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Christmas Spirit

Since this will be my first Christmas as a WAHM, it's pretty obvious that I am so excited to decorate our home.  I like Christmas spirit to be alive as I am staying home for good and this is a good way to start rekindling those sweet memories when I just got married and we were just starting to build our first home. But since a lot of unexpected misfortunes happened in the country and there's a lot of people out there who are truly in need, I've decided to keep everything as simple as possible. I will just decorate our home with plain and basic Christmas decors, some are even DIY decors.  Anyway, the spirit of Christmas lies in our hearts and not on any material things or possessions.  I know it would be great to put up some lovely Christmas figurines like what I saw from department 56 new england village but perhaps I could just reserve it for next year. :)
I'm loving DIY projects now and I feel more fulfilled doing some worthwhile things on my free time.  I don't …

Inspiring Decors

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I love decorating my house and it's a fact.  My family and friends could attest to that. Just this morning, I retouched the paint of our garden plant box.  I still have left over paints of different colors, so I decided to retouch the paint of the plant box.  I think it doesn't look attractive anymore. :)

Browsing online, I found this cute pillow with an inspiring message.  I think it would be a nice idea to decorate your home with something that would inspire you, get the positive vibes and gives you more energy to work around the house. I love the message in the pillow, "Winning".  Somehow, it reminds us that life is full of trials but we just have to consistently remind ourselves to fight and win every battle, every mishaps, every challenge and every difficulty that comes along our way.   I know it's hard coz I've been through a lot already in the past but the fact that I am still here, standing and moving on is enough reason to say that I won my batt…

Gift Hunting

It's less than a month ago before Christmas!  Are you excited as well?  Yes, this Christmas season is going to be very special for me because I'm now a certified WAHM. I've decided to quit my high paying job to enjoy the comforts of being at home with my family.  Sometimes, it's a bit stressful and tiring to manage the household even if I already have a house helper but there's a feeling of happiness and fulfillment that cannot be replaced with any amount of money.
One exciting activity for the family is hinting for gifts for our traditional exchange gifts every Christmas.  My kids are now young adults and choosing a gift for them is getting harder as compared to before when they were just small kids where a simple toy, a pair of shoes, shirts and dresses will do.  Now, I have to live up with their preference in things.  I always give my son a watch as a gift.  In fact, this was my gift to him on his last birthday.  he's a certified watch addict and he has alrea…

Feeling Restless

Now that I am doing an entirely different routine from what I've used to for the past six years, it seemed to me that I'm still adjusting.  Not that I'm complaining, in fact, I am enjoying my new role now as a full time home maker, a part time freelancer and a budding entrepreneur (lol).  I've always been a home maker and a mother but since I was actively working for the past 17 years, I didn't really experienced how it was to stay in the house most of the time and manage the entire household in the most detailed manner ever. :)
Sometimes, I feel that I'm so preoccupied with lots of things but I know that this will be probably be for the time being only as I'm not yet settled with all my backlogs in the house.  Once I am done with all the fixing, organizing and repairing, everything will soon be stable and back to normal.
Now, I have the chance to look after the house and my kids all the time. Despite of being a career woman for so many years, I could still s…

The Many Perks of Online Shopping

Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, many people are already on a look out for places to shop. For some, online shopping proves to be a better alternative as it can save them from lots of hassles of going to the mall, beating the crowd and more importantly, they can also save on unnecessary expenses on taxi fares and dining out while shopping. I would admit, I'm not used to online shopping before, I have the reservation to buy products online because I have the fear of not getting the merchandise on time, and I worry that the quality of the products might be compromised as we did not actually see them physically.  This notion slowly diminished until I get enough confidence in online shopping.  Also, since most of the people now are hooked on the Internet and most of their time are spent online, shopping online became every one's choice.  One of the perks of online shopping apart from getting huge discounts is to be able to shop anytime of the day and browse through…

Hygiene Kit Campaign for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors

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We are encouraging our fellow bloggers and everyone to take part in this joint effort to help Yolanda victims by donating a hygiene kit to the victims particularly those who are currently in the evacuation centers.  This donation, no matter how small it is will take a long way in helping the victims to at least cope up with their basic needs and help them protect themselves from sickness due to their uncomfortable conditions in the evacuation centers.
The devastation caused by the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has affected not only a few cities and houses in the Philippines but the majority of the Visayas region where the death counts has now reached thousands and number of families affected now millions.
A conscious effort is now being undertaken by the Davao Bloggers Society and Filipino Bloggers Forum to join the relief operations by raising a total of P100,000.00 to finance and produce 1,000 hygiene packs for the victims. Each kit costing to PHP100 or USD2.50 will contain toiletries and …

Multitasking

I'm already on my 25th day at home since I resigned from work last month and I must say that there's a lot of changes in my daily routine.  Back in Cambodia, I only go to the office everyday and usually go online when off from work.  When online, it's either that I watch some "Pinoy"TV series or do some online tasks and keep my blogs running.  Now, I got more responsibilities to look after as I do not only manage myself but the entire household.  I still have a house helper but the domesticated side of me wouldn't let any part of the house left unclean.  I prepare and cook meals for the family.  I occasionally go out for some grocery shopping and to buy some foods at a super market.  But, the best part of being at home is that I could manage my time well.  I could sleep and take a nap whenever I want as long as I'm done with my obligations at home.  I always watch movies on DVD with the kids and can now follow the TV series that I just used to watch on re…

Food Trip

Dining out is one of our family's favorite bonding activity next to watching movies.  We loved it so much when we get to share stories or simply pour out what's in our heart and mind during the day. This is the time where we interact with each other and share the joys and laughter no matter how simple the foods served on our table.  For us, dining our is more than savoring good foods, it is savoring happy moments together as a family.  Since, it is our habit to dine out when opportunity arises, sometimes there is the challenge of cutting down on expenses.  Since, we cannot totally avoid this, we have to find ways and means to continue this favorite bonding activity without necessarily being too harsh on our budget.  This is the reason why looking for discount coupons is necessary.  Since we love to drop by at Wendy's almost every week after we've done attending the Sunday mass, I always make it a point to look for free printable wendy's coupons.  I know that this c…

Random Thoughts on a Friday

I was looking for something to buy online when my attention was caught by some great products on sale from music stores selling various types of musical instruments.  Suddenly, I became very nostalgic as I remembered that one of my greatest dream is to be able to play a guitar.  This was my dream since childhood but unfortunately, I never got the chance to learn the craft.  Probably, music is not really in my veins (lol).
I always imagine myself playing a guitar in front of a crowd or even during parties, but now I already forget about that dream.  I guess, I'm, too old for that now. I'm happy though that my daughter fulfilled my dream when she began learning how to play guitar few years ago.  Now she can play the guitar well even without attending formal guitar lessons.  I guess, talents are inborn, although some can be developed.  My daughter learns so easily even without using a branded guitar.  I wonder if she uses a more sophisticated brand, would it make a big difference?…

Super Typhoon Yolanda

As we just have experienced a great flood last September 23, I couldn't help but have the fear for this super typhoon Yolanda.  Our region is not the center of the typhoon this time but I worry just the same for the rest of my "kababayans" in Visayas and Mindanao regions.  I knew how it is to be strongly affected by the typhoon and the discomfort that it brings to people.  
According to the latest reports, typhoon Yolanda has already made a landfall in Eastern Samar early this morning and packs maximum sustained winds of 235 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 275 kph.   Metro Manila was placed under storm signal no. 2 while 21 other areas, mostly in Visayas have been placed under storm signal no. 4.
From what I've been hearing from news updates on TV, Typhoon Yolanda might be one of the strongest storms in world history.   The President last night made an appeal to the people particularly to those who are staying on the low lying areas to take some precautionar…

Buying an Economy Car Has Benefits

People buy cars for different reasons. Your neighbor may buy a car for a completely different reason than you do. For instance, if he or she is more interested in performance than economy, they may choose to buy a sports car. If they are interested in hauling or towing often, they may buy a pickup truck or large SUV. If you are most interested in buying an economy car, then you should read this short article for more information. If you want the most bang for your buck, you should look at a used Mazda 2 in Kansas City. The Mazda 2 is a very affordable car to begin with, and by buying it used, you will save even more money. From a design standpoint, economy cars can be a difficult proposition for engineers. This is because they need to come up with a car that has safety, economy, quality, and small size. In addition, all of this needs to be incorporated into one package that can be mass produced at a low price point. In order to achieve this, engineers have to be very innovative, and us…

Hang like a local in New York City

If you’re anything like me, discovering how the locals live is the best part of travelling.  Going off the beaten path, becoming immersed in the regional way of life and getting to know the local hang outs is an exhilarating feeling.  Finding that tucked away funky bar to dance all night or meeting locals at their favourite neighbourhood deli for a 4 inch thick pastrami and coleslaw on rye makes for a memorable holiday not soon forgotten; one that’s more than just a collection of photo bombed tourist pics never to be shared – well except on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, right? 
So really, what better place to live like a local than the big apple!  Here are just some of New York’s finest local hang outs.   
Bike, Hike and Roller Blade

One of the most popular bike paths and walking trails in the U.S.A. is the Hudson River Greenway.  This 28 mile trail extends almost the full length of the island of Manhattan along its western shore with the Hudson River.  Offering easy access points to …