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Children Grow Up Fast

>> Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tomorrow, our daughter will be starting her regular school schedule. Her classes will be finished by three o'clock in the afternoon. Since she takes the school bus, she will be home in an hour or two after her dismissal time. She will be gone for nearly eleven to twelve hours everyday, five days a week.

It only dawned on me earlier that my husband and I will hardly get to spend time with our baby. She will be spending most of her awake time in school. We were both starting ftofeel sad especially me. I was so attached to my daughter since she was our unica hija.

I have always been hands on with Roberta. When I was pregnant with her, I decided that I would breasfeed her exclusively for as long as I can so that she will always be close to me, and that happened. I also changed my lifestyle and career path so that I could be home more often, and I was able to do that too. But I guess there are just some things that are beyond our control. Children grow up so quickly no matter how much time you spend with them.

This was exactly what I was feeling with Roberta . Though I did not like it I just had to accept the reality of life. I just told myself, make every moment count with my baby, make it memorable since there was no turning back time.This holds true for every relationship and everything we do in life.

"Carpe Diem"...Seize the day...

Summer Fun

>> Sunday, June 28, 2009

Plane ride with Roberta

This has been a memorable summer for me. I was able to do so much in a span of less than two months. It may seem ordinary or quite hectic when you see what I did but it was all worth it. I guess you can say I embraced the breath of fresh air of my short summer vacation. I was able to have time to relax and have fun at the same time.

Here is a short list of what I did this summer:
  1. Travel to the US
  2. Travel to Cebu with my daughter
  3. Attend three memorable weddings - my younger brother's, my cousin's and my childhood friend's
  4. Watch an LA Dodgers game in Dodger stadium
  5. Hit the beach and get a tan (of course!)
This explains why I was M.I.A. (Missing In Action) for a bit. I was too busy enjoying myself that I could not tear away from my vacation to spend some time blogging. I know, I am guilty as charged. But hey, who can blame me. I just wanted to relax, have fun and enjoy my "me" time. We all need a break from our daily routine so that we can return recharged and full of energy again as well as inspired, right? That is exactly what I did.

I am sure you all had equally great summers like me. I would love to hear more about it. What did you do this summer? =)

Run a Marathon

>> Saturday, June 27, 2009

Back in college and even as far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by running. I enjoyed it. I loved it. It did not matter whether it was raining or scorching hot I would still run when ever I can.

This changed when I had a baby and got busy with work and family life. I did not think of running as much. I missed it but I was preoccupied with other things. But now, I am planning to start again. Let us hope I have the will power like before to do such a task.

What do you think of training for a marathon or any other type of endurance training?

Michael Jackson: The Legendary King of Pop

>> Friday, June 26, 2009

I was really surprised when I got an SMS from my friend earlier asking for a moment of silence for the death of Michael Jackson. I had to read the message twice to make sure I read it correctly. After reading the message three times, I still was not convinced. So, I went online and researched more on the shocking news I got. It was confirmed
Michael Jackson is dead at 50.

This was such a great loss for the music industry to loose a legend, the King of Pop. Just when he was entering his golden years and about to do a series of comeback conerts next month, all disappeared in a flash.

Who could not have fond memories of Michael Jackson and his music? I for one, I am a fan. I can still recall back in the 80's of the countless times I would sing and dance to his different songs. I would have "Thriller" playing in the background and try to imitate the zombie dance moves from the music video. I would try to memorize the lyrics of "We Are the World" where Michael Jackson had a part and would wait for his queue to sing and follow. I would attempt to do the moonwalk, balance on my toes and do all his other cool dance moves. I could go on and on talking about all the things I did ala Michael Jackson.

But one thing is for sure, I am sure going to miss seeing the King of Pop, a legend, strut his stuff and sing his classics. I join the Jackson family and the whole world in mourning for Michael Jackson. You will always be remembered.

Earning in Blogging

Since early last year, I have decided to become a WAHM (Work At Home Mom) by choice. Somewhere along the way, I had a change in priorities. I decided to focus my time and energy more on taking care of my unica hija, Roberta, instead of trying to earn extra income outside the home. I said to myself that an opportunity would show itself. I will be able to find money even while I was at home. And it did.

Being at home, gave me more time than I had when I was out of the house the whole day. With so much time in my hands, I wanted to go back to one of the things I enjoyed most - writing. I thought of having my own blog as my writing channel. Little did I know that I could actually get paid to blog.

How to earn extra money by blogging was better explained to me by Tita Marie. We were just casually having a conversation during my high school volleyball reunion. When she found out that I was at home working, that is when she shared her own blogging experience. I was surprised to know that she had been doing this for quite some time and was at a profit. I was inspired and motivated to follow suit.

I researched and learned that the world wide web was a bigger market for advertisers than what traditional media - such as print, radio and television - could offer. With this concept, the marketing idea of blog advertising was born.

Advertisers would join a blog advertising company such as Paying Post to find potential blogs suited to post their ads. The followers of that blog would then be the target market and possible consumers of the said product. The more ads in a blog that gave positive results to an advertiser, the more income that blog would make. This was how income was made from blogging.

With this knowledge at hand, it would just be a bonus for me if I could earn something extra from doing what I like and that is writing.

Web Site Hosting Anyone?

>> Thursday, June 25, 2009

I am a neophyte when it comes to the blog-o-sphere barely over five months old. I wanted to set up my own blog where I could share my own ideas, opinions and experiences as well as practice my writing and communication skills.

Like any beginner, I had to set up my first blog using a free blog publishing tool such as Blogger that had its own free web hosting service. But of course, there are some limitations when you avail of a free service especially in web hosting. One of these limitations is that you would not be able to choose a more personalized domain name. Knowing me, I wanted my own personalized domain name.

With this in mind, I did my research and came across a very useful site, that provided a lot of information about webhosting especially for a beginner like me. There were as an area dedicated on what to look for in applying for hosting. Aside from all the helpful articles that I found, I was most attracted to the different web hosting options that were available and all at very affordable rates.

Now if you are like me, on the market looking for that perfect and budget friendly web site hosting service look no further since Web Hosting Geeks has all that you need under one roof.

Storage Companies: Do You Really Need This Service?

Storage companies are not a common thing where I am from. If you want to move and you need help, the best next thing to do is either call some family, relatives or even friends who are more than willing to help you. The only extra service you would actually need to pay is hiring a moving van or truck with movers who will help carry the big items. As for extra items that you are no longer interested in bringing with you on your move, you either give it away, sell it second-hand, donate it, or throw it away.

What do you do if you need to move? Would you need a storage company's help for your extra things?

Preparing for the Storm

>> Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I received an SMS message from my aunt earlier that the storm with the name "Feria" will be hitting the city tonight. If it gets hard enough, the power may go out. I am hoping that does not happen but we never know.

Of course, being the girl scout that I am. I always like to be prepared for situations. In this case, the situation would be that there might be loss of power or electricity. So, while I had time and not busy with work I prepared:

Here are the things I did:
  1. I went around the house to check that all the doors and windows were locked and all wa ssecure. Better safe than sorry right?
  2. I placed the candles and matchsticks in a location that I can easily find them when needed.
  3. I looked for a flashlight with working batteries and put it within reach if in case the lights suddenly go out.
  4. Lastly, I got our trusty rechargeable light and made sure that was fully charged and working.
With all this done, I felt more secure and ready for anything. Haha. I am exaggerating but you know what I mean.

How about you? What do you do to prepare for a storm or bad weather condition in your area?

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