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Friday, December 30, 2011

The 28 Golden Rules for Mistresses

For those working overseas or commonly known as OFW, being a mistress or knowing somebody who is a mistress is not knew anymore. But don't blame it all to women because there will be no mistress if only husbands are faithful to their wives back home. So if you are a mistress, querida or kabit, read carefully and learn if you want peace and harmony under your roof.

1. Mistress is not Mrs. Know your place.
2. Even if he tells you he loves you more than his wife, don’t let that go to your head.
3. Mistresses should be ready to give up Valentine’s Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Holy Week and his birthday (that’s why mistresses are also called “holiday orphans" because of this).
4. Befriend his secretary but avoid all contact with his driver (Whether he is a company driver or the family driver, the chauffeur is not to be trusted. Family drivers owe their allegiance to whoever pays them their salary and who feeds them the free meals in the kitchen with the other help. In short, they are loyal to the Mrs. more than the Mr.).
5. As tempting as it seems, don’t patronize the wife’s beauty parlor, jewelry shop, dress shop, or father confessor.
6. Don’t call him, wait for him to call.
7. To be seen with him in public once is risky. The second time could be fatal to one of you. The third time is The End for both of you (love is lovelier when it’s forbidden. Because it’s forbidden, it’s supposed to be hidden).
8. Never believe, and never say anything unfriendly about his wife, not even after he recites a litany of her faults.
9. Mistresses are kept by rich men. But a mistress who is a woman of substance and independent means is better (Translation: Don’t ask him for money).
10. Be discreet (Make sure he is not the type to talk in the sleep).
11. Never travel together (Accidents will always happen. You can never tell).
12. When he breaks a date, charge it to fate, not his fecklessness (Men will be boys. They will forget to call. They will break a date at the last minute. They will stand you up. They won’t explain and they won’t ask for forgiveness. But don’t cry nor throw a tantrum. Don’t break down because a mistress is supposed to understand a man more than his wife does).
13. Wives have their own networks of spies and amigas. It is helpful for the mistress to have her own. A chaperone is not a good idea, however (Chaperones are passe. Besides, they talk).
14. Mistresses don’t complain (They shouldn’t. It’s the wives, according to the husbands, who are “always complaining").
15. Being No. 2, the mistress tries harder.
16. Send him home as soon as it becomes apparent that he’s overstaying.
17. It is practical for a mistress to be linked to another man, preferably her lover’s friend.
18. If he’s a public man and you’re thinking of staging an accident of running into him, think: How many accidents can I pull off in one month?
19. Don’t make unnecessary enemies of his children.
20. Remind him to pay for everything in cash – dinner, flowers, perfume, champagne, pearls, diamonds, a microwave oven, etc….
21. Don’t use tears as a weapon. He’s probably had enough of that from the Mrs. (Wives nag. Wives cry. If only for that reason, a mistress doesn’t use tears to get what she wants).
22. Resist the urge to be found.
23. Perish all thought that someday you’ll be No. 1.
24. Married men who keep mistresses don’t like surprises, as a rule.
25. A man with a mistress leads a double life, his mistress only a half life. Cheer up! A career will make you whole.
26. Resist the urge to shower him with gifts. Evidence, evidence….!
27. When in doubt, disappear.
28. When all else fails, leave him.

by Ms. Julie Yap Daza in her book "Etiquette for Mistresses."

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The New One Peso Coin

As the year ends, Bangko Central ng Pilipinas has begun circulating 10 million pieces of the  new One Peso coin to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Philippines  National Hero Jose  P. Rizal.The coin is 24 millimeters in diameter at 5.35 grams , the same size and weight as the one-peso coin now in circulation .On the side of Rizal's portrait is etched "150 years","Republika ng Pilipinas "and "1861-2011".The reverse side carries the new BSP seal, “1-piso,” and “2011”. For many decades now, Rizal is still the proud owner or  face of the 1-peso coin.

I was just wondering  if we really needed  a new coin.All I know is that  placing historical figure in our currency is one way for  us  to remember  the Philppine History.I grew up noticing that coins and bills are exchanged every now and then but  hardly take  the time to reflect on the design or even read the text on them.

 Lapu-lapu used to be on the one-centavo coin and was last seen  in the aluminum coin with his earrings and head gear . It was so light it could float on water and was even used by the tailors as buttons. I haven't seen one but would love to have it to give to my coin collector husband.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Ways to Keep a Burning Relationship

                                 photo by: Nur Emir

1. Sweet Kiss -.Show your love early in the morning by kissing ,who cares about the bad breathe and don't fall asleep without connecting with each other.A good night kiss is a show of love and who knows it might go into something more romantic and intimate.Keep on kissing your partner not only before and after going to bed but anytime you want to inside your house or even in public if you can.

2.Change the Routine - We usually do same thing everyday like eating together ,watch tv,etc .Why not break the routine,instead of just eating together ,why not lit a candle for a romantic dinner or do something sexy while watching tv  with lighted scented candles or sit together over the roof watching the moon kiss the night.

3.Date occassionaly- Since when was you last date ? It's been ages I guess .Yeah ,we don't have time for this anymore,kids are multiplying and growing.You are on a tight  budget and no time for other activities that will cost you money.Don't let your family life ruin your lovelife together. Do something,have a date once a month ,it doesn't matter what you do.Dress up together for a restaurant dinner.A walk in the park ,ball game,something that is different from your usual activities.

4. A proper greetings - Little gesture like meeting your partner at the door from work with a smile and kiss makes a big difference.Don't just yell on the other room and ask how's his day .A romantic gesture will go along way.

5.No occassion messages- Now that text messaging and Facebook plays a big part in our lives  there is no reason for us not to get connected with our love ones .A text message at the middle of the day  is so simple yet very powerful.Knowing that you were thinking of him/her is one way of showing that you care.

6. A surprise note- Everybody loves surprises .A simple note saying how much you love him/her or he'll be missed at his absence.A simple but meaningful notes really adds spice to your relationship.You can put a handwritten note  in his/her briefcase or purse.

7.Be there even if you are apart- Keep the fire burning.If your better half is on a bussiness trip or traveling alone,keep a note at his brief case and a text mesagges from time to time aside from the regular calls.It would be nice to know that he /she is safe somewhere and will stop you from worrying a lot too. 

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

History of Christmas

Christ's exact birth date is not known. Traditions says that is was celebrated as early as 98 AD.In 137 AD, the Bishop of Rome ordered Christ's birthday to be celebrated as a solemn feast. In 350 AD, the then Bishop of Rome, Julius I, chose December 25th for the observance of Christmas.

It was believe that Christmas traditions were celebrated way back centuries before Christ was born. Some of the theories claimed that Christmas celebrartion was invented by Christians to compete with the pagan's December celebration and eventually the church succeeded in integrating lights, gifts and some of the merriments from the Saturnalia festival into Christmas Celbrations. Saturnalia is a fesrtival celebrated by the Romans for their god Saturn which ran from 17 to 24 December. Celebrations includes exchanging of good luck gifts with friends, masquerades in the streets and festive meals. Sacaea, celebrated by the Persians and Babylonians, was a similar festival during which slaves and masters would exchange roles. They  used decorations of garlands of laurel and green trees lit with candles. The fun and festivities in honour of a pagan god were frowned on by the early Christians who wanted to keep the birth of Christ a solemn and a religious festival.

Gifts giving, caroling's,church processions and the 12 dyas of Christmas can be all traced back to the early Mesopotamians.During winter the sun would disappear in Scandinavia and when it returned, a Yuletide celebration was held and a special feast served around a burning Yule log fire. Early Europians believed in evil spirits.As the dark winter days approached,celebrations and special rituals were held to drive away the evil and welcome back the sun.The Celtic culture of the British Isles revered all green plants, particularly mistletoe and holly  and were become  important symbols of fertility and used for decorating homes and altars. The earliest English reference to 25 December as Christmas Day dates back from 1043.

Although the true spirit of Christmas has not been known to others,it  remains as a  traditional time for the families family reunions,enjoy a meal, exchange presents and make merry.

Merry Christmas!  however you choose to celebrate it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Vacation

My 2 kids are both in school  and today is their last day  for a Christmas vacation although the eldest made it 4 days earlier because of exams exemption. It is a two weeks vacation  and I consider going somewhere instead of staying home and do nothing.It would be nice to go on a  trip to California as requested by my eldest son and at the same time visit a closed friend and his godmother.He was asking if we could go on a road trip then stay overnight in a hotel .I told him why not  but the problem is I don't want to drive too long especially at night for fear of getting lost at the middle of nowhere.On the second thought,a travel by air is a much better idea than by land considering that I have a 3 years old son to go with us.A long drive would be very exhausting for him and besides I can't imagine myself driving 2,000 miles from Oklahoma to California .A plane ride saves us a lot of time and energy without worrying a lot on the road. I will just get a trusted  luxury car hire once we get to the airport.I already checked for a cheap air fare and rent a car online .Luckily,I found the Dollar Car Rental with locations all over US  and is also available in South Africa and Namibia. One thing that makes me so excited about it aside from a very affordable price  and a large selection of  quality vehicles that they offer to costumers is their branch in  Los Angeles International Airport(LAX).

For a  tight budget mom like me, a low rate and a reliable car is a big factor  so I really get the best deal possible online.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pres. Aquino is Partying while the Country is Mourning

 It is amazing how social media plays an important part in our life. One tweet or Facebook Shout out will reach millions of people and create a big  impact.The latest is a tweet form Actress -host Valerie Concepcion from  her performance at the Malacanang Palace's Christmas Party.

I am out of the country  for years now and know a little about how Philippine President Aquino run the goverment .I don't want to judge him right away upon reading many articles about his partying while the country is mourning for the victims of typhoon Sendong that hit Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City so badly which has risen to 927 as of this date. The timing was just probably wrong. There is nothing wrong in partying with his staff . I believe that the issue here is about sensitivity. As I have said ,I am not in the right position to judge him.Let us all hope that the negative impact this tweet has made to him will be forgotten as soon as he move his  behind for the city's fast recovery.We need action Mr. President and not just press release from your office.President Benigno Aquino III according to the NDRRMC may visit and inspect Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities after Christmas but later on was moved before Christmas.

 As of this writing,Valerie  deleted  the said tweet and posted another one in response to the negative reactions of people and probably the governmeent. in her tweet ,she said,

“I just want to clarify that I was invited to perform at Malacañang‘s Christmas Party for their employees with their husbands/wives and kids. Yes, the president attended the gathering. I do not see anything wrong with that since it’s his obligation and responsibility being the head of Malacañang to be present and show his support for his hardworking employees and their respective families. But I believe that it doesn’t mean that the president is not thinking of ways to help our kababayan(s) in Mindanao. It doesn’t mean that the president is disregarding the plight of our fellow Filipinos. Let’s not be too quick to judge.
“…But if I, in any way, offended you guys and sounded insensitive, I am very sorry. It wasn’t my intention to do either. I can’t imagine how difficult life is for the people affected in Mindanao and how difficult it is to be the president of the Philippines at this moment. Once again, I am very sorry for all those people I have offended. May God bless us all.”

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Help the Victims of Typhoon Sendong

Typhoon Sendong hit the Cagayan De Oro City at Iligan City and the latest body counts  reached 600 plus and several hundreds are still missing. If you want to help in kind or in cash,below is the  list where you can send your donations .We all can help even in small ways.

They are in need of bottled water,blanket,medicines,mats,towels ,off lotion,food,tooth brush,clothes. Volunteers are needed too.

Photo: Mark Landicho

cagayan de oro flood 2011
                                                                Photo: Help CDO FB Page

Ateneo School of Government and Kaya Natin! - will accept donations from Dec. 19-21 only, 10am to 10pm. Clothes, blankets, ready-to-eat food, toiletries and bottled water accepted. Bring to  Fr. Ortiz Hall, Social Development Complex, Ateneo, QC.
Bigby’s – branches in Megamall, Ayala Cebu, SM City Cebu Northwing, Abreeza Davao, SM City Davao, SM City Bacolod, Limketkai Center, SM City Cagayan de Oro, Robinson’s Place General Santos
DSWD Field Office NCR: San Rafael St., Legarda, Manila
DSWD Field Office IV-A: Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1770
Tel. No.: (02) 807-4140 Fax No.: (02) 807-1518
Contact: Gina Laranan 09108860826
DSWD Field Office IV-B: 1680 F. T. Benitez St., Malate Manila
Contact: Shiela Tapia (02) 5252445
GMA 5 (Davao) – Please leave donations at Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao (info from @mindanaoan)
GMA Kapuso Foundation – for info on where to bring donations in kind, click HERE
Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakaban (coordinated with Xavier University) – call (088) 8583116 loc 3210 for details
National Resource Operations Center (NROC) – Chapel Rd. Pasay City (Back of Air Transportation Office)
Contact: Francia Fabian 0918 9302356
La Salle Greenhills - will start accepting donations Monday, Dec. 19 (info taken from HERE)
Donations in cash and kind will be received at Gate 2 of La Salle Green Hills at 343 Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550. You may call any of the following telephone numbers for further inquiries:
Alumni Office — 721-2729, 722-7750, 725-4720
GS Principal — 721-2482
HS Principal — 721-8914
Buildings and Grounds Office — 721-8904 (Telefax)
La Sallian Mission Office — 726-5851 (Telefax)
LBC Foundation – bottled water, food, blankets, clothes, etc. Drop off your donations at the nearest LBC branch nearest you, nationwide. Call (632) 8585-999 to find the closest LBC branch. Donations must be addressed to LBC Foundation; they cannot ship for free if goods are addressed to specific consignees.
Mercato Centrale (BGC) / Soderno (Alabang) - bottled water, rice, canned goods, bottled water, utensils, toothbrush, mats, used clothes, blankets
Moonleaf Tea Shop, Maginhawa St., QC – They’re open every day, 10AM to 11PM.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer, 1098 Chino Roces ave Mascado cor Yague, Makati ph.+63 2 8978808 Ms. Kasilag/Ms. Kalagayan.
Sagip Kapamilya ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St., Diliman, QC – for goods in kind
Sen. Kiko Pimentel – accepting donations starting Dec. 19 at Room 512, GSIS Building, Senate of the Philippines. Contact person: Ron Munsayac (new media group)
TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc. - Donations in kind like food, clothing, utensils, blankets, mats, water containers, and medicines may be sent to News5 Aksyon Center, TV5 office in San Bartlolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. For inquiries, please call News5 Aksyon Center hotline – 938-6393.
Xavier University KKP-SIO – cash, food, bottled water, clean clothes. You can drop them off at the Xavier University KKP-SIO.

Ateneo de Manila University – please see how to donate HERE
GMA Kapuso Foundation – for info on how to donate dollars, click HERE
HELPCDO (PayPal Donations) – Proceeds will be donated and delivered to Xavier University Cagayan de Oro where the members of CDOBloggers are planning to volunteer. (Note: Info received c/o Ria Jose)
Email Address for PayPal donation:
ONE FOR ILIGAN – a Google doc that tells you how you can donate at least US$1 via PayPal
Your Donations will be shown at:
For donations on Paypal, your names and initials HERE
Simbahang Lingkod (info taken from HERE)
Direct deposits may be made online from any BPI branches, pay to:
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands (Loyola-Katipunan Branch)
Dollar Savings Account Number: 3084-0420-12
TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc.
BDO Savings Account No. 005310-410164
Bank of the Philippine Islands Savings Account No. 1443-05333-2
For inquiries, please call News5 Aksyon Center hotline – 938-6393.

For Globe subscribers:
via SMS, c/o Red Cross – text RED and send to 2899 – valid donation amounts are P5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000 (For ex, RED 10). Transaction is free.
via GCASH, text DONATE and send to 2882
For Smart subscribers:
via SMS, c/o Red Cross – text RED and send to 4143 – valid donation amounts are P10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500, 1000 (For ex, RED 10). Transaction is free.
via Smart Money acct. no. 5577-5130-6822-1104 (Baha Fund for Typhoon) at any BDO, Hapinoy or Cebuana Lhuiller outlets. P2.50/text
Ateneo de Manila University – please see how to donate HERE
GMA Kapuso Foundation – for information on how to send Philippine pesos, click HERE
Pilipinas Natin HQ (contact PN Head June Joson at CP 0915-855-2599; 0939-9372353)
Red Cross (cash/check)
Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Bank Name: Banco De Oro
Peso Savings Account: 453-0018647
RockEd Radio (for soup kitchen and bottled water fund)
Bank Name: BPI Loyola
Account Number: 3080-0073-44
Simbahang Lingkod (info taken from HERE)
Direct deposits may be made online from any BPI branches, pay to:
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands (Loyola-Katipunan Branch)
Peso Checking Account Number: 3081-1111-61
Xavier University, Tabang Sendong
Account Name: Xavier University
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands, CDO Divisoria Branch
Account Number: 9331-0133-63

Metro Manila: National Resource Operations Centers (NROC) – Chapel Rd. Pasay City (Back of Air Transportation Office)
Contact: Francia Fabian 0918 9302356
DSWD - Cagayan de Oro (Masterson Rd, Upper Carmen).
Contact: Manny Borres (0906) 6150095 or 858-8892

Look for Erika Cruz (09052802002)
See at Rizal Park at 8AM everyday, until the need subsides
DSWD - Cagayan de Oro (Masterson Rd, Upper Carmen). Call (0906) 6150095 or 858-8892 – to repack and deliver relief goods

Saturday, December 10, 2011

School Achievements

I always  blog about my youngest son J  but never about my eldest son R. He just turned 13 years old last month and I mentioned in one of my posts about the birthday present that we bought for him at the black Friday Shopping .It was an expensive present but he deserves it being a good son and an achiever at his age .When we  moved to US on October.2010 ,the first thing we did was to enroll him to school because he was already 2 months behind for 6th Grade. After series of qualifying exams,he was promoted from 6th grade to 8th grade(Junior High School).The teacher said that based on the test result he is qualified for a 12th grade class but at his age(12 years old)the school  just decided to put him on 8th Grade.Despite his being a new immigrant and everybody was a complete stranger to him ,he still managed an straight A's grades and graduated  co Valedictorian at the end of the school year .He is now in high school,the youngest among his classmates and still at the top of his class.His hobbies are singing,painting, playing golf and reading .His love for drawing started  at the age of 2 and I still keep all of them  with me. His favorite model is non other than me . I am really proud of him.


This is a plaque for winning the school singing competition

mommy moments

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winter is Up

It is already snowing in other places and definitely winter but here in my place snow just started early this morning and it is freezing cold . Snow is fun to play with and for photo shoot  but it is actually the most hated season of the year.I have taken photos of my children on the way to the road to wait for the school bus .My kids has 3 layers of clothes a long jones aside from the pants .I need to cover them with thick clothes or else they will be freezing to death outside .This is their only 2nd winter in the US  and they were enjoying it a lot but not me.

Getting ready to school.They don't seems cold but I was while taking their photos just for my  blog.

 These last 3 photos were taken last year which was their 1st winter so I let them enjoy the snow fall.


mommy moments

Monday, December 5, 2011

Memories of Christmas

We went to Hobby Lobby last week.My husband  is a coin collector and usually goes there to buy stuff for his coin collection hobby .After he got all the stuff  he needed we walked around to look for some Christmas decors.He told me to choose the Christmas tree that I want to.Being the kuripot (stingy0 me ,I told him that I will think about it first.I like  Christmas tree but I don't like the price from that store.Anyway,I was thinking of getting me one in some other place.

December is the most awaited year of the month because of Christmas. It is surprising how people  celebrate their Christmas according to their countries tradition. Here in the US Christmas preparation starts right after Thanksgiving.Unlike in the Philippines, we have the longest Christmas preparation which started at the "ber" months.I missed a lot of this when I started working overseas in 1999. I was always away from home every Christmas and New year .I only get connected with them through phone ,mailed photos,Friendster and now at Facebook.I used to  spend my  vacation during summer to Philippines  and  US  but never on a Christmas Season  .Gone are the days when I was still in the Philippines celebrating Christmas with my parents and siblings.We had so much fun together with children opening their christmas gifts,spending christmas days with other relatives,sharing the food that my mom prepared  for us  and attending the christmas eve mass.Looking at their photos.I relly feel sad and miss them so much.Some times,I wish to go  back to those days again just to be with them.

It seems that the cold weather makes me feel nostalgic today.Memories do come and go just to give way to a new and better one.Merry Christmas to all!

Christmas 2010 back home

 Christamas tree at  my parents house as early as October ,2011            

    My 2 sisters and  little nephews having fun at the stairways except  for other one who looks  lost.

    My niece who is a certified photo addict.I stole all  these photos from her FB album

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ateneo No SPEED Limit - January 29 2012

No SPEED Limit, is a benefit run organized by Ateneo Special Education Society (Ateneo SPEED). No SPEED Limit this year offers a unique 3K, 5K,10K and 15K route both inside and outside the Ateneo campus, reaching parts of Katipunan Avenue. For the benefit of Batino Elementary School, Ateneo SPEED aims to aid in the further development of teachers in one of the largest public special education institution in Quezon City.

This event is OPEN TO PUBLIC! Please invite your family and friends  to join.


15K Route: P750
10K Route: P500
5K Route: P400
3K Route: P350


15K: 4:45 AM
10K: 5:00 AM
5K: 5:15 AM
3K: 5:30 AM


1st Place: 6,000
2nd Place: 4,000
3rd Place: 1,500

1st Place: P4,000
2nd Place: P3,000
3rd Place: P1,000

1st Place: P2,500
2nd: P1,000
3rd: Consolation Prizes

1st: Consolation Prizes
2nd: Consolation Prizes
3rd: Consolation Prizes


Online Registration
Download the registration form HERE and send an accomplished copy Payment and race kit pickup options will be sent to you. 

For more details, like us on Facebook:

Registration Inside Ateneo de Manila University
December 5 to 9December 9 to 16
For registration venues outside of Ateneo, please wait for further announcements.

For Sponsorship & Registration Inquiries:
Text/ Call: Abby @ 0917-691-9500 and 0922-863-0433
See you on January 29, 2012! Run for the kids! Run for fun!
Source: Not So Random Thoughts.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Beginning of Filipino Bloggers Worldwide

I started the Group on November 1, 2011 after I felt  that I was humiliated (sorry, I was just being sensitive)) in one of the group that I  joined in. I know it was my mistake not to  read the whole  guidelines first  before posting. One of the admins called my attention on board  reminding  me to read the guidelines first. And I apologized for my mistake, deleted my post right away and made an introduction post. I would really appreciate it if he just sent me a message instead. That was my first and last post, but I still go back to that group on a reading mode and  notices that some members don't follow  the rules without getting any reminders on board. That made me  really confused with the guidelines thing. I guess, I was  just used to my other group Kablogs- Kabayan Bloggers (closed group) where in we can post blog links without any rules to follow  which reminds me too of my  old OFW group in Qatar where in we use the PM (private message) as a way of reminding and advicing members if they did something wrong or did not follow any of the guidelines which works really well.

Any way, since I was not  contented with that group. I joined another groups again  and  very careful not to make another mistake by reading the guidleines first. I am happy with the other groups but still  feel that there is something that I want to do more to share not only my blogs but the others too and most of all I want all the members to  feel that they are all welcome from the moment they joined the group. As a blogger, I know that some of us are not after the money.We just have the passion to write and share it with the readers. And regarding the money, of course  given the opportunity who doesn't want to earn from blogging eventually. So, I started the group under the name "Filipino Bloggers Around the World " and change it to "Filipino Bloggers Worldwide" with Joy Blanca as my co-Administaror/Moderator. We both make this group known to other bloggers in less than a month. And we added 3 more admins: Mhel BlankPixels Ignacio, Francisco Morilao and Charlie Montemayor. As of now, we are growing in numbers, DA's are starting to notice the group and so far we are getting positive results with the members cooperation.God Bless FBW!


When My Son Met Santa Again

It was Christmas day of  2009 when my son met Santa for the first time.He was only 1 1/2 years old then and did not care about him  or anybody else in that night.All he cared about was to play and run around the place. I love to see the look in his eyes when Santa put him on his lap .He stared at him wondering who was this white bearded starnger.

After 2 years he met him again but this time it was not Christmas yet .We were doing the grocery shopping last Sunday after church  and he was there in one corner of the store sitting and waiting for children to have a picture with him  .The store has a staff in charge for the photo shot  for a free 5x7 picture .The staff was so nice and  actually gave me 2 copies,one is with border the other one without. I told my eldest son to sit right beside Santa so he can have a remembrance too like his little brother but he refused saying he is already big enough to do that .I guess it is time for me to accept that he is now a teen ager.How time flies so fast. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pinoy Teens For Bloggers’ Choice Award

Pinoy Teens has been nominated in the Philippine Blog Awards 2011 in the Bloggers Choice category.
Being nominated  for the Blogger's Choice Award is already an achievement  for Pinoy Teens who has been nominated before at the  Philippine Blog Awards 2009.The blog was one of the finalists for the Best Design category when it was sporting the Revolution Pro Media theme from Brian Gardner.

I believe that Pinoy teen as an active, dedicated and passionate blogger deserves to win the Bloggers Choice Award for this year.Among his achievements are  the recognition from  an international group of people who enlisted his group as part of a top 50 list for College Students, to becoming the Youth Partner of the Youth Engagement Summit 2009 in Kuala Lumpur and  the recent media partner at the celebrateIT event.

Help Him  Win The Bloggers Choice Award by voting for Pinoy Teens!

Here's theMechanics for voting  in the Philippine Blog Awards 2011:
1. Write a blog post about your choice (Pinoy Teens). You may give an explanation why your choice should be the Bloggers’ Choice for this year.
2. Make sure to include a link to the following post:  in your blog post, and make sure to include “rel=nofollow” in the link. They will not count your vote if you fail to comply with these requirements.
For example:
I vote for Pinoy Teens for this year’s Philippine Blog Awards Bloggers’ Choice.
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Shopping

I have been hearing and reading about black friday but never been experienced it  until last night .For the fast few  weeks my son has been  bugging me  about it.He wants a Kindle Fire for a birthday present since his birthday falls a day before thanksgiving. I checked out the items on sale and the Lego blocks really caught my attention .Walmart has a  lot of items on sale for a very reasonable price which is a good opportunity to purchase  for the Christmas holiday.The store will start the sale at 10 pm for non electronics and 12 midnight for the electronic items including the Kindle.Me and hubby showed up at the store at 8 pm to look for the items on my list. I focused on the  Lego Blocks ($30) and stayed there up until 10 pm since they only have 12 items left. Aside from the 2 boxes of Lego,we were able to get 3 boxes of Tonka cars ($10 each) ,a Disney/Pixar Cars 2 - World Grand Prix ($20) and an erasable black board($8) for my 3 years old son.I got 5 items for me and hubby too.And the last stop was at the electronics section  for my eldest's Kindle Fire  for only $199.

It is  really surprising how people patiently waited  and following the line for the Black Friday deal.I thought that people would be more aggressive but they were really nice except when shoppers try to cut in the line.I was exhausted going back home but happy because I got want I want for a good discount which is great.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Facebook Virus

Don't be a victim.Think before you click.

Lately there are  new viruses  that is all over facebook. I am not one of the victim yet,as far as I know but some of my friends were. A  pornographic or some inappropriate content were  posted on  their walls/news feed without them knowing it.

So if  you are one of those victims ,try this simple step to clean up your facebook account.

Check out your URL at  the top box of  your  screen.If you  see" http" instead of "https",you do not have a Secure Setting .To fix the problem, just follow the simple instruction to clean up your Facebook Account.

1. Go to Account Setting
2. Click Security on the left corner.
3.Click Edit next to the Secure Browsing.
4.Check the box.
5. Click Save.

Hope it helps.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gagay's Page rank & Thanks Giving Contest

Gagay is inviting us to join her Thanksgiving contest . Here are the exciting prizes to be given away.

10 Page Rank Shirts

A total of $360 PayPal cash

1 winner – $100

2 winners – $50 each

4 winners – $25 each

4 winners – $15 each

5 1-year Domain Hosting

Here’s how to join.


Create a BLOG POST inviting other bloggers to join this thanksgiving and include the thanksgiving badge and the list of the generous sponsors in your post (codes are available below). Grab and display the thanksgiving badge in your blog’s sidebar. {3 points}

Like Gagay.MD on Facebook (found at the sidebar) {1 point}

Post as your Facebook profile status — tag Gagay and 7 of your friends: “I joined @Gagay’s Page Rank & Thanksgiving Click to celebrate with us & win awesome prizes.” {1 point}

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For the page rank shirt, check her page rank shirt HERE for you to have an idea how it is looking like, She will be giving away 10 to the first 10 bloggers who joined and has published and submitted his/her entry in the form . Blog post entries for page rank shirts should be published on blogs with page rank higher than “0″.

To gain more points, aside from blog posting, you can also complete the following tasks below, 1 point each:

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This giveaway runs for 30 days, from today, November 16 up until December 15, 2011. Sixteen (16) Winners will be picked randomly using and will be announced not later than December 17, 2011. Winners will be notified through email and should respond within 48 hours, otherwise new winner/s will be drawn.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Georyl’s Christmas Giveaway

Since Christmas is a time of giving, a group of bloggers worldwide brings to you Georyl’s Christmas Giveaway.

Join GEORYL’s Christmas Giveaway and be one of the 22 winners of cash prizes. Plus three bloggers will get a chance to win blog makeovers.

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Blog about GEORYL’s Christmas Giveaway to earn 100 additional points per post in the raffle. You can enter up to 3 blogs for a total of 300 additional points. In addition, each post will be your entry to a special draw for the special prize (three free blog makeovers).

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Did Marquez Win Over Pacquiao ?

I am not really a big boxing fan.In fact I've only seen Pacquio 's last 3 fights.As a Filipino ,I am proud of him because he brings so much honor to our beloved country .He is one good example of a "from Rags to Riches" person who raised from boxing to business tycoon and to the most controversial politics. Many were envious of his wealth,girls ,power and popularity even if he don't have the good look.Yes, his money does it all.Manny's money talks.Some girls even wants to be his wife or shall we say " one of his wives" coz Jinky will surely fight for him and his money . And don't forget Aling Dionisia as well, now a socialite in her own way.Lucky mom.

Well back to boxing.The fight according to others were boring .Pacquiao did not make a good fight.Juan Manuel Márquez were not happy about the result.He was so upset just like the first 2 fights.He said he was robbed for the 3rd time.They first fought way back in 2004 where Pacquio knocked down Marques 3 times in the first round.They fought again in 2008 and Marquez lost his WBC Super -Featherweight title over Pacquiao in a controversial decision.Now, the 3rd fight is to really know who is the best fighter between them because  Marquez believes he won  on the 1st two fights. Unfortunately, he did not make it again this time.Like the 1st two fights he was not the only one who were not convinced of the result.Some of the Filipino's have doubted Pacquiao's winning too.What else is new?

Will they fight again to know who really deserves the throne.We'll see ,anyway, boxing is a business and as long as sponsors and boxing fans are willling to spends millions of money there will always be next time.

So when is the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr 's fight will be? For sure Floyd is so eager to kick Manny's butt. Hope that their camps will come up to an agreement in the near future.

The judges scorecards was shown in the end 115-113 (Dave Moretti) for Pacquiao, 114- 114 (Robert Hoyle) and 116-112 (Glenn Trowbridge).

Coach Freddie Roach posted on his Twitter account a photo of the punchstats from... today's match. Pacquiao had 176 total punches connected, compared to Marquez' GMA News

Foot Stopper Trick of Marquez .He apologized after each step but I don't buy it.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sad Truth About OFW's

Maraming OFW ang nangarap maka-home run and eventually you see them going back to where they are working. Bakit hindi pa rin sila makabalik sa Pinas? I'm a son of an OFW, almost everyone in my family are OFWs and most of my classmates in college are OFWs. With it, I have seen these usual challenges:

1. Doodads: Bili ng malaking flat screen TV, Iphone every year, bagong kotse and blow-out with the barkada for 2 weeks.

2. Lack of financial literacy: They simply don't know how money can work for them. In fact, the concept of passive income for them is too good to be true.

According to Parkinson's Law: The demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of the resource. With my kamag-anaks, they level-up their lifestyles, kasi nga naman, sabi nila, malaki na ang kita nila.

Now here's the sad fact. After 6 months, OFWs go back hunting jobs in the newspapers to sustain their families here. Kasi, ubos na ang pondo.

Expenses today are getting bigger and bigger and the best way to do it is plan ahead. Because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

True, very alarming  but most OFW'S don't care at all as long as they have all the latest gadgets. Okay lang naman daw ubusin buong salary kasi next month ay susweldo ulit. 

Ubus ubos biyaya bukas nakatunganga.

source: Facebook

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fall is the Beautiful Season of the Year

It is  the best time to enjoy the outdoor with kids.

The trees stands beautifully playing with the cool blowing winds .

Leaves are changing colors and falling down to the ground.

 Rain pours over to welcome the most awaited season.

Birds are coming back chirping happily all over the place.

 Animals loves to pose for a photo shoot.

Children have fun  with a big pile of dry leaves.

Thank God its fall again.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Redbird


Taken  last year

I love Fall season.I was happy last week  when I opened the main door. Birds were flying all over the place .I saw my favorite Redbird  hanging on the barbed wire that gated my vegetable garden but flew away when they heard the noise coming from the door. I ran inside and took the camera but all the birds were gone. All I saw were  black birds  chirping on the trees.

All the birds migrating to another place and comes back during fall and spring. They can’t take the heat  in Oklahoma. I don't blame them moving to a cooler place. Who likes summer anyway. And thank God it's fall again.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ulirang Ama at mga Pasaway na Anak - An OFW Story

Karaniwan nang  ang mga  OFW ay nagtitiis ng ilang taon sa ibang bansa para mapag aral  ang mga anak. Nagtitipid at tinitiis ang pangulila matustusan lang ang mga gastusin sa eskwelahan. Subalit ilan ba sa kanila ang nagtagumpay na mapagtapos sila. Si Manong OFW ay isa sa nakikipagsapalan sa Gitnang Silangan na  mahigit 20 taon ng malayo sa pamilya mapagtapos lamang ang 3 anak.

Narito ang isang kabanata sa buhay ni Manong OFW base sa isang salaysay na talaga namang nakakaantig ng puso.

             Madalas  kong  inaabutan si Manong OFW na sa tingin ko ay mahigit 50 anyos na kumakain sa kusina, shifting kasi siya kaya either papasok or  kakagaling pa lang sa trabaho. "Hi kuya, musta po?"ang bati ko. Napansin ko na ang ulam nya ay pritong tuyo at kamatis, minsan naman tuna or itlog, halatang super tipid. "Hello ma'm eto, ok lang, kain po tayo ma'm." masayang sagot ni Manong OFW. Takam mode pero di ako nagpahalata "sige lang kuya akyat muna ako sa taas sandali." muli kong sagot habang paakyat sa taas ng bahay paupahan na kung saan ay isa si Manong OFW sa matagal ng nangungupahan ay sumagi sa isip  ko na madalas siyang nadedelay sa upa dahil exam ng anak at may mga bayarin sa eskwela. Mabait si Manong kaya pinapayagan na lang ng landlady dahil alam na nga ang sitwasyon nya at isa pa nga ay di naman kalakihan ang sweldo nya na halos ipinapadala lahat sa pamilya. Maya maya ay bumaba ulit ako, "kuya wala yatang tao sa taas? hintayin ko lang po sila sandali” ang sabi ko kay kuya na patuloy pa rin sa pagkain. “Musta na pagbubuntis mo ma’m?” tanong muli ni Manong OFW . Na sinagot ko naman ng “Ok lang po kuya, kayo musta na trabaho nyo at pamilya sa Pinas?” “Ok lang din, kahit mahirap ay tinitiis”, patuloy na sagot ni Manong OFW. Konting tiis pa kuya, makakaraos ka din pagkagraduate ng Nursing mo! Nahihiya man ay muling sumagot si Manong OFW “Di ko na inaasahan yun ma’m, eh yung anak kong 3rd yr sa Nursing nag-asawa na di na tinapos ang pag-aaral.” Nagulat ako subalit di nagpahalata,pareho kaming natahimik  at doon ko nakita ang lungkot sa kanyang mga mata. Bigla ko tuloy naalala ang anak nya na ka FB ko kung saan nakikita ko ang mga gimik at lakwatsa kasama ng barkada sa pictures at ngayon nga nalaman ko na lang na nabuntis  pala at nag asawa na.

Nung mabasa ko itong kwento tungkol ke Manong OFW ay hindi naiwasang maawa ako at makaramdam ng inis sa mga anak nya. Karaniwan na nating naririnig na di bale ng walang ipon o investment basta mapagtapos lang ang mga anak pero sa kwento ni Manong OFW hindi lang nawala lahat ang pinaghirapan nya kundi pati na rin ang pag asa nya. Pero sino nga ba ang makakapagsabi ng future? Sino rin kaya ang dapat sisihin sa mga nangyari sa anak ni Manong OFW? Siguro nga swertihan lang ang magkaroon ng matinong mga anak ? Ano nga ba ang tamang pagpapalaki? Ang daming katanungan pero mukhang mahirap sagutin. Pero isa lang ang masasabi ko, sana wala na lang mga pasaway na anak.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Filipino Bloggers Worldwide

Filipino Bloggers Worldwide,  just like any bloggers, I always wanted to share my posts to others to get more readers but some groups set so many rules and one of them is by not  allowing members to  share daily blog posts on their walls so I created this  group to help bloggers promote, share and exchange links without so much rules to follow.

The group aims to build camaraderie among fellow bloggers around the globe and help members on opportunities to make money online, increase and build traffic, gain followers, blog comment exchange, share experiences and many more.

Everybody is welcome to join the Filipino Bloggers Worldwide group and can add friends too. To join go to  and click "Join the group".

Happy Halloween-Trick or Treats

candies after Trick or Treats

Yesterday was my little boys field trip together with parents.They went to town for a Trick or Treats , picnic at the park and came back to school for some games and a halloween party. Kids had fun riding the bus to and from one place to another asking for some treats.We went home with a bag full of candies and it did not end up there because at night time I drove my 2 kids for another trick or treats and a haunted house visit. My eldest son were complaining about how unfair these people are .He said his little brother receives more candies  than him from the home owners who were mostly old folks. It was discrimination according to him. I explained to him that it’s not and the reason was that J is a cute small boy and he is already a teenager. Both were happy and can’t wait for the next year’s halloween.

 fire department

 Shoe Store

 Rehab center

 Stage department store

Happy Halloween!
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