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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

An Anecdote...

This is a good read for all the husbands...snag it and send through email to your husbands!  Let's all hope they would be like Jack!  Bwahaha!

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas

He didn't even remember how he got home from the party.
As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong.
Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he saw
is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table.

And, next to them, a single red rose!

Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and
pressed . He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect
order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house.

He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye
staring back at him in the bathroom mirror.

Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written
in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in
lipstick: 'Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries
to make you your favorite dinner tonight. I love you, darling!
Love, Jillian'

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast,
steaming hot coffee and the morning newspaper.
His son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks:

'Son... what happened last night?'

'Well, you came home after 3 A.M., drunk and out of your mind. You
fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the
hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door.

'Confused, he asked his son, 'So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table
waiting for me??'

His son replies, 'Oh THAT!... Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and
when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed,

'Leave me alone crazy lady, I'm married!!'

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ms. Spain...

She was Ms. Spain during their United Nation's Day last friday.  More pictures here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Removing Gallstones Naturally

I grabbed this from my friend Geng, who tried it herself. She was successful. I want to try it too!  You might also find this interesting to share to your family and friends...

by Dr Lai Chiu-Nan

It has worked for many. If it works for you please pass on the good news. Chiu Nan is not charging for it, so we should make it free for everyone. Your reward is when someone, through your word of mouth, benefits from the regime. Gallstones may not be everyone's concern. But they should be because we all have them. Moreover, gallstones may lead to cancer. "Cancer is never the first illness," Chiu Nan points out. "Usually, there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer. In my research in China, I came across some materials which say that people with cancer usually have stones. We all have gallstones. It's a matter of big or small, many or few. One of the symptoms of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like you can't digest the food. If it gets more serious, you feel pain in the liver area." So if you think you have gallstones, Chiu Nan offers the following method to remove them naturally.

The treatment is also good for those with a weak liver, because the liver and gallbladder are closely linked.

1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day. Or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer. Apple juice softens the gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.
2. On the sixth day, take no dinner.

3. At 6 PM, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) with a glass of warm water.

4. At 8 PM, repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gallbladder ducts.

5. At 10 PM, take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and drink it. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage.
PS. 1cup=250ml, 1 cup lemon juice=3 lemons (aprox.)

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools. "Usually they float," Chiu Nan notes. "You might want to count them. I have had people who passes 40, 50 or up to 100 stones. Very many. Even if you don't have any symptoms of gallstones, you still might have some. It's always good to give your gall bladder a clean-up now and then. "

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Beware: Credit Card Fraud

I received this email from my other egroup who works in East West Bank. Someone did the same thing to me. Good thing, I didn't fall prey in their hands. Last week before going to HK, someone called me saying that I had an increase in credit limit. But I said, I never requested for one. The girl on the other line being persistent was asking personal information. I just answered like few questions. But when she asked me for my credit card number, I said, I cannot give it to her. She should have it on her screen if she's really from the bank. Then she continued by saying that they would get my card in replacement for my new "gold" card. My doubts were confirmed. I said, I won't leave my card for them to pick up since any credit card company wont retrieve a credit card for replacement, they would just send you a new one if need be like in the case of renewals. Then they would just ask you to cut the old one. I said to the girl that I would confirm these with my credit card company's representative as I would call the hotline. Then she hanged up.

She called my mobile landline so I have the number stored in a caller ID. I tried calling the number and after an hour someone said, the girl went out for lunch. When I asked what company it is, a guy said its from bank something, ortigas branch. Then I called up again but no one is picking up until the following days. I reported immediately to my credit card company that same day.

Now, as a warning also, I am posting the telephone number and name of the girl who called me:

Diane Castro - 3879126

Below is the email I got:

Here is a warning we received at the office. I guess walang pinipiling


A client of a bank dropped by their branch to confirm the
authenticity of a letter which he thought came from EastWest Bank,
Credit Card.

The letter has the bank logo with a notation that it is computer
generated and does not require any authorized signatory.

The letter contained information about the client's increased in
credit line, amounting to Php 350,000.00 and the retrieval of the
existing card must be done for proper assertion of the new credit
line. Also, it was noted in the letter that the card will be replaced
after 2-3 banking days. The client received three follow-up calls
confirming the pick-up of the credit card. The calling party
introduced themselves as EastWest Bank personnel. Believing that
everything is true, the client entrusted his card to the deceitful

An inquiry from the Credit Card Department revealed that the client is
not included in the list of names of credit card holders with
increased credit line. His existing credit line is still the initial
limit which is Php 165,000.00. The client's credit line as of October
8, 2008 was already exhausted and as per Credit Card Department,
purchases have been made last September 28, 2008 while the client made
an inquiry about the letter he received last October 3, 2008.

Let us warn our clients on this deceitful act and may this serve as a
warning too, to all of us.

Monday, October 20, 2008

HK Snapshots

Arrived in HK October 14 at 10am and took the train to the city...

Went to Macau after lunch and visited St. Paul's Ruins...

Went to Venetian Hotel in the evening...

Went shopping in Tsim Tsa Tsui and CausewayBay on our 2nd day...

Went to Disneyland on our 3rd day...

Stayed in Disney Hollywood Hotel...

Met and greeted Mickey Mouse on our 4th day...

Back to Manila on a flight at 10pm, Oct 17...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Name's Hidden Name

What Jody Means

You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.

You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.

You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.

You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.

At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.

You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.

People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bianca's Invitation

28 days to go before the party...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Saturday Pampering

Had a very relaxing massage last saturday. Dicky and I went to Suriya Spa again. We have been a regular patron of this spa. We love the amenities and also the massage itself.

Pictures of the massage room...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Do I look drunk?

These pictures taken last monday as I headed out to MCafe in Greenbelt to hang-out with friends. A friend coordinator from Cebu was here in Manila so we made sure to bring her out since she was generous also to bring us around the last time we were in Cebu.

Gee, the rockstar drink from MCafe is so good! But after just a glass, I was all red!

Enough partying this week.  Had a another one last wednesday for the launch of Beautiful Weddings Magazine of Wedding Essentials.  Oh and I'm so glad because three of our previous weddings are featured on that issue.  (Reyes-Platon Wedding, Navarro-Puno Wedding and De Leon-Ochoa Wedding). Plus I also have a write-up of the most memorable wedding we have for this year. 

(shamless plugging!)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Grandparents' Day

It was grandparents' day in Miriam College CSC last saturday. We invited the two "lolas" to join the activity. There was a talk about grand parenting and two DIY activities.

See pictures here...

Monday, October 06, 2008

The flowers I like say...

What These Tulips Say About You

You are very popular and universally admired.

You are often hopelessly in love, and you connect to other people easily.

You are a naturally cheerful and upbeat person. You have an amazing smile.

You have a fresh perspective on things. You have a different way of looking at the world.

He needs a lot of suits...

It's a big week for Dicky starting today. He is busy in polishing his presentation for the execom meeting happening this week. It's a monthly thing and I'm proud that the husband is already part of the exclusive execom committee of the whole JG Summit group. With it, he has been bugging me last weekend to check out new suits for him to buy to wear on this regular meeting schedule. We tried checking out some stores in the mall but too bad that we can't find a perfectly fitting suit for him based on his built and height. So this morning, I tried to check on the internt if there are stores where we can just order online. And goodness that I found I was ecstatic to inform Dicky about this Made to Measure Suits available for him. And it's so amazing because we can already get his suit in 2 weeks time with a very affordable price tag. They have a very simple buying process which you can do either online or make an appointment and go to their store. For online buyers, first, they would do measuring online. A guide will be given on how to prefectly get the proper measurement of a man's body in order to achive the accurate specs. Then you would choose what jacket and pant style would you like. Your choices vary from how many buttons to use, pockets, lapel, vests, sleeve buttons for the jacket. And for the pant style your choices could be based on lining, pockets, brace buttons, side tabs and belt loops. Then finally, you would have to choose the fabric and color. Isn't this a good option to get a suit that is based really on your measurement and preference? Seldom you see something off-the-rack that gives you the perfect-looking suit that includes everything you want from the choices mentioned above.  Now, Dicky is convinced to just order his suits online.  

Friday, October 03, 2008

Birthday Party Updates!

It dawned on me yesterday that it is already Oct 2 and haven't done any single preparation for the 2nd birthday party of Bianca.  So after checking again my options, I headed off to Shakeys Katipunan to book the venue.  I decided for this venue because of their flexibility with my requests.  I can bring in the Dora the Explorer theme and bring in my own decors and loots.  Meaning, would just get the venue and food from them.  

And with only less than a month to prepare, I was so glad I prepared things in a snap yesterday.  (dali lang pala magplan ng party eh, why was it so hard the past few parties?!hahaha).  

Dicky and I agreed on a certain budget and I promised him I would really make it to the minimum.  It's a simple party really!

Things I accomplished yesterday:

1.  Booked the venue and paid downpayment
2.  Decided on the menu
3.  Ordered invites from Adworks
4.  Ordered give-aways
5.  Talked to a cake-supplier
6.  Informed Apple that she is doing the decors

Next up:

1.  Take a picture of Bianca for her invites
2.  Have a tarpaulin made
3.  Finalize decor design with Apple
4.  Buy prizes 

I promise to work things out by next week.  Wish me luck!

Really need new glasses.

From the Clark Howard Show online, it talks about the Zenni Optical eyeglasses available online. Zenni has great new selections of new frames available. You should look at the great feedback of customers they have around the globe and I could be one of them. I really need a replacement for my eyeglasses since Bianca has played it. Although I only use it while at home, I still want a stylish eyeglasses with a very reasonable amount. Thanks to Zenni that offers it at a very affordable price since they are also manufacturing their own frames. This becomes a great option rather than going through middlemen sales agent. sells Stylish Prescription Glasses Online from only $8. You will find a huge selection of frames, with single vision lens, sunsensor (potochromic) lens, tinted sunglasses lens, bifocal lens and progressive lens.  Normally, it takes them around 2 weeks to deliver the glasses from the time you order online.  Nevertheless, that is fine with me because of the convenience of online shopping.

Casino in Macau?

I saw some pictures of Venetian Hotel in Macau and boy oh boy, I'm drooling and can't wait to see it myself when we go there 2 weeks from now. We intend to take the ferry going to Macau on the first day that we would arrive in Hong Kong. My cousins would like to check the casinos there. I am not sure if we would play as I dont have luck even for a simple slot machine. But one of my cousins who will be with us enjoys playing online Casino like the one from Casino De. Well, he is kinda addicted with it and he says that he's been lucky in winning in playing some black jacks. He recommends this site among other online site because it offers great playing techniques and bonuses.  But for me, I am so bad with card games. Dicky usually has poker nights with friends and I still haven't memorized the game even. I always end up asking question from him whenever we play together. Funny because I was competing with him but then I was asking him.  For the trip to Macau, I'm also excited to hop the free shuttle to bring us from one hotel to another.  I'm sure it would be one fun trip.  We intend to do some sight seeing and some window shopping as well (promise!), just window shopping, but definitely no casino playing!

Know someone who needs this?

Have you heard about residential rehab? One of the known treatment centers is called Promises. It is a private residential rehab for the treatment of drug addiction and alcoholism. They have centers in the beautiful island of Malibu and they also have in West LA. Promises is proud to be a pioneer for the past 20 years providing restorative and compassionate care to their clients. They are knows to be successful beacause of their size as well. They limit the number of residential treatment clients to 18 at each of our two facilities in order to give each person the personal care and attention they to succeed.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Me, Blonde?

Since I recently had a haircut, I would have wanted to get a hair color but alas, I cannot as you know, hair coloring is not possible for rebonded hair. So this hair color test is not possible. Anyway, I would just like to post it because of "you know", it's necessary. (lol!)

Your Hair Should Be Blonde

You are outgoing, light hearted, and a ton of fun.

You don't take life too seriously, and you do your best to charm everyone you meet.

You are very energetic. People tend to underestimate you, but you can get a lot done.

You do tend to be a bit sensitive. If someone has a bad opinion of you, it truly hurts.

You are cunning and clever. You are smart, but you aren't “book smart” or academic.

Some people may think you're superficial, but they're not seeing the whole picture.

Men's Cartier

As my trip for Hong Kong will be in two weeks time, I have been making a list of our itinerary as well as the things to check on some stores there. Apparently, the husband is asking me to buy him 2 pairs of shoes. I cannot disagree as I do not want to be reprimanded for all other things I would buy for the kids and for myself in Hong Kong. I am also thinking to check out a christmas gift for him there. I have been thinking if a dslr camera would be a nice gift for him. He has been mentioning the idea of buying one actually. But I am also thinking of giving him another watch. This would compensate for the number of bags I bought for the year! (lol). I have checked out sites to look at great new watches in the market today. I stumbled upon The Watchery just now and I have been drooling over nice Cartier watches. I am sure the husband wouldn't mind getting one men's cartier and I wouldn't mind getting a "her" collection to partner with the watch I am eyeing.  See picture below of what I found.  The watchery has great selection of 100% authentic luxury watches including of course Cartier, Breitling, Tag, Omega and many others.  They are currently offering substantial discounts from the manufacturer's suggested retail price.  Gee, I need to work doubly hard for my assignments if I really want to push through of this plan, because of a great information that this site accepts paypal money!  

Parenting Seminar

I think I needed this...

Dear Mommy and Daddy, Do you lose your cool...when your child throws a tantrum at the mall? When hshe doesn't follow your orders? Or when she doesn't eat any of the food you prepared for her? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then it's time to join Mommy Academy's 31st Pedia Talk Live! entitled "Keep your Cool" and get tips form our guest experts on how to overcome child discipline dilemnas, on October 18, 9am-12n at the Dusit Thani Manila.

This parenting talk is free but pre-registration is required.  Call 8205070 or 8257454.  Or you can log on to Mommy Academy.

Just thought of sharing this.