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Mitch and Arlene gave me this funny but true-to-life tag. Thanks Mommies! Grabe, no one gets it better than us, Moms! We rock!

Having Spa Treatments: Wheng | Yen | Shimumsy | Eds | Mitch | Hailey l Your blog where you posted this.

Eyebrow Threading : : Microdermabrasion

Aromatherapy : : Body Wrap

Blowout

Mommies who can avail of the Spa treatments by having this tag are:

Maricel

Girlie

Kcee

Midas

Rachel

and Liza

Raining Tags!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

THE LONGEST BREAKFAST MENU LIST

Thanks a lot for this tag,Maricel ! And congrats on your nomination. Let’s learn what blogger’s favorite meal (Breakfast) is. Simple straightforward meme and great for link love. Enjoy your Breakfast!

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The Longest Breakfast Menu List.

Everyone likes to start their day with a comfort food for breakfast. What kind of food do you take? This would be a good way to find out your blogger friend’s favorite food for breakfast.All you need to do is to put your name down, the country you are in and your favorite breakfast meal. Let’s see how we can have this breakfast ‘menu’ traveled all around cyberspace and learn what each blogger living in different country and what they eat for breakfast.

This meme was created by a little ladywith a penchant to spy around little baskets while marketing. Her favorite breakfast of the day is none other than Roti Prata, Indian flat bread. What about you? What is your favorite breakfast meal of the day?


1. Spymama, Singapore - Roti Prata 2. Yyun, Singapore - Wantan Mee 3. A Simple Life, Philippines - Tapsilog (tapa, garlic rice & egg) 4. Say Cheese, DE - fried rice, egg or sausage 5. NONA, China- Toast bread, egg and coffee 6. Cecile2, United States – Fruit, Cereal and Juice 7. Maricel, Philippines - Tosilog (with vinegar) YUM! 8. Hailey's BEats and Bits, Philippines Dasilog (daing na bangus, sinangag, itlog with tomatoes and soy sauce)


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Tagging
Inaj, Avee, Francine, Arlene and Mitch

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Special Someone Online


Special thanks to Liza for tagging me on this special meme.


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1. Copy from start to finish
2. This letter should be pass on to your closest friends online.
3. Add your name and URL blog HERE!! .

4. Get back to Me [GAGAY] and leave a comment once you’ve passed on the letter. Will then visit your site to make sure your links are complete and proper.
5. To ensure everyone receives equal link benefit, UPDATE your list regularly!


It’s true I have never seen you
and we have never met,
Never shaken Hands or
even truly hugged and yet!
I know for sure you care for me
by the kindness that you give.
And our keyboards keep us
together doesn’t matter where we live.
So I give you this gift to
put a smile on your face
and to let you know in my
heart you have a special place.

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Tagging: Ruby, Sheng Shawie Rocks Vina Kcee and Shoshanna


The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers,

wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less,

we buy more, but enjoy less.

we have bigger houses and smaller families,

more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees but less sense,

more knowledge, but less judgment,

more experts, yet more problems,

more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,

drive too fast, get too angry,

stay up too late, get up too tired,

read too little, watch TV too much,

and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of :
fast foods and slow digestion,
big men and small character,
steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce,
fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of:
quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one
night stands, overweight bodies,
and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.
A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

If you don't send this to at least 8 people....Who cares?

written by GEORGE CARLIN (1937-2008)

photo from commons.wikimedia.org

For Now

Monday, July 28, 2008

1. I was awaken by hubby at around 9. I slept at almost 1 am due to some assignments, surfing the net for some new information.

2. I prepared breakfast while chatting with my second girl. She woke up around 9:30.

3. Minutes later I brought her to the film showing she was scheduled to attend.

4. Quite a day for me since this is my "errands" day. Went to the community hall to get business permit. Waited, conversed with the person, waited then I was able to secure one, so off we went to have our lunch at home.

5. After washing up, we had some homeschooling time. While they were finishing up, Istarted surfing the net. Got curious with NY IT Services and their offers. Need some help with I.T. issues right now.

6. I went to my nephews' school.Had to talk to their class advisers. My daughter and I waited for almost two hours just to be accommodated! I was about to walk out already but I told myself patience is a virtue so the waiting paid off. We were able to discuss grade-related issues.

7. Visited my Mama.

8. Dinner was cooked by me at around 7. Then we ate dinner together ( as usual) before 8 pm.


What to do when disappointed with Mr. G's spanking?

1. Find a corner and sulk. Better yet, cry.
2. Be quiet and ignore it. Then do something, anything!
3. Shout!
4. Visit and comment on a thousand blogs a day to get your PR back.
5. Binge into eating and forget about Mr. G's spanking.
6. Open more blogs, like 10?
7. Spend your disappointment on your treadmill.

Anything else?

Practical Ways

Sunday, July 27, 2008

In a third world country like where I live, top of the line technology or gadgets are quite expensive. Aside from the fact that our currency is perceived to have less value than other currencies in the market, our buying power has less capacity than other nationalities. Thus, people have to look for ways and means to counter this state of living. Either most people have to work hard to earn a living or live frugally to cope with the escalating prices of goods and services.
When it comes to health issues, being careful and following the natural diet as much possible can be effective means to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Thus, avoiding hospitalization expenses or medications the best possible way.However, there are times that accidents do happen. Whether or not people like it, hospital is the only place to stay and sadly, expenses follow suit. Ready or not, money has to be spent.
No one wants money spent on services or products which are not worth the value, right? So people here tend to look for strategies to save every penny on hospitalization bills. Buying generic drugs to consulting doctors who are into public practice are just a few ways to cut on expenses. When it comes to medical equipment, people should be aware that there are many used medical equipment that come very affordable and highly functional which can be ordered online, very easily. Aside from having high quality brands and largest stock, these refurbished medical equipment are updated regularly. So why waste people's money to something which functions the same as the more affordable ones?
Of course no one wants to be sick for any period in time, however, staying in the hospital or being sick at home need not be a big worry to our finances. There are always alternative ways to find our way to good health again.

I am quite sad today.
I learned my pagerank got slapped.
Well, that is life.
I win some.
I lose some.
But this one is a big loss.
I lost my PR 2 to PR 0.
I hate to admit it, but I feel sad this happened.
Sad, sad, sad.
What can I do but hope again that Mr. G will be kindest to give me back my PR soon!
What about your site?

Every year my extended family or clan from my maternal side celebrates a reunion. It is a one day affair with lots of fun, food and presentations. My aunts and uncles from my mother's side as well as all my cousins gather together to celebrate. It has been awhile since we have been doing this tradition. It only happens once a year and we really make it the most memorable event ever.
Last year my our family was the sponsor. When it is a family's turn to sponsor, food, program and venue are shouldered. Each year each family take turns to sponsor.
Since the reunion will be in December, we have an ample time to prepare for our own family's gimmick. I remember last year was the time when color coded T-shirts were worn by each family. Other printed their own or wore matching colors.
So when I saw this special sale online by VistaPrint for easy design and print solution, I got light bulbs glowing in my mind for new gimmick stunts. T-shirts can be printed or magnets for souvenirs are quite novel and new. I am sure my cousins would love the idea. My siblings and our children can avail of this special sale.


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These pictures will show how everyday life at home goes.

Baking is the all-time favorite activity of the girls. No, i guess the eating is more exciting...





What's for lunch?


How do you like Tilapia fish with coconut milk for lunch?
Then, more baking and chaos and noise then some more baking....eating, eating, eating!



Then time to tinker with the computer. My nine-year old using Photoshop to make some collage. She wants to learn digi-scrapping. Gosh, she uses HTML book of hubby for color codes...I feel so outdated....

Seven of Me

Friday, July 25, 2008

Grabbed this from Vina . I just thought it is fun to do.

The rules:
A. List these rules on your blog.
B. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.

~ Facts about Me ~

1. It takes time for me to warm up to people. Shy? No. It's just me.

2. I usually stay indoors cause unlike my Mama, I am not a mobile person. Behaved? No, plain lazy.

3. I have very few real true friends but lots of acquaintances.

4. I prefer to spend most of my time with family and relatives.

5. Blame it to 3 major surgical operations, in the span of 5 years: I am soooo forgetful.

6. I do not wear make-up.

7. I love to eat. No, I always eat, eat, eat, eat. Thanks to genetics my heaviest weight is 120lbs.




Do i know someone with carpal tunnel syndrome?
Yes! I know one who has the syndrome.


See these pictures? This is my husband's wrist right now. You see, my dear husband has been into programming and tinkering with computers since 1990. That makes it 18 years of interlude with the computers which resulted into this state of his right wrist. It is not the normal kind of wrist, right? There is a little bump in the wrist joint.There are times that it is really taking toll on him and he is in constant pain. There are times that he wants to just let go of the mouse and rest his wrist. However, being a web developer and maintaining his own I.T. business he cannot help it but be in front of the computer all day and even at night. If it is not his eyes which are tired, it is usually his wrist which is in pain.
When I browsed online and saw this carpal tunnel relief I was overjoyed. I knew this is what my husband needs. Finally, he can be relieved of his misery just by putting this on while he does his programming every day. Thus, when I showed this to him, he knew pain is over!

Imak

Sponsored by IMAK

Salamat...Kadamo

Thursday, July 24, 2008









Passing this on to my "kadamo":
Inaj,
Idealpinkrose,
Emjei
Kcee
Michelle
Nancy

I just got back from browsing one site which offers paid post. I was having a good time until I saw one comment of another blogger. It was not positive at all.

For one fleeting moment I was blowing my top. Why can't other people mind their own business or stay inside their own fences? But then again, I thought of not wasting an iota or a fiber of my being to non-sense nuisance...

What is it that most aged and wise people say? "If you do not have anything good to say then keep your mouth shut." Other people can't help but spill their insides. Well, that is sad but it is true.

I think it is true that: Hurt people hurt.

My blog ranks 6th in the most popular Entrecard under my category . Smile...

It ranks 12th in the most popular site for the credits (needed) to advertise on my blog.

My blog traffic has reached the number of visits and page views needed to at least maintain or escalate my rank with Alexa. Not too high but not too poor either: 200,773.

Just enough for me to at least be jubilant about it.

Reasons to smile about come everyday. Not to mention my cheap thrills here.

So let's get a pen and count our blessings! Who else will?

Back To The 80's!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I am a child of the 80's era.
For many young ones today, the eighties era sounds antiquated and totally passe. But in retrospect, 80's brought a lot of novel and really creative ideas which revolutionized today's multi-media and entertainment. I know it has been a while since the 80's era but truly those movies that brought forth new perceptions how movies are made.
Remember when Patrick Dempsey and Michael J. Fox were the matinee idols? Remember Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in the sci-fi movie WarGames? It has been 25 years and still well celebrated! WarGames 25th Anniversary is showing for one night only .

Reminisce the 80's and watch!

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Sponsored by NCM Fathom

1. Woke up being hugged by my best bed-mate, as always...

2. Peeped in my Mama's house and found her asleep contentedly like a baby, people at her place said she got tired after playing online games. See, my Mom is techie at 67.

3. Prepared food for my family: fresh, hot and filling...

4. Walked two-way to our convenience store just to pay a visit while conversing non-stop with my 6 year old, the living chatterbox.

5. Prepared my daughter's food - ready for tomorrow.

6. Got to drink soda, today.

7. Grabbed one opp!

8. Hubby got one client's payment - yippee!

9. Chatted with my sister online.

10. Waistline is still 29.......Relief!


11. I love this button on my blog today.





It shows how hard work through visiting other blogs and dropping cards pay off.
Life is simple. It should remain that way thus I love cheap thrills!

We rearranged furniture in the house.
Pushing and pulling with hubby was tiring.
Cleaned dust on the entire first floor.
Blogged in between chores.
Taught my kids during homeschooling time.
Cooked Chicken Soup (for the family's tummy, not soul.)
Blogged in between chores.
Washed the dishes in between drops of entrecards.
Did some opps.
Yawned most of the time.
Took my baths 2 times. Hot!
Rearranged books: about a hundred in the house!
Joked, talked, had a short make-up/beauty session with my girls.
Finally was able to buy bread at 9 pm.
I always miss the sunlight...

Whew! SAHM-things never end...LOL!

Team Captain, Anyone?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Isn't it sad to hear stories of how great people of yesterday or years suffer at present? I am fully emphatic to this issue because my husband's uncle suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. And he is just in late 50's when this happened. He used to be a very smart marketing man who held positions in various multinational corporations. Nowadays, he hardly recognizes his siblings and peers.
So when I heard about this Alzheimer's Memory Walk I got interested and want to be involved. More than just awareness and information dissemination, raising funds for further studies and support are the thrusts of this event. So far, this is the grandest event to call for volunteers and those who will champion the cause. What is a 2-3 mile walk compared to the extent it will bring in terms of achieving a world without Alzheimer's?

So let's walk with a purpose and achieve a future without Alzheimer's! Wanna be the team Captain?






Sponsored by Alzheimer's Walk

Whhhaaaatt?

Believe it or not, i took this quiz and was dumbfounded by the results. I never even thought that I would qualify to be a sidekick and it turned out that I am WonderWoman.
Your results:You are Wonder Woman





Wonder Woman - 78%

Green Lantern - 75%

Supergirl - 73%

Superman - 70%

Robin - 68%

Hulk - 60%

Spider-Man - 45%

Batman - 35%

Catwoman - 25%

Iron Man - 25%

The Flash - 20%

You are a beautiful princess with great strength of character.

aClick here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Let me see where I can use my powers. All I know is that I have arms and legs that can hold crying babies and disentangle a girl-fight! But I never knew that I am one Wonder Woman!This amazed me really.
So who wants to be my partner in saving lives?

What is common with diseases like leukemia, anemia, lymphoma, diabetes and cerebral palsy? They can be treated with umbilical cord stem cells. Yes, that is a fact.

In United States alone, there are about 30,000 people diagnosed in a year that can already be treated with cord blood stem cells. Imagine how the value of cord blood can save lives everywhere, anytime. Truly, the miracle of life can save more lives! Many people might be wondering how to preserve the cord blood that comes from their babies to help in treating diseases with stem cells.

How does one preserve it? There is no problem how to do this. Cryo-Cell is here to help those who are interested to bank their baby's cord blood. No one knows what the future holds, so for those who want to be ready for its potential health-related use of the umbilical cord blood, bank it with Cryo-Cell.
This is very a timely thing to do because July is Cord Blood Awareness Month.

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What do you think of 8 siblings together , ages 25-42 : eating, laughing, teasing and conversing non-stop in one room for almost a day? How will you justify seeing 8 different personalities from one set of parents?

Riot is an understatement!

Seriously, I loved it! Nothing beats the bond I feel with the people whom I share genetics composition with: my five sisters and two brothers! I know not all of you have such diversity of gene pool! And yes, I know it was one of those rare times.

Papa must be smiling down from heaven seeing us together. I hope!

All eight of us siblings were together for almost a day. One minute we were pretending to be serious , and then there were bouts of laughter the next second. The unpredictability of the moment added spice to the "no-occasion but special time" we had.

Actually, the "no-occasion but special time" was actually a meeting held because we are putting up a business. Yeah right, idiosyncratic people like us can actually put up one. Over pizza and tons of other food - business details were discussed, suggestions were thrown, financial analysis was done, organizational set-up was somewhat deliberated, pros and cons were weighed, and laughter was shared.

We were one in dreaming that who knows a year or so from now the business will boom. Then we will own something like real estate in Naperville or buy real estate Chicago Land? I would want to get one from Real Estate in Chicago II, seriously!

Domino Tag

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Vannie, Arlene and Francine tagged me with this one.

Girls, you are so thoughtful. I am flattered beyond imagination, to be always remembered!

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Domino

Rule: Copy the entire list and add your name at the bottom. And tag at least 5 friends. (But you can tag as many as you like).

Note: Please link the blog where you posted the tag :) We appreciate you linking all your blogs but make sure you post the tag in the blogs too.

Mommy Talks | Aggie Shoots. Aggie Scraps | All Kinds of Me Stuff | The Salad Caper | Winding Creek Circle | Anorexic Queen | Apple of Yan Ple | YanPle | Howell and Abie | My Planet Purple | WomenXplore | Princess Bela | My Happy Place | I am Dzoi | Cliktrik | Life’s Simple Pleasures | Coffee Table Conversations | 100% Kelly | My Colorful World | Ramdom Thoughts | Scribbles of My Life | In This Game of Life | The Shopaholic in Me | Mommyhood and Me | My Charmed Life | My Joys | Sassy Finds | Celebrating Life | Life is Peachy | Belly, Baby and Beyond | {BloggerHappy} | {BerryScrappy}| Me,Myself+2 | Fun.Fierce.Fab | Ozzy's Mom |

Dancing in Midlife Tune Life is What we Make It Chez Francine

Le bric à brac de Cherie

La Place de Cherie |

Hailey's Domain

Hailey's Beats and Bits

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Tagging: Avee, Ice, Kcee, Marie Grace and Macy

Who Needs Cisco?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Just got back from an afternoon walk with husband. It was tiring but refreshing break. After about thirty minutes of brisk stroll, we decided to rest on one of the benches around the field where we were walking. The breeze was quite a treat, having had a long day of house work for me while he had his own challenges working on a new web design project.

As we took our time, our conversation jumped from one topic to the next. He told me he needs to win a networking bid which he submitted to a local university. He was explaining how projects as such need more of his attention and time. He was emphasizing on how stiff the market these days is, when it comes to winning big projects as such. Aside from the fact that he needs all the credentials and qualifications that he has, he thinks it is also best to upgrade what he knows and get a Cisco certification the soonest possible time. More than just getting new knowledge and skills, Cisco certification will truly boost the I.T. business he has put up and worked so hard for.

As we finished our conversation, we both agreed that in this competitive world we have right now, we always need to upgrade our knowledge and skills in order to adapt. As we always quote to each other: "young tigers are leaner", which means every now and then, younger if not fresher generation always comes to replace the older ones thus we better keep up with the fast-paced world of ours.

Otherwise, what we know will be antiquated or outdated. Who wants to be obsolete? Not us.

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Our family is Catholic.

Naturally, we have frequent discussions about Christianism and Bible-related values.

This one goes beyond what I expect from my 9 year old:

Daughter 2: Mom, is it true that God is the Author of our lives?

Me: Yes, that's true. Why?

Daughter 2: So, who is the editor?

Pass the Parenting Manual please...

Lets' Paint!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

How do colors white and beige appeal to you? Dull, right? Those are the colors of our house.
When I look around our place, I am convinced it needs a repaint.
However, with escalating prices of commodities and other skyrocketing utility bills' increases, I know I need look for the most economical way to get the job done. So when browsed about this company that offers quality repainting jobs with no obligation for estimates, I got interested. Are you interested too? Click this link and learn more here.

magic lamp of luck

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Got this cool tag from Nancy . Thank you for sharing, sexy girl!

"The mighty Genie King and the beautiful Genie Princess from the magical land of Faraway are back! Upon escaping the clutches of their Evil Master after being held captive for 1000 years, the magical genies have been busy flying on their Magical Flying Carpet granting wishes and spreading love throughout the blogosphere."

And now the genies are back with special gift for everyone! Behold the sacred! With this magic lamp, your blog will enjoy good luck and fortune, warding off all things evil lurking around in the blogosphere. We would like to share this magic lamp with you so please pass on the Magic lamp of Luck to those in need of some goodluck. Remember, do not be greedy or unkind, goodluck and fortune will always be with you! Join us in this another exciting magical adventure as we spread goodwill and goodluck to one and all!

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1. Add your site(s) to the list once you have received the Magic Lamp of Luck.

2. Pass on the Magic Lamp of Luck to as many people as you like. After all, everyone needs some good luck!

3. Leave a comment HERE once you’ve passed on the Magic Lamp of Luck. Once the Genie King and Genie Princess have visited your site to make sure your links are complete and proper, you will then be added to the Master List.

4. To ensure everyone receives equal link benefit, please UPDATE your list regularly!

1-Mariuca 2-First Time Dad 3-Mariuca's Perfume Gallery 4-Emila's Illustrated Blog 5-The Other Side of Emila 6-My Sweet Escape 7-Bay Head Blog 8-Roxiticus Desperate Housewives 9-LadyJava's Lounge 10-Petty Ramblings of a Petty Queen 11-The Real Deal 12-Pinay Mommy Online 13-Perpustakaan 14-LadyJava Life's Pages 15-Make Money Online 16-Cat Tales 17-LadyJava's Food Paradise 18-Being Woman 19-Spicybug 20-Biz-N-Honey 21-Aeirin's Collections 22-Sasha Says 23-Project Heavy Traffic 24-Picture Clusters 25-My Wanderings 26-Maiylah's Snippets 27-Moments of Colours 28-Life Quest 29-BigMoneyList 30-The Best Parts 31-Morphed 32-Buhay Pinoy 33-Galatayo 34-Blogging Tips 35-Apples Of The Eyes 36-My Own Utopia 37-Sasha's Corner 38-Under One Roof 39-Say Cheese 40-A Great Pleasure 41-A Life in Bloom 42-Because Life is a Blessing 43-Digiscraptology 44-Xixi 45-Ode to Adrienne 46-CrankyDave 47-Simple Life 48-Dew Drops 49-The Journey 50-Mastering Your PC 51-Day Break 52-A Little Girl Talk 53-Mom Knows Everything 54-Day to Day 55-1 of a Kind Wis 56-It's a woman's world! 57-Breather 58-Photo Hook 59-Letterbox 60-Asian Mutt International 61-Dream Doe Philosophy 62-MommyAlehs Up-Close And Personal 63-Livin' the Life! 64-Restnrileks 65-English Corner 66-English Grammar 67-Bodybuilding & Fitness 68-Everything you need 69-One Stop Games 70-Blockbluster Movie Trailers 71-Bodybuilding & Human Growth Hormone 72-World of Tennis 73-Men's Health & Tips 74-Internet Marketing Strategy & Tips 75-Latest Technology 76-Tentang Binaraga 77-Berita Seputar Selebriti 78-Panduan Kesehatan 79-Insurance For You 80-Crissy's Zone 81-Crissy's Library 82-Crissy's Haven 83-sHeNzEe's wOrLd 84-Voice Of The Spirit 85-Best Cuisine Recipes 86-Stand My Ground 87-SeeNRead 88-This Is A Miracle 89-I AM KCAT 90-Traipsey Turvey 91-GBeX & DOm 92-Spun By A Seanachie 93-ISL Family 94-D' Cooking Mudra 95-'Story' the Great 96-UmmiRosma 97-Munirah Abd 98-Atie 99-Hit-or-Miss 100-Twisted Sister 101-Laketrees Artist 102-Blessed Sanctuary 103-Comedy Plus 104-Blogging By Sandee 105-Living Life to the Fullest 106-Speech-Less 107-Happy Life 108-My Discoveries 109-Strangely Out Of Place 110-Rooms of My Heart 111-The Paper Vision 112-Luxurious Retreats 113-Reef 114-Weekend Snapshot 115-Blessie's Finds 116-Confessions of An Army Wife 117-My Pooch Life 118-Five Martini Lunch 119-TIPS FROM THE TRAILER 120-PoeARTica 121-STAY AT HOME MOM 122-Rantings of a Woman 123-Sjtl's Weblog 124-Turn-u-Off 125-My World in My Own Word 126-Shawie 127-A New Saga 128-Janeth Vicy's Life Journey 129-Simple Reveries 130-Berry Blog 131-Touts4u 132-My So Called Life 133-La Vida es Hermosa 134-Speedcat Hollydale Page 135-mangosteenskin 136-Choc Mint Girl 137-Of Colors And Styles 138-Pinaymama's Diary 139-My Life's Rollercoaster Ride 140-My Life...My Journey! 141-Bonoriau 142-Jenny and Belle 143-Read My Mind 144-A Sweet Taste Of Life 145-Shopping Blog 146-Precious Moments 147- Eds Mommy Life 148 – Just Me.. Eds 148- My Precious Niche 149 - See me for what you will... - 150 Peaceful Mind- 151- Just the way it is...- 151- Hailey's Domain 152-Hailey's Beats and Bits

Tagging: Avee, Inaj, Ice Jen Filipino in Canada and Idealpinkrose

1.WHAT DATE IS IT?
:: July 15, 2008

2. WHAT TIME DID U WAKE UP?
:: 9:15 a.m.

3. DID U GO SOMEWHERE YESTERDAY?
:: Nope.

Just stayed home and blogged

5. HOW OLD ARE U?
:: 34 years young

6. ARE U MATURE OR IMMATURE?
:: mature when it comes to my responsibilities, but still immature in many ways.

7. WHAT DO U CALL UR MOM & DAD?
:: Mama and Papa+

8. ARE U AN ONLY CHILD?
::No. We are 8!

9. WHERE DO U GO SHOPPING?
:: Mall

10. DO U LIKE SCHOOL?
:: Yes, very much!

11. DO U LIKE BOOKS?
:: Super!

12. DO U WANT TO GET MARRIED?
:: already am for the past 11 years...

13. WITH WHOM?
:: with my ex-boyfriend

14. ARE U SPOILED?
:: I don't think so

15. WHATS THE MOST FLATTERING COMPLIMENT U EVER GOT?
:: I am sexy for a mother of 3. LOL.

16. ONLY GIRL/BOY IN THE FAMILY?
:: neither.

17. IF U WERE TO MARRY A CELEBRITY, WHO WOULD IT BE?
:: Brad Pitt, baby!

18. WOULD U LIKE TO MEET Josh Hartnett?
:: not as excited?

19. where do u think ur bestfriend is?
:: she's in the USA working for U.S. Center for Disease Control.

20. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME U TALKED TO UR BESTFRIEND?
:: Last May before she left.

21. U THINK SHE/HE NEEDS U NOW?
:: not so much but I think she needs my constant email updates.

23. WHAT DO U WANT FOR UR BIRTHDAY?
:: World peace. LOL! A new laptop and digicam.

25. IF U WERE TO BUY A CAR , WHICH CAR WOULD IT BE?
:: I already have one. But a new Toyota Alterra will not hurt.

26. A DUET WITH HEART EVANGELISTA?
:: is there no other choice?

27. DO U WEAR MAKE-UP?
:: no.

28. WHAT LIP BALM DO U USE?
:: Marks and Spencer Miracle Balm.

29. WOULD U GET A TATOO?
:: never thought about it.

30. BELLY PIERCE?
::not in this lifetime.

31. HOW MANY KIDS DO U WANT?
::3, just like what I have now.

32. DO U HAVE ANY HOMEWORK?
::yes, but been procrastinating about it.

33. ANY SONG THAT YOU’RE LISTENING?
:: none.

34. DO U BELIEVE IN SPELLS?
:: never.

35. WHERE DO U WANT TO GO NOW?
:: somewhere happy and quiet.

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Website Grader

Monday, July 14, 2008

Liza's blog has this so I tired searching for my blog. It is interesting to know specific details regarding my blog. Website Grader is such a reliable source when it comes to recent updates and quantitative analysis of my blog.
Here are the details I found regarding my blog:

Website Grade 93 (out of 100) A website grade of 93/100 for brainbitsandbeats.blogspot.com means that of the hundreds of thousands of websites that have previously been evaluated, our algorithm has calculated that this site scores higher than 93% of them in terms of its marketing effectiveness. The algorithm uses a proprietary blend of over 50 different variables, including search engine data, website structure, approximate traffic, site performance, and others.

Google Page Rank 2

Google Indexed Pages 668

Traffic Rank 199,805

Blog Rank 3,814 This blog currently has a Technorati rank of 3,814, which puts it in the top 0.01% of blogs tracked by Technorati.

Inbound Links 12,675

del.icio.us Bookmarks 0

A. Domain Info : Most experts agree that you should register your domain for a long time, because search engines factor domain "stability" when looking at your pages.

Domain Age: 7 years, 11 months, 14 days

Time To Expiration: 2 years, 16 days

B. Google PageRank: 2

C. Google Indexed Pages: 668

D. Last Google Crawl Date: July 08, 2008 @ 03:36 AM

E. Traffic Rank: Top 0.65 %

F. Inbound Links: 12,675

G. DMOZ Directory: Found

H. Yahoo! Directory: Found

I. ZoomInfo: Found

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Getting Better

Monday, July 14, 2008

Last Saturday, my husband and I went to a program. We were invited to this kind of program for about fifth time already. Before this one, we were always having reasons not to accept invitations like this. It was not because we did not want to, but because there were truly valid reasons for us not to be able to.
Years back, we were very young parents in our early twenties. More than just being young and both busy with our works,our babies were coming non-stop thus we seemed to have never enough time changing diapers and wiping milk spills. Imagine, we had 3 babies in five years in our early twenties!
Anyway, since we found the timing quite right, these days ( babies have grown to ages 10, 9 and 6)plus the fact that this program can help us; for one reason that i want a better marriage.
The first session was good enough. It was nice meeting new people and different couples.Strangely though, we were one of the youngest couple around.
I believe this will improve our relationship as a couple and our faith as individuals. Whatever will happen later, I know it is for good. Just like what Emergent Church offers, it is always for some optimistic results. If you need help, find a church in Rancho Santa Fe surely it will help.


Do you believe in blessings?

I do.

In fact, when life hits me with blows, I start to count my blessings...

Most of the time, I view blessings as life's perks and surprises. Something that can jolt me and snap me back to the reality that despite odds and ends of today's life, blessings are here to spice my life and make me look up to say: Thank you, God.

Blessings come in different packages. Be it small or big or grand, they give me reasons to be thankful and believe that Someone greater than my abilities and intelligence is in charge of the Grand Plan beyond my comprehension.

Blessings remind me that no plans, no strategies or even analysis of life's intricacies can ever make me comprehend or control what tomorrow brings.

So, got a pen? Count your blessings!



(picture from thoughtful-caregiver.com)

The Big Read

Friday, July 11, 2008

I snagged this from Vina's blog. Thanks girl! I found this list as highly intellectual.

The directions are simple:
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible - the all time bestseller
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - I've read a lot but I swear I've forgotten most of it - was a Shakespeare fanatic back in high school
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell <-- only the movie, hahaha!
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - tried to but feel asleep haha
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh - saw the movie but gotta go back to Book Sale and see if they still have the book
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - scanned through it lang
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen - my personal favorite among the Austen books
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - got the dvd movie only
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins - my sis likes this a lot
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - yes!
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - my sixth grade book report!
68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Guess I need to read more.

Shoshanna, Arlene and Ice can you tag along?

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It has been a boring week for me but definitely a domesticated one. I seem to be doing the laundry endlessly, yet the laundry baskets never get empty. Or do they?
My mood swings have been constant and i just hate it when it affects the girls. I just can't help but snap or raise my voice more frequent than necessary.
It has been four months since I took my leave of absence from work and still I have not felt that rest I need to make. Chores never stop. Household issues and concerns keep cropping up. Dishes keep on piling and dust never seems to leave the house no matter how I clean up. I do not know how to say it but I know sooner I have to make life-changing decisions which hopefully will give long-term positive effect to everyone in the household.

For now, I just found out I am a spoon.




You Are a Spoon



You are a well rounded, balanced person.

You are friendly and welcoming. You get along with everyone.



You are easy going and laid back. You don't have any hang ups.

Non judgmental and accepting, you are a comfort to people around you.



This survey reminds me that hours from now, dirty dishes have to be washed again, again and again.

Wanted: Mommy Bloggers

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mommies are great people. I swear!

Not just because I am one of them, but because they truly are sources of limitless love.

Why? Let me count the ways...

They love unconditionally. Which means there are no if's or buts included, they just love. Period.

Kisses and touches are like first aid kits to mend wounded knees and scraped elbows. Trust me I am a living proof.

Mommies understand what sacrifices mean. We know that truly, "sacrifice" is more than just a word in the dictionary.

Sleepless nights and tiredness are no match for the workload that await Mommies the following day.

Day in and day out, Mommies love for runny noses and tear-filled eyes will never fail.

Mommies are kids' greatest fan and the best hired photographers for every move and motions their kids make. Rain or shine, fireworks or none, Mommies will take pictures and keep albums from births to wedding days.

From first to last alley of the supermarkets, Mommies will scour for the most nutritious, most delicious and cheapest food their kids can ever have to grow healthy and strong despite the fact that no one looks or checks that they are doing so.

Most of all, Mommies are willing to put down their power suits and stilettos in exchange for maternity dresses and sneakers just to make sure that babies grow up as responsible adults later.

And right now, those Mommies who chose to stay at home to be with their kids are the best bloggers this world can ever have! Truly, madly, I believe I am one of them. So for Mommies like me who chose to stay home with my kids while waiting for them to be big enough to be on their own: let's blog! It is not just our families who want us but also SocialSpark.

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Last.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Grabbed this one from this blog and grabbed it.

LAST PERSON YOU HUGGED: My youngest girl.

LAST CAR RIDE: Last night from a birthday party.

LAST TIME YOU CRIED?: About three weeks ago.

LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED: 21.

LAST FOOD YOU ATE: Grilled (with ground meat) sandwich.

LAST SHIRT WORN: Boracay shirt.

LAST PHONE CALL: My husband.

LAST TEXT MESSAGE: I forgot.

LAST THING YOU TOUCHED: PC mouse.

LAST TIME AT THE MALL: Three weeks ago.

LAST TIME YOU WERE EXCITED FOR SOMETHING: The other day when a prayer was answered, miraculously.

LAST THING YOU DRANK? H2O.

LAST PERSON THAT BROKE YOUR HEART: I chose to forget.

LAST TIME YOU WERE REALLY HONESTLY HAPPY: The other day when a prayer was answered, miraculously.

Works for Me

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Is it bad to think unlike others do? Is it wrong to be out of the mold, rather than just be a face in the multitude? I do not have the answers right now. There are many times, however, that I think I am a non-conformist when it comes to some of life's paradigm. I so not say that it brings me riches and glory for being so. No. It is just that I am simply out of the bend or curve.
Let me be more specific in explaining this point.

When it comes to rearing my children I take the unconventional route. First, I let them answer back in the middle of arguments. No matter how unintelligible their words are in between sobs, I let them do the talking.I think it is better than letting them bury their hurts.

Second, I let them explore things the like to do. Messy house means busy people doing their own things. I do not let the mess trouble me. Books are everywhere, papers are accessible and toys are in every corner of the house. These things have to be done now or else they will be out of the house sooner than I expected.

Third, I chose to educate them in the most non-traditional way. Believe me, for 8 years there were no textbooks and workbooks. There were only story books and a few worksheets.It worked. Now they appear to be "not bored" with text and reads anything they get their hands into. There were lots and lots of projects, experiments, discoveries and discussions that went along.

Guess, when they grow older we will take the unusual route and enroll to something like what Nouveau Riche University offers. At Nouveau Riche University they will be free to decide how to do their own program in the most convenient way. Nouveau Riche University will give my kids the freedom to choose their career path to create wealth rather than be boxed into something they are not.