Friday, April 29, 2011

Beat The Summer Heat

Although we live far away from the beach, the summer heat still beckons us to enjoy the sun and have fun, as if in the beach. Here in Stuttgart, we have a place called the Sky Beach, a place high above the roofs of the city, a "beach" bar complete with palm trees, white sand, umbrellas and beach lounge chairs. Come in your summer dress and womens sandals and of course, your sunglasses and you will never get out of place in this little beach at the rooftop.

Cool huh? And the best thing is, you get a very good bird's eye view of the city's panorama. Stuttgart after all, sits on a valley and at a such a height, you can get a nice view of the city from a different perspective. Not a bad place for a cool drink under the hot sun with friends, eh?

GT: Techie Talk

I used to consider myself a techie when I was still single. But because I find them expensive, I would just look at them in shops and wish that I had one. Hehehe! But thanks to my then-boyfriend-now-husband, I was able to enjoy gadgets like mp3 player, digital camera, and a laptop. The perks of being the girlfriend of someone who studied at a university in Tokyo, Japan. But I actually "stole" them from him. Lol!

I don't know if I am still a techie these days. I still would go loco over new electronic gadgets and silently wished I had one but I just don't see the necessity yet. I wish I had an iPhone or a laptop or an iPad or stuff like that but being a mom and a wife makes me put all these "wants" aside.

I guess we only buy electronic goods and upgrade when it is really necessary. We bought a Nikon DSLR back in 2009 because our digital camera was wearing out. Then we bought a desktop PC because the laptop was dying. We bought an LCD TV because we practically don't have a TV!

I wish though that I had a Nikon digital camera and a smartphone. It would be easier for me to take photos wherever I am with a small, pocket sized camera. The smartphone would be for me to be connected online even when I am at the university. I am not yet desperate for a laptop but I know in a few months time, I will be needing one.

These days, one must think first before buying. Although there are a lot of good things out there, at the end of the day, are they worth buying? Do you actually use them? One must also consider the environment when buying all these techie gadgets. Remember that these electronic gadgets have heavy and precious metals, hazardous substances, and plastics in them and they are not easy to process. If you don't need them anymore, how are you going to dispose of them?

Girls Talk

Your Home in Odessa

As a traveler, whether for business or for pleasure, we are always looking forward to a place where we can comfortably rest after a busy day. What better way to do that than to stay at the comfort of a hotel that offers everything? Wherever you are in the world, there will always be a good hotel to come to. All you need is to book the right place.

The Odessa hotels like the Continental in the city of Odessa in Ukraine offers not just traditional hospitality and care, it offers luxurious rooms designed and furnished according to world standards and the hotel itself is equipped with a sauna, an Italian restaurant, conference hall, and a 24-hour opened bar.

When traveling in a group or with family, planning to stay for a longer time and want to enjoy your own cooking, apartment Odessa offered by the Continental is also available in the city of Odessa, Ukraine. Each apartment comes with a well equipped kitchen, toilet and shower, air conditioner, washing machine, free internet, aatellite TV and telephone.

There are actually lots of beautiful sights to see if you plan to travel to Odessa Ukraine. Aside from the marine passenger sea port, which you can access via the famous Potemkin stair, there are splendid architecture and monuments to see. Notable also is the Odessa Opera House, said to be second in beauty to the Italian La Scala Opera House.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

TCP#87: Atonement

Hello Couchers! Happy Easter to all of you and welcome to the 87th edition of Tuesday Couch Potatoes where we share about a movie each week. My apologies my dears for the delay in posting this one. It's back to school for me and I had so much to prepare and overlooked that it's already a Tuesday. Whew! How fast time flies...

Anyway, this week's theme is "Redeemed" and I know there are a lot of Hollywood movies about redemption out there. But I cannot think of something that I have already seen. Seems like my brain is not working properly. Hehe!

But anyway, I have always wanted to watch the movie Atonement, an adaption of Ian McEwan's novel of the same title. It stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan. It came out in 2007 and reading through the plot, I just knew I have to watch this one. The story is that of how one young girl's miss-perception can change the lives of those around her so irrevocably, and what she does to try to make up for it. The movie received lots of positive reviews from critics and has been named among the Top 10 Films of 2007 by a number of film critics association so that makes it more worth watching.

I think you will never go wrong with this film so if you are looking for a good one, might as well give it a try.

Got a Redemption Movie to share? Then come share it with us by leaving your TCP entry'S URL in the linky below:

Thanks for joining us this week on Tuesday Couch Potatoes. I hope to see you all again next week for another edition of TCP with the theme "Catwalk: It's All About Fashion". Again, thank you all for joining and may you have a great week. Happy TCP everyone!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Where Does Your TV Stand?

Anyone who doesn't have a TV, raise your hand! I guess at this day and age, one can expect at least one television unit in a home. Some even have one in each room. With TV becoming a part of our daily lives as a source of information and entertainment, one should of course see to it that it stands on something sturdy and stable.

When it comes to TV stands, online shopping sites is one of the places to go to. They offer all your audio-visual furniture needs and carries many different brands and all types of TV stands that will suit your taste. If you are on a budget, you can choose from a wide selection and offers free shipping on almost all products.

We have always wanted to buy a cantilever TV stand for our flat screen LCD TV but we always hesitate on buying one because the ones we find are just way too expensive. Then I found something that is just prefect. It can suit LCD TVs up to 42" wide and can hold about 40kg of weight. It allows for cables to be managed properly without the unsightly spaghetti look. It has also two shelves made of toughened black glass and will just be perfect for our blueray player and media receiver. It also has a black modern look. And most of all, it helps save space because it does not occupy the entire wall as some TV panels do.

If you want to buy a new one for your LCD TV, just make sure that you consider these things: security (of your TV), comfort (of the viewer when watching) and storage (of your DVDs or players and unsightly cables). Than you will be one happy coucher.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Precious Time

Time is a very precious commodity. Once it has passed, one can never turn it back. That is why through the years, watches have been developed to be precise as possible so that man is able to work efficiently and that not a second is wasted.

But top quality watches are very hard to come by because when you say precision watches, they also come with a very high price. And for the ordinary human being, having the real thing would just be too much, unless of course, it is given as a gift. Good thing there are now Replica watches at It is very close to the real thing but at a more reasonable price and it tells you the time correctly too.

Replica watches have become famous these days because they look almost like the real thing. Most probably because they are copied down to the finest and smallest detail. The material and clockwork may be different but they are still made with quality and durability in mind. If you have an eye for Swiss precision watches but cannot afford one in the mean time, getting yourself a Rolex replica  is surely not a bad idea. Or if you want to feel like a pilot or an aviator, go get yourself a Breitling replica. They may not be the real thing but wearing them sure can give some self confidence.

Monday, April 18, 2011

TCP#86: 13 Going on 30

Hello Couchers and welcome to the 86th edition of Tuesday Couch Potatoes. Wow! I can't believe we've all come a long way. Will we be able to make it to 100? I am looking forward for that to day to come. Here's keeping my fingers crossed.

This week's theme is Age-Swapping Movies. We've all seen this kind of movie where the young suddenly becomes old the next day or vice versa. One that I find really cute is 13 Going On 30 which stars Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. I really enjoyed watching this movie, especially the pajama party and the Thriller Nights dance scene. The fashion when Jenna was still 13 was so 80's and I can't help but laugh at how fashion was in those days. I hope most of you have seen this film but if not, time to grab your PJ's and some popcorn and hop onto your couches on a Saturday night. This movie will just be a perfect treat!

For the benefit of those who haven't seen it yet, here's a summary from the Internet Movie Database Website:

The movie 13 going on 30 focuses on a young teenage girl by the name of Jenna Rink who suffers a humiliating thirteenth birthday and makes a wish to skip ahead to when she is thirty years old. Through the magic of some wishing dust her wish comes true. The movie then transports us to a thirty-year-old Jenna with the exception that she is only still thirteen on the inside but doesn't remember anything since her thirteenth birthday. She soon realizes that her thirty-year-old self has everything that she wanted when she was younger, such as a cool apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, and a dream job. Jenna soon realizes that even though she has everything she could ever want when she was younger, there is still something missing. Without her best friend from 1987, she gets her assistant to track down Matt. To her dismay she learns that her and Matt have been estranged since high school and that Matt is now engaged. When Jenna shows up at Matt's wedding, he gives Jenna back the dream house that she once through at him during her thirteenth birthday. Jenna leaves to find out that the wishing dust still works because we are then pulled back to the past to see a different story. Jenna tells off the girl she once wanted to be like and runs up the stairs with Matt to find that their getting married as there adult selves. Written by Anonymous

Here's the movie preview from

It really is a fun movie, with Jenna having a lot of realizations in her life. This movie reminds us that there will always be a child in us. It is up to us whether to leave that child behind or allow it to set us free.

What's your Age Swapping Movie? Come share it with us here on TCP by entering your TCP link URL in the linky below.

Thanks for joining us Couchers and since next Tuesday is already Easter, our theme will be "Redeemed", movies in which the characters were able to redeem themselves from a certain situation.

May you all have a blessed Lent and Easter celebration. Happy TCP everyone!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Travel Safe

My family loves to take road trips and we make it a point that at least once a year, we get to go on one. Because we are located in central Europe, it is very ideal to just travel by car and visit other European countries. And because there is a lot of risks associated with traveling by car, we also make it a point that we are safe.

No matter how responsible and a good driver you are, there will always be incidents beyond your control. You could get a flat tire anytime. Your engine could just stop. With these incidents, you know you just need someone to call so that you can get on with your plans and enjoy the rest of the trip. That is why it is always a good idea to be a member of a roadside assistance club. You only pay a certain amount annually and you can get all the benefits of roadside assistance.

No matter where we travel, we know that we always have someone to call should we need any assistance. It is really an added protection. Plus you get lots of perks from their partner establishments, like fuel discounts and travel coupons if your club offers it.

Baby Clothing for Boys

"It's about time". That's what most of our friends say everytime they see my little girl see all grown up. She is now three years old and even we would agree that is about time that she gets a brother or a sister. (But not yet as I have yet to finish my Masters.)

Speaking of babies, I discovered very cute baby clothes from Vertbaudet. Whether it's a baby boy or girl, you can choose some very smart designs for your little one. We want to have a little baby boy and if we would be blessed with one, there are baby clothes 0-3 months that really look so cute on your little man. Any baby boy would look handsome in their collection. I love the colors because they are not very dark and bright and the designs are really stylish. My little girl also owns Vertbaudet and I really love the quality of the cloth. It is  very soft and made of 100% cotton so you wouldn't have to worry about your little boy's sensitive skin. Just looking at their collection now makes me want to stock up on baby clothes for boys. They have everything for your little one from head to toe.

If you are looking for baby boy clothes, try Vertbaudet. "Have your little one step out in style with Vertbaudet!"

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mommy Moments: Birthday

This year marks another milestone for my little girl. She turned three years old last February and her birthday allowed me to experience other firsts, like celebrating her birthday at the Kindergarten for the first time and baking her birthday cake. My and hubby's birthdays are also coming up, mine will be at the end of the month and my husband's will be next month. We haven't planned anything grand, just a quiet dinner with the family as we always do.

Because it was Samantha's Birthday at the kindergarten, I asked her teacher if I can stay for a while to take some photos and she of course, agreed. It was just a simple celebration actually. I just brought a cake and after each child wished her a happy birthday and sang her a birthday song, they ate the cake. After that, Samantha was allowed to choose one treat from the "treat book" and chose face painting for everybody. The children stood in line waiting for their turn to be face painted and I guess it is something that they really loved. Then, it was time for me to leave to prepare also our little celebration at home.

I just made spaghetti and baked a cake for my little girl on her birthday. We spent a quiet dinner at home and then took some photos together. I just can't forget the look on my little girl's face when she saw the cake with it's lit candles. Her eyes just lit up and her expression was that of someone who experienced a beautiful miracle. The joy and wonder in her face are more than enough to make me realize that birthdays are something that children will always look forward to. And I guess it was really a Happy Birthday for her because we are complete.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Diamond, My Birthstone

Diamond is the traditional birthstone for those who are born in the month of April. We all know that this precious gem has long been associated to love, eternity and strength. And because it is timeless, it will just be the perfect for your loved ones, whether they celebrate their birthdays in the month of April or not. It is most popular as wedding jewelry because it represents the undying love between husband and wife.

I am not much of a jewelry fan but when it comes to buying or receiving them, I still would prefer diamond jewelry. Have you checked out the scott kay collection lately? I just love them, especially the eternity bands! I wouldn't mind wearing one on a daily basis! Hihi!

Diamond is considered one of the hardest substances to exist and has been very useful in a lot of industrial applications. Thought to be billions of years old, reference to diamonds have been recorded as early as 400BC in Sanskrit texts. There are so many myths and legends surrounding this gem. It has been around for years and one can say that indeed, it is timeless.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

GT: I'm A Big Fan

I am in the mood for blogging and I can say it has been a while since I had that kind of feeling. So I am trying to make up of lost time and participating for GT again. And this week's talk is about "the celebrity that we adore".

There is no doubt about it, I am big fan of Southern belle Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, most popularly known in Hollywood as Reese Witherspoon. I love all of her movies and how she chooses her roles very well. She was the perfect fashionista in Legally Blonde as Elle Woods, I adored her as Melanie Carmichael in Sweet Home Alabama and as Dr. Elizabeth Masterson in Just Like Heaven. I am so looking forward to watching her latest movie which she co-stars with hottie Robert Pattinson (more popularly known as Edward of the film series Twilight), Water for Elephants.

There is just a smoothness and finesse in the way Reese plays her role and one can't help but praise her for it. Watching her on E! one time allowed me to get a closer look at her life. It was just too bad that her seven-year marriage to Ryan Philippe ended but I love her two adorable daughters. She is proud of her southern upbringing, which she said gave her "a sense of family and tradition" and taught her about "being conscientious about people's feelings, being polite, being responsible and never taking for granted what you have in your life."

And like some other Hollywood celebrities, she is also into charitable works and is actively involved in children's and women's advocacy organizations. She has long supported the Save The Children foundation and also serves in the board of the Children's Defense Foundation. She also is an honorary chair of Avon Foundation, a charitable organization that supports women and focuses on breast cancer research and the prevention of domestic violence. Ain't it good to know that people like her care a lot for children and women? 

That's what I call keeping your feet on the ground.

Girls Talk

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Summer Shopping

Summer is fast approaching and it would be great to add some new collection to your summer wardrobe, right? But sometimes, shopping can be such a task especially if you are looking for clothes that are in special sizes for women. I am not sure if I am already a plus size, perhaps not yet but I am bordering on it. I have looked into some shops here that carry special sizes, particularly plus sizes for women and it looks like they are still too big for me. I would smile and rejoice, saying "Hurrah!" to myself. It is such a relief that I am still on the safe size. Lol!

But if you are big on some parts of your body, here are some safe tips that you could use:

1. If you love stripes, wear the vertical ones to give the illusion of a slim figure.
2. It would be a good idea to skip the low-rise jeans and opt for jeans that fits you well instead.
3. Always match light tops with dark pants. Instead of going for blacks, which does not always slimming give that slimming effect that you need, go monochromatic instead. 
4. Add high heels to your wardrobe. It will make you look more confident.
5. Do not be afraid to wear printed tops. Make sure though that the prints are not large.

I know I can still do something about my big tummy aside from buying an entirely new set of wardrobe. I could either work my butt off and sweat it out in the fitness studio or I could just insist to hubby that he get me pregnant, pronto. But then again, getting pregnant would mean I would need to get new maternity clothing because my old ones were for the winter season. Oh well, might as well do some exercise. It is good for the body and helps relax tense muscles.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

TCP#85: It Runs In The Family

Well, hello Couchers! This is quite a very late edition of Tuesday Couch Potatoes but here I am anyway. I just couldn't understand why I chose "The Generation Gap" for this week's theme as it proved to be very hard in picking out a movie that depicted is about it. Anyway, you can always choose the movies about parents and their children not agreeing on things or showing differences among generations something like that.

My pick for this week: It Runs in the Family. It is a 2003 comedy-drama film which stars three generations of the Douglas family: Kirk Douglas, his son Michael Douglas, and Michael's son Cameron Douglas, who play three generations of a family.

The story involves a highly successful New York City family, each with its set of problems, and highlights the difficulties of the father-son relationship.

Mitchell Gromberg is trying to deal with health problems resulting from a stroke. (Kirk Douglas himself suffered a stroke in 1996.) His son, Alex, works as a lawyer in the firm that his father founded, but is questioning the usefulness of his work and his place in the family. Alex's son, Asher, does not take college seriously and seems lost. The youngest son Eli, while extremely intelligent, is entering a difficult pre-adolescent time, while being socially awkward.

When Alex indulges in a thoughtless and careless brief romantic fling and his psychologist wife Rebecca discovers it, his marriage is threatened. Asher is discovered with illegal drugs and he starts to understand that he is on the wrong path. But major life crises, although devastating, brings the family together in a familial show of support, respect, and love.

Diana Dill, real-life mother to Michael Douglas and ex-wife of Kirk, plays the wife of Kirk in the film.

It is really fun seeing this film because one can relate to the different problems and challenges that are always present in a parent-child relationship. And while conflicts arise, it is still amazing to realize while watching this movie how the family is always able to emerge victorious and united.

Here's a preview that I hope you all will enjoy:

What's your Generation Gap movie this week? Come and share it with us here on Tuesday Couch Potatoes by entering your TCP link URL in the linky below:

Thank you for joining us here on TCP every Tuesday. I hope to see you all again next Tuesday for Age-Swapping Movies. And I hope next time, I won't be late in posting my entry. I am keeping my fingers crossed on that.

Have a good week everyone!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Korean Drama Craziness Continues...

I promised that I would do tons of stuff and make up for lost time in blogging now that it is April. Nine days have passed since our semestral break started and I am still lagging behind in my list except for the "watch Korean Dramas online" portion on my list.

In those nine days, I just finished watching the 24-episode "Goong" or  "The Imperial Household" or more popularly known in the Philippines as "The Princess Hours".

What I really love and find so delightful about this series? Aside from the characters, it would have to be the teddy bears! I just love them! There's this really nice Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju Island in South Korea that is worth visiting. I guess that would have to be included in my "places to go list". Just thinking about the place makes me want to go on a vacation. If I had a job, I might even get a payday loan so I can just go there. Right now.

What this series is also about? Here's the synopsis:

Chae-gyeong is an ordinary art high school student. One day, she hears totally unexpected news that, based on her grandfathers will, she must marry the unemotional Crown Prince Lee Shin who attends the same high school. Free-spirited Chae-gyeong resists the proposal, but reluctantly marries him to help her debt-ridden family. As she struggles to adapt herself to the proper manners and royal duties of palace life and to her disagreeable husband, Lee Shins sentimental cousin and second-in-line to the throne Yul steps into her life. She feels like she can rely on Yul to help her, but cant help worrying about her haughty, cold-hearted husband. To help bridge this gap, the senior members of the royal family take some special measures to get them to spend the night together. Along the way, you will encounter numerous delightful episodes among the cute and lively Chae-gyeong, the cold heartthrob Lee Shin, the handsome, down-to-earth Yul, the perfect ballerina Hyo- rin who just cant get over Lee Shin, and all the other members of the royal family. Will the Crowned Princess, Chae-gyeong be up to the challenges of royal life?

What should I watch next? Hmmm.... let's see...

Role Playing and My Three Year Old

Toddler age is one of those phases in a child's life that I find really amazing and delightful. This is because at this age, they are so imaginative, creative and can talk endlessly for hours without making any sense and still make you listen to them.

My three year old is not an exemption to the endless talking. Although she is a little late at speaking properly because of the language differences at home and at the kindergarten, she would still talk about hundreds of stuff at once and you would only catch words from it. We are trying our best to teach her our mother language and our dialect but it looks like she is more German in her manner of speaking. Of course, we are not giving up in our quest to teach her our own language so that she can also communicate with our relatives in the Philippines. German is after all an entirely different language and cannot be easily understood by Filipinos.

And while she is at it, her imaginative mind would proceed to role playing. I guess she enjoys playing out the role of her teacher at the kindergarten and she would replay at home what they did on that day, with her being the teacher. Lately, she has also been playing the role of a Mommy and I am the baby. I could just smile and giggle while I try to play my part as "baby" and would ask for all sorts of things. She, as a "mommy" would be so busy getting me "stuff" that I asked for. I really find it funny... It's like seeing a reflection of me. I guess because I am the one personally taking care of her, she knows my words, my actions and mannerisms by heart. She also likes to pretend being an animal. She likes being a cat most of the time. I just know that there'll be more role plays in the days to come and I am looking forward to all of them!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Helping the Men in Our Lives

In a family, it is usually the men who earn money to support the family. This is expected of them because they are after all, the pillars of the home. They are responsible for the well-being of the family and strive that the family is happy. That is why, they work hard to earn money to support the needs and wants of the family. In the end, it all boils down to the family being happy and not just because of the money.

And because the men in our homes work so hard to support us, they are subject to a lot of stress and pressure at work. Sometimes, they forget to eat just to meet the deadline and neglect their health to be able to meet the financial needs of the family. That is why they are more prone to illnesses. They are prone to illnesses because the resistance of their immune system to harmful elements is low. And this is where we, wives can help. We need to take care that they are getting a continuous supply of vitamins so that their immune system is able to work properly. We can get them to regularly take the best multivitamin for men, serve them nutritious dishes, take care of the budget, and provide a relaxing and soothing home environment for them.

If you are a wife, you of course already know about this. Because we also want to keep the family happy, we will also do our part with passion and dedication.

Direct Hire and Working Abroad

So you are a direct hire? You found a job overseas and you found it yourself. The pay is good, the airfare and work permit will be taken cared of by your new employer. You need not pay ridiculous fees because a recruitment agency was not involved in it. Your salary won't be deducted with all those fees from the agency. Well, good for you! But do you know that there are a few things that you still need to do before you leave the country? There are some who are directly hired overseas who don't know some of the SOPs in the Philippines when working abroad. I guess the only advantage that being employed via an agency is that they will take care of everything. So for the benefit of those directly hired overseas, here are some of the things that you need to do before you pack your bags.

The most common sense thing to do is to go to the nearest POEA Office in your area. They will be giving you a checklist of the requirements that you need to accomplish before leaving the country. These are passport, work visa or work permit, employment contract verified or authenticated by the Philippine embassy or Philippine consulate in the country of your destination. You are also required to undergo a medical examination by a DOH-accredited clinic or hospital and a pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS), which is conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

There are also some fees that you need to be aware of. 
POEA Processing Fee - US$100 or its peso equivalent
OWWA membership fee - US$25 or its peso equivalent
OWWA Medicare - Php900.00 

Once you have accomplished paying the fees and completed the requirements, you will be issued in return an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).  This is very important as it will serve as your exit travel clearance at the airport and immigration desks. The OEC also exempts any OFW from paying the travel tax and airport terminal fees. Along with the OEC is a free OFW electron ID card or e-Card. This will serve as your permanent identification card to facilitate your departure and access to services as OFW.

So there. I wish you good luck in your new job abroad.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

TCP#84: Prince of Persia

Hello Couchers! I am late again... =( I am on my semestral break actually but I am still tardy in making my posts. Well, I guess ever since I went to school, it seems that I got used to not facing the computer the entire day. I know I should shrug off the habit of "not blogging" otherwise that will be the end of this meme.

Anyway, this Tuesday's theme is Enchanted and my pick this week is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Over the weekend, I must have seen this thrice! It really is a nice movie and I enjoyed watching it. The sands of time is capable of turning back time and wouldn't it be great if you have something like it? You could change the course of history or so the legends say. This movie is reminiscent of the game that I used to play, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. This movie is actually based on this game. It is foremost an action film that uses sword and sorcery and the enchanting thing about it is when the dagger's jewel hilt is pushed and the time will turn back. The good thing about it is that only the person holding the dagger has an awareness of what has happened. Ain't it cool. I really enjoyed watching this first movie and from the looks of it, I think there will still be another Prince of Persia movie as the games itself has a Sands of Time series. Well, let's just wait and see.

What's your Enchanted movie for this week? Come and join us this Tuesday here on TCP and enter your TCP link URL in the linky below:

Thank you guys for joining us this week on Tuesday Couch Potatoes. I hope to see you all again next week for the theme: The Generation Gap. I know you have seen movies or would want to see films that tackle this issue. So I hope to see you all again next week for another helping of Tuesday Couch Potatoes. Happy TCP everyone!

Spring Cleaning 2011

Spring is finally here and it is high time to do another general cleaning. Many call it Spring Cleaning. In German, they call it der Frühjahrsputz. Thanks to my hubby who bought me my newest toy, a vacuum cleaner, cleaning and dusting has become easier for me. Because he is allergic to dust, the house has to be vacuumed as regularly as we can. And I can do that with a breeze with my very nice vacuum cleaner. Haha! I am so boastful! :D

Cleaning has been an agony before vacuum cleaner arrived because I had to sweep the floor with a soft broom and wipe it and then sweep again. A very tasking chore that had my lower back screaming with pain I thought I would need to see a chiropractic technologist just to be sure that my spine and my back in general are still okay. I actually considered seeing one when the pains kept coming back. But my doctor did a very nice alternative treatment that it doesn't hurt so much anymore.

I am still doing my spring cleaning right now and I am on a short break thus, blogging about it. I hope all you guys are planning on doing a spring cleaning too. Keep your houses clean because "cleanliness is next to godliness".

Remembering Lola Nanay

I was already here in Germany when I heard that my Lola passed way some two years ago. I was really sad because I never even got to take care of her when she was still alive. She was already old and weak last 2007, the year when I also flew to Japan to join my husband. The last time I saw her was May 2007. Little did I know that would be the last time. But I know she understood my situation and that she was happy that I have a beautiful family.

Yesterday was her 88th birthday. I just wish that she is now with our Creator and is re-united with my Lolo Totong in heaven. Whenever I remember my Lola, I think of the countless trips we did together with my cousins to coastal Sta. Cruz to spend the summer with our Lolo. I remember the humba that she would prepare for us all. I remember the many Cebuano dramas that we hear on radio and even got hooked to listening to them that it became an afternoon ritual.

Those were good memories that I hold deep and treasure in my heart. I know that she is watching over us right now, like an angel. And I know that things will be all right.

Photo courtesy of Roxy Ruiz via Facebook.

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