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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Been Busy Packing

Our trip to the Philippines is getting closer. My hubby and I have been busy packing up our things. I didn't realize how hard it was to pack until I started it. We've been doing it for a few days already but it seems like the packing is unending. We already have given away a lot of stuffs that we can't take with us but still there are lots of things remaining. My step-kids came last week and got some of the furniture and appliances and a lot more. We also had given some to my friends and also to our neighbor. We had thrown a bunch in the dumpster and my hubby had given some to Salvation army. I didn't realize how much we got until I packed. Hopefully, we will be done tomorrow and leave this house on Monday. We will go to my step-daughter's house and spend Christmas and New Year there before we fly to the Philippines. I'm already excited to see my family but at the same time sad because I'll be leaving my friends and family here in Texas. I'm pretty sure I gonna miss them when my hubby and I will leave.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Other Blog

I just created another blog folks. I hope you will visit it too by clicking here. I didn't want to make another blog but since this blog of mine has been flagged down by PPP, I decided to create another one. I even bought a domain because it's on sale right now at 1and1. I only paid $3.99 for my domain for 1 year and it's really a good deal. See you in my other blog entitled Memory Lane.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pandesal and Cinnamon Rolls From My Friend

A Filipina friend of mine gave me some of her home-made pandesal and cinnamon rolls yesterday. She is really a good cook and her pandesal taste so good. Here in the US especially in Texas, you can't find pandesal in the stores or bakeshops. I was so delighted when my friend called me and she told me that she will stopped by and give me some of the pandesal and cinnamon rolls that she baked. I told her before that my hubby love to eat pandesal and both of us have been craving for it. We ate some of the pandesal last night and we still have some left and I put it in the freezer. They were so good! It won't be long and we will be in the Philippines and we can eat freshly baked pandesal. I can't wait to be there.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Beautiful Foliage

This is my 6th Fall season here in the US and I'm still fascinated to see the foliage of the trees changed into different colors during this time of the year. The trees become so colorful before their leaves start to fall. I would be missing these kind of scenery when we go back to the Philippines. We have no Fall, Spring or Winter there. We only have 2 seasons, the dry and the wet season because Philippines is in the tropics. The photos below were taken when hubby and I went to Alvarado last Thanksgiving Day.



Monday, December 1, 2008

Black Friday Shopping

My hubby and I went shopping at Wal Mart last Black Friday. We didn't go until 10 AM though and most of the items on sale were already gone and sold out. We were able to buy just one Wrangler blue jeans for my hubby which was on sale for $8. We wanted to buy at least 3 pairs but there were only 2 left and the other 1 was not his size. They said that our economy is getting weak but the people rushed out to the stores to avail the discounted prices of the items on sale. The stores were full of shoppers. Nothing can stop people from shopping. The discounted prices had attracted lots of people to go shop in the stores as early as 4 AM. I didn't want to wake up early and fall in line in the store so we just went there late. I was able to buy a 4GB USB flash drive for my computer so I can store some of my files in it. It was on sale for only $9. We didn't have much to buy because those items on sale were almost gone.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another Purse

My hubby and I went to Wal Mart this morning. We bought some groceries and also some yarns that I'm going to crochet to make another scarf and also to continue the bed spread that I'm crocheting. Then my hubby went to check out while I was busy looking at the bags, socks and jogging suits. I wanted to buy a pair of jogging suit but then I changed my mind. But I was able to buy me a pair of toe socks and a white purse. I've been wanting to have a white purse to match my white sandals and clothes. When I saw that the price of the purse was marked down more than 50% off, I grabbed the white purse and it's the last one of that style. I went to check out and after I paid, I found my hubby sitting near the entrance door waiting on me. I told him I bought a purse and he said, as if I needed one. He knows that I have a collection of purses but I told him I don't have a white purse yet. Purses and shoes are my weaknesses.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stop Drinking Softdrinks

Please read this. An interesting piece of information.......

Have a look at the wrapper on a Coca-Cola 1.5 liter bottle and in the ingredients label you will find phosphoric acid in it. Minute quantities of ethylene glycol are also used (which is acknowledged in the soft drink world for making it really chill).

This is popularly known as anti-freeze which prevents water from
freezing at 0 deg C and instead drops it 4-5 degrees with minute
quantities. This chemical is a known slow poison in the caliber of
arsenic. So, if you manage to drink about 4 liters of Coke within
an hour or so, you can die.

Read along and give up these dangerous things. Be natural;
have flavored milks, tender coconuts, buttermilk, and plain water
instead of these "soft" drinks.

Guess what's the pH for soft drinks, e.g. Coke? PH 3.4! This acidity is strong enough to dissolve teeth and bones!

Our human body stops building bones at the age of about 30.
Soft drinks do not have any nutrition value (in terms of vitamins
&minerals). It is high in sugar content, carbonic acid, chemicals i.e. colorings etc. Some like to take cold soft drinks after each meal. Guess what's the impact? Our body needs an optimum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius for digestive enzyme functioning.

The temperature of cold soft drinks is very much below 37 degrees
or even close to 0 degrees Celsius. This will dilute the enzymes &
stress the digestive system. The food taken will not be digested.
In fact it will be fermented! The fermented food produces
gases, decays and becomes toxin, gets absorbed by the intestine,
circulates in the blood stream and is carried to the whole body. Hence toxin is accumulated in other parts of the body, developing into various diseases.

Think before you drink coke/Pepsi (or any soft drink) again.
Take water or juices instead. Have you ever thought what
you drink when you drink an aerated drink? You gulp down
carbon dioxide, when nobody in the world would advise you to
drink CO2.

Two months back, there was a competition at Delhi University
"Who could drink the most Coke?" The winner drank 8 bottles
and fainted on the spot-too much CO2 in the blood. Thereafter,
the principal banned all soft drinks from the college canteen!
While this might have been an extreme measure, their results
do provide some food for thought. Did you know that soft drinks
use chemicals in them that cause immense harm to you. Someone
put a broken tooth in a bottle of Pepsi and in 10 days it DISSOLVED!
Can you believe it? Teeth and bones are the only human parts
that stay intact for years after death.

Imagine what the drink must be doing to your soft intestines and
stomach lining!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Butter Vs. Margarine

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

DO YOU KNOW.. the difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine...

Very high in trans fatty acids.

Triple risk of coronary heart disease.
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times the normal risk.

Lowers quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC!!!

This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

Try this test yourself:

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends..... (If you want to 'butter them up')!

Chinese Proverb:
When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

Burglary in Florida

When southern Florida resident Nathan Radlich's house was burglarized recently, thieves ignored his wide screen plasma TV, his VCR, and even left his Rolex watch. What they did take, however, was 'a generic white cardboard box filled with a grayish-white powder.' (That's the way the police report described it.)

A spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale police said, 'that it looked similar to high grade cocaine and they'd probably thought they'd hit the big time.' Later, Nathan stood in front of numerous TV cameras and pleaded with the burglars: 'Please return the cremated remains of my sister, Gertrude. She died three years ago.'

The next morning, the bullet-riddled corpse of a local drug dealer known as Hoochie Pevens was found on Nathan's doorstep. The cardboard box was there too; about half of Gertrude's ashes remained.

Scotch taped to the box was this note which said: Hoochie sold us the bogus blow, so we wasted Hoochie. Sorry we snorted your sister. No hard feelings. Have a nice day.

And you thought California was the land of fruits and nuts!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Jesus is Lord Tag

Thanks Richelle for this tag. I really like this tag because it's about my dear Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Proverbs 22:5-6 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. All children must learn that there is only one King of all Kings and Lord of Lords and that is: Jesus Christ!


I am passing this to Grace, Rocks and Ging.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Amazing Power Of Music

Listening to music is a great way to make exercising more enjoyable. MP3 players are an excellent way to do this. But as science is now beginning to document, music may have a much greater impact on your health than previously imagined.

Exercising to Music Can Boost Your Verbal Skills

For example, while studies have shown that exercising alone has the capability to improve your mood and increase the speed of your decision-making process, listening to music while exercising has been shown to improve verbal fluency as well.

A 2003 study published in the journal Heart Lung found that listening to music while exercising boosted cognitive levels and verbal fluency skills in people diagnosed with coronary artery disease.

Coronary artery disease has been linked to a decline in cognitive abilities. In this study, signs of improvement in the verbal fluency areas more than doubled after listening to music compared to that of the non-music session.

Music Reduces Stress and Improves Healing

Music is a great mood regulator, whether it’s used in conjunction with exercise or not. Loud, upbeat music generally has a stimulating effect, whereas slow music can act as a sedative.

It’s very encouraging that more and more health professionals are beginning to realize the value of simple techniques such as music, using it as an adjunct to promote healing even in more conventional medical settings. As pediatrician Linda Fisher stated in the article above, it’s the music’s rhythm, melody and tonal quality that puts the patient in that “special place of peace” where healing can be achieved faster.

For example, harp music might be particularly helpful for people who have heart trouble. Harvard researchers have shown that the rhythms of healthy hearts may be similar to those found in classical music, and that certain rhythms, such as that of harp music can cause your heart to beat more normally.

Other studies from the early 1990s concluded that music significantly lowered the heart rates and calmed and regulated the blood pressures and respiration rates of patients who had undergone surgery.

Music therapy has also been shown to:

*
Improve motor skills in patients recovering from strokes
*
Boost your immune system
*
Improve mental focus
*
Help control pain
*
Create a feeling of well-being
*
Reduce anxiety

One study published in the October issue of The Journal of Clinical Nursing found that pregnant women listening to soothing music showed significant reductions in stress, anxiety and depression.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Foods For Younger Looking Hair

It’s one of the maddening ironies of aging: Hair gets thinner where we want it -- on our heads -- and starts sprouting up in places we don’t.

Good trimmers and tweezers are all you need for the latter. But for the former? Try these healthy hair foods from Drs. Roizen and Oz (see below) -- they can help make your locks look more like they did in your 20s.

Healthy-Hair Diet

* Eat more salmon. Omega-3 rich foods like salmon and sardines help seal in shine. Distilled fish oils or DHA supplements will work, too. Need something new to do with salmon? Try this quick and easy Blackened Salmon Sandwich from EatingWell.

* Be a bran lover. Bran is rich in vitamin B, which may slow hair loss and promote hair growth. Other B-rich victuals include beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybeans, nuts, and eggs. Make bran-infused pancakes a snap with this Healthy Pancake Mix.

* Say yes to avocados. Avocados and avocado oil may prevent some funky stuff that kills hair follicles -- dihydrotestosterone (DHT) -- from getting where it needs to go. Watch this video for shortcuts on cutting, peeling, and seeding an avocado.

* Say no to animal fat -- and red meat -- if you’re losing hair. They can lead to more DHT production and hair-follicle damage. Make meat-free gravy for your mashers with this delicious Portobello Gravy recipe.

* Stock up on green tea. Brew a strong pot, cool it, then give your head a rinse to help kill off dandruff-causing fungus. Incidentally, if you drink green tea, the caffeine in it may help slow balding, too. Try this simple Green Tea-Fruit Smoothie for breakfast -- another fabulous EatingWell recipe.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Colorful Begonias

My brother-in-law sent these photos to my e-mail and I was so fascinated looking at them. People in Brussels are so creative in doing these great landscape. Close to 1 million begonia flowers were used to create the 300 square meters carpet in Grand Place, Brussels. The pattern was based on a carpet medieval design.

Craftsmen arranged the carpet by hand, directly onto the square's cobblestones without any soil. Grass and tree bark were also used to provide color.

The first carpet of flowers was created in 1971 as a way to promote begonias. Each square meter of ground contains 300 flowers.



Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Friendship Candle

I was tagged by Richelle. Thank you girl.

Please don't break this even if you only send it to one person. Thanks...


This candle was lit on October 26, 2008.


1. Richelle 2. Lisa You're next




Someone who loves you has
helped keep it alive by sending it to you.





Don't let The Candle of Love, Hope
and Friendship die! Pass It On To All




Of Your Friends and Everyone You Love!
May God richly bless you as you keep this candle burning.
A friend of mine passed this to me and now I am passing it also to all my blogging
friends and I hope it comes back someday again.

Please keep this candle alive


Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.

I'm passing this to Selina, Joy, Dhel and Lira.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

My Cute Niece

I've been chatting with my sister last night in the webcam and she went to get our brother's baby so I can see her. The baby just woke up because it was early in the morning there in the Philippines. Baby Vernice Julia will be 3 months old on the 28th of this month but she is growing very fast. She now weighs more than 5 kilos and she drinks a lot of milk. She was pooing while I was chatting with my sister and I saw her grunting. After that she was all smiles and my sister played with her and made her smile. I know my brother who is in Singapore right now miss his baby. Who wouldn't be? This is his first child and she is really a cutie. But my brother has to make a sacrifice so he can earn money and support his family. I took photos of the baby with my webcam and she's so cute and adorable. I wish I was there to hold her and play with her. I wanna see her before she grows up. Just see the photos of my niece that I took with my webcam.


My Favorite Bible Story

I love reading the Bible. It's the Word of God and I read it everyday. It really blessed my heart and my life. I have already read the entire Bible and my favorite Bible story is the the life of Joseph found in the book of Genesis. He was his father's favorite and his siblings got jealous and they made plan to get rid of him. They sold him into slavery and just told their father that he was killed by wild animals. Later on Joseph became the right hand and adviser of Pharaoh and when there was hunger in all the lands, his brothers went to buy foods in Egypt where Joseph was. The dominant theme in the Joseph story is that of forgiveness and the final reconciliation between him and his brothers. The life story of Joseph touches my heart. He forgave his brothers who had done wrong to him. That's why whenever somebody will do wrong to me, I just remember the story of Joseph and forgiveness will be in my heart.

If you don't know about the Bible stories, just read your Bible and you can find it there great stories of all times. Also you can learn more about Bible stories and Theatre Church when CineMeetings & Events brings the first-ever Theatre Church Conference in Silver Spring, MD on October 22 & 23. Find out more by going to their site. This would be an exciting experience to those who will attend this event. How I wish I can go and attend. So don't forget to mark your calendar for the said event. Find out more about the venue and event so you will be prepared. Don't miss out!

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Friday, October 17, 2008

How I Wish!

I just love looking at babies and also holding and cuddling them. Babies are so cute and lovable. I'm just not blessed to have a baby and I've been longing to have one. Whenever I see babies I can't help myself to look at them, touch them and took photos of course. Just look at the photos below of this baby of one of our church members. She is so adorable and precious. Every time I see her, she gets cuter and cuter. How I wish I have a baby like her!


Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Puzzle For You

Let's see how smart are you my readers. I thought I had it figured out but was wrong when I looked at the answer. See if you can figure out what these words have in common.

Banana
Dresser
Grammar
Potato
Revive
Uneven
Assess


Are you peeking or have you already given up? Give it another try . ..


You will kick yourself when you discover the answer. Go back and look at them again; think hard.

OK . . . Here You Go . . . Hope You Didn't Cheat.

This Is Cool.


Answer:
No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters.
(Thought I had the answer, but I did not go far enough.)

In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Wash Cloth

Ladies, this has to be read, laughed at and passed on. There is not a woman alive who won't enjoy this! I had a good laugh reading it...

I was due for an appointment with the gynecologist later in the week. Early one morning, I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am. I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45am. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to spare.

As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the full effort. So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pajamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, an d gave myself a quick wash in that area to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes,
hopped in the car and raced to my appointment.

I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some other place a million miles away. I was a little surprised when the doctor said, 'My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?'

I didn't respond.

After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal ... some shopping, cleaning, cooking. After school when my 6-year-old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, 'Mommy, where's my washcloth?'

I told her to get another one from the cupboard. She replied, 'No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it.'

Never going back to that doctor. Ever.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Read On...

GAMES FOR WHEN WE ARE OLDER

1. Sag, you're It.

2. Hide and go pee.

3. 20 questions shouted into your good ear.

4. Kick the bucket

5. Red Rover, Red Rover, the nurse says Bend Over.

6. Musical recliners.

7. Simon says something incoherent.

8. Pin the Toupee on the bald guy

SIGNS OF MENOPAUSE :

1. You sell your home heating system at a yard sale.

2. You have to write post-it notes with your kids' names on them.

3. You change your underwear after a sneeze.

OLD IS WHEN:

1. Going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.

2. You don't care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don't have to go along.

3. Getting a little action means I don't need fiber today.

4. Getting lucky means you find your car in the parking lot.

5. An all-nighter means not getting up to pee!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Why I Want To Live In The Philippines

My hubby and I wants to go back in the Philippines and live there for good. I really miss my family there and I hope we can go back there ASAP. There's no place like home and home is where my heart is.

When I travel, people often ask me why I live in the Philippines? Well here it is...
It is the only place on earth where......

1. Every street has a basketball court.
2. Even doctors, lawyers and engineers are unemployed.
3. Doctors study to become nurses for employment abroad.
4. Students pay more money than they will earn afterwards.
5. School is considered the second home and the mall considered the third.
6. Call-center employees earn more money than teachers and nurses.
7. Everyone has his personal ghost story and superstition.
8. Mountains like Makiling and Banahaw are considered holy places.
9. Everything can be forged.
10. All kinds of animals are edible.
11. Starbucks coffee is more expensive than gas.
12. Driving 4 kms can take as much as four hours.
13. Flyovers bring you from the freeway to the side streets.
14. Crossing the street involves running for your dear life.
15. The personal computer is mainly used for games and Friendster.
16. Where colonial mentality is dishonestly denied!
17. Where 4 a.m. is not even considered bedtime yet.
18. People can pay to defy the law.
19. Everything and everyone is spoofed.
20. Where even the poverty-stricken get to wear Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger (peke)!
21. The honking of car horns is a way of life.
22. Being called a bum is never offensive.
23. Floodwaters take up more than 90 percent of the streets during the rainy season.
24. Where everyone has a relative abroad who keeps them alive.
25. Where wearing your national colors make you baduy.
26. Where even the poverty-stricken have the latest cell phones. (GSM-galing sa magnanakaw)
27. Where insurance does not work.
28. Where water can only be classified as tap and dirty.
29. Clean water is for sale (35 pesos per gallon).
30. Where the government makes the people pray for miracles. (Amen to that!)
31. Where University of the Philippines where all the weird people go.
32. Ateneo is where all the nerds go.
33. La Salle is where all the Chinese go.
34. College of Saint Benilde is where all the stupid Chinese go and;
35. University of Asia and the Pacific is where all the irrelevantly rich people go.
36. Fast food is a diet meal.
37. Traffic signs are merely suggestions, not regulations.
38. Where being mugged is normal and It happens to everyone.
39. Rodents are normal house pets.
40. The definition of traffic is the 'non-movement' of vehicles.
41. Where the fighter planes of the 1940s are used for military engagements and;
42. The new fighter planes are displayed in museums.
43. Where cigarettes and alcohol are a necessity, and where the lottery is a commodity.
44. Where soap operas tell the realities of life and where the news provides the drama.
45. Where actors make the rules and where politicians provide the entertainment.
46. People can get away with stealing trillions of pesos but not a thousand.
47. Where being an hour late is still considered punctual (Grabe talaga 'to!)
48. Where the squatters have more to complain (even if they do not pay their tax) - than those employed and have their tax automatically deducted from their salaries.
49. And where everyone wants to leave the country!


Monday, October 6, 2008

Good Kid

Joshua or Josh as he is called by most people is my hubby's first grandson. He was just 9 years old when I got here in the US. Five years had passed and he is now a teenager at 14 years old. He is taller than me now. How time flies. Josh is a well disciplined kid. Although he is an only child, his parents didn't spoil him. Instead they taught him good manners and Christian values. His parents are devoted Christians and they are very active in their church. They enrolled Josh to karate class a few years ago and one time we attended his karate class and watched how they performed. Before I got here in the US, my hubby had been telling me that he is very proud of his oldest grandson because he is such a sweet and good boy. We are both proud to be his grandparents.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

C'Elle Saves Lives

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C'Elle stem cells by Cryo-Cell International exclusive and revolutionary stem cell technology empowers women to safely and easily collect non-controversial, potentially life-saving stem cells found in menstrual blood. C'elle menstrual stem cells have demonstrated the ability to differentiate into other cell types such as heart muscle, cartilage, nerve and bone stem cells. This translates into the potential for future therapeutic developments to possibly treat major diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, MS, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's; as well as possible cosmeceutical applications like anti-aging and wound-healing. Women should take control of their future healthcare by cryo-preserving their own stem cells for potential future therapeutic applications that may possibly treat a broad range of debilitating diseases. Invest in yourselves by cryopreserving your menstrual stem cells today while your body is young, healthy and disease-free. Through limited-time special promotion women can store their own stem cells for only $399 for collection, processing, testing and first year of annual storage. To order service simply go to www.Celle.com and use promotional code S399.the life you save may be your own! Right now you can receive a free gift just for talking to a representative. Visit their site to read C'Elle Testimonials.

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Healthy Tips

Reduce the volume of tea intake;
Do not eat bread which has JUST been toasted;
Stay a good distance away from your charger;
Drink more water in the morning, less at nigh
Do not drink coffee more than twice a day;
Reduce your volume of oily food intake;
Best sleeping time is from 10 at night to 6 at the morning;
Do not have HUGE meals after 5pm;
Do not take alcohol more than a cup daily;
Do not take capsules with cold water;
Do not lie down immediately after taking medicine before sleeping;
Have 8 hours sleep. Lack of it will make a person stupid;
People who get used to napping will not get old easily;
If you can't get on early morning runs, 5-8 in the afternoon is a great time for jogging;
When battery left last grid, do not answer the phone. The radiation is 1000 times stronger;
Answer the phone with your left ear. It'll spoil your brain directly if you use your right ear;
Do not use earphone for long time. Rest your ear a while after 1 hour.

Friday, October 3, 2008

My US Citizenship Oath Ceremony

Yesterday was my US citizenship oath ceremony held at Arlington Convention Center. I was surprised to see a lot of people to be sworn in yesterday. I was only expecting maybe around 100 or 200 the most but it was more than what I expected. Guess how many people who sworn in as US citizens yesterday? It was a whooping 634 people who became US citizens yesterday and that includes me. It's not surprising no more why a lot of people wanted to become citizens in this country. USA is a great and blessed country and it's the richest and most powerful country in the world. It feels great to belong here. Here are some photos taken by my hubby yesterday. See more photos HERE.






Monday, September 29, 2008

Our Neighbors

We have neighbors here beside our house. We like our neighbor on the right side of our house because they are friendly. The guy mows our yard whenever he mows his yard. He's the best neighbor we ever had here. In return I gave them Filipino foods that I cooked like pancit and lumpia. I don't really care about our neighbors in the left side of house because they are so noisy and messy. They don't throw away their trash in the dumpster. They just throw it their in front yard or beside their house and when the wind blows, the trash go to our yard. It really make me mad because I don't want our yard with trash. I clean and sweep our yard most of the time and then when I see those trash in our yard it makes me mad. Sometimes I throw it back to their yard. These neighbors of ours are mixed colors. Some are white and some are black and they live in one house. I just wonder how they are related to each another. They are just renting their house and my hubby and I wish that they will move out soon. We want quiet neighbors and know how to throw their trash in the dumpster.

Friday, September 26, 2008

US Citizen Soon!!!

After a long time of waiting for the schedule of my citizenship oath ceremony, I finally received the mail yesterday stating the date of the ceremony. I will be sworn in as a US citizen on October 2nd at Arlington Convention Center. I was so relieved!!! Just imagine after more than 3 months of waiting since I passed the interview, it's only now that I finally heard from them. My hubby and I was so happy. My immigration journey will finally come to an end after I will get my naturalization certificate. Read more about it in my other blog My Online Journal. Wooohooo!!! Thank you Lord!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Questions That Haunt Me

Here are some questions that are really thought provoking. I got this from my e-mail and while reading it, it really made me think. I want to share it here and perhaps you would get the answer for yourself.

If you have sex with a prostitute against her will, is it considered rape or shoplifting?

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'... but it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'? Where's that extra penny going to?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like, every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while! you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Ten Commandments Of Marriage

I had a good time reading this article which I got from my e-mail. As a married woman, there are things that I need to know to adjust myself to a married life. I waited for 40 longs before God sent me my life partner and I want our married life to last for as long as we live.

Commandment 1
Marriages are made in heaven. But, so again, are thunder and lightning.

Commandment 2
If you want your wife to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.

Commandment 3
Marriage is grand -- and divorce is at least 100 grand!

Commandment 4
Married life is very frustrating. In the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens. In the second year, the woman speaks and the man listens. In the third year, they both speak and the neighbors listen.

Commandment 5
When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing: Either the car is new or the wife is.

Commandment 6
Marriage is when a man and woman become as one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one.(I couldn't decide which one either!)

Commandment 7
Before marriage, a man will lie awake all night thinking about something you say. After marriage, he will fall asleep before you finish.

Commandment 8
Every man wants a wife who is beautiful, understanding, economical, and a good cook. But the law allows only one wife.

Commandment 9
Marriage and love are purely a matter of chemistry. That is why a wife treats her husband like toxic waste.

Commandment 10
A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.

Bonus Commandment story:

A long married couple came upon a wishing well. The wife leaned over, made a wish and threw in a penny. The husband decided to make a wish too. But he leaned over too
much, fell into the well, and drowned. The wife was stunned for a moment but then smiled, "It really works."

Monday, September 15, 2008

Happines Is...

I got this from my e-mail and it really made my day. Can't help myself but laugh while reading it. I just want to share and make your day too. Just read on...

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A fart is a pleasant thing,
It gives the belly ease,
It warms the bed in winter,
And suffocates the fleas.


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A fart can be quiet,
A fart can be loud,
Some leave a powerful,
Poisonous cloud


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A fart can be short,
Or a fart can be long,
Some farts have been known
To sound like a song.....


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A fart can create
A most curious medley,
A fart can be harmless,
Or silent , and deadly.


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A fart might not smell,
While others are vile,
A fart may pass quickly,
Or linger a while......

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A fart can occur
In a number of places,
And leave everyone there,
With strange looks on their faces.
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From wide-open prairie,
To small elevators,
A fart will find all of
Us sooner or later.
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But farts are all bad,
Is simply not true-
We must never forget.......
Sweet old farts like you!

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Kinda brings a tear to your eye - right?

I know, I know...you're not all old farts. But, I bet you got a kick out of reading it.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Digital Makeover

I just love collecting photos. They serve as remembrance as time goes by. It's good to capture those memories and store them in photo albums or digital albums. You can put them in a CD disc and just view them in the internet nowadays. If you are having any problems and you don't know how to make your photos last longer especially those photos that have a sentimental value to you, Zoey and Chris are here to help you. You can make your photos last longer with their help. Both Zoey and Chris have this show called Roxio Extreme Digital Makeover. This show will help you to beautify and to have a digital makeover with a fun multimedia show. With the special features from Roxio Extreme Digital Makeover over, you will feel like you are living in a colorful life. Ain't that cool?

I encourage you to visit this site and you will see all those videos posted there. I personally like the Wedding Day Crunch because it so cool. It would be nice to have one like that. When you visit this site, you will have an opportunity to become the star of the show by entering the contest. Cool and attractive prizes will be given out to the winner such as HDTV, cameras and many other digital goodies. What are you waiting for? Visit them now!!!

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Peroxide, Safer Than Bleach

This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's wife) , and I want to share it with you. She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach I was using to clean my toilet and countertops. This is what she told me...

I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost?

My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO!!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

Did you als o know bleach was invented in the late 40's? It's chlorine, Folks! And it was used to kill our troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20's. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals. Please think about this.

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6 Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9 If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown , faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.

11 . Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My Friend's Baby

A week ago, my friend Mary Ann with her hubby and newborn baby came by in our house and spent a few hours with us. It was my first time to see baby Caroline and she's a cute one. She got the facial features of her mom and the skin color from her dad. I got to hold her for a few minutes while she was sleeping. My hubby had held Caroline too and I took some photos.

This baby is the answer to Ann's prayers. She and her hubby Jeff had been wanting to have a baby but it took time before they had one. The doctor even told them that Jeff lack sperm count and it's impossible for them to have a baby. But Ann didn't give up. She kept on praying and believing that God will bless them with a baby in due time. God honored her faith and He give them baby Caroline, a miracle baby. Despite Ann's health issues, the baby was born healthy via caesarian section. God is so good and I'm happy for them. I am one of Ann's prayer partners when she was pregnant. We pray and lift each each other through prayers.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Marry A Texas Girl?

The first man married a woman from OHIO. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away.

The second man married a woman from MICHIGAN . He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The first day he didn't see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third man married a girl from TEXAS . He ordered her to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything. But by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down, and he could see a little out of his left eye, and his arm was healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Original Computer

This made me laugh out loud...


Memory was something you lost with age
An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano
A web was a spider's home
A virus was the flu
A CD was a bank account
A hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived.

And if you had a 3 inch floppy,
You just hoped nobody ever found out!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

10 Foods That Build The Bones

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1. Alaskan King Crab

High in protein and low in fat, the sweet flesh of the king crab is spiked with zinc — a whopping 7 milligrams per 3
.5-ounce serving. "Zinc is an antioxidant, but more important, it helps support healthy bone mass and immune function," says Susan Bowerman, assistant director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California at Los Angeles.

"Several studies have linked adequate zinc intake to increased immunity and decreased incidences of respiratory infection
." And you can reap all these benefits by swapping one of your weekly fish meals for a six-ounce serving of crab.

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2. Dried Plums

Also known as prunes, these dark shrivelers are rich in copper and boron, both of which can help prevent osteoporosis. "They also contain a fiber called inulin, which, when broken down by intestinal bacteria, makes for a more acidic environment in the digestive tract," says Bowerman. "That, in turn, facilitates calcium absorption." Enjoy four or five a day to strengthen your bones and boost your energy.

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3. Bok Choy

This crunchy cruciferous vegetable is more than the filler that goes with shrimp in brown sauce. "Bok choy is rich in bone-building calcium, as well as vitamins A and C, folic acid, iron, beta-carotene, and potassium," says celebrity trainer Teddy Bass. Potassium keeps your muscles and nerves in check while lowering your blood pressure, and research suggests that beta-carotene can reduce the risk of both lung and bladder cancers, as well as macular degeneration. Shoot for a cup a day.

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4. Oysters

Shellfish, in general, is an excellent source of zinc, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, potassium, and selenium. "But the creamy flesh of oysters stands apart for its ability to elevate testosterone levels and protect against prostate cancer," says Bass. "They aren't a food most people will eat regularly, but getting five into your diet twice a week will make your weekends more fun."

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5. Bananas

Athletes and performers are familiar with the calming effect of bananas — a result of the fruit's high concentration of tryptophan, a building block of serotonin. But their real benefit comes from potassium, an electrolyte that helps prevent the loss of calcium from the body.

"Bananas also bolster the nervous system, boost immune function, and help the body metabolize protein," says Bass. "One banana packs a day's worth of potassium, and its carbohydrate content speeds recovery after strenuous exercise."

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6. Kiwis

Like bananas, this fuzzy fruit is high in bone-protecting potassium. "They're also rich in vitamin C and lutein, a carotenoid that can help reduce the risk of heart disease," says Bowerman. "I try to eat at least one or two a week after exercising." Freeze them for a refreshing energy kick, but don't peel the skin: It's edible and packed with nutrients.

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7. Broccoli

Our president's dad may hate this cruciferous all-star, but one cup of broccoli contains a hearty dose of calcium, as well as manganese, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron
. And that's in addition to its high concentration of vitamins — including A, C, and K — and the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which studies at Johns Hopkins University suggest has powerful anticancer properties.

"One cup a day will do the trick," says Bowerman
. Try cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts, or cabbage for variation, as all possess many of the same nutritional qualities. "Broccoli may also help reduce excess estrogen levels in the body, thanks to its indole 3-carbinol content," says celebrity trainer Gunnar Petersen.

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8. Spinach

A renowned muscle builder, spinach is also rich in vitamin K, which has been shown to bolster bone-mineral density (thus protecting against osteoporosis) and reduce fracture rates. Spinach is also high in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and even selenium, which may help protect the liver and ward off Alzheimer's.

One more reason to add it to your diet: A study in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that the carotenoid neoxanthin in spinach can kill prostate cancer cells, while the beta-carotene fights colon cancer. "Popeye was on to something," says Bowerman. "Eat one cup of cooked spinach, or two cups raw, four times a week."

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9. Leeks

These scallion-like cousins of garlic and onions are packed with bone-bolstering thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, and potassium
. Leeks are also rich in folic acid, a B vitamin that studies have shown to lower levels of the artery-damaging amino acid homocystein in the blood.

What's more, "Leeks can support sexual functioning and reduce the risk of prostate cancer," says Michael Dansinger, MD, an assistant professor of medicine and an obesity researcher at
Tufts-New England Medical Center, in Boston. "Chop the green part of a medium leek into thin ribbons and add it to soups, saut├ęs, and salads as often as possible."

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10. Artichokes

Lauded for centuries as an aphrodisiac, this fiber-rich plant contains more bone-building magnesium and potassium than any other vegetable. Its leaves are also rich in flavonoids and polyphenols — antioxidants that can cut the risk of stroke — and vitamin C, which helps maintain the immune system. "Eat them as often as you can," says Bowerman. Ripe ones feel heavy for their size and squeak when squeezed.