Monday, December 29, 2008

Advance Happy New Year

Tomorrow and on the 31st, I will not be able to go online for the ff. reasons : (1) we don't have internet connection at home and (2) I'm afraid to go out of the house since New Year is just around the corner and a lot of people in our neighborhood our into firecrackers and I'm afraid of them since as far as I can remember.

So, I'm going to take this chance to greet you all a:

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Let 2009 be a great year for all of us!

Gifts

....that I received this Christmas were:
RL Romance perfume (pasalubong from my aunt whose working in Bahrain)Belle de Jour Planner 2009 from Con; mousepad calendar from our company's president (EVT); original DVD of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Toblerone chocolates from Oieydie; and Victoria Secret's Hydrating Lotion from Gi =)


....that I bought for myself were:


(Php 199 only)
(Php 399 only)

Two pairs of sandals from Schu (I purchased them in their factory outlet near PBCom Tower)

Fossil Watch

I don't have the pics yet of the tops that my other aunt gave me. It was Hollister Tops made in Vietnam (for export in California) and a doormat carpet for our home.

For hubby, I gave him a Nike Tee and a Polo tee from Milk and Co. For our home, I bought a carpet for our room :)

Next year, I will push through with my plan to save up money and hopefully for both of us to work abroad ;)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

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Have a blessed and joyful holiday to all my fellow bloggers and to your family(ies)!

Payday Loans

Some employers offer cash advances or payday loans while having a tie-up with a bank company. My sister avail one of the loans offered in her company. I asked her to split up the amount with money. It did helped me in ways of paying the other debts and paying for the rent.

Monday, December 22, 2008

CK's Christening and 1st Bday

Last Friday I was on half-day just to attend the christening and bday party as well of CK. His the son of my closest friends Laine and Ryan.Unfortunately, me and hubby didn't make it on the christening ceremony because I'm in slow-mo and it's hard to find a cab going to EDSA shrine. We have no choice but to commute through jeepney and bus...sigh! And I was one of the ninangs(godmother).... =(
Good thing, we made it on the bday party...hehehehe. I decided to ditch our company's Xmas party in favor of this moment. I always make it a point to treasure my true friends. They are rare to find. I'm lucky to have them in my life ;)
I missed those times that all of us are together... Just traveling and having not a care in the world :)

Coffee Break ver. 1.48


With just 3 days away a lot of children and adults alike can be seen and heard on the streets singing Christmas carols to every house. It has been a tradition since...well, I have no idea. All I know is that when I'm a kid, I always looked forward to sing different Christmas songs and earn money :)

The first few songs that I learned were:

(1) Sa May Bahay - it's a Filipino song that I think every kid will know. It's like an ABC of Filipino Christmas song.

(2) Ang Pasko ay Sumapit - again it's a Filipino song that is part of the ABC Christmas songs....hehehe.

(3) Joy to the World - it's very easy to memorize if you were a child. Not to mention the repetition of phrases and words when you sing this ;)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Gift Ideas Under 100 Pesos

Yup! You heard it right! I was able to find good finds that are lesser than Php 100 (US$ 2).

It was yesterday when I saw a wide variety of reading and activity books in Enterprise Tower Bldg. I was on my way to Glorietta to meet my sister. I stopped and decided to see the items they are selling and found an activity books for nursery, activity books for toddlers and paper dolls for girls. All of them are at Php 60 each!

These solve the gifts for my younger cousins and one godson ;)

I passed Greenbelt malls and on my way to Landmark. There's a passage from Landmark going to Glorietta and that's where I'm going. Again, I stopped in my tracks to see a lot of people hovering on items for their officemates and godchildren. And I found these...
I gave these as an additional gifts to my uber loyal colleagues/friends :) It only costs Php 29.75 each (assorted designs).
Frosted mugs in small and tall sizes. This one costs Php 89.75 while the taller is Php 129.75. It comes in Spider Man, Superman, Looney Tunes and Disney Characters. This will be for my other cousin whose 10 years old. Purchased this in Landmark.

Finding these items completed my Xmas shopping list! ;)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cool Bike

I remember my ex-boss who's living in Downington, PA with his family owning a Harley D bike. Yep! He has one and his mighty proud of it. Can't blame him, it will be really cool if you ride on a motorcycle like this...

(John's Harley bike)

So one of my friends got envied and she too wishes in the future to have one as well. Knowing her, she's embracing her freedom and doing what she wants. I might gave her a link to a Biker Chat so she can gain info about riding big bikes like Harley and exchange a few conversations with some bikers ;)

CAI-STA Kiddie Xmas Party 08

As promised last week, here are some of the photos captured for the Kiddie Xmas Party held in our office.

It was a lot of fun by just watching the children play the games. It's very odd that we got tired since we happen to be the "by-standers" during the whole event =)

Our company's guests.... the kids! Ü

Some of the goodies to be given to the kids

Some of the kids with their bags given by the company for the parade. They will be given goodies and trinkets by the employees of our company :)

Jollibee dancing to the commercial jingle of their store with Little Santa imitating his dance moves. They look cute together when dancing ;)

Young at hearts sporting Santa hats!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Drink

Holiday season means attending parties care of friends, families or with their respective employers. With these, there will be an awful lot of food and drinking involve.

YOU ARE A CIDER

Your holiday personality is cozy.

The holidays are your favorite time to stay home, stay warm, and spend time with those you love.

You don't need a lot to make you happy over the holidays.

Seeing an old relative or favorite holiday film is enough to make your day.

Vampire Chat


With the entire craze around the world for Twilight, it is no wonder if there will be a Vampire Chat Room solely for the people who love vampire culture or the Cullen Coven to be exact. I'm not sure if there are some people who follow the vampire tradition but it's weird that some does. For all we know, vampires and werewolves are just myths that have been a product of some people's wild imagination.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cute's Blogger Award

Thanks Thea for this award! :) One of the few things that should make my blog really happy this December ;)

Here are the rules of this award:
1. Each blogger must post these rules.
2. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
3. Bloggers that are tagged, need to write ten facts about themselves. You need to choose ten people to tag and list their names.

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My 10 Random Facts/ Habits:

- I don't smoke or drink alcohol.
- I'm not into chocolates or pizza.
- I need to have a pillow under my feet when I sleep. Makes my feet relaxed.
- I always heat water when for my bath regardless id it's summer or December.
- Hubby says that he heard me making noise with my teeth while I'm asleep (grinding and crunching). I'm not aware of it honestly!
- I have more pairs of shoes than hubby (I think it's common to all couples).
- I have more bags than hubby (It's a girl thing =D)
- I'm a late bloomer when it comes to make-up (started using them on 2006)
- Hubby and I met through online chat =P
- I'm an optimistic person :)

Passing this award to - Jhona, Yvelle, Sheryll, Gracie, Vangie, Laya, Irmee, Rhoda, Sweetpea and Jown.

Cheer and Fear

Christmas is just 9 days away! Though it's enough reason for us to celebrate in the back of our minds we are left with a question on how we will survive the financial crisis next year.

We just have to be money wise and budget accordingly for the future is still unknown.

Monday, December 15, 2008

3rd Sunday of Advent

Yesterday, the homily of the priest was all about JOY. The colored pink candle in the advent wreath symbolizes the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

He told the church goers that JOY is SYNONYMOUS to....
... LIFE
... CONTENTMENT
... THANKSGIVING and lastly
... FREEDOM

Friday, December 12, 2008

Crazy Afternoon

At 3pm, our company held it's annual Kiddie Christmas Party! :) There were a lot of kids ranging from 5 months and 9 years old. All the kids are in costume as requested by the party organizer.

It was a lot of fun! Young and adults alike enjoy the moment participating in games and having their pictures taken with Jollibee! Yep! He was a hit not only with the kids but with all of us here in the office....hehehe.

I'll post some of the pictures next week as I'm waiting for them to upload it in our company network :)

While we are having a blast inside the office, outside is a different scenario. Protesters flock for the Anti-Chacha Campaign and Ayala Avenue is closed for the event.

I have to find the new route on where I can ride a jeepney going home.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

13th Month Pay

is finally in my payroll acct! So happy!

Now, I can finish purchasing the gifts for my godsons this week and I can buy new clothes for my siblings in time for their Xmas party next week ;)

I'll just have to list down the items and my budget as I was planning to save some for our savings acct not to mention the funds that I still have in my Paypal acct that I'm saving as well:)

This the season to be jolly...falalalala lalalala!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Premio Dardos

Snagged this award from Jhona :) I miss our chatting session sis! Hope you and hubby are okay.This is an award that is given to acknowledge blogs that have cultural, ethical, literary and personal values.

Those who receive this Premio Dardos Award or Prize Darts should agree to follow certain rules:

1. Accept the award and post it on your blog along with a link to the person who has awarded you.
2. Pass the award on to at least 5 other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment
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Passing this to - Thea , Jan , Kero , Lisa and Sujee :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Twilight Gets All Dolled Up

(Source: Just Jared Jr.com)
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are now immortalized forever — in the form of dolls!

Tonner Doll Company has begun making the dolls for the blockbuster movie that hit theaters on November 21st. Their characters, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, are the first of the series to be made and are now available for pre-order!

To feed your Twilight addictions, pre-order your very own Edward and Bella dolls at TonnerDirect.com.


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Now, twilight fans can surely keep them forever!

My Birthday Gift...

for myself! hehehe. I didn't used for 3 months (I purchased it last August) because hubby will surely ask me where & when did I bought it and how much is the bag :) During those months, the bag is stored in my office drawer and I was planning to use it this month.

Though others may find this cheap, for me this was the most expensive bag I ever purchased (I'm being practical). It costs Php 2,300 from a multiply seller who sells authentic imported items (mostly branded bags like XOXO, LC, RL, Lacoste, Baby Phat, etc). She's a nice person and very easy to talk to. She even let me pay it in an installment basis! That's how great she is!

XOXO Evolution Large Tote Brown bag

Tomorrow will be the very first time that I'm going to use it. My other bag that I always carry when going to work is damage, the strap of the bag is loose. I have to bring it to Mr. Quickie to have it fix. That will be after my office hour.

Find your Match

Normally when you asked a couple on how they met, they usually say through a common friend or even a relative's friend. But now with the internet available, you can find a friend/boyfriend or even a husband by just logging in to different websites that offer this kind of service.

Most of the time, this people are the ones who don't have much time to socialize and meet other people outside work. Now, they can meet friends or future special person within the specified age range they want and location through the local personals. Membership is for free so I'm sure there are a lot of singles men and women out there who might turned up to be the Ms. and Mr. Right for others.

Though I didn't use any match making websites, I still owe to the internet on how me and hubby met and we finally tied the knot last year. Seems unbelievable but then life is full of surprises.

Top 10 Bazaars in PH

This was a late post. Like 2 or 3 weeks late. I got this info from QTV's "Ang Pinaka" and I just want to share this with you all since we only have 2 weeks before Christmas and like the others, I'm not yet done with my Xmas shopping for gifts :)

This will be called as the :
Ang Pinaka-Bonggang Bazaar sa Pilipinas:

#10 Me and My Family Christmas Bazaar
Liwasang Bonifacio Manila Post Office
November 3 - December 9, 2008

# 9

# 8

# 7 Cubao Expo Holiday Bazaar
Dec 6-7, Dec 13-14, Dec 29-30 2008

#6 Manila Ocean Park Bazaar
November 30, 2008 - January 5, 2009

#5 Urban Bazaar in Rockwell
December 12-14, 2008

#4 Grand Bazaar at the Big Tent
December 6-7, Dec 13-14, Dec 18-23 2008

#3 Cuenca Community Bazaar in Ayala Alabang Village
Dec 6-7, Dec 13-14, Dec 20-11 2008

#2 Karl Edwards International Bazaar (NBC Tent)
Dec 6-7, Dec 13-23, Dec 27-28 2008

# 1 Noel Discovery Bazaar (Worldtrade Center)
December 19-21, 2008


Sorry if I don't have the info for slot 8 and 9. I was not able to watched it when they featured that 9th and 8th bazaar. Regardless, hope this helps you find a gift to complete your shopping list :)

Random Facts

Not sure if I did this before but here's to share a few things about me. Thanks Carla!

1. Each blogger must post these rules.
2. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
3. Bloggers that are tagged need to write ten facts about themselves. You need to choose ten people to tag and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged and also to read your blog.10 Random facts/habits about me:
1. I can be thrifty and extravagant :)
2. I don't like cleaning fish. That's why if I'm shopping for a fish, I'll asked them to clean it for me...hehehe
3.I don't like the "strong" smell of perfumes. It makes me dizzy.
4. I'm a lactose intolerant.
5. I don't eat rice meal during dinner. Instead I only drink a hot cup of Nesvita Cereal drink.
6. I don't like cold weather. Definitely snow is not for me.
7. I'm the smallest compared to my siblings (is it because I'm the eldest?)
8. I love shopping online! (Ebay.ph and Multiply) =D
9. I have 15 godchildren :)
10. My maternal grandmother raised me till I was 6 (or 7) years old.

Tagging - Eds , Shy , Kerslyn and Nol.

Nationwide Phone Search

Wouldn't it be nice if you can find a person specifically your godparents during Christmas? When I was a child I always asked my parents how come my godparents doesn't come to visit me during Christmas. I bet they will all be surprised when they see me now...all grown-up and married!

If only we have a reverse phone search like in the US then there is still a hope for me. That is if I know their phone numbers then everything will be a breeze. Right?!

Oh well, those days that I long for them are gone but they are times when I do hope that they remember. Good thing that I have one godparent who knows me. She's the only godparent that I know since she happens to be my mother's cousin. The advantages of having a relative as your godparent

Coffee Break ver 1.47

Gad! This reply was a week late (so sorry Jan).

Anyways, here's my share with regards to my childhood Xmas memories.

Though I know that there are a lot of good old memories the only thing I remember was the Xmas that my two aunts (who happen to be single at that time) gave us a gift. One of my aunt gave us a stuffed toy bear while the other bought us a Sweet Valley Twins books! Also during Noche Buena, all of us are complete and my grandpa cooked us a meal for us to share. He was an experienced cook then so his always the one in charge of the kitchen.

I missed those times.... There are instances when I wish I was a child again...hehehe.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pacman pulped the Golden Boy

At 8am, hubby and I were tuned in to the tube for any news or announcement that the Pacquiao-dela Hoya fight will start. Turns out that GMA 7 will have a delayed telecast of the event and it's too bad that we don't have Solar Sports in our cable (not sure why).

Regardless I didn't watch much of the under card matches. Instead, I was busy playing Cooking Dash...hehehe. Then at around 12nn when hubby switched channel to DZMM Teleradyo, they announced that Pacman won the fight! The news came straight from Diane Castillejo who happens to be on the MGM Arena.

That makes us anticipate the match. I think it was 1pm when they started showing the match and boy, there are tons of commercial! Grrr! From 1st to 8th round I tuned in to the screen watching Manny's moves. I'd say that his tougher than I thought. His consistent with his moves and his fast in throwing punches whereas dela Hoya seemed too stunned to move. Guess that cutting his weight did an effect on him in a bad way. I feel sorry to the Golden Boy because half of his face was swollen especially the eyes. Manny on the other hand seemed unharmed.
It's yet to be known whether these two fighters will retire or not but for the time being, Pacman make his self known again to the world and he sure made the Filipino proud! :)


Friday, December 5, 2008

On Weekend...


I'll probably have to go to the grocery on Saturday to add a few stocks on our fridge. Then most of the time, I'll just stay at home watching TV or DVD or playing Cooking Dash on the laptop.

On Sunday we will be attending the morning mass on the chapel near our home then we will tune in to our TV to watch Pacquiao-dela Hoya match! Wooohooo!
This will be an anticipated event for all Filipinos and naturally this is the best time to hit the malls since traffic will not be a problem (too bad that our 13th month pay is not yet ready).

In the afternoon of Sunday, hubby and I will be going to my cousin's house in Taguig to attend the 1st B-day of her daughter who happens to be my god daughter.

So I just have to make most of my time on Saturday since Sunday will be a little bit busy for me.

Happy Weekend to everyone!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Home Remodeling



There will come a time when we have the dream house that we wanted and it will come to a point when you just have to change or make a few alterations. Take my aunt for example. Before, her house in Dasmariñas Cavite was just a simple 2 bedroom single-detach bungalow but as years passed she decided to put an extension at the back that will serve as a kitchen and another extension at the side where it became a bakery when my grandfather was alive.

You may think that remodeling takes up too much money to spend but then again, if you decided to sell your newly improved house, then you can rest assure that it will be an investment to boot! How? Take a peek into Fort Worth Remodeling where contractors take every remodeling project as an investment in the future. They suggest that having a kitchen and bathroom upgrades brings a good return of the money you invested in the house. Not to mention if you add a room or two that will make the selling price higher.

Remodeling in Fort Worth is not normally based on personal reference rather it's more on what buyers want and needs. Seems tough but that's what the contractors are for. They can help you on how to plan it all out and make it profitable in the end.

PhotoFunia

I was blog hopping when I saw Jan's post about this website. Obviously she's into pictures and photography so it was not a surprised for me that she enjoyed having fun playing with photos.

So I try a few things myself and it really comes out "natural".
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It really looks like it is on the page of an old book tucked in a library...hehehe.

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Vogue Cover?! Why not? Though it should be in a bridal magazine...

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Little sissy's pic in the pavement...Nice! Ü

Changes and Update

Yesterday afternoon at 3pm, we have a meeting concerning our Xmas party. Turns out that there will be changes on the original plan that we had a few weeks back.

Due to the economic crisis, we will be no longer having a band to perform live. Instead it will be replaced by a mobile sound system. Then there will be an intermission number from 3 employees on the program.

It's been the tradition of our company to held a Xmas competition/presentation for newbies. Yesterday I was part of those newbies who perform. Ours was different since we are the only one who come up with a "mime" performance. This year, the newbies will present an MTV of any chosen Xmas carol and it will be shown on the Xmas party itself. Judges will be from the Admin/Management. Originally, there will be 4 groups who will compete but due to the sudden "lay-off" of some employees in one of our accounts , the groupings will be cut down to 3 or 2 groups =(

The meeting ended with a question on what will be the "title" of our Xmas party. A lot of the suggestions were hilarious and I can't stop laughing. Some of the titles were:

Moving Forward to 2009
Recession-al
Our Last Xmas Party
Year Ender Party


That's the suggested titles that I can remember. I myself can't think of any. My two cents since our party is MTV Awards/Hollywood inspired it should be somehow related to that...hmm...