The TV Addicts

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Do you love watching TV? I do. And hubby too. There are a lot of TV shows that I love watching… comedy, drama, action and even Korean series. Some of the shows I love watching are House, Chuck, Glee and How I Met Your Mother.

I also love watching movies, specially my husband. He would spend money to buy DVDs and Blu-ray Discs of the movies he like. And when we got our cable subscription, we specifically requested for the movie channels to be added.

The only problem with movies and shows on TV is most of the time is that I’d often miss the show. Yeah… I’m too forgetful. For example, I’d turn on the TV and the show has already started or is about to end. Sometimes it gets worst… I’d remember late in the afternoon that a show I was supposed to watch is on in the morning…. too late.

OndemandI found out that there is now a way for me not to miss the shows I want to watch anytime. With Charter digital, I can have On Demand. There are thousands of movies and shows that I can watch anytime I want for free.

This would be advantageous for the busy people out there… like me. Hihihi!

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Go Away Giant Pores!

For as long as I can remember, I've always had enlarged pores. I never had a lot of pimples and acne, but I do have a lot of whiteheads and blackheads... and I HATE THEM!

It's very hard for me to look for that perfect product because I have combination skin. Very oily (& enlarged pores) on the T-zone and dry/very dry on the cheeks. I've tried a lot of over-the-counter products - L'Oreal, Neutrogena, The Body Shop, Olay Total Effects, products by my dermatologist.

The Body Shop's Tea Tree products worked for me... at first. I tried it when I was in college. It really worked... but my face felt oily. I stopped using it for a while... no budget since I'm just a student. When I started working I tried using it again, but I got pimples, so I stopped.

L'Oreal and Neutrogena... never worked for me. Too drying.

One thing that always worked better for me was my dermatologists' products - facial soap, toner and night lotion. But... I can't rely on them forever. She's in the Philippines and I'm in Singapore.

I tried The Body Shop again, this time I tried their Seaweed range of products. Didn't work that well for me. Plus the moisturizer still leaves my face oily.

Now, I'm trying another range of products... Kiehl's Rare Earth products. It's on the expensive side, but I want to give it a try. Wish my face some luck! hihihi!

Ugh... pores... why do you hate me so?!

The Japan Adventure - Stage 2

We got our visas! I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it! hihihihi!

Wednesday last week, we went to the Embassy of Japan. Lloyd went with me because he wants to go to the Philippine Embassy afterwards (it's just beside the Japan Embassy) to inquire about passport renewal. We had lunch first then went to the embassy around 2pm. The consul gave us our passports and... there they are... our visas. We are allowed to stay 15 days in Japan.

The next step: itinerary and hotel booking.

For the itinerary, I've been in constant communication with my friends who work in Tokyo and with one of our Ninang in our wedding who is Japanese and lives near Kobe/Osaka/Kyoto area.

To save money from transportation around Tokyo, my friend is helping me decide which tickets to buy.

There are a lot of discount tickets being sold that can help us save during our stay. The Japan Rail Pass is valid for 7 days but can only be used for JR lines. The advantage of this ticket is it includes the use of their bullet train - the Shinkansen. They also have tickets valid for 14 days and for 21 days.

My friend also suggested another ticket wherein its unlimited ride for the whole day and can be used in different trains and subways in Tokyo. But... do we need an unlimited ride ticket?

So now, I'm listing down the places we can go to (I borrowed a lot of books from the library hihihi) and put together those that are not far away from each other, so less travel, less transfer, less ticket. I'm still not finished with it but I was able to list down the places already. I just need to arrange them accordingly.

For the accommodation, we've decided that we'll be staying in a hotel, and not with my friends in Japan. I've been in constant communication with my friends there, and they suggested some places in Tokyo to look for a hotel - Ueno and Asakusa. From there, I checked the internet for affordable and recommended hotels.

I was able to list down a lot of hotels within Asakusa or Ueno, and from there I compared each one. Things I needed to consider - the accessibility, the quality, and the price. I came up with three hotels to choose from within Ueno. Why Ueno? There is a train that goes straight to Ueno from Narita Airport... and these hotels are just walking distance from the train station. The less transfer the better.

Hotel #1: Near the train station, and fits the budget. From the website (and from Google maps), it looks near the train station. It says that it's 8 minutes away from Ueno station that travels directly from the airport.

Hotel #2: Need to transfer to another train line, but it's the cheapest among the three. Plus, after transferring to another train line, it's just a few minutes walk from the train station.

Hotel #3: Closer to Ueno station and still fits the budget, but more expensive.

The winner: Hotel #1. I discussed this with hubby, and he said the price is okay with him as long as it's accessible. Compared to Hotel #3 which is around SGD40 more expensive. Hotel #2 is tempting because it's really cheap, SGD200 less than Hotel #1. But we decided to pick the first one because of the accessibility.

That's the latest update. :) exciting!!

The Japan Adventure - Stage 1

Friday last week, Lloyd went on leave from work. Perfect timing to go to the Embassy of Japan and apply for Visa.

I was able to prepare all the requirements just a few days before. We learned, after applying for US Visa last year, to keep all the bank statements being mailed to us. So last week the bank statements were readily available and no need to request a copy from the bank. We also had extra passport-size pictures so no need to get new ones. Three things we just need to prepare - (1) Lloyd's certificate of employment, (2) flight itinerary (required when applying for Japan Visa) and (3) the application forms.

Lloyd was able to get his certificate of employment Thursday... perfect! I've filled-up the forms, and I was able to find a travel agency that can reserve tickets for us.

Friday, we went to the Embassy of Japan. We woke up early because, from my experience in Japan Embassy in the Philippines, I thought there would be a lot of people applying for the visa. And I was wrong. We arrived at the embassy around 9:30AM. We were out of there in less than 10 minutes! There were no one inside, except for a Japanese family. As soon as I got our queue number, our number was immediately called. We gave our requirements, and that's it! We left. The consul gave us two acknowledgement slips to claim the passports on Wednesday.

Now... I can't wait for Wednesday! I can't sleep since last week! Since we applied for the visa! I just hope we'll really get our visas, because it will definitely be a BIG disappointment...

We've never told anyone about this trip. Well, except for my friends/former co-workers living and working in Japan, and our best friends who are in the US. We never told our family in the Philippines and our friends (& Lloyd's co-workers) about it. It's our little secret hihihi!

Yes or No?

I had a job interview a few weeks ago (see previous post HERE). It was the IT department head who interviewed me and he seems to like me and my background. He didn't even ask technical questions, just asked about my previous job and projects.

Surprisingly I had a second interview last week. I was really surprised I got called again for an interview. Remember, I haven't worked for more than a year... since April 2008! It was the HR who interviewed me this time. Basic HR questions like expected salary and benefits expected. I was there for less than 30 minutes.

Now... I have a problem. I really want to try working again. But the thing is... hubby and I got this vacation planned. We want to try to go visit Japan on Chinese New Year (long weekend, long vacation) and we've been planning (and I've been preparing) for it for months.

So what's the problem there? The problem is... I think the employer needs me to start ASAP. And if I do start immediately, I think it would be weird if less than a month after I started I'd be going on a vacation.

Another problem... what if I got pregnant again this year? I'll quit my job again after working for a very short period with them?

So now... I'm thinking of not accepting the job offer.

I know I'm weird. Some people would tell me not to let this opportunity go. But... I asked hubby. He told me the same thing, don't let the opportunity go but he's also not pressuring me to work. If I don't want to go to work then it's fine with him (love him for that hihihi!). But... I want to try working again. But... I also don't want to work again because I'm very very much comfortable with what I'm doing now... a housewife. I love it and I'll definitely miss it.

... I don't know... 

Hubby's Christmas Gift

Thanks M for the beautiful gift!

It's a Gucci tote bag :)

Love it! :)

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