December 31, 2010


(Chris Martin of Cold Play wrote this song for American actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Martin met Paltrow in 2002 backstage at a Coldplay gig after the death of the actress's father, Bruce Paltrow. The couple married a year later on 5 December 2003)

Yellow Lyrics

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah they were all yellow,

I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called yellow

So then I took my turn
Oh all the things I've done
And it was all yellow

Your skin
Oh yeah your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
D'you know you know I love you so
You know I love you so

I swam across
I jumped across for you
Oh all the things you do
Cause you were all yellow

I drew a line
I drew a line for you
Oh what a thing to do
And it was all yellow

Your skin
Oh yeah your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
D'you know for you i bleed myself dry
For you i bleed myself dry

Its true look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine
look at the stars look how they shine for you

Most little girls I know are into color pink. My daughter Julia, when she was 2 years old had an affinity to color pink. From head to foot, she'll wear all things pink. Most of Julia's Godparents, Aunts and Uncles gave her gifts that have color pink in it.

When I was young, I'm not into girly stuff, meaning, I don't like pink. I was into color yellow. I used to draw stuff and color them all yellow. A friend of mine has a closet with clothes that comes in different shades of yellow. When Julia reached the age of five, she spoke to me and said, "Mom, I don't like pink na, I changed my favorite color to yellow". Even my sister-in-law, Gaye, is so much into color yellow.

Getting older have changed my color preference. Nowadays, I'm more into black (to hide the flabs here and there), white (makes me feel really fresh and clean) and red (for that intense and dramatic moments when I like to be).

I dedicate this post for fellows who like the color yellow...


History and Lore: To the ancient Greeks, yellow denoted air. Leonardo da Vinci wrote that yellow represented earth. To the Navaho, the western mountains are yellow and bring the twilight. To the Hopi, yellow is north. In India it is the symbol of the merchant and farmer, although at one time it was considered the dress of the ascetic. In some countries Jews were ordered by law to wear yellow clothing because of their alleged betrayal of Jesus. Judas was often depicted wearing a yellow robe signifying inconstancy, jealousy, and deceit. In 10th-century France, the doors of felons, traitors, and criminals were painted yellow.

Daily Uses: Because yellow has good visibility qualities, it is commonly used to denote caution; for example, in the yellow light before the red light signal and in traffic-lane dividers. It is also used to emphasize areas where hazards are apparent and as the symbol for quarantine. Yellow is an appropriate color for a room used for studying because it has a stimulating effect on the mind. Its intensity is also good for stairs and corridors that don't receive natural light.
Yellow is found in such foods as banana squashes, corn, yellow peppers, sweet potatoes, bananas, lemons, grapefruit, and pineapples.
Colorful Phrases: Yellow fever, yellow journalism, yellow streak down your back, yellow (cowardly) (Source:

(Here's more trivia about color yellow from

The world yellow has been a part of the English language since about 900 A.D., coming from closely related words in Latin and various Germanic languages. It is derived from the Anglo-Saxon geolw- and the German gelb meaning yellow and "geld" or "gold". Yellow was also the color of the medieval fool. For Shakespeare, yellow was the color of love. The Greek chloros idea of yellow indicated lust and medieval German streetwalkers even wore yellow. Geolw- slowly developed into the Old English geolu and Middle English yelwa. The Indo-European root ghel stood for “to shine”, especially in reference to bright materials such as yellow metals. The old Norse term gulr gave us ”gull” which survives in Middle Dutch as gulden (golden) and in the monetary unit, the Guilder. Yellow is the hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between orange and green. It is one of the month’s colors in February (along with light blue), April (along with red), May (along with red), and October (along with white). Over time, yellow has meant many things to various cultures, mourning in Egypt, courage in Japan, hazard and warning in many countries, friendship (as in giving yellow roses), and peace, hope, remembrance, and support (as in hanging yellow ribbons).

Make it iFLICK!

In their heyday, photobooths can only be spotted in photo shops, amusement parks, malls and vicinity near schools and offices. These days, as digital technology touches every aspect of daily life, photobooths have made a modest comeback and can be seen anywhere, finding safe haven in joyful events such as birthdays, reunions, corporate parties, product launching or what have you. The modern day photobooths are compact and collapsible, which makes it easier to transport from one place to another.

As an Events Organizer, I have come across many photobooths. One name that rings the bell is iFLICK. Not only because they provide high quality photos but also because they have friendly and courteous people that man the photobooth. I have met the owners (Ana and Cleo) twice. I must say, they're cool and nice, and super easy to deal with.

For any occasions that you may need a photobooth, why not make it iFLICK.

Even big stars wants to take home a photo souvenir

There's an iFlick Near You . CONTACT THEM!
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As I Say Goodbye

My friends Jing, Beda, Lyn and (most especially) Jenny have been very worried why I am sad for the past four days now. Though I'm smiling, they say my eyes do not have the joyful spirit that I always have. My husband said, "you're having the year-end blues". And I guess so too!
Year 2010 was a very good year for me. I have met a lot of wonderful people and have even worked/made projects with them. So, probably the sadness comes from saying goodbye to a fruitful year.

Saying goodbyes can be extremely difficult for some (which includes me!). Some will become depressed, moody and irritable and it may take a few days or weeks to get our bearings. Then there are those people who easily get hold of their emotions, so they don't experience separation anxiety (how I wish I can be one of them!)

There are many forms of goodbyes. Goodbye to co-workers that we've grown to love like a family (I'm done and over this, last resigned from work 2003). It happens in families sometimes when someone might move to another country. I honestly find this the easiest goodbye. I remember in the 80's when my father has to live and work abroad. It was difficult! No FB, no Twitter, no YM, etc. We had to wait for weeks for the letter or cassette tape to arrive.

Then there are those people who enter and exit our lives right when we have become quite fond of. Suddenly realizing that your fondness for each has to come to an end. For practical and righteous reasons, we say goodbye to them.

Experiencing the death of family or friends is the hardest and the recovery time will be longer (I lost my mother in 1993). You remember every detail. The way she combs your hair, the way she calls you when she's mad (my mom used to call me JOSEPHINE, when I tend not to follow her orders and rules), the way she says, ingat...uwi ng maaga...wag na maglakwatsa...

How to say Goodbye in different languages:

Italian: Formal goodbye = 'Arrivederci'Informal goodbye = 'Ciao' Alternative ways = 'A presto' which means 'See you later'

Japanese: Kanji for Goodbye in Japanese and phonetic pronunciation of Goodbye in Japanese. Pronunciation: Sore dewa. (SOH-reh deh-wah)

Arabic: Goodbye (person leaving): ma'a salama
Goodbye (person staying): alla ysalmak

French: Au revoir
Thai: La gon

Swedish: hej !, återseende hej ! adjö (avskedsfras)

German: Lebewohl; Auf Wiedersehen Lebewohl! Auf Wiedersehen! (Abschiedsruf)
Portuguese: adeus, palavra de despedida, tchau adeus ! até logo !

December 30, 2010

Coping with Addiction

I confess, I am an addict. Addict to hot choco mocha, that is! I have consumed too much hot choco mocha for the last 7 days...way too much that now I am experiencing withdrawal bouts. For 3 days now, I haven't had a cup of hot choco mocha. Though I must admit, for 3 days now, I have dialled coffee shops number at wee hours. Good thing they don't answer anymore. Otherwise, I'll be having this vicious cycle again.
As I make this post, I feel down and out. I had to take one Biofllu to ease whatever it is I am feeling inside. It's not as if it's all hot choco mocha's fault. Of course it was mine! Hot choco mocha was just there for any one's taking. I shouldn't have started it! Anyway, for whatever it's worth, hot choco mocha made me all happy, excited, energized, enthusiastic, agitated, nervous and awake all at the same time.
(Photo courtesy of Cupcake Jones)

For those of you who's experiencing the same, read on, you might find the article below helpful:

Many people rely on their morning cup of coffee to have the energy to go through the day, or sip soft drinks throughout the day to give them the boost they need to make it through. If you’re one of them, what you may not realize is that this creates a vicious cycle, creates an unhealthy dependency and can actually make you more tired and lethargic in the long run! Caffeine can exacerbate stress levels, cause energy levels to plummet after a time, and even interfere with your sleep, negatively affecting your energy levels the next day.

The following are some basic tips that can help you cut down or eliminate your caffeine intake:
•Replace coffee with decaffeinated green tea. The antioxidants are great for your health, and you’ll still get to sip something warm at times when you crave it.

•Drink lots of water. Because caffeine is a diuretic, you may already be dehydrated from consuming larger quantities of it; water will give you something to drink, and improve your overall health levels as well.

•No caffeine in the afternoon or evening. Because caffeine stays in your body for several hours, a late afternoon cup of coffee, tea or cola can still interfere with your sleep at night! And when you get a poor night’s sleep, you’ll likely want help waking up the next morning. As you cut down, if you remember to limit your intake to the morning and early afternoon hours, you’ll be less likely to want caffeine as much the next day.

•Remember that caffeine is a drug. You may have a difficult time quitting ‘cold turkey’ if you’re used to consuming a lot of caffeine; you might experience headaches and mood swings. If this is the case, maybe a more gradual approach would work best. Just have a plan and follow through with it.

(Source: By , Guide Updated November 07, 2007 Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board)

December 29, 2010

Teacher Shalli

It gives me pleasure making people happy. Surprising them is another thing.

Teacher Shalli is a fresh graduate, who now works as pre-school teacher in Angel's Institute of Learning. She reminds me of myself when I was a fresh graduate, still coy (but not anymore. I can't be, I'm too old for coyness!).

For her birthday, I made eight-layer malunggay cake, using Maya Pancake.

Teacher Shalli with Kinder 1- PM Class, namely, Bea, Joseph, Dash, Sam, Jill, (my) Juan, Nicole and Eman

Teacher Shalli with J&J (not Johnson's and Johnsons) Mommy Joy and Teacher Joy


1 pack MAYA Quick & Easy Complete Hotcake Mix 200g

1/2 cup malunggay leaves (chopped)


In a mixing bowl, prepare hotcake mix as per package instructions. Add chopped malunngay leaves to hotcake batter just before cooking. Then cook hotcake as per desired size.
(Ingredients, Photo Above, and Procedure courtesy of The Maya Kitchen)

Visit The Maya Kitchen for more recipes:

Electrolux Wok-a-holics Christmas Party

Electrolux is one of the world's top maker of home appliances. Electrolux is committed to developing products that are highly innovative, yet thoughtful and intuitive. In order to design appliances thoughtfully, they must be imagined by people who are in tune with our life. This is how Electrolux make products that make you say, “They were thinking of me.”
Last August 2010, in cooperation with Mommy Academy, Electrolux held three legs of Wok-a-holics Cookoff Challenge. I was one of the lucky Mom (along with my partner Lourdes Labii) who brought home a gas range for being the third placer.

All the Moms who joined Wok-a-holics Cookoff Challenge had a blast. Come December, these Mom asked me to organize our Christmas cum Get-together Party.

My heartfelt gratitude goes to Sir Terry Sales, Electrolux Marketing Manager, for helping us make this party possible. Also, to Ms. Andrea Pionilla for all the assistance she provided. As a whole, thank you Electrolux!!!
We held this party last December 10, 2010 at The Legend Villas Executive Suite. Unfortunately, all the other moms invited for this event couldn't make it due to prior commitments. Others, like my partner Lourdes, went abroad to spend the holidays.

Christmas Parties wouldn't be complete without exchane gifts...

Kwentuhan, tawanan and kulitan was of course, always a part of any happy occasions

I brought my magic mike for everyone's delight. Star (in red, second from left), is of course, always the Star. But I was particularly amazed that Honey (in orange) sang very well. Among the wok-a-holics contenders, Honey was always the most quiet, behave (she's the only one!) and poised.

Our kids enjoyed eating Magnolia Ice Cream on stick, cotton candy flavor

The stunning Ms. Cara Del Rosario, Subic Grand Seas Resort's Executive Assistant for Operations, came to visit.

To top it all, Ms. Cara even gave four overnight accomodation to Subic Grand Seas Resort (yipee!!!)
Thanks to Ms. Billie Liboro of Body Shop for providing us Moringa Milk Body Lotion
Everyone went home with an Electrolux goodies

Mommy Bloggers Christmas Party

Most of us Mom Bloggers are WAHM (Work-At-Home-Mom), some are SAHM (Stay-At-Home Mom). But all of us who attended Mommy 'Cowboy' Bloggers Party, have a common denominator: we all wanted to have FUN and PARTY!
Pehpot and I collaborated on this event. Joining forces, we were able to organize this party in just a week!We had electronic raffle, every hour (sosyal, electronic!!!)

Major raffle prize is courtesy of Cristine Bersola-Babao of Parentin.TV, through the kind assistance of Estelle (thank you, thank you!)

Sponsors include: Soyami Chips, Ainon, Walter Bread, Body Shop, Playtex, Grendha, Funky Feet, Maya Pancake, Johnsons & Johnsons, Unilab, Magnolia Ice Cream and Parentin.TV

Major Sponsor is The Legend Villas, for providing The Executive Suite as our venue for this intimate gathering of joyful mommies!

The model-like Michelle Lim of Mom-Friday had to leave early for her next party to attend to

(Naabot din kita tulong ng upuan)
With Nora Aquino of More Than Just a SAHM With Teresa Figuerres of Pensive Thoughts

(Salamat Tecth sa giveaways that you gave us!)
With Yami Torrecampo of Yami Kitchen, Travel and Musings, Mum Wites Again...

(Dami mo pa lang site Yam...)
Pass The Cowboy Hat Game

We even played Pinoy Henyo

Syempre, P and I had to experience this, di kami nakaligtas, we lost!

Funky Feet owner graced this event and even brought Funky Feet stuff for us to share (thank you, thank you!)
Walter Bread sent healthy bread samples Unilab goodies as raffle prize

Twas raining Ainon products such as Mosquito Patch, Wet Tissue, Cotton Buds and Pens

Sati and Chico got prizes for being the cutest and youngest Cowboys!

Exchange gifts...

Ms. Agnes Caguntas, Ainon's Marketing Manager, made it and even did the honor of picking for the Grand Raffle Winner

And the winner who took home a Rinnai 2-burner oven...Bedalyn Aguas of