Thursday, November 29, 2007

MyLot!

I've just discovered a great place to hang out. Check out the MyLot Community!...I'm guilty of spending a lot of my "precious moments" online :P, so since I've discovered this site, we'll I'm getting addicted. Website is easy to use, functional and a great way to kill time...

Do a lot of things with this site! Make your own profile, check out news, blogs tailored to your interests. What I really enjoy is that you can discuss anything and everything under the sun. You can join any discussion that interests you or start your own with no worries coz surely you'll find people with same interests as you. Organizing your discussions and interest is a breeze coz everything is tailored to your specific interests.

Meet new people and the best part is you get to earn while you participate in myLot! Its fun so try it and there's a lot to be gained :)







You Know Your Child Loves You...

  • She gives you a massage with her little hands…when you come home dead tired from a day’s work
  • She calls you up while you’re at work to say…”Please, please, hurry home, Mommy!”
  • She saves half of her hamburger from a birthday party to bring home as pasalubong for you;
  • She surprises you with a smudgy Happy Mother’s Day card that she worked on I secret while you weren’t looking
  • She engages her brother in a board game to get him away from the computer so you can use it
  • She gives a reassuring “Yes” when you ask her if you look slim and pretty in your new dress (though you know losing a few pounds won’t hurt)
  • She snuggles in your lap as you watch TV, saving the oh-so-few times you spend together
  • She is quick to sense when you are feeling down and tickles you silly to cheer you up
  • She leaves her playmates to join you whenever she sees you leaving the house on an errand
  • She wants you to be the one to prepare her meal – she says it tastes better than when somebody else prepares it





Native Filipino Recipes - Bibingka and Nilupak

I mentioned in my previous posts that I was stuck in the province for more than a week because of typhoon, but far from being idle, we had a blast cooking some native delicacies that I've surely missed since moving to Manila.

I'm posting some recipes I got from my aunts and cousins. :) 2 variants of Bibingka and Nilupak

BIBINGKANG GALAPONG

You'll Need:

  • 4 eggs 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup melted margarine
  • 2 cups rice flour 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup coconut cream(for topping)
  • 1/4 cup sugar for topping (for topping)

Procedure:

  1. Add sugar to beaten eggs.
  2. Combine salt and rice flour, add to egg mixture.
  3. Add melted margarine, coconut milk and baking powder.
  4. Pour into banana leaf line mold.
  5. Bake in 375 F oven . When half done, take it out from the oven and brush top with coconut cream and sugar, then bake until golden crust is formed.
Makes: 3 large bibingkas


BIBINGKANG MALAGKIT (glutinous rice)

You'll Need:


  • 2 cups malagkit rice (glutinous)
  • 2 1/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp anise
  • 3/4 cup coco cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Procedure:


  1. Boil coconut milk and malagkit rice with salt
  2. Boil until quite dry;
  3. Lower heat and add brown sugar.
  4. Place in banana leaf-line baking pan.
  5. Pour on coconut cream and sugar on top.
  6. Bake until golden crust is formed.

NILUPAK

You'll Need:

  • 4 cups unripe saba, cooked and pounded
  • 2 cups buko, sheredded (use large spoon to scoop out buko meat)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Procedure:


  1. Combine above ingredients and pound more.
  2. Mix till well blended.
  3. Add some margarine. Or try adding peanut butter for a different taste!





Women Key Words! -- Decoded!

This is post is for Men! Read on and you'll have a deeper understanding of us, women, and hopefully you'll know how to treat us the next time you hear these:


1. FINE

This is the word we use at the end of any argument that we feel
we are right aboutbut need to shut you up.
NEVER use fine to describe how a woman looks. This will
cause you to have one of those arguments.

2. FIVE MINUTES

This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your
football game is going to last before you take out the trash,  so I
feel that it's an even trade.


3. NOTHING

This means something and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is
usuallyused to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting  to turn
you inside out,upside down, and backwards. "Nothing" usually signifies
an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with the word "Fine".


4. GO AHEAD (with raised eyebrows)

This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over
"Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine".


5. GO AHEAD (normal eyebrows)

This means "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care".
You willget a raised eyebrow "Go Ahead" in just a few minutes,
followed by "Nothing"and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about
"Five Minutes" when she cools off.


6. LOUD SIGH

This is not actually a word, but is still often a verbal statement
verymisunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you  are
an idiot at that moment and wonders why she is wasting her time
standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing".


7. SOFT SIGH

Again, not a word, but a verbal statement. "Soft Sighs" are one of
the fewthings that some men actually understand. She is content.
Your best bet isto not move or breathe and she will stay content.


8. OH

This word followed by any statement is trouble. Example; "Oh, let
me get that".Or, "Oh, I talked to him about what you were doing last
night". If she says "Oh" before a statement, run, do not walk, to the
nearest exit. She will tell you thatshe is "Fine" when she is done
tossing your clothes out the window, but do not expect her to talk
to you for at least 2 days. "Oh" as the lead to a sentenceusually
signifies that you are caught in a lie.Do not try to lie more to get
outof it, or you will get raised eyebrows "Go ahead" followed by acts
so unspeakable that I can't bring myself to write about them.


9. THAT'S OKAY

This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can say to
a man."That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and  hard before
paying youretributions for what ever it is that you have done."That's
Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and used in conjunction with
a raised eyebrow "Go Ahead". At some point in the near future when she has
plotted and planned, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.


10. PLEASE DO

This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the
chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for  doing
whatever it is that you have done. You have a fair chance to tell the
truth, so be carefuland you shouldn't get a "That's Okay".





Decorating for Christmas!

Holidays is the merriest season every year, and lively decor never fails to set the mood for the festivities. So every November, we always have a blast decorating our home... Its great bonding opportunity not to mention showing our creative ideas. First things first, decide on your theme or your colors, this year we decided on red and orange...

Decorating is a bit pricey, but we always get the best deals when we buy from Divisoria. Tip: Be an early bird, do your decor shopping right after New Year, you can get most items at 50-70% off! Just store it for the next Christmas season.

Here are some tips when buying Christmas decor:

Christmas tree:
  1. HEIGHT MATTERS – Measure the height of the room. Ideal height of the tree should be three fourths the height of your ceiling. Our ceiling is 4 meters high, so we went for an 8 feet tree which cost us about P1500 from Tabora St. in Divisoria
  2. GO FOR MEDIUM GIRTH – make sure proportion is right but if your space is limited get the slim ones.
  3. INVEST ON IT – Get one that will last at least five years. The one-piece tree with the branches attached and clipped for storage is the best. Buy trees with natural looking leaves. Some trees made of thick plastic are attractive to roaches so be picky.
  4. KNOW HOW TO STORE IT – Fold branches back carefully, wrap in plastic sheets and store upright in its original box.
ORNAMENTS:
  1. PLASTIC VS. GLASS – Two simple rules: If you change your décor every year, buy affordable plastic ornaments. But if you love collectibles and don’t mind repeating colors, make an investment and buy quality glass ornaments
  2. OUT WITH TINSEL – Don’t invest on paper-based décor (tinsel, paper lamps) Tinsel tarnishes and goes out of style easily aside from they are difficult to store and maintain
  3. GET CLASSIC COLORS – Having gold, red and green are safe colors for Christmas.
  4. BUY GOOD QUALITY RIBBONS – Get fabric wired ribbons, which are easier to manipulate and attach
  5. GET DIFFERENT SIZES – Display a maximum of four kinds of ornaments – like balls, ribbons, teardrops, and showers and play with different sizes.
  6. MAKE A LIST – Approximate how many ornaments you need before planning your shopping trip.
LIGHTS:
  1. TIVOLI LIGHTS ARE TIMELESS – and more affordable too.
  2. GET TRENDY RICE LIGHTS – smaller and more discreet than your usual Tivoli lights.
  3. LIGHTS WITH GREEN WIRING - if you're using a green tree get lights with green wiring so it blends with the color of the tree.
  4. Check for QUALITY and SAFETY.






Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Caramoan, An Ethnovideography Study...

Guys, check this out...More of Caramoan, Camarines Sur. My sister, Lorena's Ethnovideography Study on Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Conservation, Caramoan, Camarines Sur. This video has 6 parts, I've just embedded the first part and posted the links to the remaining 5 parts to maximize loading time, but please do check out the remaining parts.




Part 2: Caramoan 2/6
Part 3: Caramoan 3/6
Part 4: Caramoan 4/6
Part 5: Caramoan 5/6
Part 6: Caramoan 6/6




Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hidden Paradise...


When you mention "BICOL REGION" what comes to mind, are typhoons, flash floods, lahar, evacuation... I'm posting this to show that there is more to Bicol than just calamities. We havegreat people, and a lot of secret frontiers just waiting to be explored.


My sister has been doing an Ethnovideography study on Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Conservation in Caramoan, Camarines Sur. We were supposed to go with her but because of conflicting schedules, well I just had to content my myself with just pictures...Caramoan is breathtakingly beautiful...see for yourselves...






Eating Out: Make it Affordable

Our family love to eat out. Its not just because of the social aspect, people watching thing and get-together with family members, its also about the great taste of food that I did not have to prepare! :)

Here are some penny pinching tips when eating out:

1. Look for Kids Meal Deals. Kids can eat at a reduced cost and the serving is appropriate for their age. No leftovers then.

2. Share and entree. Most restaurants now have larger entrees so share it with a family member. This will ensure both of you receive your fill, pay less, and walk out a little lighter than you might have if you had tried to eat the entire portion.

3. Bargain Fest. Many new (and even existing) restaurants in your area send out coupons (buy one entrée, get second at half price). These are designed to get you to try their new menus, and then hope to garner your return business without coupon. Regardless, this is a great way to eat at your favorite new restaurants and save money.

4. Fast Food. Not always the most healthy option available sometimes; however, can be a way to enjoy a night out without spending as much on food. Some of the healthier options include Subway, Chinese fast food, and even salads from McDonald’s or Wendy’s.

5. Order Pizza! Pizza restaurants always have special deals. This is not only a money saver, but a time saver as well for those Friday nights in which you don’t wish to go out, but would rather kick back and watch a night of videos.

6. Plan your budget. Many people spend too much money on eating out because they eat out too frequently and don’t plan it into their week. Pick one night a week or every other week to go out, decide in advance which restaurant you want to go to, and even pick up a menu in advance of that night. This will help you plan how much you will spend that night, as well as choosing your food in advance!

7. Appetizers and Desserts. These were designed with one idea in mind—to get you, as hungry as you are, to order more food than you would ever eat if you cooked it, thus spending more money than you may have planned going in. In advance of your restaurant visit, determine whether or not you are going to order the appetizer as your meal (provided it is large enough) along with a small salad, or not at all. In doing so, you will save money and room in your stomach for after-dinner coffee. Having coffee at the end of the meal will also help you avoid the expensive desserts with the super small portions. You will be full and won’t want dessert, thus saving you even more money and inches to the waistline.

8. Sides. Many restaurants now offer sides as ala carte items. Choosing 2 or 3 “sides”, such as a salad, a baked potato, or a side of steamed veggies will help you choose less expensive and potentially more healthy options.

Eating out is fun! It should remain that way, and can be done in such a way that everyone’s budget should be able to afford it on a regular, planned basis. Enjoy!






Housecleaning With Your Kids

  1. Give supervised toddlers a carton of extra-non-toxic baby wipes and let them go to town cleaning walls, countertops, and tables. If they’re going to be underfoot anyway, they may as well clean the baseboards!
  2. Gear tasks to your children’s strengths and interests. If she loves to move, hand her a feather duster and stand back (obviously directing her away from breakables). If he’s thoughtful and methodical, let him polish the table to a brilliant shine.
  3. Safe, nontoxic cleaners are best for kids and the environment. They’re readily available to purchase, or you can use products you already have in your home. A drop of dish soap in water makes a good de-greaser and rinses easily. Baking soda is a great scouring powder for the sink. (Follow it with a cup of white vinegar for a fun foamy show and a fresher drain.)
  4. Encourage them to do a good job, but be willing to lower your standards a bit. Praise their work, even if you have to redo it when they aren’t looking. Proudly proclaim to guests that “Chase did it himself.” You won’t be seen as a bad housekeeper – just a great parent.
  5. Skip the toy version in favor of the real thing: Handheld vacuums sweepers are fun and with proper supervision are safe tools for kids to use. Let your preschooler help by sweeping up crumbs after supper or snack. She’ll love feeling like a grown-up!





One Flaw of Women









Women have strengths that amaze men.

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have the compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.
HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,
IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.





TV Tips for Kids and Parents

"Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel" - John Quincy Adams


Some parents, at time myself included, use the TV to babysit children. Well, it keeps them quiet and you can get them to stay in one place while I try to finish all housework that needs to be done. However, I 've always made it a point to choose what child is watching.

If its necessary for me to do something and no choice but to leave my four-year old for a few minutes watching TV, then I have a lot of DVD's, contents of which I've previously scanned. It's a no no for me to leave my kid watching TV channels where I don't know what kind of content will be shown. It just scares me because kids now are so impressionable and I've noticed most regular TV shows now even cartoons, can carry sexual, aggressive and violent content. I remember my former officemate telling us that she got the shock of her life when she saw her two children aged 4 and 3 years role playing her daughter screaming "WAG PO!" and son throwing himself on top of her. It just dawned to her that they were apparently re-enacting a rape scene they saw on TV! Her story really scared me.

Even some TV ads needs to be explained to kids, since some promote too much consumerism (notice that during Holiday season!), bad habits like smoking , drinking and eating junk foods!

Some tips:

1. Avoid flipping through channels aimlessly. Turn on the TV only when there is something to watch, then immediately turn it of when you're finished watching;

2. Watch TV with your toddler. This works best, it can be your bonding time and it gives you a chance to discuss what you are watching, and to teach them the difference between reality and make-believe;

3. Keep TV sets out of your toddler's room;

4. Watch TV at a healthy distance to prevent eye problems. Doctors recommend about 8-10 meters away;

5. Choose shows that are age appropriate. My child loves Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, Barney.


Monday, November 26, 2007

Stuck in Bicol coz of Mina...

I found myself stuck in Bicol for a couple of days coz of typhoon Mina. I was just intending to stay for a 2 days which ended up in a 8-day vacation for me. Typhoons are so much part of the Bicol region, so I wasn't really that alarmed. But after what happened last year with typhoon Reming, people were a bit paranoid about the news that another super typhoon is set to arrive.I am thinking now that a bit of paranoia cant be helped when you've experienced loosing your home, livelihood and a lot more. My family and my town has been so lucky to live in a place far from lahar path but we still get battered with several typhoons each year.

Bicolanos have always been resilient and faces trials and difficulties with steadfastness that a lot of people should emulate. After all we have not only dealt with typhoons but volcanic eruptions as well. Some friends would ask me , why wont your family just move to another place or whatever...we'll its home.

Whenever a typhoon forecast is announced everyone pitches in to help. Those with big concrete houses. churches, welcomes evacuees.People don't wait for the government to clear out big trees along the road, everyone helps out without being asked. If you get stranded somewhere there, someone would be ready to extend help. During the typhoon Milenyo (2006), a lot of people were stranded inside a mall in Legazpi, but instead of being driven out, they were asked to stay inside to be safe, and fast foods inside the mall provided food for free...

When typhoon Mina's path was being forecast, we prepared for the worst. Every hour prayers were broadcasted on radio. I guess, our prayers were heard... coz Saturday it was announced that Mina was changing its course.. Thank God!








Friday, November 16, 2007

I feel so lazy today...tips to get through housework!

Tomorrow I will do the housework, NO EXCUSES!!! (unless they're good ones)

1. It is time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.
2. If it walks out of your refrigerator, let it go!
3. The best mini-vac for an after meal clean up is the dog.
4. Keep it clean enough for healthy, dirty enough for happy.
5. Never make fried chicken in the nude.
6. Do not engage in unarmed combat with a dust bunny big enough to choke the vacuum cleaner.
7. You make the beds, you do the dishes, and six months later you have to start all over again.
8. If guys were suppose to hang clothes up, door knobs would be bigger.
9. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
10. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
11. Simplify... hire a maid.
12: My second favourite household chore is ironing. My first being Hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
13. I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
14. I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
15. Cobwebs artfully draped over lampshades reduce the glare from the bulb, thereby creating a romantic atmosphere. If your husband points out that the light fixtures need dusting, simply look affronted and exclaim, "What? And spoil the mood?"
16. When writing your name in the dust on the table, omit the date.
17. If dusting is REALLY out of control, simply place a showy urn on the coffee table and insist that "THIS is where Grandma wanted us to scatter her ashes..."







Home Remedies ... Read Warning!

It is always important to have a plan of action ready in case an unfortunate event occurs at home. Here are some helpful tips that could really help out...


1. If you are chocking on an ice cube don't panic. Simply pour a kettle of freshly boiling water down your throat and presto! The blockage almost instantly removed.

2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

3. Avoid argument with the missus about lifting toilet seat by simply using the sink.

4. High Blood pressure sufferers: Make an incision in your left or right wrist and bleed yourself for several hours, reducing the pressure in your veins.

5. A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep when you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough
7. Avoid the mess when your toilet backs up, use the yard.
WARNING: Of course we don't recommend you actually use any of these remedies, they are for humor purposes only.





Him and Her

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need.
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
Married men lived longer than single men, but married men are a lot more willing to die.
Any married man should forget his mistakes - there's no use in two people remembering the same thing.
Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.
A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
There are two times when a man doesn't understand a woman: before marriage and after marriage.





Your Guide to English

THE MANS GUIDE TO FEMALE ENGLISH
We need = I want
It's your decision = The correct decision should be obvious by now
Do what you want = You'll pay for this later
We need to talk = I need to complain
Sure...Go ahead = I don't want you to
I'm not upset = Of course I'm upset, you moron!
You're ... so manly = You need a shave and you sweat a lot
You're certainly attentive tonight = Is sex all you ever think about?
I'm not emotional! And I'm not over reacting! = I've got my period
Be romantic, turn out the lights = I have flabby thighs
This kitchen is so inconvenient = I want a new house
I want new curtains = and carpeting, and furniture, and wallpaper.....
I need wedding shoes = the other 40 pairs are the wrong shade of white
Hang the picture there = NO, I mean hang it there!
I heard a noise = I noticed you were almost asleep
Do you love me? = I'm going to ask for something expensive
How much do you love me? = I did something today you're really not going to like
I'll be ready in a minute = Kick off your shoes and find a good game on T.V.
Is my butt fat? = Tell me I'm beautiful
You have to learn to communicate = Just agree with me
Are you listening to me!? = [Too late, you're dead.]
Yes = No
No = No
Maybe = No
I'm sorry = You'll be sorry
Do you like this recipe? = It's easy to fix, so you'd better get used to it
Was that the baby?= Why don't you get out of bed and walk him until he goes to sleep
I'm not yelling! = Yes I am yelling because I think this is important
All we're going to buy is a soap dish = It goes without saying that we're stopping at the cosmetics department, the shoe department, I need to look at a few new purses, and those pink sheets would look great in the bedroom and did you bring your checkbook?
THE ANSWER TO A FEMALE SAYING "WHAT'S WRONG?".....
The same old thing = Nothing
Nothing = Everything
Everything = My PMS is acting up
Nothing, really = It's just that you're such a pain in the butt
I don't want to talk about it = Go away, I'm still building up steam
THE WOMEN'S GUIDE TO MEN'S ENGLISH
"I'm hungry" = I'm hungry
"I'm sleepy" = I'm sleepy
"I'm tired" = I'm tired
"Do you want to go to a movie?" = I'd eventually like to have sex with you
"Can I take you out to dinner?" = I'd eventually like to have sex with you
"Can I call you sometime?" = I'd eventually like to have sex with you
"May I have this dance?" = I'd eventually like to have sex with you
"Nice dress!" = Nice cleavage!
"You look tense, let me give you a massage." = I want to fondle you
"What's wrong?" = I don't see why you are making such a big deal out of this
"What's wrong?" = What meaningless self-inflicted psychological trauma are you going through now?
"What's wrong?" = I guess sex tonight is out of the question
"I'm bored" = Do you want to have sex?
"I love you" = Let's have sex now
"I love you, too" = Okay, I said it...we'd better have sex now!
"Yes, I like the way you cut your hair" = I liked it better before
"Yes, I like the way you cut your hair" = $50 and it doesn't look any different!
"Let's talk" = I am trying to impress you by showing that I am a deep person and maybe then you'd like to have sex with me
"Will you marry me?" = I want to make it illegal for you to have sex with other guys
"I like that one better" (while shopping) = Pick any freakin' dress and let's go home!!!





Thursday, November 15, 2007

Health Issues: Men vs. Women

I've always wondered why women are more vulnerable to some diseases and why men react differently to some medications. I found this article and wanna share this with you.
  • Heart Disease - Heart disease kills thousands each year - but women are more affected and it strikes women, on average, 10 years later than men. Women are also more likely than men to have a second heart attack within a year of the first one;
  • Depression - Women are two to three times more likely than men to suffer from depression in part because women's brains make less of the hormone serotonin;
  • Osteoporosis - of 10 people suffering from osteoporosis, only two are men. Women are more affected because of a higher rate of lost bone mass;
  • Smoking - Smoking has a more negative effect on cardiovascular health of women than men. Women who are less successful quitting smoking and have more severe withdrawal symptoms;
  • STD'S - Women are two times more likely than men to contract a sexually transmitted disease, and more likely to experience significant drops in body weight;
  • Anesthesia - Men then to wake up more slowly from anesthesia than women - an average of 11 minutes for men and seven minutes for women;
  • Drug Reactions - Even common drug like antihistamines and antibiotic drugs can cause different reactions and side effects in women and men;
  • Autoimmune Disease - Three out of four people suffering from autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus are women;
  • Alcohol - Women produce less f the gastric enzyme that breaks down ethanol in the stomach. Therefore, after consuming the same amount of alcohol, women have higher blood alcohol content than men, even allowing for size differences;
  • Pain - Some pain medications (known as kappa opiates) are far more effective in relieving pain in women that in men. (Living Well, pp12,)





Finds: Facial Wash for Sensitive Skin




I envy those people blessed with fuss-free skin. My skin is really sensitive, specially to soaps or facial washes with strong perfume. It gets itchy with red marks when I use some brand of soaps. It has actually been an ordeal just looking for the right facial wash to suite me, without leaving me with rashes, or making my skin as dry as a tree bark.

Lucky for me, my brother, who has the same problem as me, told me about CELETEQUE FACIAL WASH. It's glycerin based and fortified with Pro-Vitamin B5. It doesn't have scent (taking care of my problem with scents!), its hypoallergenic, and it doesn't leave my skin so dry. It's a really great cleansing basic and I'd recommend it for sensitive skin.

Try their Facial Moisturizer too. It's gel-like, no scent, water based and easily absorbed after application so no sticky after-feel.

What I love about it also is that is so reasonably priced! Just below P70.00 for the facial wash and a little over P100 for the moisturizer.






Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Shopping Malls: SM Supermalls

I love to shop and its my favorite leisure activity. Whenever I'm depressed, just a walk around the air-conditioned confines of a mall does wonders to my stressed out self :P. One of the easiest activities around Metro Manila where almost every 6 months a new mall sprouts up. Among numerous malls around, I just love SM!

Why I love SM?
  • Its department stores are very spacious, well-lit , items are well-organized. they have ladies section, men's section, kids, music, home, schools supplies,shoes, bags, accessories,beauty, bills payment center, and what i really love: their snack section! No need to line up in supermarket just to get a bar of your fave chocolate;
  • Prices are comparable to bazaars and tiangges, even to divisoria;
  • I love their Surplus Shop for their jackets...
  • Home Section is well-organized and their offerings are of good quality yet affordable too.
  • Watson's - they have complete selection of beauty items. No need to line up in supermarket's too...
  • Kultura - they have a wide range of Pinoy stuff. Great for gifts and giveaways to foreigner and balikbayan friends;
  • They have most fast-food chains, so you can take your pick, whichever suites your mood and budget!
  • Most SM malls are accessible and have wide parking spaces.
Downside?
  • We'll not much though I wish they would have more coffee shops (except Mall of Asia/Megamall - they have a fair selection of coffee shops);
  • More fine dining choices?




Cleaning Mode: Controlling My Clutter




Having a 4-year old child in the house equates to a lot of clutter. toys everywhere, books, crayons, and a whole load of stuff we don't really have use for. What makes it worse is that, for now, i don't have a household help since she went back to the province. The truth is, I'm at my wits end because I just hate clutter. Yesterday, I decided to devote my day clearing spacing and throwing stuff we don't really need. The house feels cleaner and tidier now and I think I can breathe easier. It's actually a great way to de-stress :P


I just realized, de-cluttering is all about making decisions...I simply asked myself: Why am I keeping this stuff? Do I really need it?

Here's what I did to control all the clutter (hopefully, I could maintain this current obsession ^_^)

KIDS STUFF:
  1. Keep kids favorite artworks. - I went an extra mile and framed my child's favorites. Store in clear books and put labels;
  2. Keep favorite toys in clear plastic containers that are easily accessible. Other toys we won't be needing, I gave out to kids around the neighborhood.
  3. Throw away old stuffed toys/broken toys - I rarely keep stuffed toys, specially since most of us in the house are allergic to dust mites.
GADGETS:

  1. Keep items you will still be using.
  2. Repair gadgets if it needs to be fixed;
  3. Give out unnecessary (but working!) gadgets to others. They might be able to use it instead of just gathering dust in your cabinets;
  4. Throw the obsolete. I actually found around 4 remote controls around the house and I didn't even know which appliance it is for, probably for old tv sets.
BOOKS AND MAGAZINES:

  1. Give out school books to school children around neighborhood;
  2. Keep only the favorite magazines and books, all the rest store away in cabinets.
TIPS:
  • Label boxes or stuff you keep;
  • If you have a lot of still usable items, why not hold a garage sale?
  • Get your kids view if you're organizing his room or his toys. Ask them what they want and what they need. This is really important for me because i want to avoid "disagreements" later on;
  • Get those clear containers. Its really great for kids clutter. They can see what's inside so they don't have to spend a lot of time looking for what they need.
  • For smaller items, make use of those shoe boxes and label them;
  • Build a routine. For me, Saturdays work best because most of us are free.





Fake and Real Friends...

Wanna credit one of my closest friends, Babes for this. :) I miss my friends a lot and this reminds me a lot of the good old days when we lived just a few minutes away from each other. Distance though doesn't change our bond. When I read this, its quite humorous but true...

FAKE FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
REAL FRIENDS: are the reason you have no food.

FAKE FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr/Mrs
REAL FRIENDS: Call your parents DAD/MOM

FAKE FRIENDS: never seen you cry.
REAL FRIENDS: cry with you

FAKE FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then
give it back.
REAL FRIENDS: keep your shirt so long they forget its yours.

FAKE FRIENDS: know a few things about you.
REAL FRIENDS: Could write a book about you with direct quotes from you.

FAKE FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that is what the crowd is doing.
REAL FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds that left you.

FAKE FRIENDS: Would knock on your front door.
REAL FRIENDS: Walk right in and say "I'M HOME!"

FAKE FRIENDS: Are for a while.
REAL FRIENDS: Are for life.






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Monday, November 12, 2007

Drink Green Tea: for one or two reasons..




I've taken tea drinking to heart...For lots of good reason.

Researchers are now crediting tea consumption for the "Asian Paradox". It turns out that certain Asian population have lower rates of heart disease and cancer than Americans, even among heavy smokers. One theory is that the average daily consumption of 1.3 quarts of green tea provides abundant protection because of tea's antioxidant polyphenols. And, in recent study out of Dartmouth Medical School, the polyphenols in tea were associated with a significantly lower risk of skin cancer. (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2007; 56:781-85; Journal of the American College of Surgery, 2006; 202:813-825)

Not only that, in a clinical study, researchers found that human lung-cancer cells exposed to decaffeinated green tea extract remodeled a certain protein in the cancer cells, making them more likely to stick together, as healthy cells do. Cancer cells don't normally stick together - one of the reason why cancer spreads throughout the body. Although the study doesn't prove that drinking green tea can curb lung cancer in people, it does suggest the possibility of making new lung-cancer drugs based on green tea extract.

Grocery Tips 1





I used to just drop by the grocery and pick whatever I fancy and I usually end up going over the budget not to mention buying stuff I don't really need. I found this article on a magazine and found that it really works. I now buy exactly what I need with a few savings to boot.


  1. Have a meal plan for the week - It really helps to have a Menu for the Week so you'll know what to purchase and having a meal plan helps me plan healthier meal for my family;
  2. Organize a list - Before leaving for the grocery, I have a list on hand. I can avoid unnecessary purchases and i would surely not forget anything;
  3. Don't forget snack items. - Let me emphasize: HEALTHY SNACK ITEMS. like nuts, popcorn -no cholesterol variety, fruits...
  4. Avoid doing grocery shopping when you are hungry - When I'm hungry I usually buy loads of food, so do your shopping when you're full;
  5. Set a Routine. - Make a schedule. I usually set grocery shopping once a week;
  6. Buy in Season fruits and Vegetables. - You'll save money with this because in-season fruits are more affordable.