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Aux Champs Elysees: A Quick Pick-Me-Up


My husband always sings a strange song in the bathroom, in the bedroom, in the car, and practically everywhere! He sings it so much, it plays in my head at the weirdest moments. If it were not for his great effort to sing it in French, I would have gotten annoyed already! And so, to support him in his gallant attempt to murder the French language, I searched for the song in YouTube with the little lyrics that I understand from his singing. And…ooh la la, I found it! And it comes with this nice video of the many sights of Paris for us to enjoy.

I hope you will share with my husband’s delight over this song, as I have. Even if I cannot understand every word of Aux Champs Elysees, and my husband has definitely murdered it a zillion times, it has a rather happy beat that I adore. Now I understand why Mike always sings this song everywhere. Hihihi!

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Katipunan Restos: Ken Afford


Katipunan Avenue in Loyola Heights QC has a certain pull on me…to the point of nostalgia. I spent my idle summers in high school at the Ateneo as a Summer Enrichment Program student, my college days in Miriam, and my graduate school days in UP Diliman. I even worked in Ateneo upon graduation, frequented its grade school pool for a time, and every now and then, I still put on my running shoes in the evening to run on the Ateneo grounds. Now, that’s quite a number of reasons to feel attached to this lively road, isn’t it?

The many years I’ve spent along Katipunan gave me the opportunity to sample its many restos…from the hole in the wall carinderias to the fine dining restaurants. Name a Katipunan resto and I’ll tell you my favorite dish there, price included, plus a running commentary. Hihihi!

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Pangea Day: 11 May 2008, 2:00 a.m.


After we came together for Earth Hour, now we wait for Pangea Day. Once more, the world comes together for this event on May 10, 2008. However, in Philippine Standard Time, it will be at exactly 2:00 a.m. of May 11, 2008. As you know, we are a few hours ahead and a few technologies behind from the rest of the world. Hihihi!

I have read different literatures in the Internet regarding Pangea Day and I must say, this is exciting…but sigh, the Philippines is not included among its six broadcast locations across the globe – Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. But all is not lost, as we can watch the whole event via the Pangea Day Website. Yey! So, to motivate you, let me share in simple terms the driving force behind this event. …continue reading Pangea Day: 11 May 2008, 2:00 a.m.

Healing Herb Series: Gotu Kola


Now this post is for the beauty-conscious, which I admittedly am…and it’s all my dad’s fault.

When I was young, I would see my dad making faces at the mirror and I would laugh endlessly because he looks like a monster! He would dare me to copy him and we’ll have a contest on who looks more frightening. Of course he wins hands down. Hihihi! Making faces at the mirror is actually what he calls “facial exercises” and he said that it would help me stay youthful for a long, long time. I used to laugh about my dad’s so-called facial exercises until I saw Cory Quirino doing the same thing on TV, claiming that it is one of her beauty secrets. That made me sit down and watch her interview. She said that aside from wrinkles, women are also troubled with varicose veins as they grow old…specially those who have taken contraceptive pills. She added that this can be remedied by sclerotherapy, but it can be quite costly. Then out of nowhere, my dad appeared from behind and muttered “gotu kola lang yan”. Since I was a teenager then and varicose veins are the least of my concerns, I did not press for more info…until now.

I figured I’d feature a beauty herb this week; so, I immediately sat my dad down for an interview about gotu kola’s health benefits. I got more than I bargained for. I think you’ll agree with me when you get to read my dad’s sharing on gotu kola. …continue reading Healing Herb Series: Gotu Kola

Save Money Series: Get Rid of Your Credit Card Debts


When I got regularized from my first job, the first thing I did was to apply for a credit card. At that time, I was a lot sillier than I was now (hahaha…sure), and I felt that having a credit card represents my being a young professional. Naks! I know, I know…babaw! Hihihi!

As I rose from the ranks, my initial BPI Mastercard was joined by Citibank Visa, and eventually by BPI WorldPerks Mastercard. While I haven’t maxed them all out, I already saw red lights ahead. At one point, I felt like I was keeping my job to pay off my cards; oh, such a horrible position to be in! And so, I start my Save Money Series with the perennial problem of credit card debts. I listed below some ideas, both serious and bizarre, to help you get out of the rut. Oh, I finally got out of the vicious cycle…but it took me quite a long time. I hope the list below will help you handle your credit line better and get you out of the rut in record time. …continue reading Save Money Series: Get Rid of Your Credit Card Debts