Saturday, May 12, 2012

Filipino Bloggers Hub: A Simple Acquaintance Party

In the cyber world, bloggers are constantly moving in. Thus, blogging has become more challenging because of the various trends that are born from time to time, in every click and tick of the finger. As bloggers pursue their passion, they tend to produce more influential articles and press releases based on their own experiences, observations and opinions. 

Today, blogging has become a good portal of information dissemination, advertisement and online promotion. Blogs provide huge impact and easy access to information as bloggers click the Publish button. From one single click, everything goes to life as readers start to share and like the article as soon as it is uploaded to the internet. 

It is already given that bloggers exist every minute and every second in each social networking site as well as in different blogging platforms while providing their readers the latest news and trends as well as entertainment in their web sites or blog sites. But wait a minute, did all bloggers who read other blog sites personally know the author, or at least have met the author? I don't think so! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Chef Hasset Go Bloggers Night: The Il Mercanti Experience

Attention all interested bloggers! 

Photo by Dessert Strip. Poster by Gian Pisuena.

Chef Hasset Go Bloggers Night: The Il Mercanti Experience is to be held at Il Mercanti Food Bazaar (Metrowalk) on May 5, 2012 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.

This event is strictly for bloggers only who are committed to submit a post-event article about the event on or before May 12, 2012.

To sign up, please visit this link.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Celebrate Modern Motherhood at EXPO MOM 2012

Celebrate the best of modern motherhood at EXPO MOM 2012 on May 5 and 6, Saturday and Sunday, 10AM to 8PM at the Rockwell Tent! 

Upon hearing the phrase "modern motherhood", one may ask, "What is modern motherhood?" or more interestingly, "What is a modern mom?" 

Other questions like "What defines a modern mom?", "What does she value?", and "How does a modern mom differ from mothers that came before her?" also arise when we talk about modern motherhood and modern moms. 

Modern moms are active and empowered parents. Below is a list of modern mom personas as we try to encapsulate in simplified terms what a modern mom is. Do you see yourself in any of these modern mom personas? Or are you a combination of different modern mom personas? Read further to know what kind of modern mom you are. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pork Adobo: The House of JCJEE Version

Saturday is our Market Day. And when we went to market last Saturday, I bought 50 pieces of quail eggs. It was not included on the list of things we will buy but I felt the craving for quail eggs. Moreover, I also realized that it has been a couple of months ago since we last served a dish with quail eggs on the table. We are supposed to have the regular pork adobo when an idea suddenly popped out of my mind and suggested my husband to add hard-boiled quail eggs to our usual Pork Adobo to give the dish a twist. 

Adobo is a famous Filipino dish. Ask a foreigner who has gone to the Philippines and was served adobo, they will say that it is really tasty and flavorful. Because of the Filipinos' creativity and ingenuity, Adobo now has different versions. The most popular versions of the Filipino Adobo are Pork Adobo, Chicken Adobo, or the combination of both Chicken-Pork Adobo. Some vegetables, such as kangkong (water spinach) and sitaw (string beans), as well as seafood like squid and mussels can also cooked and prepared the same way. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bright Smiles, Bright Future Poster-Making Contest

School is already over. My children had their Recognition Day last Monday. Surprisingly, I received a text message from my E-mann's teacher last Tuesday morning. She asked me to report to school for a short meeting because my two boys will be representing their school in a competition. I thought to myself, "A contest during summer break?!" To answer the question that arose in my mind, I immediately prepared myself to go to school, as requested. 

When I arrived in school, I saw some of the teachers chit-chatting, and maybe waiting for me as one of them waved at me as I got near them. As soon as I greeted them, one of the teachers handed me the memorandum from the Department of Education. I browsed over it as they explained to me what the contest is all about. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Enjoy Summer Activities with Ultra Screen MD Sunblock Protection

School is over! Graduation dinner and parties are done. Summer vacation is here! 

After the graduation and recognition days of my children, they keep on telling they would like to head to the beach. But outdoor activities, especially the beach, is not my thing. I would rather stay inside the house than burn myself under the sun. I know how excited my kids are to hit the road and dive on the cool waters and will be saddened to hear this from me. How can I disappoint my honor students? This is the only gift they are asking from me. 

I asked some friends how can I enjoy the activities under the sun without worrying about the scourging heat and its ill effects to the skin. They told me to get the right protection for the skin to get lots of fun under the sun. 

One of my friends introduced Ultra Screen MD Sunblock to me. He told me that this latest skin protection product from Kohl Industries Corporation can help us stay protected so I do not need to worry against the harmful effects of excessive exposure to the sun. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

80289 Returns to Music Museum

Open the summer season with a bang as DIMITRI Productions assembles six of the most iconic Filipino artists of the 80s with the much-awaited and highly-anticipated “80289: 80s Music To The Max” at Music Museum on March 24, Saturday at 8 PM

For the benefit of San Lorenzo Ruiz Scholarship Charity’s Feeding and Scholarship Programs, this special one-night only run of “80289: 80s Music To The Max” will be hosted by Franco Laurel. With musical direction by Toto Gentica, the show will feature Lou Bonnevie, Gino Padilla, Jamie Rivera, Chad Borja, Juan Miguel Salvador, and Jaya with other celebrity guest-friends as they pay tribute and chronicle the greatest musical moments of the 1980s. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The House of JCJEE Meets Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

My children did not stop bugging me the moment they saw the movie trailer of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. I promised them that we will watch the movie on Sunday after their final exams, which is scheduled on Thursday and Friday. They all agreed.  

Luckily for them, I received another invitation from SM-Southmall IMAX Theater to see the movie with my family. This is the second invitation I received from SM-Southmall IMAX Theater. The first one was the premiere night of The Adventures of Tintin. Both films are good for the kids and the whole family so I cannnot turn down the invitation. The problem is, I have already set their minds that we will review their lessons during the weekend. So, how are we going to see a movie on Sunday? 

As the old saying goes, "When there is a will, there is a way." My eldest son, Joma, suggested that they will start reviewing their lessons and answering their worksheets on Wednesday after their class and spend the whole day of Saturday to wrap up the review sessions. Good idea, Kuya! As they promised, they were done with the review on Saturday. With the hard work and perseverance they have shown, I allowed them to join me see the movie Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

How I Make Money Online

Earlier today, I had a short chat with the mother of one of my daughter’s classmates. We exchanged stories about our kids and their development during the school year. The conversation became more personal when she asked me what my husband and I do for a living. When I mentioned that we are both freelancers and we work from home, she was astounded in disbelief. 

I told her that I am a blogger and a freelance writer while my husband is a freelance graphic artist doing some face painting jobs on the side. She admitted she had been hearing about work-from-home stuff and she has been doing research on how to make money online but she cannot start with it because there are many questions left unanswered. She was glad she had the chance to talk to me and she asked me more questions about our how we get clients and make money online. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: The Red Carpet Premiere on SM-Southmall

When my kids saw the movie trailer of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax movie, they all insisted to see it. After doing my research, I realized what caught their attention. Lorax looked like their favorite local character Iglot! Similarly, Lorax is also a forest creature. 

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: An IMAX 3D Experience® is the fruit of collaboration of the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss. The film is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment after Despicable Me and Hop. 

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax tells the story of the Lorax, a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. 

The film features the vocal talents of an all-star cast, including Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White. Danny DeVito lends his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms voices the enigmatic Once-ler. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How to Create a Website

Fresh out of the university, I received an invitation to teach in one of the colleges in the city. It was a newly-founded school in another city where my parents grew up. I was so excited because I felt I was so fortunate to land on a job just even if I have not yet received my college diploma. 

I taught in that school for two years and I admit I enjoyed it so much that I did not notice it has been two years. It was during my second year in the academe when I realized I have the calling for the academe. I worked for my graduate degree and moved on to teach in a university in Manila when family got in the way. 

I gave birth to a baby who needs special care and we cannot find a nanny for him. Hence, I gave up my teaching career and moved to the call center industry so that I can take care of him during the day while my husband is at work. When he arrives, I will prepare for work and it will be his turn to attend to our son. It was a difficult phase for us. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Roof is on Fire!

I was preparing lunch earlier when I heard our neighbor living in the third floor came in and shouting something I could not understand. She was running frantically back and forth so I asked her what was happening and why is she on a panic mode. She told me that a house behind our apartment is on fire! 

I immediately finished the food I am cooking and shut off the gas tank. Then, I went to our rooftop to see how big the fire was. I was taken aghast when I saw how big the fire was! Right that instant, I returned to our unit and instructed the kids not to go out and stay inside the house. I told them the house on the other side of the street is on fire and we have to pack our things, just in case we need to evacuate. 

Without any second thought, I sent my husband a text message, posted status on my Facebook wall, and looked for a friend who is currently online and lives within the area to seek assistance should we need to bring our things out of the house. I would not be able to carry those big cabinets and tables alone! Horace was correct when he said "Your own property is concerned when your neighbor's house is on fire." 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Scandalous Chinese New Year Dinner at Mango Tree Bistro

After the 24K Gold Senses Facial Treatment at Blue Water Day Spa last Thursday, I went with a blogger-friend, Michelle of Rockstar Momma, to her place for a short rest before heading to Mango Tree Bistro in Trinoma to attend the Chinese New Year Dinner where we were both invited. 

Although it was mentioned on the invitation that we have to come in red Oriental chic, we thought that a simple red top will do. When we arrived at the place, it was already packed with guests wearing either red while others indeed wore red oriental dress. We got both excited as we looked for other blogger-friends and a table for us. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Experience 24K Gold Sense Facial Treatment at BlueWater Spa

Discover the power of gold. Whenever the word "gold" is mentioned, jewelry and bars first comes to mind. gold jewelry gives glitter and make heads turn. But did it ever occur to your mind that gold can improve your skin and bring out your beauty? You said never? Neither do I! 

So, when I received an invitation to experience 24K Gold Sense Facial Treatment from BlueWater Day Spa to usher the Chinese New Year, I did not hesitate to come and see it for myself. Besides, the facial treatment will be held on the day before my birthday. Consider it as a pre-birthday treat, as my friend told me. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New Baby

It was New Year's Eve when I received a message from my Tita Jo that my cousin Sean drove his girlfriend Jodi to the hospital because her water bag broke. She will be giving birth anytime soon. I told her the baby will come out exactly for New Year's Day. 

At exactly 12:37 AM on New Year's Day, Baby Senna Wilson Peria came out of this world. He came in at 6 lbs. and 7 ounces, and measured 18 1/2 inches. He was the first baby of 2012 delivered on Anne Arundel Medical Center, Maryland. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Goals for the Year 2012

Since it is the the first day of the year, I would like to make a list of what I really wanted to achieve for this year 2012. I don't make any New Year's resolutions. I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. People have the tendency to break their resolutions, or worse, forget about it if their resolution was not achieved or they have not even started with it by the middle of the year. 

Unlike the past years, I never make any plan for the coming year. It was like "Come what may"... "What will be, will be." Maturity may be one of the factors (I am a late bloomer, indeed!) why I am planning and seeking goals this time. Additionally, the kids are growing; thus, we do not only need to think about the present, live each day as it comes, but we also have to look forward to the future and plan for it. Hopefully, our plans are in attune with God's plans for us. I believe God always has plans for us and I simply rely on His plans.However, I realized that we should also make plans and pray for them so that we will succeed, not just rely and wait for whatever He gives us.