Sunday, October 28, 2007

Going to Australia

I've always been fascinated by Australia. Given the opportunity, I'd surely love to visit the place and be aware of their great places and rich culture. Just a few days ago one of the event organizers made a pitch on the kick-off a department is planning in Australia, and my interest in Australian culture was renewed yet again. I'd like to learn them firsthand, honestly. There are lot of hotels in Brisbane that one can stay in during their first visit. With varying rates, amenities, and offers, going to Australia need not be expensive. It all actually depends on one's interests, what makes for a good hotel.

Adelaide is known as the city of churches. Being a Catholic I've always been so fond at visiting old churches and knowing that there are still a lot of us that share the faith. Oh, I'd so love to go to Australia. I sure wish I'd know someone who can finance me going there!!!!

Hotels in UK

Been a while since I last posted. We're on a three-day holiday this week what with the barangay elections this coming monday, so I was more busy being mommy and wife. hehehe... got a call from my father-in-law though last night, inquiring about some credit card bill of my sis-in-law who happens to be in the UK already. I miss her. Of all of my hubby's siblings, I could say she was the one I'm closest too, and I'd say my hubby is also closest to her. But since we got married they've spent less time together and well, less stories and all. I wish I could visit her in the UK. There's this site the offers cheaper hotels in the UK and it would surely be a good way to visit. I know hotels in Edinburgh can be expensive. There are lots of hotels to choose from with varying stars and rates, depending on one's budget. There are also hotel reviews for some. Surely a great way to get some info considering its hard to make oculars with the distance. hehe..... A promise to myself: if I when I get enough moolah to visit my sis-in-law, this is a consideration for booking my hotel.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

getting our own house?

a few days ago hubby and i had a discussion on our plans to purchase our own house. to this effect, i remind myself that hubby and i have the same conditions to purchasing our own. For one, its not just about buying one, its important to us that the place is at least accessible, that its a house (definitely not a condo), with a parking space. I'd rather wait for a year or two more than scramble to get a place say, in Sta Maria, Bulacan, hundreds of kilometers from our workplace. I cannot imagine myself having to wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning to dress up and get home 8 or 9 in the evening because of the 2 hours travel time. NO WAY! My sister in law, who's in UK right now, is also renting an apartment with her hubby. I wonder how expensive Mortgages UK are? I mean, I know for some fact that the cost of living there is quite high. That would me mortgages may be quite high as well. Probably why they do not yet consider having a baby, at least till next year, because they need to plan there future there first if they do intend to stay there. If so, they'd be needing a good financial advisor when they do finally decide to get their own house.

more new opps

i now suddenly have more opps available from me.... for some reason... so now I get to thinking: is it because of my blog rating or simply because there are new available opportunities for me. hahaha... oddly enough, at least that makes me happy. it make me think that I have a better change of earning at this part time work than I would at any other I may venture into, since at this stage, I'm so busy with other stuff that the flexibility of making blog posts is really the only thing I could probably squeeze into my schedule.
thanks, Lord, for this opportunity (or for the opportunities, i should say)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Theme Park Adventures

In my lifetime, I've only been to one Theme park twice. That is not much, considering I'm 28 years old and counting. Of course, I've been dreaming of going to Theme Parks someday, and feeling like a kid all over again. One of the places I'd like to see is Blackpool, UK's oldest theme park.

It would be fun to try out the Pepsi Max Big One, Infusion, and Big Dipper and enjoy the day, leaving behind all worries and just acting like a kiddo. I mean, I've been to a similar (small) amusement park here in the Philippines and its really fun, but I'd especially like to see one that's bigger and to put it simply, more amusing!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

smorty scores

funny, i now blog at smorty and I am actually clueless on the smorty score ratings I get. Hmmm... Its surreal, one minute I remember I was at 500+ and the next minute at the 400+ score. That's weird. Actually the only explanation I can muster at this point is that perhaps, the score is averaged to the number of posts, including approved and pending posts. Hmmmm... Anyone care to enlighten me, please do!

Review of Best in Class Casino

Several times already, I've seen online casino websites when I'm in the mood to do some surfing. I find it really interesting, though right now the possibility of trying it out hasn't occurred to me yet. Then I saw this site that did a reviews of an online casino, and my curiosity heightened. Its cool because it doesn't only list the casinos based on the perspective of whoever does the review, it also includes ratings from the gamers themselves. In addition, max bonuses are also indicated, which gives us curious webbies a chance to weigh out the options before diving into the game. Hmmm... I know this is somewhat becoming a trend in our country as well, I sometimes see establishments with online casinos. Well, at this point I still haven't decided if I will try it out in the near future, but I'd surely keep in mind this website where I can do some planning - before I try out my luck.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Dubai opportunities

A few months back, just as I returned to work from my maternity leave, the first big news that went my way was my colleague who resigned to work in Dubai. She jot the job through the internet. You know, technology has come a long way in bridging whatever location gaps existed before. Now for instance flights to Dubai are easier to book, and it is so much easier to find cheap Middle East flights now that there is easy access on the internet. Life is so much easier, as it is complex, but then, I won't trade it for anything less.

still few opps

Its been several weeks already and there aren't any available opportunities for blogging. I have memberships to several paid posting sites but so far, all of them are in their lean season. just when paypal has started to remit to the philippines and I'm more attracted to blog! howell.... i guess one has to be awake till the wee hours of the night to be able to grab some opps!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Booking via the Net

I’m currently part of a cross-functional team in the office that would handle the upcoming Sales Kick-off 2008 for one of the business units. And boy, are they a lucky group because they will be having this Kick-off, guess where? Australia! Yep, they’ll be going to Sydney, Australia February of next year on a business trip. Though I’ll be part of the team selecting the Event organizer for their program, unfortunately, I won’t be joining them. Everyone is excited. They are already contacting the Travel Agency to look for rates for the hotels and plane tickets, since we’re talking about 160+ individuals who will be part of the trip. Hotel Reservations will be quite difficult especially if it will be a peak season (might be Chinese New Year), and they will also reserve function rooms in the same hotel. Good thing there’s the internet, and one good sight to look at when booking hotels is this one, Hotel Reservations can become a breeze with their wide portfolio of hotels and reasonable prices.

They offer great discounts on their world-wide destinations. That's more money left on your pockets to spend on the trip. Its also a great way to explore possible places to visit the next time. You may not have immediate plans at this point, but looking at the site will give you something to look forward to and plan for. Just what a person needs when they are feeling down or stressed over the many things they experience day by day.

Personally, how I wish I had the funds to go to Europe! Its such a romantic place, definitely worth the money. Well, its a lot to save for since its and expensive trip, but then with all the nice places to see its definitely a different experience. The culture will be so much different, so its really something new for us. Hmmm. ... who knows, I might be relocated to Europe someday, then I'd have hotel reservations to look forward to as well!

Friday, October 19, 2007

no opportunities

there are no open opportunities for me in Payperpost for several days now, it so sad. Especially now that I'm only 1 post away from being able to get put up another blog. I'm also hoping I can get better rankings so I can get new and better opps. hay.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Getting more out of your international calls

A few years ago when there were no webcams and cellular phones people spent a lot on placing overseas calls to their loved ones who work in other countries. To bring people together these overseas contract workers would buy those phone card international that turns out cheaper than the usual landline overseas calls. They would usually buy an several minutes worth of the call card that allows them to catch up with their loved ones. With the advent of internet and other calling facilities, there are more ways to communicate, but this doesn't take away the more trusted modes of communication: international calling cards. Now there are inviting offers one can find online, such as Pingo's low rates.

For instance, one can get over $8 worth in calls when they sign up for Pingo! That's almost 5 hours of free international calls. If the reader signs up and uses the code "ppp3", they can even get $3 off on their Pingo purchase! What's more, when you join Pingo's affiliate program, you can get $15 for each new member you refer! That's a lot more than what you can ask for in an international phone card. Do check it out. In this day and age, any savings is worth a lot! Take it from me.

Bedding for Kids

One of my plans for the coming holiday season is to buy some of the stuff I wasn't able to buy since last year. For one, I'd like to buy us additional beddings. I'd also like to buy some childrens bedding for my daughter. I know I won't be able to use it yet till my little Jessica has her own bed, but I find that I like some of the designs I see on the net, such as this one:

Sometimes its really hard to find nice, simple designs when looking around malls. I find the one on top really cool, I can use it and even my daughter can use it. I'd really like to buy the whole set! If I get enough credits on Paypal I'd give this as a gift to myself for Christmas.

so busy at work

I'm just so busy at work sometimes I think I should have just gotten a clerical work that would be finished on a day-to-day basis. A clerical type of work, if I may. Of course, I only think of this on days when I feel so tired after a hard day's work. At the end of the day I still like the work I do, where most of the time I feel empowered by what I do and the decisions I make. I guess everyone gets their stress levels up often. I still manage to get home quite early than others do, and I guess this goes with my belief that I still work quite efficiently. Well, I have quite a few pending projects I need to work on, but still, I believe I'm doing fine, and have adjusted quite well to my comeback after my long maternity leave. :-)

Friday, October 12, 2007

when in need of cash

Short of saying that I'm a middle-class, working, struggling career-woman, who has gained her confidence from the years of hard work, when it comes to finances, I still haven't learned. As such, I'm one of those people whose financial capacity goes only as far as the next payday. I'm not saying I'm not happy with my life and with where I am today, but I've made some pretty stupid decisions in the past that I'm hoping to correct within the next two years. Several times,to remedy such cash shortages when payday seems too far away, i'd go get a cash advance from one of my credit cards. Personally I haven't tried doing any payday loans, and I hope I won't have to resort to it in the near future, but they are still a good source of cash whenever there are emergencies at home. Well, saving for it is better, but assuming there isn't any, this is an option.

i have one of my own

paypal works! hah!!!! i was just able to subscribe to my own domain. wow... isn't that cool? I've actually gone out and used my well-earned dollars by buying myself my own domain. actually, its supposed to make me go out and blog more so I can earn on the side. and hopefully this domain isn't as banned as blogsite in the office, perhaps i can work there too. teehee... just wishing! anyways, come visit me at jenn's corner, my blog is as simple as simple gets, but don't blame me, its new anyway! I'll work on it in the next few days... set up my own template and so forth.... see you there!!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Selling on the net

Internet transactions are fast becoming a new trend in the global marketplace. Being a procurement professional, I admire how a lot of my suppliers are crossing borders to get the items we need in our company. Personally, I would like to be more involved as well, and one of the things I like about using the internet is its ability to make life easier for all of us. Take for instance, how we now have a shopping cart in websites that sell items -- be it material stuff or services or simply intangible goods. Now we don't need to go through long queues in markets, shops, department stores, etc to get what we need. Life is so much easier. Selling is much easier to. I just recently bought a domain name and I'm thinking of using it as a blog or as a place to sell some items. But I still don't know what. I intend to use a shopping cart software such as this one so purchasing from my goods would be easier. Timetable: put up the site this year. Yikes, that's a mere 2 months to go. Aha! Gotta start planning already. I'll be back with ideas on what to sell... soon.

long weekend

yey! tomorrow's a holiday and its going to be a long weekend. well, not so much for me, but still its a day without work and i'm happy. tomorrow hubby and i are set to go out and get the car checked, apparently hubby thinks something is wrong with the car because all of a sudden the steering wheel is wiggling/shaking a bit. hope its not something serious. i was planning on a long day with jessica but i guess it'd have to wait because we'd be needing the car on Saturday for my sister's wedding. wow! its quite hard to believe that by saturday all my sisters will have been married, and our parents are now through of their responsibilities. my sister will still live at home with my parents but then its still different. i hope my parents will be happy this weekend. now they can rest a bit.
hmmmm.... what else to write? paypal is now in the philippines so i am renewed a bit to blog knowing i'd have to earn some, my hubby's getting to like a lot of remote cars and a paypal account may come in handy. hehe.... now i have to build up my own domain name in time to put up a second blog.... i just hope i'd get the willpower and the spirit to start again with blog design. :-p to do... to do.... to do....

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

New Blogger at Smorty

I got approves at Smorty! Yey! I've been meaning to more actively work on my paid blogging because of the additional income it will generate and thankfully I got approved with Smorty! Similar to other posting opportunities, I get paid to blog, something I believe that I'm quite interested in. Ok, so I don't blog like, 24 hours a day, but I do get to have some time off from my career and being a mom that I'm sure, I can at least squeeze in some time writing my thoughts down, and at the same time earning from it. In an environment where survival is the key, having some other income potential is really a must, and thankfully, after a few tries, I've found some work that I can do at my own time and at my own pace, not sacrificing my sanity as well as my time for family. The to me is the most important, non-negotiable deal.

christmas wishlist

its already mid october and it might be high time to look at my christmas list for presents for my family and closest friends. i think this year i'd better start early because i don't want to be stuck in the christmas rush. I'm already thinking of everyone I need to give presents to, and the list may be a bit long. Online purchases are becoming a trend so I may try it out this year too.
is quite a good site, makes me feel like i got me a present too! And it has a lot of member stores to choose from. Like if I wanna buy some sports gear for hubby or hubby I can use Adidas coupons , or maybe computer accessories using
Dell Small Business coupons
for my dad or brother-in-law. There are really a lot of possibilities and, and I could just as soon write out the rest of my wishlist from here. I'd better start it next week.... think-think-think!

power dressing

a few days ago we received a reminder from our boss regarding our work attire, which has someone turned a little less formal over the past few months. the memo made me realize that over the past few months, I've actually lost interest in dressing up after i went back to work. when I was preggy I invested a lot on branded clothes and after i gave birth, i invested on the stuff for the baby rather than on myself. so last saturday hubby and i went to divisoria's 168 mall to buy me some blouses for the office. I got to buy 6 blouses that are ok for work, and then sunday we went to megamall to buy some from tomato, and I got three, so basically, i have 9 new tops (plus a pair of shoes....) on my wardrobe. Did i also tell you my shoes (around 4 pairs!) conked out on my in a span of a month. Grrrr!!!! I need to buy 2 more shoes but it might have to wait till next month.
whew! the problems working women experience!

storage cabinets for keeps

When we moved into our 2-BR apartment from the one-bedroom one, we realized we simply had so much stuff, even though we've been a family for a mere two years. we actually swore that we won't move to a a new place unless its our own, because it would be too difficult to have all the stuff placed onto a truck (or two). with all the stuff of jessica now part of our inventory, its become more difficult. and when we do move to another house, one of our requirements is a garage for the car. With that, I'd loce to have garage storage cabinets to put in all the stuff that doesn't need to be inside the house. It would make the house look organized and neat. And later on I can go back to those stuff and remove the stuff I won't be needing anymore, like make a garage sale of the stuff we accumulate and ever earn from it later on.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

baby shower pics

grimi just uploaded our baby shower pics (after several months) and i just wanted to share (actually i wanted to see again how big i was during my 9th month! hahaha....

my bestest mba friends

kumare fran - mom to joaquin, ninang to jessica

cute backdrop!

opening gifts!

never too old

its never too old to love.... never too old to find that someone for you. it may seem odd to think about older people wanting to find someone for them, but here's some news: there really is a website for senior singles to meet other singles their age! the site has featured seniors introducing a member of the group who's lookin' for love, fresh profiles of their members to browse through, and a search page where one can narrow down on their "types" for easier uhhh... sorting. senior dating made so much easier, if I could say so myself. its really more of a community for the older generation to meet and possibly to find the person they intend to spend (the rest) of their life with.

my updates

i haven't blogged for the past few weeks, yay! blame it on stress!!!! i am literally drowning in work!!! I'd like to think I'm quite well adjusted already to work since I came back from my ML, but work just remains to be a lot, well... right up to here (*think neck-deep*). hay.... i wanted to do a lot of stuff but i guess it'll have to wait till i get back my rhythm. i get enough rest naman, but every so often i feel that work gets on my nerves. whew. weekends are just as busy, though i'm happy that we get to spend it as a family. We go out to malls, visit grandparents (both sides) and we go to mass (me and jessica).
by the way, jessica's started to eat solid foods --- well, basically cerelac and banana and apple. she's only 4 months so i'm in no rush to introduce her to too much variety. figured i'll have more time for that when she gets to 6 months. i don't want to force her tummy to absorb so much anyway, i don't want her to get prone to allergies...
in line with her eating, we got her a walker.... well, right now it serves just as a seat for her since she's not yet learning how to walk. we don't let her on the stroller lately because she already kicks, and there's the danger of her falling down. the walker we bought only for 900! haha.... its originally priced at 1600 but it was on 25% off, then another 25% off on top of that because of two missing toys (which is really of no relevance to the purpose of the walker). so i think its a good buy considering its something we'll quit using anyway when she outgrows it (like now with the stroller)... at least she likes to sit on it, watch tv, push buttons and hear sounds.... so cute!
here she is at 4 months, getting prettier every day!

solid food! yummy!
me in my sports car

watcha lookin at??!

poot poot!!!!