Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Season the Pinoy Style

Christmas is fast approaching. I know everybody is feeling the Christmas rush because only few days from now, we will be celebrating the most anticipated time of the year.

Filipino Christmas is the happiest of all, at least for us Pinoys. So how do we Pinoys celebrate this yearly event? Below are just some of the things which mark the Philippine Christmas celebration.

  • Lanterns on the streets/houses - "Parol" is the traditional Filipino decoration. By the end of November, Parols will be in every corner.

  • 9 Mornings/Simbang Gabi - From night of the December 15th up to the Christmas Eve, Filipinos celebrate the holy mass. It is believed that when one completes the 9-day novena, whatever he/she wishes will come true.

  • Bibingka and Puto Bumbong -  Stands of these famous rice cakes are like mushrooms outside churches to cater to those who attended the Simbang Gabi. These two are best eaten steamy hot and with butter.

  • Caroling -  Kids, even adults sing Filipino Christmas Carols to every house at night.



  • Noche Buena - At the eve of Christmas, Filipino family gather to exchange and open gifts and eat the family specialty. The next day, relatives come together for the clan reunion. Games and Videoke are always present.

Christmas is not just about gifts, money, clothes and other material things. It's all about the coming of our dear savior, Jesus Christ.

Let's all spread the love and the spirit of giving this season...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!



Credits to: www.allaboutthephilippines.com for the picture.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

iPod Touch 4G: A Quick Glance

For a music lover like me, having a gadget you can bring anywhere and which let's you play and store music is a piece of cake. But having more than that, you'll simply have a true "State-of-the-Art" fun. That's what I have with my iPod Touch 4G.

The iPod Touch 4G

Here are just some of its features:

  •  FaceTime - The "Skype" like feature of iPod which enables video calling with another iPod 4G or with an iPhone 4.

  •  2 Cameras - Double the fun with 2 cameras located at the front and the back. Front camera for you and the back camera which focuses on what's in front of you. This let's you switch cameras anytime between video calls. You can also take pictures and capture scenes via video recording.

  • Retina Display - The highest resolution among iPod screens ever. Images and texts are crisp and are stunningly sharp. You can watch your favorite movie from the 3.5 inch wide screen Retina Display.

  • HD Video Recording and Editing - When you have your iPod touch with you, you're always ready to capture great moments and edit it right then and there.

  • Game Center - This let's you play games with friends, compare scores and game rankings. It let's you expand your social gaming network.

  • Safari Web Browser - Visit your favorite site. All you need is Wi-Fi and your IPod 4G.

  • iBooks - Save good reads on your iPod and download books from iBookstore. Bookworms now becoming eBookworms.

This is one cool gadget you can give a loved-one or yourself for Christmas. =)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

That Plastic Card

I got my  personal credit card this year and I can pretty much say that I am enjoying the benefits of it. Considering the fact that this is my first one, I  made sure I understand things I need to know more than that of just swiping. 

For a starter, I applied for a VISA HSBC Classic Card. There are so much things I considered before ending up with what type of card I will be getting and to what bank I will be applying. My sister is currently using a VISA Citibank Credit Card. Aside from finance charges, annual fees and so on,  she told me that I should be looking for one which I can use not just here but also abroad. There are so many banks which offer such, but I chose HSBC since it is a well-known worldwide bank which means it can be accepted internationally.

Some may be afraid of signing up or getting one because they don't want to be buried of debt because of fear of interests. But let me tell you this. That can never ever happen if you pay full, and ON (much better if before) TIME. And also, before you go on swiping, think. Do you need what you are buying? Can you afford to pay it? One must swipe WISELY.

Credit card before is only a "social status symbol". But as of today, I can say that it has evolved from that, to a necessity. Having one is  very convenient. Plus with your wise spending, you also get to enjoy perks from  your card issuer like free movie pass, pizza, a Starbucks drink or gift certificates and even 0% interest on some purchases.

Paying in full and on time means obtaining a good credit card history. This is what financial institutions use when for instance you will be applying for loans from banks. So we cannot take that for granted.

Having a credit card is a convenience and a curse. Convenience for responsible users and a curse for over spenders and late payers.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

So....

And so I have not been updating this lately. I am preoccupied by so much things this past few weeks so when I have the luxury of time, I just surf the Internet for a while, chit-chat with mom, watch a little and hit the sack. How is that?

So what's up with me these days?

  • Adjustment with my new work schedule
  • Yes, I have a new work schedule. From 10am-7pm with a Monday-Tuesday rest day, I have now been moved to 6am-3pm Saturday-Sunday rest days! Yihaaaaaaw! Its not easy waking up 3:30 in the morning everyday but this means more time with family and friends, especially on weekends.. =) I am enjoying and ADJUSTING to this schedule until we were informed yesterday that there will be another shift bidding. What? Did I hear it right? I haven't been through with the body clock adjustment curve and another adjustment is yet to come. Oh well...

  • JD Power and Associates Week
  • Or should I say JD Power Associates month??? =) One week turned almost one month. Our center is being evaluated to gauge our customer service skills, client knowledge and courtesy to the customers. And in line with this, I am one of the priority representatives in attending to calls. Tell you, its not easy. On the brighter side, we passed the evaluation and if we pass the on site audit, this will be our account's 5th recognition in customer satisfaction excellence. This calls for a celebration! TEEEHEE! =)

  • Gu Jun Pyo
  • I know I am a year late! Its only now that I watched this awesome Korean adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers. Better late than never. The entire cast is adorable. Locations and props and clothes used are superb that's why this series became a hit. And I am soooOOO digging Lee Min Ho. =) I am watching this at mysoju.com and I am about to finish. Yehey!!!

    And you? What's new?  Keep me posted. =)

    Saturday, October 9, 2010

    Health is Wealth

    Working 5 days a week, lack of sleep and exercise plus eating unhealthy foods can cause major health problems. Our lifestyle also contributes a lot in the overall condition of our body. Our body needs vitamins which eating healthy foods may not be able to suffice.

    Ascorbic acid is the generic name for Vitamin C. It is an essential nutrient which is an antioxidant and which also helps maintain healthy gums and prevent diseases like Scurvy.


    Fern-C is my current vitamin. Unlike the ordinary Vitamin C which is acidic, Fern-C is alkaline based which means it can be easily absorbed by the body. The acid based ones cannot be taken with an empty stomach and is not advisable for persons with ulcer.

    With how stressing life can be, nothing is more rewarding than being healthy. Vitamin C is essential, but I am not saying it is enough. We must eat healthy and of course live a healthy lifestyle.

    Always keep in mind that our health is wealth. =)

    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    Miracle of Giving Fool

    Synopsis / Plot 

    Ji-ho is a promising pianist, studying and playing abroad for years. But one night she had a stage fright and never recovers. In despair, Ji-ho comes home and meets her old classmate Sung-ryong.


    Once a very bright boy, Sung-ryong had an accident and now he is in late 20's with the mind of a six year old. He is very forgetful, but he has never forgotten his first love Ji-ho. Other half of Sung-ryong's dumb mind is occupied with his only family, younger sister Jee-in. To take care of her, Sung-ryong sells toasts in front of Jee-in's school. But Jee-in is embarrassed of her idiotic brother and ignores him.

    And Sang-soo is Sung-ryong's old friend who understands Sung-ryong's innocent mind. But he inevitably falls to the world of gangsters. Ji-ho is still in her slump, Jee-in falls sick and Sang-soo gets involved in a bloody dispute. But all of their agonies are miraculously saved by Sung-ryong in a way nobody has foreseen.

    My verdict:

    I love how romance, drama and a bit of comedy had been mixed into this 103 minute-movie. Unlike most  of Korean movies, this is fast paced. You'll never get bored with long dragging drama scenes. You'll be moved by many touching scenes showing how loving of a person Sung-ryong is.

    Playing the challenging role of Sung-ryong, Cha Tae-hyeon showed his versatility as an actor . I have seen a couple of his movies and I can say, he portrays his role very well. By the way, he is also the guy who played Kyeon-woo in the movie "My Sassy Girl".

    This is a must see. You'll laugh, cry and be touched by how Sung-ryong became a miracle...

    You may visit www.asiatorrents.com to download the full movie.

    Enjoy. =)

    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    Soju Overload!

    For the past few nights, I have been getting less than 6 hours of sleep. The culprit is Soju. Or should I say MySoju. No. I'm not referring to the Korean beverage. I mean MYSOJU.COM.


    MYSOJU.COM is a website where you can find loads of old and new Korean dramas and films. This is where I currently watch Boys Before Flowers. Yes, it's only now that I get to watch this completely. And I regret it! So thanks to the website, I appreciate Gu Jun Peo, Geum Jan Di and the Korean version of  F4 so much more. Now I understand their phenomenon! HAHAHA! :))

    If you're one of the many Korean drama and movie lovers like me, visiting the site will definitely be a treat. :)

    Annyeong!

    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    The Tragedy That Was ONDOY...

    September 26, 2009 - Tomorrow marks the year after the tragic typhoon Ondoy.

    I was going to work and everything seems to be normal that morning. It looked like any ordinary gloomy, rainy weather. Little did I  know that this rain could drown almost the entire Metro Manila (a month worth of rain poured that day according to PAG-ASA).

    After the typhoon, seeing the news on TV, I was saddened by what had happened to many of our fellow Filipinos especially in the Marikina and the Rizal area. People lost their houses and hard-earned belongings. And the saddest is, some lost loved-ones. Many died.

    Looking back,  I can't help but feel  the same sadness I felt last year. It is a traumatic memory. But more importantly, it is the lessons I (WE) have learned from it that really matters. As how the saying goes, "Stand up and pick up from where you fell down."

    This has really been an eye-opener for all of us. Why? Ondoy is just one of the "signs". Our mother nature is taking its toll on us because we did not take care of her. We  now experience how abnormal our weather  and the calamities can be -- La Niña, El Niño, tsunami, earthquakes and hurricanes here and there. Let's protect nature as it has nourished us. It is not yet too late.

    Secondly, this event has taught me to live simply. Whatever we have here on earth is temporary.  We can lose it at any time. Just a snap from God and all's gone - only He knows when. Life should not be dwelt on earthly things but must be focused on having a good spiritual and moral well being.

    This is life. Let's all move on but let's not forget what this tragedy has taught us. Let's just be prepared for the things that are in store for us.

    Ondoy leaves the Philippines
    "There's a rainbow always after the rain... "

    God bless the Philippines, God bless the world...

    Sunday, September 19, 2010

    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Packed with action and suspense, Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 3D movie written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. The movie stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Boris Kodjoe, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke and Wentworth Miller. It is the fourth part movie adaptation of Capcom's video game Resident Evil.


    This is the only movie I have seen among other Resident Evil movies that were released (Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction) and I must say I liked it.

    Since I easily get bored with long and dragging movie scenes, I find the movie exciting because its full of action and horror (yey! ☺) -- from the first scene, you'll scream off your seat!

    Claire and Chris Redfield plus Alice
    Action scenes looked better since the movie is 3D. My favorite part was when Alice and Claire had an encounter with the axe-armed giant zombie in the shower. Milla looked sexy in her skin-tight outfit as she gave justice to her Alice character. 

    And you know what the other best part is? Wentworth Miller is HOT! Weeeeeee! *blushing* HAHAHA!

    Overall, this movie is for those who loves action and suspense (like me). You'll definitely enjoy this for its dynamic displays and good cinematography.

    Hopefully, I may watch the first three parts of this movie. ☺☺☺




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    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    BARNEY

    2009 -- Still the sleepy head, my mom woke me up one fine Sunday morning to show me this brown, fat, cuddly creature which later became our pet dog named Barney.

    A good neighbor gave him to us after finding out that we do not have a house dog. Mama originally rejected the offer but how can she not be swooned by this cute puppy?  Thick thighs and short legs plus the rounded face and that short neck where a gold bell was hanging (lovely how it jingles every time the puppy runs back and forth).


    Growing up, Barney is an active and charming dog. He may bark at those people whom he's not familiar with but when he learns that you're a visitor, he will just go around to make "pa-cute" and "papansin". On times when the phone rings, he will even run before you as if he's the one who will be taking the call. Gaaaaaah!

    Everything about him is lovable except for his fondness of getting out of the house. I just hate it when he runs out every time we open the gate. I'm just too scared that one day he might not be able to find the way to our house again.
    pardon my haggardness... hahaha!
    Barney is well behaved during bath times. He's a "picky" eater. He loves his belly rub and his water fresh from the faucet. His favorite hangout? In front of the fan!

    Now that you're no longer with us, who's gonna chase them naughty cats trespassing the house? And who's gonna welcome me home at the gate after a tiring day from work?

    "A dog is a man's best friend..." -- indeed.


    I love you and I will miss you Barneykokoy... =(

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    the chef in me

    My love for cooking started when I learned basic Filipino recipes from none other than my mom - Sinigang, Adobo, Nilaga and others. And ever since then, I got hooked with watching cooking shows.

    all girly cooking tools... hihihi! :D
    When I'm at home, I usually tune in to Food Network to watch The Iron Chef America, Barefoot Contessa, Giada at Home and Sweet Dreams (baking). For local cooking shows, I watch Quick Fire the 10-minute Kitchen Wonders and My Favorite Recipes both aired on QTV 11. I just love how they chop, slice, stir, saute, boil and fry beautifully - their sounds are music to my ears.

    Korean dishes are my next target. I love how  healthy their foods are (greens and lotsa veggies). Hopefully, the finished products turn out just as good as those Filipino delicacies I have cooked before.

    I enjoy cooking as much as I enjoy eating. More than this, I love serving the foods I cooked for the ones I love. I like food served hot, fresh and delicious!

    Food brings people together. Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, New Year or even just a simple lunch and dinner.

    Good food = Good times!

    Saturday, September 4, 2010

    The 21st Philippine Travel Mart: Strengthening the Philippine Tourism

    Our family is planning to have an out of town trip before this year ends. So when I heard about the 21st Philippine Travel Mart on DZMM's Teleradyo (particularly on "Todo-todo Walang Preno" hosted by Winnie Cordero and Ariel Ureta) I got very excited. I mean, who would not want to travel?


    Participating the event are Travelling Agencies, Airlines, Hotels, Resorts and other tourism establishments which offers "super sale" plane tickets and tour packages good for family trips and barkada getaways.

    At Php88 you can avail a domestic seat plane ticket and for Php2500++ you can enjoy 3days-2nights stay at the beautiful Boracay, Bohol, Palawan, Ilocos, Baguio or Sagada.

    Unluckily, I was not able to book tickets for two reasons. First, line for ticket reservation is soooo long. Plane tickets are sold like pancakes (whew!). Second, we haven't really decided yet where to go. Good thing I got lots of pamphlets plus the contact information of traveling agencies so maybe we could just decide on when and where to go as well as what to avail.

    This event will definitely help boost the Philippine tourism. Its nice to go out of  the country but come to think of it, there are lots of beautiful places here in the Philippines. There are beaches, mountains and other breath taking views in store for every traveller.

    Event started last September 3 and will end tomorrow, September 5, 2010. So hurry up guys! ☺☺

    For more details you can visit www.philtravelmart.com.

    Looking forward to a vacation with my family and friends. ☺ Let's love and patronize our own!☺

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    Emmy Awards 2010: Worst and Best Dressed

    Here's my list of Emmy Awards 2010 of worst and best dressed:

    BEST

    1. Heidi Klum - She kept it safe with this little black dress but her hair and necklace added an "UMPH!"  to her overall look. However, I find the the dress too short that it could be uncomfortable to wear especially when sitting. Not to forget, her Christian Louboutin's are fit for her toned legs - gorgeous!


    2. Kim Kardashian -Wow! I love how she carried this Grecian dress. It tamed her "x-factor" but none the less, the simplicity made her look sexy, yet classy.


    3. Emily Blunt - The lavender color of her dress gave her a fresh and young look. It also complements her skin tone. Make up is simple but, made her stood out still.


    4. Diana Agron - Vintage and lacey. The black ribbon accentuated the layered lace dress. The gown fits her well. This is something I would want to wear on a prom or a graduation ball.


    5. Jane Lynch and Kyra Sedgwick - Both dressed their age. This is "Simplicty is beauty". By the way, Jane , who plays Sue Sylvester on Glee won the Best Supporting Actress for comedy.


    * * *

    WORST

    1. Lauren Bosworth - UNDER-DRESSED! Need I say more?


    2. January Jones - Nothing is more annoying than the "funnel-like" thing that cups her breasts. I think her dress plus its color could give her a role for the movie Austin Powers.


    3. Kris Jenner - Although Kim Kardashian managed to look sexy, mom Kris made a huge mistake when she chose this dress which is not quite figure flattering. Her hips was emphaSIZED.


    4. Christina Hendricks - Though I love the dress' lilac color, what's up with those bulging boobies and those feathers?


    5. Naya Rivera and Mindy Kaling - Did you girls talked about those high buns? Your dresses made you look shorter. Were you separated at birth?



    Tata! :)






    credits to yahoo.com for the pictures. :D

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    "thrilla" in manila?.. i hope not...

    Last August 23, 2010, a tragic 11-hour hostage crisis happened, killing 8 Chinese tourists  plus the hostage taker himself, former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza at the Quirino Grandstand, Manila.

    Fear, anger, sadness and sympathy are the words the best describe how we all felt when this news aired on local and international TV stations.

    Below is a video clip, from a Canadian - citing how he felt for the Chinese victims as well as for the the Filipinos who had also been gravely affected and saddened by this crisis.


    All of us, we do not want what had happened. Hand in hand, we pray for the all victims of this tragedy.  May all their souls rest in peace. We also pray that this won't break the good relationship of the Filipinos and the Chinese.

    And for you Andrew, thank you so much... Much love, from the Philippines... Mabuhay ka!

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    a "sunDATE" with God

    i haven't been able to hear mass for a long time now because of my work schedule. i know. i'm bad. so i promised myself and God to make it a point seeing Him on sundays.

    so to start this, me and my friend hazel attended an early mass at greenbelt church, makati. i originally planned to go with my mom  to attend mass at a church nearby, but she already attended  an anticipated one so i just decided to join my friend. we both have to go to work anyways.

    officiated by a monsignor (i forgot his name) mass started at exactly 7:15 am. lots of people attended the celebration. its nice to hear church songs again. there's no better feeling as  to listening to the priest's sermon, while hearing birds twitting, feeling the morning's cold breeze kissing my skin plus that fresh leaves' scent on the air. i especially love how i feel close to nature, close to God.

    more than anything else, we all must feed not only our tummies but our spirits as well. hearing mass is a spiritual nourishment.  and the church is the place to be. it is where you can find tranquility and peace of mind. the freedom from all the worldy things.

    i am pretty much sure God missed me. and i missed Him too. :D

    'till our next "SUNDATE"!

    hugs! ♥

    Saturday, August 21, 2010

    froyo @ tutti frutti with hazy

    craving for ice cream but you're on a strict diet? TUTTI FRUTTI frozen yogurt is surely for you!


    "FROYO"/"FROGURT is short term for frozen yogurt. its a dessert made of yogurt and other dairy products. compared to ice cream, it has lesser fats because it is made of pure milk instead of cream.

    just after work, my friend hazel texted me and asked if we could meet at glorietta. since its on my way home, i agreed and invited her to try the tutti frutti frozen yogurt.

    hazel chose strawberry yogurt while i wanted to be daring so i selected peanut butter.  i topped  mine with kiwi, strawberry, mango, mandarin orange, peaches and raspberry. i also added sliced almonds and wall nuts to give texture and crisp. and because i am a fruit and nut lover, i really liked (i mean LOVED) indulging on every spoon.

    the fruity toppings

    the nutty toppings plus marshmallows, cereals, chocolates, etc.
    its so yummy yet you will be guilt free. eating this yogurt makes me forget about ice cream because its like eating ice cream too (only healthier). aside from that, you won't be bored of eating this because you can be creative and choose from a variety of toppings. you can top it with jellies, nuts, fruits, cereals, chocolate and marshmallows.


    "the beauty and the best" hahah!


     joycey and hazy

    they have yogurt available on cone which is priced Php85 and yogurt on cup which is Php20 an ounce.


    much love,


    NOTE:
    tutti frutti is located at 3rd floor, glorietta 4
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