Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

In today’s fast-paced world, getting a restful night of sleep can be a precious gift. It can be an even greater gift for those suffering from sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person stops breathing during sleep. These patients can stop breathing hundreds of times during sleep for up to 10 seconds each time. The result is the brain and body do not receive enough oxygen, leaving the patient at risk for numerous diseases and severe fatigue.

Sleep apnea can affect patients of any age, size, or race, but there are a few risk factors that make people more prone to developing the disorder. Patients who are male, overweight, over the age of 40, have large tonsils or tongues, or have a family history of sleep apnea are more likely to develop the disorder.

Symptoms include everything from morning headaches and loud snoring to waking up with a sore or dry throat. Restless sleep, mood changes, and forgetfulness are other symptoms. When left untreated, patients put themselves at risk for developing more serious conditions, such as depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure. In addition, their relationships may suffer, and they may have difficulty carrying out daily activities because of fatigue.

Patients who suspect they have sleep apnea should visit a medical professional to diagnose the disorder. Doctors may ask patients to use a pulse oximeter while sleeping. The device measures the oxygen saturation of the blood and the heart rate. The tool can determine whether the patient is receiving enough oxygen during sleep.

If a patient has sleep apnea, there are solid treatment options available. Patients can make behavioral changes to their lives, if necessary, such as losing weight, avoiding sleeping pills and alcohol, or changing positions while sleeping to promote proper breathing. For some patients, doctors may recommend surgery in the nasal or throat area to correct the disorder.

Cell Service to Flip For

There are many cell phone service carriers available, and more entering the market all the time. Not all mobile phone service providers are created equal. When deciding which provider to sign up with to provide cell service, it's a good idea to consider the factors that could affect your experience.

1. Reception and Coverage
Take a look at reception and coverage in your area by talking to people you know; which provider or providers are known for having great reception (no dropped calls) in your area? Look online to see how many cell towers are located in your area: where you live, where you work, and places you visit regularly. For each provider, there are maps with this information. For instance, you could look up "Sprint coverage map" to find out about Sprint's coverage. Then, do the same for each provider in turn: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.

2. Service
Customer service may not seem like a big deal to you now, but once you sign up and need help with your account or technical help, you'll want to be with a company that values its customers. Again, ask around to find out how others like their carrier's service. Also, look at online reviews.

3. Rates
It is always a good idea to shop around on rates, with prices coming down as competition in this area intensifies. It is customary for cell phone service providers to offer an introductory rate to new customers to win them over. Make sure you read the fine print before you decide to commit.

4. Contracts
A contract on cell phone service is often a minimum of one year and frequently a two-year contract. Before making this commitment, do your research. Also, ask about month to month plans and pre-paid plans; this might be a better option, depending on the offerings.

An informed consumer is a wise consumer. Shop wisely!

Invest Wisely with New Jersey Apartments

We've all heard the bad news. Every time we turn on the television, open the newspaper, or even open our email, there's messages of the failing economy and, even worse, the declining housing market. But, it's not all bad news out there! In fact, if you're looking for a way to invest some of your money, but you don't want to risk your valuable cash in the stock market, consider real estate. You can pick up some excellent deals right now with condos, apartments, and homes.

If you are serious about investing, you've got to take a look at New Jersey apartments. This beautiful community is located just across the river from Manhattan. That means stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, an exhilarating look at the New York skyline, and close proximity to some of the best shopping and eating in the world. New Jersey apartments are available to purchase. Now this seems like a smart money move.

Think about the opportunities that are available with New Jersey apartments. In just a few short minutes, you could be shopping on 5th Avenue, one of the fashion capitals of the world. Or you could be eating authentic cuisine in China Town or the Italian sector of Manhattan. You could easily keep this dream apartment as your primary residence or rent it out to vacationers. No matter what you choose to do with this place, the possibilities are simply endless.

Most real estate investors tell us that real estate is a sure bet. Your money is much safer in real estate than in the stock market. And you'll earn more on your investment than you would keeping your money in a low-interest savings account. When you own a place like this, you have the freedom to vacation any time you want to one of the most spectacular places in the world.

Eliminate Your Entertainment Clutter With Online Games

Are you ready to streamline your life and get rid of all the physical and visual clutter in your home? Try starting by cleaning up your entertainment act! Today's online games offer you a great way to enjoy all the excitement of gaming without the clutter you have to deal with if you own a gaming system.

Let's face it, if you own a game system, your house doesn't just have a game console; it has a stack of game CDs or cartridges, and there are wires snaking around the floor and connected to the television. Every time you buy a new game, you're adding to the clutter of your home. Sure, you want to keep adding to your game collection, but who wants to deal with all those disks and crystal cases? And there are only so many wires you want to deal with; they're a hazard that can trip the unwary and they make your entertainment area look messy.

Online games, on the other hand, eliminate all that visual clutter. You don't have to deal with hooking up and unhooking your whole game system if you want to move to another room and your television set area remains sleek and uncluttered.

Online games are also a great way to build an impressive library of online games that can go anywhere with you. We've all gone on a vacation or visited relatives and wished we could bring some of our favorite games with us for those moments when a bit of gaming is the only way to really relax. A laptop with online games is easier to take with you and you don't have to worry about broken disks, lost parts, or taking up too much luggage space. You'll love the freedom from clutter you get with online games every time you play without dealing with that bulky game system.

Tips for Choosing the Right Movers

Moving can be a big task to undertake—especially when it is a long distance move. Hiring a moving company to take some of the burden of moving off your shoulders can be a good thing and turn a stressful event into a good and positive memory. Choosing the right movers however can be challenging, so if you are getting ready for a move, make sure you find the right mover to create your own blissful experience.

Obtain a Written Estimate

Movers provide a variety of services. You want to contract the moving company to provide the set of services you need. Discuss your needs with the moving company representative by phone or email. They may even schedule a time to come out and look at items for special circumstances. Then, obtain a written estimate that details precisely the services they will be providing for your move, and the estimated price associated to make sure it fits your needs.

Learn about the Moving Company

Turn yourself in to a bit of a detective to learn about the company. Contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if any complaints have been lodged against the company. If there are complaints, find out what the issue was and how the moving company resolved the issue. Google the company name to see what information pops up in discussion boards and forums online and check company references.

Check with the Department of Transportation (DOT)

Moving companies are required to obtain and maintain a license with the department of transportation (DOT). The registration with the DOT means the moving company has to make a price list available to the public and potential customers and agree to participate in a dispute program through the department.

Don’t take risks when it comes to your next move. Do your homework, get informed, and choose one that meets your budget and needs.

Finding Great Deals on Chopard Watches

I know shopping online is a great way to browse big selections of clothes, jewelry, and more. What I am coming to figure out is that it’s a great place to find the best deals as well. You might not know where to look for great deals and who can blame you. There are millions of places to shop online so getting to the right place isn’t always so easy. Here are a few helpful tips to make sure that your next time online is your cheapest time online.

First thing to do is utilize the search engine and it’s capabilities. This is something you should do when searching for specific items. If you are searching for a specific model of Chopard watches, then you can enter that right into the search engine. What you will get back is a host of sites where the watch is available. Some will be well priced, others will be lower priced.

You might to try the same tactic for more general items. If you are searching for women’s tank tops, you can start your search at a catch all like Amazon. Once you have targeted the specific item you want you can reuse the search engine to track the cheapest price.

Another valuable idea is to search within the sites for mark-offs and clearance items. It’s not uncommon for these online marketplaces to have clearance sections the way department stores do. Of course, there are limitations to the sizes they offer and the colors they come in. If you are patient and willing to search you can get some great deals.

Make sure you check person to person sellers. These sites won’t have nearly the variety or shipping capabilities but they will have some incredible deals and a great opportunity to negotiate the prices.

There are many great deals online if you look in the right places.

Avoid Reward Cards

Everyone is looking for a way to make a couple extra dollars. Your credit card companies know that and they are willing to help if you are willing to pay the price. How many times a day do you get offers from credit cards and debit cards offering you cards that get you rewards points? How many times a day do you see an offer where if you purchase pool supplies once you will get rewarded with 100 extra points or more? You see these a lot because credit card companies are smart and it’s time you got smart too.

First off, these points don’t benefit you nearly as much as the credit card companies. There hope is that you purchase thousands a month and only pay off hundreds, keep paying the minimum and they can keep racking up interest. They figure in the end to offer you a point per dollar spent is nothing when they are getting thousands off of you in the course of your time with the card. If they didn’t make interest off the card or if everyone was paying on time, they wouldn’t offer these promotions.

The only way to successfully navigate these offers is to do it with a debit card. There you know every dollar you spend is a dollar you can afford to spend. It comes right out of your bank account. Don’t worry about the miles, the travel points or the free gift cards. Take the time not to be caught up in your credit card hassles and use the interest you are saving and put that into a bank account and let it grow. Those credit card companies are giving you 1% back on all purchases and charging you at least 9%. Save 9% of your money and see how much you have in a year. It will buy you a better vacation.

One Easy Way to Feel Secure

One of the great things about being serene is the total lack of work involved in it. It's very hard to explain, but the act of suspending your "work" at being serene is just so freeing. You can let the feeling of lightness and security just wash over you when you stop "trying" to feel that way. I can't tell you how great it is to just let go of the things that do not matter, and embrace what does in a non-judgmental sort of way. I may sound a little goofy when I say it that way, but it's true. One good way to start on this kind of path is with the little things in life.

Take car insurance, for instance. Most people just don't think much about what car insurance really means in their lives. They just grumble a little bit, write a check and pretty much forget about it. But think about how your insurance protects you. Not only does it protect you if somebody who does not have insurance slams into your car (which happens, no sense denying it), it also protects you from having to pay your bottom dollar to someone else's auto mechanic if you ever end up being the guilty party in an accident.

Now granted, most of us will never have anything more serious than a fender bender or two. And that's something to be grateful for, certainly. But if you ever were to get into an accident, it could be pretty jarring on your feelings. Emotional turmoil is not the ideal state, by any means, but serenity involves accepting what is without judging it. Once you accept how you feel, you have to start putting things right in the world. And insurance on your car is a pretty big step in doing that, since repairing damaged cars tends to be a little expensive to do.

These Never-Ending Saga

Out in the open. 
Just when I thought everything is over, receiving her text messages makes me realize that for her, it's not. 

I don't think I have to understand her reasons. Maybe it's just her way of breathing out, or letting me know that she still exist. Or perhaps, she just wants to know how I would react.

I choose to write what I have to say instead. And maybe, just maybe, she'll get to see things clearly.

To YOU: 

Please don't blame me for your unhappiness or hate me because of your insecurities. You have a choice to be happy, yet you've chosen not to be otherwise. Learn to control the situation and the real issues that you're having in your life. 

You can't change the past, but you don't have to live in it either. All you have to do is accept. The past existed for a reason. My past was an experience and it makes me strong. I hope you can do the same.

Live in the present. Don't make me a part of your lives, as I don't need to and I don't have to be. It's been a decade since I've let go and break free. I'd even chosen to forego the friendship. I'm part of his history as he's part of mine, there's no reason to move back. 

It's a never-ending saga and it's sad to be part of this circus that you've created. 

Pointless. I don't need to understand why you hated me, or why at some point you choose to be like me, or let my personality reflect in yours. I know of those instances where you want to pull me down and make me look bad. Yet, I choose to stand still.

Hatred and bitterness won't get you anywhere, it will only make things worst, making you more miserable. 

Just release and let go of your baggages; it is only thru breaking free that you'll truly be happy and at peace. Don't hold on to your feelings of resentment and anger, or re-create pain in your life. I know you'll eventually learn to see everything in a sensible and mature perspective.

Maybe Julia Robert's latest film, "Eat, Pray, Love" can be a good inspiration for her.

Different Types of Treatment for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

When a person is addicted to alcohol or drugs there are a number of treatment options available to them. It is important to be aware that each individual will respond differently to different treatment. Therefore, more than one method may need to be used in order to discover which method will work effectively. It is important that certain principles are recognized when trying do discover which type of alcohol addiction treatment is best for you or a loved one. For instance, it is important to remember that no single treatment will be appropriate for everyone; that treatment time span is extremely important; and that there could be other factors at play including actual mental disorders.

The two main treatments will include medication and behavioral therapy. Medications are usually used in the initial withdrawal time. They help to suppress the extreme discomfort that alcohol and drug withdrawal can bring about. Medications are also used as an effective method of treatment. They can assist with an individual's normal brain functioning being restored and have been very successful in helping certain types of drug abusers of heroin, morphine, nicotine, and alcohol to quit.

There are a number of different types of behavioral treatments. Medication deals with the physical, but in order to truly release the habit of drug addiction certain behavior must change as well. Behavioral treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy which is where individuals get a chance to recognize and then deal with the situations that cause them to want to use drugs; motivational interviewing; and multi-dimensional family therapy, which is where the entire family participates in a teen's therapy session to again discover trigger patterns and allow the family to take part in this crucial part of recovery.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Enjoy Life To The Fullest Giveaway

I'm winning prizes but I haven't been joining blog contest for quite some time. I just love these fab prizes that Adiestree - Enjoy Life To The Fullest blog is giving away. She's celebrating her 2nd anniversary in the blogosphere, and its her way of sharing and thanking everyone.

There'll be five winners and I'm hoping I'll be lucky to win one of those prizes. Contest ends on October 5, 2010. Everyone can still join!

Fashionable Scrub Uniforms

It's pleasant to see doctors and nurses as they exude professionalism in their immaculately clean medical lab coats and nursing uniforms. Before, we can only see green scrubs being worn by operating room nurses and surgeons when they were in the operating room area.

Nowadays, scrub uniforms are becoming in. Three years ago, I remember my mom hiring three stay-out nurse-caregivers to take care of the kids. Everyday, they would wear different scrub uniforms - from simple colored ones to scrubs with cute patterns.

Scrubs have become fashionable and trendy, but it still maintains the professional look that it delivers. Its popularity also continues to soar.

Today, not only health professionals and hospital staffs are wearing these scrub uniforms. It's really refreshing to see those nurses working in the pediatric department wearing scrubs with cartoon characters printed in them. Even receptionists, masseurs, vets, beauticians and dentists are wearing different scrub uniforms. They prefer to wear scrubs for the comfort it delivers.

Just like the traditional medical uniforms, scrubs are valued for its hygienic purposes. There's a variety of trendy scrubs available online for men, women and even for kids who want to play pretend. I've checked-out Blue Sky Store and they have quality scrubs with different colors and designs, plus scrub hats, that you can choose from!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Artscow Photobook Great Deal

artscow photobook

I love Artscow products! Since last year, I've already availed their photobooks and prints. I've also enjoyed those freebies that they've offered, like mousepad, dog tags, among others.

Now they have another great deal! They are offering a 6x6 hardcover photobook for just $0.99 which comes with FREE shipping!

Take advantage of this offer. All you have to do is to Share and Shout the deal to your Facebook friends to activate the coupon.

You can follow these easy steps if you don't have an Artscow account:

1. Create an Artscow account HERE.
2. Like Artscow on Facebook.
3. Share by shouting the offer on Facebook.
4. Start creating your photobook.
5. Apply the Coupon Code during checkout.

I'll start creating my photobook now! 

Here are some Artscow products I've created and ordered:
artscow dog tags

artscow photo print

artscow mousepad

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Insuring Pets to Ensure Your Kids' Happiness

How much does it cost to put down the dog? No one ever thinks of that. But it's pretty obvious, really - you're going to buy a pet and bring it home, but how about when it ends up being your fifth family member, one that the kids can't part with? If the dog has to be put down because you can't afford its medical bills, the kids aren't going to understand. There's not a lot you can do, except break them into the reality of the situation by having them read 'Ol Yeller' at an early age.

But if you have pet insurance, having to choose between a $4,000 operation or a $10 euthanasia is not a choice, because you won't have to pay for most of the operation. Pet insurance is a cost-effective way of providing health case for your pets. It covers everything that can hit an animal, from cancer to a pickup truck. Not only will you not have to worry about getting the animal to the vet, you won't have to worry about having to make decisions that determine whether you can afford to save the animal. And you won't have to worry about telling your kids that you don't have the money to keep Fluffy around. Those are the intangible costs of pet health and veterinary practice that don't come across on the bill, but is part of the bottom line of pet ownership.

Pet insurance works just like regular health insurance, except it's vastly cheaper. It's easy to afford, and the pricing is pretty standard; more pets covered under one plan bring a discount, younger pets are less expensive than older pets, and a plan with a higher premium brings less monthly costs. You can find out more by searching online or asking your vet.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Johnny Rockets Unlimited Fries!

My son wants fries and coke!

My sister suggests that we dine at Johnny Rockets located at Eastwood Mall. It's an American hamburger joint that serves unlimited fries! 

Johnny-Rockets_unlimited fries

Entering Johnny Rockets is like traveling back in time. It's clean-white ambiance brings nostalgia of the classic American diner. The place has a functional jukebox that plays cool oldies but goodies hits from the 50's, 60's and 70's. We're seated at one of those tables with "mini jukeboxes," where you just need a one-peso coin to play a song. 

Johnny-Rockets Eastwood, Eastwood mall restaurant, restaurant review

They gave my son an activity sheet, a balloon and a cap while waiting for our food.

Since its our first time to try this burger chain, mama and I ordered The Original Hamburger (Php 285). It's a burger with fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, chopped onions, pickle, relish, mustard and mayonnaise. They will ask you how you want your patty cooked - I want mine well done, while mama want her burger patty medium rare.

I'm amazed at the huge serving. The burger is fresh off the grill. It is juicy and tender, and the taste was full. It comes with a generous serving of high-grade medium-cut fries, or if you prefer, you can choose the salad. We love the salad too, as the lettuce is crisp enough.

Johnny Rockets serves ketchup "with a smile". My son gives this happy Smiley Ketchup a thumbs up!

Johnny-Rockets Original burger, Johnny Rockets Eastwood restaurant, unlimited fries
(The Original Hamburger with fries or salad)

My sister ordered a Hot Dog. It's an all-beef hot dog, served with mustard, chopped onions, relish and ketchup. Their unlimited fries is a loader's dream come true! The fries are crisp, not oily and served hot even if you asked for a refill.

Johnny-Rockets_hotdog, Johnny Rockets Eastwood restaurant
(Hotdog with fries)

From time to time, the entire staff - from the waiters to the managers, treat their customers with dance numbers from the 60's and 70's.

It had been a great food experience, except that it took us 2 request before we receive our soda and fries refill (because of 1 unattentive server). Service takes some time and needs to be improved.

Must-Try: Philly Cheese Steak, milkshake, Onion Rings, Route 66

Johnny Rockets is a place where the good times roll, with "rocketful" of foods that makes you say 'Johnny Be Good!'

Johnny Rockets, The Original Hamburger
Ground floor veranda, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Q.C.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Save Money: Be a Savvy Shopper

Prices keep on increasing and it is really important to make smart choices, save and shop effectively.

Shopping and dining are two activities I enjoy doing. I'm a smart savvy shopper as I often create a budget plan and stick it. I also take advantage and look for the best possible deals and promos. When shopping, I don't just look at the price of the product, but also its quality. Aside from reward cards, I also make use of coupons in fastfood joints, restaurants, mall boutiques, and drugstores from time to time.

It is always good to take advantage of deals, promos and discounts to get substantial savings on all your purchases. Coupon clipping can be an amazing money saving technique if used effectively. You can start with the list of things that you really need. Don't just buy things just because you have a coupon. Also, don't let all those coupons prompt you to buy things you wouldn't otherwise purchase. Remember to purchase only the necessities.

For the frugal and budget-conscious shopper, there are a lot of great coupon sites on the Internet. You can take a look at Home Depot coupons and see how much you can save on home improvement supplies.

Frequent travelers can also save by taking advantage of cheap airfares, vacation packages, discounted hotel rates, and rental car deals. You consider those promos and can make use of Orbitz coupons.

There are also online budgeting software that you can use to make saving money easy, like Mint software. It's a personal finance tool that helps in managing financial accounts. The best things about this is, it's Free! Might as well check it out!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kzone Freebies For My Kids

Both my kids gets to win freebies from Kzone frequently. I can't count how many times they got to enjoy free items from Kzone - from toys, towels, notebooks, gift certificates, and more. Last month, they got these Moose gear shirts and a Php500 gift certificate from Cerealicious.

For three consecutive months, my daughter had been a Kzone freebie winner, and my son had won twice already. I guess, my kids luck are striking! They have their own winning moments too!

My son loves this magazine since he was 3, even if he can't read yet. Every month, my kids wait for their Kzone magazine to arrive. Of course, even my little sis and my husband enjoys reading this magazine too. And yes, we want more Kzone!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Unique Personalized Items and Gift Ideas

Personalized birthday favors, wedding souvenirs and other keepsake items are wonderful memento. I treasure these little things, just like how I enjoy personalized items. Custom-made items also makes excellent gifts for family and friends.

For youngsters and the young-at-heart, those custom t-shirts and funny tees has become a unique way to express themselves and their fashion style. Their cool shirts speak what they are passionate about. It could be their favorite film or cartoon character, a funny or inspiration quote, an advocacy or a political cause, or just about anything.

Those who love crafts also find it enjoyable to personalized their ornaments for a truly unique appeal. Since the Christmas holiday is fast approaching, people are already looking for the perfect Christmas tree ornaments for their homes.

I've been checking out Cafepress for years and I always spent hours browsing at a variety of items. It has best selection of user-designed merchandise and anything personalized. Aside from T-shirts with custom designs, it boasts of a plethora items like hats, tote bags, mugs, water bottles, arts & posters, stickers, clocks, home accents, stationery, and a lot more.

Cafepress is a place to create, sell and buy custom products. It's a great place to shop for gifts and there's a lot of things that you can choose from. You can even create your own design and let Cafepress print it for you.

Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Believer

Are you a Bedtime Believer? I am.

Johnson's Baby spreads the advocacy of having a good baby sleep and reaches out to Filipino moms to give their babies better sleep.

Have you clicked on this badge and answered the bedtime survey already? If not, start answering. Hurry because only the first 100 moms to answer the survey gets to take home a special gift from Johnson’s Baby Bedtime.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Every Peso Counts

Different reward cards lets you earn points for your loyalty.

I've been an SM Advantage card member for years since its initial offering. It's a customer loyalty program that rewards its members with points. I'm using my SM Advantage card whenever we shop at SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, SM and its partner retail establishments.

The membership is valid for 2 years and is renewable by paying P100 renewal fee or using your card points. I always renew my membership using the points I've accumulated.

I also take advantage of their members-only privileges such as exclusive sales, discounts and freebies inside SM malls and various partner establishments. I also use the points I've accumulated to pay for small items.

Recently, I make use of my points to purchase a pair of shoes for my daughter and two Urban Chic cotton shirts. Since, I've already accumulated more than 700 points, I've just added a few hundred to pay for these items. Great savings indeed!

(SM Advantage hauls)

Even a small saving can make a huge difference. 
Thanks to SM Advantage for making "every peso counts!" It makes shopping a rewarding experience.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Azta Urban Salon: Pretty-Full Day at Eastwood City

Last week, on a rainy Thursday morning, the blessings were pouring!

Mama decided to treat me and my sister at Eastwood City. We had brunch at Heaven & Eggs, hair treatments at Azta Salon, and snacks at Johnny Rockets.

Azta Urban Salon Experience

azta-urban-salon_haircut hot-oil
(before the haircut; stylist checking mama's hair)

My sister recommends Azta Urban Salon, as she already tried their hair cut services and protein treatment a year ago. Since we're not sure if our favorite stylist's salon is already open, we decided to give Azta Salon a try.


It's the first time that I've experienced getting a shampoo without wetting my hair. The shampoo is applied directly to dry hair, massaged, lathered and then rinsed off at the other side of the salon. We all got our haircut and mama also tried the root color treatment.

The stylist cut my hair in layers, and since my hair doesn't need major treatment, I took the hot oil treatment (as advised by the stylist). I love the softness and smoothness of my hair after the treatment and days after.

Azta Urban Salon gave us our first pleasant experience. It's a good place with affordable services and warm accommodating staffs. The salon is spacious, there are sofas where you can sit while waiting and they'll even offer you complimentary drinks. They also have Tuesday promos!

azta-salon_eastwood citywalk, azta salon haircut, azta salon hot oil, hair style

(our new hair)

Mama only paid a total of Php 3,600 for 3 haircut, 1 hot oil treatment, 1 root color and 1 L'oreal product that she'll be using at home.

Our stylist: Jojie Diaz + 3 junior stylist

Another great thing is... we're given a Manager's Treat GC! That's three complimentary haircut services on our next visit.
Thanks Azta Salon!

azta-urban-salon manager's treat, azta Salon

Highly recommended.

Azta Urban Salon
2nd Floor, CityWalk 2, Eastwood City, Libis Q.C.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Krispy Kreme's FREE Brunch

Krispy Kreme Philippines, free brunch, Krispy Kreme orange juice, Krispy Kreme baked creations

Krispy Kreme Philippines is now serving brunch! That's the good news from my email that I got from Chloe, the official Krispy Kreme girl.

Krispy Kreme wants to know who your brunch buddy is, so you'll get to try their fresh orange juice and orange chiller, and baked creations for Free!

All you have to do is "Like" the Krispy Kreme Page (Official) on Facebook. Post a photo of you and your brunch buddy telling them why you want to bring him/her to your favorite Krispy Kreme branch. It's that simple.

Hurry, the first 100 people for every Krispy Kreme store gets a FREE brunch!

Redemption period starts on September 27, 2010.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Create Home Identity With Address Plaques

Everyone wants a lovely home. One of the first thing that visitors and passerby notice when they visit or pass by a house is the address sign.

It's great to see houses with distinctive address plaque as it gives a house its unique identity and add a sense of importance to your home. There are even large estates and establishments with decorative mailboxes and specialty address plaques.

A well-marked home front is an essential element that helps visitors and guest find your home easily. A clear house number also helps couriers, delivery people and service providers to reach and locate your home. Address signs are not just functional, it also adds a homey touch and gives a statement of style to your own home.

Now, you can even buy custom address plaques and numbers online. You can choose from a vast array of address signs that suit our house style, and have it personalized for an impressive and interesting appeal. Visit, it has the largest selection of address signs at the lowest price possible. 

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Getting Paid from Odesk

oDesk guarantees payment and so far, I have not received any payment dispute, even from the fixed-price jobs. Every week I've been receiving payments from my hourly assignments.

I've been using my new oDesk Payoneer Mastercard as soon as my old oDesk card expired. I'm using it to withdraw funds from BDO, BPI and Metrobank ATMs, and make transactions to establishments/ merchants with Metrobank logo. All oDesk card expired last July 15 and Payoneer had issued a new oDesk Mastercard.

While the old Odesk card has a printed oDesk in bold letters, the Payoneer Choice Prepaid MasterCard has a combination of gray and blue with the word Payoneer. I'm keeping my old card as a remembrance of my first hard earned cash in freelancing at oDesk, and as an inspiration to enjoy working even more!

oDesk Payment Method

Payoneer and Paypal and is the best payment method for me. I regularly use oDesk Payoneer Mastercard to withdraw cash and make transactions. I transfer using Paypal only if I need huge amounts of cash (thanks my sister for withdrawing my money).

1. The oDesk Payoneer Mastercard

This is the fastest and most flexible payment method. It works like any other ordinary debit card and can be used for online shopping. Withdraw your earnings from oDesk and transfer it to your Odesk Payoneer card. You can load your card within two days or expedite the payment by paying $3 load fee.

oDesk to Payoneer = $2
immediate loading of funds (optional) = $3
monthly maintenance fee = $3 (if there is no transactions made), $1 (if you've made 2 or more transactions)
Declined ATM Withdrawal = $0.90
ATM Withdrawal (Philippines) = Php 150 - Php 200

2. Paypal
This method is cheaper than withdrawing funds from Payoneer. Though, withdrawing the money to Philippine bank takes 5 to 7 working days.

oDesk to Paypal = $1
Paypal to local bank account = Php 50 for withdrawals less than Php 7,000; no charge for for withdrawals above Php 7,000

Other payment methods (I have not tried these 3):
3. Money Bookers - an international e-wallet system based in the UK.
4. ACH / Direct Deposit - lowest-cost way to receive funds for US bank account holders.
5. Wire Transfers - withdrawal from oDesk is $30

You can also try your freelancing career, even on a part time basis, and get paid. Register at The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk

Friday, September 3, 2010

First $50 Referral From Odesk

I've been working on several online Odesk projects for a year - from content writing, e-commerce task, Internet marketing, social networking, researching, database building, product imaging, virtual assistant, and a lot more.

I haven't been promoting the link to my online work. I just shared it with a few friends who needs help on how to earn money at home - either full time or part-time.

One of my referral earned her first $1,000 and it had given me my first $50 referral fee.

Grateful that she registered and signed up thru my link. I guess she registered through clicking one of the ads in my sidebar or thru my blog post a year ago. I may not know her personally, but I can remember hopping through her blog last year.
Thanks Cathara! I wish you more successful projects and earnings!

What is Odesk?

Odesk is a global service marketplace for employers and contractors. At oDesk, a freelancer earns money by completing freelance projects, either on an hourly or fixed rate. It is the best place to get a project and for employers, its the best place to hire freelancers.

The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk

There are a lot of freelance job sites, but for me, Odesk is my most valuable resource. Odesk and their referral system truly works!

Get started with Odesk in these simple steps:

1. Create an account.
2. Complete your profile. Make sure that your profile professionally lists your skills, abilities, and work experience
3. Familiarize yourself with the system so you'll pass the Odesk Readiness Test.
4. Take other tests relevant to your skills and goals.
5. Search and bid for projects.

There you go! At first, it might not be easy to get projects at Odesk as the competition in this marketplace is also fierce. It is important that you present your qualifications professionally and give your commitment to all your projects. 

Some do not fancy working on online projects , but for those who are committed and disciplined, you can really reap benefits from working online.

Register now and start your freelancing career with The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Proud to See the Difference

Just like every parent, I'm proud to see the difference in kids and their achievements, no matter how small or hughe it might seem to be.

Nestle Nido 3+ celebrates these moments of our kids and gives parents the chance to show off their pride and joy with the world. Thousands of candid kids' photos was shown on digital billboards along EDSA. 

Nido_Proud to see the difference, Nido 3+

The photo of my daughter, along with other NIDO 3+ kids, was shown last July 18, 2010 for ten seconds at:
EDSA Southbound (near Boni Avenue) between 11:00 AM – 1:00PM
SM North EDSA between 12:00 PM - 2:00PM

Nido 3+ Proud to see the difference billboard, EDSA digital billboard, Nido

My kids are true Nido milk drinkers... and I'm truly a proud Nido mom! 

Delifrance Chicken Bourbon Challenge

Take the Delifrance Chicken Bourbon Challenge and get a FREE Chicken Bourbon Sandwich sampler!

Visit Delifrance website and click on Get Coupon!

Drop by any participating Delifrance cafe, show the coupon to the cashier, and say this tongue twister 3x fast:
“How much bourbon could a chicken drink if a chicken could drink bourbon?”

Chicken Bourbon Sandwich is the newest gourment sensation of Delifrance. It's a flame-grilled chicken with rich bourbon sauce!

Promo Period is from August 27 to October 31, 2010.