Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Yep, you read the title right, one of my long-time wishes came true this Yuletide season, it's a present not from anyone else but from me to myself, to lessen the hassle of using a desktop while being a busy mommy. And, as I was so excited to share it with everyone, I took liberty in taking pictures, step by step *lol*.
I bought it in SM Appliances with the help of the hubby (technically and financially), I won't mention the amount but I got this baby fairly, actually hubby said, it's more of a steal *grins*. I even have a 1000php GC to be used in the appliance center plus a free Globe Tattoo USB Broadband, I just haven't gotten the time to pick it up yet, I have to get it in one of Acer's service center, I need to show the official receipt, the product serial number in the box and an identification card. I'll ask hubby to get it after the Holidays *smiles*, so other photos are to follow... do stand-by.
It's an Acer Aspire 4736Z netbook, here's the specifications and a review, in case you wanna know more about it.
You gotta love it!
Monday, December 28, 2009
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Bidazzled. All opinions are 100% mine.
Bidazzled is an online auction site that offers up to 90% savings on name brand merchandises, it was officially launched last November and it works like your usual penny or pay-per-bid auction but what separates it from the other auction sites is that, it is designed and created to help fund a lung cancer charity - The Ruch Foundation.
Some of the factors that draw me to this auction site are - bid winners usually save 80% off in retail and nobody really looses, in case you don't win a bonus 50 bids will come your way as a thank you token for participating and you can purchase the item in less than the investment you made in the auction. And if you're lucky enough to win the bidding, Bidazzled will offer to buy the item back for cash, via check or paypal, or bids or a mixture of both.
I even heard that on their first month of operation 2 Nintendo Wii(s) have been given away to lucky winners, who just used their 5 free bids, isn't that just wonderful?
Bids cost $1 and are available in bid packs for as low as $25, and with bid packs come free bonus bids which, if calculated, could lower your bidding cost to $0.67 or lower, a pretty good deal, if you'll ask me?
By the way, you can get 15 additional bids when you enter this code - BBP1202A - up until the 15th of January, 2010. So if you're in the lookout for post-Holiday coupons and promos, you just got lucky. All you have to do is enter it on the registration page of Bidazzled and you're good to go with no obligation or additional cost. When you have tried and tested their services, and you like it, you can refer friends and be rewarded with a lucrative referral incentives and bonuses.
Go ahead, grab the promo code and try it, but I don't think you can beat me to it *grins*.
Hello everyone! I know that I am a few days late but, believe me when I say, that I sincerely hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. A few days from now, we will all welcome a new year and I'm wishing everyone a prosperous, happy and peaceful 2010!
I'm still on a blogging vacation. I wish I am, but some posts are waiting to be written... we will see...
Talk to you on 2010 peeps! Have a blast celebrating the end of 2009!
Labels: Special Events
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I have said previously that I plan to loose weight this coming year, I want to look and feel sexy again *grins*, I want to fit in my old clothes and buy some new ones that are in style, I want to be able to carry myself better and yes, I want to have an increase in self-esteem, when I started to gain weight, I tended to stay at home and out of the public eye, I plan to change that that's why I am super inspired to loose weight, uhm, actually, I'm not sure yet but I am inspired to think about loosing some flabs, I'll give you that.
I am thinking of a regimen that will help me loose weight fast without me starving and straining myself, it got me thinking, I used to play badminton and I was good then so getting back to my old routine might give me back my old size, right? Plus, I get to do something fun and something I enjoy. Now, I have to spend some bucks to buy myself badminton stuff, as I already passed my old ones along to my cousins two years ago.
Good thing I found Badminton Racket, it is an independent site that is created to help people like me in finding the best racket that will suit my ability, they give out advice in choosing badminton rackets and they compare prices and give bargain hunters cheap deals on top brands. I am currently scourging their site for that perfect racket, something that I'll love to carry and play with and something that I can afford.
Game mode on...
I have been asking and nagging my husband to allot some money for a new set of wedding rings, don't get me wrong, I love my wedding ring but it has been on my finger for almost ten years, I just want something else to wear and something different to look at. Ours is a simple gold ring with multiple slant lines as a design, my husband picked it up, he didn't want those elaborate stone-encrusted rings, he wanted it to be as plain and rare as possible. I used to tease him that we should have 3 pairs of wedding rings, an everyday ring, a white gold ring so I can pair it with other kinds of jewelries like silver, and a formal ring, a bejeweled one will be nice so we can use it at events and gatherings. I know, I know, it's not practical and frugal but hey, a girl can wish and dream right?
Last night while I was staring at the ceiling, night dreaming and all, I thought of some hideous plan *grins*, I will tempt my husband into buying us a new pair of rings by showing him tempting men's wedding bands, I'm a genius aren't I? And so I begin my search, I found a site that offers titanium and tungsten-made rings, it sort of works like a platinum substitute, 'coz as you know the price of platinum is not for regular people like us. What's good about tungsten and titanium jewelries are that they are hypoallergenic, or at least the ones manufactured by the site that I visited, it is strong and durable and has that polished appearance which is promised to stay permanently, but most importantly, it is affordable and easy on the budget. They will even send you a free sizing set everytime you order to ensure that perfect fit, they have a 14-day money back guarantee in case you're not satisfied with your purchases, a tungsten rings warranty which is a lifetime repair and replacement guarantee and a lifetime refinishing policy for the titanium rings, isn't that wonderful? I couldn't think of anything more to ask as it seems like they have thought and given it all.
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I wish I could get my hands on those airline vouchers!
Gawd, when I got home yesterday from a day of shopping...err, walking at the mall, I was gravely shocked to found out the featured news on Yahoo, Brittany Murphy died at 32. As in oh my God to the nth power, how can she die? And of natural causes? I am 32, I am not as lean and sexy as she is thus, I can safely say, that she's in better form than me, I don't do good to my body, I fed and I starved myself to death whenever I want to, I don't exercise, I don't drink vitamins or any nutritional supplements, as in I am at my worse at the moment and I am kinda scared, if Brittany Murphy died of natural causes and it looks like she's taking care of herself then I could succumb to the same fate as easily or more as I don't take care of myself. Gawd, it's not a good thought, believe me!
I had a plan for 2010 - I would really love to go on a diet to loose some weight, for personal aesthetic reasons, but I don't really have a specific plan yet, I was actually thinking of self-starvation and deprivation to the point of extinction *lol*. But then Brittany happened, now I am having 2nd thoughts, not about the diet but about the strategy that I am going to take to make it happen - I need to be fit this coming year, now not just for myself but also for my family, I don't wanna go and die on them, seriously!
What happened to her is a wake up call to me, but hey, when God needs an angel who are we to stay away. My condolences to Brittany Murphy's family, we're not close or anything but I'll always remember her as Tai, the weird and fashion-challenged school transferee in Cher's (Alicia Silverstone) school. I even have a VHS tape to prove my allegiance to Clueless *grins*.
Life... life... life...
Sunday, December 20, 2009
A friend from the Land of Nod, where you have the chance to see Princes William and Harry, was raving about a site where you can find simply everything one needs. I did a little research to see where she's coming from and I found out that AnswerGator is an article directory and a 'what is' guide, you simply punch in the keywords and hit search and if they have it in their listing, you'll find it in an instant, easy peasy! It works like a search engine, only better, as it is built to provide net users an easy access to all the important facts and info and to provide straight answers to everyday questions. Believe it or not, they even have a motto, in which they live by - Get Straight Facts.
I visited AnswerGator and I had seen that most of their articles focus on Insurance, Mortgage and Law, for stay-at-home moms like me, whose world revolve around children, husband and home, it is a big help in case we are in need of information on our house mortgage or pending insurance claims. And that's just might be the case with my friend, that's why she's all praise about the said article directory.
Don't you just love the idea that everyone in the world who has an access to a computer and internet has all the knowledge he/she wants at their fingertips, literally?
Hubby and I talked last night about the ever-fluctuating economy here in our country. Why the sudden chat? Oh well, I did ramble a bit and as hubby knows I won't stop until he takes my side, he decided to do it immediately *lol*.
Okay, I'll let you in a little... Christmas break officially started as the kids in different school all over the Philippines had party and exchanged gifts last Friday, maybe not everyone though coz my son had his a day before. So, anyway, I was expecting a boom in business last Friday but unfortunately nothing boom-bastic (pun intended) happened, I was complaining to hubby by then as I think every year we (Filipinos) suffered a bit more, parang it's a chain of endless poverty, parang nasa quick sand ang mga Pinoy na every year mas lumulubog, as in kung mahirap tayo last year parang mas mahirap pa this year and every time malapit na mag-end ang year ganun ang napapansin ko, we're always a notch poorer and miserable than the previous year and it's a cycle, it never ends or fail or falters, it is continuous, isn't it sad? Hahaha, I told you I am a rambler.
Hubby told me that we should look for a pre-need plan and mull it over, just to be prepared. We haven't really discussed it yet, maybe when the Holidays and merry-making ends, serious mode on on January. But, as I am me, I started to look at the net for a good insurance company and I found out that one can compare term life insurance quote of different companies to give us clients better offers and choices. I'm not that knowledgeable in this kind of stuff, so finding a site to help me out is really a blessing.
I know that you've heard and read about this Facebook application so many times already, well, just add this post to the list *grins*. Photo above is my Paypal Wishlist, as you can see, it kinda said that I already earned $15 but as it is not audited yet, I don't think that amount will reach my hand, let's just say that at least a quarter would, it's still easy money.
I used to have a Macbook on my list but as I recently purchased an Acer netbook, I decided to sub it with a Lenovo desktop, instead, I heart it!. Anyway, in case you haven't heard of this and you're somewhat interested, just log in to your FB account and search for Paypal Wishlist on the list of applications or you can click this, and you might just be able to help me have my wish *grins*.
Friday, December 18, 2009
My son's eye problem has never been a secret, he suffers from astigmatism, it is an optical defect that causes blurred vision. At the moment, he is wearing a pair of corrective eyeglasses with 300-300 lenses, we were supposed to bring him back last month for his check-up, to see if his condition worsen or the corrective glasses did the trick, but as the doctor's schedule is conflicting with his school schedule, we decided to do it this Christmas break. My son is just five, that's why the ophthalmologist decided on trying corrective eyeglasses first but there is another option, it involves surgery but it promises a faster and easier way to clear vision (our doctor's word), I'm talking about Lasik.
I am a Google mom, I tend to research every little thing in the net and so I did with Lasik, I found out that it is the most performed surgery in the US and that vision recovery could take as little as a few hours (that's fast). After Lasik, the need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses is no more. Upon further research, I discover Stahl Eye Center, it is USAEyes-certified center, it has been in business for 35 years and it's work exceeded the national norms for Lasik results. For a mom like me, who's looking for ways to lighten the eye condition of their loved ones, this is one great news.
Now, all I have to do is work a little harder to save some money for the Lasik surgery.
I don't really like joining promos and contests, online or not, I don't think I was born lucky, I never really had any luck with any contests or raffles, even when I was pregnant with my son, and they said pregnant women are supposed to be lucky and lucky charms to their family and friends. Oh wait, I won one time in a round of tong-its with my cousins when I was pregnant, I never got the chance to repeat it as I don't really had a mind for that card game, does that count as luck? The whole time I was into blogging, I only joined two contests, both were very recent, and, I guess, you can count this one as the third, they said third is a charm... we'll see...
Vera of Where The Moon Shines is having her very first contest, it started last December 6 and it will run up until December 26, we still have plenty of time to rack in points (there, I said we *grins*). The winner will be drawn through an electric or old-school raffle, so the more points one has the better chances they get. The winner will receive (deliver to their doorstep) a 2010 Got Heart planner, that's why I so love to win, I love the smell of new planners, it seems like I can start anew and the troubles, mistakes and heartaches of the past year will fade away just like that *grins*.
If you want one (for free), you can try your luck, too, visit Verabear's blog for more details.
Labels: Tempting Contests
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Remember this blog's emergency maintenance last Thursday (Dec.10), well, I had a hint then who the culprit is but I didn't say anything as I don't wanna taint its already tainted reputation but now that I have read a dozen and more blog posts blaming them, I guess, silence is unnecessary.
I am talking about Blog Advertising Store, a paid blogging agent whose past name was Paying Post. I did join their rooster of bloggers a few months ago, I was actually happy at first as they offer me a lot of writing freedom with a high price tag to go along with every project, the cheapest offer I got was $7 and the rest were as high as $25, it was my first attempt in paid blogging and I was blinded by their offerings and incentives. But as I go along, I read a lot of bad comments and blog posts about them, on how they don't pay on time or not pay at all and on how bad their customer support is, so, I decided on letting them go, not absolutely as I kept their code and the posts that I had written for them as I am silently wishing that everything I read and heard are just bad publicity but though I continue to visit their site to look at the payment tab (when will the next payment be) I didn't see any changes, as if, they just left the site as is. I haven't earned a lot from them, not enough to reach the cashout but I did work and spend time and effort so I am still hoping to get what is duly mine but then it struck. The malware and loading problem, as I discover a week ago, was from their code - I changed my theme and all but everytime I put back their code, the problem seems to revert back, so I decided to let Blog Advertising Store go completely, with that, I decided to delete some posts that I did for them, only those that I don't like though *grins*.
I just hope that everyone (affected) did figure it out and are okay by now.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Ramblers Way. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you had talked to me a few days ago and told me that you can use wool as an everyday wear, I would surely reply with a mocking smile, as I would surely think that you are pulling my leg. The wool I used to know are those thick, fuzzy sweaters and bonnets that my grandmother sent us for Christmas. It's actually nice to wear them during those chilly night stroll but when the season is over, all we can do is tuck it nice and neat in the closet, so I really didn't get to like wool clothing that much. When I had my son, I can't help but give wool another try, as most cute bonnets that we saw at that time were made of wool and my son's obsession with winter clothes did add up to my choice. But the problem was, the bonnets and sweaters that we bought for a not-so-cheap-a-price shrunk the minute it was washed, it was such a waste of money. After that, I stirred clear of wool materials and promised never to come back, but just recently I heard of Ramblers Way, one look at their site and their product line and I'm a convert.
They have short and long-sleeve tops with scoop and cross necks, camisoles, long Janes and bikini briefs (imagine that) fit for the modern American women while they have short and long-sleeve shirts, half John and long Johns, and boxer briefs for men. All of which are made from superfine American Rambouillet 18.5 micron wool for that superior next-to-skin softness and comfort. Versatility will never be a question, as one can use those wool garments inside or outside or on any events and activities the whole year round, as all are breathable fabric it can warm and cools effectively and it repels odors and moisture. More than that, Ramblers Way's garment-line are machine washable and dryable, as they contain a natural enzyme that resist shrinkage and shifts in shape. And for me, that would make it a good value for my money.
If you're like me whose experience with wool and its by-products weren't good and almost gave up on using it entirely, I suggest you give Ramblers Way a look, I was surprised with a whole new level of wool products, so who knows, you may find something to add on that wish list or gift list for the coming Holidays.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Eleven more days and it's Christmas, I just can't help but be engulfed in the Christmas cheers *grins*.
by Joey Albert
ganyan Ang Indak Ng Mga Bombilya
pinaglalaruan Ang Iyong Mga Mata
ganyan Ang Kurap Ng Mga Bituin
koronahan Ng Palarang Bituin
iba't Ibang Palamuti
ating Isabit Sa Puno
buhusan Ng Mga Kulay
tambakan Ng Mga Regalo
'wag Lang Malunod, Sasabihin
(Pupulu-Pulupot) Paikot Nang Paikot
koronahan Ng Palarang Bituin
dagdagan Mo Pa Ng Kendi
ribbon Eskoses At Bonita
habang Lalong Dumadami
regalo Mo'y Dagdagan
[Repeat 2nd Stanza Twice]
PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Gifts for my son, checked. Gift for hubby, checked. Gift for bro, checked. Gift for pops, checked. Gift for mom, unchecked. I have been doing some shopping, a little at a time, aside from financial restraints, I also have a business to attend to and it's not even Christmas vacation yet, so I have to be a super mommy to a preschooler, too. I purchased some beauty stuff online for my aunts, sisters-in-law, cousins and a few friends, I braved Divisoria to buy some toys and candies for the lootbags that we're gonna hand down on kids come Christmas, I purchased gifts for some of our godchildren but I'm not done yet, I hope to do it on the weekends. All that but none for my mother as I'm finding it hard to choose one gift, my mom is a simple person, as in the simplest one can ever be, so finding a gift that she will like and appreciate is kinda hard. But, after weeks of searching and self-deliberation, I think I found the perfect gift, a pair of pearl earrings.
I found it at the Oriental Pearls website and because of the coming Holidays, they slashed a big chunk on their regular prices. The earrings used to cost $150, now I can have it for just $75, just right in my budget, woohoo! Aside from their marked down prices, the gamut of pearl jewelries you can find in their site is outstanding, as in you can have the cheapest price along with the widest array of pearls in the market, if that's not something, I don't know what is. They also offer different packaging for security and other (surprise gift) purposes, and thankfully, they accept Paypal along with other modes of payments so I can order now and be assured of a timely delivery.
Itching to know what my nanay will receive this Christmas, here take a peek -
Ain't it pretty?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Gosh, finally, after a day of hardwork and ,mastered patience, I am done! My blog had to undergo an emergency maintenance, don't ask me why as I don't know either. But I can tell you the story...
I woke up this morning feeling drowsy, as I usually do, I took care of my son, send him off to school and then opened the computer shop. I did my daily routine of checking my e-mails and visiting FB, butIi got the shock of my life (actually of my day *grins*) when I read an e-mail from one of the advertising companies I have for my blog that my registered site is not fully loading, so, I checked and found out to my dismay that it is true. I asked people I know to visit my blog just so I'll know if it's a general mishap, and unfortunately, it was. I logged in to blogger, just to find out that I can't even see my layout page as it won't fully load either, what a bugger. I run to a techie friend, so he can rescue me, but as my luck had it, he's out doing some errands, by that time I was forced to wonder if my day can get any worse. I tried opening my blog in different browsers, it won't fully load in Firefox, it won't load at all in Internet Explorer and worst, Google Chrome dubbed my site malicious as it is infected by malware virus from imagehack (I don't know anything about these two either so don't waste your time asking me). As I am not in the know how, I decided to just delete the whole HTML and began anew, hoping against hope that all my posts will be there when I get back, so I did what I had to do and then went on picking a random template, which is what you're seeing at the moment and I like it. God must have mercy on me as everything went back to normal after that, now, the problem was, I lost all my widgets and advertisements as I wasn't able to copy-paste the codes before I changed the template, so I had to install everything all over again, and it took me hours to finished and I was forced to deny myself some Facebook time just so I can finish and end my catastrophe today. By the way, my eyes are watery and red but I love the outcome of my hardwork, it may not look as nice as I want it to be but it is okay.
I solved my own problems, I think I am improving *grins*.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Last night my husband and son went to a debutante's ball without me as we can't find anyone who can man the computer shop while we enjoy ourselves in the party *grins*. I was fine before they went away, it is a formal affair and I'm not a fan of dresses and formal attires, but when they left, I felt forsaken, and all I can do is imagine the ruckus that my son will make or how the other visitors will dote on him, he was so handsome and super cute in his yellow long-sleeves, black tie and black slacks. I did asked the husband to bring the camera and take pictures but as all men are, he didn't care that much to took some *sigh*.
Technically, I wasn't all alone because the computer shop was full up to ten in the evening but after that, I only had four more clients that came in at 20-30 minutes interval, one after the other, so it was really boring. And to while away time, as I lose interest in playing my games in Facebook, I decided to download software. I've been busy watching movie downloads for the past weeks, I had my dose of Twilight, The Proposal, 2012, among others, and I owe it all to torrent and sharing sites.
Anyway, at around 12 midnight, I heard hubby parked the car so I rushed out and met them, my son brought home a box of heart-shaped chocolates and brownies, it was given to him by the sister of the debutante because she find my son too cute, she wasn't able to resist his charm *lol*. I was told that he was the center of attention and everybody's hugging and kissing him, hubby even said that he was so proud to be a father. Aww, I should have been there, I would have huff and puff like a proud mama bear.
Downside of the story, while hubby and I were talking about the party, our remaining client told us that he lost his internet connection, I hastily checked and found out that we're having dsl problems once again, so I ended up closing the shop and loosing my download.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
- Giving and receiving gifts
- Food, glorious food! (cooking at home, eating out, all others included *grins*)
- Parties, reunions, exchange gifts
- A two-week vacation from work and school
- Decorating and making the whole surroundings Christmas-y
- My son's birthday
- Seeing the smile on my son's face when he open his presents
- Seeing the smile and happiness on kid's faces, as well as on the grown-ups
- Cool, chilly breeze
*** My first time in Ten on Tuesday :D
Monday, December 7, 2009
I recently acquired a new book - The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling, to those who had read and followed the Harry Potter series, I don't think an explanation is necessary but to those who are uninitiated, I guess you should try to google or wiki the said title, just to give you an idea (I'm not really in the mood to explain and all).
I bought it at an Scholastica book fair with a whooping 575php price tag, I expected more for that amount but I'm not saying I regret buying it, I would never regret buying a book, it's just that... I have high expectations... oh well...
I read it in two hours while my boy was in school and while the gamers here in the computer shop were still in sleeping ecstasy, a little quiet time with a book in tow, it was priceless (I could have picked a better book *sigh*).
A book in one hand and a glass of ice cold Coke in the other, lounging lazily in a swivel chair, leaning backwards as far as the chair would permit... a laptop on the desk but no fingers on the keyboard... *sigh* I miss my old life...
I think, it's gonna be a very lazy week (as far as I am concern)...
I'm so glad I had taken a pic of my favorite glass because my son decided (though accidentally) to break it to pieces just a few minutes ago. It has a twin though, it's in the care of our dear Anya (s'ya na lang meron ngayon, waaaa).
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I was doing my usual blog hopping when I noticed a contest in Living Life to the Fullest, well, I'm not one of those people who live to join online promos and contests but from time to time I see something that caught my fancy. The first time I joined a contest it was because of a pink-stoned ring, now I am joining because I so wanted a GC, I'm still undecided what GC I'll take or ask for but I'm sure it would be for my son - a toy, a book, a piece of clothing, we'll see. And I'm acting up, as if I'm gonna win *lol*, well, I hope I would.
Levy, the woman behind the above mentioned blog, together with her husband will celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary and to include as all folks in the celebration, they decided to throw in a contest (12 days in duration), it started last December 3 and will end up on the 15th.
It's kinda easy to join, all you have to do is:
- Guess what is their theme song?
- Follow her blog through Google connect or RSS reader
- Blog about the contest (which is what I'm doing *grins*)
- Share it with friends (via any social network)
Labels: Tempting Contests
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Yes, the title kinda speaks about my topic but no I haven't shopped on a warehouse just yet *grins*. I found another means to spend our hard-earned money, and you can spend yours too *chuckles* -
Sad to say, the sale had started last December 16, so the better of the stocks might be gone by now but I heard that they have lots of stocks on sale this year and there are those which you can pick for less than a hundred, pretty nifty eh? But as it is a warehouse sale, you should be picky and wary of stains, loose buttons and broken zips and the likes, keep your eyes open and be ready to dig deep into that mountain-pile of clothes and accessories. If you're a bargain hunter then this is the place to go.
One personal dilemma though, I'm not good in directions and I'm not familiar with the city of Pasig, can anyone come with me?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I haven't been into Entrecard dropping for a few months already, hence, the non-posting of my top droppers per month, I would like to apologize to those bloggers who dropped continuously here at The Snoring Queen, though I seldom or not at all drop back. Though you haven't heard from me, i know who you folks are and I sincerely appreciate all you're effort, I will try my best to do something in return like dropping back once in a while but as I am me, I don't wanna make any promises coz I tend to break such *sigh*.
Anyway, as a sign of my appreciation, a November link love to my top droppers *grins*, hope to see your blogs on the list next month.
- Wirez and Circuitz 30
- Jean sQuared 30
- Trends Finder 24/7 30
- Experience the Real Ireland 24
- Computer Aid 22
- All Stace, All the Time 19
- Monkey Arcade 18
- The Sweet Life 18
- Rehoboth Business Center 17
- Direct Wholesale Warehouse 17
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Before I sit here in front of my laptop, I had fed my son, cleaned him up and forced him to take an afternoon nap, just to make sure that I have ample time to finish what I intend to write this time *grins*. So, shall we continue?
And because I'm using the built-in number thingy, we'll start with the number 1, let's just pretend that it's number 11, okay?
- a mobile phone (anything will do at the moment, but if you really want to give me exactly what I want, any of the Nokia E-communicator series will do *grins*)
- a big, hang-in-the-wall flat screen TV (just so my son will stop bugging me to buy it, hehe)
- a DVD player and a set of kid-friendly DVDs (for my little one's room)
- a one-week vacation near the beach or in the highlands (Batangas, Tagaytay, Baguio, Mindoro, Palawan, Pangasinan, Boracay, Ilocos, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, pick one and I'll be happy to oblige)
- one whole day of spa, massage and all those pampering
- one picnic day out of town together with my family (I miss hanging out and laughing with my nanay and tatay, we're all so busy, we only see each other at night when we're about to sleep)
- the chance to have our house repainted and refurnished (that would be like, totally awesome!)
- a brand new car or van (need I say more?)
- one day shopping spree with no limit to what I can spend, better yet, shop-all-I-can for free, weeee!!! (sponsors anyone?)
- a condo unit by the mall (a studio unit would be fine *grins*)
Monday, November 30, 2009
As today is the last day of November, I can't help but feel that Christmas is really just around the corner, though we haven't done any decorating or gift shopping yet, basically because of lack of funds *sigh*, the Christmas spirit is on the high.
I need to take care of some stuff starting today to prepare for the Holidays - I/we need to decorate to make our home Christmas-y, I need to buy gifts for our godsons and goddaughters, family members and other relatives, friends and for my dearest son and hubby, actually, I had bought one gift for my baby already and the plan for his 2nd gift is ready, his dad just need to print it out and bring it to Uncle Dick. We also need to buy some giveaways for our loyal clients in the computer shop and some loot bags for the kids who will visit nanay and tatay, I also need to buy some new stuff for my bebe - a pair or two of pants, a set of socks, a pair of a formal and rubber shoes, a few tees and some undergarments, I guess, I should buy some for hubby, too. I need to work on our menu and work on a decent budget to make it happen, you see during Christmas, my mother's brothers and sisters together with their own families make our house a pit stop, where they can rest, eat and chill after hearing the mass, so a carefully planned menu is necessary. I may need to do more but at the moment, I can only think of those *grins*.
But what is Christmas without a wishlist, everyone has the right to dream and wish...
- a laptop (I bought myself an early gift so I should have taken this out of the list but as it is part of my wishlist, I thought on posting it as it is)
- a new La Germania oven (ours is sooo old already, but it's still working and unless somebody will give me an oven as a gift, the old one will stay for a long, long time, I hope it doesn't get broken)
- a new washing machine (guess what, this one should be out of the list too :D)
- a new desktop (one that is mine and mine alone)
- a DSLR camera (Canon would be very much appreciated)
- an underwater digicam (did I hear somebody say Samsung?)
- the complete set of books of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer (yes, I am such an ignoramus, I haven't read the book yet, though I've watch the movie adaptations)
- the complete set of A Series of Unfortunate Events (I had read a few but the whole bunch would be so much better)
- books from Catherine Coultier, Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey, Jude Deveraux and other romance fiction writers (per request, I want the queen, king, duchess, prince, England, Scotland, palace, mansions type of reading)
- wicker baskets and chests for my son's playroom (I've been wanting one seen I found a maker in Bulacan
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I was busy playing my games in FB when I realized that I haven't posted anything in this blog for days, which is not unusual but it's something that I am trying to eliminate or, at least, lessen *grins*. I also realized that I haven't been doing Adgitize dropping which could mean another non-payment month for me from the advertising system *sigh*. Oh well, I just wish I'll do better next month...
While I was randomly visiting blogs, I saw something about a website calculator, I was intrigued but I didn't plunged in immediately and then, when I'm ready to do it, I can't find the website nor the blog where I first read it, lucky me!
Anyway, in an attempt to post my blog's worth, as if it is really worth something *grins*, I decided on trying My Web Site Worth. And the numbers are in...
The Snoring Queen is worth 3,938 US dollars... not that much but I still wish I could get that amount from the bank *grins*.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
As many, if not all, of you might have noticed, I had begun my journey in paid blogging. I decided to join the many WAHM and SAHM of the blogosphere in earning a dollar or two (or more) via doing paid posts, and I had been on it for a month now, actually, I even got my first dollar today *grins*. I still haven't gotten the complete notion on how to get along in the business but I'm getting there, slowly but surely. And one of my recent discovery in the world of online opportunities is LinkFromBlog, one of the rising platforms in blog advertising. I think it works just like the others but this one has a catchy banner, a chance to earn a thousand bucks in a month, who wouldn't be persuaded?
I, recently, signed up and I am hoping and wishing that a few (or several) opps will come my way immediately, the more opportunities I get, the better chance of me buying that train set for my son *grins*. By the way, if you care to help me out a little, you can sign up as my referral, that way, I can earn a few more dollars. It's easy to join and totally hassle-free, just click the above banner, fill up the form, add your blog and activate your account by writing a short post, and that's about it. They'll inform you if you have an offer from an advertiser through e-mail or you can search the LinkFromBlog market for an open opportunity if you're itching to do a paid post *grins*.
Labels: Online Opportunities
A one-day sale event will take place tomorrow on all SM malls and its concessionaires. Yes, it is true, I'm kidding you not!
So, if you're like me, itching to shop and all, grab your bag and wallets, check on that credit card balance and count your cash, wear your most comfortable clothes and footwear and get your shopping groove on.
I'm so ready to hit the mall, but I have no one to man the computer shop *cry*. Any volunteer?
Monday, November 23, 2009
Efren Penaflorida pioneered the pushcart classroom (kariton classroom) in Cavite City together with his friends to give the unfortunate kids in their area the right to education and in the process lessen the chances of them being involve in gangs, of whom I wrote an article previously. And now, as I succumbed to write another one, it is with pride that I share with everyone that a fellow Pinoy, a simple and not-so-popular one like Manny Pacquiao, had risen to the top - Efren Penaflorida is CNN's Hero of the Year 2009. Among the 10 nominees, seven of which are Americans, he had emerged victorious, of course, through the help of his friends and supporters , mostly Filipinos (and that includes me) as shown by the number of votes cast under his name.
To read the whole story and watch some video clips, kindly go to CNN Living.
"You are the change that you dream as I am the change that I dream and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be." - Kuya F
Cheers to Efren and his co-volunteers and those other unnamed heroes in existence!
Mabuhay ang lahing Pinoy!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Incendia Health. All opinions are 100% mine.
My son has been using corrective eyeglasses since he was four, he's been into it for more than a year now, he's suffering from astigmatism and he's wearing a 300-300 spectacles. He can still function as well without it but as we together with his eye doctor aim to correct his vision, it is but necessary for him to wear his eyeglasses everyday. His path to having that perfect vision is unsure but we sure will try.
I was trying to learn more about astigmatism and other eye problems when I chanced upon a website that feature videos about better vision and it's effect or will be effect on individual persons.Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO), a global leader in laser vision correction, recently launched the You Gotta See This Video Contest, the video entries should be about the impact or would be impact of improved and better vision in one's life. As of the moment, various videos have been sent including original music videos, video clips showing sports regimen like swimming and boxing and some are as simple as everyday experiences and living. Big prices awaits the winners -
- the grand prize is a whooping $5000, one lucky entrant can get a hold of that;
- the 1st prize winners will take home an HDTV package worth $2500 and there's gonna be a winner in each of the three categories;
- the second placers will get the Flip UltraHD camcorder, also one in each category.
- My contacts are getting in the way of my good time
- My favorite sport or activity would be so much cooler with better vision
- You should see life after the iLASIK® Procedure
Okay now, go and shoot that winning video.
Actually, it already started yesterday night (it is 2:07am, Sunday, Nov.22 in my part of the world), but, nope, I wasn't one of the selected folks who got to see the premier *sigh*. The World Pyro Olympics had changed location, from SM MOA to Fort Bonifacio - one of the reason why I can't watch it with my family, that is too far from our place *sigh (again)*, but I am not loosing hope, I still have four Saturdays to find a way *grins*.
To those who wants to watch and is itching for details, kindly read on :))
It will be held at the grounds of Fort Bonifacio, behind the acclaimed Bonifacio High Street, but contrary to previous years, this time you'll need a ticket to be able to get a good view -
- VIP - 1500php (inclusive of dinner courtesy of Via Mare)
- Special - 500php
- General - 200 php
- November 21 – Germany (Nico Linug) and China (Glorious)
- November 28 – Canada (Pyro Studos) and Australia (Explosive)
- December 05 – Japan (Marutamaya) and Italy (Parente)
- December 12 – South Korea (Hanwa) and USA (Res)
- December 19 - Fellowship of Fire (all participants) and Philippine Exhibition (La Mancha)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hoover and Dirt Devil. All opinions are 100% mine.
Shopping is every women 's stress therapy but sometimes, though uncommon, shopping can also take its toll. Just a week ago, I decided to raid one of the malls here in the metro as they were having a mall-wide sale, it was fun at first but when the crowd began to double and triple, my cloud 9 (shopping feeling) was suddenly shadowed with fatigue and frustrations. My Christmas list is growing longer by the minute and I can't find the time and energy to rush to the nearest mall and share bodily fluids (aka sweat) with the ever-huge shopping crowd. My body is not able but my mind is, so as my fingers and eyes *grins* - here comes online shopping to the rescue.
Dirt Devil is taking the term online shopping to a different level, gone were the days of shuffling back and forth, from one online shop to the other in search of that perfect gift and item, comparing prices, stock and delivery dates. They (the people at Dirt Devil) kinda did the shuffling for us, choosing and picking only those online shops that will give the best value to our money and those that have the best product lines, they wrapped it in a nifty little file called Dirt Devil Holiday Gift Guide. This 12-page downloadable file is also named as Dirt Devil 2009 Guide to Red Hot Online Shopping Shortcuts (refer to the photo above), it is packed with 300 websites, tricks and treats of online shopping and other useful ways to go online shopping with a max product in hand but with a minimum dent in your purse. There's a list of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Deal a Day websites which can help you plan the course you're gonna take come the sale dates, to ensure that you're gonna grab the best one in the shelf. They also included a line of Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him and Family Favorites, giving us plenty of gift choices for our loved ones, friends and colleagues, you know what, I already found a crafty little thing to give to my hubby come Christmas time. And yes, I don't worry much about shipping cost as they also offer free shipping shortcuts and they have this Free Shipping Day which will happen on the 17th of December. Pretty cool eh?
Finding Dirt Devil's Holiday Buying Guide is such a blessing, unexpected but very much appreciated. At this age and time, saving is all the trend!
Online shopping mode on!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It's only 37 days before Christmas and because I already did my initial pre-Holiday season shopping, I am a willing slave to the Christmas and gift-giving spirit *grins*. Anyway, to keep my blog in the mood as well, I decided to feature a series of Filipino Christmas songs in the few remaining mondays before the celebration.
Happy Music Monday everyone!
by Jose Mari Chan
Whenever I see girls and boys
Selling lanterns in the streets
I remember the Child
In the manger as He sleeps
Whenever there are people
Giving gifts exchanging cards
I believe that Christmas
Is truly in their hearts
Let's light our christmas trees
For a bright tomorrow
Where nations are at peace
And all are one in God.
Let's sing 'Merry Christmas
And a happy holiday'
This season, may we never forget
The love we have for Jesus
Let Him be the One to guide us
As another new year stars
And may the spirit of christmas
Be always in our hearts
In every prayer and every song
The community unites
Celebrating the birth
Of our Saviour Jesus Christ
Let love, like that starlight
On that first Christmas morn
Lead us back to the manger
Where Christ the Child was born
So come let us rejoice
Come and sing the Christmas carol
With one big joyful voice
Proclaim the name of the Lord.
PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!
Monday, November 16, 2009
He did it! He did it! Yes, yes, he did it!
I'm not crazy or on the brink of loosing it, I'm just happy that my bro passed his LET (Licensure Examinations for Teachers), he took it last Oct. 2, it was supposed to took place on Sept. 26 but typhoon Ondoy happened and so it was re-scheduled.
There's no written notice or confirmation yet but he did found out about the released notice this November 15 through a friend's link in FB.
In case you wanna find out if you or any of your friends, love ones, colleagues, neighbors or any of your acquaintances passed the licensure exams for teachers/board exams, just follow the link -
LET Board Passers - Elementary, October 2009
LET Board Passers - Secondary/High School, October 2009
Note: If you can't find the name that you so want to see, don't despair, as I think, this is not a complete list yet. Hangga't walang announcement from PRC, may pag-asa. The list of top board passers isn't release yet so I can safely assume that what you can find in the link is not the complete set yet. And for the benefit of those who aren't mentioned in the list, I sincerely hope, I am correct.
Shout out to my brother and his friends - Good job guys!
My husband loves motorcycles, you may or may not believe it but we have a number of scooters and big bikes (motorcycle) in our garage, not to mention those three-wheeled go cart-styled vehicles that he custom-built with his own design. He loves motorcycles that much that he even gifted our son a small bike on his 4th birthday, sort of his relinquishing the crown and dream of becoming a racer, haa, not on this lifetime and not my son *grins*. The only four-wheeled vehicle parked in our garage is our old Wrangler which hasn't been repaired or customized in years but we plan to have it repaired and refurnished after the Holiday season (aka spending season). We haven't decided on what to put in and take out but we both (hubby and me) agree that a navigation unit unit is in order, after all GPS is a necessity in long journeys and road trips, which we plan to do this coming summer.
Anyhow, as early as now, I have been looking around the net for good buys, and I found just the place where I can get high quality car and auto parts. I have been scanning their website for a while now and I do think that it is worth a visit, AutoPartsPoint.com offers a wide-range of products, be it domestic or imported vehicles. They carry a wide selection of cars and truck parts in various models and model years and all of it comes with a full one year warranty. One more thing, if your purchases amounted to $50, they'll even send your order free of shipping charge. If that's not a good deal, I don't know what is, so if you're currently doing some car repair or remodeling or just in the hunt for some car performance booster, I suggest you give the above mentioned online car part-retailer a try.
Managing a computer shop often takes toll on me and my sanity, imagine groups of kids shouting at each other as they play an online war game or a number of teens playing those hate-themed rap songs at max volume, add the others who are waiting for their turn to rent and be seated, nagging and asking if anyone's time is up yet *sigh*. Most of the time I keep myself preoccupied with Facebook apps, I try to blog while I man the cafe but I always end up with a blank note, noise and me thinking is not really that compatible. But Facebook games can only do so much, sometimes, I get tired and weary of playing and that's where my ever-reliable itunes music file comes in - I do music tripping without a care to my surroundings, I just plug my earphones, pick my favorite tracks and relax. But as I am not the only one who owns an ipod/mp3 player in our family, I need to share the PC and music downloads with them, the hassle in so doing is clattering the music list with the same songs. But, I think, I finally found a way to delete duplicates in itunes and I don't need to pay a dime to download it.
Moleskinsoft's Clone Remover is an award-winning small shareware utility that finds duplicate files in Windows (Vista supported) and removes it. It helps to search and delete duplicated data in a safe way on our PC or laptop like photo-video and music/mp3 files, .rar and .zip archives are also detected and deleted, if necessary.
My computer can heave that deep breath, as deleting duplicate files also means a bigger disk space thus a better and faster performance by my beloved PC. Sound tripping will also be more enjoyable as I won't waste time dragging tracks from one folder to the other, giving me more time to jive and sway to the music *grins*.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
As expected, by most Filipinos and other international supporters - Manny Pacquiao did it again, he knocked out Miguel Cotto on the 12th round, gaining him another belt and sealing his name as the best boxer in the league and the pound for pound king of our time.
Join me in saying, Yes! Pinoy rules!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Oh yes, finally, a chance to have that much-awaited and longed for retail therapy *grins*. I started making my list a few days ago and I am in the process of checking it twice and on Saturday and Sunday, I' m gonna go shopping *jumps for joy*.
TriNoMa will have a Green Light Sale On November 12-15, which gives us Christmas shoppers the chance to dine and shop with a 70% mark down price tag plus the chance to grab other delightful freebies.
I got the scoop from A Life in Style, so for more info, go and check their site.
Shall we meet there? Just drop a comment and maybe, just maybe, we can meet, dine and shop together *grins* *shaking in excitement*. Wear something comfortable and light, bring a bottle of water to quench your thirst, some mint candies to keep your breath fresh and your stack of cash or credit cards to keep the fun limitless.
Shopping mode on...
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Could it be true? Will Steven Tyler leave Aerosmith after almost 40 years of rocking?
I sincerely hope not, I can't picture Aerosmith without Mr. Tyler and I can't picture the latter out of Aerosmith *sigh*.
I was having my usual dose of showbiz news this morning when I saw the news in Washington Post. The rumor/story isn't making headlines (which gives me some hope that it is not entirely true), actually, it is just a part of a smorgasbord of news in one article when I read it. But it did bother me, I am a big fan, I was one of those who sang I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing and Jaded on the top of my lungs though my musical prowess is sorely lacking *grins*, I, even, love Liv Tyler the first moment I saw her because she's the daughter of my beloved Aerosmith, I was kinda torn who is her true father at that time *lol*. And now, one of them is leaving, and the others are either too hurt or too angry to think clearly, should I start crying now? I hope this is just a publicity stunt or a bad joke or anything else as long as it is not true...
We've heard it all before, but this time there may be some truth to stories that Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler, is going solo for good, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
The whispers started after the band's recent gig in Abu Dhabi, fueled by a comment made by bassist Tom Hamilton to the Boston Herald about Mr. Tyler quitting.
Now Aerosmith's Joe Perry tells the Las Vegas Sun, "Steven quit, as far as I can tell."
Mr. Tyler isn't talking, but recently he strongly hinted he was ready to move on. In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, he said, "I don't know what I'm doing yet, but it's definitely going to be something Steven Tyler, working on the brand of myself — Brand Tyler."
As the band approaches its 40th anniversary next year, Mr. Perry says Aerosmith will go on, even without Mr. Tyler, and if he indeed has quit for good, the band will hire a replacement singer.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I am a food enthusiast and I am a voracious eater, if you need proof, I can send you some photos to show off my body excesses *lol*. Anyway, I asked a friend who works in Israel to send me a few of the country's famous desserts and pastries - baklava and halvah, I have been craving and wanting to have a taste of those babies for a while now but as my friend is so busy with her work and the chance of me getting those goodies fresh from Israel is, admittedly, bleak, we have been postponing the moment. My friend said that the shipment might take a while even if she use an air freight to send it to me as it is mandatory in Israel to check every packages, so the checking alone will eat up some time plus the actual forwarding and she's kinda thinking (and I somewhat agree with her) that the baklava and halvah may not reach me on time (before it expire and spoils). So, my craving for some of those treats had intensified through time without any clear means to satisfy it.
But just tonight, my bff called me up telling me the good news, someone recommended her eFood Depot, it is an online market where I can order some halvah and baklava. The shipping is fast with a flat rate of $4.99, I can even have it delivered for free if my purchase amounted to $75 or more and if I am lucky I can even get free gifts as some purchases/products on the list have freebies with them. So the always curious me checked out the site and I found out that they're products are not limited to Middle Eastern countries, there's Indian, European, South American and Asian food online and the varieties of products range to almost 10,000 and it is said to be growing. If you're in the hunt for those rare and hard to find ingredients, you can try you 're luck there, they might just have it, they even offer recipes and cooking demos in video - I now know how to cook Pad Thai *grins*.
My best friend and I closed the deal, she'll order and pay for the baklava and halvah for me, as she's supposed to send me some, and all I have to do is wait and expect my not-so-surprise delivery one of these days. I love my bff!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Christmas is just around the corner, only 47 more days, I think.
And to prove that Christmas is soon coming, though I haven't save enough to buy presents for friends and love ones *grins*, here's two Christmas station IDs, of course, from the battling networks - ABS-CBN (channel 2) and GMA 7 (channel 7).
From Channel 2 - Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko
I was randomly clicking on the TV remote this afternoon, as I wait on my internet cafe clients, when I passed by a BBC report about American businesses loosing about 20% of production because of employees who are busy twittering, chatting and updating on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace while they are at work. And I know for a fact (as most of my friends are) that Filipino workers also spent some (or most) of their working hours updating and playing in Facebook or chatting. It's not that I condemn those who do that, coz I would probably do the same if I am working 8 hours a day, 5-6 days a week in a confined environment *grins*, but as a business owner myself, albeit I handle a very small one, those little time mismanagement can and will cost us big in the long run.
If I were them, I would use an activity tracking software like ActiveTrak, it is far from the footsteps of the Big Brother software, as it will track the computer activities of your employees without any hassles in the workstation. It was designed from the ground up with the notion of tracking the active application title bar leading to an accurate and easily compiled usage statistics. The software, also, offers both real time and historical logs of user data thus enabling the review of an employee's day to day activities and productivity easy and hassle-free.
Just my two cents...
A few posts ago, I mentioned that I have a new addiction and I wasn't able to blog for quite some time because of that, remember? I even told you guys that I'll tackle the matter on a different post, and I guess the time has come *grins*
Cafe World is one of the up and coming superstar application in Facebook, it was developed and released by Zynga, yup, the same one that gave us those other addicting games like Yoville, Mafia Wars and Farmville. It is much like Restaurant City, wherein you own the cafe and you act as the chef, you can hire your friends as waiters and waitresses and you can expand and buy stuff as you level up. In this game though, the dishes are cooked within a specific time and you have to be there to get it out of the stove and into the serving counter before it spoils. But don't despair, you can still play the game though your not online 24/7 (unlike me *grins*) because Cafe World works in real time, the food gets cooked even though your out of the game and your employees continuously serve without getting tired. The cooking time of each dishes varies, from 3 minutes to 2 days, so it is basically about strategy, you choose which dish to cook depending on your availability to go online and play.
At the moment, I am a t level 35 and 3rd in ranking (among my group of friends), my rating is at 105 (the thumbs up sign) and I think, that's the highest one can get.
As I love the color pink, I decided to go pink all the way in decorating my cafe, the dashes of black (counter and grills) are but necessary as they don't input pink counter and grills *grins*.
Currently, I own a Family Cafe, 10x12 in size but I am working hard to save 125k coins to purchased the next upgrade - a Plentiful Cafe which is 12x13 in size. I have 12 stoves and 7 counters but I am only using six plus five employees under my command. Next time, I'll do an update with me on the number 1 spot in terms of ranking and you'll see a bigger and better cafe *fingers cross*.
Care to be my neighbor?