Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book Now Pay Later Promo from Sea Air

Want to spend the holidays in care free Boracay? No need to worry about the costs since you can book now and pay next year! What a great deal!

Eastwood City Pre-Holiday Sale!

Wanna avoid the Christmas rush? Start buying gifts for your loved ones!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Get the new The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 2011 Giving Journal

A minimum single-receipt of any purchase of any regular or large sized Original Ice Blended, Frozen Swirl, or Coffee-based, or Tea-based beverage qualifies you to get a stamp card.

Each card consists of 24 boxes, with corresponding drink assignments. These are as follows:
1 Original Ice Blended (any flavor, regular or large)
1 Tea Latte (any flavor, regular or large)
1 Apple Caramel Ice Blended or Apple Pie Tea Latte (regular or large)
Any 21 Regular or Large Sized Original Ice Blended, Frozen Swirl, Coffee-based or Tea-based beverage.

Your stamp card must always be presented so that a box may be stamped whenever its corresponding product assignment is purchased,

Once all 24 boxes are stamped and completed, you will be able to claim The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 2011 Giving Journal at any of our stores.

The completed stamp card should be presented and surrendered to the branch where the giving journal will be claimed. The cashier will punch the stamp card to prevent reuse.

Promo period is from November 8, 2010 to January 31, 2011.

Giving Journals may be claimed all throughout the promo period until 60 days after the promo has ended.

Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 5261, Series of 2010.

Crocs and Toys "R" Us Sale this November 2010 by Citibank

Get your sizes, get your children's sizes,
get your friend's sizes!!!
Be ready for the Crocs and Toys "R" Us SALE!!

Crocs & Toys "R" Us Sale. Enjoy up to 80% off on your holiday shopping with Crocs and Toys "R" Us plus other special offers. Simply Present & use your Citibank Credit Card at Whitespace, 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City on November 11 to 14, 2010 from 11am to 9pm.

Invite your friends over and if they don't have a Citi Card. They can apply on site or pay in cash.

**Note: As stated it is opening at 11 AM, but trust me there will be lines as soon as 7AM, so sleep early and prepare for the lines.. bring water and some snacks.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Demi Lovato Drops From Jonas Brothers Tour, Checks into Rehab

The latest news about Demi Lovato created waves in the entertainment industry. Another Disney princess falls. Although the details of the news is not entirely clear, one thing is sure, 18-year old Demi Lovato is struggling with problems and it has pushed her to the brink.

News states that the young actress/singer called off an opening with the Jonas Brothers and has voluntarily checked herself into rehab. Her representative said the following in an official statement: ‘Demi Lovato left her tour early this weekend in order to seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time.Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help. She is doing just that and Demi and her family ask that the media please respect their privacy during this difficult time. She regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future.'

These girls are just too young to be facing these kinds of problems! i guess that is the sacrifice you have to pay for money and success at a young age. Maybe the pressure just got too much.

Maybe Disney should include shrink sessions for their talents as a standard part of their compensation package, to help the kids deal. Just thinking out loud...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Buying Baking Pans

I have recently been bitten by the baking bug. For the past few weekends, i have been doing baking projects. My first project was cupcakes! I am proud to say that my cupcake venture was wonderfully successful! (at least in my opinion)

cupcake craze (17)

Now, I have been asking my husband for more baking pans so i can make more cakes and cookies... he keeps on saying he'll buy some for me but I have yet to receive them. Maybe i'll get them by the time my birthday comes.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Giant Sinkhole in Germany

A giant sinkhole appeared in the residential part of Central Germany last November 1, 2010. The landslide just appeared out of nowhere and the cause is still unclear. Thankfully nobody got hurt, although they had to evacuate people from the affected area. Talk about creepy! What if a sinkhole appears right smack where your house used to be? oh my! i wouldn't know what to do! how will i save my books, my make up, my clothes, my gadgets?!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Are Skin Toners Part of Proper Skin Care?

I remember going to the dermatologist for the first time when I was in college. My mom took me when she noticed I had very oily skin and big pores. Luckily, I didn’t have any pimples or acne, but my face was constantly an oil slick, particularly my T zone. After a facial treatment, the dermatologist explained to me the virtues of maintaining a proper skin regimen. She explained to me the importance of using a toner, especially for someone who had such oily skin like me.

I’m just happy that my mom cared for me enough to worry about my skin. =) Someday when my daughter is old enough, I will also do the same for her.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Getting into the Right Business

A few months ago, my sister gave me a copy of The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. Basically, it is a book about the law of attraction. It tells of how a person can form anything through his thoughts…including riches. It is a really inspiring book, makes you believe that you can be abundant and rich, just by simply changing your attitude. I breezed through the whole book, but was stumped when I got to Chapter 13 Getting into the Right Business. It generally proposes that a person has better chances of getting rich when he is into the right business. According to the book, a person will do best in the business “which will use your strongest faculties – the one for which you are naturally best fitted”. I just couldn’t relate.

I always knew I wasn’t in the right business. I knew when I was in college, I knew after I graduated, and I, of course knew, when I was already working. I just felt I had no choice. A wake up call for me was when I read a statement in the book that states: You will get rich most easily in terms of effort, if you do that for which you are best fitted, but you will get rich most satisfactorily if you do that which you WANT to do. Ouch!

Doing what you want to do is life, and there is no real satisfaction in living if we are compelled to be forever doing something which we do not like to do, and can never do what we want to do. Double Ouch!

I knew I wanted to do something else. “Desire is the manifestation of power”.

I always knew I wanted to write. I may not be the best at it, but I am certainly better at it than in crunching numbers. I always knew I wanted a change. I always desired something else for me.

Thankfully an opportunity presented itself to me. Now I get to write articles about anything and everything I want to, without thinking about keywords and blogging niche. Now I get to do what I love (write), and earn from it. I feel happy. I feel fulfilled whenever I see that my article has been published.  I feel inspired again.

So now I am still stuck with the same old job, but I have hope, that things will change, that someday, when my skills are honed and I’m better at my craft, I will get rich most satisfactorily, doing what I WANT to do. (yoohoo, universe, are you listening?!?)


Monday, October 25, 2010

Homemade Remedy for Dry Hair and Scalp

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. Every woman who cares enough about her beauty and appearance, also takes good care of her mane. Poor me. My hair has been in such a pitiful state these past few months. It has been ages since my last hair treatment. I just don’t have the time (and the budget) to go to the salon and have my hair treated. Thankfully I found this recipe for a homemade remedy for dry hair and scalp in this site. It is made of organic and all natural materials readily found around the house. I will definitely give this homemade conditioner a try. Hopefully it works for my hair, if so it wil be bye-bye dandruff and dry hair and my hair will be my crowning glory once again.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Photo Hunt: Orange

I know... i know. My entry is so expected... it's almost halloween and all, hence the pumpkins. Let me explain. In our country, halloween mostly means costumes and horror movies. Pumpkin carving is not part of our tradition, and i don't even think we have the type of pumpkin typically used for this purpose. Imagine my surprise when i saw these authentic carved pumpkins as part of a mall's decoration. I just had to take photos! I usually just see them in movies and magazines.
And then i went to the grocery and this is what i saw: decorative gourds for sale for 200 Pesos per kilo. They are cutest little pumpkins ever! They are meant as decors and apparently they can stay fresh for as long as 2-3 months.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Chamber of Horror at Eastwood City

Contact your friends now and schedule a trip to the latest horror craze that has hit the metro. Dare to enter the Chamber of Horror at Eastwood City Walk 2. Now Open from 4-11pm beginning today until October 31!

For info, contact (02) 709-0888 • 709-9888 • 0917-8380111 or head on to their site: www.eastwoodcity.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

An Ode to My Afternoon Coffee


I love my coffee. I like my coffee black and extremely warm. Not necessarily scalding hot, but extremely, jerk-you-back-to-reality kind of warm. As I stir, I savor the aroma wafting from my ancient porcelain coffee mug to my eager nostrils. On a particularly chilly day at the office (like today), hot coffee offers comfort to my freezing hands. I embrace my icy fingers around my coffee mug and immediately I am enveloped with warmth and joy that radiates from my fingers to my toes. I take my first sip, and I alternately endure and enjoy the searing pain on my lips and my tongue. A small sacrifice in exchange for the privilege to savor the bitter taste of coffee that is just so good.

This is my tribute to pure, bitter, good old fashioned coffee. May you continue to warm both my heart and my tummy.

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 2010 Certified Public Accountant Board Exam Results Released in One (1) Day

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 3,973 out of 8,216 passed the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination for October 2010.

Check out the links here:




Congratulations to all new CPAs!

Hello Stormy Monday!

Traffic was horrendous today. Not very surprising for a Monday morning, but it was quite surprising for a stormy morning when school on some levels have been suspended.

Classes are suspended because we are bracing ourselves as super typhoon “Juan” (international name “Megi”), with winds up to more than 250 kilometers per hour makes landfall today, October 18, 2010.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placed the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela under public storm signal no. 4.

PAGASA said the wind strength of Juan could uproot trees, blow away houses made of light material, trigger landslides, and cause storm surges in coastal areas.

PAGASA has placed Batanes, including the Calayan and Babuyan groups of islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Quirino and northern Aurora under Signal No. 3.

The provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya and the rest of Aurora was placed under Signal No. 2.

Pagasa has placed the provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Polillo Island under Signal No. 1.

Metro Manila, on the other hand, is not expected to be affected by the typhoon but disaster and rescue authorities are not taking any chances.

Residents from flood-prone areas like Marikina and Cainta have learned our lessons when Typhoon Ondoy wreaked havoc last September 2009, wherein thousands of families lost homes and properties and hundreds lost their lives. Local government from these areas swears that they now have competent contingency measures (both high tech and low tech) in place just in case we are also affected by typhoon Juan.

Here’s to hoping typhoon Juan changes his mind and his course, and leave the Philippine area of responsibility with the least damage and inconvenience possible.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Photohunt : Miniature

Last august, we attended the 3rd CAMPI Philippine International Motor show. Hubby is such a car enthusiast that the moment we stepped in the venue, he was in heaven. A part of the car show is a gallery of miniature cars and garages. here is a sample. Our little girl loved this part of the exhibit ... she thought they were toys! =)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Things I Need to Do

I've never been that good in goal setting and multi-tasking. That is why i have accumulated several things on my To Do list:

  • Upload pictures on my webshots profile. I have a pro account, i might as well maximize its use.
  • Update my blogs. I need to beef 'em up for adsense moolah.
  • Organize my closet.
  • Read my books.
  • Practice writing everyday.
  • Take more pictures. the little girl is growing up fast, and i have not been as dedicated in documenting her growth as I should be.
  • Scrap.

Oh well...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

BGC Photowalk Oct 16-17 2010

Bonifacio Global City (BGC) holds a Photowalk with advertising digital photographer Francis Abraham and advertising photographer Jay Tablante. Abraham and Tablante will share tips and techniques on digital photography. Participants will learn about landscape photography, maximizing digital camera features, and blending artistry and technology. On Oct. 16, Tablante takes participants to a photowalk of the interactive art pieces in Bonifacio High Street. On Oct. 17, Abraham will lead the group’s photowalk around BGC to capture the beauty of the monumental public art pieces installed in the district. Registration is at 3 p.m., Bonifacio High Street B8, Tensile Fabric on the same dates. No fees are required. These photowalks are good learning sessions, especially for those participating in the ongoing Click BGC photo competition.

Visit www.bonifacioglobalcity.ph

The Risen Christ and Me

This afternoon, instead of my usual routine of eating my snack at the canteen, I decided to go to the chapel here in the office. I can’t explain it, but for some odd reason, I felt the need to go up there.

The chapel was thankfully empty. I had in my hand my St. Padre Pio medal and novena. For the first time in a very long while, I really prayed. I had no particular reason for being there. I had no really pressing concern aside from the usual stuff. And yet I found myself kneeling on the front pew and praying my heart out. I prayed my novena prayer, then I talked/prayed to Mama Mary and then to Jesus Christ, and I immediately felt lighter. I looked into the Risen Christ’s image, with His open arms, His forgiving face, and I felt comforted.

God has His ways, and this is probably His way of calling me, quieting me down and wanting to be alone with me…Usually I go about with this heavy feeling in my heart, and yet in those few minutes that I looked into the Risen Christ’s eyes, I felt …clean…and happy… and wanted…

Thank you Lord for this feeling. Thank you Lord for taking the time to call me from my busy schedule to talk to me.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cebu Pacific Air Fun Tours

If you are looking for the cheapest round trip airfare and lowest accommodation on hotels, you can check Cebu Pacific Fun Tours on Sale. There are a lot more that awaits you with Cebu Pacific Promo Fun Tours. If you want a dinner cruise or a city tour or outdoor activities and even entrance fees the some the best theme parks, then try Cebu Pacific Air Fun Tours.

Check out some of the Fun Tours on Sale Promo this October 2010.

Fun Tours on Sale
• Manila to Laoag 3D2N from P1,990 per pax
• Manila to Davao 3D2N from P4,218 per pax
• Manila to Dumaguete 3D2N from P6,718 per pax

Best Hotels Deals
• Bangkok hotels from P3,226 per night
• Busuanga hotels from P2,827 per night
• Beijing hotels from P2,379 per night
• Bacolod hotels from P1,212 per night

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Attention All Women : October is Breast Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And we are again reminded of this fact through pink ribbons and pink what-have-yous. Next month, we will celebrate my mom’s 12th death anniversary. She too succumbed to the deadly disease. So the Breast Cancer Endeavor is really close to my heart, and I am happy that there are a lot of supporters of this movement.

That’s why I was so happy when I found out a major brand like Sketchers also support the Breast Cancer Awareness Month that will definitely benefit a lot of women out there. In fact, Sketchers is taking it a step higher by launching a limited edition shoe that will show support for the movement.

Skechers’ revolutionary Shape-Ups technology simulates barefoot walking on soft ground such as sand—which helps promote weight loss, tones leg and butt muscles, improves posture, reduces stress on knees and ankle joints, among a long list of proven benefits. The super-soft kinetic wedge and rocker bottom technology that allows Shape-Ups to offer all these benefits also make the shoes very comfortable.

The limited edition Shape-Ups Awareness—specifically designed to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October has already hit Philippine shelves.
For every purchase of the shoe, Skechers will donate $10 to I Can Serve Foundation Inc., a local organization that promotes breast cancer awareness for early detection and prevention. The shoe features a distinct pink ribbon that signifies our support for the campaign against breast cancer.

Now isn’t that just wonderful? One can enjoy the benefits of a good and comfortable pair of shoes while given the chance to touch the lives of millions of women who are at risk of breast cancer everyday.

Skechers’ Limited Edition Shape-Ups Awareness are available in the following Skechers stores: TriNoma, Glorietta 5, Market! Market!, Festival Supermall, Marquee Mall, Ayala Center Cebu and other leading department stores.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Celebrate 10.10.10 with Caltex

The Surprising Offer!
HSBC cardholders get to pay only PHP10.00/liter, up to a maximum of 30 liters of any CALTEX fuel type (i.e., Gold, Silver, or Diesel).

Who Qualifies?
Other than being a Caltex patron, cardholders* must use his/ her HSBC credit card in the fuel purchase. Marshals are also assigned in the area to screen the cardholders based on the following:

· must present a valid HSBC credit card;
· must be present in the queue within the specified time as announced on radio and shown at the on-site timer during the event; and
· can only avail of the offer once during the event.

When and Where?
The fuel sale will happen on 10-10-10! Listen to RX 93.1 or Magic 89.9 and wait for the DJ to announce what time you should head on to 10 participating Caltex stations within Metro Manila.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Trip to the Taal Crater

Last April 9, 2010, hubby and I planned on going to Mt. Samat to take our brand new toy for a spin. (A DSLR we named Bella). At the last minute we decided against going since president GMA was scheduled to make an appearance there for the Araw ng Kagitingan Ceremonies. We decided to go to Taal Volcano instead.

From Tagaytay, we went down, down, down a winding road to Talisay Batangas where the Taal Lake Yacht Club is located. From the main road, we turned left to a steep sloping driveway and we were greeted by a view of the Taal Lake and various water crafts, this being a yacht club after all. Thankfully, they also had a secured parking area, visitors will be gone for a few hours while on the Crater Trek, it is comforting to know that your vehicle and belongings are safe and secure.

Once we got out of the car, we were dwarfed by the enormous trees surrounding us. There were lush shrubs and thick greeneries everywhere. Though it was hot, there was a light breeze coming from the lake’s direction. We went to the kiosk in the just beyond the scattered nipa huts; this is where we are supposed to look for Aling Sonya and register.
A package for two costs almost P3000:

Boat ride – P1800.00 (can accommodate up to 4 passengers)
Horses - P 1,000.00 (500 each and free guide, optional) **
Misc, Expenses P 120.00 (tourism fees, landing fee for the boat etc)

* the package also includes free use of the shower rooms (to wash off the volcanic dust,) and 2 hours stay in the nipa huts for rest and relaxation.

** A tourist may choose to walk their way to the crater or to ride a horse, either way you need a guide. And if you choose to walk, you’ll still have to pay for the guide.

We were led to a small but sturdy looking motorized banca. Our assigned companion Manong Resty insisted that we wear our life vests (which looked clean and new by the way, not at all icky as I expected them to be). The banca ride was relaxing with the calm water and the azure skies as backdrop.


When we got to the volcano, a helpful local greeted us with a small bench to help us alight our boat. I expected the man to ask for a tip or some sort of payment but he went on his way as soon as we had our feet on the sand.

We were led to the stables and we were welcomed by the mixed smell of sweat and horse waste. There, we were mobbed by women hawking all kinds of merchandise from bottled water to wide brimmed native hats. A woman approached us selling face masks; she warned that the trek will truly be dusty. Word from the wise, buy one, you’ll need it! For P30 each, it will be worth it especially it you opted to ride the horse, you’ll be holding on to the horse and your gear, it will surely help to have a facemask.



As we went on our way, I happily noted that there were 2 women guiding me and my horse on each side. Hubby got only one guide hehehe. This went on until we were faced with a sharp rocky climb. Then my extra guide posed the question: do I want her services? She can accompany me all the way to the crater, as another guide to ensure my safety. And all the while I thought she was a freebie! I declined her offer, especially when I found out it was another P500 to avail of her services. We trudged on without her, my horse struggled but she made it.
Our path to the crater was dry, dusty and rocky. Many times, the trek can be pretty scary especially for a scaredy cat like me. Just trust your guide, they’ve been up and down these slopes since childhood, they know what they’re doing.


Although we initially felt alone as we trudged the steep hill, we soon encountered a lot of tourists on our way up the crater, most of them Koreans I think.


Once we reached the top, we were welcomed with the stench of horse waste. Horses are allowed only up to this point and we were supposed to walk the rest of the way. Be wary of sellers peddling various drinks. Each drink costs P50 since they had to be transported from the mainland to the volcano. If you’ve developed some sort of rapport with your guide, you may buy them a cold drink, but don’t feel pressured. It’s ok to say no.

Once we reached the top, we were greeted by the majestic view of the Taal Crater Lake. Emerald green in color, probably from the high sulfuric content. The water was calm and serene. It’s very relaxing just looking at it. It even looks deceivingly inviting, in fact there have been swimmers even divers allowed to swim in the lake, but the high sulfur may cause damage to clothes and gear, not to mention the danger since you’ll be swimming on a CRATER!
The edge is lined with a mix of bamboo and metal fences, to protect overly eager tourists from going over the edge. Bamboo stilts were set up to give photo enthusiasts a good vantage point in taking breathtaking photos.

While up there, you may also buy some souvenirs and snacks. I bought buko juice right out of the buko shell. Wonderfully refreshing!

After taking what must have been hundreds of shots, hubby has had his fill and decided it was time to go down. I dreaded the trek back, knowing we’ll be welcomed once again by the dust and heat. For those who walked to the crater, they can choose to rent a horse on the way back to the boats for P300 I think.

The trek to the Taal Crater Lake is definitely a must try. I wouldn’t recommend it to kids though. It is different experience, although it might be better not to go in the midst of an El Nino phenomenon since the heat is almost too much to bear, plus everything is dry and dusty, the view of the surroundings is not that good.

Blog Revamp

It has been a while since I last posted here in my original blog. I have been thinking of streamlining specific topics for corresponding blogs and it has been no problem for the other blogs but for this one, I'm just not too sure. From the start this has always been a mixed bag kind of blog.

Will finish deciding soon... =)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Of Moleskins and Cattleya Notebooks

Yesterday, I bought 2 Cattleya notebooks. In the past, I used to buy pretty and expensive notebooks, those kinds that can be bought in higher class bookstores and stationery shops. There was even a time when I lusted over a moleskin notebook, just because most writers like Butch Dalisay share that they have a moleskin notebook to scribble sudden waves of inspired ideas in. The problem is, I never could write on them. I just felt my handwriting is too terrible (ugly) and undeserving to appear on their smooth pages. It would be like graffiti on the Taj Mahal walls. I’d be more stressed out about how my writing would look on my pretty notebooks’ pages than what I am writing, then I’d be guilty about amassing such pretty useless notebooks, stashed somewhere in the black hole I call my closet.

So to put an end to this anguished cycle, I bought 2 simple 100-page spiral notebooks with plastic covers, the kind I used to buy when I was in college. One would use one as my idea notebook, a scratch notebook if you will. It is where I will jot down my ideas, fashion them into an outline which will hopefully end up as my first draft. The second notebook is my journal…again. Yes, I will try to write daily. My other pretty notebook which I assigned this honorable assignment, to document my daily thoughts and activities, didn’t quite serve its purpose as I thought. It was compact and portable, so I can stash it in my bag and write anytime inspiration strikes, but it has proven too small for comfort. My hand aches when I write on it.

That is why yesterday, I decided to drop all pretenses and bought two Cattleya notebooks, so I can send a message to myself and out to the world: this time I am serious. I’m not in it for the frills or the trivial joys of it, I know I have a long way to go, having started late in the game, but I am serious. I will write.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


With only a few more days to go before the May 10, 2010 elections, surveys are conducted left and right. A few weeks ago, the primetime news featured 2 stores that joined the band wagon. Taking advantage of the summer’s searing heat, Frutas, a company that sells fresh fruit juice and shakes, and 7-11, a convenience store located at almost every corner decided to launch their own version of a mock election. When a customer orders a fruit shake or a big Gulp, the customers are asked to choose which cup bearing a presidentiable’s face they want. Each cup is considered as a vote for the favored presidential bet. The stores will tally these “votes” and will release the results of their mock election just before the actual May 2010 election.

The Good:

  • This allows the common person to easily show support for their chosen candidate, while enjoying a cold tumbler of fruit shakes and soft drinks.
  • This can reflect the political trend for a certain area. This can create an environment of healthy competition among supporters within the same area.
  • This is a smart marketing ploy for the companies.

The Not-So-Good:

  • Question of credibility and reliability. People don’t really know their system of counting the votes.
  • Not everybody buy from these stores, whether it be a question of taste, budget or proximity to a store.
  • There is no buying limit. A customer can come back several times a day and order a round of drinks, and these “votes” will be counted in favor of his or her candidate. The more money, more votes... much like in the real elections, I guess.

Personally, I really like the idea of the Presidential Cups. Although there is much debate about the use and reliability of surveys, I think there is nothing wrong with showing your support for your candidate in whatever way you can especially if all is done in the spirit of fun. Kudos to Frutas and 7-11 for coming up with this gimmick.

So, are you feeling thirsty? Why not order a tall Noynoy Aquino, a chilled Manny Villar shake or an Iced Gibo Teodoro?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Photo hunt: Three

I found these three mini-scrolls in a little bottle. Mini messages in a mini bottle.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shopping for the Perfect External Hard Drive

A few years ago, my laptop conked out on me. I lost valuable files and photos. I kept a brave front and told myself everything is a learning experience. I re-formatted my laptop, installed the necessary programs and started loading it again with various files and photos. I noticed my NEO Laptop was slowly but surely getting filled up to the brim. I decided to burn important files into DVDs as back up, just in case. This plan worked really well until the DVD drive itself conked out on me. That was when I decided to get myself an external hard drive. I dragged hubby to Megamall’s 4th floor where gadgets and gizmos abound. After wearing our feet out from going in and out of the stores, we were able to find an affordable 320GB external hard drive. It was a black Fujitsu costing P3,900 if you paid in cash and a bit more if you paid in plastic. We gathered up all our available money (forgotten coins from the corners of my gigantic bag included) and paid in cash, just to avail of the discount.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Earth Hour 2010

You have been hearing growing concerns about the sorry state of our environment and mother earth, but you feel the problem is just too big, too complicated or just plain hopeless. Here is a simple way any man; woman or child can make a stand against climate change. Participate in Earth Hour 2010.

In 2007, in an amazing feat, some 2.2 million homes and businesses in Sydney turned off their lights for one hour to show their concern and stand against climate change. After a year, it became a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Rome ’s Colosseum stood in darkness for an hour. They became symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Taste of My Hair

As I wait for my friends to call me for lunch, for no reason at all, I felt the powerful urge to place my hair in my mouth. I know. No sense right? I suddenly saw myself staring at nothing in particular with my hair in my mouth, my tongue carefully tracing each strand. I ponder at the current state of my hair. It’s dry, limp and prematurely gray… poor hair. For something supposedly “relaxed” it looks too stressed out to me.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Photo Hunt: Spiral

Here's a picture of the metal grills on our windows. It acts both as a protection against robbers who might attempt getting in the house through the windows and as a design to add some aesthetic value. When our house was built some 20 years ago, this was the "in" design. =)
I made the last minute decision to post this as my spiral entry when i read tnchick's entry... my first choice was the telephone cord too! hahaha!

Great Singers Voted Off American Idol 9

I think America made a pretty big mistake as American Idol eliminated two of the most powerful contenders of the season. And what’s worse is that one of them is my favorite.

Earlier tonight, the final 12 lineup was finalized when Katelyn Epperly, Lilly Scott, Todrick Hall and Alex Lambert were voted off. I wasn’t really that surprised when Epperly and Hall got the boot after their weak performances during performance night. Epperly sang the Karaoke staple “ I Feel The Earth Move” by Carole King while Hall sang gospel version of Queen's "Somebody to Love" that drew praise from the judges but not from the public. I don’t really like Lilly Scott that much with her platinum blond hair and all, but I’ve got to admit, she’s got some singing chops! She sang Patsy Kline’s “I Fall To Pieces” and was great as usual, sadly the voting public didn’t agree. It was pretty obvious in her reaction that she did not see this coming.

The thing that got to me was when James Morrison voice-a-like Alex Lambert was booted off after he sang Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble". He had so much potential, and his voice was really good! It is also sad that he was given the boot just as he was getting over his stage fright and was beginning to show the true performer in him. "There's a lot of things America hasn't seen me do yet," he said. "And a lot of things I know I'm capable of. ... I wish I could have just broken out of my shell."
I feel Aaron Kelly and Paige Miles should've been the ones sent packing.

Truly a very sad day for American Idol.. at least in my book.

At least I still have Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze to root for.

Sony Ericsson Satio

It seemed only yesterday when i was drooling for the sony ericsson c905. (see blog entry). then after thinking about it a million times over, i finally got it as a gift for myself. I am very happy to report that I noticed none of the negative feedback other users experienced with the C905 on my unit. The earpiece and keypads are working just fine.
I am glad i took a chance with this phone. I am so happy that Sony Ericsson didn't let me down, so it is still my favorite cellphone brand, and i am also proud to report that my last 5 celphones were all Sony Ericsson units!

I was happily tinkering with my 8-megapixel phone when i noticed a big sign along EDSA... it was an advertisement for the new batch of sony ericsson phones and guess what? they are jumping on the touch screen bandwagon. They launched several phones, one of which is the Sony Ericsson Satio. Here are some of its specs:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Photohunt :: Daily

One day as I was browsing thru our local used books store, I chanced upon the book Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg. I was overjoyed! I often see this highly recommended book on online stores... and i got it for only P120. Talk about a bargain! Anyway, the author of the book preaches only one thing... if you desire to be a good writer... write DAILY!

No need for long prose or mind boggling essays... just write about any random thought in your head... no need to edit or proofread. in fact she says it is better not to go back and re-read what you've written until you've finished. The goal is to make writing such a natural experience for a person that it has become second nature. Time will come when you will be able to write no matter where you are, who you're with and what the condition of your working environment is. Through the practice of daily writing, you'll be able to free the writer from within.

That's exactly what I intend to do... I will write DAILY. I've got enough notebooks for this purpose... I just chose these two flowery notebooks to be included in the photos because I love the burst of colors.

That's the plan and challenge... WRITE DAILY!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Freelance Writing Becomes Me

Thank goodness for the social networking phenomenon that is Facebook, if I hadn't signed up with facebook then I wouldn't have gotten in touch with a long lost friend from my elementary days. When I asked him what he does for a living, he answered that he was a writer. Aha! Finally! Someone I can ask about the possibility of a career in writing. One day I as finally able to gather enough courage to inquire about his chosen field. I asked whether he studied for that job while in college, is writing his bread and butter, approximately how much income is generated?

Considering that we were not really that close when we were classmates, I’d have to give it to him for being so generous with his answers. If only he knew how much he touched my life… how inspired I’ve become since talking to him.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A nameless razor fusses.

Guess what? more silly words that seem to have to meaning at all...

A nameless razor fusses.

a weird thought

a weird thought just came up...

How will your filled film house the apparent clause?

go figure.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Place to Visit: La Mesa Ecopark

Summer is definitely here! The sun is scorching hot outside, and it only just February! That is why we decided to go swimming, in celebration of my dad’s 69th birthday! We couldn’t leave early since the birthday celebrator still had a meeting at our parish. We decided to just eat lunch at home then leave for the pool after eating, this way we’d be bringing less stuff and just bring enough food for snack and drinks.

We decided we’d go back to the La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City. We have very fond memories of this park, this is where Bea had her first swimming experience when she was only more than a year old. Although she doesn’t have any recollection of that experience, this time around it was clear that she enjoyed swimming at the pool. another plus is that it's really affordable. whoever said that you'd have to spend a fortune just to have a good time with your family?

Here’s some information about the ecopark:

La Mesa Watershed in Quezon City is the primary source of drinking water of about 12 million Metro Manila residents. The property is owned by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), a government agency. La Mesa Watershed is 2700 hectares, 700 hectares of which is the reservoir and 2000 hectares of which is the surrounding forest. This forest is the last remaining one of its size in Metro Manila and serves as its carbon dioxide sink. La Mesa Watershed, therefore, is vital to the city, not only because it is a primary source of drinking water, but also because its forest functions as the lungs of Metro Manila, providing it with clean air.

Due to lack of funds, illegal settling, poaching and logging, La Mesa Watershed came into disrepair and ruin. In 1999, ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. created Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch) and, in partnership with the MWSS, undertook the Save La Mesa Watershed Project. The project aimed to rehabilitate, reforest, preserve and protect La Mesa Watershed. The total area that needed reforestation was 1500 hectares. Today, eight years since the project started, only 158 hectares remain to be planted. Bantay Kalikasan’s strategy of actively involving the general public in the project, through its Adopt/Protect-ATree/ Hectare programs, was key to its success.

To sustain the Save La Mesa Watershed Project, Bantay Kalikasan, in partnership with the MWSS and the Q.C. Government, rehabilitated and renovated a 33 hectare public park located right outside the natural boundaries of the watershed and 40 meters below the reservoir. In September 2004, it was renamed La Mesa Ecopark and reopened to the public. All revenues generated by La Mesa Ecopark are utilized for the continuous preservation and protection of La Mesa Watershed.

The park is located in the East Fairview Subdivision, Quezon City.

La Mesa Ecopark Operating Hours: 8AM to 5PM Daily

PARK Admission Rates:

above 3ft P50
3ft & below FREE

POOL Admission Rates: ((9am – 4pm) Daily)
above 3fts P80
3ft & below P40

- Proper swimming attire is strictly implemented – no cotton made fabrics, no buttons & zippers.
- Pool Admission rates apply to all who enter pool compound, whether they will swim or not.

The pools close at 4pm, they are strict about this, once the whistle blows, it's time to leave the pool area.

QC Residents (w/ valid proof of residence) P40
QC Students (w/ valid id) P20
QC Senior Citizens (w/ valid id) FREE
Non-QC Senior Citizens P40

There are many things to do in the park aside from swimming.

boat rental - you can rent a boat for P100 for 30 minutes, maximum of 4 adults

bike rental - you can also rent a bike. price ranges from P50-80 per hour.

fishing - you can also try your luck at fishing. fishing rods can be rented at P20 per day. then you'll have to pay for what ever you catch. Rate is P80 per kilo. the bigger the catch, the higher the amount, but heck the bigger your pride too right?

for those who prefer to just relax and lounge around with the family, table and chairs are availabe for P120 per set (1 table and 4 chairs)

La Mesa Ecopark also offers several tour packages:


RATE:P100 per head (minimum 50pax)
Guided Walking Tour
Ecopark Overview/History/Amenities
Plan/Trees Identification
Entrance Fee
Boat Ride


RATE:P130 per head (minimum 50pax)
Guided Walking Tour
Ecopark Overview/History/Amenities
Plant/Trees Identification
Entrance Fee


RATE:P150 per head (minimum 50pax)
Guided Walking Tour
Ecopark Overview/History/Amenities
Plan/Trees Identification
Entrance Fee
Boat Ride(30mins)


RATE:P100 per head (minimum 50pax)
Guided Walking Tour
Ecopark Overview/History/Amenities
Plan/Trees Identification
Entrance Fee
Butterfly Trail

RATE:P150 per head
(minimum 30pax advance booking needed at least 1 week)
ECOPARK Overview/History/Amenities
Audio Visual Presentation
Entrance Fee
Basic Garden Lecture
Audio Visual Presentation
Hands-on, nursery activity
Tools, geminant


Rate:Activity + 50 (minimum 30pax)
Rapelling - P50/head
Wall climb - P50/head
Zipline - P50/head
Paintball - P300/head (gears & 50 bullets)
- P500/head


(minimum 30pax/advance booking needed at least 2 weeks)
1)Figurine Painting (6”X 8”) – P150/head
2)Sand Coloring (6”X 8”) – P150/head
3)Paper Clay Art (6”X 8”) – P150/head
4)Face Painting – P80/head
Activity (1) + (2) – P250/head
Activity (1) + (2) or (3) + (4) – P300/head
Activity (1) or (2) or (3) + (4) – P200/head
ECOPARK Overview/History/Amenities
Entrance Fee
Figurine, Cardboard
Paint, tools, etc…

Looking for a place to take you family this summer? here's a great place to spend quality bonding time with the family. Take the chance to reintroduce your kids to nature and the idea of having fun without gadgets and technology.

(02) 430-4051/ (02) 430-5207/ (02) 430-5207 (telefax)
Sarah - 09062234125
Dong - 09159013772

Banco De Oro Unibank Account No: 1270 8477 49
Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc./Ecopark

Saturday, February 20, 2010



A loving home and environment for each child.

Compassionate, professional and responsive staff and volunteers who are committed to the caring, healing, recovery and development of abandoned, surrendered, neglected and sexually abused children and their families.
Together, creating opportunities for each other to become whole and empowered instruments for changing their social reality.


1974-The first CRIBS volunteer foster home was born when two Lutheran missionary wives brought home two infants from the Reception and Study Center for the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

1979- CRIBS was incorporated as a non-stock, non-profit organization with the SEC.

1983- CRIBS was licensed by the DSWD as a child welfare agency for abandoned, neglected, and surrendered infants.

1986- A home called New Beginnings was opened for young female survivors of sexual abuse (aged 7-17 years old)



Receiving Home provides an alternate home environment for abandoned, surrendered and neglected children aged 1 day to 2 ½ years old. It is staffed with compassionate, professional and committed caregivers 24 hours a day. The services of the program include:

Holistic Health Care. The attainment and maintenance of the optimum health for each child is ensured by a nutrition program designed to meet the nutritional needs of the children. Medical services are also provided by a team of nurses and midwives who focus on the early detection and prevention of illness.

Early Child Development. Psycho-motor stimulation and age-appropriate activities form part of the routine of each child to foster growth and development.

New Beginnings Home is a 24-hour Residential Treatment Facility that provides a nurturing and therapeutic environment for the healing and recovery of sexually abused female minors aged 7-17 years. Clients admitted to the program stay in residence for two years. Within this time frame, they undergo different phases of healing. The multi-dimensional strategies used in the treatment of sexual abuse seek to address the impact and issues of their traumatic experiences.


Receiving Home Placement Program. The focus is on the permanent placement of each child within the shortest time possible. Permanent placement refers to adoption or reunification of child with biological parents/relatives.

New Beginnings Family and Reintegration Program. The program addresses the healing of families of the new beginnings clients; equips them with skills to effectively handle family issues and situational life crises, and prepares them for eventual reintegration with their child. These efforts are attained through family therapy, individual counseling and parent support group meetings.

Foster Care Program. Provides an alternative family care for children in need of one on one care and stimulation. These children are temporarily placed with licensed foster families to experience the warmth of parental care and family life while permanent placement is being worked on.


The organization has developed and maintained a considerable pool of volunteers and a resource network to expand its capacity to deliver the optimum service. Volunteer interests, talents, expertise and resources are mobilized and utilized to serve the interests of the children and support the needs of the program.

Resource development is an on going effort to achieve financial sustainability for the program implementation and development. This allows the program to be responsive and dynamic in meeting the needs of the children.

If you're interested to help in anyway or if you have questions, the person to call is:

Maritona V. Labajo, Executive Director

15 Major Dizon St, IVC Marikina City
1802 Philippines
Tel (632) 681-8078, 681-5921, 681-9705

Email: cribsnet@info.com.ph
site: http://www.cribsfoundation.org/

Places to visit in Marikina, Social Work, Charity Work, Donation, Need Help

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

2010 Razzie Award Nominees - Dis(Honoring) Performances and Films from 2009

Action movies Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Land of the Lost share the dubious honor of earning the most Razzie Award nominations as chosen by Golden Raspberry Award Foundation voters.

The Transformers sequel and the big screen adaptation of the classic Saturday morning TV show each picked up seven nominations, including nods in the Worst Picture category.

Also feeling a lot of Razzie love was the second film of the Twilight series, New Moon. New Moon star Robert Pattinson picked up a nomination in the Worst Supporting Actor category, with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner joining him as nominees in the Worst Couple category. Even potential Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock didn't emerge from 2009 unscathed. Bullock earned a Razzie nomination in the Worst Actress category for her starring role in the box office bomb, All About Steve.

'Winners' will be revealed on Saturday, March 6, the night before the Oscars.

30th Annual Razzie Award Nominees
Worst Picture of 2009:
All About Steve
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Land of The Lost
Old Dogs
Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen
Worst Actor:
All Three Jonas Brothers, Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience
Will Ferrell, Land of the Lost
Steve Martin, Pink Panther 2
Eddie Murphy, Imagine That
John Travolta, Old Dogs

Worst Actress:
Beyonce, Obsessed
Sandra Bullock, All About Steve
Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
Megan Fox, Jennifer's Body and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Sarah Jessica Parker, Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Worst Supporting Actor:
Billy Ray Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hugh Hefner (as Himself), Miss March
Robert Pattinson, Twilight Saga: New Moon
Jorma Taccone, Land of the Lost
Marlon Wayans, G.I. Joe

Worst Supporting Actress:
Candice Bergen, Bride Wars
Ali Larter, Obsessed
Sienna Miller, G.I. Joe
Kelly Preston, Old Dogs
Julie White, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Worst Screen Couple:
Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers, The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience
Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, All About Steve
Will Ferrell and Any Co-Star, Creature or "Comic Riff", Land of the Lost
Shia LaBeouf and Either Megan Fox OR Any Transformer, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Kristen Stewart and Either Robert Pattinson OR Taylor Lautner, Twilight Saga: New Moon

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel:
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Land of The Lost
Pink Panther 2 (A Rip-Off of a Sequel to a Remake)
Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen
Twilight Saga: New Moon

Worst Director:
Michael Bay, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Walt Becker, Old Dogs
Brad Silberling, Land of the Lost
Stephen Sommers, G.I. Joe
Phil Traill, All About Steve

Worst Screenplay:
All About Steve, Screenplay by Kim Barker
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett
Land of The Lost, Written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas
Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, Written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Twilight Saga: New Moon, Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg

Worst Picture of the Decade:

Battlefield Earth - (2000), Nominated for 10 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 8 (Including Worst Drama of Our First 25 Yrs)

Freddy Got Fingered - (2001), Nominated for 9 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 5

Gigli - (2003), Nominated for 10 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 7 (Including Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Yrs)

I Know Who Killed Me - (2007), Nominated for 9 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 8

Swept Away - (2002), Nominated for 9 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 5

Worst Actor of the Decade:

Ben Affleck - Nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES® Daredevil, Gigli, Jersey Girl, Paycheck, Pearl Harbor, Surviving Christmas

Eddie Murphy - Nominated for 12 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES® Adventures of Pluto Nash, I Spy, Imagine That, Meet Dave, Norbit, Showtime

Mike Myers - Nominated for 4 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES® Cat in the Hat, The Love Guru

Rob Schneider - Nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 1 RAZZIE® The Animal, Benchwarmers, Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo, Grandma's Boy, The Hot Chick, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Little Man, Little Nicky

John Travolta - Nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES® Battlefield Earth, Domestic Disturbance, Lucky Numbers, Old Dogs, Swordfish

Worst Actress of the Decade:

Mariah Carey - The Single Biggest Individual Vote Getter of the Decade: 70+% of ALL Votes for Worst Actress of 2001 for Glitter

Paris Hilton - Nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 4 RAZZIES® The Hottie & the Nottie, House of Wax, Repo: The Genetic Opera

Lindsay Lohan - Nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES® Herbie Fully Loaded, I Know Who Killed Me, Just My Luck

Jennifer Lopez - Nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES® Angel Eyes, Enough, Gigli, Jersey Girl, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, The Wedding Planner

Madonna - Nominated for 6 “Achievements,”“Winner” of 4 RAZZIES® Die Another Day, The Next Best Thing, Swept Away

By Rebecca Murray, About.com Guide
source: http://movies.about.com/od/2010filmawards/a/razzies-2010.htm

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pepole: Kevin Smith: Too Fat To Fly?

here is a news article from CNN about Kevin Smith aka Silent Bob's unfateful run in with Southwest Airlines, all because of his weight:

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Southwest Airlines apologized a second time Monday to film director Kevin Smith for pulling him off a Saturday flight because of his size.

"We're very sorry for how his night unfortunately played out," Southwest said in a written statement.

The airline said it "could have potentially handled our communication better," but defended "the determination that Mr. Smith needed more than one seat to complete his flight comfortably."

The controversy is a public relations challenge for Southwest. The airline had the lowest rate of passenger complaints among U.S. airlines last year, according to a government report issued last week.

Smith -- known for his movie character "Silent Bob" -- began posting a barrage of angry messages on the online network Twitter, where he has 1.6 million followers.

He vowed in a recording posted on his Web site to "scorch the earth" with his complaints against Southwest.

"Dude, I know I'm fat," Smith said. "That's not why I was truly thrown off that plane because I fit perfectly in the seat."

Smith said he had no trouble buckling his seat belt and lowering his armrests.

"I am not fat enough to eject off a Southwest flight," he said.

He said he suspected he may have been bumped by an airline employee who did not like his comic films, which include "Zach and Miri Make a Porno," "Clerks" and the upcoming "Cop Out."

His goal is to force Southwest to change the way it deals with overweight passengers.

Southwest said it is listening.

"We want to assure everyone that has expressed concern over the situation that we will use this experience in our customer service program when training our employees on the correct way to apply the policy," the airline said.

The "customer of size policy" implemented 25 years ago requires "passengers that cannot fit safely and comfortably in one seat to purchase an additional seat while traveling," it said.

"If a customer cannot comfortably lower the armrest and infringes on a portion of another seat, a customer seated adjacent would be very uncomfortable and a timely exit from the aircraft in the event of an emergency might be compromised if we allow a cramped, restricted seating arrangement," the airline said.

"I can buckle that seat belt and that is a hallmark for any fat person," Smith said.

Smith did purchase two seats for the flight to Burbank, but he was allowed to board an earlier flight as a standby passenger, and only one seat was available on that flight.

The extra seat is not a necessity, he said, but a luxury because "Southwest flights are cheap."

"I'm flying on the welfare airline, food-stamp airline," he said. "So I think I can indulge myself with two seats, and I can afford to do it."

Although Southwest said airline executives have personally called him to apologize, Smith insisted Monday afternoon he's not gotten a call.

Although he bought 10 tickets on the airline in just the past week, he said "I'm never going on Southwest again."


too bad. I think these airlines need a refresher course about ethics and tact in dealing with paying customers. this reminds me of the Cebu Pacific Flight Bruhaha about a flight attendant trying to kick out 2 passengers with learning disabilities.... tsk tsk tsk...

Places: St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel Schedule of Masses

Monday & Tuesday

5:00 pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic


5:00 pm Rosary and Novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Pio.
5:30 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

Thursday & Friday

5:00 pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic


10:00 am Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic
12:15 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic
6:00 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

Every 23rd of the month

5:00pmRosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pmSpecial Mass for the St. Pio prayer group of San Roque Parish of Bagumbayan QC,veneration of the St. Pio relic glove, and prayer meeting

(relic habit will be used for veneration starting July)

* The St. Pio Chapel is open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 21, 2010


The Lord Our God Is Worthy.

He can do anything but fail.

He can comfort lonely hearts.

He can change adverse circumstances.

He can heal diseased bodies.

He can mend broken relationships.

He can move our mountains.

He can conquer our worst enemies.

He can fix every problem.

He can guide every footstep.

He can heal our deepest hurts.

He can forgive our worst sins.

He can lift our heaviest burdens.

He can calm our worst storms.

He can satisfy our deepest hunger.

Bless His Holy Name…

--Rev. Dr. Geoffrey V. Guns


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sinulog Festival of Cebu, Philippines

We will be leaving for Cebu this Friday, to go to the Sinulog Festival. But what is the sinulog festival? Well, Wikipedia has this to say:

The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, Philippines. The festival honors the so called vision of the child Jesus, known as the Santo Niño (Holy Child), patron Saint of the City of Cebu. It is a dance ritual that commemorates the Cebuano peoples Islamic and pagan origin, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism.

The festival features a street parade with participants in bright colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumphets and native gongs. Smaller versions of the festival are held in various parts of the province, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño. There is also a "Sinulog sa Kabataan" performed by the youths of Cebu a week before the parade. Recently, the festival has been promoted as a tourist attraction, with a contest featuring contingents from various parts of the country. The Sinulog Contest is usually held in the Cebu City Sports Complex.

The Sinulog celebration lasts for nine days, culminating on the final day with the Sinulog Grand Parade. The day before the parade, the Fluvial Procession is held at dawn with an statue of the Santo Niño carried on a pump boat from Mandaue City to Cebu City, decked with hundreds of flowers and candles. The procession ends at the Basilica where a re-enactment of the Christianizing (that is, the acceptance of Roman Catholicism) of Cebu is performed. In the afternoon, a more solemn procession takes place along the major streets of the city, which last for hours due to large crowd participating in the event. It is noted that excessive alcohol consumption is commonly observed at this event.

On the feast day at the Basilica del Santo Niño church, a Pontifical Mass is celebrated by the Cardinal with the assistance of several bishops of Cebu. Most devotees go to the Basilica to attend the mass before heading out to the streets to watch the parade.

The word Sinulog comes from the Cebuano adverb sulog which is "like water current movement," which describes the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance. The dance consists of two steps forward and one step backward, done to the sound of drums. The dance is categorized into Sinulog-base, Free-Interpretation. Candle vendors at the Basilica continue to perform the traditional version of the dance when lighting a candle for the customer, usually accompanied by songs in the native language.

The Sinulog dance steps were believed to originate from Rajah Humabon's adviser, Baladhay. It was during Humabon's grief when Baladhay was driven sick. He then ordered his native tribe to bring Baladhay into a chapel where the Santo Niño was enthroned. Moments later, surprisingly, Baldhay was heard shouting and was found dancing with outmost alertness. Baladhay was questioned as to whether why was he awake and was shouting. Baladhay explained that he found a small child, pointing to the image of the Santo Niño, on top of him and trying to wake him up. He, at great astonishment, scared the child away by shouting but couldn't explain why he was dancing the movements of the river. Up to this day, the two-steps forward, and the one-step backward movement dance is still used by the Santo Niño devotees believing that it was the Santo Niño's choice to have Baladhay dance.

I'm so excited!!! It's our first out of town trip with my family...and the first airplane ride for Bea and me!!! =)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Yep, I'm 33!

I remember, i went through a phase in my life when i wasn't very happy whenever my birthday rolls in... it's around the same time when i'm not so very happy with myself and my life in general... those were the days when i was seriously contemplating whether i was clinically depressed... whether i was just in a bad mood or maybe it's time to start thinking about seeking professional help. I had to drag myself out of bed every morning... I just felt so useless and disposable...

Thankfully, those days are long gone... i am now super excited whenever my birthday nears... no need for grand celebrations, just being treated like a princess my prince charming on my birthday week (this year it was longer!) is good enough for me!

Maybe it comes with age, with maturity... you learn to appreciate things more... people more...
You learn to love yourself more... i know i do! =)

Friday, January 1, 2010

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