Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Importance of Having Pets At Home


We have a new puppy at home. It took us a week to think of its name. We tried to call her with the names of popular women since our new puppy is a female puppy. But then, our little toddler called her “Chavit”. Although it sounds like a male name, our little puppy responds with that name whenever our daughter calls it.

My officemates are hesitant to have a pet at their own homes because of the fear that it might bite their children. But for me, I think pets can contribute to a child’s development. Kids learn the sense of responsibility by taking care of their pet. Whenever parents are not around, they are the one responsible to feed and clean them. Having pets at home develop also the social interaction of children. As everyone knows dogs are man’s best friend; usually our kid’s first friend is their pet dog. Dogs teach our kids lessons in life, like the concern for everything that has life, and the sympathy for animals. Even movies’ featuring famous dogs teaches them moral lessons. That is why I let my little toddler interact with our new puppy with our supervision. I can see how happy she is whenever they play together.

Whatever kind of dogs it is, any type of breed or size, what is important is we should be the role model to our children on how to be responsible with our pets, how to take care of them and how to treat them just like our own friends.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Wishlist: Buying a New TV

Christmas is my favorite of all the months because this is the month when we receive our bonuses. This is the month when we buy the things we really like for ourselves. For this year, one of my wish lists is to buy a new television for our home. Since the day that we moved into our separate home, we did not have the chance and budget for a new TV. Television is one of the appliances in our home that is being used frequently. Unfortunately, this year, I still don’t have the budget to buy a new one because we are saving our bonuses for our little one. I wish I can earn more money online so I can buy a new one. My sister-in-law just recently bought an LCD TV which she got from her V-Mobile earnings. Although I don’t have the budget yet, I searched online on how to buy a TV. I hope these TV buying guides would also be a great help for those who wish to buy a TV, or I say fro those who have the budget to buy a TV (wink).
  1. When buying a TV consider the size of the room where you will place the TV- the bigger the room, the bigger the TV;
  2. Know which type of TV is best for you. LCD TVs consume less power but it is not that bright during daytime. LED TVs consume the lowest power and the thinnest but it is expensive. Plasma TVs on the other hand can give you a brighter picture during daytime, it is cheaper but it is thicker and power-consuming.
  3. Consider your budget. Although buying a cheaper TV will save you a lot of money in the beginning, cheap TVs may only cost you high repair and maintenance expense. Aside from repairs, cheap TVs may have poor picture and audio qualities. Go for the affordable TV with one year warranty and best quality.

For the meantime, I’ll just enjoy watching my favorite TV shows with our mini TV in our room.

Cartoon Themed Christmas Party

We had our Office Cartoon Themed Christmas Party on December 16. It was a perfect time for us to celebrate Christmas, chill for a while and get together for a fun-filled party.

This is me portraying Cinderella..
office staff
Our Boss as Zorro

Thei as Supergirl

Joy as Tinkerbell

Lizel as Sleeping Beauty..


Princess Fiona



Sexy Superman

Princess Jasmine

Wilma of Flinstones

Little Red Riding Hood

Batman

Iron Man

Snow White

Minnie Mouse

Mulan

Rapunzel


Alice in Wonderland

Lara Croft

The party was a successful one. Everybody enjoyed the games, presentations, exchange of gifts and raffle draws.  It was also filled with laughter and humor as we portray our chosen characters. Our boss who played as Zorro danced with his dance instructor, Batman became sexy Superman, Sleeping Beauty awaken from nightmare, she thought she has symptoms of sleep paralysis when Zorro attempted to kiss her and Princess Fiona's funny facial expression.
Christmas is a memorable time of the year, a great occasion that should be enjoyed to the fullest. Next year, we are planning for a Christmas party featuring the Hollywood popular artists.

This is my share for Colorful Weekend

Friday, December 9, 2011

Preparing for Christmas

So excited for another Christmas with my little one

Christmas is almost here. People are busy making things for the holiday. Here are some of the things we do in preparation for Christmas:
1. I and hubby have been busy in our work also preparing for the office Christmas Party. Aside from this, we are also planning for a Christmas Party with my hubby's relatives to be held in our house.
2. We are thinking what food to prepare for the Noche Buena. Hubby is requesting for the recipe on how to make beef jerky which is a good nutritious snack for both children and adults. It has been the tradition of the Filipino families to gather together during Christmas and enjoy the delicious food for the Noche Buena.
3. Christmas is also the time for giving. Every year we put our effort and a little budget for the little things we would like to give our family, friends, relatives, office mates and of course our "inaanaks". Our Christmas Tree was already set in the first week of October, but we are still in the process of thinking for Christmas gifts.
4. Aside from the Christmas Tree, we hang a Christmas lantern in our veranda and our front door to keep us reminded for the feelings of Christmas.
5. We are planning for our visit to our parents. Just like Baby Jesus' respect and love for Mama Mary and Joseph, we would like to show our respect and gratitude to our parents.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Marriage Differences

Quotes on Love: Love until it hurts. Real love is always painful and hurts; then it is real and pure.- Mother Teresa

It is really heartbreaking whenever couples argue for many reasons, usually for differences. I admit, I am one of those wives who sometimes want to give up whenever I have those petty quarrels with my husband. We are different in many ways. Aside from being opposite in physical aspects (he is big and chubby and I am petite and skinny), we are totally opposite when it comes to personality. He is an outgoing person, I am an introvert type. Even on how we were brought up by our parents-I grew up with disciplinarian parents and he was not.

There is only  one thing we have in common: we love each other so much. Our differences will not break the bond our love has built. Instead of treating differences as threat in our relationship, we see it as opportunities for us to grow and thru acceptance we will see the real love for each other. It is true that when we love, we give each other the right to hurt us. Love really hurts, but through the heartaches, trials, and success in our lives, we managed to stand up and continue with our dreams and plans. As long as there is love, respect, communication, commitment and faith to God, we will love each other. And that will last forever.

As one of the famous quotes say:
A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.
This is my share for Wednesday Whites

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Finally..I've Got My Driver's License!

After two weeks of a refresher practice driving, I finally got my driver’s license at LTO. I had already undertaken practice driving at a driving school in 2008 when I was still single. I was not able to get my driver’s license then since I got married after three months, gave birth after nine months, maternity leave for two months and focused on being a working mom for two years. Finally after those special moments in my life, my husband set a time for refreshing me again of driving a manual car. The difference between my practice driving before I get married and after is that I am more cautious now than before. Maybe because I think that if I will not drive in a prudent manner, I will never have the chance to take good care of my daughter for longer years. I am afraid that nobody can take my place if ever something bad happens to me.

Having a driver’s license is both a privilege and a responsibility. To acquire it is not that easy. Learning to drive a manual is hard for beginners. It is like learning the difference between speed vs velocity when I was still in high school. Speed is how fast you are, while velocity is speed with direction. You must be aware of your speed and at the same time with the direction where you are going. After learning the basics in driving such as starting, maneuver, gear shifting, hanging on hill, parking and driving on traffic, you will still have to undergo drug and medical test. After that, you will also take the written and practical exam at the Land Transportation Office. I am lucky that I got 38 out of 40 in the written exam. To be able to pass for a non-professional driver’s license, you need to get at least a score of 30. The importance of taking the exam is to study by mind and heart the traffic laws and rules of road to prevent car accidents.

Understanding the speed limits, traffic signs, feeling the car’s engine, and becoming aware of the other vehicles on the road as well as the pedestrian is really scary and intimidating for me as a beginner. Thanks to my husband who has been patient teaching and guiding me in driving.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Girl's Talk: Something New


This week's theme for the Girl's Talk is "something new"-things we did not have or done before that we were able to do for this year. I want to share  the blessings that God has given us this year. We never had these things before since we are just starting to build a family. But we are thankful to God for providing us a shelter, a notebook (my favorite gadget) and my new hobby where I earn money online.
I've never been to online job before, but now, I have my first earnings for an online freelance job


Finally we have a new home we can call our own..
Netbook: Everybody's favorite