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Friday, November 30, 2007

Photo Hunt - Red





To view more photo hunter participants please click here.

Happy Photo hunting to all. Thank you so much for dropping by. Your comments are most welcome.

A Major Award

I was awarded by Siani. Thank you so much for this very early Christmas gift.




I'm sharing this award with Ann, Nancy, Melai, Raquel, Sasha and Xixi.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

7 Things about me

Siani tagged me about this 7 things about me meme.


Here are the rules:


*Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
*Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
*Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
*Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Okay, here we go.

***

1. I can drive but I don't want to. With the kind of drivers we have here in the Philippines (especially the public transportation drivers) I'd rather be a passenger, lol. I may not be a good driver but I'm a good navigator :) .

***

2. I'm a night owl. I sleep at 6 am after my son leaves for school and wake up at 11 am. If you will notice, my posts are mostly done in the wee hours of the morning.

***

3. I enjoy reading books and watching movies, what's weird about it? I've always wanted or wished for a happy ending. Even if it doesn't end that way, I would imagine it with my own happy ending.

***

4. I remember when I was 4, my brother and I was crossing the bridge (2 stories high) from our house going to our grandparents' house. It was kinda dark and both of us were afraid. We were in such a hurry to get to the other house when I stumbled and found myself hanging on the side of the bridge. I heard my brother cry and call for me, he tried to help me holding my right hand really tight to lift me. I was trying to get up too but I just couldn't. For a few minutes we both tried, but when I got tired, I knew I had to let go. I closed my eyes and released my grip on the bridge. When I opened my eyes, I was already on the ground lying face down. Frightened and shaking, I got up quickly. I was soaked in grease because I fell on the garage. I quickly checked on the front door but it was locked, so I had to run to the back to check on the kitchen door. I knew I had to get in the house quick and get to my brother who was crying and screaming, I had to tell him that I'm alright. I was looking for a way in when I heard my dad called, I felt relieved when I heard him so I answered "I'm here and I'm alright". They wanted to make sure that I was really alright so they rushed me the hospital. The doctor was even surprised when I was asked what happened, no bruises and broken bones. The tests given to me showed negative results.

***

5. I married way too early. I graduated from college at 19 and married on the same year. My dad is very strict, I eloped with my husband. Now that's another story I hope to write in the future.
***

6. I love going to the grocery. I could spend hours browsing through the products and trying out the new ones. For me, this is one of the best chores as a mommy.
***

7. When I was younger, I used to have long, thick wavy hair. I've always hated it because my mom never allowed me to have it straightened. I've always longed for long straight and shiny hair.

***

There you go, the 7 weird/random facts. Now, I'm tagging the following:

1. Denz

2. Eds

3. Irel

4. Jean

5. Raquel

6. Rosemarie

7. Xixi


Wordless Wednesday #2





Let's get wordless. I saw these flowers the other day at the flea market. Do you know the name of these flowers?

To view other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Joke Time - Mother-in-law (again)





No matter how busy you are, never, never let your mother-in-law prepare your wedding invitation.




Monday, November 26, 2007

birth month tag

I am tagged by Rosemarie of My Journey about my birth month. I will then highlight the traits the tells the truth about me. I am tagging Max, Nancy, Florence, Melai, Sasha, Natalie, Mousey, **"Liza"**, and Malditang Pinay. Common guys... let's have fun!


1. Mention the person who tagged you and create a link back to them.
2. Copy-paste the traits for all the twelve months (see below).
3. Pick your month of birth.
4. Highlight the traits that apply to you.
5. Tag 12 people and let them know by visiting their blogs and leaving a comment for them.
6. Let the person who tagged you know when you've done it!


My Birth Month

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.



The Twelve Months

JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.

FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.

MARCH: Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.

APRIL: Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.

MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.

JUNE: Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.

NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

DECEMBER: Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.

Weekend Snapshot - 6

Everybody loves weekend, it is the time for leisure, recreation and other religious activities. And when everyone is having a grand time, you want to capture it and share it with others. That’s why Weekend Snapshot is here for you. Come and join the fun here.







The lovely and colorful Christmas trees displayed at the malls add on to the excitement of the coming holidays. People in Manila are starting to prepare for it.

I hope every one had a great weekend. Thanks for dropping by and your comments are most welcome. :)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Tag On Fives

On Fives

Another tag from Florence!

5 Things Found In My Bag

  1. wallet & coin purse
  2. brush and cologne
  3. cellphone
  4. cellphone charger
  5. house keys

5 Things Found In My Wallet

  1. cards
  2. photos
  3. some ids
  4. a lucky charm gold card given by a friend from Korea
  5. money!

5 Things Found In My Room

  1. bed
  2. side table
  3. tv
  4. computer
  5. dresser

5 Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do

  1. go on a shopping spree with an unlimited budget (ditto with Florence)
  2. travel around Europe with my family
  3. visit my siblings in Connecticut
  4. study belly dancing
  5. bring my kids to Euro Disney

5 Things I’m Currently Into

  1. managing a small store
  2. paid posts
  3. blogging
  4. fixing a new blog with my own domain
  5. preparing for the holidays

5 People to Tag for This Meme


  1. Sasha
  2. Cel
  3. Arianne
  4. Joshua
  5. Jean

A Crazy Japanese Game Show




This video was sent to me by email. I had a fun time watching it and thought of sharing it through my blog.




Saturday, November 24, 2007

Award

I've been awarded. Thank you so much Rems for the very early Christmas gift ;)





Now I'm passing this award to Florence and to my other blog.

Photo Hunt - Hot





Capsicum Pepper or Siling Labuyo in Filipino is a diminutive fruit with a fiery goodness. These are the smallest variety of hot peppers found in the Philippines. It's a very popular condiment but can also be used for arthritis and rheumatism by crushing the fruit and mixing it with oil and applying it to the affected part.

Thank you so much for dropping by and your comments are most welcome. Happy Photo Hunting!


Friday, November 23, 2007

Instant Karma

Yesterday I was at the supermarket shopping for groceries to be sold at my store. I went there just after I had lunch to avoid the after office rush. After 2 hours I had 5 fully loaded shopping carts. I went to the counter and patiently waited for my turn.

I was already halfway through my 3rd cart when a man (in his late forties I suppose) stood behind my last cart. Seeing my two other carts, he should have left the line and went to other cashiers. But he didn't. He just stood there quietly with his half-filled cart.

As I was finishing my 3rd cart, he started mumbling, but I'm sure he wanted me hear what he was saying. Things like... Oh! That's a lot... and that it's getting late. I didn't bother to look at him. Then he suddenly told the cashier "hey, I'm gonna leave my cart for a moment, I'll be back and don't forget that I'm next to her." (pointing at me) The poor girl just nodded.

He was back in a few minutes, and it seemed that what he did was not enough, he took his cellphone and called someone (his wife maybe). Angrily, he snapped at the person on the other line asking why on earth he wasn't told that there so many people in that supermarket and that lining up is really a burden for him. His voice was so loud that he attracted a lot of attention. People turned around and looked at him with shaking heads.

I really got annoyed with his behavior but I held back and refrained myself from looking at him. Afraid that if I do so I might say something that I know he wouldn't like to hear and could spark a fight. I patiently told myself "Liza, calm down, be cool and just continue unloading your stuff. The cashier even commented (in a whisper) "He should have come early to avoid the long lines." I just smiled at her and shrugged my shoulders.

Finally, I was done, and while waiting for my receipt ( a long one at that), the cash register ran out of paper. Hah! In my mind I was laughing... there goes your Karma... lol. He had to wait another 10 minutes or so for the paper change and for my receipt, which was printed all over again. All I can hear are his sighs and from his gestures, I can see how irritated he was.

But that's not the end of the story yet... when I finally got my receipt, the cashier had to sign out and be replaced by the reliever. Uh-oh! He had to wait for the new girl to sign in after the other one had counted all her sales. This delayed him again... for a few more minutes. Silently, I was laughing to myself... Oh this is such a wonderful afternoon! God really has his ways of getting even for me.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Common Writing Mistakes

Crystal tagged me with this meme. Like she said, this is going to be a straight forward one.

Here are the rules:


~Start copy paste~


Instructions:

To play this game, all you must do is explain what your most common writing mistake is. Then, simply tag 5 people for the meme. Those 5 will, in return, tag 5 more people. Ultimately, readers should see a tapestry of common grammar and spelling mistakes. Therefore, anyone who feels ashamed of their errors will feel a bit more confident and secure.

Copy the person and persons' names that sent it to you and add your own at the bottom of the list. It really helps build community.

The answers:-

Shine with Grace : Mixing the word 'from' with 'form' all the time.
Trinity : I sometimes feel confused to use past tense or present tense when I share my stories.
LadyJava : Typing too fast that sometimes I miss words in between.
Genie King : I type too fast too... always end up with 'tot he'... when it should be 'to the'.
Spiff : I type too fast that I end up with sentences that have no spaceinbetween... LOL!
Nessa : Mostly grammatical mistakes... but it doesn't really bother me as long as my readers understand :)
Choc Mint Girl: Obviously grammatical error due to lack of vocabulary…but getting better and better and better…he he he…
Liza : I type too fast too that's why sometimes my spellings are wrongf... see. Lol ;) And same with Grace, mixing the word from and form at times. (I'll be posting this tag in my other blog too.)

Add your link and answer here


~End copy paste~

Im tagging Arianne, Cel, Max, Nancy and Sasha.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wordless Wednesday #1



Monday, November 19, 2007

Meme - What's in your bag?

Now, this is really an interesting tag from Max. I'm about to share to you the contents of my bag.



I'm not really fancy about my bags. I am very lazy when it comes to changing bags. I don't like transferring my stuff and then forget some things from the other bag.

I normally carry a big one because whenever we got out, the kids always ask me to keep their things inside my bag.

This bag is a gift from my sister when she went home for a three-week vacation last July.





These are what's inside my bag. The taller bottle is my favorite cologne (Angel's Breath) and the pink one is my hand sanitizer. Standing beside the cologne is my gel pen. I've always fancied gel pens :) .

Inside the small plastic pouch is my head set and at the back is obviously, my wallet. Next to it are my eyeglasses.

I always make sure my cellphone charger is inside my bag. Beside it is my coin purse and my hairbrush.

The rosary is a gift from a very dear friend, Lyn. It's made from rose petals, and loved the rosy smell of my bag every time I open it.

Beside the rosary are some candies, and next to those are my two cellphones. The black and silver one is my main cellphone and is used for business transactions, etc. The other one is for friends and family.


The end


I'm tagging Cel, Emmyrose, Florence, Melai and Sasha.



Weekend Snapshot - 5


Everybody loves weekend, it is the time for leisure, recreation and other religious activities. And when everyone is having a grand time, you want to capture it and share it with others. That’s why Weekend Snapshot is here for you. Come and join the fun here.





The gingerbread house of Mandarin Oriental in Gateway. My daughter and I were browsing through their goodies yesterday. Their fruit cake is so yummy.




And beside the Ginger Bread House is Santa waving at the kids lining up to whisper to him their Christmas wishes. Christmas is really in the air in the Philippines.

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Thanks for dropping by and your comments will be very much appreciated. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Forgetful

The past days I've been posting a lot of tags! I'm not complaining, I actually enjoy these tags. Thank you guys for remembering me. This one's from Yen.

1. They say elephants never forget. Would you compare your memory to that of an elephant or gnat?
~ I always forget things, I have to jot things down or save it to my cellphone and have the alerm remind me.

2. What kinds of things do you find it easy to remember?
~How much money I have in my wallet...lol.

3. What kinds of things do you find it difficult to remember?
~Names. It's so embarrassing to meet old friends from school and can't say their names because I've forgotten.

4. How does your short-term memory compare to your long-term memory?
~Short-term is more detailed.

5. How do you commit things to memory? Do you use tricks, songs, images, word associations, or other little mnemonics?
~Images and word associations.



I'm tagging Arianne, Max and Florence.


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Behind the Decision - A Meme

Sasha tagged me on this. It's about why I decided to monetize my blog.

Several months ago, my daughter have been encouraging me to blog. I always answer her with a nod or sometimes "Ok, but what for?" Five months later, I never imagined that I will really be blogging. I've heard from a lot of people that they have been earning from their blogs. That gave me a very good idea and thought... Why not give it a try?

With the hard time that my country is going through right now, things are getting really tough. Prices have all gone up. I had to think of ways to eke the growing needs of my family. And then I thought of blogging. I decided to give it a try and earn from it. I am not ashamed to admit that it was my main objective for blogging.


Little did I know that I will enjoy it as much. Having fun writing, meeting new friends, replying to interesting memes, receiving special awards from very nice people whom I've just met and earning from it,too.


I am very new to this and my blog is only a month and a half old. I have not made much from it yet, however, with the very little "$" that I've earned... it makes me proud, and of course, happy. And yes Sasha, who wouldn't want to earn green bucks?

~ TAG STARTS HERE ~


“BEHIND THE DECISION” originator: Thesserie

Instruction:

  • Please share the reason/s why you decided to do ads/paid posts. State how your earning is helping you in any way.
  • Pass it to 2 bloggers/publishers only.
  • After my name, list ALL your monetized blogs. If you have more than one blog, add the next blogs by using numbers only (such as 1, 2, 3, see my example) instead of long links.
  • Use the button but please no direct linking.
  • I would really appreciate it if you could drop me a line should you decide to entertain this tag. I would like to pay you a visit and add you on my list.

*I will be updating this with the links of those who have participated in this meme already



And now I'm tagging Rems, Xixi, and Diane.

CURRENT KNOWN PARTICIPANTS

Thesserie, 2 & 3 | Marie Vanidosa , 2 | Girlie, 2 & 3 | Rhada | Rach , 2 | Ironnie, 2 | Jane | Mari | Jo | Ghee, 2, 3 & 4 | Sasha| liza

Friday's Feast #1


Appetizer
What was your first “real” job?

My first real job was when I worked in the family business. I used to do the company's accounting.

Soup
Where would you go if you wanted to spark your creativity?

I'd go to the nearest craft store. Every time I find time to go to the malls I always visit the craft stores and usually goes home with a new project.


Salad
Complete this sentence: I am embarrassed when…

I am embarrassed when someone calls and shouts my name in public.


Main Course
What values did your parents instill in you?

Respect. And this I instill to my kids, too.


Dessert
Name 3 fads from your teenage years.

I grew up in the eighties...

  1. Argylle socks and Sperry topsiders.
  2. Stone-washed jeans and jackets.
  3. Slap bracelets.

Photo Hunt - I Love _____



Today's theme is a give away. I love so many people and things but I just chose two photos.





Presenting....... My kids, Mai and Joey. My bundles of joy.





And Lokii, our lovable shih tzu. He's one year old today.


Thank you so much for dropping by and your comments are most welcome. Happy Photo hunting everyone. :)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tagged by Florence

8 Things


THE RULES - List of 8
* write 8 facts about yourself.
* in the 8 facts, you share 8 things that your readers don’t know about you. at the end, you tag as much other bloggers to keep the fun going. each blogger must post these rules first.
* each blogger starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
* at the end of the post, a blogger needs to choose as much people to get tagged and list their names.
* don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

My list of 8:

1. I love cheese! Any kind of cheese, at that, but my favorites are Edam and goat cheese. I consider it as my comfort food.

2. I'm a sweet tooth. Can't do without sweets especially after meals. I have to be careful though... my dad is diabetic.

3. I can drive but I don't want to. With the kind of drivers we have here in the Philippines (especially the public transportation drivers) I'd rather be a passenger, lol. I may not be a good driver but I'm a good navigator :) .

4. I'm insomniac. I sleep at 6 am after my son leaves for school and wake up at 11 am. If you will notice, my posts are mostly done in the wee hours of the morning.

5. I love to cook and own a huge collection of cook books and magazines. My specialty is lasagna which is a blockbuster to the whole family.

6. I love going to the grocery. I could spend hours browsing through the products and trying out the new ones. For me, this is one of the best chores as a mommy.

7. I love playing Sudoku. It's my outlet and my 'mental gymnastic'.

8. I married way too early. I graduated from college at 19 and married on the same year. My dad is very strict, I eloped with my husband. Now that's another story I hope to write in the future.


Melai, Jenny, Emmyrose, Max, Sasha, Rems, Siani, Yen and Lovielly you're tagged!

Awarded Again

A dear friend, Sasha gave me this award. Thank you so much for being a friend to me also. Things like this really make my day. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the help and advice on my money making ventures. ;)




I would like to pass it on also to my other friends;

Florence, also a new blogger like me. We have a lot of things in common and agree on most of the things around us.

Melai, like Sasha who doesn't get tired of visiting my blog and reading my posts.

Ann, also a mom who loves to share things about her kids and family.

Rems, like Sasha, very supportive and a frequent visitor, too.

Emmyrose, her great courage and strength inspires me.

and lastly,

Max, a blogger friend who writes very interesting articles and loves reading my jokes :)



Thank you so much guys for being my friends... you all deserve this award.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My Other Love

Aside from my family and blogging, bowling is my other passion. It started when my brother came home from Japan. He actually influenced the whole clan (lol) into ten-pin bowling. We were then bowling for fun. I remember... we used to meet on Fridays and bowl girls versus boys. The girls won most of the time.

A few months later, we decided to join the Friday league. As we were beginners and have no real training on bowling, we were throwing straight balls and didn't even have our own bowling balls. We were amazed by how the other bowlers throw their balls, some have small hooks and others have big hooks ( we call them crankers). And beginners that we are, we were always at the bottom come awarding time, even if we had maximum handicaps. :)

Stu, whom we've met from the league (later on became a very good friend and the godfather of my son), volunteered to train us (me, my husband, my brother and sister-in-law) for free. He patiently taught us the basics in bowling.

The training paid off and the whole family became addicted to the sport. We were in a league three times a week and even joined open tournaments. I remember one time... I even played 24 games in one day just to qualify for the finals of an international open bowling tournament. On the last squad I made it to the finals but my fingers were so sore that I didn't get to play well for the finals the next day. I vowed never to do that again. Lol.

In a very short time I was upgraded from class B to class A and became more addicted to it. I've won in tournaments and collected lots of trophies and medals. And even traveled to other Asian countries to compete for the Asian Intercity Tournaments. It was fun and I enjoyed it a lot.

I gained a lot of friends, some of them became my very good friends and a few became my 'enemies'. Sad to say, even in this sport politics is very much alive. It was then that I decided to slow down on bowling. I couldn't stand the intrigues and envy of my so-called enemies.

At present, I bowl once a week and still retains my average of 182. The league is not as competitive as the ones I've played before, but now I play for real fun and I play with real friends.





My "Blaze", is my favorite. It's 15.2 lbs, pin out, polished reactive ball and manufactured by Storm. This ball game me a high game of 272 and a four-game series of 868. My best games ever.




These are the three bowling balls that I regularly bring. The blue one in the middle weighs 15.2 lbs also. It's a dull finished reactive ball and made by Columbia. Ronnie, my dear friend, gave it to me, used but still very powerful. This is my ball #1 usually used on fast or oily lanes. The red one at the bottom is my Blaze. It's ball #2 and used on medium lanes. The one at the top, the silver ball is made of plastic, it doesn't hook much and very ideal for sparing.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Taggged by Mauro

Again, another tag. This is getting to be more fun. I have been tagged by my friend Mauro, of 1 Million Love Messages, so here goes...

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night?
My son Joey made me laugh last night.

2. What were you doing at 0800?
I was watching the local news at ANC re Congress Bombing.

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Checking my emails, and posting a joke for my blog.

4. What happened to you in 2006?
I can't remember either. Nothing really remarkable.

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
NO! YOU STAY THERE! That was for our dog Lokii.

6. How many beverages did you have today?
I didn't have any today.

7. What colour is your hairbrush?
Tan and blue.

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
My cable tv bill.

9. Where were you last night?
At home.

10. What colour is your front door?
Gray.

11. Where do you keep your change?
My purse.

12. What’s the weather like today?
It was rather hot today.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavour?
It may sound weird to you guys but I like it a lot - Green Tea!

14. What excites you?
The comments on my blog. :)

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
I just had a haircut last week.

16. Are you over the age of 25?
Yes

17. Do you talk a lot?
Sometimes.

18. Do you watch the O.C.?
Nope.

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
Yes.

20. Do you make up your own words?
No.

21. Are you a jealous person?
Very! You can ask my husband...lol

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’
Ann, Annabelle, Ailyn, Annelle.

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’
Kat.

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?
My mom.

25. What does the last text message you received say
A forwarded message from a friend.

26. Do you chew on your straw?
At times....lol.

27. Do you have curly hair?
Yes, and I hate it.

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
Bowling center. I'm on a league and I play Wednesdays.

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
Hmmmm.... secret. lol

30. What was the last thing you ate?
Cereals.

31. Will you get married in the future?
I 'm already married.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
Haven't seen a movie for the past 2 weeks.

33. Is there anyone you like right now?
My husband, kids, family and friends.

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
A few minutes before I started this meme.

35. Are you currently depressed?
Nope.

36. Did you cry today?
Nope.

37. Why did you answer and post this?
Because Mauro tagged me, and answering tags is really fun ;)

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.
I'm tagging max, xixi, emmyrose, yen, jenny and all my blog catalog friends.

NOW... LET'S DO IT FRIENDS.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Joke Time - Mother-in-law



A woman had three girls.
One day, she decides to test her sons-in laws.

She invites the first one for a stroll by the
lake shore, purposely falls in and pretends to be drowning.

Without any hesitation, the son-in-law jumps in and saves her.

The next morning, he finds a brand new car in his driveway
with this message on the windshield...







A few days later, she does the same thing with the second son-in-law. He jumps in the water and saves her also. She offers him a new car with the same message on the windshield...






A few days later, she does the same thing again with the third son-in-law. While she is drowning, the son-in-law looks at her without moving an inch and thinks: - "Finally, It's about time that this old witch dies!" The next morning he receives a brand new car with this message...





Monday, November 12, 2007

My First Award in Blogging

What a wonderful way to start my Monday. Yesterday Max granted me this award...





Thank you so much Max. This is my first award since I started blogging. And I'm sorry if I posted it a day later.

You deserve it, too! I would also like to share this award to Nancy, Yen, Emmyrose and Rems.

Tag: 5 annoying things

Here's another interesting meme. Max has tagged me for the things that annoyed me the most. And here's what I got to say...


1. Disorganization - Ditto with Max. It pisses me when things are out of place, especially when I've just done cleaning and organizing things.

2. People with sharp tongues - It annoys me when I hear people commenting or saying bad things about other people. As my mom always say... " If you have nothing better to say, keep quiet."

3. Traffic - If you don't know, the traffic here in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila is terrible. Usually a 10 minute drive will take you about an hour or so.

4. Tardiness - It's really annoying when you have to wait for someone for "10 years" ( my term for latecomers... lol).

5. Not minding their own business - I hate it when people meddle in my affairs, telling me to do this and that. Unsolicited advices annoy me, however, good advices are always welcome.


There you go Max... I hope you're starting to get to know me a little better. I learned a lot from you, too.

Everyone is welcome to join this tag, but I'd like to make special mentions... I'd like to hear from Florence, Sasha, Melai, Ann, Anne, Nancy, Emmyrose, Xixi, Yen and Rems.

Alter Image

My blog has a new face! After a month of blogging I was finally able to change my template. Thanks to my lovely daughter Mai, who helped me with all the html stuff. I couldn't do it without her.

I'm not a tech savvy, so when it comes to editing, photoshop, etc., she always come to my rescue. And finally, after two days of editing here it is. I hope you like it ;)


Weekend Snapshot - 4





Everybody loves weekend, it is the time for leisure, recreation and other religious activities. And when everyone is having a grand time, you want to capture it and share it with others. That’s why Weekend Snapshot is here for you. Come and join the fun here.




Last night, me and hubby attended our good friend's birthday party. The best food she served is the fish salad. It was the first casualty of the night...lol.



On our way home we passed by Araneta Center which is now decorated with these beautiful Christmas lights, so I took a shot using my camera phone.

Thank you for visiting :) Happy Monday!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

My Rating is G!!!

While blog hopping, I came across Working At Home Mom's post regarding her blog rating. I was envious (lol) and thought of having my blog rated, too. And here's what I got...




online dating

Looking for payday loans?


Photo Hunt - Flexible



Hello photo hunters!!! I'm posting three pictures for my entry this week. The first one is Joey's flexible pencil. He's having fun with this one because he can do lots of things with it... his favorite... forming a pretzel.





The next two photos were restaurant give-aways.





Happy weekend and happy photo hunting, too.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

For Blog and Money [FM8984-1]

I have been blogging for a little over a month now. Actually, I decided to create my blog to earn money from it. I've heard from a few friends that you can actually earn from it. And as soon as I've created moms..... check nyo, I started signing up with almost all the money making sites I could find in the net.

My blog has gone through a lot of rejections (hehe) due to the following reasons; my blog has to be 3 months old to get approved and my blog ranking is still very low. I knew I had to think of ways to pull up my ranking so, I joined several memes so that I could generate more viewers for my blog. I have to admit, the memes helped a lot and I enjoyed posting for them. My family is into this also... helping me think and taking a lot of pictures for the theme of the week.

After only a few weeks, I got approvals from bl*gvertise and bl*ggerwave. I have posted several articles for them and the pay out is still not that 'big', but that's enough good news for me :) . However, two new friends; Sasha and Rems commented, telling me that bl*ggerwave has the reputation of forgetting their advertisers come payment time. :(

I never thought I'd be hooked up. And the real fun is meeting new friends from around the globe. My blog is my new baby. Although I only have "few" sponsors, I'm sure in the future I'll have more ;).

Now I'm not just idle in my free hours... I'm writing and earning... and blogging is really worth my while. :)

Relationships

Trust is a very important factor for all relationships. When trust is broken, it is the end of the relationship. Lack of trust leads to suspicion, suspicion generates anger, anger causes enmity and enmity may result in separation.

A
female
telephone operator
received
a phone call
one day.
She answered,

"Public Utilities Board."
There was silence.
"PUB."
There

was still
no answer.

When she was
going to
cut off the line,
she
heard a
lady's voice,

"Oh,
so this is PUB.

Sorry,
I got the number
from
my husband's
pocket
but
I do not know
whose number it is."


Without
mutual trust,

just imagine
what will happen

to the couple
if
the telephone operator

answered
with just

"hello"
instead of
"PUB".



-----

No Pointing Fingers

A
man asked
his
father-in-law,
"Many people praised

you
for a
successful marriage.
Could
you please
share
with me
your secret?"

The

father-in-law
answered in
a smile,
"Never criticize
your
wife
for her
shortcomings
or
when
she does

something wrong.
Always
bear in mind
that
because
of her shortcomings
and
weaknesses,
she
could not

find
a better husband

than you."

We
all look
forward
to
being loved
and
respected.

Many people
are
afraid of
losing
face.
Generally,
when a person
makes
a mistake,
he would

look around to
find

a scapegoat
to point
a
finger at.
This
is the start
of
a war.
We

should always
remember

that
when we point
one finger
at a
person,
the other
four fingers
are
pointing at

ourselves.

If we
forgive others,
others will
ignore
our mistake, too.




-----

Creating Perfect Relationships?

A person
visited
the government
matchmaker
for
marriage,
SDU,
and requested
"I am
looking for
a
spouse.
Please help
me to
find a suitable
one.
The SDU
Officer said,
"Your
requirements
please."
"Oh, good-looking,
polite,
humorous,
sporty,
knowledgeable,
good in singing,
and dancing.
Willing
to
accompany
me the whole day
at home
during
my leisure hour,
If,
I don't
go out.
Telling me
interesting stories
when
I need
companion
for
conversation
and be silent
when
I want to rest."
The
officer
listened carefully
and
replied,
"I
understand
you need
television."

There is
a saying that
a perfect
match
can only
be
found
between a
blind wife and
a
deaf husband,
because
the blind wife
cannot
see the faults
of the
husband
and
the deaf husband
cannot
hear
the nagging
of the
wife.
Many couples
are
blind and deaf
during
the courting stage
and
dream of
perpetual, perfect
relationship.
Unfortunately,
when the
excitement
of
love wears off,
they
wake up
and discover
that
marriage
is not
a
bed of roses.
The
nightmare
begins.



-----

No Over-powering

Many
relationships
fail because
one party
tries to
over-power
another or
demands too much.
People
in love
tend
to think
that love will
conquer all
and
their spouses
will change
the
bad habits
after
marriage.
Actually,
this is not the
case.
There
is a
Chinese
saying
which carries
the meaning
that
"It is easier
to reshape a mountain
or a river
than a
person's character."

It
is not
easy
to change.
Thus,
having high
expectation on
changing
the
spouse's
character will
cause
disappointment
and
unpleasantness.

It would be
less
painful to
change
ourselves
and lower our
expectations...




Right Speech

There
is a Chinese
saying
which carries
the meaning
that
"A speech will
either
prosper or
ruin
a nation."
Many
relationships
break off
because of
wrong speech.
When
a couple
is too close
with
each other,
we
always
forget mutual
respect
and
courtesy.
We
may say
anything without
considering
if
it would
hurt
the other
party.

A
friend and
her
millionaire
husband
visited their
construction site.
A worker
who
wore a helmet
saw her
and shouted,
"Hi Emily!,
remember me?"
We
used to date
in secondary school."
On the
way home,
her
millionaire
husband teased
her,
"Luckily you
married me.
Otherwise,
you will be the
wife
of a
construction worker."
She
answered,
"You should appreciate
that
you married
me.
Otherwise,
he will
be the millionaire
and
not you."

Frequently
exchanging these
remarks
plants the seed
for a
bad
relationship.
It's
like a broken
egg- cannot
be
reversed.


Personal Perception

Different
people
have different
perception.
One
man's meat
could be
another man's
poison.
A
couple
bought a
donkey
from the market.
On the
way home,
a boy commented.
"Very stupid.
Why
neither of them
ride
on the
donkey?"
Upon hearing
that,
the husband
let
the wife
ride on the
donkey.
He
walked
beside them.
Later on
an old man
saw them and
commented,
"The
husband
is the head of
the family.
How
can the wife
ride
on the donkey
while
the husband
is on foot?"
Hearing this, the
wife quickly
got down
and
let the husband
ride
on the donkey.
Further
on the way home,
they met
an old lady.
She commented,
"How
can the man
ride on the donkey
and let
the wife walk.
He is
no gentleman."
The husband
thus
quickly
asked the
wife
to join him
on the
donkey.
Then,
they met
a young man.
He commented,
"Poor donkey,
how can
you hold up
the weight
of two
persons.
They
are cruel
to you."
Hearing that,
the husband and
the wife
immediately
climbed down
from
the donkey
and
carried it
on their
shoulders.

It seems
to be
the only choice
left.
Later, on a
narrow bridge,
the donkey
was frightened
and
struggled.
They lost their
balance
and fell into
the river.
You
can never
have
anyone
praise you,
now will
everyone
condemn you.
Never
in the past, not in
the present,
and never
will be
in the future.

Thus,
do not be
too bothered
by
others' words
if
our
conscience
is clear...


Be Patient

This
is a true
story
which happened
in the States.
A man
came out of
his home
to admire his
new truck.
To his
puzzlement,
his 3-year old son
was
happily hammering
dents in the
shiny
paint of the
truck.
The man
ran to his
son,
knocked
him away,
hammered the
little boy's hands
into pulp
as punishment.
When the
father
calmed down,
he rushed
his son
to the hospital.

Although
the doctor tried
desperately
to save
the crushed
bones, he
finally had to
amputate
the fingers from
both
the boy's hands.
When
the boy woke
up from the surgery
and saw
his bandaged
stubs,
he innocently said,
"Daddy, I'm
sorry
about your truck."
Then
he asked,
"but when are my
fingers
going to
grow back?"
The
father
went home
and
committed suicide.

Think
about this story
the next time
someone
steps on
your feet
or
you wish
to take revenge.
Think first
before
you lose your
patience
with someone
you love.
Trucks
can be repaired..
broken bones and
hurt feelings
often can't.
Too
often we
fail to
recognize
between the
person
and the
performance.
We
forget that
forgiveness is
greater
than
revenge.

People make
mistakes.
But
the actions
we take
while
in a rage
will
haunt us
forever.



 
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