Saturday, August 16, 2008

Michael Phelps Does It Again

Michael Phelps has done it again. He has earned his 7th gold medal in the Beijing Olympics by swimming one-hundredth of a second faster than Serbia's Milorad Cavic in the 100m butterfly.

He and Mark Spitz are now tied in the records for winning 7 gold medals in one Olympic game. But Michael now holds the most Olympic gold medals ever won with 13.

Can he make his 8th Beijing gold medal?

I certainly hope so. I'm praying and rooting and jumping for him. Go Phelps!

This wil be my last Phelps post...unless he wins his 8th medal!

My Halloween Costume Choice

Picking the right Halloween costumes for my two kids can be pretty exhausting. It really takes a lot of negotiating and re-negotiating just to get the right ones. Of course, I want Kuya and Kowi to have complementing costumes. But when it’s time to go costume hunting, they each have their own picks. And most of the times, the ones they choose don’t actually go together at all, or worse, they even clash!

Dressing up for Halloween is a very big deal in the family. Every year we try to vie for the coveted award of Best Costume, as chosen by my grandmother, since her birthday falls on November 1st. It’s just in time to celebrate it every year with a big costume party.

This year, I plan to dress the whole family in something matching and unique. No more dressing up like monsters, ghouls, princesses, fairies and cowboys. Those themes have been done quite a number of times by the entire family. No more recycling of costume ideas. I’m gunning to win the Best Costume.

I was surfing online and saw with Halloween costumes that might just do the trick. It has a lot of categories to choose from. I browsed through costume type, both adult and kid costumes. Then I browsed by category like TV and Movie, Dance and Holiday. I am even considering jazzing up my picked theme and glanced through accessories like makeup and masks. There is even an entire selection of props to totally get into the Halloween role. If you want to add magic tricks, juggling and even a bit of audio, you can. It’s just a click away.

In choosing the theme, there are a few things that I consider. First, it’s supposed to be original. I don’t want end up looking like a copycat to my cousin’s family wearing the same cowboy outfits! Second, I want it to be a bit quirky. To see that smile on my grandma’s face is certainly worth it. Lastly, it’s comfortable for the kids. Halloween costume safety is a priority. I don’t want them sweating in the costume or getting rashes from the fabric.

After careful consideration, I have finally made a choice. I think it is fun, quirky and complementary. The good thing is that my kids also know the characters. We have watched the DVD a lot of times over. I’m very happy to pick—drum roll please—Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I will definitely play Willy Wonka. Kuya and Kowi are already excited about their Halloween costumes. I don’t know if Hubby is as eager. Actually, he has no idea yet. But I think that it’s adorable if my daughter, son and husband dress alike, all dressed as cute Oompa Loompahs.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Can't Get Enough of Phelps

I'm writing a post about Michael Phelps--again. I just can't seem to get enough of him. Here are some facts about Michael Phelps, the Superfish.

- This swim sensation has just won his 11th Olympic gold medal, firmly placing him the history books.

- He was bullied as a kid.

- He swam a race with leaking goggles and won first place. not to mention making a world record.

- He was diagnosed with ADHD and placed on permanent medication.

- He asked his mom to stop his ADHD meds two years after the diagnosis and concentrated on swimming.

- He consumes 12,000 calories a day to fuel his punishing routine.

- He has size 14 feet aptly dubbed as flippers.

- His motto: If you sell yourself short, you'll never reach your full potential.

Inspiring words from an incredible, almost extraterrestial, Olympic champ.

Costa Rica, the perfect getaway

Costa Rica is the Spanish term for Rich Coast. It is very appropriately named as it is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the West and South and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica offers tourists a variety of landscapes and gentle tropical weather. This Central American location is the perfect getaway for that much-needed vacation.

If you’re that laidback beach bum or that adrenaline junkie, you will find something to do in Costa Rica. It’s diverse terrain means you can go hiking through a rain forest, climb a volcano, take a horseback ride through scenic trails, do wild water rafting, surf the waves, go snorkelling, kayaking, meet toucans, howler monkeys and other jungle critters or just chill out in the hot, sandy beach in the course of your vacation. It’s absolutely money well spent.

I definitely recommend checking out the Costa Rica Forum before booking your holiday. Aside from meeting people, you will get info on the best places, events and what to do. Get the most out of your vacation from surfing the Costa Rica Blogs. Who else will know more about Costa Rica than the locals?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Why do we need friends?

Thanks Sheng. You're one gorgeous mum!

We need friends for many reasons,
all throughout the season.
We need friends to comfort us
when we are sad,
and to have fun with us when we are glad.

We need friends to give us good advice,
We need someone we can count on,
and treat us nice.

We need friends to remember us
one we have passed
sharing memories that will always last.

Spread the poem of friendship.

1. Everyday Life 2. Words of Love 3. Sheng's Simple Thoughts . . . 4. Insights from the Grocery Cart 5. Your Blog Here

I am passing friendship poem to everyone in my blogroll.
Thanks for making my blog life fun.

Spreading the Blog Love

Thanks Kathycot.

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3. If you have more than one blog, please post this to all of your blogs so your other blogs can be listed to the master list too.
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6. Spread the BLOG LOVE FEVER!!

Jenny Said So 2.) Simply Jen 3.) This and That 4.) Bargain.Sales.Deals. 5. A Slice of Life 6.) Aussie Talks 7. When Mom Talks 8. Me and Mine 9. Creative in Me 10. For the LOVE of Food 11. Little Peanut 12. Pea in a Pod 13. It’s Where the HEART Is 14. Around the World 15. SugarMagnolias 16.kathycot 17. buhay misis 18. when mom speaks 19. walk on red 20. kathycot cooks 21.Insights from the Grocery Cart 22. YOUR BLOG HERE

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Spreadin' the love to
Fashionista, Em and Jody.

The Michael Phelps Secret

Michael Phelps is the all over the news. With 5 gold medals and 5 world records in the Beijing Olympics, he is now considered to be the winningest Olympian.

He's vying for a historic 8-gold-medal feat that would beat the current record of swimmer Mark Spitz of 7 gold medals. But to get there Phelps has to swim 17 times over the course of nine days and win. His pace is really grueling.

What's his secret? Pizza and pasta. Yes, good ol' carbs.

I just got another reason to order pizza tonight!

Manila International Book Fair

The Manila International Book Fair will celebrate its 29th year of living in Words Without Borders. This 5-day event will happen on September 12-16, 2008 at the SMX Convention Center, Bay Area, Pasay City. The MIBF is considered to be the longest running event of its kind in Asia.

The MIBF will showcase a variety of books across all genres and will include more than 50
exhibitors. The goal is to champion the best of what Philippine publishing has to offer by making books more accesible and more affordable.

Aside from book hunting, other activities are also lined up to cater to everyone of any age, any taste and any means. Storytelling, poetry reading, meet and greet the authors, adults and kids writing workshops are just some of the activities awaiting the participants.

If you're looking for that hard-to-find book or just want to have fun, visit the Manila International Book Fair. See you there.

Thanks Ivan Girl for the information.

New7Wonders of Nature Campaign

Several Philippine destinations landed in the top 20 of the New7Wonders of Nature list. The sad news is that it is seeing a continual drop in the survey rankings since its launch on 07.07.07.

Tubbataha Reef and Chocolate Hills were once in the 2nd and 3rd place positions, while the Princesa Subterranean National Park has beaten India's River Ganges for 5th place, and Mayon Volcano bested Japan's Mount Fuji and was ranked 9th overall.

As of the latest tally, the Tubbataha reef now ranks eighth, the Chocolate Hills ninth, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park 11th and the Mayon Volcano at 20th place.

Voting for nominees will continue until December 31, 2008. Only the top 21 finalists at the end of the first round will be announced on January 2009. Then a second year-long competition will be held to determine the top seven contenders and will be officially declared as the New7Wonders of Nature by the year 2010.

Let us all help in advocating the conservation of our natural resources and promote the best destinations in our country.

The search for the New7Wonders of Nature Campaign was organized by New7Wonders Foundation, a non-profit organization which has the express aim of undertaking documentation and conservation works of monuments worldwide under the motto: "OUR HERITAGE IS OUR FUTURE."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings No. 1

I say ... and you think ... ?

Month to month :: Year to Year
Adjusted :: Well
Prank :: Caller
Mop :: Floor
Clarity :: Haze
Parenting :: Skill
Glenn :: Close
Fingerprint :: paint
Pineapple :: Yellow
Attorney :: Fees

More Unconscious Mutterings here.

Just Three

What's on the Menu?

In preparation for the Olympics, China has officially released a list of suggested English translations for Chinese dishes for the hungry tourist. This master list aims to help restaurants translate their menu from the awkward, downright strange English to the more palatable translation.

But not everyone agrees. Some think this is robbing a few dishes of its cultural heritage by taking away its literal translation and unintended humor.

So, what’s on the menu? Below is a list of quirky translated Chinese dishes and their new English version.

红烧狮子头: Braised Lion’s Head. Now aptly names as Stewed Pork Ball in Brown Sauce.
清蒸童子鸡: Chicken Without a Sexual Life. Poor chicken. Its new name is Steamed Spring Chicken.
夫妻肺片: Husband and Wife Lung Slices is now Pork Lungs in Chili Sauce. I wouldn’t eat that if I saw the old translation on the menu.
蚂蚁上树: Ants Climb Up a Tree is appropriately called Sautéed Vermicelli with Spicy Minced Pork.
怪味鸡丝: Strange Flavored Shredded Chicken is renamed Special Flavored Shredded Chicken. Who would want to eat something strange?
口水鸡: Saliva Chicken or Chicken which Causes You to Salivate is now Steamed Chicken with Chili Sauce.

So, anybody hungry?

Kick*ss Blogger Award

Thanks Em for the award.

Do you know any bloggers that kick ass?

Maybe they’ve got incredible, original content. Or they’re overflowing with creativity.

Is it someone that helps you become a better blogger? Or a bloggy friend you know you can count on? Or maybe it’s someone who simply inspires you to be a better person… or someone else who sends you to the floor, laughing your ass off.

Whatever the reason may be, I’m sure you know at least a couple of bloggers that kick ass. Well… why not tell ‘em so?


* Choose 5 bloggers that you feel are “Kick Ass Bloggers”
* Let ‘em know in your post or via email, twitter or blog comments that they’ve received an award
* Share the love and link back to both the person who awarded you and back to
* Hop on back to the Kick Ass Blogger Club HQ to sign Mr. Linky then pass it on!
Passing this award to special to Poray, Ruby, Vhiel, Melisse and Lord Story.

Arte Y Pico Award

The rules for passing this honor on:

1) Pick 5 blogs that you would like to award this honor to.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of so everyone will know the origin of this award.

Now, I would like to share this award to my friends Julianna, Joy, Marnellie, Nanay Belen and Simply.

Thank you, Lord Story for the award.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Peace in Mindanao

We pray for respect, communication, understanding, compassion, justice and forgiveness.

We pray for peace between nations, peace in our communities, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts.

We pray for peace in Mindanao.

One Happy Stamper

For our activity today, Kowi and I decided to try our hand at stamping. I just bought a small, inexpensive stamp kit with red ink from the bookstore.

First thing we did was to dress her in her "art" shirt. Kuya and Kowi have specific shirts they use for art and for eating spaghetti. It takes the stress out of washing the stains from their clothes since these special shirts are allowed to be stained. Next, I sat her on the table, opened the kit, gave her several pieces of paper and she was stamping away. I think that this is really good to develop her fine motor skills.

My Six Layers

Got this tag from Eds. Thanks!


1. Add your blog/s to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. It’s okey if you only post this questions in one blog as long as you answer them.
2. Get back to Me {YEN} and I’ll add your blogs to the master’s list HERE! Note that you are not ALLOWED to change the link of the here.
3. Copy from Start to End.
4. Tag as many friends online you know. But you don’t need to be tag in order to join.

Copy this Participants List: Me and Mine Creative in Me For the LOVE of Food Little Peanut Pea in a Pod It’s Where the HEART Is Around the World SugarMagnolias I Am Mommy All About The Memories Enchanted Play Just My Scrap Whats Up Simply Me Kitchen Deelite A Mothers Horizon In Depth A Life in Bloom Because Life is a Blessing Digiscraptology Joys iN life Life is What we Make it Photo Blog Dancing in Midlife Tune Mommy Talks Aggie Shoots. Aggie Scraps All Kinds of Me Stuff The Salad Caper Winding Creek Circle InkBabyStudios All Things Me Feels Like Home Because Life Is Fun Blessings and Beyond Mommy Earns Money Online Pinay Mommy Online Clark & Butchay’s Blog Butchay’s World Simply Jen Jenny Said So My Online World My Life in this Wonderful World Biz-N-Honey Aeirin’s Collections My Precious Niche Eds Mommy Life Just Me.. Eds Insights from the Grocery Cart YOUR BLOG/S HERE

– Name: Carol
– Birth date: July 2
– Birthplace: Philippines
– Current Location: Philippines
– Eye Color: Dark Brown
– Hair Color: Dark Brown
– Righty or Lefty: Righty

– Your heritage: Filipino
– The shoes you wore today: Flip flops
– Your weakness: None? (Okay, so I'm overconfident)
– Your fears: Being forgotten
– Your perfect pizza: Domino's doubledecker and Sbarro's spinach and mushroom
– Goal you’d like to achieve in life: Just to be the best me I can be

– Your most overused phrase on AIM: None
– Your first waking thoughts: Snooze button!
– Your best physical feature: My eyes
– Your most missed memory: Going out with friends

– Pepsi or Coke: Coke
– McDonald’s or Burger King: McDonald's
– Single or group dates: Single
– Adidas or Nike: Adidas
– Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Nestea
– Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
– Cappuccino or coffee: Coffee decaf

– A famous person, dead or alive, would you interview: Oprah

– Movie can you watch and say the lines along with the actors: Heart and Souls
– Name two of your passions in life : Kuya and Kowi
– Least favorite time of day: Afternoon

– Use hairspray or gel: hairspray

– Your favorite meal: Breakfast
– Color is the inside of your head when you close your eyes: Pink
– Listen to classical music: Yes, all the time
– Ever said LOL in real life without thinking about it: Not yet.


Tagging: Sheng, Tet and Michelle.

About Me


The object is to complete each of the following snippets. I have included the blank ones at the end of this post so they can easily be copied and pasted

Participants: Startin’ A New Life, Too / All Things Me / Because Life Is Fun / Feels Like Home / My Happy Place / Iam Dzoi / Suburban Sass / To the Moon and Back / Raising Sandy / Mommy Talks / Aggie Shoots. Aggie Scraps / All Kinds of Me Stuff / The Salad Caper / Winding Creek Circle / InkBabyStudios / My Colorful World/ Random Thoughts / Explore Manila / Blogger Happy / Everyday CHI / Berry Scrappy / My Virtual Closet / My Views On My So Called Life /The Real Deal, The Real Me / Eds Mommy Life/ Just Me.. Eds / My Precious Niche / Insights from the Grocery Cart / Your Blog Here


I am: a SAHM to two adorable kids.
I think: therefore I am
I know: that Hubby is missing me
I have: my family's unconditional love and support
I wish: I could win the jackpot in the lotto some time soon
I hate: popcorn with butter!
I miss: Hubby very much
I fear: being forgotten
I hear: the Sesame Street theme song
I smell: shampoo on Kowi's hair
I crave: for ice cream
I search: for information on the article I am working on
I wonder: why God created mosquitoes
I regret: not living to the fullest every day
I love: my kids, my Hubby and my life
I ache: when Hubby's not around
I am not: feeling well today
I believe: that all good things come to those who want it more
I dance: with Kowi in the morning
I sing: along with the contestants in the Singing Bee
I cry: whenever I see mom and child commercials
I fight: for my loved ones every time
I win: when I can
I lose: my cool when Kuya and Kowi fight
I never: go to sleep without tucking the kids in their beds
I always: have to have the last word. LOL
I confuse: Kowi when she's about to throw a tantrum
I listen: to Motown when I wash the dishes
I can usually be found: online and grocery shopping
I am scared: of frogs and the Twilight Zone
I need: a vacation
I am happy about: the things going on in my life right now
I imagine: that I will be on the first plane to Paris once I win that lotto jackpot
I tag: Cee and Yenzz

Dating 101

Got this from Melisse and Vhiel. Too cute to pass up. Thanks!

Players: Ozzy’s Mom Me,Myself + 2 Kidd Designs Fun.Fierce.Fabulous Me and Mine Little Peanut Pea in a Pod Creative in Me Notable Bistro Sugarmagnolias Around the World Eds Mommy Life My Precious Niche Just Me.. Eds Snippets Of My Mind Seize The Day Melise's Domain Can of Thoughts Insights from the Grocery Cart YOUR BLOG HERE

1. When was your first kiss and where?..::.. with Hubby, in November 1999, somewhere in Cavite ..::..

2. When was your first real relationship and how long did it last?..::.. I consider my FIRST REAL relationship with Hubby. Nine years and going strong. ..::..

3. What age were you allowed to date?..::.. Group dates were allowed in high school. Official dates were allowed in college. Now, for unofficial dates...LOL ..::..

4. What’s the craziest thing you did (for love) when you were a teenager?..::.. Nyak. No comment. ..::..

5. How long was your longest relationship and what’s the secret?..::.. Longest relationship with Hubby. Secret? Communication and belly dancing. LOL ..::..

6. How long did you date before you decided to settle down?..::.. We got married the year after we met. Why prolong the agony? ..::..

7. How did you know he was the ONE?..::.. The first time I saw him something just clicked. Or maybe it was a concussion. My mom predicted on the day I met Hubby that he was going to be my husband. And it came true. ..::..

8. Now, at what age will you allow your kids(s) to date?..::.. Too old to mention. Haha ..::..

9. When it comes to your kids dating, will you be a cool parent or a strict parent?..::.. Not sure. I guess it will depend on who they date, if they date ..::..

10. What piece of advice can you give to your child when they start dating?..::.. No dating until your dad and I get our senior citizen cards or hearing aid, whichever comes first, and that is final! ...::..

Tagging all my blog pals! Enjoy!

13 Best Things About Having Kids TT-1

Being a parent has certainly turned my life around 180 degrees. Listed below are the 13 best things about having kids.

13. I am lucky enough to witness the miracle of a tiny, helpless being become an independent individual.

12. I get to put wafers in the grocery list without raising any clues that I'm really the one who wants it.

11. Having high-spirited kids is the perfect excuse for why I haven't bothered to decorate or clean or organize or make the place look more presentable.

10. There is at least one person in this world who thinks I'm good at doing everything.

9. No matter how squeamish I may have been before about the human body, nothing really intimidates me now about my kids. Not their poop, puke or snotty nose.

8. I get to watch cartoons and not feel guilty about it.

7. The sound of Kuya and Kowi's laughter can melt away a bad day in seconds and put everything in perspective.

6. Hubby and I get to buy dolls and RC cars that our parents said no to.

5. I get to eat spaghetti and pizza on a regular basis.

4. I can read to my kids all the books that I loved as a child.

3. I have become a morning person and learning to make the most out of it. I'm getting more things done now before 9am than I used to accomplish in a whole day.

2. My heart melts every time they say, "I love you" or "You're the best."

1. I get to cuddle up with someone who's really not interested in getting more.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

How Do You Make Money Online Tag


1. Copy the code of the image Here!. (please don't change the code, otherwise you wont be listed on my list).

2. Simply make a short article about how did you start making money online.

3. If you are not making money online, just share your honest thoughts and opinion about people who are making money online.

4. You can tag as many as you can.

5. When you're done, add your link. Here!! Please leave the post URL of the tag on the comment. This tag's link update will end on August 30, 2008. So grab the chance of being link on this PR#3 blog.

6. You can also add your other site/blogs but make sure to post this tag on each.

Money Makers:

Blogger's Recollection/Imelda- MY Daily Thoughts/Juliana 1 /Juliana2/Walk Through Money Online Journal/Insights from the Grocery Cart/Your Link here

Author's Reminder:

Let us see how our backlinks will increase. The more backlinks we have, the more chances of getting a higher Page Rank. Please note that I will do the link update of this tag during Saturday and Sunday only. As long as you did everything right, I will surely give your site my linky love. I will try my best to do some update during the weekdays whenever I can. So please be patient

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Short Article:

I've been a stay-at-home mom since January 2008, but I never knew that I could actually make money online. So my Internet has been primarily for checking emails and chatting. Last month, Melisse introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging. I resurrected an old blog and got hooked. Since then I've done several approved sponsored posts through this blog. And fairly recently, I have been writing online articles and getting paid. I also get home-based transcription work from time to time. A lot of wonderful money-making online opportunites have been opening up for me and I expect more to come for sure.

Please feel free to snag this. We all could use additional back links, right? Just give me a buzz and I'll update my list. Thanks and happy weekend.

Not At My Desk

Hi everyone. I'm staying over at my mom's house for the weekend. Their DSL connection has been a bit weird. It's been on and off a couple of times since I've been here. Actually, the whole family's annoyed. You see, my mom and brothers are online gamers and they're having a hard time levelling up with the Net connection on the fritz.

Yes, you read it right. My mom is a BIG time online gamer. Hehe. She started with Pangya, then Flyff and now, Cabal.

As soon as I come home, I'll be doing my rounds. I only have a limited time to update my blog, try to read other blogs and write my online articles. My mom comes over every five minutes and asks me if I'm done. Pressure, pressure.

To those who've asked for links exchange, I'll be linking you up as soon as I get home. Thanks.

Happy weekend everyone. My mom's here. Gotta go.