Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nita's Random Thoughts Wedding Anniversary Contest

As a way of celebrating her wedding anniversary, Nita of Nita's Random Thoughts is gonna give away really cool prizes to 22 winners. Yes, you heard it right, 22 winners!

Prizes:

1st Prize: $60 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits, Digital Scrapbooking Suite
2nd Prize: $50 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits
3rd Prize: $35 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits
4th Prize: $25 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits
5th Prize: $20 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits, 8 Sets Thank You Cards
6th Prize: $15 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits
7th Prize: $10 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits
8th Prize: $10 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits
9th Prize: $5 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits
10th Prize: $5 cash, 125 x 125 ads, text links, EC Credits

Consolation Prizes:

5 winners of L.A. Colors Eyeshadow
3 winners of .info domains
1 winner of NWT burgundy Nine West wallet
1 winner of wallet/makeup kit
1 winner of Arbonne Translucent Loose Setting Powder
1 winner of free one year hosting from World Travel Vacation

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Adgitize Closing

I read in the Facebook page of Filipina Bloggers United that Adgitize will be closing in January. Too bad since I was thinking of renewing my advertisement with them. I'm actually a new member and have only started last November. I haven't even received my payment. But I read in Adgitize's blog post that payments will be done in January 10. You can check out Adgitize's home page if you want more information on this. Adgitize has really helped me a lot in terms of my traffic and I have become more familiar with other blogs. It increased my Page Rank from 0 to 1. Because of the increase in my Page Rank, more writing opportunities opened up. I must say that the $14 per month advertising is really worth it. I guess I'll just concentrate on Entrecard and Easyhits4u to help me maintain my traffic, as well as FB pages like Filipina Bloggers United and Filipino Bloggers Worldwide for comment and link exchanges.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Circular Insanity's Holiday Giveaway

Circular Insanity is giving away nail polishes and a nail stamping set to one lucky winner. I'm going to join this one because I too have an obsession with nails.

The mechanics are fairly simple. You just like their Facebook page, follow them through Google Friend Connect, and subscribe via email. There are more tasks to do to increase your chances of winning. Just visit Circular Insanity to accomplish the tasks and fill out the form.

This giveaway will end on January 1, 2012.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Toy Shopping

Christmas is indeed my favorite time of the year. It's the time were you get to share your blessings to the ones you love especially the kids. I'm very busy with work and life in general but I always make it a point to buy gifts for my nieces, nephews, and god children. Sometimes I'd stop over at the mall but I often feel that it's such a hassle since there are a lot of shoppers and traffic is really bad. So what I often do is shop online for toys that I know they will love.

My favorite online store for buying toys such as dolls, remote control cars, educational toys, board games and many more is DealsDirect.com.au. You can browse a wide variety of kids toys Australia as well as other products such as appliances, computers, electronics, furniture, etc. in this site. All the items are affordable and I pay through Paypal because it's easier and faster. After ordering, I usually get my items a day after. It's that fast. And if you have questions with the items you're ordering, they have a 24/7 live chat to help you. Shopping does become more fun when it's done this way. My shopping cart is always full whenever I shop with them.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Julz's Holiday Giveaway


As Told by Julz is having a giveaway as a thank you to all her followers. She's giving away really fabulous prizes to one lucky winner.

It's very easy to join. Just be a follower through Google Friend Connect. There are additional ways to gain more entries. Please check them out at As Told by Julz.

The giveaway is until December 20, 2011.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ohhthat! Sweets Santa Christmas Giveaway

Ohhthat! is giving away a P500 Dairy Queen Gift Certificate courtesy of DQ Philippines to celebrate the Yuletide season.

Joining is so easy. All you have to do is to be a Google Friend Connect follower of Ohhthat and like their Facebook page.

Fill out the form found in Ohhthat and read the contest post for more details.

Winner will be announced by December 22, 2011.

Hope

As I was browsing the internet, I came upon this poem written by Sri Chinmoy about hope that I'd really want to share to everyone. It's a little short but sweet. I was having quite a bad day but when I read this, a dark cloud kinda lifted and this ray of light shone in. I'm sure this will inspire you guys as much as it inspired me.

Hope
Knows no fear.

Hope dares to blossom
Even inside the abysmal abyss.

Hope secretly feeds
And strengthens
Promise.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Christmas Wish List

When I was young I would often write all my wishes on a piece of paper hoping that Santa Claus would give them all. There were times when all the toys I wished for were given and other times when they weren't. Now that I'm no longer a kid, I don't write my wishes anymore on a piece of paper but it doesn't mean that I don't have a wish list. I still have one. I don't know if I'll be able to get all of them before the year ends but I will try very hard to get them next year. I also hope that my family or friends will be nice enough to give one or all of them to me (hehehe!). Without further ado here they are:

1.) iPad - my dream gadget. I can't afford it now but hopefully next year I'll have enough money saved to purchase one.

2.) BlackBerry - I need a new phone and BlackBerry is my first choice if ever I buy one.

3.) Cambridge Satchel - I just love how stylish this bag looks. Plus, it can serve as a laptop bag so I can bring my netbook anywhere I go.

4.) Buffet lunch at Vikings or Spiral - As anyone who knows me can attest, I eat like a horse. I just love eating. I've heard so many positive things about Vikings and how satisfied customers are after eating there. So it's one of the things I'd like to do before the year ends. The same goes with Spiral Restaurant at Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

5.) Salon pampering - I'd like to feel like a queen or a movie star even for just a day. I would love to have my hair done, have a facial, hand paraffin, and last but not the least, a manicure.
















Friday, December 16, 2011

Frying Pan Lasagna Recipe

I seldom cook but whenever I get the urge to whip up something good, I rely on the internet to give some really awesome recipes. As I was searching for the best mouth watering recipe I chanced upon the 30-minute Frying Pan Lasagna recipe. The photo just caught my fancy because it looks really delicious. I might try it this weekend or next week when my sister and her family arrive from China. It will really be a nice treat for them. I'm sure everyone will love it not just the kids.

Frying Pan Lasagna

Ingredients:
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 medium red capsicum finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 410g can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 fresh lasagne sheets cut into thirds
  • 1/2 x 250g tub cream cheese
  • 100g shaved leg ham
  • 3/4 cup grated tasty cheese
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, to serve
Directions:
  1. Heat half the oil in an 18cm (base), heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and capsicum. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add oregano and tomato. Season with salt. Cook for 2 minutes or until heated through. Transfer to a bowl. Wipe pan clean.

  2. Spread 1 side of each piece of lasagne with cream cheese. Drizzle remaining oil over base of pan. Arrange 2 pieces of lasagne, cream cheese side-up, over base of pan. Top with one-third of the ham, then one-quarter tomato mixture. Repeat layers, finishing with 3 pieces of lasagne then 1 layer tomato mixture. Sprinkle with tasty cheese. Preheat grill on high.

  3. Return pan to medium-low heat. Cook, covered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until lasagne sheets are tender. Remove lid. Grill for 5 to 6 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Season with pepper. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Unarosa-Lush Angel Giveaway


Unarosa, one of the leaders in local fashion along with Lush Angel is giving away a really stylish purse worth P1,590 from their holiday collection. I so love the purse! The color would suit any outfit. To get this fab purse all you have to do are the following:

1. Like Unarosa on Facebook

2. Follow Unarosa on Twitter @UnarosaFashion

3. Like Lush Angel on Facebook

4. Follow Lush Angel on Twitter @lush_angel

5. Repost on your blog, Facebook and Twitter. *Facebook and Twitter is a must!

6. Email the following information / answer to anya@una-rosa.com

Subject : LUSH ANGEL Online Promo
Full name
Email address
Mobile and Landline
Birthdate
Age
Address
Occupation
Answer the question: “Why do I love Unarosa?

7. Leave a comment on the contest post if you’ve done all the steps.

Please visit Lush Angel for more details. This giveaway is until December 20, 2011.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Online Shopping Sites

Since it's the Christmas season and a lot of people are rushing to department stores to buy gifts for their loved ones and thus going through all the hassles of the season like heavy traffic and swarms of people shopping, I want to offer an alternative to all those "sufferings". Why don't you guys try online shopping. I enjoy it a lot since I get to shop in the comforts of my home and I get to choose from a variety of online stores. I also like the fact that paying is a breeze. If you have Gcash and/or Paypal, then for just a few clicks you're able to pay your purchases. Plus, the goodies are delivered right at your doorstep. I know it's not for everyone but it works perfectly for me.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite shops:

1.) Nui Clothing - They sell really fabulous tops and dresses, accessories, swimwear, and beachwear at an affordable price.

2.) Asian Vogue Shop - I love their shoes and bags. You can choose from any style you want. They're all fashionable.

3.) Punchdrunk Panda - If you happen to like stylish laptop sleeves and skins, here's the shop for you. They also sell button pins, shirts, footwear, iPad sleeves, camera straps, and Muni journals.

4.) Ichigo Shoes - For high quality leather shoes and chic, stylish bags, shop at Ichigo Shoes. They also have branches all over the metro.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Style Reactor 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day 8


When I saw the picture of the prizes in this giveaway, I told myself I just have to join this one. The Leyende gift set looks so cool. The set includes samples of Massage and Body Oil, Bath and Shower Gel and Kiss kiss Lipbalm in Froyo, Cool Hand Soup (Hand Sanitizer), and Clean Slate (Facial Cleanser / make-up remover). There's also a Leyende cloth bag.

It's very easy to join:

1.) Follow on Google Friend Connect.
2.) Must like Leyende on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
3.) Tweet this:

"Win a gift set from @leyende on @farrahgarcia's blog giveaway! http://bit.ly/vASc3y"

4.) Leave a comment on the contest post.

There are additional tasks to do in order to increase your chances of winning. Just go to The Style Reactor for more details.

This contest will end on December 23, 2011.

Monday, December 12, 2011

NLF Blog Giveaway

As a way of saying thank you to all her followers as well as celebrating her online shop's first anniversary and her 100th follower, NLF (Numbers Letters and Fashion) will be giving away really cool prizes to one lucky winner. The prizes include skin and lip care products from Nivea, goodies from Myownthriftshop, dress, H&M denim skirt, tuxedo jacket/BF blazer, and Nine West skirt. I would love to win all those goodies. It's a perfect Christmas gift for me.

There are only two mandatory requirements for this giveaway:

1.) Follow via Google Friend Connect.
2.) Add Myownthriftshop in Multiply.

There are additional ways to earn extra entries so that you have more chances of winning. Please go to NLF Blog for more details.

This giveaway is until December 25, 2011. Hurry and join!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gelleesh's Holiday Giveaway


As a way of giving thanks to all her followers, Gelleesh is having a Christmas giveaway with awesome prizes in store for the winner. Prizes include bath products, skin care products, makeup, and other cool stuff. I love makeup and the shades of the eye makeup really looks fierce! So I'm joining and hopefully I'll win.

The mechanics are really easy and there's the rafflecopter to guide you through the process. Just a few likes on Facebook and a couple of other tasks and you're done.

Please visit So Gelleesh for more details about the giveaway and to accomplish the rafflecopter. This giveaway is until January 10, 2012.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Shopping

I've started my Christmas shopping already just this morning. I started looking for a toy for my nephew in ebay. I spotted a few toys I liked but haven't bought anything yet. Just added them on my watch list. Then I looked for earrings and bracelets in ebay too. I like about 3 to 4 pairs of earrings but again haven't decided yet since I'm on a budget. I might end up buying only 2. It's a good thing they're from the same seller so I'll be able to save on the shipping cost.

Then I looked for a blouse to go with the earrings I liked the most. I found this online shop in Facebook which I bought a blouse from before and saw this really pretty blouse. I immediately bought it since the design is really pretty. I'd be looking for more online shops to buy gifts from for my family and friends. I will also try to buy gifts from department stores if I have the time. Online shopping is just something that's so convenient and less time consuming.

So if I were you guys I would look around for online shops and do my shopping there. There are a lot of shops that offer a variety of items. You just have to know where to look.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Rolling in the Deep

Since I'm such a big Adele fan I again want to share the lyrics of one of her hit singles. It's one of my favorites along with Melt My Heart to Stone and Chasing Pavements. It's the first single in her best selling album 21. I love the lyrics of the song and what it wants to convey to its listeners. It's about moving on from a failed and somewhat abusive relationship. It's finally seeing everything clearly when everything was once a blur.

Rolling in the Deep

There's a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch and it's bring me out the dark
Finally I can see you crystal clear
Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your ship bare

See how I'll leave, with every piece of you
Don't underestimate the things that I will do
There's a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch and it's bring me out the dark

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can't help feeling

We could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside your hand
And you played it to the beat

Baby, I have no story to be told
But I've heard one of you and I'm gonna make your head burn
Think of me in the depths of your despair
Making a home down there as mine sure won't be shared

The scars of your love remind you of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can't help feeling

We could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside your hand
And you played it to the beat

Could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside your hand
But you played it with a beating

Throw your soul through every open door
Count your blessings to find what you look for
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold
You pay me back in kind and reap just what you sow

(Now I'm gonna wish you never had met me)
We could have had it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
We could have had it all

(Now I'm gonna wish you never had met me)
It all, it all, it all, it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

(Now I'm gonna wish you never had met me)
We could have had it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
Rolling in the deep

(Now I'm gonna wish you never had met me)
You had my heart and soul
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
And you played it to the beat

(Now I'm gonna wish you never had met me)
Could have had it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
Rolling in the deep

(Now I'm gonna wish you never had met me)
You had my heart and soul in your hand
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
But you played it, you played it, you played it to the beat

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lovely Morticia's Giveaway


I'm so excited to join Lovely Morticia's giveaway because the prizes are really fabulous and to die for. They include:

  • StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles
  • Majolica Majorca Jeweling Eyes Quad Eye Shadow GD866
  • Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fibre
  • Majolica Majorca Rouge Magex Lipcolor 21

  • This is another easy giveaway to join in because there's a rafflecopter. The mandatory and optional tasks are easier to do when there's a rafflecopter. It's up to you if you only want to do the mandatory tasks but for more chances of winning it's best to do the optional tasks as well.

    Please go to Lovely Morticia for the rafflecopter.

    One winner will get all the goodies. This giveaway is until January 6, 2012.





    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    Nail Art and Things Mighty Giveaway


    Nail Art and Things is having her first giveaway as a way of saying thank you to all her followers. Five (5) winners will win fabulous prizes like magnetic polish, water decals, nail polishes, 3D nail art stickers, french tip sticker guides, cuticle oil, stamping plate and a lot more. I personally love the nail art stickers and I must say that the colors of the nail polishes are really cute.

    Joining is so easy:

    1.) Be a follower of her blog.
    2.) Share this giveaway on your blog.
    3.) Share this on Facebook and/or Twitter.
    4.) Like Nail Art and Things on Facebook.
    5.) Follow Nail Art and Things on Twitter.

    Please visit Nail Art and Things and fill out the form. This giveaway is open internationally. You have a lot of time to join since the giveaway is until January 5, 2012.

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    All Glammed Up Christmas Giveaway


    Highschool buddies Celine and Gellie of All Glammed Up are having a Christmas and New Year giveaway. One lucky winner will get to take home Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion, and Japanese Cherry Blossom Bubble Bath. I love Bath and Body Works so I'm joining this one.

    The only thing you need to do is to like All Glammed Up in Facebook. There are additional things that you can do for more chances of winning. But I assure all of you that it's really easy. Just visit All Glammed Up for more details.

    This giveaway will be until December 31, 2011 and the winner will be determined via random.org.

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Life is Beautiful Giveaway

    As a way of saying thank you to all her followers, Jannah of Life is Beautiful is holding a giveaway. Makeup lovers like me will definitely jump for joy with the prizes she's giving away. Included in the prizes are Sleek Divine Nude Palette, Pink Kabuki Brush (the one I would like to win the most), and Nyx Round Lipstick in Louisiana (I super love the color!).

    Mechanics:

    1.) Follow her blog.
    2.) Comment on the contest post the name you used to follow her blog.
    3.) Include your email address in your comment.
    4.) Click the Google +1 button on any of her blog post.

    To increase your chances of winning, you can do the extra entries found in Life is Beautiful.

    You all can join until December 15, 2011. The lucky winner will be chosen via random.org.

    Link

    Sunday, December 4, 2011

    For the Love of Satchel Giveaway


    Wait, Who Said That?! is having their first giveaway. They're giving away a black 11-inch satchel bag. I love this kind of bag because I could use it as a laptop bag but I couldn't buy one since it's so pricey. Since I need a satchel, I'm joining this one. Who knows I might win. The mechanics are very simple and there's a rafflecopter to guide you all the way. There are tasks to be done once and there are tasks to be done daily. The more entries the more chances of winning.

    To accomplish the rafflecopter and to find out more about the giveaway, please visit Wait, Who Said That?!

    The giveaway is from December 2, 2011 until December 11, 2011. There will only be one winner for this giveaway.

    Saturday, December 3, 2011

    Raid My Closet's Fab Manila Giveaway


    Raid My Closet is having a birthday giveaway and it's awesome. This is actually the second part of her giveaway and since the prizes are uber fashionable, I'm gonna join in the fun. Two winners will win. The first winner will get travel envelopes and sunnies case while the second one will receive a mini wallet, polly wristlet, and a pencil case.

    The mechanics are as simple as 1, 2, 3:

    1.) Follow Raid My Closet via Google Friend Connect.
    2.) Like Raid My Closet on Facebook.
    3.) Like Fab Manila on Facebook.
    4.) Leave a comment with your name and address on the contest post.

    You can take additional steps to increase your chances of winning. Just go to Raid My Closet for more details.

    You can join until December 22, 2011. The winners will be determined via random.org.

    Friday, December 2, 2011

    LA Galaxy vs. Philippine Azkals

    I'm such a big fan of the Philippine Azkals that I've seen every one of their games shown on TV. My favorite Azkal is Phil Younghusband and Chieffy Caligdong. But I love all of them since they play so well and with so much intensity. And of course they're good looking. When I heard that they're playing the LA Galaxy way back in August I was really very excited. But I was shocked when I heard the ticket prices. I think it's like P15,000. I wouldn't pay that kind of money for a million years.

    Anyhow, I'm still excited about the game. David Beckham and the rest of the team arrived yesterday and they too are excited to play here. I'm not expecting the Azkals to win but I'm sure they'll give a good fight. I'm going to tune in tomorrow at 7:30 at Studio 23. I'm sure there'll be lots of commercials but I wouldn't miss this game for anything.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    Christmas Musings

    Christmas is fast approaching and I can't feel the season's spirit yet. Time just flies so fast and I was a bit surprised when it sunk in that it's the first day of December and there's only 24 days left until Christmas Day. I haven't even bought a single gift for my family and friends. I feel it a bit when I go out and traffic's really bad. But not so much since it's always traffic here in the metro. I went to Newport Mall yesterday and there were minimal decors yet.

    What I'm really excited about this month is the fact that my eldest sister and her family are coming home for a very brief, 5-day vacation. It would be a long time until we'll see them again because they're returning to the US after their 3 year-stay in China. I'm a bit sad about that. Anyhow, I'm already thinking of the places where we could eat. I really should start my shopping since I have to give gifts to my nieces.

    I hope you guys are already feeling the Christmas spirit. Just a thought: forgive those who have done you wrong, be civil to your enemies, share your blessings to less fortunate people and last but not the least, always thank God for His undying love.


    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Favorite TV Shows

    I love watching TV. When I'm not working I'd rather watch TV than go out and go clubbing. My being a couch potato makes me an expert in the TV shows that are currently airing. I love CSI Miami, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, House, Private Practice, NCSI Los Angeles, and a lot more. There are new shows that are airing now which I also love like The Walking Dead, New Girl, Grimm, and 2 Broke Girls.

    1.) The Walking Dead - this is based on a comic series which is about a group of survivors led by Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes and his family. I love this show because it's suspenseful and really scary. But sometimes the very graphic and gory scenes get to me. It's something that children should not watch or else they'll have nightmares.

    2.) New Girl - a story about Jess Day, a girl getting over her ex boyfriend who cheats on her. She then lives with 3 guys who eventually become her good friends. This sitcom is really funny. I love Zooey Deschanel. Even the guys are good. The episodes are very entertaining and you don't seem to notice the time when you're watching it.

    3.) Grimm - A crime drama series about a homicide detective who sees monsters. I like the episodes which are rather interesting. I'd like to see if he has special powers to fight off these monsters.

    4.) 2 Broke Girls - This is about two waitresses in New York who happen to become good friends eventhough their personalities are so different from each other. The other one is street smart while the other one is a former socialite who becomes bankrupt because of her father and is forced to work as a waitress to support herself. I love how each episode unfolds and the two girls are really funny.





    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    Bulgogi Brothers Experience


    I haven't seen my best friend in a while. I think the last time we saw each other was two months ago. When she texted me yesterday and invited me to have lunch with her I immediately said yes. We originally planned to go to Azuthai but it was still closed so we proceeded to Greenbelt 5. We walked around to look for a nice place to dine in, somewhere comfortable and where we can chat the day away. We decided to eat at Bulgogi Brothers since I'd like to try Korean food.

    The ambiance was nice and the interior was simple yet cozy. The service was good as well, they were all attentive to our needs. The food was really delicious as well. I didn't expect it to be that good. We ordered Sogogi Japchae, Sogogi Beoseot Bokkeum, Bulgogi Bibimbap and had some watermelon shake. The price was also reasonable enough.

    After having a good time at Bulgogi Brothers, I would definitely come back and try all the other dishes they have. I suggest you guys follow suit and visit Bulgogi Brothers.





    Monday, November 28, 2011

    HoshiGirl's ELF Christmas Giveaway


    HoshiGirl.com is giving away a makeup set from ELF or Eyes Lips Face to one lucky winner. Looking at the pictures and the really cool items, I've decided to join myself. I'm really hoping that I win. The makeup set includes lipsticks, blusher, eye makeup, foundation, pressed powder, eyelash curler, and brushes. A set that any makeup addict will certainly die for.

    It's so easy to join:

    1.) Like her Facebook page.
    2.) Follow her on Twitter.
    3.) Tweet this: I’m joining HoshiGirl’s ELF Christmas Giveaway! I want to win cute stuff, too! <3 @hoshigirl http://bit.ly/tlnJE8
    4.) Blog about the contest.

    Another good news to those who will join is that there will be 3 consolation prizes!

    Please check out HoshiGirl.com for more details. The contest is until December 23, 2011. Winners will be chosen via random.org.












    Sunday, November 27, 2011

    Live Life in Style Birthday Giveaway 4


    Style Attempt is having her grand birthday giveaway. It's actually a series of giveaways (4 in all) with corresponding mechanics. I'm joining the fourth series since I love the prize which is P1,000 worth of GCs from Gold Dot. They have awesome shoes, bags, and accessories. The mechanics are really super duper easy.

    1.) Follow Style Attempt and Gold Dot in Facebook.
    2.) Follow Style Attempt in GFC or Networked Blogs
    3.) Tweet / Share / Blog about the giveaway with the hashtag #styleattemptgiveaway (TAGS: @ayeenregalado (Twitter) / @styleattempt (FB))
    4.) Leave a comment on the contest post with your name and email address.

    Please visit Live Life In Style for more details about the giveaway.

    You can join until December 4, 2011. Winner will be determined via random.org.

    Saturday, November 26, 2011

    Marriage and Beyond's 4th Anniversary Giveaway


    Marriage and Beyond is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a bang. I'm super excited about this giveaway because not 1 but 4 winners will win amazing prizes! Really cool prizes like books, Neutrogena Fine Fairness gift packs, $50 Paypal money, and Sennheiser MX 400 Powerful Bass-Driven Stereo Sound Earphones. I personally would like to win either the Neutrogena products or the $50 Paypal money. The sponsors are Life as Experienced Daily and Church in Makati.

    The mechanics are really simple and can be done in a flash. To find more details about the giveaway, please visit the contest post here.

    This giveaway will end on December 8, 2011.

    Friday, November 25, 2011

    Slow Sun Broadband Internet Connection

    Since I have tons of things to do online everyday (it's my means of livelihood), it's a must that I have a fast and reliable internet connection. I'm almost online the whole day. I was so frustrated last night when I tried connecting to the internet and was unable to. My Sun Broadband USB stick which I'm paying P799 per month for went wonky on me. Loading took so long and I got disconnected so much. I didn't call their customer service right away since I thought the matter will be fixed this morning. Imagine my surprise when this morning the same problem persisted.

    I transferred my network connection from WCDMA to Edge just so I can work. Loading one website took so long but since I wanted to finish something from my work load, I waited patiently. I again put off calling Sun's customer service since I was hopeful that connection would get better in the afternoon. Again, I was frustrated. I was at my wits end so I decided to call them. I stayed talking to the CSR (Customer Service Representative) for 30 minutes, doing troubleshooting for what seemed like hours. Unfortunately, it didn't do any good. He reported the matter to the technical department and advised me to monitor my connection.

    My connection is better now, thank God. But I don't know until when. I just hope that what happened last night never happens again. I'm also thinking of changing my network provider to something that's more stable and reliable. I'm going to start researching for the best internet provider and get their service and hopefully never be at my wits end again.



    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    The Man Who Can't Be Moved

    I bought an iPod shuffle two weeks ago at Beyond the Box at the Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila. Since I'm so busy with a lot of things I still haven't transferred all the songs I have in my mobile phone. Only those I especially love listening to like Adele and The Fray. Plus this really awesome song by The Script entitled The Man Who Can't Be Moved. I know very little about this band and only appreciated their music when I heard this song. I googled them and found out that they're an Irish alternative rock band from Dublin. They've been here in the Philippines for a concert (I don't exactly know how many times already). Anyway, I just want to share their song which is currently one of my favorites. This song never fails to move me every time I hear it.

    The Man Who Can't Be Moved

    Going back to the corner where I first saw you
    Gonna camp in my sleeping bag, I'm not gonna move
    Got some words on cardboard, got your picture in my hand
    Saying if you see this girl can you tell her where I am

    Some try to hand me money, they don't understand
    I'm not broke I'm just a broken hearted man
    I know it makes no sense, but what else can I do
    How can I move on when I've been in love with you

    'Cause if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me
    And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be
    Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet
    And you'd see me waiting for you on the corner of the street

    So I'm not moving
    I'm not moving

    Policeman says son you can't stay here
    I said there's someone I'm waiting for if it's a day, a month, a year
    Gotta stand my ground even if it rains or snows
    If she changes her mind this is the first place she will go

    'Cause if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me
    And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be
    Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet
    [ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/s/script-lyrics/the-man-who-can_t-be-moved-lyrics.html ]
    And you see me waiting for you on the corner of the street

    So I'm not moving
    I'm not moving
    I'm not moving
    I'm not moving

    People talk about the guy
    Who's waiting on a girl, oh whoa
    There are no holes in his shoes
    But a big hole in his world

    Maybe I'll get famous as the man who can't be moved
    And maybe you won't mean to but you'll see me on the news
    And you'll come running to the corner
    'Cause you'll know it's just for you

    I'm the man who can't be moved
    I'm the man who can't be moved

    'Cause if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me
    And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be
    Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we meet
    Oh, you see me waiting for you on a corner of the street

    So I'm not moving
    ('Cause if one day you wake up, find that you're missing me)
    I'm not moving
    (And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be)
    I'm not moving
    (Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet)
    I'm not moving
    (Oh, you see me waiting for you on a corner of the street)

    Going back to the corner where I first saw you
    Gonna camp in my sleeping bag, I'm not gonna move

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    Microworkers Woes

    I've been with Microworkers since 2009 and have had no problems with them. Not until now. I actually like them better than Minuteworkers because their tasks are easier to do and the employers are not that strict and approve the jobs I do almost all the time. As a matter of fact I have a high reputation in Microworkers. I reached payout twice and waited until I have $20 in my account until I withdrew my money.

    I was so excited since the amount is already big for my standards. I wanted to buy a new bag so I was thinking of using that money to buy one online. Imagine my chagrin when I clicked the "Withdraw" button and the Paypal payment option was no longer there. I signed out and signed in again just to make sure. There were only two payment options namely Moneybookers and Alertpay. I have an account with Alertpay but don't really pay much attention to it because I've always used Paypal. I suddenly did research about Alertpay and explored my options. I found out that I couldn't transfer the money directly to my local bank account but could have the money (cheque) mailed or through bank wire transfer. If I have it mailed, $4 would be deducted and I would have to wait for a month. If I have it wire transfered, they'll deduct $15 but I'll have my money in 4 to 5 days. I opted for the 1st option since nothing would be left with my money if I choose the bank wire transfer.

    I just lost the drive to work for Microworkers after that and started doing tasks again for Minuteworkers. They still pay via Paypal there. Though jobs are harder to get approved at least I could transfer my money to my bank in a few days after receiving it.










    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Lady Mishel's Twinkling Beads Giveaway


    I'm what you call a "girly" girl. I love wearing accessories which includes all sorts of bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. I actually have a collection of earrings that I can probably sell for a small fortune if I wanted to. So I'm joining A Heart Full of Love's accessories giveaway. The good thing here is that you'll win along with a friend you tagged. You're not the only one who goes home happy.

    Mechanics:

    1.) Like Lady Mishel's Twinkling Beads on Facebook.
    2.) Follow her blog via Google Friend Connect.
    3.) Pick any two items in her album "Affordable Bracelets and Earrings".
    4.) Post this on your FB wall: " I want to win LadyMishel's Twinkling Beads (tag one friend)"
    5.) Leave your Full Name, GFC Name, FB name you used to like her page and the link of your post in the contest post.

    For additional information about the giveaway and to see how you can increase your chances of winning, just go to A Heart Full of Love.

    This is only until November 24, 2011 so hurry up and join!

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Pinkoolaid's Christmas Giveaway

    As a thank you to all her readers Pinkoolaid is giving away cool prizes to lucky winners. Prizes include circle lenses, nail polish, nail stickers, nail art decals, underlashes, and doll. When I saw the prizes I told myself that this is one giveaway that I must join. I love having my nails done and have a collection of nail polishes. Winning this one will add to my collection. And those nail stickers and nail art decals are surely to die for!

    Joining is very easy since there's a rafflecopter to guide you through the steps. I like this rafflecopter thing because I don't get confused on which step I've already done.

    To join, please visit Pinkoolaid and do the mechanics in the rafflecopter.

    As of this writing, there are still 59 days left to join. International readers are also welcome to join the fun.







    Sunday, November 20, 2011

    Delicious Mocha Magnifico

    I seldom cook because I don't really have the talent for cooking. This fact sometimes frustrates me but it's something that I have accepted ever since I can remember. I may be good at other things, but I'll never be good in the kitchen. But since it's a Sunday and the whole family's at home, I decided to prepare a delicious dessert. I think I've done this recipe twice already and the result every time was perfect. I want to share it because it's a really yummy recipe and for sure everyone will enjoy it, not just the kids.

    Mocha Magnifico

    (2) 250 ml Nestle All Purpose Cream
    (1/2) cup Carnation Condensada
    (1) tbsp Nescafe Classic Dissolved in
    (1) tbsp hot water
    (14) pcs graham crackers
    (10) pcs choco wafer sticks, crushed
    (1) 70 g pack Nestle Knick Knacks, Choco

    1.) Mix together Nestle All Purpose Cream, Carnation Condensada and dissolved Nescafe Classic. Set aside.

    2.) Layer graham crackers on a square glass or aluminum container. Spread about 1/2 cup of the coffee-cream mixture on top of the graham crackers and sprinkle with crushed choco wafer sticks and Nestle Knick Knacks Choco for filling. Sandwich the filling with another layer of graham crackers and finish with the remaining cream mixture.

    3.) Chill before serving.


    This takes 15 minutes to prepare and needs to be chilled for 4 hours.














    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    The Bag Raid With Kleenex

    About two weeks ago I joined a contest by Kleenex Philippines on Facebook. Up for grabs are Longchamp, Kate Spade and Zatchels Satchel bags. Since I really want a Zatchels Satchel as a replacement for my laptop bag, I joined. All that was needed to do was to take a picture of my bag and its contents along with a Kleenex product. There was a preliminary judging where qualified entries were screened. The next phase of the contest is now up and running and guess what? My entry is included!

    Now here's the hard part. To win, I again need all of your help or votes. If you want me to win simply do the following:

    1.) Like Kleenex Philippines.
    2.) Click The Bag Raid with Kleenex tab on the left side.
    3.) Click Vote Now and allow the application.
    4.) Go to the Be Protected tab and vote for my entry Espanol, Ma. Lourdes (http://www.facebook.com/KleenexPhilippines?sk=app_270844369622986)

    Online voting starts November 18 until December 10, 2011.

    There will be 3 winners per category. Announcement of winners will be on December 15, 2011.

    This will definitely be a great gift this Christmas if ever I win. So help me guys!

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    I Am But Gagay's Page Rank and Birthday Giveaway


    This is another giveaway that I'm very excited about. The prizes are just awesome and when I saw the post I immediately joined.

    Prizes:


    10 Shirts
    $360 PayPal cash :
    $100 (1 winner)
    $50 (2 winners)
    $25 (4 winners)
    $15 (4 winners)
    (5) 1-year Domain Hosting

    Sponsors:


    AirForce Blogger | Best of Riyadh Saudi Arabia | Brenna Speaks | Cee of Every Thought Counts | Cooking Games | Cooking Games for Girls | cooking games for girls | Cosmo Girl | Credit Card Informations | Culture Medley | Daily Snippets | Diamond Rings | Dinampo Family | Earning Online Moolah | Eat, Drink, Blog | Engineering Vault | Essay Paradise | Eye for Fashion | Fashion and Technology | Feeling Traveler Aketch | Fishy Talks | Food and Style Online | Foodies Galore | FREE Travels and Tours | Genny Speaks | GEORYL | Hands Full of Life | Hearts content of a mama | Help Articles | Here,there and everywhere | His and Hers Tech | Impulsive Shopper | IMRIZ.connected | It's all about me, Mommy Kat | Jefrox News | Joeyboy | Kwento Ni Toto blog | Life According to Me | Live The Green Life Today | Love home grow garden | LOVEs Haven | Make Money Online | Make More Money Online | Maxi Trips and Tips | Me the Woman | Mommy Gagay | Money Talks | musings on meanderings | My Little Angels in America | My Piece of Mind | My Thoughts & Ideas | Nerisa Farm | Oh Gosh Gulay | Our Love Story | Pinay Mommy Online | Pink Cigars | Pink Memoirs | Pinoy.MD | Praise And Worship Song Lyrics and Chords | Proud Mommy of Three | Rainydazeee | Raya in Thailand | Samut-Sari | Shengkayful's Fashion and Lifestyle | Simple Happy Life | Stylish Voyager | Solitary Wanderer | Solid Hosting | Stay at Home Wife and Mother's Corner | Tech At Hand SEO Tips | The Coffee Chic | The Hippie Mum | The jolly toes | The Misis Chronicles | The Packrat Wifey | The Philippine Travelogue | These and Those | Tinkerputt's Turf | Travels and Leisures | Travels Here and There | Travels, Trips & Vacations | Travel Photolog | Travel Yums | Walking News Paper | Web Strategy | Weighty Matters | What's Inside Joahna's Heart

    The mechanics are very simple and can be done in one sitting. After doing the mandatory tasks, there are additional tasks that can be done to increase your chances of winning. There's also a form to be filled out after writing your blog entry.

    For a more detailed look at the mechanics and other information about the giveaway, please visit I Am But Gagay.

    This giveaway is until December 15, 2011. The winners will be determined via random.org.

    So hurry up everyone and join this giveaway now!





    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    My Gorgeous Pink Cheeks' 2nd Anniversary Giveaway


    In celebration of its 2nd year, My Gorgeous Pink Cheeks is having a giveaway. Really cool prizes like Nars cosmetics, IWhite Korea and Nivea lip care products are up for grabs for three lucky winners.

    It's really easy to join. There's a rafflecopter to guide you through the step by step instructions. Please visit My Gorgeous Pink Cheeks to know more about the giveaway and to accomplish the rafflecopter.

    This giveaway is until December 25, 2011 so you have plenty of time to join the fun.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Jackie's Virtual Baby Shower $20 Contest


    This is another fun contest for all you contest lovers. Jackie of Hang Out With Jhing is having a virtual baby shower and she's inviting everybody to share her happiness.

    The mechanics can be done easily. There's a form that you will fill out after accomplishing the steps.

    For a detailed look on the post please visit Hang Out with Jhing.

    You can join the giveaway until November 20, 2011.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Flavored Kissmarks - Chase Beautiful Things Nivea Giveaway

    Wanna win a Nivea loot bag containing 13 lip care products? You can by joining Chase Beautiful Things' giveaway. It's very easy to join. Just fill out the form found in the contest post and you're done!

    To fill out the form and for more details, please visit Chase Beautiful Things.

    The giveaway is until December 15, 2011.

    Asparagus in White Sauce


    I'm not much of a cook but sometimes I do experiment and try my hand at cooking. I saw this contest by Athena milk in Facebook a couple of months ago where you're going to submit a healthy recipe using Athena milk as one of the ingredients. Although I didn't win the grand prize I won an Athena gift pack. And now I want to share my recipe to everyone.


    Ingredients:

    29 oz White asparagus; (2 cans)
    2 tablespoon Margarine
    2 tablespoon Unbleached flour
    ½ cups asparagus liquid
    ½ cups Athena Milk
    4 oz bacon cut into bits
    1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg freshly grated
    ¼ teaspoon Salt


    1.) Drain asparagus spears and reserve ½ cup of the liquid.
    2.) In a saucepan, heat the margarine.
    3.) Add flour and stir.
    4.) Pour in milk and asparagus liquid gradually.
    5.) Over low heat, stir constantly until sauce thickens.
    6.) Add cooked bacon, nutmeg, and salt.
    7.) Gently stir in asparagus spears.

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Pacquiao-Marquez III


    I've always been a big fan of Manny Pacquiao. I've seen almost all his fights and have screamed my lungs out in every one of them. I along with some members of my family once again watched him fight Juan Manuel Marquez yesterday (November 13, 2011) at Kamayan/Dad's/Saisaki. I was so excited since there's so much hype surrounding this fight and because I love eating at Kamayan.


    We bought our tickets two weeks ago so we were able to choose good seats. I think the ticket price of P950 is pretty much worth it since it's a breakfast and lunch buffet with refillable coffee and bottomless iced tea. There were so many food to choose from that I wasn't able to try all of them. But those I ate which included tocino, egg, fried rice, arroz caldo, salmon sashimi, maki, tempura, barbecue, buko pandan, and cheese cake tasted heavenly. I was so full I was ready to throw up!

    I wasn't too happy with the fight though. My heart was pounding hard the whole time and I silently prayed that Manny would knock Marquez out cold. Manny was not his usual self and I wondered why. But then again I was still rooting for him to win. Everyone at the restaurant was silent after the end of the 12th round since we were not sure if Manny would win. When Michael Buffer announced that Manny won by a majority decision, everybody screamed in jubilation. Though, it wasn't a convincing win like his other fights, I'm still happy that Manny won. I personally thought that it should have been a draw but a win is a win and the judges have the final say. For those who are "attacking" Manny all I can say is that let's just be happy and support our kababayan and "Pambansang Kamao". No other Filipino has given so much pride to our country and let's give him the respect he deserves. As for Marquez, I respect him for fighting the way he did. He is truly one of the best boxers in the world today.










    Getting Old

    I always take care of my skin especially now that I'm in my 30's. I have more evident skin problems like fine lines, dryness, loss of firmness, thin and transparent skin, uneven skin tone and a lot more. Now more than ever I eat the right food and live a healthy lifestyle, as well as drink lots of water everyday. I also apply lots of moisturizers and follow my beauty regimen to a T. But sometimes I do feel that I no longer look as good as I did and that no amount of products and good food could bring back the glow I had when I was younger. It's frustrating at times but this is all a part of getting old and I have to accept it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks this way. I'm not really very vain but looking good has always been important to me. I'm more confident when I know that I look good and people send me not just one but second glances. Let's face it, in this society of ours more opportunities seem to go our way if we're attractive and/or smart. It's something that I know should change and that this change would make our society a more comfortable and pleasant place to live in. With all of that said, it's still a must to take care of ourselves not just our appearance but also of our whole being.

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Miss Kat V Christmas Giveaway


    Miss Kat V along with HBC Philippines is bringing a truly cool giveaway for her readers. For eight weeks prizes will be given away by simply answering the question of the week. This giveaway is sponsored by HBC Philippines, the premier product for great looking hair.

    The mechanics for the giveaway are fairly simple. Just answer the question of the week the best way you can and follow via Facebook and Twitter. To make things easier to accomplish, a rafflecopter is provided for step by step instructions.

    To fill out the rafflecopter and see more details about the giveaway, please go to Miss Kat V.

    This giveaway is until November 13, 2011.

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Fanslave: The Newest Money Earning Site

    In my quest to find more opportunities to earn online, I chanced upon Fanslave as I was doing tasks for Minuteworkers. I looked at the FAQs and signed up right away. Earning is quite easy. All you have to do is connect your Fanslave account with your Twitter and/or Facebook account then "Like" and "follow" whichever page appears in the 'Your Account' column. You'll be credited with each like and follow. Fanslave helps in acquiring more members to Facebook fan pages as well as have more attention for products and services, thus increasing brand awareness and sales.

    Fanslave also has an affiliate program that lets you earn a lifetime commission of 15%. You'll be able to earn money when users earn or buy credits. The more referred members you have, the better.

    To be able to cashout you will need to have accumulated at least 15 EUR. They have Paypal and AlertPay payment options. You would have to wait for a maximum of 30 days for your money to be processed.

    If you want to sign up and start earning or want to know more, just visit Fanslave.

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    Mary Kay Philippines Facebook Contest

    Since you know how much of a contest freak I am, I again would like to ask you guys for help with my entry in Mary Kay Philippines' Colorful October Facebook contest.

    The prizes are amazingly cool! P10,000 worth of prizes for 1st place, P7,000 for 2nd, and P5,000 worth of prizes for 3rd place.

    As a token of my appreciation, I'm going to raffle off special gifts among those who voted for me. That is if I win.

    So here it goes:

    1.) Like Mary Kay Philippines Facebook page.

    2.) Go to http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/152007/voteable_entries/34230056

    3.) Vote for my entry "The Sultry Me" by Ma. Lourdes Espanol


    Voting is until November 16, 2011.

    Thank you guys! I really appreciate this!

    *The prizes for the lucky voter will be P500 Mint GC and some really fashionable accessories. So please help me win!