28 September, 2010

back problems? here's what you should do

Gift yourself with calcium supplements everyday.

calcium supplements

I have scoliosis. Pain on my upper back is, and will forever be, part of my life. I need to do more upper body workout but I can't seem to fit it on my schedule. Yes, I have a busy schedule. Being a work-at-home Mom is not as easy as other people think. Back to my back problem. I do try to not forget my after-breakfast routine of taking my multivitamins. But more often than not, I forget.

More calcium intake is very important for my bones. And yes, for yours too. I try to drink more milk, eat more tofu and other food rich in calcium. But research has shown that calcium from food is not enough. Calcium supplement is very important for our body to get the right amount of calcium that it needs. That's also true with other vitamins and minerals.

Haven't included vitamins and minerals in your life yet? You should start today.

27 September, 2010

free rain boots!

Last day people! Today is your last chance to win free rain boots!

Upload your photos at the ReadyForRain facebook page now!

Ready for Rain promo

mobile phone for the blogger on-the-go

Even the lightest and smallest netbook makes my back really painful, after just a few minutes of carrying it, because of scoliosis. There are indeed a lot of cellular phone suitable for bloggers, whose always on-the-go, who doesn't want to carry heavy laptops or netbooks. 

I am not really into cellular phones. But I have been wasting my time, for more than 2 hours each day, while waiting for RJ's dismissal bell. So I decided to look for a phone that functions like a computer. And yes, I found one that is not that expensive!

I just bought a Nokia E63. It has Quick Office Application. I usually get weird stares from nannies, whenever I open my laptop, in the fetchers area at my son's school. I can now create my documents, spreadsheets or presentations in the fetching area in peace! 

Although I love paperbacks more than ebooks, a paperback is as heavy as a mini laptop! My new phone has a mobile PDF application installed! I can read my ebooks on my celphone, no need to carry paperbacks in my bag, how cool is that!

The list of likes, for my new phone, goes on and on and on! Love it, love it, love it!

25 September, 2010

3 whole days of FREE KFC meals!

Spread the word about KFC Philippines' Shoot That Vote Facebook promo and boost your school’s chances of winning 3 whole days of FREE KFC meals!

Step 1: Click on the school you want to support and a large image promoting the school will be displayed.
Step 2: Click on the image to share it and input a wall post saying: Shoot That Vote! and tag 5 friends and the KFC Philippines fan page (@ KFC Philippines).

Every week until September 22, we’ll pick 5 random posters and give them a KFC GC.

KFC Shoot that Vote!

Tell your friends! Tell your batchmates! Tell random people who just happen to be from your school too!

Get them all to Shoot That Vote!

23 September, 2010

Philippine Airlines photo contest

mabuhay miles

Theme: “Awakening the Beauty”



1.The Philippine Airlines Photo Contest is open to all interested participants.

2. Philippine Airlines shall accept entries starting August 16, 2010 until November 05, 2010, end of day (Philippine time).

3.To enter, participant shall submit his/her photograph or image entry/ies in CD format (TIFF file and high resolution of 300 dpi or higher). The following information shall be submitted together with the CD and official entry form: title of photograph, name and age of participant, postal address, email address, contact numbers (landline and mobile number). Entries shall be hand-delivered or mailed to:

Philippine Airlines
Program Development and Communications/Product Loyalty Marketing
3F Mezzanine, PNB Financial Center,
Pres. Macapagal Avenue, CCP Complex
Pasay City, Philippines 1300

4. Each photograph or image entry shall be in COLOR (digital manipulation allowed).

5. Each photograph or image submitted shall be in TIFF file format with high resolution of 300 dpi or higher and suitable for printing in media and for exhibition should the photograph or image be required. Failure to comply with the foregoing requirements will result in disqualification of entry. Notification to disqualifiers is not necessary.

6. Participants shall submit one CD per photograph entry.

7. Each participant may submit a total of two (2) entries and participant should be the sole owner and author of each entry.

8. Each entry must not have been previously published, exhibited, and won in a photo contest.

9. Each entry must not have any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content.

10. Each entry must not contain any material that could constitute or encourage conduct, which would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.

11. Each entry must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity, and must not include: trademarks owned by third parties, copyrighted materials owned by third parties (including movie dialogue or musical compositions), names, likenesses, voices or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead.

12. Participant confirms that each person depicted in the entry has granted permission to be portrayed as shown. Any costumes, props or other materials used in the entry should have been rented or borrowed with the permission of the owner, and all other relevant permissions shall have been obtained.

13. Any participant who is under sixteen (16) years of age should obtain his/her parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to participate in the contest. If Philippine Airlines does not receive a valid signed parental or legal guardian consent in written form for any winner under sixteen (16) years of age within seven (7) calendar days of the contestant being declared a winner (excluding the day on which such declaration is made by Philippine Airlines) Philippine Airlines will be entitled to select an alternative winner from among the contestants.

14. All finalist understand and agree that Philippine Airlines shall have the right to use any photo or image submitted as entry in the contest for marketing and promotional purposes in all media, advertising, promotion and publicity campaign or exhibition without additional compensation, but will be properly acknowledged in every material. Finalist shall transfer and turn over to Philippine Airlines the full ownership of the copyright to the photos or images.

15. The winners will be advised via email or by phone on 23 November 2010

16. By entering the contest, each participant hereby accepts these Competition Rules, Terms and Conditions.

17. By entering the contest and submitting his/her entry/ies, each participant agrees and acknowledges that PAL is permitted to receive the photograph or image entry/ies.

18. Click here to download the ENTRY FORM

19. The Exhibit schedule and venue for the winning entries shall be announced on a later date.

20. Employees of Philippine Airlines, or members of the employee’s immediate family, up to the first degree of consanguinity, and/or those persons whether or not related to the employee but living in the same household, are not eligible to join the contest.

21. Philippine Airlines will not be responsible for any damage or loss of any entry, although due care and precaution will be taken to ensure its safety.

22. All decisions made by Philippine Airlines pertaining to the photography contest will be deemed final and irrevocable.

1st Prize: Roundtrip tickets (Manila – Los Angeles – Manila) on Mabuhay Class for two (2)
2nd Prize: Roundtrip tickets (Manila – Brisbane – Manila) on Mabuhay Class for two (2)
3rd Prize: Roundtrip tickets (Manila – Hong Kong – Manila) on Mabuhay Class for two (2)

Consolation Prize (7 winners): Roundtrip tickets (Manila- Cebu – Manila) on Fiesta Class

*Prizes shall be in a form of Travel Certificates. All prizes are subject to Philippine Airlines’ Travel Certificate terms and conditions

16 September, 2010

investing in mutual funds

A mutual fund is an investment scheme where a group of investors pool their money and hire a portfolio manager. The manager invests the pooled money in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets. The fund manager buy and sell stocks and securities according to the investment objectives stated in its prospectus.

Investing in mutual fund is a way for investors-like-me, who don’t have the resources or the time to buy individual stocks, to get a piece of the market.

But of course, there are advantages and disadvantages alike in mutual fund investing. Finding the right mutual fund company should not be considered lightly also.

The first step to mutual fund investing: prospectus. Start collecting and comparing - now.


15 September, 2010

how to pick the best stocks

I started trading stocks listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) two years ago. I started investing my hard-earned money in Mutual Funds. But when I was researching online about investing, I got curious with stock-picking.


I became a frequent visitor of forums, except those discussing about things like extenze side effects, where experienced investors also frequently give their advice about stock picking. That's my first step in picking the best stock, check what other investors are gaga about.

The next step: research about the company and the stock performance. Will give more details about this next time.

you can be the next iPad winner!

Win 1 of 3 iPADs everyday with Fit ‘n Right’s iBurn, iWin, iPad promo!

Three (3) iPad's have already been given away! But don't fret, there are still 87 more and you can be the next winner!

fit 'n right promo

Visit http://www.fitnright.com/index.php/main/mechanics for the detailed mechanics.

Promo period is from September 15 - October 14, 2010.
Per DOH-FDA Permit no.0815 series of 2010.

when is the right time to exercise

I have been complaining about my unwanted weight for the past few months. I'm sure you've read about it on my previous posts. I even contemplated on using diet pills. But I have yet to find diet pills that has worked for other people, that I know personally, before I start using one.

sexy body
I will start exercising tomorrow. I don't want to "shock" my not-used-to-exercise body so I will take it easy the first day. 30 minutes of light cardio moves will do, right?

Wish me luck everyone!

win a yamaha mio sporty automatic

1. This promo is open to all Philippine residents with a Facebook account.

2. Using a Facebook Account, become a Fan of 7-Eleven Philippines.

3. Download the promo picture from the wall of 7-Eleven Philippines.

4. Upload the promo picture on the wall of 7-Eleven Philippines.

5. Tag at least fifteen (15 friends) in the photo. (There should be at least 15 friends tagged on the picture through the duration of the promo. If the drawn entry has less than 15 friends tagged, it will be considered invalid.)

6. Only one (1) entry per account is allowed.

7. Deadline of submission of entries is on 21 Sept at 11:59 midnight.

8. Prizes at stake is one (1) unit YAMAHA MIO SPORTY Automatic.

9. Grand Draw will be held on 22 September, 3PM at the Philippine Seven Corporation’s promo agency, Global Procurement Inc (GPI) office located at Unit 2402 88 Corporate Center, Valero cor. Sedeno Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati. The draw will be witnessed by a DTI representative.

10. Winner will be notified through Facebook via the 7-Eleven Fan Page Account, thru Facebook private message, by phone and via registered mail.

11. To claim prize, winner must present letter of notification from Philippine Seven Corporation agency, GPI, together with two (2) valid IDs IDs (IDs with picture on it): Passport, Driver’s License, SSS or GSIS ID, Postal ID, Voter’s ID, NBI Clearance or Company ID.

12. Prize can be claimed at Yamaha Y-Zone - Block 8 Lot 8 ADB Avenue Corner Opal Road, San Antonio, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For provincial winners, it claiming can be arranged to take place at the nearest Yamaha dealer store.

13. Claiming period is sixty (60) days after receipt of notification. Prize unclaimed after this claiming period will be forfeited in favor of Philippine Seven Corporation with prior approval of DTI.

14. Prize are transferable but not convertible to cash.

15. Prize is tax-free.

16. Employees of Philippine Seven Corporation, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc., PepsiCo International, Global Procurement, Inc., its agencies and participating outlets including their relatives up to second degree of affinity and consanguinity are disqualified from joining this promo. All winners’ identities are subject to verification.

17. Promo runs from September 12 to September 21, 2010.18.

Per DTI-NCR Permit # 4637. Series of 2010.

why i don't want to tutor my son

I have tutored kids as young as 6 years old as well as teenagers having diffuculty in math. I am a very patient tutor. But when it comes to tutoring my own son, who I love more than anybody in the whole universe, I don't have as much patience. I've talked with other tutors and they have the same sentiments as well -they enroll their kids to another tutor.
I guess it's because I know what he can and he can't do. I know that, 99.9% of the time, he's just too lazy to try to understand the lessons or do his homework. He waits for me to get angry -that's his cue to finally do his homework or show me that he really does understand the lesson. It breaks my heart when tears fall from his eyes. It's just a waste of precious time because at the end he always says, "That lesson is sooo easy!"

Can you recommend a tutor?

14 September, 2010

ellen and oprah's biggest fan


I am a big fan. There was a rerun of last year's Oprah episode, when Ellen was a guest, this afternoon. I had to finish it eventhough I was already running late in picking up my son from school. I just love that episode.

I love Ellen's energy, she is very funny! She must have drank something before the show because she has so much energy! I am sad though that the Oprah show will be off the air soon. Will surely miss her.

13 September, 2010

how not to have unsleepless nights

There are nights that I don't feel comfortable with our bed. The bed creakes all the time, blame it on me not on the springs. I am too lazy to use the spring plungers that comes with the bed. I have been planning to buy a bed made of wood. But I haven't found "the bed" yet.

wooden bed

I have been looking for like - forever. I am on the verge of throwing our bed out of the window. But I have to be patient. I don't want to invest on something that I wouldn't like later on. A wooden bed is not that cheap!

have kids? forget fine linens

Kids and fine linens does not, I repeat -does not, go together.

My son doesn't want grease or crumbs on his hands. A hankerchief or a tissue should always be present whenever he's eating something. I just don't understand why he automatically wipes his hands on the table cloth or his pants when all he has to do is reach beside his plate for the hankerchief or tissue paper.  

matouk linens

Therefore, my dream of buying expensive linens will have to take a back seat for now. Until my son learns to wipe his hands properly.

surprise visit

Do you like surprise visits? It was never an issue for me but that feeling changed over the weekend. After eating lunch, day after my birthday, I feel like being lazy. I turned on the computer but I got interrupted before I even started browsing. My Dad was calling me from the living room. Apparently I have a visitor -a high school classmate that I haven't seen in more than 10 years! I haven't brushed my teeth, combed my hair and I am wearing something even Doby, the house-elf from HP, wouldn't even think of wearing! Thank God I already took a bath!

facial mask
I just changed my shirt and rushed outside. My classmate was with her husband and baby. They we're in the neighborhood so they decided to drop by and say hi. They only stayed for a few minutes and I was a bad host because I even forgot to offer them something to eat or drink. The baby was just smiling and cooing, in his stroller the whole time.

As much as I would like to get reacquainted with friends from years ago, I don't like to experience any surprise visits ever again.

12 September, 2010

am i adopted?

My Papa has a green thumb. The backyard soil, in our house in the city, is as dry as the sand in the desert. But he was able to grow plants well on that small space of unhealthy soil. He was able to harvest some vegetables and fruits. He also has flowery plants.

My Dad's Hibiscus plant

His brother also has a green thumb. My Uncle lives in Arizona. He also has a garden in his backyard just like my Dad.

My Uncle's Horseradish plant

I think I'm adopted. I have tried, a lot of times, to grow plants in our condominium's balcony. I water the plants and  let it say "Hi!" to Mr. Sun everyday. But after just a few weeks, the plant dies. I don't have a green thumb like my Dad and his brother. But come to think of it, so does my sisters!

the best gift ever

Yesterday was my 34th birthday. I am not ashamed to admit that I am thirty-four years old already. "It's ok to be 40, as long as you look 30!" That line was from a television commercial of a famous beauty product.

Was I happy on my birthday? Of course!

What was the best gift that I received?

The best gift that I received were the greetings from my family and friends. The  greetings were sent on my mobile and posted on my social networking site accounts. At the strike of 12 midnight of September 11, the "Happy Birthday" greetings started pouring in!

To those who gave me the most wonderful birthday gift, Thank you!

11 September, 2010

i almost had a heart attack

8th of September

I couldn't wait for RJ's dismissal. I was already waiting for him, at his school, an hour and a half before the dismissal bell rings. Why was I early? His report card, grades for the first quarter, will be released today.

I already told him the night before that a numerical grade of 79 and lower is failing for me. He kept insisting that a grade of 75 is still passing.

report card

My heart was palpitating so much but I was worried I was going to faint already. I finally saw RJ going down the ramp. I feel like shouting, "Hurry! Give me that report card already!"

I heaved a sigh of relief. His lowest grade is 80, highest is 94! He still got an average of 89.

I will let him play his DSi this weekend.

10 September, 2010

why i don't join blog contests

I joined two contests Christmas of last year. I got my ego heart broken and decided not to take the risk again. I knew my work was better than the winners. My jaw dropped when I saw the winners' entries.

I only have two major, major reasons why I don't ever want to join blog contests again.

1. I can't stand waiting for the announcement of winners. I feel like hyperventilating everytime I'm about to check the site of the contest. Announcing the winner weeks after the contest is such a lame and yes, dirty! trick of forcing (yes, I said forcing!) other bloggers, who joined the contest, to daily visit the sponsor's blog. The sponsor should set a date as to when the names of the winners will be revealed. If the date has finally arrived and the sponsor can't announce the winners yet, a new and final date should then be set.

2. Winning depends on the hands of only one person. A courtroom, not here in our country though, has a jury to decide on a verdict. A beauty contest has more than one judge. These blog contests should therefore have more heads working to make a good and fair decision.

So there, I will not join a blog contest again. Well, not unless it's an all-expense paid Orlando vacations!

how time flies

I will be another year older waaah in exactly 4hours, 15minutes and 5seconds. Time does fly so fast. True, that I'll be a year older tomorrow. But I will definitely face that tomorrow with a much prettier wiser me! Do I feel old? Not really.

"Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter." So true, right? It's my birthday, so just please agree with me.

time flies so fast

What I am a bit worried about though are the l-i-n-e-s. Yes, the lines! There's not that much yet. But I do have to start looking for the best eye cream for wrinkles. Any suggestions?

09 September, 2010

you're invited!

it's my birthday

It's my birthday tomorrow! You're invited to come back here and let's party!! 

08 September, 2010

happy birthday!

mama mary birthday


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

07 September, 2010

free brunch at krispy kreme

06 September, 2010

GLEE Season 2 with Charice

david foster & friends live in manila

04 September, 2010

saturday 9 #1

This is my first time to join Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday! and I am so excited to meet new friends!

Saturday 9: Half the Man I Used to Be

1. Do you feel that you are essentially the same person that your were ten years ago?

          Not exactly. I am more mature and wiser now -- I hope!

2. Is there something that you have to give all or nothing to?
          I will definitely give all the love, that I am capable of, to my son.

3. Have you ever gambled? What have you bet on and for how much?
          I do take risks on the stock market. Is that considered as gambling?

4. Can you sleep anywhere or does it have to be in a bed?

         No trouble sleeping anywhere. I can sleep on a mat, bed, tent. I do have trouble sleeping in other people's house though.

5. Tell us about the most disastrous or embarrassing first impression you've ever made on someone.

          My Dad was talking to somebody and I thought he is my Uncle's driver. It turned out to be my Uncle, who is a very successful lawyer and has his own law firm.

6. Do you have a memorable "ripped clothing" moment in your life? No? How about in someone else's?

          Nope, I don't have. Guess my life is boring, huh?

7. What's changed on your blog since its inception? ...a redo? ...a change of pace? ...or is it about the same?

          Recently bought own domains for my two blogs.

8. If you could travel back in time and whisper something to yourself ten years ago, what would it be?
          Don't be stupid, girl!

9. Okay, let's have it! What's the craziest, most impulsive thing you've ever done?
          I saw my ex-boyfriend (my boyfriend at that time) with another girl on the other side of the street. I ran after them, with my officemate running behind me. I caught up with them and I hit him hard on the head with the umbrella that I was holding. Not that crazy, but when I think about it now -- I think its pretty funny!

PAL midnight special!

PAL midnight special

win special prizes by wearing your team color with pride!



Wear your team color with pride and share a photo of your wackiest UAAP and NCAA moment! Grab a partner (male and female tandem) and be part of the scene. Capture the moment by sending your photo to marketing@philstar.com.

All photos will be posted in philstar.com’s UAAP and NCAA site. Vote for your favorite photo by clicking “Hoop it”.

The most number of “hoops” will be declared photo of the week and will be judged for the finals based on these criteria:

- Creativity and Originality: 50%
- Overall Impact: 50%

Voting duration will be from Aug 1 to Sept 30, 2010 while the announcement of winner will be on October 15, 2010.

All entries will also be posted in philstar.com’s Facebook fanpage and Young Star section for the winning photo of the week. Share them for your friends to see!

Participants may use any digital camera. An entry must be an original work and free from copyright, must have been taken between JUNE 2010 to OCTOBER 2010, philstar.com may at its absolute discretion either disqualify a participant's entry or select at its absolute discretion entries to go forward for judging or reject the material.

The organizers reserve the right to free reproduction and exhibition of entered images in all media, but only in connection with philstar.com’s UAAP and NCAA special, and with an acknowledgment to the entry senders. philstar.com will not make a claim on the copyright of the images entered in this contest. philstar.com or its sponsors do not claim unlimited license to reproduce the images outside of the terms stated above.

your dream for your child

My son wants to be a farmer when he grows up. That was his dream when he was in his terrible-two. Then he changed his mind - he would make a good taxi or bus driver someday. I was speechless at that time, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry! I want him to dream of something BIG for himself. I want him to accomplish more than what Papa or Mama accomplished.

When he was in preschool, I was finally able to breath a sigh of relief. His dreams, for his future, are becoming more in line with my dreams for him. But now that he's in 3rd grade, I've come to a great realization. I will be supportive with whatever career he choose in the future. Provided that he's happy with it and it's not dangerous like standing on top of steel buildings.

03 September, 2010

a must in every house

Everyone's home should be child-proofed even when a child is yet to be born. A toddler touches and plays with anything and everything. I thought our house was child-proofed already. Not until I got into an accident. My craft materials were kept in a place that RJ can't reach or even see. But I can reach it.

I was using a box cutter one day and at the same time telling RJ not to go near me. The second I lost concentration of what I was doing, the cutter cut the top of my thumb. I only felt the pain when I saw lots of blood gushing out of the deep wound. I panicked and shouted at my sister to help me. Thank God my sister, a registered nurse, was so calm and patient with me.

Specially designed safety cutter for precisely removing cardboard box tops
which includes a revolutionaly EDGE GUIDE that allows for precise cuts along the box edge.
A must in every home? Don't just child-proof your house, make it "accident-proof" for everyone.

birthday present

Samsung 3D
My birthday is just around the corner, Saturday of next week. I already made my birthday wishlist a few weeks back. But last night, I changed the top slot on my birthday wish. I was ready-for-battle when I turned on my laptop yesterday. I had a mission that I vowed to accomplish - search for an interesting topic to write on my blog. I was wasting my time, for almost an hour, hopping from one site to another. Until I reached a website that made my day.

I have been wanting to replace our 10-year old television set. And when I saw Samsung 3D HDTV, that want turned into I-want-it-right-this-minute! So yes, this is officially my #1 wish for my birthday this year.

friday fill-in's #12

friday fill-in's

Happy Labor Day weekend to all who celebrate it. And...here we go!

1. Family comes first.

2. When moving to a new house, make sure everything is ready or risk wasting more time going back and forth.

3. I love a good massage.

4. Ungreasy food makes a good (healthy) meal.

5. I've got the last laugh, hahaha!

6. It's raining again: wth!!!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to not waking up early, tomorrow my plans include shopping and Sunday, I want to clean the house after hearing Mass!

02 September, 2010

Girl Talk #8

Hi Girls! My favorite "red" for this round of GT does not have anything to do with "passion, love, and beauty". I can't live without it though. It goes with me everywhere I go.

Ladies, meet my reliable checkbook. I use it to pay our monthly bills as well as those sellers who doesn't want to give official receipts. Which reminds me, I have to order new checkbooks because I only have a few cheques left.


What is your "red"? Join us at Girls Talk today and every Thursday thereafter.

01 September, 2010

where is the lifeguard?

My son joined a swim club for a year (or two- I don't remember anymore). The swimmers usually train at PhilSports swimming pool. What I always notice is the empty lifeguard chair. Where are the lifeguards? They are IN the pool conducting swim classes. The payment, of course, goes straight to their pockets.

A major renovation of the swimming and diving pool was done early part of this year. The pool area was closed for a few months. When we visited the pool, when it was finally open to the public again, the same scene greeted me. Yes, the lifeguard chair was new. But the lifeguards, I believe there are two on the governments payroll, are in the pool doing their sideline job.

Everyone who swims or has plans to swim at PhilSports swimming pool should get an insurance first before taking the plunge!
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