30 June, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today, I’m thankful for Psalm 15.

thankful thursdayWhat God Requires

Lord, who may enter your Temple?

Who may worship on Zion, your sacred hill?

Those who obey God in everything and always do what is right, whose words are true and sincere, and who do not slander others.

They do no wrong to their friends nor spread rumors about their neighbors.

They despise those whom God rejects, but honor those who obey the Lord.

They always do what they promise, no matter how much it may cost.

They make loans without charging interest and cannot be bribed to testify against the innocent.

Whoever does these things will always be secure.

29 June, 2011

mobile operator or cellphone unit problem?

There are days when my mobile phone has no signal. I just bought it a year ago, and I’ve pondered so much whether I should or shouldn’t buy it, so I don’t think I’m ready to accept that there’s a problem with the cellular phone itself. I don’t want to say goodbye to this phone yet.

cellular phone

The culprit, I’m positively very sure, is the signal strength in our condominium building. I’ve no idea if the weak signal is due to the mobile operator’s tower location or the concrete wall of our building, but this I’m very sure and this is what I’m ready to accept for now –my cellular phone problem is because of poor mobile signal.

27 June, 2011

Deal or no deal

I don’t want to get addicted with online deal buying so I rarely look at the current deals on my email inbox. But there’s this one discount that caught my attention and I decided to buy just-this-once.

So I paid with Paypal, saw that the voucher was in my account at the deal’s site already, logged out and forgot about it for a month. Last week I remembered it and was planning to print it, the voucher, but I can’t log-in to my account. So I thought I might just have forgotten the password. When I tried to reset my password, “Error: You are not a valid User” showed up.

deals site forgot password

I tried every single email address that I have, still the same error message. I wanted to solve the problem right away so I tried to contact them on their twitter account. Received no reply from them. It was a weekend so it’s understandable that they can’t reply to my tweets because they are off from work.
Monday, I saw them with new tweets but no reply to my tweets to them.

deals site forgot password2

After my tweets above, I received a reply that I should email their support. They only have one email address as compared with other deal’s site. So I did that and still no reply from their support staff. If I don’t get a reply within this week, yes I am a very understanding customer, I will divulge the name of this deal’s site.

26 June, 2011

MMT #6 - Mom-ME time, 26 June 2011

How was your weekend mommies? Mine was good but I was worried the past few days because of the storm Falcon. Although Mr. Sun gave a small glimpse of himself, I'm glad that the heavy rain has stopped.

I just got back from doing my weekly grocery shopping. Before that we, me, my son, nephew and sisters, went to church to hear mass. Then the kids enjoyed an hour playing in Timezone. They went home after that and I went to the grocery store.

I was planning on having a foot spa but I will just do that next weekend. An hour, in the grocery store, of buying the things that we need for the week was my ME-time. Some of you might not consider doing your mommy chores your ME-time, but everytime I am by myself is already a ME-time for me.

I was able to relax my mind and be stress-free for an hour,so that's an awesome ME-time for me already.

What about you, how was your ME-time?

24 June, 2011

Smoke in a Non-Smoking zone

My Dad is a heavy smoker. He smokes every 30 minutes or so. He does step out every time he feels like taking a puff but the wind still blows the cigarette smoke inside the house. I get headaches all day long because I really don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke.

There are days when he likes smoking inside the bathroom. Because the house is an old fashioned model, there’s only a small window instead of an exhaust fan. So yes, the smoke from the cigarette stays for hours.


I found an answer to my Dad’s addiction. The e-cigarette. It apparently doesn't emit an offensive odor that results in lingering bad smell on clothes and breath.

I’ll research more on this so-called e-cigarette. Will put this on my Christmas gift list for my Dad.

22 June, 2011

Weight loss secret of Raven Symone

Raven Symoné, the lead star of That's So Raven, revealed   the secret to her weight loss on The Wendy Williams Show last month. 
“I stopped stressing. You have to realize at 15, there was a whole entire show I had on my shoulders. It was a very big cast and crew and if you’re sick for a day, people lose money and that’s a problem,” the 25-year old said.
Here is a clip of the said interview.

21 June, 2011

Invest for your family's health

I don't have a health insurance. That wasn't one of the benefits offered by the company where I previously worked. I realized that I should get a health insurance for me and my family. With the never ending increase of health care cost, now is the time to get one.

I researched about different health plans to be able to choose one that will be a good fit for my family's needs. The detailed explanation Medicare in Wikipedia helped me better understand the said health care program.

health insurance approval

I found out based on my research online that not all of the amount of medical costs are usually covered in full by health insurance companies. This is where supplemental insurance can be of help. Medicare Supplemental Insurance is a policy provided by private insurance companies that fill the gaps in coverage that the basic Medicare Part A and B doesn't cover. The gaps usually covered by the said policy includes deductibles and a lot of other expenses. These expenses can sometimes add up to huge amount of money if not covered properly.

I am still in the process of comparing different health care companies and their respective health plans.  It's a must to compare several plans since each plan has different premiums and offers different benefits.

20 June, 2011

Green Lantern, can’t wait for the next one

So, we watched Green Lantern last Sunday afternoon. It’s a thumbs up for me because it’s an action-comedy movie. Although, come to think of it, it’s actually not action-packed. Green Lantern had a bloodless fight with the villains but that’s the most action that I can remember from the movie. But I enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next one. My sister’s find Thor more funny, but not for me! I saw my son laughing, while he was preparing to go to sleep that night, and when I asked him why he said that he remembered a funny scene from the movie.

Ryan Reynolds, with his abs and well-toned body, is really good in comedy. I first saw him in Two Guys, a Girl and a pizza place, which was later on changed to Two Guys and a Girl, an ABC sitcom.

Two Guys Girl Pizza Ryan Reynolds

I watched all episodes of that show because one, I love comedy TV shows and two, because Ryan Reynolds is so funny. I’m a sucker for comedy, not love stories. I’d rather have a good laugh than cry.

I hope the next Green Lantern movie is as funny as the first one.

19 June, 2011

MMT #5 – Mom-ME Time, 19 June 2011

I'll be having my ME time at exactly 4:30PM this afternoon. Although my son and my sisters will go with me, I'm very sure that I'll enjoy my ME-time inside the cinema. My sister already bought our tickets for the Green Lantern movie.

18 June, 2011

school bag dimension

RJ used his backpack bag the first few days of school. I found out during the first day of classes that the school will only allow small stroller bags starting this school year. A small bag won't accommodate all the school things (books, notebooks, folders, etc.) that the school requires each student to bring everyday. Such a weird school rule!
old stroller bag
my son's old stroller bag
We already bought a new stroller bag for RJ before the end of the previous school year. What will we do with that new, expensive bag? RJ doesn't have a brother or a cousin who can use it. I already sent a letter to the principal asking her to let RJ use the newly bought bag. I told her that we already maximized our finances during the enrollment period and we can't afford to buy another new bag.

I'm still waiting for her reply to my letter. But for now, RJ will use his new bag.

13 June, 2011

Love moves in mysterious ways

I was wondering why Kris Aquino was asking everyone in twitter to vote for Christian Bautista's video, revival of Love Moves in Mysterious Ways. I found out today.

Kris Aquino's tweet asking for votes: Christian Bautista's Love Moves in Mysterious Ways

My nephew likes watching MYX, ABS-CBN's music channel  that features music video lyrics on-screen, more than cartoons. The top 5 video for today is Love Moves in Mysterious Ways. Watch the video and find out why Kris Aquino has been diligently tweeting, asking everyone to vote for the said video.

10 June, 2011

MMT #4 – Mom-ME Time, 11 June 2011

The linky for the Mom-ME time meme will be up a day earlier than usual. This coming week, starting tomorrow actually, is going to be a very busy week for me.

So, what did I do for my ME time this week?

My son asked me yesterday if he can use my laptop to write a “novel”. With nothing else to do, I decided to just watch tv. I found a show that I’ve only seen for the first time and I enjoyed it.

Main Cast of Out of Practice

OUT OF PRACTICE is a comedy about a family of physicians who share the same profession but have little else in common. Ben Barnes (Christopher Gorham) is an earnest young couples' counselor whose family doesn't consider him to be a "real" doctor because he doesn't have "M.D." after his name. They're the real doctors: Ben's brother, Oliver (Ty Burrell) is good-looking, self-centered, and a plastic surgeon who enjoys dating the prettiest women in town, some of whom he helped make that way; and his sister Regina (Paula Marshall) is an E.R. doctor who's hooked on the non-stop action there. Their divorcing parents are Stewart (Henry Winkler), a gastroenterologist who is glad to be free from the reins of his controlling wife, and Lydia (Stockard Channing), a driven, status conscious cardiologist whose career eclipsed her ex's years ago. Stewart is also dating Crystal (Jennifer Tilly), his assistant, who just happens to be a patient of Oliver's. But despite their lofty credentials, Ben might be the best prescription for the future of this family. ~cbs.com

It’s a really funny show, which first aired in September 2005, but it stopped airing new shows in 2006. Now I’ve found a show that I can watch on my Nokia phone during my I-feel-so-lazy days.

09 June, 2011

Math Genius?

My favorite subject when I was in grade school and high school is Math. Here’s an excerpt from one of my previous post:
Math was my favorite subject in high school. My math teacher made me believe that I am a math genius! That made me decide to study Math in college. I passed the UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admission Test) and took up Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics Major in Actuarial Science.
i love math

I was able to use whatever I learned in college for a few years. But I finally decided that there’s no love lost between me and the actuarial field. You might want to read my whole post on why I decided not to become rich.

My son doesn’t like Math. But I encourage him not to, hate math, because he’s actually the math genius in the family. Smarter than me, BS Math graduate, and his dad, BS Math and Physics graduate.

Any suggestions on how to encourage him not to hate Math?

08 June, 2011

Wanted: Maid

Four more days and we’re back to our real world. We’re flying back to Manila on Sunday. I’ll surely miss having someone do the house chores, having a maid is awesome. Well, at least in the morning, at night I wash the dishes because she’s a stay-out maid. Starting on Sunday, when we arrive in Manila, I’ll have to do the laundry, clean the house, do everything by my lonesome self again.

Our vacation here in the province was so stress-free. I didn’t have to worry about the meals, the unclean house and the dirty laundry. Thanks to our maid.


I have no luck in finding a good maid that I can bring in the city. How I wish there’s a maid catalog just like that of Avon products. That would make things easier for people looking for a good helper. Just browse the catalog, compare the maids and find the perfect one for your family!

04 June, 2011

MMT #3 - Mom-ME Time, 5 June 2011

We went to the beach yesterday. It was just a 45-minute drive from our house in the province. Look how calm the sea is, that's at 630 in the morning. Because we were very early, we had the whole resort to enjoy for 2 hours. The water was very clear, there were small fishes swimming near the shoreline.


I was not able to join them in swimming, it’s that time of the month, so I just spent the day taking pictures. I was the official photographer of the group. While they were basking in the sun, I spent some time in the shade of the beach hut reading an ebook from my cellular phone.

How did you spend your alone time this week?

03 June, 2011

dealing with a difficult person

I'm the type of person who doesn't want to get mad. But I also don't have enough patience especially when it comes to dealing with a difficult person. My solution is to distance myself from people who I find annoying and difficult. Because if I don't, remove myself from the situation, the impact of my anger will be stronger than a blow given by a muscled guy.

difficult person

There's this person who I don't want to talk to anymore. But it would be selfish of me to do that. In a few more years, I don't have to endure dealing with this difficult person. Only a few more years.
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