Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Still Scared Of The Big Pool...

my oldest son playing at the playground before entering the pool...

one of his unsuccessful attempts to get in the pool, but atleast he tried to overcome his fear!

Last week, I took my kids together with my stepdaughter and her boyfriend to the community pool 15 minutes drive from where we live. That was my youngest son's first trip to the pool. I wasn't surprise at all that he really loved and enjoyed the water. I knew he would be basing on how he reacts when I give him a bath at home. He loves playing in the bath tub!

On the other hand, what surprised me was, my oldest son was still very scared to get in the big pool. I thought for sure that he's gotten over it the way he was hounding me about going to the pool. And even on our way there, he was talking so big that he's not scared to get in the water anymore. Well the truth came out once we arrived at the pool. As soon as they changed to their swimsuits, he immediately went to the kiddy pool where his brother was and told us that he is just fine there.

We kept encouraging and pursuing him to get in the big pool that his sister and her bf will take care of him, he just wouldn't do it. We kinda got irritable about it. I mean he tried many times to get in but as soon as he reached the bottom step of the pool, he immediately gets out. Finally I told my stepdaughter and her bf to not to worry about it anymore. I mean you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink as what the saying goes. I am definitely not gonna force my son if he's not ready yet, one day he'll get over his fear and will do it on his own!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Retirement Communitites in Georgia

There are so many retirement communities available out there to choose from for people who are retiring or already retired. If I were to suggest one, it'll be this retirement communities near Gainsville, Georgia! You can click Retirement Communities Georgia to check it out. What I love about this place is, it is near Lake Lanier and is bordered by the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains. For me, nothing is more relaxing when seeing a beautiful view of the mountain or lake. But of course that is just me, everybody prefers different things!

But I will recommend to anybody who's looking for retirement community to click the link above and browse their site to see for yourself what I am talking about. So much activities and amenities you can choose from to socialize with other adults. Shopping, dining, arts, cultural and recreational activities are just the few examples, not to mention the finest healthcare service available just outside the beautiful, waterfall entrance of your private, gated community! This retirement community has so much to offer. This is something to be considered with!

The Truth Really Hurts!

Although I already accepted the fact that my father is gone, it is still hard for me to believe that he is really gone forever! I don't know if that even make sense! My father's burial was last Monday, I didn't even bother to call my family in the Philippines for the fact that it was just too hard for me since I couldn't see my father for the last time! A while ago, my younger sister sent me a message on Facebook asking why I didn't call on my father's burial and I told her that it is just too painful for me...

I am glad that I am so busy here because I don't get that much time to think about my papa being gone for good. But of course there are times that no matter how hard I tried to avoid the truth the he's gone, it is just inevitable! There's no escape about reality. The truth really hurts! But I'm sure time will help us heal the wounds but the scar will always remains. It is there to remind us of yesterday!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yardsale On Facebook

A friend of mine invited me to join this Pinay Yardsale on Facebook. It is a group of Filipina where they sell their new or used items that they do not want anymore! I think it is very cool! What I like about it is, first it is free to put your pictures and all the prices are negotiable! 

I have been selling on ebay since 2008 and that's something that you can't do on ebay is to negotiate the price and they charge you for the items that you sold. I mean I love selling on ebay but sometimes the stuff that I sell there don't get sold, so here's another place  for me to resell my items. Brilliant is what I'll call whoever came up with this yardsale on FB!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Been So Busy!

My stepdaughter and her boyfriend came to visit Saturday and I have been so busy since. Trying to keep the house clean and taking care of them, a toddler and an infant at the time. Talking about having my hands full! I'll say it's overflowing! LOL! But oh well, can't complain, it's part of life!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yonico Bit Sets

Each of us has its own interest in life. I for one are interested in crafting, photography, making jewelries, gardening and more. Some are very knowledgeable when it comes to computer and electronics, an example of that is my husband. Some has talents in cooking, woodworking, etc. I know somebody that was really good at woodworking and that is my second oldest brother. Unfortunately he is not here anymore. He passed away in 2009, such a tragic event that we would never forget. He was only 27 years old when it happened!

But anyway he was such a crafty person. So good at drawing, fixing broken things, likes to build stuff, he can do a little bit of electronics and liked woodworking a lot. He learned doing it when he was in high school. If he was still alive today I would have bought him this Yonico bit sets to use for his woodworking projects. And I am pretty sure that he would have loved it! My brother had so much potential in him, he can pretty much learn anything easily if he wish to learn it and I believe that he would have accomplished something today if he was still alive!

Thankful For Today's Blessings

For two weeks I didn't receive any task or opportunity at all. Thank goodness today I received a pretty decent amount of tasks. I am always thankful no matter how small or big the amount of the task is, it's a blessing from up above! 

Anyway I have a lot to write on my other blog but it is giving me trouble right now. I am trying to fix it by changing it's template to a new one but seems like I couldn't change it even. I really don't know what to do!

Try Electronic Cigarettes

I am just so glad that I do not smoke. I've tried it when I was very young but I never liked it. I know for sure that it is not easy to get rid off that nasty habit. I have seen it with my own eyes. My mother-in-law used to smoke, thank goodness she managed to get off of it after trying to quit for so many years...

What advice I will give to those who are trying to quit is they should try electronic cigarettes. I've heard that it is just like smoking the real thing but without the nicotine. This is really a good alternative for someone who has to smoke!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Something Is Not Right...

I don't know what's wrong but for two weeks now I hardly gotten any tasks! There were consecutive weeks that I have been blessed with so much tasks, almost everyday there is always one waiting for me and then for reason something had happened that it quit! 

Something is not right but I just don't know what it is. It's like all the paid blogging sites that I am a member just suddenly stopped giving tasks at once. Hmmp! It is truly weird but oh well, I guess it's just part of life! There is nothing I can do about it I guess. I'll just have to wait and see if I get any this week if I'm lucky!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Thank You, Thank You! My PR Is Back!

Oh gosh I am just so excited right now! I just found out a few minutes ago that the PR on this blog is now back to one! Yes! Thank you so much Mr. G for bringing my PR back! I hope no more of my blogs will lose it's PR! Now I only got to wait for my other blog to get it's PR back! I know it'll be soon! I can't wait! Thanks a million!

Friday, July 13, 2012

DIY Duct Tape Feather Earrings

(picture courtesy of Michaels Store's Facebook Wall)

I saw this picture on Michael Store's facebook wall and I thought it was so neat. I am into making jewelries and I haven't done one for quiet a while now. This step by step looks so easy to make! I think I might just try it out. I have a zebra duct tape that I bought about almost a year and since I am so obsess with animal prints I think I'll use my zebra print duct tape and then I can match with my shoes! Oh I am truly excited about it!


Last night I was just craving for fried fish tilapia. I had a lot of tilapia but they are frozen. I thawed one out to be cooked for my lunch today but I couldn't wait so I just cooked it last night and ate it. It was good but it would have been much better if it was fresh! Nothing really beats fresh seafood and that's one of the things I so miss in my native land.

Anyway, my friend and her hubby did some fishing two weeks ago and she shared some of the fish she caught on my birthday. They were really good, you can really tell the difference of the taste between frozen and fresh ones! She uploaded some pics on facebook. I ought to tell her to upload her pics to FishyPics too for everybody who's interested in fishing to see! She should be proud that she can catch fish, not everybody can do it!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fried Tilapia

Right now I am craving for some fried Tilapia like pictured above. Photo above was taken the day before my birthday. I fried those Tilapias to used for my Escabeche dish that I cooked on my birthday. I have a lot of Tilapia but they're in the freezer. Earlier I put one in the fridge to thaw out so maybe I can fry me one for lunch tomorrow.

I don't know if I'll be able to wait, I am just too hungry right now and my dang mouth is wanting nothing else but fried Tilapia! Oh no I am not pregnant! LOL! I just keep seeing the fish and keep thinking of the fried Tilapia pictured above! Now I want some!


Happy Birthday To My Papa!

Today, July the 12th is my father's birthday. Since there is 12-hour difference between the US and the Philippines, my father's birthday was yesterday Philippine time. I called last night to greet my father personally but unfortunately he couldn't get on the phone for the fact that there are so many wrong with him that he couldn't hardly hear or talk. So I told my mama to make sure that they tell him that I did call and I didn't forget his birthday...

Anyway, there is nothing that I want so bad right now than to be with my family in the Philippines even for just a short period of time. It has been 3 years since I've seen them and I am so ready take off to be with them but I couldn't possibly do so because of our financial situation. I really don't know for sure when will be able to go back there, it is truly sad and unfortunate! :(

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rain, Rain And More Rain

Wow, it's raining so hard right now and I am just loving it! Not only it keeps the temperature cooler but it is also watering my thirsty plants! It has been raining in our area for at least 3 days now. I know there are some people out there that don't want it to rain because of flooding and I do not blame them for it, no disrespect but there are some part of the country that needs the rain as well, especially to those areas that are so dry where wildfires might start! All I could do is hope and pray that those area that doesn't need the rain won't get rained at. But right now I am enjoying this heavy rain!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My 3-lb Hula Hoop Is Here

I ordered me an exercise 3-lb hula hoop last week and it came today. I am very surprise of how humungous that hula hoop is. I have never seen a hula hoop as big or wide as this. I bought it to be used for my exercise, hopefully it'll work for I paid a lot of money for it compare to the price of the regular hula hoops. I have a regular size hula hoop that I bought before I got the other one and I am telling you what, the regular hoop looks like a baby compare to the new one side by side! LOL..Plus this new one is dang heavy, like I said, it weighs 3 lbs.

I can't use it inside the house for the fact that it is too big and we have a limited space here. So if I want to exercise I'll have to do it outside where I get all the space I want. I already tried it out, it works alright but it is very uncomfortable to my waist. I can definitely feel the metal even though it is wrapped with rubber foam I guess for comfort. But I can tell you that there is no comfort using it for exercise. Oh well, if I really want to thin down I don't have no choice but to use it otherwise I will be just the same and waste my money on it which I don't want to happen at all!

Monday, July 9, 2012

We Will Be Harvesting Tomatoes Soon

I am so glad that the tomatoes we planted this year are doing really well and about to give us a  bunch of fruits. I am really thrilled about this, I love tomatoes especially the kind that we are growing. We are currently growing two kinds, one are Roma tomatoes and the others are Brandy Wines in heirloom varieties. 

For some reason, our tomatoes did not do well last year. I don't think we even harvested a single fruit from the plants that we planted. It was just rough last year and I think being so hot had something to do with it too. Well this year is hot too but I go out there every afternoon if it's not raining to water our vegetables in the garden. You know dang well, they need watering almost everyday in order for them to survive this scorching hot weather, plus I get a little exercise and fresh air doing it!

Anyhow, I am so looking forward to harvest our tomatoes when they are ready. The Brandy Wines are just delicious. A little dab of salt and pepper and there's me a healthy and free snack!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

PR Gone!

Well this is great. This blog's PR went from 1 to not available and I do not have a clue what the hell happened! It did the same thing to my other blog. I waited for weeks and weeks thinking that it might come back to it's original PR but nothing, it didn't even go up to zero. So I decided to changed it to it's own domain and registered the name. Days had passed, the PR is now back to zero. It's more promising now than not available. Hopefully in no time it will be back to one!

Anyway, let's get back to this blog. I don't know what happened why it did it to this one too. I don't know if I'm doing anything wrong that could possibly took the pr on this blog? If I am I don't have a freaking clue what could it be! I am just so upset right now, I don't know what to do really but to bitch about it!! Grrrrrrrr! Please if anybody knows the answers to my questions let me know! It will be very much appreciated!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I Wish I Can Go Right Now..

I terribly miss my family in the Philippines and wish that I can go right this very minute. I am really concerned about my father because I just found out that his terribly sick. I mean seriously ill. My younger sister mentioned to me about his testicles being swollen and it could be a prostate cancer. It is just breaking my heart to think how serious it is and it's like there's nothing I can do about it. Oh God I don't know what to do!! If I have the money to go there right now I won't hesitate at all. Not only I want to help him financially but also want to show my moral support and be there with him. It really suck being thousands of miles away from your family.

And another thing that's been bothering me is that, they are too far away to even spend time or get to know my kids. It's a shame that my kids are growing without knowing or spending time with family over there. They can't even watch my little one grow and learning new things. I just have so much pain inside that I don't know for sure how to express it. All I could do for now is to pray about my father's health and hope he wouldn't get worst! I miss my family so badddddddd!!!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Menus From My Birthday

As you may all know I just turned 26 years old 2 days ago. We didn't do any special birthday celebration, it was just very simple one together with family and some friends. We usually go out to eat if there's birthday but this time I wanted to do something different. So I decided cook some delectable Filipino dishes of my choice! Everybody seemed to enjoy the foods which I was very happy about...

Anyway, I decided to make some Humba or Pork braised with sugar, Lumpia, Escabeche and of course Bihon or Bean Thread Noodles with veggies. Filipino birthday is not complete without noodles of some sort, they said it'll make you live a long life! lol! Anyhow pictures below are the food that I cooked for my birthday...


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wonderful 26th Birthday

Although my 26th birthday celebration was just simple, I had an amazing time! It's definitely one of my best birthdays. I spent it with my family and friends. I fixed some of my native dishes which everybody seemed to like. The best part for me was when my mother-in-law told me how my 6-year old picked out the balloon, the cake and the gifts! Oh I love everything that I got especially the gifts from my boys, two flowering indoor plants and a wallet. I would definitely use this wallet everyday to remind me that my very own son specially picked it for me. So sweet indeed!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wall Mounted Cell Phone Lockers

When you have kids it is so important that everything that you don't want them to get into is put up. I remember when my oldest son was just about 3 years old he got a hold of my cellphone. I wasn't aware of it, he closed his bedroom door. While I was sitting in the toilet, I heard somebody talking and said something about "what's your emergency?". Right then I knew that my son dialed 911! It was very scary for me. So I called the number back and told the operator what happened that my son got a hold of my cellphone, was playing with it and there was no emergency! Thank goodness she believed me or else she would have sent somebody to our house!

Anyway, now that my youngest son is getting older and starting to get into stuff, I am thinking of getting one of those wall mounted cell phone lockers to keep our cell phones in it! I sure would not want that incident to happen again!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Triple Digit Weather

Today was the first time I have even seen our temperature in summer time reached triple digit. It was 102.5°F to be exact! My oh my it was hot. The heat was just very painful that it penetrated my skin and it felt like a thousand needles poking my body! I can only imagine how painful it was to my little one as well since he's got more sensitive skin than me. We would have just stayed home if it wasn't for my little one having a follow-up appointment to his pediatrician earlier. I am thankful that he is getting better, thank God!

Anyway, I hope today was the first and last triple digit weather that we are going to have. It is just not fun to be outside where the temperature is so blazing hot! When I got home, our inside temperature was actually 91°F with an air conditioner on HIGH! I just couldn't believe it but it's true. That's how hot it was today!