contractor who had been staying long enough in the business has more expertise and could assure you of more quality services.
  • Plumbing services are not limited to getting minor leaks and drain problems done.  Therefore, it is important that your contractor is offering extensive services and covers even the most complicated plumbing problem.
  • A good and reliable contractor should have only hired the expert plumbing technicians with years of experience and had undergone required trainings to do the job.
  • Your contractor should have the proper licenses to operate the business.
  • Choose a responsible contractor who does not only work for a solution but is also mindful of the environment taking into consideration the safety of their clients.
  • Choose a contractor who offers reasonably priced services.  Expertise does not necessarily come with a hefty price tag.  
A good plumbing contractor should not only be providing work, but services with a high degree of professionalism, keeping up with the agreed terms in the contracts assigned to them.  They should be able to diagnose the root cause of the problem and provide a solution that would promise a long lasting result. This way, we can be assured that our problem was professionally handled and that we can rely on the same contractor for our future plumbing related problems.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Traditional Thai Massage

Every time I have the opportunity, I always go for a traditional Thai massage.  It's the best kind of massage I have ever experienced.  This is not an ordinary massage but employs a deep pressure and stretching techniques.  A session or two would surely take away years of back and leg pains.  You can actually choose between an oil massage and a traditional massage, the latter being the "dry version".

A lot had been said about the effectiveness of "thai massage" and I could attest to the fact that it's really soothing and relieving. The massage incorporates elements of mindfulness, deep stretching and rhythmic compression that will bring you to an ultimate healing experience.  

Thai massage believed to facilitate and promotes a harmonious state of being. It's one great experience that you shouldn't miss.  Your Thai masseur understands the different pressure points of your body and applies a gentle thumb pressure while she prepares your body for various yoga positions on the later part of the session.  This "thai massage" session could last from 1 hour to three hours depending on the client's preference. This is normally being done on a flat surface with the client wearing loose clothing for ease and comfort.

This is a yoga based healing and I'm really satisfied with every session that I got.

Have you tried it yet?  

Emergency Evacuation Plan

Next month would be the Fire Prevention Month and at this time, most companies are busy conducting their briefings and orientations to the employees about emergency evacuation procedures and our company is just one of them.  As early as now, the assigned department is now busy in providing trainings to the different employees of various departments.  Part of the training is a briefing on step by step procedures in securing their respective areas during emergency situations as well as the general evacuation procedures.  

One of the highlights of the orientation is being well versed with the safety signs used on various parts of the company premises.  Examples of which are fire exit door signs and fire safety signs.  One of the basic thing that every employee should know is to familiarize themselves on the facilities of the company, know the fire exit doors and the location of the fire extinguishers.  Being able to read the safety signs is a general requirement and is a must for every employee.

Our company had been using various safety signs on certain areas of the company premises.  This is not only for safety measures but a part of customer service provided to our valued guests.  We have parking signs installed at the parking lot and our company even go to the extent of providing street signs on the way going to our company building.  This is to get everything organized and easy for our guests and for all the employees, as well.    

I guess all employers should ensure that all their employees are familiar with the evacuation procedures and are aware of the responsibilities and roles that they have to play in case of emergencies.  Fire and evacuation drills is a must for the employees to be aware of what they have to expect in case of fire, flood, earthquake, and other unforeseen circumstances that requires a massive evacuation.  Employees should be well trained, briefed and properly oriented on the common safety measures that have to be undertaken during the above mentioned emergencies.  This way, we could assure the safety of the employees and guests and in so doing, hundreds of lives could be saved. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Message In A Stone


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When I saw this photo online, I suddenly remembered the movie of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. I can't clearly recall, but if I am not mistaken, the title of that movie is "Miss You Like Crazy". Actually, I wasn't able to watch it on a big screen, I was just able to watch it through a DVD. In that movie, Bea was using stones to write down her messages to herself and to the world.  I find it cute! :)

Now, looking at this photo, I realized that there are so many ways to treat these stones with the inscripted messages. From the movie, Bea used to leave the stones in public places after having written down her messages on it, but I was thinking that these stones could also be nice and attractive decorative pieces in your garden, in your living room or even in your kitchen. You can stick it to one part of the wall in your pocket garden, or you can make a lovely center piece by attaching the stones on a plain card board or a piece of plywood. Just add some embellishments and you're all set for a wonderful work of art. You can also stick it to a cork board and frame it to remind you of your thoughts and feelings.  It would be nice if you could date those stones too.

Here is another example of recreating those stones:

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I might be including this on my "to do list" this summer and I will make it as a family activity.  Anyway, I'm all set for my home leave next month and I'm just so excited about it! :)


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Things To Look For In A Hair Salon

It's February! Most schools are now getting busy preparing for their JS prom Night.  As expected, shops selling gowns and party dresses are now busy preparing for the bulk orders and rental bookings of their cocktail dresses and gowns.  Every teen aged girl on their Junior and Senior years in high school  is looking forward for this big event and why not? This only happens once or twice in their lives. But in as much as preparing their outfits for the big day is a great concern, another thing that they are focused with, is finding a good and reputable salon who will do their hair and make up for the big night!  As early as two weeks before, these young girls are already going for hair treatments to condition their hair prior to the event.  But speaking of hair salon, how do we know that we are going to the right salon?

If the reputation of the hair salon is your concern, I bet it's mine, too. We have to go for hair salons having a good reputation in the hair business like hair salon nyc.  A new hair style can make or break your look, so it is extremely important to look for a salon that could reinvent you and give you that "make over" that you've always wanted.  In my case, I always look for a salon which houses well skilled hair stylists who would not only recommend a style that's right for me but would give me an honest opinion on what treatment best suits me and could give me a valid explanation as to what my hair really needs. 

Going to a salon who could offer a wide array of services would also be my best bet as this only implies that the salon is up to the latest in hair trends. Sometimes, choosing the best salon for your hair care needs can be a bit tricky.  Every salon promises us of a good result only to find out in the end that we are deceived.  That's why we have to be extremely careful! Do a research, read reviews posted by previous clients, know the house hair stylists and their backgrounds and the products that they are using.  All these factors are necessary in our decision of choosing the best salon.  

Our hair is our crowning glory, it's just proper to have this handled by the experts!


This is a sponsored post however, all the opinions and views presented in this post are my own.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Computer Corner

Now that I'll be home again next month, I would be doing some usual checks on every bedroom in the house just to see that everything is in place and properly organized. I just remembered that my son's room is lacking some kind of organization in his study corner where his study table and computer set are located. Since his study table is not that big, I guess he needs to have some mounts and stands for his computer, printer and other computer peripherals and accessories. I've tried to get some ideas and inspiration from where lots of designs are featured. Honestly, I've never thought of those great possibilities to add space to your desk space by installing some stands and mounts to the computer monitor or even for your laptop. I'm also keen of getting a laptop stand for my own use, too.

We'll see!

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