Thursday, April 30, 2009

Slow Internet Connection

What the heck is happening to our internet connection? It's so slow the past couple of days. We are using a DSL but it's slower than dial-up. It takes forever to download a site so I can't visit other blogs now. I don't know if it has something to do with the weather here in Baguio. It has been raining here for more than a week now. Our internet connection was not this slow before. I hope whatever the problem is, it will be fixed soon so I can browse the internet faster.

Monday, April 27, 2009

I Love Chayote Tops

One vegetable that I really missed to eat when I was in the states is chayote tops. The stores there don't sell it even in the Asian stores. They sell the chayote fruits but not the tops so I had to contend myself eating camote tops there because I had planted it in our backyard.

Here in Baguio, I have chayote tops for free because it grow in the backyard of my brother-in-law's house where we are staying now. In fact, I gathered a lot of chayote tops for our lunch today. My 10 year old nephew MakMak had helped me to get the chayote tops at the backyard. I instructed him where to cut it and he had fun gathering it. I boiled it and dipped it with Bragg's liquid aminos and vinegar. Hubby and I ate it with fried fish. I love veggies and fish. It was so yummy! Here's a photo of the chayote at the backyard.



Monday, April 20, 2009

Went To Visit The Philippine Military Academy

Hubby and I are back in Baguio once again. My hubby had been bugging me the past few weeks to come up here but since we had our room renovated, we just can't leave right there and then. Now that our room is almost finished, we decided to come up here to escape the summer heat in the lowland. Yes, it's getting hotter there now but thank God we're relieved with the cool climate here in Baguio. It was even showering this afternoon when we went to SM City. The weather here is like spring in the US, nice and cool. We sure miss the spring season in Texas where the wildflowers grow along the roads, highways and in the country which makes Texas so pretty especially with it's famous blue bonnet flowers. It's a good thing that Baguio's climate is cool and it has lots of colorful flowers too so we won't miss Texas that much. We can always come here whenever we want to escape the heat in the lowland. Here are some photos that we took when we went to PMA- Philippine Military Academy. We enjoyed the clean surroundings, colorful flowers and nice view.











Friday, April 17, 2009

Our Clothes Shrunk!

My hubby and I already gained weight since we've been here in my home land. We've been here for more than three months already and some of my clothes are getting tighter. Hubby's belly is getting bigger too. I was even teasing my hubby that his clothes and mine had shrunk, LOL! I have more appetite to eat here with my family and of course I eat mostly fish and veggies, sometimes we eat meat but only once in a while. I also drink my lemon or calamansi juice early in the morning right after I get up so it will help me control gaining weight. Sometimes I drink a lot of water if I ran out of fresh calamansi. This will also help to lose weight.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Shopping Blues

After we returned the cool fan that we bought yesterday at Ace Hardware in Rosales, we had to shop for items in exchange for the said fan. They wouldn't want to give back our money so hubby and I had to roam around the store and looked for items to buy. We ended up buying 2 gallons of paint for our room, 3 bottles of sealants or gap filler to fill the gaps of the plywood joints, shower curtain rod, AVR for hubby's power tools, rechargeable lamp and a bottle of glass cleaner. We exceeded the amount of the cool fan by P38.00 so hubby had to pay it. Then we went to eat our lunch at Jollibee inside SM City. Hubby's favorite there is the Champ hamburger sandwich because it's big and I got him a yum burger and soda. I ordered a meal with pancit palabok, chicken joy with gravy, sweet corn with carrots and 2 small brownies which I gave to my hubby. That was our lunch for the day.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Return But No Refund

Yesterday while my hubby and I was in SM Rosales and we were not able to withdraw money using our debit cards, we decided to buy groceries using our debit cards. We just went there last Saturday and we bought a lot of groceries but there were some stuffs that I was not able to buy so I bought it yesterday. I just bought few items yesterday. Then we went to Ace Hardware and my hubby bought the cool fan that can be filled with cold or iced water and it will blow and circulate cool air. He wanted that so we can save money by not using our AC. Our electric bill kept going up since we were using our AC. To our dismay, the cool fan which was supposed to blow cool air didn't do well it's job. In fact, our Hanabishi stand fan is a lot cooler and stronger. So early this morning, my hubby and I went to return it to Ace Hardware in SM Rosales. They didn't give back our money though. They told us that we can exchange the item with other items with equal total value as with the warm errrrr cool fan.

This is one thing that I miss in the US. You can return the item you purchased and they will give back your money as long as you have your receipt but not here in the Philippines. You can return but you have to exchange the item with another item/s because they won't give back your money. Too bad...

Can't Withdraw Money Using Our Debit Cards

I don't know what's wrong with our debit cards but my hubby and I can't withdraw money from the ATM machines here in the Philippines. We tried to withdraw from different banks here but we got frustrated because the ATM machine said temporarily unavailable. Hubby and I ran out of cash already. It's a good thing that we were able to use our debit cards in the grocery stores like SM, Super 8 and Magic Mall. We were able to withdraw from over the counter cash advance machine in Banco De Oro in Carmen, Rosales once but too bad, their machine was not working yesterday when we went there to withdraw. That's the only bank I know that has cash advance machine near our town. Imagine our disappointment, we made a special trip to go there but we were not able to withdraw cash. My hubby and I tried alternately to withdraw from the ATM machine using our debit cards but no cash came out. It's not that we don't have money in the bank, of course we have but I just felt embarrassed for not being able to withdraw money because the people next to us were looking. We need to contact our bank in the US and ask why we can't withdraw money using our debit cards here in the Philippines. As a last resort yesterday, I withdraw money from our Metrobank account here using my debit card. I only got a small amount though because that account of us don't have much available balance.

What I did so we can have cash, I sent money to my hubby from our bank in the US using Xoom last night and this morning, we went to get the money in Cebuana Lhuillier in Binalonan. Now our wallets have some cash. In the US, we're used to shop using our debit cards unlike here in the Philippines that only few stores accept debit cards when you buy something. That's what I miss in the US, shopping using my plastic money.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Letter To God

I got this from my e-mail and this is great! In fact I had a good laugh after reading it. It really made my day! They said that laughter is the best medicine. I agree with that. It's time to laugh folks. Read on.

There was a man who worked for the post office whose job was to proces s
all the mail with illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed
in a shaky handwriting to "God" with no actual address. He thought he
should open it to see what it was about. The letter read:

Dear God,

I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday
someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had
until my next pension payment. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had
invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have
nothing to buy food with, have no family to turn to, and you are my only
hope.

Can you help me? Please, hear my prayer.

Sincerely,

Edna


The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other
workers. Each one dug into their wallet and managed to come up with a
few dollars.

By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which he put into
an envelope and sent back to the woman's return address. The rest of the
day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner
she would be able to share with her friends.

Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter came from the
same old lady to "God". All the workers gathered around while the letter
was opened.

It read:

Dear God,

How can I ever thank you for what you did for me? I now truly believe in
God, and in Miracles. Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a
glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told them
of your wonderful gift.. By the way, I noticed there was $4 missing. I
think it might have been those bastards at the post office.

Sincerely,
Edna

Our Room Is Still Under Renovation

The renovation of our room is not yet completely done. My two brothers are still working right now. They're now putting the ceiling and they were telling me it's so hot up there. I hope they would be done with the ceiling tomorrow. My hubby had been painting the walls but he ran out of paint. We need to buy at least 2 gallons more. After the painting we will put some vinyl tiles and then I want a spacious built-in closet for our clothes. I wanted some glazed tiles but my hubby didn't agree maybe because the house is not really ours. It belongs to my aunt. When we have the money he wants to buy a house and lot in Baguio City. For the mean time, we have to stay in this house so we can concentrate in our ministry and do the work for the Lord. Our room is now doubled in size and I'm looking forward to arrange and decorate it the way I want it to be.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!!!

Happy Easter everybody! Christ is risen and He's alive forevermore. We had our Easter service this morning with my family, friends and loved ones. We sang praise and worship songs, hymns and then my hubby gave the message about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After his message, we sang the song "Alive Forevermore." Then we had our lunch at my sister's porch. We had 2 roasted chicken, grilled catfish and milkfish. We had also vegetable salad and edible seaweeds which we call ar-arosep. We had lemon iced tea as drinks and melon ice candy for dessert. We had a great time celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.















Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lunch After Our Service

After we had our service last Sunday, my hubby and I together with my siblings and there families went out to eat at Luisito's Seafood Restaurant. We're supposed to go at Matutina's Restaurant but that place was jam packed. Luisito's Seafood Restaurant is just across Matutina's and it was not crowded. The waiters even met us with their umbrellas when we got off from the van. We ordered sisig na bangus (that was so yummy), pork sisig, kaldereta, bistek tagalog, ginataang sitaw at kalabasa, sweet and sour fish, chopsuey, softdrinks and of course a lot of rice. There were 13 of us adults and 2 babies. The foods at Luisito's are good and we want to go back there again next time. We went home full and satisfied.






Tuesday, April 7, 2009

We Went Out Walking

Whew! It's getting hot here now in the Philippines while it's spring time in the US. Spring is my favorite season there. But the heat here is bearable, unlike the summer heat in Texas which is soooo hot. Even in the morning there, it was already hot and instead of walking outside, I just had to walk in my treadmill in our house. I really didn't enjoy summer in Texas, in fact I dread it. There was one time that my hubby and I were out at around 2:00 PM there and the AC of our truck was not working. OMG, I felt like I was burning. I was so scared I would have another stroke. It's good I brought water with me and it helped me cool down a little bit after I drank it.

Hubby and I went to Urdaneta City today. I was telling my hubby that summer here in the Philippines is not as hot as in Texas. I can tolerate the heat here. Hubby and I went out walking around our town plaza this afternoon and yesterday and both of us were sweating when we got home. We will try to go out walking daily. We need to exercise so we'll lose weight. We both gained weight since we were here. Some of my clothes were already tight and I don't like gaining weight.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Join Me In Facebook

I haven't been to my Friendster page too often lately. It's like I lost interest in this site because I got tired changing the codes in my template because they always change the codes. Besides, Friendster had lots of virus. My new interest now is Facebook. I joined this site before hubby and I came back here in the Philippines. I think this website is a lot better than Friendster. I can chat with my friends if they're online. It has lots of features that Friendster don't have. I uploaded a lot of our photos there already. I signed up my hubby too and he's been chatting to his kids there. He seems to enjoy it and he's not been in Friendster for quite some time now. You can view my Facebook by clicking HERE.

Friday, April 3, 2009

What Is My IQ?

I was just browsing the internet when I came across this site where I can take an IQ test. I just did it for fun and this is the 2nd IQ test that I took this week. The first test that I took from another website, I got an IQ result of just over a 100 and this 2nd one the result is shown below. I love taking IQ test because I believe I'm not dumb, LOL! The result below shows what is my IQ.
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We'll Go To The Beach Again

We'll be going to the beach again this coming Sunday morning. We will have our service there. My hubby will be baptizing 5 people in the beach that day. We are excited to see people get saved and be baptized and I believe that God is pleased the most to see people delivered from the kingdom of darkness and translated to the kingdom of Light. Great is thy faithfulness O Lord.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Top 10 EC Droppers

Thanks to all my EC droppers here. My apology because it's only now that I have the time to acknowledge and post here my top 10 EC droppers for the month of March. Anyhow, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to those who doesn't get tired visiting my blogs and dropping EC. Here they are...

Dropper # of drops
My Life's Journey in Italy 12
Chuchie's Hideaway 11
My Life's Events And Anecdotes 10
We live to tell God's Amazing Grace 5
Kitchen Recipes by Chelle 5
WhereAbouts 4
The Travels, The Dreams 3
Cacai's Step and Journey 2
KipTip: Dear Kip... 1
Three Different Directions 1