Sunday, December 14, 2008


Just done shopping after my ENT appointment, bought some stuffs for the Christmas tree. Good thing lights were not needed anymore because husband bought a fiber optic tree.

This neighborhood spent a lot on decorations, the houses across the street put up a Christmas lights all over their house and garage, awesome work. Some set-up a Bethlehem in their yards, or big Santa Claus (which is lighted inside) in their front door. What really amazes me is how they set the lights with style, there is this house that has reindeer running in his yards, of course it's not actually running, it's only an optical illusion made by the lights. By just looking at it, I guess he spend thousands of dollars with this kind of decoration. Made me curious who the owner is. We just moved to this neighborhood about 3 months ago, the only people I've known so far are the elderly couple who lives next door.

Later on, my husband said that the owner of that house has a reputation of making the best decorations every Christmas. And his name answered all my curiosity, he is Mr. Nick Claus. What a name.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Show your stuffs at

Share your latest digital camera, car, cellphone, gadgets or even some places that you visited. Sharing your stuff doesn't mean you give it away. You simply share your experience with it. That is similar to give a simple product review based on your own experience. This is what acobay is all about. Connecting with people with the same stuffs. If you want to buy something like for example a new digital camera and looking for a comparison or review, you can check first on this site communities, real-users of cameras, sharing their real-life knowledge on buying and using digital camera with each other on a voluntary basis, without getting paid. That way, you'll have an idea what to expect in the brand that you want to buy. You can also find the best stuffs based on rating by thousands of real users; stuff that are hot these days and reviews and comments of people who share the same interest as you. Actually, I also share my own stuff and gave my review, and what's the pros and cons of that product.

The site is quite fresh, and under development but they welcome any suggestions either via your review or an email to make the sites more enjoyable and useful. Why not start connecting now and know more about the stuff of your interest.


Finally, at last ---a day-off.... a do nothing, lay around and read the paper, do my foot spa, catch up on some blogs, chat with friends, maybe go see a movie & relax.

Ah,..I'm dreaming....there's no such thing as day "things-to-do list" is waiting for me. I have to go for ENT check up today. And then there’s that stack of bills that requires some check writing. Make Christmas cards, set up the Christmas tree and decorate, clean the kitchen, vacuum the floor, do laundry, give Sarge a bath and oh, the "honey-do list". First and foremost, I need to cook a good dinner tonight (husband been complaining I'm not cooking anything), we've been eating frozen foods and take outs lately. Now, that I'm working in the Hospital's diet office, I've been learning about proper foods to serve. Since we have ground beef in the fridge, 3 pieces of potatoes, and green beans, I've decided to cook meatloaf, with mashed potatoes, gravies and green beans.

Christmas is little over 1 week away and I have yet to plan anything. Not sure if my stepdaughters will be here for Christmas.

Sadly, there goes my day off…

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Prison Inmate Locator 2

Now you can request prison inmate records, as well as inmate license records and all other pertinent vital records. Any State, anywhere in the USA! Whatever your reason is for requesting prison inmate records,Federal Prison Inmate Locator is one of the best sources where you can obtain information.

Some people acquire this kind of information because they want to check out the records of the person while he or she is still in jail. There are also some people who just want to make sure that they are not residing near an ex-convict who still has the capability to commit a wrongdoing.

If you want to obtain records of a certain inmate, all you have to do is check out the site and use its inmate locator. You can locate Nationwide Federal Inmate Reports Fast with their Direct Data Retrieval. In order for you to find the inmate whom you are searching for, you need to supply details about the individual. The locator will provide you with a list of inmates who have similar names to the one that you have given. One form of information that you can get from looking up inmate records is the address of the prison or the number of the cell. Aside from the name, you can also provide the sex, race, and age of the person. This additional info will make your search easier. It's only a click away!

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

Jon and I were invited to watch a play last night at Grand Opera House. It was a last minute invitation, and I have no idea what's the play is all about. What makes me excited is the idea of watching our good friend Joan acting in the stage and her beautiful daughter Kari singing in the stage too. We arrived a little bit early, I got bored and walk around, it's an old building but has an impressive architecture, not so modern. Then, I saw Joan in 1897's costume walking towards on my direction, I was laughing, we hug and talk a bit about her role, as a salvation army widow, soon I realized that the play is all about the classic question of an 8 year old girl, Virginia O'Hanlon "Is there a Santa Claus?" What a lucky night, I thought.

I met or should I say, became familiar with Virginia in a popular TV Game show hosted by Kris Aquino, Pilipinas, Game ka na ba? Virginia made the contestant won 1 million pesos, a young high school boy. The million dollar question was, what was the first name of the 8 year old girl who wrote a letter over 100 years ago to the editor of the New York Sun.
"Dear Editor, I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it's so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?"

The smart contestant, not even a second answered "Virginia". And that made him a millionaire.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Surefire Flashlights

Surefire Weapon Lights

When it comes to quality flashlights that last a long time, gives powerful light and are simple to use, I recommend Surefire Flashlights. It is a tactical technology company who manufactures illumination tools that are powerful, compact, rugged and reliable. I personally own a Surefire LED Flashlights - it is a high performance flashlights with features such as digital regulator circuits to maintain consistent levels of light output for as long as possible, and digital current limiters to protect the LED module from current and heat-related damage. Surefire is the first to utilize these breakthrough features in a handheld LED. It is one of the top flashlights used by police officers and security guards. The sturdy design always makes me think it could double as a weapon if you run across a burglar or prowler in your home.

They are quite simply the best flashlights in the world!


Do you have a Capital One account? You might receive an email telling you to take part in their Christmas Reward Survey and in return they will credit your account $35 -just for your time. I've received an email from Capital One. I mean claiming to be from Capital One. They will give you a link to open and at the beginning I believe it was genuine, because they have the Capital One logo on the site, looks like a real Capital One website, where they will ask you to log in and enter your password. What makes me suspicious is that when I log in, it doesn't fill up my password automatically. In the real Capital One website, everytime I log in my username, my password filled up automatically, which is good because I forgot my password already for a long time now, I paid my monthly bills with that style. Now, back to that link they gave, I tried to log in, and guess a password, and Iwas surprised it opens another link, there you will filled up personal informations, and what makes me more suspicious is that there is a box asking for your account number, there you go......this is generally known as 'Phishing'.

Here's for you to try: this is the link they gave, open that site, try to log in using any names and password, and you will be directed to hoax website(but looks like a real one) and attempt to trick customers into supplying confidential personal information such as account numbers, PIN numbers and passwords.

If you think you've received a hoax email , you can forward it to Or if you already supplied your personal information, report it immediately to Capital One. Check your transaction activities everyday. To be sure there's no one using your account.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Nikon Ultimate Hunter's Package Deal

Good news to all hunters out there. If you are looking for a great deal or for a Christmas gift to your loved ones/ friend who loves to hunt. There's a Nikon Ultimate Hunter's Package Promo available to purchase online this year with a special presentation from Lee & Tiffany Lakosky!
The Ultimate Hunter's Package contains:
-ProStaff 3-9x40 Riflescope with BDC Reticle
-ProStaff Laser Rangefinder
-Silent Technology Rangefinder Case
-Mastering a Long-range shot with BDC DVD
-$50 NikonProGear Gift Card

All these come together in a great package, saving $144.90 on high quality hunting equipment. There's also high-quality, rugged binoculars, Nikon Sport Optics has got something for you – for a limited time only, get an extra $20 off on Nikon Action Extreme ATB 10x50 Binoculars.

But that’s not all – just for the Black Friday Promotion, Nikon and are expanding the Gift Card Promotion ($25 and $50 value) to include all of the following products – Nikon Monarch Binoculars, Trailblazer Binoculars, Nikon Action 10x50 Binoculars and ANY Nikon ATB Binoculars. Plus you can get special holiday prices on ProStaff Riflescopes, Nikon Monarch Rifle Scopes, Buckmasters and Omega Riflescopes!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Looking for the Best Price on Turbochargers?

Do you wanna go fast? Deciding to turbocharge your ride is a big decision, one that will transform your ride for the rest of its life. Whatever you do, don't just rush out and buy the first turbo that you see in a tuner mag. Before you invest, you'll need to plan out what you want for your ride in the long term. As you're planning your turbo installation, you should think about what accessories or upgrades you might want to add on in the future. For a long time now, my husband wants to supercharge/turbocharge his motor, because it will typically make an impressive horse power increase without significantly increasing its weight.

It's a great idea to study up on the various components of a turbo system and you want to make sure that your supercharger or turbocharger is working correctly. I recommend the Volkswagen turbo as a first read. Whether you are looking for Turbo, Superchargers, turbochargers and nose covers, or if you want VW turbocharger, Audi Turbocharger or any other model they have your unit in stock. They have a great selection of New and remanufactured parts, all have a complete warranty, available to ship today.

I am torn between jobs

I am torn between jobs and I don't know what to do. The Floating Casino recently hired me and been working there for more than a month now, I really love the job, the fun atmosphere, and socializing while working. The pay is alright, plus tips weekly. Nice co-workers and supervisors. Free foods, and drinks all you can. My only complain is the cigarette smokes and slot machine noise. Other than that, I think this is the job that I can grow old with.

Then all of a sudden, another job offer came, this Hospital called me and offering me a better pay plus good health insurance, retirement plan, pharmacy enrollment and a raise every year depends on the yearly evaluation of job performance. I am not a nurse or my profession is not in the medical field, so not sure if I will be happy, I will be just a plain hospital worker in the dietary department, feeding patients. My family thinks I'm nuts for even considering not accepting the job. My husband, however, wants me to be happy in my career.

So to sum it up should I stay at my job where I am actually happy and relaxed, although not challenged, or should I go to the job where I'll learn/earn more and get set up for a career in medical field later? (kahit pharmacy tech lang basta health related)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Operator Tactical Pants

5.11 Tactical Pants sell the best tactical pants in the world, the Operator Tactical Pants. These pants are loaded with features, a total of 10 pockets, 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester, Fade Resistant Fabric, Diamond Gusset Crotch Cinch Waist System, Cargo Pockets with Organization System and many more, just visit their site to find out.
These load of features with such a low prices compared to those tactical pants produced by big name companies that do not have as many features as this Operator Tactical Pants. You know why they sell these pants with such a low price? Because they cut out the big name middle man and went factory-direct, so they are passing the savings onto you. Grab your pair now before it runs out!

Second hand smoke

Floating Casino where I work
Talking about my previous post about the smoking ban here in the state of Iowa, but casinos are exempted. You are free to smoke all you want anywhere inside the casinos. I can't believe I'm now one of the casino employees who face a lot of health risks in the workplace. It's scary about having to go to work every day breathing in toxic smoke and then go home smelling like an ash tray. Some reasons I applied on this kind of place, first, it's closer to our house, second, there are tips involve. My job requires direct contact with customers, who wants to order drinks and food. I like the job but not the cigarette smoke issues, I think I will not keep this job. But I will stay until I find something better.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Smart Spending

In this difficult economic time, the solution is to tighten our belts and stop the spending spree. After seeing our net worth reduced by a large percentage, my husband and I seriously reconsider our budget. We've cut out over 30% of our spending and will be extremely careful until the financial crisis is resolved. We give up things when the price goes too high. When milk hit 2.80 a gallon, we started to buy it less. It's not close to $4, and we just don't buy it. The heat in the house is set at 62 all winter, day and night.

We combine trips—I rarely do an errand singly—when I go to the bank, I hit the seconds grocery and the country store on the same trip, walk or bike to do errands when we can. I buy second-hand whenever it makes sense. We go out less. Before we go out like 2 to 3 times a week, but we go less frequently now.

We rarely purchase "wanted" items any more. We buy only "needed" items. Needed items like eyeglasses. By not getting expensive glasses from the optometrist office anymore, we just ordered a pair of eyeglasses for only $8 and $12.95 frames from Zenni Optical. We brought it to our doctor and asked him about the quality, and they were high quality, perfect Rx, just like you'd get for $300+ elsewhere. We saved a lot on this item, prices are low because they sell only their own manufactured frames direct to the customer, with no middlemen and virtually no advertising budget. In fact they were even mentioned in a book here,M1

With this, their product offerings meet our goals, that is to save money.

Chicken Enchiladas

I created this simple recipe one day by accident and it's now our favorite. I marinated the chicken in lime juice, chili powder, garlic, salt, pepper, diced green chilies and jalapenos(if you want a more flavor) and a bit of tequila few hours before cooking. I sauteed the chicken meat real good (sangkutsa) in onions with a little bit of cumin. And I put cheddar jack cheese and cilantro on top of the fillings with a lot of enchilada green/red sauce. My husband ate this with sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes. Of course I ate mine with rice.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My.Suit Men's Professional Fashion

I love seeing a man wears a suit. The guys at my workplace wears suits and ties, and it is such a turn on when men dress up because most of them hardly ever do it. Oh and maybe that's why I love weddings so much. Prom wasn't bad either.

For suit colors, I think navy blue and mid-grey are nice, because they go with the greatest number of shirts and ties, can be anything from casual to wedding attire, and suit most colorings. And for the fabric, for Northeastern US residents, both should be wool or flannel to survive in a cold winter. My friend who is tall and slim loves to wear four button suit, and he really looks best on it. He told me about his Made to Measure experience.

"The overall experience with My.Suit is amazing. After making an appointment to be measured, you are able to select a style, fabric, color, and any number of features available, or that you can think of. The accuracy is unparalleled; anything I haven't expected is due to my own oversight. And to make things better, their service is great, prices are very reasonable (save at least $100 on a department suit) and they are very good about deadlines and letting you know when to expect your order; and yes, they'll even speed it up for you to meet that special occasion, which they've done for me before. I plan on only owning their clothing in my future work wardrobe. Highly recommended. The suit that came from My.Suit is much better. I wanted the front of the jacket hand basted instead of any fusing. Working sleeve buttons, hand picked lapels and pockets. The pants and the vest are both perfect fits.The overall fit and quality is great for the money even for many hundreds more."

And for a person whose measurements do not fit off the rack clothes, this site will help. Make an appointment to be measured now here
My.Suit is a global company with over 40 years of manufacturing and retail experience. It is a division of one of the largest suit makers in the world. They sell made-to-measure suits at close to off-the-rack prices.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Understanding Unemployment Benefits

People are always reluctant to take something that perceived as welfare or handout. It's important for citizens to understand that unemployment benefits is not a welfare. Losing a job sucks, when we moved out and lose my job, I have been thinking of filing a claim but, my pride won't let me. Another reason, I thought it would affect my credit history too. After my last paycheck slip on my hand, I know I need to do something. I was shopping when I bumped to this ex-coworker, and told me she's getting unemployment insurance benefits. And she advised me to file as soon as possible because I might be eligible. If you were discharged because of misconduct, you will be denied a claim for sure. Not sure though, if quitting a job is eligible for unemployment. I quit my job because we move to different state. Well, there's no harm in trying, I went online and filed. I found out it's not welfare, it’s unemployment insurance your employer has been paying for. And it’s a program you’ve been indirectly paying into with each and every paycheck. Your employer has to pay an unemployment insurance tax that you make claims against if you are eligible (and unemployed). You indirectly pay for the insurance because in the absence of that tax, you could theoretically be paid more, either way it's money that RIGHTFULLY YOURS, if eligible.

The process was quick, they sent me a note stating that I am eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits as long as I meet the other eligibility requirements (what other requirements na naman?). They have a records indicating I earned ten times in insured work after the disqualifying separation from my previous employers. I think the eligibility requirements and benefit payouts vary from state to state. Here in state of Iowa, you must have worked and earned a certain amount of wages in work covered by unemployment insurance in the last 15 to 18 months, have lost your job through no fault of your own, be able to work and available for work and be actively seeking work by in-person contact with employers.

The workforce center interviewed me by telephone, it's an informal meeting between claimant and employer and the workforce center representative. The purpose of this fact finding interview is to obtain information about the issue to be resolved (my issue is QUITTING). Following the interview, a decision was made based on the available info they obtained from me and my former employer. The workforce representative informed me that I will be receiving my first payment on this() date and check it with my bank institution, then instructed me to continue filing weekly. Receiving a payment for $200 plus weekly is like a bonus for me, but it doesn't mean I will stop searching for work. In fact, I was done with my job interview in the hospital and looks like I will get the job (hopefully). And Diamond JO Casino called me for an interview on Thursday. I'm not sure if I want to be a cocktail server but I heard the tips is good. Well, wish me luck. So for you unemployed people out there, we live in the land of opportunity and there’s always something around the corner, so until that corner turns you should consider filing for unemployment benefits.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Credit Card Processing Service

Credit card acceptance is an important step towards building and operating a successful business on the Internet. It is a must if you are selling products on your website. Using credit card online is now so widespread that you will lose customers if you can't accept payments directly to your site.

So, if your online business or retail establishment needs a reliable credit card processing services or new to accepting credit cards, sign up for credit card processing at today. A merchant account allows your business to accept credit cards. You can find in their website the Free services they offer to their merchant customers. They provide flexible and reliable products and services that enable merchants across the nation to accept nearly all types of electronic payments.

NO smoking bill

It's been a week since we moved back here in Dubuque. It's still the same, except when we went to the bar,, I noticed no one smokes inside and we found out that the law on no smoking took effect last July, well, good for me, coz I hate cigarette smokes. I remember before we move in Wisconsin, it's still a debate whether smoking ban should be imposed or not in Iowa. As far as health and health care and bringing down the price of insurance, it’s good. But, the fact that casinos are exempted, and bars not, I have mixed emotions on that. I thinks its unfair for small businesses like bars, people go to bar to unwind and smoke, I know because, hubby and me frequents to the bar, and one of our friend is a bar owner. I think it’s quite clear that the state has said it’s OK to smoke as long as you keep dropping money in the one-arm bandits. Unfortunately, they’re going to force more people to go to casinos, where they’re going to spend money, drink and drive home.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Free People Search

Yes, it is free! And does not pretend to be free like some of the services out there that pretend to be free, but if you really want more information they will charge you an expensive fees. When I first came here in the State, the first thing I did is to look up some friends and classmates that immigrated here. I used a lot of free people search services but they will just inform me that they found the one that I've been looking for but they will not show you the complete address and phone number, if you want to know, there is a charge.

Now, there's a great way to find them, I used people finder and was very happy with the outcome, the searching is so easy, the complete address and phone number showed up without charging me anything. I contacted my long lost friend in California right away and she was surprised how I found her. Well, I told her about how I've been searching her for a long time now and uses a lot of search engine, until I found out about this site that offers free search. Then we made a deal of searching for other classmates in high school who now lives here in the States and in Canada. The services is open to USA and Canada as of the moment.
Just enter the person's name, and state and they will provide you with more information about that person your looking for.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dealing with the Stress of Moving

We're moving back to Iowa tomorrow, it's not fun actually. Moving is so stressful. This is the fourth time we will be moving, and now I learned my lesson from the past. It is best to be organized as you get ready to move in your new home. The great way to be organized is to do several things before you move and do few things after you move. I checked out things, anything that should be taken to the junk yard. Things that are not usable or are not functioning well should be put on trash, its such a waste of spaces on the moving truck (we pay for the weight basis). We have this entertainment center cabinet thats really heavy and the treadmill. We tried to sell it but no one wants to buy. My husband wants to put it in the junk, but I refused, because both are still working and we can still use it. We have a lot of old clothes that we no longer use, some I packed and shipped it to my family, then some went to garbage can. If you have things that have low value and you do not need anymore but are in good condition, you give them away or sell them.

In moving, you need a moving company to move your things from your old house to your new home. Good thing we have a close friend who works in a moving company and she always gave us a good deal.

But the most most difficult aspects of moving is the number of changes and transitions it involves. Like finding a new job, dealing with new neighbors etc... another life's challenges.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Thanks, PPP

This must be quick, I really need to write this post to express my appreciation to PayPerPost. I just cashed my earned money from this blog yesterday and went shopping. As what I've wrote on my previous post when PPP accepted my blog, my earnings will be for Christmas presents for my family in the Philippines. And now is the perfect time to send a package for them, usually it takes 2 months before it will reach the receiving country. Here are some of the stuffs I bought I know they will like, a tennis shoes, digital camera, NBA tshirt, perfume,make-up, chocolates, coffee. I wanted to add a PSP (special request from my nephew)but my budget ran out, must write more PPP opportunities, to earn more, lol. I know I neglected my blog the past few weeks, I'm so stressed out with a lot of things like moving again, having a full time job, lifting of my conditions, etc., that I have no time to write a post and visit other blogs. My apology to my blogger friends who I've neglected to pay a visit but they continue to visit my blogs. I know I owe you, friends, I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Now, I discovered a new way again to fill up my pay pal earnings, I just join Cashcrate
and within 2 weeks of completing surveys, I already have an approved September earnings of $38.60 and pending earnings of $52.25. I'm just doing this thing on my extra time, like 1 hour a day after I'm done on my important things to do in the internet. So, guys, if you have 1 hour to spare in the internet, why not do this stuffs and earn dollars, (you will not pay anything)wherever you are in the world, even in the Philippines, they have some offers for you too. I'm just sharing what I'm enjoying right now, just an extra small cash to supplement your income. Not bad.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Harley Riders

Milwaukee is the headquarters of Harley Davidson. Thousand of riders rumbled into this town last week. The sound of the Harley-Davidson motorcyle filled the air the whole week here in our place, as soon as I wake up and it's awesome. It's amazing seeing a group of riders coming from all over the states or worldwide as they said, waving their flags on their bikes. Darn, I missed the fun watching the activities including the Saturday night performance of Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band because of my work schedule.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Best-ever relay

The moment I've been waiting in the Beijing Olympics is the 4x100-meter free style relay team with Team USA against the France. I was intrigued with what the boastful remark of Alain Bernard, "The Americans? We're going to smash them. That's what were here for." So, I waited till 11 pm yesterday just to watch the competition. Australia was on the lead on the first leg, then France took over, and you can actually called the race for the French with about 60 meters left. But this is the unbelievable...Jason Lezak (USA)pulled off the fastest 100-meter split in the history of the games. While I was watching it, it's like I'm watching a movie, unstoppable, impossible mission of the americans, for a split second you can see the french so far ahead, and when it was over, you will surprised that American won.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Removing Conditions

Ninety days from now is the expiration of my Conditional Permanent Resident Card (known as Green Card). And we must have to file jointly (husband and me) for the Removal of the Condition to be able to get the Permanent Resident Card. We just mailed the packet today, good thing Jon take the day off today and we went to the post office together. To be sure, we mailed it via Priority with tracking number. According to some websites, California Service Center process faster than Vermont or Texas, well hope it's true. Because time is really important for us now due to our plans of moving next month. Hoping I get a mail for biometrics before we move on September.

For those readers who doesn't know, this process is for the immigrant who married a US Citizen. USCIS or Department of Homeland Security, wants to be sure that your marriage is real and you did not come to the US to evade immigration laws. They wanted evidence of relationship such as documents showing that you live together as husband and wife. Here are some strong evidence that you can send: financial records showing joint ownership of assets and joint responsibility for liabilities, such as joint savings account and checking accounts. Joint federal and state tax returns, insurance policies that show the other spouse as beneficiary, joint installments and other loans. Lease or mortgage contracts showing joint occupancy and or ownership of your communal residence. You can also add an affidavit of y0ur friends attesting to your relationship and marriage, letters from relatives and friends, christmas cards, holiday cards or anything that shows that you live in the same address. I included all of these in our packet just to be sure we will not get RFE's or delay for additional informations.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Great American Seafood Cook-Off

I'm a big seafood lover. My husband love for seafood are limited to white cod, shrimp and crab legs. But me, I enjoy many kinds of seafood prepared in so many different ways. Shrimp, Crabs, Oysters, Mussels, lobsters, and different kinds of fish. I just created a very simple dish that can compliment my taste and crave for shrimp and garlic. The flavor of garlic and shrimp blend together cooked in a little amount of wine, black pepper, sugar and salt is a sure hit for shrimp lovers like me. Here's the simple and easy to do recipe if you want to try it:

1 lb tiger shrimps
10 cloves garlic (sliced thinly)
3tbsp cooking wine
2tbsp coarse black pepper
sugar and salt (follow your taste)

Dry the shrimp by frying in oil to remove the water on it. Set aside. Stir-fry garlic until brown in color, then put the shrimp on it and stir. Add the wine, sugar and salt until flavor is well-absorbed. Last, sprinkle the black pepper when the shrimp has been cooked. That's it!

If you guys have tried this recipe, you can share any ideas or suggestions to improve the taste of this recipe. Or feel free to reply if you have a recipe of your own that you can share. I would be very glad to receive any from you. How I wish this recipe can be a contender in Cook off happening in August 2-3 in New Orleans. I am excited on this event since I am a seafood enthusiast and love to see the different dishes the contestant prepared for this event. These events help show the positiveness of domestic seafood sustainability. These seafood plates are grown are known, it is local and fresh. It makes us appreciate more of our seafood.

This is a big media and national event with funding by the NOAA fisheries, Louisiana food expo, PBS of Louisiana, Michelob, Shell, and many other large companies. I am excited now to watch it, it will be televised on the Food Network channel too, or if you want you can watch it live coz they are also selling tickets to the events. Just go to their website now for more information.

Moving Again

For the 4th time, we will be moving again. This time, were moving back in Dubuque, Iowa. I know it's so stressing to do this again, but we need to decide what's better for us, for economic reasons. I constantly complaining about soaring gas prices here, Jon's working in Milwaukee area, just about 30 minutes drive from here. We always compare our lifestyle wayback in Dubuque, I missed the very cheap house rental, and we both work close to our house, so gas is not an issue. Hope things will work out according to our plan.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Work Boots USA

Are you looking for a comfortable shoes? The steel toe shoes USA is proud to supply working class of America with the highest quality work boots from CAT, Wolverine, Bates, Rocky, Converse and many other work boot brands. Each product on Work Boots USA has been chosen for its reliability and durability. You can browse different kind of styles and brand of your choice in their website.
My job requires me to stand, walk and moves a lot for a long period of time. So I need a shoe that has a rubber bottom. I just bought a Converse (see photo above), with its sure grip plus rubber bottom, I know I will be safe. Not only that, you can save money too because of it's durability. They also offer FREE shipping to US orders only.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Unique toilets

There's a multi millionaire man, Mr. Jenestrum with a strange fetish. He loves unique toilets.
In the headquarters of his company, he has installed the most unique toilet fittings. Here are some of the examples of his very interesting bathrooms:

This is his official penthouse toilet.

Private bedroom toilet. He no longer has to fight with his wife over who goes first.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Customize your own sign at

Personalized License Plate

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"In God, We trust"

The title of my post today is now a name. Yes, a man named Steve Kreuscher was officially approved to change his name as "In God, We Trust". The 57 year old who is a school bus driver and amateur artist first name was changed to "In God," while his last name was changed to "We trust." The process to change his name took roughly three months. Now, I remember that changing names here is legal, and was also legalized in the Philippines a few years ago. As long as you have a valid reason to change your name. When I was in school, some of my classmates made fun of my last name, because it sounded like there's a meaning on it. But, that time, name change is not allowed yet. Because of my childish thoughts that time, I really wanted to change my last name, not knowing that it's my father's legacy, our last name should be alive. Then I met someone whose proud of her last name (which I think very scandalous and should be change), her last name is "Palaiyot", during roll call in the class, she comes before me, my last name starts with "P" too. The "P" is very popular then, every time there's a roll call , there's " Pante", "Pinabalot", "Pinacatay".. Hey, classmates! I don't mean to insult you here, just remembering our jolly moments, were proud of our last name, but we have to accept it has meaning in Tagalog. Let's get back to We trust, he says the new name symbolizes the help God gave him during tough times and says he can't wait to begin signing his artwork with it.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Fraud emails

Every time I check my emails, there's always this scam emails that I received from various questionable companies informing me the good news that I won or inherited money from unknown personalities or offering you a business proposal. Some of them fools you with the name of the senator on it, or famous actors. In case you will receive emails same as below, don't ever ever reply or contact them, they are scams that victimized lot of peoples who believe them at first.

Urgent Message:
Fred Eric

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Dear Virginia W ,

I am Frederic Jean-Claude(Esq),a solicitor at law.personal attorney to late Mr.Robert Willig,(note that we have the same last name, to make it believable) who was a contractor with European Development company.Herein after shall be referred to my client On the 11th of september 2001 my client was involved in world trade center bombing unfortunately lost his live three mounth after the incident due to injuries he substained in the bombing , since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my client extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name to locate any of his relatives hence I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$10.5 million left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Unitrust Security Company in Lome/Togo where this huge amount was deposited in a trunk box under the coverage of family valuables. The said security company has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have this box confiscated within the next twenty one official working days as they don't know the content of the box.

Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for over 2years now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased,so that the proceedings of this boxes can be transfer to you.Therefore, on receipt of your positive response,we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfers as I have every necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim.

All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me through my private email (
Thanks and God bless

Frederic Jean-Claude (Esq).

This example used a Pastor as a contact person. Note also that they used the name of an actress.


Dear Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that a legacy of $2M (Two Million United States Dollars) was bequeathed to you by our late client Mr. Maurice Wohl, an Israeli born British citizen who died of heart-related complications.He was aged 83. Until his death He was a kind philanthropist who believed in charity for humanitarian assistance both in life and death.You are among numerous beneficiaries of his estate as announced by executors of his Will.

You are hereby authorized to apply for payment of this bequest bequeathed to you for humanitarian assistance.You are advised to send your application directly to Pastor Paul Edward through the address stated below:

Pastor Paul EdwardThe Head Pastor,Global Harvest Ministries

Yours faithfully,
Ms Lonni Anderson.

Another example:

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ATTN I am Barr. THOMAS KOSOMBO, an International legal practitioner, Barrister at law and the personal attorney to Mrs. Judith Bowman, I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. An American Oil consultant and contractor with the Shell Dev Company, Mrs. Judith Bowman of Huntington Beach California made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$6,000,000.00 (Six Million United State Dollars) in my bank. Upon maturity,

I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the SHELL DEV CO that Mrs. Judith Bowman have died in a plane crash in Egypt Air Flight 990, 1999 air crash (for more information about this crash and person you can contact this website we got this information about her death and on further investigation, I found that she died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace her next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that she did not declare any kin or relations in all her official documents, including her Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$6,000,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to Laws of United Arab Emirates, at the expiration of 7 (seven) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the DUBAI (U.A.E) Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mrs. Judith Bowman so that the fruits of her labor will not get into the hands of the government. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that I can make some changes in her file immediately to purport you as her next of kin. A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. And I will give you 30% of the total sum after the transaction
More details and my laid down strategy to realize this deal will be sent to you upon your response
Awaiting your urgent reply via my confidential email

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A business proposal scam email:
Re:Business Proposal Contact ASAP

Good Day,

Let me start by introducing myself,I am MRS KIRAM MERRIAM CREDIT ACCOUNTS OFFICER EQUITABLE PCI BANK.I have a Business Proposal of ten million two hundred thousand dollars ($10.2m) for you to handle with me from my bank.I will need you to help me in transferring the above funds from EQUITABLE PCI BANK inside the Philippines to your country. I need to know if you will be able to handle this with me before I explain to you in details.
Should you be interested please send me your:
1)Full names
3)private phone number,
4)current residential address.

Finally after that I shall furnish you with more informations about this project.However I shall be waiting your response and assurance.Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards
Mrs.Kiram Merriam

A WILL scam email:
Robert Fore(ESQ).

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My name is Dr. Robert Fore, We are solicitors to the great Atlanta Physician and Philanthropists Mr.George Brumley. I wish to notify you that he made you one of the beneficiaries of his estate. He left the sum of Five Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars to you. See Link: He must have been in contact with you in the past or you were nominated to him in his vision to expand his Charity work, and he instructed that you are to use part of the funds to promote his legacy through activities that aim to help the old, poor, needy and disabled in the society. Please reply with:
1.Your Full names.
2.Valid Contact address.
3.Contact Telephone and fax numbers.

Regards, Robert Fore(ESQ). NB: Please get back to me via my direct email:

Compose Email:
Add to Contacts

Informing me that I won:) (I wish....hehehhe)


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Ref: 475061725Batch: 7056490902/188Winning no: GB8701/LPRCCONGRATULATIONSDear Lucky Winner,We are delighted to inform you of your prize releasefor the year 2008 from the Australian International Lotteryprogramme.Which is fully based on an Electronic selection of winnersusing their e-mail addresses Your name was attached to ticketnumber;47061725 07056490902 serial number 7741137002 This batch drawsthe lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17,whichconsequently won the lottery in the second category.You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of US$500,000.00 (FIVEHUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02from the total cash prize of US$8,000,000.00 shared amongst eight luckywinners in this category.All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawnform Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada,Australia,United States,Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceaniaas part of our international promotions program which is conductedannually.This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of somemultinational companies as part of their social responsibility to thecitizens in the communities where they have operational base.Further more your details (e-mail address) fall within our Africanrepresentative office in Nigeria,West Africa, as indicated in your playcoupon and your prize of US$500,000.00 and a brand newHP Pavilion desktop computer which will be released to you fromthis regional branch office in Nigeria. We hope with part of yourprize,you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3Billion international draw.HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE Simply contact our fiducial agentNAME : Rev father Morgan CostaEMAIL : (fathercosta19@yahoo.comRef: 475061725Batch: 7056490902/188Winning no: GB8701/LPRCCONGRATULATIONSDear Lucky Winner,We are delighted to inform you of your prize releasefor the year 2008 from the Australian International Lotteryprogramme.Which is fully based on an Electronic selection of winnersusing their e-mail addresses Your name was attached to ticketnumber;47061725 07056490902 serial number 7741137002 This batch drawsthe lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17,whichconsequently won the lottery in the second category.You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of US$500,000.00 (FIVEHUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02from the total cash prize of US$8,000,000.00 shared amongst eight luckywinners in this category.All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawnform Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada,Australia,United States,Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceaniaas part of our international promotions program which is conductedannually.This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of somemultinational companies as part of their social responsibility to thecitizens in the communities where they have operational base.Further more your details (e-mail address) fall within our Africanrepresentative office in Nigeria,West Africa, as indicated in your playcoupon and your prize of US$500,000.00 and a brand newHP Pavilion desktop computer which will be released to you fromthis regional branch office in Nigeria. We hope with part of yourprize,you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3Billion international draw.HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE Simply contact our fiducial agentNAME : Rev father Morgan CostaEMAIL : ( : +234 803 527 9367To file for your claim . Please quote your reference, batch and winningnumber which can be found on the top left corner of this notificationas well as your full name, address and telephone number to help locateyour file easily.For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this informationconfidential from the public until your claim is processed and yourprize released to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoiddouble claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme bynon-participant or unofficial personnel.FILL OUT OUR ONLINE VERIFICATION FORM1.FULL NAMES:....2.ADDRESS:........3.City:...........4.State:...........5.Email Address:.....6.Postcode:..........7.Country:............8.SEX:.................9.AGE:..................9.OCCUPATION:............10.TELEPHONE NUMBER:.....Note, all winnings MUST be claimed before the month runs out ,otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventuallydonated to charity Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!Best RegardsBen Willy(co-coordinator))PHONE : +234 803 527 9367To file for your claim . Please quote your reference, batch and winningnumber which can be found on the top left corner of this notificationas well as your full name, address and telephone number to help locateyour file easily.For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this informationconfidential from the public until your claim is processed and yourprize released to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoiddouble claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme bynon-participant or unofficial personnel.FILL OUT OUR ONLINE VERIFICATION FORM
5.Email Address:.....

Note, all winnings MUST be claimed before the month runs out ,otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventuallydonated to charity Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!Best RegardsBen Willy(co-coordinator)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Save money on

Are you familiar with Black Friday? As a new immigrant, I have no idea what is this means, I've only known about this last year, it is the day after Thanksgiving when major retailers around the country discounts products to help kick off the Christmas shopping season. I had spent two Thanksgiving here so far. I normally start my Holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving. And I noticed that right after the Thanksgiving, half priced, sales and discounts, I have no idea that they called it Black Friday, maybe because the store will start at dawn, as early as 4am when it is still dark. I knew some people who slept on their car just to be the first in line. Some woke up as early as 3am. My first Black Friday experience was horrible, I stood in line for 3 hours outside, braving the cold weather because it's already winter time. Then when it's my turn to enter the store, the clerk asked for my coupon, I wanted to buy a half-priced GPS that time, but I have no coupon. They required a coupon so you can buy the merchandise that they advertised half-priced.

Not until last year when I learned about cyber monday , my Holiday shopping was very convenient, thanks to this website. It helped me get a great deal on my PDA, I saw the Staples PDA ads like 15 days before Thanksgiving last year, I purchased it online without going to the store, I save around 150 bucks, this is really cool! offers direct links to each product so you can purchase the items online on Black Friday without having to stand in line at the store. The site lets you purchase Black Friday items online without the hassle of having to wake up early at 3am or 4am. also offers email alerts as soon as the ads starts posting on their site. You will just enter your email address in the Email Updates section of their site to be notified when new Black Friday ads are posted. It gives you the advantage by showing you all of the Black Friday ads before anyone else.

Friday, May 23, 2008

My blood type

Thank you Mylou, Prily and Avee for this tag....
According to a Japanese institute that does research on blood types, there are certain personality traits that seem to match up with certain blood types.

TYPE O – You want to be a leader, and when you see something you want, you keep striving until you achieve your goal. You are a trend-setter, loyal, passionate, and self-confident. Your weaknesses include vanity and jealously and tendency to be too competitive.
TYPE A – You like harmony, peace and organization. You work well with others, and are sensitive, patient and affectionate. Among your weaknesses are stubbornness and an inability to relax.
TYPE B – You’re a rugged individualist, who’s straightforward and likes to do things your own way. Creative and flexible, you adapt easily to any situation. But your insistence on being independent can sometimes go too far and become a weakness.
TYPE AB – Cool and controlled, you’re generally well liked and always put people at ease. You’re a natural entertainer who’s tactful and fair. But you’re standoffish, blunt, and have difficulty making decisions.

What is your blood type? From above definition does it fit your personality? Now it is time to roll this Blood Type Tag….I'm passing this to: Beth, Simply Me, and Ness.

*** My blood type is O (not sure if it was + or -) :)

Monday, May 19, 2008

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Friday, May 16, 2008

8 Random Facts/Habits about me

It is not my purpose to give an inventory of my habits/facts about me, but Marie tagged me with this and I like her so, I will make this tag now.
Enjoy reading and check if you'll be tagged next. :)
Here are the rules:
1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
3. At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment on their blog and tell them they’ve been tagged, and to come back and read your blog for the whole story.

******* 8 Random Facts/Habits***********

1. I have this habit of being thrifty(frugal)heheheh, but it doesn't mean I'm missing out on life, I buy into the importance of not living beyond our means. And there’s a great deal of comfort and satisfaction to be had in having money on the bank so that we're not devastated by the next misfortune.
2. I don't know but I tend to cry easily, any strong emotions that envelops me, even images that looks pitiful, or when I see a pathetic beggar in the streets, I cry, hubby said I'm sissy.
3. I am often consumed with worry about my siblings, my family, their economic situation is not good. I lie awake at night worrying: Are they okay? Are they happy? Is everything all right with them? Especially now that my nephew has a long term disease called Hydrocephalus.
4. I have memory problem, so if I forget you, please don't get mad at me, it's just me.
5. I'm very big on having celebrity crushes. My first was Ralph Macchio, during his stint on Eight is Enough(hehehe, my age is obvious now). I have since moved on to Harrison Ford, Russell Crowe, and Adam Sandler.
6. My favorite movie is "Gladiator" by Russel Crowe.
7. I'm against the death penalty.
8. I'd like to have children. Or, at least, A child.

Well, that's what I can give now folks!:)Now am tagging Shareen, Laura, Sexymom, Simply Me, Gigi, Island Paradise, Darlene,JonnA, iMELDA.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Social Spark is Sparkling Live!

There's a new social site that you can join and it's now live. Kudo's to Team IZEA to make SocialSpark a reality.

When I first visited the site, it was confusing with all the applications running on the site, (maybe only for a technically-challenged like me)there are some codes that you will put on your blog (if you sign up as a blogger). But now, that I'm familiar with it, it's easy for me to figure out how does it works. The site is eye-catching, the designs and colors is inviting too, you can meet fellow bloggers, leave comments on bloggers and advertisers account, and you can send private messages too.

This buzzing new site will provide an additional way to market your site, it will feature your blog with information about it that will be readily be available to all the other members of the community.

I've signed up right away as a blogger and gain a lot of friends, like Archit , he is one of my favorite and I picked him up because he is willing to help newbies like me that needs assistance with technical and all other things, he joined Social Spark since it's Alpha test period, that's why he is well acquainted with the site's Terms and Conditions. His blogger profile is also on the SocialSpark top 10 Blogger list.

What I like about it, this site has code of ethics, I like sites that have ethics! Their code includes such niceties as in-post disclosure, they want honest opinions (not just “yes man” lip service), and they are search engine friendly posts because of the “no-follow” attribute so as not to affect search engine rankings.

Well, there are some things that I don't like so far, other than it takes some time to load, I observed that some members are taking advantage or going crazy over popularity by adding friends and inviting them to prop their blog, or there are some private messages informing you that they prop your blog and they expected you to do the same with their blog. And when I try to take opportunities, it appears that I do not qualify to take them. And if you qualified for the offer, they will ask if you want to reserve the opportunities and they will put you in line. The waiting thing is frustrating.

I have problem navigating when I'm in the site too, I always get lost along the way all the time. I wish their web design is a lot easier and more simple to navigate for more speed and quick browsing.

Check it out now the site and don't miss the fun and opportunities!

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

An Amazing Mother

I just finished watching a new show in the television about this huge family. Michelle Duggar of Tontitown, Arkansas is pregnant. With her 18th child.....and says she has no plans to stop any time soon. I was so amazed how this woman managed to have many kids and keep adding, her new baby will due on New Year's day. She has been pregnant for more than 11 years of her life. The Duggar children, all with first names beginning with "J," range from Jennifer, 9 months, to Josh, 20. They're all home-schooled.

The show looks at life inside the Duggar home, where chores — or “jurisdictions” — are assigned to each child. One episode of the show involves a “jurisdiction swap,” where the boys do chores traditionally assigned to the girls, and vice versa.The girls swapped jurisdictions, changing tires, working in the garages, mowing the grass. The boys got to cook supper from start to finish, clean the bathrooms,” among other chores.

They are followers of the evangelical Christian movement called Quiverful, which teaches that children are God’s blessing and that husbands and wives should happily welcome every child they are given.

And they won’t stop, because they can’t stop. Duggar said she’s six weeks along and the pregnancy is going well. She and her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, said they’ll keep having children as long as God wills it.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but, isn’t it pretty risky to give birth after age thirty-five? Or perhaps after seventeen babies.......

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Things to do

I was tagged by my 3 blogger friends, Ness, Mylou and Jeanmarie, all with the same thoughts so I just put this into one post. Thanks, friends for this tag.

Here Are My Top 5 Things To Do:

1. Wake up early and catch up my friends and family in yahoo chat.
2. Water the plants in the patio before going to work.
3. Go to work.
4. Bloghopping while catching opps.
5. Searching for school( interested to be a dental hygienest technician)

BUSY PEOPLE: 1.) my chopsuey 2.) mind bubbles 3.) vanity kit 4.) somethingpurple 5.) a detour 6.) Confessions of a Supermodel Wannabe 7.) Mitch of When Silence Speaks 8.) Hailey's Domain9. Hailey's Beats and Bits 10. Air Sick 11. Avee's Adventures 12. Never Ending Stories 13. Essay of Life 14. Tasteful Voyage 15. A mom's note 16.Blogging & IT 17. Ness 18. 19. Mylou 20. Jeanmarie 21. Virgie 22. Put your name here.

Tagging my list of friends: Ice, Virgie, Marie and Lourdz.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mass on Sunday

God is pretty amazing in the way that He continues to provide for me. Being new in this place, I'm lucky to have a church near home. I think I have found the one in this church, there is a strong sense of community, contemporary service and great youth program. I like the way priest expresses his sermon, humorous but full of conviction and convincing. Although, hubb doesn't goes with me, he is not a catholic, I enjoy attending sunday service regardless where the church is.

This church is twice the size of the church in Dubuque. Very huge inside and nice. The only thing that I notice here, after the mass, the priest will go to the exit door where everyone can say a final goodbye, greet, shake hands, or talk to him. Since no one knows me there yet, and my first time, I introduced myself to him(Father Bob), and he gave me a welcome blessing. Unlike the Catholic churches that I attended in the Philippines, church here serves wine to all during communion. But up to you, if you want to drink, because a lot of people will drink on one glass. At least 1 glass in a line. The server just wipe the mouth of the glass after each drink. Some drinks, some don't. Another thing, at the time of communion, people will stay in their seat and wait for their turn to stand up and goes in line. First row at the front will stand first, goes in line, then second row, third row, and so on and so forth. It's systematic, if you will attend in the Philippine church, people will just line up regardless of the seating arrangement. People are everywhere, standing at the back or side, crowded.

Monday, May 5, 2008


Today will be my first day at work. I was hired by Roundy's, the company who operates Pick "n Save. Here in Wisconsin, I notice that Pick 'n Save are everywhere in the corner. So during one of my grocery shopping trip, I tried to apply on their online hiring center kiosk. It was so quick, after 10 minutes, they called me right away for an interview. It's not my dream job, but I have to keep my paycheck going, I just received my last paychecks from Dubuque School and Y last Friday. So, this job offer is a blessing to continue my paycheck.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Flower Award

This is so sweet, thanks Ness for giving this single red rose. It makes my difficult day better. I remember the first flower that I ever received, it was Valentines day and a gorgeous fresh single rose. The gorgeous flowers have long gone but even after long years, the breathtaking memory has not diminished one bit. Everytime I see a red rose, it reminds me of those beautiful flowers and the card message. Flowers have a way of creating strong and lasting memories. Flowers may fade but the emotions felt never will.

We always gives flowers to someone very special to us. I would like to pass this flower award to these special ladies: Shelley, Petradear, Prily, Janababe, Shareen, Chant, Nedekcir, Lispeth, Tanya, and JOnna. And to all my blogger friends who are interested please feel free to grab it. :)

Friday, May 2, 2008

Fun Tag

Thanks Elaine for this tag.
Here are the rules:
1. Mention the person who tagged you and create a link back to them.
2. Copy-paste the traits for all the twelve months (see below).
3. Pick your month of birth.
4. Highlight the traits that apply to you.
5. Tag 12 people and let them know by visiting their blogs and leaving a comment for them.
6. Let the person who tagged you know when you've done it!I would like to pass this tag to my blogger friends. :)
I know some may have hectic schedule right now, feel free to do it anytime you want to.
Cheers! Ness, Blessie, Lina, Florlilicious, Mylou, sheng, Wheng, Simply me, chelle, Neeraj, Beth and Susan.

The Twelve Months

JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.

FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.

MARCH: Attractive personality ( Ehem) Sexy (Ehem) Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others.Revengeful - Mmm,Nah! Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners.Nah! Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody. BINGO!!! Most of these traits are true for me

APRIL: Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.

MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.

JUNE: Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.

NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

DECEMBER: Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.