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Monday, August 26, 2013

Cooler Temps

It's been raining for more than a week now. One thing that I like during the rainy season is a cooler temperature. Hubby don't have to turn on the AC at night but he can't sleep without the fan though. Although it's cooler these past few days but still, hubby wants it cold when he go to sleep. Our electric bills last summer were way too much due to the nightly use of the AC not to mention the continuous use of the fans daily, tv, internet, fridge, washing machine, water, electric iron, coffee maker and water heater as well. We've been making the electric company richer and us poorer. I'm keeping my fingers cross that our electric bill this month will be much lower than last month. I really like the weather now but my heart goes to those people who were affected by the typhoon and flooding. We are really thankful to God that we are safe here where we are and we praise Him for that.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Foodie is a word a lot of people aren't familiar with, but it isn't hard to understand! Without too much ado about it, a foodie is simply someone who enjoys food. More often than not, foodies are not professional critics. They are simply people that very much enjoy food and pursue it as something as a hobby. This doesn't mean they deliberately overeat or anything deeper, simply that they enjoy food and are minor experts on the subject without necessarily having a reputation to keep up or professional obligations to honor.

For this reason, foodies are often considered good people to ask about different recipes and such. As foodies, rather than food critics, they can put forward answers based not on obligation or for the pursuit of profit but simply because they enjoy food. They have their own opinions and refine them through personal experience over time. This doesn't mean you should necessarily trust the judgment of anyone that claims to be a foodie, but it does mean you can be fairly sure of the opinion you get. Anyone that claims to be one is, without a doubt, someone that actually enjoys food in a world that seems sometimes to hate calories. This is why the foodie phenomenon is growing more and more commonplace online and you see more and more blogs related to food without additional material about the recipes used or the culture and traditions surrounding it. Sometimes, all you want is an opinion about food.

Chantal Royer is an excellent example of a foodie you might care to read the work of. Chantal has traveled as much as feasible in pursuit of new flavors, all over the United States and abroad. This is the sort of person you want to look to whenever possible if you are pursuing the opinion of a foodie. The more a foodie can travel and gather new experiences, the more they have to compare any given meal to, which allows them to provide a more refined opinion. If you are looking for suggestions or advice about food, you always want to look for someone with experience to back up what they believe. This isn't to say being a "foodie" requires some kind of certification, but simply acknowledging that someone that has experienced more food will have a more refined opinion on the matter. If you can't decide what new food to try or are trying to select a restaurant, the opinion of a notable foodie might be all the advice you need!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


It's been a year since I forgot my diet and the result is a staggering weight gain. I need to lose at least 15 lbs. I used to be fit and trimmed for the past few years due to regular diet and exercise. Since I started taking vitamins and supplements which I bought in the US last year, my appetite has increased and hard to control. I also became lazy doing my exercise, hence I became heavier. Every time I look at myself in the mirror, I see those love handles and I don't like it. My clothes are shrinking and if I don't do something, my clothes won't fit me no more. I can't afford to buy new set of clothes so I started to ride my stationary bike and my orbit track which have been kept and unused for quite a while. I need to have self discipline in eating and also do my workout regularly if not daily. I know I can do it. I did it before and I can do it again. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

It's My Birthday!

I thank God for giving me another year. I'm so blessed beyond measure that God let me live up to this day and the days to come. Fifteen years ago I thought I would not live long to celebrate my birthday due to the big C but  God in His mercy extended my life. I know He has still a plan for me and I didn't know it then until hubby and I decided to come back to the Philippines 4 and half years ago and start a ministry for the Lord. Now I know why I'm still here in this world, to help hubby in the ministry and minister to the lost. I know this is what I'm called for, to be a missionary and there's no greater honor, no higher calling than to serve God.

To celebrate my birthday and thanksgiving to the Lord, we prepared some foods for supper. True to his word, my youngest brother came early this morning and helped in cooking. He grilled chicken breasts and prepared it like "kilawen" style. He brought with him his wife's aunt to help us. Then after lunch, my uncle, his wife and granddaughter came to help in cooking too. They cooked the beef caldereta, chicken adobo and pinakbet. I did the vegetable lumpia and pancit. The night before, I made the agar-agar fruit salad. Some members of our church came, our neighbors and kinfolks and my siblings and their families of course.

I got two roll cakes courtesy of my brother-in-law and family and from a family who just joined our church. I was really ecstatic and blessed. A lot of people got full and that includes me, lol! Thank you Lord for your unending blessings and provisions and thank you for my loved ones, family and friends who came and celebrate my birthday with me. Lord, thank you for my life and my salvation and continue to use me for your glory until you call me home. I love you Lord.


Friday, August 2, 2013

My Hair Rebond

My hair has natural waves since birth. Among my siblings, I'm the only one who have this wavy hair and I didn't like it. I think I got it from my father whose hair was a li'l wavy. It's not easy to manage it that's why it's been my dream to have a straight hair. My hair is thin and has fine strands and most of the time I have falling hair. I've been wanting to have a hair rebond a few years ago but then my SIL has been discouraging me. She said she have friends who had it done and later on had a thinning hair due to the effects of the chemicals used for treatment. I got scared and didn't want to do it no more. Here's how my hair looks like before the rebond.

I settled for the ceramic iron to straighten my hair once in a while. Then lately, I was convinced by the owner of Rosalie's Salon and Spa to have a hair rebond. I asked if the chemicals will damage my thin hair and she said no. She said they have done quite a few hair rebond for their customers and nobody came back and complained. So this morning I decided it's time to make my hair straight. I asked hubby to give me money for my hair rebond. I told him this will be his advance birthday gift for me. The second installment will be on my birthday, lol! He gave me the money and off I went to the beauty salon. It took 4 hours to do the rebond. Here's a photo while Rose is applying the treatment on my hair.

After 4 hours in doing the rebond, here's the outcome. Finally, I have my dream hair, straight and smooth! Love it!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August, My Birth Month

Happy 1st day of August! Oh my golly, guacamole! Time is passing by so quickly! But anyway, this is my favorite month for the reason that this is my birth month. In just a few days, I will be celebrating my natal day and that will be this coming Monday.  My youngest brother has been asking me what will I prepare on my big day. I said that I'm not planning anything because I cannot do all the cooking by myself to feed a clan unless he volunteer to do it. Straight to the point. Then he said, he will come and do the cooking. We'll see.
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