Tuesday, October 27, 2009

3-Day Super Sale Asia Pacific

Travelling has many wonderful perks. First of all, it opens doors to new and interesting places. It also gives you the opportunity to meet new people and build network of friends. Travelling also broadens knowledge because you can learn a lot about new countries and their cultures.

There are so many great destinations worth visiting in Asia Pacific. If you are thinking of visiting Asia Pacific then this is the perfect opportunity for you. Travelers will be thrilled to know that one million hotel rooms across Asia Pacific are available at very amazing rates.

Take advantage of this Accor Hotels 3-Day Super Sale Asia Pacific because this offer is only available on a limited time. Imagine rates starting as low as US$30 per night. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Grab amazing savings when you book on-line between October 27-30, 2009. Stay period is between Dec 2009 till Apr 2010.

Big savings from your hotel mean that you can have extra money to spend on other things during your trip. You can use the money to shop around or perhaps engage in a fun leisure activity. You can have the perfect excuse to pamper yourself. Make your trip more memorable by spending it with special people in your life.


Monday, October 26, 2009

No Semestral Break This October

My son is supposed to be enjoying a one week break starting today but he is in school right now. Majority of schools in the country decided to forgo the semestral break this October in order to make up for all the lost time due to numerous suspension of classes. AH1N1 scare at the onset of classes last June and recent typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” caused lengthy days of class suspension. I just hope that Christmas break will not be shortened.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Charter On Demand

You may not be aware of it, but if you have Charter digital then you have On Demand. Amazingly, it's free to access. Enjoy the privilege of more than 6,000 movies and shows at your fingertips. Just imagine being able to take your pick from all those exciting movies and shows without waiting. There's actually no need to worry about schedules at all.

Sometimes it's disappointing when you miss your favorite shows like Heroes, 30 Rock, The Office and others. Missing an episode disrupts the continuity of the story in your mind. Jumping to the next episode might be quite confusing. It would be nice if you can easily access programs and episodes you miss. You might be surprised that you can access many of your favorite programs the day after they air on TV. The wonderful thing about it is it's free!

Sometimes we are so busy that it becomes a chore to simply get in the car and get a movie. It can take a while for the dvd to arrive in the mail. All that waiting is not fun at all. Availing of On Demand is a better and easier choice. You can easily get updates and fun extras on Charter’s Facebook page.

Chances are kids don't understand nor have the patience for TV schedules. Children especially the young ones often want to watch their favorite shows like Dora and Spongebob the moment they open the television. On Demand helps parents avoid the stress of reasoning out with their little ones. You can learn more at charter.net/ondemand.

Since HD is now the in thing, you can now have access to more HD shows. You'll be amazed that there are hundreds of them.



Friday, October 23, 2009

Aloha Friday #78

Rules: Post any question on your blog on a Friday, share your answer and sign Kailani's Mr. Linky. Then have fun answering the questions of fellow participants by visiting their blogs.

My thoughtful mom sent me a text message and said that this is on sale. She wants to buy it for me. Perfect timing because I want a new pair of sneakers.

I made the mistake of asking my 6-year old son if this suits me. He told me that it's for teenagers. Ouch! Shot to the heart! Ha! Ha! Oh well, I'm still young at heart.

Do you like sneakers?

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Factors In Choosing An Apartment

Are you looking for an apartment? I would like to share some friendly reminders to consider when looking for an apartment to rent:
  • Condition of the Apartment - Take a walk around the apartment. Inspect areas that need immediate repairs, repainting, etc. Make sure you check all the rooms. Remember that safety is very important. Ask someone who knows about wiring to check the apartment. Try to find out if the apartment conforms to safety regulations (example: presence of fire exit).
  • Cleanliness - Check for signs of possible pest problem. You would not want to make the mistake of renting a place infested with cockroaches or worse rats.
  • Size - It's always advisable to find a place ideal for the number of people who are going to live in it. Overcrowding is never a good idea.
  • Parking - This is a big consideration if you own a car. It is better to rent apartments that include safe parking areas.
  • Security - Renting a place that provides security is a great disadvantage. Take note that this feature often means higher rental fees.
  • Proximity to Important Places - It is preferable to find a place that has access to nearby market, school (especially for those who have kids) and hospital. It is a big advantage to live near your work place.
Take note that finding the ideal apartment may take time. Avoid being impulsive. Don't be too excited to rent the first apartment you visit. It is good to have some choices. When you find a few apartments interesting, you can compare them to find the one that suits you the most.

A Post Card Between The Pages

"A letter always seemed to me like Immortality."
- Emily Dickinson

I was looking for an old book to read. I found one of my old pocketbooks. I was about to read it when I discovered an old post card between the pages. It was from my college best friend written many years ago. He sent me a post card when he went to Paris on a business trip. Reading the post card again warmed my heart.

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Opening Eyes To Natural Childbirth

Natural means it is not produced synthetically or changed artificially. Almost everything natural is good. Health conscious people choose natural foods because they are minimally processed and free from artificial ingredients. Food coloring, preservatives and artificial sweeteners are just some of the few ingredients found in a lot of food items nowadays. They enhance the flavor and extend shelf life of food but some of them can be quite harmful to the body. People also prefer skin care products that use natural ingredients because they are safer and kinder to the skin.

When it comes to giving birth, more and more people are realizing the advantages of going through natural childbirth. A woman’s body is naturally designed to carry and give birth to a child. Natural childbirth allows a woman to be in control of her body. Perhaps modern advancements in science have made childbirth easier and less painful, however, the medicated approach has its potential risks.

The process of childbirth is a conscious decision. Every woman should have the right to choose the kind of childbirth best for her and her child. It is normal for some women, especially first time mothers to be overly concerned before giving birth. Fears about childbirth can sometimes be blown out of proportion. Unwarranted fears can influence a woman to shy away from natural childbirth and choose an epidural or a C-section. Proper information can help women minimize and hopefully eliminate their fears of childbirth.

Here are some notable advantages of natural childbirth.
  • Safer option - Natural childbirth offers minimal medical intervention. Since it discourages the use of sedatives or anaesthesia, there is a lesser chance of complications or side effects.
  • Feeling of empowerment - Women who have undergone natural childbirth shares the wonderful feeling of being in control during labor.
  • Inner Satisfaction - Mothers who experienced natural childbirth notes the ultimate sense of fulfillment.
  • Partnership – Couples who choose natural childbirth often take classes together. These classes help and guide soon to be parents. Time spent together learning about breathing techniques, pain management and more can help strengthen the bond of a couple.

Friends From Down Under

Three years ago, my former colleague and dear friend decided to take a chance in Australia with her family. Her husband landed a job in a restaurant and the contract gave him the privilege to bring his family with him. They had some challenges along the way but I'm glad that they were able to overcome every hurdle. Now they are happy and comfortably nestled in Australia. In fact, they just bought a new home.

My friend together with her husband and three kids are here for a short vacation. I was so happy when they went to our house yesterday for a visit. True friendship always remain strong despite the distance. We had fun exchanging stories and catching up with one another. Our kids had a wonderful time bonding.

My friend's daughter also happens to be my goddaughter. She has grown up since I last saw her. I gave the kids some gifts. When my son saw me give the gifts, he was inspired to give his own gifts too. He asked my permission if he could give some small toys to his friends. I gave him the go signal and it was nice to see him happily share his toys.

My friend and her family also gave us some gifts. They are still as sweet and thoughtful as before.

Thank you Anton and Cris for the wonderful gifts.

I like this cute personalized brush.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Advantage of Website Hosting

The Internet is a great marketing platform. Today’s technology has made the Internet a popular medium for advertising. Its worldwide reach makes the web an ideal choice for marketing various products and services. Many businesses have tapped the potential of the web when it comes to advertising their goods and services. A website has the capability of reaching a large number of people worldwide. It minimizes the need to travel long distance to promote products and services. People can easily access your site and learn about what your company offers through a few simple mouse clicks.

Maintaining a website can be less expensive compared to running a TV commercial, a radio ad, a billboard, or a print ad. A website can also be more cost effective compared to telemarketing. In fact, I know a lot of people who are put off by telemarketing schemes.

The overall appearance and user interface of a website can be a great advantage. It is a plus to avail of website hosting. I think my site would be better if I availed of website hosting. A website that appears interesting will entice potential clients to click more and learn about what your site offers. It is also advisable to have a user friendly system for easier access. A complicated interface only creates confusion and lead to loss of interest.

Reaching Level 34 on Farm Town

Last August 7, 2009 I finally reached Level 34, the final level on Farm Town (a popular Facebook game).

It took me more than two months to reach the last level. I must say I invested lots of time and effort on this game. I love its interactive interface. Farming with friends and even with my son is really fun. I found myself playing Farm Town until the wee hours of the morning. Yes, it's an addicting but rewarding game. I always got a sense of fulfillment every time I unlocked new seeds, trees, flowers, paths, ponds, buildings and decorations. One of my favorite parts of the game is decorating my farm.

When I reached Level 34, I was awarded with the privilege of buying a beautiful red mansion. Below is a screenshot of my farm (taken a few minutes ago). I have pumpkins ready for harvest. I decided to plant pumpkins in the spirit of Halloween.

My very own farm.

I love how Farm Town surprises "farmers" with new decorations. As you can see, I have decorated my farm with Halloween stuff. I have a basket of treats in front of my door. You are welcome to knock on my door on Halloween but beware of spooky things along the way. Trick or treat!

It's Halloween on Farm Town.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Enjoy Chinese Food at Home

I have always found Asian food exciting to the palate. I'm particularly fond of Chinese cuisine. I love the different flavors emanating from the rich ingredients that are enhanced by all sorts of herbs and spices. I never get tired of eating Chinese dishes at home and at restaurants. My family also loves Chinese food. We have shared countless Chinese feasts together. I believe that good food and family bonding make a great combination.

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Preschool Visual Aids

Today is the start of my son's final exams for the 2nd Quarter. I helped him review over the weekend. I tried to make review time fun and interesting by using visual aids. I made use of flash cards to help him study for subjects like Filipino and Science. I searched for pictures online and printed them on poster paper. I also prepared seat works with colorful drawings. A preschooler easily gets bored with long reviews so I injected some games using the flash cards. Blank poster boards and colored pens were perfect for on the spot drawing activities.

Visual aids I printed to help my son review.

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Red Chair Confessions

I have seen several videos from Red Chair Confessions. The first video I saw triggered my curiosity. The videos' open ended theme has an amazing way of playing with the imagination. After watching more Red Chair Confessions, I realized that the addiction in the videos was a reflection of an addiction for clothes and shoes. My perception didn't fail me because I was right after all. It might come as a big surprise that Talbots is behind the sponsored videos.

I have always had the impression that Talbots' target market is focused on the more mature crowd. To my surprise and delight of many, Talbots has reinvented itself. Talbots now offers hip, modern and affordable clothing line for the women today. Shoppers can expect to find the latest array of women's apparel, shoes and accessories.

Regular shoppers love Talbots' lovely and classic clothing that never goes out of style. One can never go wrong with quality clothes that are perfectly priced. Its touchable textures will make anyone feel sophisticated. It's like a taste of luxury each time you wear one. You may visit their website to see Talbots' beautiful outfits, shoes and accessories. You can share your favorite items with me by leaving a comment. I would love to know about the things that catch your eye. I'm sure you'll find something worth purchasing.

After connecting the videos to Talbots, the videos now make more sense.


Puppy Moment

I love this photo. It captures my son's thrilled expression as he plays with Jack, my BIL's Pomeranian puppy. For me, it's another priceless moment. Jack is a small bundle of joy and energy. Yohan was more than happy to play with Jack that day.

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Usefulness of GPS

Technology has improved the lives of people around the world. The development of new technology adds quality to every day life. It is easy to say that technology is synonymous to progress. It opens a lot of doors for improvement and success. Technology has become an inevitable part of people's lives.

Almost everywhere you look, you can find proof of evolving technology. Take for example the modern vehicles. Many new vehicles today are equipped with the latest technology to make driving easier, safer and more convenient. The GPS Tracking is one proof of advanced technology. It is an amazing device that can provide very helpful data such as speed, address of stops, duration of stops, time en route, arrival addresses and direction of vehicle. All these important information are accurately recorded in the device within a specific interval. The data can easily be downloaded using USB port to a personal computer that uses LAS Past-Track software package. The software comes free upon purchase of the GPS. You can choose between passive and real-time GPS depending on the extent of your purpose and budget. It is a great safety measure for vehicles. It is a very useful device that is worth investing on.

** Courtesy of LandAirSea **

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Enchanting Mornings

I finally saw the bird that sings on the tree in front of our house every morning. I only hear it sing in the early hours of the morning. I love waking up and hearing it sing a soft and almost enchanting song. I have always wondered what the bird looks like. The other day I caught a glimpse of it. It is a small black bird with white markings. I have no idea what kind of bird it is but I appreciate how it positively starts my mornings.

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Halloween Quest

It's already the first week of October. Just a few more weeks and it's Halloween. It is one of the much anticipated occasions that we look forward to as a family. My son is already excited about this year's Halloween celebration. He wants to be a ninja this year. I just hope I can find a ninja costume for him. Last year he was Thomas the Tank Engine.

My family enjoys decorating our home during Halloween. It's a perfect opportunity to bond with one another. Halloween decorations need not be expensive. In fact, we were able to save money last year by making use of cheap materials and some things we already had in the house. We bought cheap Halloween masks and made use of garbage bags for the body to create a scary Halloween character.

We also made pumpkin candle holders using empty 1-gallon water containers. We simply wrapped the exterior with orange Japanese paper and added black paper cutouts to represent the eyes and mouth. We added a candle inside for the final touch. The kids who went around the village to collect treats appreciated the simple decorations we made.

Do you have an interesting photo, story or video you want to share? There's a fun site where you can share your memorable Halloween stories, images and videos. Check out Jack's Quest to find the best Halloween adventures. I gave it a try. I have entered my simple Halloween story above. Below is my vote button as proof of entry.

Are you looking for Halloween costumes? Buy Halloween Costumes Online or in a Halloween Store Near You.

Halloween Adventure - Jacks Quest

Monday, October 05, 2009

My Grandma's 40th Day

Thank you to everyone who left kind words of sympathy on my grandmother's death.

Yesterday was my grandma's 40th day since her passing. May God bestow my grandmother eternal joy in Heaven.

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Trick Or Treat Me On Twitter

As a mother, I value the importance of nutrition. I believe that good nutrition should start early. Teaching kids about the significance of good nutrition will help reinforce lifelong eating healthy eating habits.

Now that Halloween is just around the corner, kids are more exposed to sweets and junk food. Although Halloween is a fun activity, some parents worry about their children's health during this time. Eating too many candies and junk food can have its negative effect on children. It is best to monitor your child during Trick or Treat. It's great to see children having a wonderful time but good nutrition should be compromised.

I encountered an online campaign that stresses good nutrition for children even during Halloween. Trick Or Treat Me blog opens the eyes of parents about the importance of good nutrition at all times. Parents will be delighted to know that they can still maintain healthy living and at the same time have fun on Halloween.

An example of a nice and healthy treat for kids this Halloween is milk in shelf stable Tetra Pak carton. Kids will appreciate a yummy drink on-the-go and parents will be assured that kids will have more calcium in their diet. It's like hitting two birds with one stone. It's definitely a win-win situation. In line with this is the new “milk box” campaign. Trusted brands like Hershey’s and Organic Valley encourages you to spread the word about milk in single serve, shelf stable cartons through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy sending a Halloween tweet to someone. Take note that when you Trick Or Treat Me on Twitter, you are also making a 10¢ donation to World Wildlife Fund. You can choose whether to “trick” or “treat” your friends on Twitter. I just sent a couple of treat tweets to my friends. Go ahead and give it a try too.


Sunday, October 04, 2009

Good Start Matters

"Well begun is half done." - Horace

I have lots of things to do today. It's nice to start early. Getting off to a good start can help set the pace. Hopefully I'll be able to accomplish many things today.

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The Big Fat Duck Cookbook

I have heard raves about the popular international restaurant called The Fat Duck. It is run by chef Heston Blumenthal. The restaurant's popularity is attributed to its unique menu. The restaurant's famous dishes are snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream. The restaurant offer unusual dishes that trigger the curiosity of many diners. I find it amazing how chef Heston Blumenthal use the advantages of chemistry, physics and psychology to capture the attention of diners in his restaurant. His ingenuity and creativity in experimenting with dishes made him highly claimed around the world. His restaurant's success has been evident.

A book called the big fat duck cookbook is out in the market. It's a huge book with a sophisticated cover. The book uncovers the story of chef Heston Blumenthal and The Fat Duck's rise to fame. People are fascinated by chef Heston Blumenthal's undeniable success in the food business. It's incredible that he is entirely self taught. The Fat Duck has been said to have broken every rule in the world of restaurants but despite that, it has been voted twice as Best Restaurant in the World by acclaimed top chefs.

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