Thursday, July 31, 2008

Be an IT Professional

Eversince our company's management changed, a lot of employees have resigned and planning to resign as well. This is because they feel unsecured with their employment and worried about their career growth. Some of my fellow Analysts decided to take up traditional classroom classes while others resorted to taking up online courses like IT. They are actually technically knowledgeable but still, they want to enhance their computer & internet skills to increase their market value especially when applying in other big and reputable companies. I heard one of them mentioned about Cisco.

Cisco certification is a community and learning network of IT professionals. It is a virtual library of information to increase and enhance your technical know how. You become subject matter expert. The widely respected IT certification programs available through Cisco Career Certifications bring valuable, measurable rewards to networking professionals, their managers, and the organizations that employ them.

The following are some of the General Cisco certification you can avail of:

Routing and Switching



Service Provider

Storage Networking



Further, some life changing stories are featured in the Cisco website to inspire at the same time enlighten everyone that it’s never too late to turn yourself to an IT professional. This is a solid proof that dreasm do come true.

In this age of computer & internet, the demand for IT course is continuously growing. If you are Cisco certified, you make your curriculum vitae impressive giving you a great chance to land the best job you can ever imagine in the best company you can think of.

Sponsored by Cisco

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dad's Special Day

One of the most important man in my life celebrated his birthday last July 15 and that's none other than my beloved father.

My sis bought cake & ice cream while my mom cooked lumpiang shanghai & pancit, food just enough for the whole family. My dad is over 60 years old but he still look fit & strong, simply because he's fond of eating fresh fruits and avoids fatty food.

He is a principled man. He helped me & my hubby handle our marriage during it's early stage & would constantly share to me & my siblings the important lessons he learned in life. He believes in the power of education which is why he opted to work as an OFW in the Middle East in mid 80s to sustain family financial needs.

I always thought that finishing school and earn a degree is the best gift we can give our parents but think again, it's actually the best and only the best thing we can do for ourselves because everything starts after college graduation.

The photos will show how happy he was to celebrate his special day with his grand children.

Friday, July 25, 2008

I won $40.00

Juliana announced the winners in the contest in her blog and I am elated to get a confirmation that I rank 3rd among the top commentators which won me $40.00, in fact said amount was already credited in my paypal account. The contest was related to celebrating Juliana’s anniversary in the blogging world.

Here is the exact post in Juliana’s blog announcing the winners:

Perfect Day…
It’s time to celebrate! The actual date of my blog anniversary was not such a day worthy of any celebration because of the mishap. The perfect time to celebrate is today, as I’m also announcing the winners of my first ever contest.

Lisa L. - $100
Mari - $55
AiDiSan - $40
Heidi - $30
Rocks - $25

To all my blogger friends who participated in the contest, thank you very much for your participation. I hope you’ll join me again in the future. I will be glad to have you again. This is definitely not the last contest; there will be more to come.
To the winners, please leave me your PayPal accounts so I know where to send the prizes to. Remember, comments are being moderated, so you need not worry about your accounts getting published.


Thursday, July 24, 2008


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Happy blogging!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Weird Household Uses for Food

This is an email sent to me and it talks about the uses of the things we see in our kitchen.

Enjoy learning!

At your next BBQ don't spend money on anti-pest candles that never work. Simmer 2 cups of milk, a 1/4 pound of sugar and 2 oz. of ground black pepper for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the mixture into bowls and put them where the flies will be attracted to them and then drown. You can also place around the house. No more buzzzzzing at the windows.

Deodorant stains can ruin a perfectly good shirt. Save your whites by spraying white vinegar (no need to mix with water) onto the underarm areas. Then you can wash per usual.

Everyone knows Clorox's catchy ditty about keeping clothes bright, but all you need is pepper. Add a teaspoon of pepper to the wash before you add in your clothes and it will keep the colors from fading.

To get gum out of a carpet, scrape up what you can, using an ice cub to stiffen it if necessary. Then rub a small glob of peanut butter into the fibers, and wipe up the whole mess with a cloth. To get rid of any left-behind PB, just dab it up with a mixture of 1 tsp of dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of lukewarm water. (Thanks to DIY Life for the tip!)

Next time your drain is clogged and you don't have time to run to the store for some Drain-O just look in your fridge! A 2-liter bottle of soda will do the trick. Just pour it down to clobber the clog.

For a natural solution to diaper rash, try coating the area with a thin layer of shortening. It will act as a moisturizer.

Grease stains can be a huge pain when it comes to doing laundry. Before you wash, work a generous amount of table salt into the stain and then launder as usual.

Too much to drink last night and now you have puffy eyes? Apply a thin slice of cold potato to your eyes and leave on for five minutes. Then splash with cool water, put on your makeup (or just some moisturizer -- this means you, too, guys!) and head to work!

Don't you hate it when you have to start a fire and little bits of newspaper are flying everywhere? Next time, air-dry orange peels, which contain flammable oils that burn longer, and use those instead of the paper. The delicious smell is a bonus.

Does it seem like nothing is working for your bad skin? Use 4 tablespoons of salt and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to create a paste. Leave it on your face for 2 minutes and rinse with warm water. Then wash your face as normal. Use every day for a week and then cut back to 3 days a week and you should notice an improvement.

It may make you smell like a hot dog, but rubbing a thin layer of mustard over your chest and covering with a hot towel can relieve a stuffy head and chest.

Oh no! You forgot to put the cap on your pen and now there is ink seeping into your shirt. No worries -- just grab some milk and soak the area. Depending on the type of ink, this process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. Patience is a virtue.

It's one thing when your child draws on the wall with crayons, it's quite another when it comes to your wood furniture. Rub some mayonnaise on the crayon mark and let it soak for ten minutes. Then take a damp cloth and wipeaway the mayo AND the crayon!

Dandruff can be an embarrassing health problem, but the special shampoo often smells yucky. Try massaging 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinsing with warm water. Follow with a leave-in rinse of 1 teaspoon lemonjuice in 1 cup of warm water. Use this daily until your scalp is healed.

You have an ant problem but are worried about the poisonous ant traps around your pets. Just sprinkle flour wherever you see ants entering the house and along the pantry shelves, since they are most likely after your food.

No time to hit the salon before your big event? Get your hair super shiny and conditioned with eggs! Take two beaten egg yolks and massage into hair. Start at the scalp and work in small sections. Then gather all of the hair in a shower cap, wrap in a warm towel and wait 30 minutes (you could cook the kids' dinner). Rinse with cool water and shampoo as usual.

Your child just learned how to tie their shoes and the knots are impossible to undo. Stay calm and sprinkle a little cornstarch on the laces to help you work out the knot.

There's no more worrying about drinking red wine on white carpet. Soak up as much wine as possible and then pour club soda over the area, making sure to blot and not rub. Repeat the process until the wine is no longer visible. You can also do the same for urine stains.

While most of us associate castor oil with constipation or childbirth, did you know it can also help get rid of pesky moles in your yard? Just mix a 1/2 cup of castor oil with two gallons of water and pour the mixture down the mole(s) hole(s). Don't worry, the solution is animal friendly and they will likely relocate.

A jewelry box can help you organize, but sometimes those thin-chained necklaces just want to get tangled and you can't stop them! Rub some butter into the knot and lay on a flat surface. Then take a sewing needle to untangle. When finished just run under hot water to rinse off the butter.

Next time you drop a wine glass or break a plate, grab a slice of bread to help you clean up. After you pick up the larger pieces, press the bread over the area and it will pick up all the itty bitty pieces you can't see. Bread can also help clean fingerprints off walls and wallpaper. Just rub and voila!

Before you throw your banana peel in the compost pile, remove any stringy pulp and use the peel as a buffer. This works with silverware as well as leather shoes and leather furniture. Just rub the peel over the object and buffwith a soft cloth. Be sure to test a small section of your furniture first!

Sick of waiting for your green tomatoes to ripen on the windowsill? Stick up to five tomatoes in a brown paper bag with a ripe apple and seal for a few days. This will speed up the ripening process.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Busy As A Bee

It’s been a little over a month since my last post. I’ve been wanting to update my blog with new post because there were so many happenings in the past, however, my time will not allow me to do so. My last blog was about the resignation of my kid’s nanny and I haven’t found replacement up to this moment. There were applicants I did not accept due to not meeting my standards/qualifications. The next paragraph explains further why my blog was stagnant for a while.

I’ve been juggling my time as a mom, QA Analyst and housekeeper. I opted the night shift at work so I could personally arrange the school stuff of my kids and ready them for school on weekdays. I do not want to pass this responsibility to my mom who is also busy attending to her other grand children.

My shift starts at 9pm and before going to work, I would drop my kids at my mom’s place and pick them up after work which is usually before 8am. I make sure they’ve eaten heavy meal before going to school at 10am. As soon as my kids leave for school, I’ll sleep for three hours, so that would be until 1pm. I do the laundry 3 times a week or else, you’ll see Mt. Everest inside our house (lol), not to mention cleaning our little apartment daily.

Acey is home from school at 2pm while CJ at 5pm. I will assist them with their assignments and review them as well for short quizzes.

This set up will last until end of July, hopefully. My parents moved to their new house 3 weeks ago and the construction of my house located right beside theirs is on going. Things will be easier for me and my kids once we move in to our Mansion (haha).

One time I found myself crying inside. I feel sorry for myself that I have to experience all these, thinking and feeling that everyday is exhausting, draining & stressful. I’m certain all mommy bloggers can relate to me but hey, I’m not the only human being having this problem, probably, others have the worst scenario to share. I’ve convinced myself this is just temporary.

Motherhood is the most challenging role in this world. You think of yourself less, you embrace changes and challenges as if you do not have any choice.

Well, that's life. Everyday you’re given a choice, it’s either you take things positively or the other way around. With prayers, it’s easier for me to choose the former.