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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

No Cabinets

Since the flood, my family had been staying here at my pad, all squeezed in and even occupying the receiving area. The pad is actually just good for two people, but here we are, eight and happy. I bought four new cushioned mats for this purpose and since there are not enough cabinets, here is where my brother keeps his clothes.

I am glad that they have applied for an RFO housing and I think in less than a month, they shall be able to move  out of the pad and move in to their new home.. with lots of cabinets...

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Cold Christmas

Christmas went by and soon, we await the coming of the new year. It is quite sad what happened to our beloved city. Everyone, even those who have not experienced flooding had a really cold holiday. Not even the use of electric blankets could ease such coldness..

I feel for those who have lost loved ones and have mourned the dead instead of celebrating Christmas. I feel for those who have missing family members and loved ones who, until family and relatives do not have any clue as to their whereabouts. It feels strange to celebrate when anywhere you look, devastation is evident. Added to the problem of no water and electricity, the gravity of the typhoon's wrath is severely felt. 

On the other hand, people in Cagayan de Oro have worked hand in hand to help the victims get back on their feet. Sooner or later, all Kagay-anon victims of the flash flood shall rise up again.. 

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

What To Do After Sendong: Celebrate Christmas

Sendong has left its mark in everyone of us, whether we lost a loved one or property. Many lives have changed in a split second. Many plans have not pushed through, and some didn't make it till Christmas. I guess people or companies selling flowers online will not notice this, but those who sell them at the shops here in our city, say their business is not good this year as there are not many people buying their gift items and flowers.

Sendong may have claimed lives and counting, yet after its devastation, there is only one thing to do, that is, to look at the bright side of the said tragedy. So today, Christmas day, I celebrate Christmas, though I am not in the spirit to do so. I did a little shopping, cooked spaghetti and wrapped my presents for the kids. I am doing it with a heavy heart, knowing that there are so many who could not celebrate the season even if they want to.  But then again, I am doing this for the two kids who went through the hellish ordeal during Sendong's visit.. 

Anyway, as the clock struck midnight and I had been relaxing after Noche Buena preparation, fireworks started to appear on the night sky, and the kids just enjoyed them like no Sendong ever came to ruin our beloved city.. Well, we shall rise up after this catastrophe and because Sendong has tested our faith and patience, we shall come out of this far stronger than before..


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Typhoon Sendong (Washi) Came, Conquered But We Shall Overcome!

I have not been online much since Friday night because there was a storm. I thought it was just heavy down pours that shall pass, but it was not just passing through. It passed and caused millions to lose their homes, lives and properties. It was definitely a tragedy, and one that has made Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City suffer and mourn after it left..

My family is one of its victims, and some of my relatives and friends. It was difficult to ask help from anyone because everywhere you looked, someone's direct family or close relatives are victims too. But what's so good about Filipinos is that, we share burdens as much as we share blessings. We smile even after the storm and go on with life..

Today, my baby brother and daughter joined their school's Christmas party, even without proper clothes. My brother wore a tee shirt that was given by a fellow mommy blogger and friend, girly underwear of my daughter's, pants of my daughter's with a not so recognizable Minnie Mouse drawing at the pockets and my daughter's purple rubber shoes. He was not trendy when he went there, but I was happy to see that he was happy about the gifts he received. Perhaps that short while he has forgotten the trauma that Sendong has caused upon us. The dead bodies that continue to rise in number, the many victims at the different relocation sites who lost homes and property, even loved ones, and the children who are going hungry and dehydrated.. My daughter and my brother have been in the same position as with the other kids, submerged in water, praying to be saved. While others have not made it, most are suffering and are in need of help.. 

Typhoon Sendong (Washi) Came, Conquered But We Shall Overcome! I just hope the kids will not live a life forever traumatized by Typhoon Sendong's 30 minute attack that have turned the city in sorrow.. Thinking positively, we shall overcome! This too shall pass..

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Friday, December 16, 2011


My daughter's Christmas program at school has just ended.. Actually, we left right after all the presentations were done because of the bad weather tonight. It is said that there is a storm, and we did braved the heavy showers on our way down.. As I wrote this, the electricity is dead. Thank God I have charged the batteries for all gadgets including this laptop,whew.. So I can work, as long as I have my battery running.. 

Anyway, the message of the school admin tonight was one that we all know about. It was quite nice how she focused on the message about Christmas being commercialized, and how children forget to say the simplest yet warmest greetings of love.. I would have liked her because of he really nice message, but when part of the program came upon the number presented by the Korean students, it hit me that the school itself is truly commercialized too. And giving Koreans a special part in the program is one marketing strategy for more Koreans to enroll there next school year. So sorry to say that, I am not happy about having Koreans flock our schools and universities. Why? Because it is cheaper to learn English here and that, we have better teachers on the subject? And all schools, especially those who think primarily of profit seem to center on the Koreans as prime customers, not realizing that Filipino clients, have enrolled with the same fees and the same tuition rates as they are paying. Duh! So why give Koreans a special part of the program and leave the talented Filipino students at bay? Commercialism is the answer. 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Call for Discipline

I have never seen anyone smoking cigars or cigarettes in public when I was in Singapore. I mean, there are designated areas where it is allowed. But where they are not allowed to smoke, like public places, utility vehicles and even food shops, people never do so. When I was in Davao City, I felt the same discipline is imposed to all Davaoenos, and as such,all of them follow the rules by the letter. Here in our city however, and I guess, in most parts of the country, people are just so undisciplined that even when they are already standing in huge No Smoking signs, they do not abide and continue to smoke as if they do not cause much more harm to the people around them, other than themselves. 

Worse, even when their attention is called already, they do not listen and still continue to risk the lives of the people around them. I so hate it when it's the older people doing the misgiving, and not pay attention to the young who complain of the said act. I guess putting signs are useless, because even enforcers of the law smoke anywhere as they please. Quite sad really. And quite frustrating too. How else are we to move for a better life within the perimeters of the land when the people inside are actually causing the harm to our health, and giving bad example for the young to imitate?

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Define Necessity

The photo above has been circulating around social media, especially at Facebook and somehow it delivers quite the lessons according to the comparison of the two separate images. And it is so timely because of the recent happenings during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale, not to mention, holiday shopping that has been going on since Christmas chills came knocking..

I know many have different definitions of the word necessity..and quite frankly, not all people can relate to what hunger is, since some have grown up in a very bountiful environment to the point that necessity has become just a word which means gadgets, new clothes, parties, cars, etc. In extreme cases, vices, shopping, drugs and even addictive habits.

If you have read the book above, perhaps you will learn from the little girl named Sarah, who shared the wisdom of charity and giving as an act that can better be understood only by those who have also experienced how it was to be hungry and such..  No one will really know the value of something until it is taken away, or when one lives without that which is necessary. So we go back to basic needs.. Food, Shelter and Clothing.. All these are necessary, yet, in this age and time, even those who have nothing dream of the material things--- that is why we have a chaotic world, don't you think so? It's not really poverty that causes a person to steal, or go into prostitution. It's the desire to have more than what's necessary... That is my belief.. For if one lives a simple, frugal life, with faith and hard work plus determination, he or she is able to live through and endure, even surpass life's challenges..including hunger, ruggedness, and homelessness.


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This makes me curious. I know it's yummy because of the reviews, but I have not been able to get some when we were in Butuan City in November. So this Christmas, when we go back there, I will surely buy some.. I can't wait!
This is called Brownie Thins and it's available at Margie's Kitchen in Butuan City.. See you soon...Can't wait to eat you..

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Getting a Physical Therapy Degree - a Step by Step Guide

Do you have what it takes to be a physical therapist? Are you willing to put in the effort to earn your degree? What is your motivation? Do you enjoy helping people? Are you comfortable around elderly or handicapped individuals. These are questions you should ask yourself before you go any further. If you can honestly answer yes to these questions, you may be fully qualified to begin the process of becoming a certified, licensed physical therapist. Potential earnings are quite good and job security is assured due to the predicted future demands for skilled therapists.
Find a Physical Therapy School
You owe it to yourself to research schools that offer Physical Therapy (PT) degrees. Go online and get a feeling about the curriculum and the kind of applicants the schools seem to favor. Are the physical therapy schools strictly academic in demeanor or do they gravitate towards students with more life experiences? Hopefully you have some idea of what specialties you may want to pursue. Competition for available spots is quite intense, so you should probably have more than one alternative. Research the schools intensely to see if their programs work well for you. You must be comfortable with your choice. Make sure that you have successfully completed all the pre requisite courses for admission into the program.
Prepare for Your Admittance Interview
Because there are a limited number of openings, the interview process culls the crowd so to speak. Prepare yourself by researching as much as you can about the field, and especially any specialized areas in which you may have an interest. Get your hands on a few books about the various aspects of Physical Therapy, and explore any areas that appeal to you. Learn the terminology, so you can carry on an informed conversation with the interviewer.
Activities Count
Any activities you engage in before you apply should have some bearing on your future courses. Try to key your activities focused on areas that your chosen school may prefer in its applicants. Any related experience is a plus. Consider volunteering at a local hospital or nursing facility. Above all, be yourself during the interview. Demonstrate to the interviewers that you have some people skills that will help you relate to and understand problems your future patients will depend on you for.
Testing Requirements
The school will undoubtedly expect you to take some standardized tests as a condition of your admittance. The best advice is not to take the tests too early. Take the tests when you feel confident that you can do well so long as you make the deadline the school has imposed.
Grades and Activities
Maintain a high grade level for all your classes before the admittance process kicks in. Your grades are a reflection of your character and intelligence. They are proof that you have a exemplary work ethic. You can also use the time before the interview to add to your base of extra curriculum activities that have relevance to your chosen field.
Once you have set your course, you will be on your way to a highly rewarding career. You will achieve a high level of personal satisfaction, and will earn the admiration of your friends and family. Work hard towards your goals and always do the best you can.

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

The Choice that Puzzled Me

If a kid with no shoes or slippers does not choose a pair of shoes, when given a chance to own one, then there must be something wrong with the shoes. Or maybe she prefers the bag for some important reason which we do not really know.. 
I found some bags at home that are no longer used, so I brought them to the outreach of our group. Since there are just a few of them, we gave them out as prizes for games.
One winner after another, they all looked excited and happy with the bags.. The kid below had been wearing the bag like she does not want to take it off...
But this kid below, puzzled me.. The last bag seemed to be an uninteresting bag for kids. A grown up may be interested with it more. So since we have a pair of shoes, Lili's no longer fitting shoes, I asked her to choose between the shoes and the bag.
We were surprised when she chose the bag instead of the shoes. Of course, the one who got the shoes was so happy with them..


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CDO Bloggers Inc Outreach and Feeding Program: Cadayunan Primary School

How far would you go to help? Previously I posted about the Cadayunan Primary School: CDO Bloggers Outreach and Feeding Program and well, we finally went to Besigan yesterday. It was quite a rough journey just to get there, and to leave the place as well. It was a bumpy ride, then it rained when we arrived..

But despite the difficult travel, we arrived safely at the place. But that is not all there is to the already long journey. Below is a photo taken as soon as we came down the truck, inside the waiting shed, as we were getting organized for the long walk..

It would have been okay if it didn't rain, but it did, and somehow, the rain happened for a reason. It showed us the worst scenario for the school we are helping. It showed us that the blackboard literally becomes wet, thus classes will have to be suspended for a time or so, and that, kids with no shoes or slippers have to walk the muddy path just to get there. Quite sad, and frustrating.

There are actually two ways to go up the peak.. One is to go around the path, passing through a small pond where the people in the area have Tilapia and other fishes for their own consumption, or the path directly going up the peak-- a long steep muddy staircase.
But that's just the getting there part... When we finally met the kids, and interacted with them, and played games with them in between gift giving and feeding them, that's when we knew that our journey was worth it. Paint a smile on a child's face, that's priceless.. 

Inspire them to grow and learn, that's worth every bumpy road and getting dirty on our way there..

I sure would like to go back there and bring them more help.. 

 With a ceiling that has too many holes that literally leaks into the room, a wet blackboard, and so much more to improve..
We shall continue to accept help for Cadayunan Primary School as we are going back there. We hope to help improve their school environment, as well as provide the kids slippers and many others. Please email us at if you wish to help or take part of this outreach. And to our fellow bloggers and netizens we also accept donations through paypal ( Your $3 to $5 will surely go a long way.


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Gift Ideas for the Inspiring Chef in Your Life

When you've got someone in your life who loves to cook, give them some wonderfully inspiring gifts to make sure that they love to cook for you! With the holiday season rolling around, there are some wonderful choices available for the chef in your life.

Spice Sample Packs
Head to your local spice shop or online specialty shop to purchase some spices for your chef. Bring some variety to your chef’s repertoire by throwing fun spices like sumac, real Hungarian paprika or pink peppercorns at him. For example, if your chef loves Asian food, you can’t go wrong with powdered lemongrass, anise and five spice.

Every chef knows that no matter how neat you are, kitchens are messy places. Give your chef an apron that keeps her covered from the sauce splatters and the flour spills. While you can get plenty of cheap aprons at department stores, check out culinary shops for aprons that have maximum coverage and which are extremely sturdy as well.

Knife-Sharpening Certificate
Whether meat or veggies, your chef does plenty of cutting, and a dull knife just won’t do. Good knives are expensive, and many chefs are particular about the knives that they use anyway. Hand him a knife-sharpening gift certificate to make sure that his knives are up to any culinary challenge. Knife-sharpeners may operate out of sewing supply stores or they may have stands at farmer’s markets or upper-end grocery stores.

Marble Rolling Pin
When your chef wants to try his hand at pastry, make sure that he has a marble rolling pin at her disposal. A marble rolling pin produces a smooth texture to pastry and the coolness of the stone prevents the dough from becoming overworked. The marble rolling pin also has more weight to it than a wooden rolling pin, allowing the chef to flatten the dough with less work. Marble rolling pins are available at any culinary supply store.

Butter Bell
Plenty of chefs like to keep their butter at room temperature and on the counter, but a cheap butter dish distracts from the look of an attractive counter top. A butter bell holds the butter packed in a bell-shaped container which is then lowered into a container of cold water. This keeps the butter chilled but at room temperature. This item is not common at stores, but it can be ordered online.

Think about how your chef cooks and what his needs are. The best gift for your chef is one that is suited to his needs and to his ambitions for his kitchen.

Erica Simone currently writes for Viamedic’s site, an online facilitator for Viagra, Cialis and Levitra online. Erica has an extensive background in health and wellness and enjoys offering her tips on the Viamedic Health Blog

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It Is Important

Now that online tasks and gigs are my source of income in this online business that we do, the only office equipment that is inseparable to me is the computer. Whether it's a laptop or a desk top, it is what I would use everyday. And if someone challenges me to exchange all others or give up my computer for something, then I won't be giving up my computer. I can live without the rest, but not without the computer-- redundant, but that is the truth!

Why should I give up what is important? Unless it is a matter of life and death, then only then will I give it up to save a life. 


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cadayunan Primary School: CDO Bloggers Outreach Project

Our group, Cagayan de Oro Bloggers (CDOBloggers), will have an outreach and feeding program to a newly opened public primary school in Besigan, which is 52 kilometers away from the city proper and most of the people in the area are farmers with no regular transportation except dump trucks provided by the city government to help the people transport their farm products. 

Before Cadayunan Primary School was approved last March 2011, the students had to walk 12 kilometers everyday, to and from the nearest school and this resulted to in-attendance. Most of them skipping school and eventually stopping before the school year would end. Cadayunan Primary School allows residents of Besigan to have access to primary education. Currently the school has 60-80 primary pupils and 2 teachers. But since they have just started operating in July of this year, the school is in dire need of learning materials for the pupils as well as teaching materials for the teacher to effectively guide and teach these eager kids. Each of the members of Cagayan de Oro Bloggers have already committed to help through cash and in-kind donations. We are looking into donating books and other materials that may be beneficial to the learning process of the pupils. Surely all the contributions will go a long way. This would be a wonderful early Christmas gift for them too.

CDObloggers‘ objective is to donate books and other supplementary learning materials and conduct a feeding activity there on December 2, 2011. CDOBloggers members has pledged a Php 300.00 contribution each which would be for the books and materials (Php250) and Php 50 for the feeding activity.

We would like to appeal to every kindhearted Kagay-anon, or anyone for that matter, for any support you can contribute. Please email us at if you wish to help or take part of this outreach. And to our fellow bloggers and netizens we also accept donations through paypal ( Your $3 to $5 will surely go a long way. The last time we did a project like this (involving money donations through paypal or cash) was way back January 2009 when majority area of CDO was heavily flooded due to over spilling of water to major rivers in the city. We also made a post about the project (The $3 Campaign for the Flash Flood Victims).

You could also opt to donate in kind school materials like books, notebooks, writing and coloring materials, etc. As well as food and drinks for the feeding program. Deadline of contributions is on November 30, 2011.

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Another Breather..

One of the things I plan to do this December is to travel somewhere where I have not yet been to. My aunt and her family are going to Leyte, my grandma's place of birth, and we sure would like to join them at this invitation. Traveling allows me to think and unwind. It will also allow me to relax. Although I sometimes get relaxation by playing online games and bingo from online bingo sites, still I find that traveling at another place is a good excuse to stand up and walk away from my online life, temporarily. But the, with my laptop with me, who needs that excuse, hahaha.. I can work and play at the same time, anywhere, anytime. That's perhaps the beauty of this online life.

An old friend of mine buzzed me the other night, at Facebook, and asked me where I am in the world now. I wonder why she thought I have left the country. True, I have traveled, but it was a temporary thing. I love traveling. She also asked me where I am connected and I told her I work online. And guess what... She got interested as well. She must have taken some interest when I mentioned that with online work, you can be anywhere and still get to do your job. Like when I was in Singapore, I did the shopping, touring and food sampling in the morning or evenings when I am not busy doing my online tasks. It was amazing because I have covered quite a lot and I have enjoyed such breather. I am looking forward to the next one. Ahh, I am hoping that the next vacation will be another one that I shall not forget.. A nationwide tour is nice, as I know we have lots of beautiful places here, but international trips are welcome too. Keeping my fingers crossed.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Weight Loss Strategies that are Healthy and Effective

A lot of people are either tired or frustrated having to try different weight loss programs only to realize that it doesn’t work. With a waste of time, effort and money, frustration starts to kick in. Now that more and more individuals are paying close attention to their health, one could easily notice the sudden increase of diet plans and work out routines all claiming to provide their customers with the fastest and safest way to lose weight.

 But how could you tell the real from the fake? The first thing that you should have is an understanding about the diet program. Keep in mind that there is no one program that will work for all types of weight issues. Sure it’s tempting to try the one that you saw on the television after their model lost a lot of weight in no time. But do no get easily fooled by these marketing campaigns. Still the best thing to do is to consult a physician first before trying a diet plan. 

When starting a new program give your body some time to adjust. Do not expect to see dramatic results right away as your system would need to adjust first on the changes. Learn how to eat healthy. An effective weight loss plan involves both diet and exercise. Start by avoiding the unhealthy snacks and junk foods. Come up with a meal plan that will suit your schedule and lifestyle. 

Always include fruits and vegetables on your meals. Starving yourself in order to lose weight is also a misconception that should be avoided. Going hungry will only force you to eat more on your next meal. So it is better to eat small portion at a regular time interval. Lastly, set your short term and long term goals in order to keep motivated. 

Jane is a freelance content writer is also fond of traveling and outdoor adventures. She enjoys writing and among her favorite are health related topic like on the fatty liver diet and sees this as an opportunity to share stories and inspire the readers. 


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Thursday, November 17, 2011


I have grown up loving Mangoes and eating them ripe or unripe. Over the years, as new discoveries offer new ways of presenting Mangoes. From Mango juice to Mango candies to dried Mangoes for snacking..and on and on the list could go on. Naturally, sweet mangoes produce sweet products. And I swear, munching on crunchy sweet mangoes is nothing more than just a dream. Unless you find the right Mangoes. Guimaras mangoes are sweet, and so they are good for Mango Puree and all other sweet products. Green ones are good for green mango shake. Ahh.. and that mangoe in between, is just crunchy and sweet.. I once had some when I was still living in Cebu. Today, however, I saw some images of the african mango online, and I was totally floored because I was salivating. Hahaha..

Then I learned that such kind of Mangoes are sold and made into slimming tea and pills. Ha! I bet munching in African Mangoes can also make one trim down? I wonder.. 


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Ukay Lingerie?

So everything is expensive these days. So many things account to that. First, you havehe price of oil, then the lack of budget due to lack of employment of underemployment. Ha! So many reasons, I suppose. And with the lack of budget arise a new trend in shopping, which caters to those who have less budget. The Ukay-ukay. These are actually relief goods that enter into Asia and has become a lucrative business. I have learned from friends here in the Philippines that not only dresses, bags and shoes can be found at the Ukay stands but also inexpensive lingerie, imagine that!

Sure I have seen bags, clothes, shoes but not lingerie! Something about that just gives me the creeps. I mean, lingerie of someone else... that's highly unimaginable. But because money sucks big time, well, people just buy them. 

Now, if people just look for ways to earn, then maybe they can start buying from the department stores too. Don't get me wrong. I have a few Ukay items as well, but not lingerie! I would buy bags or some tops, but not lingerie. No matter how you wash it, considering you do it my way, it still wouldn't be clean enough to wear. Umm.. But this is just me.. 


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Where Did You Watch the Pacquiao-Marquez 3?

Watching Manny Pacquiao's fights seem to be a happy thing for us Filipinos. We may not be there at the ringside which costs $1200 a seat, but still we manage to get the best seats for the LIVE telecast. Take for example this photo taken by Ronald Zapatos of the Pacquiao-Marquez 3 where people in Ozamiz watched it at the Ozamiz City Gymansium.
photo taken by Ronald Zapatos
Or this one here in Cagayan de Oro, with a buffet lunch at Hotel Del Rio. It was actually fully packed at their Sunset Terrace,Executive and Plazoleta Gay Function halls. What better way to watch than enjoy a sumptuous Filipino Buffet, right?

Photo from Hotel Del Rio Facebook page
Here's another one courtesy of a former Congressman.. The Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez 3 is truly that worth watching? That even people midst the heat, would go and watch---

Shared by a friend at Facebook
I am sure that like all previous fights of Manny Pacquiao, certain barangays have prepared for a free screening and that, some neighbors too would gladly share their pay per view with people in their community. And just like what I mentioned in my previous posts, some families have their get together at this time too, thus making it a Manny Pacquiao fight party, lol.. 

So where did you watch the Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez fight? And what do you think of the result?
Pacquiao threw 578 punches connecting with 176 while Marquez threw 436 connecting with only 138. Pacquiao threw 304 jabs connecting with 59 to Marquez's 182 connecting with only 38 . Pacquiao threw 274 power punches connecting with 117 while Marquez threw 254 connecting with only 100.


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Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 Live Streaming...

If you have already bought tickets to watch Manny Pacquiao take down Marquez at ringside, then you are lucky indeed! Some may be able to watch the Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 fight LIVE at pay-per-view, while others Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 on a delayed telecast on television. But for us who can not afford the ticket, nor the charge for pay-per-view, would settle for Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 live streaming online.. That's good enough. 

Sharing to you a site that I have discovered. I found this here's a link for Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 Live Streaming...

Hope you enjoy!

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Thank You Global Pinoy Awards

I have heard about the Thank You Global Pinoy Awards and quite frankly, I am thrilled about it.  Thank You Global Pinoy (TYGP) is a way of extending the Thank You Day campaign to Overseas Filipinos, a way to thank them for the sacrifices and hard work that they do and continue to do for their families and for the country.  

So if you wanna join the Thank You Global Pinoy Campaign, the first thing you bear in mind is that you have someone to thank today! Thank someone today! 

The ambassador of gratitude, Toblerone, wants to encourage all Filipinos to remember the wonderful people who have helped them in their lives. So, tell us who they are and where they live. A video of them shall be made, as we welcome them upon arrival at the airport with a Toblerone Thank You Present (Toblerone Thank You chocolate bouquet) and a special message from you. 

Send your entry to and post it to the comments page of this blog post. There shall be 10 Balikbayan winners and one of them may just be your friend, family or loved one. You can thank your OF family member arriving/coming home between November to December 20, 2011 – and we shall be there with you to give him/her your “Thank You” Bouquet (chocolate bouquet provided by Toblerone) as s/he arrives in the airport. Just send a thank you note and we will choose (1 winner per blog - total of 10 blogs) winners by Nov. 14. 

Delivery of Thank You Bouquet: November 4 to December 20, 2011 

Entry should include the ff: 

For Balikbayan Winners: 

Name of entrant 
Name of nominee 
Email address 
Arrival date (with complete flight schedule of arrival)

So what are you waiting for?

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Being Subscribed..

Technologists & Technicians Jobs are in right now. I mean, that is what is always emailed to me by one of the companies I am subscribed in for new updates on jobs vacancies. I have been subscribed to the said site since when I was in college, and even until now, I get updates. I like it because I could use said information in so many ways to help friends, young and old, who are still seeking employment here and around the world. Sometimes too, I get excited and tempted to use said information for myself, especially when there grants and scholarships for higher learning.

Being subscribed is truly good. I suggest that you guys try it. Been getting deals and good news from email subscriptions. 


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Starting Young..

When my baby brother was born, we were all too excited to trim his eye lashes. Although it was quite scary at first, but we have managed to cut them three to four times during his sleep. And the result was quite good. When Lili was born, she was also subjected to the trimming and all. Both were asleep soundly while their lashes were trimmed. Vanity of vanities, lol.. I guess it works because judging from how their lashes look now, we wont have to look for the best eyelash growth products in the future.

In India, they also have rituals for vanity which were done during the stage of babyhood, which of course, the baby will enjoy when he or she has already grown up. Notice their really nice noses? My friend from India told me about that, and there is a specific period only that it can be done. When missed, it can no longer be done when the baby gets older. 


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Excited for MBS 5

Just five more days and we are off to Iligan City to join the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 5. I have yet to get that sony digital cameras my sister and I have been eyeing at the mall. But then, I have another brand in mind, so it makes it difficult for me to decide. But one thing is certain, I must get a new camera because mine has died a long time ago.. 
Anyway, I am excited to join the MBS 5 for two reasons. One, I have been away from Iligan for so long, I have missed a lot of the expansion and the wonderful sites that have improved over the years, and two, I will be with my sister and daughter, and daughter will have her first taste of Iligan by then. Growing up, my siblings and I would often visit Maria Cristina Falls and be amazed at its glory and wonder. Of course, it had been in the books what Maria Cristina Falls is for, but it is so different to be seeing it before your very eyes.. 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

All Better Now!

Last week I had flu, and at the point of medical examinations, it was discovered that I had urine tract infection too. It was totally a crazy week with me on the bed most of the time as I was totally weak. The doctor gave me a prescription and some samples too. I was quite amazed because the sample packet came with product comparison chart for me to compare five different kinds of the medicine, including the generic one. Brand is all there is to it, the doctor says. But she gave me a better brand that is not to expensive. I'm on my 8th tablet, and I am feeling better. After my 10th day, I shall undergo urinalysis again. 

I made sure I got my dose of traditional massage, which by the way, turned out to be a great thing, as I think, it was what had actually helped me feel better. Then I remembered that Sunday, prior to getting sick, I was under the rain with almost 20 kilos of groceries inside a box, which I carried from our gate to our pad doorway. Twenty kilos included a 10 Kilo rice, and some other food stuff. 

So now, I thought, I am not super woman after all. Hehehe.. I got sick and it was the worst sickness ever. I am glad I am all better now!


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Monday, October 10, 2011

Travelling Soon..

Ah, we are going to enjoy a ten day semestral break and we are going to Iligan for the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 5 before the month ends. I wish we could go to Ireland and have ourselves booked for ireland tours. But wishing for Ireland is right now, a plain dream. If we have all the money and all the time in the world, Ireland or Australia, or even Austria and Machu Pichu would be on our list for a short break. To go for australia tours would really be a breather. I wish to have a chance to travel machu picchu, or the rest of the globe. But maybe someday. For now, a Philippine tour is best. It's better to get familiar and be a tourist among the other cities. That way, when it's time to go out of the country, we can be proud to say that we know most of the beautiful attractions of our country. Anyway, after Iligan, we are going for a trip South and well, enjoy the rest of our short break thereat. My cousin has just delivered a baby yesterday, and we three are excited to see her new baby. We are also going to spend All Souls Day and All Saints' Day there. Of course, Halloween will be spent traveling..


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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Apple announces the death of Steve Jobs, Today, Blog PRs Dropped Dead Too

Today, there was a commotion at our blogger's groups in Facebook because apparently, ALL PRs or page ranks of all blogs have turned N/A. A major drop from PRs 4 or 5, 3 or 2 and even PR 1 have become N/A.. Even Pr 8 and Pr 10 have dropped to N/A. So I checked mine and found that in my blog network, I have only 7 remaining with PR. All the rest, N/A. Then I checked again, and all PRs gone. 

So there were discussions of a glitch in the system, so too, that Google may be in mourning because apparently, the world has just lost Steve Jobs. 

Could it be that his death has something to do with the sudden death of some of our blogs PRs? I wonder. I was doing a ghost writing stint for a fellow blogger and she told me to stop as somehow, all PRs dropped. In the blogging world. when one's PR drops, one will readily lose a contract.  Good thing I have finished with all my tasks yesterday so now I have nothing to lose. But, apparently, all future tasks are doomed if my PRs wont come back. 

So far, the observation is that, there may be a glitch somewhere, and it may take days before this changes gets reversed. Maybe this is just one way for us to also mourn as Steve Jobs has passed on. For those who may not know him, Steven P. Jobs Apple is the chairman and former CEO who made personal computers, smartphones, tablets, and digital animation mass-market products. We owe him so much for his brilliance.  He passed away on October 5th, 2011 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer, and he was just 56 years old. Younger than my dad.. And just some wild thought here, someone who never needed rv financing because of his overflowing moohlah from his genius. There's got to be someone after this icon.

image from wikipedia

To the Family of Steve Jobs, our sincere condolences. 


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