Feb 24, 2009

My Dream House part 2

Remember my house which I blogged about last week? Well, we visited it last Sunday and I was dismayed and so frustrated at what I saw. Our next door neighbor had his dog in my house! Grrrr! I didn't confront him because I know he means well, what with vandals in the area. But it took a lot of effort not to throw a fit right there and then. The house smells and I had to cover my nose when I entered my house. And my neighbor didn't even have the decency to look ashamed!

Oh and look at the condition of my house!I feel like crying just looking at it.
But we made a resolution that we will build this house this year or early next year. Now that we have that conviction, I know the universe will help us.

Again, Universe a little help here please!

Feb 17, 2009

My Dream Home

They say if you want something really bad, the universe will conspire to give it to you. I fervently wish this is true. See, I want my own house. We are actually paying mortgage for a 50 sqm. lot with a "starter house" on it. Its basically a low-cost development where half of the lot is bare. The row house has a wooden backdoor, a jalousie window, a restroom with a bowl and faucet and a small counter with a sink for a kitchen. That was how it was several years ago and we cant move in then because it wasnt livable for a family of five (seven including my mother and sister) until we make some improvements . Now, all the jalousies are gone, the door jamb is missing, the bowl is clogged and the wooden wall is rotten. The house has been vandalized already! Unfortunately, its down on the contract that the developer wont shoulder repairs if the house remains unoccupied after "take-out."

Align Center(above is my little plot of land on earth)

I am seriously considering my options at the moment:

1. Take out a loan from Pag-ibig or SSS- Can I take out another loan even if the house is already under Pag-ibig mortgage? Can I take out a loan from SSS?
2. Take out a loan from a bank- My only property is this house. Will they need collateral? Can we qualify for a bank loan with our combined salary?
3. Try to win the Lotto jackpot.
4. Blog a lot and hope to earn and maybe someday make a post about "The Dream House That Blogging Bought."

We are currently renting a house in a compound owned by my husband's relatives. Though there are a lot of advantages to living right smack in the city, like accessibility to the kid's school and our office, I would really love to make a go at building that dream home of ours in Rizal.

Hey Universe, a little help here please!

Feb 13, 2009

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Feb 11, 2009

Wonderful Things in Life Spread the Love Giveaways

Wonderful Things in Life is having a contest to spread the love this February and the prizes (check them out below!) are really, really, really awesome! The contest runs from February 1 to 28 and the mechanics is really very easy. All you have to do is:
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Melon-Headed Dolphins in Bataan

I saw in the news earlier the story on more that a hundred or three hundred melon-headed dolphins (or whales) stranded in Pilar Bataan and the collective efforts of the local fishermen and government agencies to rescue them. It was really heartwarming knowing that although sometimes these fishermen are the cause of "accidents" among these dolphins, they have acted on their own as concerned citizens. That sight of hundreds of dolphins must be really something special though. Just seeing a few of them while dolphin-watching in Bohol was really exciting, so I can imagine how these people felt like.

Above is the picture of the dolphin I managed to take while in Bohol. Pitiful shot? He he.

Feb 10, 2009

Paying Post, Where Bloggers Get Paid to Blog


Here I am blogging, obviously something I enjoy doing, and how serendipitous (nosebleed!) that while doing blog exchange with Vanity's Child on my other blog, I came across her post on Paying Post and became instantly curious.

Paying Post is a "Blog Advertising Network Where Bloggers Get Paid to Blog." That actually sums it up! As a blogger, all you have to do is register, wait for your blog to be approved, and then blog reviews or join their affiliate program and get paid via Paypal . Easy right? Advertisers on the other hand get value for their money because blogs have specific target audience.

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5 Things About Me

For lack of something to write about, here are 5 things about me:

1. I love doing the laundry. I hate seeing a pile of unwashed clothes and would sometimes turn grumpy when I can't do them right away. I also do the laundry to relax. I hate ironing clothes though!

2. I am not very good at small talk, unless its with my family and closest friends. It makes me feel slightly uncomfortable. I envy people who can start conversations with complete strangers.

3. I am not very good at making new friends but I am great at keeping old ones.

4. When I am reading a particularly good book, I am completely oblivious to what's happening around me. My husband almost always complain about this.

5. Even after reading a book for five times, I still cry or laugh or smile at the best parts.

Do you feel the same sometimes? Hmm, I dont know if the above makes me weird :-)



Feb 2, 2009

Signs and Symptoms

I am starting a new series here in my blog called Signs and Symptoms. Funny or not, you be the judge.

Here is the first picture under this category. This was taken last Saturday when I brought my kids for a check-up at a hospital in Quezon City. They had to have an x-ray and we were told to proceed to Industrial Medicine at room 103 to get our referral slips. This was the sign posted at the door. Now I know they have great respect for their departments :-)