Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We Won in Nido Fortified You're My #1 Video Contest

We've won the Nido Fortified You're My #1 Video! Our video entry is among the top 10 videos who garnered the most number of votes. The contests runs from January to March 31, 2009. The top 10 winning videos will receive 1-year supply of Nido Fortified. I've submitted our video halfway through the contest at the time when others already have thousand votes. It had been a good competition after all. I knew the odds of winning; still I had never lost hope. Our family and friends continued to vote even at the the last minute. I am so thankful that God had been so good to me and family. He knew who needs and deserves to win. Life is good and life is indeed beautiful... just like what the title of our Nido video is! See the other winning videos here on Nido Fortified's multiply site.

Also, watch out for the 60 second MTV of all the winning moms and kids. It will be shown in ASAP on May 10, 2009... just like all the winners and everyone else, I am excited to see this 60 second MTV!

Here's a glimpse of our photoshoot (unofficial photos):

Monday, April 27, 2009

Requirements, Events, Photoshoot and Sickness

+ [Tuesday, April 21 ]

I need a medical certificate and a notarized waiver and permit!

The pedia of my kids doesn't have a clinic schedule on a Tuesday, and this means visiting a nearby clinic so my kids can be issued a medical certificate. I got their certificates without any hassle at all. Before lunch time, I received a call reminding me to have the waiver and the work permit notarized. Good thing that mama is also having some documents notarized. We dropped by the notary public before heading to the office.

I was not feeling well that afternoon and I could hardly eat that night.

+ [Wednesday, April 22]

I need to attend the DOLE seminar!

I asked my husband to accompany me today as I already have a slight fever. At 9:00 a.m, we met Lolita at McDonald's and went to DOLE to for the requirements and the seminar. There I've met the other moms as well.
I slept throughout the afternoon. I am too worried of my pending
Odesk assignments.

+ [Thursday, April 23]

I need to rest and prepare our things!

I didn't get to work today. My head fells slightly heavy everytime I check on my emails and use the PC. I checked the list for the things that we need to bring for tomorrow's shoot... clothes, shoes and accessories. I dropped by Landmark department store in the afternoon to buy tops and slippers for Skylah and Brent. Good thing I was in the area, and I decided to claim my free David Sedaris book from Powerbooks Greenbelt.

No breakfast and no lunch as my throat still hurts. I've only took a large size of Fruit Magic's body cleanser on my way home.

+ [Friday, April 24]

This is the big day!

Call time is at 11 am and we were there just 10 minutes after 11! We took breakfast before the makeup session. The photoshoot starts at around 1 pm. I was really thankful that my kids didn't have any tantrums expecially Brent who's not really fond of smiling at the camera. I guess our shoot just went naturally and the kids enjoyed it as well.

How I wish that the outcome would be good as it is.

+ [Saturday, April 25]

It's Barbie's birthday party!

My daughter Skylah and my sister Jalysa got invited to attend Barbie's birthday party at McDonald's El Pueblo. They were among the 50 kids who got to join the party. It was so much fun! They got to bring home prizes and a barbie doll as well. They both joined all the party games. This is the party where I've seen Skylah had so much fun!

Before the party ended, I received a text message from Powerbooks that my Powercard is already available. Since we were near the area we decided to get my Powercard!

Good thing that I am feeling fine today with lesser pain in my throat.

+ [Sunday, April 26]

I need to relax but I still have an event to attend to!

This time, the event is for me. My sis, our friend Rose and me, participated in
Power Plant Mall's Weekend of Fitness. We took part in the Pulse Yoga class. It was just a 1-hour session but we all felt good afterwards. After the yoga class, we claimed our free pair of Havaianas! How's that for a great day? A free yoga class and a free flipflops as well!

This had been a great weekend after all. Blessings really comes in great ways. No matter how sick or tired I am, I had managed to be at all these events and accomplish what needs to be done. This just proves how important my health is and the happiness of my family.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Prizes For the Week

blowup babies gift certificateAXN lootbaggift certificate from Moms and Kids magazine
I love getting freebies, joining online contests and receiving prizes from these if I got lucky. Thi week I've claimed the AXN good bag that my husband won from Philippine Star's CSI On The Block Contest and the Blowup Babies gift certificate for Skylah and Brent from Kzone Magazine of Summit Media! I also received thru mail a gift certificate from Moms and Kids magazine as a token for my published article.

This items might not cost that much; but I felt great getting all these! It's like saying that The Best Things in Life are Free!

Skylah's Birthday Appearances

Manila Bulletin and Kzone sharing in Skylah's 5th Birthday!

Manila Bulletin Birthday CornerKzone magazine

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Britain’s Got Talent 2009: The Susan Boyle Phenomena

Working on my Odesk task had made me aware of the world out there. I got so curious of the name Susan Boyle which kept appearing on the most search and viewed word on the Internet. At first I stir away from the whole hoopla, thinking that Britain’s Got Talent is just one reality show with the same set of talents and stories. It was only after sometime that I decided to check the YouTube video with the million views.

And I was indeed amazed!

I’ve seen the audiences’ reaction and skepticism the moment she stepped on stage, but it all disappeared into thin air that instance she belted out her first note. She shocked everyone when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. She received a standing ovation from the audience that lasted through almost the entire performance and yes-votes from Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and “the biggest yes I have ever given anybody" from Piers Morgan.

She is absolutely amazing! It was exceptional! How wonderful to hear her voice. I too felt touch not just because of the sound of her voice but by the way she made the song live. Her voice touches the soul. There was indeed warmth and passion.

Just by standing there and singing, she proved to the world that looks doesn’t matter. It is inside beauty that matters the most. From this ordinary woman comes an extraordinary lesson of not judging people from looks alone. It was an eye-opener for everyone. She has touched our hearts with her voice and her character… and this had exceptionally made her beautiful. She had broken through the shallowness of people and the coldness of the judges. She has her own magic. She is a triumph for all self-doubters.

The Susan Boyle phenomena is truly inspiring and the biggest YouTube sensation ever! Will she reach her dream of being a renowned singer and be as famous as Elaine Page? In her own way she have achieved that… she had a more profound impact that outshines most musical performers could ever hope to achieve.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sporting a New Look

The long shiny black hair perfect for a shampoo commercial (how I wish I had one!) was gone. These days are over. For almost 30 years, I am loving my hair, leaving it untreated and untouched. Until one day, I decided it was time for a change. I was just so lucky I got a free makeover session.

Piandre salon at Quezon City took charge of changing my hair color. The stylists choose a hair color that would look good on me. They used L'Oreal hair color on me. After about 2 hours, the black hair had been changed into a dark mahogany brown color that almost looks natural on me. People at the salon and the stylist loved the color of my hair and complimented me because I really have healthy hair.

The photographer from
Stork Studio captured every detail of the makeover as well as the fashion part. Whew! I am not used to wearing high heels even if it's only 3 inches. They made me wear these shoes since it looks good on me. It was one tiring day; but really worth it. I enjoyed every minute at the salon!

Now, I am sporting a new look, a transformation I will never forget. Still, nothing had changed, just that I become more confident.

There's more to write about; but it's better to leave some things left unsaid. This is just the second part of my
Image Awareness post and the last leg will be posted in less than a month.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Break Free From The Impostor

I am still being search. My life is still being followed.

My previous blog post entitled “I Am Her Inspiration” in my old blog site had led her to finding more about me and my life. I wonder is she did a Google search or Yahoo search that had led her to reach my blog. Indeed, she keeps on searching information about me, being too interested in my life. Perhaps, she really wanted to be me and live the life that I am living. Too bad, I have a mind of my own that she could not have. She could pattern her life similar to mine and be successful at it. She can continue copying me and be interested in the things that I wanted. Until now, I remained to be her inspiration. Though I wonder if she'll be proud of what she had done... well, maybe because that is what she’s good at.

A text message from her could prove it all. She was cynical. She was very defensive that my blog post is pointing to her. It was an anonymous post, an unnamed person, but as the saying goes, "bato-bato sa langit ang tamaan huwag magagalit". Maybe in time I could feature her name if she wants me to.

She can do what she wanted to. She can continue creating and maintaining my so-called Friendster account which is not me. Yes, she had not stopped doing so... she remained to be my "Impostor". I wonder what she is getting from that nonsense stuffs she's been doing. Why use my name, my pictures and make pretend she was me? I am proud that I am living the life that I have now, even knowing that she follows suit.

I am breaking free from all these. Still, the saga lives on. Though I wonder when this never-ending saga will cease. Will this ever end or this would always be part of my life forever?

Yes, I am talking about you.