December 31, 2008

Here's A Toast To A Very Prosperous 2009 For Us All!!!

Goodbye 2008!!!

WELCOME 2009!!!

photo credits here and here.

December 30, 2008

Capture, Store, and Play Memories! With Ceiva Frame

Are you fond of storing digital photos in your personal computer? I do. In fact, a portion of the hard drive memory in my PC was allotted to all digital photos that date back to as old as almost 5 years ago. Whenever I want to recount the moments that transpired during a certain event on a certain year, I only browse my computer and browse my photos. It's very human nature to keep photos. People love preserving pictures and love coming back at them to reminisce the memories captured by them.

I remember my grandma (+), if she were alive now she would've been 100 years old. She had a bundle of all these black and white photo prints kept in her antique chest. Those photos were mostly of my father and his siblings. I used to look at each of the photos while my grandma explains the story behind it. It was so magical because it feels like I am transported to the time when those photos were taken.

Preserving photos is preserving memories. That is one sentimental aspect that we can never deny is innate in human beings. I guess that is also the reason why people keep coming up with new innovations which allow us to capture and store photos better than the previous ways. One example is the Ceiva Digital Photo Frame. This innovation no longer needs you to keep a partition of your computer's or laptop's hard drive for your photos as you can save thousands and thousands of them in the frame and and let each be displayed at the same time.

Digital photos to be uploaded can come from either your camera cellphone or digital camera. Other digital frames allow you this benefit; however, Ceiva digital frame is not just your ordinary digital photo frame. What makes it more special is that your friends and family can upload their captured photos too even if they are miles and miles away any time of the year.

Yes, even if they are from across the globe, they can send photos to your frame via email and even directly from their camera cellphones. If you have given these individuals access, there is no need for you to pre-approve the sent photos as these will automatically display in your Ceiva digital frame.

What's more?

If you become a member of the Ceiva PicturePlan, there are even lots of benefits for you, such as:
  1. Add channels. So you can receive news, weather, calendar, daily updates, and a lot more. These are sent directly to your Ceiva frame.
  2. Print photos. With just a touch of a button, you can choose which digital photos you want printed and then Ceiva will do the rest. The photos will arrive at your doorstep via US mail. You will be automatically billed with minimal fees by that.
  3. Connect to your internet. Use your existing phone line, wi-fi, or your broadband connection. Adapters are available for this function.
  4. Unlimited photos stored in personal albums. No additional fees.
  5. Lifetime Warranty. This is the best part of the deal. You get your Ceiva frame fixed or reparied if it breaks, as long as you are a member of PicturePlan. Everything for free! Only the postage is not.
See how different it is now to store photos and preserve memories as compared to early days? If my grandma was alive, I am 100% sure she will love this magical thing!

Anyway, fyi, Ceiva digital frame can be purchased as is or bundle it with PicturePlan Membership for $129.99 and $159.99, respectively, for more benefits as stated above.

December 27, 2008

My Son's Recuperating Now

Yad is recuperating now. He had his bandage on and anti-bacterial and pain reliever medicines. The anti-bacterial medicine has to be taken every 6 hours, so that means he has to take one at the middle of the night. He usually goes to sleep straight as early as from 8:30-9PM down to 6AM, but this time, I have to wake him up at 12MN for the med. I am the one who is assisting him with the meds, so I don't sleep until that time. He is sleeping on the couch at the sala as he is worried that his Tito Jay might hit his bandaged wound if he sleeps beside him, which on ordinary days he does.

I don't want him to feel like he is alone, so each night I leave my door open so he can see me from the couch. Normally, he can't sleep alone because he still thinks about monsters at night, but this time, he sleeps by himself. He just needs the lampshade turned on, and off he's ready to hit the bed, or the couch. Thank God he is doing well. On Friday, January 2, we're going back to the doctor to check the wound, and if all is well, to remove the stitching. He is lucky that this mishap happened on his vacation. Otherwise, he'd surely miss his classes. On January 5, he's going back to school. I'm sure by that time, he'll be able to walk and attend his classes.

Till next post again. I'm going back to my work. Ciao!

December 26, 2008

A Child's Pain Is A Mother's Pain

Today has been a long day. We brought Yad to the hospital because his left leg has been lacerated early in the afternoon today. The laceration was, I think, 4-5 inches long and the wound was so deep it needed to be stitched through. I had no idea what happened when suddenly my Uncle came running and screaming to bring Yad to the hospital. When I heard the word hospital, panic quickly got me before I can even get out of the house. There was a commotion outside the house and a handful of people was helping Yad walk because of the huge laceration.

When I saw it, I thought I fainted. No, I felt like I was dying. Blood was all over his left leg and foot - the sight of which, plus the gigantic, fresh, deep wound made me sick and screaming in terror, asking everybody what happened. Although everybody was telling how he got it, that while playing he fell from a trunk of banana tree and accidentally had his left leg lacerated by a broken glass or something, I didn't hear them. All I can think about was to bring Yad to the nearest hospital before the infection spreads out - and before my sanity runs out. I felt the agony that my son was going through. I always can't stand the sight of wound and blood - but to see that in my son? I thought I almost died.

But while I was scared to death and in tears, my son didn't even shed a drop. Although from his look you could tell that he was scared too, boy, how strong he was for not shedding a tear. I know he was just frightened because everybody around him was nervous and concerned. When he saw me crying, that's the only time when I saw the worried and pained look in his face. At the tiny part of my mind, I was so proud of him because whilst he has this worried look it never suggested that he wanted to cry. Of course, it tore my heart even more, who wouldn't when all the while you knew how terrible the physical pain was but your son was trying to be really brave and acting like a man to endure it all? It was unbelievable.

I kept on bragging on this blog how my boy is quickly growing to be a fine man. But today proved me that he is not just a man, but a strong man at that; because when the nurse cleaned and dressed his wound, he never cried as well - just covered his pained face with his hands. When I had a little accident on May, my cuts and wounds were cleaned and dressed like that, so I knew exactly how excruciating the pain that he endured through.

When he was injected with anesthesia to numb the part around the lacerated area, I also knew how worse the pain can go. But Yad, while holding my hands, just squeezed them really tight probably to reduce his agony. Oh boy, if only I could take all that from him.=( When the doctor, the same physician who treated me before, stitched his deep wound through, Yad did the same. Never cried. Just squeezed hard my hands while crimping his face because of pain. I held his hands because I wanted to share it with him.

All along this drama in the hospital, I was fighting hard to give in to my weakened emotions. It broke my heart to see my son going through it and I wanted to break down in tears again. But I refrained from doing so and never gave him the horrified look to lessen what he was feeling. I didn't want to see his mommy weak for he might get more scared. I just wanted him to feel that I will always be there and be strong for him, just like how strong he is, so that he'd knew everything will be alright.

When the stitching was done (Thank God), I released a long, deep breath of relief. I thanked God that my son is alright now. I thanked God that the wound didn't go deep down the muscles and tendons in his left leg - otherwise, that would have been a different case. I just thanked God that Yad still felt physically and emotionally strong after the treatment that he went without us supporting him walk when we were about to go home. I just thanked God that Yad is here with us now - soundly sleeping and braving through the post-pain and from what happened early this afternoon.

And finally, I thanked God that he made Yad as strong that he is. Because, if he weren't, I wouldn't have known where to derive more strength. Yes, he is my strength - actually the only strong force why I keep going through even amidst a sequence of trials, difficulties, and downfalls.

I know God is always with us, caring for us all. With all of my heart, Thank you so much for everything, Our Dear God!

December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Merry Christmas, Everyone! And Happy Birthday, Jesus!

I'm just wonderin', how old is He? Poor me, I don't know. I guess I need to dig my history. Anyone can answer me though?=D

Anyway, I hope we all had a great celebration of Christmas. And for those who had forgotten that we are celebrating JesusChrist's Birthday, remember to greet him. It's not too late to do that. This is just a reminder, guys. Your food, drinks, and decorations are for Him - and not just for you and your love ones to consume. )=

December 21, 2008

4 Days Before Christmas Day!

Hey, it's 4days before Christmas day! How have you been doing? What preparations are you taking for the celebration of our Redeemer's Birthday? Isn't it a great feeling that another year is almost over and a new year is about to unfold right before us? I am really excited to face the new year 2009. Although I know I will be still struggling in the coming years, it's a wonderful feeling that every year that comes off the calendar there are so much to remember and treasure. 2008 has been a year when a lot of nerve-wracking events has unfolded before us, particularly career-wise, so I am really glad that it is almost over. I am not regretting that those things have happened. I am just thankful that they were over. And more importantly, I am grateful that God has given as another year to experience the beauty and complexities of life. And I pray that more and more years will be given to us to enjoy life.

Don't you feel in your heart that the year 2009 promises a brighter future? I do. I hope you all do too. Because no matter how difficult or easy life can be, there are still so much to look for in this complex thing, called life. Living our life is the most wonderful thing that's happened to mankind. So don't sulk it in when you are faced with a storm. Just be thankful that you are undergoing that because it just means that God really loves you. It just means that He is giving you the hardships to make you even a stronger person who can fathom what life really is for. Be thankful for every little gift that comes your way, whether it is in physical form or not. Be thankful for every day that you wake up. It means the Lord wants you to enjoy life.
Hey, guys! PLEASE HAVE A VERY HAPPY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR! Let's celebrate life! Let's toast to all the wonderful things around us! In the coming 25th, let's greet and welcome our Little Jesus Christ in our hearts!photo

December 19, 2008

Would You Like To Sit On Santa's Lap?

We all have a Christmas wish, don't we? Me? I already stated my wish in my previous post. I would like to have a new cell phone unit since I lost my sony ericsson phone just yesterday. Having a phone is integral to me because that's the medium most of my communication with my friends and loved ones went with. Without a phone, I feel like I am out of the circulation. So, I hope Santa reads my wish =)

I bet you got a wish too, right? C'mon now, let out that inner child in you. Would you like to strike a pose with Santa but you're too embarrassed to be seen by people at the mall doing that? You don't have to go to that mall to take pictures with actually. If you so want to add a photo of you and Santa in your album or scrapbook, just go and upload your favorite or selected photo to a website especially made by Cieva just for Christmas wishes.

If your child is nagging you to go to the mall because they want to sit on Santa's lap and have a photo taken, you can show the website to them and upload their delightful photos as well. It would be so much fun doing that together with your family and loved ones. Surprise your grandpas and grandmas as well. Make their wish of posing beside Santa realized by uploading their photos as well. Surprise them by showing the result. For sure, that little gesture would mean so much to your family.

Cieva has other delightful surprise for you too. If you are 18 years of age, a US resident, you can be eligible to enter the optional sweepstakes. Everyday, a cool, whopping $500 is at stake for your winning. One random entry will be selected daily, so you'd have more chances of winning. $500 would be a lot of money, right? It could buy you a new phone, clothes, or whatever you want this Christmas. Be sure to visit the site of Cieva to see what I am talking about and if you can tell me your experience with it, that would be so much fun and cool. =)

Santa, My Wish Is A New Cell Phone Unit =)

I lost my cellular phone just yesterday while I was on my way to downtown Legazpi. My mind was probably too occupied (today was our preliminary exam week) that I haven't had a tad idea that my phone was about to be owned by someone else. I am not certain whether it was stolen right from inside my bag or I left it on the seat of the jeepney (a local public utility vehicle). I can't remember, really. On the other hand, how that thing got lost is not important anymore. Because, one thing, or rather two things, is for sure, I made one individual happy this Christmas with that new cell phone in their pocket and I am without a phone now.

I wasn't too upset that I lost my cell phone because of the phone itself. The unit can be replaced anytime when I've money. But the thing is, I still don't have cash to replace it and I don't know when I would be able to. In these days when everyone is struggling with bad financial conditions due to world-wide economic crisis, losing a costly cellular phone, or a costly possession for that matter, is the last thing that you wanna happen. Right now, I am one of those who are struggling because of my education fees and all.

Besides that thing, the lost contacts, saved text messages (some of those were received way back in 2006... yes, those messages that came from only 1 person were too special to be deleted), pictures, mp3s, and other files put me in a slight disadvantage now. It's so hard, or rather it takes time, to collect contact details especially if you got more than a handful of friends and family or relatives. But, of course, I know I can't hold on to things that are lost and are simply impossible to find now.

Sulking and fretting to as far as putting stress to myself wouldn't be of help, so instead, I consoled myself that it was meant to happen. Never mind the fact that it may be due to my carelessness and absent-mindedness. At least, the phone wasn't taken from me by force, which could have put my life in danger if it was. I still thank God that it was only the phone.

As for the replacement, all I can do now is to put a new cellular phone unit in my wishlist since I don't have the money right now to buy a replacement phone;) I wish someone out there would give a heart and gift me this very thing that I need most.

Paging Santa, where are you? I need you. =)

To those who have my old Globe number, please delete it now. I will be posting my new contact number once I got a new unit. In the meantime, you can contact me via email, via this blog, or via my ym: jirlzmnbajaro.

Thanks! And have a happy holiday to all of us!

December 14, 2008

2 Days Before the Misa De Gallo

Yad decided to complete the 9-day misa de gallo (Rooster's mass). It will start on the dawn of December 16th and will finish on the dawn of December 24rd. The misa de gallo will be culminated by celebrating a mass on the evening before midnight of the 24th, just before Christmas day, the birthday of our baby Jesus, ticks in. I also want to complete the 9-day mass, but at the rate of sleeping habit that I am having, I am really not certain about it. I wish I could, and I will try to.

Misa de gallo, by the way, is celebrated, I believe, only here in the Philippines (correct me if I'm wrong please). That is the reason why the Philippines has the longest celebration of Christmas season. It starts on December 16, which as mentioned celebrated with the first misa de gallo, and ends on the first Sunday of January, which is celebrated with the Feast of the Three Kings.

December 10, 2008

Save On Vacuum and Other Cleaning Supplies and Parts

We all need to clean our house - obviously for hygienic and health purposes. But then, when we get so busy especially with our work, cleaning the house becomes the last priority. This is so bad because we don't want to let dust, dirt, and grime pile up at every corner of our house. It is simply dangerous to our health, not to mention a sore to our eyesight.

Because most of us are having problems about having little time to clean the house, we want to have something that will allow us to do it in a quick manner. Fortunately nowadays, we got lots of high-end cleaning equipment and gadgets which allow us doing the chores easier and quicker. These are normally available in stores and it is a good thing that a variety of kinds is available to give us even better and faster way of cleaning the house.

But when it comes to cleaning equipment, we don't want those that easily break after a few months of using. We want an equipment that will not only allow us speedy cleaning process but will also let us save money by not frequently buying for a replacement. And that is probably what makes EzVacuum different from the other providers of cleaning contraptions like vacuum machines, vacuum cleaner bags, cleaner belts, cleaner filters, and a lot more because what they supply on the market are made of durable materials to give you long-lasting service.

So, if you want a cleaning equipment that lasts longer and saves you money, you can depend on EzVacuum. If you want to save even more, you can take advantage of their 10% Off Coupon EZVAC10 offer on vacuum cleaners bags belts filters brushrolls machines and other cleaning supplies and parts. This is available on orders over $20, so this is a great deal that we all could use for. Christmas day is fast approaching, so this is another great idea for a gift, don't you think so?

Happy and Sad Moments Concluded Filipinos' Week

The past week was concluded with two of the most memorable events of the year in the Philippines: first was Manny Pacquiao putting most Filipinos' fear of losing his Dream Fight with the THEN legendary Golden Boy of the ring, Mexican-American Oscar De la Hoya into rest after dominating and winning the fight; and, the untimely demise of Marky Cielo, the 20-year old Kapuso (GMA-Phil) star, reportedly after failing to wake up in the morning of Sunday, December 07, 2008, Philippine time.
Sunday was supposedly a moment of triumph for all the Filipinos. It was a day when there was no reported crime committed, no criminals loitering the streets of the cities, no political figures bickering at each other, and no pro- and anti-administration political images keeping themselves busy exposing scandals, scams, whatsoever. It was simply a day when all Filipinos were unified for a cause, a cause waiting for Manny to bring home the one thing that will make us all one and proud of being a Filipino: his victory against, as mentioned, the then boxing legend. Because, Oscar De La Hoya is no more a legend. Manny Pacquiao obliterated that status by knocking him out the ring via surrendering his white flag. After that fight, the People's Champ is now not only the nation's but the world's pound for pound fighter. It was indeed the sweetest victory for us all Filipinos amidst the burgeoning worldwide financial downfall. Manny, once again, becomes the hero for letting us all forget even for a moment the crisis that has been taking jobs away from many Filipinos. And I, amongst the millions celebrating this victory, want to give my salute to our People's Champ. For all reasons the people were telling about, there is no iota of doubt that HE DESERVED ALL THAT HE HAS ever since he won his first belt.

Congratulations, Manny Pacquiao!

It was only sad that the nation's great victory was slightly overshadowed by the fact that we lost at the same time the nation's only popular-because-of-his-Igorot-origin-and-untainted-image boy, Starstruck 2007 Sole Survivor, Marky Cielo. He was so young at the age of 20. We couldn't accept that he is gone now because we thought he still had so much to give for the Filipinos. But then, who are we to question his existence here on Earth? Only the Supreme Being above knows until when we get to enjoy the physical goodness of the earth. Only He can tell when are we to exist physically. Marky Cielo, no matter how little time we believed he gave to entertain the showbiz industry, has enough of his God's time here on Earth. It is time for him to be with the Being above.

Happy Journeying Up Above, Marky Cielo!

December 3, 2008

Wishes Granted Everyday by CEIVA

Guess what? I had just sat on Santa's lap today and it was so much fun! You think I am trying to be a kid again? No, I did not literally sit on his lap. :-) I just went to upload my currently favorite photo of the season to this website where a lot of great things is happening. You might be asking what are these great things and this site. Well, before I answer that, I just want to talk about the photo that I selected to upload. The photo shows me and my bosom friend, Yel, which was taken during the wedding of our two friends on October 18. I love that photo because it shows how our little friendship that started years ago has blossomed into something that I knew will never be broken by any obstacles. I had lots of close girl friends, but Yel is one of my closest. We shared lots of sad and memories together, so I knew what was it like to be with her during ups and downs. I love this woman and I knew she does love me too. The warmth of our friendship was captured in that photo (it was Gerard, Bebs' hubby, who took that photo). It is simply special for me that I want to treasure it for a lifetime. And that is the reason why I selected it to be uploaded in that site so that Santa will see it along with my Christmas wish. My christmas wish? It's a secret. :-)

Okay, now, I am going to tell you about it as I know you are wondering what these great things that I am telling you about that this website has. Actually, it is all about the CEIVA digital photo frame. It is a very special digital frame where you can upload all your special photos wherever you may happen to be. You can do that by simply sending the photos via email or even your cellular phone. Isn't that the greatest thing that ever happened as far as storing memories and special photos are concerned? And that is not the only thing about it. You can invite your family and friends too to send and upload photos in your CEIVA frame. Those who are invited are the only ones who can upload to your software, so it is protected. You can store thousands of photos and you automatically receive them once your family and friends from all over the world send them over to your digital frame. With CEIVA digital photo frame, you will never have to delete pictures now.

They are also running this sweepstakes contest called, Got a Wish Sweeepstakes. This is a fun game and at the same time you can win $500 as a winner, randomly selected everyday. Yes, everyday for 29 days you have the chances of winning a cool $500. It's just sad that I can't participate as I am not a resident of US as of now. Anyway, I am happy to share this great news to you guys. If you are in the US and 18 years old, enter the sweepstakes game and who knows? You might just be lucky and you'll run away with 5 hundred bucks. There's no catch here. No purchases required. Just enter the game, and that's it.