Saturday, October 27, 2012

Be Fit And Trim In Time For The Holidays!!

The holiday season is just around the corner and in fact, here in the Philippines it has already kicked off! Truth to tell, once the "ber" months start rolling out expect the Christmas Spirit to start settling in. But before we get carried away with the holiday cheer let me share my thoughts about fitness and staying trim.

I am a few pounds overweight myself and I try my best not to add a few more pounds by staying active.  My usual exercise regimen includes biking, walking and stationary jogging but what I love most to sweat it out and shed calories is dancing. This is because you can do a combination of aerobics, modern dance and stretching. When I heard about Hip Hop Abs I got really excited and got dvd copies of Shaun T's hiphop abs workout routines. Take a look at this:

If you love dancing especially hip hop then this is a great fitness workout for you! On the other hand, if you want to mix it with something really fantastic then check out Zumba workouts. I just discovered it lately and wow, I just love it! Very graceful movements, with a combination of belly dancing but all in all a truly enjoyable experience! Take a peek at this zumba video:

So guys, what are you waiting for! Try out these fitness routines and workouts, NOW! This will ensure that you will be fit and trim in time for the holidays. Need a bit of  motivation? Get that slinky, body-hugging cocktail dress you've been dying to wear to your X'mas party and hang it in a strategic location in your room! There, that would get you motivated to sweat it out and sweat it good!! Goodluck guys! :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Guyabano/Labana: A Wonder Fruit!

I have come to a point in my life wherein organic and natural remedies to illnesses play a very big role. Take guyabano (we locally refer to it as labana) for instance. All through my growing up years I so take it for granted despite its abundance in our local community. I do know one thing though, I love to drink guyabano shake way back when I was a toddler.

Now that I am pushing 40 I have discovered that this oh so common backyard plant yields many wonders. For one, it has been known to kill cancer cells and alleviate a lot of common woes such as stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhea and arthritis. While the fruit itself is very potent, leaves also have healing properties as well as young shoots, crushed seeds and even its sap.

And while guyabano shake has been my all-time favorite I have, these past few months, also regularly drinking tea extracted from young guyabano leaves. This after recently discovering that I have cervical polyps. I decided to forego taking hormone therapy pills and opted to try the natural way. So far so good, I did not experience any further discomforts although I still experience abnormal bleeding every once in a while. Moreover, I have to agree that the fruit extracts has anti-depressive effects because it seems my moods have improved radically. I tend to feel more happy and in a more cheerful mood these days. :)))

So guys, the next time you see guyabano around why not try it!! Think healthy!!:))

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Thank Heavens For Free iPhone Apps

I cannot get enough of music and entertainment and thank heavens the newest technology has afforded music freaks like me with endless perks! For one there are endless free iphone apps that offer a great array of music selections for everyone. DatPiff Mobile 2.1 for instance offer awesome hiphop videos and a wide array of mix tapes that suit your taste. Needless to say there is virtually an unlimited choice of downloadable itunes covering an impressive music genre. I do have my own personal favorites though,when it comes to artists and music icons. Jazz and rhythm and blues appeal the most to me. My music playlist by way of free iphone apps feature the songs of Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Beyonce and why yes, saxophone classics of Kenny G! And of course, soulful renditions of American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez! With mobile technology getting more and more intricate these days consumers like us are sometimes at awe with the endless possibilities for us to explore! Great and innovative ideas coupled with state of the art apps, I can clearly say, I just can't get enough!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Meet Me On Monday!!

It's Monday,folks! MMOM Time has never been this great!!Joining in the fun!!The questions for this week are: 1. For Mother's Day I _________ 2. What is your favorite dish that your Mom makes? 3. Who are you a "Mom" too? 4. What did you have for Mother's Day dinner? 5. What is your fondest memory of your Mom? Here's my answers! 1. For Mother's Day I had a birthday cake, coz guess what, I'm 39!:)))Yes folks, May 13, Mother's Day this year is also my birthday!:))
2. WOOH!!I think everything she makes is just awesome! Even if it is as simple as Paksiw na Isda!!!:)))
3. I am a "Mom" to two giddy boys, EJ(9yo) and Jet(7yo)!
4. For Mother's Day the whole family had adobong manok and pancit malabon!!
5. Every moment spent with my Mom is endearing for me!Folks,I'd like to share this old photo of mine with Mom and Dad!!(yezzz,that's me,the dancing tot!:)) Family bonding time circa 1974 hehehe!!
Well, hope you liked that!!I'm off to visit fellow moms!!Happy MMOM to all!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Subtle Ways To Please Your Man

Men love to be fussed over. Well maybe not all!Take my hubby for example. He is simply the no-frills type of guy that sometimes I am really at awe. But I know that like any other person in this world he also has that basic need to be pleased. There are basically a zillion of ways to please a man but doing it subtly does more than do the trick. Here are just a few of them: 1. Surprise him with a shirt or jacket you know he's been wanting for the longest time. My man is into jogging/running and particularly fond of marathons so I know that a warm,cozy GAP jacket would suit him well.Thanks to gap mens coupons which I got hold a week ago I am sure my man will be pleasantly surprised!
2. Treat him to a relaxing massage!I for one am not an expert when it comes to massage therapy but I am trying my best to learn a few techniques. With a little help from essential oils it doesn't fail to help him relax especially after a gruelling day at work.
Lastly, always try to spend quality bonding time together, just the two of you. Share light talk, swap jokes and reminisce happy memories together. My man loves it when we both sit down over, cuddle and just share happy thoughts over a relaxing cup of coffee!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Meet Me On Monday!!

It's MMOM time once again and boy,did I miss this! Sure glad Lady Java is back and with a vengeance!:)) Joining in this week! And here goes!


1.  I wish _________

2.  If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

3.  Do you like to cook? 

4.  What do you like to do to get exercise?

5.  How tidy are you?

My Answers:

1. I wish I was  A SINGER if only for a day!:))

2. I would like to witness the concert tour of the AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 11 TOP 10!!! :)))

3. This pic will say it all!hahaha!

4. I don't really,really like it but guess what? 

 yap, you're right! HOUSE CHORES give me all the exercise I can get in my whole lifetime!:)))

5.  In a scale of 1-10 I can definitely say, with utmost pride that  my tidiness looms between 7 and 8??!!!(huh!!!) :)))

well, that's my share for this week! catch u guys later,  happy MMOM everyone!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

John Lloyd serving my Greenwich Hawaiian Overload Pizza!!wahh!!:))

Monday, April 23, 2012




Wednesday, February 15, 2012

GT:Most Romantic Movie

I have so many favorites when it comes to romantic flicks, especially of the romance-comedy genre but I would like to say that this movie has really made a great impact where romantic movies are concerned.

Yes, The Bodyguard may be the big screen debut of the late Whitney Houston but it was nevertheless a very affecting movie. Kevin Costner was the perfect bodyguard, to say the least. How bout you, fellow GT mates? Off I go now to blog hop, happy GT everyone!!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happiness is....

Kudos to KM for this great meme. I would like to join in the fun! Here's my share:


Ours is a simple one but I always feel complete when I am with them. Even though there may be days when I just seem to raise my hands in total surrender out of sheer exhaustion from being a full-time housewife and mom, still, it's all worth it. When my sons hug and kiss me it's enough to make my day. And when hubby tells me I'm the prettiest woman in the world I am immensely happy and grinning from ear to ear. I may not be convinced if it is really the case but still,I believe him!:))

Stay Happy Everyone!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

GT: Dream Date!

Hi again, fellow GT mates!Wow, a dream date, I think this is always of a priority for us gals and women. I sure have one but well it's still as it is, a dream, a fantasy. For one, I know that my hubby and I can't afford it, just yet, considering that we have 2 boys in school and finances to manage. But hey, it's not bad to wish even for something as mundane as a romantic wedding in Italy!wohoo! So, here goes my idea of a dream date!

It need not be on a Valentines Day but it's a date that is something out of the ordinary. I picture the two of us, that is, my hubby and me, walking along the side ways in Tagaytay, just enjoying the cool, mountain breeze.

And then we hie off to a simple, no-frills dinner in one of the cozy restos overlooking Mt. Taal. And yes of course, cap it all off with an overnight stay in Taal Vista Hotel!:))

But then again, it's all wishful thinking, for now I guess! But wait till I get to hit the lotto jackpot, hehe! I'd consider buying a chunk of Tagaytay Highlands, that's for sure!!:))

Well,how bout you ladies!Would be glad to know what your dream date is, so off I go to visit your sites,pronto!Happy GT everyone!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

GT:The Perfect Guy!!

Ours was a whirlwind romance but well, what can I say, my husband is the perfect guy for me! It wasn't all uphill all the time though. Aside from the normal adjustment period that we had to go through I found out a few traits which he didn't have that I have long dreamed to be what my perfect guy must be and these are: first, HE CAN'T AS MUCH CARRY A TUNE and second,he's not a ROMANTIC. BUT, DON'T GET ME WRONG! What he lacked in these departments he made up in other aspects. To enumerate: he provides well for me and our kids, he is very hands-on in terms of child-rearing, he understands me well enough and even contends with my kakulitan and above all, he loves my family and relatives to the hilt! He has also been my business coach lately!:))

Well, what can I say, we'll be celebrating our 10th year anniversary next month as husband and wife. Everyday is of course a challenge and a continuous learning experience for both of us but as I continue to discover more about him the more I can say that indeed, He's MY PERFECT GUY!:)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kamote Tops Tea:Refreshing Health Drink!

I have always been anemic. All through my teeny weeny years and onward till my twenties my blood pressure would normally settle at around 80/60 which would always leave our company doctor (during my career days) in awe. Now that I am in my thirties this can be a danger sign and while years back I would just normally settle for ferrous sulfate supplements as well as Stresstab I decided it's time to try out a natural cure.

That's when my hubby introduced me to "Camote Tops Tea". Camote/sweet potato plants thrive in a vacant lot near our home thus an abundance in camote tops and leaves. Being the plant expert that he is, my husband concocted a simple yet potent health drink which will not only address my anemia but an effective anti-oxidant as well.

What he did was simple, he gathered a bunch of kamote tops and washed them in clean water. Next, the leaves were removed from the stalks, placed in a pan with clean,potable water and allowed to boil in moderate heat. When cool enough the boiled concoction was strained and a pinch of lemon juice was added. This can be refrigerated or you may add ice cubes if so desired and then a helping of sugar to taste. VOILA! One can now enjoy all-natural and refreshing camote tops tea!

It is good to know that there are things in life that are free and this includes a healthy fix from camote tops right smack from your backyard. Opps, and just in case you didn't know, here are just some of the benefits of kamote tops: (kudos to

* it contains essential nutrients and minerals such as iron, zinc, sodium, potassium and calcium
* an important source of ascorbic acid,riboflavin,niacin and vitamin A
* an important source of antioxidative compounds that could protect the body from oxidative
stress associated with cancer and cardiovascular diseases

I enjoin you to try it and begin to enjoy its health wonders. Even kids will surely enjoy it as my kids truly do!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Guava Jelly: No Fuss,Instant Sandwich Filling!

I noticed a few days ago that the two guava trees just adjacent to my home were brimming with fruits and a handful have already been turning yellowish and getting over-ripe. I instantly had this yearning for guava jelly, an age-old favorite of mine since I was but this small. So off I went to harvest the ripe ones, not the reddish variety though and the fruits were just medium-sized but it was nevertheless perfect for the guava jelly recipe.

Making guava jelly is actually very simple but it can also test your patience in a way!:) First off, I boiled the ripe guavas after thoroughly washing them with clean, potable water. Then I sliced them one by one and made sure that the guavas were fine and not teeming with maggots. Once boiled and tender enough I transferred the guavas to another container and let it cool for a few minutes. Then, carefully, I placed a handful of the boiled fruit in a clean cloth (a muslin cloth is highly preferred) and squeezed out the juice. After going through the procedure a few times the guava juice is now ready to be made into jelly. Sugar is mixed to the guava juice, as well as a tablespoon of lime juice on a 1:1 ratio, that is, 1 cup guava juice for every 1 cup of sugar and stirred together. I then placed the guava juice and sugar mixture in a sauce pan and cooked it in moderate heat.

It is in the constant stirring that one can fall into a relapse of boredness and become way too impatient. But alas, you can get your day's worth for all the trouble when you start to smell the rich, inviting aroma of the guava jelly!! yum yum! Then again, one should never be too quick to conclude that your jelly recipe is already done over and easy. Check if the mixture has become thick and kinda clear or transparent. That is a sure sign then, that your guava jelly is already cooked.

There you go fellas, guava jelly, nice and tasty!!Time to rummage now for sliced bread, or wheat bread if you prefer!!But oopps, remember, it is best served kinda cold, not HOT!! :)))

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hats off for Robin!!!

I love watching comedy flicks both local and foreign ones. I may not be regularly updated when it comes to the latest films and tv shows but I deeply appreciate one when I get to watch it. There are plenty of local comedy actors which are very effective in their craft but internationally I have to single out Robin Williams! I happened to watch him lately on TV5 via the flick "Night In the Museum" and wondered if he has any recent film projects.

I've seen Robin in "Birdcage" and "Mrs Doubtfire" and his performance in those films were just simply amazing. I learned he got acting awards on those flicks as well. There is that intense seriousness in his craft even as he is delivering funny lines. And his eyes convey a depth that will draw the viewer to really take notice. His dramatic flicks such as "Awakenings" and "Dead Poets Society" were all the more endearing although he is far more associated with comedy flicks. I do hope he can come up with new projects soon!!!