Friday, 31 October 2008

Trick or Treat on the house

My kids Aloysius and Achilles plus their cousin Candy literally went trick or treat in the house. Wendy brought trick and treat goodies from her office last night and she gave them to the kids after they wore the Batman and Superman costumes. Everyone was delighted especially when Candy wore the bunny headband as her costume and joined the boys and when Tita Ces joined as the witch. Tita Ces also used her nail painting skills in painting the face of Kyle and the hands of Miggy.

Even if it rained and they were not allowed to go trick or treat in the mall and neighborhood, the kids enjoyed it in the house. Their pictures proved it.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

What if Barack Obama wins?

I just wanna share my thoughts on what if Obama wins. I know I'm not part of the 200 electoral votes that Obama needs to be the next President. We, in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) business are somehow affected by the political and economical situation of the US. We are hopeful that after the elections, life would be better. Going back to the question -What if Barack Obama wins? In speeches, Obama has expressed his take on outsourcing. He was already tagged as Anti-outsourcing. Here's one of his speeches I got from related to that subject: Obama said that as president, he "will stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America."

Here's another one from Virginia Tech Massacre (Thanks to Texas Rainmaker) when Obama considers outsourcing as violence:“There’s also another kind of violence that we’re going to have to think about. It’s not necessarily the physical violence, but the violence that we perpetrate on each other in other ways,” he said, and goes on to catalogue other forms of “violence.”

There’s the “verbal violence” of Imus.

There’s “the violence of men and women who have worked all their lives and suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them because their job is moved to another country.”

Will these statements still be true when he sits on White House? What happens to developing countries like ours, India and China who continually rely on offshore outsourcing jobs like programming, help desks, call centers, data processing etc?

I hope not. Recently, articles in the internet says that Senator Obama in his speeches had his standard refrain on outsourcing, a theme that he and his campaign have been hammering away in a states that has taken a hard hit economically, especially in the manufacturing sector.

I hope if Obama wins, he will still see the benefits of outsourcing as cited by Virendra Singh, a senior economist at Moody's ( who said the cost savings overseas is too great. "In case of labor-intensive industries ... the labor cost differential between the U.S. and countries like China, India, Philippines and other developing countries is too large to make any difference."

We'll see. I hope my guess that Obama is just putting a front on this issue to get more votes is true and when he seats on White House, everything will just be back to normal or BPO business as usual.

But what if McCain wins?

I hope my PR increases too :)

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Cheers to 30 years of Jollibee and beyond

Jollibee has been a big part of my life. My sister was born in the same year as Jollibee. It was then called Jollibee Yumburger. I remember when I was young, we were always been treated to a Jollibee meal. Shopping Malls were not yet born that time but we always frequent Cubao where the first stores of Jollibee were located. One time, we just passed by a Jollibee store and didnt buy anything when my sister suddenly blurted out "JOBIBEE" - her very first words upon seeing the then Jollibee Yumburger logo.

Ten years after, I was already a teenager and I had to work part-time because of my erratic schedule in college. I got the opportuntiy to work in Jollibee as a part-time Service Crew. I enjoyed the mornings and late-evenings serving my favorite fastfood between my calculus, computer and automata classes.

Twenty years after, I got married and eventually had children who also became addicted to Jollibee. Their favorite food is Jollibee. Their birthday parties included Jollibee. Their first words = JABEE" or "BEE". Until now, we wouldn't let an opportunity pass without going to Jollibee whenever we are in a mall.

Now that Jollibee has turned 30 years, I want to congratulate the Filipino ingenuity of the first ever fastfood chain to level with or even surpass American brands. I'm proud to say that I was a part of the Jollibee workforce where Good Customer Service, Time Management and Quality Consciousness are just some of the traits a crew learns by heart and develop as one matures. I'm still taking advantage of these traits in my present career.

Here, I am sharing pictures of the 2 Jollibee dolls from different generation (notice the big change) as a symbol of my loyalty to Jollibee - always part of the milestones of my life.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Yaya Diaries - again

Had to go to my mom's again because my yaya has not returned from her rest day. Looks like she will be gone for good. I was not able to report for work today to take care of my kids, it was so tiring, I had to take a nap and while I was sleeping both the kids were so kulit, Nanay and Tatay could not control them. SO i decided to pack up and go. Good thing, public transpo (FX) is already available from SM. I just wished I could control myself when I see my yaya - GRRR! Now I'm on my quest for a replacement, wish me luck!

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Mall day at Pixie's

My kids had a great time at Festival mall. We witnessed a birthday party at Pixie Forest where Candy will celebrate her First Birthday in December. Aloysius and Achilles had fun with the 50 pesos worth of tokens I gave for the different games at Pixie's. After the party and reservation, we had dinner at Wendy's which had a good deal for P49ers. imagine, a Bacon Mushroom Melt Sandwich with a Coke for only 49 pesos..I was not surprised when the sandwich turned out to be worth 49 pesos in size, I had to buy another one - hahaha.

3 more weeks and counting...

I had a Pre-natal check up today, I found out that I am on my 35.5th week. My OB did the usual checking and I was excited when she let me touch the portion of my tummy where I could feel the cephalic or the head of my baby. Babycenter reports that in 36th week my baby is gaining about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Next week, my baby will be considered full-term. Most likely she's in a head-down position, but if she isn't (which I hope not), my OB may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version, where she'll try to turn your baby by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

Friday, 24 October 2008

My real Chinese Boy

Aloysius wore a Chinese costume in their United Nations Program today. I was glad to see other kids in the national costume of their choice (oops, teacher's choice pala). Aloy's class was assigned China and they were also asked to bring Chinese food. Since Pancit canton is Aloys favorite, that's what we prepared for him, yes the Lucky Me Pancit Canton original flavor but later I found out that he ate the Pancit Bihon that his classmate brought.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Answer to our WHY's

I hope you'll find the answers...

Me: Why are we constantly unhappy?
God: Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. You are worrying because you are analyzing. Worrying has become your habit. That's why you are not happy.

Me: But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?
God: Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional.

Me: But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty. ..
God: Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Me: If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?
God: Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be
purified without fire.Good people go through trials, but don't suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.

Me: You mean to say such experience is useful?
God: Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test
first and the lessons afterwards.

Me: But still, why should we go through such tests? Why can't we be free
from problems?
God: Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering Beneficial Lessons to
Enhance Mental Strength. Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance, not when you are free from problems.

Me: Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we don't know where we are heading...
God: If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look
inside. Looking outside, you dream. Looking inside, you awaken. Eyes
provide sight. Heart provides insight.

Me: Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving in the right direction. What should I do?
God: Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you. Knowing the road ahead is more satisfying than knowing you rode ahead. You work with the compass. Let others work with the clock.

Me: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
God: Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

Me: What surprises you about people?
God: When they suffer they ask, "why me?" When they prosper, they never ask "Why me?" Everyone wishes to have truth on their side, but few want to be on the side of the truth.

Me: Sometimes I ask, "Who am I, why am I here?" I can't get the answer.
God: Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be.
Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a
process of discovery, but a process of creation.

Me: How can I get the best out of life?
God: Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Guess Alexus' Arrival

I always ask friends and relatives to guess my baby's arrival date, time and gender. In the tradition of guess the stork game, we're doing it again, this time for Alexus' Arrival and with the online version. I hope you join and have on the link below and register. Who knows, I might have something for the winner :)

Tips: Gender is Male and my expected due date is between November 5 to 26, 2008 (38th to 41st week)...Come on and join the guessing game.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances

My favorite part of the house is the kitchen because that's the only one I can call my own domain. So in looking for our own/or renting a house when we arrive in Canada, I'll make sure that the kitchen will be one of the things to be considered. Planning what to put in your own kitchen is not a problem with the internet and online shopping. I recently found an online kitchen shopping site where it doesn't only give you choices of appliances and gadgets to buy for your kitchen but guide you as well.

I enjoy preparing meals for my family. It helps if you have kitchen gadgets to make your preparation easier and faster. With numerous brands and types to choose from, it's hard to be going thru the search engine each time. A online shopper like me would prefer a complete kitchen shopping portal where recommended brands of a particular product, the online stores where it is available, price range and the links are displayed. I liked smoothies a lot, I tried searching for a blender and this online kitchen shopping site showed me Blender Quick Picks and Blender Types. When I chose a Oster Beehive Blender , it showed me a list of all stores where it is available, the cheapest on top of the list and the reviews of each kind. It's really a one-stop-shop for kitchen appliances.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Survey on Cyber Relationships

I didn't believe in this but after seeing 2 marriages out of chat, I wonder how many are still hooked on Cyber relationships and how far have they gone? I hope you also take the survey...

Thursday, 16 October 2008

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Patani - the Yaya turned Survivor star

I was not religiously following the Survivor Philippines version but one time I got the chance to watch an eviction night and I saw her. She was the one being voted out. I was not attracted to her or anything but she was a stand out among the other girl castaways. She has an exotic beauty and her body is just right for her frame, looks natural too. I heard she was the only one acting naturally, the rest always conscious of their actions and looks while in Survivor.

After she was voted out, she has several TV appearances already, she guested in Lucy Torres' show at QTV - The Sweet Life. Last Saturday, I had fun watching her in Eat Bulaga in her carefree frolics with Joey De Leon. Looks like this once yaya is going to be a hit in the local boob tube. Watch out for her.

Irmee joined the Plurk bandwagon

I recently discovered Plurk, thanks to my online buddies esp. Cheryll who invited me to join them in plurkville. Everyday, I have something to look forward to and be busy with. It's like having a mini blog and I can easily keep track of my friends responses and their updates too. The good thing is, you have a reward each time you reach a milestone or no. of Karma points - either after responding a certain number of times or invited a friend to join. However, being declined in an invitation or not being able to update will decrease your Karma points.

I got excited when more emoticons were added to the basics that a new plurker gets and now that I'm nearing 40 Karma points, I'll be able to change my layout. That inspires me to plurk and plurk more. I even added the plurk sidebar in my blog for updates.

Wikipedia defines Plurk as a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (otherwise known as plurks) through short messages or links, which can be up to 140 text characters in length.

Updates are then shown on the user's home page using a timeline which lists all the updates received in chronological order, and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Users can respond to other users' updates from their timeline through the website, by instant messaging, or by text messaging.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Aloysius' Intrams

I attended the school event of my firstborn today and I was happy to see that he has grown, not that much but he's really a kuya now. I was not able to get a good view but I recorded the dance for his daddy's sake. since I haven't uploaded it in youtube, I'd like to share last year's dance number ( I like this better that this year's) with Achilles on the background imitating his brother. We were all surprised to see him dance.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008


My day is bright and I felt like sharing this with you. I hope it will inspire you too:

1. To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.
2. When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.
3. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

Something good will happen to you today; something that you have been waiting to hear. Hold on to God's promises...

Monday, 6 October 2008

Are you a TV Addict?

I’ve been a TV addict before (from Dallas, Remington Steele, to Friends, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, X-files, to Dawson’s Creek, Alias, Charmed, Will and Grace to the current CSI (Las Vegas, Miami, New York) – the only series I look forward to every Sunday @ AXN but since I gave birth to my 2 boys, I lost track of the other shows. Sometimes, I get a chance to watch some of the shows. My preference to watching these shows has somehow matured and I’m now into more mind-stimulating shows. I still watch entertaining Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl but action packed 24, Heroes, Prison Break and mind-stimulating CSI keep my eyes glued to the tube.

Here’s the survey I’ve just completed and I hope you also share your favorite TV Shows below. Thanks for completing the survey:

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Starting - The First Step Toward Success

I want to share this article by John C. Maxwell, something positive to ponder over the weekend.

Starting - The First Step toward Success - By John C. Maxwell

Salespersons are coached in the power of a first impression. Orators devote hours to opening statements. Journalists are admonished never to bury the lead. Sprinters practice racing out of the starting blocks. Interviewees are taught the importance of their initial handshake with a potential employer.

In leadership, as in many other areas of life, the beginning often determines the end. False starts and weak foundations can be ruinous. Here are five insights to help you start successfully.


1. Start With Yourself

As Gandhi famously said, "Be the change you want to be in the world." By starting with yourself, you build the self-confidence needed to attract and inspire others. Leading yourself well is a precursor to accomplishment, and accomplishment earns respect. In order to make deposits in the lives of followers, you have to have a beginning balance in your leadership account. Start leading by proving your mettle - to yourself and to prospective followers.

2. Start early

Sadly, many leaders squander their early years and spend the rest of their careers trying to make up for lost time. In leadership, as with finances, decisions made early in life accrue the most interest. When we choose poorly or establish bad habits, we put ourselves in debt. Then, we must not only repay our loans, but the interest on them as well. On the flip side, when we invest our time and talent wisely from a young age, we reap the benefits of compounding interest on our leadership.

Specifically, where should leaders start? What areas should take precedence at the beginning? From my experience there are 10 things you should do as a leader prior to reaching age 40:

Know yourself

Settle your family life
Determine your priorities
Develop your philosophy of life
Get physically fit
Learn your trade
Pay the price
Develop solid relationships
Prepare for the future
Find purpose for your life

If you're over 40, it's never to late to make improvements. Unfortunately, an old dog doesn't easily learn new tricks. Undoing years of misplaced priorities and poor self-management will take extra effort.

3. Start Small

Don't expect to understand what it takes to get to the top, just take the next step.
Think big, but start small. Doing so encourages you to get started, and keeps you from being frozen by the magnitude of the vision in front of you. When you accomplish a small step, you gain confidence that you can accomplish the next step.

The success found in starting small comes when you diligently apply the lessons you learn. As my friend, Dick Biggs, has said, "The greatest gap is between knowing and doing." Commit to mastering the details under your control, and follow through when experience has given you instruction.

4. Start with the end in view

"Most people spend more time planning their grocery shopping than designing their future."
~ Tom James, Personal Development Coach

To start with the end in view, you need energy and direction. Let your passion pull you forward, and let your planning give you guidance. In order for passion to be a driving force in your life, you must identify a purpose for you life. To locate your purpose, consider your strengths, interests, and past successes. What roles do you find most enjoyable? What brings you the greatest sense of satisfaction? Examine the areas that make you feel strong and angle your career toward them. Also, find people who have been successful in the area of your interest. Listen to them and watch their lives.

For planning to give you direction, you need to write down goals. Goals lend structure to your purpose, and they keep you leading "within the lines." They focus your action and move you toward your overall vision.

5. Start Now

We exaggerate yesterday, overestimate tomorrow, and underestimate today. Embrace action daily. Don't wait until it's too late before you begin to pursue the visions implanted in your heart. Make each day your masterpiece; you'll be surprised where you end up after stringing together a few months of superb days.

I'll leave you with one final thought:

"How wonderful it is that we need not wait a single minute before starting to improve ourselves and our world." ~ Anne Frank

Review - Five Steps to Starting Successfully

Start Early
Start with Yourself
Start Small
Start with the End in View
Start Now

Dreams - Station, Road and Rice

Looks like what one nawie told me is true after all, that being pregnant with the hormones that comes with it makes you dream frequently and remember them vividly.

In the last two nights, I was able to see and remember these scenes in my dreams: I was buying a ticket in a Train station and met my family while waiting for the train; next is, I was with a boy and a girl and we were in the middle of a road and I was looking at the long road where the far end is still being constructed and lastly, I saw rice on the floor.

And here are the meanings I found and I hope they all come true:


Psychological Meaning: A station is a point of departure. It indicates that new opportunities await you and that you are preparing for a new and perhaps exciting venture. A station is also a public place so it may represent your role in society.

Mystical Meaning: It is fortunate to dream of meeting someone at the station for this means that your career will be helped forward by someone with great influence. It can also signify news coming.

Traveling over a rough, unknown road in a dream, signifies new undertakings, which will bring little else than grief and loss of time. If the road is bordered with trees and flowers, there will be some pleasant and unexpected fortune for you. If friends accompany you, you will be successful in building an ideal home, with happy children and faithful wife, or husband.

Rice is good to see in dreams, as it foretells success and warm friendships. Prosperity to all trades is promised, and the farmer will be blessed with a bounteous harvest. To eat it, signifies happiness and domestic comfort. To see it mixed with dirt or otherwise impure, denotes sickness and separation from friends. For a young woman to dream of cooking it, shows she will soon assume new duties, which will make her happier, and she will enjoy wealth.