Aug 30, 2008

Olympic Blues

Yes, we are having Olympic blues right now. Watching the breathtaking games are exciting and fun. My husband and I misses watching the competing athletes and hearing the cheering crowd. Sigh. We'll have to wait four years again. Looking forward to Olympics in London, I bet it will be awesome as usual.
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Aug 26, 2008

What Are The Causes of Your Headache: Part 2

As a reply to my friend's request, I have posted previously the information about headache's common triggers. And here's the continuation of the topic.

Though some headaches are symptoms of other illnesses and conditions, such as high blood pressure or lupus, 90 percent are primary headaches, a category that includes cluster, tension-type and migraine headaches.

- Most people associate migraines with nausea, one-sided pain and sensitivity to light and sound, but these symptoms are inconsistent because there is a wide spectrum of migraine headaches.

Tension-type headaches
- They are marked by a tightening sensation and affect both sides of the head. They may also be chronic, occurring frequently or even every day.

Sinus headaches
- People with sinus problems will definitely experience headaches.

Cluster headaches
- These are relatively rare, and 85 percent of sufferers are male. The headaches come in "clusters", with severe, one-sided pain attacks lasting from 15 minutes to three hours and recurring as often as two to five times a day for weeks at a time.

Environmental Changes
- For some individuals a scent of bleach or ammonia can set their head pounding. For others, exposure to paint, smoke, scented candles or perfume does the trick. More environmental triggers include the flicker of fluorescent lighting and a change in altitude, which is something to remember when you're planning a vacation. Air travel, in particular, is a headache minefield: altitudinal changes, time zone differences, low moisture levels in the cabin, disrupted sleep and heavily processed airline food are all potential triggers.

Pain Medication
- Headache pain remedies can do more harm than good if they're used too frequently and over an extended period. So be careful.

If I will select which category triggers my headache, I will say it's the Migraines and Environmental Changes.
(To be continued...)

Some contents from Inform Magazine, July 2008
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Aug 25, 2008

We Should Be Blogging Friends Forever

I met a lot of friends here the first time I started blogging. Everybody's willing to help and teach me on stuff like coding. The friendship somehow is giving me the motivation to go on. I am kind of impatient sometimes. How I wish I have a real visa gold card in hand right now...lolz. This special Blogging Friends Forever Gold Card was given to me by MS US BOUNTYBASKET.

Here are the rules:

1. Only 5 people are allowed to receive this award.

2. 4 of them followers of your blog.

3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.

4. You must link back to who ever gave you the award.

Now, I am giving it to Cathy Hawkins, Obstacles and Glories, Beverly's Secret, Sweet Pinay, My Virtual Corners.

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Aug 22, 2008

The Dishwasher and Disposal Are Fixed

When I was cleaning off the clutters in the kitchen yesterday, I noticed that the disposal is not working. Then when I was done loading the dishes in the dishwasher and starting it on, there was no water. I wonder what happened so I called the apartment's office and asked for a maintenance staff to come over to check the disposal. The maintenance guy came this morning and fixed the problem. He said the blades got stuck up. I am relieved that the sink disposal and the dishwasher is fixed. Right now, the dishes and utensils are enjoying their bath (smiles).
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Aug 21, 2008

My Nephew Is Giving Me A Big Smile

I spoke with Jen, my sister-in-law, over the phone few hours ago and she said she has posted pictures of Russel in Friendster. Russel just turned one year old last month. Jen said that her son is starting to show brightness. That is good to hear that my nephew is a smart boy. I am so happy seeing new pictures of my nephew. I love them. I picked this one to post in here. Ah...I was touched again with Jen's caption on this photo.
"tHe Smile thaT tAkeS aWay aLl my fEarS"
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Aug 18, 2008

Rainy and Cold

Oh it is rainy and cold today. I am feeling lazy when it is raining like this. All I want to do is lie on the couch and watch television. Or listening to music until I fall asleep is a good idea too. Hhhmm...maybe later. I have some stuff to do over the internet and post updates in my blogs.
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Aug 17, 2008

Planning To Work Soon

I think I have come to the point where I need to get myself busy. Well, I am busy at home. What I mean is the idea of working again comes into my mind. My husband and I talked about it lately. He is okay with the idea of me working again.

There are lots of career options running in mind right now. But I find some to be quite difficult for me to acquire. It is required to have a certificate when you apply for a job here in America. Since health care workers are in demand, becoming a nursing assistant or a nurses aid is a good idea. With the high efficiency of the internet, enrolling to nursing assistant courses and take classes online is convenient for everyone who aspires to work in the health care field. As a nursing assistant or nurses aid, you work closely with patients. So a complete knowledge on certain basic skills is required to better patient care. This is the advantage of getting an accredited Nursing Assistant Program Online to become a certified nursing assistant.
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Find Me In MyLot

I was encouraged to join MyLot. It is a community forum where you can join and participate in discussions. I am still working on my myLot User Profile because it is still a bit of confusing to me right now. Of course, the main purpose of joining is to get traffic. There are lots of stuff to check and learn about MyLot so to those who are already a member, I hope you will share with me your experience.
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Aug 16, 2008

Taking It Easy

I am taking it easy today because I was tired cleaning and tidying up the apartment yesterday for the reason that there are visitors coming. My brother-in-law came over last night with his son. Now, we are heading out of town this weekend. 'Going to be busy running errands. Then we will relax after they're done.
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Aug 15, 2008

Congratulations to Liukin, Johnson, and Yilin!

It was a very incredible win for gymnasts Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson in the all-around finals in Beijing Olympics Friday. Liukin got high scores almost in all of the rotations. Though Johnson made mistakes, she did well in the floor exercise. Both American girls got a very fantastic finish in the floor exercise that led them getting the gold and silver medals then Yilin for the bronze. Congratulations to you!
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Aug 14, 2008

Join The Global Olympic Handshake

Angel Baby of Yourcaringangels shared this article with me. I chose to post it here. I am all for peace and a peaceful solution to problems around the world. Since we are all into peace and sportsmanship, I am inviting you to join me in this global handshake which will go all round the world to the Beijing Olympics.

The following message from the wonderful people at Avaaz is very much in this spirit:

As the Beijing Olympics begin, the world looks on with mixed emotions. This is a moment which should bring us closer together, and Chinese citizens deserve their excitement — but the Chinese government still has not opened meaningful dialogue on Tibet, or changed its stance on Burma, Darfur and other pressing issues.

Riots and disruptions of the Olympic torch relay have only helped nationalists whip up Chinese anger. But we cannot stay silent — so what can we do? The answer comes from the Dalai Lama himself, in an unambiguous gesture of Olympic spirit and friendship: a handshake.

It began in London, passed hand to hand by thousands of us — now the handshake has gone online, and is criss-crossing the globe on its way to Beijing. All of us can join, Chinese and non-Chinese, and it comes with a promise: to hold ALL our governments accountable where they fall short, in Tibet, Iraq, Burma or beyond. We will deliver our message in a bold Olympic media campaign before the closing ceremonies: Click here to see how the handshake started, sign up to join in, and watch it circle the globe.

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Aug 12, 2008

Get Hype With iHype

I want to share with everyone this new stuff. I joined iHype-the largest socialsphere marketing platform that empowers online marketers with the ability to market their products & services. This is another way of monetization for bloggers/publishers like me. Publishers can input the web sites they own and either select individual advertiser opportunities or await notifications of new opportunities that match their site criteria. Publishers have the control in their writing piece that they complete and the kinds of opportunities they are willing to take on. Once an opportunity is completed, the publisher is paid almost immediately via Paypal. With iHype, publishers earn 100% pay to their approved post within 24 hours. That's awesome! In fact, I got mine so quick.
In addition, iHype Socialsphere Platform offers resources to successfully launch, distribute and spread new product releases, service releases and news to the market through publishers. Thus, I am inviting you to join us and have fun with iHype. Signing up is fast, easy, and FREE.
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Stock Up on Back To School Essentials

It's back to school again. Students, parents, particularly mothers are getting busy thinking about when and where to buy school supplies. Of course, we want it to be settled before the school starts. Also, budget and convenience are the main concern here. But let me tell you, everything's gonna be easy if planning ahead is done. You don't want to rush yourself.

Buying school supplies in your favorite stores made easy using Paypal. Yes, Paypal can be used in paying your purchases. By doing so, you can save up to 50% on clothing, electronics, and supplies when you shop with Paypal.

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Aug 11, 2008

Dating 101

Dating is fun if you are with a man who has lots of humor and enjoyable to be with. I started dating when I was in high school. The first one was a group date with my classmates together with their crushes. We were all sitting under the tree in the school ground. One of the boys brought a guitar while the girls got snacks and drinks. We sang, tease, and laugh. Then we were into pairs and started sweet talks after. Dating is fun as long as you know your limitations.

I appreciate Pinaywife for sharing me this tag.

Players: Ozzy’s Mom | Me,Myself + 2 | Kidd Designs | Fun.Fierce.Fabulous | Me and Mine | Little Peanut | Pea in a Pod | Creative in Me | Notable Bistro | Sugarmagnolias |Around the World | Eds Mommy Life | My Precious Niche | Just Me.. Eds | Pinaywife | Mhar’s Display | YOUR BLOG

1. When was your first kiss and where?
..::.. At the school plaza when I was in school.

2. When was your first real relationship and how long did it last?
..::.. Noting 'till I met my husband.

3. What age were you allowed to date?
..::.. I was free to date :)

4. What’s the craziest thing you did (for love) when you were a teenager?
..::.. I don't remember...

5. How long was your longest relationship and what’s the secret?
..::.. We're two years in total and we just keep our cool.

6. How long did you date before you decided to settle down?
..::.. One year.

7. How did you know he was the ONE?
..::.. He is a respectable man.

8. Now, at what age will you allow your kids(s) to date?
..::..Maybe at 18.

9. When it comes to your kids dating, will you be a cool parent or a strict parent?
..::.. It depends.

10. What piece of advice can you give to your child when they start dating?
..::.. Enjoy being single until the right time comes to get settled. Be aware of the limitations.

I'm sharing this to Ms. Elle, Purpledsky, Mommamuse, and Aimee. It'll be fun to know about your dating lives.. have fun!

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Aug 10, 2008

Be A Skin-Savvy

Caring for our skin is one of the most important concerns when it comes to health and beauty. We want our skin to look young and vibrant as possible. Of course, we hate it when our skin is dry, dull, and irritated. I hope these advice will be of help to beauty conscious women like me.
  • Wash with care - avoid harsh soaps or overly hot water.
  • Become a sleeping beauty - sleep early and apply a night cream before going to bed.
  • Do not smoke - smoking not only wreaks havoc in your lungs, it also makes your skin age quickly.

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Aug 8, 2008

Brilliant Weblog

I feel so special whenever somebody compliments me in every thing I do. It makes me happy. And I am so thankful to my new found friends in the blogosphere. You keep on inspiring me to do my best not only in blogging but also in maintaining my weblog. I know that my blog is still young but as you can see, it is improving…I think so. Certainly I will keep my motivation alive as long as the friendship and support is within my reach.

Thanks to Yenzz for the award.

The Above recipients of the Brillante Weblog are welcomed to put the Logo on their personal blogs and have the honor of passing this award to seven other bloggers.

Here are the rules for passing on the award:
1. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate at least seven other blogs
4. Add links to those blogs on your blog
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

Already Participants :
Cee, Melisse, Nanay Belen, Ivan Girl, Vida, Yenzz, Mommy Allehs, Mhar’s Display, YOU NEXT

Now passing this award to Eunice, Kuting's Place, Noreen, and Amging.
Please leave a comment HERE when you have pass this Award and I will add you to participants.

Tell me if any participants I forgot to add.

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Aug 7, 2008

How Does Technorati Work?

This is what I want to understand. I trying to familiarize myself with Technorati's service and there are few things that I need to know. You know, a newbie...having a hard time figuring out how to work with my Technorati Profile, favorites, and others. There are still a lot of networking services that I would like to explore and learn.
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Aug 6, 2008

Expressing My Appreciation

I am proud to inform everybody that this blog of mine has gone a long way, I may say. Why? Because from the 5M+ ranking in Alexa, it went high to 1M+ as of today. And during the first month of my blogging, I gained a lot of co-blogger friends worldwide. This is so inspiring. That is why it is my pleasure to give my appreciation to all the visitors and readers, bloggers and love links, of course my Top Ten Entrecard Droppers. You inspired me in my blogging and contributed a lot to the increasing traffic rank of this blog. Thank you so much.

Top Ten Entrecard Droppers
Money Ning
Kuting's Place in Space
Mixed Bag
OC Golf Course
Health, Fitness, Lifestyle
Twerlermz' Blog
Our Journey to Forever
Let Us Talk
HRM Business Practices
Bisdak's Footprints
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Aug 5, 2008

Welcome to the USA, Marly!

I am so happy about the approval of my Application to Register for Permanent Residency. I got the official notification yesterday from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcoming me as new resident. They said that I will be receiving my resident card in the next three weeks. To my surprise, I received my permanent residency card today! Yeehaw! That was quick.

After a very long process and waiting, this is a relief to me and my husband. Not mentioning the increasing fees and travel, I guess it's worth it. I am now a legal resident of the USA.
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Aug 4, 2008

Love Your Hair

My friend Nori had her hair cut Thursday. She said it is getting long and like me, she is not able to manage it because of the busy working schedule. She added that her hair easily gets split ends. She is having a hard time looking for hair care products. I told her to get herself Wen Hair Care products. The Styling Crème, Cleansing Conditioner, and the Re Moist Intensive Hair Repair Mask suits her good because it is formulated to moisturize, polish, and strengthen each hair strand that prevents split ends. The hair looks and smells amazing after. I like the thought that Wen Hair Care is ideal for all hair lengths, shapes, and types. And I love the Sweet Almond Mint scent of the conditioner. Certainly, using these products to maintain our hair's beauty is a rewarding choice. So, there are no worries for Nori and also for me.

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Little Chair

We bought this little chair from a church garage sale in Wylie. It's only worth a dollar. My honey said we can use it as a stand for a pot of plant or something. But I am not going to use it that way. This little chair is too pretty for that. So, I just use it whenever I do my nails once in a while and I sit on it when I do my gardening work.
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Aug 3, 2008

Small Business Financing

Whenever my friends and I got the chance to talk, one of the topics was about investments. Investment like engaging into a business is I guess a good thing to do. Planning to have a business is very complex and picturing the plan on how to start is quite confusing.

Small business financing companies might be of great help to people who are planning to put up a business. There are many loan companies everywhere but Unsecured Solutions gives the convenient financing scheme with affordable rates and great terms that cannot be found anywhere else. Online access with them is easy because loan types like start-up loan, personal loan, and small business loan are suitably categorized for borrowers’ needs. Loans can be used to finance a business’ expenses like payroll, advertisements, revolving fund, and others. And applicants can actually check their pre-qualification in two minutes in their website.

Putting up a business needs good planning, keen feasibility study, and capital, of course. Along with this, getting the right financing can be a complicated and overwhelming task. Unsecured Solutions’ loan consultants will guide borrowers through their small business loans application.

We are so concerned about the tough economic situation right now. We cannot even depend on a job especially when the salary is not enough. And thinking about having a small business would be simple with the assistance of Unsecured Solutions. My friends will definitely consider this idea.

Aug 2, 2008

Friday Snaps: My Mini Rose

Yea I know it is Saturday but I don't care. I still want to post my Friday snaps entry (smiles). It is because I want to share my mini rose to everybody. I bought her four months ago and bloom so quickly. She's so cute and I like her bitty flowers. And it feels good to know that when you care for something, it blooms.

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Aug 1, 2008

A Bit of Drama

I don't want to be emotional today but I can't help it. 'Had a chance to chat with my brother-in-law, my younger sister's husband. He is currently working in Saudi Arabia as a laborer. I haven't spoken with him for almost a year until today. Something happened before between him and my sister that made me and my family mad at him. On that situation, the responsibility for his family became ours. The ill feelings were too much that brought some conflicts in the family.

Until now, honestly, I still have it. But I am telling myself to put the ill feelings away because my brother-in-law is doing his best working for his family in the Philippines. I was kind of dramatic when I spoke to him today. Especially when he said "I love my family. I hope Tatay and Mama, and you are not mad at me anymore". I told him that what happened in the past was unexpected. What's important is we learned our lesson from the mistakes done before. And his married relationship with my sister will become stronger at all times.

I want to tell my brother-in-law and my sister that whatever happens, the family is always here.
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What Are The Causes of Your Headache?

I had some small chat with my high school friend who is currently living in Singapore. She's been there for almost a year now. I told her about how I am having fun with blogging. She asked me if it is okay with me to post an entry about migraine and headache. I said, "Sure". I hope she'll appreciate this post. Some of the contents is from a magazine article I read before. It is really annoying whenever we have a headache and even migraine. Yes I have migraine. Based on my own experiences, I tell you it is a disaster whenever I get one. I used to read health magazines, leaflets, information booklets, and even posters discussing about headaches like what are the causes or triggers and their types.

Though the causes of headaches are not fully understood, experts believe that certain substances can trigger painful episodes in some people simulating the nervous system to release chemicals that make the brain's blood vessels expand. As they swell, more chemicals are released, irritating surrounding tissues and causing pain.

Common Triggers

Food and Drink - Some people who have migraine headaches, eating and drinking can be risky. They are troubled by artificial sweeteners, sodium nitrite and nitrate, preservatives in meat like in luncheon meats, ham, bacon and others. Even white wine, red wine, champagne can pack a punch, as alcohol causes the brain's blood vessels to swell. (I drink wine and champagne but I am a moderate drinker). How about chocolates? I love chocolates. Though it is often removed from the diet, new research suggests it might be the trigger once thought. Caffeine can work both ways: in some people, like me, moderate amounts (a cup of coffee a day, for example) can ease a headache by tightening the brain's blood vessels; for others, any amount might flip the headache switch.

Hormones -Statistics says that roughly 70% of adult migraine sufferers are women. According to a doctor-director of the Women's Comprehensive Headache Center at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, fluctuations in estrogen levels are to blame. Menstruating women are hit hardest two or three days before their periods when levels of estrogen are dropping. Those using birth control pills are also vulnerable. (And I may say that I am also one of the women who has hormonal imbalance).

Lifestyle Factors - Low blood sugar levels caused by skipping or delaying meals can bring on a headache, as can dehydration and sleeping too much or too little. (I believe on these). Although it is impossible to get rid of stress, keeping levels manageable can help eliminate one trigger: the "letdown" period immediately after a difficult time, such as a thorny work project. That is why our parents are always telling us to eat meals on time.

Note: Continuation of this post is on my next entries. I need to get some sleep.

Some content source by Jennifer Pirtle, Inform Mag.
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