Strike 2 and the F1 Ticket

Inna's here. Two down and one more sister to go...

Thursday afternoon, before we went to the airport to pick up Inna, we went to Takashimaya to try out this place that sells cupcakes. I saw it in a magazine and said that they have Nutella cupcakes! So we went there and bought a Nutella cupcake and an Elvis cupcake. We also bought a sandwich and ate it before leaving to the airport.

We left Orchard 6pm and just took the MRT to the airport. We arrived around 6:30pm, just in time for Inna's arrival. After that we went home and watched Amazing Race Asia.

Yesterday was the practice session. I was not suppose to watch since I originally don't have a ticket. Luckily Lloyd won a ticket! Their manager raffled off his F1 ticket for Friday. The best thing about this is it's a pit grandstand ticket! And so I was able to join Lloyd and watch the practice sessions. Yeah, I left my two sisters to roam around Singapore on their own hahaha!

My opinion: the practice session was boring... haha! As I said, I'm not a Formula 1 fanatic. :)

Strike 1 and the F1 Fever

Jill's here. I picked her up from the airport yesterday. One down, two more sisters to go... hahaha!

Since we both haven't eaten our lunch yet, we went to the airport's McDonald's for lunch. After lunch we went home and prepared ourselves for... Kimi Raikkonen!

I'm not a Formula 1 fanatic (Lloyd is... a bit). I don't have a favorite racer or favorite car or whatever. But Kimi is sooo handsome in person! Lloyd told me the day before that Kimi Raikkonen will be in Paragon Shopping Centre for the Tag Heuer exhibit there. Since Jill is also an F1 fanatic and loves Kimi Raikkonen, Jill and I went there.

We arrived at around 5:30, according to the article Lloyd read Kimi will be there by 7:30. When we arrived, the red carpet's being setup, and there are a few people already standing near the stage. It is true! hahaha! So we went near the stage and waited... and waited.... and waited. Take note: we were standing since we arrived.

7:30pm... we heard people shouting and screaming! He's here! Unfortunately we were on the wrong side of the stage... he passed by the right side of the stage, we were on the left side.

He went directly to the Tag Heuer shop. We thought he'd just stay there the whole time because the interview was held there, and there were just TVs outside to show the interview. After a few minutes of interview and picture-taking inside, he went out!

He was there until 8pm. Before he left, he signed the poster behind him. We were able to take pictures of the poster (but not while he was signing it).

After the event, our legs and feet hurt so much the first thing we wanted was to sit down! But it was all worth it... hihihi!

By the way, some other local celebrities were also there, like Allan Wu and his wife. :)

I Need a Facial

I need a facial. Why? Because of my giant pores!

I don’t get acne and I don’t get a lot of pimples (I do every not and then), but I do get a lot of blackheads & white heads. Not only that… I have a combination skin: I have a very oily forehead, nose and chin, but I have very dry cheeks.

When I was still in the Philippines, I go to this dermatologist in Quezon City (she does wonderful facials!) and her products work for me. But I need something over-the-counter since I can’t rely on her my whole life and I’m in Singapore!

I’ve tried and used a lot of products on my face… deep cleansing products (which made my face too dry, but still leaves my forehead shiny), tea tree oil, pore refining stuffs, etc. I also use different moisturizers on my face that will not make my face feel too oily, especially when it’s hot and humid. I’ve heard of products like acnexus but haven’t tried it yet. I find it a bit pricey… but reviews say it works, plus it does not contain chemicals like other products do.

For now, I think I’ll stick to the current products I use and just go for a facial.

Hubby's Sick

Yesterday Lloyd was not feeling so well. He had a bit of sore throat and colds. This morning, when he woke up he got worst. No fever, but he felt so weak... poor boy...

He slept until around 9am. When he woke up, he's still not feeling well but a bit ok. He requested for squid adobo for lunch, so whatever the sick boy wants the sick boy gets! After lunch he took a nap. Forced him to do it so he can get some rest.

Around 6pm we went to the clinic. Since he was feeling a bit better by then, the doctor just prescribed paracetamol hihihihi!

Surfing the Internet

One of my favorite pastimes is surfing the Internet. Whenever I surf the net, every now and then I’d look out for new and interesting sites to read and surf. There are some sites that are attention-grabbing and out of the ordinary but have no contents worthy of note. There are some sites that are just too plain and simple but reading/looking through it will make you surf it often. Most of the time I go to those sites through referrals or reviews.

Website Reviews is a site where Internet users can give their own opinion about websites, may it be their most favorites or least favorites. They also have a list of Top Websites, a list of sites picked and rated by internet users.

Now it’s easier to look for sites that are worth visiting. :)

Propagating Friendship Award

I love the blogs of these people and I'm glad to pass this award onto them! All they need to do is to leave the following message on their post when they pass the award on to their chosen eight bloggers.

They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut or that they propagate? Then let's try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this
Thanks mommy elvz for this award. :)

Now, I am passing this award to...
G, Jovie, Emz, Joey, Mec, Sheila, Leah and Sheila

Collin Raye - Love Me

I've heard this song two to three years ago through my friend Jess. The first time I heard it I was teary-eyed! Seriously! And I think that time Lloyd and I just got engaged... hahaha!

Anyway, two days ago while walking around the mall, this song was being played. It's such a sad, nice and touching song. :( Unfortunately I don't have a copy of the song anymore. So I'll just share the lyrics instead...


Love Me
by Collin Raye


I read a note my grandma wrote back in nineteen twenty-three.
Grandpa kept it in his coat, and he showed it once to me. He said,
"Boy, you might not understand, but a long, long time ago,
Grandma's daddy didn't like me none, but I loved your Grandma so."

We had this crazy plan to meet and run away together.
Get married in the first town we came to, and live forever.
But nailed to the tree where we were supposed to meet, instead
Of her, I found this letter, and this is what it said:

If you get there before I do, don't give up on me.
I'll meet you when my chores are through;
I don't know how long I'll be.
But I'm not gonna let you down, darling wait and see.
And between now and then, till I see you again,
I'll be loving you. Love, me.

I read those words just hours before my Grandma passed away,
In the doorway of a church where me and Grandpa stopped to pray.
I know I'd never seen him cry in all my fifteen years;
But as he said these words to her, his eyes filled up with tears.

If you get there before I do, don't give up on me.
I'll meet you when my chores are through;
I don't know how long I'll be.
But I'm not gonna let you down, darling wait and see.
And between now and then, till I see you again,
I'll be loving you. Love, me.
Between now and then, till I see you again,
I'll be loving you. Love, me.

I'm Sick

My throat's been bothering me for the past few days. At first it was just on my left side and I'd only notice it whenever I yawn. Then it got worse, by Monday both sides hurt... when I swallow and when I yawn... And I feel tired and sleepy.

So yesterday afternoon after going to the gym (yeah, I still went to the gym, but I was there for 30 to 45 minutes only... I was hoping I'd feel less sleepy afterwards, but I didn't), I went to the doctor.

When the doctor checked my tonsils, he said "oh!"... what a weird and scary reaction! hahaha! He said that it was throat ulcer. And I had a bit of fever yesterday when he checked my temperature (that explains the tired feeling?!). The cause? He said might be viral infection. At first he said might be hand, foot and mouth disease... where am I suppose to get hand, foot and mouth disease?

Anyway, he gave me some anti-viral medicines and some lozenges. I hope my throat gets better soon because I already miss having cold drinks! :(

Who Are You?

Did it ever happen to you when someone called you up then suddenly just hangs up the phone and you have no idea who that person is? Or if you keep on having prank calls on your mobile phone?

There’s this thing called Mobile Phone Reverse Lookup wherein you can search for the caller’s name just by entering the mobile phone number.

So if someone calls you up on your mobile phone and you don’t know who the caller is, you have a way to know.

Baby Hannah Featured in Inquirer




Hannah's story was featured in yesterday's Philippine Daily Inquirer (see image above). I've copied the article from Inquirer.net http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/lifestyle/lifestyle/view/20080914-160549/Ordeal-of-a-child-with-a-congenital-breathing-defect.


Ordeal of a child with a congenital breathing defect


By Cathy S. Babao-Guballa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:57:00 09/14/2008


MANILA, Philippines - There are stories that tug at your heart and remind you of your life’s journey.

Once upon a time, I was a mother with a child who was born with a congenital heart defect. Migi left this world to return to his true home 10 years ago, and that episode changed my life and our lives as a family forever. I remember how, when he was just a baby, I would hardly leave the room in the first three months of his life, anxious that the moment I left, he would stop breathing. All throughhis toddler years, we would make sure that someone was with him 24/7.

When I heard about Hannah Ysabelle Cordoviz and the efforts of her parents Carlo and Joan to help keep her alive, I knew I had to do something to help get their story out. Hannah was born on Aug. 14, 2007 with a very rare condition called Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). It is a rare and lifetime condition characterized by one’s brain failing to signal the body to breathe. In Hannah’s case, her brain fails to do so when she falls asleep. To keep her breathing, her parents need to hook her to a mechanical ventilator/respirator, which connects to her through a tracheostomy tube found in an opening in her neck.

In the Philippines, there are only three known cases of CCHS, including Hannah’s. The eldest among them is a three-year-old girl.

The CCHS Family Network website says that the key to the CCHS patient’s longevity is informed medical supervision by medical professionals who also work to support the family in optimizing the home healthcare and school (or other) settings.

At a minimum, this requires nighttime nursing support in the home for the infant and child, with some respite support for the parents and caregivers. The US study cited found that the majority of CCHS families’ medical costs were covered by government and/or private insurance programs.

Unfortunately, in our country, congenital defects such as CCHS are not covered by healthcare insurance, so you can imagine the burden of the cost Hannah’s illness has placed on her parents. Joann told me that on the average, the family has to spend P150,000 a month to sustain Hannah’s care. This already includes monthly payments to the hospital where Hannah was confined for eight months—from September 2007 to May 2008. But what parent will not do everything to keep their child alive?

Ventilator

A huge chunk of the monthly expense comes from renting a ventilator which costs the couple P25,000 a month. “The money we have is money we already owe family, relatives and friends who have helped us since Hannah was born,” Joann and Carlo tell me. Both of them have had to quit their jobs to take care of Hannah who requires full-time care. There is a private nurse who relieves them and helps them out when they need to rest and her salary is factored into the cost.

“It is our dream to buy Hannah her own portable ventilator she can use for so many years ahead,” the couple says. “This portable ventilator will also allow us to bring Hannah outside the confines of our house: to the park maybe, to church, or even to a nearby fast food restaurant. It does pain us to know that we’re not able to have Hannah see the same sights, hear the same sounds, and experience the same things as other babies of her age do.”

Joann tells me that a portable ventilator is crucial to Hannah’s survival and it will cost them P750,000 to purchase one. With debts piling up month after month, the ventilator seems to be a pipe dream but the Cordoviz couple remains strong in their faith. “God provides and He has taken us this far,” Joann says.

To help in their fund-raising efforts, they have started a home business and built a web site called “Rosaries for Hannah”—
www.hannahysabelle.multiply.com

—Carlo and Joann make and sell lovely rosary bracelets as a means of raising funds to buy Hannah her much needed ventilator.
If you would like to learn more about Hannah, do visit their beautiful website. If your heart is moved to help out this couple, please call Joann at 0915-3111641 or e-mail her at jscordoviz@yahoo.com

Mooncake... with a twist!

While waiting for Lloyd to finish work yesterday, I went to Takashimaya and saw that there's an event to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. They're selling mooncakes and other traditional confectioneries.

I'm not Chinese so I'm not giving away mooncakes, plus it's too expensive to give them away (stingy!). So I looked around to buy just one mooncake for myself since Lloyd's not fond of mooncake.

While walking around the various stores, I saw one that really caught my attention... chocolate mooncakes! chocoelf was selling chocolate mooncakes. I tried a piece and I like it and the first thing that popped into my head is that Lloyd will like it because he loves chocolates. Plus they used dark chocolate, which is better! So I bought 4 pieces (smallest box they have).

We were not able to try it when we got home because it was already late. So earlier after lunch, I finally opened it. They look so cute and pretty, I didn't want to slice it at first! Eventually I did...



Each mooncake is only one inch in length and width, and around half an inch thick.

The dark chocolate was yummy! The lotus paste inside is also yummy! Unfortunately Lloyd didn't like it...

Oh well, at least I tried to make him eat mooncake. Now I can have them all to myself. hahaha!

Let's Socialize!

Since I started blogging and joining groups and organizations, I've met a lot of people all over the world, from north to south, east to west. It makes me think of the past when I was still in college and I'd go to chat rooms and meet other people. Those were the days....

I’ve never been into any chat rooms for a long time. But when I discovered Asian Chat, this is something I can try again. This is a chance to chat and meet other Asians all over the world. You don’t need to download any software to be able to chat with them, plus it’s totally free. Not only that, if you want to try it out first you can login as a guest. Nice, right? But of course it would still be better if you register to utilize its full potential. :)

What makes me happy? What makes me sad?

Got a tag from Sheryll. Thanks!

Start copy here:
Here are the Rules:
1. List things that makes you happy and what makes you sad.
2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs.
3. Tag other online friends you know... Toni, Jeng, Emz, Sherryl, Janis, YOU




What makes me happy?
  • Spending time with my hubby, even if it's just watching a movie at home
  • Vacations!
  • Desserts! I loove sweets... especially chocolates! I can skip the main course in exchange of desserts hihihi!
  • Shopping! Even window-shopping is fine with me :)



What makes me sad?
  • Dieting. Can't eat anything I want... (it's too obvious! i love eating!)
  • Right now, my iPhone. Its limitations are a bit disappointing (but not that much ;))
  • Having a clogged and runny nose at the same time (I had it yesterday). Really irritating... can't do much because you'll always stop what you're doing to wipe your nose. Plus blowing your nose is useless.

I'm passing this tag to macy, mommy elvz and yums.

The Crazy LV Game

There's this raffle or game in N@W wherein the prize money pooled will be used (by the winner) to buying a Louis Vuitton bag! :D

I never had a Louis Vuitton bag, and I never dreamed of owning one because it's way too expensive and totally out of my budget. But winning it with just a fraction of the bag's price to shell out... go go go!

Now, I am like daydreaming of owning one already. I'm looking at their website and checking out which bag to buy... to think that I haven't bought the raffle ticket yet! :O hahaha!

Wish me luck!!!!!

Pop-up Ads in Blog

Is it just me or there's a pop-up whenever my blog's accessed? Waa! this can't be! I never put pop-up ads in my blog! :c

First and foremost it's annoying! Well, links are okay, but pop-ups that I didn't add in the first place?! Second... what if it's a virus?! If it is... for those who clicked the ad, sorry if I've infected your computers... :(

To solve this problem, I'll be adding and removing some sidebar items to check which ones did it...

By the way, below is the image of the pop-up.

Whenever I look at the popup's status bar at the bottom, it says that it's connecting to network.adsmarket.com and then to wixawin.com.

UPDATE (Sep 8, '08 8:50AM)
I found it! I'ts my shoutbox. :@
Byebye to all my past messages. :(

September Event

One more thing about the month of September is.... the 2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, which is the first night race ever!!!

I originally am not going because I was pregnant and October was supposed to be my due date. Since my supposed to be EDD is just a month away from the race dates, we (Lloyd and I) decided that I won't go anymore. So only Lloyd bought tickets for the three-day race, and I'm supposed to stay at home with my mom as originally planned.

But now I can go and watch it. My three sisters will be coming here in Singapore to watch the race. The four of us bought the one-day walkabout ticket (actually I bought the tickets, they haven't paid me yet...).

Can't wait!

My New Blog Layout

Notice my new layout? hihihi! Yeah, I am soo happy with my blog's new layout. It's here to stay. No more changes for now (except for the header image, which is easy to change).

One thing I hate about changing my blog layout is the missing gadgets/widgets. Actually even before I started changing my layout, I think I accidentally deleted all my blog lists and other links, so now I'm re-posting them again. Good think I backed-up my blog last week. :)

So despite the fact that my site's nice and clean now, it's still not finished. I still have some links and stuffs to add, but I won't make it look too crowded. :)

Thanks to the following for creating such wonderful stuffs:
  • OurBlogTemplate for this new blog layout. The template I used is called Neuronic, which has a different header image.
  • Smashing Magazine for the blog header. The header image was designed by João Filipe Cunha. I just changed the size and added my blog title.

It's September!

It's September! The -ber months are here! Christmas is near!
To relatives and friends... please don't forget your Christmas gifts for me... hihihihi!

I haven't written stuffs lately since I'm updating my blog's layout. I miss blogging.......
I'll be finished very very soon... just a few more stuffs to add/remove :)

Till my next post!

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