Thursday, February 28, 2008
What Women's Hairstyle Is Right For You?
I was just thinking of having my hair cut when I came across this quiz. Actually, this is the hair style I'm planning to have! Coolness, right?! Try it!
Didn't you ever wish that there exists a company that does everything money-related for you? I mean not just loans, but isn't it great to also get credit cards, mortgages, insurance, banking, and everything else in between all at the same time?
Enough of the wishful thinking. I've recently stumbled upon a site that, well, practically presents everything in one blow. Really.
About Your Money is an online site that offers its customers the best deals ever: credit cards, loans, mortgages, car insurance and more! The site helps people decide which deals to grab by comparing prices and perks offered by different companies. This way, customers can make the most out of their money because the site understands that every penny counts!
About Your Money lets customers compare the cheapest low-rate personal loans available in the market right now. Likewise, best mortgage deals online can be compared in the site within minutes. Best savings accounts can also be compared using the site so customers can find the right account for their money.
My cousin was very much interested to check out the site since she is getting a new house for her family. She said the money she is earning now is very important to her so there is a need for her to carefully compare home insurance quotes.
Personally, I like the site because they give out free money saving tips through e-mail. I am a very impulsive buyer, and with the kind of lifestyle I have, I can definitely use money saving tips!
Oh, by the way, the money saving tips come in a newsletter form. The newsletter keeps subscribers updated with the latest money saving tips, tricks, deals and loopholes. Several topics are also covered in the newsletter, though most topics are losely categorized under personal finance, shopping, traveling, utilities and services.
So, are you interested too? Visit Aboutyourmoney.co.uk now and know the latest, hottest deals available to you!
I know, I know. My posts these days have all been paid opps. Meyyyyn, I couldn't help it. I need to beat the deadline and my brain is not functioning to come up with posts that are really "interesting." Also, I don't like to post anything true-to-life right now because the paid opps will just overshadow it.
So yeah. Forgive me for the raining opps here. No choice eh. The lady's gotta work!
Labels: me me me
My family has always been fond of celebrating parties with themes and costumes. This not only gives our celebration a twist, but it also makes our "Manalangsang gathering" truly unique.
On the occasion of my 18th birthday, I have decided to make my party Wild Wild West-inspired. People came in cowboy and gypsy costumes. Of course, as the celebrant, I wore a modern cowgirl costume with suede boots! And we decorated the place as if it were a barn with hay and ropes all over. Yeeha!
When we are having a party for the little ones, we usually choose a theme where they can easily come in children's costumes. I remember Raph came once in his Elmo suit while Joaqui came in his Pooh costume.
For the next parties, we are thinking of having sexy costumes for the uncles and aunties (they've always wanted to do that!) and adult Halloween costumes for the teens (though the celebration isn't really a Halloween party.) We are still brainstorming for possible themes since we've done the most common ones - Chinese, cartoons, sports, cowboys and Filipino.
I think it will help to look for costumes online. I found one site that offers costumes for kids and adults alike. The site has over 10,000 items, which makes it a one-stop shop for costumes, accessories, and party supplies on the Internet.
Anyway, I will keep you posted on what themes are coming up. Oh, and suggestions are welcomed!
If people ask you what kind of investment would you like to have someday, what would your answer be? I'm sure "metal investment" is not even on your list.
Unknown to many, precious metals may be used as an investment. For thousands of years, metals like gold and platinum have been considered as a form of money and store of value. Much to my amazement, people nowadays also use rare gold coins as a form of hard asset investment.
For convenience, coin collectors now purchase rare, old coins through the world wide web. Monaco Rare Coin, an experienced leader in precious metals investments for nearly 40 years, have opened its doors online to provide coin collectors access to a variety of investment-grade coins which can be readily purchased. The company has experts to help customers locate some of the best, high-quality rare coins at reasonable prices. The company also has the highest possible prices for rare coins, should collectors decide to sell or trade them.
Honestly, I think it's time for me to look into coin collection as a hobby. Who knows, my soon-to-be-gathered coins may just cost thousands after several years! Coolness!
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One of my favorite CSI Miami episodes involves two women, each one claiming that she is the real victim of identity theft and the other is the culprit. Imagine how far some people would go just to steal someone else's identity to obtain benefits and services... Really freaky!
Illegal usage of another individual's identity commonly happens in credit card fraud. I have friends in the US who became victims of this practice. They said this kind of crime was so devastating that it got to a point where they found it hard to disclose personal details even in important work-related documents.
Efforts have been made to stop stealing of someone else's identity. In the US, companies like Lifelock have launched identity protection programs to help avoid identity theft.
Lifelock, the industry leader in identity theft prevention, guarantees its members' identities up to $1,000,000. The company is currently giving away Life Lock Promotion Codes to new members. Members can use the LifeLock Promo Code to avail exclusive discounts from the company. It is also important to note that the Life Lock Promo Code can be obtained online so it is really easy to get one.
You may be a victim already but you just don't know about it... YET. If I were you, I'd make sure that my good name is protected. Take advantage of the limited discounts that Lifelock offers. Hurry up and get an identity theft protection program now.
Labels: identity theft
Are You a Child of an 90s?
This was something really interesting. I guess 56% isn't that bad... I grew up in the late 90s. Haha! Feel free to take the quiz!
Backgammon is one of the oldest board games in the world. The game has been attracting players even to this day that computer scientists have come up with an innovation fit for the current generation: online backgammon.
With the use of the internet, people can now play online backgammon with ease. No need for the real game board nor the black and red checkers; just a connection to the world wide web and players are ready to go.
Backgammon's popularity in the internet may be around for a while. And since the game has conquered the internet, we can expect backgammon to still be around for the next centuries to come.
I did mention in a previous post that the only game I've tried in a real casino is the slot machine. Though I want to try playing poker in a casino, the slot seems to be the only game that my money can let me play. I.am.so.poor. Boo.
Thinking of the lever that needs to be manipulated "manually," it never occured to me that slot games can actually be played online. I was wrong, though, because anyone can now play slot even at home, thanks to the wonderful invention called the internet.
Yesterday, I have stumbled upon Sloterix.com - a site that offers interactive online slot games with additional techniques to enhance one's slot skills. Honestly, I think I should try playing slot at this site because I need to master the slot technique. Just so you know, I have never won in the slot machine. Seriously.
If you are interested to play slot games online, go visit Sloterix.com now to enjoy a unique slot experience.
We all know how Google made our blogs sink into the rut by bringing our PR down to zero. It's been months since this has happened, but we have to admit that we still face the implications of Google's bitch-slapping PR drop even to this day. Its effect is so extensive that it has directly affected our paid blogging opportunities, hence reducing the amount money we can possibly earn.
Bloggers, though, can still pin their hopes on one tool: the Alexa Rank. And I say there is hope in this tool because there are networks (like ReviewMe and SponsoredReviews) that base your blog strength on your Alexa Rank and not just on PR.
However, the problem with the Alexa ranking is that it is based on the number of people who visit a website with the Alexa toolbar installed into their browsers.
If you look at it, the Alexa ranking is really an inaccurate way of determining a blog's strength, but at least it's something that we bloggers can still somehow manipulate and do something about.
How to improve one's Alexa ranking? Let us count the ways.
1. Since the ranking is based on visitors who have the Alexa toolbar installed into their browsers, then the most basic step to improve your rank is to install an Alexa toolbar into your browser. Get it by clicking this.
2. Once the toolbar is installed into your browser, make your blog your homepage. This increases traffic to your site and it affects your ranking.
3. You have to tell the world about the toolbar, so make your friends install it as well. You can probably make a post about it in your blog.
4. Post on online forums and remember to display your blog's URL. This way, you are creating a buzz for your site.
5. People look for timely and interesting content online so make sure you blog about something that is currently a "hot" topic. Interesting topics can make people flock into your site.
6. It is sometimes boring to see words all crammed together in blog posts so make sure you use pictures to attract more readers.
7. Personally, I would advise you to participate in sites like Wordless Wednesday to make people check out your blog. By doing this, you attract visitors who would likely comment on your post, thereby increasing your rank.
Basically, content is the key. Make your posts as interesting as possible. Think about your posts and carefully write them.
Labels: tips and tricks
Since I started searching for online casinos, I have stumbled upon many different sites that offer a variety of casino gambling experience. Some would offer freebies while others give out casino bonus just to attract customers. It doesn't stop there; my search for casinos online just keeps on getting better and better.
Joyland Casino is an online gambling casino that lets you play your favorite game even when you are at home. All you have to do is download the free software that will start the ball rolling. The site accepts different methods of payment so you can choose which one is most convenient to you. The site also has an online support team always ready to help you. Plus, they give out a $808 Welcome Bonus for new players!
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I would like to congratulate Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez for placing third in the race around the world! You guys made an Amazing Race record of having the most collective leg wins in one whole season (eight 1st place finishes out of a possible 12!) Woohoo!
Come to think of it, if you add the costs of all the prizes you received for finishing first eight times, you might just end up having a sum that is more than the $100,000 grand prize!
This season has led me to one great realization: I WANT TO JOIN THE AMAZING RACE ASIA 3.
I will not just sit and watch teams pass by. I want to be there... right in the middle of the action.
Registration for the next season dubbed as "The Amazing Race Asia 3 - The Hardest Race Ever!" is until 25 February 2008. I have to find a partner fast. So, who wants to be my teammate?
Let's do this and make the motherland proud! Go Philippines!
Labels: Amazing Race Asia
My cousin told me that one of the biggest consequences that mothers face after their pregnancy are the stretch marks. Because our skin is elastic, pregnancy causes it to stretch a lot and this stretching leave scars that may or may not disappear completely.
Rather than curing stretch marks after pregnancy, many people suggest that it is better to prevent stretch marks during the early stages of pregnancy. There are many available stretch mark creams right now that promise stretch mark prevention. I've heard of revitol stretch mark cream to be effective, resulting to fewer stretch marks during and after pregnancy.
Various treatments are also available for the purpose of improving the appearance of stretch marks, which includes dermatological procedures like laser treatments and dermabrasion. However, the problem with these treatments is that they are significantly more expensive than the creams available in the market.
New approaches to stretch mark treatment such as pulsed dye laser was found to give very good subjective scar improvement in almost 89.2% of 37 patients. The use of fractional laser resurfacing, on the other hand, creates microscopic wounds that makes the body produce new collagen and epithelium. Last year, 5-6 treatments using fractional laser resurfacing has resulted to stretch mark improvement by as much as 75%.
With all these new ways of treating stretch marks, mothers don't anymore have to worry about bringing their skin back to it's former glory. It's never been this easy, I suppose. Well, you just have to be extra aware of the cost of these treatments as it may range from relatively cheap to unbelievably expensive. Always make sure to ask advise from a dermatologist before trying out any stretch mark treatment. It's a woman's number one rule: be careful and beautiful.
Labels: stretch marks
I'm sure a lot of people are preparing for "the special day" this week. It's once again the time of the year that makes flowers extra special, diamonds uncommonly abundant, and restaurants fully booked. It's in this time that people prefer to get married or be engaged. Yes, February 14 is just around the corner and the town will once again be painted red.
People would always hit the mall to get their loved ones that special something, but why join throngs of people in the mall and stand in long lines when you can buy wedding rings from the comforts of your own home?
Jamesallen.com offers a wide variety of gift ideas for your special someone this Valentine's day. From anniversary rings to iPhone cases smothered with diamonds, the site surely has wonderful, unique items to make your gift this year nothing close to ordinary. Plus, you don't have to worry about the shipment cost... it's free!
Valentine's day is fast approaching. Check out www.jamesallen.com now!
I just came home from Christine Gambito's (aka HappySlip) Meet and Greet at Mag:net Cafe, Bonifacio High Street and I am still overwhelmed by the experience!
Call me a fan girl. Call me whatever. One thing I know is that the whole experience was amazing!
I will post a detailed entry about this as soon as I get the pics from Jo, Maan, and Gorce (just because my camera has a great timing for losing battery charge.)
I am on a high!!! A HappySlip high!
I can't get enough of free stuff. Heck no. Whenever I shop for groceries, I would always prefer items that come with freebies. Shampoo bottles with free conditioner in sachets. Chips with free canisters. Big lotion bottles with free smaller ones. Items given away as introduction to the market. And yeah, all the "buy one, take one" promos. I. love. free. stuff.
Since freebies are all around us, I got this crazy idea that we might be able to live for FREE. I know people who bring home stuff from planes to hotels. I must confess I did bring home laundry bags from Shangri-la and Manila Hotel the last time I was there. Haha! Oh, and I know someone who brought home airplane food with her and wallah! She brought the plate along!
It seems that the world can't get enough of freebies either. The internet suggests that people can make huge money by getting stuff for free. It's like getting paid to get stuff for FREE. Sounds cool, eh?
There's a jungle of freebies out there. I must go and look for one myself.
Labels: free stuff
On my flight back to Manila, I had an amazing view from the skies up above. This is our HOME. Our Earth.
Sometimes I wish I could take my poker game to an online casino. As poker addicts, me and my friends would always wish we could play the game in a casino (not really like a Vegas casino of some sort, just a plain normal casino.) Thing is, we have this notion that those who play in casinos are the super rich who's fine with using up their wealth just to, well, enjoy the night. Being the poor girl that I am, I don't think losing is an option; I can't allow myself to fail when I know I'm betting with my last few pesos.
Out of all the casino games, I have tried only one so far: slot machine. Basically, you don't win any money with that, just more chips to use over and over at the same machine. What kind of excitement do you actually get from that? Poker is definitely so much more exciting than any of those lever-operated machines that vomit out coins very rarely!
I feel that it wouldn't be long before we finally give in to the call of the casino. We definitely have to take our poker game "to the next level."
The events happening lately in my life are bringing me closer to my sanity's threshold. Paranoia's driving me to the edge, and it wouldn't be long before I wear a straightjacket. Seriously.
What kills me more is that I can not openly talk about this whole paranoia thing. You see, since I am Queen Paranoia right now, I am too paranoid that the people involved in the situation may get the chance to read that the hoopla has taken me this far -- that alone might just bring joy to their pathetic lives.
By admitting that I am becoming paranoid of some things may indicate that people around me are slowly becoming successful of their mission: to take me down at all cost. I don't care if this is just a figment of my mind, but I will not allow them to completely drive me to my wits' end.
I must stop here before things get crazier.
I've been trying so hard start working on the business me and my cousin have thought of months back. It is only now that I get to realize how hard it is to turn all the words into action. With no background whatsoever in the field of business administration on my part, ideas on how to start or sustain a business visit me very rarely.
My family does not even run a single hotshot business to put food on the table. Unlike some friends of mine who have constantly been thinking about businesses since they learned ABC and who, at a young age, own brands you find at the mall, running a business is not exactly in my genes. It is not something innate. It is something I have to master before actually giving a shot because no, I am not willing to take any risks. There is no room for mistakes, too much is just involved--money, time and all.
This brings me to the thought of what’s stopping me from turning our plans into something tangible. Basically, the problem isn't just lack of efforts, but lack of time and money as well. With me being busy with school and my cousin being a full time mom, devoting time to the business is something that we should really work on. Money is the bigger problem though; not having a real job that pays is the biggest bummer that hinders us from getting started. We might soon resort to small business funding to get our business going.
Hopefully, we really get to start something by the end of this month. I’ve been slacking over this project for a few months now and I would not allow this to just play inside my head.
This needs to be done. Like, ASAP. Like, now na.
Ang post na ito ay napagtripan kong isulat sa Filipino. Hindi ko pa kasi nasusubukan gumawa ng isang katha na Tagalog ang salita at medyo nationalistic ako ngayon kaya pabayaan nyo ako.
Kanina habang naglalakad pauwi galing sa mall, bumalik sa aking isip ang isang tanong na sa tingin ko ay narinig na ng bawat isa sa atin: ano ba ang gusto mo maging pag laki mo?
Sa totoo lang, napahinto ako. Nagreflect kuno. Malaki na kasi ako, dapat yata masagot ko na ang tanong na yan.
Siguro ten years na ang nakararaan nang isagot ko sa tanong na "Ambition:" sa slam book ng classmate ko ang JUDGE. Pero bago yun ang sinusulat ko ay DOCTOR. Meron din yatang TEACHER. Sabi ni Mommy sumagot din daw ako ng MAID (dahil gusto ko daw maglaba) at KAHERA (dahil gusto ko daw magflip ng cash register.)
Di naman ako naging doctor o lawyer o kahera. Masyado yata akong tamad para sa mga yan. Pero kung ngayon mo ako tatanungin kung ano ba talaga ang gusto ko, sasabihin ko sayo na gusto kong maging manunulat.
Oo, may hidden desire ako na maging writer. Kahit hindi na yung Palanca Award winner, basta writer lang. Yung may libro sa bookstore. Yung ini-invite sa mga events. Yung nagbibigay ng talk sa students ng creative writing. Nakks. (Teka, artista yata ang gusto ko eh.)
Walong taong gulang ako nang isulat ko ang una kong maikling kwento sa ilang piraso ng bond paper. Medyo mababaw na love story yung sinulat ko kaya wag niyo na akong pilitin na ikuwento ang istorya. Ginamitan ko ito ng stapler para wag maghiwa-hiwalay ang mga pahina. Tinago ko ito sa aking "kalat drawer" na laging magulo at laging pinagti-tripan ni Mommy na linisin.
One day, pag bukas ko ng drawer, huwaw! Nawala ang kalat! Nawala din ang short story! Tinapon ni Mommy yung sinulat ko, kalat lang daw kasi yun. Kaya ayun, goodbye writing na din ako. Nawalan na ako ng gana. Sabi kasi ng matatanda, kalat lang yun!
Madami pa akong sinubukang gawin nung bata-bata pa ako. Nag-aral ako ng electone keyboard, pero di ko ito natapos dahil umalis kami ng Pilipinas. Nag-aral ako ng drums, pero di ko ito natuloy kasi wala kaming drum set. Sinubukan ko din mag gitara, pero tinamad ako sa bandang huli. Sumali at natalo ako sa mga speech contest. Sasali sana kami nung kaibigan ko sa isang singing contest nung elementary pero nag decide yung teacher namin na magsolo nalang yung kaibigan ko at wag na kaming sumali as duo.
Siguro kung ako ang konsensya ni Mommy, bubulong ako, "When you see the gift, nurture it." Sayang. Sana nakapag hasa ako kahit sa pagtugtog lang ng triangle. Nawala na yata yung "gift," kung meron nga ba talaga.
Kahit na maraming palpak, may mga okay din naman. Yun nga lang, mas marami yata yung moments of defeat kaya yun ang mga tumatak sa utak ko.
At eto, tignan mo kung nasan ako ngayon. Hindi ko naman talaga gusto mapunta sa science nung nag college ako eh. In fact, science ang pinakakulelat kong subject (Trivia: 75 ang grade ko sa Biology.) Meron lang kasi akong desire na maging iba, kaya ayun, ako lang ang kumuha ng kursong Chemistry sa buong batch namin. Ayan tuloy, mag-isa akong nag dusa.
At di pa ako nakuntento sa apat na taong torture. Nag masters pa ako. Feeling ko kasi wala akong specialty sa music or arts, baka makabawi pagdating sa Siyensya. Dati kasi "Jack of all trades, master of none" ako. Baka at least merong isa na para sa akin.
Pero parang ang hirap naman yata ng napuntahan ko. Parang sa ibang tao madali lang makarelate sa music, sa arts, sa writing... pero sa Science hindi! Parang allergic ang karamihan sa Science. For example, pag ang usapan ay artsy fartsy, kahit sino may opinyon. Pero pag si Albert Einstein at ang Theory of Relativity na ang usapan, tulugan na ang lahat.
Marahil ito nga siguro ang kagandahan ng napuntahan kong field. Tanungin mo ako tungkol sa quantum mechanics, particle in a three dimensional box, atoms, molecules, chemical sensors, o kahit na organic chemistry, sigurado may maisasagot ako. Mga bagay na hindi na-aappreciate ng ibang tao, ngunit mga bagay na nagpapatakbo sa mundo natin.
Teka, ano nga ba ang kinalaman ng pagiging scientist ko sa ambisyong maging manunulat? Ewan ko. Sabi kasi nila, ang pagsusulat at ang pagiging scientist ay di tugma. Hindi bagay. Walang koneksyon.
Kung ang ibig sabihin nun ay wala na akong pag-asa sa pagiging writer, eh di fine, pero hindi ako titigil. Kahit wala akong superb talent sa pagsusulat, magbo-blog parin ako dito. At dahil naging part ako ng college paper at naging script writer ng isang school play matagal na panahon na ang nakararaan, hindi ako naniniwala na hindi ako pwede maging manunulat. Dahil sa huli, ako parin ang masusunod sa kung anong ambisyon ang gusto kong tuparin.
Sabi nga ng Nike, just do it. Kung mayroon kang pangarap, abutin mo ito sa lahat ng makakaya mo. Kung hindi pa ngayon, wag kang tumigil--dahil ikaw ang gumagawa ng bukas mo.
Wag kang magulat kung isang araw ay may column na ako sa isang broadsheet o di kaya kasama na ang pangalan ko sa listahan ng mga bestsellers. Hindi ako titigil. Ambisyosa talaga ako.
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