March 30, 2011

A Hero In Her Own Right

Women's History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. March has been set aside as Women's Month. Before March ends, I'd like to feature a woman, a young woman that is a hero in her own right and to her family.

Whenever we dine at Super Bowl of China, her presence is a welcome sight. She's bubbly, nice and very efficient in her line of work. She is Arzhel Eisma, eldest of 2 girls, originally from Roxas City. In 2005. she went to Manila to find a job to support her Mother and sister back in the province. Eventually she landed a job from 2006 to 2008 at Burger King as Cashier and Guest Relation Officer.

At 25, Arzhel is still an irregular Third Year BS HRM student at Our Lady of Fatima University in Valenzuela for she unselfishly forgo her own education to send her sister to school, who by the way, finished BS. Education.

Her co-workers describes her as hardworking, talented and kind.

March 26, 2011

Take Home Viand

Entertaining friends at home is a breeze, not because I'm like Rachel Ray who can cook in just 30 minutes. Serving good food is as easy as 1-2-3 with the help of Lola Maria Restaurant at Legend Villas. Here are two of my favorite take home viand:

BAKED FISH AIOLI (P1,580 - Party Pack/P860 - Party Pack)

BEEF SALPICAO (P1,980 - Party Pack/P1,050 - Family Pack)

March 25, 2011


It is a welcome thing that school is out and summer's in, this means more and longer sleep for me. But sometimes I abhor sleeping because sleeping gives me a lot of dreams - not the ordinary kind of dreams. Some people dream of images and symbols, I dream of the actual situations. I do not know if you can call this a gift or a curse? These all started when I was in high school (if memory serves me right). The night before, I'd dream of somebody, the next day I'd see this specific person somewhere, anywhere. I used to think it was just a coincidence.

In College, I had dreams that are far more amazing. One time I dreamt of my husband's friend, Henry, having a relationship with her office mate-Con. I told John about this dream, but he didn't seem to mind me for he was busy playing Playstation 1. Two weeks after, Henry called to tell John that Con and him are now boyfriend-girlfriend. I remember John telling me, "Babe, your dream's good, sila na!"

(Hen and Con, happily married for almost a decade, with two lovely kids, Sky and Echo)

May of 2006: I dreamt of my high school batch mate Cathy Claravall. She was wearing a suit, she's going on an important interview. Her mom was with her, wearing a cream colored blazer. It was like they're inside a plane. I sent Cathy a message via Friendster about this dream. No reply from her. Months after, our classmate Nick, who's based in California, went home for a quick visit. He asked me to organize a get- together. Cathy was there too. I told her about that dream. After which, Cathy pulled a photo of her Mom in her wallet. Her Mom was wearing the cream colored blazer I dreamt about. Cathy and I were both surprised. Months passed after that get together, Cathy sent me a txt message, thanking me. She said my dream gave her the courage to go for that much dreaded interview, she passed and that she's flying out of the country in a months time.

(Cathy, now based in Canada)

Last year I was invited to attend Direksyon at the Republiq, Resorts World - I didn't know what the event was all about. Two nights prior to this event I dreamt of Gary V. I told my husband about it in passing. At the Direksyon event Gary V. was wearing the exact-same clothes (and the glasses too!) he was wearing in my dream.

I have more happy dreams in between the above-mentioned, and these are the dreams I like sharing with friends and family. These are the dreams that when I wake up, I'm still me - joyful and all! But there are dreams that gives me a terrible headache -dreams that are intense in nature. These are the dreams that keeps me awake at night.

Before Ondoy happened, almost every night I'd dream of water in all forms - big swimming pool, swamp, falls, ocean, our floor flooded with water etc.

A year before an uncle got sick and eventually passed away, I dreamt of my aunt wearing a flowing black dress, her face looking so gloomy.

November of last year, I told my husband I dreamt of a big earthquake. I wasn't sure if it's here in the Philippines because there were big buildings near the sea. Then Japan earthquake happened.
According to Wikipedia, dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not yet understood, though they have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is known as oneirology.

Here's a song that calms me down when I get those scary, unpredictable and disturbing dreams.

Priscilla Ahn

I was a little girl alone in my little world who dreamed of a little home for me.
I played pretend between the trees, and fed my house guests bark and leaves,

and laughed in my pretty bed of green.
I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest swing.
I had a dream.
Long walks in the dark through woods grown behind the park,

I asked God who I'm supposed to be.
The stars smiled down on me, God answered in silent reverie. I said a prayer and fell asleep.
I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest tree.
I had a dream.
Now I'm old and feeling grey. I don't know what's left to say about this life I'm willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well, there's many tales I've lived to tell. I'm ready now, I'm ready now, I'm ready now to fly from the highest wing.
I had a dream

March 23, 2011

All About Scrapbooking

Filstar Corporation, exclusive distributor of Hallmark Cards, BIC pens and All About Scrapbooking help a Scrapbooking session for Bloggers held last March 20 at Filstar Office in Paig City.

Ms. Carmel Joan Carpio opened and started the session with the first project. She thought us the basics of scrapbooking and its important materials.

Second project was facilitated by Ms. Kathleen May Bautista

Had to bring my sister, err...daughter Julia, as she is more into scrapbooking and arts and crafts stuff than me.

Our finished project

At first I was thinking if these Male Bloggers won't find scrapbooking a waste of their time. I was dead wrong! They were more serious than us, Female Bloggers.

The winners of on the spot scrapbooking contest: Jonel Uy, Riza Garcia and Alex De Vera

Their winning entries:

I’ve been into scrapbooking for 10 years now, but I can't still pull those creative juices as others do. I used to buy online for my scrapbooking materials. Now it's easier with the help of Filstar's All About Scrapbooking products which are available in all National Bookstore nationwide.

March 22, 2011

On Saving Water

In 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day, thus International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

On saving water I'd like to feature a product I found at Echostore:

While everyone is encouraged to conserve water as we face low water levels, you can still keep your cars clean and still be green. Washing cars not only wastes tons of water every year, but the wastewater from car washing includes lubricants, gasoline, residual toxins in exhausts, and even diluted detergents. All these are emptied out into our driveways, sewage systems, and our seas. The worst part of it is that these chemicals are hazardous to marine life and destroy the balance of aquatic ecosystems.

Washboi Waterless Carwash is a new solution, a car cleaning product line that is 100% biodegradable and contains no harmful ingredients. Washboi Waterless does not require water, and is safe for the environment. One bottle can be used for 10 to 15 washes, saving gallons of water. Washboi is especially perfect for condominium dwellers, as it saves time and effort. No need to rinse with buckets of water—just spray, wipe, and buff. Made out of natural ingredients, Washboi is non-abrasive to your car’s surface. It’s the quickest and easiest way to keep cars free of dust and dirt. No need for extra car polish, because it is combined with a coconut-based wax which leaves the cars’ exterior shining and gleaming after every waterless wash.

The Washboi Waterless Tire Cleaner works on the tires’ tough dirt and grime. It can also be used to degrease your car’s engine, and under chassis and tire reams to remove mud or oil deposits.

The Washboi Waterless Glass Cleaner solution cleans windshield and windows, and is safe on tinted glass and windows.

Washboi Waterless Carwash was featured at TopGear Magazine

March 21, 2011

Blind Dating

Even in my youth (singlehood) I've never been into blind dating but I like setting friends into blind dates.

I arranged a blind date for Ms. Cel at Super Bowl of China - Glorieta Branch . It was my first time to visit this store. My family frequent Super Bowl - Megamall, but since Ms. Cel works in Makati, I've decided to meet her here.

Ms. Cel Mabalot works at Elro Corporation - the exclusive distributor of Ipanema, Grendha and Rider. She's into a happy relationship for 5 years now...her blind date, my Juan and only!

(Ms. Cel, hope I made you happy)

Super Bowl of China - Glorieta is much bigger than Megamall Branch.

2 BBQ Combination is always on my list, P280.

Dimsum Platter, P260

Yang Chow Fried Rice, P210. Good for 3-4

Our nice server, Henry.

March 18, 2011

It's Okay Here at Ayos Dito

My friend lives in Bataan and owns a mini grocery. She's been looking for an owner type jeep for sale somewhere near her place, but to no avail. The vehicle she's looking for is very important for her business for her to be able to load more items needed by her clients.

(below is a photo of Honda Jazz I plan to buy)

Since the requirements she wants for the vehicle cannot be met where she lives, I advised her to try at buy & sell Philippines. As of this writing, my friend found many owner type jeep that actually meet her standards, she's just weighing her best option for the meantime.

If you're like my friend, looking for owner type jeep, you might like to try the advise I gave her. It's okay to buy here at Ayos Dito, you'll be able to find the best product you're looking for that suit your budget and preference.