Friday, February 18, 2011

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Friday, February 26, 2010

Update for 2010!

Fact or fiction (you make the call):

Marriages are made in heaven. But so are thunder and lightning.

After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin...they can't face each other, but, they still stay together.

Married life is very frustrating.
In the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens.
In the second year, the woman speaks and the man listens.
In the third year, they both speak and the neighbors listen.

When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing:
either the car is new or the wife is.

Marriage is when a man and woman become as one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one.

Before marriage, a man will lie awake all night thinking about something she says. After marriage, he will fall asleep before she finishes.

Every man wants a wife who is beautiful, understanding, economical, and a good cook. But the law allows only one wife.

They say when a man holds a woman's hand before marriage, that is LOVE. After marriage, that is SELF DEFENSE.

A wife becomes a "SEX OBJECT" when every time the husband asks for sex, she objects.

Marriage is the only war where you get to sleep with the enemy.

There are two four-letter words that are offensive to men in marriage - "don't" and "stop", unless,
they are used together.

Marriage is an institution where the man loses his Bachelor's Degree and the woman gets her
Master's Degree.

In marriage, a man can have words with his wife, but, a woman can have paragraphs with her husband.

Marriage is love. Love is blind. Therefore, marriage is an institution for the blind.

There are 3 stages of SEX in a married life: Tri-weekly, try weekly and try weakly.

LOVE is a long sweet dream; MARRIAGE is the alarm clock.

When a newly married man looks happy, we know why. But, when a 10-year married man looks
happy, we wonder why.

Marriage is not a word. It is a sentence ... a LIFE SENTENCE.

* Got this from my friend =). LOL....

Monday, July 27, 2009

Who Are You? Among These 5?

Who Are You?

When it comes to managing money, there are five kinds of people in this world. Who are you?

#1: Gloria Gastadora:

Gloria Gastadora lives on 100% of her income. Sometimes, when she borrows money, she lives on 120% of her income. She’s never absent during Midnight Sales. Her credit cards are faded due to overuse. Even if she wants to give to God or invest in her future, she cannot. Obviously, after all is spent, she has nothing to give to God except her loose change. In Church, Gloria Gastadora isn’t a tither, but a tipper.

#2: Kunat Kuripot:

Kunat is a frugal and fearful fellow. He lives on 80% of his income, because he saves 20% or more for his future. He lives in fear. He feels safe only when he knows he’s got lots of money in the bank. It really seems safe, except that he doesn’t know that putting his life savings in the bank isn’t such a wise idea at all. When he retires, Kunat will realize that his savings isn’t enough. And like Gloria Gastadora, Kunat Kuripot can only give his spare change to God—because he’s always afraid of his future.

#3: Bertong Bulag:

As a kid, Berto was a financial whiz. Upon graduating from college, he already opened a mutual fund. He also started investing in a blue chip company in the stock market, putting small amounts of money every month. He also started a business, and it has done very well. Berto has become wealthy. The problem is that he still cannot give to God, because he sees it as an expense, like it was a luxury he can’t afford. He doesn’t realize that giving to God is also an investment—the most secure and long-term investment of them all.

#4: Wally Waldas:

Wally has no problem giving to others. He is very generous to others, but he isn’t generous to himself. Because he doesn’t invest for the future. Wally just likes giving his money away to people who end up abusing him. His close friends tell him that his giving is no longer helping others, because they have become parasites. But he’s blinded by his need for their attention. Wally, in the long run, cannot even give to God, because his money will be long gone.

#5: Manny Mapagmahal:

Manny gives to God, gives to others, and gives to himself. After receiving his income, the first thing he does is set aside 10% to God. The second thing he does is to set aside 20% to put in investment vehicles—such as funds, stocks, businesses, and real estate. He also has set aside an Emergency Fund—3 to 6 months of his salary in the bank. The third thing he does is to limit his expenses to 70% of his income.

Today, Manny is prosperous. He now gives 20% to God, invests 30%, and lives on 50% of his income. In his old age, he’ll continue to be even more generous.

I think no.1 and no. 4 ako hahahah....

Monday, June 01, 2009

Thought I'd Share This.

got this from -

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend


For your viewing pleasure only.

Highlights of this video:

- My Family
- Kentucky and Indiana Bridge
- Outlet Mall
- Mickey D's
- Hubby and Son singing HALO
- Highway
- Apartment

Friday, May 15, 2009

Purse Temptation

Its been 3 yrs since I bought my first Gucci bag but when an SA (Sales Associate) from Gucci Outlet emailed me these photos, I can't help but drool, I can't contain my excitement... I was panicking yesterday when I received an email from her and in my excitement I almost deleted it haha... I am really a Gucci Lover and I won't deny that even before when I had the money, I chose to buy the Gucci bag instead of the LV bag. I find Gucci bags more elegant, simple yet classy. I mean don't get me wrong I like LV bags too but not as much as I like Gucci.

Here's the email I received yesterday from the SA. Some of the SAs from the store modeled the bags for me to look at.

Good Afternoon!

We received some new arrivals today! If you are interested or have any questions please feel free to give me a call or e-mail me back at the store. Keep in mind all sales are final, there are no returns or exchanges. I hope to hear from you soon!


Sales Associate - Sorry I cant give her name here.

1. $869 med babouska guccissima ivory dome: retails for $1,395 and dimensions are 13.25"x9"x4" (LxHxW)

2. $1,109 med pelham guccissima brown leather: retails for $1,850 and dimensions are 14"x11.5"x5" (LxHxW).

3. $369 gg plus joy tote w lavender trim: retails for $595 and dimensions are 13.5"x10.5"x6" (LxHxW). - My BEST PICK!!!!

4. $459 d gold messenger gg sand w sage trim: retails for $660 and dimensions are 13"x11"x2" (LxHxW).

5. $499 med babouska boston brown leather: retails for $1,250 and dimensions are 12.75"x9"x7" (LxHxW).

6. $779 babouska guccissima brown tote: retails for $1,295 and dimensions are 14"x14.5"x5" (LxHxW).

7. $829 Lg pelham gg sand w sage trim: retails for $1,190 and dimensions are 13"x11"x7" (LxHxW). - MY Second Choice!!!

My BEST PICK - JOY TOTE with Lavender Trim - in Neiman Marcus they sell this bag for $630 and in the outlet store the bag is only $369. Where's my GENIE IN THE BOTTLE?!?! LOL.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Purse Cravings

I guess everyone has their addictions, people take time from their lives to indulge in their habitual pleasures, smoking, drinking partying. If there was an AA (alcoholics anonymous) meeting for shopaholics then that would be me, I thought that I would stop looking at bags after purchasing my first Gucci but I guess the itch is still there, most people try to fight their whole lives against their indulgences but mine is harmless. I mean what can you do if you cannot afford it, I grew up with normal ordinary clothes and never once looked to see if the accessories I had were the "in" fashion at the time, so I guess I am trying to make up for those years that I missed out.

Here are some of the things that I currently crave but of course, it is practically impossible to buy these things unless I won the lottery, so I guess I will just have to whet my appetite and satisfy my fix by looking at these nice pictures.

1. Medium GG Mermaid Tote $419
2. D Ring Sand GG Canvas Hobo $559 , D Ring Wallet $289
3. D Ring GG Canvas Green Trim Tote $529. D Ring Wallet $289
4. D Ring Brown GG Canvas Tote $529, GG Canvas Wallet $319

1. Lavender Guccissima Boston $769, Wallet $279
2. Purple Leather Bamboo Hobo $549, Purple Guccissima wallet $ 209
3. GG Sand Canvas Horsebit Nail Dome $1,019, Wallet $259
4. Powder Pink Guccissima Tote $749, Guccissima Wallet $ 239

These are all from Gucci Outlet.

Photo Credits from Purse Forum

Monday, May 11, 2009


Remember those walls I built
Well, baby they're tumbling down
And they didn't even put up a fight
They didn't even make up a sound

I found a way to let you in
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now

It's like I've been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin'
It's the risk that I'm takin'
I ain't never gonna shut you out

Everywhere I'm looking now
I'm surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you're my saving grace

You're everything I need and more
It's written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won't fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

Hit me like a ray of sun
Burning through my darkest night
You're the only one that I want
Think I'm addicted to your light

I swore I'd never fall again
But this don't even feel like falling
Gravity can't forget
To pull me back to the ground again

Feels like I've been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin'
The risk that I'm takin'
I'm never gonna shut you out

Everywhere I'm looking now
I'm surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you're my saving grace

You're everything I need and more
It's written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won't fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
Halo, halo

Everywhere I'm looking now
I'm surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you're my saving grace

You're everything I need and more
It's written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won't fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Happy Mothers Day!

My Mom is absolutely the best, nicest, caring, kindest,funniest, religious woman I know. She is an inspiration to me in many ways. She continues to be a friend, mentor and a role model for me and my siblings. Her relationship with the Lord continues to grow and she never wavers in that. She is a wonderful mother, independent, strong woman.

Heres wishing you the best Mothers Day ever!

And for all the wonderful MOMS out there Happy Mothers Day!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Being a stay-home mom presents its own share of struggles, but it can also offer its own set of rewards for parents. So here are one of those rewarding moments that I want to share...

Monday, May 04, 2009

A Good Reminder For Parents

Children See, Children Do

I'll always remember this - ”don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” robert fulghum

I grabbed this video here:


When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you hang my First painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately Wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a Stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind To animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make my Favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little Things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a Prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always Talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make a Meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I Learned that we all have to help take care of each Other.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give of Your time and money to help people who had nothing,And I learned that those who have something should Give to those who don’t.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you take care Of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have To take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw how you Handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t Feel good, and I learned that I would have to be Responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come From your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things Hurt, but it’s all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw that you Cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be. When you thought I wasn’t looking I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and Productive person when I grow up.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Parenting and Wife Style

Got this again from Ems Blog.

Parenting Style

1. Do you exercise full or minimal control over your child's / children's behavior?
Yes. D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y. I don't want them to grow up a SPOILED BRATS.

2. Do you expect your child / children to obey 100% or let her / him / them do what pleases her / him / them?

Yes. I expect my child to follow me 99% of the time, I use the word follow instead of obey as obeying sometimes means that you have no alternative or free choice to do the things being asked of you. I leave the 1% because parents make mistakes too and I am hoping that my kids are smart and wise enough to know the right thing to do.

3. Do you welcome discussion or you simply set rules?

Yes. I welcome discussion because I want to hear their side too and I think this will help me and them to become a better person.

4. Do you reprimand?

Oh YES. It will be far easier to correct a wrong behavior when it first appears than after it has become a habit.

5. Do you use spanking for punishment?

If it was done in anger with no explanation no absolutely not. But if my child knows beforehand what the penalties are and if there is teaching, sometimes YES.

6. Do you use some kind of a reward System for motivation?

Yes. I do this when he got a perfect homework and exam in the school.

7. Do you enjoy being a Parent?

Oh Yes. Very rewarding and fulfilling. I love it =).

8. Are you a hands-on Parent or do you have a full-time Nanny?

I'm a hands-on parent. I can't exchange this with any other job.

9. At what age would you let your child make simple decisions for himself / herself?

As long as he can prove to me that he can make sound decision.

10.Do you and your Husband have the same Parenting Style?

We don't but we talk about it.

Wife Style

7. How long have you been married?

8yrs and counting.

8. How do you feel about being a Wife?

It's not easy being a wife. But I feel secured.

9. What has been your typical sleeping attire since you got married?

Long shirts or duster dresses. Conservative kuno =)

10. How do you show how appreciative you are of your Husband?

Actions Speak Louder Than Words. I prepare his food everyday ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) and a lot more.

11. What do you do when your Husband annoys you?

We fight LOL. But I love it when he annoys me. Lambing kuno =).

12. You are buying or planning to buy your first house as Husband and Wife ....

Location first, then the style and price of the house. I'd like to have a separate sink and potty chair in our masters bathroom.

13. How does your house look like at the end of the day when Hubby gets home?

Sometimes messy sometimes clean. He doesnt care at all if its a mess or not. He just like to have a good meal when he gets home.

14. How do you feel about running a household?

Very challenging. It is a much more difficult job than one would even imagine.

15. What is the sweetest gift you have given your Husband so far?

Love and Care.

How Well You Really Know Your Husband

After reading this meme from Ems blog I feel obliged to answer the same questions about my husband =).

Here's a chance to see how well you really know your husband. Cut, paste and fill in the answers.

1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the tv?
History Channel, Sports Channel, Sci-fi Movies, Travel Channel

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
Ranch or Bleu Cheese

3. What's one food he doesn't like?

4. You go out to eat and have a drink; what does he order?
Rootbeer or Dr. Pepper

5. Where did he go to high School?
Don Bosco

6. What size shoe does he wear?
Size 9 and half

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?
Books, 3D magazines, movie memorabilia, scale models

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
Turkey with swiss sandwich

9. What would he eat every day if he could?

10. What is his favorite cereal?
Raisin Bran

11. What would he never wear?
White Polo Shirt

12. What is his favorite sports team?
Boston Red Sox

13. Who did he vote for?

14. Who is his best friend?
ME =)

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do?
Nagging lol

16. What is his heritage?
Filipinio and Spanish.

17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake?
Chocolate Cake

18. Did he play sports in high school?
Soccer and Basketball

19. What could he spend hours doing?
Reading and listening to music

20. What is one unique talent he has?

Saturday, May 02, 2009

The Kindergarteners CLass Picture


Its almost the end of the school year for my son as a kindergarten. I scanned his class picture from the yearbook because kids grow up so fast and the next time you see them it might be their college graduation picture.

So here's Aidans class picture for the year 2008-2009. By the way he's turning 6yrs old soon. How time flies...

Laugh Time Video

A funny blooper video clips of my two kids..

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Byron @ 10mos old

Here are a couple of movie clips of my son at 10mos old.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wealth and Gratitude

I just need to share this inspirational soulfood by Bo Sanchez

Use Gratitude to Receive More Blessings

Wealth isn’t money.
Wealth isn’t the cars you drive or the houses you own.
Wealth isn’t your jewelry, the stocks, bonds, or cash in your bank.
I now believe that wealth is an emotion.
Wealth is an inner feeling.
More precisely, wealth is an outlook, an attitude, a belief.
And the most obvious measurement of wealth is gratitude.
Ungratefulness is focusing on what she didn’t have; Gratitude is focusing on what you have.

Remember this powerful truth: Your Wealth equals your Gratitude. And your Gratitude equals your Wealth.

But what kind of gratitude do you have?
Let’s find out…

There are three degrees of gratitude:

· Superficial Gratitude
· Simple Gratitude
· Sacred Gratitude

1. Superficial Gratitude

This is when you’re thankful for Big-Ticket items only.
You win the Lotto.
You get a new car.
You finally pass the board exam after 9 tries.
Your daughter finally gets married at 45.
Your visa is approved after 16 years of waiting.
Your adulterous, jobless, alcoholic husband finally changes.
Or your adulterous, jobless, alcoholic husband finally dies.
Whichever comes first.
I mean, how can’t you not say thanks?
Everyone starts with Superficial Gratitude. But I call it superficial because this feeling of gratitude will disappear rather quickly.
Superficial Gratitude is great. But if you want to be really happy, you need to graduate to a deeper form of gratitude…

2. Simple Gratitude

In Simple Gratitude, you’re thankful even for the small things in life. For the roof over your head, for the leftover food on your table, for the semi-neurotic family around you. Stuff you take for granted.

Remember this famous line?

I once was sad for I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.

But do you know that there’s something even more powerful than Simple Gratitude?

3. Sacred Gratitude

In Sacred Gratitude, you’re thankful for life itself.
You’re thankful that you’re alive.
You’re thankful that you exist.
You’re thankful that you breathe!
You’re thankful for the adventure of daily life, with all its ups and downs, highs and lows, and twists and turns.
This kind of gratitude doesn’t depend on situations anymore.

And there’s a big difference between knowing you need to be grateful, and actually having every cell of your body singing, “Thank You!”
This is Sacred Gratitude.
It’s one of the sweetest things in the world.
Nothing can touch you. You’re at peace.

When you have Simple Gratitude—and especially Sacred Gratitude—you receive so many blessings.
Because when you become grateful, you also become an…

…Inverse Paranoid!

You know what a Paranoid is: A fearful person. He thinks that the world is out there to get him. To steal from him. To hurt him. To put him down.

An Inverse Paranoid is a happy person who believes the universe is conspiring to bless him. To serve him. To love him!

An Inverse Paranoid expects the best out of life.
An Inverse Paranoid expects great things will happen.
An Inverse Paranoid expects that he’ll walk into fields of blessing each day.
An Inverse Paranoid believes that the world is plotting to fulfill his dreams!
An Inverse Paranoid looks at bad things as merely disguised blessings.
An Inverse Paranoid wakes up each morning and say, “I expect to be blessed today! Yeepee!”

Are You A Blessing-Expert Or A Problem-Expert?

Why do grateful people become Inverse Paranoids?

First reason: Gratitude is one of the most powerful forms of love. And you know that love casts out all fear. Paranoia is fear. So gratitude casts out fear from your life.

Second reason: Because grateful people focus on blessings in their life, they become Blessing-Experts. What does that mean? They know how a blessing looks like, sounds like, smells like, tastes like, and feels like. Because of this, when they open their eyes and look around their life, they’ll smell a blessing a mile away! They’ll zero on it and grab it.

Ungrateful people are Problem-Experts.

When they look around their lives, they can’t see the blessings right in front of their eyes because they don’t know how they look like.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Unread Magazines

April 16, 2009

Early this year I had some subscriptions given by my mileage program from US Airways. I would have lost the mileage program if I had not agreed to their subscriptions to a couple of magazines, as they were given to me free by the mileage program. A girl like me would not subscribe to mens magazine, electronics or home and garden magazines. So you can expect all the subscriptions were all about fashion and cosmetics. The sad part is I haven't read any of them because when I opened them I look at some of the stuff that I would like to buy but cannot do because in this kind of economy it doesn't seem right to be extravagant ( maglalaway lang ako ha ha ha).

So here are the magazines that I have since January of 2009. I don't know when I will have the chance or time to read them.

Congrats to the Graduate

April 16, 2009

I'm so proud of my sister Carol. She just earned her Bachelors Degree in Nursing today!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

One Childs Imagination

Flowers for me....

He drew a yellow heart for me.

He drew this boat house for her friend Jenny.

And this purple heart and boats for his dad

My source of happiness

This is what I received from my son last easter sunday. Don't mind the spelling he's only 5.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Climb

Just wanted to share this nice lyrics and song =). Senti muna ang lola nyo ;)

I can almost see it
That dream I'm dreaming but
There's a voice inside my head sayin,
You'll never reach it,
Every step I'm taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Got to keep trying
Got to keep my head held high

There's always going to be another mountain
I'm always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I'm gonna to have to lose,
Ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing,
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down but
No I'm not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I,
I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on, cause

There's always going to be another mountain
I'm always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I'm gonna to have to lose,
Ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb (yeah)

There's always going to be another mountain
I'm always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain't about how fast I get there,
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb (yeah yeah ea ea)

Keep on moving
Keep climbing
Keep the faith baby
It's all about
It's all about
The climb
Keep the faith
Keep your faith

Saturday, April 04, 2009

New Makeup 04.04.09

My friend got me into trying out a different cosmetics line, I usually subscribe to MAC and Neutrogena but because of her insistence I decided to go take it out for a spin. I had a lot of mineral makeups before but they usually do not pass on my quality review for myself as they also contributed to a couple of breakouts, but Everyday Minerals was pure joy.

It is still touch and go but I am beginning to like the brand, after trying it out for two days it is good enough to mention in my blog, even my husband agrees that it is different in a good way.

I will keep you folks updated on what happens next, here are a couple of pictures for you to see.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Update 03.16.09

I have had a lot of events in the month of February but most of them were due to the kids being sick, the most notable was that my eldest son having an appendectomy and then the following month there was a lot of grief at the passing of a family friend, my uncle and my husbands grandmother, it is for these reasons that I was unable to update my blog and share my everyday stuff.

I am hoping that I will be able to get back into the grove with my writing.

Here are some of get well cards that my son received after his surgery and some valentine treats from his classmates.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Baby Sitting Job 03.03.09

I remembered when I was growing and being a little tot, I had a baby sitter or as they are called in the Philippines 'Yaya'. Both of my parents worked so me an my older sister were left in the care of someone else, as in the states you pay the baby sitter for taking care of your kids while you are either at work or having a night out with your husband.

The yaya is also important for a lot of single moms as they are indispensable for helping you take care of your kids. The yaya does not usually have to be a total stranger as they can be mostly your neighbors or relatives, it is standard practice to have grand parents take care of the grand kids as this gives them a bond while the apo is growing up.

The sad reality is that in the states, baby sitting is readily available but usually quality is also synonymous with price, so you can expect to pay a good part of your salary for baby sitting.

I am a stay at home mom and I want to share some of my tricks and tips in the absence of a baby sitter.

Jumperoo - baby usually jumps up and down and helps develop leg muscles

Exersaucer - allows for lateral movement and a substitute for a high chair

Bouncer - he drinks milk while on the bouncer

Car Seat - when he is sleeping or taking a nap

Activity House - fun activities for babies, with lights and buttons

Glider - best way to rock a baby while holding on to him, no place to put a duyan here so this has to do.

Baby Einstein DVDs - Kids love these as their attention focused on the colors and music of the DVDs.

Playpen - a nice safe area where he can play and when he is older he can stand up and take naps on.

How bout you how do you take care of your babies?