December 23, 2014


Two days to go and we will celebrate one of the most awaited holidays of the year -  CHRISTMAS! I know that most had already their Christmas parties at work and I just want to share some of the highlights in our parties.

The Main Office held the party on December 13. Our division joined the presentation contest. Unfortunately, we are not one of the 3 that placed the competition.
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December 22, 2014

Herbal Plant: Mulberry

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Mulberry Bush

Few weeks ago, we visited a poultry farm due to some complaints regarding the feeds delivered to the farm.

During conversation with the farm owner, I noticed a very familiar plant in front of their office. So I asked one of the farm personels if that plant is really the one I know and it was confirmed, it was a Mulberry plant.

I picked some fruits and eat it. I am not aware that the farm owner saw me eating the berries and asked me, “Marunong ka pala kumain nyan?”.

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Mulberry Fruits
This plant has been one of my favorites way back to our home town. This was very common in our vicinity because of the Silk Worm Production where leaves are used as food by the worms.

The farm owner further told us that the plant came from China which is the reason for having a larger berries compared to the one I used to eat. He also added that there are lots of health benefits we can get from the plant. I researched on health benefits of Mulberry and here are some of its the healing galing powers.

From Wikifitness: 

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Diabetes - Flavonoids present in mulberries proves best food to prevent sharp rise and fall of sugar level in the patient. So it is effective to prevent the complication in diabetes patient due to sugar level spike.
Heart Health - Eating mulberries prove beneficial to the heart. It strengthens the nervous system and reduces bad cholesterol thus prevent blockage in the flow of blood. So it is effective to prevent heart attack and stroke.
Immune System - Mulberry is rich in Vitamin C which increases immunity to fight against common disease like cold, flu or any infections.
Eye Vision - Eating mulberries improve eye vision. It also protects the eye from free radicals which is the cause of eyesight loss and retina degeneration.
Hair - Eating mulberries strengthen, nourishes and promote hair growth. It is used to prevent early graying of hair.
Brain -  Mulberries are best brain tonic to increase memory and promotes healthy brain.
Blood Purifier - Mulberries are best blood purifier. It also improves blood circulation.
Constipation - Mulberries are rich in fiber which improves digestion thus prevent constipation.

From Stylecraze:

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1. Cures Certains Diseases
2. Prevents Cancers
3. Reduces Risk Of Blood Clots And Strokes
4. Cleanses Blood
5. Cleanses Liver And Strengthens Kidney
6. Prevents Flu And Cold
7. Speeds Up Recovery
8. Controls Blood Sugar
9. Maintains Heart Health
10. Controls Cholesterol
11. Enhances Appetite
12. Enhances Immunity
13. Improves Vision
14. Anti-Ageing Properties
15. Clears Skin
16. Rejuvenates Skin
17. Treats Skin Problems
18. Treats Dry And Sensitive Skin
19. Makes Skin Soft And Radiant
20. Rejuvenates Hair Folicles
21. Promotes Hair Growth
22. Retains Hair’s Natural Colour

Though there are lots of health benefits that we can get from Mulberry, anything in excess will be dangerous. Since mulberries are high in potassium, it might give any discomfort especially those who have kidney problems. 

Are you familiar with this plant?
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December 17, 2014

Taiwan Excellence Helps Filipino Mothers Create Excellent Lifestyles at Home

Eight day to go and its Christmas time already. Before its too late, Taiwan Excellence Campaign has some gift suggestions for mothers.

From the press release:

Mothers always know best. They are the heart of the family—comforting, nurturing, and loving each family member. They take pains to create a happy and healthy home, embracing many roles: that of a cook, a nanny, a janitor, a nurse, a driver, a doctor, a teacher.

At home or away from the confines of the house, they continue to embrace their multiple roles, juggling their responsibilities masterfully. All mothers desire the same thing for their families: only the best products that they  could get for their loved ones for them to have a wonderful and excellent life.
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I Want a Foldable Bicycle

Yesterday, Matt had an educational trip to Laguna area. We left the school at around 6:30am and we need to be at the first destination - Jose Rizal's Home in Calamba, Laguna at around 9:00am. Unfortunately, we arrived the first destination at around 11:30am.

The main reason is TRAFFIC! We were caught in traffic at EDSA. Imagine, just passing the Kamuning fly-over took us about an hour.

With the increase number of vehicles travelling in EDSA, it is time for us to check for alternatives in order to avoid the traffic rush in the metro. One thing I have in mind is taking bicycle. Aside from getting away of the vehicle-congested roads, there are also other benefits that you can get in choosing this alternative.

Healthy Mind and Body - Riding the bicycle is one of the best workouts both cardiovascular and muscle-toning exercise burning more calories and strengthening different muscle groups. This also helps you clear's one head before going to work making you more concentrate on your work.
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December 8, 2014

Christmas Wishlist: A Short Update

Christmas is fast approaching. Have you already completed your gift list or does someone already granted some of your wishlist? If not, you might be included in the naughty list by your Santa Claus. Just kidding.

There are four items in my Christmas Wishlist for this year. All belongs to electronics and gadgets. Last month, I already had one of the items in the list - a new smart phone. Another item in the list will be slashed down this month - the LED TV. Mommy and I already eyed the unit to be purchased soon but we are still considering some things before buying a new television unit.

First, our Christmas Party will be held next week. Who might know, we can bring home a new TV from the raffle draw. Asa mode lang. 

Second, I am waiting for my credit card cut-off so it will appear on my statement on January 2015 and will be paid in February 2015. #smartbuying.

Lastly, we haven't decided where it will be placed; on table-top or wall mount.

One thing for sure about this - the new TV will materialized before the year ends.
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December 4, 2014

HomePage Text Link Blogger Opportunity

My fellow bloggers!

Sharing with you a free blogger opportunity

An Advertiser is looking for a package deal of homepage text links, price range typically from $20-60 for 6-month placement, depending on page stats (page authority/page rank/domain authority). They are posting family-friendly links for their network of fertility and pregnancy content-based sites.

It's a simple text link on your blog side bar and they will provide you with easy instruction to follow. 

Fill up this form to sign up. You may register all your blogs. Once approved, the advertiser will directly contact you through the email address you will provide on the registration form.

Payment is a bliss. No sign up fee or anything.
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December 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: No More Matthew Jumping on the Bed

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to
allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong,
allow them to experience life on their own terms,
allow them to take the subway...
let them be better people,
let them believe more in themselves.”
-C. JoyBell C

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December 1, 2014

Healthier Substitutes for Food Cravings

Have you experienced that at the middle of the day, you want to eat something? How about wanting to munch some food but it is not available at the moment? One common reaction you will hear is: “Naglilihi ka ba?”. Well, you are in the state of CRAVING.

Craving is an indicator that there are something wrong in our body. Some reasons for experiencing this condition are dehydration, nutrient deficiency, hormonal imbalance, emotional stress, and the "yin/yang" imbalance. (MindBodyGreen)
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November 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Look-up! Look-up!

Here is a #throwbackthursday of Mommy and me.

At The Block #lookup #selfie
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November 24, 2014

Are You Qualified to Share Your Blood?

As I mentioned on blood donation post, not all are eligible to share their blood even some are very willing to help save lives. Being qualified in donating blood is a good sign of having a good health. Here are the basic requirements to help you decide whether you are qualified or not:

16-65 years old can donate blood. However, 16 and 17 years old nees to have parenta constent before allowing to have their blood shared.

You must be at least 110 pounds or approximately 50 kilos.
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November 22, 2014

Taiwan Excellence: Made to Enjoy Christmas Contest

Exactly 35 days to go before Christmas. Have you already completed the gift in your list that you need to buy? If not yet, Taiwan Excellence recognizes know that Christmas is a special time for us, Filipinos. Because of this, they want to help complete one's Grown-up Christmas List by their on-going Christmas Promo entitled "Made to Enjoy Christmas Contest" because they ..

Taiwan Excellence will help Filipinos show their love and appreciation. Participant will have the freedom to choose high-quality, Taiwan-made products as a gift for their love ones.

Brands know for their excellence worldwide, from technology to health and medical products to home and living,  for their reliability and innovative designs will participate in the said promo.

Mechanics for the contest is very easy. All you need is to remember: REGISTER and SHARE. No purchase is necessary in joining the contest. This will run from September 28 to November 23, 2014.

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November 21, 2014

Lego® Collection from Shell PH

Few months ago, I had my change oil in Shell and got a free Glade Air Freshener. On Wednesday, I am so excited that another promo is happening in Shell. They are giving Lego® Collection for a corresponding purchases including Shell Helix Oil.

The one I Got (Taken from Instagram)
I know Matthew will be happy to see a new car as a reward for his excellent quarterly exam results. Unfortunately, I didn’t handed the said toy to him because of his behavior in class that his teacher reported two days ago.

What would you expect from a 4-year-old boy? Makulit talaga lalo na at mag-isa pa lang siya at wala masaydong kalaro sa bahay. But the reported one is different. I don’t know if Mommy will share it on her Momaye’s Diary blog.

This is not to punish him but Mommy and I would like to let him realize the consequences of such behavior in class.
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November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Birds

“The bird dares to break the shell,
then the shell breaks open and the bird can fly openly.
This is the simplest principle of success.
You dream, you dare and and you fly.”
- Israelmore Ayivor

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November 17, 2014

Why Give Blood to Philippine Red Cross?

Chemist Dad: A Proud Donor (Taken from Instagram)

Last Friday, our company had a Blood Letting Activity assisted by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). Upon knowing that we will have the said activity, I didn’t hesitate in donating my blood because this will be the first time for me.

Also, donating blood can be a sign of having good health. According to PRC representative during the pre-orientation, not everyone can donate blood. There are others that are willing to give theirs but some are not capable due to some health reasons (hypertension, anemia, etc.)

What are the benefits of blood donation?

Improves overall cardiovascular health.
Blood donation helps reduce the level of iron in the blood reducing the risk of heart disease. Studies showed that chances of heart attack and stroke were also reduced. Furthermore, high amounts of iron in the blood is also linked to some type of cancers.
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November 15, 2014

New Cellphone, Check!

One of the items on my Christmas Wishlist is a new cellphone but I was hesitant to buy a new one since I still have the company phone issued to me two years ago and it works very fine. Just thinking “practicality”.

Until last month, Mommy already convinced me to buy a new. She told me that I need a smartphone, kahit pinakasimple lang, since I need to check on my e-mails regularly which my old cellphone could not provide. At isa pa, it has been almost 8 years the last time I bought a new phone.

While waiting for the salesman to bring my new phone for testing, Mommy is searching for a possible unit to buy on December. I told her, “Kung gusto mo, kumuha ka na din ng bago mong cellphone.”

Unfortunately, the upon testing the unit she picked is not functioning and no other stocks in the store available that time. So I told her, why not to get the same unit I got. Konti na lang naman na ang idadagdag sa price.
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November 13, 2014

Throwback Thrusday: Sleeping Beauty 2

In one of my posts, I shared a sleeping photo of mine captured by one of my college classmates.

Last week, while browsing the photos in my hard disk, I saw another sleeping photo, this time taken by Mommy using her cell-phone.

This shot was taken while having a short nap during our lunch break. Actually, I can easily fall into sleep kahit nakaupo or nakadukdok lang sa table. Sabi nga nila: "Masandal lang ang likod, tulog."

I can't remember if Mommy showed me this photo when I woke-up.

Have you been a victim of sleeping photos too?
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November 9, 2014

Taiwan Excellence: Excellent Lifesyles in the Philippines

Many of us, Filipinos, have a great interest on imported products from American and European Countries believing that such products have a better quality compared to others. On the other hand, when it comes to Asian countries, some give less importance on such products especially the China-made. Many have a great scare due to the past issues of melamine and heavy metal contamination (lead and mercury for example).

To reduce such scare, Taiwan launches a campaign here in our country named as “Taiwan Excellence” organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bureau of Foreign Trade, R.O.C. The aim of this project is to bring around 175 products of 56 top quality brands of Taiwan to the local market. The products cover the field of information and communication technologies, home and living, and sports like Acer, Asus, BenQ, Draytek, HCG, KingCom, KW Trio, Kymco, MSI, Silicon Power, Sym, Transcend, and others.
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October 22, 2014

The Advantages of Reward Cards

I used to keep membership cards of different establishments where we visit regularly. What makes me keep such cards in my wallet? Of course, the privileges and the freebies for the cardholders. Though there are other cards available, I used to decline some of them because of annual membership fees. Also, we rarely visit some of those establishments.

Here are the cards I keep in my wallet:

BDO Rewards Card – I earned points from banking as well as purchases in SM and other partner establishments like Toy Kingdom, Watson, Ace Hardware. Now, even Waltermart Supermarket accepts the said card. Each point is equivalent to one peso and these points can be used to pay on your purchases.

Jollibee Happy Plus Card – Our company issued me a StarCard from Caltex. Because of this, I avail the Happy Plus Card of Jollibee. You can earn points by fueling up at Caltex. Every 50-peso purchase will give you 1 point. Like BDO Rewards, every point is equivalent to 1 peso where you can use as payment for any food items at Jollibee and its affiliates (Mang Inasal, Chowking, Greenwich and Red Ribbon).
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October 21, 2014

Movie Sharing: Miracle in Cell No.7

Photo Source: Wikipedia

Few weeks ago, I heard that this movie will be aired in Tagalized version in GMA 7. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see it.

When one of our colleagues mentioned that she has a copy of it, I immediately asked if I can have a copy too. Last week, I was able to watched it.

This heartwarming fils is starred by Ryu Seung-ryong, Kal So-won and Park Shin-hye.

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October 20, 2014

Matt’s Recent School Activities

Aside from work, we’ve been also busy in Matt’s school activities. Mommy mentioned in Momaye’s Diary that Matt will join the APRISM’s 1st Sportsfest and Cultural Competition as their school’s representative in vocal solo – Pre-Elementary Level.

I admit that I was also nervous, which is normal to parents like me, as he walks on the stage and started singing. Surprisingly, he did well unlike during his practice at home that he wasn’t that serious.

Matt singing "Kung Hindi Ikaw"
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October 17, 2014

Simple Token From Pilpinas Teleserv

Good to be back! After almost a month, finally, I was able to give a short update.

Two weeks ago, I received a message from Pilipinas Teleserv asking for my mailing address for they will be sending a simple token in celebration of their 14th anniversary. I tried to search what is Pilipinas Teleserv first. Mahirap na magbigay basta-basta ng address. It is where I requested a NSO copy of our Marriage Certificate.
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September 29, 2014

On Senior Citizen’s Benefits at Jollibee

Just like I mentioned two Sundays ago, we had our lunch at Jollibee and tried to use my MIL’s privilege of being a senior citizen.

It goes like this:

I reloaded an amount of 700 to my Happy Plus Card fisrt so I can earn extra points upon purchase of our food. Then I ordered set meal (good for 4 persons) which consists of 1 bucket chicken (8 pcs), 4 spaghetti, 4 regular fries and 4 regular drinks worth 699 and shown MIL's senior citizen ID.
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September 26, 2014

Family Day Sunday: Father and Son Bonding

After attending the mass, Mommy together with MIL went to the doctor’s clinic for the check-up while Matt and I went to World of Fun in Waltermart, Sta. Maria, Bulacan to spent a Father and Son Bonding.

After I bought tokens, Matt was not beside me and found him already riding on the mini-train which he called “Thomas” waiting for me to put the first token on the slot.

Matt in the train
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September 24, 2014

Short Post on Parabens

Few weeks ago, Mommy told me that there is one brand of multivitamins for growing kids that contains paraben. Yes, paraben, the one that is commonly found in cosmetics products. We immediately read the label of what Matthew is using. We felt relieved when we found out that there are no such compound his multivitamins.

Parabens are commonly used as cosmetic preservatives like shampoos, moisturizers, gels, make-ups and toothpaste as preservatives and even used as food additives. Again, FOOD ADDITIVES.
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September 22, 2014

Accidental Tour on Calamba Baywalk

On my visit at the house of  Rizal’s, I accidentally landed on Calamba Baywalk. I was looking for a parking area near the Rizal’s house ng medyo nakaramdam ng tawag ng kalikasan. I kept on driving in search for a gasoline station. I also saw a sign board that the same road leads to this place. I got excited and since the Rizal’s house is still close that time, I decided to take a short look of the Baywalk.

I was excited as I go near the place because of the full view of Mt. Makiling. But when I reached the place, my first reaction is: “Eto na ba yun? Parang napabayaan na ang lugar.” Most of the lights in the post are already broken, vandalism is just a common thing on the walls and posts, and the water in the lake is already black.
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September 20, 2014

Re-visiting Rizal’s House at Calamba, Laguna

It was our college days (educational trip in Social Science) when I first visited the Rizal’s House in Calamba, Laguna. On September 11, after almost decade and a half, I got a chance to revisit the said place. Buti nalang holiday sa Bulacan.

The house is on the opposite side of this Street Mark.
The house is located at the corner of J.P. Rizal and Mercado Street. One landmark near the place is the very huge clay pot with the names of different Baranggays of Calamba.

The house is open to public free of charge (you can leave some donation) from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday. You just have sign in the huge visitor's logbook.
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September 12, 2014

Family Day Sundays: Busy at the Kitchen

Its Friday again and I forgot to post how our previous weekend was. Here it is:

We opted to stay at home though we went out to attend the mass and take a short trip to the nearby Robinson’s Supermarket and the rest of the day was spent at home especially at the kitchen. Yes, the kitchen was busy with us - Mommy and I working in my favorite laboratory.

I cooked pan-grilled liempo and buttered corn for our lunch. After a short rest from lunch, time to work in the kitchen again.

First, I made a supposed-to-be velvet cupcakes but didn’t came out as what is expected. Sabi nga ni Mommy:Magconcetrate ka na lang sa cheesecakes and cookies.” I have to agree. I already made several attempts in making cupcakes but I cannot get the perfect mixture.
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September 9, 2014

Matt and the New Lightning McQueen Crochet Hat

Remember Matt’s Lightning McQueen Hat I finished just in time last Christmas? He gave it to one of his cousins in Cagayan. Since then, he is using his red hat given by Mama and Papa. 

Last week, since there are only few made-to-order crochet items, I decided to make him another hat. This, time, I made some variations compared to the previous one.
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September 5, 2014

Movie Sharing: Maybe This time

It might be a rainy this coming weekends and staying at home is a better option. As of now, we haven't planned where to go and what to do. I think I need to have a copy of another movie to watch.

Speaking of movie, few weeks ago, we watched anothe box office film starred by Sarah Geronimo and Coco Martin -  “Maybe This Time”. Though it is only a camrip copy, pwede nang pagtyagaan.
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September 2, 2014

Matthew: The Future MVP

With the rampant innovation in technology, kids become more techie at a younger age. This lessens their physical activities where some resulted to obesity. This also affects their behavior. They become less patient because they are used to have a fast-paced transition acquired from the gadgets they played and watching TV. As parents we are still responsible to engage them into some physical activities.

Over the weekends, we are supposed to go to Nueva Ecija but Matthew got sick the day before our planned trip. So, Mama and Papa visited us here in Bulacan na lang. They bought Matthew a new basketball ring which I temporarily installed at home and of course, new toy cars.
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August 31, 2014

Weekend Reflection: Do I need to Complain?

There are times when I wake up in the morning, I feel lazy getting out of bed. Thinking that it will be the same routine again – home-work-home. Minsan nakakasawa na. But I need to force myself and think that it will be another day full of blessings.

There are also times, I keep on complain on myself. Asking all the why’s especially at work.

Bakit sa akin ia-assign e hindi ko naman trabaho?
Bakit ako kaagad ang lalapitan kapag may problem?
Bakit lahat na lang ng tanong ako ang dapat may sagot?

And many more…
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August 28, 2014

“Momless” Days for Matt and I

Last week, Mommy had a 3-day seminar in KL. On these days, I was the Mom and Dad for our Little Bossing which became a great father-and-son bonding. Will it be the same aso’t pusa for the two of us or it will be different?

On the first day, as expected, Matt is hyperactive. When I arrived home, he was playing  with one of our neighbors. He immediately asked me where's Mommy after seeing I was alone in the car. I told him she was in KL and asked him to behave while she was not around Good that he obeyed everything I asked him to do. Unlike when Mommy’s around, hyper talaga. Just like what his Ate Jeni said “Ganyan lang naman po sya kapag anjan ang Mommy nya.”
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August 18, 2014

Movie Sharing: Starting Over Again

I am not that much of watching local movies because most of it have the same plot and ending. But whenever I heard nice comments or a box office hit, I will try to have a copy and watch it.

Recently, I downloaded a clear copy of Starting Over Again. Aside from the box office hit, according to some reviews, the ending is different from the usual "they lived happily ever after". This caught my interest in viewing the film.
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August 14, 2014


Entitled McArthur is the 6th book, if not mistaken, of Bob Ong. This is also known as the Red Book. Thinking why entitled this way? Just read the book. Medyo unsanitary kasi ung description. But I think it is very shallow and there is a deeper meaning for choosing the title.

The book is all about a man named Noel taking nursing in one of the known universities in Metro Manila. Unfortunately, he caught into peers and learned how to use illegal drugs to escape from life’s reality.
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August 11, 2014

Math-you and My Destiny

Photo Source: GMA
One of telenovelas that we are waiting everynight is GMA’s “My Destiny” starred by Tom Rodriguez and Carla Abellana.

Tom played the role of Matthew and Carla played Grace. Since then, our “little bossing” Matthew claimed to be him. He used to play the guitar while singing the theme song.
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August 7, 2014

My Early Christmas Wishlist

Earlier, I heard that it is only 140 days to go before Christmas, then countdown was followed by a Christmas song. With this, something popped out of my mind. What would be included in my wishlist this Christmas?

Here are just some.

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Review
Photo Source:

New Camera Lens – macro or zoom lens will do. I already saw one at SM last Sunday - Tamron 70-300mm lens.
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August 4, 2014

The Best Coffee Breaks are Back Promo

For the past 5 years of having HSBC card, I finally avail one of their promos. I redeemed 2 glass of Tiramisu Frappuccino from Strabucks in exchange of my charge slips last Saturday.

Starbucks Tiramisu Frappuccino
For HSBC Card owners, don't throw away those charge slips and you might avail the same freebie.
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July 25, 2014

Bob Ong’s ABNKKBSNPLAko The Movie

I knew Bob Ong by receiving text quotations from friends. This made me curious who he is? When I got a job, is one of my goals, to buy a book of him. The first book I bought is ABNKKBSNPLAko or more known as the Green Book. After reading that it, I got interested other books. The only one I haven’t read is the latest entitled “Lumayo Ka Nga sa Akin”.

ABNKKBSNPLAko Movie poster (Photo Source)
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July 22, 2014

Wishlist: Graduation Ring

Source: urban bohemian
Way back in college, one of my professors is offering her co-teachers a customized college ring. I also check the price and since then, it was my dream to own one after I got work and started earning for my own. However, after 11 years of working, I still haven’t got mine.
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July 21, 2014

Acquire Documents thru NSOHelpline

Last week, I need to get a copy of our marriage certificate from NSO. Though I can get it from the nearest releasing office, which is NSO-East Avenue QC, I need to go there twice. First is to request, second is to pick up the requested document. Because of this, I opt to get it thru online. It is easy as 1-2-3 but you need to pay extra for the . In 2-3 working days, it will be delivered at your doorstep.

Here are the step in getting your documents online:
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July 18, 2014

Like Father, Like Son: Laptop and Crochet

Matt got interested in his educational computer toy (purchased by Mommy from Lazada) again.

Before we left home for work one morning, he reminded me: “Daddy, yung battery ng laptop ko ha?”. When we arrived home from work, he excitedly asked: “Daddy, yung battery ng laptop ko, nasan na?” while searching it from my bag.

Happily, he asked me to install immediately in his laptop. At first it didn’t work since one of the springs is already corroded due to the leak from the old battery that was not removed few months ago. I just scratched the spring and voila! His laptop works again.
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July 16, 2014

Fuel for Chow

On our trip to Nueva Ecija last weekend, I noticed tarpaulins in Caltex stations that you can get free Chowking meals in three easy steps: 
Source: Caltex Philippines

Aside from earning Happy Plus points everytime I refill Scarlet’s tank, I can also have free meals for every required amount of fuel. I can consume the required amount for less than two weeks. This means that I can get lots of free items for the entire promo duration. A very nice way to treat everyone.
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July 11, 2014

Hand Mixer Review

3D 4-Speed Hand Mixer 

Just what I mentioned in my Father's Day Gift post, my new adventures will not be that complete for an oven alone. Mabisyo na masyado.  And to complete the package, Mommy allowed me to have this hand mixer.

The package includes two stainless steel interchangeable beaters ideal for whipping, stirring, mixing and beating. 
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July 7, 2014

Change Oil = Car Freshener

One of the most important car care routine is the change oil and I had mine last Friday.

I was asked the technician to use engine oil that will be changed after hitting another 5000 kilometers in the odometer but the technician offered me to use the one for 7000 km to avail of the free car freshener. Without second thought, I agreed and here’s what I got:
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July 4, 2014

Matt’s Funny Faces and Lines

Whenever I took photos at home – dishes, MTOs and others, Matt will immediately approach me and say: “Daddy ako naman picturan mo.” To please him, I will divert the glass to him and take few shots but he will never look at the lens and make a nice pose. Instead he will do wacky faces or sometimes look in different direction. Kanino kaya nagmana? I will post a throwback photos next week as a proof.

Here are some of his wacky photos:
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July 3, 2014

Early Retirement Plans

We are already on our 30s. As early as now, there are times that we are planning our early retirement. If God permits, we are planning to take a rest from work at the age of 40. At this age, we can have a longer time to rest and enjoy life rather than consuming most of your entire years working.

But the main concern is: “What will be our source of income?” There are still bills to pay. Aside from that, Matt is still in school and needs ample amount for his tuition fees and other expenses.

Here are some solutions I had in mind:
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July 2, 2014

Imarflex 3-in-1 Convection and Rotisserie Oven Review

As promised, here is my review for the Father’s day gift and long-wished oven.

When I saw this oven in the appliance center, I told Mommy that we are going to get this one. Why? The stainless steel design or casing is very nice and elegant for a price bit higher compared to the one I saw in the internet.

Imarflex Oven with stainless steel exterior

The oven is very spacious having a 30-liter capacity. You can place two layers of pan at the same time. Also, you can roast whole chicken. Haven't tried though.

You can position the trays at different levels

The temperature setting ranges from 100-250ºC. However, the dial doesn't have enough graduation for setting the temperature. For example, I am using 175 ºC, I will just place the dial in the middle of 150 and 200 and you are not sure if you are hitting the correct setting.

With the dial-type function selector, you can choose what heating rod will work, top, bottom or both. The heating rod automatically shuts off upon reaching the desired temperature. There is also an option for the blower to convert the unit into a convection oven (ideal for baking) or turbo broiler (for roasting). Speaking of roasting, there is a rotisserie function. Skewer is included in the package.

It has a self timer where you can set up to 60-minutes and has a signal once cooking time set is finished.

Dial-type selector for temperature, function and timer

With a tampered clear glass door and interior lighting, you can check while baking without opening the unit.

Cleaning is not a problem. It has a removable crumble pan (the lowest tray in the photo below) that catches drippings and other materials that might spills while cooking or baking. Wiping any dirt inside is easy since the interior cavity is coated with crystalline Teflex.

Brand: Imarflex
Model: IT-300CRS
Capacity: 30L
Price: 4995PhP

Next to review is the Hand Mixer.

Tip from the salesperson: Do not force to turn the timer back to zero when baking is already done. Just turn the selector "OFF", unplug the unit and just let the timer run. This is the common cause of timer dial breakdown.
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June 30, 2014

No More Plastics in Bulacan…Is This Happening?

In my post on banning the use of plastics in entire Bulacan, I was happy because this will make a great impact in our environment. Let us see what happened more than a year after I posted about this or should I say implementation of the said provincial ordinance.

The soon I read and saw the notices around our area, I asked our suking vegetable stall in Sta. Maria if they are aware with the new ordinance and the vendor just answered: “Oo, pero madami pa kaming plastic.” Given that they are just consuming their stocks since the rules were just came out for implementation. However, until now, they are still using plastics as packaging and this is in every stall in the market. Are their stocks really that much to use plastic until now?
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June 20, 2014

The Old Grandfather & The Grandson

I was searching for a quotations about a grandfather and a grandson for my Captured Moment's "Family Day Sunday" contribution on the other blog when I read this very heart-pounding story:

The Old Grandfather and His Grandson
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Once upon a time there was a very, very old man. His eyes had grown dim, his ears deaf, and his knees shook. When he sat at the table, he could scarcely hold a spoon. He spilled soup on the tablecloth, and, beside that, some of his soup would run back out of his mouth.
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June 18, 2014

Outing 2014 @ Bethel Hotspring Resort

Just before the summer ends, we held our organization's yearly outing on the last day of May and first day of June (medyo late post na ito). We tried to book our outing mid of May but this is the only day that our preferred resort is available.  We had our outing for two months. May and June. Corny!

This time we headed south. A private resort in Pansol, Calamba, Laguna – Bethel Hot Spring Resort. We pick this private resort since it has the capacity that can accommodate us. It can house up to 50 guests and the place is really nice.
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June 17, 2014

Lemon Grass or Citronella?

One mean to drive insects away is by planting herbal plants at home and one of the famous is citronella.

Mommy and I were discussing that we can make our own insect sprays from these plants by extracting its oil. Naalala ko tuloy bigla ang undergraduate thesis ko. I extracted the active components from the roots of Duranta plant and use this to test it it has anti-tumor properties.

The question is, where will I get the citronella plant? Then I searched the net on how it looks like. It is just like a lemon grass or tanglad. So I searched on what are the differences between the two.
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June 14, 2014

An Early Father’s Day Gift

Tomorrow we will salute our Papa, Daddy, Dad, Tatay, Erpat or whatever we call them.

Because of this celebration, I received an early gift last Thursday. This has been in my wishlist since last year and it is time to slash it out. Can anyone guess what is it?
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June 10, 2014

On 2014 FIFA World Cup Team + Tmart

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One of the most awaited game events in the world is the FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil on June 12, 2014 and will last until July 13, 2014.
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