Friday, August 29, 2008

Food Friday: Chocolate Mousse

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Yummy chocolate mousse!

Time for deserts everyone! I love chocolates! It has always been my alltime favorite from candies, to cakes, to ice cream and drinks. I am in the mood for something soft and sweet so I decided to go to the nearest konbini (convenience store) to buy myself something chocolatey... And I found just the perfect treat: a serving of chocolate mousse!

New York! New York!

I never thought it would be that grand, that awesome and that busy when I first stepped into the Big Apple's soil... It's incredible how I ended up here.

I remember weeks back that I was talking to my high school bestfriend and found out that she is already in New York with her family. Told me they were going to try it out for a couple of years there and see if they can get a big bite of the apple. Then she asked if I would be interested to come over so that we can go on one of those New York tours. It was such a grand offer that I couldn't refuse her!

And so there I was... totally ignorant of what New York would be like. She told me we were going to NYC Waterfalls. Thinking that it was the outdoors, I brought with me some bathing suit. Hey, it's a waterfall so I might as well get wet and take a dive or dip. I was wondering why we stopped at a concrete jungle with lots of people on bikes. And then she told that this was it: the NYC Waterfalls. Whaaattt??!!! You must be kidding me... Then I saw it - a HUGE monumental waterfall!

So there goes my fantasy of bathing in NYC Waterfall. I did manage to get myself wet, alright. Thanks to my inability to ride a bike, I managed to fall and splash onto the water. Then it all went Splok! I suddenly woke up and found myself in our bedroom...

Geeze! So I was only dreaming... Tsk! Tsk! It all seemed so real. But at least now I have an idea what NYC Waterfalls is. And I also know now where to find online travel guides that will help get the most out of my vacation in the US should we find the time (and the resources) to travel.

So if you plan to go on a vacation and have no idea where to go and what to do, get the services offered by Trusted Tours & Attractions. Or better yet, sign-up for the Trusted Travels eNewsletter for discount offers and for a chance to win a $150 Magellan's Gift Certificate. You will definitely have a grand time at the Cypress Gardens Florida or at some of the most beautiful and famous attractions America has to offer to the world. By the way, the gift certificate offer ends August 31st, 2008. So better sign-up now before it's too late!

Win up to $50 & 5K EC Credits from DaBlogger

I just love contests especially when there are cool prizes at stake. Not only do you get to earn, but you also get to improve your page ranks. DB over at DaBlogger is holding his second contest. The first contest was a success that he is very willing to give away more exciting prizes in his second contest. So what's in store for everybody?

Prizes At Stake:

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Google Maps Just Got Better

Are you a fond user of Google Maps? You must have noticed something new with it... Care to guess what I mean? Oh, yes, you got it right! It's the newest addition to google maps' fine features: the StreetView.

I am lucky to live in one of the world's developed countries and enjoy the conveniences of modern technology - one of which is Google Maps. And it just got better!

With the usual features, you can search and locate some place by entering the adress, telephone number or postal code. With the streetview feature, you can:

1. actually view level photographs from select cities
2. take vitual walks using the pan, rotate and zoom tools
3. explore cityscapes, landmarks and other points of interest
4. find shops, restaurants, parks, hotels and more.

[caption id="attachment_108" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Where we used to live - This is a screenshot of our apartment using Google Maps' Streetview feature. "]Where we used to live - This is a screenshot of our apartment using Google Maps' Streetview feature. [/caption]

It's  like being familiar with the place so that you won't appear ignorant when you get there. And what's cooler, when you click on the street which you have chosen, you get to see a 360° view of the street - the neighborhood, how the buildings look like, the landmarks.Â

Unfortunately, this feature is only available in select cities and countries like Australia, United States, Europe and Japan. Hopefully, Google Maps will be able to cover all parts of the world with this feature. It will take some time though judging by the images that you receive - zoomable and a 360° view.

So if you want to go abroad but don't have the airfare or if are going somewhere for the first time, and are too stubborn to ask for directions, the Streetview might just be what you need! You can take on those tours at the comfort of your home. And it's the next best thing to a car navigation system.

Why Eco Bag?

An eco bag for your groceries!

When you go to the grocery store, do you use the plastic bags provided by the supermarket or do you bring your own? There are a hundred reasons why you should bring your own bags when you go to the supermarket. If you think it is unfashionable, think again! There are already a large number of reusable bags - or Eco Bags - out there with hip and colorful designs to suit your taste. If I haven't convinced you yet, then read on.

There is an ongoing call to reduce, reuse, recycle - your 3R's. Even Jack Johnson has a song for that! But are you doing it yourself? If you are into it but keep on forgetting about it, let me tell you some dreadful facts on those plastic bags so that you can finally say No To Plastic Bags.

  • Your plastic grocery bags are made of polyethylene, a petroleum product, and its production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption.

  • Each year, four to five trillion of plastic bags are manufactured

  • Americans use over 380 billion polyethylene bags per year and throw away approximately 100 billion polyethylene bags per year

  • The Brits use an estimated 10 billion plastic carrier bags a year.

  • Of the 100 trillion plasctic bags, only 1% are recycled.

  • It takes some 1000 years for polyethylene bags to break down

  • As polyethylene breaks down, toxic substances leach into the soil and enter the food chain

  • Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die per year by ingesting plastic bags

  • Plastic bags are often mistaken as food by marine mammals. 100,000 marine mammals die yearly by eating plastic bags.

  • These animals suffer a painful death, the plastic wraps around their intestines or they choke to death

  • Plastic bag choke landfills

  • Plastic bags are carried by the wind into forests, ponds, rivers, and lakes

  • There are alternatives to plastic bags. All of this death and pollution is unnecessary

So the next time you shop, you might want to grab first an Eco Bag before heading to the supermarket. If all of us would stop using plastic bags, then the world would be a better place to live in.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Six Months Today!

Our adorable Sam turns six months today. Sigh! It's amazing how time flies... I miss those days when she was still so tiny and fragile yet I anticipate the moments when she can finally crawl, utter her first words, and make her first step. Motherhood, though the most challenging (and exhausting) job I have ever had, indeed has its wonderful rewards.

Sam, so happy to have her photo taken.

Feeling High? Feeling Low?

I thought of snagging this tag from Liza over at Mommy's Little Corner because it speaks true for all of us who simply love LIFE! There are certain circumstances in our lives that we love doing simply because they make us happy and some moments that we dread because they make life sad and less meaningful for us.

~Start Copy~
Here are the Rules:
1. List the things that make you Happy and those that make you Sad.
2. Add your Blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other Blogs.
3. Tag other online friends you know.

What Makes Me Happy?

  • my family - the most beautiful thing that ever happened to me!
  • a good read - especially Paulo Coelho books
  • a warm cup of coffee or cocoa on a cold day
  • my friends - they brighten up my day
  • sunrises and sunsets - nothing can beat the beauty of God's creation
  • a new life being born - it simply is a miracle!
  • a vacation - who would not be happy going on one?
  • a surprise from my husband - be it flowers on an un-occassional day, a short drive, or breadkfast in bed
  • Blog Contests - a chance to earn cash or ECs. There's a new one going on at DaBlogger(dot)com
  • the smile of baby Sam - yup! she simply takes away all the exhaustion and the worries with her smile
What Makes Me Sad?

  • a sick family member (hope all of them are in good health!)
  • the death of a loved one (losing someone you love is painful)
  • having a disagreement with my hubby (indeed!)
  • unexpected expenses (budgeting is really becoming a pain headache!)
  • no opps (I need to earn so that we can go on that family vacation!)
How about you? What makes you happy and sad?

I am sending this to all my friends. If you want to grab this one, feel free to do so. DO let me know if you did so that I come visit your place blog.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A New Image for My EC Widget

I have never really taken EC dropping that seriously. I am more of a casual and relaxed dropper. I drop on blogs who belong to my blogroll and those who have also droppped on mine... you know, the You Drop I Follow concept. And when I still have the time, I drop on other blogs whose EC widget image is attractive and interesting.

Of late, I find that the only way that I can get other bloggers to visit my blog is to drop more card on others. And of course, have an interesting image for my EC widget and a tagline to go with it.

Right now, I am still thinking of a good widget image that suits my blog's title. Maybe in the next week, when I have reinstalled my PhotoShop and tinkered on some of my photos and my knack for the creative kicks in, I would be able to change the image in my EC widget.

And if you do have any suggestions on this, please let me know. Really appreciate your help!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Eat Healthier, Not Cheaper

It is surprising to note that eating healthy food costs you more than eating junk food. But you know that your health is at stake if you don't eat a balanced diet. After all, it is more costly to get yourself cured after getting sick from eating too much junk. So better eat healthy now... As they have always said, prevention is better than cure.

Happy Talkie Talkie.... Visual Talking

Visual Talking is at it again. Messages are better said when done with pictures. So, where will that sentence go? To your blog? Hmmm... it's just as well...

Hey, This Is Me

Snagged this meme from Cookie. I think it is a fun way of letting my readers get a glimpse of what I am like..

Here's how this works: delete my answers and replace it with yours.

Two names you go by:
1. Ana K. (My friends sometimes call me ak, kaye or akay; my hubby calls me kikamz)
2. Ana Karenina (Yep, that's my full name!)

Two things you're wearing now:
1. My favorite pair of pajamas (I just got out of bed! Hihihi!)
2. A white shirt with a print "Jamison Galleries" on it.

Two things you would want [or have] in a relationship:
Actually, it's three have's
1. Respect
2. Trust
3. A whole lot of loving :D

Two favorite things to do?
1. Spending time with my daughter, Sam and my hubby, Vincent
2. Blogging & surfing the net, of course!

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. A nice warm bubble bath.
2. Eat durian shake over at Aling Foping's or sip a hot cup of durian coffee over at Blu Gre Cafe!

Two things you did yesterday:
1. Cleaned the house (& did some redecoration)
2. Making proposals for various projects over at eLance.

Two things I ate yesterday:
1. Japanese Sausage
2. Good old biko

Two people you last talked to:
1. Vincent (my hubby)
2. Samantha Ysabelle
(Afer all, it's just the three of us here.)

Two things you're doing tommorow:
1. Press hubby's shirts
2. Get a new haircut

Two favorite holidays:
1. Christmas (Winter holidays)
2. Golden Week (in the springtime)

Two favorite beverages:
1. Ice-cold water
2. Milk

Two people no longer alive that you'd like to talk to:
1. Lolo Totong (I miss my grandpa's homemade muffins, the best "torta" in town!)
2. Mother Teresa (for her teachings on love)

Please do not spoil the fun; share it with friends.

This goes out to Flisha, Pchi, Kevin, Liza, Juliana, Sarah and all my online friends ;)


Monday, August 25, 2008

Biden is Obama's Running Mate

Delaware Senator Joe Biden is Obama's vice president. What do you think of the choice? Do you think this tandem will make it to the ballots?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Freelance Jobs

Prices have gone suddenly up here in Japan especially pertoleum. In just two weeks, it has increased from ï¿¥135 to ï¿¥200 per liter. Whew! That is way too high! I know that at this rate, I must at least help hubby if we want to go on a vacation in the Philippines next year.

So, there I was, in a frantic search for any legitimate money making scheme I can set my hands on. And I finally found ways to earn some money. Writing, I think, is one of my assets. So I use this skill to earn some money online and offline.

I contributed an article to an English publication here and they already responded to my email. The good news is that they are going to publish my article in their October 17 issue. Yay!

I have also decided to continue working as an English conversation instructor at Gaba - on weekends only. This way, I wouldn't have to worry about Sam being in the hands of total strangers since hubby can take care of her during this time. And if you want to travel to Japan and earn while you are here, you might also want to apply. There is an ongoing overseas recruiting for foreigners.

I have also another freelance job which I find enjoyable and challenging. Click here to find out.

Of course, there are the ptc's, and online surveys which I know earns not that much but will earn something big in the long run.

I just hope that this jobs that I have, we will be able to save up enough money in time for next year. Wish me luck!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Food Friday: Pinakbet

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Pinakbet is best served hot. Don't forget the ginger... and the bagoong too!
Pinakbet is best served hot. Don't forget the ginger... and the bagoong too!

I miss my mom's pinakbet. I love the wonderful and colorful mixture of vegetables and the pungent smell of the bagoong alamang¹ mixed with it. I remembered that hubby flew to the Philippines last April to attend Lola's funeral² and brought home with him a jar of bagoong. Luckily, there is still some bagoong left in the fridge. So for dinner, I decided to cook pinakbet.
Let me explain....
1 - Filipino shrimp paste made from minute shrimp or krill (alamang)
2 - hubby's lola died last April 8, may her soul rest in peace

Phelps Is A Fish

The Beijing Olympics 2008 saw USA bagging 29 Gold Medals, 8 of which was won by no other than legend swimmer Michael Phelps. Who would believe that the US swimmer who had difficulties focusing in his younger years would be one of the greatest athletes of our time? I bet only a number of you would.

Michael indeed is a fish! In the swimming event alone, he made history by breaking the records in the Men's 100m & 200m Freestyle, Men's 100m & 200m Butterfly, Men's 200m & 400m Individual Medley. Who could beat that! I guess only the seahorse could. Hehe!

So what can we expect of Michael Phelps now that the Beijing Olympics 2008 are over? Well, watch out for him in TV commercials, sports magazines, billboards, and even your cereal boxes!

eLance-ing My Way to Make Money

Hire The Best

I recently joined eLance - an outsourcing site to freelance web and logo designers, programmers, writers, copywriters, illustrators, bloggers, etc. Anybody who has the expertise on any of these and has the passion for his work can sign-up for free. They have got different categories to choose from depending on your interest and expertise.

What's in it for you? Work at your own pace, at any time and anywhere. As long as you are able to get the project done, you can do other things.

I recently finished my first project transcribing an audio material. My client liked my output so much that she wants me to do more transcriptions for her. Yahoo! How great can that be?

So if you want to earn online doing the thinsg that you love - media presentations, web designing, technical and creative writing, data encoding, etcetera - join me now at eLance!

Phelps is a Tiger...

Is he really a tiger? For me he is more of a fish... But maybe he will become a tiger endorsing Kellog's cereal products. Frosted Flakes anyone?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

At The Park

Our neighborhood has a mini koen (park) where children can play, pet owners can walk their dogs, senior citizens play a game of polo, students practice batting baseballs, or just simply hang around.

Sam and I just got home from our usual afternoon walks. It is already 6:30pm here but since it is summer, the days are longer. It doesn't get dark until 7:30pm.

Looking above: Clear skies and leaves swaying in the cool afternoon breeze.

She was so happy when I placed her in her stroller and told her that we are going to take a walk. It has been a while since I took her out for her afternoon walks because she was asleep most afternoons and rain showers usually come in the late afternoons. But the weather was perfect today that we took some time to play in the swing, watch the leaves sway in the late afternoon breeze, and walk around the park for a litlle bit of exercise.

Sam at the park. Happy and contented in her stroller.

Seeing Sam so delighted and happy to be outside of the house again, I can't help but take some photos . After a few laughs, swings and rounds at the park, I checked my mobile for the time and what do you know? It was already 6:15pm. It was time to come home. And so here I am now in front of my laptop, writing a post about the fine time we had at the park.

Swing me. Sam and me playing at the park.

H2O (eitch two oh)

All of us know that water is life. In Chemistry, we learned that it is the universal solvent. We have also read or heard about water having so many therapeutic effects on the body. But some of us just take drinking water forgranted. Let me ask you, just how many of glasses of water do you drink in a day? Is this important? Let me tell you why.

If you are weight conscious, do not allow yourself to get dehydrated. Even a mild one can slow down your metabolism by 3%. If you eat 865kcal per meal, that would mean that your body burns 77.85kcal less.

Feeling fatigued during the day? Having back and joint pains lately? Drink lots of water... that will make it go away.

For most of us who are working in the office, our hectic schedule deprives us from eating our meals on time or drinking water in between meetings. We just spend so much time in front of the computer or sitting in meetings that we forget about it. If you feel that you have fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty in focusing on the computer screen or a printed page, it is your body telling you that your body water may have dropped to 2%. So, go have a drink!

If you are afraid of getting cancer, then by all means drink your water regularly. Drinking five glasses a day decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and will 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

So, are you drinking enough water?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What Can $25 Buy?

If you win $25 from a post contest and you can buy or do anything with it, what would it be? Well, I have prepared a short list on what I wanted to have and/or do with my $25 or lesser just in case I get lucky.

First Prize ($25): A new toy for my baby Sam who is turning 6months on the 28th.

Second Prize ($15): I am feeling adventurous and would love a skateboard! Extreme games here I come! Lol!

Third Prize ($5): A microslim booklight so that I can read anywhere even if it is dark!

Special Prize ($15): A cat I can rub my feet on.

So, just where will I get the money for all these? will take care of it... I mean, he will provide the cash should I be lucky enough to win. With a total of $60 up for grabs, I am keeping my fingers crossed. I am hoping to get any of the four prizes just so I can get a hold of at least one item on my list.

Oh, well. Wish me luck!

123 Book Tag

I found this interesting meme over at Pia's Color It Green blog. I am posting this here because I love to read books especially the works of Paulo Coelho. So if you love to read just about anything, consider yourself tagged! Let us share to the world what we read... this way, they will get to know us a little bit more and who knows, they might just be encouraged to do so too!Â

1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences after the tag chain.
5. Spread this tag to as many people as you can.

Book: By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho

The ritual stopped as quickly as it had started. The padre turned and gave a conventional blessing, making the sign of the cross with his right hand. "May God be ever here in this house," he said.

Tagging YOU!

123 Book Tag

I found this interesting meme over at Pia's Color It Green blog. I am posting this here because I love to read books especially the works of Paulo Coelho. So if you love to read just about anything, consider yourself tagged! Let us share to the world what we read... this way, they will get to know us a little bit more and who knows, they might just be encouraged to do so too!

1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences after the tag chain.
5. Spread this tag to as many people as you can.

Book: By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho

The ritual stopped as quickly as it had started. The padre turned and gave a conventional blessing, making the sign of the cross with his right hand. "May God be ever here in this house," he said.

Tagging YOU!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Family Traditions Anyone?

I just love family traditions... They give me a sense of belongingness and comfort. They make me feel secure and at peace knowing that I am loved.

While I was growing up, I have come to love and anticipate going to church during Sundays with the family. I was raised as a Catholic and I am proud to say that my parents raised me well. Now that I have a family of my own, I make sure that this tradition of going to church every Sunday lives on... It is not just my obligation as a Catholic. It is more for the grace of God's peace that we receive every time we participate in the Holy Eucharist and share in the body and blood of Christ.

Dining together as a family is something very close to my heart. It is the only part of the day when the family is complete which is why, I try to make it special in any way I can. I even try to surprise my husband sometimes with a new recipe or preparing his favorite dish. The dining table is where good conversations take place. Oftentimes, it is during dinner where we talk about what transpired during our day - we highlight the good parts, of course; discussing the bad parts are saved for later since they might give us indigestion.

Do you believe in the saying: "The family that prays together, stays together?" I do. I do believe that prayers work wonders and more so if these prayers are said together as a family. Every morning, my husband and I pray the Rosary before we begin our day. This is how we jumpstart our day - through prayers - and thankfully, the day goes smoothly and well. What could go wrong with God?

I have always enjoyed decorating our house for Christmas. I especially like setting up the Christmas tree. Hanging those small ornaments just gets me excited and fills my heart with the Holiday cheer. I would like to make a revision to this tradition beginning this Christmas though. Instead of hanging those ornaments by myself, I would like that other members of my family participate too. And I would also encourage that they make handmade ornaments as a gift to each family member so that each ornament has a story to tell. That would make it more exciting and meaningful, right?

How about you? Do you have any family traditions? You might want to share them with me..

Win $100-$800 with Flashmint

Are you a person who has the penchant for blog designs? Are you creative and innovative? Do you love to take on new challenges? Are you a blogger or blog designer? If you possess any of these qualities, then this one's for you!Â

For Blog Designers: A leading Flash Company announces the Flashmint Blog Design Contest. Flashmint is now ready for a total makeover that they are inviting YOU blog designers to give their blog a fresh new look. What's in it for you? Glory, honor and $500. So, what are you waiting for? Be The ONE to make history. Grab your laptops now and let those creative juices flowing... And oh, don't forget to check out the contest rules here.

For Bloggers like me! Just blog about this contest and help bring traffic to Flashmint. You might win $100-$300 in prizes and get a free PR4 backlink with the contest arranged by Flash Mint ・an evident leader in the market of Flash Website Templates.

So what are you waiting for? Join now before it's too late. Contest runs from August 1st to September 1st.

Do you buy or pay for...

I love to surf the internet and enjoy signing up for freebies. I do pay for my internet connection, but other than that, I want it free as much as possible.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Food Friday: Chicken Sotanghon

food friday

Today is a very exciting day. We have house guests who will be staying for the night. They are our good friends from Tokyo. They visited Yokohama City during the day and decided to spend the night with us because tomorrow, we will be going to Sea Paradise.

We had chicken sotanghon for dinner tonight. It was my first time to cook for a big group so that I was a bit afraid that they might not like what I prepared for them. Thankfully, they liked my chicken sotanghon. Yay! They liked it so much that when I remembered to take a photo, it was already too late. There was nothing left but the empty bowl. Lol!

My first ever food friday post and NO Photos! Oh well, next Friday, I will be sure to remember to photograph what I cook!

What About dNeero?

I didn't realize that I have already answered at least 15 conversations from dNeero until tonight. I know that it's been a while since my last post. It's just that I have been quite busy with housework and with the Obon holidays, there just isn't enough time to update my blog. Family first, you know.

Anyway, why do I keep taking their conversations? Well, foremost, they pay you every time you answer a conversation and post them in your blog. The conversations are also short - about 3-5 questions, and are simple and very easy to answer. Their conversations vary from current issues, to health, to new products. What's more, you get some awards (additional earnings) for some conversations. And if you are the generous type, you can opt to donate your earnings from a particular conversation to your chosen charity.

So have I already sparked your interest? Try dNeero and find out for yourself.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What About dNeero?

I didn't realize that I have already answered at least 15 dNeero conversations. I truly enjoy taking their surveys... Why? Find out here.

Talk It Up

Introducing Visual Talking.... a fun way to send your message across with the aid of images.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Arte Y Pico Award

I didn't really expect to be given this Arte Y Pico Award. I haven't heard of it before... it sounds so foreign really. Nor do I have any idea as to why this award was given to me in the first place. I mean... whatever did I do to deserve this? But anyway, it's the thought that counts so thanks to Pchi for deeming me worthy of this award.

So now, I would like to pass this on to my newfound friends in the blogosphere. Please indulge me on this one as there are certain rules for passing this on.

The rules for passing this honor on:

1) Pick 5 blogs that you would like to award this honor to.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of so everyone will know the origin of this award.

Awarding this to Sarah, Liza, Juliana, Wiehanne, Jerome for their creativity and expertise in their own arts.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Win Stuff By Searching

Get rewarded the next time you search the internet. How? Use the iRazoo search engine.

This is how it works:
Step 1: Enter a search into the iRazoo search bar.
Step 2: Each search is a chance to win an Amazon gift certificate instantly! In addition, you will earn points for each search. Users from any country can win instantly!
Step 3: At the top of every webpage, you can also earn points by voting for (or against) websites.
Step 4:Exchange your points for exciting prizes such as Mp3 players, Cameras, Memory sticks & Video Game systems!
Note: (Only users from the United States, Canada, UK and India are eligible to earn and exchange points. However users from any country can win instantly!)

Join me now on iRazoo and who knows, you might be able to win those cool gadgets!

Lucy Is Coming Home

Yup! Dad is taking Lucy home today... The whole family is excited! Can't wait...

Just who is Lucy? She is the one that I have mentioned in one of my posts.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Celiac Disease.... Did You Know?

1 out of 133 persons has celiac disease. Are you the one?"

This is the first time that I have heard about celiac disease. From what I have read, it is a digestive disease that damages the small intestines. Symptoms vary from person to person and is quite difficult to detect because its symptoms are similar to other diseases. Common symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal pains, gas, behavioral changes, and weight loss among others. A person having this disease may have the symptoms or none at all. This is why it is quite difficult to detect and diagnose. So, if you feel that you have the symptoms and just want to be sure, do feel free to see a medical professional. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Click here to find out more.

Photo credits: The Celiac Disease Foundation

Celiac Disease... Did You Know?

This is the first time I have heard about this disease... According to dNeero, it is "a lifelong autoimmune intestinal disorder, found in individuals who are genetically susceptible." What causes it and what can be done to prevent it? Check out the conversation below:

Identity... Me

This is another conversation featuring me and how I am similar yet quite so different from others. Here are some of my views about global warming and my answers to some "personality test" questions.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

To My Online Tomodachi

Tomodachi is the Japanese word for friend. This one goes out to you, my blogger friends, as a token of my appreciation for taking the time to read my posts and to comment. The same thanks goes to Pchi for tagging me. Hope you enjoy blogging!

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1. Copy from start to finish
2. This letter should be passed on to your closest friends online.
3. Add your name and URL blog HERE!! .

1. Wheng 2. Hazel 3. Janeth Vicya's Life Journey 4. Denz Recreational 5. Cecile's life is good and beautiful 6. Anneberly's Beyond the Rave Reality 7. Rock's God's Best Gift8. Shimumsy 9. Swittooth 10. Texas Babe 11. Dette's Muthahood Crib 12. Mommyallehs 13. Pchi's Opinions 14. Kikamz' Just About Anything 15. You're Next!

4. Get back to Me [Kikamz] and leave a comment once you've passed on the letter. Will then visit your site to make sure your links are complete and proper.

5. To ensure everyone receives equal link benefit, UPDATE your list regularly!

It's true I have never seen you and we have never met,
Never shaken hands or even truly hugged and yet!
I know for sure you care for me by the kindness that you give.
And our keyboards keep us together doesn't matter where we live.
So I give you this gift to put a smile on your face
and to let you know in my heart you have a special place.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Baby Essentials

When it comes to baby stuff, I don`t settle for anything less. I make sure that our Sam receives the best -- and when I say best, it means of good quality and a trusted name in the baby industry. Of course, we don`t mean to spoil her, and I don`t intend to. We just want our baby to grow healthy and strong and safe that`s why we buy her stuff with brands that have been tested and tried in the market.

The following are just some of the baby brands that I trust:

Pigeon - Pigeon has always been BIG on little things. In the market for more than 50 years now, it has a wide selection of products ranging from breastfeeding and breast care to nursing bottles, toiletries, baby wipes, health care, cleaning and sterilization, magmags, pacifiers and teethers, and a whole lot more. Pigeon products are designed to suit your baby's age so that as you baby grows bigger and bigger, Pigeon grows with him or her too. Sam's feeding bottles, pacifier & teether, wipes, baby bath, and cleaning and sterilization are all from Pigeon. Luckily for us, we are living here in Japan and Pigeon products are always available everywhere.

Combi -  When we started going on those family trips, mobility and comfort for Sam has been a priority. So before going on those trips, we bought her a baby stroller from Combi. We considered the following in choosing her stroller: lightweight, one-touch opening, multiple reclining angles of the baby seat, safe and can be easily navigated. The EX Combi Gran Paseo was just the perfect one for Sam.

Morinaga E-Akachan - What do you feed your baby? Breastmilk or formula milk? While it is very true that breastmilk is still the best for babies, some mommies just aren't lucky enough to breastfeed their babies. I was lucky to have been given the chance to breastfeed my baby until she was three months old. After three months, my breastmilk sort of just disappeared and so I had to give my baby formula milk. When my hubby and I decided on what formula milk to buy, we made sure that it is hypo-allegenic -- because you never can tell yet whether your baby has certain allergies or not.

Merries - Babies need their nappies to keep them dry and comfortable all day long. I have been using Merries diapers since Sam was born. Even the hospital where Sam was born recommends it. Why Merries? Because it keeps my baby merry. The material used is smooth and light - perfect for the summer season! No rashes. No leaks. Just all the comfort my baby needs.

These are just some of the baby brands and stuff that I trust. How about you, my dear mommies? What baby brands do you trust?

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