Sunday, November 16, 2014

Free Studio Portrait Packages

I wrote here before that Hap Chan is one of the restaurants that hubby and I frequent because of their fried squid. Hubby love it so much and he don't get tired eating it. Lately, they have their promo again that when you order Php500 or more, you get a free studio portrait package claimable this time at Tronix Imaging Center. Because we are frequent diners, I was able to get 3 photo packages. Pretty cool huh!

Last time they had this promo, I earned 3 studio portrait packages courtesy of Picture City. You can see it here. I like better the services in Picture City compared to Tronix Imaging Center. At Picture City, when you want some copies made aside from the freebie photos, they charge only 7 pesos per 4R whereas at Tronix, they charge 60 pesos. When you want to put the photos in a CD, Picture City only charge Php20 per CD and all the photos will be stored there. Tronix charge 20 pesos per photo if you want to put it in a CD so if you have 9 photos you gonna pay Php180. Tronix is a money making business. 

Anyways, here are my studio portraits from Tronix. I'm not satisfied with the way they edited our photos. I don't like the frames they used. I didn't even ask them to put frames in our photos and look at how they cropped our pics. It was badly done. 

The one who edited our pics was not good at all. See how she cropped our pics and the weird blue frame that she chose. Bad job! I was not satisfied all. I will be the one to edit it and choose the frames or scrapbook from online.

When I claimed my 3rd freebie studio portrait package, hubby did not go with us so it was only me and Vernice. I told the lady photographer not to put any digital frames in my pics and she obliged. I think the pics below look better than the previous pics with the weird looking frames. But still, it was badly cropped.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Get Your Money’s Worth

Work and home life should be fun and if they aren’t, they need to be. Most people spend about a third of their lives working and another third sleeping. The equation only allows for a third of the life to be spent at home in the event a person works outside of their home. It’s wise to choose furniture that will be sat in, looked at and slept on that will be truly relaxing. In the event a person works from home, it is ever more prudent to choose furniture that will be comfortable.

Comfort is important because it allows for relaxation. Stress impedes the thought process. When problems arise, they activate the stress-producing fight or flight response. The fight or flight response is ruled by a different portion of the brain than the portion that controls executive thinking. When the brain reacts to stress, it literally cannot think. When a person is stressed, they cannot make executive decisions. The way to counteract stress is to relax.

Along with having comfortable furniture, the home’s atmosphere should be comfortable and relaxing as well. Despite the trends that have swept the nation in previous decades, not all décor is conducive to warm and cozy feelings. Some trends are cold, awkward and uninviting. It’s time to change things up in the home. Make the home more appealing through renovation. It’s important to fully enjoy the home. If there is a project that needs to be done, don’t hesitate to check out the possibilities. For some ideas on home renovation, click here. Consider what comfort and relaxation can do for health and peace of mind.


Hubby's Natal Day

Hubby's birthday was yesterday. We had no plans celebrating it until Saturday. We were having the Bible Club in the church when the kids asked him what he gonna have on his birthday and he said "nothing". He didn't want to celebrate his birthday because he didn't want me to get tired preparing and cooking. He knows that when I am tired I get grumpy, lol! He planned that we will just eat out. When we got home from church last Saturday, I suggested that we will just celebrate his birthday at home and I will ask my youngest brother, my ex-brother-in-law and my aunt and uncle to cook so we can invite the kids and adults in our church and also our neighbors. He agreed so last Sunday, it was announced in the church that they are all invited to come to our house the next day and join us in celebrating Pastor George's birthday. I can tell that the kids were happy to have a fellowship and free foods, lol!

On the day of his birthday and that was yesterday, baby brother and I went to the market in the morning to buy the things that we're going to cook. After lunch the cooking began. At around 4:30 PM, the kiddos arrived first and we were still cooking. At 6PM, neighbors came and the foods were already served on the table there in our carport. We had beef caldereta, chicken sisig, pork barbecue, pinakbet and I bought a cake for hubby. Not a whole lot but it was enough to feed all the guests. I thank all the cook for they did a very good job. The foods were all yummy. I know my hubby was so happy. We had a very good turnout. I wish my hubby a very happy birthday and many more to come.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Get Paid For Adventures Away From Home

Travel is one of the best ways for adults to experience the joys of childhood all over again. As people age, they become bogged down with mundane experiences, stressful careers, and family drama to the exclusion of fun. Sometimes venturing away from home is the best way to combat these routine stressors and bring fresh, new experiences into the life of family. Thanks to internet programs that give frequent adventurers the opportunity to earn points for traveling, people are saving more money now than ever before.

Sites like Escape and earn present a simple product: Travel and earn money for that travel. If your budget always leaves room for a few vacations per year, you earn money on each of those vacations. The earnings go toward future vacations booked with the service. It's a "like cash" scenario that benefits the entire family of adventurers.

Packages vary by program. Some programs offer a flat-rate 7-night vacation booking and focus on that. Other programs will give you a simple night away from home to explore a new place. You earn money for every aspect of the travel experience including hotel stays, car rentals, and dining purchases. It's a fun, neat way to bring excitement back into life and give you the new life experiences that always make life worth living. The best thing about this is that the more you travel, the more you save, so you're always earning money for vacations and giving yourself the possibility of earning yet another adventure.These clubs give you the option to Join for free after accepting the terms of service.


Flowers and Bonsai

So it's been a while since I played with my camera so this time I decided to take photos of the plants and flowers in my garden. I started with the hibiscus that I bought a couple of weeks ago. I love the bright yellow orange color of this flower but hubby said it's a useless flower because it only lasts for a day. This is really the downside of this flower. I just wish it will last a l'il longer.

Next is the calachuchi with beautiful pinkish flowers. I have the maroon and white calachuchi but they're not yet in bloom.

I have a pot of white, native roses which bloom most of the time. I have a pink, mini roses too but it's not in bloom this time.

Here are some pink annuals which I bought 5 years ago. They come back each time their seeds fall in the ground and they grow fast. I don't know the name so I just call it pinkie.

Last but not the least, here are some of the bonsai collection of my brother which I promised to post it here a few months ago. He's the one who trimmed and trained these plants and he started collecting it 14 years ago. He has some different bonsai plants, some are not in the picture. I don't know the names of these bonsai plants, all I know is the tamarind.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dinner Date On Our Wedding Anniversary

My husband and I have been married for one dozen years. Surely, time flies so fast when you're having fun. Seems like it was only yesterday when we exchanged our I do's in our church on September 11th, 2002. Now after 12 years, we're still together, loving each other and most of all serving the Lord. There were bumps along the way and we had our ups and downs but God had seen us through. Last year, hubby was admitted in the hospital on the day of our anniversary due to dengue fever. That was the worst anniversary that we had so far. I thank God hubby got well sooner than expected due to lots of prayers. I wanted to go on vacation with him this time since we haven't done that for the past few years but we've been busy giving snacks and supervising the workers who are plastering the walls in our church for the past two weeks.Our service for the Lord comes first before our own pleasure.

So hubby and I just opted to celebrate our wedding anniversary as simple as can be. He took me out to a dinner date in a restaurant. He asked my not-so-li'l brother to drive for us. He try to avoid driving in the city as much as possible due to his blurry vision. I got to pick what restaurant we gonna dine in and I chose Dampa Restaurant. It was our first time to go to this restaurant since it was totally renovated and renamed. It  used to be called Luisito's Seafood Restaurant and just across the road is Matutina's Seafood Restaurant which was always jam packed. When we walked inside Dampa, it was crowded. It was past 12 PM  but.  people were  busy eating to there hearts' content. I noticed they had a buffet section but we opted to order the foods that we want which I regretted later because it took a while to wait whereas if we chose the buffet, we could have gone there and dig in right away. Oh well, we'll do it next time. By the way, buffet costs Php295 per pax and eat all you can. I'm pretty sure, hubby and li'l brother would have pig out, lol!

Hubby ordered  one of their best sellers which was calamares and also his iced tea drink. Fried squid is really his favorite and we found out later that it was really good. It come close to the fried squid in Hap Chan only the latter is still better.

I ordered the sweet and sour Lapu-lapu fish, and dinengdeng while not-so-li'l brother ordered the kilawen fish, one of their best sellers too. I thought the kilawen was made of fresh fish but the waitress said it was steamed before they seasoned it. Yangchow fried rice was preferred rather than plain rice.

All of these foods were good for 2 to 3 pax. I was the only one who ordered dessert and I chose buko pandan salad. All of us three managed to finish off all the foods but the dessert because I was already full. I forgot to take photos of the dinengdeng and the buko pandan salad because we were in hurry to eat but I tell you they were yummy. The verdict, very sumptuous dinner and I gave Dampa 4 out of 5 stars. Hubby and I love their foods. Next time we'll go back, we'll have the buffet.

Before we headed home, we had some pics by the entrance door. I love the way the way they decorate it. Here it goes...