Saturday, December 4, 2010

One of my younger cousins who finished her nursing course two years ago and is currently working as a nurse in one of the known cosmetic surgery centers in the country is planning to continue her studies and this time she wants to dwell in the world of doctors not as an assistant but as the lead, herself. She's already married with twin daughters to boot so her decision doesn't only revolve around her but about and around her family as well, aside from the time and effort that she have to put in in order to make it in medical school, money is also one of the factors. The tuition alone, cost to around hundreds of thousands depending on the school you'll get into plus the reference materials and other stuff needed in the study of medicine, one needs to have a mountain of gold and silver to make it through. Good thing, affordable scrubs are now available, though it won't do that big of a difference, the thought that something inexpensive in relation to medicine is there just makes it a little bit manageable.

Scrubs are practically a part of a doctor's life, so investing in them is a necessity, no practicing doctor will wear one scrub for the rest of the week, that is so unhygienic, and as we all know, most doctors are of the OC kind in terms of cleanliness *grins*. My cousin and I were even talking about buying several scrub uniforms, getting them in bulk and in sets is practical, doctors tend to use them as an everyday wear so purchasing extras is a money-saver in the long run. I told my cousin that she's getting way over her head and she told me that people needs to dream big so they can accomplish huge feat. And here I was, just talking about her future scrub fixation and she's talking about saving the world, our wavelengths just doesn't seem to meet sometimes *grins*.

I think, my cousin would be a fashion icon of scrubs in the hospital she'll be working in, why would I say that? Because as of the moment, though she haven't ask her husband's opinion yet or haven't computed where she's gonna get the funding for her studies, she's already planning on buying those branded scrubs the minute she gets her first paycheck as a doctor, if that's not crazy, I don't know what is. But, seriously, I just found out that there are branded scrubs, too, I always thought that all medical and lab gowns and scrubs are just made of the same materials and of the same manufacturers, now, even surgical doctors are in fashion, our world is really changing eh? For the meantime, she plans on getting those green scrubs, I think it's not that expensive and it's comfortable to wear, at least, she still have some wits on her *grins*. Kidding aside, I think she'll do great on whatever she decides, she's a great person and she do well with others, unlike me, and with her family backing her up, I think she can conquer the world if she wants to.

Go and fulfill your dream, you crazy you!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I have been sound-tripping in You Tube for a week now, hahaha, I don't know why but I am in my emo mode, I even halt all Korean-entertainment-related activities, I think, I'm digressing again *grins*.

Here's another discovery of yours truly, I think it has been around for a hundred years (kidding) but I just found it in YT, so here goes. I so love this song, I want a Joongbo MV, I wish I know how to make one :)

I Didn’t Mean to Make You Mine

Don’t give me a second chance
It I’ll be the same
You will be the consequence
And I will have the pain
You are something else
I have to survive
That is why I say
With tears in my eyes

I wish I never opened up my heart
I didn’t mean to love you baby
I wish I never let it get this far
I didn’t mean to love you baby
If I could have a single wish
I’d turn back time
I didn’t mean to make you
I didn’t mean to make you

Don’t look at me like I’m mad
I thought you would know
I was getting way too sad
It was gonna show
There was no way I could hide
I could hide the truth
So I took the risk
And fell for you

I wish I never opened up my heart
I didn’t mean to love you baby
I wish I never let it get this far
I didn’t mean to love you baby
If I could have a single wish
I’d turn back time
I didn’t mean to make you
I didn’t mean to make you

I didn’t mean to make you hold me
I didn’t mean to get so lonely
I didn’t mean to say all this to you
I didn’t mean to make you need me
I didn’t mean to love you like I do
Look at what we’ve put us through

I wish I never opened up my heart
I didn’t mean to love you baby
I wish I never let it get this far
I didn’t mean to love you baby
If I could have a single wish
I’d turn back time
I didn’t mean to make you
I didn’t mean to make you

My sister-in-law and her husband decided to dwell in the realms of property renting and leasing, they are currently building, not them exactly but the contractors that they hire *grins*, apartment units in one of the lots that my hubby's family own, I think sis-in-law and her husband paid or will pay for it in a cheaper price and I think her parents and siblings supports her move, anything that can help them financially and something she can be busy about.

She called me a few days ago, asking me about light fixture showroom as electrical wiring will soon be install and she wants all the necessary stuff be ready. She's kinda hoping to use a modern-kinds of lighting in the apartment units, so as to make it hip and trendy. But, as usual money is the key point, she wants it pretty and nice but not that expensive, rental fees should be affordable to the masses after all, and investing so much money on the units would mean higher rent and longer return of investments. I told her that I'll ask around, the lights used in our house were picked up from catalogs and canvassed from all over until the contractor found the best price, maybe, she should do the same. I should have think of that sooner...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Candies Galore

We didn't have much of a celebration last Halloween but we did give out some candies to the kids, we put the candies (photo below) in a pumpkin-inspired bucket from KFC *lol*, we put it atop the counter and let the kids and kids at heart get all the candies they want. We bought a pack of those colorful candies in Divisoria for more or less 300php, I think it's more than a thousand in number, a good buy, if you'll ask me.

I was not that inspired to decorate so the shop was completely bare, up to now no signs of the coming season can be feel here. *Sigh* maybe a a week or two more, I'm still not in the mood :(

Here's a little trivia for everyone, did you know that yours truly used to work as a financial manager in one of the pre-need companies here in our country. I was recruited by a college friend as an underwriter first as I was still working as an editorial assistant in one of the women's magazine here but when I resigned from work, the company offered me a regular job, I thought about it for a while and decided to have it a go as the place of work (branch) is not that far from our house, less stress on my part. It was a fun work while it lasted but as it was a cutthroat business, you have to have the stomach to push your team to their limits, to fire people at will and to scold them about the tiniest details. I've never been a people person so to deal with a lot of staff who handles the real hard part of the work was just too much for a person whose self-esteem is just knee-high like me. I resigned after several months though my manager begged me not to, I even lied about being sick so she'll let me go *grins*. Actually, what really got me to give it all up was the series of resignations the people I worked with did, it was like loosing the very foundation of me being there, loosing friends at work is never an easy thing and I crumpled.

I remember that one of the company's more lenient measure is the Life Insurance No Medical Exam thingy, it's a good deal for almost everyone as the hassle of going through a series of medical examinations is void and if you are really sick, the chance of getting an insurance is slim but with the no medical exam policy, all that one has to do is to survive a year and the life insurance is considered okay. It's risky but for some it is worth the risk.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Treasure Hunt

We celebrated the computer shop's one-year anniversary last August, imagine, it's been a year already *grins*. Aside from the usual giveaways to our loyal clienteles, we also had a small treasure hunt game. We hid small pieces of paper tucked in small yellow straws and let the kids and teens look all over the shop, inside and outside aside from the counter and PC's, it was a riot. Photo below were the prizes of the game :)

I wasn't able to take pictures of the giveaways, I kinda forgot, anyway, we just gave personalized mugs and face towels that we ordered in Divisoria :)

We visited an aunt's house in Pampanga, it's actually an ancestral house owned by her husband's family, her hubby is an only son, so, the moment his mom died, the whole custody and ownership of the house and properties therein was transferred to them. It was an awesome place, as in there are antiques galore and the house, itself, is a history on its own. The materials used in its construction would cost like millions today, if such materials still exist, and the house's design is like that of castles or those century-old houses in other countries, there are hidden passages and doors everywhere, I was shocked and scared to found out that such a house really exist. I was in the dirty kitchen once and I saw a door behind the prep table, I walked in, went down a staircase and I found myself in the underground room, I was frightened to death, I saw two doors, I chose the one nearest to me without thinking and voila, I was in the garden, I ran my ass off back to where everyone was. My aunt told me that if I opted for the other door, I'll be out in the highway *lol*, and that made more scared.

Aside from that little misadventure, the whole outing was a blast, I fell in love with their grandfather clock and now I really, really fancy one for our house. Now, a Howard Miller clock is in my list of to buys when I get rich. When do you think I will be?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

After The End

I've been leaving under a big boulder, I've been finally hit by that thought, curious as to why? Imagine me, finding out about KC Concepcion's song, After The End, just now... aw! Whatever, this is me falling in love with a song *lol*.

by: KC Concepcion

Even though I try
Not to think of you
Every now and then
I admit, I do
And I know
That were gonna meet again
And I wonder how
You will treat me then

And will it be awkward
Or what will I say
Coz we haven't spoken
Since that day

Will you look the same
Will I reconize
That amazing glint
That was in you eyes
Will you show that I'm upset
Will say that I'm not over yet
Will you make some lame excuse to go
Will you say you've got to run to catch a bus
When we'll see each other
After the end of us

Will i want to cry when we finally meet
Will we meet by chance on a crowded street
Will i fall again for your magic charm
Will you have a new girl on your arm

Will you act like you don't know who I am
Will you shake my hand like a business man
Will you smile and say hello
Like we used to smile not long ago
Will you ask me what's been going on
What kind of shallow topics will we discuss
When we'll see each other
After the end of us

Or will i be stronger
Then i knew i could be
Will i be the one
Who's Surprised by me

Will i be alright
Will i be just fine
Or will i've healed this heart of mine
Will i show that i moved on
Will you see the sadness is all gone
Will you be the one in pain
Will i be the one who's feeling fabulous
When we'll see each other
After the end
When we'll see each other
After the end of us

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Seriously, don't you ever wish that our lives as human beings are like that of a computer? Don't you ever wish that life can be reset, reboot, or restart? Like if something bad or something that is not to your liking ever happen, you can just start all over again, without fear of any repercussions or consequences. You may have to start with nothing but at least, it's a fresh start, right?

Don't you ever wish that you can be reformat like a bloody computer? Like if you made a mess of your life, or you did a wrong turn and ultimately get fed up and fail, that you can just be reformatted and voila, your good as new. No pains, no regrets, no anger, nothing, it's like having a new heart and new brain, where you'll just begin with creating memories and trudge on life with a new outlook. Wouldn't that be great?

If those choices never crossed your minds, how about a system restore option, have you ever thought of such? I would love to have a system restore option in my body so I can just pick a specific date and I can go back and my life's troubles will all be erase as if it hadn't existed at all. Like if I waste all my money on something unimportant and thought better of it later, I can just system restore myself and pronto, I'm okay. Hahaha, can I be more childish...

But, seriously, there were/are times when I wish I had options like a computer, my life will surely be easier *grins*.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Try Pasta

I was absent from the blogging world for almost two weeks, I think, because my recent vice had resurfaced *lol*, my addiction to K-drama, so I spent every waking hour of my life watching for two weeks, non-stop and I mean it. One that made a mark is Pasta, and I chose from at least a dozen series so it kinda tells you that it is good, right?

Pasta is a K-drama aired in MBC last January to March 2010 every Mondays and Tuesdays, it has a total of 20 episodes and stars Kong Hyon Jin, Lee Sun Gyun, Lee Ha Nui, Alex of Classiquai, No Min Woo, among others. According to our friend, Wiki, Pasta covers the dreams and success of a young woman who aspires to become an elite chef at La Sfera restaurant. Seo Yoo Kyung started her career as a kitchen assistant at La Sfera restaurant for 3 years. Her dream is to become an Italian cuisine chef. She eventually works her way up to become a chef. One day, the La Sfera restaurant newly hires Choi Hyun-wook, a chef who went to culinary school in Italy. Upon his arrival, the female chefs are fired one by one and Yoo-Kyung finds herself to be the last woman standing. She's fired several times but comes up with ways to be rehired by Choi Hyun-wook. Eventually she's rehired permanently when she wins a blind taste contest. The newly hired president, Kim San hires his friend and celebrity chef Sae-young as a co-head chef to work with Hyun-wook. It turns out that Sae-young and Hyun-wook used to date each other when they were both studying at the Italian culinary school. But they broke up after Sae-young sabotaged his wine by boiling it to win a cooking contest. They turn into rivals and try to outdo each other in making the finest Italian cuisine. Working alongside two celebrity chefs, Yoo-kyung feels small and insignificant. She gradually develops feelings for the charismatic Hyun-wook. However, restaurant owner Kim San begins to become attracted to the spunky Yoo-Kyung and the relationships between them become fraught with complexities.

Don't be alarmed by what you just read, trust me, it is a must watch if you have an inkling to Korean or any Asian dramas, it will make you laugh and all-tingly. The storyline will feed you with sweetness and love without any sexual connotation and you'll still feel giddy. I didn't slept for two days to finish it, and it is very much worth it.

It's December

I was feeling a bit down, every year, as oppose to most people, I do feel down when the ber months approaches, I'm a schizo like that *lol*. Anyway, a week ago, I was left at home, as usual, while my husband and son were doing their own thing and as I was staring at the abyss *grins*, it kinda dawned on me that I so want to refurbish our living room and bedroom, if only I have files and stocks of gold bars, I would so go for it *lol*.

But, I can dream can't I? If I'll be given a chance to redecorate our house, I'm thinking of doing a Western theme, I reckon that it would be nice. I could totally imagine our living room deck with western decor, add my whole family in the picture, hanging out and having fun, and it's a perfect scenario. While rustic bedroom furniture will make this dull of a bedroom, a special and bright one and I bet all our visitors will be starstruck, I can so imagine it, whew.

Why aren't I born with a golden spoon in my mouth, if I was, everything that will ever cross my mind can be done in a whim *lol*, I am so immature, okay, okay, even a silver spoon will do *grins*.

Do you know that a certain person born in the name of Lee Dae Hee exist? If you're not into Korean entertainment, I guess you wouldn't, so for the benefit of everyone let me give a very, very small introduction. Lee Dae Hee is a Korean actress who rose to fame on 2005 because of the hit series My Girl, aside from that she also starred in other dramas like Green Rose, a Pinoy remake will be shown on ABS-CBN soon, and My Fair Lady which was Tagalized and shown in GMA, as of the moment she can be seen in the K-drama East of Eden, currently airing in the latter station. Now, that you have a background, here's the real deal, she kinda made a mess in a Korean variety show a while back and the vid of her doing so just popped up in You Tube which made the blood pressure of most Pinoy rise. I was looking for the two earlier vids but KBS (a Korean channel) already had it deleted due to copyright infringement, it would have been a better exhibit/evidence as the thousands of comments will prove my point the easiest way, as it is, I have no choice but to use the recent one, which you can see below -

A few days after the vid circulated on YT and reposted on blogs, FB, Twitter and other social networking sites and thousands of mad comments and angry individuals, she posted a very long apology, err, excuse on her Twitter - the apology and the Twitter account, mob her if you want, lawl (slang of lol). That same day, an online entertainment portal in their country posted an article about her apology and her so-called imitation of Filipino teachers' accent, which instantly became one of the most commented article and it still is up to now.

Now, on to another point, personally, I was really affected when I saw the vid, it's insulting without me understanding it in full but it was way more insulting and, heck, it froze my brain in madness, when i found out that they were actually playing on our teachers accent. I am no teacher, but hell, if my teacher is as they pictured them to be, then basically, they are saying that I am like so, too, right? And it effin' angered me more when everyone in the Tv program laughed their hearts out as if it was the funniest thing ever, and what's with the excellent tag, seriously, "katalinuhan kayo?" And then, came the apology which should be coined as an excuse because that was what it is, Lee Dae Hee just put the blame on someone else's shoulder instead of admitting her fault, and I swear, everyone in that program should ask for an apology, too. But, something that I cannot comprehend were the other Pinoys who didn't/doesn't seem to be affected at all, they took it as a joke and suggest that everyone should too, WTH? Are you even my countrymen, lol, I'm being too nasty, sorry.

Phew, water under the bridge, but I can still see my reflection on the water, so it ain't over yet.

Most, if not all, of this blog's visitors know that I am currently into K-Pop and fan-girling, it's just a generic term but I am not really into the whole deal, I just adore a few Korean artists. One of them, I rigorously follow on Twitter, and a few weeks ago, she tweeted a photo of a new German-brand RV which she used together with her friends in one of their road trips in Seoul. The vehicle looks really comfy and luxurious, it's very pretty, too, I bet it's worth millions. I don't understand Hangul much so it was kinda unclear whether she bought or rented it, it could, also, be a gift as her birthday was approaching at that time, but one thing is for sure, I fell in love with that RV. If I only have the money to splurge on a luxury vehicle such as, I would surely go and look for rvs for sale and seal a deal as soon as I can. Imagine a car that has all the space and necessities that you need, a car that may work as a house and a car that will make any travel time enjoyable and relaxing, who wouldn't want a thing like that? I don't go out much as I am a self-proclaimed couch potato and a homebody but just thought of owning an RV is enough to make me giddy. How I wish for wishes to come true *grins*.

Seriously, I really, really want one for my family, should I put my fate/faith in the lottery and wait for my chance or should I work and save like a madman until I have at least a quarter of the amount of an RV's actual cost. What to do?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My girl crush, Hwangbo Hye Jung, a Korean singer, recently had her comeback and as I am a fangirl, I just want the world to hear her song and see her music video, lol, as if the world reads and visits my blog. Don't mind my rambling, just click play and be mesmerize.

Monday, October 18, 2010

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

A friend of mine who used to work here as a certified physical therapist went abroad as a caregiver, of course to earn more money, as well as, to risk on her dream of bringing her family to the States. We don't talk often as her work takes much of her time and energy but she somehow manage to sneak a call from time to time, she told me that the pay is good so she have no regrets but taking care of an old woman who is somewhat derange due to old age is taking its toll on her bruised body. Her patient wasn't like that when she started, the madam she takes care of used to be so strong and active though she's already 93 years old but as the time passed by, her ability to live and her mind and body continuously weaken. Though she's earning a bucket, I kinda pity her but that was all erased when I talked to her last night, she seems to be in a good mood which was unexpected, so I forced to explain what kind of miracle was given to her.

She told me that all her prayers were answered when her boss told her about NMEDA, her boss, the youngest daughter of her patient, heard about it from a colleague and her interest was instantly peaked so she asked my friend to do some research and tell her if it's worth the expense. She looked for their website and digested all the information, she then found out that a dealer was located near their vicinity so she didn't hesitate to call, inquire and ask for assistance. NMEDA is a non-profit and the only association that advocates safe and reliable vehicles and vehicle- modifications to enhance accessibility for all people, especially the aged and handicapped. They are not selling any products per se but their trained members are the ones who makes it available in the market, aside from their members who act as dealers of the vehicles and its accompanying modifications, they also offer QAP (Quality Assurance Program) which is the only nationally-recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry, it is basically a principle that in order to satisfy customers consistently, companies must have a systematic and documented approach to quality, which I think is what makes their program a good one.

As no two disability is exactly the same, buying generic vehicles is a no-no because you can never be sure of its quality and efficiency, it may even hurt your loved ones in the long run. My friend is a living example of how a NMEDA-stamped handicapped vehicles can make a caregiver or relative's burden lighter and a patient's life better.

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Warnings about the then typhoon Megi (it hadn't reached our area of responsibility yet, thus the international name) had been given since early last week, as PAGASA and the national government were weary of what it would bring, it was said to be stronger than Ondoy, which, if you could remember, beaten Metro Manila and it's neighboring provinces and cities into a pulp, taking a number of innocent lives and destroying millions-worth of properties. It was said to land on Saturday evening, and though I didn't move a muscle to prepare, I was always waiting for the news, it's good that it didn't really hit the metro but it is said to be wrecking havoc in Cagayan, Tugegarao, Isabela, among other provinces. Though, I am really thankful that the storm decided to swerve away from my location, I am worried for the lives of those who are affected and will be affected by it, the last tweet I read from DOST was that more provinces are held under signal 4 and the typhoon seems to be holding on to its strength. I can't do much but I can utter a silent prayer asking for their safety and you could do so too, I guess, the more people who ask the louder our voice will be.

Spare a little time and include our countrymen in our prayers, it's the best that we could do at the moment.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

More and more people are using their blogs to earn money, some get extra earnings from blogging while others do blogging full-time and it has become their main source of income. As a stay-at-home mom, I sometimes wonder how these SEO stuff really works and how a blogger can use it as a tool, given the chance, I would love to be able to apply such on my blog and earn even just a little. In my stint as a blogger, I had visited hundreds of blogs with topics running the gamut of personal to professional, from simple cooking tips to how to make you're first million tips, blogs as it is are widespread and wide-range. But through all the readings, I am still as clueless as I was when started regarding SEO and other tweaking details one can do to upped a blog's performance and ranking.

I bet some of those who are now successful in the field were once like me, blindly finding their way in the blogging maze. I think some might have had some help from seo company to start of and they just build their blogging empire from there. Is it worthy of the effort and expense, does it really pay off, how I wonder. If I only have the moolah to try it, I think I would, checking out the blogs of those who made it big through SEO, who wouldn't envy them. I heard somewhere that the dalai lama once said that great achievements demands great risks, maybe blogging has the same principle, too.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Triple Trouble

Okay, I have been having trouble with Inpostlinks. Everyone who frequented this blog knows that I do paid blogging, oh well, I stopped blogging for a whole six months so sponsored blog post will have to be dig up for support, hahaha. But when I came back from the dead and my account are still working, I did do some paid writings again but then trouble struck and it lingers. My pr score and alexa ranking has been going up and down in the Inpostlinks system and because of that I can't get any work done. The first one was like three weeks ago and it was solved after three days, the next it happened, it took them 1 week to fix it and now a few hours after they fixed it, it has gone awry again, I wasn't even able to post that one opportunity that I reserved. It's kinda frustrating...

They said that there's kind of problem in their system but not everyone seems to be affected, it this selective malfunction? Is there even a term like that, hahaha. Anyways, are you having the same problem like me? I really wanna know... I just feel left out all of a sudden :(

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I've been out of the online world in a while, so I spend my whole Friday watching all the episodes of the K-dramas that I'm following which happened to passed me by while I'm gone. It was a sad day yesterday because one of the best Korean series I've ever watched drew to a close already *sigh*, how can they not extend such a lovely program. If it's here in the Philippines, I'm sure it'll be extended until everyone who loves it pukes out of irritation and boredom *grins*. But, I'm hoping for an special episode or episodes at least, they owe me that, hahaha, as if.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (gumiho - nine-tailed fox) was shown in SBS in the Wednesday-Thursday slot, it stars Shin Min Ah, Sung Dong Il and Lee Seung Gi.

You can watch the subbed episodes at Viikii and their channel even have a synopsis and cast of characters to give you an idea, go and check it out.

For detailed reviews, if you care for spoilers, go to Dramabeans (I link the episode 16 review which is the ending, you want spoilers right? *grins*).

Do tell me if you like it okay and let's do some five!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Me Today

Okay, it has been five days since we lost our internet connection, and I'm dying of boredom here. I've been calling phone and internet provider's hotline every hour of everyday but it's either I can't connect or I was told that it'll be settled in 24-48 hours, at the moment, it has been 115 hours already, I wonder how the people in PLDT look and compute the time, I'm thinking of lightyears, but then, I won't live to see it. Hmm, ain't it curious?

Friday - I was disconnected from the world wide web at 5pm (or almost), after trying to reconnect for a hundred times, I finally give up and let my router rest. I gave myself fifteen minutes of rage-ranting against my service provider, when I was done, I decided on re-watching We Got Married, JoongBo cuts, hahaha. The television set is cajoling me to come but I didn't succumb on my first day. My family and I had dinner and went to bed early, I think, that is the only benefit of not having wi-fi in the house, hehe.

Saturday - No classes, so I get to stay in bed longer. I rested my sleep-deprived body until I feel bloated, hehe. I spend the day watching TV, yes, I embraced my faith as soon as the second day came, I am weak like that, hehe. My son and I had a cartoon marathon, from Nick Jr. to anime, name it, we watched it.

Sunday - We (the three of us) were supposed to spend the day with my in laws but as I am me, I decided to stay at home, I was and still am not in the mood to mingles and socialize though it's just a few people, I am weird like that. So, I spend the whole day playing Plants vs. Zombies, I finished the first set and I am in the mid of my second, I got all the 20 trophies in mini games, I'm on my last at puzzle and two more to go before I nail survival; my Zen garden is also a success, my regular and rare flowers and plants are growing up fine and I was able to purchased everything that Crazy Dave can offer. Haaa, if my internet connection is not back in a few more days, you might see an early retirement for crazy Dave, I'm gonna sub in, hahaha.

Monday - This is the day that I was really, really hopeful... I mean, it's a working day and it had been days since our connection was cut but all I got was more frustration. Aaah, I hate PLDT!!! To while away time, I was hell bent on making a no-bake dessert but I found out too late that I lack certain ingredients, so I spent my day, sulking and cursing PLDT some more, hahaha.

Tuesday - Today, I am still hoping, it's just 12 in the afternoon so I still have five more hours before the technicians and other staff of PLDT go home. I hope to get good results today, oh please, let my internet be reconnect today *begging for mercy*. I'm really running out of stuff to keep me sane... I'm off to watch Eat Bulaga, I haven't done this in a while. I'm off to bed, still no internet for me :(

Wednesday - My sixth day in oblivion, yes this is what oblivion is for me... I effin' hate PLDT, you just don't know how much. I had already used up a week's amout of sleep that I'm used to out of nothing else to do. Well, I can do other stuff but as I am lazy and I don't wanna get up, sleeping, watching TV and reading e-books are the only options I have. Did I mention I effin' hate PLDT?

Thursday - Finally, at 2:30pm, after a hundred or so phone calls to their customer support and six days of waiting, my internet connection is back. May I say hurray!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Staying home alone in mid-September has it perks, I can sleep anytime I want to, I can play with my favorite online and LAN games anytime I want to, I can eat whenever I please to, I can even not take a bath for days and no one will bother me, at all... but sometimes, its just too darn lonely. It's almost eleven in the morning and here I am sprawled on my bed, doing nothing, looking around day dreaming and thinking of the obvious, I am so poor. It's not that we are miserly, well I have been feeling miserly for a while now, but it is just me and I'm just molded too brittle *sigh*, we're actually okay in normal Filipino standard of living but like other normal humans, I still crave for more. I want some Contemporary Furniture instead of what we have at the moment, they're still okay but as I've mentioned, I want more, much more *lol*. Wouldn't it be great if all the citizens of a country have the same amount of money and properties, as in equally distributed to everyone, no one needs to be super poor and no one should be uber rich, that way everyone in this earth will be happy. If only I have the power to change how the world works... but then i don't...

Living in equality, haven't our forefathers dreamt enough?

"Shh! You're the only one who doesn't know, the confession that shakes the heart of my youth..."

Yes, you read the title right, Sungkyunkwan Scandal is my new-found love, amongst other new K-dramas which I will tackle some other time, yes I'll do it in order of my preference *lol*.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal is a currently-airing drama in Korean channel KBS2, it is based on the best seller novels - The Lives of SungKyunKwan Confucian Scholars 1&2 of Jung Eun Gweol. Sungkyunkwan Scandal is a Chosun Dynasty youth story that deals with the love,friendship and passion of a quartet on SungKyunKwan college.

When her younger brother falls ill, Kim Yoon Hee enters the school in his place disguised as a boy in her desperation to find a way to support him, and becomes friends with Lee Sun Joon, a perfectionist who is also the brains of the gang, playboy Goo Yong Ha and the rebellious Moon Jae Shin.

I am so in love with this drama at the moment, I'm pulling the days close so as to watch another episode, it is shown Mondays and Tuesdays at 9pm KST, but I get to watch it the day after per episode in Viikii, as I don't understand Hangul, I need to patiently wait for the English subbed version.

Oh yeah, the lead character is Mickey Yoochun of DBSK, and he spells love *fangirly grins*!

You all know that we have a small computer shop and now that the holiday season is near, just like other entrepreneurs, we are also wondering what to give as gifts and giveaways to our loyal patrons and clients. Last year, we gave away personalized mugs to our valued clients and face towels to the less loyal ones. This year we're thinking of promotional calendars, we don't plan to have separate gifts anymore as it created some misunderstandings back then and as calendars are normally given on holidays, we may opt to just go with the flow. Promotional calendars are pretty nifty, first it doesn't cost that much to print and almost everyone uses a calendar plus we can let our little shop be known to everyone without spending extra money or putting in lots of effort, who doesn't need promotions nowadays when the economy is on a slump, right? Now, we just need to think of a theme or layout to use, it has to be something colorful and vibrant to catch the eye of the youth. We still have two months to finalize our project and I do hope it turns out perfect. I just wanna start our year in the right track, I really, really need that!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In an effort to let my addiction be known further and as it is my blog, I think no one will hinder me from doing so, I wanna introduce you peeps to We Got Married. I'll even include a Wikipedia link and a Mysoju link, the first, to make you understand it further, the second, just in case, you wanna watch it. Oh yeah, the vids in mysoju are whole episodes, and I only watch JoongBo cuts, so don't bother asking me questions about the other couples, okay. Photo below is my beloved JoongBo *grins*.

There used to be lots of their English subbed cuts in You Tube but as Korean channels are now sweeping YT by storm, you'll find it hard to find high quality clips now, even music videos about them are wiped out *sad face*. But us, addicts, have downloaded our own copy and if you ever find the need to DL your own, just leave me a note and I'll give you the link immediately. I'm pro-sharing...

I have been away for so long, I'm barely managing to get back, not that I'm complaining, I did all these so I have to work out and work on it. I have been gone for half a year, if I went abroad to work, I would have earned a decent amount by now, aah, I hate what I had done and what I had become, now my troubles are tripled than what I originally have. Procrastination and cowardice are such strong stuff, it can really ruin an idiot like me, phew.

Anyhow, seems like many things have change in the blogosphere while I'm gone, I'm trying to re-acquaint myself with it but I guess, it'll take time. I was already writing Business Articles before I went into hiding, now I don't even know how to start an interesting post properly. If I had just stayed and work with my emotions, I wouldn't be in this position right now, aah, regrets and its poison. Oh well, it's better late than never and I think, finally, realizing my mistakes will make me a better person. I guess, I had to go through that and this to evolve into something better, I can be classify as a human soon *grins*.

Life is never easy, but who wants it easy anyway... :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Now that I've said my piece, I guess getting back on track will be a little easier :)

Aside from accepting and atoning for my sins, I also accepted my fate, I am in it too deep already to be able to uproot myself. Yeah, I am a certified semi-K entertainment fanatic, I'm not proud of what I had become but I can't run away from it anymore so I might as well get on with my life with just an extra baggage this time *grins*.

It started with me living in my own world thus watching Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese dramas became a habit of sorts, a habit that is now too deep, I can't wash it off my system anymore. With my addiction with K-dramas, I was introduced to We Got Married, a reality TV show that revolves around pairs of K-artists that are put together to become a fake couple, a reel husband and wife. The pairings might be fake and kinda random, well, I think not, coz they had undergone numerous interviews to find their perfect match, but it is not scripted. I believe that as it is a reality show, scripts are not really given and followed but a certain theme capture what a pair should be thus it is a bit manipulated by the editors and directors. If my mumbling makes you wonder, try to look at it and watch at least an episode, you might like it and get hooked just like me *grins*. Anyway, just like anything in life, one has a favorite, in WGM, mine is the ssangchu couple, also known as JoongBo - the husband is Kim Hyun Joong, the 4D leader of SS501 and the wife is Hwangbo Hye Jung, the leader of the defunct group Chakra and now a solo artist. They are the best couple there is, their transistion from awkwardness to being in love is so, so evident, you'll be numb not to feel the love in the air. Theirs is the tandem to beat, and after two years, no other couple have given such impact as they have. Anyways, if you wanna watch their cuts, try searching in YT, if you can't find one, give me a slap and I'll give you the download link. Okie?

Now that I kinda explain it a bit, I will now proceed to my pimping... as I am a fan and a writer in one, I decided two months ago to give fan fiction writing a chance, hahaha. Well, I'm not that good yet but all of the comments in my fiction blog are positive remarks so I think I have hope *grins*. If you love to read or a little curious, go and give it a visit, just remember to keep your mouth shut and your fingers lock if ever you find what you read not to your liking, hahaha, I don't think I can handle a negative comment just yet. Kidding...

Here, give it a try - The Greenery

If the blogosphere would give me an alias, I think seesaw blogger is appropriate as I tend to show myself and then be gone, I tend to be up in the world and then suddenly be down and lost in space, I have been like this since March 2010, credit that to my inability to cope with time and to handle changes. I am so wrapped up in my bubble world that the minute a drastic change came, I faltered and died. I am that weak, and today, I'm finally accepting that fact... I am who I am and the repercussions of what I had done will not go away just because I decided to hide, hiding are for cowards and I'm tired of being one. I'm starting to realize what I had become, truth is still far away, i'm trying to be brave but I'm not that brave yet to tell the truth and suffer with all my lies, I am facing my truth the way I think I can and I just pray that it will be enough to salvage my life and those that are around me. Yes, I admit, I made my life crazy as I am hell-bent on not going with change, I chose to be stagnant in life which I know now is an impossible feat, its too late in a way but I wanna try still. So, please help me God...

*no spelling or grammar check was made, I just want to get it out of my system :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm A Convert

I can't tell you much at this time as I am just about to hit the sack and, basically, my mind is not working, so just watch the vid and consider it as a teaser, I'll tell you the whole story later when I wake up, that is if you can wait for me and not die of curiosity or run to do your own research *grins*. Anyway, to the world!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I had a talk with my sis-in-law yesterday and she begged me (devilish laugh) to work on her food blogs while she is on hiatus, she is currently very pregnant with her 2nd child and as pregnancy is not really easy on her and her body, she had to go through a strict diet (not to loose weight but to be able to have a regular vitamin and calorie intake a day) thus maintaining a food blog is sorta out of the equation. She told me that she had been meaning to talk to me for the longest time but as I sunk out of Earth in a blink without leaving any trace she decided to just leave her blogs as they are for the time being but because I am in the world of the living again, she wants me to take control of the blogs and let it live too. Of course I agree, well if you knew Anya, I am sure you will understand why I gave in easily, she has a black belt in nagging *lol*. Peace! I still don't know how to go about it but I will certainly find a way.

Well, just wanna give you guys a head's up. I'll deal with everything in my own time, preferably in a week or so, weee.

See yah!

Anya's Blogs: Kutsara at Tinidor and One Dish at a Time

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Again (for the nth time) I'M BACK!

After a bout with depression(?) and a fun ride in Korean fangirling (Kim Hyun Joong anyone), I'm finally able to write a post. Hooray for me! A month or so ago, I had written that I am back but after writing that piece, society withdrawal syndrome kinda pull me back under the rock (it was actually a huge boulder that's why it took me another month or so to crawl out). As you can read, my blogging mojo ain't back yet and it is proven by this lousy I-am-back-post, but I hope you can bear with me for a little while more. I intend to be on the blogging grind again, I've been out for a while and I bet I missed on a lot of events, happenings and opportunities, I also am quite sure that I had neglected a lot of responsibilities, readers and friends, but I'll try to make it up, promise.

It just scares me that three months of non-blogging kinda punched a big hole in my memory, I actually had to try three times before I was able to logged in here (crazy me), I can't seem to remember the username and password that I use in all those advertising, blogging and social networks that I am a member of, I can't even key in the write password for my Paypal account, what to do, what to do *lol* my comeback is haunted with problems, typical of my life, phew!

A Taste of Both Worlds is officially in limbo, I didn't renew my Typepad account and I am still unsure whether I will retain it or not, I am not into that type of life at the moment so it is kinda unintelligent to keep it running though I hate to part with my baby (it is my first ever blog and it is the product of my blood and sweat, dramatic much?) I have no choice at the moment. I hope someday soon, we could reunite but until then, it'll stay as it is.

This is an impromptu post, 5:13am, Sunday. Signing off...

Monday, April 19, 2010

I guess most of you are wondering where in the world had I hidden myself. Did I hibernate under the ground or inside a tree, was I locked up in an asylum or a jail cell, had I been confined in the level 14 (psycho ward) of a hospital, did my husband kicked me out of the house and I became homeless, etc., etc.? Well, your hypotheses might not be as wild as my imagination but don't you think my ideas will work wonder in a drama series *lol*. Actually, what really happened was I lost the urge and will to blog, just like a real novelist or author, our desire to write flame us to work on our blog and when inspiration suddenly left me, I felt like there's no point in blogging anymore, I did plan on leaving the blogosphere for good but after a month and a half, I decided on the contrary. I was a bit depress when I left, and my last few posts can prove that, I needed to take a break to clear my mind and think of what I really want and settle my life priorities, I thought I could do it in a week or two but then I end up doing it in two months time, not that I'm complaining *giggles*. In those two months, I completely gave up on my online life, yes even Facebook *grins*, I willfully separated myself from my world, I didn't talk to anyone, no text messages, no phone conversations, no personal talks, as in I completely disregard everyone in my circle even my husband and son but before I did that, I had a serious talk with my husband and he sincerely understood what I was going through so he supported me all the way, for that I am so thankful though I never said a word (you know pride and everything, hahaha), I haven't fully demolished all the walls that I built through those months but I am slowly trying to, I am really trying to. In those two months all I did was read books and novels that I can get my hands and mind to, I watched all the TV series and movies that caught my fancy in whatever languages they come, I did it cause I had the need to live again, to feel what I'm supposed to be feeling through what I read and watch, I don't know if you can or will understand but that method works for me since I was in high school, the last time I had gone through such an eye-tiring endeavor was in 2005, I guess a five-year difference makes me more normal and not that much of a psycho *grins*. At least, I think I am...

You know what I discover when I was alone in my own world, that it was okay for me to leave like that indefinitely, am I scary or what? Imagine me, willing to let go of my current life for a small lonely world where only me and those imaginary books, TV and movie plots and characters live, ain't that sad? And people always thought that I have a great life, I smile and laugh but deep inside I am not happy, actually I am that sad and disillusioned that I am willing to give up everything, that I am willing to starve to death, to not sleep, to not take a bath, to not communicate with anyone, to leave behind my family just to live and travel my own road, am I pathetic or what? Whatever, I just wanna say what is in my heart...

Of course, I am not as selfish as I want to be, so I am back, I am still on the process of incorporating the old and new me in my old and real world. I am in the process of rebuilding ties and destroying the walls that I built around me, so only I can stay and live in my world. I am in the process of living again and I really, really think that blogging can help me. I don't and will not run away anymore...

Phew... that's a long one. I'll take a breather now, talk to you tomorrow.

I'm Back!!!

I'm back guys! I have been away for almost two months and I miss you all a lot. I miss blogging and everything in, with and around it. It feels good to think and type again *grins*. I'm not saying that I regret taking my badly needed vacation because I enjoyed it a lot and I feel a lot better now so I guess my blogging topics will be a little upbeat and less gloomy from now on *lol. How have you bee peeps? Did you miss me as much as I miss you or you all have forgotten about me *grins*? Anyway, I just wanna proclaim my comeback, I'll write an interesting one (or more of I hope I could) later.

Have a good Monday everyone!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I found two sure-fire ways to loose weight -

  1. Release the emo in you - hahaha, depression and eating doesn't see eye to eye, you have to give up one and as I love wallowing in my misery, I gave up the latter. The result - I am a few pounds lighter, and that is without any effort, no diet or exercise needed. A word of caution though, if ever you plan to try this way to loose weight, your heart may get broken, your tear ducts will suffer and you may aged a little faster *grins*. Tough choice?
  2. Be a Korean TV series addict - this may not be as effective as the first one but it does bring in results *grins*. As I embraced my new found love of Korean dramas, I noticed that I have a massive decrease in food intake as I am always in a hurry to finish my meal, instances of skipping meals is also familiar. Sleeping is now considered a hindrance to finish any specific series, so I only sleep when I can't really go on anymore, a maximum of three hours of sleep is the only requirement. And I am not exaggerating, as of the moment, my longest was a two-day, no sleep marathon with the series Goong (Princess Hours). Through this way, loosing weight is inevitable but the chances of gaining heavy eye bags and wrinkles are also way high *grins*.
You gain some, you loose some, right?



I haven't finish Queen Seon Deok up to now, I'm still waiting for that episode 46 upload, I do not know from who but I really, really wish that it'll be sooner than later. I don't wanna skip that part as it was about Mishil's attempt to go to power through rebellion, pfft, what's the point of watching if I won't see the entire series and miss on the highlight and climax for that matter.

On the other hand, I had watched Princess Hours from start to finish (the entire 24 episodes) for two times already, aside from the fact that I do scroll and watch my favorite events (read: the really kilig ones) in the series for about a dozen times, if that is not addiction, I don't know what is.

I'm in the middle of the Goong S (Prince Hours) story, episode 13 to be precise but I am temporarily shelving that one to give way to Coffee Prince, yes I plan to start the marathon a little later today. Yes, I had watched that series dubbed in Tagalog two years ago but I wanna see it again and no one can stop me. After that, I'll be having my rendezvous with Gu Jun Pyo of Boys Over Flowers, I'm so excited.



I found out that Joo Ji-hoon just entered military service recently and will be seen again when he comes back after two years *sigh*, buti na lang may mga naiwan syang pictures at series na nakakalat sa internet kundi paano na lang ako, hehe.


Tulog muna ko, maya na lang ulit *waves*.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Back Then...

The Winter Olympics had begun a week or two ago (I think) and though winter will never likely happen in the country where I'm from, unless, of course, if the global warming continues *grins*, I can't help but hear and see a few bits and pieces of the event. These past few days, every time I passed by the Yahoo webpage, an article about something or someone from the Winter Olympics is featured, even the people behind Google Doodle had been showing Winter Olypics-inspired logo on their site, so how can I not know, right? Honestly, I know not a thing about winter sports, come on, I'm from the Philippines, all we have is crushed ice and I don't think it can freeze a lake - ever *grins*, but I do know a thing or two about ice skating, not because I tried or experienced it but because of the movie - The Cutting Edge, does it ring a bell, anyone?

I was in high school when I first watched it, one of my classmates had a video rental business and she sometimes brought betamax and VHS tapes for us to rent, another movie that comes to mind is Untamed Heart, sabay yata lumabas or halos magkasabay na lumabas dito sa Pinas yang dalawang movie eh, I think, it's between 1993 and 1994. This was an instant favorite among my peers at that time, I even bought a copy of this film for 250php and during those times, malaking pera na yun noh! Wala lang, I just thought of sharing...

If you're unfamiliar with the movie but curious to know, you can visit IMDB for the sypnosis, cast of characters and more.

Toe pick!


Hello folks! Long time no blogging in this part of the blogosphere eh, sorry about that, me wasn't well *grins*. Anyhow, I am back, I may not be my old jolly self, and more probably getting crazier by the minute, but I think, I am ready to breathe again. One thing I learn of emotional dilemma, crying may not solve problems but it does ease up the pain, a little at a time. (*emo mode off)

Now, onto something better... read the title? see why -

Meet my newest obsession - Joo Ji-hoon

La-la-la-la... (my mind had stop working, I'll talk to you later) *staring blankly at the photos* (I think my pupils are now heart-shaped *lol*).

*** photo credits HanCinema

Friday, February 19, 2010

I'm still not my happy old me but I'm not as downtrodden as I was when I wrote my last post, baby steps to recovery, I'm all about that. My cup of problems is still full to the brim, but as hubby told me last night, as long as one is alive there's always a chance to wake up to a better day and I'm willing to wait for mine to come.

Anyways, have I ever mention that before I ventured into blogging, I was a stand-by in multiply, aside from keeping my photo files in there, I also tried my hand in online selling together with a family friend. That was, more or less, four years ago, my son was still a time-hugging toddler at that time and my partner was a full-time university student, and as it was just a new experience for the both of us, we never really think that it will last and it didn't, we stopped even before we reach our first year. A week ago, my (then) business partner left me an email asking me if it is not yet the time for the rebirth of our online store, I'll be a hypocrite if I tell you that I don't have the slightest inkling to re-open, at that time though we didn't focus much on our business, we did manage to do some sales and I reckon that if we can just put in more effort, we can probably make it work this time. I have no concrete decision yet, I need to think this through and through, I don't wanna take in more than I can chew but if and when I do decide to re-open our online store, I would like to try doing it via ecommerce web hosting, I think it is one of the best way to make sure our online business will prosper. We may have to input a bigger capital, both for the website and our product line, but in the long run, I think our profit will be greater, and isn't business all about that?

If you're me, what would you do?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Life Update

First of, I am not okay. I think I might be suffering from slight depression *sigh*, I have this urge to cry every five minutes without any reason to, if that is not depression, my nearest guess is I'm nearing bedlam *sigh*. I've been wanting to free my mind and write a blog post but I just can't gather the strength to do so, I think, I am a little better today as I can point and press on the keypad again. I am too young to be undergoing menopause, so what could it be? I know, actually, I feel it in my heart that I have a problem because I have been acting strangely, per written in my history, I act this way everytime I am bothered, but for the love of God, I can't pinpoint what is the source of my heartache *sigh*. I am not saying that my life is a straight and narrow path, of course I have problems, if you'll think about it, I have lots but I don't think those are enough to make me this sad and worthless *sigh*, what could my problem be?

Anyways, we didn't celebrate the Chinese New Year as we planned, neither did with the Valentines, an uncle (my mom's cousin) passed away and we had to attend the funeral and internment last Saturday and Sunday. Life doesn't always work out as you plan, does it?

I am currently hook on a Korean TV series, Queen Seon Deok, I first saw it in a local channel dubbed in Tagalog of course, it started on the primetime slot in channel 7 last January but as I can't wait for the next events to unfold, I am watching it in You Tube every midnight till morn for five consecutive days now, I can't sleep anyways so what better way to spend sleepless nights. My thoughts on the show will be up when I am in the mood to tell, gloomy people tend to be silent and hollow *sigh*.

I need to pay our PhilHealth account but I am too unconcern to do so *sigh*, I hope hubby can do it for me this Friday, we're a month late already, no thanks to me.

The comp. shop's router gave in and we were forced to buy a new one though the business is very, very slow. The income doesn't suffice for a new purchase, so we had to take out some money from the business vault *sigh*, everything's going awry.

I have more sentiments, but I think you already get my drift and I am boring you to death, right? Thanks for coming over here and please do comeback when I have something more useful and informative to share. Till then...

I should have entitled this post SIGH, I have seen the word more times than any other *grins* (wow, I cracked a smile, I must be on my way to happiness again).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

This week's topic - The Clown's Meme

1. How old will you be in five years? 37

2. Who did you spend at least two hours with today? none, I just woke up

3. How tall are you? 5 feet flat

4. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks? my son's preparatory graduation

5. What’s the last movie you saw? I can't remember, it has been ages since I last went to a moviehouse

6. Who was the last person you called? Monique, hubby's niece

7. Who was the last person to call you? again, Monique

8. What was the last text message you received? I can't remember, I don't use the cellphone unless I'm going out

9. Who was the last person to leave you a voicemail? I can't remember, I don't usually use that service

10. Do you prefer to call or text? call

11. What were you doing at 12am last night? watching Queen Seon Dok (korean series) in You Tube

12. Are your parents married/separated/divorced? married

13. When is the last time you saw your mom? a while ago

14. What color are your eyes? dark brown

15. What time did you wake up today? 5pm (hahaha, I slept at 8am, I was busy watching)

16. What are you wearing right now? a pair of shorts and a T-shirt

17. What is your favorite christmas song? Christmas in our Hearts

18. Where is your favorite place to be? my room or my son's playroom

19. Where is your least favorite place to be? I can't decide at the moment

20. Where would you go if you could go anywhere? Scotland

21. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years? still here, rotting *sigh*

22. Do you tan or burn? I don't know, I don't like the sun much

23. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child? monsters by the window

24. What was the last thing that really made you laugh? Bidam of Queen Seon Dok's craziness

25. How many TVs do you have in your house? plenty

26. How big is your bed? queen size

27. Do you have a laptop or desktop computer? yup

29. What color are your sheets? green

30. How many pillows do you sleep with? five

31. What is your favorite season? winter

32. What do you like about Autumn? the placid colors

33. What do you like about winter? snow

Have a Happy Sunday everyone!

Ready for the big day, err, what I mean is are you ready for V day? Or are you one of those peeps who are still undecided on what to give their loved ones? May I suggest, you go ahead and buy that box of Dark Chocolate, aside from chocolates being the core of age-old tradition of gift-giving on Valentines together with a bouquet of red roses, dark chocolates also point straight at your loved ones heart, it won't harm them a bit as it is scientifically proven that dark chocolates like red wine help our system to function better. So, if you'll deduct, chocolates is the way to go this hearts day.

And now that you're ready to have that purchase, why don't you head on to Intentional Chocolate, they have mouthwatering chocolate-line and they are currently holding a drive, wherein all their profits up to Valentines Day will be donated to organizations helping in Haiti relief, so you're like hitting two birds with one stone. You can make that special person, as well as Haitians happy and loved. Isn't that a great deal?

Happy Valentines everyone! May you all have a blast celebrating or not celebrating it!

Friday, February 12, 2010

I think I had mentioned several posts ago that my parents were once US migrants, they had been working there since I was two, they even asked me to live with them but as my grandma was still alive at that time, I just can't very well go, I can't leave grandma on her own not after she took care of me for years so I stayed until she passed away. I visited once in a while without the intention of staying for long, I just don't feel the pleasure other people have when they are in a different country, I do love the snow though and the street hotdogs are to die for. Though my parents love it there, I always have this childish idea that they would never stay there forever, but now, I don't think it's so childish anymore and I guess I always knew in my heart that they'll come home to me and they did, when father retired, mother took an early retirement and they went back to where they belong together with my then teenage brother. Anyway, enough digression, last night as I was preparing to watch my current favorite TV series in You Tube, my old college buddy called, she wanted to talk to the olds about the homebuyers tax credits, she and her partner had been renting for years, fearing that their combined salaries can't buy a decent house much more pay the monthly mortgage and she's been in a limbo ever since the housing stimulus took effect as she so wanted to have their own house and finally have the family that she's been craving for but at the same time she's scared to plunge in into something she may not be able to handle and at the moment her clock is ticking as it was just extended up to the 30th of April of the current year. Good thing, mom was still awake, doing some crocheting, so I put her on the speaker phone and told her to ramble away.

As far as I gather, the federal income tax credits for homebuyers was implemented to help in the recession that was at its peak last year which struck real estate to pulp. It was done to help people to acquire their own place or to have a new and more appropriate house if you had a current one already without the burden of heavy taxes, it was done to encourage Americans to invest in real estate and save it from its untimely downfall. The law actually solved more than one problem, when a house is bought and built, a person/family will gain their own abode, one to three persons more will be given a job in construction and the local government can get tens of thousands ($60,000 per $800,000 range, to be exact) in tax, so everybody happy. If you're a first time buyer, you will receive $8,000 in tax credit while $6,500 Tax Credit awaits people who had sold or will sold a property that they had as principal residence in five years, that's a decent amount of savings if you'll ask me. The limit on cost of home purchases is up to $800,000 as long as you have a $125,000 income limit should you be single and $225,000 if you're married. Come to think of it, my mother is right, it is a win-win battle, as of writing, my college bud is preparing the necessary documents to take the plunge, in a few months, she would be a proud owner of a lovely modern house in the suburbs of New Jersey and I can't help but be happy for her.

Not everyone can hear the wisdom from my mom but you can watch the video clip below to know and understand more -

1. Pickles can add spice to most tomato-based dishes.

2. Don't you just love staying at home.

3. The snow is a far away dream, if you don't know yet, I live in a tropical country.

4. Men are polygamous in nature (I hope my husband is one of the exceptions *grins*).

5. It's 5:16 PM; that means I need to hurry up and finish my blogging chores as bonding time with my kiddo is nearing.

6. True and lasting friendships are/is hard to find.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching Queen Seon Dok (a Koreanovela), tomorrow my plans include staying in bed until the sun shines and sets and Sunday, I want to do some barbecue-time with the family!

Happy Friday everyone! Have a blast this weekend!

I wasn't able to post anything for Thankful Thursday last week as I was stuck in bed and down with flu, but though I am sick, I was thankful because it gave way to rediscovering my love of Filipino romance pocketbooks, yes, I used to dream of fairy tales and happy ever afters but I guess I grew up and decided to be me *grins*.

For this week, I would like to acknowledge my husband, and it is timely too as V-day is just a few days away, he'll think I'm so sweet *chuckles*. So here goes...

I am thankful for my husband, I believe that the One up there send him my way with my happiness in mind. He completes me, cliche as it may sound, it's the only way I can describe what I feel about him. He complements my strengths, accept my flaws and fill the void of my weaknesses. It feels like, he was really a part of me that was just taken away for the time being and was brought back on that right moment to made me whole again - he excels on stuff that I don't know a thing about, he loves the things that I don't care about, he is the eternal optimist while I'm the super pessimist, I love to talk while he loves to listen, I am focus on academics and his into the technical details, he's the positive and I'm the negative, either way, we need each other to perform well. My husband's all that and more and I am so, so thankful to the Lord for giving him to me.

I am thankful to my husband for choosing me, for taking this life-long cruise with me and for sailing through the storm beside me. Thank you for being you and thank you for loving us the way you do!


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