Friday, March 25, 2011

No to Unwanted Mails

In this age of computer and internet, we can easily get in touch with family, friends and relatives via email or chat. Gone are the days when you write someone dear to you a letter and send it via snail mail and the recipient will have to wait for several days to get a hold of that letter. Computer and internet will help you write a message to your loved ones and have it delivered as soon as you click on the send button.

The disadvantage of high technology is, it's so easy for someone or an organization to get your information and as a result you experience getting unwanted emails in your mailbox, not only that, you also get unwanted mails and catalogs in your physical mailbox.

Once in a while, I get calls from a marketer for some sales pitch usually from phone companies that offers a phone line, internet service and a mobile unit as one package. I’ll be straightforward and tell the representative I am not interested but because he was trained to do hard pitch, he will make several attempts until he can sense I am already annoyed and will hung up anytime. To avoid this from happening, I stumbled upon Catalog Choice that will help get rid of unwanted mails, they can also work on unlisting your name from phonebooks to stop receiving unwanted mails from your physical mailbox. This is simply awesome!

Coffee Date

Me and my friends at work had dinner and coffee date last Friday. We invited Mark and Pao who already resigned from the company.

Few days before our date, I suggested that we eat at City Lunch and take advantage of the 100 peso eat all you can promo. I heard from an officemate there are few selection of viands from that buffet but the food is great. My friends agreed, however, when Mark and I got to the venue, there was an on going wedding reception in City Lunch and it's not open for public. So we decided to have dinner in Extremely Expresso in SM. We relished the Big Ben pizza and pastas.

After eating, we had a long chat as we wait for our tummys to digest the pizza and pasta to give room for coffee or frappe we intend to order. Unfortunately, we noticed a "closed" signage that was put on the door of Starbucks. They closed earlier than usual due to some on going repair in the coffee shop. Our friend Pao was so disappointed, she's a Starbucks Cafe Mocha addict. We transferred to Cafe Beatico and in all fairness, their Cafe Mocha tastes like the one in Starbucks.

We all had a great time even if there were changes in the venue. I thank my friends for being flexible, when it comes to food, who wouldn't be, right? We all had a happy tummy on a Friday night.

I look forward to our next date.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

School Year 2010 is Over

Today is the last day of the final exams of my kids. I am very happy simply knowing that summer vacation is here. I can watch TV late at night during weekends especially on Sundays without having to worry of waking up early the next day. This also means a little savings because my list of grocery items will be lessened.

However, after a month, I have to think of the enrollment of my kids. My hubby and I have equal share in the school expenses of our kids. In as much as I want to make full payment of their tuition fees, the budget is not enough, unless the loanable amount I get from Home Mutual Development Fund (HDMF) is bigger this time. Yes, I do avail of the multi purpose loan every year from the said entity to accommodate my kids' school expenses such as tuition fees, school supplies etc.

I will head to HDMF office second week of April to file my loan application. It is such a hassle to go to their office but I don’t have any choice. How I wish the loan application can be done online, afterall, HDMF has a website where answer to basic inquiries about their services can be found, might as well use that website when filing for loan application. This is one ultimate improvement HDMF should take into consideration…enabling their members file loan application or loan mortgage refinance in just one click.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I want Sigma Brush Set!

My make up brushes are international because they have different brands like I have an Elf blending brush, I also own pointed brush from Marinnaud and etc. When I started my love for make up, visiting beauty blogs and watching make up video tutorials, one of the things I plan on purchasing is a set of make up brushes preferably with  Sigma brand. At this time, it is not a priority for me to buy Sigma make up brush set but it is still possible for me to own one without spending a single cents...HOW?...well, by joining HunnyLovin contest.

For more details about the contest, check this out:!

Monday, March 14, 2011

GrandBall 2011

My son CJ who is in grade 5 attended their grand ball last Friday. This event was actually intended for grade 5 and grade 6 students only, it's sort of JS Prom in Highschool. Of course, like any other stage mom, I am more excited than my son. I rented a suit for him and prepared everything. At 5pm I brought him to the salon near our place for his hair to be trimmed and styled. Believe me, he looked gorgeous in his suit like a true matinee idol (wink).

We arrived at the venue (Mar's Garden) past 6pm and the program started at exactly 7pm with cotillon dance from grade 5 followed by grade 6 students. The program was full of dance numbers, mostly, ballroom dance. Teachers also prepared dance numbers and I must say they were graceful, some rendered song numbers.

I did not leave my son all throughout the evening, except during dinner. I went outside and ate in Jollibee located few steps away from the venue and some parents did the same.

The program ended past 12 midnight. I saw my son enjoyed the event, he did table hopping to greet his classmates and schoolmates like it was his own party. He has become sociable and friendly.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Deviled Eggs

My sister is working and residing in Qatar with her hubby and daughter Nicole. Eversince my sister started living in Qatar, she learned to cook different dishes and I encourage her to take a photo of the dish she cooked for the whole day or for any occassions. I also suggested to her to make an album in her Facebook intended for the photos of the dish/es she cooked and she gladly obliged. Everytime there is an added photo, she couldn't wait to tell me about it and excited to see my comment/s.

However, sometimes she runs out ideas of anything to cook for her family and housemates especially during special occassions such as Christmas. She's fond of bringing in appetizers for parties for potluck, the recent she did was deviled eggs. Her housemates were amazed with the said appetizer but little did they know it was super easy to make.

When not busy, I would search in the internet for new mouthwatering dishes for my sister that will surely become a hit to her family and housemates.

I Heart J Lo

I'm on graveyard shift, it's 2am and I'm still alive because of J Lo. I envy her curves, sexy face and of course her insured behind. I love her make up, neutral smokey eyes and pale looking lips that gave emphasis to her Latina beauty.

I like the Lambada tune they included especially at start of the video, I suddenly remembered back in highschool when we performed the Lambada dance and won the university dance competition. How I wish digicams were available then so I have proof to show you guys through photos...haha.

Anyways, here's the J Lo's "On the Floor" video I got in youtube, enjoy listening and dancing!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Birthdays: Near and Far

Near. My kids and I together with Chinadoll attended the first birthday of our Manager's first daughter held last Saturday in Century Park Hotel. The theme was Hello Kitty which is why I decided to buy Melody stuff toy as birthday gift for the celebrant. The venue was big enough to accomodate plenty of visitors especially the kids who immensely enjoyed the party program. The host from Jen Belen party and event organizer was amazing. She was hosting, singing and dancing with matching Hello Kitty costume.

Kids were given Ben10 and Hello Kitty loot bags for boys and girls respectively, as they enter the venue. We were also given stubs for ice cream, hotdogs, pop corn and cotton candy that you can munch on while attentively watching the program until you hear the go signal to line up for the main course. Since my kids are 11 and 8 years olds, they did not avail of the kiddie meal, they prefer food intended for adults. After eating, the program continued, kids and mommies including me got busy collecting candies from the candy buffet set up right beside the stage.

We also enjoyed the photobooth service. It was exciting to pose for the camera and quickly grab another head accessory for another shot, time pressured but defintely a lot of fun.

Far. It was hubbys birthday last March 08, a day before that, I bought Sansrival cake in my favorite cakehouse. Even if hubby is several miles away, I make sure to buy him a cake on occassions like birthdays and father's day. It's my way of making him feel important. I'm hoping he'll be able to celebrate his next birthday with us because he will be turning 40 then. I want to organize a party, invite his friends and relatives and all the people close to his heart. I wanna make sure it's a birthday party he'll never forget in his lifetime.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What's inside my Pouch?

Finally, I was able to take a photo of the beauty stuff I have inside my small Bench pouch. Just wanting to share the content of my pouch feeling like celebrity being featured on "What's inside my bag" of Cosmopolitan Magazine. You will notice I got inexpensive beauty essentials. I'm not after the price of the products I use, what matters is they work best for me, they enhance the way I look and sometimes the way I feel too. So here it goes...

Lip Gloss: Nivea and Victoria Secret
Eyebrow liner: Nichido in dark brown
Lipstick: Mac - pink creme dela femme, Ever Bilena - Red Storm, Rosetto - Brown Fudge
Pressed Powder: Maybeline clear smooth natural
Blush: Maybeline and Elf
Eyeshadow: Elf Pretty n' Pink
Tinted Moisturizer: Myra E in Beige color
vanity mirror given to me as gift

Monday, March 7, 2011

Our Sunday Lunch

This is what we had for lunch yesterday, steamed tilapia. The ingredients weren’t complete, we lack bell pepper and lemons, but still, mom and I pushed through with it. We wanted something healthy and different for Sunday lunch. So I thought of the steamed tilapia that my Sis, who is in Qatar, cooked for her hubby and housemates. Incidentally, my father prefers fish than meat because he's very health conscious. 

We also made steamed pusit(squid) stuffed with onions, tomatoes, kinchay, a little bit of salt and mayonnaise. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the steamed pusit because the family were too eager to attack them. Like a blockbuster movie, our steamed tilapia and pusit were a big hit in the family.

How about you, what was your Sunday lunch?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Radiant Red Gowns

The Oscar Academy Award is undeniably a popular award giving body in Hollywood. I was not able to watch when it was shown on TV last February 27, 2011. Well actually I don't look forward to watching the whole show every year, there is another way to find out about the highlights of the show which is the internet. The only thing I am extremely interested about Oscars is the Red Carpet where Hollywood stars flaunt their expensive branded gown including the jewelries and accessories that goes with it. Two of my most favorite glamorous outfit were both radiant red worn by Ann Hathaway and Sandra Bullock, they both looked like living dolls.

Ann Hathaway is wearing Valentino gown

Sandra Bullock in her Vera Wang gown

How about you? What was your favorite gown/s during the recent Oscars?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Alma Mater

My Alma Mater, Angeles University Foundation (AUF), is a famous university here in Pampanga and it actually specializes in medical course. Beside it is the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center. Our school location has now become highly commercialized. You will see major fastfoods, drugstores and specialty stores that sells medical uniforms and scrubs, within the vicinity.

There are international students enrolled in AUF taking up medical courses such as Physical Therapy, Medical Technology and the likes. It's easy to identify them through their uniforms like the nursing students wearing medical nursing scrubs. And speaking of uniform, if I am a nursing student paying expensive tuition fee, instead of buying medical nursing scrubs within the university which is certainly more expensive, I'll resort to searching online on where to buy medical scrubs that offers big discounts.

In this time where prices of commodities including uniforms are skyrocketing, you need to be resourceful to be able to purchase the cheapest product made with quality.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Highschool Batchmates

I was in Makati together with my son CJ and my brother in law the whole day last Saturday for something and I'll blog about it next time. We got home at 6pm, I rested for an hour and prepared to go to work. I had second thought of leaving because I haven't slept and was obviously tired from the Makati trip but I thought of the meeting regarding our grand reunion of my highschool batchmates we scheduled a month ago. I filed an undertime so I could attend the meeting before heading to work.

The meeting was at 7pm in Starbucks, I got to the venue 30 minutes late. I felt good seeing old classmates and batchmates. It was a productive meeting, we were able to tackle a lot of topics related to the grand reunion that will happen December of this year. We look forward to seeing other batchmates who will be coming home for this anticipated event. Everyone was free to give their suggestions to make the grand reunion unforgettable and enjoyable. One thing we considered is for our batchmates living or working abroad to realize it was worth coming home for the reunion.

I decided to take an active participation in organizing our grand reunion and I look forward to the next meeting.