Finally, my oldest blog with blogger now has a domain of its own and it's in my own name. When majority of other bloggers claim their very first domain with their names in it, I claimed mine after every other niched sites I have. I'm having self hosted so this blogspot will not be redirected to my .com. I will soon have this blog set to private mode to avoid being tagged by Google as duplicate content.

I hope to call on those who I have exchanged links with to kindly update my URL from to

Thank you very much.... :-)

..and the leader happens to be moi.  I give it to the rest of the team to have done a great job.  It also helped that I have the hubby in my team.  The ever sports person that he is, I knew we were going to make it on top the moment I saw his name on the paper.

As much as I enjoy watching Amazing Race, there was really nothing in this lifetime that could have me join anything close to that kind of game. I have a confession to make: I’m a weakling, physically, that is. I have always been exempted from any strenuous and/or physical activities right from when I was in grade school. It’s either I faint easily or I get migraine bouts from too much sun. When the rest of my batch would stay under the sun for their CAT drills, I’m right there on the bleachers, killing time – as a medic.

We finally were able to sneak out to have our V date just before the love month ended. With the hubby and I getting together to a couple of bloggers' events, courtesy of Azrael, we were able to spend a quality "us" time in between those events.
We left the house around 1pm and got back home 10pm. Tiring but fun. We got to meet fellow bloggers who we just rub elbows with only but virutally. Most of them via Plurk. I was more than thrilled to have seen my friend Mhel. I hope to be able to meet them again. :-)

After a whole year of relative abundance, it is this month that we really feel the stress that the recession brings. Aside from the fire insurance we renewed this year, the bulk of our income goes to bills payments from mortgage to utilities. If you would notice as well, prices of commodities continue to hike up alongside the cost of gas and diesel.

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I just consider ourselves blessed that we had a good term when it comes to our house mortgage. We have twelve years left to pay it off . The next major expense that we have to prepare for is our son’s education. Even homeschooling can cost a lot. We only have a few more months to prepare for this. Despite the recession, life has to go on and the Lord will continue to be in control throughout this phase.

I am happy to report that my little boy was only sick with low grade fever for less than a day. He rarely gets sick, which is why whenever he does, I cannot help but be all too concerned. I am so happy that he responded well to the lemongrass concoction that I had him drink every so often. Around five times throughout that time. 38.6 was the highest his temperature went, but didn't last for half an hour.

We missed church that day and a baby dedication and birthday party of the daughter of our good friends, Bon and Egie. He has been okay since Sunday noon, but still I wonder what could that have been.
He is now playing golf via Wii. His favorite sport and he just did a birdie - my cool three year old son. :-)

We are all celebrating from the moment my father and Esther spotted her name on the list of those who passed the Nursing Board Exam in November 2008. My cousin has been telling me of sleepless nights for some days now over the stress of finding out if she made it or not. Possibly the longest three months of her life. Atleast I did not have to wait more than a month when the board results for the exam I took last year was released.

Now the next step for her is to review for NCLEX. We are really thrilled of her passing the board and we cannot help but have her treat us to a gallon of ice cream, atleast. ;-)

Congrats Esther!!!! We are so happy for you! :D

(l-r: me, Esther and my sister, Rose)

Your Family Makes You Happy

You get along with everyone in your family, and you tend to play the peacemaker. You can see issues from all sides.

You have confidence in your family to take care of itself and make good decisions. You especially have this confidence in the younger generation.

You feel extra joyful when all of your family members are around. You bring light to difficult situations.

You get teased a lot by your family. You usually don't mind being the butt of jokes, but sometimes you feel picked on.

Have you read about Zenni Optical in the new York Times? If you have not et, you should head over there and read it for yourself. It is just neat that people get to know that there are Prescription eyeglasses for only $8 and they don’t have to shell out so much money for the same durability and reliability.

I love this particular frame I saw from their web page. Simple elegance, right? For some who is not exactly fond of wearing spectacles, I really wouldn't mind if this is the pair I'm going to wear in the future. Talk about seeing straight without breaking bank – precisely what Zenni Optical is all about.

I would like to thank all those who bothered to send me emails and messages via EC, informing me that they cannot access Marriage and Beyond. My main blog is currently under transition. I had to change hosts and I hope that it goes live within the next 24 hours.
It was the first time for the hubby and me to back up our files and my main site sure has such heavy load. Lots of techie stuffs that I didn't bother to tinker with. I just had the hubby figure it out and thanks a whole lot to Neil for helping him throughout, as always. Although I still can't help but get uneasy until I see my site go live once again. There's just something about that database error message that gets to me. Oh well, the site has been like a baby to me and not being able to access it feels weird. I hope it doesn't take so long until I see it go live again. :-)

It's a lazy Sunday afternoon. Just got done with one online assignment for my other blog, when I peeked through the dashboard of Blogger and saw that I have 199 posts for this particular blog. I feel so sleepy but I can't sleep just yet. It's almost dinner time and I have got to heat up some left overs for dinner. I just made buco pandan dessert and our lemongrass juice right after lunch. I checked the fridge and I still have sauteed cabbage and sinigang na liempo leftovers for viands. These will do.

My weekend cleaning lady just got in early this afternoon to do some house cleaning, for which I am thoroughly thankful. I can't get right back to stressing myself doing all these chores. I have got to get back to my bouncy self. I still cough from time to time but none of those crazy ones I used to have.

Finishing the fourth book (Breaking Dawn) of the Twilight Series was bitter sweet. I almost marathoned to the fourth book from the first book. It is just an amazing series if you ask me, a genre all its own. I am currently reading Midnight Sun. This time the love story is told from Edward Cullen's perspective.

I just remembered the books of John Eldredge's books Sacred Romance and The Journey of Desire. The innate desire of every woman to be loved like there's no tomorrow and every man's quest to pursue the one he loves. Although God's love for us is nothing like Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen's love story, no vampire and half immortal stuff when it comes to God's love for me. But truth is, my Lord loves me more than how Edward can ever love Bella. The thought is just so sweet and the realization takes me back to reality of God's love for me. It may be the queerest thing, if anything at all, for other Twilight fanatics. But that's just how it all came down to me. Stephenie Meyer is a genius. I have felt the characters hearts beating through every chapter (although most characters barely have hearts that beat).

Edward to Bella after they reunited and Bella finally getting her 14 hours of sleep after the grueling time with the Vamps in Italy.

"Will you please try to hear what I'm telling you?
Will you let me attempt
to explain what you mean to me?"
He waited, studying my face as he spoke to
make sure I was really listening.
"Before you, Bella, my life was like a
moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars—
points of light and reason…
And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly
everything was on
fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone,
when the
meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had
changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn't see the stars
anymore. And
there was no more reason for anything."

It wasn't until this book comes to a close that the main characters got reunited. I cannot help but feel bad for Jacob, the sweet and young werewolf who fell unconditionally in love with Bella. Ok I'm not sure yet up to what extent. I will have to see in the sequel to this book. Oh my goodness! Whoever said that fairytales and these supposed horror movie characters could all make for a very romantic and engaging love story! :-)

I went to see my doctor yesterday. She told me that I definitely have some kind of respiratory infection from the cold virus and flu I had a couple of weeks back. I hope she knows what she's doing, because I got skeptical for a time. She did not even bother to have some lab tests done. She just listened to my chest through the stetoscope and that was it? Again, it's not surprising that she gave me another set of antibiotics. This time a stronger one. What difference is this one from the previous one? I am totally throwing away money on crappy medicines that are super expensive but does not make me well at all!

I know I'm ranting. Just allow me to rant just this once. So I need to get into bed most of the time. Fine. I got to bed as early as eight last night and I'm almost always in bed the whole day today, except at this very minute that I just got to let some ranting out.

For now I decided to take some natural medications Pei Pa Koa (the chinise meds) and BioEnzyme Plus. If this does not work by tomorrow, I will go buy the meds that were prescribed.

I finally got hold of the Twilight series e-book! I transferred it to my mobile and I am now reading like crazy that I cannot stop. Oh my goodness, I am just into the fourth chapter of Twilight and I have several inconsistencies from the movie. This is why a handful of friends who have read the book before watching the movie were disappointed while the hubby and I were so fine by the movie alone. The book is so much more interesting! :-)

I figured it was the same disappointment when I watched the Two Towers and The Return of the King sequels of the Lord of the Rings. Stepenie Meyer did a great job in writing this book. I am loving it and I have just started!

I am thankful for:
- being able to work from home and still make a decent living. There is nothing better than being able to care for your family and earning a living while at home! This is a major blessing and breakthrough in our life as a family. It all started a year ago and will press on counting!
- a husband that more than just complements my whole being and takes good care of me and our little guy.
- my forgiving son, who is just as forgiving as his sweet father. I can be a nut sometimes.
- my family of origin. Can't live with them, can't live without them. LOL! I love them all! Each personality has its own quirks but nevertheless amusing in their own unique ways.
- friends (long time, new ones -virtual or in the flesh). You have made life sweeter through your presence!

I am going to leave in a while to go see my doctor. I was suppose to see her again last Friday, but with a lot of things in our schedule and with no nanny to care for my little boy it was hard to find time.

I have been coughing like crazy for more than two weeks now. Even if in my heart I refuse to go see the doctor because I am always sure she would prescribe another set of very pricey medicines, with this current health that I have, I am left with not much of a choice. Off I go now!

I am loving this holiday glass frames from Zenni Optical! I swear if I would happen to be sporting less than perfect vision, I am not going to have second thoughts on getting this kind of frame especially for Christmas. Everybody has heard about the popular online eyeglasses shop, it is all over the blogs! Prices start at $ 8 Complete Rx Eyeglasses and they are certified good quality ones.

You would not believe what I witnessed at the homeschool convention the hubby and I attended last Saturday. Except for the great talks by Pastor Peter and his family, there were a whole bunch of people with colds and cough! There must have been at least one person who would periodically blow his or her nose and/or cough in every row of the 2,000 capacity auditorium.

It should be the weather. With the holiday just around the corner, we have the weirdest of all weathers. One day it will be a little chilly then the next will be utter heat. It’s horrible. This should be the culprit to the flu virus mutating like crazy.

I should say that this is not uncommon. My folks who are in Houston right now said that the weather there is also as crazy. In other parts of the world people are turning on their conventional gas fires and some their contemporary electric fires. It is winter time in their place and this is the least they could do to find comfort in their home.

I suggest you check out if you would like to install one of those state of the art hole in the wall fires in time for winter.

While some swear to earning a hundred a day. This is what adsense has earned me in one full year - $99.86! And I cannot withdraw the money just yet until it amounts to $100 at least. Okay, I have waited for a year, a few more days should not be that bad.

This will be one of my blogging milestones. I haven't withdrawn my adsense earnings since I did online marketing and this is going to be a first. I am definitely looking forward to it. It's not much, but it marks one full year of waiting. :-)

It has been a month since my lone PR2 blog has been hibernating. Now it can be told, it is not about page ranks. Most of the blogs that we are currently gaining from are PR-less blogs or a mere PR1.

As the verse say, "Every good and perfect gift comes from God." And amidst the global crisis, we still feel thankful that the Lord allows for us to earn through internet marketing. It was really wise that we did not put all our eggs in one basket. It is probably the single most wise decision we ever did.

I think it will be in the next couple of weeks when Tito Adolfo will once again come and get the car to work on a couple of things in one of his auto body shops corona. It was three weeks ago when the hubby noticed a scratch on the hood. It will be easy to deal with as Tito Adolfo said he still has some left over paint and other items that he could use to have it repaired.

We were told that he will get everything finished in three days.