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!


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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The mechanics are really simple. Please visit Nita's Random Thoughts for more details about the contest.

Hurry and join now since this will only be until January 1, 2012.

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 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.


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.

Knows no fear.

Hope dares to blossom
Even inside the abysmal abyss.

Hope secretly feeds
And strengthens

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

  • 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
  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

Subject : LUSH ANGEL Online Promo
Full name
Email address
Mobile and Landline
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!"

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

    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!).


    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


    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

    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.