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?
Thank you for playing this week on Sunday Stealing! Please leave a comment or link when you have posted. Stop back and visit other player’s posts. That is really what this is all about, making new friends! Have a great week. See you next Sunday!

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. :)
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