December 29, 2011

Our Christmas Dinner Feast

These is our humble Christmas dinner feast, each a request from a member of the family. The palabok came from my sister-in-law's kids.
This spiral salad is my favorite. I bought 5 kilos of spiral pasta on sale at our office and I think I have enough pasta to last me a year!
This spiral pasta is for my mother. We also gave some to our neighbors and then we also had it the following day. I also had this for lunch the following Monday!
This graham mango cake is my eldest son's request and it was the biggest hit of all. They would have finished it in one sitting if I didn't intervene!
Danniel asked for the fried chicken and with Mang Tomas, it was perfect!
And this sweet, chili shrimp is requested by my sister Kris. I will make a separate post on it later. Not on the individual picture but on the table spread above is the grilled tilapia and bangus that my husband requested. It was just a simple dinner feast and would you believe that we also have enough for breakfast the following day? This coming media noche, requests are already coming in and I am excited for this feast as well :)

December 15, 2011

Tutubi Tutubi

Tutubi are dragonflies. I have always been fascinated with them and have even named my first blog, To Be, To Be, Tutubi, about them. These photos were taken during my daughter's field trip in Bulacan and the reason why I put them there is because when I retire in maybe some 30 years from now, I would like to be able to stay in a home where dragonfly are still present.
Which means that the place is still free from too much noise and pollution and I can still be left alone to think and examine how I loved my life
I want to be reminded how to be carefree and how to be alive, when that time comes.

December 13, 2011

Finding A Home in San Diego

Last week, we bid goodbye to our dear friend Steve and his family who are now moving to the US for good. Their petition for citizenship has been granted and while it is difficult to move to a new place, they are excited for this new adventure in their family life. Good thing my friend Steve is very organized. Months before their move, he has already checked out the San Diego Real Estate and tried to look for a home that will fit their family's needs. Since this is going to be a new place, he wanted a home that would be near everything: church, school, malls and their parents so he checked each San Diego Homes for Sale. When he couldn't find what he was looking for, he checked out other listing at San Diego MLS and luckily, found their dream home! It has everything that they need and wanted and was just perfect for the whole family! I actually was in awe of the home he found for his family that I went and check the listings for some ideas too, ha ha. While I know that Steve is sad to leave the country, he is open to the new challenges that this move will bring to his family and we wish his family the best.

December 9, 2011

The YakiMIX Ambiance

If I were to dream a little bigger for my dream house, I want something as elaborate as these chandeliers hanging at the buffet area of YakiMIX in Podium. I love how it made the place look like an expensive hotel lobby.
It looks very classy. I love the ceiling as well and would love to have something like that in my dream home.I also love the dining area and the wall panels and decors. Very tasteful indeed. And I love the ambiance that made the dining experience very memorable!
I have to insert a joke here :
Erap: Sarap sa YakiMIX, okay ang ambiance!
Pedro: Spell ambiance?
Erap: Ay mali. Okay sa YakiMIX, sarap ng food!

He He.

December 1, 2011

I Hate You, Manila Water




The last time that we went to our house in Montalban was in October and that was two months ago. We were either too busy, too lazy or something else, but we didn't visit the house for exactly two months until yesterday. We came from QC Memorial Circle for some family fun and exercise, and then we went to the house, hoping to rest after cleaning up, because we were sure was in such a state! Unfortunately, I didn't expect that Manila Water will disconnect our water service even though we have no consumption for those two months! Our neighbor said that a team from Manila Water was there early this week to disconnect the service and since nobody was living in our house, we were not able to run to the nearest payment center to settle our dues just like they and most of our neighbors did. Our bill for the month of October was P69.70 and for November, P72.45 which was for "minimum" (meaning zero) consumption. I can understand that they will disconnect the service for unpaid water that you use but when you didn't use even a drop of their water, the least they could do was to call your attention first! And they even have the gall to bill you for reconnection fee of P474.36 was was 7x more than our monthly bill! I really hate Manila Water right now. Good thing our neighbors were such great people and they offered their water for us which we use to clean the house! So my husband paid the bill and the reconnection fee at 7-11 and I called the 1627 hotline to tell them that I have paid them already and they should connect my water service right away. Of course, they told me last night that it will take them a maximum of 3-5 days before they connect it, but I wouldn't hear any of it. I called again this morning and was told that they have already reported it to the Marikina Business Office and that I should expect to get a call from them within the day once service has been reconnected. Of course, I will call them again later today if I don't hear anything!

And what is the moral of the story? Pay Manila Water even though you did not use any water? I guess that is the price we have to pay for having such services privatized! And Manila Water must not say that they provide water service because there was no service involved here, just business. Sigh.

Update: As of December 2, 623 pm our water connection has not been restored according to their hotline 1627. Can you imagine having no water for more than 2 days? What if we live at the house and they are taking this long to reconnect the service? I hate you Manila Water!

Another update: Last December 2 at 1048pm, I received a text from 09273286584, saying 'gud pm po. service provider po ito ng manila water nareopen n po ung metero ung nov 30 pa po. pakicheck n lang po ung gatevalve' I groggily replied Thanks, will do that. And then by December 3 at 1059am, I received another text from the same number 'mam gud am po. nareopen n po namin ang servisyo ng tubig nyo wala pong tao. nov 30 pa po. salamat po. So two texts from the service provider but they didnt report it to their 1627 hotline from November 30 to December 2 at 623 pm? Yeah right because I have no way of knowing who is telling the truth: the hotline or the service provider, I will just assume that they just reopened after my irate call on December 2! And I still hate Manila Water!

November 28, 2011

November 14, 2011

My Sampaguita Plant

Other than reading and blogging, gardening is one of my passion. I have lots of plants in my tiny backyard but for the life of me, I cannot grow a flowering plant! Except for a bougainvillaea, all my plants are just vines and hanging plants. I have never made an orchid bloom too! So when I saw this Sampaguita plant being sold in Divisoria early this year, I made sure that it has roots already.So I was so sure that this plant would live under my care. But it stopped growing leaves and almost wilted. So I moved it some place where there was direct sunlight. It was difficult finding such spot because we have this high wall and sunlight only reaches the plants for some two hours in the morning but I did manage to find one and thankfully, it has now sprouted new leaves! Soon, we will have Sampaguita flowers in our mini garden. Ignore the fact that I don't have a sense of smell and will not be able to enjoy the scent because I can still imagine it anyway!

October 28, 2011

Super Space Saving Sofa!

Is this for real? I need to have this. Truly need this. I just hope its for real. Because it is a real awesome space saving idea!

October 17, 2011

How to Withdraw Your Contribution from Pag-Ibig Fund

A Pag-Ibig member, or those who pay monthly contributions to the fund have the following benefits:
1. Savings
2. Short Term Loan
3. Access to housing loans

Unlike SSS where you are member for life and cannot withdraw your contributions until you turn 60 and opt for pention or lump sum payments a Pag-ibig member can opt to withdraw his contributions under the following conditions:
1. A member may withdraw his TAV or savings after 20 years of membership with the Fund and after having made a total of 240 monthly contributions.

2. A member may also withdraw his savings under any of the following valid grounds:

a. Retirement
• Early retirement at age 45
• Optional retirement at age 60
• Mandatory retirement at age 65
b. Permanent departure from the country
c. Permanent or total physical disability
d. Insanity
e. Termination from service by reason of health
f. Death of the member
g. Optional withdrawal at 10 or 15 continuous years of membership
• A member who registered under RA7742 may be allowed to withdraw his TAV
after 10 or 15 years of continuous membership.
• A member who registered under RA9679 may be allowed to withdraw his TAV
after 15 years of continuous membership.
h. Other causes as may be provided by the Board of Trustees
I am helping my ex-boss process her withdrawal of her Pag Ibig Fund savings because she is permanently leaving the country to reside abroad. But her permanent visa has not been issued yet so we will have to wait it for before we file again. I only learned that after her documents were returned to me.

For those leaving the country permanently, here are the requirements:
1. Filled up provident benefit claims form. Download here.
2.Notarized sworn declaration of intention to permanently depart from the Philippines.
3. Immigrant visa or residence visa or equivalent
4. 2 valid ids with signature and photo of claimant
5. Special power of attorney if member cannot claim personally.

It is preferable that the member file this before leaving the country so that he does not need to have the documents authenticated at the Philippine consulate of the country where he will emigrate.
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October 11, 2011

Japanese House

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What a cute yellow Japanese house! This is a design in the Dragon Express ride at Star City and I snapped a picture while we were on the roller coaster for kids!
Yep, the only roller coaster rides I enjoy and dare ride are those made for kids, ha ha!

October 4, 2011

Pedring: How High Was the Flood?

This is the view in front of my house after I took this picture last Sunday. On better days, this is a corn field and sometimes, there are vegetable crops. The boundary of the subdivision property is the wall on the foreground.
And from here, you can see how the flood water from the river has encroached on the field. And during Ondoy, this field was covered in water, reaching up to the ceiling of my house. During Pedring, according to my neighbor who had to go to the evacuation center in the morning, the flood water level was just two rulers short of the wall and it would have flooded us again. Thankfully, the water receded at around 6pm on Wednesday.
But my neighbor opted to stay at the evacuation center at the nearest public school for the night rather than risk being flooded at night. I dont think there is no way we can move here unless we have a second floor because I cannot leave my kids and mom at home and go to work when there is a threat of flood. So, what to do now?

September 30, 2011

Typhoon Pedring: Ondoy Redux

This could have been my home and I am lucky that this time around, our place was spared. The picture above was taken at a home in San Mateo, Rizal which was very near our place in Montalban. My neighbors were already at the evacuation center at around 2 pm on Wednesday when I was texting them how they were at the height of Typhoon Pedring's fury. I texted them again in the evening but they only replied in the morning of the following day to say that they were already back at their house and that the water thankful didn't reach inside our homes. While I was able to breathe a sigh of relief, I was thinking when will it happen again. I guess you can say that our resolve to move again to our dream home has once again dimmed. Unlike residents in Provident Village whose homes were once again submerged in water, only Ondoy was able to destroy our home so far but the dreadful sense of loss and helplessness remains. I don't know if we will feel safe again in this home whenever there is a typhoon so I don't know what will happen in the future. I don't know.

September 26, 2011

Remembering Ondoy

We will never forget the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy two years ago. We were one of the lucky ones who only suffered damage to property because the unlucky ones lost loved ones and not just property.
But the said thing is, after the calamity, we are back to ignoring nature and all the things that have caused us to suffer this much are back again. Our forests are still denuded, our drainage systems are still clogged and a lot more. Hay, I just pray that Ondoy will never happen again because we are not prepared.

September 21, 2011

Pacquiao's House in LA, California

This is old news but I only saw this today so please allow me to express my amazement at this beautiful house of the Pacquaio's in Los Angles, California as featured in PEP magazine. I know that they have also bought another new home, the one in Forbes Park this year and I am really happy for the couple and their family. My ultimate dream is to own a beautiful home and this is really something that I envy them. I just wish I have the money to buy a home as amazing as this.

So, check out more photos of this drool-worthy house at PEP at this link.

September 15, 2011

After 6 Years of Paying Amortization

Our home loan was approved in 2005 and after 6 years of paying monthly amortization, we have paid only 34% of the principal loan amount! This is for a 15 year-loan. Of our monthly amortization, only 16% of that is being deducted from the principal. That is why we decided to pay more than our monthly due because the excess will be charged to the principal amount. This way, we will lessen the number of years we will have to pay the house. We plan on paying some more using our extra money like bonuses and the like, but again, life gets in way. There are more bills to pay and living expenses that has to be prioritized! Oh well,we knew what we were getting into when we took out this home loan and I guess we really just have to live with our choice especially because it will lead to the realization of our dream: that of owning our own home!

And if you want to find out how to compute your mortgage real estate payments, see this mortgage calculator from Foreclosure Philippines.

September 2, 2011

Would You Like Some Tax Refund with That?

One of the paperwork that I dread yearly is the computation of income tax, especially when I need to pay more than what was already deducted from my salary. While it is easier for employees like me because our tax is computed automatically and deducted from our pay, there are purchases and other expenses that can still minimize the amount of tax we need to pay. However, computing these deductions manually and doing the necessary paperwork is sometimes too tedious you would think its not worth the refund anymore. Good thing that there is tax extension deadline that gives you more time to work on it and see if you can get the biggest tax refund possible. I actually look forward to the month of February because that is the time we are informed whether we qualify for a refund or not. However, since I have not filed any additional dependents nor changed my status, I am stuck to not getting any refund. But since I pay for my kid's education and pay amortization on my house and my second-hand car, I think I should at least get something by way of refund! I am now checking out how to work these things when I saw Turbo Tax Deluxe and I hope I can make my filings in time and with more tax refund to look forward to!

August 24, 2011

Can You Apply for a New Pag Ibig Housing Loan if your Spouse has an Existing Housing Loan?

I have asked the Pag Ibig personnel handling my account about this question: Can You Apply for a New Pag Ibig Housing Loan if your Spouse has an Existing Housing Loan? And the short and simple is NO. Your co-maker in your loan is usually your spouse and since a house is a conjugal property, it means that both of you applied for and are paying for this loan. But if you applied for a loan when you were single and is now married and your spouse would like to apply for a new housing loan, this is possible. My neighbor in our Montalban house did it. The house beside us was in the name of the wife when she was still single and they now took out another loan from Pag Ibig on another property, now under the name of the husband. So, what does it means for us who owns a house mortgaged thru Pag Ibig but is not comfortable at moving at it right now and is loooking for other housing projects, hopefully to be financed through Pag Ibig? It means that we have to pay our existing loan in full and apply for a new one right after. Yes, I asked this also when I was processing my insurance claim after the Ondoy disaster.

For more answers to your questions about the Pag Ibig Fund, please refer to this FAQ's.

Loving My Dream

The best thing about blogs, they just keep going! I know that I have not posted anything in this blog for some time now but it does not mean that I am forgetting it completely. Its just the dream house project is in some kind of cross roads after the recent typhoon. I am still thinking whether I should altogether give up on this house and rent it out or just wait. Wait for what, I really dont know! But this blog will keep on going now matter which way I take on the future of this house. Right now, I am exploring the possibility of just renting it out and I may have a post about it soon!

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August 16, 2011

Early Christmas Gift Ideas

Time flies so fast and Christmas is just around the corner! The half of the year is over and its just 4 months till the biggest season of all. And I personally believe that August is the best time to start writing those Christmas lists because you will be in no hurry and you can give your time in thinking of the best gift for each of your family and friends. When I saw these Big Sister gifts, I know that I have the perfect gift already for more than half of my loved ones on the list. I also saw this huge sign for mall wide sale at a nearby store until the end of this month and I am sure I can find something for the men and boys on my list. I also just got back from a vacation in Boracay and Cebu and souvenir items like necklaces and bracelets are also perfect for Christmas gifts. So by November, if I am to go by my schedule of buying at least 5 items per month, I would very little to worry about come the holiday rush. And the best part is that I get to save money but I get to give each and every one a well-thought gift!

July 20, 2011

To Blessed to be Stressed!

I complained because I had no shoes, till I saw a man who had no feet.
I have a house, binabaha nga lang. I have a house, malayo nga lang. I have a house, pero di pa tapos. I know I should be counting my blessings instead of thinking of about how difficult it is to build a house. There are really times when it is indeed hard, but I know that if I pray hard enough and workhard enough, then it will be given to me. I WILL BUILD MY DREAM HOUSE! And if I am sometimes too stressed just thinking about it, I will count my blessings instead: every hollow blocks, every tile, every paint stroke was a blessing. And the flood was just a reminder that there might be difficulties, but I can still make my dream come true!
I am too blessed to be stressed!

July 1, 2011

Almost Flooded

My house is located at the boundary of the village and this is the view from my house the Sunday after Typhoon Falcon. The water from the flooded river reached the field up to half of the wall. My neighbors had to move their stuff from their house to another house with a second floor and then they went to the evacuation center before night fell. The following morning when they went home, they were very thankful to know that we were not flooded once more! But I don't think it was good news!

I felt that Typhoon Falcon was nowhere near Ondoy's intensity but why did the water level reached that high? During this time, our other house in Sta Mesa was also almost flooded and my husband and I were already worried. But can you imagine my worry if my kids and my mom were here and we cant get to them on time? And what if they had to evacuate without us? Id another Ondoy was to happen during daytime and we were already living here, we will probably not wait for the water to rise and just leave the place already? But what if we were at work? Or what if it happened at night? Oh my God, can you imagine the worry?

So at this time, plans to move next year are under serious consideration. And this post is to be continued.






June 24, 2011

Not Another Ondoy, Please!

This was my house in 2009 after Ondoy. And the heavy rains brought by Falcon is making me and my family very nervous! We have made so much improvement to the house and we have appliances and furnitures there now so I hope there wont be a repeat of Ondoy!
But its Friday now and the typhoon should have left already but there are still heavy rains and its really making me restless! Dear God, please not another Ondoy!

June 7, 2011

House Hunting!

While I do love my house to bits, I know that given a chance, meaning enough money to look for another property, I will grab it right away! The location of our house is not very accessible to our work because it is an hour away by motorcycle. Okay, maybe it will just take a while for us to get used to the distance because we are now living some 15 minutes away from work and school and church and malls! But I know that should I ever win the lottery, I will definitely look for a property near Pasig or Antipolo. But still, I love my home! My friend Christa was just on the phone with me a while ago because she was looking at diamond bar homes for sale and she cant decide what to buy! There are lots of real estate in diamond bar and she cant make up her mind on what she intend to invest her money on. Truth be told, I envy her because money is not her problem but that she is overwhelmed by the many beautiful choices. I just told her to visit each and every one and she will definitely fall in love with one property. House hunting is never easy but I am sure that if I were on her shoes, I will surely enjoy it!

May 19, 2011

Brigada Eskwela 2011

The Department of Education shall conduct this year’s Brigada Eskwela known also as the National Schools Maintenance Week on May 23-28, 2011 where volunteers help school personnel in their respective areas to spruce up classrooms and school premises. Brigada Eskwela is a school maintenance program that engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources in ensuring that public school facilities are set in time for the forthcoming school opening. Source

I had a chance to participate in a Brigada Eskwela when my sister was in high school. The parents/guardians of the students contributed time and money and skills to make the classroom more conducive to learning. I remember that we donated money to buy paints, curtains and electric fans and some parents did the work. It was tiring but fun and we did it willingly. My kids are all enrolled at private schools and they do not have this kind of program because we are already paying for all of this with the amount of tuition fees an d miscellaneous expenses that they charge!

May 17, 2011

Red House

One day when I have saved up enough money to build our house and even more money to build a rest house, it would look like this. There would be a river or a beach behind or in front of it, but the house would be like this red house I saw during a wedding reception. It looks so much like home!
And I love the plants too! And I can imagine me and my husband sitting in front of the house and sipping coffee or wine and just marveling at how lucky we were in life! Now, that is one dream!

May 10, 2011

We Are Moving In...

to the dream house, but in a year, that is. But I guess it is a big step and we really need to have a year to prepare everybody in the family for the big move. As of this writing, we scraped plans to transfer the kids to a new school despite our disappointment at their current school. They will transfer again next year and I don't like the unnecessary stress of a new school this year. My sister will be on her last year in college next year and I think she can handle the travel and it will prepare her for when she starts working. There are still a lot of things we need for the house before we move in and we hope that a year is enough for us to save for it. We plan to have the ceiling done this December and the second floor in two years. As I said, this home is a work in progress and I am excited at the possibilities of what we can do with it!

April 29, 2011

June 20, 2011 is a Holiday!

"to give all Filipinos the opportunity to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country, rekindle their admiration and respect for him, and to celebrate this milestone with appropriate ceremonies, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) requested that Monday, June 20, 2011, be declared as special non-working holiday instead of June 19, 2011, which falls on a Sunday."



April 26, 2011

Sunny Side Up!

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What's for breakfast?
This was what we had for breakfast at our dream house, together with fried tuyo, pandesal and coffee. Since we have no refrigerator here, we have to buy food that will not spoil. So I bought a tray of eggs, some tuyo, some canned goods and noodles! More like refugee food. Good thing it was lent and the kids did not complain that there was no meat to be had! But it was a very delicious breakfast, I tell you!
Oh, and there was this fried and crispy galunggong for lunch too! Yummy indeedy!

Breakfast at the Dream House

My heart dwells in this house even though we do not live here yet. And whenever we are here, my heart rejoice and my stomach cries for more nourishment! But even though it was just a breakfast of fried eggs, pandesal and tuyo, my heart is filled and overflowing!

That is how you feel when you dwell in your own home! Soon my home!

April 19, 2011

Relocation of Squatter's From Santol, Quezon City

It was good news for people in our Barangay to see that informal settlers in Silencio and Butig Street will finally be relocated to their own homes in Montalban Rizal. For as long as I can remember, these houses, usually no more than two meters by and two meters lined the streets going to the church and to the high school in our Barangay. I think this is an ongoing project of the Quezon City government because a few months back, the informal settlers from another street were paid and given relocation too. Still, you have to at least symphatize with the people that this is going to be difficult for them in the beginning.There were a lot os high school students here who would be tranferring to a new school, and employees who would have to get used to a longer commute.
But still, they must be thankful that they will finally have a home of their own soon and that they will finally shed off the label of being called squatters. There is a deeper sense of pride when yu have a home you can call your own!
Left in the wake of the relocation are these structures that are now being demolished. I just hope that our Barangay will do something to make this area beautiful and not just a free parking space for jeepneys in our area.
I also wish that they will protect this area to make it free from squatters in the future because I remember my mother inlaw saying that those who lived here were "malakas kay Kap." I hope that this will not happen again in other areas of our barangay to keep it a more safer and cleaner place for everybody.




March 16, 2011

My House is Right Smack in the Valley Fault Line!

I am not an alarmist.I cant read maps to save my life. So I dearly hope I am wrong and that the area where my Montalban house is (which is somewhere in the purple encircled portion) within the safe area of the Valley Fault System. My house is in San Jose or Burgos ,Montalban, Rizal. The map is from the Philvocs website because I saw the Director on TV telling us that we can check if our house is in the danger zone should a major earthquake happen in the country.Am I wrong or am I wrong? I pray that I am wrong. I admit that I didn't do my homework and I didnt check if the house that I was buying was near these active faults. So I will just pray that I am wrong! With everything that is happening in Japan, I wish this wont happen in the country soon.


March 10, 2011

Robinsons Malls Hot Summer Sale!

All Robinson's Malls are having their Hot Summer Sale on March 18, 19 and 20! It is actually in time for the release of leave conversion moolah's so maybe I can buy something for the house! Its good (and its bad too!) that Robinsons Galleria is just a building from my office!

Reminder to self: Shop for home essentials only! He he!


March 9, 2011

I want these Nipa Huts

We went on a 4 days, 3 nights vacation to Pueto Princesa City and one of the places we visited in the city was the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. The place looks so peaceful and calm and these nipa huts caught my attention. Prisoners were lounging on these huts and I really love how peaceful they look, like they have no care in the world. If I have money and can have my own farm, I want these Nipa Huts too!

We loved our vacation and it was really good for the soul. But if we did not go on that vacation, we already have new beds for the house, ha ha!

Dress Proudly for the Job

I have always looked up to people in uniforms. I love how cops and military men look so proper wearing their uniform and I always feel protected when I am with them. I love priests and nuns and feel secure in their presence because of the purity that their white cassocks bring. I love the primness of teachers and appreciate the seriousness of their job. I love bank tellers at how efficient they look on their crisp uniforms. I especially love the medical professionals, especially the nurses on their nursing scrubs. They look so efficient and caring at the same time wearing their scrub clothing and I always feel safe on their hands. If they can maintain their clean look on a nurse uniform while doing a very serious job, I believe that they are dedicated in making the patient feel well-cared for. I believe that their uniform makes them stand out as public servants. Dressing proudly for the job and sometimes a calling, nurses and doctors are on top of my list. I wish one of my children someday would wear these white uniforms and serve other people with utmost sincerity. That day will make me a very proud parent indeed!

March 2, 2011

Life Skills from School

Whenever my friends or family ask me why I love gardening or crafts, I can only answer truthfully that I was influenced by my elementary school teacher. Part of our lessons then were planting bermuda grass on the school grounds and other flowers and we were each assigned a partner and a plot of soil to work on. My partner and I almost always were given the top prize. In sewing class, I can still remember that we were taught to make our own lab coats in preparation for our high school biology. Our lab coats then were not as chic looking as scrubs now, but it was well worth it because we wore it proudly! I learned how to use the sewing machine in school and since we don't have one at home where I have to finish my project, I learned to sew beautifully by hand as well. There are other craft works that I can still remember now like the copper money tree and the soap carving decors and I wish that my kids are also able to learn life skills from school. I know that I can make them a lab coat if absolutely necessary and I can teach them to make one too! It does not matter that I know where I can buy, but it does matter to me that I know that I can make them. I am thankful for those teachers who taught me life skills that I am still finding very useful until now.

February 25, 2011

Cebu Pacific's P25 Sale!

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the EDSA revolution, Cebu Pacific is having a P25 sale!
Sale period is today until Feb 26 or until seats last and travel period is from June 1-Sept 30, 2011. Book now!

February 22, 2011

Built-In Beds


I can't remember where I found this picture but I want to have this in my house. I have small rooms and we need to maximize the space as much as possible. This is best I think, especially if cabinets can also be made under the bed! Now, that is a perfect space-saver!

February 8, 2011

I am joining Chris Chronicles 1st Blogversary Giveaway!



I am joining Chris Chronicles 1st Blogversary Giveaway because I want to win any of the great cash prizes! I am going on a Palawan trip this March and I need the moolah, ha ha! The prizes are so amazing: $100 for the 1st winner, $50 for the second, $30 for the 3rd and Blogger or Wordpress template for the 4th winner!

Joining this giveaway contest is very easy:
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January 30, 2011

My Utility Bills

Last month, we stayed at our Montalban home for more than a week. We entertained guests for a whole day and a couple of friends even stayed over until the following day. My sister-in-law handed me the utility bills which I asked her to get from our house and you know how much I have to pay for the previous months? Only P3.50 for electricity and 70.94 for water! I love paying for these utility bills! My bills at our house here at Santol for water is more than a thousand pesos and more than two thousand for electricity. Its maybe because three houses share in one meter for both water and electricity or maybe we just consume a lot. But still, I wish we can move to our home already. Soon I hope.