Monday, May 18, 2015

On Conserving Energy

I don't actually have an idea whether I am consuming low or high on my electric usage.  The only thing I know is that I am consuming less than a number of people I've asked before like my brother, sister and niece.  I get curious on how much they pay for their electric bills and we compare actual usage of appliances at home.  I practically got everything in the house which would make our lives comfortable... washing machine, water heater in the bath room, microwave oven, A/C unit in the bedroom, indoor and outdoor lights, entertainment appliances, computers,ref..etc.  Al these are being used on a regular basis except for the A/C unit which I used on and off year round although I would admit using it on a daily basis during summer.  I'm quite surprised that they are consuming a lot more than me.  Should I congratulate myself? That I am not so sure as I am not yet certain whether I am doing my best when it comes to conserving energy.  

There are actually a number of things which we can do to save on our electric bills and all what it takes is a great amount of discipline.  Like for instance, we should make it a habit to unplug everything that's not in use.  Proper use and care of our electrical appliances is also a great help.  For instance, we have to to know the basics in operating our electrical appliances, things like connecting xlr to rca, using the right kind of extension cords and sockets, installing breakers where necessary to prevent circuit shortage are only few of the things that we have to be aware of.  This way, we are not only saving electrical consumption but we are also preventing the possibility of putting our house on fire. Conserving energy sometimes requires making small sacrifices like getting more familiar with the heat of summer.  We use A/C unit more often during summer but I try to balance it by not using water heater anymore whenever I'm taking shower and taking advantage of the heat of the sun in drying up our clothes instead of using spin dryer.  Sometimes, we all sleep in one room just to maximize the use of air con instead of opening two air con units at the same time.

There are lots of useful tips that we can read online in as far as conserving energy is concerned but even if you don't read a lot, sometimes a plain common sense will dictate us on how we can conserve energy better and on the process, we are not only helping our pockets but the environment, as well.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Personalized Mother's Day Gift

I always believe that as people matures, they tend to have a change of perspective. This has always been true in all aspects even in wants and taste. When I became a Mom, my attention was refocused to my children more than myself.  Every time I shop,  I would always try to think first of what they need, I guess that's how Moms really are. 

As my children grew up, I always have those happy memories of them giving me a personalized gift be it be their own drawing, crafts, DIY greeting cards and more on every occasion. Somehow, it thrilled me.  I came to a point that the price tag attached to a gift is no longer an issue.  Receiving a personalized gift somehow excites me.  Speaking of personalized gifts, I was very lucky to receive a lovely personalized necklace from  and it comes in a very simple but very cute packaging, really great to be given as gifts to our loved ones. 

Well, I was asked to choose my preferred design and it took me almost an hour browsing through their designs.  There's a lot of interesting details on the photos and it's really hard to choose the best one for myself.  Finally, after my long search, I've decided to take a gold cross name necklace with heart.  I love that it's simple and meaningful.  An order was placed and the item reached me in more than  2 weeks time.

I was thrilled to receive it in a cute red box with ribbon and upon opening it, I saw a fine crafted jewelry that's not only personalized but exudes a quality workmanship.  It maybe smaller in size than what I've expected but it's cute and has a unique design that's not normally found in some local shops around my area.

The lenght of the chain is long enough that it could be worn and perfectly matches my blouse or shirt.  Since, it bears my nick name, anyone who sees it would not mistaken it for a cheap necklace that could be bought elsewhere. They knew that it was ordered directly from a shop that specializes on fine jewelries.

Well, since Mother's Day is fast approaching, I think it would be a perfect gift for any mother out there.  I knew it, I am a mother myself and it's an advance Mother's Day gift that I really really love.

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