Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Party!

I almost forgot to share our company party. It was held last December 13 at the Pampanga Convention Center. It was a Saturday, and it's the only available schedule of the venue which is the only place we, 1,000 plus city hall employees, can be accommodated.

The main program was the Dance Contest among departments and the theme of the contest is folk dances. This year the participants of the contest are the department/ division/ section heads since every year the rank and file employees are usually the participants. The city councilors had their part too..

Then, of course, there was also raffle draws - the most awaited part - wherein I won a half cavan of Denorado Rice!!! hehehe.. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to win the major prize - P20,000 cash tsk tsk!

After the party, my hubby and I went to our friend's house (Alain's) for a get together with my hubby's college friends and am the only gal. We drunk a few bottles of beers and a soothing coffee after. We arrived home around 1:30am - we were exhausted. :-)

World Wide Web Award


Thank you Yhang, for this cute tag; thank you for being my friendship and now online friend. :-)

Thank you to these people : Eds, Jhona, Dez and Mye to whom I'm passing on this
tag for rocking my blogging world.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Giant Lanterns!

It's 6 days to go before Christmas! And we haven't started our shopping list! Urgh! We might gate crash Robinsons Starmills tomorrow and take chance of the Midnight Sale. Incidentally, tomorrow will be the Giant Lantern Festival and it will be held at Robinsons for the first time (usually it's in SM).. Am pretty sure the mall will be crowded with lots of lots of people.. Sigh!

Anyway, let me share with you the pride of Pampanga - the Christmas Capital of the Philippines (City of San Fernando) where you can only find the Giant Lanterns! Yep! These giant lanterns are eighteen (18) feet in diameter and with an average of 5,000 bulbs! Imagine that?!


Here's a closer look when it's lighted.. It's really amazing to see those dancing lights..!


Take a look of the Parade of Giant Lanterns from differents Barangays of the city.


Hope you could watch the festival.. =)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Random Facts!

The rules:
1. Each blogger must post these rules.
2. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
3. Bloggers that are tagged need to write ten facts about themselves. You need to choose ten people to tag and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged and also to read your blog.

10 Random facts/habits about me.
1. I love to cook and experiment on foods but I’m not an expert.
2. I enjoy web browsing which cause laziness at work.
3. I am nearsighted and have astigmatism.
4. I love doing household chores – cleaning everything.
5. I am quite a shy and serious gal but know how to have fun.
6. I can sing and dance a little.
7. I am not good in drawing, sketching, painting and the like.
8. I love shopping groceries.
9. I love eating and munching.
10. I love to watch movies but don’t have the time at present.

Thanks to Yhang for this tag.
I am tagging arlene, adette, vanie, mehann, monique, mye, shy, ka, dez and vbg

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friendships get together

I am alive again! haha… I have quite busy days the past week..

After my 2-day seminar last November 30 (Sunday), I went to SM to meet up my Friendships (high school barkada) in Philippines – only 5 are remaining. That day was special as we have a complete attendance, this rarely happens. Also, 2 among us including my hubby are having their birthday this December. Our initial point of meeting is at UCC Café Shop then we headed to TEMPURA resto for the most awaited dinner. Take a look of our pics at Tempura:

(right-left): me, hubby, jowette, jorrel

(right-left): memond (rhia's hubby), rhia, grace, dexter (grace's hubby)

While waiting at Tempura, Jorrel and Wette sneak out to Breadtalk to buy mini-cakes for the birthday celebrants. Look at the future models of Breadtalk:

Unfortunately, we forgot to take photos of our food due to hunger.. ~tsk tsk~ All of us had a full-sized stomach! After dinner and chit-chatting, we thought of having our photo opps..

Apparently, snow is everywhere. ~wink~

My friend here dreams to be a model… pity him tsk tsk.. hehe


Feeling niya siya si piglet.. Sobrang publicity na yan Jorrel!!

Men do change after Marriage?

We had a 2 consecutive day celebrations. Yep! December 4 to 5 are big celebrations for me and hubby.. Why? – December 4 is our Wedding Anniversary and December 5 is my hubby’s birthday! Well, good thing for me as I can able to save my gift for hubby – 2 in 1 gift - --wink--

We had a very simple celebration. On our anniversary, we ate breakfast at Chowking before going to work. The next day, after office, we ordered out meals from Jollibee and watched the last full show of “Twilight” movie. The movie was so great; no doubt it’s number one! How I wish hubby is a vampire.. hahaha

The cinema was almost full when we arrived. Luckily, we got seats at the balcony. My hubby was seated at my left. Then, I’ve noticed that we were surrounded by couples and they are all in hugging position. While finding my comfort zone at my seat, I unconsciously rested at my left. Then my hubby jokingly uttered “Bakit ka naka-lean dito??!” I was shocked and ashamed to hear that. Nakakainis.. Then I recalled and told myself.. “Nung magboyfriend pa tayo eh todo yakap ka na parang naka-glue pa kamay mo sa pagyakap! Hmmp!” After that I moved away from him! Hmmp! I thought he was joking at first and eventually he will wrap his arms around me but I’m wrong! The whole time we’re watching movie we didn’t even get closer, as if we were not related. In fairness to my hubby, there are still sweet gestures he does/ continue after our marriage, 50%-60% I guess. But it is a fact that men really do change after marriage.. Isn’t Sises? I don’t mean total change but there are certain sweet things that husbands stop doing/ showing after years of marriage. Sometimes I tend to miss that gestures it makes me feel “I‘m wanted”. Well, I can only make face about it and can live with that as long as my hubby is loyal with me. Am I right?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wordless Wednesday!

This is my entry..


This was during our Team Building at Batangas.
Pity turtle.. tsk tsk.. See how angry it was? HaHa!
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The YEAR I was Born

Thanks for this one Dez!

In 1980 (the year I was born)

Jimmy Carter is president of the US President Carter announces punitive measures and embargoes against the USSR in retaliation for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupts in a violent blast estimated to be 500 times as powerful as the Hiroshima atomic bomb Ronald Reagan is elected the 40th US president in a sweeping victory US Representative Michael O. Myers is expelled from the House for his role in the Abscam scandal Hewlett-Packard announces release of its first personal computer Microsoft announces their version of UNIX, Xenix Christina Ricci, Chelsea Clinton, Venus Williams, Jessica Simpson, Macaulay Culkin, and Jake Gyllenhaal are born Philadelphia Phllies win the World Series Pittsburgh Steelers win Superbowl XIV New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup The Empire Strikes Back is the top grossing film "Lady" by Kenny Rogers spends the most time at the top of the US charts U.S. viewers get caught up in the "Who Shot J.R.?" cliff hanger on the soap opera series, Dallas, which is solved on a November 21 episode, drawing a record numbers of viewers

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

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1. What happened in the year you were born? Take the quiz by clicking the link above.

2. Post the result of the quiz in your blog.

3. Tag 5 people who you think are born on a different year than yours.

4. It would be interesting to know the age of your blogging buddies plus of course get to know a little about history few years back.

5. Add your name on the list below. Indicating also the year you were born.

JODY - 1977; (your name - birth year)

JOANNE - 1980

GRACIE - 1978

TRACY - 1979

JANE - 1980

DEZ-1978

SHARQUE- 1980 Tagging: Faye, Gina, Ka, Vannie, Lhen

Friday, November 21, 2008

Movie Marathon

During our 3-day seminar in Malate last week, my colleague (Kat-kat) and I explored the Robinsons Place Ermita. It's our first time to go there and and it's quite a big mall. We were confused with the sections/ "wings" of the mall. Cinemas there are distributed among the "wings". 4 cinemas are located at Pedro Gil Wing, 3 at the Midtown Wing, the remaining I forgot :)

Anyway, on our first night, we watched the CITY OF EMBER. This movie is a must-to-see! It's a suspense fiction movie and it will cause you nervous breakdown! hehehe.. Here's the synopsis:


In the core of the earth, there lies a town (Ember) with a huge generator supplying their electricity. After so many years, the condition of the generator is becoming weak and is starting to collapse. Without the generator the city will be very dark. That's why the engineers and architects who built the Ember left a written instructions on how to get on the top of the earth in case of the destruction of the machine. This instructions which was time locked in a box was passed to the Elected Mayor of the city. The box was neglected and was kept in the dwelling of an ex-mayor, until the box was opened.. 3 children who were being arrested by the bad incumbent mayor tried to escape Ember through the help of the torn instructions. Did they able to get out? Well, find out at cinemas near you..


On the second night, we watched the PASSENGERS. This is a horror-suspense movie and will keep your mind wonder until the end of the movie. Here's the synopsis:


A lady psychiatrist was tasked to help the victims of a plane crash recover from the tragedy. In the course of her therapy, a theory that the crash was caused by an explosion of the right wing of the plane had evolved instead of a pilot error which is being claimed by the airline company. The airline company was unhappy with this. Her patients are missing one by one on their therapy sessions. Until, two patients were left - a woman and a guy, who fell in love with the doctor. Finally when no one was left but her, a shocking revalation daunted her.. Is she alive or not? See it for yourselves..


There you have it! I gave you an idea on what to do this weekends.. Enjoy it! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Know how to tag already..!

Finally! After how many years of learning how to post tags on my blog, I finally got it (i think so..)! hahaha.. I had my lucid interval.. hehehe.. I was confused with Eds instructions (peace sis) and i couldn't get it right.. anyway, i have quite tags lined up here they are..

Friendship Flower

Eds passed this to me.


Thanks sis! :)

This tag is all about "FRIENDSHIP OFFERING" with someone whom you know, to someone whom you already knew or will know in the future, globally.



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”And lovely are the blossoms
That are tended with great care,
By those who work unselfishly
To make the place more fair.
And, like the garden blossoms,
Friendship's flower grows more sweet
When watched and tended carefully
By those we know and meet.
And, if the seed of friendship
Is planted deep and true
And watched with understanding,
Friendship's flower will bloom for you. “


I’m passing this to Yhang, Jhona, Mye, Dez, Jenny, Ka, and Lhen

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Thanks Mye for the tag! =)

Now I pass this to Eds - my precious niche, Gina, and Bhagya


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The Candle of LOVE, HOPE & FRIENDSHIP

I got this lovely candle from Eds. Thank you so much sis!


“Don’t let the Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die. May God richly bless you as you keep this candle burning. Pass it on to all your Friends and to everyone you love.”

BLOGGERS who SHARED: Vicy / Eds / SharQue / YOU

I’m sharing this to all my buddies. Feel free to grab it.

I Love your BLoG!

My friendship Yhang gave this award. Thanks Sis!



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Previous awardees: Mabelle, Prily, Ate Norma, I Love Philippines Too, Shenga, Nova, WebbieStuffs, Nancy, Webloglearner, Pinay Wahm, and My So Called Life, Let’s Spice Things Up, Beauty and Shop, Idealpinkrose, allin, kimchiland, Korean Food, The Paper Vision, Embrace Simplicity, Me and Mine, A Window To Our World, A Grateful Heart, Can of Thoughts, A Mother’s Stuff, http://housewifeatwork.blogspot.com/, MommaWannabe, Lourdes Mia, Praning’s Shoutout, When Silence Speaks, Etc Atbp, Aeirin’s Collections, Life is What we Make it, Underneath It All, Cellulitic Bliss, 100% Kelly, C'est La Vie, Our Family Adventure!, As We Face Forever, BeinG mYselF

I am passing this award to Mye, Faye , Dez , Jhona, Ka, Shy and Bam

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

he has PNEUMONIA...!

Hey am back.. I attended a three-day seminar in Malate, Manila last week and had to take a leave from work yesterday to have Lance check up..

We are so anxious with Lance health because his coughs and colds won't heal, this lasted for almost a month now. He gradually lost his appetite.. he won't eat rice even Cerelac. He doesn't even like that much milk, he consumes milk around 20 oz or less a day. He will also take a few bites of crackers.. he totally lost his appetite last week which caused dropping his weight from 10.6kg to 9.09kg in a period of 1 week! My heart breaks when I see my baby like this.. weekly he is taking different kinds of antibiotics and anti-asthma but still his illness recurs.. then last sunday he got high fever.. That's why my hubby and I decided to look Lance health seriously and try changing his pedia..

Yesterday, we (me, hubby, my baby and MIL) went to Dr. Rebecca Arceo, family pedia of my hubby. She found small lymph nodes under my baby's ears and she instructed as to have Lance undergo xray exam. While taking the xray, Lance was so frightened with the machine he was screaming out loud.. my poor baby! Since the results will be released until 4pm, my MIL volunteered to wait for it and we go ahead home instead so that Lance could rest. When my MIL told me that the result was Pneumonia.. I wasn't able to react for a couple of minutes. My mind was blank. Then I thought what could be the cause.. I browsed the net and found this on the DOH site "Pneumonia may be due to an infection caused by any bacteria, virus, fungi or microbe. The most common caused of pneumonia are bacteria. Sometimes dust, chemicals, or food accidentally enter the lungs may also cause an inflammatory reaction that can lead to pneumonia."

My baby was not confine in the hospital yet.. he is under medication and observation until thursday. if he has still fever we need to visit his new pedia on thursday.

Inspite of the illness, my baby is still happy and playful.. though at some point he has bad mood maybe because he is feeling some pains. I just hope and pray that my baby will recover fast. Eventually, we will surpass this illness with our love and diligent care. I know God is taking care of my baby.. He will be fine soon.. Still including my baby in your prayers will be of great help and appreciated..

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Sick Baby..

My baby lance is sick.

Again and again.. he has colds and coughs! Last Saturday, we visited his pedia for his chicken pox vaccination and for his illness. Her pedia suggested to have Lance undergo a "TUBERCULIN" test because Lance had colds and coughs every month as indicated in his medical record. This test will determine if Lance has primary complex.. If his test will be positive, he will undergo 6 months medication!!!! His weight is slowly progressing.. 0.1 to 0.3 kilos per month.

I was wondering and saddenned with my baby's health.. What could be the cause of this? No one in our family has TB.. although due to climate, we have colds and coughs from time to time..

Yesterday, i had my day off as my baby had fever due to his vaccination and illness (pity Lance).... we had our bonding time together..






I hope and pray that he will have an excellent health.. my poor baby.. love you so much!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tragic All Saints Day!

Hi everyone..! am quite busy my boss loaded me with tasks...

Anyway, just want to share my November 1 experience.. My hubby and I went to my lola, and tito's grave in the morning of that day.. After that we went home already. We were not able to visit the departed relatives of my hubby as we have stay home because Lance can't go to the cemetery as he is still recovering from his colds and coughs.

While driving home around 1pm, we encountered traffic in the "North Luzon Expressway". I said to my hubby there is a car accident.. there were patrol cars of NLEX, media, police. Gosh the accident could be terrible i told my hubby. Then, we were shocked to see first the car's engine! then we saw a Toyota Revo cut in half at the cliff of the road.. you will see the base of the vehicle (sorry am not familiar with the terms).. the passengers of that are surely not alive! A few meters away, we saw a bus (Fermina Express) and luggage of passengers are scattered. We were shocked to see such scene. Luckily, we didn't see the victims as it would be more tragic to see bloody people..

Based on the news, 5 people were killed and 51 were injured after the bus was overtaking another vehicle collided head-on with the Revo. see this link for the GMA news video http://www.gmanews.tv/video/31030/Fermina-bus-firm-faces-franchise-suspension

Here's a picture from inquirer..


What a tragedy... I hope all drivers must be very cautious and responsible in driving..

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloweeeeen!



HAPPY HALLOWEEEEN!
Enjoy your weekends guys...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

~Wordless Wednesday~

It's my first Wordless Wednesday! Have fun..


I took these photos using my cam last November 2006. My family and relatives had a two-day escapade in Caliraya Recreational Center at Laguna for the celebration of my aunt's 60th birthday. All expenses were paid by my dear cousin.

Happy Wordless Wednesday to all!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Simplify...

I want to share the reflections on the book of Bo Sanchez, "Simplify and Live the Good Life". Below are the points which I like most. These points are the unified meaning of SIMPLIFY.

> Simplicity is having the time and space to embrace what is most important to you.

> Satisfaction doesn't come from getting what you want but wanting what you already have.

> We should always live below our earning capacity.

> If in my soul I deeply respect and value myself, people around me will sense that, and they, too, will value and respect me - whether I'm wearing an Armani or not.

> If you don't plan how you'll spend your money, you'll also end up in the same place financially: you'll have nothing at the of day.

> Don't work only for the money.

> Don't take living simply to the extremes. Living simply doesn't mean living in deprivation. Balance!

These would help us refrain from making debts and unnecessary expenses. Eventually making our savings account richer and our lives happier.

True indeed!

Unproductive Monday...

Hi everyone!

Yesterday, we were all unproductive here in the office as the electricity is on and off.. as in!!! not to mentioned the weather.. ang init!! the circuit breaker of the building was broken.. we were unable to see our work in the dark.. we were only chit chatting all afternoon and had a birthday treat from my colleague Kat-Kat (thank you for the food!).. that's how i spent my monday.. hope it will be better today...

Happy Tuesday to all!

Friday, October 24, 2008

-= Wordless Friday=-

Yup! Its my first Wordless Day.. and am making it today!


I took this photo (using my cellphone) last May 2005 at the beach of Iba, Zambales with my hubby (my BF at that time) while watching the sunset..

Happy weekends to all!

sicky sharque


Am sick lately.. I have colds and constant headaches. That's why am in my tamad mood to blog these past few days.. sorry guys.. be back soon.. need to rest...


Happy Weekends to all!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yaya got scared..

Last Sunday, my hubby and I hired a yaya for Lance.. She was supposed to start working yesterday but we required her to have an x-ray and stool exam first as suggested by my BIL (a medtech). Yesterday morning, my MIL accompanied the yaya (who seems to be upset) at the nearby hospital for the x-ray exam. Since the result will be released in the afternoon, my MIL told the yaya to come back this morning and probably she can start working as it seems the x-ray result is just find as mentioned by the radiologist then her stool exam could be done later..

While eating breakfast this morning, she arrived with a sad looking face. Then she uttered "Ate, hindi pa ko nkapagpatest ng dumi ko baka may skit pala ako na diko alam baka maapektuhan pa ang baby mo.." I sensed that she is conveying something to me. Then I bluntly asked her if she is still interested to work for us and she replied "hindi na ako interesado, Ate.." At one point during our conversation, the yaya suprisingly said "..kc Ate sinabi ku naman sa iyo na wala akong skit pro di kayo naniwala wala pala kayong tiwala sa akin.."... Huh???!!! Then I told her "hindi nman sa wala akong tiwala.. sinabi ku naman sa iyo na mukhang wala ka nman sakit naniniguru lang ako.." Before the yaya left, I thanked her for coming..

Are we rude to require her those medical exams? We just want to make sure that the yaya has no illness as she will be handling my baby very often.. I've heard of many stories on yayas with TB and those babies they nursed acquired "primary complex". Our concern is for the welfare of my baby.. Is that too much to ask???

Friday, October 17, 2008

Simplify and Live the Good Life

My BIL shared to me the book of Bo Sanchez

... and I would like to thank him for that!

I have finished reading it already.. I was inspired and awakened (as Eds mentioned)..

As described in this book, you will alter your priorities and start focusing on what is most essential to your happiness. You will transform the way you use money and you will raise the quality of your most intimate relationships to a higher level - because you'll discover that they are the source of your greatest joys.

Bo's principles are so practical that you can adopt it easily in one's life..

I want to share with you some of the book's insights on how to save your money creatively...

The moment you get your salary, give your tithes first (tithe is in the Old Testament law which means giving 10% of your income to the Lord). Second, give at least 10% of your income to your savings account. Third, give to your "irregular expense" account - these are expenses that don't come each month like tuition fees, car insurance, or repairs. Figure out what irregular expenses are in your life and know how much they cost in total each year. Divide this figure by 12 and that's what you set aside.

Other ways to save money are as follow:

1. Automatic Savings - arrange with your employer or your local bank to regularly set aside a certain amount of your monthly salary for your savings - before you ever see it!

2. Save your Raise - allot your raise to your savings and live within your old paycheck

3. Keep Paying Loans After the Loans Are Paid Off - keep sending the same amount not to the creditors but to your savings account!

4. Hold On to Unexpected Cash - Received a bonus? cash gift from your parents? Keep this in your savings account - not in your wallet - because all wallets have invisible holes and money kept in them has been known to vanish within 24 hours!

5. Give up Expensive Habits - compute your savings if you give up smoking, buying Lotto tickets or eating an extra sweet snack

6. Sell Assets - sell all the clutter in your home (stuff that you no longer use)

Am trying to adopt the above principles at present.. And it's not that easy huh..! Maybe, I'll just start in small amounts first until I master budgeting our family income.. I just hope i would be successful and patient in dealing with this..

I hope somehow you were enlightened by this and will try it as a way of life..

I will try to share other insights of the book in my succeeding posts.. Until then..

Monday, October 13, 2008

Birthday Girl!

Hi! I've been in a long vacation.. I was on leave last thursday and friday.. because last thursday is my birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!) and since friday is an "ipit" day i made it a holiday as well.. hehe..

Well, I'm already 28 years old!!!! I thought am only 25 or 26.. kidding aside at some point i really thought that I am still at that age.. then i realized am not getting younger anymore... Anyway, enough for the drama.. I'll share with you now my unforgettable birthday moment, here it was..

Last thursday, i woke up at 7am had breakfast and cooked lunch for my baby and hubby's clan.. then my hubby (who is on mandatory leave the whole last week) and i went to my OB-GYNE for my 1st pap smear. afterwards, we went to Sto. Niño to drop and give my brother's habilin (someone will go to dubai).. We were suppossed to attend the mass in Catherdral unfortunately the mass is almost over.. Since it's already lunch time we were undecided where to eat until i decided that we go to the Robinsons Starmills and have lunch at Dencio's Bar and Grill Restaurant.




We ordered krispy pork sisig, sinigang na bangus belly, oriental chicken barbeque, and one order of plain, bagoong and garlic rice, also bottomless iced tea.. While waiting for our food, my department head/ city administrator walk in at the back entrance of the restaurant then i noticed the city mayor is coming next... my dept. head was looking around until he noticed and approached me.. i was shocked to see them of all the place and day, why now i asked myself.. then my boss asked me if i'm on leave and why i'm on leave (is he investigating or what?? hehe).. then i said "i'm on leave Sir because it's my birthday.." My boss was surprised to hear that he then went to his group.. at that point i want to get out of the resto and eat elsewhere.. harrrrr! i bet he told the city mayor about it.. and i'm right! a few minutes later the city mayor walk towards our table and greeted me a happy birthday! and asked me who is with me.. then i introduced my hubby.. the city mayor said.. "balaku mipaglolo kayu pmu!" which means "akala ko nagliligawan pa lang kayo..!" i can feel the blood rushing my face..! after a short talk, he went back to their table.. hayyyy.. i wished he went out of the resto.. hehehe..

When we're almost over eating, i can see the waiter talking to the city mayor and pointing at us.. what could that be, i asked my hubby... then i thought he might give us dessert! hahaha! but nobody was coming over.. hehe! until we asked for the bill, then the waiter said "ma'am, your bill was already paid by the city mayor!" we were surprised!!!!! i was not even personally close to the city mayor.. hehehe.. we had free birthday lunch!!! before we left the resto, we went to the city mayor to thank him and appreciate the treat.. hehehe.. i never imagined that would happen to me on my big day.. i won't forget my birthday this year..

After that sumptuous lunch, we watched the movie "My best friend's girl". It was a romantic comedy film of Kate Hudson.. I'll rate it 4 stars...

Since we had a free lunch, we went to Silky Touch (a beauty salon) for a facial for myself and foot spa with pedicure for my hubby (his first time, hihihi..)

Whew! what a day! my day was ended with a romantic evening with my hubby.. hehehe..

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

LANCE 1st Birthday Party!

Whooola! I'm here again! it's been a while huh?! At last, I'll share with you my baby's 1st birthday party last September 28.. It was held at Jollibee Intersection CSFP around 4pm.. Here's our itinerary on that day:
~ Had breakfast (in my in-laws house)
~ My BIL (a teacher and pursuing his doctorate degree) did the first haircut (just a few strands) of Lance (it's a "kaugalian" to have your baby's 1st haircut from someone who's intelligent so that your baby will be intellegent when he grows older)
~ Attended Holy Mass
~ Went to "Gupit Bulinggit" for Lance formal haircut

pity Lance.. he was tired after and slept right away..

~ Went to my mother's house (Calulut) for my baby's video and pictorial

~ Off to Jollibee for the party!

We thought our guests won't come as it was raining that day due to typhoon. Luckily, 122 guests celebrated with us.. Some of them stayed at the common area as the function room was jam-packed! First, let me show you Lance long hair..

And after.. here's how he looks..
this is during his pictorial, we gave car toys as tokens for our guests..
Here's my baby's attire on his bday..
... he is wearing a Grizzly red polo with a Snoopy necktie, khacky shorts with EQ diaper, and Chicco shoes with darlington socks (kailangan bang enumerate?!)
Lance party had two (2) mascot appearances.. Hetty and Jollibee..

can you notice our color coded attire?! hehehe
Lance was not frightened by this two huge characters while some of Lance cousins had fever after...
the Birthday CAKE...

Here are some of our guests..


noticed how crowded the place?
finally, here's our family portrait..

My baby was very happy on his birthday.. He will treasure this deep in his heart.. thank you for making this day a success!!!

Christmas Party!

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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  • Filed under: Events, Parties

I almost forgot to share our company party. It was held last December 13 at the Pampanga Convention Center. It was a Saturday, and it's the only available schedule of the venue which is the only place we, 1,000 plus city hall employees, can be accommodated.

The main program was the Dance Contest among departments and the theme of the contest is folk dances. This year the participants of the contest are the department/ division/ section heads since every year the rank and file employees are usually the participants. The city councilors had their part too..

Then, of course, there was also raffle draws - the most awaited part - wherein I won a half cavan of Denorado Rice!!! hehehe.. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to win the major prize - P20,000 cash tsk tsk!

After the party, my hubby and I went to our friend's house (Alain's) for a get together with my hubby's college friends and am the only gal. We drunk a few bottles of beers and a soothing coffee after. We arrived home around 1:30am - we were exhausted. :-)

World Wide Web Award

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Thank you Yhang, for this cute tag; thank you for being my friendship and now online friend. :-)

Thank you to these people : Eds, Jhona, Dez and Mye to whom I'm passing on this
tag for rocking my blogging world.

Giant Lanterns!

It's 6 days to go before Christmas! And we haven't started our shopping list! Urgh! We might gate crash Robinsons Starmills tomorrow and take chance of the Midnight Sale. Incidentally, tomorrow will be the Giant Lantern Festival and it will be held at Robinsons for the first time (usually it's in SM).. Am pretty sure the mall will be crowded with lots of lots of people.. Sigh!

Anyway, let me share with you the pride of Pampanga - the Christmas Capital of the Philippines (City of San Fernando) where you can only find the Giant Lanterns! Yep! These giant lanterns are eighteen (18) feet in diameter and with an average of 5,000 bulbs! Imagine that?!


Here's a closer look when it's lighted.. It's really amazing to see those dancing lights..!


Take a look of the Parade of Giant Lanterns from differents Barangays of the city.


Hope you could watch the festival.. =)

Random Facts!

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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The rules:
1. Each blogger must post these rules.
2. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
3. Bloggers that are tagged need to write ten facts about themselves. You need to choose ten people to tag and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged and also to read your blog.

10 Random facts/habits about me.
1. I love to cook and experiment on foods but I’m not an expert.
2. I enjoy web browsing which cause laziness at work.
3. I am nearsighted and have astigmatism.
4. I love doing household chores – cleaning everything.
5. I am quite a shy and serious gal but know how to have fun.
6. I can sing and dance a little.
7. I am not good in drawing, sketching, painting and the like.
8. I love shopping groceries.
9. I love eating and munching.
10. I love to watch movies but don’t have the time at present.

Thanks to Yhang for this tag.
I am tagging arlene, adette, vanie, mehann, monique, mye, shy, ka, dez and vbg

Friendships get together

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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  • Filed under: Friends, Gimiks

I am alive again! haha… I have quite busy days the past week..

After my 2-day seminar last November 30 (Sunday), I went to SM to meet up my Friendships (high school barkada) in Philippines – only 5 are remaining. That day was special as we have a complete attendance, this rarely happens. Also, 2 among us including my hubby are having their birthday this December. Our initial point of meeting is at UCC Café Shop then we headed to TEMPURA resto for the most awaited dinner. Take a look of our pics at Tempura:

(right-left): me, hubby, jowette, jorrel

(right-left): memond (rhia's hubby), rhia, grace, dexter (grace's hubby)

While waiting at Tempura, Jorrel and Wette sneak out to Breadtalk to buy mini-cakes for the birthday celebrants. Look at the future models of Breadtalk:

Unfortunately, we forgot to take photos of our food due to hunger.. ~tsk tsk~ All of us had a full-sized stomach! After dinner and chit-chatting, we thought of having our photo opps..

Apparently, snow is everywhere. ~wink~

My friend here dreams to be a model… pity him tsk tsk.. hehe


Feeling niya siya si piglet.. Sobrang publicity na yan Jorrel!!

Men do change after Marriage?

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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  • Filed under: Marriage

We had a 2 consecutive day celebrations. Yep! December 4 to 5 are big celebrations for me and hubby.. Why? – December 4 is our Wedding Anniversary and December 5 is my hubby’s birthday! Well, good thing for me as I can able to save my gift for hubby – 2 in 1 gift - --wink--

We had a very simple celebration. On our anniversary, we ate breakfast at Chowking before going to work. The next day, after office, we ordered out meals from Jollibee and watched the last full show of “Twilight” movie. The movie was so great; no doubt it’s number one! How I wish hubby is a vampire.. hahaha

The cinema was almost full when we arrived. Luckily, we got seats at the balcony. My hubby was seated at my left. Then, I’ve noticed that we were surrounded by couples and they are all in hugging position. While finding my comfort zone at my seat, I unconsciously rested at my left. Then my hubby jokingly uttered “Bakit ka naka-lean dito??!” I was shocked and ashamed to hear that. Nakakainis.. Then I recalled and told myself.. “Nung magboyfriend pa tayo eh todo yakap ka na parang naka-glue pa kamay mo sa pagyakap! Hmmp!” After that I moved away from him! Hmmp! I thought he was joking at first and eventually he will wrap his arms around me but I’m wrong! The whole time we’re watching movie we didn’t even get closer, as if we were not related. In fairness to my hubby, there are still sweet gestures he does/ continue after our marriage, 50%-60% I guess. But it is a fact that men really do change after marriage.. Isn’t Sises? I don’t mean total change but there are certain sweet things that husbands stop doing/ showing after years of marriage. Sometimes I tend to miss that gestures it makes me feel “I‘m wanted”. Well, I can only make face about it and can live with that as long as my hubby is loyal with me. Am I right?

Wordless Wednesday!

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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  • Filed under: Snap Shots

This is my entry..


This was during our Team Building at Batangas.
Pity turtle.. tsk tsk.. See how angry it was? HaHa!
Happy Wednesday!

The YEAR I was Born

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Thanks for this one Dez!

In 1980 (the year I was born)

Jimmy Carter is president of the US President Carter announces punitive measures and embargoes against the USSR in retaliation for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupts in a violent blast estimated to be 500 times as powerful as the Hiroshima atomic bomb Ronald Reagan is elected the 40th US president in a sweeping victory US Representative Michael O. Myers is expelled from the House for his role in the Abscam scandal Hewlett-Packard announces release of its first personal computer Microsoft announces their version of UNIX, Xenix Christina Ricci, Chelsea Clinton, Venus Williams, Jessica Simpson, Macaulay Culkin, and Jake Gyllenhaal are born Philadelphia Phllies win the World Series Pittsburgh Steelers win Superbowl XIV New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup The Empire Strikes Back is the top grossing film "Lady" by Kenny Rogers spends the most time at the top of the US charts U.S. viewers get caught up in the "Who Shot J.R.?" cliff hanger on the soap opera series, Dallas, which is solved on a November 21 episode, drawing a record numbers of viewers

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

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1. What happened in the year you were born? Take the quiz by clicking the link above.

2. Post the result of the quiz in your blog.

3. Tag 5 people who you think are born on a different year than yours.

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SHARQUE- 1980 Tagging: Faye, Gina, Ka, Vannie, Lhen

Movie Marathon

During our 3-day seminar in Malate last week, my colleague (Kat-kat) and I explored the Robinsons Place Ermita. It's our first time to go there and and it's quite a big mall. We were confused with the sections/ "wings" of the mall. Cinemas there are distributed among the "wings". 4 cinemas are located at Pedro Gil Wing, 3 at the Midtown Wing, the remaining I forgot :)

Anyway, on our first night, we watched the CITY OF EMBER. This movie is a must-to-see! It's a suspense fiction movie and it will cause you nervous breakdown! hehehe.. Here's the synopsis:


In the core of the earth, there lies a town (Ember) with a huge generator supplying their electricity. After so many years, the condition of the generator is becoming weak and is starting to collapse. Without the generator the city will be very dark. That's why the engineers and architects who built the Ember left a written instructions on how to get on the top of the earth in case of the destruction of the machine. This instructions which was time locked in a box was passed to the Elected Mayor of the city. The box was neglected and was kept in the dwelling of an ex-mayor, until the box was opened.. 3 children who were being arrested by the bad incumbent mayor tried to escape Ember through the help of the torn instructions. Did they able to get out? Well, find out at cinemas near you..


On the second night, we watched the PASSENGERS. This is a horror-suspense movie and will keep your mind wonder until the end of the movie. Here's the synopsis:


A lady psychiatrist was tasked to help the victims of a plane crash recover from the tragedy. In the course of her therapy, a theory that the crash was caused by an explosion of the right wing of the plane had evolved instead of a pilot error which is being claimed by the airline company. The airline company was unhappy with this. Her patients are missing one by one on their therapy sessions. Until, two patients were left - a woman and a guy, who fell in love with the doctor. Finally when no one was left but her, a shocking revalation daunted her.. Is she alive or not? See it for yourselves..


There you have it! I gave you an idea on what to do this weekends.. Enjoy it! Happy Friday!

Know how to tag already..!

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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  • Filed under: Universal

Finally! After how many years of learning how to post tags on my blog, I finally got it (i think so..)! hahaha.. I had my lucid interval.. hehehe.. I was confused with Eds instructions (peace sis) and i couldn't get it right.. anyway, i have quite tags lined up here they are..

Friendship Flower

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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Eds passed this to me.


Thanks sis! :)

This tag is all about "FRIENDSHIP OFFERING" with someone whom you know, to someone whom you already knew or will know in the future, globally.



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”And lovely are the blossoms
That are tended with great care,
By those who work unselfishly
To make the place more fair.
And, like the garden blossoms,
Friendship's flower grows more sweet
When watched and tended carefully
By those we know and meet.
And, if the seed of friendship
Is planted deep and true
And watched with understanding,
Friendship's flower will bloom for you. “


I’m passing this to Yhang, Jhona, Mye, Dez, Jenny, Ka, and Lhen

Viral Linking

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Thanks Mye for the tag! =)

Now I pass this to Eds - my precious niche, Gina, and Bhagya


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The Candle of LOVE, HOPE & FRIENDSHIP

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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I got this lovely candle from Eds. Thank you so much sis!


“Don’t let the Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die. May God richly bless you as you keep this candle burning. Pass it on to all your Friends and to everyone you love.”

BLOGGERS who SHARED: Vicy / Eds / SharQue / YOU

I’m sharing this to all my buddies. Feel free to grab it.

I Love your BLoG!

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My friendship Yhang gave this award. Thanks Sis!



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Previous awardees: Mabelle, Prily, Ate Norma, I Love Philippines Too, Shenga, Nova, WebbieStuffs, Nancy, Webloglearner, Pinay Wahm, and My So Called Life, Let’s Spice Things Up, Beauty and Shop, Idealpinkrose, allin, kimchiland, Korean Food, The Paper Vision, Embrace Simplicity, Me and Mine, A Window To Our World, A Grateful Heart, Can of Thoughts, A Mother’s Stuff, http://housewifeatwork.blogspot.com/, MommaWannabe, Lourdes Mia, Praning’s Shoutout, When Silence Speaks, Etc Atbp, Aeirin’s Collections, Life is What we Make it, Underneath It All, Cellulitic Bliss, 100% Kelly, C'est La Vie, Our Family Adventure!, As We Face Forever, BeinG mYselF

I am passing this award to Mye, Faye , Dez , Jhona, Ka, Shy and Bam

he has PNEUMONIA...!

  • Posted: 12:36 PM
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  • Author: SHARQUE
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  • Filed under: Health, Lance

Hey am back.. I attended a three-day seminar in Malate, Manila last week and had to take a leave from work yesterday to have Lance check up..

We are so anxious with Lance health because his coughs and colds won't heal, this lasted for almost a month now. He gradually lost his appetite.. he won't eat rice even Cerelac. He doesn't even like that much milk, he consumes milk around 20 oz or less a day. He will also take a few bites of crackers.. he totally lost his appetite last week which caused dropping his weight from 10.6kg to 9.09kg in a period of 1 week! My heart breaks when I see my baby like this.. weekly he is taking different kinds of antibiotics and anti-asthma but still his illness recurs.. then last sunday he got high fever.. That's why my hubby and I decided to look Lance health seriously and try changing his pedia..

Yesterday, we (me, hubby, my baby and MIL) went to Dr. Rebecca Arceo, family pedia of my hubby. She found small lymph nodes under my baby's ears and she instructed as to have Lance undergo xray exam. While taking the xray, Lance was so frightened with the machine he was screaming out loud.. my poor baby! Since the results will be released until 4pm, my MIL volunteered to wait for it and we go ahead home instead so that Lance could rest. When my MIL told me that the result was Pneumonia.. I wasn't able to react for a couple of minutes. My mind was blank. Then I thought what could be the cause.. I browsed the net and found this on the DOH site "Pneumonia may be due to an infection caused by any bacteria, virus, fungi or microbe. The most common caused of pneumonia are bacteria. Sometimes dust, chemicals, or food accidentally enter the lungs may also cause an inflammatory reaction that can lead to pneumonia."

My baby was not confine in the hospital yet.. he is under medication and observation until thursday. if he has still fever we need to visit his new pedia on thursday.

Inspite of the illness, my baby is still happy and playful.. though at some point he has bad mood maybe because he is feeling some pains. I just hope and pray that my baby will recover fast. Eventually, we will surpass this illness with our love and diligent care. I know God is taking care of my baby.. He will be fine soon.. Still including my baby in your prayers will be of great help and appreciated..

My Sick Baby..

My baby lance is sick.

Again and again.. he has colds and coughs! Last Saturday, we visited his pedia for his chicken pox vaccination and for his illness. Her pedia suggested to have Lance undergo a "TUBERCULIN" test because Lance had colds and coughs every month as indicated in his medical record. This test will determine if Lance has primary complex.. If his test will be positive, he will undergo 6 months medication!!!! His weight is slowly progressing.. 0.1 to 0.3 kilos per month.

I was wondering and saddenned with my baby's health.. What could be the cause of this? No one in our family has TB.. although due to climate, we have colds and coughs from time to time..

Yesterday, i had my day off as my baby had fever due to his vaccination and illness (pity Lance).... we had our bonding time together..






I hope and pray that he will have an excellent health.. my poor baby.. love you so much!

Tragic All Saints Day!

Hi everyone..! am quite busy my boss loaded me with tasks...

Anyway, just want to share my November 1 experience.. My hubby and I went to my lola, and tito's grave in the morning of that day.. After that we went home already. We were not able to visit the departed relatives of my hubby as we have stay home because Lance can't go to the cemetery as he is still recovering from his colds and coughs.

While driving home around 1pm, we encountered traffic in the "North Luzon Expressway". I said to my hubby there is a car accident.. there were patrol cars of NLEX, media, police. Gosh the accident could be terrible i told my hubby. Then, we were shocked to see first the car's engine! then we saw a Toyota Revo cut in half at the cliff of the road.. you will see the base of the vehicle (sorry am not familiar with the terms).. the passengers of that are surely not alive! A few meters away, we saw a bus (Fermina Express) and luggage of passengers are scattered. We were shocked to see such scene. Luckily, we didn't see the victims as it would be more tragic to see bloody people..

Based on the news, 5 people were killed and 51 were injured after the bus was overtaking another vehicle collided head-on with the Revo. see this link for the GMA news video http://www.gmanews.tv/video/31030/Fermina-bus-firm-faces-franchise-suspension

Here's a picture from inquirer..


What a tragedy... I hope all drivers must be very cautious and responsible in driving..

Happy Halloweeeeen!



HAPPY HALLOWEEEEN!
Enjoy your weekends guys...

~Wordless Wednesday~

It's my first Wordless Wednesday! Have fun..


I took these photos using my cam last November 2006. My family and relatives had a two-day escapade in Caliraya Recreational Center at Laguna for the celebration of my aunt's 60th birthday. All expenses were paid by my dear cousin.

Happy Wordless Wednesday to all!

Simplify...

I want to share the reflections on the book of Bo Sanchez, "Simplify and Live the Good Life". Below are the points which I like most. These points are the unified meaning of SIMPLIFY.

> Simplicity is having the time and space to embrace what is most important to you.

> Satisfaction doesn't come from getting what you want but wanting what you already have.

> We should always live below our earning capacity.

> If in my soul I deeply respect and value myself, people around me will sense that, and they, too, will value and respect me - whether I'm wearing an Armani or not.

> If you don't plan how you'll spend your money, you'll also end up in the same place financially: you'll have nothing at the of day.

> Don't work only for the money.

> Don't take living simply to the extremes. Living simply doesn't mean living in deprivation. Balance!

These would help us refrain from making debts and unnecessary expenses. Eventually making our savings account richer and our lives happier.

True indeed!

Unproductive Monday...

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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Hi everyone!

Yesterday, we were all unproductive here in the office as the electricity is on and off.. as in!!! not to mentioned the weather.. ang init!! the circuit breaker of the building was broken.. we were unable to see our work in the dark.. we were only chit chatting all afternoon and had a birthday treat from my colleague Kat-Kat (thank you for the food!).. that's how i spent my monday.. hope it will be better today...

Happy Tuesday to all!

-= Wordless Friday=-

Yup! Its my first Wordless Day.. and am making it today!


I took this photo (using my cellphone) last May 2005 at the beach of Iba, Zambales with my hubby (my BF at that time) while watching the sunset..

Happy weekends to all!

sicky sharque


Am sick lately.. I have colds and constant headaches. That's why am in my tamad mood to blog these past few days.. sorry guys.. be back soon.. need to rest...


Happy Weekends to all!

Yaya got scared..

Last Sunday, my hubby and I hired a yaya for Lance.. She was supposed to start working yesterday but we required her to have an x-ray and stool exam first as suggested by my BIL (a medtech). Yesterday morning, my MIL accompanied the yaya (who seems to be upset) at the nearby hospital for the x-ray exam. Since the result will be released in the afternoon, my MIL told the yaya to come back this morning and probably she can start working as it seems the x-ray result is just find as mentioned by the radiologist then her stool exam could be done later..

While eating breakfast this morning, she arrived with a sad looking face. Then she uttered "Ate, hindi pa ko nkapagpatest ng dumi ko baka may skit pala ako na diko alam baka maapektuhan pa ang baby mo.." I sensed that she is conveying something to me. Then I bluntly asked her if she is still interested to work for us and she replied "hindi na ako interesado, Ate.." At one point during our conversation, the yaya suprisingly said "..kc Ate sinabi ku naman sa iyo na wala akong skit pro di kayo naniwala wala pala kayong tiwala sa akin.."... Huh???!!! Then I told her "hindi nman sa wala akong tiwala.. sinabi ku naman sa iyo na mukhang wala ka nman sakit naniniguru lang ako.." Before the yaya left, I thanked her for coming..

Are we rude to require her those medical exams? We just want to make sure that the yaya has no illness as she will be handling my baby very often.. I've heard of many stories on yayas with TB and those babies they nursed acquired "primary complex". Our concern is for the welfare of my baby.. Is that too much to ask???

Simplify and Live the Good Life

My BIL shared to me the book of Bo Sanchez

... and I would like to thank him for that!

I have finished reading it already.. I was inspired and awakened (as Eds mentioned)..

As described in this book, you will alter your priorities and start focusing on what is most essential to your happiness. You will transform the way you use money and you will raise the quality of your most intimate relationships to a higher level - because you'll discover that they are the source of your greatest joys.

Bo's principles are so practical that you can adopt it easily in one's life..

I want to share with you some of the book's insights on how to save your money creatively...

The moment you get your salary, give your tithes first (tithe is in the Old Testament law which means giving 10% of your income to the Lord). Second, give at least 10% of your income to your savings account. Third, give to your "irregular expense" account - these are expenses that don't come each month like tuition fees, car insurance, or repairs. Figure out what irregular expenses are in your life and know how much they cost in total each year. Divide this figure by 12 and that's what you set aside.

Other ways to save money are as follow:

1. Automatic Savings - arrange with your employer or your local bank to regularly set aside a certain amount of your monthly salary for your savings - before you ever see it!

2. Save your Raise - allot your raise to your savings and live within your old paycheck

3. Keep Paying Loans After the Loans Are Paid Off - keep sending the same amount not to the creditors but to your savings account!

4. Hold On to Unexpected Cash - Received a bonus? cash gift from your parents? Keep this in your savings account - not in your wallet - because all wallets have invisible holes and money kept in them has been known to vanish within 24 hours!

5. Give up Expensive Habits - compute your savings if you give up smoking, buying Lotto tickets or eating an extra sweet snack

6. Sell Assets - sell all the clutter in your home (stuff that you no longer use)

Am trying to adopt the above principles at present.. And it's not that easy huh..! Maybe, I'll just start in small amounts first until I master budgeting our family income.. I just hope i would be successful and patient in dealing with this..

I hope somehow you were enlightened by this and will try it as a way of life..

I will try to share other insights of the book in my succeeding posts.. Until then..

Birthday Girl!

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  • Author: SHARQUE
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  • Filed under: Occassions

Hi! I've been in a long vacation.. I was on leave last thursday and friday.. because last thursday is my birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!) and since friday is an "ipit" day i made it a holiday as well.. hehe..


Well, I'm already 28 years old!!!! I thought am only 25 or 26.. kidding aside at some point i really thought that I am still at that age.. then i realized am not getting younger anymore... Anyway, enough for the drama.. I'll share with you now my unforgettable birthday moment, here it was..

Last thursday, i woke up at 7am had breakfast and cooked lunch for my baby and hubby's clan.. then my hubby (who is on mandatory leave the whole last week) and i went to my OB-GYNE for my 1st pap smear. afterwards, we went to Sto. Niño to drop and give my brother's habilin (someone will go to dubai).. We were suppossed to attend the mass in Catherdral unfortunately the mass is almost over.. Since it's already lunch time we were undecided where to eat until i decided that we go to the Robinsons Starmills and have lunch at Dencio's Bar and Grill Restaurant.




We ordered krispy pork sisig, sinigang na bangus belly, oriental chicken barbeque, and one order of plain, bagoong and garlic rice, also bottomless iced tea.. While waiting for our food, my department head/ city administrator walk in at the back entrance of the restaurant then i noticed the city mayor is coming next... my dept. head was looking around until he noticed and approached me.. i was shocked to see them of all the place and day, why now i asked myself.. then my boss asked me if i'm on leave and why i'm on leave (is he investigating or what?? hehe).. then i said "i'm on leave Sir because it's my birthday.." My boss was surprised to hear that he then went to his group.. at that point i want to get out of the resto and eat elsewhere.. harrrrr! i bet he told the city mayor about it.. and i'm right! a few minutes later the city mayor walk towards our table and greeted me a happy birthday! and asked me who is with me.. then i introduced my hubby.. the city mayor said.. "balaku mipaglolo kayu pmu!" which means "akala ko nagliligawan pa lang kayo..!" i can feel the blood rushing my face..! after a short talk, he went back to their table.. hayyyy.. i wished he went out of the resto.. hehehe..

When we're almost over eating, i can see the waiter talking to the city mayor and pointing at us.. what could that be, i asked my hubby... then i thought he might give us dessert! hahaha! but nobody was coming over.. hehe! until we asked for the bill, then the waiter said "ma'am, your bill was already paid by the city mayor!" we were surprised!!!!! i was not even personally close to the city mayor.. hehehe.. we had free birthday lunch!!! before we left the resto, we went to the city mayor to thank him and appreciate the treat.. hehehe.. i never imagined that would happen to me on my big day.. i won't forget my birthday this year..

After that sumptuous lunch, we watched the movie "My best friend's girl". It was a romantic comedy film of Kate Hudson.. I'll rate it 4 stars...

Since we had a free lunch, we went to Silky Touch (a beauty salon) for a facial for myself and foot spa with pedicure for my hubby (his first time, hihihi..)

Whew! what a day! my day was ended with a romantic evening with my hubby.. hehehe..

LANCE 1st Birthday Party!

Whooola! I'm here again! it's been a while huh?! At last, I'll share with you my baby's 1st birthday party last September 28.. It was held at Jollibee Intersection CSFP around 4pm.. Here's our itinerary on that day:

~ Had breakfast (in my in-laws house)
~ My BIL (a teacher and pursuing his doctorate degree) did the first haircut (just a few strands) of Lance (it's a "kaugalian" to have your baby's 1st haircut from someone who's intelligent so that your baby will be intellegent when he grows older)
~ Attended Holy Mass
~ Went to "Gupit Bulinggit" for Lance formal haircut

pity Lance.. he was tired after and slept right away..

~ Went to my mother's house (Calulut) for my baby's video and pictorial

~ Off to Jollibee for the party!

We thought our guests won't come as it was raining that day due to typhoon. Luckily, 122 guests celebrated with us.. Some of them stayed at the common area as the function room was jam-packed! First, let me show you Lance long hair..

And after.. here's how he looks..
this is during his pictorial, we gave car toys as tokens for our guests..
Here's my baby's attire on his bday..
... he is wearing a Grizzly red polo with a Snoopy necktie, khacky shorts with EQ diaper, and Chicco shoes with darlington socks (kailangan bang enumerate?!)
Lance party had two (2) mascot appearances.. Hetty and Jollibee..

can you notice our color coded attire?! hehehe
Lance was not frightened by this two huge characters while some of Lance cousins had fever after...
the Birthday CAKE...

Here are some of our guests..


noticed how crowded the place?
finally, here's our family portrait..

My baby was very happy on his birthday.. He will treasure this deep in his heart.. thank you for making this day a success!!!