Thursday, March 28, 2013

Making The Most Of Our Little Time Together

We are a family of four and although we do not have the luxury of time to be together all days of the year, we are still able to maintain the bond and friendship among each member of the family.  Hubby and I are both OFW's and we do not have the chance to be at home with the kids every single day.  Just like any other parent OFW, the reason is obvious, we are tied up with our respective jobs and we're doing it for our family's future.  Being in this kind of situation is not really easy.  It entails a big sacrifice on our part and of course, on the part of our kids.  My husband became an OFW earlier than I am, when the kids are still small.  I was a bit fortunate that I was able to spend most of years when both of my kids are very young and needed my support and guidance during their primary schooling.  I was a "hands on Mom" then.  Sometimes, I used to call myself a stage mother.  I was literally present on all school activities of both my kids and always the one who go up with them on stage to receive their medals and certificates during school recognition and was there to witness their victories during school competitions.  My husband is not that lucky as compared to me.  His scheduled vacation never falls on the month where the kids have to walk up the stage to receive their medals and certificates nor he was there to watch them sing and dance on stage.   Maybe, he was not that worry at all, because he knew for a fact that I will be always there for the kids.  

When I decided to become an OFW myself after our company in the Philippines closed down it's operations during the first quarter of  2007, things had changed.  I can no longer attend on all school's activities. I cannot be there physically to witness all the events, but my heart is always with them every time they perform on stage.  My prayers are always with them every time they have their exams, competing during school activities or simply leaving home for their scheduled retreats and seminars.

I was happy that my kids both grew up well.  No traces of bad habits and poor school grades.  They grew up having with them good values that were imparted to them since they were small.  In fact they were both achievers in school.  They are very loving not only to us but especially to my old aged Mom who they are really taking good care of.  They treat others with respect and were both extra nice to the house helper. Needless to say, they grew up with good sense of values and this makes me really happy and successful being a Mom.

Now that we are all here at home together this summer vacation, we are making the most of the little time we have to be together.  We dine together, watch movies,  play, shop, swim, cook and chat.  I believe that what is important is the quality of the time we spent together.

This is going to be one of the best summers we had as a family.  :)

Grow Your Business Through Search Engine Marketing

Do you have an online business? What forms of marketing tools are you using to boost up your sales?  

Running an online business has now been a household name.  As a matter of fact, majority of the people patronizing products online belong to the home makers group.  This is so because they are the ones who are always occupied with the so many tasks at home being a mother and a wife.  They are lured to online shopping simply because it is the most convenient way to shop.  Not only they can stay at the comfort of their own homes and combined shopping with other tasks at home but also because, most of the products being sold online are cheaper and comes with a variety of options and designs to choose from.  No wonder why more and more people are getting interested putting up their online shops.  But the next big question would be, "how would we be able to boost our sales online?"

Just like any other ordinary home maker, I am not an exemption.  I am one of the majority who is much interested to online shopping much more to running my own online business.  But since, I am not more to being a technical type of person, I am clueless about using search engine marketing with fizz.  

Search Engine Marketing is a kind of Internet marketing that uses website exposure as a means of increasing their visibility and presence in search engine result pages.  Since search engines appeared to help people to find information they need quickly, search engines develop search models that could somehow finance various services that could boost the web presence of various online businesses.  In fact, some businesses spent billions of dollars for SEO campaigns and do you ever wonder why they would resort to spending that much if is is not a proven method of online marketing?

The main objective of business using search engine marketing is to maintain their ranking as high as possible to capture a larger share of audience that would visit their websites and eventually view their products.  There is no doubt that search engine marketing is an effective tool in getting the attention of  online consumers which would eventually paved the way for an increases sales and growth of your businesses.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Backyard BBQ Party

We just had our successful backyard BBQ party yesterday and though it kept us busy for a couple of days doing all the preparations, I would say that it turned out really well.  Our guests, around 80% of which are teenagers really had fun.  They had some games and dances and majority had enjoyed singing through our rented videoke machine. The foods we prepared were just nice for about 50 guests that we had.  We had a variety of dishes, mostly consisting of grilled foods like squids, pork BBQ, hotdogs, clams and fish.

Here are the pics of some of the foods that we had during the party:

Due to our busyness during the day preparing the party venue and everything, we forgot to take some photos of other dishes that we've prepared.  Fried kangkong breaded with eggs and corn starch was a hit as well as the pork BBQ, grilled chicken, grilled clams with cheese and butter and for the dessert, I think everybody loves the assorted fruits and buko pandan as everything was finished (lol).  But we could see that everybody enjoyed the foods and the entertainment that we had during the night.  It was fortunate that all of us are complete now and my husband was the man behind most of the dishes that were prepared during the party.

It was indeed a tiring day but the fact that we were able to throw a party for our children that truly made them happy was already an achievement for the two of us. :)

Bonding Time

We had a great time at home singing and dancing.  It's one of the best bonding time I had with the family.  For someone like me who rarely stays at home, finding a good time to bond with my family is a must.  We are not a family of singers (lol) but we can sing and dance for fun.  My daughter is an exception though as she sings well and can play guitar, too.  It would be nice to buy Godin Guitars to complement such weekend  activity at home but I think most of the family members would prefer to sing through a videoke.  This is one of the summer activities we had that's truly memorable.  We really had loads of fun.  we were joined by our our ever loyal house helper Ate Elsa, who to my surprise can sing well too.  This is one of the many reasons why I love summer. 

What's yours?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Meet Marcus

Hello...I'm Marcus! :)

When I reached home last Tuesday night, I was surprised to see that our baby shih-tzu, Lucio already had a playmate.  According to my daughter, his name is Marcus, our second shih-tzu pet.  Marcus was a gift from my son's classmate.  Lucky Edmar, as Marcus is a pure breed shih-tzu which would cost him about 8K should he bought it from a pet shop.  Anyway, at first I do not welcome the idea of having another puppy in the house.  Taking care of a shih-tzu pup is not that easy as we used to treat our Lucio almost same as human.  He got his own set of toiletries, hair blower, towels, clothes, etc.  We used to send him to a pet grooming shop, too.  In fact, he just had his birthday last February 26 and we had thrown a small party for him.  But since, Marcus was already home when I arrived ( in fact he's been in the house for almost a week already before I arrived) I do not want my son to feel sad and hurt should I asked him to return Marcus to his friend.  So, I just welcome little Marcus with open arms.  After all, he is a very sweet and adorable pet.  We just noticed that Lucio is a bit jealous sometimes whenever he sees that we are showing affection to Marcus.  

Anyway, Lucio is now a full grown shih-tzu and looking as adorable, as ever.  Here's his latest photo which I took just today.

Anyway, I'm sure that Marcus will be a great addition to our growing family (lol).  Welcome home Marcus!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Summer Activities

It's summer time and I am just so excited about it.  I know that for some, summer is not really something that they look forward to.  It's because the warm temperature caused them to feel uneasy.  But I always love summer since my childhood.  For me, it is during summer time that so many exciting activities happen.  Going to beaches, outing, picnic, going to malls and watching movies are only few of the things that I loved most about summer.

I actually wanted to go out of town every summer but  just don't know if it would be possible this time as I have tons of things to do at home.  It would be nice if we could spend some time  at the beach.   Perhaps, a visit to a relaxing place like real estate oak island nc would also be ideal, where lots of exciting activities awaits you.  Swimming, boating, fishing and jet skiing are only some of the fun filled activities that you can look forward to.  

For me, summer is still the best time of the year as my kids are free from school and this enable us to have more time enjoying things together.

What are your plans for summer?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Benefits of Using Leap Chair In The Office

I've been working in an office for so many years now and for office workers like us, the most common health problem in the work place is back pains. Being seated for more than eight hours a day facing a computer screen is no joke. It can lead to a bad posture, eye strain and head ache.  When we remain seated for hours on a daily basis, our body begin to adapt to a sedentary life style, we get used to it and because of this our body system begins to slow down.  

Years ago, I was suffering from lower back pains.  When we remain seated for hours, the weight of our body gets concentrated in our lower back and this causes tension in our muscles.  I had undergone therapy for quite sometime until my condition gets better.  Now I'm totally free from back pains, but I can't totally avoid long seating as it is what my job requires.  Good thing that there is a leap chair now to solve this problem.  Investing in a good ergonomic office product can help us keep our bodies in good shape.  A leap chair, unlike any other ordinary office chair, moves as your back moves. It has a flexible back rest which ensures that your back is always supported.  It also has a dynamic seat that can be reclined when needed and a head rest to release the pressure in the neck.  A lot of good things has been said about using a leap chair especially in an office set up.  The leap offers a lumbar support the whole day.

I'd been into a company in the past which supports health and safety in the work place and one of their primary concern is providing a safety and healthy environment for all the employees.  We even had a Safety Manager in the company who was tasked to look after the safe working conditions of the employees.  For maintenance personnel, a lot of things should be looked into especially so that they are normally working outdoors and safety hazard is always present.  But for employees who are staying in the office the whole day, there is lesser concern on safety issues aside from acquiring long term health problems such as back pains and eye strain if not properly looked into.  Providing ergonomic office products is a good way of helping the employees to avoid such health problems and employees are lucky and blessed if they happened to work in a company who go out of it's way to protect the health and general safety of it's employees.

Count Down

Woootttt!!! I have few more days to go before my flight back to the Philippines.  It's such a relief knowing that I will be home soon.  :)

The next few days will really be the busiest days for me. I have my hands full these past few days and it's really tough to live by with all my commitments. I haven't booked my overnight stay in Bangkok yet.  I almost overlooked on that. I'd been very busy organizing our department party the past few days and it's going to be tonight. After this, I have to start preparing for my trip back home. I have tons of clothes waiting to be ironed (lol).  I haven't start packing my things, too.

I hope 3 days would be enough to do everything as I'm really cramming now.  But I'm happy that I can have a good rest soon.

I'm looking forward for a time well spent in the Philippines. :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Why Men Need A Good Hair Shaving Brush

For most men, shaving is a part of their routine.  They shave every morning before going to work and this has already been a part of their grooming. Although some can live without shaving, still majority of men believe that they will be more presentable at work with a clean shaven face.  Some men used many tools in shaving their faces and they do it for various reasons but mostly, they use it to get better results.  There are lots of shaving products available in the market now from badger hair shaving brush to shaving creams and  pre-shave oils to a variety of razors.  All of these contribute to their best shaving experience.  

Let's take the badger hair shaving brush for example.  Due to it's water absorbency, this brush is able to retain moisture, thereby helping to maintain a rich creamy lather which is essential for a good shave.  This is one of the reasons why men need a good hair shaving brush.  A shaving brush is good for the skin.  When using it to apply lather to your face, it can help to exfoliate the skin.  Using a shaving brush is far better than just using the hands as it can give a much closer and smoother shave.

Just like women, men are now starting to become more conscious of their overall appearance and grooming and this caused them to become more choosy on their brands.  For some, cost is an issue while for the others, investing on a good brand which promises a good lasting result can sometimes be more economical.  

Well for me, grooming is not about getting the most expensive toiletries, applying the most expensive brand of perfume or getting a branded shoes to complement your suit, it is about being clean, tidy, and having a neat appearance.  More importantly, it is about carrying yourselves with confidence.  Good grooming doesn't only plays an important role in attracting a partner, it enhances your personality and well being and it helps you project a good image to your clients, to your business prospects and anybody else for that matter.  

Giving attention to small details like choosing the best shaving products  can help you achieve a well groomed appearance but more importantly, a positive mind set will help you project that self confidence which will not only make you look good but feel good.


Do You Love To Read?

It's summer time, and children have plenty of time now to enjoy their favorite hobbies at home. But why don't we get them to read books? I think it would be good to encourage our kids to read.  If you think that they will shun away from it as they might probably say, "Mom, I needed a break from book, it's summer after all.".  Don't fret! You can still encourage them to read books.  Just try to get them some books that are more entertaining.  Story books and books about crafts would be the best options available. Getting our kids to read is also a good way of keeping them at home.  Once they've learned to love books, then it will already be a part of their routine.  It would also be a good bonding time with our kids.  Make reading more fun and exciting by creating a reading nook in your house whether it be outdoors or indoors.  Make the place conducive for reading and you may soon find out that it's not only your kids who will benefit from it but even you.

Reading is always a great way to relax and learn something new! :) 

Music Room

I wonder what it would be if we have a music room in the house.  Would it be fun? Well...definitely! That is if everyone in the family enjoys music a lot.  But in our case, it is not, so I better opt for an entertainment room instead.  I just couldn't afford to have all those electric guitars, keyboards, drum set and other music stuff.  Well, it would be nice if you can have it for rent in case you have one.  I've seen a live band studio not so far away from our house and I've been seeing a lot of high school students going there and have their live band rehearsals.  Most of the schools now are putting up their live band group and it's a good venue for those students who got an inclination for music. Since that is the trend now, I think if you have the spare space at home, you can very well convert it to a music studio.  That would be a nice way to convert an idle space into something useful and profitable.  You'll get to involve your kids, too.  Who knows, they might be having some hidden talents in music and this is a good opportunity to encourage them to show off their hidden skills.  I think it would be good to start it this summer.  

What do you think?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Happiness Is A Decision



I think it would be a great way to start the week by sharing some positive thoughts.  I was actually thinking of  a topic to write when it suddenly crossed my mind about a previous conversation with my Boss.  I think we are talking about employees who keep on transferring from one job to another.  I would just like to share my views here which also has something to do with how I am now.

Going back to the conversation with my Boss, I told him that I don't have anything against those who would like to move from one job to another, it's their choice.  Maybe they wanted to get a bigger salary, more benefits, a new environment, a new challenge or anything of that sort which I vehemently agree.  Every individual has different needs, different dreams, different behaviors and different feelings.  He then replied, "Yes, but not every six months or every year.  That's strange!"  Well, personally, I also wouldn't agree on transferring from one place to another in a very short period of time.  I have lots of reasons for this, for one it's not that easy to relocate, second, you have to undergo a major transformation again and it sickens me. I've also mentioned before that I hate to take risks.  When we move to a new place, that should be carefully studied.  Everything should be taken into a consideration. A lot of factors should come in.  This is exactly what I have done before I move on to a new company.  I do a lot of research about the place that I have to go and it's not easy.  In my case, I always stay long in each company I worked with.  A major factor should come in before I decide to move and that's it!  I told my Boss that happiness is a decision and he asked me what do I mean by that.         

My answer is simple.  When I go to a new place, I begin to look for the good things about the place and I never concentrate on the bad things.  For me, every job, every company and every place has it's own set of flaws and we can't simply get rid of it.  If we continue to search for a perfect place, a perfect job, perfect workmates, perfect staff, perfect Boss, then chances are, we will never stop searching till the rest of our lives as perfect place never really exists in this world.  If we start to concentrate on the good things, then we will slowly condition ourselves to like the place where we are and the kind of job that we have until that we get used to it and everything gets into place.  When I transferred to where I am now, I did not have any idea that this place is a suburb. It will be very inconvenient for some as there are no churches, malls, supermarkets, decent restaurants, and other luxurious activities to engage with. But I didn't see it that way.  I saw that there is a bigger opportunity to save money in this kind of place as you have no reason to spend other than the purchase of your basic necessities. I just content myself with occasional trips to a nearby city every two to three months to buy things that I need and to get a bit of pampering.  After all, I am here to work!

To me, happiness is a decision. It is a mindset.  The moment we decide to accept things as they are, then we can slowly find happiness in those things and make use of them to our advantage.  Out of boredom, I've learned how to blog, I found a hobby, I gained online friends and the best part of it, it augments my income more than what I expect.  If I wasn't staying in a place like this, and there's plenty of places to go and spend money with, I shouldn't be writing this post now. :)

There's always a reason for everything and the moment we find that reason, we will learn to understand things more in a proper perspective.  Find good things in everything and good things will come to you. :)

Lastly, don't forget to ask the Lord for guidance. He will surely show you the way.  In my journey to life, I always ask for God's guidance whenever I'm not so certain of what decisions to make and He never fails to show me the way.

A blessed week to everyone.


Musical Instruments And Accessories

I have to admit it, I have a very little knowledge when it comes to musical instruments and accessories.  For one, I don't have any inclination to music. Well, I love to listen to good music and love watching live bands, too.  But since, I never know how to play any musical instrument and I am not gifted with a beautiful singing voice, thus my interest in music also vanished.  That's why I was happy upon learning that my daughter loves to play guitar.  There are lots of sophisticated musical instruments and accessories in the market but I don;t have any idea how to use them.  I once dreamed of being able to play a guitar but it never materializes until I get old.  One of my friends told me once that her husband wants to buy jamhub and I was clueless after hearing that (lol). 

But on the side note, if you really love music, it also pays to be well versed with everything about music including various instruments and accessories.  But maybe I will left that part to my daughter.  I hope that she will continue her passion in playing guitars and other musical instruments.  At least, we have one person in the family who could achieve what I once want to achieve.

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