Why I am bragging that I am the best mom in the world

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In my heart, and in my soul, I firmly believe that I am the best mother in the world because I take after my mom’s personal parenting style. She seems to have passed on to me her knack for selflessly taking care of her kids. As mothers, I also think we all have earned bragging rights, so now, I am claiming mine.

Circle of Moms Top 25 Blogs on Single Parenting: I’m nominated!

I can’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling at this very moment. I’m elated, ecstatic, speechless, excited, nervous all in the same breath. Somewhere in the middle of all this blogging, I must be doing something good, as (drumroll, please!) this blog has been nominated to the Circle of Moms Top 25 Blogs on Single Parenting .

I need your help. Please vote by clicking on the above link. You’ll find The Pepperrific Life on the list, and please click on the “thumbs up” icon below “Votes”.

Thanks very much :)

Weekend Blog Follower Caravan 11

Altruism is probably foremost on the mind of Mommy Rubz, the brains behind the Weekend Blog Follower Caravan. She came up with this weekly meme as an avenue for bloggers to help other bloggers in terms of gaining followers to their blogs. This has proven to be really helpful for newbies such as myself, when it comes to increasing blog traffic to my site.

This week, we have to follow other blogs via Google Friend Connect.
So, come on and join the caravan.

GT: A Gorgeous Orange Camera

On a recent trip to Boracay with a friend, I have to admit that I was green with envy at the camera she brought along. It was a 12.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Orange digital camera. The striking orange exterior is enough to make anybody take a second, or even third look. At the risk of sounding like those TV infomercials, I will just have to say…”But wait, there’s more!” This orange camera is shockproof, waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof.

I, for one, am not a gadget-geek, so to speak, but this camera definitely made me drool. What I liked about it was, we were able to take pictures of our kids underwater! Now, doesn’t that simply spell amazing? And because it’s durable, I wouldn’t worry about my daughter dropping it.

This is something I will totally save up for (with my blogging earnings, what else :)). It will be a gadget good enough to preserve memories of fun times spent with my daughter.

Check out other dream techie gadgets here:

Versatile Blogger Award

If you could see me now, I am grinning from ear to ear. My cup of gratitude is about to overflow, as I am so wholeheartedly thankful to Mama Mia of Online Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom for giving me this Versatile Blogger Award. A recognition such as this is truly flattering, and makes me want to jump 6 feet up in the air.

Here are the rules which come with the award:
1. Thank and link back to the blogger that awarded you the badge.
2. Share 7 things about you.
3. Award 5 or 15 other bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers to let them know about the award.

Here are 7 things you might want to know about me:

  1. I love tokwa / tofu.
  2. More than tofu and anything else, I love my daughter to bits.
  3. Eighties music makes me smile and dance- and when I dance, everyone else smiles.
  4. I play the guitar, and one day hope to be in a band.
  5. I believe that money can buy you happiness…well, to a certain degree
  6. I sometimes don’t think before I speak. This, of course, gets me into trouble.
  7. I speak softly…but I carry a BBBIIIIGGGG stick!

I want to pass on this award to the bloggers behind the following blogs:

Levy- LEVYousa

Polvoron Perfected

Has it ever occurred to you that heaven could be contained in tiny one-and-a-half inch oblongs, and packed in colorful cellophane?  A thousand and one delights burst in your mouth as you take a bite off a single Fedhz polvoron.  Imagine how much more you’ll get out of an entire 24-piece pack!  They come in these scrumptious flavors: cookies and cream, peanut butter, and crunch.

The woman behind these tasteful treats is Fedhz Aquino, SEO expert and blogger extraordinaire.  Who would’ve thought that someone who spends most of her time in front of the computer can whip up a storm in  the kitchen as well?

To taste is to believe… To say that Fedhz polvoron is yummy is definitely an understatement.  For lack of a better word, I’ll just say it in 12 letters: Mmmmmmmmmmmm!  The search for the perfect polvoron ends here.

This is my first ever entry to Food Trip Friday. Check out other mouth-watering food trips here:

My First Blog Award

I would like to first and foremost thank Divine of Divine’s Memoirs for bestowing this award upon me…Ah! Who am I kidding! I just fail miserably at making thank you speeches. Let me just say it the way I feel it… Huge thanks and a dozen wet kisses go out to Divine of Divine’s Memoirs. I’m sincerely flattered that she chose to make me one of the recipients of this fine recognition.

I am new to blogging, and this certainly is extra icing on the cake. To do what I love and be recognized for it is truly something to be all jumpy about. This motivates me to blog harder and learn more things in the process.

Paying it forward, I would like to pass on this lovely blog award to the following awesome blogs:

Brown Pinay
Lovingly Mama
I Love Hues
Fab Momma
1 Twelve St.
From wala to okay

Girls Talk: Last Song Syndrome

Local radio stations are notorious for playing old songs on Fridays, all through to the weekend. Today is no exception, as this Madonna song just keeps playing over and over in my head. I especially like Borderline, because it reminds me of my carefree childhood. I remember I was in grade four when this song was on the top of the charts. Am giving away my age again :)


This is my first time to join a Girls Talk meme. Check out the other LSS entries here.

On Women and Car Repairs

It’s not at all uncommon that out on the streets, we find women drivers, helpless as they flail their arms about, trying to catch the attention of willing knights-in-shining-armor to help them with a flat tire or an overheated car. We women are somewhat “mechanically-challenged” when it comes to car repairs. Our instincts dictate us to seek solace in able-bodied men who know cars like the back of their hand. I, for one, have the tendency to panic during such circumstances.

Just recently, I was almost at wit’s end when I couldn’t get my car to start. I thought there must be something wrong with the ignition system, or maybe the battery ran out. I got hold of the first man I could find. It turns out, the cables (or wires?) attached to the battery consoles got jiggled out of place. Probably because for some time now, I’ve been driving on pretty rough roads.

A few days after, I noticed a puddle on the garage floor, right under my car. I presumed it was an oil leak (cars don’t pee, do they?). I didn’t take the situation lightly, so I brought the car to this nearby mechanic (highly recommended by my cousin). Like a true mechanic with a PhD in car repairs, he diagnosed the problem and came up with a solution.

For women drivers like myself, I guess it is a necessity to have some working knowledge of what goes on in a car’s engine too. Car maintenance is not as elementary as taking your car to the carwash, but it’s not too difficult either. There are a wealth of resources on the internet on basic car repair. But when we couldn’t find the answers online or in books, it’s best to take the car to an expert, so he can clearly assess the problem.

Once you find a car mechanic you can trust, get his number (solely on a professional level, of course), befriend him (add him up on Facebook, if you must). He will be your Superman for life.

A fool-proof Guide to Metro Manila Driving

It goes without saying that driving around the streets of Metro Manila is not for the faint of heart. Nowhere else around the globe will you find road rules being broken left and right. Drivers of public utility vehicles act like gods of the road, throwing all caution to the wind. [Read more…]