Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to "Winter Friends" December 29.

This is a hop for making friends and meeting other bloggers.
This is hosted by Snack Bar Reviews, 3 Princes and a Princess 2, Luvin My Lil Monkeys.


1. To be in this hop just follow all three hosts'.(We always follow back, leave a comment)
2. Follow the person before you.
3. Have fun. Add the linky to your page to get more followers!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Crime of Passion (Chop-chop Lady in Davao City)

When i first heard the news about this, I couldn't believe it, I was scared, especially beacause it happened here in my city, "Davao City".  I thought it would never happen in real life, how can someone do this to a fellow human?

            Maritess Hao, a 39 year old female, who lived in a mid scale subdivision in Talomo was found dead on Christmas Day.  The victims neighbor, Jimmy Quijano, noticed a foul smell coming from the victims house and called 911 and the Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco).  The crime scene operatives found the victims body chopped to bits inside the bathroom. The suspect, Arvin Casanova, 22 years old, is the victims former live in partner.  Police said that jealousy could be the motive behind the crime, as the victims current boyfriend is returning home from Japan soon. Also found in the crime scene were clothes placed inside a plastic garbage container with traces of human blood and a stainless chopping knife in the kitchen. Authorities are now looking for the suspect who still remains at large.

Wordless Wednesday and Sepia Scene

My Cat Trevor when his still a kitten, I love him very much!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sunday Stealing: The Quick 2010 Fandom Meme

My late edition of Sunday Stealing, hope you enjoy it guys!!

1. Your main fandom of the year: Blogging.

2. Your favorite Film this year: It would be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

3. Your favorite Book read this year: Deathly Hallows

4. Your favorite Album or Song this year: I guess Lady Gaga's Poker Face.

5. Your favorite meme site of the year:  Sunday Stealing ;)

6. Your Fandom that you haven't tried Yet, but want to: going to another place alone.

7. Your best new Fandom Discovery of the Year: Blogging :)

8. Your biggest Fandom Disappointment of the Year:  hmm not being with my husband.

9. Your TV Boyfriend of the year: the cop in CSI

10. Your TV Girlfriend of the year: Angel Aquino

11. Your most Missed Old Fandom: I miss doing my yoga and exercsing.

12. Your Biggest Anticipations of the New Year: to see my husband next year and to be with him soon.

13. Your favorite post (of yours) of the year: The weekdays ramblings because its the first paid post of mine lol.

14.Your favorite new blog (to you) of the year: i forgot the url sorry.

15.Your favorite new website of the year:  still Facebook and Twitter.

16. Your favorite news story of the year: nothing

17. Your favorite actor of the year: Johnny Deep

18. Your favorite drama TV show of the year: I cant believe this, but its IMORTAL

19. Your favorite comedy TV Show this year: Family Guy

20. Your favorite cartoon of the year: Stewie.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snow Day

ST. MARY'S, MD - FEBRUARY 10: An Amish couple ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife

     It's not so much of a snow day here in Jacksonville, as only maybe 5 flakes fell, but up north it's one of the worst storms in recent memory.  In my own way I am both sad and happy as I do miss playing in the snow but never in a millions years could I miss driving in it.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I'm very happy because I completed the 9mornings this year, its just feels right, for me its the feeling of satisfaction, not physically but emotionally, when you know you cant have everything you want this Christmas but you don't care, because the reason is not the especial food we serve every christmas, the new clothes we wear every christmas but the reason why we celebrate Christmas, because Jesus our savior is born to save us once again.  Anyway those who don't know what is 9 mornings.  Nine ( 9 ) monings also called "Misa de Gallo" is a Filipino tradition every Christmas a 9 consecutive days of novena mass. So my mother and I completed the 9 mornings this year, hurray were so happy, after 9 days of waking up so early, its finally done!
   We celebrate Christmas this year simply, not a lot of foods, We just cook enough for us, my mum cooked a couple of food like Arroz Valenciana its a local version of a spanish recipe called Paella, of course Pancit, Adobo, Kinilaw, and I make the dessert, the ever famous Mango Float, We did not wait for the noche buena, we started our dinner early because we were kinda hungry and so tired to wait for 12 midnight, after dinner our relatives arrive, so we have fun with our relatives, especially when they got drunk and get silly, Oh its my first time to celebrate Christmas without my husband, He is in Jacksonville right now to be with his father, thats the only thing I miss this Christmas, to celebrate it with my dear husband.
  Time really flies, now Christmas is here and next week were gonna celebrate New Year again, and  Im not ready yet, I have so many things that needs to be done before the New Year.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Christmas Wish

I wonder what's the feeling of having a new Ipad 3G WIFI this christmas?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday 9: Have you ever made out at a drive-in?

9 mornings, 3 down  6 more mornings to go. Im happy but i really wanted to take a long nap, Its been 3 days since I got only 4 hrs. to sleep,its because I attended the christmas novena mass, and now  we have to go to a party and I really dont want to go, oh well I cant complain, its the Holiday season. I cant believe were gonna say goodbye to 2010 in 2 weeks, and welcoming 2011soon wohoooo!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday Thunks: Philosophy 101

The TT questions are brought to you by Bud, the color of an Mexican Umbrella Lady and the number 3693.

1. First, an easy one. In 25 words or less, what's your philosophy on life?
    My philsophy in life right now is to be always think positive, and that everything happen for a reason.

2. Which country is your spiritual home? Why?
   For me it would be the country I was born, Philippines, despite of the negatives that is happening in my country, I can still say theres still a lot of people who is a real christian and catholic, who really do thier duty as son of God.

3. Tell us something about the oldest living member of your family. We mean as opposed to the oldest dead one.
It would be my dad,  he is 55 years old.

4. Tell us something about the youngest member of your family.
Its my brother Glenn, 23 years old, we love him, I think his a good boy.

5. Now we’ll do random. Have you ever had a negative experience at a gym (with other patrons, equipment, trainer) or with the gym themselves?
  Yes, with the threadmill, its so hard to keep up with it.

6. If you could go back and change one friendship in your past, who would it have been, and why?
  No one, they have different attitudes, but that makes them unique.

7. If you could wish a wish and it be guaranteed to come true (and not to get more wishes), what would it be, and why?
  Hmm, it would be hard, well I think it would be to be with my husband this christmas and forever.

8. What were you doing 1 year ago?
  I think we were  doing Christmas shopping that time with my husband.

9. Time to belly up to the bar. What drink can I getcha?
  I would like to try tequilla lol

10. What's the furthest you've traveled to visit (or vacation with, etc.) a friend?
  It would be with my husbands and our friends in north cotabato, its 7 hrs. drive from the city here in Davao  City.

Simbang Gabi (9 mornings) starts today.

    Today is the begginning of Simbang Gabi or dawn masses (9 mornings).  It's a nine days masses, this custom lasts for nine days, starting today December 16th and continually daily up to December 24.
My mother and I wake up early to attend the first day of 9 mornings, and so we arrived in the church and was amazed by the decorations of the church, the colorful lights and beautiful christmas lanterns, you can really feel the spirit of Christmas, especially the crowds, theres a lot of people. Its always like this on the first day of 9 mornings, a huge crowd, but you will feel safe because theres  a lot of policeman wandering around to secure the church goers safety.  A lot of people is really looking forward to attend the first misa de gallo (9 mornings) hoping they can complete the whole series of nine dawn mass, we believe overhere once you completed it your wish will be granted.  Even in the homily, the Archbishop who leads the mass said, that we should ask God to guide us so that we can presevere and continue to attend the dawn masses, so our wish will be granted.
    Because its so crowded, we end up standing until the end of the mass, But thats find with me, maybe tomorrow  we can get up early and we can finally sit and be comfortable through out the whole mass.
Shortly after the mass, you will see a lot of vendors waiting for the church goers, selling different kinds of native delicacies (kakanin) like bibingka (custrad cake), puto (rice cake), suman (sticky rice), they also served hot tsokolate (hot chocolate drink), tea or coffee.
Simbang Gabi or dawn masses is our tradition every christmas, for me its more like preparing for the coming our Lord Jesus Christ not only physically but spiritualy.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wednesday Wickedness

1. “All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.”
Have ever felt that you’ve been in love with someone constantly over a long period of time?
Yes, with my husband.

2. “I am an optimistic lady.”
How optimistic are you?
Hmm, well I think I am, I always look on the brighter side of  things, and always think positive, if you I cnat help it, I just pray more and more.

3. “I don't think today's younger audience... would even know what 1920s musicals were like.”
Do you have any knowledge of 1920 films or musicals? If yes, any favorites?
Wow! I was born on 1980, so I dont have any favorites, but thanks to my husband, i have glimpse of the films of 1920's but gosh i forgot the title, all i remember is thier dress, it really looks like 1920's lol.

4. “I hate the word wholesome.”
Play word association. I say “wholesome” and you say:
I dont have  aproblem with that word.

5. “I have always wished I could learn to be a potter. I love collecting ceramics; it would be so fulfilling to create something lovely.”
What have you always wished that you could be?
When I was young, I always dream to be a Singer, but now i guess im just a desperate singer grrr.

6. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
Tell us about something that you had to persevere through.
That is so true, its like Life you always try and try until you succeed.

7. “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.”
How do you define your self discipline?
I think im one of those people, sometime its hard, i felt its a like a chore lol.

8. “Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.”
Have you ever missed a golden opportunity?
Yes a lot of times!

9. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and... SNAP! The job's a game!”
Have you ever had that perfect job that was always entertaining?
I think no.

10. “Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it.”
Has anyone ever considered you as sweet?
Yes my husband hahah.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas is just around the corner!

When I glanced at my calendar today I had to do a double take, it's almost Christmas already! It's hard to believe that time can go by so quickly as it seems like just yesterday it was April and my husband was going back to the states.
For me and my family its hard to celebrate christmas this year financially, we had a lot of emergencies happen to us this year, First my nephew got dengue fever, and we (me and my husband) spend a lot of money to pay the hospital bills, but we did not regret doing it,what important for us is the health of our nephew, he is in good health now thanks to God,we love him so much and treated him as our own son. Second is we fix our house which is part of our plan but its a wrong decision we made, because we end up with no money left. As of this moment my  husband is unemployed, but his gonna go back to work on May next year hopefuly, and once he start working again,   we can really start processing my visa application, yes me and my  husband is planning to live in the U.S, but he has to petition me first, which is so hard and the process will take years, not to mention the money you will spend with all the paper work, so im just here thinking and praying that God will hasten the time, so that I could be with my husband again. Its so hard to be away from your loved ones, especially this holiday season. But of course im still excited for christmas, one thing im excited for  is the 9 mornings, we call it Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo.
In the Philippines, its our tradition every christmas, to attend the 9 mornings, it is a series of nine dawn masses, the mass starts as early as 3:00 am, and its begins on December 16th and ends of the midnight of the 24th of December, which is the midnight mass.
So this video that im sharing is from John Lennon, Happy Christmas (War is Over), I will never get tired of hearing this song every christmas, its a sad christmas song but the message is very good. Merry Christmas to all of you, wherever you are in the world!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday 9: Reason to Believe

1. Has anyone asked you to believe in something that called for a huge leap of faith on your part?
Hmm I think yes, but i dont remeber the details sorry.

2. When is the last time you moved? Why did you move?
It was last april this year, me and my husband was just renting a house, and so he has to go back to work in the states, and so I move to my parents house and live with them, until my husband will comeback next year.

3. Malls? ..or one Internet? Are you doing more online shopping this year? The polls say we are, but I'm curious about what the real people are doing.
I love shopping online too, cuz there just so many choices, and you will have time to choose. For other stuff that only you can find in the malls, thats the time i have to drag myself cuz im just so lazy to go out.

4. Do you remember the first meme you participated in and if so, what was it?
Yes it was Tuesday tune.

5. If you could invent something, what would it be?
A machine that can remove acne scars!

6. Are you finished with your shopping? Do you still a few things to go? What? Not even a game plan? ...or is there just one person you're having trouble finding something for?
Im not yet done,eventhough its so hard this year for us, I still have to budget and give gifts this christmas, and you cant really say no to a christmas party, I still have to buy that gifts soon.

7. What's left to do at your place (or where you are going)? Is the tree up? ...or maybe you're just happy you found the Christmas coffee mug and are calling that good?
Yes, our tree is up, and it looks like a real christmas tree now thanks to my mum, we have the christmas star, we call it a parol overhere, some lights outdoor and of course the belen,(nativity scene).

8. Is your life turning out the way you thought it would when you were a kid? If not, is it better or worse?
For me it is better, because when i was young i just dream to live in a bahay kubo house, really im not kidding, I love to live in a province, but since I found my loving husband, in Gods time maybe I can experience to live a diferent life with him in the U.S., but it doesnt really matter where we live, what is important for me right now is just to be with my husband, doesnt matter if its here or everywhere.

9. Tell us about something you'll miss about 2010.
Honestly I dont think i have something that i will miss in 2010, Im excited for  a new year.
Cant wait for 2011 to come!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday Thunks: Lost

The TT questions are brought to you by Bud, the color of an African split-toed frog and the number 369.

1. Did you ever get into a bar and drink before you were 21? If yes, how often?
    Yes here in the Philippines, as long as your 18 years old you are allowed to go to a bar.

2. After Obama, who do you think will be the next president?
    Sarah Palin? lol hope not

3. Do you believe places can really be haunted?
    Yes, especially if the place is old and abandoned or someone commit suicide in those place.

4. Kimber is flying to Minnesota to finally meet Berleen. What do you think about space travel?
     Not interested

5. What if had exactly one year to live. What are the three things you'd want to do before you died?
    My gosh a lot of things.

6. What if you could take one thing back. What would that one thing be? What is something you said, something you stole, something you did wrong?
I will never forget when i was young, I open a snail mail that belongs to my neighbor, and i really regret doing it until now.

7. Other than emergencies, do you think the cell phone is more intrusive than convenient?
   Yes it is intrusive, especially if the person is too hook on it, especially texting, its annoying.

8. You are stuck on an island forever due to a plane crash. Like Lost without Harley or andbody else.. But you find all the water, food and shelter you needed. What would be the three other things would you want with you? Cell phone, My prayer book and picture of my husband.

9. We've decided you can change one thing about the world. What would that one thing be?
   Hmmm, I think I would change all the corupts politician.

10.What if a million dollars fell off a back of a truck. Would you keep it?
Depends where it came from lol

Have a great day. Or not. See you next Thursday

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Quake jolts in Mindanao

       It was 3:00 pm yesterday when I felt our house is shaking, and our windchimes is so loud, and I thought i was just nauseated lol, theres a quake, gosh I was scared, good thing it did not last long and theres no damages and after shock. It was intensity 4 here in Davao where I lived, Mati and Cateel town in Davao Oriental, Intensity 3 in Malita and Malalag (Davao Del Sur) Tagum City and Cagayan De Oro Butuan City and  intensity 2 in General Santos City, Bansalan and Digos City also in Davao Del Sur.

    No casulaties were reported, Phivolcs official said the quake's epicenter was at 86 kilometers northeast off the coast of Mati Davao Oriental. It was tectonic in origin and recorded at a depth of 92 kilometers.
The phivolcs classify intensity 5 as a strong earthquake, which means it is generally felt by most people indoors and outdoors.

picture is from 1990 Luzon earthquake

Lets take care,and be ready when theres earthquake, If you are indoor's Drop to the ground; take cover by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and Hold on until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building. Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture. Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on. and most of all dont forget to pray.

Wordless Wednesday

I took this picture last year, at the backyard of our house, its an Olive Back Sunbird.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Queen's Meme #63 ~ The Frivolous Christmas Meme

My Christmas tree 2008
My Christmas tree 2009 
1. or the Mall
I love going to the mall especially this holidays.

2. Bows or ribbons
Ribbons a lot of it.

3. Expensive or sale tags
It would be sale tags this year, Im on a budget.
4. Long list or short
Short this year.
5. Wrapped packages or gift bags
Its exciting if its wrapped.

6. Eggnog or vodka
Vodka for me.

7. Have you finished your shopping?
Have to start it this week.
8. A Christmas Carol or The Bible Story?
Difinetly A Christmas Carol, miss watching it.

9. Are you Scrooge or Santa's Helper?
Santas helper ;-)
10. Did you ever catch Santa Claus in the act?
No, but i know even before its just BS lol.

11. Tell me about your Christmas tree...gotta pic?
Yes, it our first christmas tree as a couple, we bought it 2 years ago, wow
how the time flies.

12. Christmas carols or Rock Station
Christmas carols.

13. Do you believe in Elves?
Whats that?

14. I am looking for Santa. Describe him for me.
Im looking for him too lol

15. Do you leave cookies out or bourbon?
I would like bourbon.

16. White lights or multi-colored
White lights.

17. Wreaths on the doors, windows, outside?
No wreaths this year.

18. Who are the 3 wisest wise men in your life?
My hubby,my nephe and my brother.

19. Is Christmas religious or commercial for you?
Religious for me, especially here in the Philippines were we have simbang gabi(9 mornings).

20. Ever kiss under the mistletoe?
I would love to experience it.

21. Stars or angels on top of the tree 
This year its a star.

22. Who deserves to get a lump of coal for Christmas and why?
Hahah a lot of people
23. Who is #7 in the 12 Days of Christmas song?
Seven swan a awimming?

24. Snail mail cards or e-cards
Mail cards.

25. What do you want for Christmas?
I want my husband, but i know its imposible so just peace on earth
and love for all.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Scenic Sunday 125

A beautiful view in one of the beaches in the Philippines.

Scenic Sunday

Saturday 9: Hard Habit to Break

Welcome to Saturday 9, this week its all about Chicago, the song is Hard Habit to Break, well right timing I like this song its kinda mushy love song.

1. Do you have any habits or rituals at this time of year?
Yes we have a lot of rituals or habits especially this New year, like you have to have coins in your pocket, Yo have to wear polkadots clothes so that you will have money the whole year and a lot of other rituals.

2. Polar bears seem to do well in the snow... How about you? Is snow just another thing you deal with when it shows up, or is it shutdown time? ...and if you're posting from a non-snowy locale, do you make trips to actually see snow? It's okay to admit it...
Well I live in the Philippines so i dont have a problem with snow, but sometimes we want a fair share of coldness overhere, its summer all year overhere.

3. Tell about a toy you remember from your childhood.
I remember a stuff toy that my grandparents from my father side gave me, but I dont really enjoy playing girly stuff, when i was young, i like playing in outdoors with my playmates playing hide and seek and just running around.

4. If you could make one thing in the world absolutely free for everyone, what would it be?
It would be free tax lol.

5. Do you live close to your immediate family members? If not, how far away are they?
Not far away, sometimes the disadvantage of it is your relatives can easily visit you and just want to loan money from you.

6. My mom ordered a turkey dinner from a local market. it was o.k., but not very good. how was your turkey (or last holiday meal) this year?
I did not celebrate Thanksgiving this year due to the fact that my hubby is not here with me.

7. In a one horse open sleigh: Have you ever been on a sleigh ride or a carriage ride? Do you even like horses? Or would you just rather travel by your own two feet?
I would love to experience to riding a horse, maybe that would be fun.

8. What is your favorite Christmas song? ...and sung or played by whom? You know, the one you tend to listen for on the radio or hit 'repeat' on the player...
Right now, my mood for christmas song is from Frank Sinatra i have it on my celphone, its my ring tone now lol, what I dont want to hear is all christmas songs from Carpenters, Im just so sick of hearing it.

9. What is your least favorite Christmas song? ...and sung or played by whom? You know, the one you tend to skip on the player...
what I dont want to hear is all christmas songs from Carpenters, Im just so sick of hearing it.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A story in welcoming the Advent season

What's your goal in life? If you get there, will you really be satisfied? Tough questions, right? But isnt that what fulfillment in life is all about?

These are some stories of  famous people:

      George Eastman's goal was financial success. He got there too. In cameras shops the word over, you will find the yellow boxes of film made by the Eastman-Kodak  company. You see, George Eastman was a Scandinavian born inventor who had an idea: "You click the shutter and we do the rest." That idea turned rags into riches for Eastman, but reaching his goal didn't satisfy. Eastman lives in a 30-room ,mansion where a magnificent pipe organ was played during meals, but Eastman was far from happy.

    One morning he conferred with his business associates, then went to his room and scribbled these words on a piece of paper: "My work is finished. Why wait?" He then took a German Luger automatic and putting it to his head, he pulled the trigger.

    If accomplishment in life is your goal, then consider the life of Ernest Hemingway, He is an American author and journalist, A lot of people wish they could write like Hemingway does. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. He was famous for his character descriptions in works like A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, and For whom the Bell Tolls.  But in summer of 1961 Hemingway "quite deliberately"  shot himself with his favorite twelve gauge shotgun, put the end of the barrel unto his mouth, pull the trigger and blow out his brain.
Obviously, a person can be tremendously talented and yet be unfulfilled and miserable.

    If fame or beauty is your goal in life, consider Marilyn Monroe. On August 5, 1962, newspaper told how this gifted and beautiful woman overdosed on chloral hydrate and nembutal- a drug which stopped her heart. The cause of her death is acute barbiturate poisoning resulting from a probable suicide. In the newspaper in that year editorialized, "Marilyn Monroe died Sunday proving that even $10,000 a week won't even buy peace of mind".

Money, achievement and fame, there has to be more, something which brings a quality life beyond these.

Friend, what's your goal in life? If you reach it, without God, there will always be an emptiness which will never completely satisfy. There is a place in the human heart which is God can only fill, and nothing short of a relationship with Him will satisfy. Life will be better and not so hard if we put God in our life.

"Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…
     It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope."
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