Single Moms and Car Repairs

Being without a man in your life does have its pitfalls.  You hit bumps in the road, literally, and you get your car battery inevitably jiggled out of its consoles.  That’s what happened to me just recently, and I have to admit, I was as clueless as a nun in a strip club.  If I had a husband or boyfriend on call, the problem would’ve been diagnosed and fixed in a jiffy, but such is not the case with me.

Going back to the jiggled battery incident, it turns out that was the reason my car just wouldn’t start on that fateful morning on my way to work.  I had to resort to taking public transport that day, and later that evening, contacted my male cousin to have a look at the problem.  It didn’t take long for him to see what was wrong.  That saved me a trip to the car mechanic.

About a week after, I noticed that my car AC system was no longer blowing cold air.  I thought, I was the only one HOT, but so was my car.  Anyway, I drove around, looking for a somewhat reliable car shop which specialized in car air-conditioning.  Lo and behold, I found one nearby, and just boldly drove up there.  One of the guys said to first test something, and that might mean having to change a part.  I didn’t have the faintest idea of what he was saying, but I just played along, pretending I understood.   So, I comfortably seated myself in a corner of their shop as two men worked away on my car.  It took a good 3 hours before they told me everything was ok.  We tested the AC, and it felt good to have cold air blowing in my face again.

I have always been baffled by the concept of car repairs.  Yes, I do know how to turn on the ignition and drive, but that’s about all I know about automobiles.  When I look under the hood, it’s almost as if I’m looking at an entirely different quadrant of the galaxy.

My advice to women out there:  Ask around for referrals for car repair shops.  If you have the time, try to educate yourself on the topic.  There are a number of websites on car systems and repair which can make you more confident when it comes to the various facets of car care.


Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011: My Picks

Blogs are a dime a dozen, but only a handful deserve to be labeled the distinction “influential”.  These are the blogs which make us keep coming back because of their ability to influence the way we think, feel, and even the way we do number 2 in the toilet.

This is the first time I’m joining Janette Toral’s writing project, and I couldn’t be more excited!  Drumroll, please… now, here are my picks for the Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011:

The Tottering Mama– Parenting blogs are sprouting like mushrooms in cyberspace, but this blog begs to differ.  It gives new life to parenting as the author dishes out advice based on her experience in raising two toddlers.  This blog proves to be a helpful resource to parents who choose to homeschool their kids.

My Painted Lips– I cannot even begin to fathom how the author of this blog manages to juggle so many things in the air: raising her four kids and maintaining numerous blogs.  More than keeping her house spic and span, she manages to pull it off with a sexy body to boot!  Her blog spans more than just lipsticks.  She inspires other work-at-home-moms to keep looking fab even at home.

LEVYousa– One look at her blog header, and I already feel like levitating.  This blog is all about the author’s views on life and basically everything that goes on around her.  She seeks to inspire through her chronicles, and she manages to do just that.  After I read her posts, I’m always left with a smile on my face (which I can’t easily wipe off), and my soul feels a great deal lighter.

Notepad Corner– What was initially intended to simply be a personal blog has now turned into a rich resource of information which can be applied to everyday life.  From useful insights on the profound to practical housekeeping advice, I found them all in the Notepad Corner.

Mom Writes– Anyone can write, but only a few can successfully tug at the readers’ heartstrings.  The author’s posts leave me inspired and always thankful to God for all my blessings.  She helps me see life through rose-colored glasses.

Certified Foodies– I love to eat out, but I’m often at a loss as to where to go for good food.  This blog is heaven sent, as the authors suggest various restaurants which are worth visiting.  They’ve also got everything covered… from cheese to alcohol.  Reading their blog never fails to leave me hungry and laughing at the same time.

The Bloggers Journal– Needless to say, this blog has helped me in so many ways.  Being a newbie, I definitely need all the help I can get when it comes to blogging.  The author gives out advice on everything about blogging, from the simple to complex.

My Green Living Ideas– I haven’t really been an advocate of protecting the environment, but this blog has somewhat changed the way I view Mother Earth.  The author offers tangible tips on caring for the environment, in a way that isn’t preachy.

Mommy Survival– The author couldn’t be closer to the truth when she says that motherhood is a tough job.  Reading her blog has helped me handle things more easily, what with me raising a kid alone.  She has virtually carried me through motherhood’s most trying moments with her writing.

There you have it…my top ten.  This writing project will never have been possible without the help of the following sponsors:

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Photography Tip: How to Shoot Jump Shots

Any bona fide camera-whore would tell you that no photography buff would pass up an opportunity to take a perfect jump shot. No, I’m not talking about shooting hoops with a ball here. I’m referring to pictures of people, kids most especially, jumping in the air. You don’t necessarily have to rob a bank just to get a high-end DSLR. Even with a simple point-and-shoot camera, you should be able to capture that moment when your subjects are in midair. [Read more…]

Top 5 ways to be happier

Are you the type who sees the glass as half empty or half full?  With all the trials we go through in life, day in day out, it almost comes as no surprise to find most of us turning into pathetic pessimists.  Inspite of all the hardships life constantly throws at us, we should somehow try to keep our heads above water, and keep from being swallowed by utter despair.  What can we do to have a happier disposition in life? [Read more…]

The three P’s of a lunar eclipse

What is it with me and astronomic phenomena? Ever since I can remember, I keep missing these close encounters of the lunar kind.  I didn’t get to catch the lunar eclipse the other night.  Now, I have to be content with viewing other people’s pictures of this magnificent wonder.  Nonetheless, I am still left with my mouth gaping in awe at this beautiful sight.  The next time you are fortunate enough to witness a lunar eclipse, here are some P’s to remember, to get the most enjoyment out of your lunar experience:

Picnic–  Being in the company of friends, family, or your special someone under the stars spells “fun” in anyone’s dictionary.  A lunar eclipse, or meteor shower, as the case may be, would provide the perfect backdrop for a night together with the people dearest to you.  Bring out the picnic blanket, throw in a few munchies and drinks, and you’re all set for a fun night outdoors.

Propose–  What could be more romantic than proposing marriage to the love of your life under a beautiful lunar eclipse?  Both of you are sure to remember this day for the rest of your lives. It makes for a good story to tell your grandchildren too.

Pepper–  No, I’m not talking about a condiment here, nor am I being overly narcissistic, because that’s way out of my league.  Ok, in effect, I am talking about myself here, because I want to stress the need for quiet “me” time.  Whatever you do for a living, whether you slave off for hours in the office, or you are a busy homemaker 24/7, you deserve and badly need time to just be still and relax.  A lunar eclipse is a good opportunity for you to just sit under the blanket of stars, and ponder on the greatness of God.  Even for a few minutes, you can simply sit back, enjoy the view, and clear your mind of all your worries.


What you need to know about Pepper

If I have been blessed with an angelic voice, I would definitely be singing Disney Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” to my heart’s content right now, as I feel that I have been transported to a new world of friendship and sisterhood.  Blogging has opened doors of opportunity for me- doors to not only money-making schemes, but to newfound friendships as well.  One of those friends is Levy who has tagged me, so I am now required to divulge 10 facts about me.

  1. I am never comfortable talking about myself, so what I’m doing right now is making me extremely uneasy (and slightly nauseous!).  That’s why I know I’ll never be a movie star, or a politician, for that matter.
  2. I don’t watch TV…I channel-surf.  Blame that on my short attention span.  Without the remote, I am helpless.
  3. I worry too much.  I tend to overthink things, as if I didn’t have anything else to do.
  4. It’s no rocket science to figure out that I would do anything and everything for my daughter.  She’s all I’ve got.  I would take a bullet for her, no questions asked.
  5. I love to read, but I haven’t immersed myself in a good book in a while.  All I’ve been reading as of late are blogs.  I find them more interesting and worth my time.
  6. My latest addiction is this certain yema from Bicol.  It has pili nuts, and just the right blend of caramel-y creaminess and sweetness.  I can eat 10 in one sitting.
  7. I hate it when I run out of topics to blog about.  This immensely affects my PR (or, lack of it!).
  8. I am missing somebody terribly right now ;).  Enough said.
  9. I love Yang Chow fried rice, tofu, and lasagna.  Not necessarily in that order.
  10. I wish I had the power to stop time.  If I did, I’d freeze every moment spent with the people dearest to me.

Whew! Now that I’m done, it’s your turn to say 10 things about yourself:

May * Stef * Arlene * Air * Karen * Bambie * Ces * Chris * Dez * Olga

Make a post about it, and then tag 10 people to do the same.  That’s how you play this game.  By the way, please don’t forget to leave a comment here with the url of your post, so I could get to know more about you ;)



Tips on Choosing a Good School Bag

With school opening just around the corner, our kids are getting helplessly excited once more. You could feel excitement in the air as they make a roll call of old friends they look forward to seeing again on the first day of school.

As parents, the excitement does inevitable come with a bit of apprehension when it comes to expenses for school supplies. One back-to-school essential is, of course, the school bag. It’s something which we should choose carefully, because we do want something durable, comfortable for our kid to carry, and of course, reasonably-priced. Here are some tips to consider when buying a school bag for our kids:

Backpacks may be a good option, as the bag must always be carried on both shoulders. This helps protect the kid’s neck, back and spine from undue strain.

The school bag should be positioned with its bottom just at hip level and the top of the bag should be a little above the shoulders.

Weight distribution of the contents of the bag should also be considered. Heavy items should be positioned closest to the back and secured with the elastic straps.

One last note, parents should take note of the maximum load of their children’s school bags. It’s recommended that the weight of the full school bag should not be more than 15% of the child’s body weight.

Just Beautiful: Funny Faces

I am pretty sure you’ll agree with me when I say that seeing kids goofing around, making funny faces in front of the camera is just beautiful :).
This is my daughter with the daughter of my long-time friend from way back in high school (and I do mean waaaay back!). They were just toweling off after an afternoon dip in the pool.

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Jared’s Little Corner Giveaway

Nothing makes me happier than giveaways, so here I am joining the first ever blog giveaway of Jared’s Little Corner. It’s Jared’s way of celebrating his 20th month birthday, and thanking everyone who has been part of his online journey.

His mommy Vix of Mumwrites is giving away two prizes: a P500 gc from Musikgarten for a lucky Metro Manila contestant, and an inflatable pool for a contestant outside Metro Manila. Personally, I’d love to win the GC ;).

You might want to join too. For more detailed contest mechanics, please drop by Jared’s Little Corner

Purple Passion

Since my daughter’s favorite color is purple, it comes as no surprise that today, she happens to be wearing none other than a purple shirt. It’s just ironic that the shirt says “I love my Daddy”, when it’s Mother’s Day today :). Apparently, my ex-husband wants to make a statement… hehe

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