Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday Bloghop

I am joining Tuesday Bloghop for the first time.

Hosted by Fabulous Finds by NimblerGrove & Chubby Cheeks Thinks & New to Mom

1. Follow all 3 of your hostesses. Make sure to leave us comments (we do follow back). Link up to this hop by adding your blog to the linky list below. Please remember this is not a "giveaway link up" also keep this clean and family friendly. We will be watching.

2. Make sure to follow our "Spotlighted Blog" of the week Southern Reflections. For every new follower Marlessa of Southern Reflections will donate 25 cents toward her Grandfather's amazing Mission, International Christian Mission. You can read more about it on her blog. She is blogging for a cause, gotta love it!

3.Grab the Tuesday Blog Hop Button and make sure to indicate it in a post on your blog so fellow "hoppers" know where to comment.

4. Start Blog Hopping!
Have fun you all :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Heart's Content of a Mama First Giveaway Contest

Mel Cole of Heart's Content of a Mama is hosting her first time giveaway contest in celebration of her blog's second anniversary And yes, this giveaway contest is open internationally too.

Prizes are:
First Prize: Maybelline New York eyeliner and mascara, Ardell's fashion lashes starter kit, L'oreal infallible lipstic, L'oreal eyeshadow, Diandra eyeshadow trio, blue mountain arts wallet card, magnet souvenir from Warren, PA. She will also include the two Beanie baby's Hello Kitty plush toys.

Second Prize: L'oreal eye shadow, Madeleine Mono cosmetics viva diva eye shadow collection and color plus lipstick, Diandra mascara black, Diandra eye crayon, Hallmark Disney princess sticker sheet, blue mountain arts wallet card, magnet souvenir from Warren, PA and a Beany baby Hello Kitty plush toy key chain.

Third Prize: L'oreal lipstick, Avon lipstick, Avon true color blush, Avon blendable eyeshadow duo, Blue mountain arts wallet card, Hallmark glitter sticker sheet and a Beany baby Hello Kitty plush toy key chain.

Special Prizes:
*A special prize (ONE) winner will win 30 dollars paypal cash.
*Another special prize (one) winner will win a one month advertisement Adgitize gift card.


*Subscribe to feed in her blogs: Heart's content of a mama, Seasons and seasonings, Arty Bluejay - 3 points

*Google follow her blogs: Heart's content of a mama, Seasons and seasonings, Arty bluejay - 3 points

*Tweet about her giveaway - 1 point (make sure it goes to @melcoleofpausa) tweet only once, and leave your link back in this post.

*Shout about her giveaway in Facebook - 1 point (shout only once and make sure to leave the link back in her post).

*Blog about the giveaway with her prizes and mechanics - 1 point

*Add her three blogs in your blog roll. - 3 points

*Place the giveaway badge anywhere in your right side bar. - 1 point

Multiple blogs are welcome. Only one user per blog and email account please. Follow this rule. 


Friday, August 27, 2010

Those Pesky Mosquitoes!

It's rainy season once again and expect that those pesky mosquitoes are out on the loose to attack us again. Grrrr.... Been scratching and slapping yet? Well, I really, really hate mosquitoes. And who doesn't? They are the carriers of diseases like malaria, filaria, brain fever, yellow fever and the dengue fever. As of now, dengue fever cases are on the rise here in the Philippines.

Do you know that dengue carrier mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) bite during daytime? It is considered a domestic mosquito as it lives in close association with humans, breeding in artificial containers around houses and it is responsible for the majority of dengue transmission. and only female mosquitoes bite, requiring the blood for egg production, and therefore only female mosquitoes transmit pathogens. Mosquitoes become infected when they bite people who are sick with dengue. So, to prevent mosquito bites,  the best methods are as follows:

1. One must wear long pants
2. Use mosquito repellants with at least 10% concentration of DEET
3. Use mosquito traps and nets
4. Avoid wearing heavily scented soaps and perfumes
5. Use structural barriers, such as window screens or netting
6. Try to avoid being outside at dawn, dusk and early evening
7. The Aedes mosquito prefers to breed in clean, stagnant water. It is important to frequently check and remove stagnant water in your home/premises.
8. Tawa Tawa might help. Locally, many are using Tawa Tawa or Gatas Gatas (Euphorbia hirta) plants to treat dengue.

Here's how to prepare tawa-tawa herbal medicine:
Take 5 to 6 full whole Tawa Tawa plants
•Cut off the roots
•Wash and clean
•Fill a boiling pot with clean water
•Boil the Tawa Tawa for 1 (one) minute in a slow rolling boil
•Pour the Tawa Tawa water and let cool
•Let the dengue fever victim drink only the Tawa Tawa water for 24 hours
•Sip 1 to 1.5 glasses of Tawa Tawa water every hour

However, the Department of Health (DOH) advises the public not to be so much dependent on the said herbal medicine, despite its proven efficacy. Cleaning possible dwelling places of mosquitoes is still the best way to prevent dengue outbreaks. After all, "prevention is still better than cure."


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ENVEEUS.COM First Contest

Guess what? I am joining another contest today! :-) It's first contest  hosted by Bella Enveeus, a Malaysian Malay girl who loves to write and make online business as well.

The contest is divided into two parts :
  • For Malaysian bloggers
  • For International (all non-Malaysian) bloggers
Prizes :
 Malaysian Bloggers
 International Bloggers 

First       : RM200 cash
               One written post dedicated for winner.

 Second : RM150 cash
               Winner's link placed at the top of her
               blog for 15 days.

 Third     : RM80 cash

First      : USD25 cash
              10,000 EC credits

Second : USD15 cash
               5,000 EC credits

Third    : USD 10 cash
              2,500 EC credits

Special Prizes :
  1. Share this contest on Facebook with your friends or/and Retweet this contest on Twitter to your followers because the HIGHEST referrer will win a one month (30 days) FREE ad space on her sidebar and one written post dedicated to the winner. This Special Prize is for one (1) winner from either the Malaysian or International Bloggers entry. Only open for non-Private Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  2. Most creative blog post will win a SURPRISE prize!
Here's how to join:
  1. Follow at Google Friend Connect. (For her to contact you through your valid Google e-mail)
  2. Write a post about this contest and ENVEEUS.COM at your blog. Make sure you link "" in your post. Blog post can be either in English or Bahasa Malaysia.
  3. Add her at Facebook or/and Twitter
  4. Once everything is done, please add your blog post permalink at the Malaysian entries (for Malaysian contest entrants) and the International entries (for non-Malaysian contest entrants).
Contest starts on 18th AUGUST 2010 and will end on 30th SEPTEMBER 2010. Winners will be notified and prizes will be given out by first week of October. Cash prizes will be sent through Maybank2u (for Malaysian winners) and Paypal (for International winners).

Sponsors :
Meow Diaries 1,000 EC credits
Mariuca's Perfume Gallery 1,000 EC credits
Mariuca 1,000 EC credits
Unsolved Mysteries In The World 2,312 EC credits

For other details of the contest, Please proceed to ENVEEUS.COM.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Miss Universe 2010 Winners – Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete Crowned Miss Universe; 4th Runner Up: Miss PHILIPPINES Venus Raj

Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, has been crowned Miss Universe 2010 and our very own Miss Philippines Ma. Venus Raj is on the 4th Runner Up! Hurray for the Philippines! The 59th Miss Universe Beauty Pageant was held earlier at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with eighty three (83) ladies representing their countries and competed for the title. It was hosted by Bret Michaels and Natalie Morales.


Here is a video of the crowning ceremony:

Miss Universe 2010: Mexico, Jimena (Ximena) Navarrete Rosete
1st Runner Up: Jamaica, Yendi Phillipps
2nd Runner Up: Australia, Jesinta Campbell
3rd Runner Up: Ukraine, Anna Poslavska
4th Runner Up: Philippines, Maria Venus Raj

Special Awards:
Miss Photogenic - Thailand, Fonthip Watcharatrakul
Best National Costume - Thailand, Fonthip Watcharatrakul
Miss Congeniality - Australia, Jesinta Campbell Blog Contest

Faye of is having a blog contest.

She is giving away 2 Kate Spade Kikay Kit and a Fossil Ladies Chronograph watch to the lucky readers and online friends :) This contest is open to International readers too as well.

Here are the prizes:
1st price - Ladies Chronograph (bic face) watch
2nd price - Kate Spade kikay kit (orange)
3rd price - Kate Spade kikay kit (floral)
Joining is so easy. Here are the mechanics:

1. Subscribe to her feed via email located right side bar of her blog (REQUIRED) - 1 Entry
2. Blog about her contest along with the Prizes {You MUST include the Prizes and Her link}- 5 Entries
- If you have multiple blogs, much better. Each blog post along with the Prizes -5 Entries.
3. Leave a comment in this post telling Faye what you did and give her the link of the blog post. 1 Entry.
4. Comment to any of her post. From August 8,2010 to Sept 8,2010 and you’ll have 1 entry each comment.

-Make it sure it's at least three word ! Lol And NO SPAMMING, PLEASE!

The Contest Ends on the 8th of Sept 2010 so if you wish to participate you must enter before that date. Winners will be announced on Sept 18,2010! The winners will be picked through!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Great Finds and Stuff: 2nd Giveaway Contest

Great Finds and Stuff by Dhemz is holding her second giveaway contest from Vegas.

The mechanics are simple:
1. Subscribe to these blogs: Dias Spot, Life's Perception, & Great Finds & Stuff
2. Follow these blogs: Dias Spot, Me & My Passion & Great Finds & Stuff
3. Add these blogs on your blog roll: Dias Spot, Me & My Passion & Great Finds & Stuff
4. Blog about the giveaway contest
5. Place the badge anywhere in your sidebar
6. And Add your link entry here.

If you have a few multiple blog accounts the better. Only one entry per account is qualified. Follow the rules and PLEASE don't forget to add your link entry.  

A total of 10 participants will get the chance to win the giveaway contest (7 participants for LV giveaways and 3 participants for $25, $15, and $10).

There will be 2 separate drawings on August 30, 2010 (I just want to make sure all participants are on the list):
*a raffle draw for the Las Vegas giveaways
* cash prizes will be drawn through
Ten (10) lucky winners will be announced on September 1, 2010. Good luck everyone!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Buchi Rocher, Anyone?

Found this great recipe of Buchi on Flavors Magazine when they featured one of the asian specialties from Three hudred sixty degrees bar over at A. Venue Mall. Buchi is a traditional chinese desert and snack but this is not an ordinary buchi because it doesn't have a mongo filling but a whole Ferrero Rocher chocolate! After seeing the picture of the food, I remember my friend and former officemate Jasmin Poblete who likes Ferrero Rocher Chocolate. It's actually my favorite too. I will try to cook this soon. :-) Don't you think it looks yummy?

Well, here's the recipe:

Buchi Rocher

1 cup glutinous rice flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
Ferrero Rocher chocolates
sesame seeds
oil for deep-frying

1. In a bowl, mix together rice flour, sugar and milk.
2. Wrap each Ferrero Rocher chocolate with rice mixture.
3. Roll in sesame seeds.
4. Deep-fry in hot oil.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I won first prize from DDF Contest!

Yes! I am one of the lucky winners of Dogs Deserve Freedom (DDF) Contest hosted by Emily.

It's my first time to win in any blog contest  :D . Yipppeee!
Actually, it is only today that I realized that I won the first prize which is a 14 day ad space on Adgitize.

This made me so happy :) 

Congratulations to all the winners and to you Emily for having this kind of contest.
More power to your blog :D

1 ~ Maria Liza ... 14 day ad on Adgitize
2 ~ Sherry ... 7 day ad on Adgitize
3 ~ tatess ... 1000 Entrecard Credits

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Movies That I'm Looking Forward To

Well, it's been 2 weeks since I've watched a movie with my children. The last movie that we watched is "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" . So far, we enjoyed watching it. It's about a battle between good and evil and the destiny of mankind that lies only on the young and frail shoulders of Dave’s character (Jay Baruchel). And Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicholas Cage) recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina).

After we saw the trailers of some movies, my son Aaron said he will be waiting for the showing of  HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. Well, here's my list of our most anticipated movies of the upcoming months. Aaron and Shanley personally like some of these movies.

MegamiRelease Date: October 10, 2010
Genre: Animation / Comedy / Family / Adventure 


 Release Date: October 30, 2010
Genre: Comedy / Drama


 Release Date: November 05, 2010
Genre: Animation / Comedy / Family

Release Date: November 19, 2010

Release Date: November 24, 2010
Genre: Animation / Comedy / Family / Musical 

6. NARNIA 3 
Release Date: December 10, 2010
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure / Action


7. TRON 2
Release Date: December 17, 2010
Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date: December 17, 2010
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Family 


Release Date: December 22, 2010
Genre: Adventure / Comedy

So what movies are you most looking forward to? :-)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pond’s Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam With Activated Carbon +B3

Have you seen the new Pond's Facial Wash today? I saw it on a commercial and was attracted to its black packaging. It's actually the first of it's kind with all the black packaging. I found it cute and
sophisticated looking.! :)

I don't know it it's true that black material like activated carbon will keep my skin clean, white and free of impurities but I am really excited to try this one because I'm a Pond's user since high school and up to now that I already have 2 kids. Knowing Pond’s, it will definitely be effective that's why I always love Pond's products.

Aug. 23 declared regular working day

It's official. President Noynoy Aquino declares August 23 as a regular working day. While the death anniversary of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. on August 21, a Saturday, will be a non-working holiday.
The purpose for observing Ninoy Aquino Day on Aug. 21 instead of Aug. 23 is to avoid the imposition of unnecessary financial burden upon the employers, and ensure the continuity of government, business, and commercial transactions, promote productivity while at the same time preserve the solemnity of the observance (of the holiday)," as released by the Malacañang.
While former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo advocated “holiday economics," President Noynoy believes in economizing on holidays. That's why people should expect less holidays than usual under his term.
Previously, former President Gloria Arroyo issued Presidential Proclamation No. 1841 declaring August 23, 2010 as a non-working holiday. But President Noynoy's Proclamation No. 13 effectively modified it.

Well, I'm sure, many will be affected by the sudden directive from the Malacañang to make Aug. 23 a regular working day especially those who already have plans to travel back home to the provinces or for recreations in anticipation of the long weekend.

As for August 30, which is National Heroes’ Day, Malacañang has ordered that it will remain a non-working holiday in observance of National Heroes Day.