Friday, December 30, 2011

Holiday Themed Zenni Optical Frames are Coming to Town!

Have you checked out all the fantastic eyewear Zenni Optical has in stock? Many of these frames come in your favorite festive holiday colors! I never gave much thought to having eyeglasses that were holiday themed, mostly because of their high cost, until I found Zenni Optical. While I was browsing eyeglasses over at Zenni Optical I found these:
Pretty whimsical wouldn't you say?  And just look at the price!  I'd say these show off my holiday spirit because I look best in green and well, coming from the Philippines I've never seen snow or been able to build a snowman lol.  Being that I don't have work right now I don't have alot of money to spend on eyeglasses but that's ok because with Zenni Optical you're getting such a good price that you'll have money left over to buy gifts for other people in your life.  Personally I would take the money I saved and buy my husband a vintage tie.  What you spend your savings on?  Go on over to the Zenni Optical website and browse their listings, I'm sure you will find a pair of eyeglasses that fits your personality and best yet, they won't break the bank.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My First Christmas in USA.

We just had a simple dinner for Christmas, My Father in law cook pork roast and boiled potatoes. We have fun though, having our conversation, and then my step mother in law came with her Christmas gifts for us and with a lot of cookies for us too. We didn't have a chance to attend the Christmas Eve mass, but we did go  in the morning to hear a mass in Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Jacksonville, I was happy that my father in law decided to go with us, he is not a church goer but that time he just came with us to take picture of the old buildings over there and the church and not to hear the mass. But It's okay I think he did enjoy it because he told us that his gonna drive us again next sunday which is the new year's eve mass. The mass that we attended with my husband is a Tridentine mass or a Latin mass, the church was so beautiful with the five Christmas tree and Manger with it, its definitely a sacred mass. After the mass we go home and open our gifts, and we greet each other a Merry Christmas.
My first christmas gift.

 First Christmas Card.

What I really miss this Christmas is I think a lot, In the Philippines I used to get annoyed by the carolers, now I miss them heheh. Of course there's no carolers overhere. But they do decorate also. I miss the smiles of the people, I think there just so busy  that they forgot to smile, I miss the simbang gabi ( midnight mass), but thanks for the technology these days, I can still watch online thru live streaming. It was my first time to miss the midnight mass. And of course the food, its different overhere, Christmas is not a big thing for them, but to us Filipino, even if we just have enough money to celebrate, we still find a way to really make the Christmas a special occasion, I mean we cook a lot of variety food and desserts. I miss my family also. But I'm still thankful to God that I'm here in the US celebrating it with my husband.
Our gifts from my sister in law.

My Christmas Gift from my Mother in law.

Cookies and sweets stuff from mum in law.

This was my favorite a mini cake with cream cheese and apricot.

In the other hand what I like overhere is they like to give gifts, See in the Philippines I'm the one who give gifts to all my family and relatives, but you don't get in return well not that I'm expecting in return also, but it feels good to received a gift also. So what I got this Christmas is okay, My husband was being practical he bought me a 1 year domain, but I feel bad I didn't give him anything, well he understand I don't have a work yet.
My sister in law got me a girly stuff, and I was not expecting it also, but I'm very touched she said that I'm part of their family.  My mother in law give me a very beautiful sweater, and my friend from Texas gave me Christmas Card, a Ornaments from Texas and A nice Scarf. I feel blessed.
So what about you guys, what did Santa give you? See yah all!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas is one of the most wonderful days for praying,
loving, smiling, caring and relaxing. Take this opportunity and
thank god from this wonderful life. Have a happy and merry
Mini Christmas Tree in the porch.
Our Christmas Tree in Jacksonville.
Our Christmas Tree in the Philippines.

Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing; Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering, Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Lets us get back our childlike faith again. I hope my fellow kababayan  who got affected by the tropical storm washi in the Philippines, will not give up and can still say the word Merry Christmas.
I wish you all A Happy and Merry Christmas!!! From Everyday Fish and Vintage Recipe Blog

Monday, December 19, 2011

For all the Victims of Bagyong Sendong (Tropical Storm Washi)

The Coventry Carol is a legitimate Christmas Carol dated 16th centruy England. It is also the saddest Christmas carol, that speaks of the massacre of children by King Herod.

I know we're all busy preparing for Christmas but let's not forget that ultimately, it's all about giving, sharing, and helping others - especially those who need our help.

A few days ago, a flash flood took the people of Cagayan De Oro City, Iligan, and Dumaguete in the Philippines by surprise. It came like a thief in the night while most people were sound asleep. People who escaped were only able to save the clothes on their back. Some people lost their lives and won't be able to celebrate Christmas like you and me. :(

Some of our BC Blogger friends, Grace, and Karen were from those areas and I'm very happy to report that they are alive and well. Unfortunately, like most of the people from their area they lost their belongings to the flood. I hope we can all drop them some message of comfort in their blogs.

I did my research on how we can all help. I found out that the best way we can donate is through Philippine Red Cross. You can donate as little as P5 and as effortless as getting your cellphone and typing some letters. So if you can spare a few pesos please grab your phone right away and donate. Don't do it later lest you forget. Do it now.

For Globe subscribers:
via SMS, c/o Red Cross – text RED and send to 2899 – valid donation amounts are P5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000 (For ex, RED 10). Transaction is free.
via GCASH, text DONATE and send to 2882

For Smart subscribers:
via SMS, c/o Red Cross – text RED and send to 4143 – valid donation amounts are P10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500, 1000 (For ex, RED 10).

You can also donate via Paypal or Credit card here:

I am also appealing to you to make a blog post about this tragedy and encourage people to donate. Let's not turn a blind eye because we can all help in our own little way. Other people are not aware of the gravity of their situation. I understand because Christmas is coming and everyone is busy. But if we can just inform and reach out to as many people as possible maybe we can make a difference.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Five Question Friday

Questions for Friday, December 9th: (Special thanks to @bloggerlinds (and @kandiipie too!), @kenedram, Sharayha, @bellismom and little old me for their question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so come on over to my community or watch for my Thursday afternoon shout out for questions on Twitter and offer up your best question suggestions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

1. What's the best Christmas present you've ever received?
Hmmm I think i have a lot this year but the best is I'm already here 
in the US to be with my husband and we can celebrate Christmas together, even though its my first time to celebrate it with out my family (they are in the Philippines) but oh well that's life :)

2. Worst/Funniest White Elephant gift ever received?
 Never received any :)

3. Is your Christmas tree plain and simple (white lights and matching ornaments) or is it wild and crazy (colored lights with lots of ornaments collected over the years)?
 Our Christmas tree in the Philippines is kinda crazy there's a lot of ornaments but I love the lights it has different colors but with a star shaped lights, Here in my father in law's Christmas tree, its just simple with white lights but I still like it, at least there's still a spirit of Christmas.

4. "How" do you iron your clothes? The old fashioned iron/ironing board way, the shower, back in the dryer, etc.
I used to used the ironing board back in the Phil, but overhere in the US the clothes doesn't need ironing because maybe overhere they used washing machine and a dryer, in the Philippines we used hand washed. :)

5. How much baking do you do for Christmas and what are your "must make" items? (I'm looking for recipes here, peeps...)
 I'm so guilty, It is my husband who usually cook and bake, but I already bake a Corn bread last week its kinda good :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The Blue Memory Meme, Part One

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1) If the whole world were listening to you right now, what would you say?
I want my SSN already!!!

2) If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?

3) You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?
In the Philippines just to see my family for awhile and get some things that I need.

4) What do you think about most?
Money LOL

5) You have the opportunity to spend a romantic night with the music celebrity of your choice. Who would it be?
It was the late John Lennon.

6) You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

7) What's your strangest talent?
I can type fast and text fast lol

8) What would be a question you'd be afraid to tell the truth on?
I dunno.

9) Ever had a poem or song written about you?
Yes, a poem made for me by my husband, how sweet of him.

10) When is the last time you played the air guitar?
When i was young?

11) Do you have any strange phobias?
I have phobias eating pop corn hahha.

12) What's your religion?
Roman Catholic

13) What is your current desktop picture?
It's my husband old picture of Jax., Florida.

14) When you are outside, what are you most likely doing?
Walking and talking to my husband.

15) What's the last song you listened to?
Move like Jagger or something like that by Maroon 5.

16) Simple but extremely complex. Favorite band?
17) What was the last lie you told?
That I would not apply for a job for right now.

18) Do you believe in karma?

19) What is a saying you say a lot?
The Golden rules.

20) What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
weakness is my family and husband, greatest strength God.

21) Who is your celebrity crush?
Orlando Bloom yay!

22) Give me the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word: heart.

23) How do you vent your anger?

24) Do you have a collection of anything?
I used to have a collection of slippers before.

25) What is your favorite word?
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Five Question Friday

Questions for Friday, December 2nd (speaking of December, who stole my November?!): (Special thanks to Sandy, Sharayha, @emilywickham, @trooppetrie and Lorilynne for their question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so come on over to my community or watch for my Thursday afternoon shout out for questions on Twitter and offer up your best question suggestions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

1. What is your favorite Christmas decoration in your house?
Well we didn't start decorating the house yet, I dunno why, well its not our house, its the house of my father in law. :)

2. Do you finish your Christmas shopping early or are you a last minute type?
My first time to spend Christmas overhere in the U.S., I dunno if I'm gonna be excited or not, but one thing for sure I'm gonna miss all the fun in the Philippines when its Christmas, especially the simbang gabi (midnight mass), but I maybe we're gonna do the last minute shopping, no money right now huhuh.

3. When do you turn on your heat?
I think my father in law already did.

4. Do you ever wish your blog was private?
I wish it was sometimes, but its not gonna be fun if its private right?

5. Do you put your deodorant on before of after you put on your shirt?
I usually put deodorant after taking a bath. :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Page Rank and Birthday Giveaway From Gagay

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Finally Here On American Soil!!!

This is a late post due to reason I was so hectic the last few weeks. Right now I'm here in the USA with my loving husband finally!!!! I received my Visa on  November 09, 2011. Thank God the long journey is over. November 16th (Phil. time) was my flight to the USA,  I flew to Manila one day earlier than my flight, because I still have to get my sticker in CFO in Manila. I stayed in the hotel with one friend I meet in Visa Journey, we were together until we arrived in Tokyo, Japan.  She has to go on another flight because she was going to Kansas, while me on the other hand is going to Atlanta, that's my Point of Entry. I was very happy my flight was smooth and no delays thank God, I was very nervous at first because it was my first international flight and I'm just alone but it turned out very good, so I'm proud of myself heheh. My POE is fast, the only thing that I have to wait a little longer is in the Passport Control, ecause the line was kinda long but it was okay because the officer just ask me common questions like "Who is my petitioner" and get my thumb marks, and after that he ask me if I have my visa packet, after that he showed the next step, which is the POE, I was lucky that time, we're only two people including me who is in there, the officer just ask me did I bring some food with me, tobacco etc., and ask how much money I have with me, then they let me sign another paper, and get my thumb mark again now with ink, then its all done, I even ask the guy " is that all Sir?" then he answered me " Yes Welcome to the USA! then he also said that I should get my Green Card in 4 weeks or so.

After I'm done with all the Immigration stuff, I ran to find where is my gate, because Atlanta airport is very huge, I was really exhausted and tired of walking that time. My next flight was Jacksonville,where my father in law and my husband was living, after 1 hour and 25 minute, our plane landed already and outside I saw my husband waving at me, and My father in law was also there taking picture of us. It was so relived to see my husband after 1 year and 7 months of not seeing each other, I can finally hug him lol, He even can't believe himself that I was there with him ready to go home. My father in law was kind enough to drive us home. Thank God for all the guidance and Blessings. I can't really make it without God's guidance and also my family with there unending love to me, especially my mother. I hope that I can manage to adopt my new home over here, I know its not easy but my husband is always there for me, and that's why I love him so much.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Visa Approved At the US Embassy, Manila!

I can't believe that my Visa Journey is almost over and I'm done with my interview, Thank God for everything He really guides me from the start of this journey. So this is my experience, I would like to share with you guys.

USCIS Permanent Resident Visa (Green Card)

I was lucky, I have a friend whom I meet from Visa Journey, we have the same interview date Nov. 3, 2011, but hers is 6:30 am mine is 8:30 am. We arrived at the embassy around 5:30am, the line was already long, so we line up at the Immigrant line, the guard will announce what not to bring with you while inside the embassy. No cellphones are allowed, colognes, alcohol, gums, but candy is allowed. I was starting to get nervous because there's other applicants that the guard did not let them in because there schedule was 8:30am and it was still 6:00am that time.  So I started praying, hoping they will let me in even though my interview time is not until 8:30am.  When I get in, the girl who will check your documents before you can enter the building she just ask my passport and put it into a small ziplock bag, and she take a look at my appointment letter and she said okay ma'am you can go inside. I was so relieved and then we line up to another window where we wait for our queue number to given.  After what seemed a long time,  I received my queue number, 6043. After that that's the time you can go inside the embassy.  I was looking around to see my friend but shes still outside, my line was faster than her line. Before you can get inside the embassy you have to pass by for another check, its like you were in the airport, and they have this scan thing and they will check your bag. After that you can go to building, It was huge with a very heavy metal door, I was looking for window 39 to drop my Appointment letter, after that I took a seat then waited for my number on the queue board.  After a few minutes my number was flashed at window 39 again for inkless fingerprinting, it was an American Woman, she ask me my Name and date of birth, after that took a seat again and finally I saw my friend. We chatted for a few minutes, then my number flashed again at the queue board at window 40, It was the pre-screener this time, and at first I was thinking what to call him or her. He looks like a girl but his a guy with a long hair, actually I think his a gay, but He is nice. I greeted him good morning Sir, then he greeted me back, He get my passport with the ziplock, then He ask me my name, date of birth, who is my petitioner, When and where did I meet him, If I'm married before, If my husband was married before, If he have kids, then He ask me if I have wedding pics, so I show it to him then after that He let me sign part two of the DS-230. He said, "Okay ma'am, I think I don't have questions anymore", to which I replied,  "Thank you so much" and he gave me back my police clearance and the photocopies of my other documents from NVC. He told me just sit down and wait for my number to be called again.

I took a seat again and waited for my last interview with the consul.  While waiting I chatted again with my friend so I was not bored while waiting for my number. Finally my queue number flashed again at window 66, He was an american good looking guy lol, So I greeted him Good morning Sir, He greeted me back and after that ask me to raise my right hand and swore me in, That time I'm not nervous anymore, He ask me a couple of questions like Who is my petitioner, How long did my husband stay the last time he visited me, Is he still working right now, and finally the last thing he ask is the wedding pics, (No documents asked from me) and after that He said Okay your Visa has been approved! I think he was not done talking at that time and I started to Thank him heheh, I can't believe I just heard the magic words. He said just wait for the window 73 for the instruction of where to deliver the visa, so my number flashed again at the window 73, the guy give me back my appointment letter with the stamp that says "BIO F/P is DONE Nov. 3,2011", and he said okay ma'am your Visa is approved in tagalog words, and said go to window 69 and give your 2go slip. It was really fast, I really did not expect it to be easy like that.

I braced myself for affidavit of support questions because we had a co-sponsor but Thank God no questions ask about the income of my husband (because I'm really confuse about there Tax, I don't have any idea how it works). I was done at 930 am, but we're out at the embassy at exactly 12 noon because I waited for my friend to be done with her interview, unfortunately she was assigned with the consul that is not so nice, the consul questions her denial visa before and her cenomar but at the end it was worth the wait because she got approved also.  So right now I'm just waiting for my visa to be delivered, hopefully it will be fast so I can purchase my ticket and be with my husband soon, because I really miss him so much.

I think Mama Mary bless us, because the first day we arrived in Manila from Davao, we went right away to the Baclaran Church like what we did in our medical days that time, we also passed the medical, We attended the Wednesday Novena for Our Mother Of Perpetual Help Novena, I admire the people in Manila they are really devoted, the church was big and huge but it was so full of people. I really cherished the moment I was there, I really feel that is very sacred because you can feel the holy spirit was there when you pray. Thank You Our Mother of Perpetual Help for all the blessings. I love you.  So to all of you who will have their interview soon, just relax and prepare all your documents and of course pray hard. No need to worry, you can do it. Good luck and God bless us.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sunday Stealing: The WTH Meme

Today we ripped off a blogger named Tense Teacher from the blog Tense for a Reason. It's long so we'll do it in two parts. She stole it from The Coffee Table. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The Madness Meme, Part 1

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Have you ever licked the back of a CD to try to get it to work?
 2. What’s the largest age difference between yourself and someone you’ve dated?
     7 years and I married her
3. Ever been in a car wreck?
4. Were you popular in high school?
     No, I was the geeky kid that was picked on until I sent a bully to the hospital
5. Have you ever been on a blind date?
     No, all my dates had good eyesight
6. Are looks important?
    They are a part of the equation, I focus more on what's inside though
7. Do you have any friends that you’ve known for 10 years or more?
   Yes, 2 actually, Eric and Jessica
8. By what age would you like to be married?
   I was married when I was 33, that was 4 years ago
9. Does the number of people a person’s slept with affect your view of them?
  Definitely, there seems to be a cult of slutiness that is pervasive today and it is unbecoming in both men and women.
10. Have you ever made a mistake?
11. Are you a good tipper?
   Yes, but I don't go out much
12. What’s the most you have spent for a haircut?
   A gumby!  Your argument is invalid
13. Have you ever had a crush on a teacher?
    Yes my 8th grade English teacher
14. Have you ever peed in public?
   Yep, in the Philippines
15. What song do you want played at your funeral?
   Anything, as long as it's not rap
16. Would you tell your parents if you were gay?
   This question is gay, what are you 12?
17. What would your last meal be before getting executed?
   Who cares, you're going to die anyway
18. Beatles or Stones?
19. If you had to pick one person on earth to die, who would it be?
     I can't tell you that or the thought police will report me

20. Beer, wine or hard liquor?
     All 3 please, being drunk helps me swallow the Liberal line of BS in the press
21. Do you have any phobias?
    Yes, Rebarryaphobia, the fear that president Obama will be reelected next year
22. What are your plans for the future?
   My wife finally got her visa so I'm looking forward to spending time with her when she gets here

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wordless Wednesday, Images from Castaway Island

Heron in Flight

Shot towards the Intracoastal Waterway

Juniper Berries

Monday, October 31, 2011

Musings on a Progressive Society

Robert Burns Cigars occupies a place in the fabric of Americana shared with the likes of Dutch Masters and White Owls.  Before smoking became anathema, most men partook of the tobacco leaf in one form or another.  Ah I remember well the heady days of my nursery youth, spending time with my grandfather whom I had given the affectionate name "Papaherc" for reasons known only to myself.  Papaherc was a consummate man of the 1930's, even in the late 1970's and he was a cigar smoker as well.  Come to think of it, I rarely remember him actually lighting and smoking a cigar, instead he would go about his day with a Dutch Master clenched between his teeth.

Many years ago, long before the stench of Communism wafted in and defiled the tropical island to the south of Miami, we were able to procure the finest tobacco leaf in the world for the manufacture of cigars.  The Cuban handrolled cigars were expensive, even back then, and so men of short pecunious means had to make do with machine rolled Cuban cigars.  And so were born the brands that almost everyone knows today as "Drugstore Cigars".  Drugstores were as much the center of daily life as the barber shop, a place to come in, buy some cigars and a newspaper and have a chat with the Pharmacist. 

Time, however, moves inexorably forward and changes everything around us.  Swept away is the slower pace of life in a safer world in the tidal wave of "Progress" to be replaced by a hectic life where were are constantly hounded into submission by our would be "know it all" nannies.  Robert Burns cigars are still made, but in the Dominican Republic of homogenized sheet tobacco... bits and pieces of tobacco pressed into sheets and cut up, invariably treated with chemicals.  What price, progress.  I am well aware of the old saying, "You can never go home again," but don't you ever wish we could try?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sunday Stealing: The Spooktacular MEME

 Today we ripped off a blogger named Jennifer from her meme blog W.T.F.  She's taken on the challenge of hosting a meme three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The questions she asks are unique. She works hard at it and I asked if we might steal 20 random questions (her memes are usually 8 or 9) to both challenge our players and to promote her meme.

So we are asking you to join us starting Wednesday. We know it's a long way to Hump Day and Jennifer's next W.T.F. Meme on Wednesday. So if you like these questions, write a note to join us starting on this Wednesday! We have nothing to do with her meme, other than enjoying participating in it. So I was happy when she gave me her permission to promote the blog in search of players. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The W.T.F. Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. One of my favorite TV shows recently changed the actors who played two characters. Have you ever been bothered by a TV show or movie series changing actors who play a character you love?
Well they changed the lead actor for the new season of Spartacus but since the original actor succumbed to cancer I can understand why.

2. A coworker recently shared a link to a blog listing the "five things you should know before dating a journalist." As a journalist, I can honestly say the writer was spot-on. What are some things people should know before spending time with you?
I have an acerbic personality and sometimes I let that loose but most of the time I'm pretty straightlaced and act like I come from a different time era.

3. What is something you often do without realizing that you're doing it?
That's a tough one, I'd have to say tenting my fingertips together when I'm thinking

4. Who has the capacity to make you angrier than anyone else in your life, and what in particular does he or she do to make you so angry?
Honestly, my wife.  Because she's Filipina and I'm American we have cultural differences that sometimes drive us crazy.  It's not as much of an issue after 4 years though as we have grown together.

The Gustav Stickley House

5. If a fairy waved a magic wand and gave you the house of your dreams, where would it be and what features would it have?
Gustav Stickley's house, it's a huge Arts & Crafts style home with a 3rd floor billiard room because I love playing pool.

6. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?
If I told you, you'd disagree with me and since I hate arguing there's no point in it

7. I used to talk in my sleep. In fact, I could carry on a conversation with someone when I was fully asleep, and my mom used this fact when I was a teenager to find out if I did anything wrong and was hiding it from my parents. If you were talking your sleep tonight, what do you think you would say?
"I hear the secrets that you keep, when you're talking in your sleep"

8. The fourth installment of the "Twilight" movie series ("Breaking Dawn Part I") will be released in theaters soon. Movie theaters started selling advance tickets for midnight showings months ago. Have you ever attended a midnight premiere showing of a movie?
Yes, Titanic

9. On Tuesday, tigers, lions and bears were let loose in Zanesville, Ohio, by their owner before he committed suicide, leading to a hunt in which 49 of the animals, including 18 endangered Bengal tigers, were killed. How would you react if you saw "Caution exotic animals. Stay in your vehicle" being displayed on a road sign?
I'd like to think I'd heed the advice and stay in my vehicle.  Honestly, if you want to be retarded and go pet the pretty endangered kitties then I'm not going to shed a tear over your stupidity after you get mauled.

10. If a company opened a theme park aimed at adults, what would you name one of the rides?
The Cowboy

11. Imagine you just moved onto Sesame Street. Which puppet would you want as your new roommate?
Oscar the Grouch, we can relate

12. Have you ever had a weird crush on a famous person that didn't make sense to you?

13. If you get ten minutes to interview any celebrity of your choice, who would you like it to be?
If I get ten minutes with a female celebrity we better be doing more than talking

14. You've just won the complete DVD collection of all the movies starring one actor or actress. Which actor/actress would you pick?
Christopher Lee

15. Actor George Clooney recently told People Magazine that he doesn't use Twitter "because I will drink in the evening and I don't want anything that I could possibly write at midnight to actually end my career." What is something you've said through social media and then regretted it?
Nothing, I only use social media for promoting my wife's blog and mine.

16. VH1 has re-introduced its hit show "Pop-Up Video," which gives behind-the-scenes facts for popular music videos. What musician would you be most interested in learning behind-the-scenes facts about?
I dunno, this is a lame question, I really don't follow the lives of the stars.  If they make good movies and good music, then I'm happy.

17. If you stumbled across someone's personal written journal that was accidentally left in a public place, would you read any of the content?
No, I believe in respecting private boundaries

18. What is the title of a self-help book that you'd never want to see on a store bookshelf?
The Idiots Guide to Recovering From Conservatism

19. Many media outlets have been asking this question a lot this week... Which Halloween costume do you think will be overdone this year?
I'll tell you on Nov 1st.

20. Should a marriage license have a renewal date or expiration date, like a driver’s license?
If that's what you think then you have no business being married.  It's a lifetime commitment and one not to be entered into foolishly or glibly.  I can honestly say, after 4 years of marriage, I love my wife more now than I did when I met her.  That's what marriage is truly about, letting love grow.

This MEME was answered by BrSpiritus of The Vintage Recipe Blog

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ad: Prince Albert Tobacco

Yes while you're there plinking with your .22 and puffing on your pipe the little lady looks on adoringly mesmerized by your superior marksmanship.  It's amazing how out of touch with reality most advertising is, but this is nothing new, just look at ads on TV.  Do you ever see a McDonalds commercial that features a fat person?  nope, didn't think so.  Of course the product this ad is selling, well you're only going to find it in vintage ads anymore because all tobacco, even pipe tobacco, has been sanitized from the pages of magazines. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Please Pardon Our Dust...

I know this place has gone to the dogs lately because of my wife's computer going haywire but just bear with us while we get away from all the paid posts and start writing again.  I will of course be focusing on the vintage ads as before and we will be updating as neccessary with the visa process.  We are just counting the days until my wife goes to Manila for her November 3rd interview at the Embassy.  I don't see any impediment to her getting approved and after she gets her passport back she will fly to the states.

Once she is here in the USA I am rather unsure of the future of Everyday Fish, as the whole premise of this blog was originally to document the visa journey.  However over time my wife has been busy with other things as have I, and we haven't put as much into Everyday Fish as we would have liked.  For that I apologize, but as John Lennon said "Life is the stuff that happens when you're busy making plans."

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hawaii Real Estate

Hawaii, land of perfect weather, beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery.  These lovely islands in the Pacific has always been associated with easy living in the tropics.  The dream of being able to afford Hawaii Real Estate used to be a distant one... until now.  Maui Real Estate is a comprehensive search engine combining available listings for the Hawaiian Islands into one easy to navigate website.  You can browse featured listings or with their comprehensive quick search, located conveniently on the front page, you can enter in whatever price, location and amenities you are looking for and then browse the results to see which properties suit your needs.

Hawaii Real Estate also features vacation rentals when you're just looking for a property for a week so you can get away from those December chills.  While there, you can find out whats happening around town with their blog.  Everything at your fingertips in one concise and easy to navigate site.  In today's market, information is king and with this website all the information you will ever need on real estate in Hawaii is in one place.

In these old ads you see the allure of Hawaii, pristine beauty in an otherwise mundane world.  Back then you had to rely on ad artists to render you the best depiction of what it was like to vacation in Hawaii.  This, however, is the modern world; Check out their website and you will notice a link for a webcam that takes you to a live shot of Charley Young Beach at Kamaole I Beach in Kihei.  Now you can see in real time what you've been missing out on and why Hawaii really is, the best paradise on Earth.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mini Pendant Lights

1922 Congoleum

If you've ever been inside an old house that was never renovated you'll notice that kitchen design has changed drastically since the 1920's.  Kitchens back then were cramped, utilitarian and small compared to the wide flowing spaces we see in modern home design.  They were also dark, utilizing only one ceiling light to illuminate the entire room.  This one light often proved inadequate to the task as your shadow would cast over the work area making it hard to see what you were doing.

Times have changed though with the advent of mini pendant lights.  These lights are small and hang over the work area, be it a counter top, sink or stove, and provide ample light just where it's needed.  These lights have gained popularity in recent years and are often hung in groups of  3 or 4 lights over breakfast bars and nooks within the kitchen.  They are available in a wide variety of styles to fit the needs of any decor and their cost is affordable for tight design budgets.  Mini pendant lights give you the flexibility of providing light where you need it most utilizing an attractive design that will have your neighbors asking where you got such wonderful lamps.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday, Oct. 19th

Ladybug on the Mexican Firecracker Bush in the back yard

Monday, October 17, 2011

Oxford Medical

Medical training does not stop when you graduate from college, instead it is an ongoing process through Continuing Professional Development (CPD for short).  After you leave school, you will be entering a workforce that is highly competitive.  Making your strengths shine above all other candidates will be an important factor in getting the job you want.  Taking a Consultant Interview Course will prepare you for the important step of your AAC Panel Interview.  Their 1 day course will ensure you have the knowledge to give a proper medical presentation and help you to better understand what to expect during your interview.

If you are a doctor or surgical fellow looking to satisfy your requirements for "Teach the Teacher" (also known as Train the Trainer) then look no further than Oxford Medical.  They have a Medical Teaching Course that is right for you.  The 2 day class will focus on all aspects of teaching and training in order to make you more effective.  Lectures, Seminars, 1-to-1 Teaching and Problem Based Learning are all covered in this highly informative Teach the Teacher Course.

Finally, the most important aspect of being a doctor is Management.  Oxford Medical offers a comprehensive 3 day Medical Management Course developed by the Royal Medical Colleges in association with the NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement.  During the 3 days of class, students will be taken through all the steps of being an effective manager including Leadership Training, Time Management and Business Planning.

Oxford Medical is your solution to your CPD needs.  With campuses in both London and Oxford and varied schedule of classes, you are sure to find the right fit to obtain your CPD points.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Medical Is Done!

Well my wife just got back from Manila where she was having her Medical Exam for the Visa.  There was a little issue the first day of lung capacity but when she came back to finish up the next day she was fine and passed the exam with flying colors.  This is the last big hurdle to overcome for us before she goes to Manila on Nov. 3rd for her visa interview.  Please lets continue to pray that she will pass the interview because it has been 1 1/2 years now since I have seen my wife and I'm going to lose my mind if I can't have her here before the holidays.

While in Manila she shared a hotel with some friends she has met along the Visa Journey road as they were up there for their medical exams as well.  My wife was excited because she got to ride a train (Manila LRT) for the first time in her life, even though it was crowded.  The also got to do some fun things around Manila and attended mass at Baclaran Church.  Just 2 more weeks and she'll be back in Manila for the interview, time is surely moving quickly now.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jessica London: Plus Sized Dresses

It can be hard to find the right sized dress at the right price, that's why it's so important to shop around.  If you're looking for plus sized dresses then look not farther than Jessica London.  They have all the best styles in your size at the right price.  Whether it work wear, casual or just warm clothes for the cooler weather ahead you can find all your needs here.

As if the price of their dresses wasn't good enough, you can enjoy free shipping everyday.  No need to hassle with going to the store because you can find what you're looking for right at home and not have to worry about shipping costs.  After you receive your item if there's any problem, Jessica London has a no hassle exchange program to get the item you want.

So if you're a plus sized woman looking for plus sized dresses, look not further than Jessica London.  They have the clothes you need to look fashionable at prices that beat going to the department store.  Stop on by today and sign up for their mailing list and get a 40% off coupon delivered to your e-mail as a thank you.

Wordless Wednesday, Oct. 12th

Red Shouldered Hawk
  I took this picture with my Nikon D40, 55-200mm Telephoto Lens.  The hawk was sitting on the bottom branch of the Live Oak tree looking for dinner.

BrSpiritus is filling in for Fishlover this week while she is in Manila for her Visa Physical.
You can check out my blog at:  The Vintage Recipe Blog

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I've Got My Interview Date!!

September 30th when I got an email from NVC with my interview date, My husband and I did not expect it but we were so happy! I got a case complete on September 19th, and the operator keep saying that they will only give a schedule for interview every second week of the month, so I was not expecting they will email me soon with my interview date. But I was really happy and thankful to God and Mama Mary for my interview date, it will be on first week of November. So I still have a month to be prepared.

I'm very nervous, and I still can't believe how fast the process is, It took us exactly 204 days from filling the visa to the interview. We were just lucky its a smooth process and there's no delays so I'm very thankful. Right now I'm preparing all the documents that I need to bring with me to the interview day like- civil documents (Birth & Marriage Certificate both NSO Copy), NBI clearance, AOS packet (Affidavit of Support),Wedding pictures, some proof of relationship etc etc.

But before I will go to my interview, I have to take a medical examination, this will be in St. Luke's in Manila. I was lucky I meet some friends in Visa Journey, so I'm not gonna be alone travelling and staying in a hotel. I really hope and pray that God bless us on that day, that our medical will be smooth. In preparation for my medical, I went to the dentist the other day to get my teeth fix. I was just happy I found a dentist that I like and affordable. Our only problem is we can't decide which hotel to stay while doing our medical, We want a hotel that is near in St. Luke's but of course we want it affordable but not a cheap hotel. I hope we can find one that we like soon.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Straight Talk

Hook, line and sinker
Everyone today is trying their best to save money and one of the best ways to do so is by cutting your cell phone bill.  Years ago pre-paid service was a joke and the way to go was with a 2 year contract but let's face it, with rising costs who wants to spend $80 a month on a cellphone and be locked into a contract for 2 years?
Android on Straight Talk
Straight Talk is the best alternative to rising contract prices.  I love the way I feel richer because I cut my cell phone bill in half.  Yes you heard me right, better than half actually because with Straight Talk's "All You Need Plan" you get 1,000 minutes, 1,000 Texts and 30Mb of data for $30 a month.  That's a $50 savings!  What could you be doing right now with an extra $50 a month in your pocket?  How much are you paying right now for your cell service?  Think about how much you could be saving if you went with a the no strings attached service offered by Straight Talk.
Everything you need
With Straight Talk there are, No Contracts, No Credit Checks and No Surprise Bills and Fees.  They offer great coverage nationwide and have phones from trusted manufacturers like LG, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung.  With reconditioned phones to choose from in addition to new, you could pay as little as $10 for your phone. Need more time than the "All You Need Plan" I mentioned above?  No problem, for $15 more per month you upgrade to Unlimited service.  That's right, just $45 a month and you get unlimited everything, that's just $499 a year.  I used to pay over $900 a year and NOTHING was unlimited with that plan... see feeling richer already aren't you? Also no plan, no contracts and no commitments means you're free from early termination fees, activation fees and reconnect fees.  The thing I like best is no 411 fees either, other prepaid plans don't include 411 calls in their unlimited plans but Straight Talk does.  Straight Talk recently introduced International Long Distance Service which is a flexible pre-paid service that allows you to place calls to foreign countries at a very competitive rate.
Call a friend
I think I saved the best for last, you know how most pre-paid plans only offer you junky phones that were cutting edge 5 years ago?  Straight Talk blows them all away!  Get the latest Smart Phones and Touch Screen Phones with Apps like Navigation, Instant Messaging, Cameras, Video Recorders, Bluetooth and more.  Enjoy full functionality of all these features while on the Smart Talk Pre-Paid service.

TGI Friday's Entree's For One

It's been years since I remember the first TGI Friday's opening where I lived and I remember the excitement around the opening like it was yesterday.  We had all heard about TGI Friday's before and now we were finally able to go to one.  Well hold on to your hats because Friday's just got a whole lot better!  Introducing the new T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “EntrĂ©es for One” based on their most popular dishes that you've known and loved at the restaurant for years.
I was very happy to get the chance to review one of these new entree's because I have enjoyed the good food and fun of going to the restaurant for years.  I chose the Sizzling Chicken Fajitas because I enjoy good southwestern cuisine.  Although I had many other choices all equally as appealing from the box graphics, I had my heart set on some chicken fajitas so away we went.  I was impressed with the ease of preparation, simply microwave the tray for 2 mins, peel back the plastic and stir, then heat 2 mins more.  The box said heat the tortilla wraps 45 seconds but I stopped it at 30 because they were done, the difference coming from microwave wattages.
I was very Impressed with the amount of filling for the Fajitas, and they give you a side dish as well, in this case a Tex-Mex Rice you can see below:
The final presentation, as you can see, fills the plate rather well.  The taste was what I have come to expect from Friday's foods, spiced well but balanced with the flavor of the entree itself.  The Rice was extremely tasty being flavored with black beans, corn and cheese.
TGI Friday's is also having a Fun Freezer contest.  To Enter, decorate your freezer at home with your own fun flair and take a picture.  Upload the picture to the TGI Friday Facebook page and get a chance to win cool prizes including a home theater makeover.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ad: Edgeworth Tobacco and Sunsweet

This is an interesting combination of ads, sunsweet prune juice and Edgeworth Tobacco.  The ads are from a page in Life Magazine date unknown but probably sometime in the late 40's.    Really I grabbed the ad for the Edgeworth  but the prune juice was a bonus

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Entrecard Dropper of the Month of September!

Thank you guys for dropping, See you again next month!

Starting in October, the highest Entrecard Dropper will get a special thank you from Everyday Fish Phil, we will write an article featuring your website/blog and give you 1 month free advertising for your button at the top of the sidebar.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Case Completed at the NVC!

The last time I write about my visa petition is when our case arrived in NVC and they assigned us a case number. Things have moved along quickly and right now I'm very happy because finally our case is completed,(Sept.19,2011) which means NVC has finished processing it and thank God they approved our AOS (affidavit of support) and DS 230 (IV packet). Even though we had an RFE (Request for evidence) on the AOS, We are still amazed how fast they process it.

Our RFE is on the Affidavit of Support, the NVC requested proof of relationship between my husband and the co-sponsor, my father in law.  This was easy as my husband just sent in his birth certificate. Right now we are just waiting for the NVC to give us an interview date.  The operator said that October is full so hopefully it would be in November.  Before the interview i have to get my medical exam, which is in Manila in St. Lukes Hospital, of course its not free, the payment is $213.35. So yeah its a lot of money. But its worth it if I will pass and I will pass also the interview so that soon I can be in the loving arms of my husband...

Please guys pray for me, that I will pass my medical exam and also that I will be safe in manila. I already book a ticket for 3 days. Actually I'm not so scared to go to manila because I will have a friend with me. Like me,  she also will take the medical exam.
That's all for now. God bless us all.

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