February 9, 2015

Marcus Turns Two!

Our little Marcus just turned two last January 23 and we are indeed very grateful that he's been a part of the family for two years now.  We don't actually treat him like a pet, we treat him like a real member of the family.  He is very sweet, loving and adorable puppy and I am just so happy to spend daily afternoons with him when I'm done with the household chores and just curling myself up in bed watching my favorite TV program.  When I'm in room, he stays in the room...when I'm in the dining area, he stays there with me too.  No doubt he's a great everyday companion!

Because I treat him like my own child, I used to feed him with what suits him best.  he got a snack time with me too, that is why I buy a lot of cookies whenever I do grocery shopping as he loves to eat cookies a lot.

Last January 23, my daughter and I decided to bring Marcus for a walk to make his birthday extra special for him as his typical day would just be inside the house or just a short break around the yard. We could see that he was very amazed to see the so called "outside world"...hehe


We brought him to Boardwalk inside SBMA and this reminds me so much of the old times when my kids were still very in their elementary days.  We used to go there during my day off, just walking around, watching the sea and having snack or dinner in one of the restaurants around the area.  Now, we opted to let Marcus had the same experience.  He runs a lot and never wants us to be out of his sight.  



He had a great time running, jumping and walking around Boardwalk.



Afterwards, we had a simple dinner at Gilligans restaurant which is situated few blocks away from Boardwalk.  Of course, Marcus got his own share of the foods (lol) but as usual, he really never get the appetite when he is away from home.

We went home shortly after dinner and we were so happy that we were able to celebrate Marcus second birthday.  We just wish him to stay with us forever...


January 22, 2015

Few Things I would Like to Do In 2015

There are actually tons of things which I would like to do and accomplish in 2015 but I have chosen to write the more important ones or what I considered as my priorities right now.

Let's go through the list:

1.)  Daily Positive Affirmations - Just recently, I was able to download an audio book of positive affirmations.  It runs for about 10 minutes.  I've just started listening to it and I knew that if it would be a habit to listen to positive affirmations daily before you begin your day, it will do a lot to let you stay energized and positive the whole day.

2.)  Do Yoga More - I've started doing yoga with my daughter Mika late last year but wasn't able to complete the challenge successfully due to time constraint. I am prioritizing the household tasks that's why my yoga activity was taken into back seat.  I think I need to change my sleeping pattern so I could start my day early and do the yoga first thing in the morning.  I also need to have a yoga mat so things would be easier for me.

3.)  Bake More -  I'm already into baking and in fact, we are already doing this as a business.  We had catered to a number  of clients last year and we are able to come up with nice designs for our cup cakes.  Unfortunately, we slow down a bit middle of the year due to a number of reasons and circumstances where we have to shift our priority first.  But it doesn't mean that I've changed my mind.  As a matter of fact, I would like to come back with vengeance (lol).

4.)  Explore My Kitchen More -  Lately, I've been collecting books about pickling, foods in a jar, vegan soups, salads, pastas and other recipes and food preparations which would make my life in the kitchen easier and more exciting.  It would also help me somehow to save on the most important item in my budget list....foods and grocery.

5.)  Do Gardening More  -  Aside from cooking and baking, the next thing that I love to do is to tender the garden.  I have a small pocket garden at home and I get delighted every time I work on it. I love nature so much that I would always love to incorporate an element of nature even in my home decors.  I also would love to have an herb garden, a plan that is always being postponed every year.  Hopefully not this year. :)

6.)  Have additional investments, if possible - I am thinking of having additional investment.  I stopped working early, so I am keen on adding up to my savings to have enough for my retirement years.  Since I don't have fixed income now working from home, I have to find ways to make my money grow.

7.)  Pursue some "little projects" in the house -  Even some people and family members are already saying that I have a nice and well maintained home, we are still planning to push through with some of our plans for home improvement.  Not actually a big thing but just small projects that would enhance safety and security at home.

9.)  Manage My Time More Effectively  -  Since I am now the one doing most of the household chores at home, I am now having some difficulty balancing my time between managing our home and blogging.  I would admit having fewer posts last year.  My earnings also decline by 60% in 2014 compared to my earnings in 2013.  This is probably because most sites were slapped by Mr. G, mine included. But it's not totally a bad year after all.  I just want to be back and focus in writing more posts for this year.

10.)  Learn To Forgive and Forget  -  Admittedly, I have so much emotional baggage kept in my heart and in order for me to move on and lead a happy life, I need to accept what cannot be changed and learn to focus in the future rather than the past.

That's it!  I'm finally done writing down the things I wish to do this year.  I'm not really sure if all of the things in the list will be done successfully, but at least I still have a goal and this will surely motivate me to work harder and with much enthusiasm.




January 16, 2015

My Favorite Video During My Daughter's Debut

As I have a son and daughter who were both video enthusiasts, it is expected that there were a number of videos presented during the entire duration of Mika's Debut celebration.  There was an intro video entitled Mika @ 18 which is actually a compilation of video clips showcasing her simple life as a teen aged girl , there was also a grand entrance video, an intro video to her 18 dances, an intro video to her 18 frames and an intro video for her 18 keepsakes.  She also had a thank you video which was shown prior to the debutant's message.  So you just could imagine how many videos were created just for that party (lol).

Anyway here are two of my favorites:

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'Intro Video to 18 Frames


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Intro Video to 18 dances

January 10, 2015

Mika's Debut Photo Shoot


Days before her much awaited debut, Mika went for a photo shoot with her kuya, our program coordinator and the one in charge of the videos and photos for her debut party.  They have chosen some nice spots inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.  Glad that there are lots of options to choose inside Subic and Boardwalk is certainly one of the favorite spots when it comes to photo shoots. Mika brought few pairs of clothes that she opted to use for the photo shoot.  I have just chosen the following photos out of the many photos she had which are few of my favorites.  Mika is certainly 18 but I guess she still looked like a baby to me.  There are times that when we go to cinemas, the attendant at the ticket counter will ask me if she is already 13 because the movie is R-13 (lol).  She would often "make face" whenever she hears this remarks. :)


These photos were taken around the boardwalk area:











December 13, 2014

When Infertility Affects Men

I considered myself lucky having borne two healthy kids.  They do not only have normal physical attributes but they have grown up to be intelligent and smart.  I feel so blessed in this aspect and perhaps I can attribute this to me and my hubby's healthy life style. I am equally blessed to have a husband who doesn't smoke at all and he only drinks beer on certain occasions.  He also adopt a healthy life style by eating the right kinds of foods and going to the gym regularly.  You see, some couples are not lucky to have a child due to infertility problems.

Infertility doesn't only affect women.  Today, more and more men are also experiencing male infertility.  The most common cause of infertility is varicocele.  Varicocele is enlarged varicose veins that occur in the scrotum.  According to the experts at Pregnancy tips.org, other causes of male infertility are semen disorder and testicular failure.  Another chunk of percentage is unexplained or unknown.  As a woman, what you can do if you and your partner are having difficulty trying to conceive is to show that you support your partner.  Take care and change your lifestyle together, avoid eating junk foods and get rid of smoking and drinking alcohol if you are. Staying healthy is one of the keys to boost your chances of conceiving.

As parents, our role is to ensure that we are not only aiming to have a family but a healthy family and these healthy habits should start right now if we are aiming to conceive a baby safely.  Having a baby at home is every couple's dream and there surely ways to make this thing come in to a reality.



December 12, 2014

Let's be Happy For Aiza and Liza!





It seems that 2014 is a year for tying knots especially for showbiz couples.  This time, its Aiza Seguerra and long time partner, Liza Dino.  I used to watch Aiza at a noon time show "√čat Bulaga" and I never imagined that she will grow up to be a lesbian but what is admirable about Aiza is that she was able to make a name for herself through her own efforts and being a well known Acoustic singer is the last thing that I expect her to be. But she was indeed successful and her music is one of a kind.  I really love Aiza's voice and her every fantastic performance on stage with her ibanez gb10 is something that you will always look forward to.  She also starred in several movies and TV shows and remained active until now.  Her love story is indeed a revelation.  Marrying the love of her life is the greatest gift she can give to herself.  She did find a way to marry Liza even to the point of having it done in US.  That's true love perhaps!

Well, let's wish Aiza and Liza the best of luck to their new life as a married couple. Everybody deserves to be happy.  Aiza and Liza prove that love really conquers all.

November 27, 2014

My Christmas Wish List

I was super duper busy the past weeks that drawing out my plans for the holiday season was taken into back seat.  The 40 days of my mother who just passed away last October 16 has just been concluded last November 24.  I was actually waiting for my Mom's 40 days to be completed before I move on to my plans.  I also took that opportunity to look after the things that were left undone at home.  I was very busy almost the whole month of October until mid November catching up with so many things.  In fact, I was on hiatus on my blogs for quite sometime now.  I am also not as active as before online.  

Well... this Christmas, I also have few things in my list.  Here it goes:

  1. I want to have a simple Christmas dinner with some members of the extended family.  Perhaps, just a simple but a meaningful one.   
  2. I was burdened financially when my mother was hospitalized and passed away.  I did not anticipate that she will be undergoing serious medical treatments and the hospital bill was quite alarming.  I used up my savings to support her needs but despite of this experience, I still wish to be able to buy simple gifts for Christmas.  After all, it's one of the symbols of Christmas.
  3. I want to relax and watch some movies with my son and daughter during the Christmas season.  Actually this ha been a tradition for years. :)
  4. I want to pamper myself with spa treatments, perhaps that will be my Christmas gift to myself. I do everything at home and usually tired on a day to day basis.  I think I deserved a break.
  5. I want to send donation in kind to a foundation caring for the elders, that will be in memory of my Mom.
  6. I want to strenghten my faith and share the goodness of the Lord through my own personal life experiences.  I want others to experience God's love as much as I did.
  7. Given a chance, I want to complete the "simbang gabi", if not at least 50% of it.

So that's my Christmas wish list! I hope that I would be able to do it all.

What's yours? 



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