Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dating Tips

Some people may not be willing to admit that dating is a scary experience for them. It could be due to a variety of reasons such as a previous dating experience that didn’t go well or maybe because they lack the confidence to meet new people. It could also be because they are afraid of rejection. If they want to make dating a more pleasant experience for them, they can look into some dating tips that can give them valuable insights on how they can make the most out of meeting new people.

Jollibee Mascot

Photo was taken at Limketkai Mall. Jollibee is a famous mascot in the Philippines. We chased him around the mall so we could take a picture with!

Floor Care

The importance of keeping your floor clean is something that should never be underestimated. When you keep your floors clean, you get rid of the virus and germs that may pose a great health risk to everyone. Knowledge of proper floor care is also important if you want to maintain the beauty and quality of your floor. The dirt and grime that may have accumulated on the surface of the floor may be removed with regular sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. Whatever flooring materials you may have, it is important that you invest in the proper cleaning solutions and cleaning tools and equipment. There are various do-it-yourself flooring options that you are available in the market today, each offering different benefits. It is up to you to choose which one is most suitable for your home. Whatever you may choose, it is important that you know how to properly take care of them.

Baby Carriers

Baby carriers and slings are practical tools that can help parents take care of their child more conveniently. More and more parents are using baby carriers and slings because of the many benefits that they offer. A baby carrier or sling helps keep you baby close to you. Your baby will feel comforted because they feel the warmth of your body. A sling also allows mothers to nurse or breastfeed their babies discreetly even when they are in a public place. Choosing the right baby carrier or sling does not have to be difficult. You can look into baby carrier guide to provide you with the information you need that will help you decide the most suitable baby carrier for your child. You can also shop for baby carriers online if you do not have the time to browse through different retail stores just to look for the ideal baby carrier.

Friday, June 29, 2012


Meet my grandma and her! She loves to garden ever since she was a teenager. She has all kinds of plants that I'm not familiar with. She's a hardworking woman and still is even if she's already 75 years old. 
I got to spend time with her when I visited the Philippines a month ago. I miss you Lola!

Fireplace Mantels

A fireplace can provide any room or house with the warmth it needs especially during winter when it can get really cold even if you stay indoors. If you are planning to install a fireplace in your home, you can find everything you need at . This company is the premier online provider of high quality wooden fireplace mantels, fireplaces, screens, fireplace tools and accessories at everyday, low wholesale prices. They have fireplace mantels in classic designs that can provide your house with the classic and elegant look you want. They also provide custom sized fireplace mantels. Their easy to navigate website allows potential clients to easily find what they need. They can search for fireplaces and accessories by category such as by price range. They also provide helpful and practical tips and buying guide that will help their clients in deciding which products to purchase. They also provide assistance with the installation of the products so that they can enjoy the benefits of having their own fireplace as soon as possible.

You should check out today for special sale items. Plus, they offer FREE shipping and NO sales tax through July 15th. So what are you waiting for?

Tutoring Programs

If you notice that your child is not able to keep up with their lessons at school or if you want him to maximize his academic potential, you can consider hiring a tutor for them. One-on-one instruction can be just what your child needs to help him understand his lessons better. Some students are just too shy to participate in classroom discussions and they are not confident about asking questions even if they are having difficulties in understanding their lessons. This could have an effect on the grades that their teacher will give them. If you are interested in finding more about the benefits of tutoring as well as finding a suitable tutor for your children, you can  follow this link for great resources and information . You will also learn about, which offers quality tutoring programs for every grade level.

Each tutoring program is personalized according to the needs and abilities of the student. They provide free academic assessment to each child and the results of this assessment will be used to help formulate a tutoring plan that will work best for that child. They have highly qualified tutors than can provide the assistance and guidance that their students need. They can provide one-on-one instruction in all major subject areas including English, math, science, and social studies. Younger students are provided with highly interactive method of tutoring to help them learn easily and make them interested and always motivated to study their lessons. Tutoring programs are offered in flexible and affordable terms.

So what are you waiting for? Why not let SchoolTutoring Academy help your child open a new chapter in their learning journey, one which provides them with the confidence and desire to succeed in their academic studies. They make it easy to enroll your child in a full-service tutoring program. Above all, they make it at a very affordable plan for only $179.99/month.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Condo for Rent

If you are looking to rent a condo in Carmichael or Sacramento area, you should check out this condo near Madison and Manzanita Park features; 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, lots of windows, side patio and is a front condo. There is new paint and new carpet throughout. Kitchen features; gas stove, fridge and dishwasher. Washer and dryer included in unit. There is a community pool. Tenant is required to carry renter's insurance. Owner pays sewer and garbage. Tenant pays water. A 12 month lease is required. For more details, you should contact Rhoda Evans at 916-332-3200 ext. 313
Living room/Dining room
5305 Manzanita Ave. #1

Property Type: Condo
Address: 5305 Manzanita Ave. #1
City: Carmichael
State: CA
Zip: 95608
Neighborhood: Madison Ave
Rental Price: $750
Deposit: $850
Stories: 1
Garage Size: 1
Avail: 05/21/2012
Start Showing: 05/21/2012
Section 8: Yes
Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Pets: No
Approx. Square Feet: 843
Status: Active

Home Features
Carpeted Floors
Central Heat & Air
Washer/Dryer Hook Ups
Washer/Dryer Inc.

Community Features

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Test Prep Tutoring

One of the things that students find frustrating is the fact that they cannot keep up with their lessons because of the amount of school work that they have to deal with everyday. With pages upon pages of books to read, book reports to finish, school projects to make and different information to memorize, students may be too tired to participate in other activities at school.
Parents should be able to determine whether their children need help with their studies. There are children who may already of showing signs of stress with their studies which is why it is up to the parents to recognize the signs and do something to help their children. One practical approach that parents can make is to get tutors for their children. Tutoring will provide the students with the assistance they need in subjects that they are difficulty with. At, students will be provided with the personalized tutoring plan that each of them needs. A competent tutor will be assigned to each student and parents will also be provided with progress reports so that they can see if their children are really able to benefit from the tutoring program. They also provide flexible scheduling so that the students will receive tutoring on times that are most convenient to them. If you want to find out more about their tutoring program, you can click here to find out more.

Lockers for Sale

Keeping your rooms organized, especially that of your children will be easier if you have the proper storage cabinets for all your belongings. In your children’s bedroom, for instance, providing them with storage bins for their toys can help them keep their rooms organized and free from clutter. Encourage them to put their toys in their proper places once they are done playing with them. Choosing cabinets in the right design and size can also create the theme you want for their bedroom. You can even choose school lockers or kids’ lockers to give their room a more distinct look. They are available in various designs, colors and sizes which can fit any room. You can buy them from retailers that offer school lockers, employee lockers and other standard or designer lockers for personal or business use. You can also search online for lockers for sale if you want to buy all the lockers that you need at the price that you can afford.

Friday, June 22, 2012

USAA's 90th Anniversary

USAA celebrated their 90th anniversary last weekend. Wohooo, way to go USAA!
All employees and their family members were invited during the event. The party started at 4pm until 9pm. There were plenty of activities for kids and adults. Foods and drinks were endless! We had so much fun!
One of the many activities that daughter tried was the bungee trampoline. Man, she was horrified!
But I'm glad she tried it even though she's a bit apprehensive about getting on that!
There's also live entertainment in every corner.

And tons of inflatable stuff for small and big kids. I think there were 30 something inflatables around the field. It was a great event. Thanks USAA for inviting us and thanks for serving military members and their families for 90 years. Congratulations!

The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is a Texas-based diversified financial services group of companies and a Fortune 500 financial services company offering banking, investing, and insurance to people and families that serve, or served, in the United States military. 

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

FREE Psychic Chat

Whenever there are important decisions to make like changing careers or transferring to a new city, there are some people who like to get as many opinions as possible. They want to ensure that they will make the right decision especially if it is something that is life changing not just for them but for the whole family. They talk to their family, relatives, close friends, co-workers and those whose opinion they value. In some instances, some would even browse through the websites of psychic readers to avail of free psychic chat. By chatting with an online psychic, they will be able to get instant answers regarding the issues that they are concerned about. They can get instant psychic readings that may give them some insight on how to come up with the right decision. These online psychic readers also provide daily horoscopes and tarot card readings for other clients who want to avail of them. Finding a psychic reader at the time you want to may not be easy especially if you live in area where their services are not commonly advertised. Whenever their services are needed, clients only have to visit their website and they can get the psychic readings they need that are suitable either for their personal or professional lives.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2012 Father's Day Celebration

I hope everyone had a great Father's Day celebration yesterday. We had wonderful day celebrating as a family.
We drove downtown and strolling along the picturesque River Walk. Then we went to Hard Rock's Cafe for dinner.
Akesha and I got some Father's day pressies for hubby. 
A new work shoes, cards, and a book called "Killing Lincoln by Bill O' Reilly". How about you guys? How did you celebrate Father's day?

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$50 Hard Rock Cafe Gift Card Giveaway

Have you heard the latest tongue-tantalizing new menu items at Hard Rock Cafe? Symphonies of new flavors are joining classic fan favorites and “greatest hits” as Hard Rock rolls out its rockin’ flavor menu. The new menu, based on three main concepts:
  • “Smoking” is back
  • Fresh is first
  • Legendary is king
So are you ready to get jazzed about a mouthwatering selection of new dishes that have been personally created by Hard Rock’s top chefs?

To have you feeling fresh, you can choose from Cajun Shrimp & Poached Pear Salad, Goat Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwich, and Shock Top Battered Fish & Chips. Oh, boy! I’m totally drooling right now.
Cajun Shrimp & Poached Pear Salad 
Spring mix greens tossed with goat cheese crumbles, chopped seasoned bacon and a sweet Dijon pear dressing. Topped with poached pear segments, spicy pecans and grilled sweet Cajun shrimp.

Goat Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwich 
 Poached chicken with celery and green onions, in a light citrus mayo dressing with Dijon mustard and dill. Served on a toasted hoagie roll topped with spring mix, dried cranberries and goat cheese crumbles.

Shock Top Battered Fish & Chips
Fish battered with a Belgian-style wheat beer with citrus and coriander flavors then served with fries, a citrus spiked tartar sauce and homemade coleslaw.

If you want to try something a little bit smokey, you can choose from Shang Hi Smokehouse Sandwich, South Carolina Smokehouse Sandwich, The Texan Smokehouse Sandwich, and Smokehouse Chop Salad.

Shang Hi Smokehouse Sandwich
Award-winning Asian 5-spice Bar-B-Que sauce with homemade Asian style pickled cucumbers and sriracha mayonnaise drizzle.

South Carolina Smokehouse Sandwich
Tangy, homemade, South Carolina-style mustard Bar-B-Que sauce with crispy slaw and crunchy cayenne onions.

The Texan Smokehouse Sandwich
Chipotle and Hickory Bar-B-Que sauce, cheddar cheese, crispy jalapenos and crunchy onions.

Smokehouse Chop Salad
Freshly chopped mixed field greens with diced smoked chicken, spicy bacon, pecans, cheddar cheese and pico de gallo. Topped with a smoky citrus vinaigrette and fresh sliced avocado.

And of course, don't forget to save room for dessert. You should try out their new Mojito Yogurt with Seasonal Fresh Fruit.
 Creamy, thick Greek yogurt with fresh lime and mint served over fresh seasonal fruit served Island style in a margarita glass.

I can't wait to try out their latest menu, and I'm sure my daughter and husband would love to try them too! My family and I have been to Hard Rock Cafe many times. We've been to the Hard Rock in Vegas, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Antonio. They offer great food, great atmosphere, and great service!

For more details:
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Disclosure:  The promotional cards and information have been provided courtesy of Hard Rock International through MyBlogSpark.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Online Tutoring

If you’re having difficulty understanding a certain subject at school and you want to get the assistance that you need to improve your grades, you may consider utilizing the services of a tutor. A competent tutor has the knowledge and skills required to help you understand your lessons at school. A tutor would know why you are having difficulties with a particular subject and they can formulate a study plan that can help you stay focused on what you need to do each day. The tutor that you choose should be an expert with the particular subject that you need help with.

Summer Camps

Cary Summer Camps
Going to camp every summer has been a tradition that has been around for generations. Millions of kids go to summer camp each year and it provides them with the opportunity to learn different skills and meet a variety of people. Parents will now be able to find the most suitable summer camp for their children through a NC summer camp directories that can be found at or at These websites provide updated listings of all different types of summer camps in the area as well as tips on how to make summer camp a positive experience for children. So what are you waiting for? You should visit them today for more details.

Check out their Frequently Asked Questions for Parents below:

How can parents save money when enrolling their child in a summer camp?
• #1 Register early to take full advantage of all early-bird discounts!
• #2 ASK if they have scholarships, financial aid or a sliding scale.
• #3 Offer to volunteer at camp for a reduced or free camper registration.
• #4 Ask friends of your child(ren) to register together for a group discount.

How can parents prepare their children for attending their first summer camp?
• Day camps are more fun when children know at least one other camper who will be attending. Don't assume that they will be in the same group, let the camp director know your preferences when you initially register your child.
• Take a tour of the facility. Let them view their website ahead of time. The more familiar they are with the environment, the less overwhelming they will feel.
• For residential camps, make sure that this isn’t the first time your child will be sleeping away from home. Let them practice overcoming their separation anxiety with a couple of sleep-overs with friends or family before going to a residential camp.

How do parents find if a summer camp has had any complaints filed against them?
• Look up the camp on the Better Business Bureau for any grievances. (
• Ask your friends through social media (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) if they have had any positive or negative experiences with the camp. Your friends will tell you!

When should teens start sending in their resumes to camp directors for summer jobs?
• Many Camp Directors start receiving resumes in January and February. Don't wait. With the high levels of unemployment, there will be a tremendous competition for jobs. Send follow-up emails and make phone calls to show your interest.
• Camp Directors want fun camp counselors who campers will enjoy being around, while also respecting and obeying them. The more experience you have working with kids, the better. Volunteer with your local schools, YMCA, churches, scouts, and other civic organizations to build your experience levels.

What qualities should parents look for in a great summer camp?
• A high percentage of returning campers shows that the campers had fun last year.
• A low camper-to-counselor ratio. 10:1 is good. 5:1 is great!
• Staff trained in CPR, first aid skills, and conflict resolution techniques.
• Low staff-turnover shows good experience.

What different types of summer camps are there?
• Arts Camps
• Sports Camps
• Academic Camps
• Church Camps
• Residential Camps
• Specialty Camps

If my child takes medication during the school year, should he/she take it for summer camp?
• First, consult with your child's pediatrician before ever deciding to stop treating your child with any medication.
• Most children with allergy, asthma, diabetes, attention and impulsivity conditions are not "healed" during the summer months. Many times it can be worse with the heat, additional exercise, and being outside. Children with medical issues usually need special treatment to help them enjoy their summer camp experience the most.
• For children who take medication for their attention or impulsivity, it can be especially hard for them to listen to instructions, get along with peers, and control their impulses when they are not on medication.

How are campers disciplined? Are refunds given if my child has behavior problems?
• Ask the Camp Director for a copy of their discipline policy. If they don't have one, inquire how campers are disciplined for misbehaving, It can vary from Time Out to clean-up duty.
• Most camps do not give refunds for campers who violate camp rules and they are expelled, but ask the Camp Director ahead of time for clarity if this is a concern.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

To all the Dad's out there, Happy Father's Day! Cheers....:)

Western Union Gift and Greeting Card

This post brought to you by Western Union. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ve been a Western Union customer since year 2004. I like using their services because it’s convenient, reliable, fast, and straightforward. You can send money and pay bills online, in person or by phone. Have you used them before?
Well, since Father’s day is just a few days away, I am reminded of what a special day it is! I’m so blessed to have such a great father in my life. He is a very hard working dad and someone I know who will always provide my needs. He knows how much I appreciate all his efforts. So this coming Father’s day, I’m thinking of giving him a Western Union gift card.
The Western Union Gift and Greeting Card is a meaningful way to show the special people in your life that you’re thinking of them. You can purchase cards with the click of a button at Just choose from a variety of occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, congratulations, holidays, thank-you’s and more. Plus, you can write a personal message to appear on the inside of the greeting card. You can load any amount, from $5 to $100, with the click of a button. If you would like to get a discount, just use this promo code WUGIFTPROMO8 and get 25% off the $5 fee. This offer is valid until Septermber 1st, 2012.
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So what are you waiting for? You should visit them today to get started!
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Father's Day Papa!

As long as I can remember I have always been a daddy’s little girl. Being the only daughter in the family, I have always been closer to my dad than to my mom. But I love them both equally. My dad and I would always talk about anything. He likes to talk about his wants and dreams in life (material things!) He is a hard worker man and I admire him so much. Thanks Pa for all your sacrifices and for spoiling me over the years.
 [ 1991 (1st grade) & 1992 (2nd grade) 21 & 22 years ago ]
Our current picture together, 2012
I will forever be daddy’s little girl. Happy Father's Day, Papa! I love you!!

Some facts about my father: 
- He got married when he was 19 years old, and he's now is his early 50's
- He  loves cars, motorcycles, gadgets, jewelries, and yes cockfighting! 
- When I was a little girl, he would take me to Motorcross shows and Off Road Shows
- He's my best shopping buddy

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Florida’s Three for Free Giveaway

This post brought to you by VISIT FLORIDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
We spent our summer getaway last year in Orlando, Florida. It was our first time to visit the Sunshine state. My family and I had so much fun during our vacation. It was one of the best trips we have so far. Florida is known as one of the best places to visit in the United States for some fun in the sun. What I love about Florida is the weather and the activities available during summer time. I wish to go back there someday.
Do you know that this summer, VISIT FLORIDA is giving away 12 amazing prizes? You heard it right! All you have to do is enter Florida’s Three for Free Giveaway today to get started. Consumers will select three different Florida vacation packages among twelve choices. One grand prize winner will be randomly selected and will win the three Florida vacation packages they selected. Nine additional winners will be randomly selected from the remaining nine vacation packages. This cool giveaway runs through June 30th, and participants may enter daily.
Prize packages include:
- Swimming with Manatees
- Plantation on Crystal River
- Tennis Lovers Gourmet Getaway
- Natural Florida
- Family Adventure
- Space Cowboy
- Trainer for a Day
- The Breakers Luxury Dream Vacation
- Ultimate Spa-cation
- Tee time for two
- Classic Family Beach Week
- Step into the Past
- Florida Keys Fishing
I already entered the Sweepstakes, and now it’s your turn to join at VISIT FLORIDA on Facebook! If given a chance, my 3 top choices would be: Swimming with the Manatees, Trainer for A Day, and the Family Adventure.
Swim with the Manatees sponsored by Plantation on Crystal River
Crystal River is one of the largest aquifers in Florida, home to more than 400 West Indian Manatees and the most popular place in North America where you can swim with manatees in their native habitat. This trip for four includes four nights at the Plantation on Crystal River with a guided manatee tour, lunch on your private pontoon boat and tickets to Homosassa Springs State Park.
Trainer for A Day sponsored by Miami Seaquarium
As Trainer for a Day, you and a guest can enjoy a totally hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience like no other, working side-by-side with the Marine Mammal Training Staff at Miami Seaquarium. You’ll also have the chance to get a dolphin ride across the pool! Then, unwind at the luxurious Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove overlooking Biscayne Bay and visit historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Family Adventure sponsored by
This trip for four includes two days at LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Water Park, Florida’s newest family theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Experience the new WingWalkAir at Fantasy of Flight, a 600-foot zip line and three-level ropes course complete with 33 midair challenges. Then, explore the secret gardens at Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark. Relax after your many adventures with four nights at the Holiday Inn Winter Haven.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Get Together with High School Friends

One of the highlights during my trip to the Philippines last month was meeting up with some of my high school buddies. It feels great seeing them again. We had our get together at Tropical de Oro Resort, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City.
It was a little bit disappointing because some of my friends weren't able to come during the party but I was able to talk to them on the least!
I'm glad some of my friends showed up despite of the not so good weather that evening. We had plenty of foods, drinks, snacks, photos and chats! 

Aside from a roasted pig, a close guy friend of mine catered these foods (some dishes are not in the picture). Thanks Goy for the yummy foods you cooked!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

U.S Army Medical Dept. Museum

How's your weekend everyone?! I hope you guys are doing fine. Our weekend was OK. We went to Fort Sam Houston last Saturday, and on Sunday we went to the movie theather to watch the "Men In Black 3". 
 Going to Fort Sam was awesome! We roamed around the base and had ice cream at the BX. We also stopped at U.S Army Medical Dept. Museum and learned some interesting stories about the US Army. It was a great learning experience for us.
"Sir, trainee Akesha Dias reports as ordered.  Hooah! "!

Some photos around the base/museum.