Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Daddy also had a lot of fun during Black Friday because he spent a lot of time alternating between cleaning and checking out deals online with his computer. He kept pointing out this 26 inch TV (LCD) that's perfect for Swe-cha's bedroom. I told him to hold off on that as our wallets are still on recession-mode.
We did purchase a few items - diapers, wipes, milk storage bags, .. okay, so these aren't exactly black friday deals nor are they exciting purchases... so we got a wireless mouse that Daddy has been eyeing for months and am about to check out this really cool smart battery charger to replace ours that recently got broken. For a few minutes, we were also tempted to get a portable dvd player for the car - it's not like we're planning any long drives soon anyway. But as with all the other non-essentials, we're going to pass on this for now. But looks like the store is out of the dvd player anyway so I don't feel too bad about not getting that.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
- *new* Buy Buy Life Insurance or Term Life Insurance for hubby,
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
- *new* Buy life insurance for hubby, update life insurance information (mine)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
- Buy Life Insurance
Friday, November 12, 2010
There are times when I see so many job postings that match my qualifications to a tee and there are times, like now, when I check out job postings and I find nothing. Just this morning, I was checking out a job site and I found several want ads for programmers for financial companies but they all require experience on something specific such as options trading.
If push comes to shove, I can claim some sort of "financial background" - with emphasis on the double quotes - given that our company's biggest client is a financial services company and I worked closely with them and their reports for several years. It got to the point where I could easily find portions of their reports, match reports to their code names, and I even got the company codes (identification codes) memorized. Unfortunately, that is where my knowledge ends. I have no idea how to interpret the data contained in those reports.
Sad, no ? I never really got interested enough to learn.
This also brings to mind that we still need to Buy Life Insurance for my husband and my own policy I purchased years ago also need to be updated to reflect not just my married status (I told you it was outdated) and new surname, I also have to change the beneficiary to include my husband and Swe-cha.
So our to-do list for November currently reads as follows:
- Buy Life Insurance
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
- Midas: $305 + tax for just the boot cover
- Meineke: $135 + tax for just the boot cover but they recommend replacing the axle as well because if dirt / grit got in already, then damage has already been done. The entire thing will cost $185 + tax (only $50 more).
- Aamco: recommends replacing the entire thing as well, estimates $180 - 190 + tax.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Looking at their new home makes me hanker for one of my own as well. We love it here in our cozy condo but we really do need (want!) some extra space. Swe-cha's toys and gear are really taking up a lot of space and add that to the fact that I like to stockpile diapers and supplies when there is a sale, there are times when all that just leaves us with a very narrow path to walk in around the house.
One time, the building superintendent knocked and asked to look at our window because a downstairs unit reported a leak and he wanted to check it out, I was so embarassed to let him in because I had 8 boxes of diapers stacked near the window area - I had to let him in anyway.
But, I digress... so let's go back to talking about houses. I figure, it doesn't cost anything to dream, right ? We - my husband and I, and my Mom too - dream about having a bigger place some day, a place with a backyard (this is mostly me, hubby does not look forward to the idea of mowing the lawn), or maybe even a place with a pool (this is mostly hubby, even though we both do not know how to swim). Mostly, I dream about a place with nice looking furniture and not the hodge-podge that we currently have (seems like such a waste to get rid of stuff right now, I figure we'll just throw these away and buy new things when we move.. eventually).
Thursday, October 28, 2010
"Ate, pwede pong pagamit ng CR ?"
"Ate, pa pirma po dito"
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PlayStation MOVE. All opinions are 100% mine.
We saw an ad in a magazine for the Playstation Move the other day and hubby went "oh, wow!". He turned to look at me and immediately, I knew what he was thinking.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Kissimmee Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.Having a baby changes everything - your priorities get jumbled around, your activities (especially those w/c last late into the night) get curbed, and now that I'm still breastfeeding, even what I eat undergoes careful scrutiny. One of the things that remains unchanged is my dream vacation to Kissimmee, Florida.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of USC. All opinions are 100% mine.
My career in software development has been hiatus for 9 months now and sometimes, I feel like I may need to consider a career-change and go into some field that is more stable, if not more lucrative. Times like these make me remember the career paths that I have considered when I was younger one of which was to be a teacher. I used to teach in my former high school as a scouting instructor and I loved being able to share and impart knowledge with my students.
I wonder, how about if I consider checking out the program information at USC Rossier School of Education MAT@USC and see if I can maybe pursue a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree online ? This school has been ranked #22 in the United States and #9 among private Universities by US News and World Report. They offer an innovative combination of highly-interactive online teaching techniques and local area experience. They also have a ground-breaking tuition fee reimbursement program for MAT@USC graduates.
What do you think ? Would you be interested in going for a teaching degree online ? As for me, I can be a teacher... I think. After all, I used to be the demo dolly (haha!) for our company a few years ago. I'd be asked to teach others - customers and our own consultants - how to use and set up our product and while it made me nervous to be in the spotlight, I did enjoy knowing that in the end, I was able to impart the knowledge to my audience.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
We tried the cry-it-out method months ago but gave up after 1 night. Swe-cha cried so much that he lost his voice. Poor baby, I felt so bad that I was willing to not sleep myself just so he would be happy.
These past couple of months, he seemed to be getting better on his own. He's sleeping longer and has 1 long stretch at night. He's also not getting up so much due to gas. So I thought we were home free. These past few nights, however, have not been good. Swe-cha has been waking up every hour or even half-hour sometimes. Last night, hubby tried to let him go back to sleep on his own (w/o rocking him), but he would just toss and turn and sit and roll. He changed position so many times and moved all over the bed and still couldn't sleep. Eventually, we held him and gave him a bottle and he falls asleep in seconds. Don't really know what to do at this point. My friend, A, is right. It takes commitment from the parent and if you're not committed to following this through to the end, better not start because you just subject your child to unnecessary discomfort and stress.
Oh well, let's just see. I think I'll just observe him for a few more weeks and hope that he sleeps better and longer on his own.
In the meantime, I'll have to check out Teen Book reviews and see what teens are reading nowadays, I want to get my nephew a book and I don't have any idea what to get him.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hampton Hotels. All opinions are 100% mine.Hubby's brother (the 2nd one) will be arriving for a two week stay this weekend. We're all very excited as we have not seen him since we left for the US after we got married years ago. We're also very excited and look forward to Swe-Cha seeing another uncle for the first time.
We have not decided yet where we would or could bring DiHya around but I'm joining the Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes in the hopes of getting a free weekend stay at any Hampton hotel. It'll be fun if we could all go for an overnight trip, especially over the labor day weekend. Winning a free weekend stay mean big savings for us because that's usually where the bulk cost of a trip lies - hotel costs. I'm thinking that a short trip out of state might be a good idea, maybe somewhere in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, maybe ?) as Washington, DC might be too far a trip for our first overnighter with the baby.
If we don't win (see how I am referring to our win as a sure thing ? that's how optimistic I am, haha!) it in time for DiHya's visit, we can always keep it on hand for future trips. We plan to travel more when our baby gets older - I can almost imagine our future trips to Disneyland, Disneyworld, Seaworld and other theme parks. I wonder how old our son has to be to start appreciating these trips ? My nephew was a little over 1 year old when we started bringing him abroad for trips and he seemed to enjoy himself.
Monday, August 23, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.Today, I'm writing about the new cellphone service provider, Boost Mobile. It's a new no contract, prepaid, unlimited cellphone plan which has a Re-Boost program which allows you to either pay online, pay in person, or pay by phone in order to reload your account. If your friend or family even wants to gift you with service, they can even pay for your account by any of the Re-Boost options I mentioned above. Alternatively, you can also sign up for automatic payments so you won't have to worry about forgetting your monthly payments and getting your service interrupted.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Charter. All opinions are 100% mine.
My nephew will be going to a new charter school in California. Unfortunately, the applicants were too many and slots too few that the school eventually had to pick their students by lottery. My older nephew got picked but his younger brother was (and still is) waitlisted.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Lillilooloodotcom. All opinions are 100% mine.It's been a while since I've been able to try out new work-related online services so it really excites me to share this new discovery about Lillilooloo and talk about the features that they offer.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I did exactly as that and seasoned the pork mixture as per my taste & imagination. I figured, we could always adjust the measurements later. This turned out great!
1. Peel the fuzzy squash and cut into disks.
2. Mix ground pork with carrots and corn starch and season with soy sauce, sugar, and salt
3. Pan-fry and sear / brown the fuzzy squash. When a little bit browned, brush with a little bit of cornstarch on the surface and put a dollop of the ground pork mixture on top. Pour some water in the pan, just at the level of the fuzzy squash, cover and let it steam.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of ampm. All opinions are 100% mine.
Without a doubt, breastfeeding is best for babies.
What doesn't always get mentioned is that breastfeeding is a very good weight-loss tool for the mommies too. I've blogged about losing 40+ lbs since I gave birth (and only 20 lbs of that is pregnancy weight) even though I eat like a pig all the time. While I have not lost any weight in the last two weeks, I'm very happy to not have gained any weight at all so I'm happy.
I mentioned that I eat a lot, right ? You see, I find myself ravenous a lot of the time and craving a lot of different things. Sometimes, it's something healthy like green veggies or fruits, sometimes, I find myself looking for sweets and other times, I just can't get enough meat.
And during those meat-eating phases, nothing satisfies the cravings better than a huge chunk of meat in ampm's Towering Inferno as offered in their secret menu tab on Facebook. Hubby has the same favorite but he likes it without the sauce as he is not a fan of spicy foods.
And make sure to not miss coming back on 8/2 because you get to make your own concoctions! I know I won't miss it :)
As for me, I can't wait. Thankfully, ampm is just around the corner, about two miles from where we live.