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Monday, August 22, 2011

Life is Happy with Pink

A collection of shades of Pink dedicated to our friend Betchai who showed me the Joys of Simple Life.

Thank you for opening my eyes to the beauty of photography, the art of sharing through blogging and keeping this site alive with a mission that goes beyond caring...

Online Back Up System

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carbonite for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My husband and I share one computer. It is an older model but we like the programs on it and it is serving our needs. My husband purchased it when he was in law school. He used it for research and storing his case studies and files.  On the other hand, I use our computer in saving my photos. I am into photography.  I spend a lot of time taking and storing pictures.  I love outdoor objects: birds, butterflies, flowers, insects, trees, mountains, roads, cars and important family gatherings.  I have a huge file of photos saved on our computer.
Not long ago, my photography partner and friend Maggie called me crying.  Somehow her computer became infected with a virus and crashed her hard drive.   She immediately loaded "her life," which is what she called the contents stored on her computer, to a computer repair shop. Her jaw dropped when the technician asked if she has an external computer backup of her files. Many times I would caution her to back up her files just in case something unexpected happen.  With Maggie it was always something I will do when I get a little extra time and a little extra money.  The technician asked to keep her computer for a couple of days to "try" to retrieve her data.  In the end the files were corrupted and she lost her files.  It was a sad day for her and I felt her pain.
The technician who looked at her computer suggested a new technology of backing up files.  It is an online backup system that works continually in the background backing up files whenever your computer is connected to the internet. One of the best things with an online back up system is you can access your backed up files from any computer any where you are. How cool is that to access a file of photos to show a relative when you are out of state or out of the country.  Since we travel a lot and take pictures along the way, we can go online with our laptop, save our files and have the online backup system do the job. We have unlimited online backup storage for our files.  We can also share our files from our Android cell phones.  It also works with iPhone, iPad, iPad touch, and or Blackberry smartphones.
My girlfriend learned a lesson the hard way how valuable a file back up system is to a family.  Now, with her new laptop, she takes this secure, easy, fast, hassle-free back up through Carbonite.

Carbonite offers a 15-day free trial and if you decide to subscribe with unlimited backup with anytime-anywhere-access. If you decide to continue the service, it is for $59 a year, however, if you mention the code BLOGAD  you get two free months of unlimited backup and access. Search for yourself at  Carbonite and take the worry of losing photos and important files away forever.  If you value peace of mind like my girlfriend and I, try this easy, fast, hassle-free backup and recovery system.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011


everybody is entitled to his own opinion...i couldn't agree more. having said that, there must be a basis to which it was formed. an opinion is a judgement , a personal take rendered after a definitive consideration of a certain issue. a substantiated opinion - though may still be debatable - can stand on its ground having credibility on its side. whereas, an opinion expressed bare of scrutiny will not hold water at all.

baring an opinion is liken to freedom. there's no such thing as absolute freedom. one's freedom ends when it infringes someone else's. an opinion with nothing to show off is merely a hearsay. it is crying out for attention that is way beyond common decency. have you ever wondered why gossips always spreads through low whisperings and not on a voice that commands to be listened to? it is for mere reason that once bared it is what it is, a twisted truth. opinions that are based on facts are mostly announced publicly. no one has to be put to the gallows for expressing an opinion ( i could be wrong !!) but law will be served for those who initiates a hearsay - does defamation, libel, character assassination sounds familiar?

i am all in favor of freedom of expression in whatever forms. hey! i was even called ugly duckling before. i respected that as the other person's right. mine may not be a face that could launched a thousands ships but neither one that could sink them all. be careful what you say though, i draw a line to how far one can go in expressing one's opinion of me. there are things i don't take sitting down.

Enjoying Straight Talk

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 Maggie, a friend of mine who works as company financial analyst is a budget freak.  My nickname to her is just that, "Budget Freak."  She cuts coupons out of newspapers, only shops in stores with sale or goes to garage sales on weekends.  We get along very well and shop/save together a lot.  I learned a lot of money saving tips from her. In these times, anything we can save goes a long way.
One morning Maggie surprised me with a question, "What would you do and where would you like to go if  you have an extra $1,000?" I sensed a bit of excitement from the sound of her voice.  I wondered how she found an extra $1,000. I instantly said I wanted to go to Vegas and spend the money on slot machines. She laughed at me and said that we are not going to Vegas but instead she would love to do something other than gamble her money away. I wondered why she even bothered asking me if it has to be her way. Oh well, she is my best friend “the budget freak”.
She was all excited about a new found cell phone deal. She told me about "Straight Talk"  everything you need which allowed her to cut her cell phone bill in half which means a savings of over $1,000 a year. We both spend a lot of time on our cell phones.  I have an unlimited plan, but Maggie only purchased a time sensitive plan.  Sometimes she would cut our conversations for fear of exceeding her minutes. She rarely uses text messages because this is limited too. It becomes very annoying but she is my best friend the "budget freak."
There is no contract with "Straight Talk." Finally, a company who doesn't hog tie their customers with an iron clad contract. Monthly plans are available for heavy phone users like me and  Maggie. There are unlimited service plans for only $45 a month or $499 a year.  This plan offers unlimited calls, text, picture messaging and internet features. Other service providers charge  activation, reactivation and terminations, these are all free with "Straight Talk."  They have international long distance services, so I can now call a friend or family in the Philippines and Maggie can talk to her family in Russia.  This is a good deal. Now, we are both looking forward to the vacation Maggie is planning for both of us in the spring.
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a piece of home

i was at an asian store yesterday to buy few stuff. i bought a couple of selecta ice cream, macapuno and buko salad flavours, amongst other things.. i always thought it is a store owner's job to see to it that he sells his produce but i was taken aback when he said " i don't know why you want to buy those, they are quite expensive". i looked at him as if he's gone mad..he should be selling it to me instead of discouraging me buying those items. i simply answered, " it brings me right back home".

i'd been away from home half of my life. its not of choice but of necessity. though my passport says otherwise, i am still a filipino down to my bone marrow. we may have sirloin and beef fillet but i still crave for tuyo and itlog na maaalat. i can afford to buy the best chocolate - lindt, in my opinion is the best out there - but i always long for the taste of chocnut and goya. i go out once and in a while with my little one for a snack of cappuccino and tiramisu ( for me ) and gelato ( for the lil one) and yet i will pay more to have kapeng barako, bananaque and sorbetes de kariton. i've tasted different cuisines but nothing beats my mothers cooking - simple, tasty home cooking. i missed the sound of the rain pounding heavily on our roof and kids playing in a heavy down pour - can't do it here, its way to cold and people may think we're nut case! the little one has all the modern gadgets and there's a part of me that wishes she knows how to play patintero, tumbang preso, chinese garter, shatong and luksong tinik.ahhh! home, there really is no place like home!

i don't know if you have seen the animated movie " ratatouille". there was a part when anton ego had a bite of ratatouille and memories of his childhood floods back in. that is exactly what the selecta ice cream does to me....its a taste of memory in a half gallon piece of home.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Furnishing Our Patio

In 2002, our family moved into our new house. We only had our clothes, a few boxes of kitchen utensils, and some old furniture. For the first few months we were embarrassed to invite friends and family to visit because it looked so empty. Every paycheck we would save a little to purchase furniture. We started with our bedroom furniture first and then we furnished the kitchen purchasing a kitchen table and chairs and bar stools for the counter.
 The family room was Jeff's favorite as we purchased what he called football watching chairs, but I still refer to them as “Lazy Boys” with a matching couch, end tables, and a coffee table. When the house was furnished we started furnishing our back patio. We were very fortunate some friends told us about Adirondack chairs which are very popular for decks, patios and in any outdoor setting. It made our job so much easier. Our house has a huge back patio with a pool and outside bar with a built in grill.
Cottonball Enjoying A Swim
We furnished it with Picnic Tables and chairs accompanied with matching umbrellas. We purchased outside bar stools for our patio bar and chair floaters for the pool. We have a small secluded rose garden which is now complimented with new love seats that are similar to Park Benches. It is so relaxing to end a hard day in this garden. All the planning, designing and purchasing of our new furniture went smoothly. Once the last delivery arrived we invited our family and friends over for a pool party and BBQ. I even heard Jeff talking about a Super Bowl Party with the addition of a playground equipment. In reflection to all of the purchases, planning, and coordination I believe it would have never been as successful without tips from friends.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


if love is to last forever
then why ours has to end
not with joy and laughter
but in harrowing sorrow and despair

if sunset calls for romance
i'll bring a wine or two
to keep the mystique a bit longer
when the sun has lost its glow

if words fail to profess what i feel
i let the flowers eloquently speaks
no words is hardly ever needed
that its beauty and grace cannot expressed

if laughter is the best medicine
why am i still in pain
whenever the thought of you cross my mind
the moment ended up in tears

if memories can fill the gap
of the void you left inside
if tears can only bring you back
i'll made all the wrongs i did be right


Making the deck bearable in this hot summer weather

Guest post written by Stacy Clarkson

In years past we've spent a lot of our time during the summers out on the deck. We have a nice dining set out there where we eat a lot of our meals just as a nice little change. Plus, by the time dinner time rolls around, it's normally cooled off enough for that. But not this summer. It seems like it's just been so much hotter than usual!

A few weeks ago, I decided that it would be good to get an umbrella to put out there for some extra shade. While I was browsing some online, I stumbled on the sitehttp://WWW.HOMEPROimprovement.com. We've been considering getting a new roof, so I was glad to do that and we decided to use the site for it.

I eventually found a deck umbrella and we just got it set up on our deck. I'm so glad that we have it and we have been able to use the space more because of it. I just wish that I had the umbrella idea earlier this summer!

Friday, August 5, 2011

holding your tongue

no! don't be silly. don't take that literally but i bet it's easier to do just that instead of trying not to say a word/s in those few unguarded moments of outrage.

as i've grown a little older - and wishfully a tad wiser - i realized that words are indeed a powerful tool. it can make and break a man. it can bridge a gap and can also widens it. it can bring peace and can start war. words, spoken or not, leads to an action and draw a reaction. it creates a domino effect on people concerned. keeping in mind the effects it can produce, utter words are brought about by our current emotions. you expect pleasant conversation out of a happy person and vis-a-vis. did you ever heard a perpetual moaner saying something positive ? i don't think so. in moments of anger we say hurtful things. does it justify it? NO. because its a spur of the moment thing. it is not long lasting and given a day or two - after all has been said and done and the dust has settled a bit - you may find yourself regretting what you have said. yes, we can both argue, you have said truthfully what you feel at that precise moment and that somehow a burden has been lifted out of you - good for you! if its a burden, then its safe to say you have been carrying it for quite sometime now. you should have unloaded it the first chance you got when clearer mind is prevalent, isn't it? do not wait for that proverbial "last straw that breaks the camel's back" because by then all roads leads to resentment and anger.i had been that road before and if i could have done it differently i will. now, i am trying to hold my tongue when such moments arises. you may say...que sera sera, if a relationship will end, no matter what was said and done , it will end. true. nevertheless, it may not end in high notes but it doesn't have to leave a bitter taste in your mouth either. do not mire the memories by uttering hurtful words.

we may not have full control of our emotions as its a direct result of circumstances we are in but we can harness how we react when circumstances gets in our way. holding our tongue and counting to ten is a good start. remember, the only people who has the power to hurt you are those you love most and you hold the same power in your hands to those who love you most. so, think twice. NO. think thrice before you say a word because once its out, it stays out!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


And they were both shot in the same park, at Matanuska Glacier Park, Mile 102, Glenn Highway Scenic Byway, Alaska. 

A Closet of Scrubs

I am shifting careers late in life. Presently I am working in accounting in a management capacity with the expectations of formal business suit attire on a daily basis. My new career will be in nursing. It may sound strange but I like to dress up everyday and this will be one of the changes I will miss the most about practicing as a nurse. 

Recently someone told me about Scrubs manufacturers located on the web site http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/. Blue Sky Scrubs has recognized nursing as a profession that demands a suit with pockets for papers, pens and stethoscopes, offering flexibility, and durability while looking slim, chic, and trendy at the same time.They designed their scrubs with plenty of well placed pockets and for a slimming look with flexibility they added front darts and center back elastic.
 Scrubs are designed to be simple with minimal places for dirt to hide, easy to wash, and inexpensive to replace if damaged or stained irreparably. Blue Sky Scrubs has met this challenge too.

Blue Sky Scrubs are offered in a variety of styles, colors and designs to suit every medical professional's preferences from cartoon character designs appropriate in a pediatrician's clinic or children's hospital to holiday prints and everything in between.

I am a big fan of Grey's Anatomy and I love the scrub hats that Doctor McDreamy wears. Blue Sky Scrubs offers hats that come in different styles: executive, urban and sports collections. Visit this web site to see the mens medical uniforms.

Doctors have the benefit to wear their own clothes and just cover them with a white lab coat or jacket. They can be in professional "doctor" attire blending both professional and dignified appearances simultaneously using Blue Sky Scrubs products.

So, my guess is I won't be missing blazers, short skirts and stiletto shoes as much as I thought since my closet is now full of a nursing scrub wardrobe designed to be comfortable and allow me to look and feel very professional too. However I am missing a good excuse to tell my husband on why I am still buying dress shoes to match my purse LOL.
~by Chay~

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Aged Well Above the Clouds

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Since I was a child my dad and brother have entertained friends at home with alcoholic beverages and barbecued meat. I learned from these experiences that entertainment and drinking go hand in hand. Our parents, including my dad would always remind us to drink responsibly and in moderation. When I turned twenty-one, I had my first drink with some friends at my birthday party in our house. Our bar was stocked with rum, white and red wines, beer, and mixed drinks all served until about midnight. It was a memorable birthday, and one I will never forget. Drinking in moderation and eating BBQ of course.
I love Rum. I grew up in a country that produces almost 30 million tons of sugarcane a year and rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane. It was logical that my family kept our rum stock full. Rum is fermented and distilled and the distillate, a clear liquid is aged in oak barrels. The grades and variations used to describe rum depend on the location that rum was produced. Some of the terms used to describe types of rum are old rum, aged rum, premium rum, premium dark rum and a lot more. There are also light rums used in cocktails. Premium rums have more character and flavor and are generally consumed either straight or “on the rocks.”. The premium dark rums gain their dark color from aging in the wooden barrels. They have more flavor and are stronger in taste. One of the world's best tasting rums,Zacapa premium rum, uses only the concentrated first press of sugar cane, known as virgin sugar cane honey.
Their ageing process takes place high up in the exzquisitely beautiful Quetzaltenango highlands, 2,300 meters above sea level, where the cool mountain air slows the ageing process, creating a unique complexity of flavour. Zapaca's House Above the Clouds is actually one of the world's highest ageing facilities, and the process employed here, a unique Sistema Solera, is based on a process originally devised by the Spaniards 500 years ago to age sherry.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

LIFE is beautiful...

Thank you Lord for this life...
and for these eyes that see you everywhere...

in the tiniest of wings and leaves...
in the weeds and sky that changes hue from time to time
in each lovely butterfly that passes by...
and flowers that bloom to adorn our home
in fluffly clouds as we go by...
in the leaves of trees against the sky..
and harvest full what sweet delight..

to walk with you for the rest of this beautiful gift of LIFE...


Driving in my car I started singing along to a song that says these words, " Impossible is not a word... it is a reason for someone not to try " … the lyrics of this song helped me make a decision to go back to school and start a new career. Since in my heart I believe nothing is impossible; I decided to go for it. It was a childhood dream to work in the hospital as a nurse. There was something about helping sick people feel better that sounds so fulfilling to me. This dream has been put off for years; there was not a need for me to go back to school as I was making a good living as an accountant and busy raising a family. One day I woke up and realized the downturn of the economy put my job at risk and I was not prepared with a solid back up plan. I was given an advance notice that my position in the office is one of the many positions at work that might get cut. Instead of feeling bitter about it, I thought to myself this is the chance, I needed to make a change in my life. I went online and looked for school that offers nursing courses and I was fortunate to find one close to work offering night classes and weekend clinical hours. This was the perfect opportunity for me to go to school and keep working until the pink slip lands on my desk.

That was two years ago and the pink slip never arrived however, I just finished my degree and I am now preparing to take the licensure exam to become a licensed practical nurse. My dreams will not end here, I plan to continue my education to pursue my Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

Because of present work, I am looking at the possibility of finishing my BS Nursing online and currently am trying to learn about Walden. With online classes, WaldenU.edu -  they offer a unique flexibility that most colleges and universities do not offer. I can have the flexibility of working and studying at the same time.

Join a growing number of students finding an attractive way to improve their lives through education at  Walden University's online degree programs

" LIFE isn't a matter of milestones, but of MOMENTS. Never settle for anything less than your BEST." (R. Kennedy; B. Tracy)

Take a Virtual Splash!

Temperature has been high and rising! Sharing this photo to cool us down a bit! Come join me in taking a virtual splash!

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Women's Express Jeans: Born To Rock the Side Walk

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I love pink, I love jeans, and not just any jeans, but Women's Express Jeans.
In My Pink Blouse and Express jeans
More than eight years ago, when someone asked me what is my favorite jeans, my response always was, "I have difficulty finding my kind of jeans, the fitting always seem to be not right!" Until a friend brought me to an Express Store eight years ago on my first year here in US. She told me she too had problems before finding the jeans that will fit her right, until she found Express. I was skeptical at first, but I gave it a try! I sure did not regret I tried, the first time I felt Express women's jeans against my legs, I love it! It was not only a story of love at first sight, but also a story of "love at first try!" What I love most about Express Jeans is that it seems to hug my femininity, it seems to be flowing naturally in women's curves.

I am very much a jeans person when I am not hiking, jeans and pink blouse seem to be my norm. My favorite jeans are the light wash type,
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however, I also have some pairs of dark jeans which I wear to school whenever it is our casual or sports day.
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