Apr 30, 2008

International Linkages

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Join the Worldwide Link Love!Benefits of Worldwide Link Love!

1. Make new friends around the world.

2. Feel the Link Love.

3. Gain new readers and subscribers.


1. Copy from ~* start copying here *~ to ~* end copying here *~ and paste it on your blog.

2. At the end of the list, put your name and the country your in, it doesn’t matter what’s your nationality just put the country where you are publishing your blog. Don’t forget to put links at your name.

3. If you have many blogs, you can link all of it, just make sure you post the same on each blog.

4. Tag eight or more of your blog friends.

5. Tip for blogspot* users: make sure you copy and paste the code in Compose mode.

Worldwide Link Love! Participants

1. Julia (Philippines)

2. Catherine (Malaysia)

3. shimumsy(u.s.a)

4. Mitch (Philippines)

5. Hailey (Philippines)

6. Sexymom (USA)

7. Liza (Philippines)

8. Geng (Philippines)

9. SunnySideUp Foodie (Singapore)

10. Caramelcorn (Singapore)

11. Constance (Singapore)

12. Hainankia (Malaysia)

13. Read my Mind (Philippines)

14. joanjoyce (Philippines)

15. buhay sa korea (Korea)

16. Pinay Myeoneuri (Korea)

17. Elliot (Philippines)

18. Raine (Philippines)

19. Annz (Philippines)

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I'm tagging Joni, Poshpost and pinaymommy

Apr 29, 2008

To my fellow bloggers and friends

I'm trying a new look for my blog and I've downloaded a blogger template from an eblog website. I've tried to download it on blogger html but I'm still not skilled enough to know all the techno stuffs so I've lost all my widgets. This is for your information my friends so sorry for the inconvenience, right now I've settled for this template made by blogger. Atleast I have not lost my links. ,")

Apr 28, 2008

Extreme variation of poverty to riches

Yesterday I’ve watch Korina on television and I really like the house of Aramina (sexy actress) it’s so huge and colorful. If you ask me I would like to live in that house but I don’t think I could do the things she have done to get it. I know it’s more than hard work it involves being half naked in front of the camera and I could not do that I just don’t have the guts. There are a million ways to get millions but you just have to be brave, hardworking, determined, gutsy, and wise to get there. Hard work is not really enough you just have to be wise because I have seen people who are hard working and who grows old poor. Some people get rich because they grab the opportunity that was shown to them. Some people get rich by chance while some people get rich by their decisions in life.

Everything that we do has a trade off or exchange. People get what they want by trading something for it. If they work abroad they will trade off their time for family and friends. Here In our city you will notice that some huge beautiful houses are owned by a Japayuki (Filipino entertainers or workers in Japan) while some are owned by people who are working abroad or who have married a foreigner I would like to clarify when I said some, because not all Japayukis have a property worth millions. I asked several of these women why and they said that you could not get millions by your salary alone. So it would mean that it would require you to do some extra efforts to get more tips from your mostly male costumers. There are also some huge beautiful houses worth millions that are owned by well-known successful businessmen or women.

Let’s get to the most interesting part, today I just read on our local news and it upsets me that some families are homeless and every night they will sleep on the park. I often wondered why there is a vast variation of poverty to that of the well-offs. I cannot say that opportunities are only given to some people and life has a way of choosing which one to give blessings to. The air we breathe and the life we have are already blessings and a chance to alter our life. I have seen the movie “the pursuit of happiness” it is so inspiring because it narrates about the true story of a once homeless man who became rich. I have seen his courageous efforts, his firm determination and the risk he take to get what he wanted. Truly Self-confidence and our life’s decisions can get us to where we want to be. There are countless stories of people who have nothing in the beginning and who have something in the end. My grandmother’s story is one of this and I think I’m going to bore my readers by narrating her story here. So the main point of this post is we are the ones who make our life, situation can hamper us but we are the ones who can stop the journey of our life. Life can close its door on us but we can open the window and if there is no window we can always dig a hole for our way out.

Apr 24, 2008

At 6th month pregnant

I want to record my pregnancy stage by stage for my future reference. So since I haven’t recorded the 1st month up to the 4th I’m taking this opportunity to write about it. I think it was sometime in October that the 1st stage of conception happened. It was during that month that we transferred to another bigger and much comfortable house near my In-laws. I found out that I was pregnant sometime in November. I wondered why I haven’t had my menstruation since October so I purchased a pregnancy kit. I have mixed emotion during that time when I found out that it was positive because I think it was too early to get pregnant again. My son is just one year and ten months old that time and I thought we are not yet financially capable for another responsibility. I was worried of the additional expenses that this would cost us. I’m thinking about the hospital bills, cost of the infant formula and babysitter. Worrying doesn’t solve anything so there is no other way to deal with this but to accept and to find other means to support this family.

On the 1st month I noticed that I crave for barbecued chicken liver and I easily get cough and colds. I also observed that I like to sleep a lot. I have my medical check-up during this month but the baby’s heartbeat is still not visible so my OB-Doctor advised me for an ultrasound. It was in February on my birthday that I decided having the ultrasound. The baby is already at its’ 3rd month and I can see its’ heart moving with every beat on the monitor. It is my first sight of my baby and I can’t explain how it feels like, all I know is my happiness is beyond compare. Its’ gender is still not visible according to the doctor so I still don’t have any idea.

At the 6th month I have my medical check up just last Saturday and I have heard my baby’s heartbeat and it moves inside my womb as my Doctor inspected my belly. My Doctor smiled as she feels it moving and upon hearing its’ heartbeat she told me that the vital signs of the baby is very good. She injected me with anti-tetanus vaccine and prescribed Daflon that I should take in one month for my varicose veins. She also advised me to have another ultrasound next month.

Undergoing MyBlogLog Verification

Apr 23, 2008

My toddler learns to say mama

This week I have a very nice surprise when I got home from work. My toddler called me mama for the first time. He used to call me and my husband papa but now he already knows the difference and it feels so good to be called mama. He also learns some additional words like bird, milk, shoes, nanay, tita, lolo and jollibee. I placed an alphabet poster in our bedroom and from time to time I read it loud to him while pointing at the alphabet and the visuals that it represents. I said A as in Apple and so on. I was really amazed when he points at the milk and said milk and points at shoes and said shoes. I’m so glad that my son is learning to talk already but in other times he just babbles. There are also times when he talks to me and I don’t really understand anything he says so I just nod like I understand him just to encourage him to talk more.

Every morning when he wakes up I smiled at him and he smiles back at me. I ask him how his sleep was and he kisses me and I also tell him to kiss his papa and he does. Having a child is the best gift life has given me and I thank God everyday for this.

Apr 21, 2008

Self-Healing facts

Healthy lifestyle is needed to maintain good health. You have to watch what you eat and don’t let stress affect your life. These are just some of the basic facts about health, beauty and wellness.

Vitamin c is needed to maintain healthy skin and avoid scurvy and since Vitamin C is water soluble there is no real overdose because it can be released through our urine within an hour. It is also proven to boost our immune system and prevent mild infections like colds. Another point to remember Vitamin A is our best protection from cancer.

The human body is also capable of self healing provided that you have a healthy lifestyle. It is said that our lifestyle can cause or prevent a disease. In prevention natural medicine may enhance a person’s general health and longevity. These are the factors that contribute to greater well-being: Stress management, high-nutrition diet, exercise and a proactive health regimen.

The main food of the brain is glucose that comes from carbohydrates. Other food for the brain are fruits, vegetables, Poultry (lean meat) dried beans (legumes and peanuts), walnuts and almonds, fatty fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel, shellfish); and fish oil capsules. Limit consumption of the following: sugar, sodium, processed foods.
Fight depression by eating more fish. Moods are directly influenced by fish oil. High levels of fish oil like Omega 3 fatty acids in the blood resulting from eating more fish lead to high levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a feel good hormone released by the brain

Apr 18, 2008

Of Life and death

This year I have visited two funerals but it’s not from my own near relatives. It’s the interment of my husband’s grandma and also from his aunt. Their death happened just two to three weeks of each other. His Grandma died from old age while his aunt died from a car accident. I peek from his grandma’s coffin but I did not dare to look at his aunt’s. I’m afraid to look at death’s worst angle I suppose. At these funerals there are three of us who are pregnant; they are his cousin and his sister-in-law.

Life has really a way of replacing the old with the new. Just this month his cousin and his sister-in-law gave birth to baby girls. If we don’t have a religion we might never have an idea where do souls of the dead go and where the souls of new born came from. Then again it is just one of the mysteries of life and since we are to busy dealing with our day to day living we don’t have time to know everything about it. If we have time we may never really solve life’s mystery while we are still alive and the only way we know about it is when death comes to us. If that happens the mystery of life ends with us because we can’t tell anyone about it, because dead people don’t talk to the living. If they do no one still believes anyway.

Apr 9, 2008

Banana shake

Banana shake

1 cup peeled and sliced bananas
2 cups crushed ice
½ cup simple syrup( equal parts of sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves)
½ cup milk
2 tbsp. chocolate syrup

Place all ingredients except chocolate syrup in a blender. Blend until mixture forms a thick icy slush.
Swirl chocolate around inner walls of a shake glass. Pour shake into a glass and serve with a straw.

Bangus Salad

Bangus Salad(Milk fish)

Made from sweet potatoes and mixed with smoked bangus

25g Kamote, Yellow
25g Kamote, Violet
25g Baguio beans
25 g tomato
15 g shallots
½ pc red egg
75g bangus fillet
5g iodized salt
5 g ground black pepper
50 g lettuce (lolo Rossa)
75 g Vinaigrette sauce

Vinaigrette Sauce
200g corn oil
20 g garlic
5 g iodized salt
5 g ground black pepper
20 g vinegar

Mix all boiled vegetables together with chopped shallots and add half a cup of vinaigrette sauce, season with salt and pepper and serve on a bed of lettuce

Parent's Responsibility

I can still remember when my papa and me debate or discuss on issues. We always have different views on things and we discuss it without having an argument even if we don’t settle on the same beliefs. One particular issue that proves that he is correct but I suppose during that time I disagree with him is the fact that a parent’s responsibility to nurture or care for his/her child continues as long as the parent is alive. I disagree with him during that time because I presume that when the child grows up to be mature individual, one is already capable to care for her/his life and does not need their parent anymore. Through my experience it only proves that my father was right. It happened when I have undergone operation on my goiter, I was single and 22yrs old then. I already have a regular job and the operation was paid for by my insurance.

It was the time I felt so helpless because my mother takes care of me in the hospital to the extent of changing my diapers. I don’t want that to happen to me because I always want to be independent but sometimes life could be harsh just to prove a point.

We always need guidance and the person who knows best is the ones who experience life before us. I have read on the news and seen on TV, stories of rebellious and misguided teenagers and reading on their profile I realize that they have become like this because their parents are just too busy to provide them everything material. It is always a responsibility of the parent to provide for their children’s needs but sometimes they overlook the most important part. Attentions, affection, touch of endearment and guidance these are the most important elements of raising a child. I remembered when I was still in high school when my papa comes home everyday he always look for me and hug me tight this only took him just one minute and even for just a little of his time I felt his love. Even today when I come to visit their home he would still embrace me and my child and ask me how I was and it still means a lot to me.

I have done this to my child and to my spouse as well. Everyday when I came home from work I make it a habit to embrace them just to make them feel that I love them dearly. I am also certain that my child will learn from this and will also shape his character into a loving person.

Taking care of my toodler

My son, Zen is already 2yrs old and 3 months now. He is such a sweet boy and I still call him baby. Every morning when he wakes up, he hugs and kisses me even if we are still in bed. His frequent word is Papa which means papa or mama, or sometimes apa-pa which means where is papa or where is mama. He calls both of us this way, I have never really figured out why he doesn’t call me mama yet. My son is a sickly child with mild asthma that is why it’s very difficult for my part as a working mom. If only I have a choice to maximize our earnings without going to work 8 hours a day for five days. If given a choice I want to work only part time even if just three times a week or even just four hours a day to have more time for my child. I’m also thinking of having a home based business that would earn more than the usual corporate career woman’s salary but it seems impossible considering the economic situation of our country.

Zen is still learning to talk and there are times when he talks to me in words that I just could not understand. I just take note on his body movements in particular to where he points an object or in other times he holds my hand and leads me to where that object is. I also notice that when he wants to go out he would say “shoes?” and pick up his shoes and pull my hand. That would mean he wants to wear his shoes and go out of the house. As much as possible I make it a point not to spank him if he has done something wrong instead I tell him that what he is doing is wrong in a strong and serious manner. I firmly believe that a child learns in a manner of experience. I want my child to be fearless in the future and never afraid to learn and to discover the goodness of life. I read about this phrase in my mom’s house, she put the frame in the living room.


If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship he learns to find love in the world.

It rings true for me and I plan to raise my child this way.


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