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Saturday, April 28, 2012


When the kids were little and we were still living in the Philippines, we would go to Jollibee after attending church service. My children wouldn't go anywhere except Jollibee.

Last weekend, my son invited us to have dinner at Jollibee. I was already cooking dinner, but I couldn't turn down the invitation and besides it has been months since I went to Jollibee, so I put down what I was doing and off we went.

Jollibee is a leading fast food chain in the Philippines. The company's rapid growth is due to its superior menu line-up, offering all-time favorites like Chickenjoy, Yumburgers, Jollibee Spaghetti, Palabok Fiesta, Peach Mango Pie, and a lot more.

Jollibee is so well-loved everytime a new store opens, especially overseas, Filipinos always form long lines to the store. It is more than home for them. It is a stronghold of heritage and monument of Filipino victory.

Jollibee branch in Chino Hills, California.  This is around 10 miles away from where we live.

Jollibee chicken joy with rice and gravy

Jollibee burger steak and rice

Jeff's favorite dessert from Jollibee - Peach Mango pie


Friday, April 27, 2012

#CoronaRita Margarita from Chili's

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chili’s Grill & Bar for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Our family loves to celebrate the end of our work week every Friday. We call it our "Family fun night". My husband convinced me that more than anything else this is a special treat for me since I work full time and take care of the family all week. This is my time to sit, relax, and enjoy dinner without the hassle of cooking and clean up. I think he is just tired of my cooking and found a great excuse to have something different. I went along with the idea thinking this is a great time to spend quality time with the kids. They are growing up so fast and their school schedules don't allow us to have dinner together during the week. Someday, they will have their own family night so while we still have the time we want to take advantage of these times.

Each family member has their own favorite restaurant and we take turns in choosing where to go. One of my favorite places to go is Chili's. There is one 5 miles away from our home with a movie theater next to it. This arrangement makes it convenient to watch a movie after dinner.

Chili's has a great food menu selection, a wide selection of beverages and alcoholic drinks, pleasant and fun atmosphere, fast service, friendly staff, and affordable meals.

When the kids saw Chili's ads on the new CoronaRita at Chili's  they knew this is the place we were going this week. They know I love having a margarita with my Friday dinner and I love to try new drinks on the menu. CoronaRita is made with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila and Coronita. It is new and I am so excited to try it. My husband likes to have a beer with his dinner and the kids always like to order appetizers. To keep the cost of eating out within our budget, we normally check if there are promotions or deals before we go. Chili's has a promotional $20 dinner for two menu. We love their classic sirloin with mashed potatoes and vegetables dinner. The kids favorite appetizer is the triple dipper cheesesteak sliders, chicken wings, and chips and dip.

Next Friday is a special day for the family; I finished my LVN program couple months ago, passed the board the first time I took it, and the first job I interviewed with hired me. We are fortunate and blessed and that calls for a big celebration !

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If you like Chili's just like we do, please share with us your favorite menu item and make sure to try their new CoronaRita Margarita ! 

Reminder : “You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages and as always, please remember to drink responsibly”.

These photos were taken in one of our " Friday fun nights " at

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My son enjoying his spicy chicken wings and chips and dip  and my daughter who is over 21 years old  is enjoying her margarita drink.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Yosemite Park

Our Salitype sister Beth was a big influence on this trip to Yosemite Park. I have been drooling over her awesome photos on her various trips to Yosemite Park and made me finally decide to go check this place out. I am a newby in taking photos, yet to learn from her, I hope I made these photo trails as exciting as how she would put it in her blog.

Please check Yosemite National Park website for more information.

Our little family and YUP cottonball went with us on this trip !

We rent a bed and breakfast couple miles away from Yosemite. This room is big enough for four people and a small dog. The room is furnished with all the things you would normally find in a nice hotel. They have bathroom supplies and kitchen supplies. Hotel bathroom supplies and restaurant supply company provide services for customers in hotel, resort, bed and breakfast, restaurant, catering, and health care industries.

Peachsuite wholesale hotel supplies and restaurant equipment company is committed to providing high quality hotel supplies and hotel equipment at a great value. They have vendors who are proven leaders in the hotel supply industry and they have been in this business for over 30 years! 

If you are in the hotel, restaurant, bed and breakfast, catering, and health care business, trust the leader in the industry for all your hotel product supplies and catering supplies.

Giant Sequoia tree

Our family's favorite board game !

As usual, the family requested I cooked their favorite breakfast of bacon, egg and fried rice

The place provided a bbq grill, we had some hotdogs and steak

Cottonball worn out after walking several miles,  but am sure he had a great family time !


Natural Plant Foods by Whitney Farms

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

For two years I was in nursing school,  our backyard suffered the most neglect. I barely had time for myself and my family,  our backyard was the last in my mind.  Weeds grew knee high, the flowers withered and died. I couldn't wait until school was over.  The following weekend after my graduation, I put on my sweats and garden gloves and started breaking the soil and pulling weeds and dead flowers. It took me one weekend to finish the clean up process.

I knew with the look of my garden, I needed more than just an ordinary plant food, so I we went online to do some research of what will work for my garden. I came across Whitney Farms® a full line of 100% natural plant foods and soils with no additives, nothing artificial, just ingredients from the Earth, designed to give big, beautiful flowers and veggies. I am so excited just imagining how the organic soil and organic plant food can make a big difference in the look of my flower garden.  
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Use Whitney Farms® plant food 6 to 8 weeks throughout the growing season. What is good about this product, it is low to no dust, no nasty manure smell, it is easy to apply, contains beneficial microbes, and the specially designed protein-based blends provide your plants with both macro and micronutrients they need to grow and thrive.
My next project is to grow vegetables on one side of our yard. I will make it all organic and I know it will benefit myself and my family.  
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


     I remember a time, not so long ago....when I met friends online who changed my life and made me want to know...what made them smile, what made them glad...what they wished and prayed for in life....When I was sad and sorrow haunted my nights, they were there to make me laugh and with just a word or two they made me feel alright....

....that everywhere I went, I was never bored, frightened nor saddened...I walked each path, straight or winding with love in my heart for all the beauty in nature that reminded me of them......

.each blade of grass, each color in the sky, each flower, each rock...made me feel home at last...

....and in this huge world of ours when the sun sets each day to offer us rest...I think of them from miles away and say "thank you for the gift of friendship".."thank you for painting colors on the walls of my simple life...you are my home, away from home..my salitype society family...this place we dearly call "bahay-kubo"...I keep inside my heart and will treasure, for all eternity....

Business Brokers UK

Tim and Toni are both dentist and when they moved to the United Kingdom they decided to continue their dentistry careers by starting a dental practice. They have two things in mind - to begin their own dental clinic or find a dental practice for sale. They were both new in the area so they consulted with a team of brokers established in the area for many years. The experienced brokers showed them different dental practices for sale places in the area and gave them helpful advice regarding a location that can assist with bringing in a lot of business.

The company has dedicated teams specializing in a particular business area who can provide a level of expertise on how to move their clients business plans forward in their area of concentration. It is a very smart decision to learn from the experts and not rely on personal gut feelings. This is a tough and competitive economy and if not carefully planned the business plans may fall short of their goals. The broker teams are equipped with special knowledge and backed by years of experience. The company is Professional, Confidential and Results focused.

Please check Business Brokers UK, they have experience in all aspects of the sales process.  The company operates in the following fields:

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· Dental practice sales
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· Physiotherapy practice sales
· Podiatry practice sales
· Architecture practice sales
· Massage practice sales
· Residentail care home sales
· Nursing home sales

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Catalina Island

Our family tradition allows the birthday celebrant  to choose the restaurant to eat out and the place to spend his/her special day. On my birthday, I chose a place that offers a lot of activities for the  whole family. The planning began two months before my birthday. I started searching online for travel deals and found discounted coupons offered by groupon.com for a trip to Catalina Island.    

Catalina Island, is an island off the coast of Southern California just 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles. You can be on Catalina Island in as little as 15 minutes via helicopter or one hour by boat from the mainland.  

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Along that Long and Winding Road...

He smiled...She smiled back...
He waved goodbye...
She smiled and tried not to look back...
Will it be forever she asked?
Will they see each other again?
Will they be strangers?
WIll they be wonderful friends?
Again she looked back...
He waved back...this time with a lonesome smile...
He waved back this time with questioning eyes...
She tried to smile...
She tried to raise her hand to wave goodbye...
Unfortunately she just can't...
If love is for both of them then someday they'll find their way back to each other's arms...
But if otherwise...then somehow in that long winding road...when their paths will cross again...
They will be able to look at each other...smile sweetly...and finally wave back...
and this time...maybe...just maybe...with thankful eyes...they'd be able to utter the words that both of them longed to hear...
In that long winding road they'd be able to wave back and finally move on and give their final goodbyes...

Oxford Medical

Dr. Tosacana, is our primary care physician.  He has been treating our family for many years.  He has always been correct with his medical diagnoses which helps reduce the amount of time and resources in finding  the proper treatment for our health concerns.  Dr. Tosacana had mentioned that he went to UK and attended medical training with Oxford Medical.  Oxford Medical is one of UK's best providers of medical interview skills training, medical teaching courses, medical management courses and other career development courses.

Consultant interview course teaches how to structure, prepare and deliver a medical presentation, and respond to any consultant interview question.  They  train doctors in medical teaching skills, from every medical and surgical specialty. Their training courses include interview skills, teach the teacher, management courses for SpR’s,  communication and presentation skills courses. Dr. Tosacana has excellent communication skills, his patient teachings on health care management are clear and concise.  The medical terminologies are comprehensible  making instructions easy  to follow.  Oxford Medical has medical teaching course aimed at giving medical education training to doctors which improve their teaching skills and styles .

Dr. Tosacana is known all over town drawing a lot of clients. One of the things he is really good at  is effective time management which he mentioned a technique he learned from  Oxford Medical.  With effective management tools and prioritizing skills, he can see his clients on time and still have a life outside of work.

Oxford Medical also offers a one-day medical management course.   Whether or not doctors have management roles  it is important to learn the skills in management leadership style and communication techniques with other member of the medical team along with effective negotiating skills.

The most popular course in UK and one that has earned an excellent feedback is the teach the teacher course.  This course is held in Oxford, London, Manchester and Edinburgh on a regular basis. 

Please check Oxford Medical for more information.

Submitted by JRJ

Merrill DataSite

Our company is in the housing and building industry and this area was the first to suffer the effects of a plunging economy.  In 2009, we started laying employees off.  It was sad to see long time friends and colleagues pack their belongings and leave the place which they considered their second homes and second families for many years. Those of us who survived the layoffs braced ourselves and hoped to retain our jobs until the business returned again. 

Faith and strong determination to save what was left of the company forced executive management to start marketing our products in the field. One of the leaders took a chance and started researching for work overseas. His marketing skills paid off, he closed a deal on several projects in China, Vietnam, and Dubai.  Because of the language differences the company hired translation services for contracts and legal aspects of doing business overseas.   The company created many jobs and ended up bringing back a couple of the staff who were previously laid off.  Accurate language services attributed to the success of the business in terms of communication.

If you are looking for a localization and translation company, invest in a company that is a leading provider of life sciences, legal, financial, manufacturing and corporate language solutions for global companies. Merrill Brink International is a proven leader in the industry with over 30 years of experience.

Today, our business is doing a lot better and the economy appears to be on the rebound too.  Hopefully this trend continues domestically.  Our foreign operations are running very well and the use of excellent translation services is priceless.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

On Our Side of Town...

The sun brightly shines...
I said hello...
Mr. Sunshine would embrace me back and say hi...

It's a lovely day...
Jackets are nowhere to be found...

I opened the windows...
The happy feeling of embracing a brand new day made me smile even more...
Aghast! Thank you for the wonderful sunshine...
Now let those frown marks disappear...

It's a brand new day...
New Life...
and yes New Sunshine...
Thank you Lord for you gave me a wonderful sunshine on our side of town...
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