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Friday, September 30, 2011

TRESemme' Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

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            I must share this story and tell you about a product I use and I am very excited about.  Because everyone in our family has busy schedules and it is difficult to wash our hair everyday.  TRESemme’ has Fresh Start Dry Shampoo products TRESemm√© Fresh Start Dry Shampoo that meet all of the needs of my family.  It even helped me out of a very bad situation too.  I had a very important presentation to make at a meeting early one morning. A storm passed through our area in the middle of the night and all power to our neighborhood went out because of a lightening strike to a nearby transformer.  Needless to say, my electric alarm clock failed. This caused me to wake up 25 minutes beyond my designated time.  I was in a pickle since the Executive Management Team would be expecting my presentation on time and I had to look very good representing our division and myself too.  In a split decision and with confidence I decided to shave with my electric razor and wash my hair in the car when I arrived using TRESemme’ Dry Shampoo.  I looked good and felt confident too.


I trust TRESemme’ Fresh Start Dry Shampoo products in the most sensitive situations and many times during the week.  TRESemme’ has a complete line of dry shampoos that revive your style’s look and feel on days you skip a shampoo.  Their full lines of dry shampoos are uniquely formulated to absorb excess oil, remove odor, and rejuvenate hair without a drop of water. With a renewing burst of citrus extracts infused into every product, it leaves hair with a clean, fresh scent.  I call it my fresh and sexy look to my wife.  She just says, “It just looks like you and I can not tell the difference between the dry shampoos and their products used with water.


            Our entire family uses the products.  My wife has very dry hair.  TRESemme’ Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo: The formula, with Witch Hazel, Citrus, and Aloe Vera, refreshes her hair by removing excess oil, impurities and odor while it moisturizes her hair.  She says she feels refreshed after each use.  My daughter, a college student, needs the TRESemme’ Strengthening Dry Shampoo Top Hair Products for School. This formula has B12 vitamins and keratin.  It helps strengthen her hair and leaves it full of healthy body.  She especially likes the Dry Shampoo because her busy schedule does not always afford her the luxury of a long shower to wash her hair. My son, a teenager who is more interested in appearances and girls than anything else at his age says he can not live without the TRESemme’ Smoothing Dry Shampoo. This formula has Vitamin H and Silk Proteins which refreshes his straight style hair by removing excess oil, impurities and odor to as he says, ensures my smooth look lasts.”  I use the TRESemme’ Volumizing Dry Shampoo. This formula uses mineral clay and citrus to remove oil while injecting hair with salon-gorgeous volume. TRESemme product variety meets the diverse needs of our family.


The products are very easy and quick to use.  For best results I have found to shake the product container vigorously before using it the first time and in between spray bursts.  I lift the sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots in short bursts, holding the nozzle 8-12 inches from my head.  This is not a hair spray, so the best results application will not resemble the spray all over my head and continuously method.  Once it is applied I leave it alone for 1-2 minutes, then I use my fingertips or a brush to distribute the product evenly.  If clogging occurs I simply remove the nozzle, rinse it with warm water, and then reattach it.


Written by Jeff on behalf of TSS

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rendezvous with Blue Wings and White Petals

There's this tiny white wild flower I always pass by on my way home that has fascinated me since day one but try as I may, I was never satisfied with every photo I took of it until one afternoon when the sky was dark and it was drizzling that I chanced upon these light blue winged friend of ours kissing those petals unmindful of my intrusion...

I think, the butterfly, the flower and I..we all had a great time :-)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Straight Talk

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I called an emergency family meeting.  I am an accountant by profession and in charge of our family's finances.  The struggling economy finally hit our household and we had to make some adjustments.  My employer gave our department a choice; we either cut back on salaries or there would be layoffs.  The department voted to cut salaries to save jobs and my share was 25 % of my monthly income and no more bonuses.  Over the next 6 months 75% of the other departments staff was laid off.  Although tough to swallow at first, I was very thankful to still have a job.  With two kids in college we had to make huge adjustments so they could finish their education.  The agenda for the meeting was solemn. 

I knew I couldn't do this alone so the entire family had to participate. I made the list of our monthly fixed expenses ( mortgage, insurance, car payment, etc.) and another list for miscellaneous expenses ( groceries, gasoline, entertainment, etc). The list was long and every member of the family was given a task to research on line to see if they could find innovative ways the family could save money.  Then, they had to develop a plan on how we could use these new tools to reduce our expenses. My daughter was given the task to research about coupons, find a carpool buddy for school travel to save on gas, and locate grants and scholarship opportunities.  My son was given the task to research on how to cut electric bills, gas bills, and cell phone bills.  After all the research was done,  we came together and talked about their findings and plans. I am more than amazed with the outcome. 

The largest single savings came from my son's research.  My son found a cell phone company,  Straight Talk.

Straight Talk would cut our monthly cost 50%. Straight talk offers an unlimited plan for $45 a month, roughly $499 a year. This plan offers unlimited calls, text,  picture messaging and internet features. No contract, no reactivation, no termination fees.  The “All You Need Plan” meets even the needs of heavy phone users with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of web data. I Call a friend abroad at a very low cost because they have international long distance services at very affordable prices. I was very convinced and very happy with what Straight Talk offers.  I absolutely  love the idea that I feel richer with Straight Talk because we cut our celphone bill in half.  Our family meeting lasted for hours and at the end of the day when we finalized our revised monthly budget was 40% less.  It was a productive day and we were so happy with the result.  We planned on meeting again the following month to see if the plans were working. Straight Talk has amazing smart phones such as Android on Straight Talk.

It was fun to watch the kids participating and in my heart I knew this was something they could apply with their own families in the future. Our family believes in the saying,  "The family that prays together, stays together".  Now we have added, "The family that budgets together, succeeds in their goals together." My husband and I learned so much through this experience.

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Net 10

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Every 2 years my cell phone carrier sends me new deals to sign up for another 2 year plan.  The hook they use is a free phone or a deep discount on a phone of my choice.  This year my secretary told me she only pays $50.00 a month for nationwide coverage including: unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data with no contract.  This information surprised me.  She had a very nice Motorola cell phone on her desk, I said, "How much is your final bill with all of the taxes and fees the cell phone carriers add on?"  She replied, "My bill is $50.00 a month without any additional fees or taxes.  I pay exactly $50.00 a month."  She wrote on a piece of paper this web site and said, "Check out how it works."  The web site is: http://www.net10.com/


NET10 offers trusted phone manufacturers like LG, Motorola, Kyocera, Nokia and Samsung. Because they offer excellent reception and connectivity I can use it in my business and in my everyday life.  I called my wife and told her about the NET10 plan. She said tell me where I can look to see some reviews.  I said, "I just watched these videos and honey I am sold."  I told her to click on: http://www.youtube.com/user/th… and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… to learn about the phones.  They offer Simple phones for simple needs, calling and texting capabilities for under $15.00; Phones with essential features, such as camera, video recorder, blue tooth capability, mobile web and more for under $40.00; Or full QWERTY keyboard phones, slider phones, and touch screen phones, with all the basics plus great app capabilities, camera and video recorder, web access, etc., available for under $60.00.

I told her, "Please watch See the Light or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… for customer testimonials.  She was very excited.  In a few minutes she called me back and said, "This would be a perfect plan for our son Marc." Marc is a salesman and sometimes his income fluctuates up and down.  The NET10 plan she explained can start  with The Easy Minutes Plus plan that is an automatic minutes plan starting at $15.00 for 200 minutes."  She continued, " He could switch between plans each month depending on his budget and airtime needs, without penalties or fees. With Pay-As-You-Go Plans, his minutes would carry over with active service so he would not waste any money." We both liked the convenience of being able to purchase our airtime online, at a nearby store, or directly from our phone.

When I went home after work we watched Cute NET10 commercial  and a video of Real NET10 customer . If we ever travel they offer International Long Distance with the International Neighbors program and it is currently available to Canada and Mexico. This program would give us a special phone number that our family and select friends can use to reach us at our NET10 number. Plus, Long Distance Service is available to over 75 countries, for about 15 cents per minute on calls originated in the US.  When we finally watched Rob at What Rob has to say  we signed up and I included my business and of course our son Marc.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Cheerful Smile from the Girl by the Window

Another fun-filled year has come our way...
We made each other laugh...
We made each other cry...
We made each other feel welcome in this wonderful part of our lives...
The best part of this wonderful world of TSS is we pray for each other in times of great needs...
I thank them for their prayers for I won't be smiling today if not for their powerful prayers...
I thank my TSS sisters for always making me say WOW each time...
I thank them for making me smile with their wonderful picture tags....
They'd always make me feel that I'm never alone in this big big big world....
I thank them each time for all the wonderful comments and messages that made me believe in my self again...
I thank them for taking me with them in every adventure that they have...
They are all wonderful blessings in my life....
To my TSS sisters thank you all so much for letting me into your beautiful lives...
Thank you all for making the girl by the window smile again...
Finally the girl by the window is now out there trying to be a part of the world that her TSS sisters shared her...
Thank you all so much for giving me hope and encouragement that somehow I too can be a part of that big big world outside my window....
Cheers to another year...God bless...

Hill’s Pet Nutrition

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Cottonball is my first dog. He is a Poodle and Bichon Frise'mix. I purchased him when he was 3-months old. Meeting him the first time in the pet shop was a love at first sight.  He was one of the 6 litters I was looking at and he kept jumping on my feet as if he was telling me to pick him instead of one of his brothers and sisters. I picked him up and he started to lick my hand. I knew it was a match. I brought him home without ever putting him down.  Cottonball and I are inseparable. He is my running buddy, my companion when I drive around in my car or walking in the park. He has also traveled with our family with pet hotel and airline accommodations.  We had a great time on all those family trips.
Pets are like humans, they deserve the healthiest foods and the best health care. Selecting the right food is the key to quality nutrition and a long and healthy life for our pets. I give him Hill's Science Diet dog food because it is made from fresh chicken and has fruits and vegetables with no artificial colors. He seems to like it very much. Cottonball is five years old now and has never been sick.  Our family loves him so dearly and we wanted to give him only the best food and care.
Please visit Hill's Pet Nutrition on Facebook and register on Hill's healthy mobility challenge just like what I did. When you register it automatically enters you to a sweepstakes for 30 winners to receive free pet food for a year. With the cost of dog foods these days, this will be a big help for the pet owners.  If you register today, you will receive $30 value in Hill's Healthy Mobility Coupon.  Please visit Hill's Pet Nutrition just like I did and enjoy a lot of information about Hill's prescription diet, special offers and you can even ask a Hill's vet if you have questions about your pet.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011


I would like to dedicate this little poem I wrote to all my dear TSS sisters, and to anyone else out there whose life, like mine, has been touched by the magic of photography.

I have the power ...
The power to capture
This one special moment ...
This moment in time.

With the click of a button
The scene that's before me
Is frozen forever ...
Forever in time.

Oh, I love this power ...
This magical black box
I point and I shoot
Any day, any time.

And years down the road
When I look at my pictures
I'll smile and remember
This one day in time ...

- by MJ Browning (Special thanks to Teyla Browning who - after being bribed with a few Hershey's Kisses - posed with her Mini Mouse toy camera to help mommy illustrate this poem)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Walden University

My parents always emphasized how important it was to have a college degree. My dad would say, "a college degree can never be taken away from you. Things that last your entire lifetime are very valuable and rare." I finished my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration twenty six years ago. I landed a very good job right after college. Life has been good to me and the benefits of my hard work in college have been very advantageous.
 Fifteen years ago, an opportunity opened up for my family to move to the United States. I found a good job quickly after moving to the United States. However, I soon discovered that life was busier than what I anticipated. I was working full time and raising a family simultaneously. One day a close friend asked if I would be interested in working in the health care industry. It has always been my childhood dream to work in the hospital. I searched online and called many schools that offer degree programs for a busy professional like me. I was very happy to find a school that offers an online degree programs that delivers practical knowledge and strategies I can use immediately. Check Walden University's online degree programs.
What I love about online classes is it allowed me to complete coursework when I had the time to study and I could set my own schedule. I was able to learn and network from faculty and classmates from diverse backgrounds and locations. The online support team made the online learning experience easier. Check out learn about Walden and you will see exactly what I am talking about. Two years ago I started my coursework. I successfully completed my nursing program and now I am in a better position to try a new career. The program was designed to balance my coursework with my personal and professional commitments. In Walden University, they offer certificate programs that can be completed in as little as six or eight months and offer credits from previous education pursuits that can be applied to a Walden bachelor's, masters, or doctoral degree program. Earn your certificate from an accredited school like Walden University. It will not be a waste of time to check out this site WaldenU.edu. I did it... you can too !
~by Chay ~

Sunday, September 4, 2011

a gift

I've been meaning to give myself a gift for ages but couldn't find the time to put it together. Finally, my week off has bear fruits. I had my poems printed..."Poetic Murmurings". After seeing one of my dreams in hardbound copy, I decided to give myself my early christmas and birthday gift as well. The second photobook, "Quotable Thoughts", is done and awaiting printing- i'll send it for printing next payday,lol! I'm in the process of putting together a third one, "Gentle Musings". Well, Christmas comes early this year.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Three Going Four And Getting Stronger

The Salitype Society Mini- Reunion Last December 30
( L-R: Chay, Ruthi, Tes and Betchai )
More than three years....since The Salitype Society has been formed sometime in July 2008 by a bunch of people who haven't met in person but gave friendship a chance. Last July 18, 2009, we spent our first year anniversary here in our TSS site which we call "bahay kubo", Philippines national house. You can find some of our first year anniversary posts below which will give you a little bit history.
     1. Blogosphere and Beyond By Tes
     2. The Salitype Society One Year On by Eng
     3. Flashback by Chay
     4. First Year Anniversary greetings from the Farm by Zen
     5. The Salitype Society's First Year anniversary by Maricar
As I read each one of them, I can't help but take pride in how this friendship have evolved, and how, we have moved our casual chatting in Friendster to this site. Here, each memory is frozen in every pages of our site. As we grow older and look back to every pages in our circle of friendship that were frozen in time here, we'll surely feel how lucky and blessed we are to have found each other and gave online friendship a chance. Now, we no longer call ourselves as online friends, but TSS sisters! Sisters who may be different in many ways but share the same vision of helping a child, of making a positive difference to a child's life through education, giving the child a chance for better life. November 2009, through the income generated by this site, TSS was able to sponsor a scholar.
The Salitype Society Scholar for 3 school years now
Our site was blessed enough to earn to pay for our scholar's tuition (Micah), supplies and food at school through Tapulanga Foundation.
Tapulanga "Running" from Fiona Borres on Vimeo.
( We Hope you will have time to watch this video )
Tapulanga Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit charitable organization that helps provide educational, healthcare and micro-credit assistance to communities in the Hda. Tinihaban and neighboring areas. The scholarship program provides tuition scholarships including books and lunch to students attending St. Francis of Assisi School, a small private school in the remote farm area of Negros Occidental, Philippines. The school's mission is to provide quiality Christian education to the children of farm workers. Why private school you may ask, if you watch the video above, some remote and farm areas in the Philippines, the schools are not nearby, making education not a right but an opportunity for a child. Some kids, because they have to walk very far to a school, or have no mode of transportation to go to the nearest school, end up working in farms instead to help their parents, continuing the chain of poverty. Thus, it is the mission of Tapulanga Foundation and St. Francis of Assisi School to bring quality education closer to farm kids, to give them a better chance in life.
Watching Tapulanga Foundation Video of Kids Celebrating Education during the Fundraising Dinner
This year, two of The Salitype Society's sisters were blessed enough to have the time to join and witness a Tapulanga Foundation fundraising dinner held in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California.
Betchai and Bethchay- the two Elizabeths of TSS at Tapulanga Foundation Fund-raising Dinner
Chay during Tapulanga Foundation Fund-raising Dinner

The fund-raising dinner was hosted by Friends of Tapulanga, as you can see from the background in the above picture. Friends of Tapulanga, Inc. is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports the Tapulanga Foundation's educational, healthcare and micro-credit projects in the Philippines. Though there were only the two of us, Chay and me, but surely, in our conversation and thoughts, the whole TSS sisters were there. We enjoyed the dinner, the music,
Photo by Chay
we had fun in the silent auction,
Silent Auction, photo by Chay
and guess what? I won in the silent auction!! I won this blue Nine West Bag!
The blue bag is very meaningful for me, because blue is color of happiness for one of us, Zen, and I know she will take further delight in knowing that the proceeds of the sale in auction will all go to Tapulanga Foundation's mission and goal to help better the lives of farm kids/families. It is my hope and dream that one day this bag will land in Zen's blue-tiful world. Meanwhile that this blue bag is still here, I can use it :) hahahah, for each time I will wear this bag, it will remind me of the friendship that started more than 3 years ago and continues to grow stronger each day!! To the other TSS sisters, we may have not bid for you because we did not see anymore items that represent you, but surely, you were all with the two of us in thoughts.
Two years ago, we shared with you the joy of sponsoring Micah through this video:

Micah Thanking all her titas at TSS
Now, in The Salitype Society's belated 3rd year anniversary, we are sharing with you a letter from our scholar.
It does not take much to help a child through Tapulanga Foundation, for just $200 a year ($16.67/month), you can send a child to school by paying one school year of tuition. For just $300 a year, you do not only pay the child's tuition, but also buy him/her school supplies, textbooks and foods for one school year. And when you help a child, you help the whole family liberate themselves from continued poverty. For us, we didn't have to do much, we just continue doing what we love to do, that is continue to enjoy and grow in each other's friendship through this site and BEYOND!
Three going four years.....and getting STRONGER!!!! Cheers, The Salitype Society sisters!! 
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