I am here waiting for my turn to see the doctor. I know I need not tell you, I am again blogging via my mobile phone. I am the 8th patient and I am so not new at this, waiting in line for the doctor, that is.

I am so stressed. Tomorrow is my scheduled pre-board examination and I am not getting any better. My temperature shot up to 39 degrees Celsius, practically the whole day yesterday. It is still the same today. The paracetamol pills I am taking do not help. I was asking God what He was trying to say in this circumstance that I am in when He gave me this verse yesterday:

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

It sure sounds so much easier than done. To stay poised under pressure is really something else. There are several things the Lord is telling me now. But before He wants me to figure everything out. I have to keep on trusting that He is in control. I hope to be unshaken by the alarms of life like these and I hope for peace that radiates despite all the uncertainties of life. Life is filled with anxiety and cares and the temptation to be restless and anxious will always be there. God confidence, not confidence in myself or in what I can do. This will keep me calm in the midst of the demands of life.

With how my health is failing me now, I do not know how I can even go take the board tomorrow. I remain hopeful, but whatever happens, I will just settle where I am at and tell Him, His will be done.

I did retire rather early last night, hoping I could sleep off whatever it was that made me sick. I woke up having chills in the middle of the night and hubby gave me my second paracetamol pill. I did sweat out my fever at around four in the morning. But here I am now, not having enough strength to even get in front of my laptop.

I am bedridden and do I resent it! My head and eyes hurt with the mere attempt of browsing through the net. My temperature is doing 38 plus Celsius now. It was a good thing, though, that I was still able to get Joy's links included in my blogroll. But that was it! After doing that, I just had to admit that I have to shut the computers down, mine and hubby's.

Hubby was kind enough to take our son with him to work. I really have no strength to look after our son. I hope to get better from today until tomorrow. I have to take my pre-board exam on Saturday and I cannot be still sick by then.

If there is anything, mobile blogging can be really cool! I do not know why I cannot stand the screen of my laptop but can freely type away via my mobile phone without the eye strain, like what I am doing now.

Allow me to sign off for now and do my devotions. For those pro bloggers out there, please heed my plea of help. Refer to the entry prior to this one. I will really appreciate it.

Hello dear readers and friends here in the blogging world! I messed my blogroll up last night during my attempt to tweak and change my template. I have my blogroll live now, but I am pretty much unsure if I have everyone listed. Please give me a pingback and let me know if you see yourself not listed. You see, what I did to restore this was manually copy the blogroll from my The Aspacio's website.

I have been blogging for years but I still can't figure this seemingly easy task. I honestly am getting bored with the customized templates blogger has to offer. So I have been trying to make changes, but whenever I do, the widgets and my blogroll would go missing. This happens even when I get it right back to my former template. More than an apology, this is actually a cry for help.

If anyone of you could be so kind, please teach me how to even just add those scrolling thingy on the sidebar, which could really come handy with a blogroll that can rather take up all the space therein. I also hope to make use of it for my disclosure policy and the like. I actually am considering keeping this template, just so I can save myself the headache of restoring everything back to its former state when my tweaking attempts don't work out.

Thank you for understanding. Again, please leave me a message if you suddenly do not see your name listed here.

Today I am tooting about this website being given a PageRank 2/10 by Google. I am amazed even as our main site just got slapped by google from its PR4 in time for Valentine's Day. It was something that is expected because we did grab a lot of opportunities. We have no regrets even as we were able to pay off a major chunk of our credit card debts out of the extra income.

I believe Page Rank is overrated. But still it is something and I believe it's worth tooting about. I don't know how long will this award stay in this site. For now, allow me to savor the moment. Here's for my Tuesday Toot. :-)

Me and dear hubby are a blogging couple. It is now past twelve midnight and we are still in front of each of our computers typing away and dropping cards respectively. This has been a long day for me. I was not able to finish my goal for the day which is to take care of our son's closet.

When you have a toddler like we do, you would understand why I have to sort out his things from time to time. It has to be that way or else his closet will just overflow with things and clothes that do not fit him anymore.

Tonight, after we prayed and I tucked him to bed, he would sing songs like "Amazing Grace" (which my mother just taught him today) and other songs that he would usually sing himself to sleep with. All the while I thought he would be sleeping before his father comes home from his football training. He remained up and about, patiently waited for papa to sleep beside him.

When my husband and I had our getaway vacation on August of 2005, we really had a blast. It was something else. The months preceding that were both stressful and wonderful time for us. We were just so busy with our child birth preparation classes doing our Lamaze/Bradley sessions and when baby came out there were a lot of adjustments that overwhelmed us and our family. We intentionally scheduled a time for us to just get away, dear hubby and me.

We plan to have a repeat but this time we will have to tag our son along. He could very well appreciate things around him and is very fond of the outdoors. When hubby and I went to Cebu last 2005 we booked chose from a handful of hotel reservations a room with a kitchenette. I figured with a toddler around, this time we will have to get a hold of a hotel room with the same facility. It would be convenient for all of us. It may even be a resort, a place similar to the one where hubs and I spent our honeymoon in. I’m sure our little guy will love the sand and we could build sand castles together. 

Going through the web and looking for the best rates, I chanced upon hotel reservations. They offer such great prices and competitive rates to boot. A sample of which is for the $100 rebate coupon one gets $20 with a 3 Night Booking, $30 with a 5 Night Booking, $50 with an 8 Night Booking, $75 with a 10 Night Booking and $100 with a 12 Night Booking. That is just an offer that is hard to resist. Now what I will need to look at is to decide on the place, plan the perfect date and get booked.

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Speed test

I definitely need more practice. :-)

Commitments provide purpose, meaning, and direction in life. Ralph, age fourteen, was determined to save money for a remote control car. Mom told us, "He set his heart on getting that car and spent many hours earning the money." Jill was committed to her friends but not to her schoolwork, requiring some major shifts in her heart in order to get her commitments into proper balance.

Sometimes parents are encouraged by the commitments they see in their children and other times red flags go up warning moms and dads to take action. When parents use the good commitments that children have and try to change commitments that are unproductive, they are doing heart work in their kids' lives.

Parents can do a lot to influence their children's commitments. Be on the lookout for positive things that you want to encourage in your child's heart. Many a great man or woman has traced their early interests back to a parent's encouragement. Look for ways to generate healthy commitments in children to get their hearts moving in the right direction.

Moses told the people, "Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day…They are your life." (Deuteronomy 32:46-47) Samuel told the people, "Serve the Lord with all your heart." (1 Samuel 12:24) Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart." Each of these verses is a call to commitment.

This is my first time to join MommyCommunity's Tuesday Toot. I sure hope I'm doing it right. I am actually expecting a feedback from them. I am not really new to this meme train, but this one is fairly new to me and I m not sure how they are doing it.

One thing for sure, I am just thrilled to hop on this train and have them know I'm one of them. I guess this is enough reason to tag this as my Tuesday Toot. :-)

Thanks sis Bing for this tag! :-)

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We have been celebrating Valentine's Day together for eleven years now. This is our sixth Valentine celebration as a married couple. And it sure is true, it gets better every year.

For more of our Valentine happenings, click here.

Thanks Joy for the tag! I appreciate you sis! God bless you more! :-)

1. Are you in a complicated love situation? {no}

2 . Do you hate more than 3 people? {no}

3 . The last thing you drank? {green tea}

4 . Favorite chocolate bar? {Midnight Dove}

5. Have you ever tripped someone? {I don't remember}

6. How many pairs of shoes do you own? {around 5}

7. Have you ever thrown up in public? {I always did whenever I ride the public transpo when I was small}

8 . Favorite genre of music? {Christian Contemporary, Jazz}

9. Do you like beer? {I don't}

10. What are your favorite colour(s)? {Pink}

11. Is anyone in love with you? {yes!}

13.Pepsi or Sprite? {Neither}

14. How many video games do you own? {none}

15. Does look matters? {Yes. Looks, like beauty, is relative to the beholder}

16. Are you too forgiving? {I'm not.}

17. Do you own something from Hottopic? {I don't}

18. Do you own a gun? {nope}

19. What did you do last night? {attend to Jed, the house, and blog in between}

20. Nicknames? {Jen, Jennie}

21. If you had a super power, what would it be? {The power to bend time/space continuum-like Hiro Nakamura}

22 . Are you thinking about somebody right now? {Yes, my two boys are wrestling on the bed. I hear the fun and want to join in!}

23 . Ever called somebody Boo? {Yes!}

24. Are you happy with your life right now? {Happy!}

25. Do you like your hair? {It could be better}

26 . Does anyone like you? {Yes.}

27 . Last thing you read? {This tag from Joy}

28 . Are you afraid of the dark? {Sometimes, when I get very imaginative.}

29 . Have you ever stripped? {Yes. Does anyone take a bath in her clothes?}

30. Have you ever broken someone’s heart? {Yes}

31. Can you cook? {I can}

32. Things that annoy you? {Arrogant, fake people}

33 . Money or Love? {Love}

34 . What do you want more than anything right now? {To just wake up and know that I passed the board}

35. Do you enjoy scary movies? {I don't}

36. Marriage Or Live In? {Marriage definitely. See our Marriage and Beyond site as evidence}

37. When was the last time you said "I love you" ? {Just hours ago for sure when I saw my son when I got home from school}

I am tagging my favorite beautiful people in the blogosphere:

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Be careful of manipulative questions from teens. They may not even realize what they're doing but teens often ask questions or make statements to try to convince you to bend the rules.
One of the questions is, "What's wrong with it?" We all have a grid in our mind that allows us to make decisions about what we allow. When our children get a little older then they challenge the grid by asking questions like, "What's wrong with it?"
A young person may come to Dad and ask to go hang out at the mall, or at a friend's house after school, or attend a party on Friday night. What's wrong with those things? Maybe nothing, but the wise parent knows that in those situations bad things often begin. Unfortunately, the teenager may not be able to see it. The restriction just doesn't seem reasonable.
It takes a pretty committed and insightful parent to address that kind of issue and many fail. "Well, I guess you could go to that party, and hang out after school at your boy friend’s house" and…pretty soon things happen that change the course of the child's life.
"What's wrong with it?" is a question that misses the point. It's like creating a soup. We're not just throwing things into a bowl. We are hand picking the ingredients to make this soup nutritious, not just looking for all the possible non-dangerous things to add.
The same thing is true with your children. Don't allow them to convince you to make changes you know aren't in their best interest. Sometimes as a parent you have to take the difficult road of saying 'no' because you know what danger a 'yes' might allow.

As bad as it may sound, but we do live in a world that is far from perfect. There will always be times that will come in unsuspectingly and leave us staring at nothing because we are left with no clue where to get our resource.

When we are caught in between pay periods, there are entities that offer payday loans. These cash advance sites exists to supplement your monthly income and are made available during those times of emergencies. It is relatively easy to qualify for a payday loan. So if it is that extra money for medical emergency, unsuspecting car problems or even things that are not within the budget, this site could give you a helping hand.

It is important to note though that even as you avail of cash advance make sure to keep in mind the purpose of this loan. Make sure to pay it off as soon as you are able. This is one of the common mistakes of people who make loans. They get in debt for so long because they tend to forget the obligation after they have spent the money from the loan. We always have to keep in mind to be responsible with our obligations and pay off our bills to keep off from debt or at least keep the interest to a minimum.

My loving husband has been asking me since last month what I wanted to have for a Valentine’s gift. I have nothing in mind that time when he asked. But now I am tempted to nudge him to get ourselves brand new wedding rings. Because his piece was stolen from a crowded lrt bus. Yup. It’s a long story. I found a cool site with an exhibition of just the perfect pair for us. I’m also thinking of getting it set with diamonds. Our original were plain bands. Or maybe I could choose from their wide range of beautiful collection of anniversary rings. You see this week also marks the anniversary of our courtship stage. It was in February 10, 1997 when we officially became a couple.

Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the New Year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the New Year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.

The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-yearcycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors.

The sacrifice to the ancestors, the most vital of all the rituals, united the living members with those who had passed away. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family.

The presence of the ancestors is acknowledged on New Year's Eve with a dinner arranged for them at the family banquet table. The spirits of the ancestors, together with the living, celebrate the onset of the New Year as one great community. The communal feast called "surrounding the stove" or weilu. It symbolizes family unity and honors the past and present generations.

Source: http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/chinese_new_year.html

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:


The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile, network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

Keys locked in your car?

Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. It saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
Editor's Note: "It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!"

THIRD Hidden Battery Power. Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 #, a 15 digit code appears on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.
And Finally....

FIFTH Free Directory Service for Cells Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.

When I first became pregnant in 2004, I was really conscious. I did everything I could to prevent stretch marks from appearing around my belly. I was doing so fine, until my son was nine months in gestation. It was a fateful night in April 2005 that I noticed seeing some unsightly stretch marks on the left side of my tummy! It looked horrible! I was so into the fact that I am not going to get it. Why? With all the creams of what have yous that I applied. Each guaranteeing a stretch mark free belly all through out my pregnancy. And boy, were they pricey!

After giving birth, even as I was busy taking care of my little guy, I got a hold of a stretch mark cream that has considerably caused the stretch marks to lighten. I have heard that the best when it comes to this concern is revitol stretch mark cream. I am thrilled to have found this out. Almost three years since I have given birth and I have become hopeful at last. I can get back to wearing two piece swim wear without thinking of my unsightly belly. I really want all those marks to say goodbye forever.

My son is turning three in a few months and he sure is manifesting confidence in every possible area of his growth. My being a hands on mom should just be it.

Here's an article from Sarah Henry on ways to build your child's self-esteem:
Nurturing your child's self-esteem may seem like a hefty responsibility. After all, a feeling of self-worth lays the foundation for your child's future as he sets out to try new things on his own. "Self-esteem comes from having a sense of belonging, believing that we're capable, and knowing our contributions are valued and worthwhile," says California family therapist Jane Nelsen, co-author of the Positive Discipline series.

"As any parent knows, self-esteem is a fleeting experience," says Nelsen. "Sometimes we feel good about ourselves and sometimes we don't. What we are really trying to teach our kids are life skills like resiliency." Your goal as a parent is to ensure that your child develops pride and self-respect — in himself and in his cultural roots — as well as faith in his ability to handle life's challenges (for a school-age child that may mean giving a dance performance for you). Here are ten simple strategies to help boost your child's self-esteem:

Give unconditional love. A child's self-esteem flourishes with the kind of no-strings-attached devotion that says, "I love you, no matter who you are or what you do." Your child benefits the most when you accept him for who he is regardless of his strengths, difficulties, temperament, or abilities. So, lavish him with love. Give him plenty of cuddles, kisses, and pats on the shoulder. And don't forget to tell him how much you love him. When you do have to correct your child, make it clear that it's his behavior — not him — that's unacceptable. For instance, instead of saying, "You're a naughty boy! Why can't you be good?" say, "Please don't throw the football in the house. A football is an outside toy."

Pay attention. Carve out time to give your child your undivided attention. That does wonders for your child's feelings of self-worth because it sends the message that you think he's important and valuable. It doesn't have to take a lot of time; it just means taking a moment to stop flicking through the mail if he's trying to talk with you or turning off the TV long enough to answer a question. Make eye contact so it's clear that you're really listening to what he's saying. When you're strapped for time, let your child know it without ignoring his needs. Say, "Tell me all about what happened at soccer practice, and then when you're finished, I'll need to make our dinner."

Teach limits. Establish a few reasonable rules for your child. For instance, if you tell him to wear his helmet when he rides his bike in the driveway, don't let him go without it at his friend's house. Knowing that certain family rules are set in stone will help him feel more secure. He'll start to live by your expectations soon enough. Just be clear and consistent and show him that you trust him and expect him to do the right thing.

Support healthy risks. Encourage your child to explore something new, such as trying a different food, making a new friend, or riding a skateboard. Though there's always the possibility of failure, without risk there's little opportunity for success. So let your child safely experiment, and resist the urge to intervene. For instance, try not to "rescue" him the minute he's showing mild frustration at figuring out how to read a tricky word. Jumping in to say, "I'll do it" can foster dependence and diminish your child's confidence. You'll build his self-esteem by balancing your need to protect him with his need to tackle new tasks.

Let mistakes happen. The flip side, of course, of having choices and taking risks is that sometimes your child is bound to make mistakes. These are valuable lessons for your child's confidence. So if your child misses the school bus because he was dawdling in his bedroom, encourage him to think about what he might do differently next time. That way his self-esteem won't sag and he'll understand that it's okay to make mistakes sometimes. When you goof up yourself, admit it, says Daniel Meier, assistant professor of elementary education at San Francisco State University. Acknowledging and recovering from your mistakes sends a powerful message to your child — it makes it easier for your child to accept his own difficulties.

Celebrate the positive. Everyone responds well to encouragement, so make an effort to acknowledge the good things your child does every day within his earshot. For instance, tell his dad, "Peter did all his chores today without prompting." He'll get to bask in the glow of your praise and his dad's heartening response. And be specific. Instead of saying "Good job," say, "Thank you for setting the table for dinner." This will enhance his sense of accomplishment and self-worth and let him know exactly what he did right.

Listen well. If your child needs to talk, stop and listen to what he has to say. He needs to know that his thoughts, feelings, desires, and opinions matter. Help him get comfortable with his emotions by labeling them. Say, "I understand you're sad because you can't go to the sleepover." By accepting his emotions without judgment, you validate his feelings and show that you value what he has to say. If you share your own feelings ("I'm worried about Grandma. She's very sick"), he'll gain confidence in expressing his own.

Resist comparisons. Comments such as "Why can't you be more like your brother?" or "Why can't you be nice like Evan?" will just remind your child of where he struggles in a way that fosters shame, envy, and competition. Even positive comparisons, such as "You're the best player" are potentially damaging because a child can find it hard to live up to this image. If you let your child know that you appreciate him for the unique individual he is, he'll be more likely to value himself too.

Offer empathy. If your child compares himself unfavorably to his siblings or peers ("Why can't I throw a football like Nicholas?"), show him empathy and then emphasize one of his strengths. For instance, say, "You're right. Nicholas is good at throwing a football. And you're a fast runner." This can help your child learn that we all have strengths and weaknesses, and that he doesn't have to be perfect to feel good about himself.

Provide encouragement. Every child needs the kind of support from loved ones that signals, "I believe in you. I see your effort. Keep going!" Encouragement means acknowledging progress — not just rewarding achievement. So if your child is struggling with a math problem, say: "You're trying very hard and you almost have it!" instead of "Not like that. Let me do it."

There's a difference between praise and encouragement. One rewards the task while the other rewards the person ("You did it!" rather than "I'm proud of you!"). Praise can make a child feel that he's only "good" if he does something perfectly. Encouragement, on the other hand, acknowledges the effort. "Tell me about the game. I saw you really hustling out there" is more helpful than saying, "You're the best player on the team." Too much praise can sap self-esteem because it can create pressure to perform and set up a continual need for approval from others. So dole out the praise judiciously and offer encouragement liberally; it will help your child grow up to feel good about himself.