28 February, 2010
There are so many ways to make money. Right now, opportunities are everywhere, all around you. Open your eyes. You'll be overwhelmed at what you'll see.
P.S. How to open your eyes, RJ's Mama? Believe they're all there. Because you'll always try to prove your beliefs. So change your beliefs, and you'll change what you see in the world around you.
27 February, 2010
They are all addicted to facebook.
I have my proof. I discreetly took my sister's picture while she was checking her facebook account and eating lunch at the same time. She can't even turn off the computer for her to eat lunch! Funny and alarming at the same time.
I should show them this list, better find out now if they need facebook detoxification.
10 signs you’re a Facebook addict:
1. You spend more time thinking about the content of your next status post then you do about your work.
2. You walk by someone and physically “poke” them and it doesn’t phase you or them.
3. You were up until 2 a.m. waiting for your international friends to update their statuses.
4. You make your grocery list based on what others are eating from their status updates.
5. You feel important because you have been invited to become a “fan” of 200 pages in one week.
6. You spend the weekend weeding your garden…in FarmVille…and afterward feel tired, like you have actually completed manual labor.
7. You feel like you went on vacation with your friend because you followed their status updates and pictures and see no reason why you would actually need to go on a vacation.
8. You don’t decline any request to join a group as you think this is building community.
9. Instead of leaving a sticky note on your boss’ desk, you just write on his office wall.
10. The number of comments you receive on a status update determines if you feel popular or not.
26 February, 2010
I know where to spot local celebrities, rub elbows with them (literally) while also giving your body its much needed exercise.
Where? In a track oval. I am not kidding.
A few years back, badminton was the exercise of choice for 99% of Filipinos. Am I exaggerating? But everyone I know would rather go to a badminton court everyday than sweat in a health club. I think I was the only one who was not into it. I would rather do aerobics in the house.
It looks like people are into running these days. Marathons are being organized left and right.
I have seen local celebrities doing their laps. Richard Gutierrez, Raymond Gutierrez, Michael De Mesa, Drew Arellano, Rovilson Fernandez to name a few.
Why don't you head on to a track oval near you, to exercise and maybe you'll see your favorite celeb there.
24 February, 2010
Those are the words that will come out of your child's lips (especially from a teenage boy) if you (at your age!) drives a Hummer! Can you imagine yourself driving a huge vehicle (I repeat, at your age)?
Custom grilles add a whole new level of class to any ride. It's no secret why. The front is what gets noticed first. It has to appear strong, vital, and attractive. After all, it's the face of your vehicle. Everybody will be envious once they see your newly accessorized ride. You'll be more cool than ever to your child's eyes.
I sat, with two friends, in the picture window of a
quaint restaurant just off the corner of the town-square.
The food and the company were both especially good that day.
As we talked, my attention was drawn outside, across
the street. There, walking into town, was a man who appeared
to be carrying all his worldly goods on his back. He was
carrying, a well-worn sign that read, 'I will work for
food.' My heart sank.
I brought him to the attention of my friends and
noticed that others around us had stopped eating to focus on
him. Heads moved in a mixture of sadness and disbelief.
We continued with our meal, but his image lingered in
my mind. We finished our meal and went our separate ways. I
had errands to do and quickly set out to accomplish them. I
glanced toward the town square, looking somewhat
halfheartedly for the strange visitor. I was fearful,
knowing that seeing him again would call some response. I
drove through town and saw nothing of him. I made some
purchases at a store and got back in my car.
Deep within me, the Spirit of God kept speaking to me:
'Don't go back to the office until you've at least driven
once more around the square.'
Then with some hesitancy, I headed back into town. As I
turned the square's third corner, I saw him. He was standing
on the steps of the store front church, going through his sack.
I stopped and looked; feeling both compelled to speak
to him, yet wanting to drive on. The empty parking space on
the corner seemed to be a sign from God: an invitation to
park. I pulled in, got out and approached the town's newest
'Looking for the pastor?' I asked.
'Not really,' he replied, 'just resting.'
'Have you eaten today?'
'Oh, I ate something early this morning.'
'Would you like to have lunch with me?'
'Do you have some work I could do for you?'
'No work,' I replied 'I commute here to work from the
city, but I would like to take you to lunch.'
'Sure,' he replied with a smile.
As he began to gather his things, I asked some surface
questions. Where you headed?'
' St. Louis '
'Where you from?'
'Oh, all over; mostly Florida ..'
'How long you been walking?'
'Fourteen years,' came the reply.
I knew I had met someone unusual. We sat across from
each other in the same restaurant I had left earlier. His
face was weathered slightly beyond his 38 years. His eyes
were dark yet clear, and he spoke with an eloquence and
articulation that was startling. He removed his jacket to
reveal a bright red T-shirt that said, 'Jesus is The Never
Then Daniel's story began to unfold. He had seen rough
times early in life. He'd made some wrong choices and reaped
the consequences.. Fourteen years earlier, while backpacking
across the country, he had stopped on the beach in Daytona.
He tried to hire on with some men who were putting up a
large tent and some equipment. A concert, he thought.
He was hired, but the tent would not house a concert but
revival services, and in those services he saw life more
clearly. He gave his life over to God
'Nothing's been the same since,' he said, 'I felt the
Lord telling me to keep walking, and so I did, some 14 years
'Ever think of stopping?' I asked.
'Oh, once in a while, when it seems to get the best of
me But God has given me this calling. I give out Bibles
That's what's in my sack. I work to buy food and Bibles, and
I give them out when His Spirit leads.'
I sat amazed. My homeless friend was not homeless. He
was on a mission and lived this way by choice. The question
burned inside for a moment and then I asked: 'What's it like?'
'To walk into a town carrying all your things on your
back and to show your sign?'
'Oh, it was humiliating at first. People would stare and
make comments. Once someone tossed a piece of half-eaten
bread and made a gesture that certainly didn't make me feel
welcome. But then it became humbling to realize that God was
using me to touch lives and change people's concepts of
other folks like me.'
My concept was changing, too. We finished our dessert
and gathered his things. Just outside the door, he paused He
turned to me and said, 'Come Ye blessed of my Father and
inherit the kingdom I've prepared for you. For when I was
hungry you gave me food, when I was thirsty you gave me
drink, a stranger and you took me in.'
I felt as if we were on holy ground. 'Could you use
another Bible?' I asked.
He said he preferred a certain translation. It traveled
well and was not too heavy. It was also his personal
favorite.. 'I've read through it 14 times,' he said.
'I'm not sure we've got one of those, but let's stop by
our church and see' I was able to find my new friend a Bible
that would do well, and he seemed very grateful.
'Where are you headed from here?' I asked.
'Well, I found this little map on the back of this
amusement park coupon.'
'Are you hoping to hire on there for awhile?'
'No, I just figure I should go there. I figure someone
under that star right there needs a Bible, so that's where
I'm going next.'
He smiled, and the warmth of his spirit radiated the
sincerity of his mission. I drove him back to the
town-square where we'd met two hours earlier, and as we
drove, it started raining. We parked and unloaded his things.
'Would you sign my autograph book?' he asked.. 'I like
to keep messages from folks I meet.'
I wrote in his little book that his commitment to his
calling had touched my life. I encouraged him to stay
strong. And I left him with a verse of scripture from
Jeremiah, 'I know the plans I have for you, declared the
Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you; Plans to
give you a future and a hope.'
'Thanks, man,' he said. 'I know we just met and we're
really just strangers, but I love you.'
'I know,' I said, 'I love you, too..' 'The Lord is good!'
'Yes, He is. How long has it been since someone hugged
you?' I asked.
A long time,' he replied
And so on the busy street corner in the drizzling rain,
my new friend and I embraced, and I felt deep inside that I
had been changed.. He put his things on his back, smiled his
winning smile and said, 'See you in the New Jerusalem.'
'I'll be there!' was my reply..
He began his journey again. He headed away with his sign
dangling from his bedroll and pack of Bibles. He stopped,
turned and said, 'When you see something that makes you
think of me, will you pray for me?'
'You bet,' I shouted back, 'God bless.'
'God bless.' And that was the last I saw of him..
Late that evening as I left my office, the wind blew
strong. The cold front had settled hard upon the town. I
bundled up and hurried to my car. As I sat back and reached
for the emergency brake, I saw them.... a pair of well-worn
brown work gloves neatly laid over the length of the handle.
I picked them up and thought of my friend and wondered if
his hands would stay warm that night without them.
Then I remembered his words: 'If you see something that
makes you think of me, will you pray for me?'
Today his gloves lie on my desk in my office.. They help
me to see the world and its people in a new way, and they
help me remember those two hours with my unique friend and
to pray for his ministry. 'See you in the New Jerusalem,' he
said. Yes, Daniel, I know I will...
'I shall pass this way but once. Therefore, any good
that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it
now, for I shall not pass this way again.'
This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.
Please do not break this pattern. Prayer is one of the best
gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards.
Let's continue to pray for one another. God bless and have a
'Father, I ask you to bless my friends, relatives and
e-mail buddies reading this right now. Show them a new
revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask you to
minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is
pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is
self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through your grace,
In Jesus' precious Name Amen.'
El Nino is at its peak here in the Philippines already. The scourging heat of Mr. Sun can be felt even if one is already hiding under a tree. Combined with very humid air, taking a bath 10 (ten) times a day is not enough to stay fresh and clean. The horrible punishment of Mr. Sun ends late afternoon at around 5pm. I am planning to have swing sets installed in our backyard, more relaxing to sit on one than on a garden chair.
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My son will surely love doing the design especially adding the swing set accessories! Accessories are different for toddlers and big kids. The following accessories are available: tire swings, draw bridges, glider swings, wave slides, climbing rock walls, trapeze bar and monkey bars. Fun, fun, fun!
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I am imagining myself sitting on my newly installed swing sets and enjoying the cool afternoon breeze while reading a good book. My son enjoying the swing set plus accessories that he himself designed. Or maybe enjoying a glass of mango-strawberry shake while playing chess with my son.
23 February, 2010
You're not a thief, until when?
The country needs a leader who has an iron fist.
Will you be capable of exposing and punishing corrupt officials in the government if ever you are elected?
The country needs somebody who has his own voice.
I hope you have. Convince me more. I might choose you.
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22 February, 2010
21 February, 2010
Dear RJ's Mama,
Jump in. Do it. Unless you move, nothing happens.
I empower you,
P.S. Plans are good, RJ's Mama. Thinking about your plans is good. Talking about your plans is good. But unless you act, your plans mean nothing.
I better register the small business that I am planning to put up. Actually, I registered it in DTI a few years back so I have a business name already. I better working on it.
17 February, 2010
School vacation starts next month. Yaay for me? For two or more months, I have to spend 24/7 with a child who gets bored easily? Hmmm. That is why, as early as now, I am already looking for vacation packages that includes discount airfare. My son has never travelled internationally before. Why? First of all, travelling internationally is a bit heavy in the pocket. Small kids would never remember the experience yet, so it would just be a waste of money. He has no memory at all of local travels that we had when he was younger. I myself will not enjoy most of the trip because I will waste my time worrying if my son is enjoying the vacation or is already bored. That's what we mom's do all the time. Worry for our child, right?
This time around, now that he's old enough to take care of himself and his things (I hope!), I will stuff the "bore-away" travel bag with things that can help him not get bored during the whole vacation. RJ, in case you don't know, is a very active child and sitting still is not included in his vocabulary.
Here's a partial list, I may put more and remove some, of the contents of the "bore-away-travel-bag".
1. Board Games. He's into chess at the moment so this will definitely take away some minutes (30 minutes I hope!) to his "I am bored" time.
2. Nintendo DSi. Will stuff the memory card with loads of games. Is this advisable to use on a plane though. Will check with the airline before finalizing my list.
3. Drawing book. Together with crayons and colored pens, in a few minutes he will finish the whole book with drawings. I should bring lots of blank drawing books.
4. Ipod. High School Musical songs will do the trick. He also like Beatles songs!
5. Healthy Snacks. Don't want to have a tummy-ache while on vacation.
6. Favorite Toy. I will ask him to choose 3 small-easy-to-carry toys. Not the wrestler toys that are so bulky.
That's it at the moment. Will try to find some more effective bore-me-not stuffs for RJ to bring on our trip.
16 February, 2010
This is what I usually see as soon as I wake up. This is the parking lot of a famous golf course which became more popular during the ZTE scandal. We chose to live in this part of the city because the neighborhood is very safe and "un-noisy".
Fireworks display can be seen most of the time during the night. PAGASA said that the Philippines is at the peak of El Nino right now. Believe it or not, we still don't use our air conditioner. With all the trees giving out fresh and cool air, who needs artificial comfort during this hot weather.
12 February, 2010
I am fuming mad right now...this very minute! I am very annoyed and I am trying to calm down because I don't want wrinkles. Who wants wrinkles, right? But who wants to get robbed and not be able to fight back or at the very least have the robbers return what they robbed from me. Yes people, I am getting robbed!
By who? Smart Communications! They are robbing a few pesos from me every single day. Just a few pesos, you say? A few pesos everyday will add up to thousands in a few days. I am not the only person using a Smart Bro wireless connection plug-in, I am 100% sure of it. A few pesos from thousands of users will add up to thousands and thousands of pesos directly to Smart's ever growing bank account.
I bought a Smart Bro prepaid internet plug-in months ago. I use it to go online while waiting for my son finish swim training. Most of the time, there is no signal. Can you believe 0.00 kbps! But they still deduct 10pesos from my account whether I connect for 1 minute or 30 minutes. As soon as the timer hits 31minutes, another 10 pesos is deducted. Whether I like it or not!
Why still keep using it? Because they are the best already compared with others. Most of the BEST in this country sucks! Consumers in this country, like me, can complain all we want. Nothing is protecting us from the claws of these big corporations who are taking advantage of the lack of government protection to consumers.
I will never, ever buy PLDT stocks! Or maybe I should. Smart Communications is owned by PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company). And...PLDT is even listed in NYSE. Hmmm. If the stocks went up, I can then get back some of the money that they robbed from me. Should I or shouldn't I? Decisions, decisions...
09 February, 2010
... if you have curls. If your hair is straight, I don't think this is the hair product that you need.
I have written about my disappointment when I had my hair curled a few months ago. Now, I am loving my hair! Yaay!
It's all because of the bottle you see on the left. VO5's styling mousse. I have been using another brand of styling mousse and was so distressed with the way my hair looks. When I switched to VO5, my daily worry and frown turned into a smile.
I am planning to stick with curly hair because it makes me look my age. With straight hair I look 10 years younger. I should be happy looking younger, right? Not with a son as tall as me already. People tend to get confused if I am his sister, aunt or worse -- his yaya!
I am not planning to use mousse for the rest of my curly-haired life. Waiting for my hair to get longer. Then chop-chop and goodbye to my bad curl! Will then have my hair curled by a professional. Then I won't have to use mousse to define my curls.
07 February, 2010
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