Friday, November 28, 2008

Thank God It's Friday!

I am actually saying this with conviction. Really - thanks a bunch it's Friday once again. This week was really tiring. Since December 1 is a holiday, the deadline for the month is November 30 and since Sat and Sun is my off, today is the deadline. So imagine the cramming. But what am I doing - blogging??!! hehe! I need an outlet. Now, would that pass as an excuse? :)

*****

Last Saturday, we were supposed to go to Divisoria for Christmas shopping. But since my Internet connection was dead since Friday night, I was forced to rush my writing jobs on a Saturday morning. Tinamad na ko so hubby went to Manila alone for his medical check up. Sayang, I was really so excited. We would just schedule it some other time, probably after Christmas na lang. :(

*****

My father got admitted in the hospital yesterday. He got injured while checking the fishpond. The wound got worse and now it is swelling - as in swell talaga. The doctor decided to confine him in the hospital for 2 days. I just hope the confinement would just lasts for two days since he will be celebrating his birthday this November 30. Sana di naman sya mag birthday sa hospital. But good thing - it is nothing so serious to get worried about.

*****

Hubby's birthday is fast approaching. For a change, we are planning on a different celebration. I am getting too excited for this. It is not a grand celebration (since it is just a very simple one) but definitely one of the most memorable birthdays that he would ever have. And we intend to do that once every year. :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The ER Visit

Hubby had a physical exam last Saturday in Makati and the result could have been fine if not just with a blood pressure of 140/100 (waah antaas!). He mentioned that the nurse did the procedure thrice and the result was the same.

So earlier, we went to the hospital (ER) to confirm his blood pressure. And we were surprised since his BP reached 140/110. They made him lie on the bed and then have him took a sublingual medicine to keep him relaxed. Then they got another BP and it went up to 150/110. There is really no progress. So they took an ECG and good thing his heart is generally fine. He was prescribed with low dosage BP maintainance medicine for 2 weeks. When we left the hospital his BP is 130/100.

Our resolution? We would be both on a no rice diet during the night. I know if I would continue with a heavy meal during dinner, I would be of no help to him. So I am joining him so that he would not be tempted to eat a lot. And one more thing - he would be on a no softdrinks diet, too. He needs to be contented with pineapple juice for the meantime. He also mentioned that he would be enrolling in the gym - but with this I am not quite convinced - yet. He has mentioned this already for the nth time, so I need to see first (the membership) before I believe him.

Wish us luck on our diet and if you have a menu (for the whole week) for such diet please share them with us. :)

Hope you had a great weekend! :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

So many things I want to do...

It's ME time!:) Hubby went out right after lunch for his favorite past time - airsoft and would be back later tonight. And since I know I have so much time, I have these things lined up:

  • write some articles
  • upload some photos (mostly my nephews and nieces' pics) from my digicam
  • start reading Twilight
  • watch showbiz talk shows
  • iron some clothes
  • cook pasta
  • continue watching Gossip Girl
Three hours have passed and I have done nothing yet - then I realized I have so many things I want to do. I know I have the option to go out of the house and do whatever I want, but I prefer to stay at home. I just love the comfort of our bedroom. I just love tinkering the keyboard and searching the Internet (while watching or rather listening to the tv). I think I could live with this kind of set up - at home with a very reliable Internet and computer in tow. I think I love being a "domestic goddess" (speaking of this, I also need to read the books of Sophie Kinsella - the Undomestic Goddess most especially).

Also, I saw yesterday that the movie, Nights in Rodanthe is already out in theaters. I want to watch that, too! What else? Waaah! I could go on and on with this list but not accomplish anything since I am just mumbling nonstop.

Enough for the non-sense and incoherent thougths! Let me just post this pasta I cooked weeks and weeks ago. This is my cheesy and creamy tuna pasta (I used spinach fettucine).


I hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

So It's True???!!

They say that one of the things that husbands or guys can't live without is remote control. Remember the email sent to most of us about the wife hiding the remote control in her purse since the husband would not want to go with her shopping? She thought of this act as the most evil revenge to his hubby, hehe!

Anyway, while I was fixing hubby's side of bed, I saw this:

aside from books, there are remote controls (of the electric fan, aircon, tv, cable box)
on his side table

And suddenly, I thought of that joke. Aha.... so it's true?!!!! LOL!

ABC's

I miss answering tags. Thanks Mich for this :)

A. Attached or single ? — Attached

B. Best friend? — Ate Nins (miss you so much!)

C. Cake or pie? — Cake din

D. Day of choice? — Sunday

E. Essential item? — Computer (I must agree with Mich)

F. Favorite color? — Green

G. Gummy bears or worms? — Gummy bears

H. Hometown? — Pampanga

I. Favorite indulgence? — Kakanin and Desserts

J. January or July? — January

K. Kids? — soon (keeping my fingers cross)

L. Life isn’t complete without? — Love

M. Marriage date ? — August 24, 2001

N. Number of magazine subscriptions? - None but I am considering getting subscription to Yes!

O. Orange or apple? — Apple

P. Phobias? — Heights

Q. Quotes? — “Patience is a virtue.” Oh, well I work in a call center, that's why..

R. Reasons to smile? — God's blessings, Another day, Family, Friends

S. Season of choice? — Christmas season

T. Tag 5 people - Ann, Mari, Eds, Jody, Alpha

U. Unknown fact about me? - uh-oh!

V. Vegetable ? — All

W. Worst habit? — Being forgetful?

X. X-ray or ultrasound? - ultrasound

Y. Your favorite food(s)? Filipino and Italian

Z. Zodiac sign — Taurus

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Showbiz Buzz

~chismosa mode, wink~

Whatever channel you choose - 7 or 2, they talk nothing but break ups. And the chismosa in me just can't let things pass by without knowing what one has to say about their break ups. Anne Curtis looked really hurt with the way she answered Kris' questions. She is the epitome of one who really fell in love and got hurt. Ey, am not an Anne Curtis fan but I watch Dyosa everytime I have time to hit the tube. Could it be she found out the "real" Sam Milby? Hahah, this is just my own POV.

Then, there is Dingdong and Karylle. I read from a forum that it was not really Marian who stole Dingdong - was it Toni? Hehe, intriga to the max 'to!! Well, they said that the reason they broke up was Antonette Taus - how true kaya? :) By the way, I bought the copy of YES! Magazine and boy, the house of Dingdong is really, really nice. I love his jacuzzi near the gazebo with Asian inspired theme. The wood finishing is a hit!

And lastly, I did not know that Angel Locsin and Lucky Manzano have "something" between them. Anyway, they said that they are both happy but are not confirming anything. Ah, whatever! I am just in the mood to write about local showbiz chismis.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Christmas Wish List

Hey hubby, this post is for you. :)

I just hope he gets to read this before Christmas. Anyway, I told myself that if I would not have these on Christmas (which is more likely to happen, heheh), then they would be my motivations (aside from a better future) for working harder.

1. Laptop - Okay, we have a very reliable desktop but I still want a laptop that I can use anytime for my side jobs. And this girly Dell lappy is the best option.
2. Dooney and Burke bag - I want this bag and it's on sale - half the price! :)
3. Jewelry - I want the flat tri-color necklace I saw at the mall - the gold or silver would do.
4. Shoes or sandals - sneakers from Adidas and gladiator sandals


5. Perfume - Anna Sui's Secret Wish

6. Cooking Range - Since I am falling in love again with cooking, I need a good cooking range.

What's for Lunch?

If there is one thing that I get to love since we do not have a helper currently, it is having to cook lunch or dinner during the weekends. Just like today, I get to cook our lunch. We had baby back pork ribs (ala Racks, heheh) and potatoes with herbs.

I was really digging the Internet yesterday for the perfect recipe of a tender baby back rib but unfortunately, all ingredients that they used are not in our pantry. So the solution is to invent my own marinade. I used oyster sauce, ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, oregano, olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce and red wine. I marinated the slab of baby back ribs last night and boiled it in the marinade in the morning. Then broiled it but since we do not have an oven yet, I used the turbo broiler. I am actually afraid that the ribs would not be tender and juicy since I am not using an oven. Luckily, that did not happen.

Here is the finished product - I am somehow proud of this attempt to cook ribs without following any recipe. It was a success after all the experimenting - oh well, this is according to my husband. :)


Then I cooked potatoes with herbs as a side dish for the baby back ribs.


I know, this blog is becoming a food blog. But I don't really mind. After all, food is my passion!

50% Discount at Mequeni Deli

Yes, you read that right! And what is more interesting - it's everyday!!! A colleague who has a wife working at Holiday Inn at Clark, Pampanga informed us about this promotion. And of course, the offer is just tempting. Imagine, that is half the price slash for all pastries and breads!

Mequeni Deli at Holiday Inn - Clark

So last Tuesday at 7 PM, we rushed to Mequeni Deli, which is located at the first floor just at the front lobby of Holiday Inn. It was my first time to check this sale and that is why I just could not decide which bread or cake to buy. I was so ecstatic with the goodies right in front of me. Just so you know, I looove desserts so much and that is why these pastries and the 50% discount make me really giddy!!

There were carrot loaves, banana loaves, empanadas, foccacia bread, ciabata, cheesecakes and others, I just don't know the names. Too bad the Danish and cream puffs were already sold out. So you might ask, what I brought home? I bought a baked cheesecake for 390 pesos. Do the math and guess the original price. :)

Cheesecake at Mequeni Deli

Sold at 50% discount after 6 PM

So if you want to take advantage of this sale in Mequeni Deli for the breads and pastries, go there at 6 PM. The discount is being offered until supplies (pastries and breads of the day) last. And I am telling you, the cheesecake tasted yummy - it was a steal for the price!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Only U

We watched this movie of Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga last Thursday and I am just so happy. It really erased all those stresses of last week. There is no dull moment in the entire flick. The only mistake we did is we went inside the theater early. So we saw how it ended first - and that was the twist in the movie!

I love the story, the jokes (though they were the old jokes we heard many years ago, still they were properly delivered that would make you laugh your heart out), love the characters (I mean the neighbors of Bhong and Winona - punk, rock and roll and patola!), love the special appearance of John Lloyd (winner talaga ang sun dance), and love the sound track ( love the Kasama kang Tumanda, which is the tagalog version of Grow Old with You).

The image “http://beautyinthephilippines.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/my-only-u-abs-cbn-star-cinema1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

For me - who is a lover of these feel good movies, it's a 10! Cathy Molina is really doing great in reviving the Filipino movie industry.

Got the movie poster here.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Friendster and Social Networking

I often write short articles about the topic social networking for clients. But right now, I think I would need to write a post in this blog for those "friendsters" who do not understand social networking. With the popularity of business online, online dating and other dealings in the Internet, these sites like Friendster, MySpace, Facebook and Multiply were created. These sites are open to anyone who knows how to fill up the information needed upon account registration. There are really no important requirements needed - even a newborn(if he knows how to type - heck, the mother can type anyway) can have one!

When you put your pictures and information in these sites then you SHOULD know that anybody - an enemy, an ex GF or ex BF, friends, thieves, family, former classmates, hackers, a potential partner, stalkers, celebrities (oh yeah) and strangers can access the account. And it is for this reason that most businesses are using these types of social networking sites to promote their products, services or their webpages to very huge audiences.

Personally, I am enjoying these sites because they are great channels in meeting those people who you thought you just lost contact with. Love the features they offer (especially the pictures) and of course, I get to promote my blog. :)

But while I enjoy those stuffs, I also understand that responsibility comes along with it. IF you do not want others to take a peak on your life, then do not put anything personal or do not create an account, in the first place! And that is the reason why some people do not have any account on these social networking sites - they simply KNOW and UNDERSTAND that. Though there are settings like private profiles, still you have that picture, your name (and for others even their surname) and your location. So you are still sharing a part of you in the whole World Wide Web.

If you DO NOT understand and WOULD NOT WANT TO understand these concepts involving social networking sites, then BACK OFF! Social networking is NOT your thing! It is as easy as that!!!

But if you'll ask me, I am still loving these sites so much and that is why I am maintaining my accounts even if there are "strangers" who can just stumble upon my page anytime . I choose to be part of these sites and I understand how they work and I am held accountable to whatever consequences that go along with it. :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Our November 1

We were not supposed to go to the cemetery since it was raining during the morning of November 1. But then at lunch time, my mother called and told us that the weather in San Fernando has improved and that they would go to the cemetery after lunch. So we finally decided to meet them in the cemetery.

The place was crowded - yeah, it's the time of the year where you hear not cries and agonies of loneliness but prayers and reunion stories in the cemetery. At 5 pm, we went to another cemetery in Minalin Pampanga to pay respect to other deceased relatives.


That boy in the picture is my nephew. I caught him collecting candle wax. This actually brought back the memories of our younger years. We did that, too! Who ever gets to have the bigger wax ball would be the winner - it was a contest among cousins then.

Anyway, we were not able to go to my father-in-law, who was buried in Manila South Cemetery and Vox's favorite grandpa in Sasmuan cemetery. During the night, we just lighted candles and offered prayers for their souls.