November 16, 2015

Shirts For Marcus

I just recently purchased a new portable sewing machine and I intend to use it for my craft projects. My daughter Mika also long wanted for me to buy one as she is another person who loves crafts. Blame it to the genes! :)

My first project were shirts for our furry baby, Marcus.  I am actually new to sewing.  This is one thing that I dream to be good at but since I am so busy working over the years, this was just put aside. Now, that I finally stopped working, I think it is high time for me to start doing what I love to do, so the sudden impulse to buy a sewing machine happened this month of November.

Here are the new shirts I've sewn for my baby Marcus:

And here is my model (lol):

I am planning to saw few pieces more and that includes his shirt for Christmas. Also, I bought  burlap material for some arts and crafts projects at home.

Wish me luck!

November 14, 2015

October 2015 Summing Up

The month of October has ended up really quite well.  There was no major event but every occasion was celebrated in the simplest manner possible.  We commemorated the first death anniversary of my brother and mother who passed away last year.  There was no grand reunion, just a simple mass offered for their souls, sincere prayers and just a simple dinner.  My daughter Mika and I went to the Memorial Park to visit their tomb, offered prayers and flowers and lighted up some candles.  A simple dinner in a restaurant followed afterwards.

Four days after Mom's first death anniversary, my first born Edmar celebrated his birthday in China for the the very first time.  This was his first time to celebrate away from home but I'm so glad that he had a nice celebration with his new found friends at work.  They had an "ëat all you can" dinner at one of their favorite restos and he was surprised by his friends with a birthday cake.  I guess, he really had fun that night.

A week after my son's birthday, their Boss announced the creation of 2 new managerial positions for the company and encouraged those who think that they are qualified for the positions to apply.  My son sought my advise and I said, yes you have to try, you have to believe in yourself and in your capabilities.  So he did submit his application for the Planning and Development manager position. Guess what? After few days he received a message from the Boss and he was asked to conceptualize a halloween celebration at one of their affiliated schools.  It turned out that this task which was assigned to him would be a strong basis for the confirmation of his promotion.  He had a nice concept and the management like it, however, they want to see how best he could execute the concept submitted.  Well, the event turned out to be a huge success, in fact it was televised in China.

Back home, we did not go out on the day of the Halloween as we are busy preparing for All Saint's Day.  My daughter Mika went to Memorial Park to clean and paint the gravestone of Mom and Dad. On the same day, I went to the market to buy some fresh flowers and food items to brought to the memorial Park the following day.

Our month of October ended up well and with high hopes that everything will turn out good for the days to come as we anticipate brighter and bigger things to happen in November.

October 28, 2015

Preparing For A Stress Free Holiday

We are already on the last week of October and probably before we knew it, we are already celebrating the holiday season.  But there's one thing that we ought to do if we want to ensure a stress free holiday and that is plan....plan....plan.  Yes, there's no better way to celebrate the holidays but to have proper planning and of course, a ton of preparations.  Stress always comes to us when we rush on things and this is exactly what I hate.  I hate cramming even when I was still a student. More often than not, it always leads to unsuccessful events, if not disaster.  So how do I prepare for a stress free holidays?  Here are the ways:
  1. Beginning of this year, I've already started to set aside new bills that I've received as change from supermarkets and shops.  Next, I've already bought some red packets and put specific amount for each envelope to be given to those boys and girls (my relatives) who constantly visit me and the family during Christmas day.  This way, I wouldn't feel the "pain" in my pocket come Christmas Day. :)
  2. I do visit my favorite online shops every now and then and started to browse on their gift items on sale which could be the probable gifts to my son, daughter and hubby during our traditional exchange of gifts on Christmas eve.  The items I choose were placed on my "wish list" under my online account.  Then, I would do another round of browsing during one of my free time and after I finalized my decision on what I really want to give, then I will start to order these items one at a time.  This saved me a lot of time and I could very well plan my budget for each gift.
  3. I'm starting to add more materials on my "craft box" which I would be using to wrap my gifts. Wrappers, boxes and ribbons of various colors and sizes are beginning to fill my box.
  4. For extended family members, I plan to give some personalized home made goodies direct from my kitchen and as early as this month, I've started to try new recipes and collect the required ingredients little by little.  I've also started to prepare the boxes/containers for these home made goodies which I plan to adorn with cute ribbons and personalized messages.
  5. I'm not really into buying personal stuff for myself like clothes, shoes and fashion accessories as I think that I had enough of these things in my closet. Besides, hubby used to bring back some personal stuff for me as "pasalubong", so I guess, that would already be good for me.
  6. I bought a cute sewing machine which I plan to use for my arts and crafts projects and most of the initial projects would be something to decorate the house for the holiday season.
  7. This month also, I've encouraged my daughter to help me do the "clean up operation" around the house and at the yard.  We've already repainted some garden accessories and hired someone to trim all the plants and get rid of the grasses.
  8. I've already talked to our carpenter and handyman for the possible projects that we are planning to do starting next month, asked for the list of materials and started to canvass the prices so I could start preparing the budget.
  9. I've already set aside some amount in the envelope for Christmas carolers (adult and kids) and also for the community garbage collectors.
So far, that's all for the meantime but I maybe adding some more on this list.  If you notice, all the preparations I've made will spare me from spending "one time big time" during the holidays and it won't make me feel the pain in my pocket. 

October 11, 2015

Working In A Suburb

The last company that I've worked with at Cambodia gave me a lot of reasons to celebrate and lose my sanity.  I was assigned to work at the company branch located in the outskirts of Cambodia.  I was clueless actually as to what the place looks like or what is in store for me there.  I applied in that company because of it's good name and reputation in the gaming industry, that's all I can remember. When I get into the place, I was shocked to know that it's actually a suburb and mind you, I could not even find a decent bread elsewhere, what more if I want to find computer and gadget shops.  It was a nightmare but I've learned to get used to the place later on.  As a matter of fact, I've worked there for nearly two years.

I've learned my lessons though when I got a bad experience when I discovered one day that my laptop cannot be opened.  I kept on pressing the "power on" button but to no avail.  I am  not sure whether it's the laptop's motherboard or battery that's giving me the problem.  Since I was staying in a suburb, I have to wait for my scheduled day off from work so I could go to a nearby city where there are computer shops.  Imagine the hassle that I had experienced during that period of time where I have lost some of my writing gigs because of that battery problem.  Should I known earlier that batteries for dell laptops at can be ordered online and shipped wherever you are, probably I could have saved a lot of money and prevent all the hassles waiting for my day off and travel quite a long distance just to get new batteries for my DELL laptop.

Ordering any model of batteries can be done in just a click of finger and ships free for 3 to 7 days delivery.  That will surely save all the trouble and prevents you from losing some important tasks online which could also translate to a loss of income.  I think I just have to be smarter next time. Internet is everybody's best friend, I should have just used my tablet to place my order online and voila...problem solved.  The best part is you could be assured of quality laptop batteries that could work longer and last longer.


September 29, 2015

Dinner "Ala Korean"

Since the time I was introduced by my son to Korean foods, I have developed a great love for Korean dishes.  I love raw veggies and spicy sauces so you will feast on these side dishes when you dine in and order for a "shabu-shabu" type of meal at a Korean resto.

You will grill the meats by yourself and you will have a great deal of time talking and catching up with your family members while feasting on these foods.  My son who had a lot of Korean friends obviously enjoy this type of foods.  I usually rely on him in choosing what kind of meat we have to order that will go best with all those side dishes.

Since it was quite pricey to dine at a Korean resto, I thought of having it at home.  I just bought the meat which is similar to what was served to us and I've prepared all the raw veggies to go with it. However, there are certain sauces which I cannot prepare at home since I do not really explore yet the different Korean spices.  I don't even know yet how to make my own "kimchi", so the one we have prepared at home is not really perfect but the same fun was experienced as we get to grill the meats by ourselves while on the dinner table.  I used to copy the dishes that we've tried on some restos that we've been and try to cook these at home.  Eating outside is fun but not friendly on the budget so sometimes, we have to find ways to explore and enjoy the same kind of foods without hurting our pockets. :)

September 18, 2015

For Your Teens

I couldn't imagine how lucky teens are now a days.  The advent of technology has certainly made life a lot easier for them.  Gadgets are being manufactured and developed here and there, and all have the same promise, and that is making life easier and automated.  Aside from that, teens now a days, are very entertained with these new gadgets.  They can watch latest movies online, play computer games, use Apps and play music just wherever and whenever they want just like this jbl micro ii which is built for the long haul.  

There is certainly a big difference using the conventional transistor radio before and the so called ipod and MP3 now a days. Even when you are doing an exercise or doing a morning walk, you could still afford to listen to your favorite music as these gadgets are so mobile and handy. I for one has benefited a lot from the advancement in technology but I still miss those days where the form of entertainment is just so plain and simple, and best of :)

 Now, I could see that you really have to work too hard to afford buying these gadgets for your kids especially that they never get contented unless they get the latest model.  This, I think is the only downside of all these modernization.  Kids are being slaves of consumerism even at an early age.  As a parent, it is indeed very important to strike a balance and guide our children so they would understand that advancement and technology has it's own pros and cons.

August 13, 2015

Choosing The Best Commercial Contractors

If you are going to be doing some renovations to a commercial structure, you need to make sure that you hire a skilled commercial contractor to do the job right. With so many contractors out there, how do you sift through all of them to find the right one for your job? While finding a great contractor is easier said than done, it is not impossible. It will just require some research and patience on your part. If you are willing to put in the time required to find a good contractor, you will have your job done right the first time. Here is how to hire a commercial contractor.

Ask other companies that have recently used a contractor

If there are any other companies in your area that have recently performed a renovation project to one of their properties, approach them and find out who the contractor was. While you are at it, ask them why they decided to hire that specific contractor in the first place. Were there any problems with the project? Did the contractor need to come back and fix anything later? How much did the contractor charge for their services? Are they satisfied with the overall quality of the contractor's work? The answers that the company rep gives to these questions will provide you with some valuable insight into whether or not you should hire that particular contractor. If you want to get a quote today for a commercial contractor, Renovation Experts can help you. 
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Read reviews of commercial contractors online

The Internet is chock full of reviews for just about everything. Reviews of contractors are readily available for your perusal. These reviews can be found on review sites that specifically focus on the construction industry. They are written by people who have hired the contractors in the past. They will be very detailed and honest assessments of the contractor's ability and professionalism. The reviews will point out all of the positive and negative aspects of the contractor, helping the reader make a determination to hire the contractor or pass them by.

Contractor websites

If you want to find out how much experience a commercial contractor has, as well as what their specialties are, you should visit their websites. Contractors always have websites to promote their services. They are good places to go if you are on the fence about hiring a certain contractor. 

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